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Opening words

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ie jaar is volstoom aan die gang en die daaglikse verloop met sy dolle gejaag het weer met sy volle gewig op ons skouers kom lê. Maar genadiglik lê die volgende (kort) vakansie weer vlak op die horison.

In ‘n era waar (vrye) tyd ‘n luukse- en nie ‘n gegewe is nie, ruk die smagting na oomblikke van rustyd ‘n mens noodgedwonge tot stilstand. Dan dink jy weer waaroor die lewe gaan, saam met wie jy jou tyd spandeer en hoe jy hierdie spesiale tye aanwend. Lag jy genoeg, speel jy genoeg en spandeer jy genoeg tyd en aandag aan jou hartsmense? Die verwysing na ‘n lewens”reis” is nie toevallig nie. Dit is die langste tog wat jy ooit sal aanpak. Die besluit oor hoe lig of swaar jy reis deur die lewe en die besluit oor die bagasie wat jy saamdra, rus letterlik op jou eie skouers. Pak jou lewenspad aan met oorgawe. Maak die pad gelyk, selfs al is daar soms ‘n kakiebos wat haakplek soek. Vul jou reissak met liefde, lewenslus en ‘n ligte gemoed en behandel jou mede-reisigers soos wat jy behandel wil word. Dit maak die pad besonders, die rit meer gemaklik en die vooruitsig na die eindbestemming soveel mooier. Mag jou lewensuitkyk verbreed met nuwe horisonne. Die (nuwe) Midstream Magazine nuusspan deel in hierdie uitgawe heelwat stories oor ons inwoners sowel as inligting oor die nuwe dorp, Midstream Ridge, wat besig is om gestalte aan te neem.

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Reis lig gedurende die res van die jaar en hou ons tydskrif naby as padkaart van die dorp, Midstream.

Actions speak louder than words

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t is said that actions speak louder than words. Newton’s third law reads that in physiscs there is a reaction for every action. And isn’t it true that a reaction is more spontaneous, unpretentious and truthful?

Frontpage: The ball is in play at Midstream College’s Astro Photo by: Leonard Swart Previous | Vorige Edition | Uitgawe

This newsletter reports on both actions and reactions from the greater Midstream community. The Midstream moments in the newsletter are contributions by our readers that in many ways reflect the way our residents reacted in wonderful and colourful ways. The reports from the growing number of schools reflect on the hive of activity of our scholars. There is news on the new development of Midstream Ridge and the new access road – and also an important announcement from MES on the rates for electricity for the coming years. We trust that our readers will enjoy some relaxing time during the stop-start April month, find time to vote on the 7th of May and remember to let us know of the actions and reactions at your area.

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A lot of new things in

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he year 2014 is well on its way and in Midstream a new year of growth is progressing well. Herewith a report on some of the exciting developments of 2014.

A well-known name becomes the new name for the greater area: At the outset the developer of Midstream, Bondev, decided to name the greater area Midrand Estates as the cluster name for the estates that were to follow. This was in reference to the previous Midrand municipality that was situated mid-way between Pretoria and Johannesburg. With the towns being proclaimed at the Ekurhuleni Metro, the Metro determined that the name “Midstream� would be used for the description of the development phases meaning that one will find Midstream X20 in Midfield or Midstream X30 in Midlands. Amongst others, reference to the development phases led to the name Midstream being used more and more often and at the same time less reference has been made in general to Midrand as a geographical area. It has thus been decided to shelve the name Midrand Estates and rather use Midstream as the group or cluster name. The original estate will still be known as Midstream Estate.

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A new access road With traffic ever on the increase during peak hours the good news is that the construction work of the new access road is now nearing completion. The road of just more than 3 kilometers is 90% complete with the tar surface already in place. The intersection onto the road leading to Irene-Olifantsfontein was 50% complete by December 2013 with the second half as well as the final road sections now nearing completion.

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The intersection will be floodlit and receive traffic lights from the start to render a safe point of access onto the Irene road. Commuters to OR Tambo airport, Kemptonpark or the eastern regions of Tshwane are expected to utilise the road from midMay when the road is expected to open for traffic.

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Midstream Ridge Primary and Pre-Primary

Midstream Ridge Estate Gate and office nearing completion

Midstream Ridge

After just two months the teachers and scholars of Midstream Ridge Primary has fallen into a routine where classwork takes place in a modern environment. With the school hall with superb acoustical qualities and a stage built specifically for drama along with the sports pavilion now nearing completion, construction work of the school will be complete and extend the tuition provided by the Midstream group of schools. The Pre-primary school at Midstream Ridge followed its (slightly) older sibling when they opened their doors on 7 April. Midstream Ridge Pre-Primary

A hive of construction activity is taking place at Midstream Ridge to prepare the first development phase for proclamation. The activity is even more frenetic than usual after three weeks of construction time was lost during February and March due to the unusually high rainfall experienced. Nonetheless, steady progress is being made with the entrance gate and estate offices almost complete, the LED streetlights in position and the first internal roads being tarred. Construction of the first houses is expected to commence during May or June and the first residents should call Midstream Ridge “home” before Christmas this year!

The “Astro” at Midstream College:

Midstream Astro field

Over a period of 9 months the Mossie sports field at Midstream College was converted from a grassed surface to an artificial turf hockey field built to the standards of the International Hockey Federation. The floodlit facility will enable Midstream College to compete at the highest level in hockey with Lindsey Wright (Carlisle), an (ex) springbok hockey player, in charge of coaching. The final artificial grass layer covers the 5 supporting layers that have been designed to effectively drain water applied to the artificial turf. It is an interesting feature of the facility that a very extensive irrigation system was installed to wet the surface before play to provide a consistently fast surface for play. A number of large pop-up sprinklers able to displace the water over a 50 meter radius within a 4 minute period as well as a dedicated pump station were installed to prepare the surface. Once the water is drained it is piped and recycled for later use to limit wastage. The “Astro” was first used during February with the SA ladies team visiting the venue during the month. The first match in the schools league took place on Saturday, 15 March when the hockey players from Midstream College met their opponents from Linden High School. The keen interest shown by scholars in the sport coupled with fierce determination is sure to bear fruit on the magnificent surface.

SA team on Midstreams Astro

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SA Ladies team

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CURE

se daghospitaal in Midstream bly die beste vir jong kinders

AULA VIER

Valentynsdag deel by Retire@ Aula het weer hierdie jaar lekkernye uitge ntheid wat gelee Midstream op Valentynsdag. ‘n Spesiale Tannie Anita en hold Rein Oom daarmee saamgeval het was nking erde liksh huwe gste vyfti hul jaar Thom wat hierdie id van mhe gsaa vier. Die inwoners het die bederf en beda Aula terdeë geniet.

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Chantelle en Johann se 2-jarige seuntjie, Ricus, is onlangs opgeneem vir die uithaal van sy mangels en adenoïede. Chantelle het die volgende aan Cure Daghospitaal in Midstream gestuur: “Ek wil net hiermee my waardering en dankbaarheid uitspreek vir ons tweede wonderlike ondervinding by Cure Daghospitaal. Net soos die eerste keer in 2012, het die personeel ons hierdie jaar met groot vriendelikheid en behulpsaamheid ontvang. Iets wat definitief uitgestaan het was die vinnige diens en die netheid van die kliniek, asook die susters aan diens wat ons kortkort gerus gestel het. Dit maak nie saak hoe netjies en mooi ‘n plek is nie, die personeel aan diens maak die verskil. Dit is fantasties dat ‘n operasie ‘n wonderlike en positiewe ervaring kan wees – gewoonlik is ‘n mens so bekommerd met so iets. Baie dankie vir die wonderlike mediese sentrum op ons voorstoep. Beslis ‘n plek om aan te beveel.”

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“Are you going to kill my dad?” Junior Dzenga (then 4years old) asked the robbers. 15 July 2011.

MIDSTREAM WAGTE (WEER) TOT DIE REDDING

The Juni Eyeball Crime Buster Series aims to restore basic values in children with a long term vision of curbing crime. Each story in the series teaches children lost values like caring, kindness, sharing, forgiveness, even saying sorry. When a child disregards basic moral values it is the same child who as an adult will take to crime. When we are able to enforce the right values we empower our children to make the right choices in future even when there is pressure to pick crime. Juni Eyeball is an ordinary 7 year old who uses what he has to do extraordinary acts of kindness .Read on!

Hesté Nortjé van Midstream was dankbaar vir die hulpvaardige wagte wat tot die gesin se redding gekom het. “Graag wil ek baie dankie sê aan die twee sekuriteitsmanne, William en Abel wat my motor se pap wiel help omruil het. Hulle was aan diens by Midstream College Laerskool en het gehelp sonder om te huiwer. Baie dankie vir die uitstekende diens!”

www.junieyeballseries.co.za

IT’S RAINING, IT’S POUR

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On two occasions du ring February, heav y rainfall in the whole of the Gaute ng Province caused some widespread flooding. Many roa ds were closed due to the streaming ga of water which preve llons nted road users fro m travelling through certain areas. The Hennops River in Ce nturion burst its ba and caused major tra nks ffic disruptions. Ev en Supersport Park the surrounding are and as were completely flooded and in some places water levels reached a depth of over 1m. Thankfully there wa s no damage done to the roads in Midstream. However, the rarely seen flood ing in the storm wa channels was a sca ter ry reality. Some of the residents share their photos with us d .

It is important to tea ch the young ones to stay away from the streams and storm water canals shortly after downpours as stream most certainl the y holds grave dang ers should one be sw away. Fortunately ept the intensity of the stream is short-lived but nonetheless on , e must stay clear of these areas during downpour and the fol the lowing hour.

KEEPING OUR KIDS SAFE In line with a report on the recent rain storms, Midlands resident,O’Neill sent us the following: “My property on the estate is located near the Bird Sanctuary. The storm water channel that drains the overflow from the dams runs past my house. There is also a mountain bike training route that crosses the channel. Its a popular playground for children and because parents are so comfortably reassured about their children’s safety in the estate, they allow the little ones to play there without supervision. The reality is that this - and other similar areas in the estate - remain a safety hazard after heavy rainfall because as soon as the rain clears the kids come out to play, however, the water still flows at a rapid rate. Please warn the kids to respect the force of the water and be safe out there.

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A book written by Midstream residents:

JUNI EYEBALL LEARNS TO CARE Ju n i Ey e b a l l C r i m e B u s t e r S e r i e s

The Dzenga family from Midstream sent us this heart-touching, inspiring story: “In 2011 my family experienced a very traumatic armed robbery at our home in Bedfordview. We pretty much lost everything. The robbers ripped off our wedding rings, tied all of us up, including our then 4-year old son. They threatened to do the unthinkable to us. We believe God was right there. There was one robber my son called “the good robber” who kept calming the other robbers. We were determined to make the trauma work for us. The experience was not simply going to be shelved without empowering us and

other victims. We decided to write a children’s series to teach children basic values like kindness, caring and forgiveness. The first book in the series, Juni Eyeball Learns to Care, has just been published. The name Juni Eyeball was our son’s proposal. Juni Eyeball is an ordinary boy who uses resources around him to do extraordinary acts of kindness. Each book in the series teaches children a specific value to live by. We believe our story has not only healed us, but it can also help other victims through their own healing process including anyone else out there who is faced with difficulties.”

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Meet your...

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Midstream Estate

Fred Williams

Midfield Estate

Wynand Schoeman

How long have you been managing Midstream Estate? I started working for the Midstream HOA on the 1st of May 2012

How long have you been managing Midfield Estate? Since July 2010. However, I joined the company in August 2007.

What are you looking forward to with regard to the estate this year? To continue a process started in 2013 with discussions between Midstream and high ranking officials of Ekurhuleni in terms of general services. I would also like to implement a sustainable recycling service for all our residents. Continue with the rehabilitation plan for the Owl Sanctuary. And of course I will continue with my savings initiatives to keep the levies as low as possible.

What are you looking forward to with regard to the estate this year? To create, secure and sustain the ultimate habitat where everybody can live in a peaceful and tranquil environment.

What has been your greatest challenge so far? Learning the new environment I am working in and understanding the needs of our community. Do you live in the estate? Yes What did you do before you were appointed as an estate manager on Midstream? I was with Anglo American (Platinum) for ten years, heading the group’s Forensic Investigation Department. What are your qualifications? National Diploma: Police Administration Degree: Police Management Various other courses which include a detective course, specialist course in explosives and explosive devices, VIP protection, and much more. Obtained the M100 qualification of the Community Ass Inst – the professional body for estate managers

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Why do you enjoy managing the estate? I love the day-to-day interaction with people and the daily challenges. It gives me joy to go home after a good day at the office. What has been your greatest challenge so far? To keep the estate free from serious crime. What did you do before you were appointed as an estate manager on Midstream? I was a member of the South Africa Police Service for 27 years after which I lectured at the Tshwane University of Technology. I was also the Security Manager at Midlands for quite some time. What are your qualifications? BA POL (Cum Laude) Hons BA (POL) (Cum Laude) National Diploma: Police Administration (Cum Laude) Assessor: SASSETA PSIRA Grading: A, B, C, D, E

Midlands Estate

Michael Kapp How long have you been managing Midlands Estate? Since February 2011. What are you looking forward to with regard to the estate this year? With Midlands nearing completion on all building sites, I’m excited to move my focus away from the daily contractors and focus on what really matters, which is managing the Estate and continuing to provide quality service to our residents. I would like to put more focus on building relationships with residents, to involve them in certain decision making processes, and thereby, reduce misunderstandings and unnecessary complaints. I would like to invite residents to join me once a month to enjoy a cup of coffee, to provide their input and suggestions. Why do you enjoy managing the estate? I enjoy the different facets of the estate and the challenges that go with it. With quite a large staff complement consisting of facilities staff, our guards and admin staff, it makes for quite a diverse group and bringing all these people together to work to one common goal; a secure and “well oiled” estate, is really a great pleasure. Do you live in the estate? Yes, I stay in Midstream. What did you do before you were appointed as an estate manager on Midstream? I used to work as the Supply Chain Director at Cross Border Supply Chain Solutions. What are your qualifications? MBA Supply Chain Management Certificate in Management Studies Obtained the M100 qualification of the Community Ass Inst – the professional body for estate managers 12


Managers

Midstream Ridge Estate

Midstream Hill Estate

Retire @ Midstream Estate

How long have you been managing Midstream Ridge Estate? I started at Midstream Hill Estate in September 2013, but will soon move to Midstream Ridge as the estate manager

When did you join Midstream Hill as the new Estate Manager? Quite recently – assumed my duties on the 1st of April 2014.

How long have you been managing Retire @ Midstream Estate? I started at Midfield in 2006. Thereafter Midlands Estate in 2007 and have been the R@M Estate Manager since 2010.

Ian Faller

What are you looking forward to with regard to the estate this year? The culmination of all the aspects involved in bringing a development to a state of effective functioning. Why do you enjoy managing the estate? It affords me the opportunity to be part of both the physical development and construction as well as the share in the creation of a lifestyle legacy of estate living. What has been your greatest challenge so far? Combining the frenetic pace of construction with the relaxed lifestyle of the estate. Do you live in the estate? No. I just sold in Midfield and am battling to find something that compares! What did you do before you were appointed as an estate manager on Midstream? I was self-employed in property- and project management consultancy. What are your qualifications? B Com Personnel Management B Com (Hons) Business Management MSc Real Estate

Murray Retief

What are you looking forward to with regard to the estate this year? I am especially looking forward to meeting new people and forging meaningful relationships in and around Midstream Hill. I am also very excited to be able to join the team at such an early stage in the development of the estate as it will give me the opportunity to experience and share in its progress from the onset. Do you live in the estate? Yes. I live in Midlands Estate. What did you do before you were appointed as an estate manager on Midstream? Before joining Midstream Hill, I was a commercial property manager with Growthpoint Properties Ltd. What are your qualifications? B Com Law

Willem Zeederberg

What are you looking forward to with regard to the estate this year? The Retire@Midstream Sectional Title units will be completely developed by the end of 2014 and the full title development is also expected to be sold out soon. As the residents and their surroundings become more established, Management’s focus move more from the operational requirements to the residents’ wellbeing. Why do you enjoy managing the estate? I enjoy the diversity of challenges brought about by the management of the estate. What did you do before you were appointed as an estate manager on Midstream? After completing my BSc degree in Building Management I joined the MidCity Group in Pretoria. In 1994 I managed ABSA’s property profiles in the Western Cape. After seven years I joined Gensec Properties where I specialised in the management of shopping centres. With almost fifteen years’ experience in property management, I joined the Midstream team in 2006. What are your qualifications? BSc Building Management Obtained the M100 qualification of the Community Ass Inst – the professional body for estate managers

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MIDSTREAM WELCOMES THREE FLEDGLINGS In December last year a Roodeplaat farmer let the word out that he had ten Ostrich eggs on a nest which would result in fledglings soon requiring a home. The subtle enquiry first became a prospect when the ge land between the retirement villa a as d rme and Midstream was confi s iche ostr the for area secure holding the for ted gran was n issio and perm birds to be placed in the area.

prised by their emergency patient. bird It took a few people to carry the was it re whe area g ratin ope into the sedated and provided with oxygen. ks The operation went well and than anti of ion licat to the diligent app biotics by Vennies, the young bird survived and is now roaming the will area with its siblings. The birds in and l Apri in old ths mon be eight the next few months, as their perit manent feather colours emerge, r thei e rmin dete to should be possible sex. Welcome to our new feathered friends in Midstream!

Four Midstream residents – Michael, Paul, Debbie and Stefan set out to catch the ostriches and transport them to Midstream. On arrival at stMidstream, Vennies and Rudi assi with s, bird the g adin offlo ed with a the first one out of the trailer like Arriving at Midstream bullet from a gun – running straight off into the veld. The second one got slowly and hung around its new environment, proudly showing off its feathers to bystanders. It was then the that a nasty gash on the neck of ced. noti third ostrich was

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Retire@Midstream vrywilliger, Albe rt Lumley, het op die ouderdom van 48 jaar hardloop as sport opgeneem en vandag, op die rype ouderdom van 70, is dit steeds sy passie. Sedert 1991 het hy alreeds meer as 75 000 km gedraf en het hy die Comrades 18 keer voltooi en die Two Oceans wedloop al 14 keer. Indien Albert hierdie jaar die Two Oceans voltooi, sal dit sy 100ste ultra-ma rathon wees! Met sy sterk deursettingsvermoë dien hy as inspirasie vir sy familie, vriende en mede-hardlopers. ‘n Gesonde liggaam huisves ‘n geso nde gees. Wel gedaan, Albert!

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THERE’S A NEW KID ON THE BLOCK!

MIDSTREAM PAINT & HARDWARE A

s with most stories there is some good news and some bad news…

The good news is that a new shop will soon open its doors at the local shopping centre. The bad news is that the days are over when there was a “reasonable” excuse to delay those small DIY tasks on a Saturday morning. For the brave handymen in our midst the days of taking an hour trip just to buy a washer, light bulb or Q10 have come to an end. The new store opening at the Square@ Midstream will provide builders, DIY enthusiasts and keen renovators with a place to buy all their paint and hardware. Dieter Hein and his team of qualified personnel are opening the doors to “Midstream Paint & Hardware” on the 1st of May this year. The team is passionate about delivering exceptional service to ensure a pleasant shopping experience. Midstream Paint & Hardware will stock Dulux paints as well as a wide range of globes, electrical and plumbing accessories, garden products, hand tools and general hardware. Pay them a visit and ask about the free delivery service available within the estate.

SETTLING IN AT THE SQUARE@MIDSTREAM

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2013 AULA Top Agent of the Year - LINDA PRETORIUS new rental agent in Midrand Estates

VERHURINGS BK RENTALS CC

Linda has been in real estate since 2009, responsible for rentals in the residential as well as the corporate property market. This professional and energetic agent is a go-getter who believes that her success is the result of hard work, absolute commitment and passion for her work. Linda is assisted by an excellent support team at AULA Rentals.

Linda Pretorius

Midrand Estate 012 940 9353 Centurion 012 665 5111

www.aulaprop.co.za

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Frik van Wyk Principal

Ernst van Eck Rental Agent

Adri Kotze Bernice Botha Receptionist Rental Manager

083 659 2123 linda@aulaproperty.co.za

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Die Reusevisvanger (Giant Kingfisher) (Megaceryle maxima) Foto’s: FCD van Wyk

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ie Reusevisvanger is die grootste visvanger in Afrika en is ook al in Midstream opgemerk. Hierdie visvanger is ‘n groot voël - 42 tot 48cm lank met ‘n baie sterk, lang, swart bek. Hulle het swart vere met fyn, wit spikkels op die rug. Die mannetjie het ‘n bruin bors met ‘n wit maag wat met swart gespikkel is. Die wyfie se voorkoms verskil daarin dat sy ‘n wit, met swart gespikkelde bors het en ‘n bruin maag. Die Reuse Visvanger eet hoofsaaklik krappe, maar ook vis en paddas. Die voëls soek na prooi terwyl hulle op boomtakke sit, van waar hulle dan op die tipiese visvanger-manier die water induik om hul prooi te vang. Albei ouers grawe die nes, wat ongeveer 7 dae kan neem. Die nes word vertikaal gegrawe in sandbanke naby die waterlyn en hulle grawe tonnels van tot 8.45m lank! Die eierlê-seisoen is gewoonlik van Julie tot Januarie, maar die hoogtepunt is van Augustus tot Oktober. Die Reuse Visvanger lê 3-5 eiers en word uitgebroei deur albei ouers wat 25-27 dae neem . Die mannetjie voer dan die kuikens wat in die nes bly vir ongeveer 37 dae. Daarna is hulle nog van hul ouers afhanklik vir ten minste 20 dae. Hierdie pragtige voël het ‘n baie harde roep wanneer dit vlieg en kan ver gehoor word.

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Get to know your camera’s

MODE DIAL Hennie Cronjé

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he mode dial of your DSLR-camera is the camera’s nerve centre (figure 1). It is from here that you control the way in which the camera will function. It can be fully automatic, semi-automatic or manual. On the mode dial are three groups of adjustments:

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The full automatic setting The scenes The MASP settings (semi-automatic and manual)

The fully automatic setting (the green icon on the mode dial) In this setting, the DSLR camera is a point-and-shoot camera. The camera decides on the exposure, speed, white balance, and ISO. It will usually focus automatically as well. No adjustment is possible from the photographer’s side. I have seen people with most expensive DSLR cameras shooting in auto mode. What a shame! If you shoot in auto mode, you can do as well with a much less expensive camera. Even the high end point-and-shoot cameras will provide you with excellent results at a fraction of the cost. The scenes In the scenes mode the camera will try to do a little better compared to the auto mode, but it is still an automatic function of the camera. The photographer tells the camera what he/she is going to photograph and the camera will choose settings to fit that purpose. Apart from this, the photographer cannot adjust anything else. The different scenes may vary from camera to camera, but the following is fairly standard: 1. Portrait mode

The camera will choose a very shallow depth of field (low f-stop) in order to blur the background. Furthermore, skin tones will be softened to give a more beautiful appearance of the skin. 2. Landscape mode

The camera will choose a large depth of field (high f-stop) to put as much as possible into sharp focus. If the light is low, it might push up the ISO to achieve a higher speed. Furthermore, in bright sunny conditions, the camera will use the vivid colour setting to improve the colour saturation. In bright sunlight, colours tend to become washed out.

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3. Sports mode

In sports mode, there is often movement in the scene, and the camera chooses adjustments to freeze movement. The depth of field will be shallow (low f-stop) which will increase the camera’s speed. If the light is low, the camera will increase the ISO to maintain a fast speed. 4. Child mode

The camera will choose a shallow depth of field, with natural colours of the skin and a vivid background. The vivid background is probably to create a joyful atmosphere! 5. Close-up mode

The aperture will be wide open (very low f-stop) for a very shallow depth of field and a high speed. 6. Night portrait mode

A shallow depth of field will be chosen together with activation of the flash. There are more scenes, but these descriptions give an idea of what the camera does to fit the scene that is photographed. It is better than the auto mode, but certainly not as good as the MASP settings. In figure 2 the difference is illustrated between a scene mode and the A mode (aperture priority mode – see below) on the MASP settings. Note the much better exposure on the A mode due to other adjustments that were possible, but which were not possible in the scene mode. The MASP modes This stands for manual, aperture priority, speed priority and program modes. The A, S and P modes are semi-automatic (or semi-manual) and the M is fully manual. We will start with the semi-automatic modes. 1. Aperture priority mode (A or Av on different cameras) In this mode, the photographer chooses the depth of field (the f-stop) and the camera will adjust the speed accordingly. With a low f-stop, such as f3.5 and less, the depth of field will be very small and the background blurred. When the f-stop is high (f16 or more) the depth of field will be large with everything or almost everything sharp in focus. Furthermore, the photographer can adjust other settings as well, such as the exposure compensation (the +/- button), white balance and ISO. 22


1. Speed priority (S or Tv)

This is the opposite from A priority. Here, the photographer chooses the speed (say 1/1000 second) and the camera will adjust the exposure (the f-stop) accordingly. The other settings mentioned above can also be adjusted here. 2. Program mode (P)

I am not sure why this one appears on the camera, but nevertheless, it works as follows. The camera chooses the f-stop and speed. If the photographer is not satisfied, the aperture (f-stop) can be adjusted manually, but not the speed (similar to the A mode). It is also possible to make adjustments to the exposure compensation (the +/- button), ISO and white balance. So far, it is similar to the A mode. However, after the photo has been taken, auto mode takes over and the camera will again decide on the f-stop and speed. Every time you start from scratch. 3. Manual mode (M)

In M mode, the photographer sets both the f-stop and speed. Any value can be decided on, since they function independently from each other in M mode. As you look into the camera, at the bottom, there will be a kind of light meter display, telling you whether the photo will be correctly, under or over exposed. In M mode, it is also possible to adjust ISO and white balance, but not the exposure compensation (the +/- button). In figure 3 a table is presented to indicate which adjustments are possible in each of the MASP modes. The recommended one to use most of the time is aperture priority (A or Av).

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Isabel de Wet van Midstream het hierdie foto van ‘n vleiloerie gestuur wat onlangs in haar tuin afgeneem is. Die vyeboom in die erf was op daardie stadium vol vrugte en die Vleiloerie het daaraan kom smul.

Hierdie foto is ingestuur deur Paul Claassen va n Midstream . Hy het die Dwergm uishondjies by Storage@Midstre am gesien.

Kleine Lara Midstream se natuur word daagliks geniet deur ons inwoners. Hier speel klein Lara (pas 2 jaar oud) in die stroompie naby die Old Kent swembad. Foto ingestuur deur Mamma Suzette The Midstream Magazine - April 2014

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Continuing on Cheryls’ trip to the Mt Everest Base Camp

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ay four was another long hard 6 hour trek to Tengboche where we reached an altitude of 3880 meters. Tengboche is thinly populated and has a large monastery with only a few teahouses and hotels with the monks as the main residents. A common sight are the prayer drums which make a beautiful ringing sound when turned. When passing a monument or one of the memorial stones with the Tibetan engravings, you are expected to pass by on the left.   Day five was one of the easier days when we trekked for 4.5 hours to Dingboche which is at 4420 meters; this was a milestone for the three of us who had never reached such a high altitude before. All along we were passing caravans of Yaks. These beasts carry really heavy loads on their backs.   Day six was another acclimatization day. This meant trekking up a near-

Yaks Caravans

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by mountain to a height of 5000 meters. Some of our group decided to stay behind in Dingboche whilst the rest of us attempted this incredibly tough climb. Only Trevor, the youngest at 56, and the other fittest in our group went all the way. The rest of us decided to turn back at the 4750 meter mark.   Day seven of our trip was to Dughla and then Lobuche at 5000 meters. We were about an hour into our walk when sleet started to fall. Within the next half hour it had turned to snow. At the lower levels the Himalayas are rich green forest areas, but as you ascend you see the terrain becoming quite bare and baron with the majestic snow-capped peaks continue to draw one up. Lobuche is  the start of the Everest base camp trail which winds past the Khumbu Glacier.  It was exhilarating walking in the snow, and a new experience for many of the trekkers. Within hours of reaching Lobuche the snow was close to 40 centimeters deep. By the next morning there was more than a meter of snow covering the ground. The snow continued for the rest of that day pushing our hopes of reaching base camp further and further away.   Day eight was a

long “wait and see” day, mostly sitting around the dining room of the teahouse. The dining room was the warmest place to be with the customary combustion stove in the middle of the room being fuelled by dried out Yak droppings. Most of the trekkers read books, played cards or slept.   Day nine arrived along with the dreaded decision to go back down because the snow was still falling and making it impossible to go to base camp. We were so close - within 5 km of base camp - and this was something a few of us did not want to hear. Ram, our Sherpa, said it was too dangerous and the possibility of an avalanche was a real threat. So after breakfast we reluctantly started the long hard journey down to Pheriche. It is at times like this that you really appreciate the true value of a good guide. Our Sherpa, along with two other guides, had started to break ground “snow” and so, slowly, they could guide all of us who had been waiting at the hotel down to Pheriche. Whilst the path was not too steep up or down or too rocky, the going was relatively easy, but very slow and tiring. The further we went the more icy the path became and staying on one’s feet was more than a challenge.  I eventually took advantage of my falls and each time, whilst on my bottom, propelled myself forward for as far as I could go with my one foot.  Join us for in the next news letter for Cheryl’s final contribution of her trip to Mount Everest.

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TURKEY ON WHEELS

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eing a paraplegic and getting around with her motorised cart, Phyllis Woolf is a familiar face amongst Midstream residents. Phyllis enjoys taking on new challenges and adventures and she shared her recent visit to Turkey with us. “Mariëtte, a close friend and my regular travel partner, is crazy enough to try anything at least once. We set about doing some extensive research about Turkey and finally took off for Istanbul on November 8th, 2013.

Upon arrival at the airport our cab driver loaded baggage, two wheelchairs and two very stiff and wobbly passengers into the vehicle. Despite little or no knowledge of English the Turkish folk were incredibly kind and cheerful whenever we were in a pickle of sorts. Once settled in our hotel, cobblestone streets greeted us as we meandered in and about Taksim Square. The wheelie coped like a star. Traffic was intense in narrow streets and folk with mobile carts selling roasted chestnuts and pretzels were everywhere. The afternoon saw us being given royal treatment by Umut, our guide. He took us to

Street vendors at Taksim Square Source: terryownby.wordpress.com

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the spice market and while Mariëtte revelled in buying spices, I fell in love… with hot apple tea! Next stop was onto a boat and a trip along the Biospheres. Fascinating to see and an amazing experience. Again, help was in abundance and given with great care and joy. We spent some time at the famous Fairy Castles in Cappadocia and stood in awe of the excavated homes in the rock face. On the fourth day, the Taurus Mountains between Konya and Antalya welcomed us with open arms. Excellent roads weaved us through about three hours of splendour. This was a totally breath taking experience the magnificence of which cannot be adequately described in words. I fell in love again… this time with Pamukale! The mountain envelopes you as you enter the town. It was amazing to visit there and gaze in awe at the historical influences. They offer highlights in the main street such as the camel adorned to the nines. We enjoyed the best street food – pancakes made on an open fire while you watch. There are no words for Ephesus! The archaeological and historical significance

Phyllis Woolf

leaves one in awe. One has to be there to appreciate the implications and impact of this historical site. Initially we thought it a good idea to hire some testosterone to push the standard wheelie around as it is very rough terrain. Our motorised wheelies took all the bumps, hobbles and grinds it could.

Hagia Sophia Mosque in Istanbul Source: http://www.webmastergrade.com/

On our last day in Istanbul we visited the Haga Sophia Mosque, which blew me away! Then on to the Blue Mosque where a nice guide told half amusing jokes as he briefed us on the impressive history. One sentence encapsulates the essence of this trip: it was a dream fulfilled and memories will be cherished forever. Teşekkür ederim for your part in making it happen.” In our next edition – How Phyllis experienced the paraplegic services at the hotels in Turkey

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emand wat stories goed kan vertel is ʼn aanwins om elke braaivleisvuur. Dit is iemand wat met geur en kleur iets dood- gewoon kan oorvertel, sodat almal aan sy lippe hang. En so het almal ook seker gewonder watter stories ‘n groot, ou boom sal kan vertel. Dink byvoorbeeld aan die groot Jakarandaboom in Midstream wat staan waar die destydse opstal was. Wat sou die bome ons nie kon vertel van wat meer as ‘n honderd jaar gelede in ons kontrei gebeur het nie!

Die “groot trek” het laat in Februarie aangebreek. Gate is voorberei by Midstream Ridge Laerskool, waar die bome hul nuwe tuiste sou vind. Groot uitgrawe-masjinerie en ‘n massiewe platbaktrok het gereed gestaan om die reuse bome te skuif vanaf Midstream Rylaan. Die bome is vooraf effens gesnoei om te verhoed dat die takke skeur of platdruk tydens die op- of aflaai proses. Bande is om elke boom geplaas om die bas teen die kabels te beskerm, die bome is een vir

een gekantel en as ‘t ware ge-ab ba deur ‘n geel dinosourus-agtig masjien na die vragmotor. By hu nuwe tuiste aangekom, is die he proses teenoorgesteld herhaal. Die bome is regop getrek en me sorg staangemaak – nie te diep (anders vrot die bas) en ook nie vlak nie (anders word die wortel ontbloot). Die “seerplekke” op d bas van die bome is gedokter en regte middels in die wagtende gr gemeng om die groei van die wo te stimuleer.

Met ‘n gemotiveerde span en har werk is ongeveer dertig bome oo periode van vier dae verskuif.

Die span het trots na hul handegekyk. Die bome het tevrede te gekyk en hul eerste storie versam vir eendag – wanneer bome hul stories gaan vertel.

Fotos: Cornelia & Tyrone

So het dit dan ook aan die einde van 2013 gebeur dat Cornelia woord gekry het dat ‘n paar van die groot bome langs Midstream Rylaan afgesny gaan word, tensy sy en haar span hulle kan red. Die bome was geleë op ‘n uitgrawelyn van ‘n nuwe rioolpyplyn op die aanliggende plaas. Die proses van voorbereiding vir die

groot skuif het oor ‘n tien-weeklange periode gestrek. Hiertydens is slote om die bome se wortels gegrawe om dit stelselmatig in te perk, sodat die impak van die verskuiwing minder spanningsvol vir die bome sou wees. Gedurende hierdie tyd is die bome vertroetel, gereeld natgelei en daar is verder sorg gedra, sodat die boomwortels gesond sou bly.

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n or entries, For more informatio 921314 call Patrick on 0829

How much did it rain? We all know that it rained a lot during February and March this year – but how much did it actually rain? For an accurate record one can turn towards the local weather station that updates weather related information to the estate website every 30 minutes reflecting a wide range of weather related information. From recording the rainfall as well as the rate at which the rain fell to the humidity and air density to the UV reading and also the solar energy available expressed in Watt per m² visit www.midstream.co.za and follow the weather button. The rainfall records for February and March compared to the norm as well as a comparison to the closest weather stations of the SA Weather Bureau, being Irene and Grand Central:

February 2014 March 2014

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SAWB

SAWB

185 mm 228 mm

Irene 208 mm 237 mm

Grand Central 128 mm 160 mm

Normal rainfall at Irene 98 mm 84 mm

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Verhoging Increase Gemiddelde prysverhoging van elektrisiteit in Midstream is 8% Cost of electricity in Midstream to rise on average by 8%

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a ‘n aantal jare waarin elektrisiteit met 15% en meer per jaar verhoog het, is die goeie nuus vir Midstream inwoners dat daar bevestig is dat die prysverhoging die jaar in die orde van 8% gaan wees. MES, die plaaslike verspreider van elektrisiteit het laat weet dat hulle bevestiging van ESKOM ontvang het ten opsigte van prysverhogings wat vanaf 1 April sal geld vir die volgende jaar. Die basis van prysverhogings is die aankondiging wat NERSA in Februarie 2013 gemaak het dat ESKOM se prysverhogings vir die volgende 5 jaar vasgestel word op 8% per jaar. Die bevestiging van pryse word steeds jaarliks afgewag en dan eers aan die plaaslike inwoners deurgegee. Die tariewe van elektrisiteit wat deur MES gehef word, volg die tariewe en struktuur van ESKOM na. Die tariefstruktuur wat NERSA in 2013 geimplementeer het, is ‘n twee-blok tarief stelsel waarvolgens ‘n laer tarief geld vir verbruikers wat minder as 600kWh per maand verbruik. Meer inligting oor die tariefstruktuur is op die Midstream webblad beskikbaar.   Die tabel hieronder verskaf ‘n uiteensetting van die persentasie impak vir die verskillende verbruikergroepe: kWh/ m

% verhoging/ increase 2013/14 - 2014/15 60A

80A

3 x 60A

600

7.51%

8.02%

8.11%

1000

7.73%

8.01%

8.07%

2000

7.88%

8.00%

8.04%

3000

7.92%

8.00%

8.02%

4000

7.94%

8.00%

8.02%

With every household reliant on electricity for comfort, heat and a warm plate of food, the annual increase in electricity tariffs is always awaited by consumers with eager anticipation. Following the announcement by the national energy regulator (NERSA) in February 2013 that increases by ESKOM would be pegged at an 8% increase per year for the following 5 years, MES recently received confirmation of the increases to apply from 1 April 2014. The tariffs for electricity in Midrand Estates are determined by MES in accordance with the ESKOM tariff and will follow a similar pattern for residential consumers in Midstream to what was applied during 2013/14. The tariff structure is a two tier inclining block (IBT) structure tariff with a lower rate for consumers utilizing less than 600kWh per month. The table above provides a general overview on the expected impact. Visit the MES website at www.midstream.co.za for more information on the applicable tariffs from 1 April 2014 to 31 March 2015 as well as a calculator to compare your expected account with MES.

Load shedding: Eskom advised that they are managing an extremely tight supply network. ESKOM urges all South Africans to strive to save 10% of their electricity usage To obtain the latest information MES invite all its consumers to follow MES on Twitter. [Midstream_MES].

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Midstream College Babahuis

SPEELTYD

BABAHUIS PIEKNIEK

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Valentines day

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Commercial law, Trusts, wills and Administration of

Deceased Estates S

nyman de Jager Inc, as part of its numerous professional services, is committed to offering sound solutions to clients, and offering their expertise and service in the important fields of Commercial Law, the Administration of Deceased Estates and Trusts. The drafting of Commercial Agreements, the preparation of Wills, the formation of Trusts and other Legal Entities and the Administration of Deceased Estates in general, require specialised skill and knowledge, which we are proud to offer our clients.

Staying ahead of developments in the various areas of expertise needed for such services, is essential in offering a professional service in this field, and at Snyman de Jager Inc, we are able to offer the expertise clients expect and require. The professionals at Snyman de Jager Inc direct clients, in regards to their specific circumstances, to develop customised solutions in their Commercial transactions and Estate Planning, which may involve the formation of Trusts and other Legal Entities, or the drafting of new, legally sound Wills. Giving our clients confidence and peace of mind in these matters is our priority. Trusts, whether as an Estate planning tool, or formed for commercial, charitable, educational or other purposes, are integral parts of our legal repertoire. Knowledge

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of Trusts and the dynamic nature of the law affecting their formation, administration and use, is essential if one has, or intends having, any kind of involvement in Trusts, whether it be as part of one’s personal planning, or otherwise. The Administration of Deceased Estates is itself a complex and difficult process, and Snyman de Jager Inc has a dedicated department, specialising in this process. Death is a difficult time for all concerned and few are ready or well equipped to cope with all the legal consequences of death. It takes professionals with a sound, working knowledge and expertise in the winding up of Deceased Estates, to guide the process, from the reporting of the Estate to the Master of the High Court, to final distribution of the Estate to the beneficiaries, in an efficient yet personal manner. What clients need especially is the assurance that their loved one’s affairs are being dealt with by experts who also have the “human touch” and that they will have the benefit of closure as soon as possible. Our team prides itself in offering just the kind of professional skills, expertise and integrity that clients need during such a time.

drafting of property agreements and shareholders agreements, Snyman de Jager Inc will be able to assist you in a broad range of Commercial services. Having regard to the risk involved in most daily commercial transactions happening these days, it is a must to have some sort of written agreement put in place in order to regulate the relationship between parties. We at Snyman de Jager take pride in drafting agreements which are in line with the various pieces of legislation and which address the risks, all whilst being easy to understand and read. Our Estates Department and Commercial Department are headed by Attorney Kim de Jager and Roman Chausse, who is also a qualified Notary Public, and who have specialist qualification in the Administration of Deceased Estates and Commercial Law. By:

Snyman de Jager Inc also offers diverse services and expertise in terms of Commercial drafting and the general aspects of Commercial Law. From the registration and restorations of Legal Entities to the

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MLPP SE 5DE VERJAARSDAG

MCPP WATER DAY

TANDEMUIS BESOEK EN LEKKER SPEEL

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OUMA EN OUPA DAG

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Moyen Elliott

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The Wise Owl From our educators

It’s raining fish in Midstream READ HOW OUR KIDS EXPLAIN WHAT MAKES FISH APPEAR IN A PREVIOUSLY DRY POND AFTER THE RAINS

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he recent extreme rainfall left Midstream with little damage. To take the kids’ minds off the rain, the learners at Midstream College were asked for their opinion on where the fish that would appear in a dam or river that had previously dried up during dry seasons would come from. Ntee Puling (gr. 2) isn’t sure where the fish originate from, especially the fish that magically appear in a dam or river that had dried up during dry seasons. How is it possible that the same dry land now has fish when the water returns? “It must be fish eggs that drop with the rain from the sky. They’re small enough.” says Ntee with a nod of her head. Kylie van der Merwe (gr. 6) believes that frogs are God’s heroes in this situation. “Frogs seek water and they carry tadpoles, who then turn into fish.” Megan van Niekerk (gr. 7) supports the tadpole-theory. “Tadpoles dig holes in the ground and they survive the dry spells that way.” According to Karla Alberts (gr. 2), fish live underground in eggs and when the rain returns and fills up the dam, new fish are born. Molemo Chikane (gr. 4) took his time thinking about the question. He believes that the fish are the result of flying catfish from space. When he

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was asked why it was specifically catfish that do the flying, he responded with a non-committal shrug. Franco Cordani and Diba Mbatsha (gr. 4) believe that humans control the fish supply in previously dried-up dams and rivers. “You catch the fish when you see the water is drying up. Then you keep the fish in another dam (or a large bowl) until the dam has water again. You return the fish to their original home and voila!” Carmen van Heerden (gr. 6) argues that fish travel in rivers that overflow and when the water eventually reaches the dam, fish appear in the dam. When Kara-Lee (gr. 1), the daughter of Mr. Lessing - Midstream College Primary School’s Geography teacher - was asked what she believed about the returning fish, she responded with a suspicious frown: “Ken jy vir Lessing?!” Did you know that when you flush Nemo down the toilet, he travels through the sewerage of your home to a natural dam, just in time for the rain to restore the dried-up dam? Anushka Kleynhans (gr. 7) didn’t appear to be completely sure about her facts when she disclosed this best-

kept secret. Fortunately, over the past month, Midstream has been subjected to minimal power failures and only some excess water on roads and bridges. When one visits the fishing dams at the Purple Cow Restaurant, one finds carp, bass and kurpers. It is difficult to imagine that these dams could ever dry up. But, when and if that ever happens, we now know that there are some friendly humans, flying catfish, frogs, raining tadpoles, Nemo, and of course … Mr. Lessing to restore the ecosystem!

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CHUCK NORRIS WHO? Chuck Norris could light a fire by rubbing two ice-cubes together, but Midstream College Primary School’s A-Swimming team could secure an overall second place in the 2014 Inter-Primary A-swimming meet.

Thank you to all the swimmers, parents and coaches for your dedication and motivation. From now on, whenever the swimming pool is approached, Midstream College Primary School will be mentioned. As for Chuck and his everlasting reputation, a few will say; “Chuck Norris? Yes, I think I’ve heard of her.”

At first it seemed that the Inter-League Gala on March 4th at Hillcrest would be postponed due to the alarming amount of rain, but when no lightning threatened the swimming pool, Midstream College geared up and swam their way to an impressive and well-deserved second place. Veronique Rossouw, the third place Victrix Ludorum, set up a new record in the u/10 girls 50m Butterfly stroke with a time of 40.91 seconds. Matthew Randle was selected as the second Victor Ludorum and missed his record by milli-seconds. Midstream’s swimming has improved considerably over the last year: 2013 RESULTS

2014 RESULTS

DSG/WHPS

984

DSG/WHPS

956

Woodhill College

737

Midstream College

803

Midstream College

731 St Paulus

702

St Paulus

672

Woodhill College

694.5

Cornwall Hille college

574

Waterkloof Primary

526

Midstream Girls

4th place (317)

Midstream Girls

2nd place (380)

Midstream Boys

2nd place (396)

Midstream Boys

2nd place (405)

Gold Medals

7

Gold Medals

16

Silver Medals

6

Silver Medals

14

Bronze Medals

6

Bronze Medals

14

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JE NE PARLE PAS FRANçAIS NON There can be no doubt that the French have phenomenal flair and to be able to articulate in the language adds a feather in anyone’s cap. Midstream College Primary School now offers French to learners interested in speaking the language (and understanding the heading of this article!). In the language department at the school French now joins its counterparts: Afrikaans, English and North-Sotho. The classes are led by Natasha Coret – with twenty learners already enrolled to take their seats for their weekly dose of French flair. The lessons do not form part of the curriculum and as such an additional fee is payable. Soon, these learners will be able to say: “JE PARLE FRANÇAIS”

DIE SOET-DROOG KOMBINASIE VAN ’N TOESPRAAK

Die jaarlikse Pretpraters en ATKV-uitdunne kan met ’n grondboontjiebotter-en-stroop toebroodjie vergelyk word. Aan die buitekant, ’n afgeronde broodjie waarvan die korsies afgesny is met ’n taaierige, goudbruin rand. Wanneer jy bevoorreg genoeg is om die binnekant te betree, ervaar jy die ryke, sensasionele, soet-droog kombinasie van grondboontjiebotter en stroop. ’n Fenomenale ervaring van epiese proporsies! Midstream College Primêre Skool het weereens aan die einde gekom van ’n uitklop-geleentheid om te praat en te argumenteer. Die Pretpraters en ATKV-uitdunne is groter en beter as ooit tevore – die gehoor is oorspoel met wenke vir die spesialisering van braai, redes waarom sirkusse dieremishandeling is, asook waarom daar meer aandag aan die kunste gegee moet word – ten koste van sport! Die gehoor en beoordelaars is nou oortuig dat kinders van 13 oud genoeg is

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vir Facebook en dat ouderdomsbeperkings vir rolprente broodnodig is. Die verpligte onvoorbereide toesprake wat verlede jaar as verrassing op die graad ses- en sewe-sprekers gewag het, het soos stroop verloop en gevolglik die beoordelaars met hul skerp opmerkings en vinnige denke verras. Die drie beoordelaars gedurende die uitdunne was Carien Bloem, At Strydom en Tania van Staden. Hulle het die ongelooflike taai taak gehad om te bepaal watter sprekers na die eerste rondte van die ATKV-uitdunne gaan deurdring. Uiteindelik was die uitslae as volg: Pretpraters Mees entoesiastiese spreker - Cara-Renette Ponting (Gr 2), Veronica du Plessis (Gr 3), Zaedri Froneman (Gr 4), Izelle Kruger (Gr 5), Reinhardt Snyman (Gr 6), Liandri du Toit (Gr 7)

Oorspronklikste toespraak - Pieter Naudé (vir Gr 2 en Gr 3), Jacques Coetzer (Gr 4), Hanro Esterhuyzen (Gr 5), Duncan Erasmus (Gr 6), Minique Bouwer (Gr 7) ATKV Uitdunne: Top vyf leerders wat deurgaan na ATKV eerste rondte Gr 2 en 3: Jennica van der Merwe, Gustav Botha, Ilana Moolman, Conré van den Berg, Jacques Vlok Gr 4 en 5: Dietrich von Benecke, Megan Webb, Veronique Rossouw, Ziné Swart, Arno van Wyk Gr 6 en 7: Christian Timmerman, Jordan Fitzjohn, Tishca de Coning, Dihan de Bod, Anri Moolman Baie geluk aan al hierdie sprekers! Sorg maar dat jou voorraad van grondboontjiebotter en stroop volop is. As alternatief, kom ondersteun die eerste rondte van die ATKV-redenaarskompetisie in Mei vir jou soet-droog dosis van die dag!

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STORIE-AAND SUKSES Die opgewondenheid wat gepaard gaan 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 19 Maart 2014 is ’n totaal van 340 gretige storie-aandgangers gelei deur welbekende én nuwe gesigte. Televisie- en ra-

diopersoonlikhede Esmé gekompeteer om dié de Wet,  Johny Klein,  bekende sprokie in die Christelle van Graan,  minste woorde moontlik Chris van Rensburg,  Dante vertel. Die wenspan iel Wolmarans,  Henko het uiteindelik weggevan der Linde,  Jaun Bekom met hul weergawe zuidenhout,  David Louw,  van Die Drie Varkies in Laré Birk,  Shaun Koch,  ’n buitensporige ses seCohan Miller,  Michelle kondes! Ayden en Kate Roothman het die leeshoekies trotDie kinders het in dié seer, met die hoogtepunt ontspanne atmosfeer natuurlik weereens Petrus gelê, gesit, geluister en Harmse van Karate Kallie. saam deelgeneem aan Om te sorg dat almal ’n die aktiwiteite wat deeldraai by hóm kon maak, gevorm het van die aand is hy die geleentheid gese verrigtinge. Selfs die gun om almal in die saal versnaperinge tydens te vermaak as ’n encore pouse kon die storietot die legendariese aand. gangers nie uit die klasse hou nie. Dié honger vir Leerders is ook die gestories word nie sommer leentheid gegun om hul gestil nie. Selfs nie na ’n eie weergawe van Die hele Storie-aand nie. Ons Drie Varkies visueel voor sal moet vasbyt tot volte stel. Geselekteerde gende jaar! groepe het teen mekaar

ANNUAL PRESTIGE RUGBY DAY A total of 58 schools visited Midstream College Primary School for the annual Prestige Rugby Day. Blue skies and excited smiles welcomed boys from all over the country and concluded the day with a faceoff where Menlopark Primary prevailed over Midstream College with a 14-10 win.

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CHANGE IS ON THE HORIZON… M

idstream Ridge, the newest development by Bondev, is about to surface and once again change the scene in Midstream!

The long anticipated launch of the first extension in Midstream Ridge took place with astounding success. At the launch every stand in X58 was sold to selected developers who had already completed many building projects within the allotted building period, and handed over homes to happy new residents! The good news for buyers wanting to settle in Midstream Ridge is that these developers will soon have building plans available on the stands in X58. In the near future potential buyers will be spoilt for choice. There will be many different stands and plans in varying price ranges to choose from. There are many advantages in using an experienced developer to go though the building process with you. Firstly, they generally make use of well qualified Architects to do the all important design of your home. Secondly, due to their vast experience in building homes in the estate, they are well informed as to the Aesthetic and related Building Rules. Lastly, over the past years,

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they have proven themselves to be developers that deliver a quality product (your home) to clients. If you are considering a new home in Midstream, but feel overwhelmed by the challenge of taking on a building project on your own, then using one of these developers could be the answer for you! Talking about change, we have almost forgotten that Midstream Hill is still in baby shoes and hasn’t always been there up against our Western Border! Midstream Hill has changed so rapidly into a town that looks and feels like an established area of the greater estate. Driving down the main road is such a colourful experience with parks, playgrounds, public swimming pools, completed homes and lush green gardens. Midstream Hill is also proud to announce that the Himalaya’s Putting course is open and available for use! Perhaps the little one’s next birthday party could be enjoyed there?! Take a drive out to Midstream Hill and view this new and exciting addition to the many facilities already offered. You

may just want to take up your putter and play a round or two. In the life and times of Midstream Estate we can positively say that the only constant is change! Keep watching this space because there is still much exciting development taking place and still many planned launches for Midstream Ridge. Contact the Bondev Sales Team for any enquiries regarding Retire@Midstream and the all new Midstream Ridge development. The Bondev Sales Team.

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ATLETIEK

Nikita Germishuizen

Midstream College se atletiekspan het hierdie jaar vir die eerste keer in die B-Bond teen groot atletiekskole soos Hoërskool Oos-Moot, Montana en Hoërskool Wonderboom deelgeneem. Die skool se atlete het puik presteer en almal verras deur ‘n algehele derde plek tydens die Interhoër-atletiekbyeenkoms wat op 28 Februarie 2014 by Tuks plaasgevind het, te behaal. Midstream het ook trofees ontvang vir die beste Dogters-hekkiesspan, beste Dogters-middelafstandspan, asook beste Middelafstandspan van die byeenkoms. Nikita Germishuizen is aangewys as die beste Junior Dogters-baanatleet van die dag. Midstream College wil ook graag die volgende atlete wat gekies is om aan die SA-Skole

Aroma Theron

Kampioenskappe en SA-Junior Kampioenskappe deel te neem, gelukwens. • SA-Skole Kampioenskappe vind plaas vanaf 26 tot 29 Maart te James Munnik Polokwane: Crystal Liebenberg, Chantelle Ochse en Nikita Germishuizen. • SA-Junior Kampioenskappe vind plaas vanaf 3 tot 5 April te Stellenbosch: Crystal Liebenberg, James Munnik en Shanley Koekemoer. Crystal Liebenberg

Ninnaku Oberholzer

Shanley Koekemoer

Tennisdogters maak geskiedenis

Interne Redenaarskompetisie Die deelnemers het hulle goed van hul taak gekwyt en met groot selfvertroue hul opinies met die gehoor gedeel. Aroma Theron was die wenner van die juniors, Tiane de Bod tweede en Lize Schoeman in die derde plek. Ninnaku Oberholzer was die wenner van die seniors, Monique Jooste, tweede, en Esmarie von Benecke, derde. Ons wens al ons redenaars sterkte toe met hul voorbereiding vir en deelname aan die jaarlikse Van Huyssteen’s Orators-kompetisie.

Lee Barnard, Marelie Pretorius, Chelsey Dzenga en Zani Barnard

Midstream College se eerste span het die topliga in Pretoria gewen deur met Afrikaanse Hoër Meisieskool, Hoërskool Waterkloof, Hoërskool Menlopark en St Mary’s

DSG af te reken. Wat hierdie prestasie nog indrukwekkender maak, is die feit dat Midstream se span uit drie graad 9-spelers en een graad 8-speler bestaan.

Midstream College Diving Club tackles Miracle Waters, North West Province

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Midstream College goes camping Kloofing

Gr 8 Hartbeeshoek, close to Brits

Gr 9 Konka, near Rustenburg Elandskloof, near Dullstroom

Gr 10

Gr 11

Midstream College se Avontuurklub het die naweek van 20 & 21 Maart 2014. Kamp is opgeslaan by Mountain Sanctury Park in die Magaliesberge en Kloofing gaan doen. Twintig leerders het ongeveer 6 km deur die berge gestap en toe die kloof aangedurf. Daar is van kranse afgespring, in poele geswem, op gladde rotse afgeseil, geklim en geklouter. Hierdie was ‘n gulde geleentheid vir elkeen om aan hul avontuurlustigheid uiting te gee en hierdie geleentheid sal altyd een van die hoogtepunte op Midstream College se jaarlikse kalender wees.

Jubaweni, close to Modimole

Gr 12

Induna Adventures, near Hazyview

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Why do we have all these rules? T

he following article on House Rules was derived from the November December 2013 publication of “The Common Ground”, an American magazine distributed for body corporates and HOAs. The article deals with the question – “Why do we have all these rules?” “The answer is quite simple: In the first place, people were most probably attracted by the way the community looked and functioned When owners question association rules, community leaders need to remind them to think back to what initially drew them to the community. At the time, owners may not have realized that the appeal was, in a large part, due to the efforts of the board and association manager in enforcing the governing documents which each owner should have reviewed prior to purchasing a home. There’s a reason why associations prevent owners from placing statues or trees on every square inch of the street front, or painting the house purple and the trim lime green. The association’s enforcement efforts are meant to ensure that the houses and the amenities look good so that property values are maximised. What creates this general appeal?

Good maintenance, style and appearance. Good maintenance is evident when there are no weeds on the sidewalks, the concrete and asphalt is in good condition, the grass on the street front is neatly mowed, the satellite dish is correctly placed, and there are no alterations without approval, etc. That’s why associations do those pesky inspections. Board members and managers don’t like to get phone calls from irate owners, but we’re all committed to ensuring that the community is well maintained so that those very same owners can list their house and get a good price when it’s time to sell. Style and appearance – or aesthetics – are evident when all of the houses are constructed and maintained in a similar fashion. Yes, owners have to give up some individuality, but people with extreme tastes – like those described earlier – drive down property values.

regulations in order to keep it that way. When home buyers choose the community, chances are they did so because they liked the aesthetics and maintenance. They saw the signs and now they have to follow them.” And so, it seems, we do agree with the Americans on a number of things. Midstream continues to be one of the most sought-after gated communities in the country because of the excellent management, maintenance and well-kept surroundings and amenities. Our residents walk proud and enjoy the lifestyle Midstream offers. The House Rules which form part of each of the the greater Midstream Estates can be found on our website at www.midstream.co.za or can be obtained from the HOA Office.

The fact that people are sufficiently attracted to a community to make it their home is reason enough for association rules and

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SAFETY PRECAUTIONS OUTSIDE THE ESTATE FROM THE MIDSTREAM ESTATE HOA CHAIRMAN – NAUDé KLOPPER

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or those of us who have been around for the past ten years, its been an almost surreal experience to see the progress that has been made in the greater Midstream. Through the Midstream Magazine and various other means of communication we’ve been kept informed not only of the fact that we’ve now celebrated ten years, but also of the many other achievements within the estate. However, having just celebrated that milestone, we all need to know that a well-managed environment may often lead to a false sense of security. To a large extent, our primary level of security lies behind the security gates and double perimeter walls of the different estates within the greater Midstream development. The connector roads around us and the main access road (Brakfontein Road) through the tower gates constitute a public area. So do the schools, churches, shopping centre and office parks, which are all accessible to the general public.

system is seriously compromised, together with that of the wellbeing of all families within the estate. As a resident who cares and in the interest of fellow residents, I write this letter and humbly request that we all adhere to the rules of the estate we reside in. These rules are there to protect you and your investment and to ensure that you and your family can enjoy a peaceful and safe environment. Sadly, in the very recent past, while out running in the field adjacent to Heritage Hill, one of our residents

endured a brutal attack. We urge all runners, hikers and cyclists to go out in groups when leaving the confines of the estate and to exit and enter in the prescribed manner. This will enable Management to render assistance to authorities should such an unfortunate incident happen. We are a close-knit community that cares about the safety of fellow residents. We rely on your cooperation and believe that the lifestyle we are creating in Midstream will be a legacy enjoyed by those to follow. ~ Naudé Klopper

Registered home owners gain access and exit by means of a biometric security system. Details of each individual, including time of access and exit are then recorded on the security database. All too often it happens that residents collect casual workers outside the estate and enter the boom gates without bothering to register these workers. Without any record of identification or time of access of these individuals, the security

Security Officer of the month Congratulations

Peturs Langa one of Midstreams security officers found a handbag in one of the parks whiles on patrol. The bag was handed in and we were able to return the bag with all it’s content to the owner. Well done Peturs. Anny items found in any of the communal areas can be handed in at the relevant HOA office

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In the past few weeks we have been looking at the Fruit of the Spirit as we read in Galatians 5. These are the qualities and characteristics that the Lord would have us display in our lives, not only at church, but every day, all day, in every way. The Fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. Against such there is no law. Love is the vital connection between these “fruits”, and the one thing that binds them all together. Love is the vital connection. Not the love we read about in steamy novels, or the love we see on the TV. But rather that love that covers a multitude of sins. That love that passes all understanding. That love that the Father has lavished on us. This is what we are to strive towards in all that we do and say. When we have this vital connection, the other Fruits seem to flow from us. The one other fruit that really stand out for me, is gentleness. Life and society today seems to see gentleness as weakness. We live in a life that requires us to be hard and ruthless, cut-throat and self-seeking. But the Spirit of the Lord shows us differently. Jesus was patient and kind. He showed compassion to all. He never did things to the detriment of others. He was considerate, gentle and kind. Everybody had a place in everything that He did. And if we are

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going to bear the Fruit of the Spirit then we need to follow the example that He set for us. We can all name the giants of our time! Nelson Mandela, Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin, John Smit and Francios Pienaar – there are giants in all walks of life. But, what will change you in the gentle giant that the Lord wants and needs you to be? I believe it is when we show the Fruit of the Spirit in all spheres of our lives. When we have infectious joy, transcending peace, enduring patience and loving kindness! These are the characteristics that transform us into being the Gentle Giants of our time. When we show these qualities in our families, that is the difficult place to show them, when we behave in this way every day at our work place, when we treat others as we would have them treat us! What a difference it would make to our family lives, our society and our country. We need to stand up for the good of all. We need to be the people that God wants us to be. We need to bear the Fruit of the Spirit in all that we do and strive to do. We never need to trample on others to get to the top! There is another way to do that!

ran along, laughing and kicking the apples. One young man turned back. Shouted to his friends that he would catch the next plane, and went back to help pick up the apples. To his horror he found the young lady groping on the ground looking for the apples. She was blind, and selling the apples was her livelihood. He quickly picked up all the apples, stacked them again neatly on the trolley and then put some money in her hand to pay for those that had been damaged. She gently turned towards him and softly asked: Are you Jesus? Bearing the Fruit of the Spirit in our lives can make a difference. We leave the fragrance of our Lord behind, and people stop and wonder why we are different. Can I challenge you to look for the Fruit of the Spirit in your life. Stop and see what the Lord can do through you. I look forward to communicating with you soon. God bless and keep you in the palm of His mighty hand. With my love, Jen Botha

The story goes of a few young executives rushing through the terminal at the airport to board the plane. In the rush they bump over a trolley of apples, and the apples scattered in every direction. A quick “sorry” and they all

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