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Michael Harris PHS Head of Drama sivuyile "Siv" Ngesi Rising Star Egg Fried Rice

With Heleen Meyer

Cruising the Baltic

Tygerberg Nature Reserve

welcome About the cover: See our Pinelander article this month on theatre and drama success, Sivuyile "Siv" Ngesi. He will be a familiar face to many in Pinelands, and to those who have seen his one act plays and films. His grounding in theatre started at Pinelands High School with teacher Mike Harris – see their profiles on pages 16 and 17 of this month's edition.

MYTH OR TRUTH? Pinelands is the most racially diverse suburb in the country.

The Changing Face of Pinelands on our home page.

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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Peregrine Falcon

Birds in Pinelands

Few are aware that world's fastest animal is a Pinelands resident. Yes, we have two pairs of Peregrine Falcon that nest on buildings. They can often be seen sitting quietly on a ledge or at the top of a tall tree, surveying their environment. However, once they go in pursuit of their prey, such as doves and pigeons, they have been recorded swooping at an incredible 389 km/h, a world record for any creature! They can be recognised overhead by their characteristic pointed wings. Cape Town's Dr Andrew Jenkins is a world expert on Peregrines and moved the nest from the now-demolished cooling towers to a safe new ledge nearby. None of the falcons construct a nest as such: Peregrines lay their eggs on a sheltered cliff ledge but have adapted well to the window ledges that man's cities have provided. 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.

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I have heard the statements above repeated PINELANDS • AGE MIX many times, the first one usually by people 2011 2001 1996 outside Pinelands and the second by local residents. I wondered whether these were myths or indeed true. So, when the Pinelands Ratepayers Association asked me to speak at their AGM, I thought I would study the census figures to answer the question. It turns out that neither statement is absolutely true! The largest age group is the 40 to 64 year olds, followed closely 0 - 19 20 - 39 40 - 64 65+ by the young adults 20 to 39 and children under 19. Only 16.6% are over 65, which PINELANDS • ETHNIC MIX White Coloured Black Asian Other is higher than the average but still the smallest group, while the proportion of young adults has jumped from 25% to 29% in the last 10 years. While racial diversity has increased substantially since 1996, we are not remarkable in that regard compared to many other suburbs across the land. We only need to look as far as our neighbours in Thornton for an example where the mix is white (19%) coloured (49%) black (26%) asian (3%) and other (3%). There were other interesting facts about 2011 2001 1996 home ownership (more rentals and less ownership), income and education that came out. See our website for more on this. There are more charts and analysis on our website, Click the link to Max Schutte


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No experience needed, dress casual – come to Pinelands Bowling Club, St Stephens Road, from 5pm. Stay for a meal from the supper club. Every Friday until 15 December. See advert page 4.

The last meeting for this year will be held, in the activities hall of the Pinelands Library at 7:15pm. Members will have the opportunity to buy and sell material at our end of year auction. Visitors and those interested in stamp collecting are always most welcome. Call John 021 531 1954 or David 021 531 4015.

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Steel Magnolias Cancer support group for ladies

The Friends of Arderne Gardens arrange guided walks on the first Saturday of the month at 10am. The donation is for garden upkeep. See September Muse 2013. See www. Call Des at 084 417 4892.

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. The speaker for November is Lenora Hammond from AmaBele-Belles. Call Yolandi 073 207 7022 or Catherine 072 040 7563.

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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.

The Helen Keller Society, 4 Links Drive, Pinelands, will be holding their annual fête on Saturday 30 November from 9am. Fun for the whole family: food stalls, books, clothing, jewellery, plants, flowers and lots more. For more information call 021 531 5311.

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21 November

Blood donor clinic

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26 November

U3A Literature Group

This is the last meeting for this year for the U3A Literature Group. Come at 2:30pm to the Pinelands Library Meeting Room. The speaker is Jen Pennink, and the book: Wrath of the Ancestors by A.C.Jordan. Call Viv 082 718 9502 or 021 689 5861.

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30 November

Pinelands Players Flashmob production

Now in a venture to unearth hidden talent, you are being challenged to participate in a flashmob production, which will take place at the First Pinelands Scout Hall. Guided by seasoned directors, you will rehearse and perform the production in costume in one day! Huge fun. Entries must be in by 15 November. For details and entry forms see or

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Recently Sold

She returned to South Africa with plenty of enthusiasm and started looking for an opportunity to convert her dreams into reality. Anne soon realized that a suitable family homestead in the Rondebosch Golden Mile was financially out of reach, so she started looking in Pinelands.

The one thing Anne loves about Pinelands is the community support both from a business and a personal perspective. That tremendous village spirit where the petrol attendant knows your name, the doctor still does home visits, to meeting friends and colleagues for a cup of coffee at Howard Centre.

Two weeks later she found and fell in love with a property in Homestead way. Interest rates at 24% were at an all-time high, but this did not deter Anne. Her passion to fulfil her dreams was just too

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Needing some form of stability she first let out her rooms on a month to month basis. Anne loves cooking and soon realised what guests were looking for, that home away from home feeling. Her first guest was a young lady returning from Europe where she had met a Danish guy. They subsequently got married and to this day come every year to stay with Anne. Well, the rest is history and the hospitality of The Homestead is known all around the world.

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She received a small severance package, registered for UIF and had just enough money to buy a ticket to go barging in France. Whilst on this trip she realized that her skills and passion were ideally suited to the hospitality industry. Everyone has this romantic notion of running or owning a Guest House, so what better place, cruising the rivers in the Champagne region of France for Anne to get excited about her future.

strong. She sold her flat in Rondebosch and with a little help from the bank raised enough finance to purchase the property.

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International Science Fair Winners In the October edition of the Muse we congratulated the young scientists who had done well at the Cape Town Science Expo. This month we are pleased to report that there were some winners from Pinelands who excelled at the International Science Fair in Johannesburg in September.

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After minor corrections to my regional work, my project was complete (again) and I was off to Johannesburg, feeling hopeful. The accommodation – with Patrick, the other Pinelander – was very good and after a long time of judging and much more waiting, the Special Awards came. The prize for the “Best Mathematics Project”, from the National Institute for Theoretical Physics (NITheP), was announced and I had won. Thanks to all the supervisors of the Cape Town delegation, my maths teacher and NITheP, for everything.

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If you take a science subject at Pinelands High in grade eleven, you need to do something for the Science Fair. I knew that maths projects were allowed and as I enjoy maths, I chose to do one. Mine was about multi-dimensional geometry, which sounds impressive but is really just applying principles learnt throughout school. The project was called Cubes & Spheres, and focused on finding ratios and patterns in these shapes, which I could represent as formulae or functions, and potentially expand to include more than three dimensions – the most interesting part. At school my mark wasn’t great but it was just enough to give me a spot at the regional expo. Not expecting to do particularly well, but improving my project as much as I could all the same, I chose to go. Everything went well and to my surprise I was awarded a gold medal, giving me the opportunity to go to the national expo in Johannesburg with about 30 other Cape Town medallists. The prospect of my work being scrutinised by the country’s experts was fantastic and, hoping it would be worth half the school holidays, I decided to take part.

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AMy wins gold for the third year in a row!

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Pinelander Amy Greener, a grade 9 student at the International School of Cape Town, once again achieved a Gold Medal at the Regional Science Expo in August this year and became the first person at Regional level to be awarded a gold medal for 3 consecutive years. She was also honoured with an award by the Kirstenbosch Botanical Society for her project. Amy joined 29 other students from the Western Cape to attend the South African International Science Fair in Johannesburg during the September holidays, and was thrilled to be awarded a Gold Medal. In her project entitled Can plants cope with changing carbon dioxide levels? Amy has shown that plants have been able to adjust (so far) to the increasing levels of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere, and has highlighted the importance of mountain reserves as the levels of carbon dioxide decrease with altitude. It has been shown that the levels of carbon dioxide on Table Mountain are equivalent to what they were at sea level 80 years ago. Amy’s project has also been selected for consideration to enter into an International Science Expo overseas early next year.


gold medal Gymnast

Amy, who loves reading, dancing and anything creative, also does rhythmic gymnastics, and is part of the Dynamic Rhythmic Gymnastics Team in Rosebank. During the September holidays her dance group represented Western Province at the National Competition held in Durban and their hoop dance brought home a gold medal for the province. The team that won gold with their hoop dance at the National Competition in Durban. From Left: Emma McCrindle, Amy Greener, Abigail Mallows, Kennedy Steffen.

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the Muse Magazine BACK ISSUES at the Pinelands Library The Pinelands Library has a limited stock of previous editions of the Muse. If you are looking for a particular copy to complete your collection or as a memento of a special feature, please collect from the Pinelands Library, Howard Centre. Call 021 531 4658. Previous editions are also available online at Feature stories and special events reported in the Muse are done so at no charge, but are printed at the discretion of the editor.

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Pinehurst Primary School POP initiative At the beginning of the year Pinehurst Primary School started a Programme to promote and encourage community outreach. The club was named P.O.P – Pinehurst Outreach Programme. Grade 5 to Grade 7 pupils, who joined, volunteer their time and skills to assist various charities throughout the year. In the first term they helped Lerato’s Hope with their food drive outside the Spar. In the second term volunteers went to the children’s home next door to assist them with homework classes. The club also organised a Hockey clinic, on the school field, for the children of Camp Sonshine. Throughout the year P.O.P will be involved with various projects to assist Pinehurst’s



adopted sister school Koeberg Primary. The P.O.P committee members organised a Charity Ball at the end of August and donated the proceeds to Lerato’s Hope. The club’s motto is “Showing Pinehurst Cares”. The aim of the club is to inspire children to think of others besides themselves. Henry Ford said “To do more for the world than the world does for you, that is success.” Above: Members of the POP club: Liam Jensen, Marco Keyzer, Rachel Dinkelmann, Deaviah Moodle, Robyn Obery, Jessica Tainton, Ashleigh Williams, Siyasanga Ncoko, Dean Coetzee, Abigail Senior, Maryam Sonnie and Juliette La Grange.

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Main Picture: Cannons Creek U13 Team – from the left: Matt Torr, Brandon Leonard, Thomas Schroeder, Jake Banks, Luke Torr, Devon Card (Coach), Ross Goodall, Joel Feddersen, Reece Sheldon, Karl Prins.

Top ranking for Cannons Creek u13 boys’ waterpolo team The Cannons Creek U13 boys’ waterpolo team has just made waterpolo history for their school. As a first-time entrant into the prestigious SACS Waterpolo Tournament in early October 2013, which showcases the talent of the top twenty schools in South Africa, the Cannons Creek boys’ team was somewhat apprehensive to be taking on the strongest teams in the country. But with well-planned pre-season training and excellent coaching by top SA waterpolo player, Devon Card, together with Craig Torr of Crue Sports Trust, the Cannons Creek team played brilliant waterpolo and took 3rd place overall in the tournament. “The success of this team is phenomenal,” says coach, Devon Card. “We only managed to field 9 players, and only four of them were actually under 13. The rest were younger, with the youngest player being in Grade 4. The school doesn’t have its own pool, but thanks to the ongoing generosity of Pinelands High School, we were able to prepare our boys properly in their pool.” The Cannons Creek boys’ team took on the likes of Grey (PE), SACS, Bishops, St Johns and Durban Prep, undoubtedly the strongest schools that South Africa has to offer, and

are now comfortably ranked as the number three team in SA and the second strongest in the province. “The boys prepared hard, they were focused, they never doubted their ability and they displayed true sportsmanship both in and out of the pool. Their success is the result of months of preparation, commitment and team work,” says Devon Card. Cannons Creek, in partnership with Crue Sports Trust, believes that it is challenging traditional models of schools sport coaching and paving the way for more innovative coaching solutions. “Through community partnerships and the effective pooling of resources, we believe that we are broadening the access of sport and increasing the size of the talent pool. Although we are a relatively small school, we have instilled in our children the belief that anything is possible. Our boys proved that last weekend,” says Carol Booth, principal of Cannons Creek Junior School. Of the nine Cannons Creek boys who participated in the SACS Waterpolo Tournament, three of them have been

Above: The Cannons Creek WP representatives. From left: Taneille Roach, Cameron Beckett, Jake Banks, Matt Torr, Joel Feddersen, Caitlin Siljeur. selected to represent the Western Province U13A team at the SA Schools’ Tournament in December this year. "Jake Banks, Matt Torr and Joel Feddersen have been selected to play for WP U13A and we are incredibly proud of them,” says Carol Booth. “In addition to this, three of our girls, Cameron Beckett, Caitlin Siljeur and Taneille Roach were also selected to represent WP U13 teams. We now have six children representing the Western Province, and Danai Narker, and Wafika Sidwaba for Boland. We are thrilled at their success.” Written by Sue Torr – Cannons Creek parent



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Record number of provincial players for Pinelands! Waterpolo is the fastest growing summer sport in South Africa, and a record number of 15 Pinelands school children have been selected to represent provincial teams this year. These children will all be travelling to East London in early December where they will represent their province at the annual SA Schools Waterpolo Tournament.

Craig Torr of Crue Sports Trust (CST), a not− for−profit organisation that coaches and mentors the youth in Pinelands using sport as a platform for leadership development. The training programme includes early morning swimming fitness at the Old Mutual gym, strength training sessions in the Pinelands High School gym, white board sessions and technical training. Once water temperatures rise to more comfortable levels, the children then move their training to the outdoor pools at Pinelands High School and Pinelands

North. Devon Card, head waterpolo coach for CST who currently plays waterpolo for South Africa, designed the training programme, and monitored each child’s fitness and performance over the period of the programme. Our aim is to develop young leaders who understand the value of working hard to achieve their goals, show commitment to a task and who know the importance of giving back to our community. The results speak for themselves. Two children from Pinehurst Primary were selected to represent WP U13 teams, eight children from Cannons Creek were selected to WP and Boland teams, four children from Pinelands High School were selected to WP teams and one player from Pinelands North Primary School was chosen to represent WP. “We are delighted that their hard work and dedication has been recognised and rewarded. We want these players to inspire the younger school children to keep working hard. We have impressed on them that they are now role models in the community who need to guide and mentor the younger children”, says Craig Torr. Top Left: Chumani Mayosi and Alexandra Moors from Pinehurst were selected to represent WP U13B (boys) and WP U13A (girls) respectively. Top Right: Michaela de Wet from PNPS was selected to play for WPB girls Left: The Pinelands High School girls who made the Western Province Water polo teams that will compete in East London from 5 to 10 December: From left to right: U15A: Winona Autagavaia (Grade 9), U15B: Alina Schoenberger (Grade 9), U14A:, Sydney Jacobs (Grade 8), U14B: Brandy Verheem (Grade 8).

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Community News

PNPS World Teachers Day and the Amazing Race

On a fairly windy Friday afternoon, the teachers of Pinelands North Primary School (PNPS) could be seen darting around Pinelands collecting clues on their Amazing Race. The PNPS PTA organised the surprise race day to say thank you to the teachers for all their hard work and dedication which truly takes place every day at the school. Six clues were placed around Pinelands. No-one realised that the teachers could move so fast when the first clue was handed out! Only after completion of all the tasks, for example, singing the school song, finishing an obstacle course or tying a reef knot, would they get their next clue. The first team back on the mat with all the tasks and crossword completed were the winners. Congratulations go to Leslie Roberts, Bev Pereira, Catherine Lowrings and Duron Wright who proved that brawn and beauty are a winning combination. The afternoon ended with tea, cake and prize giving. We are encouraged to all get together and support our teachers not only for one day but everyday.

Shannon Filmer


In the October edition of the Muse we mistakenly called our Pinelander Shannon Filmer Shannon Morris. We apologise for the error and asked Shannon to tell us a bit more about her leadership of the Lions Club of Pinelands and about the HeadsUp South support group for survivors of traumatic brain injury. See the Pinelander Shannon Filmer article Muse March 2013 . "The Lions Club of Pinelands have recently moved back into their clubhouse at Clyde Pinelands and are grateful to the Council for the repair work done on the building. We meet on the first Tuesday of every month at 7:30pm and anyone is welcome to attend. We are a service organisation and our current projects include food donation to five different shelters, monthly bingo with

the seniors at Riverside in Thornton and collection of unwanted spectacles from local optometrists which are recycled for those who require but cannot afford them (collection boxes at McKenna and Scott and Geoff Heathcote-Marks). The Lions are also taking five children from Linawo House to a Christmas party at Intaka Island, and will be selling Christmas cakes – 1kg cake – no alcohol or icing, free delivery in the Pinelands area, for R70 each. Anyone interested in knowing more about what we do, or any of the above, please email HeadsUp South is a brain injury support group for survivors and their families. We meet, during school terms, on the first Thursday of the month at Vista Nova Primary School in Rondebosch. From 5:30pm until 6pm we serve refreshments and then run a session until 7:30pm. If you know of anyone who would benefit from this group, or want to know more please email headsupsouth@ or call Janine on 021 531 0678.



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Choosing a workshop

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oes your car need repair? How do you find the best motor car repair workshop for you? Here are some important issues to consider: Avoid the risk of getting taken for a ride and find the best fit for you by doing a little homework in advance. Shop around for a suitable workshop before you need repairs. Having to find somewhere when your car is on the back of a tow truck is not a good time to try to find a quality repairer. Rely on word of mouth when you start your search. Listen to what others have to say about different repair shops. Ask friends, family, and co-workers who they would recommend, then ask the workshop for references and follow them up. Almost all vehicles manufactured since the 1980’s have computerized management systems and require specific diagnostic equipment in order to fault find. Ensure that the workshop has this equipment and has access to the necessary repair data.

Check if the workshop specialises in particular brands of vehicles? Ask if the workshop has qualified technicians on site and if there is continuing staff training. What is their guarantee policy on parts and labour? Visit the premises and have a look at the amenities. If it is neat and clean it is probably a good indication of how the rest of the business is run. Don’t shop around on price alone. You are not only paying for the parts and labour but also for the technical expertise and professionalism of the technician. Three comments in closing: • When you find the right workshop and technician, stay with them. Cheap adverts for brakes or servicing often come with cheap workmanship and the final cost may well be more than you expect. • Every one of us makes a mistake occasionally. The right work shop will

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Driving Safety tips into a real drag if the family car is sitting in Oom Schkalk se Motorhawe in Poffadder for a week so be proactive and get your vehicle checked out.

Use a Hands free cell phone kit

Holding a cell phone whilst trying to drive, read a map and disagree with the wife/ partner/ significant other about the missed turning to Gatsonderwater 15 kilometres back is not a great idea. Hands-free phone kits for the cars are reasonably priced and a heck of a lot cheaper than the fine or the possible accident consequences.

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t this time of the year many of us are planning a family outing for a few weeks of well-deserved R and R, so lets give some thought to our vehicle preparations for our journey. Have your family wagon serviced now. Man does not live by bread alone and neither does our trusty conveyance run on just a diet of petrol and oil. A holiday can turn

The recommendation to avoid driver fatigue is to take a 15 minute rest break every two hours. Stop and stretch your legs and get the oxygen flowing. This will allow others in the vehicle time to wander a bit and get a breath. If you are time constrained then try and share the wheel. But please, do take breaks and keep hydrated. A good steaming cup of coffee does wonders when on a long journey.

Be Prepared – Must have kits

Carry a basic tool kit including jumper cables, a first aid kit and a fire extinguisher. Warning triangles and a good torch are also essential for a roadside emergency.

Emergency phone numbers Keep the numbers of the emergency services in your phone on speed dial ( see bottom of article). Remember to program an ICE ( in case of emergency) number into your phone. Emergency personnel are trained to look for these details. Stay Safe and have a blessed holiday season. Contact Steve Thomas to organise First Aid Kits or Fire Extinguishers 

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PRRA & THE 2011 CENSUS Max Schutte, editor of the Pinelands Community magazine, the Muse, presented an analysis of the 2011 Census at the meeting of the Pinelands Ratepayers and Residents Association (PRRA) AGM on 9 October 2013. The talk was titled "The Changing Face of Pinelands" and debunked some of the myths often surrounding Pinelands as a suburb. See the editorial of this edition for more detail, and for the slide presentation and graphs. The PRRA exists as a watchdog for the suburb in that it follows up new building

requests, and complaints from residents, as well as many other issues. The committee is eight strong with John Berry as the chairman. Alan Dunnell and PRRA secretary Eve Dunnell have served on the committee for many years and have now decided to retire their services. The committee thanked them for their hard work. Carol Clark was welcomed as the new PRRA secretary. Above: Max Schutte presenting his talk "The Changing Face of Pinelands". Right: PRRA Committee members at the AGM, from left: Roger White, Riad Davids, Alan Dunnell, Eve Dunnell and Nasir Adam.

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Exam Time


Blues Mike van Haght

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t’s that time of the year when exams are just around the corner and everyone is starting to feel the pressure. Parents often ask me what they can do to encourage their children to study and prepare for exams. Unfortunately there is no magic exam wand, just hard work and a number of common sense steps which anyone can follow:

Make a start

Now that you’ve made a start it’s important to build momentum by getting into a routine. All it takes is a week of study for one hour every evening at the same time, to start building momentum. After a week of studying you can tick off quite a few sections of work and feel good about what you have mastered. Suddenly it’s not so frightening anymore and you may even start looking forward to getting back to your studies and finishing another section.

As they say: “A job started is a job half done”. Once you’ve made a start, the challenge somehow seems less daunting. Make a start today, not tomorrow, and make sure it’s a real start. All too often we spend a week getting ourselves ready to start studying. We tidy our desk. We draw up study timetables. We go shopping to buy all the right colour highlighters We tidy the desk once again – sound familiar? We all fall into the trap of active procrastination. Stop faffing and start studying – even if it’s just for one hour – the next hour will be so much easier.

Try not to study for more than 45 minutes at a time without taking a fifteen minute break Personally, I feel it’s better to bite off chunks of work in sections rather than minutes. Select a section of work which you aim to master within the 45 minutes, before taking a 15 minute break. If you master the section before the 45 minutes are up, you get a longer break.

Start with the unknown

We all fall into the trap of starting with the work we already know. For example, the work in the front of the book is work we already studied in June and September. Rather tackle the new work first, which is more difficult to grasp, while you are fresh and not under exam pressure the night before the exams. Similarly, we often make the error of going through a section of work but leaving out any difficult or boring bits – with the intention of coming back to these sections later. Never do this. If you find these sections tough now, imagine how tough they will be when you’re tired, and running short of study time.

The dreaded cell phone

Don’t kid yourself – you can’t study and chat to your friends at the same time.

Multi-tasking when it comes to studying is a myth. Neither can you study effectively while listening to music with lyrics. I suggest you leave your phone outside the room where you’re studying. Co-ordinate your study times with your friends and chat during study breaks, comparing notes and sharing questions. Knowing that your friends are also studying is a motivating factor in itself. I suggest that you also surrender your phone at night so that your friends won’t be texting you all night denying you valuable sleep.


Everyone claims that if they study too far in advance they forget the work. The solution is over-learning. This entails going over and over a section of work until there is no way you can get it wrong. Only then move on to the next section of work – and then go back to the previous section again.

Reward yourself

No one can study non-stop indefinitely. We all need a break from our studies now and again. The secret is moderation. You can’t take a 45 minute break after studying 15 minutes. Once a week you need an evening off. However, you can’t take off both Friday and Saturday night. Don’t go overboard, and decide to have an all-night movie evening. The result of this is not only one night away from your studies but the whole of the next day spent sleeping as well, and it takes a full two days before you’re back at your studies again. You’ve lost the momentum which you worked so hard to build up. Finally, exam success is not about luck, it’s about hard work. Whatever your goals for this exam are, I wish you hard work and much success. 

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Pinelanders Vibrant, enthusiastic and energetic – that's Sivuyile "Siv" Ngesi, a comedian and actor who draws on his life experiences in Gugulethu, Langa and Pinelands, to fulfil his dreams of an acting career. Success has come in his one man acts Dekaf, Race Card and Panic; as well as acting roles in Copposites, Invictus, 24, and Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom – to name a few. Siv speaks of the determination and passion instilled in him by his mother, and influenced by the Pinelands community.

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speaking, and has also initiated the "Siv Gives Back" (SGB) charity which raises funds through various functions for different charities. His birthday on the 18th October was celebrated by hosting a fund raiser, where Siv was the MC. One of his favourite charities is the Tracheostomy ward at Red Cross Children's Hospital. (See Muse July 2011 The Circle of Life).

Funny man Siv loves Pinelands

Sport is another way that Siv gives back – he raises funds through sponsorship when he does the Argus Cycle Tour which he has done twice now. He has completed the Two Oceans five times and is training for the ultramarathon. Other sports that Siv enjoys are rugby, indoor hockey, swimming and boxing.

Siv was born in Gugulethu in 1985. His mother, who was the principal at a Gugulethu school, had high hopes for her children. From their home here they moved to Langa and Siv started at the Red School, which meant by the time the family moved to Pinelands in 1994, he was familiar with the neighbourhood and did not find the move a difficult transition at all. "My hero," says Siv, "is my drama teacher from Pinelands High School, Mr Harris. He taught me that hard work pays off – I call it The Mr Harris work ethic, which has carried me through many challenges in the theatre and movie worlds when competing or working next to actors who have a formal tertiary theatre qualification. I believed Mr Harris when he said I will be successful because I demand it. I work really hard and have learned to improvise when called to do so. My years at Pinelands High School were one of the best times in my life – I owe PHS and the Pinelands community so much!"

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When Siv talks about his career success he describes what he does as a "full time obsession", not a hobby and not a full time job. He is a perfectionist, putting his all into doing what he loves most. "How lucky am I that I can wake up every day looking forward to what I do – and get paid for it? Not only that, but I have travelled the world – Europe, America, the middle east. My favourite destinations are New York City and Thailand."

Drama is in his blood

When Siv was only 10 years old he performed at Madiba's birthday party. So to get a part in the film Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom was a great honour knowing he would be helping to tell the story of one of the world's most famous icons. Next on his list, in-between doing commercials and other film shoots, Siv is mulling the idea of another one man show called Born Free, looking at 20 years of democracy. His dreams are many and far reaching – he would like to buy a house and car for his mother, he would love to start a school and name it after her as acknowledgement for all she did for their family and the encouragement she has given to Siv throughout his life.  Siv is no stranger to the camera and is able to give any expression at the drop of a hat.

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Mike Harris

Mike Harris is Head of History, and well known producer of many successful drama productions at Pinelands High School – recently The Sound of Music with a full orchestra was no exception. He sees theatre and drama as a place where students can push their boundaries and realise their true potential, in every walk of life. Mike is becoming a legend for his walking history tours in Europe known as "Paris with Harris".

Life Lessons through drama

Mike attempts to involve as many students as possible in the school productions. He believes drama is uplifting and comments that he can see the students evolve from being shy at the time of an audition to 'poised actors' when the play is performed before an audience. Backstage crew are just as important as the actors on stage, and the hardest and probably the busiest job is that of the production secretary who is organiser, time keeper and everyone rolled into one – a valuable life lesson. Drama increases self confidence, public speaking becomes easier and even that all important job interview can benefit. Mike and his wife Linda, who at present works in caring in England, have four adult daughters Kim, Julie, Bronwen and Victoria, who are musically talented and have all been influenced by amateur dramatics.

Timing and talent

Mike has an eye for the requirements of different plays. This year it was obvious, when working closely with the Head of Music, Ivan Meredith, that there were plenty of good voices that would suit The Sound of Music perfectly. Mike struggled to get the rights to perform, but perseverance

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paid off. The rights can be expensive, especially for local productions such as District Six.

2012 - something different

Last year Mike produced three plays at Pinelands High − to give an opportunity to as many pupils as possible. Two plays The Diary of Anne Frank and Wait Until Dark were performed in tandem. Using clever logistics one play was performed on the stage, and for the next play, the audience turned and faced the other way to watch the play being performed at the other end of the hall. This was necessary to accommodate the scene changes that were required for each play. The third play Silent Night was performed in September.

The arts centre dream

Looking to the future Mike describes the Arts Centre that the school hopes to establish which would encompass art rooms and all the facets of an academic drama qualification, namely music, dance and drama. There would be a music room, and a small theatre, as the sound in the current hall is notoriously difficult to control. Students could be better prepared when they go for auditions – not only for the academic subject, but as an extramural activity, which is popular amongst a wide range of students.

Successful PHS drama students

There have been a number of students who have followed careers in drama after their good grounding at PHS, such as Clare Watling and Siv Ngesi, successful comedian and actor. Mike Harris has directed a large collection of plays such as Oklahoma!. Annie Get Your Gun, Oliver!, My Fair Lady, Othello, Siswe Banzi is Dead, Uproar in the House, Grease, The Island, The Chalk Garden, And Then There Was One, Singin' in the Rain,

Mamba (an African Macbeth), Twelve Angry Men, Annie, Journey's End,, Death on the Nile, Noises off, District Six, Rebecca, Hairspray, The Diary of Anne Frank, Wait until Dark, and Silent Night – and this is not a complete list!

PAris and Berlin Mike believes that teachers are good inventors and he has always loved the challenge of planning the teaching day to give any set of students the best foundation of knowledge, and the tools to apply the facts given to them. In 2010 two of the history students in the class suggested a cultural tour to Europe to supplement the learning on the French Revolution, the Second World War, and the Cold War. The field trip is now popular and is referred to as "history school on the walk'' where the group visits Paris, and Berlin. Accommodation is in youth hostels and meals are put together from local fresh food markets, except for a restaurant meal on the last night. Students don't miss out on the local attractions such as a walk up the Eiffel Tower!

Mike Harris Hobbies

"I love reading and my favourite topics are history, biography, theatre, movies, travel and politics. Sometimes I will be busy with up to eight or nine books at a time. My daughters made a home rule stating "If one book comes in, then one must go out". I also enjoy reading and writing poetry. Mike has also continued his own drama interest playing Colonel Pickering and President Roosevelt in recent Gilbert and Sullivan productions of My Fair Lady and Annie. 

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Passion for English, History & Drama

Mike Harris began his teaching career at Wynberg Boys' High School in 1972. After a spell at Pinelands High School (PHS) from 1979 to 1989, especially as Head of English, he left to fulfil the Deputy and then the Principal's post at Sea Point High. In 1997 he returned to PHS to take up the Head of History position, and continued his love of amateur dramatics through the school drama productions, where his collaboration with Alastair Cockburn (recently retired Director of Planning at Artscape) was successful.

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Cruising the Baltic Sea

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iv and I had always wanted to see the Scandinavian countries and when we saw the option of a cruise to these as well as Germany, Estonia, Russia and Finland we could not resist. We had made plans for a cruise this year but had thought of going to the Eastern Med. This idea was soon replaced by the excitement of visiting the design centres we had always dreamed of but never thought of cruising to. We booked and left for Copenhagen on the 18th August, boarded the Emerald Princess on the 19th. and our adventure began. Our first stop was Oslo and we were absolutely enchanted by the sculpture gardens and friendly people. It is probably one of the most beautiful cities we have seen. Approaching Oslo by sea along the Oslo fjord was an experience we shall not forget, and the summer holiday homes reaching down to the waters edge just made one want to stay forever. Our next stop was Aarhus in Denmark , the oldest city in Scandinavia, and then on to

Warnemunde, a seaside resort of Rostock, one of the medieval city states that formed the Hanseatic League. Sailing overnight we reached Tallinn the next day, a town with a rich history from the turbulent times of medieval Europe to the present, when it gained its freedom and is now part of the Baltic Republics. Tallinn is the political, commercial and cultural centre of Estonia. The highlight of the tour was of course St. Petersburg, where we spent two days marvelling at the wide range of architectural styles and the magnificent collections of art in the Hermitage Museum. The collection consists of over three million works and includes the likes of Da Vinci, Monet, Rembrandt and Renoir. One would think you could not better this experience until you arrive in Helsinki. The city is a vibrant and modern example of contemporary design and has nurtured some of the best architects and designers of the 20th century. Anyone who has studied art and design will recognize the

names of Eero Saarinen and Alvar Aalto, two giants of the modern era. Helsinki is a modern graceful city, with spacious boulevards and many squares and parks, an absolute delight to explore. There is a Lutheran church which has been carved out of the rock and blends into the surrounding environment, natural light pours in from the church's glazed dome and contains the rough rock interior. The last city we visited was Stockholm, and it was as if we had kept the best for last. The approach to Stockholm is through the breathtaking archipelago, 58 miles of small islands now used for summer holiday homes. Built on a number of islands, Stockholm is connected by waterways and bays, and if there was one city we would love to live in, other than Cape Town, it would be Stockholm. Main Picture Above: One of the many islands of the archipelago leading to the stunning city of Stockholm. Below Left: The Church of the Saviour on Spilled Blood St.Petersburg. Small inset above: Happy travellers Viv and Ronald with cyclist in Aarhus Denmark. Below: Sunset, the end of another magnificent day cruising on the Baltic Sea returning to Copenhagen.

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Money Matters

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By Sue Torr Director at Crue Consulting Myth #1: Money can make you happy

The underlying irony of this statement is that the sooner a person discovers that money doesn’t create happiness, the happier they’re likely to be. There’s absolutely no doubt that money is a powerful vehicle which, if used for good purposes, can be instrumental in helping one achieve one’s goals and dreams. When harnessed and engaged correctly, money can form a healthy conduit between a person’s good intentions and personal fulfilment. It was David Lee Roth who once quipped, “Money can't buy you happiness, but it can buy you a yacht big enough to pull up right alongside it", and he's not entirely incorrect. You're more likely to make a great life doing what you love than make a mediocre living doing what you must.

Myth #2: Money is a score card

Measuring one’s self-worth by one’s net worth is a dangerously risky and potentially destructive game. A person’s character, integrity and honour have nought to do with owning flat screens and designer jeans. Self-worth is surely made of something deeper and more durable that last month’s pay cheque or next month’s bonus. As Will Rogers once said, “Too many people spend money they earned to buy things they don't want to impress people that they don't like," resulting in a loss of personal identity and a deflated self-worth.

Myth #3: Someone else will take care of you financially

Whether it’s a naïve wife believing that her financial needs have been taken care of in a Will that she’s never seen, or a trust fund baby with a misguided entitlement mentality, there is no greater recipe for disaster than failure to take personal responsibility for one’s financial future. Trust funds, inheritances and promises of financial security aside, everyone is ultimately responsible for their own planned retirement.

Myth #4: You WILL never have enough money

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a lifetime of hand-to-mouth survival and a “this-is-my-lot” mentality. The treadmill of debt is the thief of financial peace. Simply put by Dave Ramsey, "Financial peace isn't the acquisition of stuff. It's learning to live on less than you make, so you can give money back and have money to invest. You can't win until you do this.”

Myth #5: There's a hot new stock that everyone's buying

It’s common cause that fear and greed are the greatest enemies of long-term investing, and it’s these two mental biases that we as investors need to overcome in order to ensure that we remain committed to our investment plans. If you’re investing for your retirement under the guidance of a qualified financial planner, then speculation should play no part in your decisionmaking. Achieving your retirement goals has less to do with intelligence and more to do with discipline.

Myth #6: You're too young to worry about your retirement funding

Those who begin investing for their retirement with their first pay cheque will know and appreciate the full power of compound interest when they reach retirement. Delaying your retirement funding by even five years from the start of your working career has exponential effects on one’s retirement funding shortfalls. Increased human longevity means that most adults now have only 40 earning years to fund for what could be 30 retirement years. The good news is that it is never too late to start funding for your retirement. There’s a lovely saying that goes, “A year from now you will wish you had started today.” Start investing today.

Myth #7: You need to have money before you see a financial planner

Lastly, a great misconception amongst would-be investors is that the accumulation of wealth is a mandatory step before seeking investment advice from a qualified planner. Regardless of net worth, monthly income or age, financial planning is an essential discipline to be followed from the first day of employment and, thereafter, at least annually for the rest of one’s life. 

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Contact Charmaine: 082 574 3375

your highway to health Visit our spacious store to see our various health ranges selected health DIGESTIVE care ranges HEALTH paraben free NOW STOCKING Probio skin care ranges digestive probiotics wheat & gluten free Helpful for acid reflux, vegan & vegetarian bloating and IBS. food products

Silwood Centre, Campground Rd, Rondebosch

021 685 1795

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to the salon

3 steps to get your glow back for Christmas!

A gel-like nail polish that lasts for two to three weeks.

1 Back Mask 2 30min massage 3 Full body spray tan

Also offering



Acrylic Nails For an appointment please call

Terry or Jade on

021 531 5829

44 Brookdale Ave Pinelands



spaces are limited!

Call Diane on 021 532 3402

Pine Care Centre, 4 Mountbatten Ave, Pinelands

Bonifacé Where beauty is revealed

Pregnancy Exercise


offering a range of beauty treatments in a comfortable and relaxed studio

Join us to stay fit and healthy during your pregnancy Specialised Instruction Convenient location in Pinelands Affordable Rates



THE glow BRIGHT & FUN colours for spring


All for ONLY R500 or ask for individual

Come and experience fast, less painful lycon waxing

Call Julie 083 555 3607 5 Tarragona Rd, Pinelands

see pricelist at

Contact Aniska

Call: 021 509 0361

The Dance Co. WHICH RUNNING SHOE ENROL now for 2014

we teach various dance styles




OUR CONSULTATION CHECKS POSTURAL ANALYSIS FOOT BIOMECHANICS GAIT PATTERNS Pinelands 021 531 8976 Viv Pullin Rondebosch 021 531 5777 Jen Stretch

Principal Manager / Teacher •


PINELANDS Swimming Academy

in a relaxed and private environment with no other pool-side distractions with the emphasis on enjoyment and progression • Survival Skills • Indoor Heated Pool EEKDAY • Stroke Tuition • Individual Tuition W AND Y SATURDA • Stroke Correction • Registered WPSIA SSES LA C and SSA Instructor

Phone: (021) 531 5465

MARIUS CORNELISSEN Phone: 021 509 0361 Biokineticist

Complete mobile hair salon Have your hair done in the comfort of your own home! Call Chantel 072 868 1801 18 Years experience in Pinelands home salon

Wash and Cut • R100 Full Head Foils • R390 Cap Highlights • R220 Full Head Tint • R300 Disa Ave, Pinelands Perms from • R250 Get a FREE CUT Brazilian Blow • R800 with a full head of foils Wave from bring this ad for the special

021 531 3556 • 083 564 2629




46 Lower Main Road Observatory

Pinelands Accommodation Network

A network of quality Pinelands accommodation establishments corporate • holiday • long stay short stay • self-catering • b&b Bed & Breakfast or Self-Catering options are available in various price categories to suit all needs.

Try us first for

affordable prices, central location and our famous PAN hospitality!


Since 1987


We pawn or buy your unwanted goods for cash TOP PRICES PAID • WE CAN COLLECT

Tel: 021 447 3988

With unwavering commitment to quality & timeous delivery, our Key Services include:

• Custom colour wood frames • Conservation framing • Framing of art, objects, mirrors and prints • Stretcher frames


Mending Ironing Dyeing


LCD and Plasma TV’s • Home Appliances Antiques • Gold and Silver Jewellery • Bicycles Workshop and Garden Tools • other items of value

Call Johan • 021 511 3531 • 083 233 7046


behind Hair on the Square


Our safety strap clips their collar or harness into most seatbelt fittings. R75 does not include harness

Montego DOG & CAT FOOD

Brenda Cooper 6 Rust en Vrede, Pinelands 021 531 5729 • 083 415 1035

The quality local alternative to expensive imported brands



Dry Cleaning and Laundry Service A NEW FULL SERVICE LAUNDRY for Pinelands Same Day Service and Thornton Dry Cleaning DOMESTIC AND COMMERCIAL

Pets travelling in the car with you?

115 Roodebloem Rd Woodstock Phone: 021 447 8382



a t 41 Victory Avenue, Pinelands

(021) 531 9797

Come visit our new Tea Garden

Shirley Wittridge HANDMADE

for a

CLOTHING perfect fit


CLASSES offered Call 021 531 7138

saving you LOADS of time

Stockist of Accessories for Office 1, First Floor Howard Centre Windows Pinelands phone 083 383 4670 021 829 6636


owner-run, personal service and care


33 FOREST DRIVE, PINELANDS • 021 531 2645

CELLULAR REPAIRS & ELECTRONICS CENTRE repairs to all cell phone makes and models water damage • broken screens ACCESSORIES software unlocking & upgrades ALSO AVAILABLE

M.A. RANA • 074 579 6815 • 073 145 6777 SHOP G18, HOWARD CENTRE, PINELANDS

Satellite TV Installations, Sale & Repairs

079 077 0229 OLD SCHOOL HANDYMAN CALL DON 072 334 8913


We keep your pool & garden supreme clean Michael Wilson Pool Cleaning Service Contracts 082 713 9498 Sand & Filter Pool Pump Motors 021 591 4470 Jason Wilson Replacements Repair & Replacement Gardener

071 183 6536

email •

Lawn Cutting and Edging

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Visit our new online shop on our website

Tom Botha

For all chemicals, equipment, spares and accessories you need for your pool

EMAIL for your access code and enjoy the convenience of online shopping! Free delivery in Pinelands for orders over R100


021 532 2774 079 845 4445



We install and repair pumps, WEEKLY & FORTNIGHTLY filters & chlorinators, clean We do the essential pool cleaning pools, repair leaks and do and maintenance to keep your pool sand changes. sparkling all year round. We are specialists in marble plaster, fibreglass linings and pool paving. WE ALSO DO • Gate Motors Intercoms • Electric Fencing



Est. 2004, based in Pinelands, we supply an extensive range of superior quality hand tools, equipment and consumables. Hand Tools • Cutting Tools • Punches Abrasives • Adhesives • Fasteners Consumables • Measuring Instruments

ORDERS DELIVERED TO YOU! We pride ourselves on our personal service and wide product knowledge. We will gladly answer your usage and application queries.

We renovate and service Gunite and fibreglass pools.

We are approved stockists, installers and applicators of these quality brands

CONTACT Michael van Rensburg 083 679 7314 021 531 8675




Plumbing & Renovation

Building Renovations • Paving Plumbing • Painting • Tiling General Maintenance Work Contact CALL 079 3999 152 Ervin

Francisco Projects


Refurbishments Building • Renovations and New Builds Painting • Waterproofing


Call Chris Francisco

083 453 3399

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531 9859 CALL 021 083 717 5363

Pine Power ELECTRICAL Electrical Installations Maintenance & Repairs Security Lighting 021 531 5419 • 082 448 8023

food from the heart By Heleen Meyer Pinelands resident, foodie and author of Food from the heart.

Egg Fried Rice

Recipe from Kos is op die tafel!

Serves 4 — 6


2. 3.



Place rice in a pot with about 625 ml cold water. Add a pinch of salt and bring to the boil over a medium heat. Reduce the heat and simmer for 25-30 minutes or until just cooked, but still fluffy. Rinse the rice under cold water and drain well. Heat 10 ml of the oil over a medium heat in a large frying pan. Fry onion and garlic until soft. Add another 15 ml of the oil and stir in the rice. Stir-fry for 2 minutes. Move rice to one side of the pan and add remaining oil. Add eggs and stir to make scrambled eggs. Gently mix eggs and rice and add peas and corn. Add soy sauce and season to taste. Remember that soy sauce is a salty ingredient, so take care when seasoning the dish. Stir-fry until heated through, taking care not to over mix. Stir in the herbs and serve immediately.

Portrait: Cornel de Kock Food shot: Cornel de Kock

250 ml (1 cup) uncooked brown basmati or ordinary brown rice salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste 45 ml (3 tbsp) olive or avocado oil 1 onion, thinly sliced 1 clove of garlic, crushed 2-3 eggs, beaten 250 ml (1 cup) frozen peas, rinsed 250 ml (1 cup) frozen corn, rinsed 10 ml (2 tsp) soy sauce a handful of chopped fresh Italian parsley or coriander

Easy mid-week meal


recipe that you can whip up in next to no time and with very little effort is what we all need sometimes. Busy schedules and limited time to cook supper on a week night is a reality for many of us. Combine that with an even busier time of year and many events where we tend to eat more than we planned to, this light, yet filling meal is just the right thing to have up your supper-sleeve. I like the combination of peas, corn and egg, to keep it light, but it’s the ideal way to use left-over meat, fish or chicken. For a vegetarian version, a tin of red kidney

beans will be tasty and colourful. Kids enjoy this recipe and you can chop (excuse the pun) and change ingredients to suit your family’s preferences. I often use small pieces of carrots, sliced peppers, spring onions, and cabbage or spinach also works well, stirred in right at the end. Even 3 cups of left-over rice can be used for this recipe. A large frying pan with a wide-open base is the best to use, to not have the ingredients piled on top of one another. This way, they continue to stir-fry and don’t overcook and become mushy. A flat, broad egg lifter works well to toss the ingredients instead of stirring them.

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

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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PINELANDS SOLE MANDATE Green School area! 3 Bedrooms, 2 Green school area! 3 Beds, 2 baths bathrooms (mes), open plan dining (mes), open plan dining room or lounge room / lounge with fireplace, family with fireplace, family room. Pool, double room. Pool, double garage, staff garage, staff quarters. Needs some work.

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If space is what you need, look no further. Large family? Home office? Dual Living? You decide! This home is well worth a look! View 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 Call Dave Brown or Lorna Francks

Entertainers Delight! 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. View Call Dave Brown or Lorna Francks

Immaculate family home in prime location! 4 bedrooms 2 bathrooms (mes). Undercover patio, great flow to pool, garden and jacuzzi. Separate entrance cottage plus garage. MQ, double garage plus single garage, ample secure parking. View Call Dave Brown or Lorna Francks


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 Call Pauline Hareb


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 Call Pauline Hareb




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 Call Dave Brown or Lorna Francks

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Spacious Home! 3 Bedrooms (BIC), 2 Bathrooms (MES), Lounge, fireplace, open plan modern kitchen, family room onto patio and pool. Outside flatlet with kitchenette, bathroom and bedroom. Double garage. Pet friendly. Available 1 Nov or Dec 2013. View /WMP4236 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!

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