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PINELANDS COMMUNITY MAGAZINE issue
27 | March 2013
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Jed and Cameron Cycle to Mozambique
Head injury survivor
Golden Apple and pear Tart By Heleen Meyer
YOUR GUIDE TO local NEWS, EVENTS, PEOPLE & PLACES
Birds in Pinelands About the cover: Cameron Stuart took the photograph displayed on the front cover of this month's Muse magazine. It was taken at the Hole In The Wall on the Wild Coast in the Eastern Cape, during the epic cycle ride that he and friend Jed Johnson completed to Mozambique to raise funds for CANSA. He comments "that day we had spent more time pushing our bikes up and down the rolling hills than actually riding". Black Sparrowhawk
WE'RE POSITIVE ABOUT PINELANDS! When we started the Muse over two years ago after leaving corporate jobs we didn't know much about publishing and certainly weren't fully prepared for what was to come… we had to learn quickly as we went along. What we were sure about though, was that it should be a high quality publication which covered positive and uplifting news and stories, contributing to village life with encouragement rather than criticism. We felt then, and still do, that there were enough newspapers doing the skinner, doom and gloom and that there was room for a local magazine that was simply a jolly good read. It's what we enjoy doing and what we do best. Amongst the many (and much appreciated) suggestions we receive for articles are some criticisms of the village, complaints about poor service and even direct attacks on the characters of individuals — this is not what we are about. Newspapers are probably a more effective outlet to vent these these opinions. We all know that Pinelands, like any other suburbs, is not perfect and we share common concerns about the 'crime and grime' and what to do about it. We just feel that we can better serve the village by telling stories of what inspiring people are doing to change things, rather than just pointing out the problems. If you know someone doing something amazing, please let us know… we'd love to talk to them. Enjoy the issue! Max Schutte
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Why would such a large and powerful bird of prey make its home in a busy suburb such as Pinelands? The abundance of food is the answer and it consists chiefly of doves and pigeons. I've seen the pair that live in Pinelands kill Laughing, Red-eyed, and Cape Turtle doves, Speckled and Feral pigeons. These are easily caught by surprise and rapid attacks from cover and are very successful. They breed during our winter in a large stick nest in the taller pine trees near the football grounds. Over the past week or so I've seen a whole range of Raptors over Pinelands — Booted Eagle, Peregrine and Lanner Falcons, African Harrier Hawk, Rock Kestrel and a Red-footed Falcon. Not too shabby for a city suburb, so keep an eye aloft, especially on hot days when thermals abound. Text by Ian Sinclair co-author of Cape Peninsula Birdlife by Roy Siegfried & Ian Sinclair. Photograph by Claudette Schreuders of Pinelands
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JOIN THE CLUB!
The Pinelands Club invites you to come and visit us, see what we offer and take up membership to enjoy the facilites at the club.
function hall lounge area kitchen facilities bar area pool table indoor braai outdoor braai swimming pool toddler’s pool on-site parking
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ENQUIRIES Please call Chris on
021 531 6065
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.
At 7:30pm, Dr. Peter Hammond will present a special PowerPoint presentation on The Life and Legacy of David Livingstone at the Reformation Society. Call 021 689 4480
SAVE YOURSELF SOME COOKING!!
1 & 2 March
Cannons Creek open days 1 Mar: Open Day at the Primary School 9am -12 noon. Call 021 531 0912 2 mar: Open Day at the Senior School. Starts promptly at 9am. Call 021 531 5011
St Stephens Craft Market
Find interesting crafts and hand made items at the St Stephens Church Craft Market from 9am – 2pm. Central Square, off St Stephens Road. Call 021 531 3350 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
"Red A fair"
THE CLUB VENUE IS AVAILABLE FOR HIRE functions • events • meetings
Pinelands North Primary School is hosting their annual Red A Fair from 9am to 4pm in Richmond Avenue. There will be loads of fun, games and food — for young, old, big and small. Call Heidi 084 512 3705.
8 - 10 March
An ecumenical conference on Poverty and the Environment. Please enquire for the various venues (On Saturday 9th it will be at Churches on the square in Pinelands). See more on page 6. Call Ingrid 021 957 7130 or email email@example.com.
Blood donor clinic
The Western Province Blood Transfusion Service clinic is at St Stephen's Church Hall, Central Square from 3pm to 7:15pm. Call 021 507 6300 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Celebrate the bicentennial of David Livingstone
16 − 23 March Library Week
Learn about waterwise gardening, cooking with a hot box and fabric painting. Call 021 531 4658. See page 4 for details.
Pinelands Stamp Circle
The monthly meeting will be on 27 March 2013 at 7:15pm in the Activities Hall of the Pinelands Library. Members will be displaying exhibits on Cape Art & Cartoon. View Postcards and Australian King’s Heads. One page exhibits will cover the 'Globe' and 'Irrigation'. Visitors and stamp collectors are most welcome. Call John 021 531 1954 or David 021 531 4015.
Reach For A Dream golf day
Annual golf day will take place at the Rondebosch Golf Club. Four ball – R2 800 Hole sponsorship – R1 500. Call Genevieve 021 555 3013 or email email@example.com
Jazz in the Park fundraiser
Note date change. This event was moved from 31 March to 14 April. Apologies from the organisers. Entertainment by Amanda Tiffin and friends from 2:30pm − 5.30pm at Maynardville Open Air Theatre. Tickets via Computicket. Own picnic baskets welcome. Call Alta on 082 603 8261.
Dates to look out for: 10 March Argus Cycle Tour 28 March - 8 April School Holidays
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Last month I wrote about the activity in the residential market and the exciting part is that it has not abated. In the last eight weeks we have taken 17 offers with multiple offers on four of the properties. We have concluded six sales with a further four pending. The demand remains strong for neat homes under R2.5m. Since 2008 the property market has been in the decline with prices in negative territory with few buyers around. This trend seems to have changed as in the past few months the number of buyers has continued to increase and the available homes for sale are starting to decrease. Are these the first signs of a seller’s market returning? The FNB property barometer shows that the average home now takes about 15 weeks to sell at an average of 10% below asking price. Seeff Pinelands seem to have bucked the trend with our properties selling on average in four weeks at 95% of asking price. In fact, three of the properties sold within the first week of coming onto the market. Average prices in Pinelands have increased at about 5.5% in the last year which is a touch above the national average of 5.2% reported by our mortgage originator Ooba. The rental market has also remained strong with our rental division concluding seven new leases since the beginning of the year, with the most expensive rental coming in at R18 000pm. Availability of rentals remains in short supply with up to 10 enquiries for every property advertised. The number of tenants paying late, that is after the 7th of the month, has dropped to less than 2%. Despite the fact that I remain optimistic about the property market for 2013, I must caution that traditionally the first quarter of the year is one of the most active periods. There does seem to be an unusually strong buyer’s demand which should have a positive effect on property prices in the coming year provided there is no increase in the interest rates in the near future.
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Library Week 16 - 23 March
Spekboom — a waterwise plant
Educate yourself at the Library Come to the Pinelands Library in March to learn about waterwise gardening, how to use a hot box, and do some fabric painting. There is fun and entertainment for the children too. Saturday 16 March
Library Quiz for 7-12 year olds. Entry forms at the library. Lucky draw for the winners.
All children in the library will be welcome to join in.
Monday 18 March 10am to 11am There will be activities and stories for 4 - 5 year olds from the Learn and Play Centre. All children in the library will be welcome to join in. Monday 18 March 2pm to 3pm Learn how to fabric paint — for adults. Please bring your own apron.
Wednesday 20 March 10am to 11am Meet the well known author and botanist, Ernst Van Jaarsveld, and learn all about indigenous plants and waterwise gardening.
Tuesday 19 March 10am to 11am Learn how to save energy and money at the Cooking with a Hotbox demonstration.
Friday 22 March 2:30pm to 3:15pm Storytelling for children from three years
Wednesday 20 March 9am to 10am
Library Quiz for 7 - 12 year olds. Entry forms at the library. Lucky draw for the winners. Call 021 531 4658
There will be activities and stories for 4 - 5 year olds from the Learn and Play Centre.
You are welcome to join us for the Library Week tea afterwards. Thursday 21 March Public Holiday — Human Rights Day
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etro Kids Africa is a Non-Profit Organisation that was established in 2005. It was founded by James and Janet Senior who are from the United Kingdom. They left settled lives and gave up their work to move here with their four children. James previously worked in the motor industry and Janet as a nurse. The family settled in Pinelands where the community welcomed them warmly into their lives, the children attending first Pinehurst and then Pinelands High. Metro Kids Africa operates a variety of programmes working towards the same goal â&#x20AC;&#x201D; "To help children create a better future". Programmes include after school clubs known as Sidewalk for primary school ages, compassionate care aid, family visits, a teenage mentorship programme, the One By One penpal programme and special projects which include holiday clubs and camps. To achieve their goal Metro Kids Africa is committed to working with local people and churches. At present 6 000 children and teenagers are reached in Gugulethu, Lower Crossroads, Nyanga, Khayelitsha, Mannenberg, Joe Slovo, Du Noon, Phoenix and Parklands. New sites are starting in Delft this term. Land Rovers with their dual battery system which can operate public address systems are used to hold outdoor clubs which attract hundreds of children where they are taught Christian based life skills and values. The Sidewalk programme is taught by teenagers and young adults from their own communities who want to inspire children to change their own communities through making positive life choices. James and Janet Senior have been encouraged by the communities in which they work who have embraced the work Metro Kids does. Numerous success stories
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PINELANDS Main picture above: A meeting at Lower Crossroads. Above: Priscilla attended Sidewalk, a Metro Kids initiative, as a child seven years ago and is now a site leader where 400 children gather weekly in Gugulethu. can be told of teenagers who themselves attended Sidewalk as children seven years ago, like Priscilla, and now are site leaders. Priscilla co-leads her site in Gugulethu with Tamâ&#x20AC;&#x201C;Tam. This site has 400 children who attend each week and these 17 year old girls from Gugulethu lead this site. The Pinelands community has been generous in the past helping with Christmas gifts. At Easter time Metro Kids likes to give each child who attends a Sidewalk site a chocolate egg. In the past few years Meerendal Pre-Primary and Pinehurst Primary have kindly donated these but as Metro Kids has expanded we need more eggs. If anyone would like to donate a box of mallow eggs please contact Janet on either firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 082 423 9936. Metro Kids office is based at Pinelands Business Park.
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CENTRAL SQUARE Pinelands Teas Brunch Breakfast Lunch
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22/02/2013 An Ecumenical Conference on Poverty and the Environment
8-10 MARCH 2013
CHEZ MONET BECOMES CAFÉ NOUVEAU Pinelands resident, Charisse Rickson, has taken over the restaurant we knew as Chez Monet at Central Square. Her new establishment, which re-opened on 15 January, is named Café Nouveau. Don’t be confused by the old sign — this will soon be changing to reflect the new name and new menus are also on the way. A bold interior make-over has transformed it into a cosy Art Nouveau styled Parisian café, while the pavement tables are still there for a sidewalk snack. The Muse wishes Charisse well in her new venture. We look forward to enjoying many a great cup of coffee at the new venue.
Golfing honour for Zack van der Schyff
Pinelander Tyla Malherbe
An initiative of the Dutch Reformed Church, Uniting Reformed Church and the Anglican Church of Southern Africa.
Prof Klaus Nürnberger, Bishop Geoff Davies, Prof Ernst Conradie
Fri 8 Mar • Sanlam Head Office, Bellville Sat 9 Mar • Churches on the square, Pinelands Sun 10 Mar • Environmental services at various churches
• Youth and the Environment • Congregational Mobilisation • Partnering and Advocacy • Sustainable Community Development • Worship
“The earth is the Lord’s and all it holds, the world and those who dwell in it. ” Psalms 24:1
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uring the holidays Zack van der Schyff (Gr12), number 1 player, was in action on the Western Province Junior Circuit, finishing 2nd at the Somerset West Junior Open in early January with a score of 72. He followed up his good form with a 3rd place finish at the Mowbray Golf Club, Club Championships. With creditable rounds of 76, 69, 76 and 75 he finished three shots behind a play off and has been drafted into the Club's Premier League side.
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Zack was also invited to play in the South African Amateur Strokeplay Championships in George from the 11 - 15 February. The competition had a field of 144 players with a group of 25 International Amateur players. It is indeed a great privilege for any amateur golfer to be invited to this tournament.
n the words of a proud mum "high fives to the schools in Pinelands and well done to Tyla Malherbe on graduating from Wits University in Decmber 2012". Tyla attended Pinelands Primary, Cannons Creek Independent and Pinelands High Schools before beginning her tertiary education. She is currently doing her internship at Groote Schuur Hospital. Congratulations Tyla and all the very best for your future.
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SOLD BY US By Batandwa Ntsebeza Coach at the Jean Marc Ithier Soccer Academy
he greatest football playing countries in the world owe their success to well functioning football development structures (academies). Countries such as Spain, Holland and Germany all produce quality world-class players who go through such structures from a young age and learn to develop their skills. At the Jean Marc Ithier Soccer Academy (JMI) in Pinelands we strive to provide young players with a foundation that will ensure that they are well prepared for life in professional football, and mature into good citizens who contribute positively to society. Player development isn’t something that happens over night. It is an investment requiring years and years of hard work. That has been South Africa’s biggest problem in recent years. We have plenty of talent but not enough functioning development structures to put them through. One of our country's top strikers Lehlohonolo Majoro (our only striker to score in the Afcon 2013) only surfaced in professional football when he was 24 years old. With his talent, imagine how much more effective he would have been had he gone through a functioning development structure from a young age? Barcelona boasts an excellent Academy which produced Lionel Messi, who made his professional debut at 17 years old. Messi joined Barcelona’s Academy when he was 12 and it is there where his talent was developed into what it is today. I believe in the future we will witness some of our players in the JMI Academy go on to follow in the footsteps of Lionel Messi. The JMI Academy is going into its 3rd year this season. Our players have been making steady progress during the preseason preparations and they have been looking eager to build on the good work they have put in the last 2 years. I am very confident that this year our players will put on a good show and take further steps into making a huge impact not only in South Africa but in world football. When the season starts in April, I urge ALL Pinelanders to support and follow our players as they embark on their journey to the big leagues in world football. Lets ALL get behind them as they look to cement Pinelands into South African football folklore. For further details call Jean Marc Ithier on 072 388 2399, or Batandwa on 078 373 4216. The Jean Marc Ithier academy currently operates from the Pinelands High School grounds, four days per week with a professional coach allocated to each age group. see www.ithier-soccer.com.
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WHO IS LIABLE FOR PAYMENT OF A SPECIAL LEVY?
This troublesome issue has a simple answer! The Sectional Title Act states in Section 37(2A) that a special levy becomes due on the passing of a resolution and may be recovered by the body corporate from the persons who were the owners of units when the resolution was passed. So, if a special levy is raised after an owner sells the unit, but before transfer of ownership has taken place, the body corporate must recover the special levy from the seller and has no legal entitlement to recover the special levy from the purchaser, unless there is a contractual agreement to the contrary. ATTORNEYS CONVEYANCERS M a c l e o d ’ s AND ESTATE ADMINISTRATORS 2013 | the muse | 7 A t t o r n e y sMarch 021 439 7490 |
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the process of independence The term helicopter parents describes over-protective parents who could be having a negative effect on their child's development especially in decision making and setting and maintaining goals. By Carol Booth Principal of Cannons Creek Independent School
Give them a chance
Becoming independent does not just happen. Often children who wish to be independent at a young age are not given the opportunity, or we as parents feel the need to assist them. A few weeks ago I saw a toddler insisting on carrying a small parcel – this was a good sign of him wishing to become independent but his mother insisted on carrying the light-weight packet for him. He tried to push his point in his young way but did not succeed and when they both walked out of the shop, he was empty handed whilst his mother carried all the parcels.
Make it a good experience
What we should do from when they are very young is to include children in all the tasks we do (which are safe of course) — there is always something that they can carry. We then include the instruction of where it needs to go, and check that the task is carried out. This process should be a daily occurrence. Each day our young children can put their pyjamas in a certain place, carry their towel back to the bathroom, or hang up their dressing gowns and put away their slippers. They can carry something off the dinner table. We need to trust them to do this but we need to ensure that we do not become a nag. Our voice, when giving
the instruction, must be positive and encouraging and followed by praise. Praise works wonders and gives them a positive feeling about themselves.
Simple instructions at pre-school
By the time they get to Pre-School, they should be used to receiving two to three instructions and carrying them out. They should be able to walk into the building carrying their own book and lunch bag. They should, once the system has been explained, be able to put them away in the correct spot.
"My teacher says so…"
The best thing about school is that once we get our children there, this responsibility falls upon the teacher. It is best that we do not cross into their domain. Teachers work magical tricks! Parents often are amazed at what their children do when they, the parents, are not there. A teacher can get a child to remember the process. I am sure many of us have been told, “My teacher says so… A frustrating moment I am sure! The best thing about school is that it is a safe place to fail; a place where the teacher will continue the process of independence. Here they receive many instructions throughout the day and miraculously they manage to carry out most of them. Often, when over-protective mothers arrive, they
revert back to being the 'helpless' child. This is because too much is done for them.
Learning about consequences
In today’s world we make our children very independent when it comes to high tech activities, yet the basic process of daily living we neglect. We have become carriers of bags. We run back to school when they have forgotten something thereby never letting them learn consequences. In the old days children received harsh punishments for these errors but today teachers assist the children in how to remember to bring the item to school. If they have left a book behind, then they re-do the work in order to catch up. They are not hurt, or reprimanded but the consequence is an important part of the process. There can be nothing worse than when children enter high school still needing us to run around after them; and that we are still making excuses for their not completing a task or not bringing an important book home.
Empower your children
Allow them to become independent. After the gift of education, it must be high on the list of gifts and it costs nothing but they receive huge rewards in the end. By letting go we empower them to be independent and become confident young people.
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Out and about
Fun with Elgin Segway Tours by Bettina Neugebauer
o celebrate William’s 60th Birthday we wanted to do something different. After seeing an advert for EcoDiscovery’s Segway Tours we decided to give it a try.
A Segway is a self balancing personal transportation device with two wheels. It has two speeds with the beginner setting at 13kph and the standard setting at 20kph (equivalent to a fast run). Bright and early one Sunday morning we set off for Elgin. When we arrived we were met by Brian from Segway, and given Instructions on how the Segway works. Helmets were provided and we were given time to practice and get used to our new 'wheels'. We were a little unsure how we would adapt but we soon got the hang of it and in fact I got a little over confident and took a tumble — the only one for all of us that day. After about half an hour of we were ready to go into the forest for our one hour tour. We followed Brian through various terrains in the forest. I must admit that for the first while you are not aware of your surroundings as you are concentrating on the Segway, your movements and of course the 'road' — and in my case keeping half an eye on our daughter, Lara who started to race like Schumacher… Of the two levels of speed, we stuck to the tortoise setting, but with time I think we would have been more brave and ventured to the "fast side". We had a lovely morning surrounded by nature just 45 minutes from Cape Town. For more information see www.segwaytours.co.za/grabouwtours.htm or call 021 859 1989.
Above Top: William, Lara and Bettina getting to know their new mode of transport before the tour through the forest to Eikenhof dam seen below.
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PINELANDS RATEPAYERS AND RESIDENTS ASSOCIATION report from meeting of 13 February by Alan Dunnell.
The General Meeting of the Association was held on Wednesday 13 February. Don Shay, was the main speaker reporting on the proposed Youth Possibility Centre to be established in the grounds of Pinelands High School. See more: Muse June 2012.
• The February valuations had been sent out. Residents may object between 21 February and 30 April. An increased valuation did not necessarily mean a huge increase in rates. Visit www.pinelandsdirectory.co.za for more on Pinelands Ratepayers and Residents Association.
Alderman Brian Watkyns addressed the following issues: • the problem of derelict houses which encouraged vagrants to move in. He has approached officials and welfare organisations on ways to move vagrants off the streets and back into society. • He also appealed yet again to residents not to use the horse and cart people to offload their rubbish as it would simply be dumped elsewhere. • Power outages caused by overhead electricity cables touching trees. Alderman Watkyns is investigating why the plans to put electricity cables underground have been stopped. • Alderman Watkyns raised the isssue of inconsiderate parking at schools by parents ignoring traffic rules. • Fixing the paths along Elsieskraal is hampered by insufficient money and unsatisfactory contractors. • The C3 system (see right) for registering complaints with the City was proving both reliable and efficient. To lodge a complaint you can also contact email@example.com • Alderman Watkyns has declared the older part of Pinelands a Heritage Area. The new Zoning Scheme to be issued on 1 March would clarify the implications.
Sally Borchert of Neighbourhood Watch thanked patrollers. Another four radios are needed. Residents are to be more careful and not leave valuables in cars in full view of opportunistic thieves. Laptops, cellphones, sports equipment, handbags and a leather jacket had been reported stolen. Facebook was a good way of communicating with neighbours, but complaints should be made to the police, not on Facebook.
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Greg Roberts shown with the Celestron reflector that he uses with a CCD camera to visually track satellites. Greg is seen here superimposed onto an image of the Great Nebula in Orion Messier 42 that he took recently, and enhanced with his favourite colour — blue.
The Muse spoke to Greg Roberts, retired professional astronomer, as he prepared for the sighting of the 2012AD14 asteroid that passed by the earth on 15th February 2013. Satellite tracking is his favourite hobby — finding the unannounced 'secret launches' are his passion.
From chemistry to amateur rocketry, to the stars and then back to the earth's orbiting satellites. Greg's journey through life has taken him through Natal University (where his rocketry antics got him into trouble), to the Republic Observatory in Johannesburg and finally to 25 years at the South African Astronomical Observatory in Cape Town. It is no surprise that he lives in Pinelands, and no surprise that he has telescopes and satellite dishes in his back garden.
Fondest memories of sightings
While working at the Observatory Greg was witness to the 1987 supernova (spectacular exploding end to the life of a star) in the Large Magellanic Cloud, the Giotto spacecraft flyby of Halley's comet in 1986, and Comet Shoemaker–Levy 9 smashing into Jupiter in 1994.
A love for space objects
Greg's love for satellite tracking was a hobby completely separate from his profession, born in his youth from an intense interest in space travel. He was quite an expert by the time the first Russian satellite was launched — Sputnik 1. In the early days he would use radio tracking devices, the advantage being that one can track day or night. Nowadays Greg prefers optical tracking, using a sophisticated charged coupled device
(CCD camera) which is very sensitive, and along with the light-grasp from his reflector telescopes he is able to record satellites at distances of 40 000km away.
Do you believe in UFO's
"There have only been a couple of occasions when I have not been able to identify a sighting, and have wondered momentarily about extra terrestrial life. I once saw a disc the size of the moon flit across the sky. It was self luminous and not high enough to be a satellite. I called my father to see it but by the time his eyes became adjusted to the dark, it was gone. My video of the retro burns from the OTV3 (Orbital Test Vehicle-3) and the Centaur second stage rocket satellite, which could be clearly seen over Cape Town on 11th December last year, was thought by many to be a UFO. I wasn't sure at first what it was, and rate this as one of my most spectacular sightings see facebook www.facebook.com/ greg.roberts.1291
Asteroid 2012AD14 How close is close?
This asteroid was discovered in February 2012 at the La Sagra Observatory in Spain. Travelling very fast at 18 000km/hour. it measures 35 metres across and weighs 35 million tons. Asteroid 2012AD14 passed the earth at a height of 27 000km between the
earth and many of the geo satellites in orbit on 15 February 2013. This is considered very close in astronomical terms. Colliding with the earth would have caused tremendous damage — it is much larger than the Tunguska meteor that hit Russia in 1908 with the force equivalent to 3 megatons of TNT, flattening 2 000 square kilometres of land. The meteorite show over Russia on the day of the 2012AD14 asteroid bypass was quite spectacular, injuring about 1000 people, but was unrelated to the asteroid. My most recent interest has been in Comet Lemmon, which has made for some good photographs of a comet with a tail.
There are many satellites out there to follow and it is a bit mindless when their history and purpose are common knowledge. Therefore, I get the most pleasure in finding satellites that have not been generally publicised. The Americans have communicated with me on occasion when I have tracked their 'secret' satellites, and I have also supplied details of the recently launched North Korean satellite and its optical characteristics. I have sometimes thought that it would be great to live in Sutherland where the clear skies would allow incredible viewing of the night skies, but my wife Maureen and I love and intend staying in Pinelands.
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Text and photograph by Glynnis Schutte
Amateur rocketry to the stars
“In October 2002 my life was changed forever by a car accident that robbed me of the man I loved and left me with a traumatic brain injury. I am lucky, in that I cannot remember the months after the event, but for my family it was a terrifying time. I was essentially a 20 year old, who behaved and spoke like a 3 year old. My parents had to do everything for me from carrying me to the toilet to tying my shoelaces. In addition, they had to deal with the emotional effects of my injury — fits of rage where I would scream at them for hours and sometimes get physical; sadness unlike any other I have experienced and my intense frustration. I also suffered from chronic fatigue, so getting through a day without a nap was impossible.
Learning about the 'new me'
Traumatic brain injuries can change your personality. My changes were minimal, where most people are not so lucky. The type of injury which I had, tends to lower your impulse control and increase your aggression — not a good combination. The closest I can get to explaining what it was like for me is this — imagine waking
Shannon holding one of the large quilts she is busy with.
up one morning and you are yourself but there is something there that is not you. It’s almost like having another personality inside you — and you have to learn to accept that personality because it is the ‘new’ you. Everyone who has suffered a traumatic brain injury will know there is the ‘old’ you and the ‘new’ you. It is a totally terrifying and frustrating situation and this often comes out as anger and frustration which unfortunately is usually aimed at the people you care about who are trying to look after you.
Doing it my way
I am extremely lucky to have a family who supported me 100% all the way and never tried to stop me doing things. I was determined to write my November exams (and I did, even though I had to climb the stairs on my behind because my balance was so affected). Stubbornness was definitely a good trait to have though because I don’t think I would be where I am today without it. I am so grateful to my family for everything they did for me and I would not be where I am today if it were not for them.
Just over 10 years down the line I am teaching at La Gratitude Pre-Primary School (and I love my job), President of the Lions Club of Pinelands, involved with HeadsUp South, a support and advocacy group for survivors of traumatic brain injuries and their families and living the life I did not think I would ever get back to. It has taken me a long time to realise that the accident which I thought at the time had ruined my life, has actually made the most amazing positive impact and made me who I am today.
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Text by Shannon Filmer. Photograph by Glynnis Schutte
Shannon was born to be a teacher, but in 2002 she faced her biggest hurdle after suffering a traumatic brain injury in a car accident. Now fully recovered, she is fulfilling her teaching dream at La Gratitude school, and bringing awareness of brain injury through HeadsUp South, an organisation that provides support to survivors and their families. Cheerful and accomplished, Shannon is the President of the Lions Club of Pinelands. Brain Awareness Week runs from 11 to 17 March and it seems an appropriate time for Shannon to tell us her story…
Cape Town to Mozambique with 'Wings at our Feet'
Two high school friends, Cameron Stuart and Jed Johnson, left Cape Town to embark on an epic cycle adventure to Mozambique, with the intention of raising funds and awareness for CANSA.
Family, friends, household comforts, boyhood, matric rage and much else was left behind at the foot of the Hottentots Holland Mountains as they pedalled out of Gordon’s Bay and onto the endlessly open roads towards Mozambique. Main picture: The freedom of a bike on the Wild Coast beach. Above: Cameron, left and Jed, right on the road to Mozambique.
What were we letting ourselves in for?
All that we had was the spirit of adventure, a tent, some supplies, 13 maps which covered our route and a solid friendship. On our departure day a monster SouthEasterly wind warned us of how seriously we were at the mercy of the elements. We travelled up the coast towards Stanford, taking the distance in bite size chunks — our cycle fitness forfeited due to the time we spent in the books preparing for our final exams. To be honest, neither of us were cyclists before the epic rolled off. We took the first few days as our training;
Jed’s bike was purchased for the trip a few months prior to our departure and I commandeered my father’s as it looked the part.
An appreciation of life itself
From Stanford our route took us inland through the Klein Karoo towards Montagu, eventually coming out to the coast near Mossel Bay. The isolation and arid beauty of the Karoo lingered as the highlight of our trip for hundreds of kilometres thereafter. It was in the Karoo where we spent our first night actually camping out in the wilderness. Our tent was finally pitched in the dimming light on a prime
patch of grass surrounded by high forest and a mountain stream that gurgled as we ate our cous cous and salami for supper. It was a sobering thought realizing how little we needed to be content, and content we were with life.
From Eastern Cape to Transkei
Hooting cars and a constant change of scenery kept our heads up and eyes off the monotonous stretch of tar road. Back routes passing through the Knysna forests lead us onto the Eastern Cape and eventually the Transkei where it was common to see cows occupying prime positions on the beautiful untouched white Wild Coast sandy beaches.
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'WIngs at our Feet' The name “Wings at Our Feet” originated from a chance encounter with a cycle guru on Chapman's Peak. He was a cancer survivor, businessman and a father. He took a keen interest in our trip and our desire to raise funds for CANSA. He said "Go for it! You are young — you have wings at your feet." Jed is studying at UCT this year, doing a Bachelor of Science degree in Property Studies. Cameron is studying Video Production and Photography at Media Village in Durbanville. Their thoughts are on another trip which will involve a walk around the circumference of Swaziland. After cycling through South Africa they realized there is no need to go anywhere else in the world. Local adventure and helping a local non-profit organisation like CANSA is definitely good enough. Left top: Douglas the river taxi driver who charges a mere R5 for the crossing. Left: sleeping on the beach at Dwesa and in hammocks in Montagu. Below: Farazela border post into Mozambique.
Camping in the Dwesha Reserve
In order to avoid urban areas in the Eastern Cape we followed the Wild Coast hiking trail which proved quite a task with unwieldy bikes weighing up to 40kgs. It has been said that no one remembers the easy journeys, and that’s why the memories from the Wild Coast remain with us fondly even though it was definitely the most physically demanding part of the journey. One of the very best memories we can share was spending a night in our tent pitched on the beach in the Dwesha Reserve. After a dip in the ocean, we watched the sky display it’s most beautiful array of pastel colours whilst sipping down on a metal mug of tea. We lay our heads down that night listening to the sounds of crashing waves and feeling extremely happy with life.
Sharks in the Bashee River!
Sunrise woke us the next morning with an obstacle — to cross the swelled Bashee River. You may be thinking how we managed to cross a river with our bicycles and gear, well, the solution lay in the ‘borrowing’ or ‘re-distribution’ of the odd canoe. Our first attempt to swim the river was in vain so we resorted to calling the hotel for assistance. On their arrival, one of the hotel staff said, “At least you didn’t try swimming it… A little intrigued by the
statement we enquired, “Why?” Only to find that seven Zambezi sharks had been sighted the day before frothing about in the shallows. That titbit of knowledge added to the excitement of many more river crossings.
Diving reward at Sodwana
The tranquil Wild Coast ended and led us onto bustling South Coast; we saw the New Year in around a bonfire on a beach in Ballito. Distances from there onwards went smoothly and we covered the remaining kilometres to the border post in ample time, which allowed us to reward ourselves with five days of diving in Sodwana Bay.
We have much to thank our parents for, for allowing us to embark on such an adventure, our friends for their support, our sponsors for making the trip a bit more comfortable and Cannons Creek High School for instilling the confidence and adventurous spirit into us. To find out more about our journey, see our Facebook page Wings At Our Feet for photos, updates and/or to make a donation.
Nearing the end of the trip an unforgettable feeling settled upon both of us: a sense of great of accomplishment which was accompanied with solemnity as the journey of a lifetime drew to a close. Hospitality now has a new meaning to both of us as we experienced nothing but the abundance of kind-heartedness. We both have a new respect and pride for our country which was well earned. The secondary dimension to the trip was being able to raise funds for CANSA; during which we raised R3 300 which is going towards teaching kids about lifestyle related diseases, as well as spreading the Sunsmart message all the way up the long coast of South Africa.
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Money and personal happiness
Understanding your relationship with money and the role that it plays in your life — whether as master, servant, god or mere commodity — is pivotal to your underlying personal happiness and fulfillment. Rarely will anyone freely acknowledge that they are serving the deceptive task-master and time-thief called money.
Stuck in the ever-turning economic wheel of survival, it’s easy to understand how so many people become lured into a masterservant relationship with money without realising it at all. Living in a world where we are constantly implored to buy bigger houses, faster cars, smaller computers, wider televisions, smarter phones, more exciting games, sexier clothes and more exotic food, it’s no wonder that money has become the common denominator for most people’s perceived happiness.
Can you put your trust in money?
The problem, though, is that material possessions only provide some fleeting moments of not-so-real happiness that are soon usurped by financial worries that far outweigh whatever happiness your money ostensibly created in the first place. And if you’re worried about money, consider that worry is a very real symptom of misplaced trust. Have you entrusted your happiness to your money? Are your decisions being controlled by money? Can you be bought? Is money your master?
Putting a monetary value on your time
In our pursuit for more, we have no choice but to work harder, smarter and longer. The more we work, the more money we earn. Earning more money allows us to acquire more. Acquiring more assets improves our perceived status in society as we vie for a
place on our neighbourhood’s very own unofficial Forbes list. The problem with the ‘work, earn and spend’ cycle is that it encourages us to put a monetary value on our time and allows money to rule over our precious hours. As Shepard Fairey once said, “A dollar is worth exactly what you are willing to give in order to get it.”
Is wealth a measure of happiness?
Money has become a synthetic symbol of status in a world that unashamedly worships wealth. The seriously wealthy are pervaded by an almost ethereal quality that somehow suggests to the world that they can magically obtain and experience what is seemingly impossible to us lesser mortals. Rather than publicly applaud and acknowledge the genuinely good works of men and women, we’ve stooped to measuring where individuals lie on the ludicrous ladder of money. Populating a rung on the Forbes’ list of wealthiest men and women in the world is considered a sign of true success, a measure of happiness and a symbol of almost certain personal fulfillment.
Be a confident master over your money
Whilst one can never underestimate the value and nobility of hard work, earning a good income, providing for one’s family and obtaining personal fulfillment from one's chosen career, we need to accept that the real value of money lies in its versatile utility and the power within each of us to use it for good. As necessary traders in the economy of money, we would do well to believe that the only successful relationship we can have with money is that of confident and qualified master over it. Assuming the role of master in the human-money relationship automatically subjects money to the role of obedient and faithful servant willing to do our bidding and achieve our God-given purposes. Any relationship with money that purports to be anything less than this is robbing us of our most precious earthly gift — time.
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Let your resistance (apple) crumble
food from the heart
By Heleen Meyer Pinelands resident, foodie and author of Food from the heart.
Golden pear & apple crumble From Food from the heart Serves 4 — 6
Crumble 100 g (180 ml) cake flour 100 g (100 ml) hard butter, cubed 125 ml (½ cup) oats 75 ml (5 tbsp) soft brown sugar 2,5 ml (½ tsp) ground cinnamon 50 g pecan nuts or almonds, finely chopped 1. Preheat oven to 200 °C and grease an ovenproof dish with a little butter. 2. Melt sugar and butter for the fruit in a frying pan over a medium heat. Stir until the sugar dissolves and add spices and fresh fruit. 3. Reduce heat and simmer gently for 1520 minutes or until just soft. Stir raisins into the warm mixture and spoon into oven dish. 4. Crumble: Meanwhile, mix flour, butter and oats in a food processor until it resembles breadcrumbs or rub in the butter with your fingertips. 5. Add remaining ingredients and mix in the food processor or with a wooden spoon just until a soft dough forms. Crumble dough evenly over fruit with your fingertips. 6. Bake for 25 minutes or until golden brown. Serve warm with custard, vanilla ice cream or plain yoghurt.
Prepare crumble dough and bake on a greased baking tray for 15-20 minutes or until crispy. Crumble into large pieces and layer in glasses with fresh fruit and thick custard or plain yoghurt. Finish with a layer of crumbs and serve immediately.
Portrait: Karen Edwards Food shot: Glynnis Schutte
50 ml soft brown sugar 50 ml butter 5 ml (1 tsp) ground mixed spice or allspice 3 each Cripps or green apples and ripe pears, seeded and cut in thin wedges 75 ml (5 tbsp) raisins
ccording to a reputable source, Max, the editor of The Muse, has a soft spot for an apple crumble. There has been mention of doing an apple crumble on the recipe page for quite some time, and here it is at last. Not just an apple crumble, but an apple and pear crumble. And the crust is not only butter, butter and butter…. but has a good dose of oats, adding to the crunch and making it healthier as well. To me this is serious comfort food and some describe it as real ‘Mom’s food’. Enough
reason to understand why this recipe was included in my book on South African favourites, Food from the heart. Don’t we all enjoy that from time to time? I love a recipe which lends itself to variations. And this recipe does exactly that. You can use only apples or only pears or a combination, like in this version. You can add plums, cling peaches or even some berries, which by the way, is a delicious addition with pears or apples. When it comes to serving this warm and crumbly dessert, you can also ring the changes. It’s equally delicious on its own, or with a dollop of custard, plain or Greek yoghurt and even a dash of ice cream. Everyone has their favourite accompaniment, so make your pick. PS: Max gives this recipe the thumbs up.
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