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Opening words RIGTINGWYSERS

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o sit ek anderdag gemoedelik en wag vir die groen van die verkeerslig om vir my te knipoog. Die warboel van voertuie wat verbyswiep na wie-weet-waar laat my gedagtes prut en die prentjie speel in slow motion voor my af. Elke ieder een van die derduisende wiele op die pad, is oppad na ‘n gekose eindbestemming. Elkeen in ‘n ander rigting, op ‘n ander roete… Ek besef helaas vir die eerste keer dat paaie ook ons rigtingwysers is. En ek praat nie van naamborde of ‘n vooraf-geprogrammeerde blikstem wat sê watter rigting jy moet inslaan nie. Die lang, uitgestrekte stroke teer lê belowend en uitnodigend op die horison - ‘n aanduiding dat daar iéts aan die ander kant is. Miskien weet jy wat jou eindbestemming is. Miskien stap die lewe met jou ‘n ander draai en jy wonder waarheen die pad dan lei? Maar daar is altyd een of ander pad op jou lewensroete wat vir jou die rigting sal aanwys. ‘n Pad wat jou sal lei na

daar waar jy moet wees. Midstream Ridge Drive is opgedress, vrolik met blomme versier en gereed om haar gaste te ontvang. Die vooruitsig van ‘n pragtige eindbestemming lê aan die einde van hierdie pad. Die laerskool en kleuterskool wink en is reeds ‘n eindbestemming vir baie klein mensies wat weet waarheen hulle oppad is. Die ontwikkeling van Midstream Ridge is goed onderweg; en inwoners sal binnekort begroet word met ‘n unieke toring vir die dorp.

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In the true organic world of plant material, growth has to do with plants springing roots, stems increasing in size and the branches and shoots first stretching out lengthwise and then increasing in size. With proper nurturing a small plant gradually increases in size to a beautiful tree over time.

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Die voltooide paaie in die nuwe dorp verwelkom reeds daagliks ‘n hele klompie vragmotors en bou-masjinerie; en sal binnekort die rigting aanwys vir nuwe inwoners en besoekers. Met die vooruitsig van nog vele wonderlike eindbestemmings, sien ons uit daarna om nog ‘n lang pad met ons inwoners te stap.

PATTERNS OF GROWTH n the business world the word “organic growth” has little to do with flora and a lot to do with growth from the core of a business. By definition it excludes growth of revenue from mergers and acquisitions, but rather focuses on growth from within the company.

Magazine | Tydskrif enquiries | navrae Lizelle Green 012 661 1177 lizelleg@midrand-estates.co.za editor@midrand-estates.co.za

Similarly, Midstream has shown gradual but steady growth since January 2004 when the first residents moved in. The growth has been steady over the years, with 300 to 400 families joining the Midstream community annually; and on 20 May this year a new growth tentacle was established when the access road to the east was opened. The new road being similar to a plant off-shoot that will support growth for a number of years. This copy of the Midstream Magazine provides our Midstream readers with ring-side seats to witness the stories-of-growth from a number of our residents as well as the growth of Midstream.

Front page: Improved access to Midstream with the intersection to the Irene/Olifantsfontein road opened on 20 May 2014 Photo by: Tyrone Zerf Previous | Vorige Edition | Uitgawe

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or the first development phase at the Old Kent gate of Midstream Estate, Bondev had to construct a road section from the point of access to the Shoprite Checkers office park right up to the traffic circle opposite the Hutton / Old Kent gates of Midstream Estate. This 2 kilometre section of road was completed in June 2003 and “paved the way” to the proclamation of the first township of Midstream that took place in July 2003. Construction of the first houses commenced later in 2003 and were completed towards the end of that year.

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Over a number of years, the road was increased in distance to provide access to Midstream College and see the opening of the Pre-Primary School in 2005, followed a year later by the Primary School and yet another year later the Secondary School. A further extension of the road lead to the development of Midfield in 2006 and from there the road first continued on a different path towards Midlands and much later Midstream Hill. Access to the western half of Midstream was enhanced with the introduction of Midstream Drive (K109), which brought much sought after relief to the local traffic The Midstream Magazine - June 2014

congestion when it was opened in March of 2012. With development now taking place further to the east, Bondev recently continued with the east-west road that now links up to the Irene / Olifantsfontein roads, completing a road construction project stretching over almost 8 kilometres – which excludes the 4 kilometre-long Midstream Drive. The road was opened to traffic on 20 May 2014 and is now available to all Midstream commuters. A foot- and cycle path will follow soon to complete the project.

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ROMANS – TH E ORI GI NAL ROAD BUI LD ERS.

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he Romans were famous for the roads they built. The roads brought the marching legions across long distances in astonishingly short times and so allowed the Roman empire to spread its impact like tentacles across conquered territories. The path where the road would go was cleared of rocks and trees. Next a trench was dug at an even grade in preparation of the road foundation layer. A layer of large stones was placed into the trench, followed by a layer of broken stones, cement and sand. A further layer of broken tiles mixed with cement was added and at the top a layer of paving stones was placed. The paving stones were pieced together like a jigsaw puzzle to form a smooth and level surface. A trench excavated on the side of the road kept water from the road while curbs on the sides of the paving stones kept the pavers in place and channelled excess water from the road.

THE TIME AND EFFORT IT TAKES TO BUILD A ROAD!

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any road users sitting in peak hour traffic have passed road construction sites and watched - in forced tolerance - the construction work on those roads taking ages to complete. With the development of Midstream so closely tied to the access roads – and with that, the road construction – we have asked the engineers to provide more insight as to why so much soil must be moved in order to build a decent road. Reference has been made that it all dates back to the way the Romans built roads 2000 years ago. A stable base is required and saturated soil conditions are always to be avoided. Thereafter, layer upon layer is required to transfer the load from the tyres down to the natural ground – as indicated in the drawing. The quality of material and associated cost thereof has to improve as the material nears the position of the wheel load. The black surface is referred to as the wearing course and provides a smooth, slip free surface that is able

to transfer the high loads to the next layer which is called the crusher run layer or base course layer. In some layers, the strength of the natural material can be improved upon by mixing cementitous material (cement or the like). And so the number of layers and thickness of each layer is determined by the position in the road pavement and the anticipated loads on the road. In some instances the total depth of the road layers is up to 1000mm deep, meaning that approximately 2,5 tons of material is handled per square meter of road – or close to 20 000 tons for every road kilometer. The final result renders a smooth surface for the driving ease of the residents whilst the road builders move on to a new section of road in order to open up further sections of residential estate – all the time being watched by the eager drivers in their cars who now have a better understanding of the machinery and trucks used to move the soil around.

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PLEIDING

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af die HEV’s Die uitgebreide diens van oners inw in Midstream, word aan ting rus toe iese gebied. Daar is bas en is r baa kik bes ke wat by die hek dra nis ken wat te, wag die dan aan brande en van die verskillende tipes Die wagte, s. blu te metodes om hulle ure sed pro ard nda sta wat volgens het al er, role pat end rlop deu p die dor op nde bra by verskeie geleenthede dan en erk em opg ‘n vroeë stadium s en te gehelp om die brande te blu ndweer bra die op r daa wyl ter , beheer gewag word.

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aan die Daar is veral aandag gegee die en e and dbr vel van ing bestryd Die e. ontruiming van woonhuis en praktiese opleiding het die tegniese wagte se die in is en aspekte gedek . ied geb aan l eie taa

RUN/WALK FOR LIFE MIDLANDS RESIDENT HITS BEST SELLER LIST

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urlington, Ontario, Canada – April 11, 2014. Rudo Bingepinge-Dzenga, is a Midlands resident and part of a dream team of mentors from across the globe that contributed towards a very special book, “Living without Limitations – 30 Stories to Heal your World!”. This life changing book is for readers of all ages and points of view, and has a nugget for all of us at whatever stage of life. As the obstacles and opportunities of life unfold this is

a book to refer to time and time again. This self-help book hit the best seller mark only 10 hours after its launch on Amazon. This publication marks the 2nd release in the “Living without Limitations” series compiled by Anita Sechesky.

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m deel te wees van die Two Oceans marathon is beide uitdagend en opwindend. Verskeie atlete van die plaaslike “Run/Walk for Life” het aan die afgelope Two Oceans marathon deelgeneem. Hier is (v.l.n.r.) Yolandé Pretorius, Rose Kavalineas, Clair Nijhuis, Yvette van Wyk, Loubser van Wyk en Yvonne van Wyk net voor hul vertrek Kaap toe.

Bingepinge-Dzenga is proud to be part of the 24 co-author team and is confident that the team has contributed information on some of the most sensitive topics which, because of the stigma attached, most people don’t talk about.

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GOLF WEEK

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he Patrick O’Brien Golf Academy took the initiative and hosted Midstream’s first annual Golf Week, with the theme of northern estates versus south, the results being based

on points earned during the week. The Midstream Cup was convincingly won by the south (Midstream and Midfield), with an overwhelming 159 points for the south and 62 for the north. Midlands resident, Peet Joubert, immediately took it upon himself to captain the north next year, aiming to redeem their reputation. During the golf week, Patrick O’Brien and Christo Eagleton, the two coaches from the Patrick O’Brien Golf Academy, with the help of resident Corné De Welzim, introduced golf to Midstream College students (grades 1 to 4) during physical activity periods. This was done on the school’s rugby field by means of 5-minute golf lessons, with each student using real golf clubs and balls. It must be said that a few hidden gems were found and hopefully a bunch of new junior golfers will further add to their skills and continue to play golf. In addition, from Monday to Friday,

free after school lessons were given to all juniors at the Midfield Driving Range. This was also met with great enthusiasm by both students and the parents.

On Tuesday and Thursday, the golf academy hosted two junior tournaments at the Midstream Mashie, with the overall winners being Josh Rouncivell and Xuan Yssel, both from Midstream Estate. They scored 36 and 37 respectively. This was followed on Friday with a long drive competition and the latest Flightscope X2 technology was used to measure the driving distances. The week ended with a fun-filled evening of night golf using glow-in-the-dark luminous golf balls as well as tee markers and flags These new balls seemed to fly like shooting stars through the night and even caused some Midfield residents speculateabout this amazing sight. Th competition was won by a visitor, Pra Naidoo, with visitor Rowland Moss as

HENRY E CHARITY EVENT

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n the 10th of May 2014, Henry E Wakefield from the Henry E Hair Boutique in Midstream, hosted a Ladies Tea in aid of the Kameeldrift Laerskool feeding scheme. Marissa Drummond (Isidingo) and Liezl Thom (broadcasting personality) acted together as MC’s. Ladies attending the function were entertained by the likes of Marlene Bezuidenhout, Izaan and Thuli from Kameeldrift as well as Midstream College’s own Paul Roos and Christa Potgieter. Henry wowed guests with a demonstration of his skills, which was followed by a few Midstream residents showing off their modelling skills in designer outfits from Rosella. The day ended on a high note with the auctioning of a sparkling diamond. More information about Kameeldrift’s feeding scheme can be obtained from Henry E by visiting his hair boutique situated in the Midstream Medical Centre. Also visit his website at www.henrye.co.za

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runner up. A big thank you to the Purple Cow Restaurant for sponsoring the fantastic first prize of a R1,000 voucher in addition to all the meat prizes that were won. Saturday hosted another competition on the Mashie - a family event. Congratulations to Tertius Dekker who won with his mother, Andriëtte Dekker, as partner. Well done to the north for winning this one and to all women golfers on the estate! The junior event on this day was once again won by Xuan Yssel from the south. Special congratulations to him for being the only double winner for the week.

Mashie Golf Course include: • The Patrick O’Brien Junior tournament (end July) • Father / Son event (end July) • Holiday Golf junior programs (July school holidays) • Junior Night Golf (end August) • Night Golf (September)

Overall, the week was a great success with the game of golf being the overall winner! Look out for this Golf week becoming an even bigger and better event next year. Upcoming events hosted by the Patrick O’Brien Golf Academy on the Midstream

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MAKING A DIFFERENCE

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ome time ago, the (previ ously known) Midstream News report ed on one of the estate security guards, Mohapi Modibane, who devotes all his free time to charity through his centers in his home village of Ga-Maubane in Hammans kraal. The two centers are known as Su nshine Self-help for People with Disabilities and Lebogang Odirile for Elderly and Neglecte d People.

thank everyone who has made a difference and welcome assistance from anyone wanting to continue helping to improve the lives of those less fortunate.

Midstream College has subsequently joined hands with Mohapi, wit h a number of orphanages now benefiting through donations of maize-meal packs and winter warmers. On 15 April 2014 the stu dents of Midstream College were happy to be able to witness and experience at first hand the projects and progress made due to the volunteers. We

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Celebrating

10 years of exclusive service to Midstream

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en years ago, Midstream boasted a tar road as far as the first traffic circle in Brakfontein Road and very few roads on either side of the Old Kent and Hutton gates. The Bondev Agents responsible for selling the stands to pioneering buyers were about the only active agents in the area at the time. It is almost impossible to understand the Midstream Estate of 2004 versus how you know it in 2014. However, I would like to paint a quick mental picture of how it grew and mushroomed over a decade. Between 2004 and 2014, when there was a lot more dust than there were roads or houses, we saw how one by one, each of the countless amenities that make our lives safe and convenient today were completed. The amount of dedication and planning from Bondev Developments over the years and still today, has been astounding and as Estate Agents has planted our belief securely in any of their endeavors. From a property sales perspective this was a new world and we had no idea at the time how it would develop in the future. We committed to it wholeheartedly from Day one and started a journey with Midstream Estate, followed by Midfield, Midlands, Retire@Midstream, Midstream Hill and now Midstream Ridge. With a brief insight to the history of the estate without which Midteam would not have had reason to exist, it is our privilege to share the start and subsequent journey over a decade with you, the residents of the estate, of which many are loyal clients of ours. As I mentioned before, the Bondev Agents were the only active agents selling the Bondev stands in 2004. A team The Midstream Magazine - June 2014

which was initially only 3, grew to 5 with the addition of Johan and Maureen van Zyl. With only about 2 dozen homes completed then, there was little reason for Agents to work in the area! One thing which has remained a constant over 10 years of working in Midstream is change, and with that the pace at which houses were being erected was phenomenal and we soon realized that we needed to deliver a service to the many builders who were building houses that needed to be sold. This need is what initiated the thought between the Bondev Agents to start a Real Estate company that could assist in selling these houses that were now coming onto the market at a rapid pace. The name of the company was founded by Johan van Zyl who made the connection between the team within which we worked and Midstream the estate in which we specialized. Henceforth we were known as Midteam Real Estate. Our humble beginnings met new and exciting challenges when we took residence in Shop 23, Square@Midstream in May of 2008. We are proud to say that, with our loyal and hardworking Office staff and Agents, our office is open 7 days a week and we believe that with this level of commitment we can best serve the needs of our clients. In order to meet the needs of the rapidly expanding market our team of Agents grew slowly but surely and today we have eight qualified agents, all of which specialize in the Estate and who have built up vast experience of this market over the years. Agents such as Johan Pretorius (JP), Hennie Engelbrecht and Annelize Gericke all started working in the estate in the early development years and are household names in the estate 12


today. To service our clients more effectively we took up the opportunity to open a second office in the Midrand Estate Office Park in 2013, which is close to both Midlands and Midstream Hill. This office is also open 7 days a week. We are very proud of our professional and dedicated Agents that keep Midteam one of the leading property companies in the Estate and we know through receiving countless testimonials from happy clients that they are delivering an excellent service to the community they serve. The community we work in is also the community we live in! Midteam has always believed in being part of the life and times of the estate. We thoroughly enjoy supporting the Midstream College Annual Golf Day and have done so from its inception. A few years back Midteam offered every resident a complementary annual calendar highlighting important information relative to our community. Seeing 4 consecutive years in a client’s study once was heartwarming and let us know that these calendars are put to good use and are valued by the residents. For the past few years our Midteam staff have poured their hearts and efforts into making up Christmas hampers for the security guards and it gives them immense joy to see the gratitude with which every guard who works in the estate receives their Christmas hamper. We believe that this small gesture is so important, because our guards play such an important role in the safety of all

our residents. Other exciting moments for us as a team is taking part in the open days of the different estates. Midstream Hill and Midstream Ridge are good examples of these days and Midteam was there in full force. Just recently we were able to make the “Easter Feeling” a great one for the talented winner of our easter colouring in competition. The young man was very impressed with his Easter Egg hamper. Let’s not forget our clients who are the most valuable asset to Midteam’s success over the years. One very special client won the once in a lifetime opportunity to fly in an Impala Jet Fighter plane, compliments from Midteam. This was one of our proudest moments to be able to give one of our clients a moment in his lifetime that we are sure he will never forget. We sincerely want to thank every buyer and seller who has ever worked with Midteam, our Agents and our Staff. Thank You for giving us the opportunity to be of service to you and your family. We will strive to show you our gratitude by always aiming to improve our service level. In a market that has exceeded our every expectation, we are still as driven and committed today as we were in 2004, when Midteam was just a small company wanting to help a few builders sell their houses in an estate with only a handful of tarred roads.

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MIDSTREAM SPORTS CLUB als will be able to jog, walk or cycle in Midlands, Midstream, Midfield and Midstream Hill. Access will only be given to residents of the greater Midstream and access times will include Mondays to Sundays between 05h00 and 19h00.

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he Midstream Sports Club was started to encourage controlled access to enable sports and fitness fanatics to train within the safe grounds of the various estates. Following a registration process and complying with the pre-requisite identification procedure, individu-

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Those interested need to complete an Access Form, which can be sent via email to Francois Greyling at midstreamsportsclub@gmail.com. The form (Estate Access Application - Midstream Sports Club) as well as a copy of one’s ID, should be taken to the relevant estates’ security to register for access as a club member. Access forms can be downloaded from the estate website at www.midstream.co.za under each individual HOA’s “Forms and

Security will then verify whether the individual is indeed a resident of the estate before approving the application. Application forms are renewable at the beginning of each year.

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he Midstream Home Owners’ Association launched a trial initiative on the recycling of refuse in April 2014. Estate Manager, Fred Williams, provides us with some insight on the initiative…

How does it work? The company responsible for the recycling is Remade. Any resident can participate by placing their recycling refuse bags on the pavement in front of their home. No registration is required. The specially marked green bags are available from the local Midstream SuperSpar. What can be recycled? Glass, paper, tin, milk cartons, foil, polystyrene and packaging material can be placed in the same bag. No sorting of items is required.

Remade’s representative for Midstream, Mike Bills, confirmed that a total amount of 23 tons of recyclable waste has been collected from Midstream Estate since the 1st of April. When and Where?

What are the costs involved? The total cost is R11.50 per month per household, which is already included in the monthly HOA levies. There are no additional costs involved.

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The bags are collected in Midstream on Monday mornings (public holidays included). Residents must place their special refuse bags (quantity unlimited) on the pavement in front of their homes before 07:00 on a Monday morning.

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Items not allowed include baby nappies, old/used motor oil, paint products, flammable liquids, food items, garden refuse, stones, grass cuttings or any other organic material.

The Future… Based on the success of the project at Midstream Estate, the other HOAs have decided to follow suit. Recycling will be introduced at the other estates – with Midlands starting on 1 July 2014 and the other estates in the following months. The day of the week for collection to be announced in due course.

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MIDSTREAM COLLEGE PRIMARY SCHOOL

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idstream College Primary School congratulates Mrs. Hester Hill on her appointment as Principal!

Bondev, the developer and owner of Midstream College, announced the appointment of Mrs. Hester Hill as the principal of Midstream College Primary School from 1 June 2014. Mrs. Hill has been the incumbent since January when she followed in the footsteps of Mr. Vernon Harmse, after he took up the task of establishing yet another educational facility on the estate, namely Midstream Ridge Primary School. Mrs. Hill has been a senior member of the Midstream College Primary School staff since its inception in January 2006, and has been instrumental in the growth and success of the school over the past eight years. With her strong management team in support we are sure that the school will strive for and achieve the school motto of “Excellentia�.

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Die Bontvisvanger (Pied Kingfisher) (Ceryle rudis) Foto’s: FCD van Wyk

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ie Bontvisvanger is ‘n groot visvanger (28 cm in lengte) met ‘n swart-en-wit veredrag en ‘n reguit swart snawel en kan in Midstream damme by Midfield opgemerk word. Die Bontvisvanger is ‘n algemene standvoël en is algemeen in baie dele van Afrika, suid van die Sahara en die suidelike dele van Asië vanaf Turkye tot China. Die geslagte se vere verskil van kleurpatrone. Die Bontvisvanger eet hoofsaaklik vis, maar soms ook in-

sekte soos naaldekokers, sprinkane en waterinsekte. Hy sit hoofsaaklik op hoë dwarsstokke en wag vir prooi, of sweefhang oor die water, voor hy in die water duik om sy prooi te vang. Hy sal dan terugkeer na sy sitplek, waar hy sy prooi sal doodslaan voor hy dit insluk. Albei ouers grawe die nes in ‘n vertikale sandbank by die water. Hierdie nes is ‘n tonnel van omtrent 0.8 1.2m, wat lei tot ‘n 20 - 31cm wye kamer. Hul grawe met oop snawels en skop dan die sand met hul pote uit. In Suid-Afrika is die eierlê-seisoen van Augustus tot November. Hulle lê gewoonlik 4-6 eiers op ‘n keer, wat uitgebroei word in sowat 18 dae. Die broeipaar word bygestaan deur ​​ helpers in die groep, soms onverwante voëls wie se eie broeipoging misluk het. Die kuikens bly in die nes vir ongeveer 24 - 29 dae, maar sal steeds afhanklik van die ouers bly vir nog ongeveer 2 maande. Die Bontvisvanger woon in pare of familiegroepe en verkies enige binnelandse watergebiede soos strome, riviere, mere, riviermondings, tydelik-oorstroomde gebiede en damme, so lank as wat daar genoeg vis beskikbaar is. Die natuurlike vyande van hierdie Visvanger is roofdiere soos valke, slange en watermuishonde.

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Most people in the world have never even imagined the kind of sleep that we know is possible in a Hästens bed. The second, and perhaps more fundamental conviction, is that sleep is the single most important aspect of life. Sleep is essential to life – it is nourishment; it is the source and replenishment of your health, energy, youth, focus, sanity, and capacity to achieve and innovate. The checkered pattern is a trademark of quality worldwide. A Hästens bed will change the way you sleep.

Hastens bed comes with a 25year guarantee, this is a tribute to the quality and confidence we have in the product. according to sifo (swedish institute conducting consumer research and testing) Hästens has 98% satisfied customers. To this day more than 2000 swedes own a Hästens bed older than 50 years. The oldest bed still in use today dates from 1907 and the owners are so happy with it, they are not willing to sell it. The Midstream Magazine - June 2014

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It’s our 4 Birthday & we have a gift for you !! To celebrate our 4th Birthday and to thank Midstream Residents for their continued support we are giving YOU the Birthday Present. For every International Holiday Package booked and paid over the next 4 weeks (1 - 30June 2014) we will discount your package cost by 4% !! This offer is only applicable to Midstream Residents and a current MES Statement must be produced when booking. (terms and conditions apply)

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We share the final few days of Cheryls’ trip to the Mt Everest Base Camp

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ay 10 we trekked to Pangboche at 3930 meters. The weather started to clear and being lower down it was a bit warmer. The paths were muddy and we had to cross lots of streams so we needed to walk with great care, however this part of the trek was less tiring and only took us 3,5 hours so we had the whole afternoon to rest or explore Pangboche. Standing high above it, this village had a fantastic old monastery which was well worth a visit. Day 11 started in brilliant sunshine and we trekked from Pangboche to Khumjung stopping at Tengboche for tea. This village is special and seems to be tucked away in one of the most beautiful parts in the Himalayas. It also has a wonderful monastery there, so monks seem to be all over. The views from this village were spectacular and watching the sun set behind the mountains was surreal. In each village we got great accommodation and exceptional service. It seemed as though there was personalised attention. Our Sherpa was very well connected everywhere we went so we benefited from lots of little extras we might not have had. Each day we would stop at one of the smaller villages for teas and also lunches if it was one of the long trekking days, and we always had good food and service.   Day 12 was back down to Namche via Khunde where we could visit the Hillary School and Hospital. By lunch time we were once again in Namche, the shopping mecca of the Himalayas. Once more it was serious shopping for some of the trekkers and delicious coffee and cake for the rest of us. We also had the good fortune to spend some time with Jongbu, Sherpa and summiteer. This quietly spoken Nepali man has been climbing since he was 12 years old and has summited Mt Everest 12 times, and on numerous occasions most of the other peaks.  Being in his company was very humbling.   Day 13 we left for Phakding, a four hour trek from Namche, but on arrival we heard that the weather was changing so a decision was made to continue on

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to Lukla after lunch. This meant trekking mostly upward for another five hours. The reason we did this was to be at the airport first thing the following morning to try and get a flight back to Kathmandu. Bad weather usually comes over early afternoon and had this happened we could have been stuck in Lukla for another day or two. I will not pretend, the final trek to Lukla was not gruelling.   Day 14 After a chaotic morning at the Lukla airport we took off for Kathmandu leaving behind the mystical mountains which had given each of us an incredible journey, something I will remember as one of the greatest times of my life. We were so close to Everest Base Camp, less than five kilometres away, but the weather made it impossible to reach it. At first I was disappointed but not for long because I realised those few kilometres were not important. We had got so much more than we could ever have imagined and we were safe. Four people had lost their lives at the Everest base camp on the Tibetan side on the day we were scheduled to reach base camp.   We spent the last two days of our holiday in fantastic 5 Star Accommodation and toured in and around Kathmandu. Our trekking company “iTrek Nepal”, a local Nepal company, pulled out all the stops and treated us to everything of the best. Nothing was too much for them. How blessed we all were.  We even got to stay in the magnificent Dwakari Hotel. This is a huge estate near the airport, rebuilt in the traditional Nepali cultural style. A touch of paradise in Nepal.  

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Camera Speed Hennie Cronjé

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amera speed is the most neglected variable in the use of digital SLR’s. Most people will shoot in automatic mode, program mode or aperture priority mode, but speed priority is seldomly used. What is speed? Speed is a reflection of the time the camera’s sensor is exposed to the light entering the camera through the lens. On the mode dial, it is indicated as an “S” in Nikon cameras (Fig 1) and “Tv” in Canon cameras. When the camera is set on “S” or “Tv”, Shutter speed the photographer chooses the speed, while the camera adapts the aperture (f-stop) accordingly. This is known as speed priority. Why is speed important?

Movement of the object Movement of the object can either be frozen (stopped) or enhanced. • Freezing of movement Freezing of movement depends on the speed by which the object moves. In sport photography, a speed of at least 1/500 sec. should be used, while for fast moving objects a speed of 1/2000 to 1/8000 sec. will freeze the movement (Fig 2 – 4). • Enhancement of movement A classic example is water falling downwards in a waterfall. By slowing down the speed, a beautiful blur of the water is created, giving the waterfall a pleasing appearance (Fig 5).

Figure 1

Speed affects the amount of light reaching the sensor. However, its practical implication lies in the management of movement – movement of the object to be photographed, or movement of the camera. Figure 2

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very descriptive term is used for this technique : “hakkelfoto’s”. Literally, it means “stumbling photos”. This function is available only in high end cameras.

Figure 4

Movement of the camera By moving the camera, beautiful artistic images can be created. Two methods exist by which this technique is applied: • Multiple exposure (ME) In ME 2 – 10 photos are taken, but the camera will combine them, producing only one image which is a merge of the 2 – 10 photos. While the 2 – 10 photos are taken (the camera is set to take 2, 3, 4 or more photos), the photographer usually moves the camera slightly from photo to photo (Fig 6). In Afrikaans, a

Figure 5

• Jiggle photos (“Wikkelfoto’s”) With this technique the camera is manually moved, usually from side to side, while taking the photo. At the same time, the lens can be zoomed in or out, or the lens can gradually be defocused. Most of the time the outcome is rather unpredictable. However, most artistic images can be created this way (Fig 7 and 8). In conclusion, speed adjustment allows some of the most creative opportunities in photography.

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MIDRAND ESTATES PARK

Midrand Estates Park is located in Mt Quray Street in Midlands Estate, next to the Midlands Pre-Primary School.

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WHAT IS THE SHORTEST ROUTE T

he new road does open up a number of alternative options with the effectiveness obviously relying on the congesti sections en route.

However, looking at the two examples below, it may be worth considering future options as to what the best and sho east or west would be ‌ Botha Laan

Traveling to the North

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Midstream vs Social Media

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o stay abreast of new developments, Midstream has entered the social media space. The article below provides the uninformed with a summarized introduction into the three largest components of the social media and is largely based on an article that appeared in the “Good Housekeeping” magazine of January 2014.

FACEBOOK Main social site, with more than a billion active users

TWITTER Super-short observations and newsflashes

PINTEREST A virtual pin board for collecting images

WHY IT’S FUN

It’s the 21st-century water cooler where everyone hangs out. Shares what’s new and connects people by reading “News Feeds” – in other words, comments and photos posted by others.

By “following” different users, you can get updates on whatever or whoever interests you, either on your mobile phone, laptop or desktop computer.

Friends, strangers and favourite brands like Midstream “curate” boards designed to excite and inspire. Set up a free account, then “pin” a local business, a fitness centre, or an event to attend.

WHY IT’S USEFUL

In a time-crunched world, it’s the best way to keep tabs on all developments and relationships, especially the ones that go way back.

Twitter is the fastest way to keep up with the news in real time.

Pinterest is a good way to display pictures with geographical positions attached in an organized way.

https://www.facebook.com/ pages/Midstream-Estates

https://twitter.com/MidstreamE http://www.pinterest.com/midstreampics and https://twitter.com/Midstream_MES

Followers of the Midstream Facebook page will find the latest updates on current news and events. The photo albums also boast notices, pictures reflecting life in Midstream and business card-like information on all the businesses in the estate.

Midstream Electrical Supplies (MES) sends “tweets” in the case of power interruptions or scheduled electrical maintenance. To get up to the minute reports during a power interruption, make sure you connect to MES’ twitter site.

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Midstream uses the Pinterest site as its digital photo gallery. The different aspects of our beautiful estate, the lifestyle, amenities and business in Midstream are depicted in these carefully organized boards (albums) to enable easy viewing.

Midstream uses the twitter site to keep followers up-to-date with regard to current news.

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Midstream College Babahuis

Lekker Speel Moedersdag

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BER G FI ETSR O ET E M

idstreamers het oor en oor bewys dat ‘n gesonde en aktiewe leefstyl hoog op hul prioriteitslys is. In ons strewe om aan meer aktiwiteite deel te neem – hetsy vir gesondheids- of fiksheidsredes of om meer tyd saam met ons gesinne deur te bring – bied Midstream ook ‘n beveiligde bergfietsroete vir ywerige fietsryers in die dorp.

Die bergfietsroete neem ryers deur die “Grassland Bird Sanctuary” in die Midlands landgoed. Die roete is uitdagend, maar die moeilikheidsgraad is geskik vir oud en jonk en ideaal om hul fietsryvernuf op die proef te stel. Hierby ingesluit is ‘n kaart wat die roete aandui.

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FAMILY DAY --------------------------

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LEVIES T

raditionally the HOA levies at all the estates increase on the 1st of July.

With the 2013/14 financial year-end of 30 June nearing, the HOA’s were able to compare actual cost for the past year to the budget and with the favourable reports received that HOA’s were able to keep the levy increase to a minimum. In addition, provision has been made in the levies at all the HOA’s for the introduction of recycling as a new item. The levies for the 2014/15 financial year will be: Midstream Midfield Retire@Midstream (Full Title) Midlands Midstream Hill Midstream Ridge

R R R R R R

1 1 1 1 1 1

185.00/ 300.00/ 800.00/ 175.00/ 375.00/ 250.00/

month month month month month month

The 7th of May 2014

Election Day!

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n unexpected and welcome number of residents turned up for this year’s provincial and national elections. From early morning residents queued at the Midstream Gymnasium and the main building at Retire@Midstream to show their support by voting for a better future for our beautiful country.

A total of 3 775 residents registered to vote at the Midstream Gymnasium, with a total of 4 025 voting (a turnout of 108.32%) at the end. Domestic workers and visitors who were not at their place of registration, completed the relevant forms and voted nationally. Of the 2 937 registered voters at the Retire@Midstream main building, 2 251 (a turnout of 77.05%) voted on the day.

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LEKKER BEKKIG Midstream Ridge Laerskool se leerders staan beslis nie met ‘n mond vol tande nie! Katinka Rhoodie (Gr 1), Tayla Linder (Gr 3) en Hayli Langenhoven (Gr 3) het tydens die onlangse ATKV Redenaarsuitdunne duidelik hul standpunt gestel oor die Sirkus en Poeding. Katinka beweer haar pa is die hoofnar in hul gesin se sirkus…

DIE GROEN SKERM Is die groen skerm al af? Uiteindelik! Met konstruksiewerk aan die nuwe klaskamers wat fluks agter die groen afskorting gevorder het, is daar met groot afwagting uitgesien na die verwydering van die groen skerm, sodat die Grondslagfase en Intersenfase leerders apart in hul “vierkante” kon baljaar. Die dinosourus en walvis in die Grondslagfase-vierkant, sorg vir ure se pret. Die Intersenfase was verheug dat hulle uiteindelik pouses balle kon rondskop. Elkeen het nou ‘n plekkie wat hulle hul eie kan noem.

Nicolaas Rhoodie (Gr 4) het besluit om deel te neem, nadat hy besef het die tema is nie “Sy soen” nie, maar “Seisoen”. Anje Weideman (Gr 4) het almal oortuig dat Winter sy voordele het, terwyl Adriaan van Heerden sy ouma se raad oor die trappe na sukses met die beoordelaars gedeel het.

SKYLAH “HOOD”

EXCEPTIONAL EASTER CELEBRATIONS AT MIDSTREAM RIDGE PRIMARY Great excitement amongst the children and parents ensued as the first Easter Celebration at Midstream Ridge Primary took place. On the morning of 17 April 2014, palm crosses and beautifully decorated table settings adorned the quad. Everyone wore a form of head covering or scarf and shared eats that symbolised food from Biblical times. The true message of Easter was evident and a joyous and memorable event!

CHESS / SKAAK

Skylah van der Veen (Gr 5) is an avid archer who is reaching great heights with her achievements in this discipline. At the 2014 South African National Field Archery Championships (SANFAC) in March, Skylah was awarded North Gauteng Provincial Colours, as well as National Association Colours for field archery. The gold medal was awarded to Skylah at this event and she currently holds the title of National Champion in the Club Female Freestyle Unlimited shooting style. After receiving her tracksuit at the Protea Awards scheduled for 11 July, Skylah will join the National Protea Archery Team. She will represent the South African National Indoor and Field Archery Association (SANIFAA) as part of the A Team that will partake in the IFAA World Field Archery Championships in Yankton, SD, USA. Good luck, Skylah! Midstream Ridge Primary is extremely proud of you and we look forward to hearing about your magnificent experience on your return in August.

In learning to play chess, one embarks on a journey that will develop every thinking skill known. Juis as gevolg hiervan is Midstream Ridge Laerskool verheug oor die ongeveer 50 skaakspelers wat alreeds hul eerste skaakstukke aan die skuif het! Ons jong o/9-pionne het tot dusver beide hul ligawedstryde gewen. Die Seniorskaakspan se vaardighede ontwikkel weekliks om sodoende die suksesleer tot skaakmat te klim. Midstream Ridge Primary looks forward to seeing our teams moving from strength to strength through tough competition. The Midstream Magazine - June 2014

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ZOO ANTICS WITH THE GRADE 2s The day dawned brightly when an intrepid bunch of Grade 2 learners set off to the Pretoria Zoo. Armed with their lunch bags, they boarded the bus with much chattering and excitement. Once they arrived, they were given tips on how to behave around animals and how to respect them. Of course the boys were most interested in the creepy crawlies and the girls enjoyed watching the beautiful pink flamingos – all while enjoying their sno-freeze treats.

‘N NUWE BEGIN VIR MIDSTREAM ATLETIEK Met die opening van Midstream Ridge Laerskool, het baie leerders met ‘n nuwe, opwindende ervaring begin. Ons opkomende atlete het die geleentheid gekry om te wys waartoe hulle in staat is. Met ‘n massiewe deelname van 101 leerders, het Midstream Ridge Laerskool hul eerste Huissport gehou. Sestig leerlinge het ons by die vriendskaplike byeenkomste te Laerskool Louis Leipoldt en Laerskool Rooihuiskraal verteenwoordig. Ons atlete het by elke byeenkoms, met trots, meer as 20 medaljes verower. 35 Atlete het ons by die Cluster verteenwoordig, waar ons drie goue- en vyf silwer medaljes verower het. Van ons atlete het puik pres-teer en gekwalifiseer vir die Distrikskampioenskappe. Cara Venter het gekwalifiseer vir die Gauteng kampioenskappe in verspring.

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PRYSUITDELING Op Vrydag, 25 April, het Midstream Ridge Laerskool hul eerste Atletiek Prysuitdeling gehou. Dit was sowaar ‘n spog geleentheid waar 35 atlete sertifikate ontvang het vir deelname en puik prestasies. Prestasies wat die afgelope atletiekseisoen behaal is:  Elzaan van der Westhuizen behaal twee 1ste plekke in die 60m and 80m op die Cluster.  Orrmay Krüger behaal ‘n 1ste plek in 100m en twee 2de plekke in 80m en verspring op die Cluster.  Cara Venter behaal drie 2de plekke in onderskeidelik die 80m, 100m en verspring op die Cluster.  Orrmay en Cara neem deel by die Distrikskampioenskappe waar Cara kwalifiseer vir die Gauteng Kampioenskappe, waar sy ‘n Silwer medalje verower. Ons heel eerste Junior Victor- en Victrix Ludorum is tydens die geleentheid aangekondig. Baie geluk aan Wouter Kuhn en Cara Venter.

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Midstream Primary School is our name, RUGBY is our game! During the April holidays, our first rugby team had the privilege of participating in a training camp at H.F. Verwoerd Primary School. This was a very productive time in terms of strengthening our teamwork, as well as acquiring tactical skills. Specific skills that received attention were attack, defense and strategic game plans. Our boys also had the opportunity of doing some clay pigeon shooting, rafting and playing paintball. After this training opportunity, we are more than prepared for the season

ahead. In our first league match against Lynnwood Primary School, a very strong opponent, we superbly put our newly-learnt skills to the test, to ensure a 34 – 0 victory. The season is still young and we believe there are even greater things to come! Under the expert guidance of two coaches, Mr. Pieter Lourens and Mr. Wikus Erasmus, we intend to be a force to be reckoned with. Everyone should keep a close eye on our rugby boys!

Midstream Laerskoolhokkie – beter en beter! Midstream Laerskool se hokkiespelers is besig om naam te maak vir hulself! Na afloop van ‘n maande-lange proses van proewe, is vier van ons hokkiespelers in Noord-Gautengspanne opgeneem. Mariska Harmse, Natasha Fourie en Erard Bisschoff het plekke in onderskeidelik die meisies- en seuns C-spanne behaal, terwyl André Gouws sy plek in die B-span behaal het! Almal is o/13 spelers, onder leiding van die entoesiastiese mev. Janettie Kirkpatrick. Midstream is baie trots op hul vier spelers wat daaraan glo om eerder hul hokkiestokke die praatwerk te laat doen! Met Midstream se pragtige nuwe astro-hokkiebaan as speelveld, gaan ons selfs in die hoërskool baie van hierdie spelers sien!

Midstream Primary Senior Choir – staying in tune! Midstream Primary School’s choir, producing beautiful music, is becoming a regular at cultural events all around Pretoria. Under the expert guidance of Miss Wendy Woods, our choir consisting of about 40 learners was invited by TUKS Camerata to take part in a special choir festival at the Musaion on the main campus of the University of Pretoria on 6 May. The choristers were pleasantly surprised when they spotted Mrs. Hill in the audience. They sang a sonata composed by Mozart with words by PW White, as well

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as a traditional Russian lullaby – in English of course! To end off a pleasant evening, the warm sounds of all attending choirs filled the hall as they joined to sing a traditional African song. Midstream Primary’s Senior Choir is looking forward to performing with the Jacaranda Children’s choir, as well as Dewald Wasserfall, later this year. We’ll keep on singing in true Midstream-singing-style!

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Midstream Laerskool se onder 13-A Netbalspan – landswyd bekend! Midstream Laerskool se eerste netbalspan het vanaf 27 Maart tot 1 April deelgeneem aan ‘n baie eksklusiewe netbaltoernooi by Laerskool Sedgefield in die Kaap. Slegs twaalf laerskole word na hierdie toernooi genooi en ons is die eerste privaatskool aan wie daardie eer te beurt geval het. Groot was almal se verbasing toe Midstream se span, bestaande uit altesaam tien

spelers, uiteindelik in die vyfde plek eindig! Na afloop van die toernooi het die skeidsregters en beamptes die trofee vir “Beste vordering gedurende die toernooi” aan Midstream oorhandig! Volgens hul baie trotse afrigter, mev. Hanlie Kotze, was hierdie voorwaar ‘n goed georganiseerde, suksesvolle toernooi waaruit die dogters ongelooflik baie geleer het.

Midstream Laerskool ATKV-redenaars – definitief nooit sprakeloos nie! Midstream Laerskool leerders bult nie net hul spiere op die sportveld nie. Ons redenaars is besig om die wêreld aan die brand te praat! Op 9 en 10 Mei het die eerste rondte van die jaarlikse landswye ATKV-redenaarskompetisie plaasgevind. Die beste sprekers vanuit alle skole in Noord-Gauteng het hul sê gesê. Om te aanskou hoe klein graad 1 tot 3 sprekertjies opstaan en doen waarvoor baie van hulle se ouers te skrikkerig is, is ongelooflik! Vanaf graad 6 raak dinge nóg meer interessant, want nou moet die sprekers skielik ‘n onvoorbereide toespraak

ook lewer, na slegs 40 minute voorbereidingstyd. Met onderwerpe soos “Moedertaalonderrig is steeds belangrik”, “Kinders behoort te werk vir hul sakgeld” en “Vandag se jeug gebruik tegnologie tot hul voordeel”, het die oortuigende Midstream-sprekers almal laat regop sit. Na afloop van die eerste rondte, is twee van ons sprekers gekies om Midstream by die halfeindrondte op 30 Mei te verteenwoordig. Hulle is Veronique Rossouw (graad 4) en Jordan Fitzjohn (graad 7). Voorwaar ‘n prestasie. Midstream Laerskool hou styf duimvas vir hierdie twee talentvolle sprekers!

Midstream Onderwysers blink uit met die fluitjie! As rugby-ondersteuners weet ons dat die eerste persoon wat blameer word wanneer dinge nie volgens plan verloop nie, die skeidsregter is! Gelukkig word die skeidsregter ook soms geloof vir puik hantering van die spel. Hoe dit ookal sy, die skeidsregter bly een van die belangrikste manne op die veld gedurende ‘n rugby wedstryd! Daarom is dit so ‘n voorreg om hierdie jaar te kan spog met twee van ons onderwysers wat aangewys is om op die Blou Bulle Laerskole Skeidsregterspaneel te dien. Buiten Midstream is daar net een ander skool wat twee skeidsregters het wat op die paneel dien. Hierdie twee manne is Mnre. Darius

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Swiegelaar en Pieter Lourens. Hul het hierdie prestasie behaal ondanks die feit dat daar streng fiksheids- en evalueringstoetse is om te slaag, sowel as ‘n teorie eksamen om af te lê. Mnr. Darius Swiegelaar dien nou vir die vyfde jaar op die paneel en is ook na die Nasionale Laerskole Skeidsregtersnaweek wat in Februarie gehou is, genooi. Mnr. Pieter Lourens se harde werk op die rugbyveld is hierdie jaar beloon deurdat hy as enigste nuwe lid op die paneel verkies is. Midstream Laerskool is baie trots op hierdie twee onderwysers wat so ‘n uitstekende voorbeeld van deursettingsvermoё en harde werk aan ons rugbyseuns stel!

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t is hard to believe, but we have reached the midpoint of 2014 and are about to enter what is for most a slow, cold, hibernating season. However, there is nothing cold or slow about the activity surrounding Bondev. On the contrary, things are heating up and activity is increasing! Without our even noticing, many projects are nearing completion and many more are in the planning phase or about to take off. Before we look ahead to the next six months, we should take stock of the first half of the year. Midstream Ridge has had 3 very successful launches of Extensions 56, 58, and 59, selling close to 200 stands in a period of 3 months. In no time we will be welcoming our first residents to this prestigious new addition to the greater Midstream Estate. Retire@Midstream, the other ongoing development by Bondev, has experienced a surge in the sales of both the Sectional Title Units, as well as the Full Title stands in X40. Between the latter part of 2013 and May of 2014 there has been in excess of 50 stands sold in X40.

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Construction of homes in this area is now underway and soon X40, the last of the full title extensions in Retire@Midstream, will be welcoming its first new residents and neighbours to X41 and X42. The very last opportunity to become a first home owner in this extension is still possible by buying one of the handful of stands left or by buying a building package through a builder in the area. With the construction, of the second last phase in X47 almost reaching completion the Sectional Title area has flourished. We will be welcoming new residents in June, September and finally November of this year, at which point X47 will be fully sold out. As word about Retire@Midstream with it’s excellent security, medical facilities and convenient lifestyle has spread, we have experienced an increase in interested buyers at our sales office. However, there is now but little opportunity left to buy a sectional title unit in X47 directly from the Developer. We urge buyers who are still considering their options to visit us sooner than later. In the next six months, some ex-

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M idyear Check In‌ citing projects will be completed, such as the Midstream Ridge School Hall, a state of the art building, which Bondev has erected and which the school will get to enjoy. Also, there is the new road towards Irene which will give residents wanting to travel to the East, R21 and the Airport a much shorter and more convenient route to take, and which in turn will alleviate traffic on Brakfontein Road even further. Let us also not forget the exciting prospect of the new Midstream Ridge Shopping Centre, which is far in the planning phase. From a sales point of view, the good news is that there will still be more stand launches in Midstream Ridge and interested buyers should visit the Bondev Sales Agents for information regarding these stands. It may be the end of summer but there will be no cooling off in activity for this Estate and as a community who has chosen the best we invite you to share in the progress. The Bondev Sales Team.

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Midstream College’s Adventure Club has completed its second ascent of the Mont-Aux-Sources peak in the Northern Drakensberg. The threeday expedition saw them take on all the challenges the mighty uKhahlamba Drakensberg has to offer. They began with a 700 m high pass, which ended with them climbing two 30 m chain ladders to the plateau bordering on Lesotho. Early the next morning, they were rewarded with an incredible view from the top of the famous amphitheatre. As they stood on top of the second highest waterfall in the world, the Tugela, they peered down a drop of 1 000 m into the beautiful valley below. The next challenge was to climb up the 3 282 m peak of Mont-Aux–Sources. Although this was tough, all 42 learners managed the ascent.

5 GOUE MEDALJES Jean-Louis Brand, ’n leerder van Midstream College, het vanaf 5-13 April aan die SA Championships of Performing Arts deelgeneem. Hy het in 9 genres in die Vokale afdeling deelgeneem (Contemporary, Country, Gospel, Jazz, Open, Pop, Rap, Rock, Variety) en het 5 goue en 4 silwer medaljes verower.  Hy is ook ingesluit in die SAspan om in Julie 2014 aan die Wêreldkampioenskappe in Los Angeles te gaan deelneem.   Baie geluk Jean-Louis!

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Midstream College het aan die Noord-Gauteng Geslote Kampioenskappe deelgeneem en baie goed gevaar. Die skool het algeheel sesde in die spankompetisie geëindig (20 skole het deelgeneem). Otto van Buynder het die individuele kompetisie met ‘n telling van 71 en 69 (140) gewen. Hy is nou Noord-Gauteng se kampioen en word outomaties in die span ingesluit wat later vanjaar aan die Inter-Provinsiale toernooi gaan deelneem.   Baie geluk aan die span en Otto.

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BELGIESE UITRUIL

Die eerste been van die uitruilprogram met St Barbara College in Ghent, BelgiĂŤ, het die afgelope vakansie plaasgevind toe 20 leerders van hierdie vooraanstaande skool op 5 April hier aangeland het. Die leerders het by gasgesinne tuisgegaan en die hoof en adjunkhoof , Pierre Vinck en Johan de Ridder wat hulle vergesel het, by mnr Van Vreden en mev Clark. Die Europese gaste het die eerste week die meeste besieswaardighede in Pretoria en Soweto besoek en ook ‘n klompie dae by Midstream College deurgebring om ons skoollewe te ervaar. Die tweede week het hulle Kaapstad besoek en die Moederstad se geskiedenis leer ken. Midstream College se leerders besoek St Barbara College in September waar die uitruilprogram voortgesit word.

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WHAT TO BUDGET FOR WHEN BUYING A HOUSE

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ou have finally managed to find your dream house and want to make an offer, but you are concerned about your budget and everyone keeps telling you that with a new house there are so many additional costs you need to take into account. So what should you realistically be budgeting for?

“Regular monthly costs” should also be carefully considered as these can have a tremendous impact on your monthly cash flow. Some of the most important monthly expenses are:

Broadly speaking there are “once off costs” and “regular monthly costs” that need to be considered.

the premium on the house itself. Remember to notify your household insurance company of your new physical address. This could impact on your monthly premium as the “risk factor” is calculated by the insurance company with reference to, amongst other things, the area where you are residing, if the property has a fence, alarm system, burglar proofing, etc.;  Municipal rates and taxes. Ask the seller or estate agent to provide you with copies of the statements for at least the last 12 months;  Monthly water and electricity costs. Again ask the seller or estate agent for copies of previous statements;  Monthly levy if you are buying in a sectional title unit;  If the property has a swimming pool, include costs for pool maintenance;  Is the house situated further away from your place of work, schools, shopping centres, other key destination areas? Remember to increase your fuel budget accordingly;  Ongoing maintenance of the property. As a rule of thumb, you can spend between 0.5% - 1% of the value of the property on regular maintenance of your home;

Conveyancing fees are the first “once off cost” item on the list. The seller usually nominates the transferring attorney and the bank will appoint the bond attorney. Accordingly, there will be two separate accounts payable which will fall to the buyer to settle. Apart from the fees for registering the transfer and the bond, which are calculated according to a prescribed sliding scale, the following items are also included in the accounts of the conveyancers:

 Transfer Duty (a tax payable to the South African

Revenue Service) in the event of a transfer where the purchase price exceeds R600,000.00;  VAT on the transaction if the seller is registered as a VAT vendor;  Postage and petties;  Fee for obtaining a rates clearance certificate from the municipality;  Fee for obtaining the transfer duty receipt via E-filing;  Registrar of Deeds registration fee;  Fee for FICA verification;  Diverse disbursements which may include: deeds searches, lawdeed tracking fee, copy of the title deed, courier cost, etc.;  Fee for the services of the conveyancer.

 Bond installments on your home loan;  Homeowners insurance on your home, and not only

Looking at other “once off costs” you should take into account the facts and your special and personal circumstances and needs. These costs, depending on your circumstances, could include:

 Deposit on the new house;  Occupational rental, if you are planning to take occupation before date of registration;

 Municipal deposits for electricity and water;  Deposit for telephone and land / data lines;  Cost of relocation/moving;  Cost of new curtains/blinds, carpets;  Costs of new appliances, such as a stove, dishwasher, washing machine etc.;

 Cost for installation of satellite tv;  Costs of new security system, particularly where re-

quired by your insurance;  Home Loan initiation fee payable to the bank;  Home inspection fee, should you wish to utilize the services of a professional home inspector;  Perhaps you are moving from a flat to a house with a garden – then you may need a lawnmower and other garden tools;  House repairs/refurbishments to repair/upgrade critical areas of your new home that may need work or repairs;  New furniture costs, particularly if moving from a smaller to a larger home.

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 Life insurance premiums may increase should you have to increase your cover as security when taking into account the bond amount.

When you are ready to make an offer on a property, contact your attorney to discuss the offer you want to present to the seller. Your attorney can assist you with drafting your offer to purchase, provide you with an estimation of the conveyancing fees and explain the different cost items you may face. Also inquire from your attorney whether you may need to update your Will with the details of the new property that you will be acquiring. Then, armed with a well-prepared budget and your offer to purchase, it is time to make your dream a reality. 49


REST ASSURED

the helicopter buzzing overhead is part of the

Midstream layers of security.

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ccording to Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs, taking into account the physiological element of our human nature, feeling safe is the second most important need. Security and feeling safe in one’s immediate environment plays an important role in the lives of the residents in Midstream and almost 50% of the HOA levies are allocated towards security-related items. To provide residents with a better understanding of the security systems, in the next number of publications of the Midstream Magazine we will focus on the various facets. The security systems in place can be compared to an onion where a high level of security is provided due to a range of (layered) elements that interlink to work efficiently and effectively as one, rather than relying on a single element. The onion model recognises that, even if each layer can withstand most of the threats posed, it may be vulnerable on its own. The effectiveness is dramatically enhanced by adding and managing additional layers.

ed by the tower control points at the various precinct entrances and the manned spike control points. It provides an observation point and whilst it is not expected to be an absolute barrier, it represents the first layer of security. The balance between traffic flow and control is adjusted during the day to manage the observation points, whilst still allowing flow of traffic to and from the greater area.

In Midstream, the first layer is represent-

Security Officer of the month Congratulations

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gubo Siphokuhle started as a Security Officer in 2009 and was promoted to Assistant Supervisor three years later. In 2013, Sipho, as he is known by Midlands residents, was promoted to Supervisor. He is always willing to walk the extra mile, acts professionally at all times and takes pride in his work. Over the years Sipho has been instrumental in identifying a number of suspect at the entrance gates of with some instances leading to arrests. He knows the estate rules well and is a leader in the application of the standard operating procedures. Sipho is proud of his supervisor’s uniform with its distinctive three star epaulettes and has shown over the years that he will do what it takes to protect “his” residents.

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W

e have looked at two of the fruits of the Spirit this year so far, and that is gentleness and love. But there are seven more of the fruits to look at and today I would like to look at the fruit of kindness. This world would be such a different place if we would show kindness to each other. If we would stop to think about the things that others face before we speak our minds. It would do us all good to realise that each person sits next to their own pool of tears, and so often, we are not aware of this.

The Psalmist says to us – Thy loving kindness is better than life! And that is so true. There are so many times when we can show the little acts of kindness, and we don’t. There are so many people who would think differently if we would show the little acts of kindness every day. The real question is: why is it so difficult to show these random acts of kindness in life today. Kindness can be seen as a weakness, and so we steer away from that, because we do not want people to consider us weak. Kindness can be seen as being soft, and we know that the world says that only the tough get to the top! And so we cannot be seen as soft! We all want to get to the top and stay there and we eliminate the things that would stop us from getting there! I would like to differ with the world view today. What the world considers weak and soft, are the two very attri-

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butes that we need in life today.

sends it forth with power.

Jesus was the best example of both of these characteristics. Loving kindness and gentleness are the things that He showed to people He came into contact with. He showed gentleness and softness to those who came to Him for healing and for that loving touch. He showed kindness to the sick and the lame, to the beggar and the publican. Yet, when it came to standing against the evil of the society of the day, He squared His shoulders and spoke out against injustice and wickedness. And to carry the cross that weighed about 30 kilograms, uphill to Golgotha, a good few kilometres away, took strength and courage.

May the Lord command His loving kindness upon you and your family today and every day of your life. God bless and keep you, now and always. Love always Jen Botha

He did that because He loves us, and He wants only the best for all of us. There is nothing weak about the loving kindness that Jesus showed to us, and all He expects is that we do likewise to the people around us. It takes so little effort to be kind and considerate to people. It really costs so little to show others that you care, and that you are genuine in your concern for other folk. Psalm 42:8 says “yet the Lord will command his loving kindness in the daytime....” This is the tender affection of God towards His people, it springs from His sovereign will and pleasure, is ever the same, never removes from them, and is better than life; the effects of which are all spiritual blessings, grace, and glory: and this the Lord “commands” when he

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