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79 | November 2017
Energetic Primary School Principal
FRUITY Heleen SUMMER SALAD Meyer
HOLIDAY IN Community BEFRANELUX Travellers
CAPE TOWN Out and OSTRICH RANCH About
WELCOME Left: Max Schutte at the Remembrance Day service held at Red Cross War Memorial Children's Hospital in 2016.
About the cover: Armistice Day, also known as Remembrance Day, on 11 November, marks the end of World War I in 1918. Rememberance Sunday, on the second Sunday in November, remembers all those who have given their lives in any conflict. Poppies are worn as they are the flowers which grew on the battlefields after World War I ended.
TECHNOLOGY TEACHES PATIENCE Allan Lokos, in 'Patience: The Art of Peaceful Living' wrote: “Technology offers us a unique opportunity, though rarely welcome, to practise patience”. This observation became very real to us last week, when our phone and internet line suddenly went down and remained off for four days during the busiest period of the month for us. It was a tense and trying time for us with print deadlines fast approaching, when we needed to communicate often and quickly with many people. Looking back on it, I now recognise that we went through a version of the five classic stages of grief: denial, anger, bargaining, depression and acceptance. At first you don't want to believe that the row of red lights on the modem and the absence of dial tone on the phone can possibly be real. As vain attempts to restart everything and push every button fail to change the ugly truth, the anger starts to rise (not helped by the endless call centre routine). Four days is too long a time to stay angry though, and it is not yielding results, so you resort to pleading with and cajoling any technician at the end of the line to make your problem a priority and wave a magic wand to fix it... now. As the hours and then days drag on without your precious communication tools, you start to feel sorry for yourself and the funk sets in. Finally, you come to accept that no power in the universe is going to hurry the 'customer service' elephant along and you discover that you are capable of patience. That's when, with a clear head, you 'maak 'n plan' to get some of your communication life back. In our case, it meant biting the bullet and purchasing a mobile dongle and a fat data bundle (we have to push a lot of words and pictures through the ether to make a Muse). Well, one bundle very quickly turned into a very expensive recharge the next day… followed very soon by another recharge. The disbelief, anger… cycle is starting again, but you remember that it didn't help and you have now learned a little patience, haven't you? Yes, there is nothing like technology to give you a patience klap now and then. Enjoy the issue!
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The African Darter belongs to a family of birds called Anhingas. They are closely related to cormorants but interestingly, unlike cormorants, they do not have waterproofed oily feathers. As a result darters are most often seen perched on branches with their wings spread out, drying off in the sun after spending time in the water fishing. They are often referred to as snakebirds due to their tendency to swim with only their heads sticking out. They are brilliant divers and feed almost exclusively on fish. In Cape Town, you have a fair chance of seeing these birds at most wetlands and waterbodies with enough fish. Darters are often seen in communal roosts with other species like cormorants, egrets and herons. Near Pinelands your best bet is to look out for them near the Liesbeek and Black Rivers. Text by Jessleena Suri, MSc graduate, from the UCT FitzPatrick Institute of African Ornithology. Jess is very passionate about nature conservation, particularly birds and urban ecology. She has just started a PhD looking at the effect of urban landscape structure on bird diversity. See www.facebook.com/nomadicnaturalistjessleena.
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LA GRATITUDE DUCK RACE AND CRAFT MARKET
All are warmly invited to the La Gratitude Pre-Primary School Duck Race and Craft Market from 10am. The Duck Race starts 8:55 atAM 1:30pm. There will be many prizes, lucky draws, rides and activities for children, and food. Email Celeste at lagratitude@polka. co.za to book a craft stand.
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18 November 2017
THORNTON PLACE AUCTION
Come to the CPOA retirement complex Thornton Place in Manatoka Ave, Thornton. The entrance is next to Thornton Primary School. Preview items at 10am for the exciting auction at 10:30am - for cakes, deli, Christmas Hampers and other delectable goodies.
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Craft & Gift Fair Pinelands High School Kent Hall • Forest Drive 4 - 22 December 2017 Weekdays • 9am - 7pm Sat & Sun • 9am - 5pm
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Come to 32 Peak Drive, Pinelands, from 9:30am to 12:30pm. Support the residents who sell handcrafts for spending money. Donations for white elephant are welcome. Call Jess at 082 920 2195 or 021 689 3507.
29 November 2017 STEEL MAGNOLIAS
The cancer support group for ladies meets at 7pm at 20 Peak Drive. Call Catherine at 021 531 3963 or 072 040 7563.
29 November 2017 PINELANDS STAMP CIRCLE
Meet at 7:15pm in the activities hall of the Pinelands Library. This will be the AGM and year end function. The next meeting will be on the 31st January 2018. Visitors welcome. Call John 021 531 1954 or Martin 021 689 5050.
2 December 2017
PINEWOOD VILLAGE FÊTE
Enjoy tea and snacks at the annual fête from 8:15am to 12:15pm. There will be a variety of plants, books, tombola, cakes, pickles, jams, boerewors rolls, pancakes, lots of bric-abrac, beers and coldrinks, and the tombola! Proceeds to charity and Village projects.
2 December 2017
SUMMER OF FUN FESTIVAL
Bring the family from 1pm to 7pm to the Pinelands Club in Lonsdale Way. Adults R50 and under 16's only R20. There will be a craft market, food trucks, live music, a teen zone, kiddies play area and a craft beer and gin tasting area. Proceeds in aid of Mhani Gingi.
3 December 2017 CAROL OF CHRISTMAS
Pinelands Congregational Church presents a Christmas Cantata, to which everyone is invited. Join in the choral fellowship at 3 Nerine Avenue at 7:30pm. A collection will be taken. Contact Pat on 073 761 0878 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
4-22 December 2017
PINELANDS CRAFT AND GIFT FAIR
The perfect place to do all your Christmas shopping choosing gifts from more than 160 crafters. Come to the Kent Hall at Pinelands High School, Forest Drive, from 9am. See the advert on this page for more detail.
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HAPPY HOUR @ PINELANDS LIBRARY
The Pinelands Library social group for adults meets in the Library Committee room from 10am to 11am. This month is the 'Breaking up bash'. For more information call Brenda at the library. Call 021 530 7160.
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HOME IS OUR STORY
Residential property sales in Pinelands slowing down The sales of residential homes in Pinelands have slowed dramatically. In the past three months, homes have been selling for up to 15% below original asking prices. The average time that it takes to sell a property has increased from around 24 days a year ago to about 42 days, provided they are correctly priced.
If you research the Property24 and Private Property websites you will notice a number of properties with “price reduced” signs on them. It is unfortunate that there are still agencies who promise unrealistic prices, with sellers getting caught up in the emotion of high price expectations. Pinelands now has homes on the market at prices above those of competitive surrounding areas, such as Rondebosch, Newlands and Constantia. There are a number of reasons why a property does not sell – the main reason is incorrect pricing and the second is poor marketing by the agent of choice. If sellers do not receive an offer in the first 30 days of the home going onto the market, then there is something amiss. Any offers that come in during those first 30 days must be seriously considered, as thereafter, the chance of achieving a better price is unlikely.
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Testing the market at an unrealistic price will cause irreparable harm, as once a property becomes ‘shop-soiled’, the demand drops and it ends up selling for less than it would have if correctly priced at the onset of the marketing process. If you compare the sales during the last three months with that of the last twelve months you will note a decline in both the average prices and number of units sold. Lightstone Property reports that there was not a single sale registered above R5 million in the past three months, and only three homes above R4m, of which Seeff sold two. The most popular price bracket is under R3.5m. This trend is likely to continue for some time. SALES PER PAST 12 MONTH MONTHS Freestanding 8.5 Sectional 5.0 Estates 1.5
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Thornton has however bucked the trend and this obviously has to do with affordability. Here the average price has increased by 8 % over the past three months with the most expensive sale recorded that of a home in Cedar Avenue for R2.75m. The number of homes selling for above R2m has also continued to increase.
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Police thanked for their service to the community. Back from left: Mother Ted Averil Keller-Booysen, Warrant Officer Bertus Burger, Constable Thando Dalasile, Constable Jason Adams; Middle: Pack Leader Andelin, Brownie Bronwyn, Brownie Sixer Amy, and Brownie Tendai. Front: Teddy Erin, Senior Teddie Alex, Teddie Jenny and Teddy Kaitlyn.
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During the course of the past four years the 1st Pinelands Teddies, Brownies, and their Pack Leader and Guider have enjoyed heaps of fun while supporting their Good Turns, which each one promises to do when she is enrolled as a member of WAGGGS (World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts). A Good Turn is a kind act which is done without any thought of a reward. The Pinelands Police Officers were delighted when they were presented with gifts of Girl Guide Cookies/Biscuits (see above). Other Good Turns included a gift of Girl Guide Cookies/Biscuits to the staff at Pinewatch; supplying the Incredible Recycling Swop Shop with gifts of toothbrushes, toothpaste, Lux or Sunlight soap and small packets of washing powder; collecting gifts of tins of cat and dog food for DARG; picking up litter at Mutual Station; supplying the
money for atlases for the new library at Maitland Garden Village Primary School; and monetary gifts to Pinelands Library and Thandanani House, a registered emergency safe house for abused, neglected and abandoned babies and children. A fourth monetary donation was made to the A21 Campaign, an organisation working against human trafficking. For any and all enquiries relating to Teddies, Brownies, Guides and Rangers or Guiding in general, please contact Mother Ted Averil Keller-Booysen on 082 883 9808. Monetary Gift presented to Pinelands Library. Below from left: Mrs Desray Britz, Chairman of the Friends of the Pinelands Library, Pack Leader/Ranger Andelin and Joan Gargan who has faithfully served Pinelanders at the library for 38 years!
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CAROL BOOTH HONOURED AT CANNONS CREEK The Carol Booth Centre, named after the Founding Principal of Cannons Creek Independent School, Mrs Carol Booth, was opened on Friday 20 October. After an introduction by Mrs Hazelmay Duncan, Chairperson of the Cannons Creek Trust, Mrs Booth unveiled a sign naming the Centre. This facility, situated in the Primary School building is home to the Primary School library, Primary School art room, Primary School Computer laboratory and two offices. After the ceremony, invited guests enjoyed some refreshments and viewed the new facilities.
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The Cannons Creek Matric Valedictory was held on Thursday 12 October 2017. The Dux of School 2017 was awarded to Ammaara Mowzer (upper left). The recipient of the Principal's Honour Award 2017 was Jenna Jones (upper right), seen with the Guest Speaker for the evening, Mrs Melanie Williams, Psychometrist and former Cannons Creek High School Counsellor.
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Local Pinelander Brenda Sudano is a regular and committed proof reader for the Tape Aids for the Blind association. In the past she has recorded books so the blind, visually impaired and print disabled can still appreciate the wonder of the written word. Brenda encouraged the Muse to visit the facility at 9 Bollihope Crescent in Mowbray, to see first-hand the wonderful 12:02 PM work done by this national organisation which is self funded and provides recorded material free of charge to those in need. We were greeted by three dedicated ladies - Maritsa Beck, the Branch and Studio Manager/Educational Officer; Karen Alberts, the Head of Library Operations and Afrikaans; and Ansie Beck, the Administration/Library Assistant. The facility tour included the proof reading room where books are checked for accuracy; and four sound proof booths where volunteer readers record the books as they read them aloud. The Audio Library houses recorded material in many different genres and all the official languages of South Africa. Tape Aids for the Blind provides books on mp3CD’s and also on memory sticks on request. They also have a selection of approximately 1 300 books available on the tapeaids. DSTV.com website where members can download these books. All their books
are posted Post Free to members across the country, providing recreational and educational books to people of all ages. Tape Aids for the Blind are always looking for volunteers to help with the recording and proof reading of their books. They are a non-profit organisation that receives no funding or subsidies from the Government, relying solely on donations in kind or in time. As an example any help that could be given towards their premises painting project would also be very welcome. The Head Office is in Durban and there are three Branches with recording facilities in Cape Town, Pretoria and Johannesburg. Anyone is welcome to visit the Mowbray branch, where there is plenty of parking on site. They would also be happy to know of anyone who could use their services. For more information call 021 689 5983 or email Maritsa at email@example.com; or Karen at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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From the top: Lending library; a recording booth; the proof reading room; the CD library with Maritsa Beck, Karen Alberts and Ansie Beck (seated).
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We’re Real about Real Estate
NEW LOGO FOR CAPE TOWN PHOTOGRAPHIC SOCIETY (CTPS)
Karl Moss, the designer of the new CTPS logo. Photo: Andre Mouton. After more than 100 years, the Pinelands-based Cape Town Photographic Society (CTPS) has a new logo (see above), designed by a 25-year old art director Karl Moss. He is the winner of a competition to design a new logo for South Africa’s first amateur photographic society, and the R10 000 prize. The circular holding device depicted in the logo is a simplified and stylised version of a typical camera shutter, Moss explains. “The half-open shutter creates a perfect shape of Table Mountain within the negative space, alluding perfectly to the location of this fine photographic society. Leonardo da Vinci's famous quote, ‘simplicity is the ultimate sophistication’ strongly resonates with me, and is something I believe echoes throughout my design work,” says Karl, a born and bred Capetonian. Karl did some research into the history of CTPS for his design and chose the “old style font” on the cover of the Cape Town 1906 International Photographic Exhibition brochure, depicted on the society’s website. He describes the font he used as “a juxtaposition of the modern camera visual language” used in the brochure that is a reference to the first international exhibition of photography held in South Africa. The full story behind the selection of the new CTPS logo can be read on the CTPS website www.ctps.co.za .
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GOODBYE TO THE OLD LOGO
The old logo dates from 1906. It was designed by a minter in Birmingham for a medal awarded in South Africa’s first photographic salon. It not only bore an unfortunate resemblance to the crest designed for the Cape Colony in 1899; has several inaccuracies; but also combines an heraldic emblem with other elements like nature scenes, which is considered malpractice in heraldic circles, says Mr Marcel van Rossum Deputy Director: Designs and Registrations in the South African Bureau of Heraldry. A modern new logo was clearly required. The current CTPS council enlisted the talent of modern designers through a competition, which received a total of 123 logos from designers from across all communities. After society members indicated their preferences, the heraldic expert, Van Rossum, and an experienced graphic design expert, Maré Mouton of Icon Communications, were asked for their opinions. The strong visual references to both Cape Town and photography made Moss’ design the obvious winner, said Mouton. Left: Previous CTPS Logo.
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Jawitz Properties Pinelands is proud to announce that Glynnis Kearns and Adéle Nolan have recently joined the Jawitz Properties Pinelands rental team to continue offering our clients a professional and personal property service. Glynnis and Adéle will take over the Rental Administration function from Annette Mouton who has decided, after seven years with Jawitz Pinelands, to move on to new challenges. Glynnis will be responsible for the back office rental function, capably assisted by Adéle. Both Glynnis & Adéle bring a variety of skills to the team and we are delighted to have them on board to take good care of our clients.
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PINE NEEDLES CELEBRATE 35 YEARS! Pine Needles’ was founded in 1982 and is a Quilting and Patchwork group celebrating 35 years of stitching and patching together. Members meet regularly to chat and sew focussing on patchwork and quilting. They have used various venues over the years Pinelands library, their homes, the Methodist Church hall and Cannons Creek School.
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When they first started meeting in the early ‘80’s there was a patchwork revival that moved across the country. They learnt as they went along, using simple things such as a pair of scissors, needle and thread, a sewing machine, a pattern or design, a few books and of course, fabrics and willing hands.
The group has shared ideas, developing and creating many beautiful items, from bed quilts for family and friends to wall hangings, bags and cushions to novelty items and apparel, and award-winning quilts showing work of an extremely high standard. Many quilts are in the homes of family and friends living in various parts of the world.
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Pine Needles members have entered competitions and won prizes for quilts of all styles, using a variety of techniques. Some of these quilts have been sent overseas to be viewed in competitions, in galleries, in museums and as part of quilting publications. Several ladies teach quilt-making and are involved with the promotion of this art form.
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Some of the ladies are founder members of the Good Hope Quilters’ Guild and the national guild, the South African Quilters’ Guild and have served on the committees of these guilds. They are proud to say they were instrumental in organizing and hosting the National Quilt Festivals which have been held in Cape Town: Quilt Festival 1988 held
at Pinelands High School, Yesterday Today & Tomorrow Quilt Festival in 1994 held at UCT, the Down to Earth Quilt Festival in 2002 at Northlink Technical College and Alive with Colour Quilt Festival in 2011 at Bloemhof in Stellenbosch.
Sharing their skills and their enjoyment for sewing the Pine Needles have supported many charities and outreach projects over the last 36 years, including St Luke’s Hospice, SOS Children’s Home, Bel Porto School, Habitat for Humanity, Iziko Museums, The Naked Baby Project, Reach for Recovery, Pink Knitting comfort blankets for cancer survivors, Choc House, GHQG Outreach projects, Fidget quilts for folks with Autism, Alzheimers and the Aged. The newest member of the Pine Needles is Heath Nash who studied art at Michaelis and is a sculptor, interested in 3D artworks and sharing skills with "Our Workshop", an NGO he runs in Gugulethu.
A SOURCE OF FRIENDSHIP
Over time they have formed firm and caring friendships, grown to know each others’ families, sharing their cares and accomplishments and accepting flaws and fantasies. They cherish the love of fabrics and the passion for quilting which they have in common. The Pine Needles look forward to many more years of sharing and ‘pieceful’ stitching. For information about Pine Needles contact Jean Downing 021 975 4045 or 079268 2861. By Jenny Hermans. Above: The Pine Needles - Back row: Pam Lundwall, Glenda Weidmann, Margie Pearson, Hazelmay Duncan (founder), Jenny Hill, Frances Roux, Jenny Hermans, Diana Kraak, Laureen Reid and Jill McCarthy. Front row: Heath Nash, Bridget Adams, Anneke van Dijken, Wanda Carmichael and Jean Downing.
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PNPS POETRY COMPETITION
The 2018 Pinelands North Primary School Poetry Competition, took place on the 16th October. The foundation phase competition was held first and it was a relaxing and exciting time for all. The standard was high and both the poetry recital contestants and the aspiring poets performed admirably. The winners were: Poetry Recital Winner: Cassidy Isaacs Runner Up: Vaughan Gay Aspiring Poet Winner: Nicole Williams Runner Up: Reese Edwards The intermediate and senior phase competition came next. Keza Xinwa, Peter Williams and Rustum Fortune were our judges for the events. Rustum kicked off the
November 2017 | the muse | 9 second competition with a mind-blowing performance that had the audience both involved and excited. The standard of the performances was again amazing, making the judges decision a very difficult one. The winners were as follows: Grade 4 and 5 Poetry Recital Winner: Jemma Paterson Runner Up: Shannon Jansen van Rensburg Aspiring Poet Winner: Chanah Pistorious Runner Up: Erin Knox Grade 6 and 7 Poetry Recital Winner: Neo De Sousa Runner Up: Talia Forbes Aspiring Poet Winner: Zahra Isaacs Runner Up: Qhama Dywili Thank you to all the contestants for all their efforts, making it a fantastic day, and making the school proud of all their poets.
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CAPE TOWN OSTRICH RANCH
by Mike and Jaqs Robbie This little hidden gem is only 20 minutes drive from Cape Town along the N7 towards Philadelphia. Look out for Van Schoorsdrif Road. You will know you are nearing the ranch when you see the "Please no Hooting" sign. Turn right onto Van Schoorsdrif Road and the Ranch is about 3 kilometers further along the road to your left. Take the whole family, there is entertainment, relaxation and speciality ostrich dishes to try. The ostrich tours run every half hour and include feeding ostriches and seeing the smallest ostrich in the world. You can try your hand at sitting on an ostrich, or if you fancy – you can try balancing on a egg! The tour price is R109/adult. Pensioners R65. Discounts for children. The ranch is open daily from 9am to 5pm except over Christmas. If you do not opt for the tour – you can roam the garden and
see the crocodiles, tortoises, peacocks, and Mara and Meeru the ranch cheetahs. Or how about a game of Petanque? The Polo Club is also close by. There is plenty of shaded seating around the grassed areas with beautiful views all around. It is lovely to sit and relax under the shade of a tree sipping something cold while the kids play. There is a gift shop, deli and a restaurant that offers a variety of food, including authentic ostrich dishes, of course, set menus, platters to share, mains and light meals, a small dessert menu, and a wine list. The restaurant is fully licenced, and is well geared for meals, but they do not offer afternoon tea and cake. They also have conference facilities, private party venues, festivals, music concerts and more. See their website at www.ostrichranch. co.za. Call 021 972 1955.
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SITTING VOLLEYBALL CHAMPIONSHIPS 13-17 SEPTEMBER 2017 KIGALI RWANDA By Andrew Byett
REKINDLING A LOVE FOR SPORT
10 years ago I lost my leg above the knee in a motorcycle accident. For a long time I stopped doing all sporting activities. This was very difficult for me because before my accident I was very active and enjoyed a lot of outdoor activities / sport. A couple years ago, Anton Raimondo who I met through an amputee support group asked if I would be keen to play sitting volleyball (ParaVolley). ParaVolley has very similar rules to normal volleyball, except that the net is lower and the players have to play the ball and move while sitting on the ground.
A DREAM TO REPRESENT SA
Myself and a few others started off practising once a week at UCT sports hall, mostly as a social sport. Anton, who had played in the UK Paralympics team was our coach. In the back of my mind I knew it was a Paralympic sport and I thought it would be great to represent South Africa one day.... We were all taken by surprise when Anton told us we had the opportunity to represent South Africa in the Africa Sitting Volleyball Championships in Rwanda. We had five weeks to prepare for the competition, so we started training three times a week.
SKILL LEVEL TESTED IN RWANDA
The championships were a great learning experience. The rest of Africa is quite far above our skill level, which is not surprising as most of the African teams have been playing for over ten years, and we have been
playing for just a couple of years. We lost all our pool matches and were knocked out of the competition quite early on. This being said, we put up a fight and had competitive matches versus top African teams. After our pool matches were complete we managed to put one victory under our belts with a 3-2 win, playing a 'friendly' match vs Democratic Republic of Congo.
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Rwanda is a beautiful country with some of the friendliest people I have ever met. The capital, Kigali, is rated as Africa's cleanest city and rightfully so. In the week I was there, I did not see a single piece of litter on the ground.
The South African Sitting Volleyball Team Back from left: Anton Raimondo, Leonardo Dladile, Garth Spencer-Smith, Tobile Neki, Ntsieni Mambana. Front from left: Andrew Byett, Fabian Muller, Simon Chabangu, Siphe Qaba. coming up in a few weeks). When the competition is international you need to be disabled or minimally disabled. Anyone interested in playing should contact Tina on 084 553 4182.
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There is no doubt that the drought in the Western Cape has resulted in changes in human behaviour which have, in many instances, positively impacted the water management of private citizens. Our watersaving strategies have some analogous overlays to our money-saving habits:
KNOWING WHERE IT’S GOING
Until the drought, many of us had very little awareness of the exact nature of our water consumption and how much water appliances such as dishwashers and washing machines actually used. Similarly, knowing where our money goes every month should be the starting point of our money-saving journey.
CHECKING THE STATEMENTS
Water restrictions (and the associated threat of penalties) have forced us to pay closer attention to our monthly water statement, checking it against our water meter readings and previous statements. Our bank and credit card statements deserve the same scrutiny - every drop counts, and every penny does, too. Look for the ‘dripping taps’ in your water supply, and in your budget, and plug the leaks.
Consider our 87 litres per person per day as the family’s net income. It is in our best interests to use less than what we are restricted to. Our spending should remain within the boundaries of what we earn, to avoid the unpleasant burden of debt. Being more conscious of how items can be repurposed and re-used will not only reduce costs, but will be kinder to the world we live in.
SAVING WATER, SAVING MONEY
Water scarcity has given rise to a more determined drive towards saving and storing water. In doing so, we have maximised water-storing efficiency and massively reduced consumption. It lies within us all to be more intentional and creative when it comes to saving for our futures. When pressed, and with some creative thought, we should be able to find savings capacity within our budgets.
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Harvesting our own water reduces our dependence on the municipal water supply and spreads the risk against either of the supplies running out. Expanding on this analogy, creating alternative sources of income (specifically passive or annuity income) reduces the household’s dependency on a single source of income and alleviates financial pressure. A passive income provides for breathing-room and can terminate the cycle of living from paycheque to pay-cheque.
PLANNING FOR THE FUTURE
With the dam levels rising only 0.3% this past September in what is historically the fourth wettest month in the Western Cape, we are now starting to plan seriously for Day Zero. In the context of our retirement planning, what is our Day Zero? How long will our money last? When will it run out? In a world of infinite choice, the drought has proffered valuable lessons in identifying what is important to us and making informed choices. The same principles apply to the way in which we prioritise our spend, making carefully considered purchases that align with our goals.
• What are your passions and can you generate an income from them? • How can you build time-flexibility into your professional life? • What does financial freedom mean to you and how can you realistically achieve it? • How can you create some alternative sources of passive income? • How can you incorporate charitable giving and social upliftment into your work? • How can you save for short-term goals, such as travel, but also ensure that your retirement funding is taken care of? • What does retirement mean to you and do you even want to retire? • What experiences are important to you and how can you save for them? • How can you ensure smart, flexible and costeffective investing? • How can you ensure that your financial plan is fully scalable and adaptable to your future plans? • What causes are close to your heart, and how can you invest ethically? • How can you structure a values-based budget that reflects all that is important to you?
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If nothing else, the drought has been a catalyst for increased education and awareness for weather patterns, climate change and water treatment options. We are all the better for knowing where our water is stored, how it reaches us and the future options available to address the crisis. With most South Africans being under-funded for retirement, there has never been a greater need for investor education as a way of addressing the savings crisis we face.
BEHAVIOUR FOR A BRIGHTER FUTURE
Nature has many valuable lessons to teach us, least of which is that we can change our behaviour and form new habits that are friendlier to our goals. We can adapt, create and innovate to ensure better outcomes in times of crisis. We can be robust, resilient and resourceful in times of scarcity.
Back from left: Corlene Botha, Gareth Collier, Craig Torr, Eric Jordaan, Devon Card, Shana Petersen Front from left: Chantelle Potgieter, Shaneez Bredekamp, Sue Torr, Cindy Gordon, Erin White, Dominique Padua
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A SUMMER HOLIDAY IN THE BEFRANELUX
In June 2017, Richard and I hired a car and drove a clockwise loop through The Netherlands, Belgium and Luxembourg – a group of countries that is collectively referred to as the Benelux. We did a little foray into northern France, hence the title ‘Befranelux’.
THE NETHERLANDS: Rotterdam. While Richard attended the Engineering Meeting of the international Square Kilometre Array project with his work colleagues, I explored Rotterdam on my own – feeling very safe walking around with my camera. The entire inner city was rebuilt after the war, and has ended up with an exciting mix of old and super-modern architecture. Kinderdijk: About 40% of the country
is below sea level, and thus the Dutch are engaged in a constant battle against the sea. The windmills in this UNESCO World heritage site, in conjunction with modernday pumps, drain the polders and discharge groundwater into the river – if they were to stop, the water level here would apparently rise up to your bellybutton!
Cube houses in Rotterdam
Delta works: Then we visited the Delta Works, the largest flood protection system in the world, along the North Sea coastline. The surge barrier consisting of 62 enormous sliding gates can shut off the entire Eastern Scheldt in 75 minutes. BELGIUM: Ypres. Travelling through
Belgium and Northern France we visited some emotionally moving memorials to the brave soldiers who gave their lives for peace. In the northern Flemish town of Ypres, we explored the excellent, informative and very moving ‘In Flanders Fields’ Museum. We saw the 1815 Memorial south of Brussels, on the weekend of their exciting annual re-enactment of the Battle of Waterloo.
FRANCE: Longueval. Near this small French town, we visited the South African Delville Wood Memorial. “The South African Brigade had gone into battle here on 15 July 1915 with a strength of 121 officers and 3,032 other ranks. At roll call on 21 July they numbered only 29 officers and 751 other ranks.”
Pretty canals in Delft home of the well known blue and white pottery
BELGIUM: Amblève: We drove along the Amblève River, which meanders through a particularly scenic area near Liège, in eastern Belgium. At Comblain-au-Pont, we climbed up a hill to walk along a sculpture trail in the woods – the carved
Luxembourg - the old city stone sculptures were sometimes quite bizarre, but the view was gorgeous, and the tourist office staff were super friendly. At Remouchamps, we joined a guided tour of the underground cave system with its formations of stalactites and stalagmites.
In the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg (the only Grand Duchy in the world!), we visited Schengen in the far southeast corner. Here, in 1985, Germany, France, Belgium, The Netherlands and Luxembourg signed an agreement to eliminate border controls between their countries, thus facilitating travel. Schengen (or rather a ship on the border river) was chosen, because it was situated at the tripoint of the Benelux countries with France and Germany. In June 1990, the Convention implementing this Agreement was signed. Since then, the number of member states has increased to 26. We also visited the nearby European Museum Schengen and a pleasant little café right next-door.
THE NETHERLANDS: Hilversum. Here, we found the media park of Radio Nederlands Wereldomroep – the place from where ‘Happy Station’, the English language radio show, used to be broadcast every weekend. I used to listen to it on my shortwave radio in the 1980s and 1990s. THE NETHERLANDS: Amsterdam. On our final day in The Netherlands, we visited Amsterdam. We had arranged to meet Richard Tulloch, Australian playwright and fellow blogger who divides his time between Australia and The Netherlands. GOODBYE TO EUROPE. It is amazing how much one can achieve with a combination of intermittently fluent/often halting French, friendly smiles, lots of hand gestures and a bit of willingness from both sides… and the use of Google Translate on a smartphone. This was the first time I had properly used my smartphone overseas. We bought a 1 Gig data card with Lebara Mobile, at Schiphol, and used wi-fi at our accommodation and mobile data everywhere else. The same sim card worked in all four countries!
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Text and Images: Regine Lord
Regine at the Delta Works
THE PERFECT OPPORTUNITY
At a time when many school teachers and principals were taking retrenchment packages, 37 year old Ann Morton was appointed at Pinelands North Primary School (PNPS) as one of the few women principals of a co-ed school. All of the top management of the school had left and Ann feels, in a way, that this was a fantastic opportunity to formulate what she felt was the best way forward for the school. PNPS has just celebrated its 69th birthday and in that time there have only been five principals, four men and Ann who is enjoying her 21st year at the school.
USING EXPERIENCES TO HELP OTHERS
Although Ann and her husband Jonathan, don't live in Pinelands, the suburb has always been a part of Ann's life - going to church, brownies, guides, the library and shopping. In the first seven years of their marriage Ann and Jonathan struggled to have children and tried, unsuccessfully, several fertility treatments. In retrospect Ann realises that this meant that she did not have to split her responsibilities and could dedicate more time to the school children. She has used this experience to help and encourage fellow teachers, who over the years have also had to endure the hurdles of fertility treatments and failed pregnancies. Sharing their joy when newer treatments have produced healthy babies has been a privilege.
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A LOVE FOR ANIMALS
Married for 32 years, Ann and Jonathan were part of the team that founded the Cape Province Dog Club in 1995, and are still involved with the club. They enjoy big dogs and Ann continues her love for animals at the school where she has a tame budgie in her office, ducks in the school grounds and canaries in reception. Ann fondly refers to Jonathan as the "water police" and proudly announces that in their household, they have brought the municipal water usage down to 50 litres.
THE MANY BENEFITS OF RUNNING
Ann has a competitive personality, and amongst the various running and cycling certificates on the wall in her office is an award for completing a marathon in the St Helena Festival of Running. Her love for travel and running has taken Ann to this small island twice, where she describes the extreme micro-climates of the island as desert on one side and "like Scotland" on the other. "Running gives me the opportunity to see the countryside from a different perspective, and so I like to run wherever I go. Next on my bucket list is the London Marathon! At home I run three times a week, which also gives me time to think and problem solve. I am a lover of dogs and currently on Saturdays I teach members of the Cape Province Dog Club to run with their dogs."
TRAVEL AND EDUCATION
The Red School's new pre primary school "Red Roots" is being modelled on the Reggio Amelia concept where the child is encouraged to discover and develop their abilities through a self guided curriculum. Next year Ann hopes to visit Italy where she can learn more about this successful educational concept. Ann's love for travel has not only been fuelled by school education ideas. She enjoys travel, taking time out to see new places, find teddy bears for her collection, and indulge in a favourite pastime of photography. Some of Ann's travel experiences which have equipped her with new education tools have been reported in the Muse - her trip to Denmark (Muse November 2015); and Finland (Muse September 2013). Pinelands North Primary School is well known for being an inclusive school and, thanks to Ann and her staff, PNPS has been recognised as an "Ashoka" changemaker school forerunner in South Africa.
FUTURE DREAMS FOR THE SCHOOL?
Ann's dream is to create a one stop facility where children could see a doctor or a dentist on the school grounds; where a child with a special needs could escape for a while until ready to return to the classroom. A place where gifted children could express themselves outside the classroom. Ann's ideas are boundless as is her energy!ď&#x20AC;ź
Image and text: Glynnis Schutte.
After more than 20 years as the principal at Pinelands North Primary School (The Red School), Ann Morton is still the vibrant energetic personality that drives the innovation and forward thinking of the school. Combining her teaching and leadership skills she has provided an environment for the school children that includes encouragement, and opportunities for discovering their own potential, while having fun at school. Ann speaks to us about her journey in creating an all inclusive school and the life she leads that fuels this achievement.
OUR FUTURE REALLY IS IN GOOD HANDS Nelson Mandela wisely said: "Our children are our greatest treasure. They are our future."
OUR CHILDREN ARE CAPABLE
As hopeful and reassuring as these words from our beloved Madiba may be, when one looks at the state of the world one may be forgiven for wondering whether we as humankind have a future at all and if so, what shape it will take. An experience we had at St George’s Grammar School over the October holiday break leads me to believe that we do have a bright future ahead, and that our children really are capable of addressing the challenges our world faces.
ROUND SQUARE - IDEALS
St George’s is one of three Round Square schools in the Western Cape. Round Square is an association of about 180 schools worldwide committed to a particular educational philosophy and character. We speak of the six pillars of Round Square the IDEALS - Internationalism, Democracy, Environmentalism, Adventure, Leadership and Service, and we seek to integrate these into our curriculum, and school culture.
WESTERN CAPE SCHOOLS HOST ROUND SQUARE INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE
This year St George’s, St Cyprians and Bridge House, the three Western Cape Round Square Schools co-hosted the 2017 Round Square International Conference. This event brought together almost 1 100 delegates from 168 schools and 43 countries. Most delegates were aged 16 to 18 and we gathered at the CTICC for three days before splitting into three groups, one of which went to each host school for a further three days.
VARIED TOPICS - MANY ACTIVITIES
The theme of the conference Unite to Ignite the Fire Within was a call to unity and action. Topics at the conference included lessons in leadership from the big cats; the crisis of rhino poaching and the illicit
wildlife trade; being entrepreneurial; responding respectfully to the stories and experiences of others; and many more. Activities included an ‘amazing race’ at the Waterfront, debating the input and perspectives of guest speakers, an adventure day (mountain biking, kayaking, Table Mountain Hikes) and a day of service at various schools in Lavender Hill.
"Many different things astounded, impressed and heartened us as a team who co-ordinated the conference" • GOOD EVENT CO-ORDINATION The ease with which the pupils from our three schools engaged with each other, collaborated and complemented each others’ abilities and talents. Working on this ambitious project together was invigorating and exciting for the pupils and they brought wonderful technological, photographic, poetic and interpersonal skills to the table. Access to the CTICC stage for rehearsal was available for just two hours on the day before the opening ceremony, yet the choir, hip hop dancers, ballerinas, orchestra and other participants were able to gel and able to deliver an incredibly slick and high quality opening ceremony performance. • RESPECT AND WARMTH AMONG
CHILDREN FROM 43 COUNTRIES
The natural acceptance and engagement that occurred when one placed almost 800 sixteen to eighteen year olds from 43 countries in one venue for social and intellectual activities. Sikh, Christian, Muslim, Hindu, Buddhist, Jewish, Agnostic, Atheist, Indian, Pakistani, Armenian, Jordanian, Chinese, Korean, Japanese, all creeds, cultures, faiths, and what we witnessed was people engaging others as
Julian Cameron Head, St George's Grammar School
human beings, with dignity, respect and warmth. People were keen to learn about others, curious to understand differences and open to hearing new things. • CARING FOR HUMANITY The commitment to humanity (as indicated by the experiences of the service days in Lavender Hill), and to environmental stewardship and sustainability was wonderful to witness. Adolescents do care beyond their smart phones. It was great to hear examples of inspiring service and environmental programmes, worldwide. • A LITTLE TRUST GOES A LONG WAY When entrusted with an audacious goal, young people rise to the occasion and produce things that astound themselves and those who have guided them in the process. Who would have thought that our small group of 65 Grade 10 and 11 pupils could drive and take responsibility for so many crucial aspects of a conference of this magnitude? The same pupils who struggle to meet homework deadlines and who may be disorganised or appear apathetic proved themselves to be amazingly competent ambassadors for our school, our city and our country. A little trust can be hugely empowering!
OUR FUTURE IS IN GOOD HANDS
I could continue in this vein but wish to return to my opening quote. Yes, our young people are a treasure and yes, they are our future. Having seen a group of young people from three schools work together to produce a world class conference for eleven hundred international delegates, I have no doubt that our young people have the confidence, skills, character, initiative and drive to make a significant difference in society. So, I’ll say it in bold this time: I’m absolutely convinced that our future is in good hands!
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FOOD FROM THE HEART By Heleen Meyer Pinelands resident, foodie and author of Food from the Heart, and Make five/Maak vyf.
Serves 4 - 6
Mustard and herb salad dressing 45 ml (3 tbsp) olive or avocado oil 20 ml (4 tsp) apple cider or raspberry vinegar 15 ml (1 tbsp) honey 10 ml (2 tsp) wholegrain mustard 15 ml (1 tbsp) fresh thyme leaves salt and pepper to taste Salad 45 ml (3 tbsp) sunflower seeds 45 ml (3 tbsp) pumpkin seeds 150 g green beans, halved width-wise 250 g each red and white grapes ¼ cucumber, cut into ribbons with a vegetable peeler handfuls of fresh berries, like raspberries or blueberries large handfuls of salad leaves & herbs, like baby spinach and rocket, basil & mint 1-2 slices feta, crumbled or pecorino cheese, cut into shavings 1. Salad dressing: Mix all the salad dressing ingredients together and season to taste. 2. Salad: Heat a frying pan over a medium heat and toast seeds without any oil until golden brown, taking care not to burn them. Spoon out and allow to cool. 3. Place the green beans in a shallow dish. Pour boiling water over them and allow to stand for 5-7 minutes or until just cooked. Drain and rinse with cold water. Alternatively, lightly cook in a little water, but they must remain crunchy and bright green. 4. Halve some of the grapes and seed if necessary and keep the rest whole. 5. Arrange grapes and green beans with the other salad ingredients on a large salad platter. Sprinkle with nuts and feta and serve with the salad dressing. Tip: Try any other seasonal fruit like peaches or nectarines, cut into wedges, strawberries, halved; or mango, cut into cubes. A combination of different fruits works well.
Seasonal abundance I love to cook with fruit. This doesn't necessarily refer to cooking jams or preserves, but rather ways to include what each season has to offer in everyday meals. In summer this is quite easy as the abundance of fresh fruit and berries is so exciting. Summer fruit is not limited to breakfast, fruit salad or a dessert, but can be a delicious addition to a basic green salad. A salad can be so much more than lettuce, tomato, cucumber and maybe an olive or two with some feta and a dressing. Salads can easily be the hero on the table and turn a meal into a feast – not only on the eyes, but for your taste buds too. The secret to a
scrumptious salad is to keep things simple, so don’t combine too many ingredients in one bowl. A homemade salad dressing to complement the fresh ingredients adds more zest to a salad than just another element. And who says a salad has to be made in a bowl? A platter, wooden board or any interesting dish can be used. The more you can show-off the ingredients, the more appetising it is. Remember, we eat with our eyes first, so if it looks good, it tastes good as well. This combination of lettuce and fresh herbs with green beans, cucumber and colourful summer fruit is sure to be a show stopper at your next braai.
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