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Birds in Pinelands

Apologies to Bob Dylan for twisting his song title, but that's just what it feels like we are doing as we weather the sting in this winter's tail. Please Summer, let us in!

Klaas's Cuckoo is a welcome visitor to Pinelands gardens where it specialises in eating the very hairy caterpillars that are avoided by other birds. Our Klaas's Cuckoos begin to call at the start of winter, typically in early June, and the piercing "meit-jie" call of the males can be heard through to Spring. If you follow the source of the call on a clear winter's day, you will often find the iridescent green and white male perched high in a tree attempting to attract females. His contribution to raising the young ends after mating, and the female is also a shirker of responsibility and will seek out the nest of a Southern Double-collared Sunbird in which to lay her eggs. The similar Diederik Cuckoo, with its red eye and bold face markings, only arrives in Pinelands in September and is often to be found in the vicinity of Cape Weaver colonies.

Last week's phone and internet blackout in Pinelands was a sharp reminder that for all our wonderful technology that we take for granted, nature really has us at her mercy. Our electronic lifelines can so easily be swept away in an instant, leaving us at odds and ends when our 'normal' life is suddenly taken offline. Although it played havoc with many businesses, the positive side for me was a reminder of how business was done before email and internet. When you wanted to speak with someone you went to see them. Because you weren't paying to talk to them on the phone, you took your time to just chat before getting down to business and you ended the conversation with a handshake instead of an End Call button. The terseness and impersonality of an email was also absent. Writing a note or letter to someone was a slow and considered process. Without a backspace or delete button you chose your words carefully and really thought about what you were going to write. Because an immediate reply was not expected, you also had time to consider how you would respond. It allowed time for emotions to subside before dashing off an angry reply or hasty ill-conceived thought. Emoticons or LOL's weren't needed to explain your feelings — when you are face-to-face you just know what mood is behind the words. I do believe that 'progress' is both good and inevitable. But is the trade-off worth it? … Who knows? So let's use all these tech tools as best we can to serve, not rule us. Our bulging calendar this month is another indication that we are coming out of hibernation with plenty of local events, fairs and fêtes. Here's hoping that this is the last big cold front of the season and clear skies to braai under are just around the corner. Enjoy the issue.

Text and image by Dr Callan Cohen, director of Birding Africa tours (www.birdingafrica. com) and co-author of The Southern African Birdfinder: where to find 1400 species in southern Africa and Madagascar, Struik Nature.

Max Schutte Editor Max Schutte Photographer and Writer Glynnis Schutte Regular Contributors Heleen Meyer freelance food consultant Callan Cohen of Birding Africa Carol Booth of Cannons Creek Independent School Sue Torr of Crue Consulting

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Amputee Support Group Meeting

Held on the first Tuesday of the month at Lower Ground, Dick Williamson Medical Centre, Vincent Palotti Hospital, from 6:30pm until 8:30pm. Call Carol Millar 083 261 9840.

2 October

Dan Sleigh at Pinelands Library

Pinelands resident and Afrikaans novelist, Dan Sleigh will be speaking at 10am. Tea will be served. Call 021 531 4658.

5 October

e-waste collection day

Bring your electronic or electrical equipment to Jeffares & Green, 14 Central Square, Pinelands from 10am to 2pm to be safely refurbished, dismantled and/or recycled. Call Tamara Drake 021 532 0940.

5 October

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Starting at 9am till 2pm at Cannons Creek on the corner of Princess Path and Nursery Way. For more information contact Terri van Haght on 021 531 5011 or

There will be a demonstration of the Hot Box in the library committee room at 10am. Call the library 021 5314658.

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12 October

Come from 9am until 12:30pm to the mini market where there will be cakes, puddings, pancakes, teas, hot dogs, second hand clothing, white elephant, plants and books for sale. Call Jenny on 082 8333 988.

The Youth Possibility Centre will be hosting their second annual fundraising Festival at Pinelands High School from 8am. There will be 10 sports tournaments or events, food and refreshments, over 100 market stalls, and rides. See article on page 10. Call Sharon Taylor at 072 035 0466 or email

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Come to the Pinelands Library Activities Hall to see and learn more about this engaging hobby. There will also be a display table in the Howard Centre Post Office. In addition their will be a month long display at the library.

The week long celebrations from 21 - 27 October will culminate in a Thanksgiving Service on Sunday 27 October at 9:30am. Pinelanders are warmly invited to the service.

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Mini Market at Thornton Place

National Stamp Day

22 October

U3A Literature Group

Come to the Pinelands Library Meeting Room at 2:30 pm. Henriette Rose-Innes will be the speaker. Call Viv 082 718 9502 or 021 689 5861.

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Look out for the Dance Co show at Rondebosch Boys High School. Call Viv 083 273 2159 or 021 531 8976.

24 October

Caring for parents

A panel of experts will answer questions related to financial matters at the Pinelands High School Library from 7:30pm to 9:00pm. Tea is served. The cost is R25 per person. Call Val Jackson at 021 531 3922.

24 October

Blood donor clinic

Family Fun / Sports Festival

Dutch reformed church turns 70

30 October

Pinelands Stamp Circle

The circle will be holding its annual general meeting followed by a stamp bourse, in the activities hall of the Pinelands Library at 7:15pm. All the winning one page exhibits for the past year will also be on display. Call John 021 531 1954 or David 021 531 4015.

30 October

Steel Magnolias support group

Cancer survivors Catherine Hermans and Yolandi Reiche host a monthly cancer support group meeting at Peak Inn Guest House at 20 Peak Drive at 7pm. Guest speakers cover varied topics including nutrition as well as emotional needs. Call Yolandi 073 207 7022 or Catherine 072 040 7563.

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Winter Rains make for good canoeing to Milnerton Lagoon James Currie

Cannons Creek High School Life Sciences Teacher and keen canoeist.

I have been coaching canoeing for boys and girls at Cannons Creek High School for 13 years now. My experience of canoeing includes a ten year period of extensive highly competitive racing in the Western Cape and on-going white-water paddling in the Cape and Kwa-Zulu Natal. The school uses the canoes and facilities at Milnerton Canoe Club to paddle on

Thursday afternoons during the 1st, 2nd and 3rd terms each year. The school has a number of racing canoes that get allocated to paddlers each year. Each Thursday we paddle a distance of approximately 6 km in the Milnerton lagoon and the Diep River feeding the lagoon. Apart from on-going coaching in paddling style the pupils learn the various paddle strokes such as low braces, draw stokes, sweep strokes and backward paddling strokes. Other skills taught include self-rescue after a capsize — how to swim a capsized canoe to the side, empty it, and get going again. Furthermore paddlers are trained to manoeuvre their canoes in confined spaces — the old wood bridge supports at Woodbridge Island make an excellent obstacle course to practise these skills.

When the Diep River occasionally floods, the canoe team get the opportunity to practice paddling on moving water. This paddle includes some fast flowing sections of river and occasional narrow reed-lined channels. Taking the team down the river is great fun and the paddlers always amaze me at how quickly they adapt to paddling on moving water with all its swirling disturbances and occasional whirl-pools. When swollen the Diep River has some very fast sections that need to be negotiated with due care. Learning to paddle canoes is a valuable life skill — canoeing is a sport one can do from a young age and continue doing throughout life. It takes one out of the normal routines of life into another world. Canoeing is very popular at Cannons Creek among both boys and girls and often pupils have to wait a year to get onto the team as there are only a limited number of paddlers that can be accommodated for logistical reasons. Furthermore, each year the Matrics run the Orange River during the school’s Adventure Week Programme in Easter and doing canoeing with the school is a definite advantage in this regard. Canoeing is non-competitive at Cannons Creek, with the focus on developing basic paddling skills and fitness. Prior canoeing experience is not a pre-requisite for joining the sport.

Above from left: Matthew Fallon, James Rowland, Duncan Stuart, Matthew Barnard, and Jade Mansfield. On the afternoon of Thursday 29 August the team set off from the Blaauwberg Road Bridge where it crosses the Diep River, led by Canoeing coach James Currie.They caught the fastflowing flood waters of the Diep River after days of rain and paddled the 10 km to the Milnerton Lagoon in just under an hour.The Cannons Creek paddlers are fast becoming a highly competent team of down-river paddlers. Photo taken at the Blaauwberg Road Bridge at the start of the trip. Right: David Newey and Jade Mansfield

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with the Sound of Music Pinelands High School presented its annual dramatic production from 12-19 August 2013. The musical was a sell-out success. Pictured on the right are some of the cast members playing the Von Trapp family. Director Michael Harris notes that The Sound of Music first echoed from the Kent Stage at Pinelands High in 1988. The popular musical was again performed in 1999, and now in 2013 it seemed an obvious choice when there were so many good singing voices within the school. A play of this magnitude with the huge challenge of detailed sets, and demanding choreography needs long gruelling rehearsals. Well done to all the cast, the orchestra and backsatge help for a skilful and enjoyable performance.

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Workshadow Project for Parklands Primary at Pizzeria Villagio On Saturday 31st August, Pizzeria Villagio at Howard Centre, hosted 7 grade 6 learners from Parkfields Primary in Hanover Park. This wonderful initiative, instigated by Villagio and coordinated by Mhani Gingi, will be the start of a series of visits by the grade 6 learners from Parkfields. Each month, until the end of the year, a different group of grade 6 learners will visit Villagio, The aim is to offer the learners the opportunity of experiential learning, through job shadowing and to encourage their use of literacy and numeracy skills in a practical manner. Jovanka Micovic, Villagio’s gracious owner, accompanied by her daughter, Sandra and granddaughter, Alexa, welcomed the learners to Villagio where they were given a tour of the restaurant kitchen, introduced to the staff, who gave an excellent overview of what working in a restaurant and being a waitron involves, introduced to menu planning and costing, how important relationships in business are, and how you can achieve your goals by believing in yourself and your ability and through hard work and perseverance. Valuable life skills for these young learners. The chef was all important in providing pizza dough for the learners to make their own dough creations and of course their pizzas, which everyone thoroughly enjoyed!

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The Helen Keller Society, 4 Links Drive, Pinelands, will be holding their annual fête on Saturday 30 November 2013 from 9am. If you have any unwanted goods — books, clothing, crockery, furniture, etc., they will be happy to Collect. Please call Ruth on 021 531 5311 during office hours.

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The Eskom Expo for Young Scientists is South Africa’s biggest science fair for grade 5 to 12 learners, and this year it was held from 20 to 22 August at the Good Hope Centre. Open to all pupils from the Western Cape — there were 318 projects from 39 schools and a total of 458 entrants.

Ridge Swartz and Patrick Noah also won gold with their project Improving Intumescent Paints to Combat Shack Fires in an Informal Settlement. Patrick is 18 and hopes to be an entertainment lawyer and a sound engineer. He and Ridge chose this project because they wanted to help society. The gold medal winners have been invited to attend the International Science Fair in Johannesburg during the September holidays, representing Cape Town.


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Eleven out of the 20 Pinelands High School projects won medals — 8 bronze, 1 silver and 2 gold. Gold medal winner Sam Pothier, with his project The Mathematical Relationship Between Cubes and Spheres, is 16 and would like to study maths and philosophy at UCT after leaving school. He chose the project because he finds geometry interesting and he feels there is a lot to discover in it.

Kristen Sables and Michaela du Plessis won a silver medal for their project The Influence of Celebrities on the Young Public. Bronze medal winners were Rebecca Jansen van Rensburg and Justine Klein with Memory Mnemonics; Kulthum Waggie and Mesharn Naidu with Can We Learn to Be Ambidextrous?; Ethan and Joshua Brink with The Effect of Dynamic vs Static Exercises on Pulse Rate; Ali Ridha Khan with Hydroponics; Darren Cupido and Noerah Allie with Technology Addiction; Jodie Pothier and Kelsy Mohd with The Best Way to Teach a Child the Alphabet; Imraan Jacobs and Edward Kiman with Which Type of Grass Grows Faster? and Narian Naidu and Chad Moodley with How Does the Colour of Light Affect Plant Growth?

Below: Group Photo of the Pinelands High School Science Expo participants, taken at the prize giving. Right top: Ex PHS pupil Daniel Mabuggwe won a silver medal at the Cape Town Expo in 2011, and returned this year as a judge. He is seen here with PHS students Jodie Pothier and Kelsy Mohd. Right below: Cape Town Expo 2013 looking down on the projects on display.


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A Tall Ship Adventure for Jeroen Bormans St. Georges Grammar School pupil, 15 year old Jeroen Bormans, will be going on a 6 month sailing trip on a tall ship from Amsterdam to the Caribbean with School at Sea, a Dutch non-profit organisation.

LEAP SCHOOL DEBATING Team shares first place Above: The Leap debating team that attended the 'United Nations' debate on 7 September. From left: Ziyanda Ntshikose, Noluyolo Zanendaba, Ambesa Mlindi, Zizipho Mhlambiso.

He will be joined by 33 children of the same age group, five fully qualified teachers and five professional crew from 23 October 2013 to 16 April 2014 — outside the hurricane season!

On 7 September the local Provincial Houses of Parliament hosted the schools mock United Nations Debate "Water is a commodity to be sold, not a human right". Schools attending the debate are given the opportunity to represent different countries. The LEAP school students were representing Australia and are to be commended for coming tie first with Springfield Convent, who represented Nigeria.

They will be taught celestial navigation, working in groups, maritime environmental issues, sailing on a tall ship, emergency procedures, cooking, and about other cultures, by staying with selected families in Cuba. All this without skipping one class as the team of teachers will guide them on a daily basis through their own curriculum. Also, they will be in contact with their own school teacher via sea mail.

This is a wonderful achievement for these students who do not have English as their first language. Particular congratulations to Ambesa Mlindi who was voted best male speaker. For the past 5 years LEAP has had representatives in the Western Province debating team, and two National representatives. This year 3 of the LEAP students have been selected to represent Western Province and will travel to the National Championships in Johannesburg in December.


Jeroen was successfully chosen after a stringent selection process and he has had to raise funding for the trip. He looks forward to the different form of education which he feels will be enriching. The Muse hopes to follow Jeroen's journey — and we wish him all the best!

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and has its own governing body and their own constitution. Their fund raising efforts, such as the well known Duck Race, are used for school maintenance projects and for buying much needed equipment. The school encourages the children to engage in charitable projects such as wrapping up Christmas presents for those less fortunate than themselves, baking for Lenawo Children's Home, and giving part of their fund raising to the Fellowship Bible School Pre-Primary School in Ottery, and supporting various projects initiated by the Lions Club. La Gratitude are combining their annual Duck Race with their 50th anniversary celebration on 2 November 2013. They are asking past parents and pupils to document any memories of their time at La Gratitude and to send them with photos to


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After much discussion and planning, Pinelands High School launched its Robotics Club in March 2013. The Robotics Club provides crosscurricular opportunities in science, technology, engineering and maths. It allows for creativity in design and enables students to explore the world of engineering by building complex control systems. The Club has 15 members and meets after school for an hour from Tuesday to Friday. Key learning targets are: brainstorming solutions, teamwork and working with gear ratios.

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Theatrecraft Drama presented 2013 SHOWCASE at Pinehurst Primary School on 12, 13 and 14 September to record audiences, leaving standing room only on the last night. The production took the form of a Variety Show. In the words of the Grade 1 and 2 drama pupils, who introduced the evening, “We have a song, we have a dance, we have a story just for you”. The evening consisted of skits and sketches ranging from a wee buck who lands at Pinehurst school (The Buck stops here), to a Shakespeare spoof (King Henry 10th Part 7) and from Roald Dahl’s Cinderella to Liza Minelli’s Ring them Bells. The evening was varied and entertaining with much of the content written and choreographed by drama teacher, Paula Pursch, and performed by the Theatrecraft Drama pupils ranging from 7 to 13 years old. In an added twist Paula Pursch showcased the talents of the Pinehurst staff in a tuckshop skit styled as a Western shoot-out with fizzy drink cans. A wonderful evening was rounded off with 30 past pupils and backstage helpers, plus a few parents, in a cut-down version of Grease complete with juke box, car and all the well-known songs and dances from the musical. With nearly 140 cast, over 200 costumes and 300 props this truly was a rollercoaster of story, song and dance.

Triple Champions! Pinelands High School’s Under 19A Boys Squash team are now triple champions. They won the Schools A League, undefeated, the WP Men’s Knock Out Champs (WPCC cup; which is a tournament between 9th and 10th League teams) and the Men’s 10th League where they beat the nearest opponents by 11 points. In total they played 31 fixtures and only lost once. From left to right: Joshua Brink, Ryan Yoo, Brad Simpson, Mr Rubin Van Wyk (Coach), Ethan Brink (WP squash player) and Julian Braun.


FAMILY FUN AND SPORTS FESTIVAL FESTIVAL HIGHLIGHTS Fun Run and Fun Walk along the canal 2.5km, 5km and 10km Sports tournaments and events involving young people from local schools: cricket, hockey, soccer, water polo, basketball, netball, chess, table tennis, ultimate frisbee

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PINELANDS YOUTH POSSIBILITY CENTRE fundraising festival at Pinelands High School The Youth Possibility Centre aims to provide a variety of sports, recreation, leadership and other programmes for young people to learn life skills to help them connect with the real world of work and further education. Entertainment by Mathew Gold, Jimmy Nevis, Garth Kayster, Vocal Persuasion and more, with music by Kfm DJ 125 Market Stalls at Cannons Creek and PHS

Alumni and parents versus students matches

Rides and fun activities

Fitness screening, health & wellness promotions

Food and refreshments

Launch of the Nike Foundation to promote more active lifestyles for young



people, with an educational session on ways to get kids moving and having fun before age 10

We hope to see you at the Festival and be invited to talk to your organization. Contact Don Shay at 021 532 2433 or More information at PHS website - click on the SPORTS tab

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Community News

THE RED PILLAR BOX by David Kent, Secretary of Pinelands Stamp Circle

The old British red pillar box in Meadway in PInelands, no longer in use, dates back to between 1901 and 1910, going by the insignia of King Edward VII cast on the front. I know of three other similar boxes, one at the winery at Groot Constantia, one at the upper cable station on Table Mountain and one at the University of Cape Town. The identification insignias are as follows: Victoria — V R; Edward VII — E VII R; George V — G V R; Edward VIII — E VIII R; George VI — G VI R; Elizabeth II — E II R or E R.

Trollope (1815-1882), the writer, whose working career was in the British postal services. At first they were painted green, but the "pillar box red" was far more visible. Post boxes were in use even before the invention of the postage stamp by Sir Roland Hill in 1840, but they were primarily wall mounted outside a post office for posting of mail when the office was closed. As a mark of recognition to all the British gold medal winners at the 2012 Olympics and Paralympics, a pillar box in the home town of each of the winning contestants was painted gold. Visit the stamp display at the Pinelands Library during the month of October and on 19 October, National Stamp Day.

The pillar box, which stands at many street corners throughout Britain, and in other countries, was the invention of Anthony

Above: stamps depicting the different colours of pillar boxes around the world. In Ireland and Hong Kong they are green and in Cyprus yellow. What about the Guernsey Teletubby stamp? His name is PO (for post office?) and his costume is pillar box red — you decide... Call David Kent 021 531 4015 or Martin Crawford, PSC Chairman, 021 689 5050.

FUN AND GAMES AT wildside Holiday club by Gavin van Haght

It was good for the children to learn the importance of helping those who aren’t as fortunate as us and we would like to thank all who donated food items throughout the week. Altogether, hundreds of cans, soup and peanut butter were collected to donate to Lorato’s Hope. Thank you to all involved; those who donated food parcels, made lunch for the leaders, gave of their time and helped to paint and set up the hall, which looked magnificent!

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The mornings were filled with singing and dancing, water balloon fights, craft times and ‘paint your

leader’ sessions. Theme days included; silly hats, odd shoes and funny hairstyles, and at the end of each morning, much to the kids’ delight, the leaders were put through a vote-off in ‘Tribal Council’, resulting in two being dunked with all sorts of gross looking slimy goodies.


Above: "Fun in the jungle" for the children. Below: The Team Leaders.

The June/July holidays started with a bang at Pinelands Baptist Church, as, after weeks of preparation and advertising, the first children started arriving bright and early on Monday morning. Led by children’s ministry leader, Cindy Duvel, and her dedicated team of 36 teens (all suited up in bright orange onesies), the Wild Side Holiday Club was officially underway! Parents were welcomed with coffee and muffins, as the children were divided into 2 teams: Bubesi (the Lions) and Mafuta (the Elephants), each with their own creative war-cry.

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Guy and Nola are high school sweethearts who married and moved to Cape Town in 2000. Worries about the state of South African politics and a new baby prompted them to ask themselves “What about our child’s future?”, leading them to make the decision to emigrate to Australia in 2002. Life in the first world country seemed idyllic – Guy had a good job, Nola stayed at home to look after the children, Josh and their daughter Maya who was born in 2007. They found themselves continually trying to convince themselves that they had made the right decision, especially when it felt like they had ‘divorced’ their homeland. They tried not to compare their 'now' life with their previous life in South Africa. They heeded advice about allowing themselves at least 4 years to see if they were happy. In 2004 they became Australian citizens, developed a comfortable routine and worked on their families to join them in

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their new land. They were terribly heart sore to leave friends, family and familiar surroundings after their holidays back to South Africa in 2004 and 2007. Knowing the battle with feelings was still raging, they were determined to make Australia ‘home’. Guy added a successful wedding photography business to his work repertoire, and then they bought a house in a city where houses are vastly overpriced — at least six times their worth. In the meantime Nola’s parents had also emigrated to Sydney, but experienced a terrible roller coaster ride of emotion. It was easy to travel around Australia, and they visited Europe. Life was good with nothing more to wish for. No more surprises, happiness and health led them to believe "they had it all". Feeling satisfied with their costly new additions to their home, they set off for

their next (and supposedly final) holiday to South Africa in 2011. On a fateful drive to Hermanus, a favourite place for Nola and Guy, and the best whale watching day ever, they admitted at last to each other, that South Africa always made them feel good and that was where they really longed to be. A good friend in Pinelands, who had returned to South Africa from Vancouver, helped with information about living in Pinelands and jobs and without any delay the decision was made to return to the land in which they were born. Their son Josh is very happy and loves to be back in South Africa which completes their happiness and vindicates their decision. As Guy comments, all the hype about a better and safer life in another country cannot always compete with the loss of identity and separation from loved ones. They are grateful for the experience which they feel has made them more tolerant. They like to laugh and not take life too seriously and are very happy in Pinelands where they have a lovely home, space and important commodities that they didn’t seem to have in Australia — time, and a sense of belonging. 

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Above left: The best whale watching day in Hermanus.

October the muse | 12 Above right: Nola and Guy Lerner2013 with |Maya and Josh. Main: Table Mountain, a symbol of home, at last.

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Guy and Nola Lerner find "Home Sweet Home"


Above: Yolandi's family from left: Dieter, Carl (husband), Lisa-Jane, Yolandi and Cayla

Yolandi Reiche & Catherine Hermans

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hen cancer strikes, the whole family is affected by the disruption in family routine, the fear of dying, and the huge medical bills. The grit and determination shown by Yolandi and Catherine has pulled them through the tunnel of darkness and despair to emerge into the bright relief of a second chance at life. They have decided to share their experiences by helping others in the same situation, leading to the foundation of a cancer support group within Pinelands, aptly named Steel Magnolias.

Steel Magnolias Yolandi and Catherine offer their support to those facing the challenge of cancer and cancer treatment. They can empathise with the feelings of hopelessness and fear because they have been there. They can offer suggestions for coping with everyday situations that can become a disrupting challenge to family life. Give them a call Catherine 021 531 3963, or Yolandi 073 207 7022. Steel Magnolias meet on the last Wednesday of every month at 7pm at 20 Peak Drive.

Save a life: There is a misconception around bone marrow harvest for transplant which deters many donors from registering with the bone marrow registry. The procedure today involves an injection to stimulate the necessary blood stem cells to travel from the donor marrow to the blood stream. The stem cells for the patient are then collected with an "apheresis" machine — much like donating platelets. This life saving procedure is used to reestablish the bone marrow in a patient who has had high dose chemotherapy. For information on the bone marrow registry visit

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Yolandi's Story At the time of diagnosis Yolandi had been feeling exhausted and experiencing back pain. The doctors worked quickly to treat her chronic myeloid leukaemia (CML), which was at an advanced stage. Sadly her cancer did not respond to the intravenous chemotherapy and in time she developed organ failure, spending seven weeks in high care. Her daughter Cayla found this period particularly trying, coping with her mother's illness. A bone marrow transplant from a healthy donor was not a treatment possibility as a matched donor could not be found for Yolandi. When the doctors had exhausted

Catherine's Story Catherine is a single mother raising her daughters Alexandra and Raphaelle. Breast cancer runs in the family and Catherine has had pre-symptomatic testing since her 22nd birthday. When her breast cancer was diagnosed, she opted for a full mastectomy and was looking forward to good news five years after treatment and regular checks showing an absence of disease.

every avenue, Yolandi was given no further hope. The instinct to care for her children and family came to the fore, and Yolandi and Carl did extensive research to find an alternative to 'giving up'. They discovered a trial drug program and decided to take this last chance for survival. It worked! The long hard road of Yolandi's cancer treatment included over 57 blood transfusions to keep her alive and now the cancer has been kept at bay as well. The family take nothing for granted and Yolandi lives every day with joy and enthusiasm. She loves teaching at Pinehurst Primary School, and thanks her immediate community and especially all those blood donors out there who contributed to her survival. A series of painful operations followed to remove one of the vertebrae in her neck due to the tumour in her bone, and further chemotherapy and radiation. Catherine has remained open and positive and was able to relate to Yolandi's experience when they met at Pinehurst Primary School which their children attend, and where Yolandi is a teacher.

The tragedy, though, is that the family markers did not indicate disease when Catherine was rediagnosed, and the cancer was found to be at an advanced stage affecting her bones.


Musicians travelling to

CHINA By Kirstie Saayman Cannons Creek Independent School Music Teacher


small group of pupils from Cannons Creek had the privilege of traveling to Beijing, China to attend the Tutti Music Festival, during the July holidays. After months of planning and fundraising we headed off to the heat of the Northern hemisphere summer. The days were divided into sessions with master classes from world class international teachers and rehearsals where they played in ensembles, such as wind bands and symphony orchestras. This was a unique experience for our pupils, as coming from a small school we do not have that opportunity here. The lessons were instrument specific and teachers worked on technical ability. Then the students performed to the classes and received positive criticism, which all of the pupils valued. During the week we performed as a Cannons Creek ensemble at Dulwich College; the mass ensembles performed at the Chinese Conservatory towards the end of our time in Beijing. Between all of the rehearsals and lessons we

enjoyed some great sight-seeing around Beijing. We visited the Summer Palace, the Forbidden City, the Hutongs (shopping alleys); we went to a tea ceremony, watched Chinese acrobats, as well as visiting other landmarks and shopping markets. We were lucky to have a very knowledgeable tour guide, Grace, who was highly proficient in English and she told us about the Chinese history and about life in Beijing today. Ashley commented about how lucky we are in South Africa to have so much personal space around us; there are so many people in Beijing and everything is so crowded. The trip ended with us all singing in a mass choir on the Great Wall of China. We were proud and privileged to have our singer, Sonalee, chosen as one of the soloists that the song on the Great Wall featured. The experience was amazing for everyone that went as the pupils developed both personally and musically whilst also experiencing a new and exciting culture that will stay with them forever. We are excited as we plan our return with a different group of pupils in 2015. 

Ashley Rose-Innes “Musically, I have grown in knowledge and confidence especially. I truly had a unique and exciting experience when I got to play in a seventy piece orchestra, which is something I would otherwise not have had the opportunity to do. During the master classes we focused on individual pieces that we had brought along, learning much not only from our own playing, but from listening to others perform too. With the guidance and expertise of an experienced and talented teacher in whatever instrument we played, we had many hours of fun, laughter and learning”.

Top Left: Nanluogu Xiang (Nanluogu Alley) - an ancient hutong (previous residential area) converted into shops. Top Right: The Great Wall of China stretches from Shanhaiguan in the east, to Lop Lake in the west, covering 21,196.18 km. A World Heritage Site since 1987.

Above: The group that attended the Tutti Music Festival in Beijing. From left: Ashley Rose-Innes (piano), Sonalee Roy (singer), David Newey (guitarist), Sarah Swartz (keyboard), and Kirstie Saayman (music teacher).

Sharah Swartz “Being able to walk on one of the Seven Wonders of the World is an overwhelming experience that I was thankful to share with my fellow school mates”

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Money Matters

As Luck would have it...


hile retailers bemoan the consistent reduction in sales directly related to the rampant recession, it seems that the one industry left flourishing in the steady wake of economic downturn is the national lottery. Far from forcing the debt-ridden onto a path of sound financial planning, it is suspected that many cash-strapped individuals have streamlined their financial status from ‘paying for money they don’t have’ to ‘paying for money they’ll never have’.

The Lottery is the poor man's tax

On the naked face of it, investing in anything else is better than squandering one’s money on the lottery — quite simply because the odds are always stacked against you. Alternatively known as the ‘poor man’s tax’, the national lottery is an inscrutable method of increasing state revenue and was never designed to make citizens rich. Largely played by the impoverished and uneducated, it’s estimated that 51% of lottery tickets are purchased by only 5% of the population.

What are your chances?

Let’s look at the maths involved in a simple game of South African lotto. Whilst the concept is seemingly simple — selecting 6 correct numbers out of only 49 — the maths behind it is deceptively compounded. The equation goes like this: 49 x 48 x 47 x 46 x 45 x 44 = 10 068 377 520. Because the six numbers can be selected in random order, you may divide 10 068 377 520 by 720, which means the chance of you winning the South African lottery is 1 in 13 983 816.

Try this out

If you’re not the mathematical type, then perhaps you’d like this example. Your chance of winning the lottery is like taking a piece of string 13 metres in length. Lie the string on the ground in a circle (i.e. the 2 tips touching). Then, with a pair of tweezers, pick up a grain of sand and throw it into the circle. Pick up a second grain of sand, spin yourself around to make yourself

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By Sue Torr Director at Crue Consulting dizzy and then randomly throw the second grain of sand into the circle. Be sure not to aim. The chance of the first grain of sand hitting the second grain of sand is the same chance you have of winning the lottery.

8 million tickets for a 50/50 chance

For amusement’s sake (and possibly also for the love of statistics) one might be interested to know that if a person drives 16 kilometres to purchase a lottery ticket, they are three times more likely to be killed in a car accident than actually winning the jackpot. Before hitting the jackpot, you are 305 times more likely to be struck by lightning and 10.336 times more likely to be born albino. To be assured of a 50% chance of winning the lottery, you would need to purchase 8 million different tickets.

A false sense of comfort

At only R3.50 per ticket, this magical slip of randomness seemingly provides gamblers with cheap permission to dream, believing that any chance is better than no chance at all. Desperate to alter their situation, the simple act of purchasing a ticket provides a false sense of comfort that positive action is being taken to alleviate their financial position, not taking into account the costs of playing over a year or a lifetime.

Gambling destroys financial freedom

Despite the insufferable odds and poignant faith in magic, possibly the most detrimental effect of playing the lottery is that it robs a person of the certainty that they have control of their financial future. Gambling of any sort is human acquiescence to financial fate and failure, discharging the burden of fiscal responsibility to the indiscriminate force of chance. Gambling is unarguably the thief of sustainable wealth and the destroyer of financial freedom. No stroke of random luck or turn of fortune’s oft-fateful wheel can ever take the place of hard work, careful planning and patient investing which, when combined, have the power to create a formidable financial future in which luck plays no part at all. 

At Crue we're passionate about helping people take control of their nancial affairs so they can enjoy genuine nancial freedom. Owned and managed by husband and wife team, Craig & Sue Torr, Pinelands-based Crue Consulting provides lifestyle nancial planning advice and services for our clients. Our nancial planning process ensures that all aspects of your nancial portfolio are addressed and managed - from planning for your retirement, protecting yourself against risk, funding for education to planning your estate. Our unique planning procedure ensures that you are nancially prepared for life's eventualities, whether forseeable or unexpected. Our specialist team is made up of legal, accounting, tax and nance experts who work together as a team to ensure that each client receives the highest level of advice and service. Come and have a cup of coffee with us.

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Giant Trees at Arderne Gardens W

aterways, wooden bridges, open lawns, benches, ducks and geese, can be found in Arderne Gardens amongst the huge ancient Champion Trees — one of which is the largest tree in Africa, the huge Moreton Bay Fig — also known as the wedding tree. The Arderne Gardens are a popular venue for wedding photographs, and this is not surprising as the park is blessed with romantic walkways and hedges of azalias. The Friends of Arderne Gardens is working with the City Council to maintain the gardens and raise public awareness. They have installed two boxes for Spotted Eagle owls on trees 5 and 17, and another for the Barn Owl on the wall of the Congregational Church on the boundary of the garden. Walking into the garden, one is struck by the peace and calm as if the giant trees are looking over and protecting their domain. This is the largest collection of

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diverse and valuable trees in the Southern Hemisphere. The Department of Water Affairs and Forestry have identified six Champion Trees in the garden that are worthy of special protection: a Moreton Bay fig, a Norfolk Island pine, a Turkish oak, a Queensland kauri, an Aleppo pine, and a Cork oak. Most of the trees in the garden are more than 100 years old, having been planted by the initiator of the gardens Ralph Henry Arderne, in 1847. The entrance to the gardens is at 222 Main Road, Claremont, opposite the Claremont Hospital. Open every day. Dogs on leads are allowed. Above: The lawns are ideal for a picnic or for children to play on while feeding the birdlife. Right: Max (Muse editor), dwarfed by the huge Moreton Bay Fig Tree. Bottom left: Numerous bridges criss cross the water leading to welcome benches. Below: Blossom of a Japanese Magnolia Tree.

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Baby potatoes with garlic & rosemary Recipe from Kos is op die tafel!

Serves 6


2. 3.


Heat potatoes, rosemary sprigs, about 200 ml water and a pinch of salt in a large pot over a medium heat. Bring to the boil, reduce the heat and simmer, with the lid, for 20-25 minutes or until just soft. Rinse potatoes in cold water and drain well. Allow to cool before halving lengthwise. Heat oil in a large frying pan and sauté spring onions and garlic until soft. Add potatoes and chopped rosemary and toss to mix through. Sauté for a few minutes, until heated through and season to taste. Allow to cool slightly before adding sundried tomatoes and feta. Serve hot or at room temperature as a side dish.

Tip: Add fresh herbs like Italian parsley,

origanum or basil to the potatoes with the feta, if preferred. Olives are delicious in this dish, just remember that they are salty, so take care when seasoning.

Portrait: Cornel de Kock Food shot: Cornel de Kock

1 kg baby potatoes in the skin 3 sprigs fresh rosemary 45 ml (3 tbsp) olive or avocado oil 3 spring onions, chopped 2 cloves of garlic, crushed 30 ml (2 tbsp) chopped fresh rosemary salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste 12 marinated sundried tomatoes, thickly sliced 1 - 2 slices feta, coarsely crumbled


Let's Braai

hen the seasons change and we can enjoy a bit more sunshine, don’t you also feel like lighting a fire and having a braai? Although South Africa’s 'official’ braai month is over, there is always something exciting about the sunnier and slightly longer days of this time of year. It’s not quite summer yet, but South Africans don’t need an invitation to gather around the braai. Side dishes at a braai often include potatoes in one form or the other. Either as a potato bake, cooked in the skin or as a salad. I enjoy a typical potato salad with not too much mayonnaise, gherkins and fresh

The Mediterranean flavours of this side dish make it a great alternative that everyone always enjoys. It’s really quick and easy to prepare and you can even cook the potatoes in advance. The feta, garlic and herbs combine very well with the sundried tomatoes, but do add other herbs if you’d like, as suggested in the tip. If you don’t like feta, shavings of Parmesan are a good alternative. Add a huge green salad to the table and you have yourself a wonderful meal. Are the coals ready yet?

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. Invite her to your next book club or women’s group to

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do a fun-filled dem or talk and share her passion with you. She is the author of two of her own awardwinning 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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Very good position in the block. 3 Bedrooms, 1 full bathroom with separate toilet. Lounge opens onto balcony. 103 sq.m. in size on the ground floor. A rare opportunity.

L shaped lounge and diningroom, kitchen with fitted stove. 3 Bedrooms, 1 bathroom. Separate flat with 1 bedroom, 1 bathroom, sitting area, kitchen. Double carport, pool.


Please call us if you want to sell your home.

Harcourts Maynard Burgoyne Pinelands

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Light and bright newly renovated home. Conveniently located steps away from Shopping Centre and schools. Open plan lounge dining room with fireplace, 3 bedrooms, 2 baths (mes), lovely enclosed rear garden, pool and garage. View /WMP3972 Call Dave Brown or Lorna Francks


This magnificent home has everything to offer to the discerning buyer. Entertain in style with large open plan living areas, great flow to north facing garden and pool. An extremely versatile home lending itself to many possibilities. View /WMP4247 Call Dave Brown or Lorna Francks


A home for 2 families or 1 large family. Single storey has 3 bedrooms, 1 bathroom, open plan lounge/kitchen. Double storey flat has kitchen, open plan lounge/ dining area, 2 bedrooms, 1 bathroom. Carport, 2 car parking. Secure complex, communal pool. View /WMP4245 Call Pauline Hareb

Price Reduced! Conveniently located close to public transport and schools. Offering 3 bedrooms (BIC), family bathroom and separate toilet, Large kitchen. Automated single garage and carport, automated driveway gate and large garden. Loads of potential! View /WMP4236 Call Pauline Hareb




R10,450 pm

3 Bedroom Home to Rent in Park Lane. This home offers, 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms (mes), lounge/ dining room, sun room, Automated garage, small garden. Unfurnished. Available 1 December 2013. View /WMP4244 Call Diane Meyer






Entertainers Delight! Huge expansive family home tucked away in a quiet position on a massive plot. 2 lounges and a dining room, separate kitchen opening onto a large entertainment room. Large garage and another single garage. Large pool, outside WFH. Call Dave Brown or Lorna Francks

Light and bright in quiet close. Perfect starter home. Modern, neat and clean. 2 Large bedrooms, and 2 bathrooms, walk in dresser in main bed. Spacious living area, open plan kitchen/dining room, scullery. Potential to add third bedroom. Paved entertainment area. Secure off street parking, single car port. Call Pauline Hareb


R8,000 pm

Cosy 2 bedroom home. 2 Bedrooms (bic), Lounge/ dining room), full bathroom, separate toilet, Sun room off lounge, Kitchen (including stove). Single automated garage. Alarm system. Non smokers and no pets allowed, 6 months lease. Call Diane Meyer

We have many qualified buyers looking for homes. Call us for a free valuation with no obligation.

Contact Dave Brown or Lorna Francks to find out what we can do for you!

Lorna Francks

Dave Brown

Diane Meyer

Pauline Hareb

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