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Above: Max Schutte and Willem Steenkamp
About the Cover: The Clock Tower is one of the 22 landmarks featured in the V&A Historical Tour led by retired author and journalist Willem Steenkamp. Many of the sites are still in use although perhaps not their original function such as the Portswood Prison now being used as the Portswood Hotel and the UCT Business School. The tour starts from the Chavonnes Battery Museum - an area excavated by BOE and restored as a musem. See more in our Out and About on page 16.
THERE IS ALWAYS SOMETHING NEW TO LEARN No matter how many times you have visited a place, or looked at a familiar object or how long you have worked at your profession there will always be something you had never noticed or known about it. I was reminded of this when we did the Historical Tour of the V&A Waterfront for the Out & About article in this edition. It is a place I have walked through often. As it is also a wonderful place for photography, the amateur photography group I belong to has visited it on many occasions over the years. You would think that having combed every corner of the area many times with a keen photographer's eye, that there would be nothing that had escaped your notice. But no… every time you visit it you find something new, and after the Historical Tour I realised that there was much that I had probably seen but had never looked at with much attention or interest because the reward was not immediately obvious. It took someone with a more detailed knowledge to point it out and tell me the unique story of that particular place before it came alive, leaving me wondering, "why had I never noticed that before?" Thinking about this, it is probably not a failure in observation, but rather a natural 'filter' that only registers what is immediately relevant to what we happen to be doing and thinking at the time. You are not likely to notice an unassuming doorway when your thoughts are about finding a gift for your friend's birthday. Visiting the same place with different actions and thoughts is what triggers different observations, so that may be why everyone has a unique knowledge or impression of the same place. So perhaps, "there is always something new to learn" happens because we just approach the same thing in a different frame of mind at different times of our lives and that is what opens our minds to a new insight or discovery. I hope you enjoy the edition.
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Above: House Crow
BIRDS IN PINELANDS
The House Crow is an introduced species from India and has become a big problem in Pinelands and the Cape Flats. It is smaller than the Pied Crow, and appears all black, but in good light you can see the paler areas on the back of the head and underneath. It is such a problem because it is very skilled at finding the nests of other birds and small flocks of them raid these nests, eating the eggs and chicks. Many of the chicks of other species in our garden in Pinelands were killed by marauding groups of House Crows. In areas along the East African coastline, where they have also invaded, they have decimated the local bird communities. Luckily the City of Cape Town has a successful program to remove them and the numbers have reduced, but please report any sightings to 021 444 2357. Text and photo by Dr Callan Cohen, research associate at the UCT FitzPatrick Institute of African Ornithology,bird book author and director of Birding Africa tours: www.birdingafrica.com.
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Meet on Wednesday at 7:15pm in the activities hall of the Pinelands Library. Exhibits will be Airmails and the 100th Anniversary of the bombing of Paris by a Zeppelin. One page exhibits starting with the letter K. Visitors are most welcome. Call John 021 531 1954 or Martin 021 689 5050.
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Celebrate with Pinelands library: Saturday 12 March 10:00-10:45 Junior Reading Club for 10-13 year olds. Tuesday 15 March 10:00-11:00 10:25 PM Fun ‘n Games Party for 4-6 year olds. Book by 10 March - call Gill at 021 530 7160. Tuesday 15 March 2:00-3:00 Adult Art &Craft. Register at the library by 10/03. Thursday 17 March 10:00-11:30 Tea in the Library, with an introduction to conversational Xhosa everyday words. Friday 18 March 2:30-3:15 Storytime for 4 - 8 year olds. NB Library week is fine free. Return your overdue items with no penalties!
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19, 20 March 2016 LAST NIGHT OF THE PROMS
The Rotary Club of Wynberg charity fundraiser at the Cape Town City Hall, Saturday 19 March at 8pm; and Sunday 20 March at 6pm. Conductor, Richard Cock, with the Proms Orchestra and massed choirs. Latin American dancing features at both shows, and lucky draw prizes will be up for grabs. See www.computicket.com.
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Cannons Creek Independent School in Pinelands celebrated the inauguration of its Cultural Centre on their Founders’ Day 11 February 2016. The school’s Marimba Band welcomed special guest Mr Lebogang Montjane, CEO of ISASA; and invited guests Mr Reimar Meilck (ISASA Western Cape representative), Mr and Mrs John Gardener (ISASA Governors), the school’s Trustees, and neighbouring Principals. Mr Montjane and the Founder Principal Mrs Carol Booth and the High School Principal Mr Mike van Haght addressed pupils from Grade 1 to 12. Then Mr Montjane, assisted by Mrs Booth, cut the ceremonial ribbon and the Cultural Centre doors opened to reveal the field and Primary School beyond. Thereafter, Mr Montjane, the Principals and 5:00 PM the Trustees met the Pre-Primary pupils for a tree-planting ceremony outside the Cultural
Centre. The tree, a Natal Mahogany donated by Mr David Booth, will in time provide much needed shade in the courtyard. The school now 19 years old, started with 37 pupils, and has not had a hall until now. Currently there are 400 pupils, and although music was only formally introduced in 2014, there are 162 pupils having private music tuition. The hall, known as the Cultural Centre, has three sound-proofed music teaching rooms, a gallery, a moveable stage and large doors especially constructed for opening onto the field so that events can be held both facing inwards and outwards from it. The hall will be used for assemblies and other cultural events. It was designed by VDMMA Architects who designed the Cape Town International Convention Centre. They also designed the school's Primary School building, inaugurated in 2012.
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Vista Nova High School achieved excellent results in the 2015 Matric Exams. It was one of only 17 public schools in the Western Cape to achieve a 100% pass rate consistently for the last five years. 2015 produced the school’s largest cohort of matric students at 28, and six subject distinctions were achieved by students, including Darryn Atkins and Mark Hubbard for Mathematical Literacy, Luzuko Botha for English and our top student, Ayesha Toyer, who achieved 86% for Life Orientation, 90% for English and 92% for Afrikaans! All of this
would not have been attained without the superb team of educators, psychologist, learning support teacher, class assistants and private facilitators who have studiously served the students with patience and love. The matric scribes were invaluable, many of whom are members of the Pinelands Community. MUSE readers are encouraged to- get involved with scribing for the matric candidates and other grades. It is a wonderful way to connect with these amazing young people. If you are interested in scribing, please call Bianca on 021 531 7192.
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PINELANDS AND THORNTON SCHOOL ATHLETES DO US PROUD On Thursday 11 February, Pinelands Primary hosted the annual Quadrangular Athletics where Pinelands North, Pinehurst, Thornton and Pinelands Primary competed for athletics honours. It was an exciting event with a number of fantastic performances by athletes from all four schools. The event was finally won by Thornton Primary and a few new records were set on the day: u10 boys 800m: Pablo Bester - Pinelands North. u10 girls 800m: Panashe Midzi - Thornton Primary & Biancha Witbooi - Pinehurst Primary. u12 boys 100m: Liam Buck - Pinehurst Primary. u12 boys 150m: Liam Buck - Pinehurst Primary. u9 girls relay - Pinehurst Primary (Ella Molema, Amber Molema, Rebecca Loggenberg & Kaitlyn Buck). u10 boys relay - Pinehurst Primary (Luke Cuyler, Adam Cupido, Jonathan Walker & Kibet Mibey).
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FROM CENTRAL ZONE ATHLETICS TO WP CHAMPIONSHIPS
The top 35 athletes from all four schools at this event were chosen to attend the Central Zone Athletics Champs on Saturday, 13 February at Vygieskraal Stadium. Once again our Pinelands athletes were in top form and five were chosen to represent the Central Zone at the Western Province Championships. u13 800m - Lily Brown (Pinehurst Primary) u13 100m - Hannah Riley (Pinehurst Primary) u13 Long Jump - Joshua Parenzee (Pinehurst Primary) u13 800m - Anesuishe Mbidzo (Pinelands Primary) u12 100m, 150m, Long Jump - Liam Buck (Pinehurst Primary) These 5 athletes all competed at the WP Primary Schools Athletics Champs on Saturday 20 February and performed very well against strong opposition.
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Above and Left: The five athletes who represented the Central Zone at the WP Championships: Joshua Parenzee, Liam Buck; Lily Brown and Hannah Riley from Pinehurst Primary; and from the Blue School (Pinelands Primary) long distance runner Anesuishe Mbidzo. Liam Buck won a silver medal in the u12 boys 100m and a bronze medal in the 150m. Liam will be travelling to Oudtshoorn with the WP team to compete at the Western Cape Championships. We wish him all the best for the event.
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BE INFORMED: LIABILITY OF NEW OWNERS FOR THE HISTORICAL MUNICIPAL DEBTS OF PREVIOUS OWNERS In a recent High Court judgement a new precedent was set. A new owner can be held liable for historical debts! When a property is transferred, the relevant municipality issues a clearance certificate stating that all debts are paid up. This certificate only covers debts going back 24 months. Debts older than this cut-off date, remain a charge against the property in terms of the Municipal Property Rates Act, and is a concern for a new purchaser as one cannot assume that historic debts have automatically been settled.
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Toastmasters International began their first Youth Leadership programme at Sans Souci Girl's High School on the 2nd February, with great enthusiasm and energy. The programme, facilitated by experienced 12:43 PM volunteer Toastmasters, takes up to 20 learners through eight, one and a half hour workshops, that enable participants to develop their communication and leadership skills through practical experience. Participants learn to give effective speeches and impromptu talks, listen and give constructive feedback and learn to run and organize meetings, culminating in a showcase event. They will participate in the Toastmasters inter-school speech competition later in the year and the winner of the Cape Town Youth Leadership programme will represent the area at the Toastmasters National Conference. A toast to helping our young leaders of the future step into their true potential as accomplished speakers of stature! By Helen Burton - Division D Toastmasters Youth Leadership Coordinator, Two Oceans Toastmasters member, Good Hope Toastmasters VPM (Vice President Membership).
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Above: 16 happy Grade 11’s at Sans Souci Girl’s High ready to embark on their lifechanging Toastmasters programme. The school is including the programme in their annual calendar for Grade 10’s and 11’s as it considers public speaking to be an invaluable life skill.
WATER SAVING TIPS! Cape Town's reservoirs are dangerously low. We should all be a part of the water saving campaign: Garden watering is restricted to Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays before 9am and after 4pm. Check taps and appliances for leaks. Take a shorter shower. Use grey water in the garden. Don't run water while brushing teeth. Buy water-wise appliances. Use a pool cover. Invest in a rain water tank.
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VERY HAPPY 65 YEARS LATER!
The Muse loves a good story and were delighted when Joan Squibb of the UK wrote to tell us that Doreen and Lowther Boyes were celebrating their 65th wedding anniversary! This happy couple emigrated to South Africa with two teenage daughters in 1970. Lowther worked in the construction industry - one of his favourite projects is the Baxter Theatre in Rondebosch. In 1980 Doreen and Lowther moved to Pinelands - because of its convenience and proximity to "most places". They have three daughters, four grandchildren and one great grandchild (and more on the way). They love Pinewood Village and all the kind people they know there, and advise that it is important to plan early for retirement. Their secret for a long marriage? Keep a sense of humour - and just "get on with it!" Congratulations!
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Congratulations to Mavis and Neville Balfour - married for 60 years and resident in Pinelands for 47 years! Neville recalls their first date - Ivan Hoe starring Robert Taylor at the Scala Cinema. They married at the Methodist Church in Roodebloem Road in Woodstock on 25 February 1956, and moved to Pinelands in 1964 to stay in a scheme house in Rhone, where they lived until they moved to Lawrence Village in 2011. Mavis was good at athletics, played softball for Western Province, and also enjoyed tennis. Neville was a hockey player, then excelled in tennis and now prefers to play bowls. Neville can also proudly say that in his 42 year career working in the bank he never took a day of sick leave! Mavis and Neville have two children, one grandchild and two great grandchildren. Secrets of the marriage success? "Just being there for each other through all the ups and downs."
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If well-functioning schools (regardless of circumstance) are increasingly seen as beacons of leadership in a troubled world, then what about their teachers, the people who form the backbone of education? GOOD EDUCATIONAL STANDARDS ABOUND WHERE TEACHERS ARE HIGHLY REGARDED
It is no secret that some societies hold the teaching profession in higher regard than others. Interestingly, in societies where this is the case, education is of a higher standard. What came first, the chicken or 11:33 AM the egg? Perhaps the question is spurious; in the end the profession deserves to be held in high regard.
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Teachers in the South African context are sometimes maligned. The press will focus on absenteeism and poor performance, but may ignore the superb work being done by so many dedicated schools and individuals despite very trying conditions. I believe that one of the core functions of teaching is to lead. What does this mean?
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The essence of leadership is service, and at its very heart, teaching is about serving young people. One cannot teach without being of service. The complexity of relationship management with hundreds of students every day demands that teachers must constantly look to the best interests of the young people in their care, thus serving them. It is in this service, in this willingness to put others before self, that leadership is shown.
THE RESPONSIBILITY TO BE SENSITIVE
The other aspect of teacher-leadership is role-modeling. Young people today are exposed to countless would-be role models, many of them of dubious moral
fibre and example. The teacher, with her privileged position of power in the classroom has an enormous responsibility to role-model good behaviour. Despite the distractions and persuasive power of the information age, I believe that the teacher remains in a position of great influence… even in the Grade 12 classroom! Influence and leadership are closely allied, and it is up to us as teachers to use our positions with sensitivity and consideration.
TEACHERS AS ROLE MODELS
So the teacher as leader both serves others, and models good behaviour. If our intention in schools is to help to shape young people into adults of good character who understand the value of life-long learning and who are committed to ideals beyond themselves – then as teachers we must model this behaviour. And if our intention is to develop young people who believe in the power of justice and compassion, who have a healthy selfrespect and who can manage themselves in the face of adversity and pressure – then as teachers we must model this behaviour. Many teachers do all of these and more, and they therefore are the unsung leaders in our society.
SOCIETY NEEDS TO CHERISH TEACHERS
Teachers need to be encouraged to continue to hold firmly to this path, to be nurtured and supported emotionally and in material ways, and to be reminded of the precious roles which they play. And this is the task of all of society.
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PINELANDS HIGH SCHOOL WATER POLO TOUR TO KNYSNA
The Pinelands High School U19A boys and girls travelled to the Oakhill Open Water Festival in Knysna from 11 – 14 February 2016. The festival takes place over four days in two constructed pools in the Knysna harbour, making for a truly unique experience. There was an atmosphere of camaraderie and friendship amongst the teams at the festival, an ethos that is strongly emphasised by the organisers. The Pinelands High boys won all seven of their matches by considerable margins - every outfield player scored at least one goal; and the girls also performed fantastically to dominate all but one of their seven matches. Christopher Timm was voted as the best boys’ goalkeeper of the festival and Winona Autagavaia was the top goal scorer in the girls division. The Pinelands players did Pinelands High School proud with their flawless manners, admirable sportsmanship, fervent spirit and irrepressible charisma. Left: Christopher Timm Right Winona Autagavaia .
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METRO KIDS AFRICA APPEALS FOR EASTER EGGS
James and Janet Senior established Metro Kids Africa (MKA) 11 years ago – a non profit Organisation helping children to create a better future. See Muse article March 2013. At present Metro Kids is working with 6 000 children in the disadvantaged areas of Cape Town – Athlone, Khayelitsha, Gugulethu, Lower Crossroads and Mannenberg to name a few. Their office is based at B6 Pinelands Business Park (Call 021 531 2653 mornings only). MKA operates programmes for children aged 4 to 12 years old and teaches Christian based life skills and values in a fun interactive way. They also have a teenage leadership programme with 180 teens attending. All programmes are led by young people from the communities where MKA works. At Easter, Metro Kids Africa likes to give each child who attends their programmes, an Easter egg, and would love Muse readers to help. If you would like to donate a box of marshmallow eggs contact Janet on email@example.com or call 082 423 9936, from March 6th onwards.
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Have you paid and got the T-shirt for buying or selling a car online? Be very cautious when dealing with complete strangers from internet buying/selling sites. Make sure you meet in a safe place and take along a friend if you can. Remember, if a deal looks too good to be true, it probably is. The safer and more time-effective way to buy or sell a car is to deal with a reputable dealer that you feel you can trust. Dealers can see an unfit or overpriced vehicle at a long glance so paying for experience and peace of mind could be priceless. Buying a vehicle from a dealer with a workshop is a big positive as they can inspect the vehicle correctly and provide the seller and new buyer with the correct and indepth information about the vehicle for an honest and fair transaction. Above all else, it is very important to create a relationship with a workshop and staff that you can trust. The cost of vehicle repairs and maintenance has increased, but if you deal with someone you trust you can rest assured that you are paying a fair price for a job that has been done correctly, avoiding paying over and over for the same problem at a second-rate workshop.
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HOW MUCH SALT SHOULD YOU CONSUME?
Salt is also linked (but not the only cause) of high blood pressure, so it is generally recommended that one should not 10:11 AM consume more than 5g (1 tsp) of salt in total on a daily basis. However if one
is exercising and sweating a lot, then a little more may be required, combined with sufficient water intake (suitable for your age, life-stage and health issues).
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For daily consumption and cooking it is advised to choose a comprehensive mineral salt complex, like a Himalayan salt or a natural sea salt, which contains more than just sodium chloride, including a wide range of other important minerals.
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If you are unsure of your salt intake, zinc deficiency, lack of taste, high blood pressure, then it is best to seek the advice of a registered Naturopathic practitioner who will be able to test, diagnose and help with all these areas. By Dr Adele Pelteret Naturopath & Nutritional Therapist
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Certain illnesses are predominant during particular times of the year. SUMMER – GASTROENTERITIS
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AUTUMN – ALLERGIES During both changes of seasons, more pollen is released than at any other time. Allergies to pollens tend to flare up now. The first sign of Allergic Rhinitis (allergy of the lining of the nose) is sleepiness. You wake up in the morning more sleepy than normal. You wish you could sleep for a few more hours. This is because your quality of sleep is disturbed. If you suffer from Allergic Rhinitis, now is the time to start using your Cortisone nose sprays again.
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5. Try to observe if there is a car nearby – can you hear it or see it? Try to get a description. Generally the car used would not attract attention as being out of place in the suburb. There are also usually three or four occupants. 6. Fit anti-lift brackets to your sliding driveway gates. 7. Fit garden beams – they are an excellent early warning system giving you some precious seconds to call for help. 8. Fit the best quality security gates / bars / alarms that you are able to afford. 9. Do not have your “house alarmed” blue / red button visible to the road. 10. Have SAPS and your security company’s numbers readily available. Recently, several “crowbar” break-ins have been thwarted by observant neighbours who raised the alarm. Be observant and be that good neighbour. PNW, through sponsorship by community members, present each Pinelands SAPS member on their birthday, with a token gift – this year a box of biscuits. The SAPS member also receives a breakfast voucher for two, sponsored by Merrypak Coffee Shop. This community initiative, which has been in place for a few years now, is highly appreciated by the SAPS members and contributes to the excellent working relationship between SAPS and the Pinelands Community. If you would like to be a part of this great initiative and sponsor a box of biscuits: please email Michelle from PNW on firstname.lastname@example.org.
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As with anything requiring your signature, it is important to understand what you are committing to when investing in a retirement annuity. Knowing the difference between policy RAs and unit trust RAs can have a significant impact on your retirement savings.
TRADITIONAL POLICY RETIREMENT ANNUITIES
This type of RA involves the investor purchasing a policy with an insurance company. This policy is a contract in which the investor commits to contribute towards the RA until at least age 55. On selling the policy, the broker is paid a sizeable upfront commission based on the value of the premiums the client has contracted to pay. The upfront commission is effectively borrowed from the client’s future investment with interest charged. If the client wishes to prematurely cancel his retirement annuity, or can no longer afford the monthly premiums, he is charged a penalty which is then deducted from his accumulated investments. The amount that he is penalised depends on the length of the time the contract has been in force, the remaining term to maturity and the terms of the contract. Policy RAs are notorious for their distinct lack of transparency which is frustrating for investors who find it difficult to obtain information on investment performance, fees, commissions, and other associated costs such as administration and policy fees.
NEW GENERATION UNIT TRUST RETIREMENT ANNUITIES
Over the past decade, we have witnessed the growth of a new generation of unit trust-based RAs which are investmentlinked. A unit trust RA is not a policy, but rather a unit trust portfolio which is owned by the investor. A unit trust RA is a much more cost-effective and flexible investment structure, generally achieving more favourable investment returns than policy RAs. Investment performance of the unit trust portfolio is tracked and all costs involved are completely transparent. In a unit trust RA, investors enjoy full disclosure of all fees including asset management, advisor and administration fees. As the owner of unit trusts, one has the freedom to choose which funds to invest in, subject to Regulation 28 of the Pension Funds Act
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FROM DISTRICT 6 TO PINELANDS
Quinton was born at the foot of Table Mountain and enjoyed his early childhood in District Six, until his family was forced to move to the Cape Flats. He comes from a deeply spiritual family, where his mother instilled the ethos of working hard to achieve life's goals. Quinton and Joy moved into Pinelands in 1995, the year they got married. He and Joy are in their third house and have two children at Pinehurst Primary plus a long time relationship with the Pinelands Baptist Church. Recently, when Quinton was offered the opportunity to move to Newlands, he realised the truth in the saying "you can't buy community."
LEADING IS PARAMOUNT
Quinton's daughters Hannah and Shana completed their pre-schooling at La Gratitude Pre-primary School and are now enjoying their time at Pinehurst Primary School, where Quinton is vice-chairperson of the School Governing Board. The school is close to the Pinelands Baptist Church where Quinton has been a part of the church leadership for the last ten years. When it comes to leading, LIFE is people, and we are our very best when we help others succeed.
DISCIPLINE CREATES SECURITY
Quinton is passionate about the young generation and firmly believes that a child needs plenty of love, discipline, and education to be secure and happy. He believes as parents we need to love unconditionally and allow a child to follow
their interests - creating a balance between parental support and being a "helicopter parent". One of his favourite books is The Road Less Travelled by M. Scott Peck. The author states the most precious gifts we can give our children through consistent and genuine caring is self-disciplined role models, a sense of self-worth and a degree of trust in the safety of their existence.
TRAVEL BROADENS THE MIND.
High-powered businessman, Quinton Mitchell, owns a consulting company, Munro Consulting services leading a group of young professionals. He travels extensively for work and this year alone will visit USA, Kenya and Greece. He and his family have been lucky enough to experience a Mediterranean cruise, a visit to the USA including Disneyworld, Sea World in California and the Rocky mountains in Colorado. He believes that travel in itself is an excellent educator, broadening the mind and exposing one to the rich diversity of the various cultures in the world.
PLACE AND SPACE FOR ALL OF US
Quinton observes that racial tension is still an elephant in the room. We need to face it and try to eliminate it from our social circles and especially in the work place. If we attempt to be fair in everything that we do - we will be one step closer to making all those around us trust and enjoy our integrated heritage. We have to conquer the spirit of prejudice and racism for the good of the country and its future. Our biggest challenge remains to close the
Joy and Quinton Mitchell economic divide that exists amongst many of our country's people. Creating opportunities and uplifting those around us is important and one way to do this is to make education accessible and affordable.
THE ALPHA COURSE
Quinton is instrumental in the Alpha course run at the Pinelands Baptist Church (PBC). Reaching out to those who are asking the bigger questions "Why are we here?", "What's the meaning of Life?" The course has helped people find the deeper spiritual meaning of life and encouraged meaningful relationships with others. Anyone interested is welcome to attend the Alpha Invitational Dinner to be held on 12 April 2016 at 19h00 at the Pinelands Baptist Church, La Gratitude road.
LINK TO THE PINELANDS DIRECTORY
The Muse was delighted to hear that the Pinelands Directory was the brainchild of Quinton, when he still worked closely with Rowan Haarhoff. Kirsten and Rowan Haarhoff established the business directory in 2004. Max Schutte managed the Pinelands Directory from 2009 onwards, and he initiated the Muse magazine to fulfil requests from advertisers for a print version of the original "eMuse".
A SPECIAL PLACE - PINELANDS
The rich history of our garden city suburb is not lost on Quinton and his family - and he is now a part of this unique heritage, with values that reflect the nature of the suburb, which aspires to be a happy place for young and old alike. ď€ź
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Interview by Glynnis Schutte Portrait: Leon Oosthuizen
Long time Pinelander Quinton Mitchell reflects on the changes in his lifestyle over the last 20 years in Pinelands. He met the love of his life, Joy, while they were working at Old Mutual and they decided to make their home in the leafy green suburb of Pinelands, enjoying the village atmosphere, "which is close to everything where you can drive your car until you are 90", smiles Quinton.
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ARGENTINA Travelling to a foreign country can be exhilarating but, at the same time, rather daunting, especially when one does not speak the local language! My introduction to Argentina was a trip to the local hospital in Carlos Paz (near Cordoba) after a silly fall which resulted in excruciating muscle pain. The hospital looked rather grim from the outside but I was beyond caring at that stage. The waiting room was full; dogs, breastfeeding mothers, crawling toddlers and chattering folk. Luckily a hotel staff member was able to translate as none of the staff spoke any English. Despite the language handicap, I have nothing but praise for the doctors and staff at Villa Paz hospital – they wheeled me in within 5 minutes, took x-rays, gave me a huge injection, a script for antiinflammatory tablets and advised 5 days bed rest!!!
ALPINE VILLAGE WITH MICRO BREWERIES, PASTRY AND CHOCOLATE SHOPS
After this rocky start, James and I could begin to enjoy just a tiny part of this huge
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Our next stay was in Villa la Angostura, 82 km north of Bariloche. From the first moment we saw snow-covered peaks towering above enormous lakes, we fell in love with this area of Argentina. The drive between Villa la Angostura and San Martin de los Andes is called the “7 Lakes Drive”. Stunning reflections, crystal clear water, crisp air, good roads and endless photographic opportunities.
HIKING IN RIO BONITO
There are numerous hikes/walks in this area and we enjoyed many of them. Our favourite was the walk along the Rio Bonito as the local dogs seemed to enjoy “new” company. One female kept picking up stones to be thrown and she accompanied us all the way to the lake and back to the
Puerto Madero Footbridge, Buenos Aires.
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car again. No Spanish required, the actions said it all. With temperatures sometimes at -6 degrees in the morning, it’s ideal hiking country! And the air – oh my word – it’s a dream.
THE OLDEST "BARRIO" OF BUENOS AERIES
Our last week was spent in Buenos Aires at the Moreno Hotel, bordering the San Telmo district. The hotel lifts are the old-fashioned “cage” type, something I remember from way back when! Just do not walk with a camera around your neck in BA, it will be stolen. On our first day in the city, we were caught by the “mustard trick”. These guys pretend that something has been thrown out of an upstairs window and offer to clean you up with very hastily produced tissues. Thankfully, we escaped with sprayed clothes only!
CITY LIFE TO COUNTRY RETREAT
There is much to see in Buenos Aires if you enjoy city life – Puerto Madera, the modern, waterfront, the famous San Telmo Sunday Market, The Japanese and Rose gardens, Recoleta Cemetery, Café Tortoni and my personal best, the Tigre Delta. With only boat access, it’s an idyllic week-end retreat. Traffic in the city is relentless yet drivers are courteous to pedestrians, architecture is a mixture of old, new or very decrepit, hawkers still sell “selfie” sticks, “cambio” dealers abound in Florida Street, and Galerias Pacifico in Retiro is THE mall! For more detailed info, view my blog www.travelsnippets.co.za.
Self Catering cottage in the Tigre Delta.
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James and Judelle
country. Córdoba Province is hot, and dry with rather dilapidated buildings. However, the small mountain village of Villa General Belgrano (named after the creator of the Argentine flag Manuel Belgrano), was worth a visit with its many shops and restaurants. Founded by descendants of the “Admiral Graf Spee”, a German battleship that was scuttled off the Uruguayan coast in 1939. With hundreds of beer mugs and chocolates on offer, this is a town after my own heart! The annual Bier fest is held in October each year and preparations were well under way in September already. So if you are looking for a Bier fest with a difference, head to Argentina!
OUT AND ABOUT
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TURNING BACK THE CLOCK AT THE V&A WATERFRONT
he historical tour of the V&A waterfront took us to places on the waterfront that we have walked past many times, but never truly recognised their historical heritage. One of them was the beautiful ivy laden entrance to the doors of the Portswood Tunnel - which we now know was originally built as a cutting through Portswood Ridge so that prisoners could haul stones from the quarry to the area of land being reclaimed for the harbour (quay 5) on the other side of Portswood Ridge. It was given a roof and prepared as an air raid shelter during World War II - and then it was used as an entertainment area. Now it is considered unsafe, and the doors are closed. What else did we find fascinating? The graffiti carved in the high stone walls surrounding the
Breakwater Prison - intricate designs more than 100 years old. The row of solitary confinement cells still stand, accompanied by the infamous treadmill â€“ a contraption for "prisoner punishment and penance". The Clock Tower was the original harbour masters office and the Time Ball Tower was used as a navigational aid for passing ships. There is a vantage point here where one can observe the noon day gun being fired on Signal Hill. Most interesting too is the Robinson Dry Dock built in 1882 and still in use today. It was also used for swimming galas - a sight beautifully illustrated on information boards for those doing the self guided history walk. Our Historical Tour was conducted by retired author and journalist Willem Steenkamp. His interesting stories about the Cape's past are entertainingly
illustrated with his quirky sense of humour. Tours start at the Chavonnes Museum - a place of historical significance in itself, at 11am and 2pm and last for 2 hours. Don't miss The Wildlife Photographer of the Year exhibition at the Chavonnes Battery Museum open until 15th April 2106. At least 22 historical sights can be found at the Victoria and Albert Waterfront many of them still in use - but perhaps not as they were originally intended: Chavonnes Battery (1724) Clock tower (1882) Time Ball Tower (1894) Victoria & Alfred Basins (1860 - 1920) Robinson Dry Dock (1882) Portswood Tunnel (1860) Breakwater Prison (1902) Call: 021 416 6230. See website for details.
Image Above: Entrance to the Portswood Tunnel. Image below: Entrance to the Chavonnes Battery Museum.
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WPBTS TAKING STEPS TO PREVENT THE SPREAD OF ZIKA VIRUS THROUGH BLOOD TRANSFUSION The WP Blood Transfusion Service (WPBTS) has adjusted its donor acceptance criteria in an effort to ensure that no blood transfusion recipients will be exposed to the Zika virus. The Zika virus infection is spread through mosquito bites and is mild in most cases, with its most common symptoms being a fever, rash, joint pain and conjunctivitis (pink eye). However, the Blood Services are particularly concerned regarding the association between Zika infection during pregnancy and microcephaly (with delayed neurological development), as well as an association between Zika infection and Guillain-Barre Syndrome, which is a temporary but serious disorder causing
paralysis. Up to 80% of people infected with the Zika virus may have no symptoms at all. “As Zika virus infection can be transmitted via blood transfusion, the Service asks that blood donors who travelled to Mexico, the Caribbean, and Central or South America do not donate blood within 28 days of returning to the Western Cape”, says Marlize van der Merwe, WPBTS Spokesperson. “The safety of our blood donors and recipients are of utmost importance to the Service and the deferral has been put in place for that exact reason.” In general, travelling to tropical areas puts people at risk of getting infections not usually found in South Africa. If donors visited the aforementioned affected areas and experience the following symptoms within the next 14 days after donation, they are requested to notify WPBTS immediately at 021 507 6320 or 021 507 6329:
• A fever of more than 37.8oC • Muscle and/or joint aches or weakness • Eye pain, including conjunctivitis (pink eye) • A rash As this restriction is expected to reduce the number of eligible blood donors, those who are healthy and are not affected by this post-travel waiting period, are encouraged to donate blood. The basic donor acceptance criteria are that one is at least 16 years of age, weighs more than 50 kg, is in good general health, and lives a safe lifestyle. It is also important for donors to eat a meal three to four hours before donating blood and increase their fluid intake on the day of donation. For more information, please visit the WPBTS website at www.wpblood.org.za or contact the Service at 021 507 6300.
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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 five/Maak vyf.
BRINJAL CARPACCIO 100 ml olive or avocado oil 1 small clove of garlic, finely crushed 10 ml (2 tsp) finely grated lemon rind 15 ml (1 tbsp) lemon juice 20 ml (4 tsp) basil pesto 15 ml (1 tbsp) chopped fresh Italian parsley salt and black pepper to taste 1-2 small-medium brinjals with the skin on extra olive or avocado oil for frying 150 g Mozzarella cheese, in strips or balls (bocconcini), cut in quarters or Pecorino shavings 1. Dressing: Whisk all the ingredients, except the brinjal, oil and cheese together and season to taste. 2. Cut the brinjals, with the skin, lengthwise in paper thin slices. Meanwhile heat a frying pan over medium heat. Grease the bottom of the pan with a thin layer of oil. Fry a few brinjal slices at a time, on both sides, until golden brown and cooked. Only add more oil if it is really necessary, otherwise the brinjal becomes too oily. 3. Spoon the brinjal into a mixing bowl, pour some of the dressing over the warm slices and allow to cool. Fry and marinate the rest of the slices in the same way, but retain some dressing to serve with the brinjals. 4. Place in the fridge to marinate for 1 hour. Arrange the brinjal slices on individual plates or a large serving platter with the cheese in between or on top. Serve with the remaining dressing and a good grind of black pepper. Tip: Roast the brinjal at 180 °C in the oven with a little olive oil, salt and pepper.
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Brilliant idea with brinjal It’s brinjal season and what a joy it is to have some in your own garden. The plumpness of a freshly picked brinjal, shiny and firm, is enough to make one want to do something exciting with it. Brinjals, also known as aubergines or eggplants, can be prepared in so many wonderful ways and I battle to choose a favourite – be it pan-fried, grilled, cooked as part of a mince mixture, slow-roasted with herbs, garlic and cumin seeds and then blended as a dip or added to a thick tomato soup. Despite the fact that many people are hesitant to use brinjal, it is really not difficult to cook with. I never salt them (as many people were taught to do), as those we buy today are not as bitter as they sometimes were before. The only time I do salt them before cooking, is when I make a pâté and want to ensure that there is no excess liquid from the brinjal in the mixture. It’s also not necessary to peel a
brinjal, unless it has blemishes on the skin. Thick slices of brinjal, drizzled with a little olive oil, seasoned and roasted at 180 ˚C, become soft and almost caramelised. Use these in a salad, as a side dish with any meat or as a base for a vegetarian meal. Cubes are great roasted with other veggies like butternut, sweet potato, mushrooms and tomatoes. Seasoning such as garlic, lemon, cumin seeds and fresh herbs are all great to add interesting flavours. I developed this recipe a few years ago, after tasting something similar in an Italian restaurant. It was so delicious, that I just had to make it myself. Thin slices of brinjal are pan-fried in a little (or no oil, depending on the cookware that you use), marinated in a herby vinaigrette and served al fresco style with a delicious cheese. You can make a big batch and even keep it in a glass jar in the fridge for a few days. Enjoy as a starter, part of a meal or on a sandwich.
Cook up a storm with Make five Heleen’s recipe book Make five/Maak vyf will inspire you to use a variety of everyday ingredients in five delectable and interesting ways. The recipes are easy and versatile with lots of practical tips on how to cook delicious, wholesome
food for your family. To order a signed copy of Make five/Maak vyf or for more information on any of her books, visit www.heleenmeyer.co.za, email her on firstname.lastname@example.org or like her on www.facebook.com/HeleenMeyerFood .
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