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I AL C E P S TU R E FEA ESS N WELLAUT Y & BE
CELEBRATION Heleen LAMB Meyer
50 | April 2015
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Above: Booted Eagle
50 AND COUNTING…
It feels like the 50th edition of the Muse came up very quickly and suddenly! BY THE NUMBERS 50 Editions published, 50 frantic deadline dates, 379 000 copies in total, 1 228 individual pages, 93 Pinelanders interviewed and 2648 adverts prepared! MANY, MANY AND BIG THANKS TO YOU. Although there are just the two us, Max and Glynnis, who put the magazine together, it would not be possible to keep putting it out regularly without the help and support of the Pinelands community, and our regular writers. We really appreciate the comment and appreciation we get from readers of the Muse. I have been stopped many times by 'strangers' in Howard Centre who take the time to let us know that they enjoy and look forward to each edition. Thank you for your encouragement. We also rely on the regular flow of stories and suggestions for people to interview for the magazine. As we do not have a team of reporters we are grateful for our local citizen journalists who keep us in the know about what is happening in Pinelands. We rely too on our "partners" who print and deliver the magazine for us. Our printers, RSA Litho reliably and professionally get the magazine to us every month with impossibly short lead times and the Post office "posties" are out whatever the weather to put it into your post boxes (meet our local postmen on page 3). Very importantly, thank you to the many advertisers who keep us in business, both regular and occasional. We appreciate your support and trust that you get good value from it. With this edition wrapped up and off to print, we are heading off for a much needed weekend break with our friends Pat & Ronald in Villiersdorp before we return to deliver your magazines hot off the press. I hope you enjoy our celebration edition!
Max Schutte Editor Max Schutte Photographer and Writer Glynnis Schutte Regular Contributors Heleen Meyer Freelance Food Consultant Callan Cohen FitzPatrick Institute of African Ornithology Carol Booth Cannons Creek Independent School Sue Torr Crue Consulting
Next Muse Edition: May 2015 Content Deadline: 17 April 2015
Text and image by Dr Callan Cohen, research associate at UCT's FitzPatrick Institute of African Ornithology, bird book author, and director of Birding Africa tours: www.birdingafrica.com.
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BIRDS IN PINELANDS Few Pinelands residents realise that the suburb is the hunting ground of eagles, but each summer one of the world's smaller species migrates here. It's the Booted Eagle, and is just a little larger than a buzzard. It is however a fierce hunter, and doves are its main prey here. It can sometimes be seen devouring one in one of the scattered pine trees. The commonly seen pale form is easily recognisable by its ivory coloured plumage. Booted Eagles breed in Europe and our birds were once thought to originate from there. However, it has now been found that our population breeds in the Cape mountains in the summer and heads north into tropical Africa during our winter.
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All the activities in the programme are for children from 4 years of age. Tuesday 31 March 10:25 AM 2:00pm to 3:00pm Easter craft - Funny Bunny Surprise. Thursday 02 April 10am to 11am - Crafty Fantasy Flights. Tuesday 07 April 2:00pm to 3:00pm Googly Buggies - fun craft. Thursday 09 April 10am to 11am - Mystery Craft. Friday 10 April 2:30pm to 3:15pm - Story-time
7 April 2015
AMPUTEE SUPPORT GROUP MEETING
Meet from 6:30pm to 8:30pm on the first Tuesday of every month, for prosthetic information, education and tips and tricks. Life Rehab at Vincent Pallotti Hospital - The Park, Alexandra Road, Pinelands. Call Carol 083 261 9840 or Annette 083 700 4400.
9 April 2015
SAVE A LIFE AT THE WPBTS CLINIC
The blood donor clinic will run at St Stephens Church Hall from 3pm to 7:15pm. 10:59 AM Allow 30 minutes for your donation. Eat a balanced meal at least 4 hours beforehand. Date subject to change. Call 021 507 6300.
29 April 2015
PINELANDS STAMP CIRCLE
Meet at 7:15pm in the activities hall of the Pinelands Library. Exhibits by members on Famous People. One page exhibits starting with the letter C. Napoleon exhibit by Marilyn Crawford. Visitors welcome. Call John 021 531 1954 or Martin 021 689 5050.
The cancer support group for ladies is hosted by cancer survivors Catherine and Yolandi, at Peak Inn Guest House, 20 Peak Drive, at 7pm. Call 073 207 7022 or 072 040 7563.
29 April 2015
CLASSIQUE SOCIAL DANCE CLUB
Dancing every Saturday night to great music for the more mature singles or couples. Dance to salsa tango, jive, cha cha cha, waltz and more. Dress, smart casual. R50 per person. Fully licensed bar at club prices. Car guard on duty. All this at Jaggers Bowling Club, Strubens Road, Mowbray. Call Marie 083 6270 770 or Billy 084 233 5959.
PINELANDS STREET CAMERA PROJECT The steering committee of the Pinelands Security Camera Project comprising SAPS, PRRA, CPF, PNW, the Ward Councillor and Pinewatch announced that contributions have now reached R1 200 000 from residents, companies and schools. Another R79 000 is required to begin with phase one – that equates to another 53 residents joining the effort against crime. Contributions can be made as a one time payment of R1 480 or R185 over eight months to the following bank account: Account Name: Pinelands Street Camera Project. Standard Bank, Pinelands Branch (Code 051001), cheque account 332915530. Use your name or address as the reference. Contact the PSCP secretary at firstname.lastname@example.org
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A TRIBUTE TO THE POSTMEN OF CAPE MAIL
WE DELIVER WHATEVER IT TAKES
This month the Muse would like to pay tribute to the postmen from the Maitland and Goodwood Post Office depots who deliver the Muse magazine every month to the residents of Pinelands and Thornton. Cheerful and efficient, the postmen have coped well, even over the busy Christmas periods, and especially through the times when staff at other post offices were striking and "our" postmen were intimidated. Their day begins by sorting the letters that they are responsible for on their "walk" â€“ an area in the suburb. They rotate through various walks so that they get to know the streets and where the post boxes are. Each postman cycles from the depot to the suburb with their mail delivery. The depot transport will deposit extra mail in "time boxes" within the suburb, where the postman can collect it and continue on his deliveries. A big thank you to all the post men who deliver the Muse magazine! Top photograph: Maitland Depot. Back row left to right: C. Agulhas, G . Coghlan, R, Petersen, M. Kat. Abrahams, A. Parsons, N.Gxowa, X .Dlepu, K. Mphuphu, S. Davids, C. Januarie, X. Mrwebi, S. Carelse, B. Mbula. Front row left to right: L.Giyama, C. Sigonyela, D. Williams, S.Mbolekwana, X. Mgolombana, D. Marcus. Left: Goodwood Depot. From Left to right: G Beaton, J Louw, D Klaasen, M Roberts, A Arnold, N Maran, I Losper.
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The dynamic team of Julie Meyer, Kathy Anderson, Pat Peat and Mandy Butler have returned from the Annual Seeff Western Cape Agent Awards held at the Lord Charles Hotel in Somerset West, bringing home numerous achiever awards. In one of the iconic real estate brands in South Africa, bringing home these awards against fierce competition is no mean feat.
Kathy Anderson & Julie Meyer
Kathy and Julie won a number of trophies for sales achieved and this is testimony to their hard work and dedication to their clients. Pat Peat also featured among the prize winners for the greatest number of bonds granted through Ooba, our mortgage origination partner.
Mandy Butler, our rentals specialist, was recognised for coming second regionally and fourth nationally for the number of units let, as well as for rental amounts achieved for her clients.
Both Kathy and Julie were born and raised in Pinelands, going to school here and now continuing their lifelong association with Pinelands by teaming up to give our sellers and buyers the best possible advice and insight on what we believe is one of the best places to live in the Western Cape.
In a highly competitive environment, Mandy has once again proven that she is one of the best rental agents in the Western Cape. If you are looking for the consummate professional to look after your rental property, look no further than Mandy. She takes the pain out of rentals.
We are proud of our sales team, but we are even more proud of being able to serve the community of Pinelands. To serve our clients even better, we have shuffled the teams around and are proud to announce that Julie Meyer and Kathy Anderson have joined forces to take care of Pinelands, while Pat Peat will look after Thornton.
Our slogan “Positively Pinelands” embodies our love for our leafy suburb. We will be starting a number of initiatives demonstrating our passion and enthusiasm for our suburb, but that will be another story… ‘Till next month, yours in property
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11 Salesin11 Weeks Well, the first quarter of the year has certainly been a busy one. The market has remained buoyant with property prices continuing their upward momentum. We have noticed a marked increase in the number of homes advertised above R4m, but need to caution against unrealistic expectations. Buyers are doing their homework, as are the banks when it comes to the granting of loans. We congratulate our sales team on an exceptional performance, carrying on where they left off last year. Not to forget our rental team of Mandy and Robyn, who concluded 9 new rentals ranging from R6 000 pm to R17 000 pm this year.
We have qualified buyers wanting to come and live in our beautiful suburb, so if you are considering selling, please call us for a free market estimate of your home. We would be delighted to assist you.
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Three of Pinelands Tennis Club's (PTC) players will be representing Western Province at the under 15 and under 19 TSA High Schools Interpro in Pretoria from 26 â€“ 30 March. 11:44 PM Marno Stander is the No.1-ranked high schools player in WP, having won all but one of his matches in the Northern zone of the high schools league. He will be playing at no.1 in the WP under 15 team and has represented South Africa in the Africa Junior Cup and in a number of international events. Thando Longwe-Smit will be playing at no 4 in the under 15 team. He represented South African Schools in New Orleans in 2014 and in Malaysia in 2013 and has represented Western Province Primary Schools at No. 1 in their winning Interpro team in 2014. He is ranked 25 in South Africa in the under 14 category. At 12 years old, Makayla Loubser is the youngest PTC representative (she also lives in Pinelands) at the Interpro. She is ranked no. 2 in South Africa in the under 12 category and will be representing WP in the under 19 team! Makayla has represented South Africa at the prestigious Coupe le Blanc in Montreal in 2014 and South African Schools in Malaysia in 2013. Top players in action from the top: - Main Image Marno Stander, Marno Stander with Head Coach Norman McCarthy, Thando Longwe-Smit and Makayla Loubser. Cannons Creek Swimming star, Huda Abrahams (Gr 11), 3:27 PM once again did the school proud at the Jack Currie Championships. Huda won two gold, two silver and two bronze medals. Another Cannons Creek pupil competing in the Jack Currie Championships, Daniel Redelinghuys (Gr 10) made the finals in all eight events that he entered and won a medal for each race. He won one gold, two silver and five bronze medals.
CANNONS CREEK MEDAL WINNING SWIMMERS AT THE JACK CURRIE CHAMPIONSHIPS
Left: Huda Abrahams. Right: Daniel Redelinghuis.
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CYCLES AND STAMPS THE CAPE ARGUS CYCLE TOUR
By David Kent of the Pinelands Stamp Circle.
The month of March saw the Cape Argus Cycle Tour take place in the Peninsula. Sadly the length of the race was shortened as a consequence of the fires across the Peninsula. The race, which started with 525 entrants in 1978, has grown to be recognized internationally as the largest cycle race in the world by virtue of the numbers participating - approximately 40 000 cyclists. Incidentally, two other races in South Africa hold a similar honour for the same reason, namely, the Midmar Mile Swim and the Comrades Marathon.There are many stamps depicting cycling in its various forms from a simple means of transport, to pleasure to racing, but space only allows for a few of them to be shown here. The Tour de France: The three major longdistance cycle races today are the Tour de France which started in 1903, the Gyro d’Italia (1909) and the Vuelta a Espaňa (1935).
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The Penny-farthing: One of the intriguing early developments of the bicycle was the “Penny Farthing” with its large front wheel and its tiny rear wheel. The name derives from the relative size of the two English coins – the Penny and its quarter value, the Farthing, from Old English “fourthing”. Early bicycles were powered by fixed-wheel pedalling with the pedals being solid with the front axle. The Penny-Farthing evolved because it was found that the larger the wheel, the greater the distance covered by one revolution of the wheel and so, once moving, distances were covered in a shorter time. The advent of the free-wheel and the chain drive soon saw its demise. The Velodrome Velodrome is the name given to a sports stadium specifically designed for high speed track cycle racing. Two parallel straights are joined at the ends of the arena by 180 degree turns which are banked to allow the cyclist to continue at speed round the bend, which at times can be in excess of 85 kilometres per hour. The cycles used are very light-weight, having a chain drive to a gearless fixed rear wheel and no brakes. Thus speed, deceleration and braking are all controlled by the rider by appropriate pressure on the pedals.
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PHS MUSICIANS PLAY IN ALL STAR BAND
CANNONS CREEK STARTS SCHOOL HALL BUILDING Pinelands High School’s Jazz Combo participated in the 2015 Cape Town International Jazz Festival Arts & Culture Focus Schools Programme. Four students were selected to participate in the All Star Band that performed at the Artscape Opera House Theatre on March 22nd. They also performed at the Cape Town International Jazz Festival Free Community Concert at Greenmarket Square. The All Star band comprises nine musicians - four of them from Pinelands High School - Congratulations!
The students are (from left to right): Matthew Clothier: Trumpet, Chad Groepies: Trumpet, Caitlin Farmer: Lead Vocals Thaakira Jabaar: Alto Sax, Jonas Gensicke (absent from the photo) was selected to be a part of the sound crew for the Jazz Festival performances.
On 16 March Carol Booth, Head of Cannons Creek Primary School, and Mike van Haght, Head of the High School celebrated the start of the building of the school’s new Cultural Centre Hall, with a ceremonial turning of the sod. The hall will have sliding doors opening onto the field, a moveable stage, a mezzanine level and music rooms.
RE/MAX SUPPORTS LOCAL ORPHANAGES An amazing amount was collected at the RE/MAX Property Associates’ annual Toy and Book collection earlier this year. The joint effort between the Pinelands and Table View offices filled the office space once all the toys were laid out! The toys, books and clothes were divided into various age groups and donated to two orphanages in the Pinelands area – Linawo and Ukuthemba. It was a heart warming
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hand over with the looks of sheer delight from the children as they unpacked and played with their new toys. Thank you to everyone who kindly donated. RE/MAX Property Associates Pinelands will continue to support these orphanages throughout the year and if anyone has anything to donate, they are more than welcome to drop them off at the RE/Max office in Howard Centre.
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BROTHERS WIN THE JUNIOR AND SENIOR VICTOR LUDORUM AT THE PINEHURST SWIMMING GALA
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Newly built and reconfigured house with open plan lounge, dining room and kitchen. Four double bedrooms (bics), 4 bathrooms (mes). Separate self contained two bedroom flat with bathroom, open plan lounge & kitchen. Double garage, swimming pool & much more. Sold in one day for above the asking price.
Winners at the Pinehurst galas. From left to right. Back: Michaela Franck, Nicola Amon, Ben Stannard, Damian Bransby Front: Ethan Stannard, Malick Majiet, Kira Webb. Pinehurst Primary had its annual swimming galas on 5 & 6 March. There were some fantastic performances and all the children can be congratulated on the effort they have put into training and preparing for the event. The overall winners of the swimming gala event were Spartans House, who were very well lead by their house captains, Michaela Franck and Damian Bransby. Achievements & Awards: • Nicola Amon (Senior Victrix Ludorum) • Ben Stannard (Senior Victor Ludorum) • Kira Webb (Junior Victrix Ludorum) • Ethan Stannard & Malick Majiet (Junior Victor Ludorum) Record Breakers: • Ben Stannard (u14 4x25m Individual Medley and 50m Breaststroke) • Summer Marwick (u9 25m Backstroke) • Amy La Vita (u12 50m Breaststroke – B race) • Adam Graham (u10 25m Crawl – B race) Rob Buck, Sports Director at Pinehurst, had this to say about the event: “Swimming forms a crucial aspect of our Physical Literacy program at Pinehurst in giving our children the opportunity to learn to move with confidence in the water. We strive to provide opportunities for excellence and participation and are exceptionally proud of all our swimmers, from those that competed for and won the awards and broke records to those that ‘paddled confidently’ across the pool for fun!”
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PRIMARY SCHOOLS ATHLETICS NEWS Of the athletes that were chosen to compete in the Central Zone team (see Muse March 2015), at the Western Province Athletics championships on Saturday 28th February Liam Buck, Joshua Parenzee & Leah Jones all progressed from the heats to the finals of their events. Liam Buck (Pinehurst) - came 5th in u11 80m & 100m finals. Joshua Parenzee (Pinehurst) - came 5th in u12 Long Jump. Leah Jones (Pinelands Primary) came 3rd in 100m & 2nd in 200m earning her WP colours and the chance to go with the WP team to compete at the Western Cape Championships on Saturday, 7 March. After making it to the finals she came third in her 200m race and was given a place in the Western Cape Athletics Team to travel to Gauteng to compete in the South African Primary Schools Athletics Championships.
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The Cannons Creek annual Fun Run was on the evening of the hottest day that Cape Town had experienced in a century, 3 March 2015! Luckily it cooled down quickly as the evening wore on and there was plenty of water on hand for people to slake their thirst. The race that is open to all members of the Pinelands community and has participants walking or running 2, 4 and 8 kms; started and ended at the school. Participants who completed the race received medals and there were prizes for the winners in each category. There were also food stalls and a DJ kept people’s feet tapping with feel-good music. Top: "Ready,Steady,Go!". Above: High School pupils celebrating the end of their race. Matthew Archer, Duncan Stuart, Zach Laidlaw, Thanaa Norodien, Nadine Wilson, Sandisiwe Kula, Nina Dearham and kneeling Bilqees Daniels.
COMMUNITY SUNSET CONCERT
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Pinelands High School Music Department held their annual Sunset Concert on Friday 13PMMarch 2015. Pinehurst, Pinelands North and Pinelands Primary all participated in this 7:47 enjoyable evening. It was a fantastic occasion which showcased excellent talent with a wonderful sense of the Pinelands community all being together.
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TAKE BACK THE CANAL MOONLIGHT WALK ORGANISED BY PNW
At Clyde Pinelands sports field, a buzz of excitement awaited residents who had come out in large numbers to participate in our ‘Take back the Canal’ walk on Saturday 7 March 2015. Everyone was wrapped up in warm windbreakers on a clear but chilly night, and carrying torches, solar lamps or headlamps. Kids were running around, thrilled to be out so late. Eager dogs were barking and pulling on leads, or sitting calmly, waiting for the start. Shortly before we set off, Peter Anders (Pinelands Neighbourhood Watch) and John Berry (Pinelands Residents and Ratepayers Association) welcomed us to the event.
Walking briskly along the (more or less) well-lit path next to the Elsieskraal Canal, we walked all the way from Clyde Pinelands to the bridge at the Masonic Temple, before turning back the same way. Friendly law enforcement officials and PNW volunteers stopped car traffic on the various bridges and intersections. Faced with an oncoming tide of walkers, many people seemed to turn around before the end, probably keen to return to the refreshments waiting for those who returned to Clyde Pinelands, about an hour later! There was a wonderful vibe, with lots of smiling faces and lighthearted banter between the walkers.
Pictures and text by Pinelands resident Regine Lord.
on the community calendar page 2. Brian Watkyns in collaboration with the PRRA, the Traffic Department and the City Roads Engineers is investigating solutions to the dangerous intersection between Forest Drive and Forest Place. A new contractor is to be sourced to clean along the canal. The removal of an iconic tree outside PNPS was done as a safety measure and council will now replace the tree with Outeniqua Yellowoods and park benches. If you would like to read the full version
of Brian Watkyns Community News Focus Number 139, see www.pinelandsdirectory. co.za. Other issues addressed were traffic problems in Glen Roy; a dog park where dogs could run free; maintenance of the canal bridges which are rusting; and the renovation of the Howard Bowling Club into a training centre for sports and recreation staff. One green will be made available for an urban garden. A reminder was given to all residents that water restrictions are still in place. Garden watering may not be done between 10am and 4pm.
The PRRA meeting was held on 18 March in the Pinelands Library Hall. An interesting talk presented by Sheryl Ozinsky on the OZCF was followed by some Pinelands issues that are summarised in Brian Watkyns Community News Focus number 139. At last the section 21 Company for the Pinelands Street Camera Project has been registered. For those residents who wish to contribute to this important safety feature in Pinelands, please see the banking details
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What a great turnout we had for our moonlight walk on 7 March! A huge THANK YOU to all PNW members, Pinelands residents and friends, and the support services of SAPS, Law Enforcement, Metro and Pinewatch for making our 'Take Back Our Canal' walk such a tremendous success! With 198 adults, 24 children and 15 dogs, we had a fantastic evening! Here's looking forward to the next one!
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co–ordination needed to do it properly and systematically. Even an electric toothbrush is difficult to use at this age. Parents make a mistake to think that "baby" teeth will fall out, but that only happens at age 10 – 12. Do your child a favour and keep them healthy. This way the child’s visits to the dentist will be routine without the fright of having fillings. Avoid snacks. Don't take hot chocolate and biscuits to bed! Even good teeth need cleaning: People with "good" teeth often think it unnecessary to visit the dentist. They often present with genetic gum disease. Tartare builds up under the gum which leads to a breeding ground for bacteria, which in turn attack the bone surrounding the teeth and bone loss. Bacteria also enter the bloodstream. Brushing alone will not reverse the process. Flossing and mouthwash is essential and professional cleaning by the dentist. Be aware as you age: Older people collect food between the teeth and this needs to be removed by interdental brushes and an aqueous flosser. Constant food impaction is a warning signal. Consult your dentist. Older people must watch hard food such as almonds, biltong, toffees, and peppermints as teeth get brittle with age. Teeth with root canals and fillings are at risk of infection. Losing enamel by grinding your teeth: If you grind your teeth, consult your dentist, as your enamel will wear down rapidly and you will damage your temporo mandibular joint, which connects your jaw to the temporal bones of your skull. The movement of this joint is used to talk, chew and yawn. By Dr Elrie De Villiers
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port participation amongst our children is on the increase along with opportunities to take part in competitive environments at a younger age. I have overheard many parents and coaches debate the emotional readiness of a specific child to participate in more competitive environments. But, is anyone asking about their “physical” readiness? I am not referring to whether they can hit or kick a ball well, as there is certainly no lack of sport specific coaching out there. But rather whether their body is able to withstand the physical demands of a more competitive environment? We live in a world where our children “play” a lot less than we did. They have experienced less climbing trees, walls, doing handstands and playing catch me 4:42 PM if you can. And with it they have lost the many benefits that these activities provide: strength, stability, balance, speed, agility. Then, we introduce sport…and lots of it!
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8 FINANCIAL GIFTS TO GIVE YOUR CHILDREN It is surprising how many material gifts we give our children when there exists a multitude of gifts we can bestow upon them that are both free and priceless. Here are eight financial gifts you may want to consider gifting to your kids:
DON’T LET THEM MAKE MONEY THEIR GOD
Most of us parents encourage our children in a particular faith or religion. As personal as one’s faith is, let’s endeavour not to teach our children to worship in the temple of money. For there, though they might encounter many fellow–worshippers, their prayers will go unanswered and their souls will be rudderless. Our children must know that the existence of money is transient and ephemeral and that making money their god will lead to disappointment, heartache and confusion.
THEY MUST BE CUSTODIANS OF THEIR OWN WEALTH
Our children should understand that money is an inanimate object and holds no power. As guardians of our wealth, we hold the power to use our money to perpetrate evil or to do abundant good. Let’s teach our children how to harness the potential of money to uplift and heal our world.
OUR EMOTIONAL WELL-BEING SHOULD NOT BE ATTACHED TO OUR FINANCIAL SUCCESSES OR FAILURES
As humans, it is natural for our moods to ebb and flow according to our circumstances. Let’s make sure that the touchstone for our mood changes is not money. If we show that the lack of money can make us sad, anguished and depressed, we are teaching our children that the existence of money can make us happy, satisfied and fulfilled. Let them know that happiness is a choice and is unrelated to wealth.
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LET THEM BE THE AUTHORS OF THEIR OWN FINANCIAL STORIES
Whatever plans we may have for our children’s futures, we need to step back and let them be the authors of their own stories, making their own financial mistakes, and whilst we’ll always be there to guide and mentor them, it is not fair for us to jeopardise our own retirement funding to fix their financial fiascos.
ALLOW THEM TO FOLLOW THEIR PASSIONS
Our children need to be allowed to find their passion – the very thing that they love doing more than anything else – and then build a career out of it. When you spend your God-given skill and natural genius doing what you genuinely love doing, your inexhaustible energy will be contagious, and making money will be a by-product of living your dream.
YOUR LEGACY NEED NOT INCLUDE MONEY
Let's give careful thought to the burning desire to bequeath a financial legacy to our children. For many so-called ‘trust-fund babies’, their intended inheritance hangs like a sword of Damocles over their heads – a reminder of parental expectations.
THEY WERE BORN TO WORK
Each and every one of us was born with a unique set of skills and talents, to use for the greater good of mankind. Our children’s self-worth is intricately wrapped up in their ability to contribute to society in a positive and meaningful way. Let them feed their self-worth.
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In a world dominated by wants, needs and have-to-haves, teaching our children to give freely to others less fortunate than ourselves can be challenging. There is undoubtedly more joy to be derived from the act of giving than from the state of receiving – a difficult lesson to communicate in a world obsessed with the acquisition of personal wealth. As Anne Frank wrote, “No one has ever become poor from giving”, and we shouldn’t be afraid to let our children find this out for themselves.
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Listen while iTune you By Hein Joubert
Hein Joubert is passionate about creating an environment where young people can become all that they were made to be. Home grown, he left Pinelands in 2001 and ‘grew up’ for real while working with Scripture Union and teaching at Simons Town School. He married his high school sweetheart and together they have two awesome children. He currently teaches at Cannons Creek, lives in Thornton, plays hockey in Langa and is part of a congregation in Gugulethu.
here was a time in my life when his question would’ve left me blushing, embarrassed and ashamed. But not today... I smiled at my inquisitor. I looked in his naively curious eyes and said, “I was born this way. That’s how God made it.” Nine-year old Aphiwe had asked, “Why is your nose so big?” As a teenager I had heard that your nose and your ear lobes never stop growing! In high school my insecurities plagued me, sabotaged my self-concept and undermined my self-worth. “What are people looking at it? Is my hair okay? Are my arms too skinny? I wish that I could be like the cool kids… just four five seconds.” Add to that my fear of dancing in public, and I lived with deep insecurity but putting on a brave face. I was jealous of those who looked like they had it together. And if I’m honest, there are even times today when I still feel like that. I know I’m not the only one. I bet my life. [Eight and counting… your score so far?]
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As children, teenagers and adults we encounter these insecurities in ourselves and in the people we meet at school, at varsity, at work, in MacDonald’s, in shopping centres, in parking lots. People around us are hurting. We even see it reflected in our books and movies. Whether it’s Harry, Percy, Thomas, Triss, or Katniss, the characters in teen fiction (and the movies based on the books – the books are better… just thinking out loud) are grappling with their identity, looks, talents, trying to find their place in this world while resisting an oppressive social system. So, what can we do about it? Firstly, recognise that the heart wants what it wants. And it wants love, peace, and security. It craves these things (as well as a little exercise… though the endorphins go to your brain). Secondly, let’s deal with our own insecurities, because hurting people hurt people.
“But how?” you ask. Develop a couple of good habits, like regularly reminding yourself of what makes you beautiful? If you’re not sure, then ask the ones who love you most. Say a Prayer (in C) and ask your Creator to show you the beauty placed inside of you. Exercise. Don’t accept mean hurtful messages from others: If someone dumps their pain on you, shake it off and love ‘me’ harder. You don’t have to try so hard to fit in or to please others. Thirdly, remember that you are dangerous when your lips are moving. Be heroes who compliment and build others up with the words. Send positive waves by smiling at people. If you haven’t got anything positive to say, shut up and dance. Which brings me back to dancing one last time for the final point: Roar at fears. By facing your fears you strip them of their power over your heart. So this month I’ll be on the dance floor getting down to uptown funk and reminding myself that there is no place I’d rather be.
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By Carol Booth Principal of Cannons Creek Independent School With more than 90% of parents in the modern world admitting to spanking or some kind of physical punishment of their children; we can define this parenting as punitive. Whether it is a spanking, time out or removal of privileges or even time confined to their room the result is not always one that we would like.
DEFIANCE AND VERBAL ABUSE
Children then become defiant and start back chatting and this can lead to verbal abuse of the parents. Verbal abuse is considered any statement that insults or hurts a parent and some examples can be “You are so mean!” or “I wish I did not have parents like you!”. Defiance is any statement which usually starts off with the word “No!” in response to a parent’s request. Rudeness is anything from the rolling of the eyes, deep sighs and stomping of the feet from young children. The child may even threaten the parent by stating that if they do not get what they demand, there will be repercussions for the parent – they will do what they wish to do anyway.
We need to change our parenting approach and carry out what one can calls gentle parenting. What does that mean? It means that we listen to see what is behind the behaviour and reconnect with our children at the point of need. We would need to
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THE GENTLE APPROACH TO CHILD DISCIPLINE initiate a two-way communication about the problem and brain-storm about how to address the issue in ways that the child gets the best deal as well as the parent. One would then be assisting through guidance and at the same time, equipping the child with better ways to express their needs in the future.
CONNECTION AND COMMUNICATION The gentle approach would then focus on the child having a problem and the attempts made by the parent with the child helping them solve their problem through connection, communication and inviting co-operation between the two parties.
CHILDREN MIMIC OUR BEHAVIOUR Parents need to hold themselves to the same standards as they expect from their children. The old adage “I am the parent and you will do as I say!” no longer applies in the modern day world. We cannot tell our children not to drink alcohol when we as parents spend our weekend overimbibing. Children are no longer accepting the ‘Do what I say and not what I do” approach which may have worked before; although I doubt it as I always talk about the silent teaching where the children become us and their behaviours mirror ours.
HIGH EMOTIONS CALL FOR INCREASED SELF CONTROL When children backchat, it gives us a sign
that there is indeed a huge tussle internally with which they are trying to deal, and it is all about what to do with their emotions. It is at this point where parents need to model their own self-control and selfregulation by controlling their response to the outburst. Instead of counter attacking, one needs to slow down, take a good breath, as at this stage both parties’ emotions have also reached a high level.
CAREFUL LISTENING CAN LEAD TO A PEACEFUL SOLUTION The parent needs to listen to their child; to their words of fear, hurt or even anger. One needs to collaborate with them as partners and make that connection with them to bring an effective and peaceful solution not only to the problem at hand but to the inner turmoil that started the outburst in the first place.
RESPECT NOW AND GREAT REWARD TO FOLLOW Parenting is not easy and none of us are perfect but we can all create an atmosphere of respect in the home which starts with the parents modelling respect by the tone of their voice and by their reactions to these very stressful situations. It is not easy. One needs to work at being understanding, always available and responsive to the child’s needs, but the reward in years to come will be amazing.
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ho, in their right mind, you ask, would willingly drive 1 060kms from Pinelands to spend 5 days in 40o C to be in the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park? Well, we know the allure of this park, with its blackmaned lions, great cheetah sightings, elusive leopards and profuse bird life, including very impressive raptors. At 2am on the 26 December 2014, five of us set off from Pinelands, and 11 hours later, before we had even entered the park, we already had our first raptor sighting - a Juvenile Martial Eagle. After entering at the Twee Rivieren Gate, we drove North to Nossob camp where we spent the next two nights in a chalet with only a fan to keep us cool. Unfortunately, the camp shut off the power at 10pm and after that it was an all night battle between heat, man and flying ants. Each morning, when the gate opened, we were ready to go in search of the animals and birds that attract us to this park. The Gemsbok and Wildebeest were plentiful and so were the Springbok - who do not run when they see a lion, but stand alert and watch him walk past until they know that they are out of danger. With five birders in the vehicle many abrupt stops were made, especially when one of us spotted a bird of prey. The Giant Eagle Owl and the Juvenile Pale Chanting Goshawk were happy to ‘model’ for photographs. After two nights at Nossob, having spent each evening in a hide overlooking a waterhole where the animals came to
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drink, we slowly made our way back to Twee Rivieren via Mata Mata camp. The next three days were filled with sightings making the dryness and heat of the desert worthwhile. The first highlight was a pride of magnificent cheetah romping on the road next to our vehicle. The second highlight was following a male lion while on a night ride. If it wasn’t for the sound of clicking cameras on the vehicle, one would hear the lion lapping the water in the quiet of the night with only the sounds of the bush around him. Even for non-birders the sight of a Crimson Breasted Shrike is breathtaking. In the early morning and late afternoon the Black Backed Jackals would come out to drink - as did the Bat-eared Fox and the African Wildcat, who we were very fortunate to see on the night ride. As the sun set on our final evening in the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park, we knew another adventure had come to an end. However, the peacefulness and tranquillity of the bush and inhabitants draws us back time and time again. The Kgalakadi Transfontier Park is an amalgamation of the South African Kalahari Gemsbok Park and the Botswana Gemsbok National Park. It covers 3.7 million hectare and is malaria free. 4 x 4 transport is required in this appropriately named wildlife park Kgalakadi means place of thirst. It is located mainly in the southern Kalahari Desert, with red sand dunes and sparse vegetation.
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OUT AND ABOUT We were drawn to Leopards Leap Wine Estate in Franschoek by their rotisserie lunch where you can choose between chicken, pork belly, beef fillet or lamb neck. Prices range from R45 for the chicken to R125 for the fillet. Then choose from an array of colourful tasty salads (these are weighed - and this was worrisome, but in the end the cost was reasonable). There is plenty of choice for those with a sweet tooth. Happily, the wine prices at the lunch table were not loaded. The verandah is huge and cool with lunch tables in amongst couches with soft cushions, so that one can relax and admire the vineyards with the mountains beyond, or watch the children play on the lawns (possibly putting their feet into the water fountains).
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As well as the wine tasting, Leopards Leap offers a three course food and wine pairing for R120. The kitchens are glass fronted and equipped in the style of master chef with individual stations - just perfect for the cooking lessons offered by Leopards Leap. Service was good and friendly - the food delicious - a very enjoyable afternoon. Book at firstname.lastname@example.org. Rotisserie lunches served Wednesdays to Saturdays 11:30 – 15:00, and Sundays 11:30 – 15:00. Call 021 876 8002.
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FOOD FROM THE HEART By Heleen Meyer
Pinelands resident, foodie and author of Food from the Heart, and the new Make 5 /Maak 5.
Food from the heart/Onthoukos
1,5 kg leg of lamb, deboned and excess fat removed 5 large cloves of garlic, cut in strips 6 sprigs of rosemary, stripped from the stalks 6 black olives, pitted and cut in strips juice and finely grated rind of 1 lemon avocado or olive oil salt and ground black pepper to taste 1. Butterfly the leg into a more or less even layer. If necessary, carefully make one or two slits to flatten out any thicker sections. 2. Make small slits with the point of a sharp vegetable knife all over the leg of lamb, about 3 cm apart. Push a piece of garlic, a few pieces of rosemary and an olive strip into each slit. 3. Mix the lemon juice and rind with the oil and any remaining garlic, rosemary and olives and spread evenly over the meat. Refrigerate for 2 hours or overnight. (Don’t season with salt and pepper yet). 4. Prepare a kettlebraai with about 30 briquettes in each coal holder. Start roasting the meat when a thin layer of ash forms on the briquettes. 5. Season the leg of lamb with salt and pepper. Place flat on the grid, but over indirect heat (not directly above coals). Cover with the lid and keep both ventilation holes open. 6. Roast for 45 minutes - 1 hour for medium (or until cooked to your preference, but preferably still a little pink on the inside). (Or oven-roast at 180 °C for the same time, covering it with foil for the first 30 minutes.) 7. Allow the meat to rest for 10 minutes before carving it – this retains more of the meat juices. Serve hot or at room temperature with the side dishes and accompaniments of your choice.
It calls for a celebration The month of April can be considered a milestone in more than one way. The first quarter of the year is over, the season has definitely changed, it includes Easter weekend and the rest of the month has more long weekends to look forward to (okay, strictly speaking the last one is on the 1st of May...). This is also the 50th Muse issue – all the more reason to celebrate. Whether you’re celebrating a good life in general, the new season or just enjoying a day with family and friends, be sure to do it with good food. For many of us a leg of lamb or mutton is synonymous with a celebration and lots of fabulous food memories. That said, everyone has their favourite way to prepare it and a preference as to how well ‘cooked’ it should be. Some like it best when the meat falls off the bone. Others prefer it slightly pink on the inside and others only
believe in their combination of seasonings. We love to roast a leg of lamb on the kettle braai, as the end result is juicy with a smoky flavour. For seasoning, few things beat the flavour of lemon, rosemary or other herbs like thyme and a touch of garlic. Or have you tried Moroccan flavours or wholegrain mustard, rosemary and a bit of orange marmalade? There are many options, as long as it complements the meat, without overpowering it. If you have any left-over lamb, you can make it go further in more than one delicious way. Does a sandwich with horseradish, lettuce, tomato, gherkins and slices of lamb tickle your taste buds? Or how about shredded meat with fresh mint added to yoghurt, tomato slices, basil leaves and cucumber in a wrap? Have a festive family feast.
Celebration In the spirit of celebration you can buy your own signed copy of the awardwinning Food from the heart or Onthoukos written by Heleen Meyer for an amazing R100 a book. This offer is available until 30 April 2015. To order your own copy of Food from the heart/Onthoukos or for more information on any of her other books, visit www.heleenmeyer.co.za or www.facebook.com/HeleenMeyerFood or email her on firstname.lastname@example.org .
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Food Image: Adriaan Vorster Portrait: Neville Lockhart
DEBONED LEG OF LAMB WITH ROSEMARY & OLIVES
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