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2018 has been quite a rollercoaster ride! It has been a year with many highlights and its fair share of low points, and more surprises than we could ever have imagined. The world is changing faster than at any point in history, but the basics remain the same: Love unconditionally. Celebrate victories, no matter how small. Spend time with family and friends. Be kind to everybody you meet. Make time for yourself. Never regret anything that has happened in your life, it cannot be changed, undone or forgotten so take it as a lesson learned and move on. Wishing you a joyous festive season and may 2019 be filled with health and happiness for all of us.

The world would be a better place if everyone had the ability to love as unconditionally as a dog. – MK Clinton

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Front page: A boy and his best friends, with Ascend To Midstream in the background.

October 2018 cover image If you did not receive the October 2018 edition, please email us for an electronic copy. Magazine enquiries | Tydskrif navrae Lizelle Green - 079 435 0839 Advertising | Advertensies Taryn Hoon - 012 940 9400 Website | Webwerf Thank you to our Contributors Dankie aan ons Medewerkers Yolanda, Nicolene, Twani, Jacques, Dirk, Sorika, Jen, Heidi, Louise, Frik, Mariette, Cornelia, NoĂŤlani, Wilhelm, Micara, Maureen, Murray, Michael, Karien, Jan, Willem, Taryn, Lizelle, Antoinette



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pg 19 - 33 Holiday

pg 7 - 9 The Celes

pg 43 The Godfather

pg 35 Giant Kingfisher

pg 84-85 Mr Green Fingers

pg 44 Hyto Tyto

pg 11


Tiny Beetle

pg 13


End of Year Arrangements

pg 14-15



pg 17


Midstream Time Garden

pg 36-37


Furry Friends

pg 38-41



pg 45-46


Competition Winners

pg 47


Midstream Moments

pg 48-50


Church News

pg 55


Care in Midstream

pg 83



pg 86-87


New Life for Midstream Hill Circle

pg 88-89


Community Calendar

pg 90-93



pg 94


From the desk of Jen Botha

pg 79-81 Photography

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The Celes

making (Christmas) memories in Midstream A painting of Nelson Mandela welcomes you when you enter the home of the Cele-family. “Hi,” says the baby-faced Idol, Lloyd Cele (37). His hand soft, strong and genial. “I never had the opportunity to meet him,” he gestures to the painting, “but he will always be my idol.”

Little Zoey (6), who reminds us strongly of a cherub, barrels out of the house on her bike, “Hello,” she pouts her lips. “That one is a real drama queen,” laughs Lloyd. Kingsley – their little miracle – puts his arms around his older brother, Levi (9). “Kissy, kissy.” He dribbles all over his brother. “Yuk,” says Levy, pushing his brother away.

The baby-face Idol, Lloyd Cele, is content with his life.

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All is well in the Cele household in Midlands, and as it is a month before Christmas, the spirit is higher than usual. “We have gone through rough times,” confesses Janice, Lloyd’s beautiful wife. “We lost a child during a stillbirth, and around three years ago, I had a miscarriage. That is why Kingsley, who is turning two next year, is a miracle.” It has been eight years since that nail-biting Idols-moment: Elvis Blue vs. Lloyd Cele. Elvis won the series, but Lloyd’s career did not fade into obscurity – as it happens to many Idols-participants. His songs surf the hit parades and he regularly appears on the covers of magazines and on television shows. He was recently asked to sing an Afrikaans song for a new children’s channel on Showmax. “The song is called Klein Kroontjies” – he stumbles over the last word, blushing – “I still battle with the Afrikaans pronunciation. But at least I am trying.”

Zoey casually interrupts, “Babsy,” referring to their caretaker and domestic worker, who speaks Afrikaans, “I want to speak that language as well.” Growing up in KwaZulu-Natal, Lloyd and Janice wanted to raise their children close to the sea, to nature, but after Idols the couple decided to rent a house in Midstream. “We fell in love with the estate. Around five years ago we built this house in Midlands,” says Janice. Tailorbuilt to suit the needs of the family, friends, and children. “The children attend the school in Midstream. We have wonderful friends and supporters. I don’t have to worry about my family when I am on tour. Everything is safe and sound.” “And no,” says Lloyd, “although I often sing abroad, we are not planning to emigrate. Our children are happy, and therefore, we are delighted.” Lloyd and Janice are all about

family. As usual, the family will flock from all over the country to spend Christmas with the Celes. “We love a big family Christmas. We are in many ways very traditional,” says Janice. As Janice and Lloyd are both people of the holy writ, they brought their children up with Jesus’s birth. “What is Christmas about, Zoey?” “Jesus was born,” she says, “but I am still going to write a letter to Father Christmas asking him to give me roller blades,” she whispers before running upstairs to put on her bathing costume. Janice laughs, “We don’t spoil our children, but on Christmas Eve they get two extraordinary gifts. We asked them to give us a wish list of five items, and we will buy the two most appropriate gifts.” Janice says it’s a tradition to dress up on Christmas Eve, “We, the women in the family, wear Santa Clause outfits and put on a

The happy family: The Cele family love spending time together.


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Kingsley, the last of the Cele brood, dripples all over his brother, Levy

spectacular Christmas show. Then the children will get their presents. Afterward, we usually play board games; Monopoly or card games.” “On Christmas day we will go to church, and then, of course, it is all about food. We make a leg of lamb, curry, and pasta. A bit of everything. Traditional and nontraditional Christmas food.” “Christmas,” says Lloyd, “is also the time of the year when I don’t perform anywhere.” “Mommy,” cries Zoey, “I want to swim.” Janice jumps from the couch. “No, you spent hours in the salon to treat your hair. You can’t swim now.” “She is a good wife and mother,” Lloyd says. “She inspired many of my songs.” Over the years Lloyd has written many hits, but his 2012 hit ‘You make it easy’ is perhaps the most memorable. “People still ask for the song at my shows,” he says. “I adapt the song when I play for

different crowds. I will put a more acoustic twist to the song when I perform in front of an Afrikaans crowd, for the Indian crowd, I will transform it into a more old school vibe and the black crowd, a house music vibe.” When he came second in Idols, Elvis Blue gave him half of the prize money. The two made a promise:, whoever wins will share. Elvis kept his part of the deal and Lloyd used the money to start his own record label. He hasn’t released a new CD since 2014, but he tries to release a few singles every year. Lloyd is content with life, with his marriage, his family, his career. But he still has work to do in Midstream, and in this coming year he is going to put more effort into his project: voice coaching to the kids in Midstream. “I have started with a few children. The vocal coaching must grow. So many children have angelic voices. I want to help them to reach their full potential.”

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What about a collaboration with an Afrikaans singer? What about Kurt Darren? “I love Kurt. He is an amazingly talented guy.” Kurt and his family have recently moved to Midstream, becoming part of the pool of talented people in the estate. “I ran into him, and we started to chat. Who knows what next year will bring?” It is almost sundown, and the family is at the swimming pool. Zoey sitting with her feet in the water. Kingsley on his mother’s lap. Levy in the swimming pool. A beautiful suburban painting. For one moment, Lloyd stares at his family. A memory embedded in his mind forever. At the gate, the security guards asks: “How is Mr. Cele doing? He is a good man.” A good man who makes it easy for us to love him.



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Tiny Beetle


in the spotlight By Noëlani van den Berg and Wilhelm de Beer

A tiny ambrosia beetle, known as the polyphagous shot hole borer (Euwallaceae fornicatus), has recently been in the spotlight for killing trees in a number of suburbs in Johannesburg. The 2mm-long invasive alien from South-east Asia has, however, fungal species with it which are deposited into living trees when the beetle bores into the wood. It is one of these fungi, Fusarium euwallaceae, that can eventually kill a beetle-infested tree. The beetle and the fungus have a symbiotic relationship in which the fungus serves as a food source for the adults, and their

larvae and the beetle, in turn, provide “transport” to the fungus. Pregnant female beetles (1.8 – 2.6 mm) emerge from the galleries and fly to a new tree, carrying the pathogenic fungus in specialised mouthparts where it is then deposited. The beetle is a strong flyer and can spread naturally 1020km per year. The beetle attacks a wide range of exotic and indigenous trees in urban, natural and agricultural landscapes. Tree species in which the beetle is able to breed in are referred to as “reproductive hosts” including oaks, maples, willows, coral trees, avocado and castor bean. In the Sandton area, both native and exotic trees have started dying – these include Japanese and Chinese maple, Kapok, liquid amber and London plane. Several paperbarks, native to SA, are also heavily infested and dying. (Full list of affected trees available on www. za/index.php / research/7). Symptoms vary on different tree species, but the first sign that a tree has been invaded is small entrance holes on the bark. Patches

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of white powdered wood and/or blotches of dark-red oozing resin surround the holes. The trees then start showing branch dieback. Movement of infested wood is an important pathway for the spread of the beetle and infested trees must be chopped off and burnt. Unfortunately, the beetle has spread to Lanseria through the movement of firewood from the Sandton area. Control strategies are limited. There are no effective chemicals that can penetrate the wood to kill off all the beetles or to control the fungus. A team of scientists at the Forestry and Agricultural Biotechnology Institute, University of Pretoria and other sectors are joining hands to tackle the tiny beast. Midstream is a giant urban forest with many exotic and indigenous trees of which several are susceptible to the beetle and the fungus. The Midstream community can help! • Keep an eye out for the beetles and their associated symptoms • Photographs of symptoms, street address and contact details can be sent to We are appealing to people not to spread the problem by moving infested material. Instead, branches should be cut into small pieces and burnt. Help us to keep our Midstream Forest safe. 11


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R e g i s t r at i o n End of Year Arrangements Domestic & Gardener Registration/Renewal Midfield - April & September Midlands - April & October Midstream - 6 months from date of registration Midstream Hill - April & October Retire@Midstream Full Title - April & October Retire@Midstream Sectional Title - March & September Midstream Ridge - March & September

Garden and Pool Service


Expire on 31 December 2018 and register from 2 January 2019. No work on Public Holidays.

(Grace will be granted to register until the end of January 2019)

Expire 14 December 2018 Renew from 2 January 2019 Start to work 7 January 2019 Residents can register their visitors for the Holidays, for a specific period, at their HOA with the consent of the Security Manager. Please remember their access will expire as requested by the resident.

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determine your decisions – phases determine your priorities This is such a simple statement; however, it encompasses our entire lives. Our priorities drive our decision-making processes all the time, but largely our priorities are guided by the phase of life that we are going through. “Sometimes like the moon, you have to go through phases whether you like it or not” – Marie Trupia.

with perhaps one or no children as yet. In this phase of your life, your priorities are to better your career and get a foot in the door of a solid property investment. Midstream Meadows is your answer as it offers smaller stands and affordable, solid property investments, while the greater Midstream Estates offer you a choice of three exceptional baby houses and pre-schools. Now you are able to focus on your priorities while your child develops in a

The residential communities and facilities of Midstream were developed around the different needs that arise due to the passing phases of life that we are all bound to go through. As our children’s lives can be divided into three phases until they reach young adulthood, so too can our adult lives be divided into three major phases. What makes Midstream so unique is that your changing needs and priorities can be met through every phase from childhood through to adulthood. At first, you may be a young newly-wed couple safe environment and your investment can grow in value over time. The facilities in and around Midstream Meadows such as Hyto Tyto and the Action Sports Centre are ideal for the youngsters and young at heart. Once you have crossed over to the family of four phase, your priorities will now be driven by the phases of your children’s lives. You will probably start considering a move closer to a school which would make juggling your time between your career and family life that much simpler. Midstream Ridge could be your next consideration. There you can buy a larger


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your needs. While you can enjoy your retirement phase of life, you are also able to participate in the phase of life that your children and grandchildren are going through, as they could very possibly be living in the Estate in a home that is suitable to their needs. This is a precious time, and Midstream offers you this unique opportunity. A sensitive but all-important topic is that of assisted living, frail and Alzheimer’s care. When and if the need arises, it is vital that your loved ones have the best quality care when they need it most. In Midstream this need has been met in home, or building package on a larger stand, and the kids can walk to school. On your way home, you can make a quick stop at the Midstream Ridge Spar, pick up supper at one of the many restaurants in Shopping-on-Ridgeway or de-stress at the gym. The perfect recipe for a full and fulfilled life. Time does not stand still, and before you know it your toddlers have started and finished their schooling phase, and you will start contemplating what to do next because now you find that a large portion of your house is empty most of the time. Midstream can accommodate you in luxury and style through this phase of your life. You may feel that it is time to move to a lock-up and go luxury apartment in Ascend to Midstream. While your children have moved on into their third phase, which may entail studying at university or starting with their young adult lives, they too can be accommodated in the many rental or investment options available to them in the greater Midstream Estates. Once again, Ascend to Midstream is an excellent option as it offers them easy living, central to all the major hubs for both work and play. A current owner of a unit at Ascend to Midstream has worked it out perfectly. Their child will stay in their unit until such time that she is in that phase of life where she has a family, and her priorities are such that she will need the large home and a garden that they are currently living in and then at that point, they will swap homes. They also own a unit at Retire@Midstream, so they have a long-term contingency plan that covers every phase of their and their child’s lifespan.

the recently opened specialised care facilities, and you only have to speak to the family of the residents there to understand how vital this facility is and how convenient it is that it is situated in the safe boundaries of our estate. Life is ever changing, evolving from phase to phase and so too has Midstream Estates evolved around the needs of its’ community. We would like you to put Midstream to the test and decide for yourself if we can offer you a solution that would suit the phase of life that you are in and fulfil the needs most important to you. Maureen van Zyl (

As we age and enter the wonderful phase of retirement, our priorities change once again, and we start considering the availability of quality medical care, the companionship of people in our age group and our safety when we are at home. We look forward to travelling without the worry of the big house, garden and pets that have to be looked after while we are away. These needs are best met at our new two-bedroom units in Extension 55 of Retire@Midstream. The different size units offer you freedom of choice and at a price range that suits

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Time Garden The Midstream Time Garden aims to capture not only the memories but also the history of the people of Midstream and surrounds, by preserving the ashes of loved ones in the specially designed gardens. The theme that flows throughout the gardens is the concept of “Time” and is portrayed in various aspects of the gardens and facilities. The gardens create a tranquil “sense of place” through which one can stroll and catch a glimpse of history. As an option, additional information - photographs and life stories - may be provided to add detail to the memories which will be stored in a database that can be accessed on the internet. Die Midstream Time Gedenktuin bied ‘n verskeidenheid opsies om die as en herhinneringe van ‘n geliefde te bewaar. Die sonwyser en vele ander simbole in die gedenktuin herinner mens aan die vlietende waarde van tyd in ons almal se lewens. Die rustige tuin bied aan besoekers die geleentheid om die geskiedenis van Midstream en omgewing se mense te ervaar. Familie en vriende word uitgenooi om verdere inligting – foto’s en lewensverhale - te voorsien om sodoende die geskiedenis verder in te kleur.

Vir meer inligting kontak Mariette Kapp 012 661 1177

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Holiday Noun:


holiday; Plural noun: holidays

An extended period of leisure and recreation, especially one spent away from home or travelling. "I spent my summer holidays on a farm"

break; rest; period of leave; day off; week off; month off; recess; school holiday; half-term; more time off; time out; leave; leave of absence; furlough; sabbatical; trip; tour; journey; expedition; voyage; vacation.


informal: hols; vac; staycation; informal vacay; formal sojourn

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Talk the Talk!


itting down for dinner with family and friends is a wonderful way to unwind away from media distractions like television, internet, and computer games. Dinner table conversation fosters an occasion for children to work on communication skills while articulating their own opinions. Here are a few conversation starters to initiate meaningful exchanges around your table: • If you had just one wish, and it couldn’t be for more wishes, what would you wish for, and why? • If you couldn’t watch TV or go online for a month, how would you spend that time? • If you could go anywhere in the world for a week, where would it be? • If you could have any superpower, which would you choose? • If you could trade places with someone you know, would you do it? Who would it be, and why?

• If the house were on fire and you only had five minutes to get out, what would you grab to take with you? • If you could have one dream come true, which dream would it be?

Need some interesting facts for dinner-time conversation? Here are a few common expressions that are based on music. ‘Pulling out all the stops’ – going all out, or giving your all – originally referred to organ stops, which are pulled out to turn on each set of sounds in a pipe organ. When they are all pulled out, the instrument can be played at its maximum volume. ‘Blowing your own trumpet’ or

‘tooting your own horn’ (meaning ‘to brag’) could come from the medieval period, when heralds would announce the arrival of a VIP with a fanfare. Of course, if you weren’t a VIP you would have to… blow your own trumpet. ‘Harping on’ about something means you won’t stop talking about it. It’s actually a shortening of the phrase ‘harp on the same string’, first recorded in 1518, which means ‘to play the same note over and over’. ‘It rings a bell’ - bells are usually sounded to remind us to do things, like the timer on your oven (your cake’s about to burn) or a school bell (to go to your next lesson). If something ‘rings a bell’, it therefore causes you to remember something. ‘It’s not my forte’ -in music, forte literally means ‘loud’ or ‘strong’. So, if something isn’t your forte, it’s probably not your greatest strength. ‘Like a broken record’ - this expression is used to describe a person who repeatedly says the same thing. And it has its origins in the world of vinyl – when a record is scratched the needle of the record player gets stuck in the same spot and plays the same section of the song over and over. Source:


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Wat vakansietyd vir Midstream Ridge leeders beteken…


Have passport, will travel!

‘n Paar leeders deel wat vakansietyd vir hulle beten.

There are few things more liberating than travel, although some passports offer more freedom than others. A report published in October 2018 reveals just how many borders some travel documents can cross.

• Vakansietyd beteken Kersfeesvieringe en familietyd. Dit is waarna ek die heel meeste uitsien.

South Africa ranks 52nd in the world, with access to 102 destinations. So which passports offer the least mobility? Joint last place on the updated Henley Passport Index list are Afghanistan and Iraq, with visa-free or visa-on-arrival access to 30 jurisdictions, just below Syria and Somalia (32) and Pakistan (33).


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Hungary, Slovenia, Malaysia

Germany, France, South Korea



Henley Passport Index power ranking

Iceland =181

9 =182


4 Sweden, Spain

Belgium, Switzerland, Ireland, Canada

Australia, Greece, Malta


Norway, United Kingdom, Austria, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Portugal, United States




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• Desembervakansies is die tyd van die jaar wanneer ons lekker Plettenbergbaai toe gaan dan eet ons elke dag roomys en baljaar in die branders. Desember is die spesiaalste tyd van die jaar! • Ek kan nie wag om te sien watter geskenke ek hierdie jaar by Kersvader gaan kry nie. Hopelik kry ek nie soos my pappa laasjaar sakdoeke en onderbroeke nie!


New Zealand, Czech Republic

• A relaxing time away from school is what I look forward to the most. Daily in December I get the chance to spend time with my family. I can’t wait! • My parents work very hard during the year and I hardly get the chance to spend time with them. December holiday means precious family time and to catch up with special times.



• In die Desembervakansie is daar geen huiswerk nie. Die gevoel van vryheid is dít waarna ek die heel meeste uitsien.

• I can’t wait for the holidays, then I don’t have to wake up early in the mornings and I can go to bed late. • During the December holidays we are going to America and I am going to experience my first white Christmas in the snow. I am going to build a snowman. I can’t wait to have snow fights with my dad.



Travelling this festive season? Make sure you can say Happy New Year in your host country’s language. Language




Gelukkige Nuwejaar

gha-likkikga-neeva-yaarr (“gh” is a throat scraping guttural sound)

Cebuano (Philippines)

Mabungahong Bag-ong Tuig kaninyong tanan

ma-boon-ga-hong bag-ong too-eeg kan-eenyong tan-an


šťastný nový rok

SHTU-stnee NO-vee rrr-ok


Fijne oudejaarsavond (Fine New Year’s Eve) / Gelukkig Nieuwjaar (Happy New Year)

fei-nee ow-de-yaarr-sa-vont / ghu-lukkikgh-neew-yaarr


Bonne Année

bon a-nay

Gaelic (Scotland)

Bliadhna mhath ur

bleenah vahth oohr


Frohes Neues Jahr / Gutes Neues Jahr

frohes neuyis yar / gutes neu-yis yar


Καλή χρονιά

kali chronya


Boldog Új Évet / Buék

bawl-dawg-uuy-aevet / boo-ayk


Athbhliain faoi mhaise dhuit / Bhliain nua sásta

awh-tvleen fwee mm-hay-sheh gutch


Buon anno / Felice anno nuovo

boo-on ah-nno / fae-lee-chae ah-nno noo-o-vo


Szczęśliwego Nowego Roku

shch-eng-shlee-vego novego roku


Feliz Ano Novo

feh-liz an-oh noh-voh


С Новым Годом

s novim godom


Feliz Año Nuevo

feh-liz an-yoh n-way-vo


Mutlu yıllar (happy year) / Yeni yılınız kutlu olsun (May your new year be celebrated)

moot-loo yill-lar / yen-ee yill-uh-niz coot-loo ohl-son


blwyddyn newydd dda

BLOOdhin NEHwidh dha Source:


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It’s Holiday Time! By Micara Rooplall, 14-year-old Midstream Resident


t is time to chill and relax in the sizzling summer sun and do everything you ever dreamed of doing, without the guilt of doing it during stressful school days. After counting down the months, weeks, days, hours, minutes and even seconds, the most anticipated time of the year has finally arrived - the December holidays! Holidays are a perfect time to have loads of fun, sit back and enjoy a delicious ice-cream on the beach or even at home with friends and family. It is time to be as free as

a bird and go on many magical adventures and explorations, whether you are just going to watch TV and catch up, binge-watch all your favourite shows you have missed out on during this busy year, or visit fascinating places. I know I will never let go of the opportunity to watch TV and travel. And I am sure that everyone agrees that our discombobulated brains need a restful break from working so hard during the year. The highlight of the holidays is Christmas, a very special day where

family and friends get together, eat good food, laugh and exchange gifts with each other. It truly is the most festive time of the year and 'tis the season to be jolly. And when the clock strikes midnight on 31 December, we must take a moment to reflect and introspect on 2018 by looking back at all of the heartwarming events that took place such as the blood moon lunar eclipse that made our jaws drop earlier this year, the exciting buzz over the extravagant royal wedding that took place on 19 May, the normal dramatic-but-entertaining celebrity drama during the year, as well as a super fun, successful Springfest this year. The holidays are also a time to think about sad and stressful moments, appreciate what we have, and draw on lessons to become humbler yet stronger. December is a time where new resolutions are discovered. So, let us end 2018 on a happy, positive note and say a heartfelt goodbye by graciously giving a warm welcome to 2019 as a new year with a fresh start, unexpected surprises, news and memories to be shared with friends (old and new) and family. As someone wise said: “A holiday isn’t a holiday, without plenty of freedom and fun.”

RETIRE@MIDSTREAM LADIES BAR 4 December, 8 January & 5 February 2019 @ 14h00 – 19h00

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Laptop Safety When Travelling L

eaving your laptop at home is supposedly going to help you relax, but what if you’re more anxious without your laptop? You may not be working during the trip, but there could be possible emergencies to handle. And let’s not forget that a laptop can function as a travel agent, a guidebook, and an entertainment centre too. If your laptop is coming with you, you’ll need to take some precautions to keep it safe. Here are a few tips to improve laptop security during your travels. 1. Secure Laptop Bag It’s not just thieves who pose a threat to your precious laptop. Mundane things that happen while you’re rushing to the airport can harm it too. If you drop the laptop or squeeze it into a spot that’s too tight, it can scratch and crack. Place your laptop in a cushioned laptop bag, preferably one that’s plain and inconspicuous, so that you don’t attract unwanted attention. For extra protection, choose a laptop bag with features like slash-proof fabric and tamperresistant zippers. If you travel a lot, consider buying a checkpointfriendly laptop bag that will allow you to stroll through security without taking the laptop out of the bag. Keep the bag on your person or within view at all times.


2. Get a Security Cable Lock An anti-theft device, a security cable lock works like a bicycle lock. You loop it around a fixed object, connect it to the laptop and lock it with a combination or a key.

updated and running when you use the hotel or airport Wi-Fi. If possible, avoid shopping online or logging on to your online banking website on a public Wi-Fi network. If you have to do it, always check that your Internet browser shows a URL beginning with “https” and a padlock icon.

If you don’t mind spending a little more money, you can buy a high-tech cable lock that comes with a motion sensor system and an alarm. When someone tries to remove the laptop, the movement will trigger the alarm, alerting you of the theft attempt. 3. Buy Insurance A good travel insurance policy goes a long way. Get a policy that covers theft and loss of personal items. Make sure the amount of coverage will be enough to buy you a new laptop. A good travel rewards credit card may cover travel insurance — check the terms of your card issuer. 4. Use Antivirus Software Using unfamiliar WiFi networks can lead to security breaches. Keep your antivirus software In Midstream Tydskrif - Desember 2018


you have theft recovery software installed on your laptop. This software allows you to locate the laptop, so you can have the local authorities retrieve it for you. Good theft recovery software works even if the thief has erased all data and installed a new operating system. 7. Record Laptop Details

5. Use a VPN If you often use public Wi-Fi networks, consider spending some money on a Virtual Private Network (VPN). This service protects your Internet connection by encrypting

Take down the specifications of your laptop before you travel. The laptop make, model and serial number will come in handy if you have to report a theft. Also take photos of the laptop, focusing on any distinguishing details, such as scratches and dents. 8. Backup Your Data The information stored on a laptop can be more valuable than the laptop itself. Protect yourself from losing your data by backing it up on a hard drive or in cloud storage online. If you won’t be using the sensitive files during the trip, consider deleting the copies on your laptop. If you lose the laptop, you won’t have to worry about those files and can use the backup data to carry on where you left off.

all the data you send and receive online. Another perk of using a VPN while travelling, is being able to access online content that’s not available in certain geographic locations. 6. Install Theft Recovery Software Your chances of getting your stolen laptop back are a lot higher if

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Point Safety Check A

s the long-awaited holiday season looms and those fantasies of sipping cocktails on a beachfront veranda draw ever closer to reality, it’s time to ensure that the ride to your destination will be a smooth one. If you’re planning to drive to your holiday spot, it’s essential that you make sure your car is up to the challenge, so that your journey will be safe and stress-free. Hi-Q is renowned for its famous 10 Point Safety Check, designed to ensure that your vehicle functions at optimum safety and efficiency. Our dedicated team of professionals possess the knowledge, experience and equipment to detect and fix any problems your vehicle may present, so that it is well prepared for the road ahead. The following things will be scrutinised: 1. Tyre tread depth 2. Uneven wear on tyres 3. Exact tyre pressure 4. Wheel alignment 5. Wheel rotation 6. Shock absorbers 7. Exhaust system 8. Brakes (Pads, discs and brake fluid) 9. Battery health 10. Wiper blades


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Pool Care

he holidays are almost here, which means you may be getting ready for vacation. Your pre-vacation to-do list may include turning on your security alarm, shutting the blinds or arranging a pet sitter — but don’t forget to add pool maintenance to your list.

Check on your pool water Before you head out, make sure the water level is full or slightly higher than usual. Balance the pH, alkalinity and other chemicals as necessary. Adding a non-chlorine pool shock before you leave is a great way to ensure your pool will be clear and algae-free when you return. Secure your pool safety You can never be too careful when it comes to pool safety. Keeping barriers around your pool is important – in case a neighbour’s kids try to swim in your unattended pool, you’ll be glad you did. Pool alarms, locking the fence and a mesh safety cover can all help prevent a tragedy while you’re away. Remember to not leave a solar blanket over the pool, this will decrease skimmer effectiveness and can be a safety hazard if someone falls on top of it.

Set your pump timer If your pump doesn’t have a timer, invest in one. The initial investment in a timer will save you money in energy costs and time in maintenance year-round. Set your pump to run eight to 12 hours each day. If you don’t have a pump timer, we recommend leaving the pump continually running or having a pool sitter turn it on and off manually. Have your house sitter check on the pool If you hire a house sitter, find someone who either has a pool of their own or has some knowledge of pool care so they’re familiar with the maintenance required. The sitter can do a brief

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check on the pool, i.e. emptying skimmer baskets, skimming the water surface or balancing water levels. Make sure your system is on Leaving your pool unused doesn’t mean the water can be neglected. Your pool water should be treated the same as if you were home. That means leaving your sanitation system fully operating. Depending on your sanitation system, be sure your salt chlorinator is turned on. By following these pre-vacation pool tips, you can enjoy a relaxing holiday vacation and come home to a clean, clear pool.



Christmas Memories Three Midstream residents share their Christmas memories

Phyllis’s extravagant Christmas


he had her most memorable Christmas when she was 86 years old - Christmas Eve, 2017. Perhaps she didn’t want to reminisce about past Christmases. Maybe she only wanted to remember that Christmas. In Cape Town - with a view of the mountain and the sea. She never had such an extravagant Christmas. Splendid food. Boutique wine. Although she only had half a glass. She was supposed to spend Christmas alone. Her children scattered over the world. Her niece was her Christmas fairy godmother. “Come and spend the evening with my friends and me,” she said.

So, on Christmas Eve, her niece drove her to Hout Bay, where Phyllis was introduced to a Danish gentleman who owned one of the loveliest houses she had ever seen. He had a view of the ocean from his mountainside house. She has never seen such a regal place before. She has never met people that rich. The conversation was great. People from different cultures – even a Vietnamese girl – gathered

around the Christmas table. They included her in their discussions and saluted her, “Oh, she is a jolly good fellow.”

was a clear day. Phyllis could see Robin Island and ships lying out in the Bay waiting to go to into the harbour.

She was part of something bigger. They honoured her with a small gift. Although it was only shower gel, it was really appreciated. A gift from strangers. When the food arrived, she tucked in. Roast beef, vegetables, and jacket potatoes. Pudding, sweets, and nuts.

That evening she went to bed. Delighted. Have yourself a merry little Christmas. She was content with her little place in Cape Town.

On Christmas Day, they took an Uber to Blouberg. It was only her third time in an Uber. She acted like a child in Charlie’s Chocolate factory when they first arrived at the house. They enjoyed their Christmas lunch gazing over the ocean towards Table Mountain. It

A few months later her son was diagnosed with cancer. She moved to Retire@Midstream – to be close to her beloved son. To support him. This year Phyllis Profitt will spend Christmas with her son and family. She still misses the Cape, but home is where her heart is. With her family.

Christmas under the scorching Zimbabwean sun She might live in South Africa, at Retire @Midstream, but it will never be home to her. The blonde savannah of Zimbabwe is home. Deidre Reenen’s (77) biggest dream is to spend another Christmas in Zimbabwe. “It 28

might never happen,” she laments. Deidre, who was a teacher before retirement, grew up in Zimbabwe. Zimbabwe in the late 70’s and early 80’s was different than Zimbabwe today. A few days before Christmas the farmers would take their children to the In Midstream Tydskrif - Desember 2018


Harare Park that was decorated with a Christmas tree and Christmas lights. There used to be a big post box where the children could post their letters to Father Christmas. On Christmas Eve the family would visit, and the children would set out their pillowcases for presents from Father Christmas. They would also leave some refreshments for Father Christmas to revive him during his travels – a mince pie, maybe a bit of cake and definitely a beer! The farmers and their workers would go from farm to farm – singing Christmas carols. She recalls the sweltering

hot Christmas days on their farm, surrounded by their family. “We would have a special Christmas service at our house – the church was almost a day trip away. And then prepare a typical English Christmas lunch.”

children came to South Africa. She found herself a job at a private school in Pretoria. Since then, Christmas was never the same. “We did not have a lot of money. Our family was far away. Things have changed drastically.”

The tables under the trees were loaded with typical British Christmas food. Mince pies, turkey and all its trimmings. Roasted root vegetables, bread sauce, Brussel sprouts. And to top it off – a traditional Christmas cake and pudding. “A hot lunch under the African sun,” she laughs.

Her heart and mind always travel back to Zimbabwe. This Christmas she would most probably spend time with her daughter in Tzaneen.

But then political changes shook the country, and they had to leave. Deidre and her three

Shortly after sharing her Christmas memories with us, Deidre sadly passed away. We extend our heartfelt condolences to her family and friends.

Die hartseerste Kersdag Kersfees is die hartseerste tyd van die jaar, dink Josi Klopper toe sy donkernag op haar bed lê. Sy het die afgelope paar jaar, elke Kersdag in die algemene saal in die Parys Hospitaal – die een in die Vrystaat, het sy glimlaggend aan vriende vertel – deurgebring. Haar uniform styf gepars. Haar hare netjies onder die verpleegsterkappie. Saal 16, dink sy, die saal van die verstotelinge. Elke jaar, die verpleegsusters noem hulle hul ‘regulars’, laai kinders hulle ouers by die hospitaal af. Denkbeeldige skete, het matrone al gemor. Maar die kinders wil nie hulle ouers “saamsleep” as hulle met vakansie gaan nie. Waarheen moet die oumense tog gaan? Parys oor Desember is ‘n spookdorpie – die toeriste stroom in, die inwoners uit. Haar eie kinders was alleen by die huis, maar sedert haar man se dood moes sy die pot aan die kook hou. En as sy op Kersdag moet werk, moet sy werk. Soos elke jaar het hulle hul knap verpleegbegroting gebruik om die sale te versier. Groot kersbome kry in elke hoek en gat ‘n staanplek. Die kerskoeke is gebak. Elke

pasiënt sou later ‘n stukkie van die vrugtekoek kry. Nadat die kerkkoor kersliedere sou sing. Nadat die kerkklokke gedong-dong het. Toe word die kersstilte versteur. ‘n Noodgeval, het een van haar kollegas gehyg. ‘n Driejarige dogtertjie het toilet chemikalieë gesluk. Haar ouers het dit in ‘n Coke-bottel gestoor. Sy het oor die witblinkvloere gehardloop. Tot by ongevalle. Die dokters het probeer, maar vir die dogtertjie, wat vandag 38 sou wees, was dit te laat.

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Sy het gehuil. Woedend vir die ouers. En toe gebid. Ironies, die dag wat Jesus gebore is, is ‘n kind dood. Dit is nou 35 jaar later. Sy is 81 jaar oud. Ouma van drie kleinkinders. Sy het al Kersfees op verskillende plekke in die wêreld gevier. In die Serengetti, ‘n doringboom was die kersboom. In London. En nou in Midstream. Tog sal sy nooit daardie warm Vrystaatse Kersdag, die dag toe die dogtertjie dood is, vergeet nie.



p i r T d a o R Games state each object that you see in alphabetical order. If you see a person selling apricots on the side of the road, say “apricot.” The next player might say bee, billboard, or another object they see starting with B. Continue playing until you go through the whole alphabet.

20 Questions or Who/What am I?


Ideal Age: Ages 6 & up How to Play: The first player begins by thinking of a person, place, or thing. Everyone else gets to ask up to 20 yes or no questions to help them guess who or what that person is thinking. Continue playing until someone guesses right and then start over again with another player thinking of a new person or thing.

oad tripping is a great South African holiday tradition. But we have a big country and the road can be long. Beat the boredom with some of these road trip games.

I Spy

Ideal Age: Ages 2-5 How to Play: Repeat after me, “I spy with my little eye something…” Follow this statement with a clue to an object and let everyone else in the car try to guess that object based on the clue provided. For example, if you spot a red stop sign, you might say, “I spy with my little eye something red.”

Simon Says

Ideal Age: Ages 2-5 How to Play: One player is picked to be Simon. Whatever Simon says, everyone else must do. If Simon says, “Touch your nose,” each player needs to touch his or her nose. If someone doesn’t follow the instructions correctly or does it before Simon says, then that person is out of the game.


Ideal Age: Ages 3-7 How to Play: Pick anything that you want your kids to count (speed limit signs, red cars, trucks) and begin.

Where’s the Alphabet?

Ideal Age: Ages 4 & up How to Play: Observe the objects on the road and


Ideal Age: Ages 6 & up How to Play: Create a playlist for your road trip at home and print out lyrics to your favourite songs on the list. If you don’t want to waste the paper, try using a karaoke anywhere app to choose from thousands of pre-arranged songs and lyrics. Fortunately/Unfortunately

Ideal Age: Ages 8 & up How to Play: Players alternate between saying statements that begin with “Fortunately” or “Unfortunately.” For example, one player might say, “Unfortunately, the Cookie Monster got in the kitchen,” and then the next will respond with “Fortunately, I ate the last cookie seconds before he arrived.” The next player would then continue the story with another Unfortunate statement, followed by a Fortunate statement, and so on until the story is complete, or it’s time to move on to the next game. Source:

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Tongue Twisters Whether the Weather


Whether the weather be fine or whether the weather be not, whether the weather be cold or whether the weather be hot, we’ll weather the weather whatever the weather, whether we like it or not.

Five enormous dinosaurs letting out a roar; one went away, and then there were four. Betty Botter Betty Botter bought a bit of butter, but the bit of butter was too bitter. So Betty bought a better bit of butter, to make the bitter butter better.

Cook the Cookies

Three enormous dinosaurs eating tiger stew; one went away, and then there were two. Two enormous dinosaurs trying to run; one ran away and then there was one. One enormous dinosaur afraid to be a hero; he went away, and then there was zero.


How many cookies could a good cook cook if a good cook could cook cookies? A good cook could cook as many cookies as a good cook who could cook cookies.

Four enormous dinosaurs crashing down a tree; one went away and then there were three.

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keeping children healthy “Mommy, I want to break the egg,” moans Cohen while trying to aid his mother in the kitchen. He is only five years old, but with a mom who embraces a healthy lifestyle and who cooks and bakes food without sugar, Cohen is not a long way from becoming a healthy cook himself.

we are making,” he chirps while little Charlotte (3) smiles adoringly at the camera.

“I love these brown muffins that

Different, she is, this petite blonde with a charm that will (magically) wipe any sugar or fat away and replace it with holistic, healthy products. “I don’t eat starch or sugar.”

A NutriMom - that is Elize Steyl. She and her two children have only recently moved to Midstream, and without saying, she is a healthy addition to the community.

As she advertises herself on her website: Tastefully, different. Sitting in her suavely decorated living room, Elize is the epitome of a healthy, rosy mother and she would love to share her secret with other mothers.

“With The NutriMom, I created “tastefully different” nutritional pathways for my clients. These tastefully different solutions are such fun and aid you in reaching your goals in a fun manner. I also advise mothers on healthy cooking, thus feeding their children without any hassles.” “Obesity amongst children,” explains Elize, “has become a big social problem and parents do not know the ways to ‘trick’ their children into healthy eating. I empower parents to make healthy food choices for their children. According to the most recent national survey, 14.2% of primary school children are already overweight. That is not a healthy figure. I, for example, have never given my children sweets or cold drinks. I encouraged them to play, and I minimise their usage of electronic gadgets.” “I want a sweetie, mommy,” moans Charlotte. Elize gives her a little

A couple of months back, she founded her own lifestyle business called The NutriMom, and since then she has helped mothers and children to lose that annoying weight. She explains:


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“During that tumultuous time of my life, I had to give up everything; my house, my lifestyle, some of my furniture.”

coconut-and-peanut-butter-ball. “The children think it is chocolate because of the sweet taste – but I cheated with honey. So, tricking your children into believing that something sweet tastes like chocolate, is quite easy. I have fun with healthy food. I create, for example, “little monsters or figures” from fruit and vegetables. I entice my children, playfully, to eat healthily.” Lifestyle and healthy eating habits were not always her priority. She married when she was only 19. “I was always fit and did not pop everything that I see into my mouth, but I never envisaged a career in nutrition.” She studied fashion design in East London, but then her husband set up a business in Canada. Their emigration dashed the genesis of her fashion career. “I was hooked by the Canadians’ way of eating. They do not eat processed food, and their food is clean – no sauces or saturated fats.” That lured her to enrol for a course in nutrition, and she became an internationally recognised lifestyle nutritionist. Coming back to South Africa, Elize found herself at a turn-around point in her life - her marriage of 15 years was on the rocks.

Nonetheless, for the sake of her children, she decided to pull up her metaphorical socks and started on a new life path. “I had to move out of our house. I had to help the children to adapt to the new situation. I had to find myself a career again – after years of just being a mother and a wife.” With the help of her wellknown family - her father is the musician Louis Drummond van Rensburg, her mother Charlotte, who is a former model, her aunt Corrien, who is a lifestyle coach, her cousin Anri van der Linde, a wellknown modelling coach, and her Elize says her fun, easy coconut-and-peanutaunt the singer butter-balls are ideal snacks for your children Rina Hugo she set over the Christmas season. You can even up The NutriMom. involve them in creating these delicious balls. The muffin dough Ingredients: is ready, with the help of little One cup of fine coconut Charlotte and One cup of sugar-free peanut butter Cohen. Into the One tablespoon of raw honey oven and then right into the Method: mouths of the Mix the ingredients, roll into balls and dust children. “Yummy,” with coconut. Enjoy as a snack. says Charlotte, biting into the muffin.

Easy coconut-andpeanut-butterballs

For more information contact Elize on 076 045 2369 /

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The Giant Kingfisher Die Reusevisvanger(Megaceryle Maxima) Photos by FCD van Wyk


he Giant Kingfisher is the largest kingfisher in Africa. It is found across much of subSaharan Africa, and is fairly common in southern Africa. It lives in many types of aquatic habitats that offer enough food and overhanging branches, such as streams, rivers, estuaries, seashores, ponds and water furrows. This Kingfisher is a fairly big bird,

between 42 - 48 cm long. It has a large crest and a finely spotted white on black, upper parts. The male has a brown breast band and white underparts with dark flank barring. The female has a whitespotted black breast band and brown belly. The Giant Kingfisher feeds on fish and frogs but mainly on crabs. It sits on perches and tree canopies, from where it searches for prey,

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which is caught in the typical kingfisher way by a dive from a perch, sometimes immersing itself completely in the water. Both parents excavate the nest, which takes about 7 days. The nest is dug into vertical sandbanks close to the waterline and they can dig tunnels up to 8.45m long! The egg-laying season is usually from July-January, but peaking from August-October. The Giant Kingfisher lays 3-5 eggs and is incubated by both parents, which take up to 25-27 days. The male then feeds the nestlings, while they stay in the nest for about 37 days, after which they will be dependent on their parents for at least 20 more days.



FURRY FRIENDS Dangerous Foods for Dogs Who can resist those big brown eyes and cute doggie grin? Can a little reward from the table really hurt your dog? Well, that depends on what it is and what’s in it. Some foods are downright dangerous for dogs - and some of these common foods may surprise you. Xylitol Candy, gum, toothpaste, baked goods, and some diet foods are sweetened with xylitol. It can cause your dog’s blood sugar to drop and can also cause liver failure.

to the onion powder in some baby food. A rare small dose is probably okay. But eating a lot just once can cause poisoning. Coffee, Tea, and Other Caffeine Give your dog toys if you want him to be perky caffeine can be fatal. Watch out for coffee and tea, even the beans and the grounds. Keep your dog away from cocoa, chocolate, colas, and energy drinks.

Avocado Avocados contain something called persin. It’s fine for people who aren’t allergic to it. But too much might cause vomiting or diarrhoea in dogs. If you grow avocados at home, keep your dog away from the plants. Persin is in the leaves, seed, and bark, as well as the fruit. Grapes and Raisins There are better treats to give your dog. Grapes and raisins can cause kidney failure in dogs. And just a small amount can make a dog sick. Milk and Other Dairy Products On a hot day, it may be tempting to share your ice cream with your dog. Instead, give him some cold water. Milk and milk-based products can cause diarrhoea and other digestive problems for your pup. They can also trigger food allergies, which can cause him to itch.

Onions and Garlic Keep onions and garlic - powdered, raw, cooked, or dehydrated - away from your dog. They can kill his red blood cells, causing anaemia. This also applies


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Chocolate Most people know that chocolate is bad for dogs. The problem in chocolate is theobromine. It’s in all kinds of chocolate, even white chocolate. The most dangerous types are dark chocolate and unsweetened baking chocolate.

Fat Trimmings and Bones Fat trimmed from meat, both cooked and uncooked, can cause pancreatitis in dogs. And, even though it seems natural to give a dog a bone, he can choke on it. Bones can also splinter and block or cause cuts in your dog’s digestive system. Raw Eggs Some people feed their dogs a “raw diet” that includes uncooked eggs. But the majority of veterinary medical associations don’t think that’s a good idea. There’s the chance of food poisoning from bacteria like salmonella or E. coli. Sugary Foods and Drinks Too much sugar can do the same thing to dogs that it does to people. It can make your dog overweight and cause problems with his teeth. It can even lead to diabetes.

My New Year’s resolution for 2019 is to be the person my dog thinks I am.

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Welcome to ALWAYS, ALWAYS ON™ supersonic is the latest ISP to hit the fast-growing fibre to the home (FTTH) market in South Africa, backed by South Africa’s most loved brand, MTN. Access to the internet is now largely acknowledged as a global, basic human right and often referred to as the ‘freedom to connect’. For a few years, the focus has been on providing everyone with internet access. But now, it’s no longer just about a person’s right to access. Now, it’s about how fast and reliable your connection is. And so fibre was introduced, providing superior access, boasting super speeds, symmetrical download and upload speeds, unmatched signal strengths, and unwavering reliability.

A super solution to the fibre problem, enabling users to internet any way they want. MTN SA identified a gap in the South African market and decided to throw their considerable weight behind an established FTTH provider. This led to their acquisition of Smart Village in December 2016. Thereafter, upon assessing the real needs of consumers, MTN decided to create a new fibre business. One that focused on delivering smart solutions which are easy to understand and simple to use, as well as superior customer service. To deliver this strategy to market effectively, the business needed the right leadership, someone with a taste for authenticity and a heart for the South African internet consumer. Calvin Collett is one such individual and was appointed Managing Director.


Calvin Collett, Managing Director of supersonic

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Says Calvin Collett, Managing Director of supersonic, “Understanding the real needs of the South African internet consumer helped us create a brand that would turn the poor, overcomplicated consumer experience in the FTTH space on its head and we are now confident that our customers will benefit from a high quality product, flexible packages, and extraordinary customer service experience.”

Future-focused FTTH As a future-focused FTTH provider, supersonic aims to provide consumers with easy, seamless, and well supported access to the internet. The kind of access and functionality that will enable consumers to internet any way that they want. Part of this approach has included becoming the sole distributor of Plume in South Africa. These devices ensure that every inch of your house is connected and puts the power to control your internet in your own hands. Plume enables you to add permanent or temporary network users, allocate device access and customised passwords to guests, manage users’ usage, including determining the sites they can visit and for how long. Through Plume, customers can even restrict device connectivity at certain times. This is smart internet at its best, exclusive to supersonic and managed through supersonic’s smart Wi-Fi app. The brand has also removed all the confusing tech talk and jargon from the equation and simplified the sign-up process into just five steps. When you arrive on their website (www., you can immediately check your coverage and if you are covered, the site will prompt you to follow the easy sign-up steps. And after signing up, the control is in your hands. You decide how you want to internet and customise your package to suit your needs. Moreover, all these packages are uncapped so you won’t be faced with a ‘shock bill’ or a sudden loss of data. You also won’t be locked into lengthy contracts, giving you the freedom to upgrade, downgrade, or cancel at any time. Although, judging by the evidence here, it’s unlikely that you’ll ever want to get out.

There’s an App for that Not wanting to leave any stones unturned when it comes to a positive service experience, customers also have access to both the supersonic apps, as well as their very own personal relationship manager. Now, customers can choose whether to turn to an expert on the phone or to take control through the apps. With supersonic’s superior fibre offering, all South Africans can enjoy the freedom to connect and the ability to live a life in high resolution with reliable and helpful customer service at every turn.

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Christmas GIFT GUIDE

With our twinkling Christmas lights, Shopping in Midstream is bringing the holiday spirit to you!. With Christmas, around the corner many have not even looked at their Christmas shopping list. But on’t stress Shopping in Midstream has some gift ideas to assist you with your retail adventure.

Ayala Bar Earrings From Adele’s Manufacturing Jewellers

Dream The Suitcase Kitchen From Eventology

B.Toys From Kids Emporium Accesories From Rouge Décor

Happy Hands Gift Sets From HealthChem & Midstream Pharmacy

Me Mi Jewellery From Adele’s Manufacturing Jewellers

Exclusive Travel Getaways From The Boyz Travel Merchants Yankee Candles From Eventology 42

CowShed From Kids Emporium

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Have yourself a

merry (big) Christmas lunch at the

Godfather Have yourself a merry little Christmas… No, no that is not the over-used Christmas song that you will listen to when visiting the Godfather restaurant for a cheerful, jolly, Christmas lunch. Rather a tad of Italian carols. Janet Kobrin, the “godmother” of the Godfather restaurant, located at Shopping-on-Ridgeway, scratches her head, “I am not into overthe-top Christmas decorations or Christmas music. I need to think about the music.” It is just a few weeks before the most wonderful time of the year, Christmas of course, and the spirit of Christmas has already settled itself into this restaurant. Here and there a Christmas ball on the tables. Classy champagne lights and red napkins. The friendly waiters’ energy is contagious, and they have an extra bounce in their step. Steve and Janet, the husband-andwife-team, are looking forward to spending their first Christmas in Midstream. They closed their premises in Centurion, where they were located for 28 years, in March this year and opened a brand-new Godfather in Midstream. The same food and excellent service, just with

a decorative retouch here and there. If you are in Midstream during the holidays, you can bring friends, family, and your crackers to the table. “We want to welcome you to our family, the Godfather-family,” says Janet. Being restauranteurs, Steve and Janet, have never actually spent Christmas Day at home – but they have had jolly good days at the restaurant. Janet can still recall their first Christmas at Godfather, “Steve and I wanted to do a traditional Christmas lunch – that kind of Christmas lunch you would find in America. Turkey, turnips, mashed potato, gammon and trifle. It was a horrific day. We had two sittings, and the waiters were too busy. We had a buffet, and we wasted tons of food.” After that Christmas lunch, they realised that South Africans have a different taste to the Americans. South Africa – over December – is warm and sunny. Americans are freezing – that is why they indulge in warm food. South Africans, on the other hand, braai or have cold lunches. “That is when we grasped it - that we can stick to our normal a la carte menu. New York steaks, ribs, vegetables, and salads. However, this year in honour of our

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first Midstream Christmas, I will put a sweet surprise on the menu.” Over the years they have seen many families eating and crying together, sharing in the spirit of the special day. “Sometimes,” Janet laughs, “the spirit was too much. We had a lady who fell from the stairs. Too much wine!” But nowadays families have become part of the United Nations. “It saddens me, parents who eat alone - their children all over the world. One year we had a couple who had lunch with us – their children emigrated and told their parents that they were not going to spend Christmas with them. When the couple arrived, their children were there - a big surprise! We already have a few bookings for this coming Christmas – children who booked and paid for their parents so that they don’t have to be alone.” This year, as always, Janet and Steve’s children will have lunch with them – at the Godfather – as they have since they were children.



The play and party venue that kids and adults have been dreaming of is now open! Find us in Black Korhaan Drive, Midstream Meadows.

Hyto Tyto – the play and party venue that kids and adults have been dreaming of is now open!


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Midstream in colour

Shopping in Midstream recently hosted a Colouring Competition. Congratulations to the winners! Visit them at

Winner 1 Winner 2

Father & Son Event

Midstream O’Brien Golf recently hosted a Father & Son Event. It was a privilege to have the Pro Shop and Darren Fichart (multiple European Tour winner) join us for the Long Drive Competition. Congratulations to the winners Darren Fichardt and Ethan Fichardt on -4. Like father like son! Thank you to all our participants for a great turn-out on the day. Thank you to all our local sponsors who contributed to the success of the event - Trouvaille Day Spa, Purple Cow Restaurant, Godfather Restaurant, Kids Emporium, Eventology, O’Brien Golf, Leighanne’s Flooring Solutions, Adele’s Manufacturing Jewellers, Rouge Decor and Hi-Q Midstream.

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Braai Day Competition Johan and his braai buddies Amouri van der Merwe

Aiden Kew

Jaco van Graans

Nathan Green

Debbie Taljaard

The Apron Butchery & Deli sponsored a Braai Day Competition. Thank you to everybody who entered – we wish we could give all the entrants prizes! Congratulations to the winners.

It's Braai Time


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International parkrun Day and World Animal Day Midstream parkrun celebrated International parkrun Day and World Animal Day on the 6th of October 2018. As an exception to the standard rules, dogs were allowed to join their owners in completing the 5km fun event. 950 people attended the event, of which 159 were first-time parkrun participants. Midstream parkrun launched on the 11th of March 2017. Since then 13 704 participants have completed 60 520 parkruns covering a total distance of 302 600 km.

Nuwe intrekkers in Midstream ‘n Vreemde voëlgeroep het my onlangs laat opstaan en uitgaan om te loer of ek kon sien aan watter voël die vreemde geroep (pee pee pee pee phee fee fee feeu) behoort. Groot was my verbasing toe ek 'n Grys Neushoringvoël (Tockus Nasutus/ African Grey Hornbill) op die bure se ‘gazebo’ sien sit. Ek is haastig weer die huis in om die kamera te kry maar was helaas te laat vir 'n foto. ‘n Dag of wat later was geluk egter aan my kant. Meer nog was ek verbaas toe ek weer die geskree hoor, uitgaan en twee van die neushorings (mannetjie en wyfie) sien, besig om te smul aan die oogpisters in ons tuin. Die kamera was gereed en hier is 'n paar van die fotos wat ek geneem het. - Isabel de Wet

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Meet Co op er

more than just a best friend Seven-year-old Cooper, a Golden Retriever, is definitely Midstream’s most loved volunteer worker. He is part of the Social Work Team that provides support and care at Care@Midstream. And more recently at the Frail Care and Dementia Centre at Care in Midstream. Cooper, together with his caregiver and trainer, Monique Marais, has been working with patients for five years. Whether it is cheering up patients or more focused therapy where he assists the occupational therapist and physiotherapist when doing therapy, a visit from Cooper is the highlight for many residents and patients. He knows that when he is washed, the next day will be a work day. He is always ready to leave with Monique and runs to greet the staff as soon as he arrives at work. He is highly sensitive and identifies people who need him most; often approaching individuals who were not on the day’s schedule to visit.


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If your hand fits here, you can extend a hand to somebody this Festive Season – somebody who may be lonely, or sad, or in need of a friend. Always be willing to lend a helping hand to others. You may be the only person who cares enough to help.

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Loneliness A human condition, and why we should reach out to others.

Loneliness is a complex and unpleasant response to isolation and disconnection from others. Of course, being alone and being lonely aren’t the same. Loneliness feels draining, distracting, upsetting and much like abandonment, whereas the person who chooses to spend time on their own might find it peaceful, creative and rejuvenating. Although it is a universal experience, loneliness is also very individual and can be different for different people. Mostly it is a feeling that you do not fit in, connect with or belong with the people around you.

And it seems that the quality of the connection is more important than the number of connections we have with people. One or two meaningful relationships relieve loneliness and promote happiness much more than a very large group of superficial or virtual friends on Facebook, for example. Having said that, Social Media seems to play a role in bringing some relief from loneliness by connecting online with other likeminded people or far away friends and family. Internal and External Factors According to research by Dr John Cacioppo, loneliness is strongly connected to internal factors such as genetics, underlying issues like depression, anxiety disorders, and even some personality traits. Low self-esteem and lack of confidence can also lead to isolation and chronic loneliness. Then there are the external factors such as where you live in proximity to others, your social status in a specific community, mobility, resources, life events like death, divorce, moving or starting a new job or school. Loneliness can be chronic


or situational. It is chronic loneliness that concerns us most because it can have such profound effects on a person’s physical and mental health. According to various scientific studies, the health risks of loneliness include the increased likelihood of depression and suicide; cardiovascular disease and stroke; increased stress levels and weight gain; decreased memory and learning; poor decision-making and even drug or alcohol abuse and other forms of compulsive behaviours. New research findings, published in the Journal of Gerontology: Psychological Sciences, showed that loneliness is associated with a 40% increased risk of dementia. The reality of feeling alone is not what many people think. Claudia Hammond investigated a survey called the BBC Loneliness experiment. She reports on the findings of this online survey of 55,000 people from around the world. The study found that loneliness is prevalent throughout society, including people in marriages, relationships, families, In Midstream Tydskrif - Desember 2018


veterans, and those with successful careers. Younger people feel lonelier than older people and levels of subjective loneliness were highest among 16 to 24-year-olds, with 40% saying they often or very often feel lonely. People who feel lonely have social skills that are no better or worse than average, and winter or the festive season is no lonelier than any other time of year for people who experience loneliness. Furthermore, people who often feel lonely have higher levels of

empathy than average and lonely adults consume more alcohol and get less exercise than those who are not lonely. Their diet is higher in fat, their sleep is less efficient, and they report more daytime fatigue. Loneliness also disrupts the regulation of cellular processes deep within the body, predisposing us to premature ageing. We are wired for connection, and when we cannot find a meaningful connection to another person, we may attach ourselves to a substance or a behaviour such as gambling, compulsive eating,

working, or excessive using of smartphones. The good news is that loneliness can be overcome, but it takes a deliberate effort on the part of the lonely person to make changes. Making a change is uncomfortable but no more or less uncomfortable than loneliness, and in the long run, some changes can make you happier, healthier, and enable you to impact others around you in a positive way.

When you see or meet someone who you think may be lonely, first imagine what it would be like to wake up alone, in a room where silence abounds, before moving into the kitchen where you’ll eat breakfast alone or with someone you cannot connect with at all. This is the everyday reality of millions of people. Then realise your responsibility to reach out. In the words of Richard Pimetal “Responsibility is made up of two words response and ability. If you see a need, and you have the ability to meet that need, ask yourself, what will my response be?”

Sorika de Swardt, Bestuurder Psigososiale Dienste

Ten ways to prevent or manage loneliness • Recognise that loneliness is a sign that something needs to change on your part first. • Understand that everyone gets lonely sometimes, but that chronic loneliness has a negative effect on your life, both physically and mentally. • Consider doing volunteer work or another activity that you enjoy as this will present great opportunities to meet people. • Once you meet new people, try to focus on developing quality relationships with those who share similar attitudes, interests, and values. • Lonely people often expect rejection which then makes them guarded and this makes it hard for others to reach out

to them. This, in turn, makes one feel even more lonely and rejected. The cycle can only be interrupted when you open yourself up to the possibility of a connection. • Embrace your spirituality as a resource. Religion can be a great way to connect with like-minded people and become part of a close-knit, loving community. • Happiness attracts happiness, so be a good friend where there is a mutual exchange of effort. Do not sit and wait for someone to do something for you. Go out and do something for someone else. • Loneliness on its own isn’t an illness but if you’re constantly feeling empty, sad and down it

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may be a sign of a bigger mental health issue, and it would be important to get professional treatment. • Animals can help with loneliness because it gives you something to take care of, that needs you, and that gives you unconditional love in return. Plus, when you go out to walk your furry friend, you get exercise and are bound to bump into someone who is doing the same. • Read self-help books about how to “EASE” yourself into relationships. The E stands for “Extend Yourself”. The A stands for having an “Action plan.” The S stands for “Seek similar people”, and the last E stands for “Expect the best.”




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Care in Midstream

Holiday Care

the health of the person receiving care. Holiday care can also help to introduce the person receiving care to a nursing home environment and its benefits, which include professional nursing care and assistance, and regular social activities.


are in Midstream’s respite or holiday care is one of Midstream’s most important community supports for its retired population.

“Respite care, or holiday care, is short-term accommodation in a nursing home,” explains Dr Theresa Coetzer, Care in Midstream’s managing doctor. “Our short-term guests are provided with nursing care to their required level for a short period, as well as accommodation and hospitality services during that time.” When a spouse or loved one develops a need for care, many retired couples choose to provide care for their loved one in their own home. This home caregiving is fulfilling and an opportunity to learn new skills; however, it can lead to periods of caregiver burnout, or periods where the caregiver feels overwhelmed, sad, exhausted or anxious. Even the most patient and loving caregiver may become burnt out in response to the demands of non-stop caregiving. It’s essential that the caregiver can turn to community resources for relief support at this stage.

Care in Midstream’s short-term nursing care and hospitality offers home caregivers an opportunity to take a short holiday, attend to important business or take steps to nourish their health. “One of the most important parts of a home care plan is understanding that caregivers need care too,” continues Dr Coetzer. “Ideally, caregivers should permit themselves to take time for activities that refresh their spirits or to attend to important aspects of their own lives, such as their administration matters or health. Spouse caregivers are often not prepared for the enormous physical and emotional toll it takes to devote oneself to the care of another. Short-term nursing care is not just a support for the caregiver, it is important for the person receiving care. Relief care ensures that caregivers can attend to their health and needs, which then ensures better quality care.” Holiday care can be the most important tool in avoiding caregiver stress and burnout. It helps to sustain the health of the primary caregiver, and in so doing, supports

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“Holiday care is a wonderful way to see whether your loved one will fit well into the life of an active ageing community,” explains Dr Coetzer. “It’s an unpressured way for potential long-term residents to try out the accommodation and get used to the staff, the routine and the activities. Usually, our holiday care residents are pleasantly surprised by how easy it is to adapt to our relaxed home environment.” Care in Midstream has various communal areas, all luxuriously furnished. WiFi, coffee stations, DSTV, a braai area and playground for children, ensure that it is comfortable for residents to entertain guests and visiting family. Skype enables the overseas family to keep up on family news. Care in Midstream offers short-term nursing care and accommodation for residents who require various levels of care, including assisted living, frail care and dementia care. Residents take part in regular daily activities, including baking, arts and crafts, games, exercise, support groups etc. Accommodation is provided in private luxury suites with en-suite bathrooms. For more information, please contact Care in Midstream on 012 940 9380 or



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Midstream College, Midlands & Midstream Ridge Kleuterskool / Pre-Primary Our programmes are inclusive, integrated and provide opportunities to foster children’s emotional, social, intellectual, physical, spiritual and moral development. Monday to Friday | 3 years to 6 years | Parallel Medium Midstream College Pre-Primary – | 012 661 1336 Midlands Pre-Primary – | 012 940 9134 Midstream Ridge Pre-Primary – | 012 940 9299

Kreatiwiteit deur gebruik te maak van verskeie konstruksie materiale.

Creativity using both hands simultaneously develops bilateral coordination. Beplanning en midlynkruising deur kreatiewe drukwerk.

Critical thinking and creativity by using authentic materials during art.


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Happy toddlers geared for tomorrow! Gelukkige kleuters gerat vir mĂ´re!

Fine motor development through creative work.

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Midstream College Primêre Skool / Primary School At Midstream College we believe in excellence! We give our learners the opportunity to develop a positive and well-rounded outlook on life. We endeavour to equip children to fit into an ever-changing world, by growing them holistically in all spheres: academically, sport and culturally. Grade 1 to 7 | Parallel Medium | 012 661 0590 / 012 661 0724

We care! During the September school holidays, learners of Midstream College Primary School - with the help of their families - collected R5 coins in small medicinal holders which went towards providing Bibles for less privileged people, as well as people without a Bible in their own language, within the greater Pretoria community. We supported this initiative organised by The Bible Society of South Africa. There was a heartwarming response from a large number of families and we are so pleased that many people will benefit from receiving, and being able to read, The Bible in their own language.

Klein gholfballetjies, maar GROOT PRET! Midstream College Primêre Skool is bevoorreg om ‘n hele aantal laerskoolmanne in ons geledere te hê, wat nog eendag hul miljoene met gholf gaan verdien! Gedurende die Ernie Els SA Primêre Skool Gholf Kampioenskap, wat vanaf 1 – 3 Augustus in Port Elizabeth plaasgevind het, is Midstream deur vier staatmakers verteenwoordig. Hulle is William Reynecke, Ben van Wyk, Luan Coetzee en Joshua Rouncivell. Midstream is een van slegs twee laerskole in Gauteng wat gekwalifiseer het om tydens hierdie geleentheid deel te neem! Twee van hierdie spelers het provinsiale kleure verwerf, naamlik William – as lid van die Gauteng Noord Gholf Unie o.13-span, en Luan – as lid van die Noordwes o.13-span. Ons is voorwaar trots op hierdie vier seuns se prestasies! Die skole gholfliga het gedurende die vierde kwartaal plaasgevind en Midstream het 2 spanne, bestaande uit graad 5- tot 7-seuns, ingeskryf. Die finale rondtes is op 29 Oktober gespeel en Midstream College se A-span het sowaar met die louere weggestap!

Lang-asems neem Natal op horings! Die voortbestaan van die Comrades-marathon is veilig in die hande van Midstream College Primêre Skool se super-entoesiastiese landloop atlete! Gedurende die Junievakansie het ‘n groot groep ywerige atlete, onder leiding van mnr. Dirk Smith, op toer na Margate vertrek - om ‘n bietjie te gaan laatslaap met die rustige geruis van die see in hul ore? Nee! Om NOG MEER te gaan hardloop! ‘n Besoek aan die Comrades-museum het ook plaasgevind, waarna elke landloopatleet sommer onmiddellik begin droom het van toekomstige Comradesroem. Tydens die Umhlanga Parkrun het een van ons eie atlete, Ernst Gouws, sowaar eerste geёindig – net om die Natallers ‘n ding of twee te wys. Natuurlik sal geen Natal-skooltoer volmaak wees sonder ‘n bietjie pret en plesier op die strand, rowwe ritte by die Wild Coast Sun en ‘n ontspanne fliek-aandjie nie. Klink na nóg een van vele onvergeetlike Midstream-herinneringe!

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Grandparents are SPECIAL! Every second year, the Foundation Phase of Midstream College Primary School has the opportunity to spoil our precious grandparents in the best way possible – just because we love them so much! At the most recent Grandparents’ Day during October, we welcomed 450 golden oldies at our school. They travelled from all over the country to join us and we felt very privileged to have them here! While seated at tables that had been beautifully decorated by loving moms, they were treated to a show to remember.

Various cultural groups and individual young musicians entertained our grandparents. When the Grade 1 and 2 learners sang their special song, “You raise me up”, there wasn’t a dry eye to be seen anywhere! After having their photographs taken, our grandparents accompanied their grandchildren to their various classrooms where they received a special gift – a recipe book of favourite recipes of all our grannies.

Our grandparents are very special people and we appreciate the important role they play in the lives of our little ones!

STUDIO 5! ‘n Nuwe ster het op Midstream College Primêre Skool se musiekhorison verskyn. Die musiekgroep, of “band”, bekend as Studio 5, maak naam vir hulself en het reeds by die kultuurfees en Spring Classics deelgeneem, waar hul liedjie “Nooit alleen” opgevoer is. Hul beoog verdere optredes en die toekoms vir hierdie vyf musikante is voorwaar blink én nootvas! Die groeplede van Studio 5 is: • Chanie van der Watt – sang • Ilana Moolman – klavier en sang • Hanli van Reenen – baskitaar • Anru Cronjé – kitaar • Ranon Fouché – dromme 66

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We love causing DRAMA! On a lovely summer’s evening during the fourth term, the Grade 4 and 5 learners from Midstream College Primary School attended and participated in an entertaining drama evening. A number of our very own learners delighted their friends with their drama and poetry presentation skills. The performances were of a wonderfully high standard and we are sure that many more children will be queuing up to be on stage next year. After the drama performances, a picnic was enjoyed by all the attendees. What a relaxing way to celebrate our talents and spend some precious time with our friends, before exams come knocking at the door!

ONS JUNIOR REVUE LAAT DIE KOPPE DRAAI! Midstream College Primêre Skool se junior revuegroep, gee nuwe betekenis aan die woord ENERGIE! Met 71 krioelende lyfies wat soos een man sing, dans, spring, draai, swaai en WIE WEET WAT nog alles, is die 2018 tema “On the wild side”, ‘n akkurate beskrywing vir die groep. Die junior revuegroep bestaan uit leerders van graad 2 tot 4 en oefen vir agt maande van die jaar, sowel as ‘n hele paar naweke, kliphard. Onder leiding van vier ewe entoesiastiese onderwyseresse en geklee in skouspelagtige kostuums, het hulle hierdie

jaar aan vele kompetisies en optredes deelgeneem. Hieronder tel die Tshwane Arts Youth Festival, die SA Revue Championships, Springfest en die grondslagfase se ouma- en oupadag, om net ‘n paar te noem. Ondanks hulle suksesse en die feit dat hulle besig is om vinnig vir hulself naam te maak, is die doelwit van hierdie groep hoofsaaklik om baie pret te hê en nie om kompetisies te wen nie! Enige toeskouer wat hierdie jaar een van hul optredes kon geniet, sal saamstem dat hul wél hul doelwit bereik het!

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Midstream Ridge Laerskool / Primary School Where we play, learn and grow together. Midstream Ridge Primary School – a unique home where you feel safe, happy and secure. Midstream Ridge Laerskool – ’n unieke tuiste waar jy veilig, gelukkig en geborge voel. Grade 1 to 7 | Parallel Medium | 012 940 9122 Rakker


Elke jaar hou Midstream Ridge Laerskool ’n Spring Bash om die koms van lente, sowel as die skool se verjaardag te vier. Hierdie jaar het ons nie net ons vyfde verjaardag gevier nie, maar Loslitdag is daarby gevoeg! Die dag het afgeskop met ’n spesiale saalbyeenkoms. Die Ridge Ensemble en MRP se drom-onderwyser, Craig, het die leerders met ’n paar musiekitems vermaak. Rakker het die kersies op die

verjaardagkoek kom uitblaas, terwyl die verjaardaglied gesing is. Om hierdie spesiale dag te onthou, het die leerders die syfer 5 in die vierkant uitgebeeld. ’n Pragtige foto is vanuit ’n hommeltuig geneem. Die personeel het ook wit en blou ballonne

Spelling Bee Midstream Ridge Primary successfully held its first Intersen Phase Spelling Bee Competition in the last few weeks of Term 3. The competition, madeup of three stages, tested the wits and spelling abilities of participants from Grade 4 – 7. Each child was given a word list of approximately one hundred words to learn. They were then pitted up against their fellow peers in a test to


vrygelaat. Die fotosessie was net betyds verby toe ’n heerlike bui reën uitgesak het – heel gepas vir ons lentevieringe! Die kleuterskool het hul tradisionele besoek kom aflê om blommetjies en koekies aan die personeel uit te deel. Daar was

see who would come out on top. The winning participants were as follows; Tsebo Moeng (Grade 4E2), Diyav Moodley (Grade 5E2), Ruan van Tonder (Grade 6E1) and Shriya Kassen (Grade

’n hele span blink-oog lentefeëtjies en -kabouters op die perseel! Aan die einde van die dag het die 1 km-pretloop om die skoolgronde ongelukkig uitgereën, maar dit het beslis nie ’n demper op hierdie spesiale dag gelaat nie. Lente het met ’n lied in die hart afgeskop!

7E2). Congratulations to these finalists on all their hard work and excellent performances. We look forward to what surprises this newly-founded tradition will bring next year.

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Midstream Ridge Laerskool / Primary School Midstream Ridge Laerskool wys hoofleiers vir 2018 aan Midstream Ridge Laerskool het sopas die hoofleiers vir 2018 aangewys. Kian Francis is tot hoofseun en Hayli Langenhoven tot hoofdogter verkies. Albei leerlinge is nou vier jaar in die skool. Kian het vanaf Midstream College na Midstream Ridge oorgeskuif toe Midstream Ridge vyf jaar jaar gelede oopgemaak het. Hayli het by Du Preez Van Wyk in Bronkhorstspruit skoolgegaan, totdat haar gesin na Centurion verhuis het. Albei leerders beskou dit as ’n eer om die amp van hoofleier te kan beklee. “Dit is ’n groot voorreg om hoofmeisie te wees,” sê Hayli. “Ek is dankbaar vir die geleentheid wat meneer Harmse en die personeel my bied. Ek is nie net dankbaar vir die vertroue wat my medeleerders in my geplaas het nie, maar ook vir die gawes wat die Here my gegee het om hoofmeisie te wees.”

Kian sien sy aanstelling as ‘n geleentheid om homself te bewys en ’n goeie voorbeeld vir ander te wees. “Dis ook ‘n nuwe avontuur waarna ek uitsien,” sê hy. Hayli wil die leerders van die skool graag vir die komende eksamen bemoedig. “Onthou dat harde werk altyd beloon word. Doen jou bes en alles sal goed gaan,” glo sy. Kian se wens vir die leerders is dat hulle die woorde van Albert Einstein sal uitleef: “If you want to live a happy life, tie it to a goal, not to people or to things.” Die onderhoofleiers vir 2018 is Peter Duvenhage, Xario Zeekoei, Ingrid Barnard en Tshepi Mokoena. Baie geluk aan hierdie span staatmakers.

MRP AT THE SCIENCE AND MATHS IN ACTION Thirteen learners of Midstream Ridge Primary School took part in the Maths and Science in Action presented by the SA Academy for Science and Art (SAAWK) in conjunction with SAOU. 171 schools participated, with 2 727 learners that wrote the Mathematics test in Gauteng. From these learners, the best 30 were chosen. Midstream Ridge has four in the top 30! Congratulations to Kian

Francis, Andrew Nortjé, Aditya Rajpurohit and Ruan van Tonder. 117 schools participated with 1 324 learners that wrote the Science test in Gauteng. Again, the

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best 30 were chosen. Midstream Ridge has one in the top 30. Congratulations to Andrew Nortje. These learners have been invited to attend the

Mathematics and Science Fun Day at the University of Pretoria on Saturday, 8 September 2018 and will be given an opportunity to become involved in the practical applications of Mathematics and Science. Kian Francis walked away victorious with a third place in the Mathematics division during the Fun Day at the University of Pretoria. Thank you for keeping MRP’s name high, Kian!




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Midstream Ridge Laerskool / Primary School MRP Foundation Phase honouring the special legends in their live Midstream Ridge Primary recently held their ‘Grandparents’ day on the 12th of October, but felt it would be more fitting to revolutionise the name of this celebrated event to the very fitting ‘Autumn Legends day’. The motivation behind changing the name was for the reason that many learners’ grandparents cannot always celebrate the day with them. Now learners can bring someone, other than a grandparent, who is special to them. This year our ‘Autumn Legends’ went to great lengths to attend the day. More than 363 legends attended this special event. One of these Legends discharged himself from hospital to ensure that he could enjoy the day with his grandchild. It was a privilege to have the older generation from 78 years to 94, share the day with us.

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to the beach in the holidays.” James Engelbrecht 1E3 “My grandparents are important to me because they spoil me with sweets.” Dean Brummer 2E1 “My grandpa and grandma mean so much to me because they make everything fun, they care about all of us and they even built a pool for us.” Hlomani Hlaisi 2E2 “My grandma is the best. She helps me when I am lonely, sad and hurt. My grandpa is a hero. He fixes anything that is broken. My grandparents are the best and I thank them for all their help.” Luthando Masilela 2E3 “My grandma and grandpa mean a lot to me. My gran likes to tell jokes and tell me funny stories. My grandpa likes to sit on a chair and watch the dog. I love them so much.” Alwande Nkambule 2E3

We asked our little legends what a day like this meant to them and how they felt about their Autumn Legends and we got the following sweet responses: • “My grandparents are fun as they always take me

The Rakker Chronicles kraai weer koning as Gauteng se beste skoolkoerant

Midstream Ridge Laerskool se skoolkoerant, The Rakker Chronicles, is vir ‘n tweede agtereenvolgende jaar deur Media24 as Gauteng se beste skoolkoerant in die Laerskoolkategorie aangewys. Op nasionale vlak het The Rakker Chronicles ‘n tweedeplek behaal. Vanjaar se beoordelaars het in die Beeld geskryf dat The Rakker Chronicles ‘n uitsonderlike publikasie is wat ‘n goeie balans tussen inligting, opvoeding en vermaak bevat. Die uitleg en foto’s is volgens dié

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beoordelaars uitstekend en die mense op die foto’s is van interessante hoeke afgeneem. Die stories was ook vir hulle paneel insiggewend. Die redaksie van The Rakker Chronicles is tydens ‘n spesiale prysuitdelingsfunksie op 26 Oktober by Mediapark in Aucklandpark, Johannesburg, met ‘n kontantprys en ‘n trofee beloon. Midstream Ridge Laerskool is voorwaar trots op hul raakvatter-redaksie! 71


Midstream College HoĂŤrskool / High School EXCELLENTIA Midstream College is a modern private High School, equipped with the latest technology and teaching aids available. Established in 2007, we have made our mark on academic, cultural and sports terrains. At Midstream College your future will be shaped by innovative thinking, vision and knowledge through excellence. Grade 8 to 12 | Parallel Medium | 012 661 0590

Scandinavia Midstream College’s educational tour was to Scandinavia during the September holidays. Four different countries were visited: Holland, Denmark, Norway and Sweden.

Belgiese uitruilprogram Om 'n land en sy mense werklik te leer ken, moet 'n mens saam met hul leef, al is dit net vir 'n rukkie. Dit is 'n voorreg wat 35 leerders en vier onderwysers te beurt geval het as deel van hierdie jaar se Belgiese uitruilprogram.

Odyssey During September, the grade 10 learners participated in the fourth Odyssey. This adventure, held in the Haenertsburg area, exposes the learners to a nomadic lifestyle including stove cooking, camping, hiking, cycling, paddling, canopy touring, tubing and summiting the highest mountain in the Limpopo in a journey of selfdiscovery.


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Matric Farewell Years of dreaming and months of preparation finally came together in a night filled with magic moments, as the class of 2018 walked down the red carpet after arriving in style.

2018 Boland Tennis Tour 2018 Eight talented tennis players travelled to Paarl for the annual National Boland Tennis Festival. The quality of tennis was exceptionally high. Midstream College managed a fifth place overall. Â


 The grade 9 English team, after participating in the Oppitong provincial public speaking competition, progressed to the national final where they placed first. Their speeches were relevant and thought-provoking, challenging the status quo while still entertaining.

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Midstream College colour run

Midstream College’s traditional fun run through the estate added colour to the enjoyment of High School.

(p)Articipate 2018 Midstream College se jaarlikse kultuurfees met die tema; "Joie de Vivre“, wat in Frans beteken "Die blydskap van die lewe“, eindig in ‘n talentvolle en opwindende Gala-aand.

World War One

Midstream College commemorated the passage of 100 years since the end of World War One. Learners were encouraged to remember all South Africans that, through the last century, have paid the ultimate price to secure our freedom, democracy, peace and equality. All learners were given the option of wearing a poppy for the day, and a trumpeter from the South African National Defence Force played The Last Post, as our head leaders laid a wreath at a ceremonial cross, symbolic of soldiers who gave their lives in service of their country.


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Midstream College HoĂŤrskool / High School Erfenisdag word deur Midstream College gevier.

Bergfiets Head leaders 2018/2019 Midstream College looks forward to an exciting 2019 under the guidance of the newly elected head leaders.

Dit was die 7de keer dat Midstream College aan die Spur MTB-Liga se nasionale kompetisie deelgeneem het. Die dogters eindig 5de en die seuns behou hul 8ste posisie. Ons is besonder trots op Thana Groenewald wat 5de in die Interprovinsiale kompetisie geĂŤndig het. Jade Slabbert en Veronique Rossouw was ook deel van die Gauteng-Noordspan en hulle was die wenners van die Nasionale Spur MTB-Liga.

Head girl and head boy: Tishca de Coning and Jano Bouwer. Deputy head leaders (girls): Jordan Fitzjohn, Mart Kotze and Pelo Koloane. Deputy head leaders (boys): Dian Clark, Gunter de Coning and Hakeem Rapea.

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2019 SCHOOL TERMS First Term - 43 School days School Commences - 16 January School Closes - 15 March

Second Term - 52 School days School Commences - 3 April School Closes - 14 June

Third Term - 53 School days School Commences - 10 July School Closes - 20 September Fourth Term - 44 School days School Commences - 8 October School Closes - 6 December


Use the Public Holidays to your advantage. 21 MARCH Take leave on 22 March and get

4 days off.

1 MAY Take leave on 29 and 30 April and get 5 days off or take leave on 2 and 3 May and get 5 days off. 16 & 17 JUNE Take leave 18 to 21 June and get

9 days off.

24 SEPTEMBER Take leave 23 September and get 4 days off or extend your leave to include 25 to 27 September and get

9 days off.

25 & 26 DECEMBER Take leave 23 and 24, plus 27 December and get 9 days off. Extend your leave to 1 January and get 12 days off. Take leave from 17 December to 1 January and get 19 days for only 7 days' leave.

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It is almost time for the new school year.

Castle Walk Stationers @ Ridge is the preferred supplier to the schools in Midstream. The trendy shop sells everything from office supplies, back to school stationery, gifts and much, much more. Master Maths has been trusted for more than 40 years with extra maths lessons. Their unique method of integrating personal contact from tutors with interactive computer lessons sets them apart from other maths tuition services. Their lessons are authored by highly competent mathematics teachers who interpret the South African curriculum and convert it into a user-friendly and easy to understand format. Registrations for 2019 are open for Grade 4-12 learners. Tina Cowley’s unique approach to helping your child reach their full potential has helped many a student over the years. What makes Tina Cowley unique is that they perform scientific tests of your child’s reading; therefore, they know how to address the problem. They work systemically, by addressing all relevant aspects associated with reading, i.e. eye kinetics and handle therapy, which allows all microsystems in the body to work together as one big macro system. They also take all students’ brain profiles into consideration. Their results are the guarantee.

The Uniform Shop Trading Hours

Open till 14 December 2018: 8h00 - 16h00 Closed from 15 December 2018 to 2 January 2019 Open from 3 January to 15 January 2019: 8h00 - 16h00 From 16 January 2019: 7h00 - 17h00

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READERS’ PHOTOS How to Photograph Textures

for beginners

Texture Photography can sometimes be challenging, since composition, light and depth work differently than in, for example, landscape photography. In texture photography, it’s all about patterns, colours and depth, and every single detail of a texture plays a significant role in the overall perception of the photograph. The combination of these intricate details, interesting patterns, vibrant colours and a good depth – all contribute to a beautiful texture. Here are some tips on photographing textures:

PHOTO BY: Hennie Cronjé

CAMERA: Nikon D2X | F-STOP: f/22 | EXPOSURE TIME: 1/20 sec. | ISO SPEED: ISO-100

1) Find a texture Finding simple textures is very easy. They are all around us and you don’t have to go far to find them – you could photograph everything from a brick wall to grass in your backyard. Finding unique, beautiful and eye-catching textures, on the other hand, is hard. But once you start looking for patterns and textures, you will start noticing them a lot more all around you and you will eventually start encountering textures that are more unique and beautiful than others, and you will soon get a feel of what is going to look good in a photograph.

2) Create a texture PHOTO BY: Johan Ayers

CAMERA: Canon EOS 70D | F-STOP: f/18 | EXPOSURE TIME: 1/250 sec. | ISO SPEED: ISO-200

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If you don’t want to find a texture, create one! You could try oil painting with vibrant colours or find pebbles of different colours and textures, or experiment with sand and water. Do not 79


forget about the importance of having depth in your textures – in comparison to uneven and rough surfaces, straight and smooth surfaces rarely look good in photographs! Shadows communicate depth and dimension of a texture, so make sure that your textures have shadows. At the same time, watch out for very dark shadows and overexposed areas, as those might actually spoil the texture.

3) Equipment I recommend photographing textures on a tripod. You will need everything to be in focus. In order to get everything in focus, you will need a high aperture number such as f/8 or more. A high aperture number means slow shutter speed and the last thing you want is to introduce camera shake on texture photographs.

PHOTO BY: Johan Erasmus

CAMERA: Sony SLT-A58 | F-STOP: f/5.6 | EXPOSURE TIME: 1/25sec. | ISO SPEED: ISO-100

In almost all cases, using a built-in pop-up flash is not desirable, as you might actually ruin the texture by introducing a flat-looking direct, harsh light that will have a negative effect on your shadows. In terms of lenses, the type of lens you should be using really depends on what you are taking a picture of. If the texture is small in size, a macro lens might be necessary to bring out the detail. If you are taking a picture of a wall, a simple wideangle lens might do the job. Just keep in mind that wide angle lenses might introduce distortion, which might be a problem if you are photographing straight lines.

PHOTO BY: Tracey Rehse

CAMERA: Nikon D500| F-STOP: f/11 | EXPOSURE TIME: 1/125 sec. | ISO SPEED: ISO1000 80

PHOTO BY: Johan Ayers

PHOTO BY: Kotie Buitendag

CAMERA: Nikon Coolpix P100 | F-STOP: f/5 | EXPOSURE TIME: 1/77sec. | ISO SPEED: ISO-400

CAMERA: Canon EOS 70D | F-STOP: f/16 | EXPOSURE TIME: 1/250sec. | ISO SPEED: ISO-125

PHOTO BY: Hennie Cronjé

CAMERA: Nikon D70s | F-STOP: f/8 | EXPOSURE TIME: 1/160sec. | ISO SPEED: Unknown

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4) Ambient light or external light? If you are outside, sunlight is one of the best light sources for textures, especially close to sunrise and sunset, when the light rays hit objects at an angle. Cloudy days can create a soft, diffused light that will eliminate or soften up the shadows, removing the sense of depth and dimensionality from your textures. For indoor texture photography use another light source that can light up the texture (such as a large window). Most of the time, a single light source is sufficient, but there might be situations when you want to add multiple shadows, in which case more external lights might be needed. PHOTO BY: Johan Erasmus

CAMERA: Sony SLT-A58 | F-STOP: f/32 | EXPOSURE TIME: 1/2sec. | ISO SPEED: ISO-100

5) Play with angles and depth of field Try to play with the angles. Open up the aperture of the lens to its maximum value (on prime lenses it can be as large as f/1.2, while on zoom lenses it is typically between f/3.5 and f/5.6), which will make the depth of field very shallow, shoot at an angle and see how you like it. Play with the depth of field by simply increasing the aperture value to a higher number.

6) Mix and match

PHOTO BY: Kotie Buitendag

CAMERA: Nikon Coolpix P100 | F-STOP: f/5| EXPOSURE TIME: 1/26 sec. | ISO SPEED: ISO-160

Try to mix your texture with other colours and patterns by either adding them yourself, or by locating a boundary of one colour/texture colliding with another. Those collisions can look amazingly beautiful and they introduce an interesting twist to your picture. Source: Pinterest

PHOTO BY: Tracey Rehse

CAMERA: Nikon D500 | F-STOP: f/14 | EXPOSURE TIME: 1/320 sec. | ISO SPEED: ISO-1250

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Midstream Electrical Supplies




1. In Midstream Magazine

Read our MES article in the magazine delivered to every household six times a year.

2. Twitter: Midstream_MES

Follow us on Twitter and be informed of large power outages and scheduled load shedding.

3. Shop 9, Square@Midstream

Our friendly staff will gladly assist you with information on your account or any other MES related matter. Office hours: 07h30 – 16h30 from Monday to Friday.

4. Website:

Visit our website to access forms, tariffs, load shedding schedules and outage history. ►Login to update your information and view daily usage, monthly statements and graphs. ►You can also report out of order street lights or other minor faults.

5. E-Mail

Your monthly electricity statement and overdue account reminders are emailed to you. ►Your details can be updated on our website via the MES consumer login.

6. Telephone & SMS

The following is communicated via SMS: ►Planned maintenance in your area. ►Overdue account reminders and suspension of service notices. ►Inform owner when tenants move in or out. ►Ad hoc individual SMSs.

7. Hand delivered notices

Notifications for suspension of service due to non-payment and ad hoc notifications to residents.

“When it comes to business, you don’t need to learn a new language, you just need to manage a communication tool”. Tel: 012 687-1300 Shop 9 , Square@Midstream CONTACT Email: Website login: US After Hours Standby 079 557 4540 (minor outages only)

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Mr Green Fingers Vaughn Stuurman is our Facilities Manager with green fingers! Supported by his team of three coordinators, Themba Ncube, Joseph Fokwebe & Johan Senekal. 12 parks with its lovely manicured gardens, the vast open areas, boulevards, dams and sports facilities are kept in a pristine condition for your enjoyment. Taking a stroll late afternoon through the dam area may just reward you with the sighting of the rare grass owl that nests in this area. Looking at our main entrance gardens and fountains, you have to agree that it is an absolute pleasure to be associated with Midlands. Through effective water planning, all our gardens, parks and fountains are watered and managed through our well-planned greywater systems.

Facilities Facilities Manager




Netball Courts


Facilities Co-ordinators


Tennis Courts


Swimming Pools


Facilities staff


Squash Courts


Indoor Heated Swimming Pool




Volleyball courts


Mountain Bike Trail



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A word of thanks by Michael Kapp, Estate Manager: “I would like to extend a special thank you to the Midlands Board of Directors. These individuals are elected by our residents and entrusted to lead and guide the Midlands HOA. This is a very highly skilled group of individuals, who apart from their daily work commitments, still takes the time to assist the Estate Managers with advice and help where necessary. I can assure every resident that you could not have selected a finer group of individuals. Midlands is in a very healthy position, not only financially, but also form a business perspective. Always looking at how to better situations within the Estate or to assist our staff where the needs arise. It is a pleasure for me to manage Midlands under the guidance of such a Board. It is a pleasure to come to work knowing that help is never far away, all I have to do, is ask!�

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New Life for Midstream Hill Circle O

ne of the first features that catches the eye when one approaches Midstream Hill from Midstream Drive, is the traffic circle in Midstream Hill Boulevard - between the estate and the Mediclinic Hospital. It is also the first impression that most visitors get on their way to the security gate. For quite some time now, problems have been experienced with the fountain on the circle, and this was mainly due to the two submersible pumps regularly breaking down. Not only did this bring about recurring replacement and repair costs, but it also resulted in the fountain often being out of order, which detracted from the aesthetic appearance of the estate entrance. As this is something that we pride ourselves on, the situation could not be allowed to continue. The decision was therefore taken to replace the fountain with a specially designed and landscaped garden to match the existing look and feel of the surrounding gardens. Work on the project started at the beginning of October with the demolition of the fountain floor for proper drainage. This proved to be quite a challenge as it had been constructed with a


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thick layer of reinforced concrete. Thereafter, two tipper trucks delivered the soil necessary for the preparation of the garden. Compost was worked into the flower beds and river sand laid in the areas where the stepping stones were to be placed. As soon as the plants were delivered, the meticulous task of splitting and planting them commenced. The feature plant in the center of the garden is a Strelitzia Reginae, commonly known as a Crane Flower because its striking orange and blue flowers closely resembles the head of a crane. The finishing touches to the garden were made by the addition of smaller pieces of dump rock and gravel in between. Apart from the attractiveness of such a garden, it is also regarded as a much more waterwise alternative to a fountain similar to the one that had been there before. The fountain had to be emptied and cleaned on a weekly basis after which it then had to be refilled again. The newly landscaped circle will require minimal irrigation that will save on water consumption - the existing irrigation already installed on the circle was furthermore found to be adequate for the watering of the new garden, so no additional irrigation was required. We are excited about the successful completion of the project, and we hope that everyone else visiting the area will also enjoy the difference that it makes.

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Midstream Community


Midstream events for Midstream residents. Email your event details to

DECEMBER, JANUARY & FEBRUARY 2018/9 SATURDAYS @ 13h30 - Midstream Tennis Club Social

@ 06h00 - Midstream Cycles Club Ride Meet in the parking lot in front of Midstream Cycles

@ 8h00 - parkrun - 5km run/ walk. Starts from 1 Ridgeway



@ 18h00


CAROLS BY Candlelight @ Midstream Ridge Primary

Photography Club Meeting Retire@Midstream Main Building







School Closes


Day of Reconciliation



@ 18h30

Midstream Jukskei Club Mondays and Wednesdays – 10h00 Tuesdays and Thursdays – 17h00


Christmas Day



Day of Goodwill


Contact Tinus – 082 851 2430

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@ 14h00-19h00 Blood Donation at Retire@Midstream Ladies Bar









Photography Club Meeting




@ 14h00 to 19h00 Retire@Midstream Main Building

Blood Donation at Retire@Midstream Ladies Bar

SAVEtheDATE 2 March 2019 - Cansa Shavathon

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Thinking aloud with my pen From the desk of Jen Botha Good morning to you all, I pray and trust that you are well. This is the last article that I will be writing for the In Midstream Magazine. It has been an honour and a privilege to write these articles for the last six years. The time has come for me to leave Midstream Methodist Church and go to Mnandi Methodist Church from January 2019. And so, let me thank each of you for the encouragement and the love that you have shown to me over the past six years. We have been looking at a series called Just Walk across the Room. This has been such an amazing series in which we are encouraged to get up and walk across the room to tell others about the love of Jesus. There are so many folks who will never know about the Lord because we just do not walk across the room and speak to them. There is so much to tell and so much love to be shared with others, but we keep quiet, and we don’t tell others about the Lord. We take about 10 000 steps every day between sunrise and sunset. That adds up to about 184 000km in a lifetime. But more realistically, we walk about four times around this planet in our lives. That is an almighty distance, but then the

question comes‌ How many steps do we take wisely? How many times do we walk intentionally to tell others about the joy that we have found? We keep quiet because we are afraid of what others may think or say. I would like to encourage you to live your life in 3D. Develop friendships by engaging with people around you. When you have taken the trouble to get to know someone, and they can see that you are authentic and genuine, then you earn the right to speak into their lives and hearts. It is when we just barge in, like a bull in a china shop, that we create hurt and we damage others. We need to develop friendships so that we can discover the stories of others. We all have a story to tell. We all have experiences that will build others up and encourage others. Sometimes we are so busy telling our story that we never hear the stories of those around us. Take the time to really listen to others. We can all learn from each other. Discern the next steps that you need to take. Make sure that you are in tune and in line with the will of the Lord. He wants us to listen to His still, small voice and obey

the direction that He gives us. I am sure that most of us have a GPS to get us to the places where we need to go. The Lord wants to be our GPS. He wants to guide and direct us in all things. Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not to your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will direct your paths. This is such an important way to live. It is the only way to really live and live in abundance. I know that at times I stop listening to my GPS, and then the inevitable happens, I get lost. It is the same when I stop listening to the Lord. I get lost! My prayer for each of you is that the Lord will bless you and keep you and make His face to shine upon you and give you peace. May He always hold you in the palm of His hand and may you never let go of His hand. May the road rise to meet you, may the wind blow softly against your back, and until we meet again, may the Lord hold you in the palm of His hand. God bless you in every way, now and always. With my love, Jen

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