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Spotted Eagle Owl

IT TAKES PERSISTENCE TO SUCCEED WHILE ADVERSITY BUILDS EXCELLENCE Looking at the life stories of many self-made millionaires like Richard Branson, Steve Jobs and a host of others, a common theme is that they all had some failures and dead-ends on their journey. What brought them success was belief in their ideals and stubborn persistence in making them real. They were able to pick themselves up, find another angle to try and carry on with renewed enthusiasm. People today are faced with far more competition in their business and everyday lives than ever before. This makes for a hard and bruising daily routine to just keep afloat, never mind getting ahead. With goods and skills moving so easily and quickly around the world, you can't just be the best in your town or country — you have to match the best the world has to offer. Tough as that may be, it is what builds excellence, and very quickly. I'm not saying that I enjoy this state of affairs — life really was more sedate and gentle before the world arrived on our doorsteps. Perhaps like successful entrepreneurs we just need to have a firm belief in an ideal and the persistence to follow it, becoming the best in our field simply for the love of it, and see adversity and competiton as the next bar to clear on that journey. We wish you a successful, fulfilling 2013 with enough joy and friendship to keep you going! Enjoy the issue! Max Schutte

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If, in the early evening or later, you hear a soft `hoooo-hoooo’, this will almost certainly be a Spotted Eagle Owl. There are a few pairs resident in Pinelands and are rarely seen unless you know exactly where they sleep during the day. At night they patrol on silent wings along the canal and sports playing fields or larger gardens. They are searching for food in the form of live rats and mice which are attracted to our area to scavenge from our rubbish. They breed during our winter and use old and abandoned Pied Crow’s nests in the larger pine trees. Text by Ian Sinclair co-author of Cape Peninsula Birdlife by Roy Siegfried & Ian Sinclair. Greg Roberts of Pinelands sent us the image above of a Spotted Eagle Owl which he saw outside their kitchen in early January. Greg was able to get within 2 meters of the Owl before it flew away.


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community calendar 2,9,16 February

Careers Expo at Pinelands Library Pinelands Library is offering an

opportunity for High School learners to find out more. Have a one−on−one chat with professionals in diverse fields of work. Programmes at the Library. Call 021 531 4658

6 & 13 February Science out loud

Popular science talks at the Cape Town Science Centre 5:30pm. 6 Feb: Is Africa in the Dark About Seeing the Light? Insights into global skin lightener use — Dr Lester M. Davids. 13 Feb: Secrets of the Alchemists — a behind the scenes tour of what really happens at the Paralympic games — Prof Wayne Derman. Call 021 300 3200.

14 February

Blood donor clinic

Western Province Blood Transfusion Service clinic at St Stephen's Church Hall, Central Square from 3pm to 7:15pm. Call 021 507 6300 or

26 February

Cannons Creek Fun Run

Everyone is welcome to join this annual running event for toddlers through to great-grannies. The emphasis is on fun with medals for all and prizes from sponsors for the group winners. Enjoy pancakes and braai afterwards. Entrance fees from R30 to R40 for late entries. Call 021 531 5011 to book.

27 February

Pinelands Stamp Circle

The monthly meeting will be on 27 February 2013 at 7:15pm in the Activities Hall of the Pinelands Library. Members will be displaying exhibits on Antarctica and India. Visitors and those interested in stamp collecting are most welcome. Call John 021 531 1954 or David 021 531 4015.

1 March


Pinelands Congregational Church, Nerine Avenue, will be selling take away suppers from 5pm to 7pm. Be tempted by Curry and Rice (ready to eat and frozen), lasagne, bobotie, hamburgers, and fruit salad. All meals R25 or less. Call Helen 021 531 3540.


Cannons Creek open days 1 Mar: Primary School — Open Day 2 mar: High School — Open Day

31 March

Jazz in the Park fundraiser

Entertainment by Amanda Tiffin and friends from 2:30pm − 5.30pm at Maynardville Open Air Theatre. Proceeds go to the WCRC Health and Wellness Centre for Persons with Physical Disabilities. Tickets via Computicket. Free entrance to children under 12. Chairs, gazebos and umbrellas are erected for shade and seating. Light refreshments on sale at kiosk. Own picnic baskets welcome. Call Alta on 082 603 8261.

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If the activity level is anything to go by then the buyers have decided that this is going to be the year to get into the property market. Until October last year there was very little excitement, then suddenly the floodgates seemed to open. We sold five properties in November and three in December… and it has not let up since then. After a well-earned break over the festive season we got back to the office in January with our e-mail boxes full of enquiries. In the first few days we have serviced in excess of 60 enquiries from enthusiastic buyers (not all qualified) who wanted to view our properties. It did not end there. It seemed as if the sellers also decided that 2013 was going to be the year in which they get their finances in order. With the cost of maintenance and increases in water and electricity charges, many are opting for smaller accommodation or alternative investments. There were also those who wanted to upgrade, looking for a different lifestyle. In the first week we have done six valuations, taken on four new mandates and are busy with four offers on homes that are realistically priced. There is definitely an increase in the number of first time buyers — amongst them doctors, teachers and accountants. Pinelands has always been popular with professional people because of its proximity to the University, hospitals, schools and airport. These stats are borne out by our mortgage originator Ooba, who has just reported that 52.7% of all loan applications are from first time buyers who are expected to drive a modest house price increase in 2013. We believe that this buyer’s market will persist in 2013 and we advise that potential buyers should ensure that they have the ability to access a deposit as the banks continue to fine tune credit policies with 100% loans a thing of the past.


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Keaton Saunders head boy Rondebosch Boys’ High School — 2013 Keaton Saunders and Stefano De Gouveia, were elected as Head Prefect and Deputy Head Prefect, respectively, of Rondebosch Boys’ High School for 2013. Together with the team of prefects they have embraced their E13 year with particular emphasis on group participation and a sense of community which they believe will foster unity amongst pupils at Rondebosch Boys’ High School. Keaton has excelled on the tennis court as a member of the RBHS 1st tennis team and reached both provincial and national level (he was ranked number 2 in South Africa in the U14 and U16 division when he played in this age group). He confirms that his tennis roots were very firmly established at the Pinelands Tennis Club. Keaton also made the WP athletics side last year and intends playing rugby in his final year at school as well as continue playing tennis at provincial level. Keaton lives in Pinelands with his parents, Allan and Di Saunders and his sister, Kendra, who is a pupil at Rustenburg School for Girls.

Above: Head prefects for 2013 at Rondebosch Boys' High School. From left: Keaton Saunders - Head Prefect and Stefano De Gouveia - Deputy Head Prefect.

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Pinelands High School is very pleased with the 2012 matric results. 181 Students passed and 139 achieved Bachelor passes, and 129 subject A's. The 2012 School Dux, Danielle Shay, received seven distinctions. Other top achievers were Daniel Mabuggwe and Stephanie Thomas, who each received six subject distinctions.

Danielle Shay seven distinctions

Daniel Mabuggwe six distinctions

Stephanie Thomas six distinctions

Pinelands High 2013 Head prefects

From left: Rachelle La Grange (head girl), Mr Jeremy Gibbon (principal) and David Leach (ead boy). Interestingly the head prefects and the principal are previous pupils of Pinehurst Junior School.

This Valentine’s Day, we at Rozprint would like to express our sincere thanks for the continued support received from all our fantastic clients and friends, many of whom have become like family to us over the past 34 years. We look forward to sharing many more experiences in the years to come. Together with you all, we have had the privilege of sharing your joy, happiness, love and sorrow. Many have grown up and started their own families and many wonderful people have passed. This journey of young school children moving into ‘varsity and on to adulthood,

often coming to show us their babies and share their stories with us, has been a constant source of pleasure for us. A genuine thank you all for sharing your lives with us. We wish you and your loved ones a blessed and happy 2013 — may it be an awesome year for every one of you. Regards and best wishes from the whole team at Rozprint.

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The Head Prefects at Rustenberg High School for Girls are democratically chosen by pupils and staff. The three head prefects have varying leadership styles, with Kate Vlok describing herself as a compassionate leader, willing to listen, and careful in her decision making. Lauren Denny is known to the Muse through her achievements in mathematics, see the November 2012 edition. Lauren feels it is important to make the juniors feel

welcome in the school and is delighted to be the deputy next to a long time school friend, Kate. We wish all three head prefects a successful year. Above from Left: Siphokazi Mbatani (Deputy Head Seniors), Kate Vlok (Head Girl), Lauren Denny (Deputy Head Juniors). Kate and Lauren are from Pinelands and both attended Pinehurst Junior School.

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St George's Grammar School congratulates the 2012 MATRIC CLASS There were smiles all round at St George’s Grammar School (SGGS) on Thursday 3 January with the release of the 2012 Matric results. The 33 candidates of the Class of 2012 achieved a 94% Bachelor Pass rate. Included in this overall achievement were 71 A symbols and 57 B symbols . The top achievers at SGGS for 2012 were Nicole Moodley and James van Duuren with eight distinctions each; Lauren Hess and Mary Jang with six distinctions each;

Narae Lee with five distinctions and Ayesha Bradlow, Ayesha Camroodien and Tomas Kranenburg with four distinctions each. A significant fact is that three of these eight top achievers started their school careers at St George’s Grammar School in Pre Grade R in 1999 – they are Lauren Hess, Nicole Moodley and James van Duuren. The 2012 results show an increase of 7% in Bachelor Passes when compared to the results of 2011. The St George’s Grammar School Matric class of 2012 achieved a Bachelor Pass rate of 94%. Among some of the top achievers were (from left) Lauren Hess (six distinctions), Tomas Kranenburg and Ayesha Camroodien (four distinctions each).

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Cannons Creek 2012 Matric AChievers Cannons Creek Independent School is very proud of the Matrics of 2012 who once again achieved a 100% pass rate. Four of the class of 16 pupils achieved five A's – Ha Som Suh (Dux of the school), Che Mohesh, Alex Wilmot and Jed Johnson. Ha Som will be pursuing International Studies at a university in Seoul, Korea. Che will be studying Medicine, Alex, Chemical Engineering and Jed is doing either Commerce or Business Studies. The Principal, Mike van Haght, said that he was very happy with all the results, not only those achieved by the top pupils. The other pupils also did well, even the foreign students; despite their language disadvantage. The class of 16 Matric pupils accumulated 42 distinctions among them. All but three of the pupils scored at least one subject A.

Riding for CANSA WIngs at our feet

Above :Mike van Haght, Principal of the Cannons Creek High School, addressing the parents and matrics after the release of the 2012 results.

Above left: Alex Wilmot with his mother Erica, on the left and Hazel-May Duncan, member of the Cannons Creek Trust. Above right: Jed Johnson and Che Mohesh. Bottom right: Ha Som Suh.

Jed Johnson and Cameron Stuart are two teenage friends (19 and 18 years of age respectively) who took it upon themselves to cycle from Cape Town to Mozambique aiming to raise funds and create awareness for the Cancer Association of South Africa (CANSA)’s Youth on the Move campaign. Youth on the Move is a CANSA campaign that targets and challenges the youth of South Africa to lead healthy and well balanced lifestyles with emphasis on exercise, healthy and balanced eating habits, avoiding intoxicating oneself with alcohol, smoking and obesity. The aim of Youth on the Move is to reduce lifestyle related diseases, such as cancer, for South Africa’s future generation. Money raised through their efforts will go towards facilitating youth and school awareness programmes.

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Community news

Diamond Wedding Anniversary celebrations for Mr and Mrs Zuhlsdorff at The Helen Keller Society

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Arthur and Edith Zuhlsdorff were married in 1953 and lived in Rhodesia for a while then came back to Cape Town. They travelled extensively both locally and nationally, along with their daughter, once they bought their first car. They then moved to Pinelands and eventually came to live at Helen Keller. Arthur loves steam engines and Edith has quite the collection of dolls. They have one married daughter and two grand-daughters.

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Left: Edith and Arthur celebrating their 60th wedding anniversary at a party at Helen Keller. Above: The beautiful cake made for the occasion.

Greetings from Pinelands police station commander Lt Colonel Helena Mouton Lt Colonel Mouton joined the Pinelands SAPS in December 2012. Most of her career was spent at Simon's Town and Fish Hoek SAPS, serving as Station Commander at Ocean View SAPS, and as acting Station Commander at Muizenberg SAPS. "My vision for Pinelands SAPS and the community is to create a safe environment for the community at large, especially for the children and senior citizens. I should like to see them enjoying their well-deserved retirement within the boundaries of our area. I would also like to express my gratitude to the community of Pinelands, Thornton and Epping for their involvement in the fight against crime in our precinct. I hope that we will be able to involve even more members of the community in the fight against crime. We need the eyes and ears of the community to enable us to have a successful decrease in crime within our neighbourhoods. It is also a privilege to be able to say that the festive season went without serious incidents in our station precinct. Allow me to wish every resident and person employed within the area a prosperous 2013. I am looking forward to working with you. Please feel free to contact me at 021 506 2116.





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From 1 October 2012, the Electrical Machinery Regulations require you to have an Electric Fence System Certificate if you install, add to or alter any electric fence. Fences in place as at 1 October 2012 are exempt so long as they remain as is. The risk for property buyers and sellers is that the requirement for a certificate kicks in, not only if you extend or alter an existing fence, but also when the property is sold. ATTORNEYS CONVEYANCERS M a c l e o d ’ s AND ESTATE ADMINISTRATORS February 2013 | the muse | 7 A t t o r n e y s 021 439 7490 |

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New Beginnings Time management goes a long way in helping us to achieve the goals we set for ourselves and for our children. Add good eating habits and plenty of sleep and you are looking at a recipe for success in the year ahead. New Year — New Beginnings

I always compare the beginning of the year to Spring where each plant has the opportunity to 'start over' and to once again produce beautiful flowers. When we start the new year there are so many exciting things to look forward to with regard to schooling. A new teacher, a new classroom, new friends, new clean exercise books, a new start at working neatly and trying to achieve better results.

Choosing your goals

However, none of these things get off the ground if the person concerned does not make the effort. So, how does one get the process started? Parents have to assist their children in deciding what their goals are for the year. They must be reachable goals. It's no use requesting one’s child to achieve 80% if they are struggling academically, one needs to be realistic. Set a few goals incorporating class results, homework procedures, sport, hobbies, and friends.

Balancing homework and sport

The most important thing is to organise one's homework/study procedure at home. Look at your child’s sporting requirements and work around them. Ensure that your child is not overloaded with sporting activities — get a good balance. Break up the time spent on homework into two sessions. Written work can be done first. Here a timer is a good help (especially for younger children). Let them decide how long should be spent on a certain piece of work and then set the timer. This should get them to concentrate on the task in order to complete it. Learning can take place in the second session. Request

your child’s teacher to incorporate study methods in their teaching day in order to assist the children.

Make sure your child gets plenty of sleep

Reading by younger children can be done whilst you are preparing supper in the kitchen if you run out of time. But, most importantly, don’t let your child stay up late working. They become tired and ratty and one does not achieve anything. They need their sleep in order to work the next day.

The morning routine

Another aspect one could address is the routine to start the day. Discuss this new routine with your child so that they take ownership of it. Use a calendar and mark off all the days where they comply and give them a reward at the end of the month with you doing something together with them — these can be discussed beforehand so that you know what you are getting yourself into! Do not give them money or something that you have to purchase. The biggest gift you can give them is to spend time with them.

A healthy mind in a healthy body

Make sure that your child has a good breakfast each morning. The modern trend seems to be that children don’t eat before school and then by tea break they are starving. That means that the first two hours, where subjects like Mathematics are usually taught, find children unable to concentrate because they are hungry. Discuss with your child what they would like to eat at school. So often one sees children discard their lunch, as they do not like what

By Carol Booth Principal of Cannons Creek Independent School

their parents have put on the sandwich. Spend some time communicating with your child in this regard; it will save you money in the long run. Make sure that good healthy food is considered and only spoil your child on a Friday, as too much sugar is not good for them.

The dinner table as the family chat room Another new routine could be to have meals together in the evening. Spend time with your children around the dining room table. Here you can discuss the day, general topics of what is happening in the country and even discuss things that they have seen on the television. It is this form of communication that our children are sadly losing as the new trend is to eat in front of the TV. Children learn most from parents and in our busy world, the dining room table is a great place for this to happen.

Boundaries for technology in the home

Let your children spend half an hour per day either on the computer or watching a programme on the television. Both of these need to be supervised by parents so that you know what your child is being exposed to. In today’s world it is so important for parents to be involved in modern technology and to set up firm boundaries.

Look forward to a good year ahead

Having discussed all your new rules, or rather procedures, in your home with your children, help them to stick to it knowing that each family member will have made a stunning 'New Beginning' to 2013. May it be an awesome year!

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Out and about

Tea Under The Trees


his peaceful, pretty, colonial style gem on a working grape farm in Paarl is only open in Summer, October to March, during the week from 9am to 4pm. It is worth a special trip to enjoy the cool lawns, beautiful gardens, the period style of the long verandah and the vineyards.

and look for St Peter's Roche, and a large blackboard with the day's special at the top of the driveway lined with Oak Trees. Please remember, closed on Sundays. No liquor is served, no credit cards accepted. By appointment only on Saturdays. Call 082 825 5666. GPS 33 41 58 S 18 57 34 E

Take a look through the Vintage bric-a-brac shop after your relaxed cuppa and delicious cake which ranges from koek sisters (enough for two), milk tart, apple tart or cheesecake. For those wanting something more savoury try the sandwiches or quiche — all served with fresh farm salad. There is a kiddies menu which includes boiled egg and soldiers. The most expensive item on the menu being the quiche at R49. Address: Go along Main Road in Paarl



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By Roy Siegfried & Ian Sinclair The winner, Aleta Kennedy, with the correct answer 'female Cape Sparrow', was drawn from a pool of entries. Some entries identified the bird as a female House Sparrow. We have published images of both for comparison. Congratulations Aleta, we hope you enjoy your book.

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Pinelanders Johann Wilkinson is the South African Junior Men's National Champion for Figure Ice Skating. He exhibits an enormous enthusiasm for skating and hopes to make this his career. The Muse spoke to Johann at the Ice Station at Grand West as he prepares to represent South Africa in competition at the Helmut Seibt Memorial, Vienna, Austria, in February.

Johann Wilkinson Johann and his sister, Marike, changed from horse riding to ice skating when his sister became enthralled by the movie Ice Princess. His Coach, Dantin Broodryk, who runs Junior Blades, recognised the 11 year old's potential. Soon, Johann convinced his mother to allow him to take private lessons. His first time on the ice — 12 April 2006.

The journey

Experience in athletics, especially long and high jump, was an advantage for Johann as he believes he started his ice skating with a strong set of muscles, which other skaters, who start at a younger age, still have to develop. Music appreciation is important for the ice routines, and although he doesn't have time anymore, he is a self taught guitarist and piano player.

Important attributes

Obviously balance is key, along with athleticism, drama, acting abilities, and the ability to 'feel' the music. Johann includes patience, perseverance, and discipline as extremely important for any skater to be successful, and as a Junior Blades club coach he is always looking out for youngsters with a sizzling hunger for skating — something to indicate their commitment to the sport.

What is your training schedule?

Johann trains for 16 to 20 hours per week

on the ice, with two to three hours of floor practice per day and strength training. He is currently registered with the Western Cape Home School Academy, studying for Grade 12 through Accelerated Christian Education via self study. "It's tough because I have to achieve 80% to pass" he says.

Competition in Vienna

This will be Johann's first international trip and he is very excited to be representing South Africa. He will be completing two routines. The 'long' routine is four minutes and Johann describes it as a more serious dance — and for this he has chosen a more dramatic Persian type costume — the one shown in the picture above. The music is The Feeling Begins by Peter Gabriel. In contrast, his short routine is performed to catchy foot tapping music — In The Mood by Glen Miller, for this he will wear a subtle black and blue costume that will not detract from the swift dance moves. Johann's mother Mimi makes his outstanding competition costumes — a real labour of love, well appreciated by him.

Where to next?

"I am hoping for a successful international debut, and an opportunity to achieve a new personal best score that will hold me in good stead as a qualifier for the Junior World Figure Skating Championships. Next, I would like to strive for the competitions

in the Senior Men's category and build up to the Four Continents Championships, World Figure Skating Championships and ultimately the Olympics. My role model is Gareth Echardt, South African figure skating champion, who is now performing in theatrical figure skating performances, and I think I would like that to be my career path".

Training for Pro Am

Johann spends close to ten hours a day at the ice rink, which is the main reason that his family moved to Pinelands. The daily routine at the Ice Station includes a form of work shadow as he follows the teaching methods of the coaches at the rink. His notes and comments on the techniques that he observes are going to be compiled into a book which will serve as part of his qualification as a Pro-Am coach for figure skating. Pro-Ams are the top competitive skaters, who give private lessons under the guidance of the professionals. The money they earn goes directly towards their own skating costs. (see sponsorship page 13) 

Dantin Broodryk coaches both Johann Wilkinson and Evan Wrensch. He was a national champion in his time and has coached competitors for the World Championships, the Four Continents Championships and the Olympic qualifiers. February 2013 | the muse | 12

Text and photographs by Glynnis Schutte

An ice skating dream

Pinelanders Evan Wrensch, the current Pre-Novice Figure Skating Champion of South Africa is preparing to represent South Africa at the International Challenge Cup in The Hague, Netherlands, in February. It is a tremendous honour for Evan to have been selected for this competition as there are many World ranked skaters that will be competing at this event. An introduction to ice skating Evan began coaching lessons after his talent was noticed by Coach, Dantin Broodryk, when he accompanied his sister to her ice skating classes. Evan's mom, Sandra, could not believe that Dantin would have seen something special in him as a total beginner, however, she relented and allowed him to have one lesson per week. In November 2008, when he was eight years old, he was entered into the under 10 grades competition, and came second. A year later he was competing in the National Championships.

Artistic appreciation of music

Early on Evan realised that his joy of skating was overriding his need to listen to the music. After some effort and training he now has a much better ear for music, making the interpretation and application of artistic expression to his figure skating moves more meaningful.

Competition in The Hague

Evan's short competition routine lasting about two minutes is done to music from Dragon: The Bruce Lee Story. In the short routine the skater is required to complete a number of prescribed elements such as jumps, spins and step sequences, for which marks are awarded. Evan includes a couple of karate moves to go with the Bruce Lee theme. He is the youngest figure skater in the Western Cape to attempt the double axel, and is not scared to attempt the triple Salchow jump. In the free session, the skater performs a routine choreographed by the coach, to highlight the music and the skaters ability to synchronise movement to music. Evan's free session choice is Nut Rocker by The

Evan Wrensch Trans-Siberian Orchestra (think jazzed up Nutcracker), and he has a costume to match the theme, see photograph above.

wants to challenge the skaters in the much higher sections according to Coach Dantin who calls him the energizer bunny!!

Evan's advice for figure skaters

Evan would quite easily live at the rink if he could but he has had to learn to balance his skating with other sports in order to do cross training. He also enjoys roller blading, cycling, including unicycling, surfing and water skiing. These all require good balance skills and go hand in hand with his fitness training. 

Firstly join a club such as the Junior Blades Ice Skating Club or Black Panthers Figure Skating Club. Be prepared to practice often — it can be quite tiring. Be confident enough to try the difficult moves, but don't "be rash". Listen to the music.

Plans and hopes for the future?

Evan's long term goal is to compete in the Junior Worlds, Four Continents Championships and Senior Worlds which will give him the chance to qualify for the Olympics. He understands that this will take hard work and many hours of practice. Evan is extremely dedicated and motivated, perfecting all the difficult skills at as early an age as possible. He attempts very difficult elements and never stops moving. He will roften epeat an element up to 50 times and counts the amount of successful attempts. He is extremely competitive and


Figure skating does not have an official sponsor and therefore competitors have to raise their own funds to be able to represent South Africa in the international arena. If you would like to sponsor either Evan or Johann, please contact Dawn van der Riet, Chairman, South African Figure Skating Association−WP Email Cell: 083 303 4907. See letter of sponsorship on

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Addo Elephant National Park The elephant inspires awe in those who see them, and at Addo Elephant National Park you will see herds of them, and marvel at their huge 7000kg frames lumbering alongside waterholes, carefully guiding and protecting their young.


ix of us drove up to the Eastern Cape in the equivalent of the "volksie bus", cameras around our necks, meat and beers in the cooler for the evening braai, and high expectations for our anticipated elephant encounter. Addo was proclaimed a national park in 1931 to protect the last few remaining elephants in the area and the numbers have grown from a group of 11 to the current day number of 600, spread through the park which has also grown covering 180 000 hectares to now include a marine reserve, where one can see Southern Right Whales between June and December.

Vervet Monkeys

We chose to stay in the log cabins close to the main camp, where we enjoyed our first braai sheltered by the thicket of spekboom, and bathed in the dusky pink hues of the setting sun. On awaking on our first morning we were greeted by a troupe of vervet monkeys. They were very inquisitive and not shy to investigate the tables on the wooden deck for any edible pickings. Cute faces lulled one into a false sense of security — until we saw those sharp little teeth!

Elephant herds at Rooidam

The breakfast at the rest camp restaurant was just what the doctor ordered and set us up for the drive through the park. The gate attendant directed us to our first waterhole — Rooidam. We sat in awe as a large herd of elephants gathered around the water, swimming, drinking, splashing themselves and throwing a few watchful glances in our direction. Our car was full of the sound of camera shutters and plenty of ooh’s and aah’s as the tiny (relatively speaking), baby elephants wiggled their trunks as if they didn’t know what the appendages were for. One youngster was still suckling. Apparently the elephants are used to cars, but not people, and so it is against park rules to get out of the car. It was a wonderfully satisfying

experience watching these 7 000kg giants who consume 200kg food and 150 litres of water per day. We felt our holiday dream had already been fulfilled.

Pit Stop at Jack's Picnic site

The roads through the park are generally in good condition. We took advantage of the ablutions at Jack’s picnic place — a gated refuge in the park where one can picnic and find information of current sightings in the Area. Although the park rangers are sure to warn you not to hang out of the car window, or open the car door (even if it slides open), we found it surprising that there is a kopje called Zuurkop Lookout where one is allowed to get out of the car. It overlooks a waterhole on one side and rolling planes on the other. A not so comforting sign says “Beware of the lions. Alight from your car at your own risk" mmmmmm…

Pick your trail — by car, horse, 4x4 or park ranger driven

There is so much to do at Addo, we only touched the tip of the iceberg. There are horse trails, 4x4 trails, guided trails by the rangers — night and day. There is a swimming pool for the hot afternoons, a museum with interactive exhibits. The accommodation varies from tented camps to log cabins with a raised veranda, chalets and rondavels overlooking the

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Travellers main restcamp waterhole. There are also a variety of luxurious lodges and camps to choose from. At the main camp these are all within walking distance of the reception and restaurant and the shop, which sells souvenirs, a very good official guide, wine, fresh produce and most importantly braai wood.

Addo's animal community

The park is also home to black rhino , Cape buffalo, spotted hyena, silverback jackal and lion. There is much said too about the the flightless dungbeetle. One very difficult request to follow is NOT to drive through elephant dung on the park roads, to conserve the dung beetles that may be busy within… Animals that would not historically have been found in the park have not been introduced, so you will not find giraffe, white rhino, impala, waterbuck, red lechwe, blue wildebeest, nyala, and sable antelope.

Elephants with a nose for citrus

Through ongoing research every elephant is named, with many stories about the legendary elephant called Hapoor (damaged through a challenge to his leadership). The official guide also tells us of the practice of feeding the elephants citrus in the early days of the park's existence, to keep the herds within the boundaries and away from the surrounding farmlands. This practice had to be stopped because of the intense excitement caused when the citrus truck arrived — elephants would run and trumpet and become quite agressive. Of course there is plenty for the elephant to eat in the park. Vast dense areas of their favourite juicy snack, spekboom, can be found all over the park. It survives the elephants grazing and trampling it because it can grow easily from small twigs that fall to the ground. The pretty blue plumbago is also abundant in the park and is enjoyed by the elephant, the rhino and the antelope.

PPC Discovery Trail

Early in the morning on day two we felt like Alice in Wonderland as we followed a scrub hare down the path to the PPC Discovery trail, a boardwalk suitable for wheelchairs, with information boards on plants and small animals. Watching the elephants

Main picture top left: Elephant at Rooidam, surrounding and protecting their young. Right: from the top going down: the flightless dungbeetle, black backed jackal, vervet monkey chewing the balcony bannister, warthog, the elephants within arm's reach. Bottom right: How close can you get−elephant crossing the road between the cars.

come to the waterhole at the main camp reception area was quite amusing. The elephants would appear slowly coming over the ridge. Then as they came nearer and nearer to the water they would break into a trot, with the tiny young elephants rushing to keep up. It was not unusual to see a smaller elephant slip into the water over all the mud — and then be helped out again by family nearby.


There is also an underground hide, and if you are lucky, the elephant will come very close on their way to the waterhole. Another early morning pleasure is the abundance of birdlife including Cape Sugarbird, Bokmakierie, flocks of Mouse birds, Cape bulbul, the Cardinal Woodpecker, and Brown Hooded Kingfisher. There's birdsong everywhere.

Almost within arms reach

On our next foray into the park we again headed for Rooidam, but we arrived to a quiet deserted pool of water — no elephant in sight. We drove on and spotted Gemsbok, Bushbuck, heaps of Warthogs, Tortoises and Zebra galloping across an open plain, a Meerkat, and a solitary Black Backed Jackal that just wanted to stay curled up at the side of the road… Then we smelt the elephant before we saw them. The road was covered in fresh piles of steaming elephant dung. Suddenly, around a bend in the road we saw them. Well camouflaged in the bushes right next to the road (almost within arm's reach), they were grazing. Pulling off strips of leaves and pushing them into their mouths — ignoring us completely. Quite terrifying and stangely exhilirating to be so close to a seemingly pre-historic beast.

A farewell treat

We ended our stay at Addo with an evening at the restaurant. The meals were impressive and prices fair, along with the excellent service. Our dishes ranged from trio of springbok on a skewer, venison hot pot served in a miniature poitjie pot and venison steaks. All were excellent, as were the desserts and the coffee. Many thanks to our family for a wonderful time.  Glynn and Max Schutte

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The power of the pink purse By Sue Torr Director at Crue Consulting

Women−The largest economy in the world

Women are so devious. While the Earth’s super-powers compete for the position of the world’s largest economy, all the females in the world assemble unassumingly together and steal first place. Reeling from being blind-sided by a bunch of girls, the world of retail and marketing is collectively trying to figure out exactly what just happened. Ad agency creative directors (97% of whom are male) are now fumbling through their marketing textbooks for a chapter called “How to market to women”.

Marketers don't understand women

Women now control enormous annual consumer spending and represent a growth market twice the size of China and India combined. It is therefore astonishing that 91% of women feel that marketers don’t understand them. In fact, many marketers are downright dismissive and indifferent to the opinions of the most valuable marketing target on earth.

The fairer sex and the motor industry

Women purchase over 50% of all vehicles in the US, influence 80% of all vehicle purchasing decisions and take ownership of 30 million cars each year. Generally unmoved by speed as a must-have criteria, women have voiced their need for utility and safety above all else when it comes to cars, with pink upholstery being way down on the list — as Honda unwittingly discovered when it launched its speciallyfor-women-vehicle called She’s. Made in several shades of pink with a heart in the logo, pink stitching inside, windows that cut ultraviolet rays to prevent wrinkles and a special air conditioning system designed to improve skin quality. It also boasts pinkgold chrome finishes and a pink key.

Technology marketing blunders

The technology industry hasn't got it right either. Dell’s ad agency covered themselves with professional shame when they launched, Della, a pink laptop specially designed for women with preloaded exercise tips, calorie counters and easy-to-make recipes. Also deserving of public reproach is Fujitsu whose advert for their Floral Kiss laptop failed dismally

in its patronizing attempt to market to a seemingly dim-witted female audience.

Condescension by Bic for Her pens

Nothing beats the sheer condescension of the Bic for Her pen. The slim femmepens come in an assortment of soft, pastel ink colors and feature an attractive barrel design in pink and purple. Bic faced the full wrath of women the world over with one writer blogging, “With Bic for Her my drawings of kittens and ponies have improved, and now that I’m writing my last name hyphenated with Robert Pattinson’s last name, I really believe that someday he’ll marry me. I’m positively giddy.”

More women holding the reigns

With the majority of retrenchments during America’s recession being awarded to men, there are now more women than men in formal employment. American women own 60% of all personal wealth in America, 51% of the stock market and are responsible for 70% of all new business startups.

'She-conomy' has arrived

Juggling motherhood, creating careers and managing households has resulted in the female consumer feeling over-extended whilst at the same time underserved by consumer providers, with healthcare and the financial services industry being ostensibly least understanding of women’s needs. Experts all agree on one thing: the ‘she-conomy’ has arrived and big business has started, albeit slowly, acknowledging that this may well be a case of "while the left hand rocks the cradle, the right hand rules the world". 

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food from the heart

By Heleen Meyer

Portrait: Karen Edwards Food shot: Adriaan Vorster, Cooking from the heart

Pinelands resident, foodie and author of Food from the heart.

Sweetcorn fritters Recipe from Cooking from the heart Makes 30 small fritters ½ x 410 g tin whole kernel corn, drained 1 x 410 g tin cream style sweetcorn 1 cup (250 ml) wholewheat flour ½ tsp (2,5 ml) baking powder 1 egg, beaten ½ cup (125 ml) low-fat or fat-free milk 1 tsp (5 ml) ground mixed spice ½ small onion, finely chopped or grated 2 tbsp (30 ml) sunflower oil 1. Mix all the ingredients, except the oil, together in a large bowl. 2. Heat a thin layer of the oil in a frying pan. Fry tablespoonsful of the mixture on both sides until golden brown. Repeat with the rest of the oil and mixture. 3. Drain on paper towel and serve warm with a meat of your choice and a green salad.


1. Stir finely chopped cooked ham, salami, bacon or a drained tin of tina into the batter to serve these as a light meal. 2. Add 30 ml fresh or 5 ml dried mixed herbs or thyme to the batter. Chopped chives and fresh parsley are also delicious.

Your shopping list Making a shopping list may seem a little time consuming – but it can save you time and prevent you from buying unnecessary items. Group ingredients according to their category to see easily what you need to buy and what you already have in your kitchen. Categories like dry ingredients, tinned food, herbs and spices, fresh foods and meat, poultry and dairy make compiling a shopping list easier. I often add a miscellaneous or other group to my list for those odds and ends that don’t really belong to a specific category. When shopping for a specific recipe, remember to plan how you would serve the dish so that you can include these items, for instance more fresh ingredients for a salad. Whether you shop weekly or monthly a shopping list is a practical way to make your life simpler.

Double the fritters The holidays are over, kids are back to school and the reality of busy schedules is part of our daily routine. Creative ideas for weekly suppers and lunch boxes are something many parents wish they could magically pull from a hat. We all battle with that, but I find that if I spend a bit of time at the beginning of each week to plan the main dish for weeknight suppers−half the battle is won. Weekly planning also ensures enough variety in the meals and then I can get the necessary ingredients in time. This helps a lot for the supper and bath time drills and definitely makes that five o’ clock rush of ‘what’s for supper’ a little easier.

I try to plan dishes that can double up as lunch box ideas during the week, and the sweet corn fritters, fish cakes or pieces of last night’s ‘boerewors’ are perfect for this. These sweetcorn fritters are really healthy, easy to make and kids love them. They are delicious to have with sausages or meatballs and are a great alternative to starches like pasta or rice. You can serve them as a light meal with salad as well, and still have some for the infamous lunch box! Do try some of the variations under tips at the end of the recipe. For help on planning your weekly meals, visit my website www. for a sample weekday menu with recipes and a shopping list.

About Heleen Heleen Meyer has a passion for inspiring, encouraging and teaching others about the joys of good food. Not only are her recipes creative and thoroughly tested, but they are easy to cook, interesting, delicious and healthy. As a working mom who cares about her family’s nutrition, Heleen can relate to your cooking needs. She is the author of two of her own award-winning cookbooks, Onthoukos/ Food from the heart and Kos is op die tafel!

For more information on her books or to order a signed copy, visit her website

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