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95 | May 2019
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WELCOME About the Cover: Image supplied by "The Crombie Family", taken at the tree planting project #AdoptATree organised by the Renew Elsieskraal River group on 6 April 2019. See pages 8 & 13. left: Max Schutte at the 'top dam' in the Riviersonderend Nature Reserve near Rusty Gate.
FRIENDSHIP ISN’T A BIG THING. IT’S A MILLION LITTLE THINGS. The title above came up as a quote in a TV series we recently watched and it struck a chord with me. It made me think a bit about what really defines a friendship. Unlike marriage or family relationships, there are no formal obligations, rules or laws governing it. There are no ties of joint ownership of assets or inherited bloodlines. You would think that this would make it fragile and easily broken, but perhaps that it is exactly what makes them work. We are free to shape a natural and unique friendship with different people as our mutual interests and beliefs dictate. It allows a friendship to remain casual or slowly grow into something closer and stronger, unlike a marriage or family which is full-on and fulltime, as it should be. The million little things? That's what makes the difference between casual acquaintances and treasured friends. Friends may sometimes do big things for each other, but I think that it's the consistent interest in the little details of life through your week, month, year, and decade that glues and grows a long friendship together. It's getting to know their soul, their flaws, understanding and accepting their choices and feelings, even if you may not agree and still liking them anyway. It's about recognising a look or gesture that tells you exactly what they are thinking or what their mood is today. It's sharing a laugh without a word being said - just the faintest eyebrow raise. Good friends are the people who know you well enough that you can't and don't want to hide behind a convenient lie when you are unhappy or worried. These are people who know what you've been through in your life to get to where you are. They have a full picture of your character, not just a snapshot and this is what allows friendships to endure through the inevitable disagreements and hurts that are the cost of any close relationship. I will leave you with a wise line from Bob Marley: “The truth is, everyone gonna hurt you some time. You just got to find the ones worth sufferin' for.” Enjoy the edition.
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A very common summer visitor, seen hawking insects along rivers and over fields. Abundant down the Elsieskraal Canal. These swallows spend from October to April in southern Africa before departing on their 6 000km trip back to Europe. Male and female are alike with the male having longer tail streamers than the female. Their back and head is a glossy steel blue colour with a buffy forehead and throat. In flight it looks as if the Swallow has a white chest and dark head as the buffy colour is not easily spotted in these fast flying birds. They roost in groups of hundreds up to millions as is the case near the Durban airport. Text: John McFarlane, Pinewood Village resident. John has been a keen birder for more than 30 years, and is a long time member of the Cape Bird Club. See www.capebirdclub.org.za.
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Saturday 25 May 2019 AUTUMN CLASSICAL CONCERT
Story time is every Friday from 1:30pm to 2:15pm for children from 4 years old.
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Wednesday 29 May 2019
The Pinelands Methodist Church Hall in Ridge Way will be hosting the Dutch Reformed Church Bazaar from 8:30am until 1pm. For more information call 021 531 2401.
Meet in the Activities Hall, Pinelands Library at 7:15pm for the popular "member's auction evening", which will start promptly, so please arrive early to view the items to be auctioned. Call Martin 021 689 5050.
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PINELANDS DUTCH REFORMED CHURCH BAZAAR
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CHILDREN'S FIRST AID WORKSHOP
Helping Hands Academy presents a Kids First Aid Workshop for children aged 7-16 years at 10am at Pinelands Library. Call Samantha Adams on 060 418 7482.
The Pinelands Dutch Reformed Church c/o Broadwalk and Serpentine will host the 10th anniversary of this popular concert to raise funds for the Siyafunda Bursary Fund (170-488 NPO). Time 6pm. Tickets R100 for adults and R80 for pensioners and students available at the door or at the church office. Call 021 531 2401. See article page 4.
Fridays UNDER THE BIG TOP
Saturday 18 May 2019
PINELANDS STAMP CIRCLE
Saturday 11 & 25 May 2019 Wednesday 29 May 2019 KAROO ANIMAL PROTECTION SOCIETY (KAPS) MARKET
Support the KAPS market table at SASNEV, 4 Central Square, Pinelands from 9am-1pm. Call Gloria 083 450 2782 - donations welcome.
Wednesday 15 May 2019
CRUE INVEST RETIREMENT SEMINAR
This is a free event from 10am to 12 noon at the Pinelands Bowling Club, St Stephens Road, Pinelands. All are welcome to attend. Register online at www.crue.co.za or email email@example.com or call 021 530 8500.
Wednesday 15 May 2019 PAGE TURNERS BOOK CLUB @ PINELANDS LIBRARY
Join the book club for adults from 10:30am to 11:30am on the 3rd Wednesday of every month in the Library Hall for a book chat. For more information, call Verna at the library on 021 530 7160.
The monthly cancer support group for ladies meets at 7pm at 20 Peak Drive. Call Catherine 021 531 3963.
Thursday 30 May 2019
WESTERN CAPE BLOOD SERVICE
Donate blood at the St Stephens Church Main Hall, Central Square, Pinelands from 3pm to 7:15pm. To confirm the date or for information call 021 507 6300.
Wednesday 5 June 2019
HAPPY HOUR @PINELANDS LIBRARY
There will be no meeting in May but save the date for 5th June when Gill Haiden will speak on 'All in a days work'. The Pinelands Library social group for adults meets in the Library Committee Room from 10am to 11am, on the 1st Wednesday of every month. For more information, call Brenda at the library on 021 530 7160.
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PROPERTY VALUATIONS AND RATES LATEST The City of Cape Town has tabled it’s Budget for 2019/20. As mentioned in my previous article, the increased Municipal Valuation would not necessarily translate to an increase in your rates by the same percentage. Here are the salient points of the proposed new Budget: • Rates will only be payable on properties valued R300 000 or more • The rate in the rand was reduced from 0.007154c to 0.00555c representing a decrease of 22% • If your Municipal Valuation increased by less than 30% there would be a decrease in your rates • If your Municipal Valuation increased by more than 30% your rates would increase • Pensioners earning less than R15 000 pm can apply for rate rebates
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Although the number of sales in Pinelands and Thornton have decreased by about Johan Meyer 20%, properties in good condition offering ample living and entertainment areas, correctly priced will still attract multiple offers. We are currently negotiating an offer above R6m for a beautifully presented home in Pinelands.
BY LE T U S
It is interesting to note that there have only been 6 registered sales above R4m in Pinelands in the last six months, 3 of which Seeff Pinelands sold, and only 3 sales above R2m in Thornton. There have been no recorded sales above R5m with the average house price in Pinelands dropping by nearly 12% since end of last year.
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CANNONS CREEK MATRIC DANCE 2019 On 12 April the Cannons Creek Independent High School Class of 2019 celebrated their Matric Dance. The couples were dropped off at the school in their chosen vehicle and then walked along the red carpet whilst their friends and family watched. At the end of the red carpet they were greeted
by, and introduced their partner to the Principal and his wife, Mr and Mrs van Haght, whereafter they were each given a welcome drink - a glass of grape juice. Once all the special guests had arrived, the Head Prefect Nabeela Parkar, gave an address after which group photographs were taken. Then a bus whisked the couples off to a
secret venue (this year it was the Grainger Bay Hotel School) where they had dinner and a dance together with their teachers. Later the couples came back to school to change before being transported to their After Party. Their special night ended back at school where they were given breakfast before being collected by their parents.
FUND RAISING CONCERT AT PINELANDS DUTCH REFORMED CHURCH The 10th anniversary of the Autumn Classical Concert of the Pinelands Dutch Reformed Church takes place at 6pm on Saturday 25 May. The concert supports the Siyafunda Bursary Fund (170-488 NPO, which helpsÂ scholars from Maitland Community Church, and the Langa, Woodstock and Maitland United Reformed Churches. Each year bursaries are
awarded to children in need for the purchase of school uniforms, stationary and books. Well-known musicians and members of the congregation, such as Peter and Suzanne Martens, Hendrik Hofmeyr, Albie van Schalkwyk, as well as the late Victor Tichart, help to source upcoming artists as well as established local musicians to entertain us. Many of the past young soloists are
now well-known musicians locally and abroad.Â This year the programme includes performances by artists such as Gerhard Joubert (piano), Jordan Brookes (violin) and Nerina von Mayer (flute). The Pinelands Dutch Reformed Church is truly grateful for the continuing support from the Pinelands community. Hanlie Marais, Concert Organiser.
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ADMISSION TO GRADE RR 2020 We are busy with assessments at present for pupils entering Grade RR who are turning 5 during 2020. Should you be interested in applying for your daughter or son, please apply online under Admissions on our website www.cannonscreek.co.za or contact Dawn on firstname.lastname@example.org or 021 531 0912.
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HOWARD HAMLET AND BIKE4ALL MAKE DREAM COME TRUE
When Carmen Bagley, one of the residents at Howard Hamlet discovered that Soyiso the security guard walked to the complex from Langa, for his 12 hour shift, she took to social media to see if any residents had a spare bicycle for him. Soyiso said public transport is too dangerous and his dream was to have a bicycle. Aneesha Salie Jameson suggested a monetary collection from the residents to purchase a second hand bicycle. Brenda Sudano then sent contact details to resident Sandi Huskisson for Bike4All, an NGO Bicycling Empowerment Network (BEN) Qhubeka Charity - associated with the Pedal Power Association who distribute bicycles to those whose lives can be empowered by receiving a bicycle - creating affordable and accessible mobility in communities. To everyone's surprise on Wednesday 10th April Bike4All donated a fully sponsored bicycle for Soyiso. Sue Strybis, Samantha and Tim from Bike4All presented the bicycle to Soyiso - his face and excitement just said it all and he was clearly very happy. The funds collected by the residents were put towards grocery vouchers for the security guards. Heartfelt thanks to Sue, Samantha and Tim from Bikes4All for their time, effort and dedication to this wonderful organisation - your work certainly changes lives on so many levels. For more information on Bike4All see BEN Bicycling Empowerment Network at www.benbikes.org.za.
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DEVELOPING SPIRITUAL INTELLIGENCE IN COMMUNITIES My reading lately has been around developing intelligence in people, and I have been particularly interested in the recent focus on Spiritual Intelligence. Cindy Wigglesworth, President of Deep Change Inc, has written an article on the history of ‘intelligence’, which culminates in her sharing her definition of spiritual intelligence and why she thinks the world today is in desperate need of this intelligence being developed.
INTELLIGENCE TESTS OF YESTERYEAR
When we adults were at school, intelligence tests only told our teachers and parents about whether we were mathematically and linguistically intelligent. Those who struggled to read or compute were considered not to be ready to succeed in the world. In reality, we know that this is not true as many really successful people were not great at school!
VARIOUS TYPES OF INTELLIGENCE
In 1983, Howard Gardner wrote a book which had new teachers really excited – he declared that actually people had 7 intelligences and that we as teachers should be encouraging children to develop in all 7. Later he reviewed his idea by joining ‘interpersonal’ and ‘intrapersonal’ intelligences together into emotional intelligence. He was also one of the first ‘thinkers’ to suggest that there was also a ‘philosophical intelligence’.
THE IMPORTANCE OF SELF AWARENESS
Daniel Goleman then continued the intelligence discussion with his book in 1985. He said that ‘star performers had significantly stronger relationship and personal networks than average performers’. He joined Richard Boyatzis
to declare later that EQ was made up of skills in 4 quadrants: self-awareness, selfmanagement, relationship skills and ‘other’ awareness. After research Goleman and Boyatzis found that self-awareness needed to be grown before any of the others, as a person couldn’t do any of the others if they weren’t aware of their feelings.
WHAT IS SPIRITUAL INTELLIGENCE?
Cindy defines spiritual intelligence as ‘the innate human need to connect with something larger than ourselves’. She says this has 2 components: a horizontal and a vertical component. The vertical component is obvious – the connection to a higher being, and the horizontal component is ‘service to our fellow human beings and to the planet at large’.
A QUIET SPACE TO REFLECT AND GROW
Schools can help build spiritual intelligence by encouraging good socialising on the playground, by using and teaching mediation skills in conflict situations, empathising with animals and by encouraging children to view the world with ‘wonderment and awe’, besides the usual life orientation studies around religion. Schools should also encourage children to reflect on their own growth in kindness, persistence, generosity of spirit and that of others. Children learn to reflect on how they can be more courageous in tackling life’s issues themselves, and then help others battling in life too. Spaces in the school, such as a labyrinth, a calm quad with animals milling about, or a ‘secret’ garden, can be assigned as quiet, reflective places where children can go if they are struggling with issues in their lives: to reflect, have some quiet time or just to sit and think.
By Ann Morton Principal Pinelands North Primary School (The Red School)
EMPATHY AND HUMILITY
Cindy ends her article by explaining why she thinks spiritual intelligence is so important in our current world. She correctly notes that most wars are caused by diverse religious beliefs, so if we teach children to ‘behave with compassion and wisdom, while maintaining inner and outer peace, regardless of the circumstances’, we will be creating adults for the world who can become empathetic presidents of countries who will think twice and negotiate with humility before considering invading another country.
GROWING SPIRITUAL INTELLIGENCE
Family dinner times are perfect times for families to share thoughts that help children learn about spiritual intelligence. Ponder some of these questions as a family: • What did you do today that showed your friends you can be generous? • How were you courageous this weekend? • Tell me one wise thing your teacher told you today? Why was it ‘wise”? • What will you do the next time you have a fight with your siblings, that shows that you can be forgiving? Obviously the adults that children come into contact with need to model these spiritually intelligent behaviours too. They have a very important role to play in showing children how to be respectful of other religions and peoples, how to reconcile family arguments, and how important it is for people to have some time in their week when they are mindful, meditate or practice their beliefs. By doing this, you are creating spiritually intelligent adults for 2030! Google ‘spiritual intelligence’ or go to www.deepchange.com.
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COMMUNITY NEWS The excitement of the Grade 7 pupils was at an all-time high on 11 April, as they set out for a tour of the Garden Route accompanied by six staff members. The five star accommodation and service offered by Kleinplaas in Oudsthoorn and Pine Lake Marina in Sedgefield, reminded everyone that this was no ordinary camp. In Oudsthoorn the children learned all about the animals at the Cango Wildlife Ranch. They were lucky enough to have an up-close-andpersonal interaction with the grand ostriches at the Ostrich Farm and, of course, the camels at Wilgewandel. It was quite an adventure manoeuvring through the Cango Caves, too. The next few days were spent touring Knysna and Plettenberg Bay. The adventures on this side of the world included meeting wolves, monkeys and elephants, as well as solving puzzles at the Plett Puzzle Park. Team spirit was raised to new heights at Pine Lake Marina, when teams donned face paint and set out on a series of competitive challenges, from the bucket challenge and detective work to finding the best solutions to problems. The group returned safely home on 15 April - tired, but content.
Grade 7's at the Safari Wildlife Park, Oudtshoorn
PNPS GARDEN ROUTE TOUR
"My personal favourite fun activity was going to the Puzzle Park. The tour helped everyone get to know each other better and there wasn’t a single person who did not enjoy themselves. Some activities brought us out of our comfort zone but ended up being great fun. " Tatum McLeod. "The tour was a magical experience for me. I learnt a lot of skills and facts while still having fun. For example at the Cango Caves I learnt a lot about the earth while going through cramped areas, which was surprisingly fun. At Pine Lake Marina we were separated into groups to complete a set of exercises that would bring us together as a grade." Jakym Mohamed.
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PINEHURST CARES FOR THE ENVIRONMENT The Pinehurst PTA Greening Committee sponsored a tree and on 6 April many Pinehurst families joined the #AdoptATree event where learners and parents helped to plant the Pinehurst tree amongst the 100 trees planted that day. It was a special
occasion and we thank the organisers from Renew the Elsieskraal River for the event. The school has also started an Eco Club, where on Messy Mondays and Trashy Tuesdays learners volunteer to pick up litter around the playground. Using litter
PINEHURST PRIMARY SUMMER SPORT CHILDREN SHINE Thirteen children from Pinehurst Primary represented district or provincial teams in the 1st quarter of the year in six different sporting codes. â€œWe are really proud of all the effort they invest to make these achievements possible," said Rob Buck, Sports Director at Pinehurst. Athletics (Central Zone Team): Gemma Holland, Nina McDiarmid, Zach Redfern, Kaity Buck, Biancha Witbooi. Athletics (WP Team): Yaaseen Hajwani. Baseball (WP Team): Sean Cupido. Cricket (District Team): Adam Cupido. Indoor Hockey (PSI All Stars Team): Joel Widan, Adam Gibbon, Zach Redfern, Hayden Stoll. Sailing (National Team): Dean Carstens. Tennis (WP Team): Kei Badenhorst.
and bottles from home, they pack eco bricks in collaboration with the Pinehurst Outreach Programme (POP). The inter-class competition was fierce and 194 bricks were collected! Pinehurst is excited to be joining the WESSA Eco Schools programme.
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INSURING YOUR HOME AT MARKET VALUE COULD COST YOU The current situation April 2019: South African residential property values continue to decline meanwhile the average cost of new builds continues to increase with rising costs of materials and labour. THERE IS A GAP BETWEEN MARKET VALUE AND REPLACEMENT VALUE The gap between the value of your home and the cost to rebuild it is the
single-biggest culprit when it comes to insuring your home for the wrong value. Homeowners who insure their property at market value are increasingly putting themselves at risk of being severely underinsured.
A COMMON INSURANCE MISTAKE BECAUSE MARKET VALUE INCLUDES THE LAND BUILDING INSURANCE DOES NOT This is according to Rory Mitchell, Director at GVC Brokers, who says that insuring a property at market value, as opposed to replacement value, is one of the most common mistakes he sees. "It is important to remember that building insurance covers you for everything except the land. The amount you insure for will therefore be the replacement value of
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the structure, including outbuildings, and not the market value of the property as a whole."
CALCULATING THE COST OF REPLACEMENT
“Home insurance policies should therefore not be calculated on what the property is currently worth on the market, but rather on what it would cost to rebuild the property structures today, including all professional fees and expenses,” he explains. Mitchell says that this is particularly relevant for high-net-worth individuals, as many ultra-high-end properties are situated in difficult-to-reach locations, such as Bakoven in Cape Town. “This will play a role in insurance premiums, because in the event of a total loss, it may be impossible for trucks to reach a property to remove rubble. " “In this case, it would be necessary to contract rock climbers to remove all rubble by hand. This time-consuming exercise is unlikely to be funded by a mass market insurance policy,” he explains.
INCLUDE CHANGES TO THE RAND DOLLAR EXCHANGE RATE
Similarly, expensive Italian floor tiles or imported wallpaper hold a great deal of
value and should be replaced with material of a similar standard. For this reason, factors such as the impact of the rand to dollar exchange rate must also be factored into the cost of rebuilding.
LOCATION ALSO PLAYS A PART IN CALCULATING REPLACEMENT VALUES FOR INSURANCE
On the other end of the spectrum, Mitchell points out that a property’s desirable location could also result in a homeowner being over-insured if they base their insurance on market-value. “A home situated along Cape Town’s desirable Atlantic Seaboard will have a market value considerably more than one that is located in an inland suburb with no tourist appeal – even if the two properties are identical in every other aspect.”
CHOOSE YOUR INSURER WELL.
These, Mitchell says, are just some examples of the major financial mistakes that affluent homeowners typically make when insuring their properties – either through insuring their home at market value without taking into account the specifications of their home, or when sourcing a policy from an insurer unequipped to deal with their needs.
Creating and protecting your wealth
to the 2nd series of our RETIREMENT WORKSHOP Building on last year’s very successful Retirement Workshop, we will be hosting the second series of this event in May this year. Over freshly brewed coffee and homemade muffins and treats, our panel of inhouse experts will engage with guests on:.
INVESTING FOR RETIREMENT
Active vs passive investing: What is the difference? How and when to us these strategies? Which is right for your circumstances? Multi-managers: What is the role of the multi-manager? What value do they add? How do they charge? When to use one?
ESTATE & TAX PLANNING
Winding up an estate: How long does it take? What practical steps need to be taken? What are the duties of the Executor? Building tax-efficiency into your plan: When are trusts appropriate to use? How can you reduce tax in your investment portfolio? How can you minimise the tax burden in your estate?
Date: Wednesday 15 May 2019 Time: 10h00 – 12h00 Venue: Pinelands Bowling Club, St Stephens Road, Pinelands RSVP: (021) 530 8500 or email@example.com You can also register online at www.crue.co.za Cost: This is a free event and all are welcome to attend.
ABOUT YOUR HOSTS Director, Craig Torr, holds a B.Comm degree and is a Certified Financial Planning® professional. Craig and his wife, Sue, founded Crue Invest 15 years ago as one of the few fee-based financial planning practices in SA. Director, Sue Torr, read for BA LLB degrees at Rhodes University and is an advocate of the high court. She is author of online column, Let’s talk about money, and a founding director of the company. Eric Jordaan is a director at Crue Invest. He holds BA LLB LLM qualifications, specialising in tax. He is a Certified Financial Planning® professional and has an Advanced Graduate Diploma in Financial Planning. Devon Card is a director and shareholder at Crue Invest. Having read for his B.Comm degree at the University of Cape Town, he is also a Certified Financial Planning® professional. Gareth Collier is a director and shareholder at Crue Invest, and holds a Bachelor of Commerce qualification. He is also a Certified Financial Planning® professional. Crue Invest (Pty) Ltd is an authorised financial services provider regulated by the Financial Services Board, FSP No. 19025
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Estate Planning Tips By Sue Torr
Director Crue Invest There is a lot more to estate planning than drafting a will and calculating estate duty. To minimise the burden on your loved ones here are some tips that will benefit those who are left behind: 1. Simultaneous death: Most wills make provision for what will happen in the event of you and your spouse’s simultaneous death, although this is an eventuality that is not often considered. Make sure that someone other than your spouse or partner knows where your will (or wills) are kept. 2. Digital will: Most of us have a significant online presence in the form of bank and retail accounts, social media accounts, subscriptions, charities, utility services and work-related sites. The best format for a digital will is to prepare a document listing all your online accounts and services, together with your usernames and passwords for each site. At the same time, make a note of other important information such as codes to the safe/gun safe, combination locks, alarm codes and PIN numbers. 3. Beneficiary nomination: Double-check the beneficiary nominations on any life assurance policies you have in place. Should you die, the policy will be paid out relatively quickly to your named beneficiary. If left to the ‘estate’ the proceeds may take up to nine months to be paid out. 4. Overseas family: For beneficiaries who reside overseas, we recommend that you keep certified copies of their identity documents at hand. 5. Overseas assets: Although it is legally possible to draft one will to deal with worldwide assets, it is always best to seek advice to determine whether you require an offshore will. 6. Organ donation: Can be included in the will - but rather ensure that your loved ones know you are a registered organ donor. Keep a copy of our organ donation card on file. 7. Pets: If you are single or widowed, it is important to make plans for your pets in the event of your passing. Make arrangements directly with the person who will care for your animals. 8. Liquidity: In the event of your death, your bank accounts will be frozen. Even a well-organised estate can take up to nine months to wind up. If your spouse depends on you for an income, it is important to ensure that he/she will have access to funds while your estate is being wound up.
9. Incapacity: It is important to make plans for the possibility that you may suddenly become mentally incapacitated. A general power of attorney is not valid in instances where the principal has no mental capacity. Prepare by discussing curatorship and administration options with your financial adviser. 10. Ethical will: An ethical will is not a legal document but a wonderful way to communicate your values, experiences and life lessons with your family. It is designed to pass on things such as guiding principles, memories, spiritual values and wishes for your family’s future. It can also be used to communicate your personal story, and to share your thoughts and memories. 11. Retirement funds: It is important to remember that, even if you have nominated beneficiaries on your retirement fund, it is the trustees of your fund who are responsible for determining who your dependants are and who will receive the benefits. This can be a time-consuming process. 12. Copies of documents: One of the executor’s first functions will be to gather all the necessary documents relating to your estate including ID and passport, birth and marriage certificates, divorce orders, maintenance agreements, trust deeds, tax numbers, firearm licenses and so on. Keep a folder of these essential documents plus a couple of certified copies of each. 13. Personal belongings: Our advice is to talk to your loved ones about your wishes while you are still alive. Alternatively, you can make a list of your personal belongings (for example, items of jewellery, artwork, stamps or other collectables) and indicate who you would like to leave these to, all of which can be included in a letter of wishes. 14. Charities: There may be specific items, such as a book collection, tools or sewing material, to be given to a charity, all of which can be included in your letter of wishes. 15. Safe-keeping of your will: Be cautious of keeping your will with the bank. In the event of your passing, your bank accounts and credit cards are frozen, and the bank may refuse to release your will without the executor’s permission. This can cause unnecessary delays.
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100 TREES PLANTED ON THE BANKS OF THE CANAL! On Saturday 6th of April, in a wonderful show of community collaboration, the residents of Pinelands and beyond, planted 100 trees along the banks of the Elsieskraal River. The #AdoptATree Planting Day, a project of the Renew The Elsieskraal River group, consisted of residents adopting an indigenous tree and physically planting it along the canal bank. Friends of the Liesbeek River group helped dig all 100 holes. The Department of Parks and Recreation provided the trees. Calm, sunny weather together with a spirit of generosity and helpfulness among the tree planters made the morning particularly special. Trees were adopted for many reasons: in memory of families who passed away; to celebrate families, in the name of children, and as a statement of how important it is to heal our planet. For more information contact Jacqui firstname.lastname@example.org or find the “Renew The Elsieskraal River” group on Facebook.
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Pinelanders film South African Survivor Season 7 in Samoa
"It was cyclone season and some days the rain never stopped at all, we had roads to some of the remote locations wash away, 4x4’s got stuck, it was messy at times but not once did the cameras stop rolling… for 39 days straight, 24 hours a day, split between day and night reality crews." Pinelanders Craig Alsop and Craig Brown recently returned from Samoa after filming Survivor South Africa Season 7. Craig Alsop who has filmed six of the seven seasons of South African Survivor had the position of Director of Photography on all immunity and reward games. Fellow Pinelander Craig Brown was Head of Department for
CRAIG ALSOP "My interest in film and television was sparked when my parents moved in the early 90's to Los Angeles, home to Hollywood studios. In the mid 90’s I worked for a small camera rental company called Intellivision in Observatory. My job was to prepare camera equipment packages for clients for upcoming shoots, sweep and paint the studio space and even wash the boss's car. It was here that I met Craig Brown. Experience as a camera assistant. I began going out as a camera assistant, learning from the best freelancers Cape Town had to offer. In 1996 I moved to Los Angeles and worked on low budget feature films as a camera assistant and eventually started filming small music videos. First freelance job in Antarctica After gaining a lot of valuable experience in Hollywood I returned to Cape Town and my career really took off. In 2001 I went to Antarctica to interview the first female explorers to traverse Antarctica
- Liv Arnesen from Norway and Ann Bancroft (not the actress) from the USA. A super inspiring story filmed in -40 oC temperatures. Since then I have worked for clients such as MTV, BBC, Sky TV in over 60 countries around the world, from bug infested islands in Panama for American reality shows to camping out at Pyramids in Sudan. I have even been chased by a machete wielding mad man in Senegal. Filming for BBC - the Stig In the last 5 years I’ve moved more into Director of Photography work, which basically means, running the camera department on big multi camera shows and planning shots with the Director. A great opportunity in Cape Town was on an extreme car racing show for the BBC featuring the Stig from Top Gear. The show was called The Getaway Car and we built a racetrack on an old runway in Stellenbosch and flew contestants out from England to race against the Stig in supercars.
Career packed with highlights Some highlights over the years for me have been winning a Grand Clio and silver at Cannes Lions for a project I filmed in Congo Brazzaville for Guinness called The Men in Suits. I have also directed an extreme survival reality show in the desert in Saudi Arabia; and a travel show with 50 cast members going from Kenya to London. Always good to be home in Pinelands What really motivates me are the people I meet in different locations and filming a variety of subject matter, from investment interviews for CNBC in Dubai to sailing the Atlantic and filming the Cape to Rio yacht race. Although I travel a lot with work, my favourite destination is always home to my family in Pinelands - to wife Vanessa and 6 year old son, Jackson. We moved to Pinelands 10 years ago as it is really nice for young families with good schools and close to town and the airport. Attitude is everything Advice to youngsters: in a normal career you work 8 hours a day, 5 days a week. In this game it's 14 hours plus per day in some extreme environments. Bring a good attitude and be prepared to wake up very early to catch those beautiful sunrises."
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weather is bad, as the audience want to see what the castaways go through. The hours are long and on average we work a 14 hour day, 6 days a week, for two months. The contestants really suffer, with no food or cleaning products, so after the first week they don't smell so good! The camera team cannot talk to the cast which quickly gives us a fly on the wall advantage when filming as we are not allowed
to communicate with contestants at all. These rules work in our favour when capturing real life situations. The highlights of working on a show like this are the beautiful island locations and overcoming the harsh conditions to deliver a flagship show to audiences back home." Survivor South Africa Season 7: Island of Secrets is due to air on M-Net on 16 May 2019.
CRAIG BROWN "I love that my job takes me to places that many people don’t get to see or experience, I have filmed the glitz and glamour of Hollywood & Mallorca, Bounty hunters in Los Angeles, filmed with David Hasselhoff in Singapore and Danny Trejo in his taco truck and restaurant in Los Angeles. Career Beginnings I grew up in Pinelands in the 80’s and studied film and TV Production for 3 years in the mid 90’s where I graduated with a distinction in Image technology, I then worked in a Post Production sound studio assisting with final mixes for loads of TV commercials and dramas. Going Freelance Then I took over from Craig Alsop at a Camera Rentals house which was situated in Observatory. During my two years here I met and worked with some of the top crew in South Africa's Film and Television industry. In 2002 I decided to freelance
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and haven’t looked back. I have had the fortunate opportunity to work on local and top international reality shows and documentaries for many broadcasters around the world including BBC, SKY ONE, MTV and MNET. Last year I was away from my family for a total of 7 months filming on local and international shows. Now I plan on producing and filming a lot more content locally. Pinelands and the film industry We’ve been in Pinelands for close to 10 years and we love it here - the close proximity Pinelands offers to town and the airport is a real win for me. You’d be surprised just how many people there are in Pinelands that are involved in the Film and TV industry. There have been some big Hollywood names passing through our suburb… not to mention the number of local and big international film shoots that have taken place in Pinelands the past 20 years.
Hollywood Madness I usually head to the US twice a year to work on projects associated with the Oscars, namely “Hollywood Madness” for ProSieben in Germany which has 4 to 5 million viewers. We film with celebrity stylists and makeup artists - we tag along with some of Hollywoods top real estate moguls and film celebrity homes that have come on the market, we film anything weird and wonderful in LA which there is plenty of! Texas Storm Chasers One of the highlights last year was joining some Texas Storm Chasers following a major storm. We basically headed close to the eye of the storm and then had to make a quick retreat as things started to take a turn for the worse really quickly. This is definitely something to put on your bucket list, an adrenaline rush of note! Variety is the spice of life Glitz and glamour aside, I’ve filmed in life threatening environments as well. From filming with gangsters on the Cape Flats to military invasions in Myanmar, Aid workers in Somaliland, filming high speed chases with police, and filming storm chasers in Texas, it never gets boring... this is what I love doing."
Images and text supplied: Craig Alsop and Craig Brown
the Reality Camera Crews and Director of Photography on Tribal Council - meaning between them they had to organize and run all cameras (14 in all) and filming. The camera, audio and content teams, consisting of a crew of just under 30 people, were split up between the different tribes on the various reality beaches. The challenging extreme weather conditions, with torrential tropical rain storms, heavy winds and the high humidity put tremendous strain on the production crew, the castaways and also the camera equipment. "Because it’s a reality show, you need to keep filming, even when the
By Dorothy Du Plooy
Memories in the Maldives “Is it really as beautiful as they say?” No, it is more beautiful than I ever imagined. You experience the beauty with all of your senses, feeling the tranquillity of the calm sea that ranges from total translucence reflecting the pure white sand, through the different shades of aquamarine, teal and midnight blue. It smells different and tastes different.
THE BEAUTY OF KANI ISLAND
We stayed on Kani island which is only 1.5km in circumference. If you stand on any one spot on the island, you experience the sea on the one side and the lush palm trees and vegetation in the middle of the island. I felt completely surrounded by it’s beauty. It tickled, fascinated and entertained all of my senses. My daughter Anna and I went for a walk around the island after our arrival and we were delighted to find a small white eel accompanying us right at the edge of the water. We also spotted our first small black tipped shark, of which there are plenty. It is a barefoot and swimming costume sort of a place, where you have to sweep the sand off your bed before you go to sleep.
MAKING THE MOST OF THE OPTIONS
“Are you having a good rest” my brother asked me on day three. It was then that I realised that my FOMO had me running from one relaxing activity to the next. Our days started with an early breakfast, which required lots of energy to decide between all the enticing different cuisines on offer. Anna would go diving straight after breakfast, while I joined the meditation group on the beach. Sitting on the sand and realising that the only thing required of me at that time, was to open my mind to the gentle lapping of the water against the sand, was a powerful experience.
Maldives is known as one of the best snorkelling and diving spots and it was an exhilarating experience. There is a plethora of fish. One of my most precious memories is of snorkelling at the reef frequented by turtles. This was an hour’s boatride from Kani in a marine reserve. The coral was a lot more colourful and
Dorothy and Anna
alive and it was a wonderland of fish. I found myself laughing out loud inside my snorkel, through sheer pleasure when I was surrounded by two huge schools of fish audibly nibbling away at the coral. It was like an underwater symphony. I can only describe the experience as one of being in a total state of euphoria. There could not be a bigger treat for me than gliding through the warm water (30 0C) and witnessing the over-abundance of shape and colour of a profusion of fish species. The visibility is just amazing.
TURTLES AND STINGRAYS
We saw many turtles gracefully bobbing up to the surface to breathe and then diving down again to feed. I saw two huge moray eels hiding in their caves and Anna was fortunate to see three big rays on her last dive. We spotted some smaller stingrays near the beach on one of our walks and a huge one passing through underneath the jetty on our evening walk. You don’t even need to be in the water to see fish. After snorkelling, I would get something cold to drink from the beach bar and chat to the barmaid Daniella, who is from Pretoria.
LAZY DAYS AND GOOD FOOD
There would be time for a quick breather and then off to do aquarobics, where Durbanite Sia would put us through our paces. It is lovely to hear the South African accent when you are so far away from home. It was only after four days, that we realised that we needed a holiday from our holiday. So we spent the day lazing on a bed under a palm tree on the beach and taking lazy swims with goggles and a snorkel in the calm warm water. All this resting made us very hungry for the array of seafood and wonderful meals on the beach.
HERMIT CRABS COMING OUT AT NIGHT
We stayed glued to the beach until the sun turned the sky orange and red and sank down below the horizon. After a delightful dinner, we would end each day with a walk along the beach outside our bungalow to go hermit crab spotting. After seeing a group of 50 or more hermits of different shapes and sizes together we realised that they might be swapping homes.
MEMORIES TO TREASURE
There was not one day during this holiday that was without a new sighting or some kind of exhilaration. What a wonderful and privileged way to make memories with my daughter.
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ANIMAL WELFARE SOCIETY SA 1929 - 2019
"For the Love of Animals" Any charitable organisation that can live to celebrate its 90th birthday shows it is well supported and appreciated by those it serves. The AWS SA clinic is open 7 days a week providing veterinary services including sterilisations, orthopaedic work and life saving operations. The AWS sends animal care educational teams into the community where there is a big drive to sterilise as many animals as possible. All adopted dogs and cats are sterilised and microchipped. See Muse December 2015.
A GRAND EVENT TO THANK SUPPORTERS
The AWS SA celebrated its 90th birthday event at Kelvin Grove Club on Saturday the 9th March. Guests were kept entertained by multi-talented MC Alan Marriott and gifted guest musicians and singers who had the crowd on their feet dancing the night away. The event was organised to thank the many AWS SA donors and supporters and especially their current team of “Animal Welfare Warriors” led by the indefatigable Dr Mac (Dr John McMullen of Forest Drive Veterinary Practice). Chairman of AWS SA Dr Jim McNamara and Executive Committee member Professor Marian Jacobs - the former Dean of UCT Faculty of Health Sciences both live in Pinelands, as do many donors, supporters and adopters.
PATRON MS PAMELA ISDELL
The 150 guests were warmly welcomed by Patron Ms Pamela Isdell who handed over a cheque for USD $60 000. This magnanimous gift will be used to fund the revamp of a dedicated Mass Animal Sterilisation Clinic due for commissioning in International Animal Month in October;
Above from left: Neville Isdell, Dr Jim McNamara (AWS SA Chairman) and Pamela Isdell (AWS SA Patron). to refurbish the Outside Hospital Dog Kennels and for the supply and installation of a borehole water purification system. Pamela was accompanied by her husband Neville Isdell a revered philanthropist and former Chairman of the Board of Directors and Chief Executive Officer of the CocaCola Company. Neville and Pamela Isdell are respected international change makers. They make the world a better place and the AWS SA is so very fortunate to have them as part of the AWS SA family.
MORE WELCOME DONATIONS
The amazing founder of Dancers LOVE Dogs Brigitte Reeve-Taylor gifted R20 000 towards the on-going Mass Animal Sterilisation drives. Proceeds from a wellsupported dog walk organised by Megan Durant in recognition of her beloved AWS SA adopted dog Ace’s 5th Adopt-A-Versary, as well as a Valentine’s Day event organised by a local business owner and 120 free microchips from Identipet were received.
THE WORK OF AWS SA IS WELL APPRECIATED
Fundraising efforts on the night were deliberately limited to a Silent Auction, raffle and spontaneous donations and all of these initiatives were very, very well supported by the long list of individuals and companies who willingly, generously contributed towards the resounding success of the evening and who pledged
Dr Mac (AWS SA Vice Chairman and CEO) with several of his guests.
Chelsea Woodman cutting the cake which was masterfully baked and decorated by Barbara Shenfield. Chelsea is the niece of the late June Woodman the AWS SA Secretary/Chairman from 1986 - 2010. their continued support for a society and brand they have complete faith in.
A TRIBUTE TO FOUNDERS & BENEFACTORS
"As the current custodians of AWS SA we need to pay tribute to our founders, past leaders and many benefactors for caring, sharing and ensuring a rock solid foundation upon which to grow the Animal Welfare Society of South Africa. They would be mightily proud to know that 90 years on their vision is being fulfilled and our list of supporters and donors is on the increase," says Allan Perrins, Head of Resource Development & Communications AWS SA. Here’s to a better tomorrow.
PINELANDS HIGH SCHOOL EARNS GREEN FLAG AWARD
Eco-Schools, an international programme of the Foundation for Environmental Education, which is active in 67 countries around the world was implemented in South Africa in 2003. The programme is aimed at creating awareness and action around environmental sustainability in schools as well as supporting Education for Sustainable Development in the national curriculum. The Green Flag Award is the culmination of three consecutive years of environmental action at the PHS. Every year the school submits a report, documenting evidence of the action projects completed in that year. Their action projects in 2018 focused on reducing waste, saving water and growing biodiversity. In 2019 they continue with the existing projects and chose climate change as their fourth action project theme.
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Some of the PHS Eco-Club members.
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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.
Portrait: Neville Lockhart Food shot: Julian Goldswain
Mild winter curry Recipe from The AMC Book Serves 6 20 ml (4 tsp) olive or avocado oil 1 kg mutton or beef thick rib, or other stewing meat on the bone (if you prefer boneless meat, use shoulder, diced) 2 medium onions, chopped 2 cloves of garlic, crushed 10 ml (2 tsp) ground coriander 15 ml (1 tbsp) ground cumin 15 ml (1 tbsp) garam masala 15 ml (1 tbsp) grated fresh ginger (or replace fresh ginger with 5 ml (1 tsp) ground ginger) 20 ml (4 tsp) mild curry powder 10 ml (2 tsp) turmeric 1 red chilli, chopped (seeded if preferred) 2 bay leaves and 2 small cinnamon sticks 20 ml (4 tsp) dried mixed herbs 1 small (500 g) butternut, peeled and cubed 3 medium potatoes, peeled and cubed 30 ml (2 tbsp) cake flour 15 ml (1 tbsp) soy sauce 1 x 410 g tin chopped tomatoes 180 ml chicken stock or strong Rooibos tea salt and pepper to taste handful fresh coriander or Italian parsley brown rice and fresh sambal to serve 1. Heat oil over a medium heat in a large pot. Brown meat in batches, spoon out and set aside. 2. In the same pot, sauté onions and garlic until tender. Add all the spices and dried herbs and sauté for 3-5 minutes until aromatic. 3. Add the butternut and potatoes and sauté for a few minutes. Stir in the flour until no dry flour is visible. 4. Stir in the soy sauce, tomatoes and stock or tea. Bring to a gentle boil. 5. Return the meat and reduce the heat. Slowly simmer with a lid for 1½-2 hours or until the meat is tender. Season to taste, but don’t stir too much. 6. Serve with fresh coriander or parsley, brown basmati rice and a fresh sambal – combine diced yellow and red pepper, cucumber, chopped chilli and fresh coriander for a delicious sambal.
South Africans love curries – in any shape, form and strength. Curries are considered part of the rainbow of dishes in South African cuisine and are synonymous with winter. This recipe is a mild combination of aromatic flavours with a strong Malay influence. A curry should not just be a hot and spicy dish that makes your eyes water. A delicious blend of spices ranging from ginger and the sweet tones of cinnamon to the earthiness of cumin and coriander and then a bit of a bite from curry powder and chilli, is so much more enjoyable. The cooking methods for curries vary from recipe to recipe. Many versions, like this one, are made in a similar way to a stew. The meat is browned and then the onions and spices are sautéed to enhance the flavours, before it is all slowly simmered together. This curry will be equally good, prepared
with mutton, beef or chicken. Remember that the cooking time for chicken will be much shorter than for red meat. The addition of butternut may not be as typical as just using potatoes, but I love the combination of spices with something that adds a bit of natural sweetness. It helps to balance the spiciness of the dish. Together with the potatoes, it thickens the curry sauce. Curries can be served with a range of side dishes and accompaniments. From rice to spooning it into a roti, on naan bread and topped with a fresh salsa or a dollop of plain yoghurt to soften the spicy flavours of a curry. Fresh coriander leaves and a homemade sambal (chilli sauce) are fabulous with all of these options and complements the spices beautifully. Cook up many a curry this winter.
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