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100 | October 2019
100 th Edition
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THANKS FOR HELPING US REACH OUR 100TH EDITION As we enjoyed a long overdue visit to friends and family in Australia last month, the milestone of producing this 100th edition was awaiting our return. As I wondered what I could say about it, the first words that came to mind were “thank you”. Thank you for reading our magazine each month and for your many kind comments over the years. You kept us going by sharing your news and stories with us and tipping us off about people in the community doing great and interesting things. Thank you also for rewarding our advertisers with your support, as it is their Rands which allow us to produce the magazine which we hope adds a bit to the local Pinelands spirit each month. In numbers, there have been 2 436 pages, three quarters of a million copies in total, around 190 people featured as Pinelanders, a hundred or so delicious recipes and travel destination stories and more... a bit of a local Wikipedia in all. Behind each issue, there are many days and late nights of interviews, writing, photography, designing, distribution, sales and admin. Every edition is like one of our children with its own character – sometimes easy and well behaved and sometimes fractious and trying, but we love them all. We hope that we provide a positive influence for our neighbourhood and that anyone who picks up our magazine and reads it will come away knowing a little more about it’s people and that the inspirational stories will perhaps move someone to act on their own dream. So, here’s one more edition to educate, inform and entertain you as you curl up with it in your favourite comfy chair while sipping your special beverage. When we published our first edition in October 2010, little did we know that we would one day be looking forward to serving you with the 101st edition. Again, we can’t thank you all enough. Here’s to a fantastic summer. Enjoy the edition!
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White-necked Raven A large crow, bigger than the Pied Crow, it can be differentiated from the Pied Crow by having no white on the chest, but only a white band on the neck. One of the main features of the raven is a very heavy white-tipped beak. Usually confined to mountainous and hilly areas with cliffs, they are becoming increasingly common in urban environments in the Western Cape. They are commonly seen flying over Pinelands. Generally seen in pairs, they are sometimes in flocks of 5 to 150 birds in the non-breeding season. Their food consists mainly of carcasses, road-kill and refuse dumps. They are also known to take live prey, fruit and seeds. 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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Friday 11 October 2019 PINEHURST GREEN RUN
Come to the annual fun run at the school, for the 2.5km and 5km races, which start from 5:30pm. Registration opens at 4pm. Adults R35 and R20 for children 13 and under. Refreshments available. Call Samantha 072 839 1081 or Wilna 072 324 1268. 14:54
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Join the adult book club from 10:30am to 11:30am in the Library committee room to hear guest speaker Desiree-Anne Martin, author of We don't talk about it ever: a Memoir.
Wednesday 23 October 2019 PRRA ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING
The Pinelands Ratepayers and Residents Association will have their annual General Meeting at 7:30pm in the Pinelands Library Hall. All Welcome. Email Carol at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Saturday 26 October 2019
CANNONS CREEK ANNUAL CARNIVAL
Treat the family from 9am to 2pm and enjoy craft and food stalls, music, World Cup rugby on a TV screen, rides for children, an animal farm and much more. Entry: R10 for adults and R5 for children.
Saturday 26 October 2019
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Date: 26 October Time: 9am - 2pm Place: Cannons Creek Carnival Come to our stall at the Cannons Creek Carnival for a large selec�on of water wise succulents.
Come to Pinelands Presbyterian Church, St Stephen’s Road from 7:30am to 12 noon for breakfast or tea and then browse through the various stalls where incredible bargains and hidden gems can be found.
Wed 30 October 2019 STEEL MAGNOLIAS
The cancer support group for ladies meets at 7pm at 20 Peak Drive. Call 021 531 3963.
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Join the Pinelands Library social group for adults in the committee room at 10am for a talk by Faeza on Moslem Culture. All welcome. Call 021 530 7160.
Saturday 16 November 2019 PINELANDS NEIGHBOURHOOD WATCH ANNUAL FULL MOON WALK
Take Back the Canal Full Moon Walk – 7:30pm for 8pm starting at the Clyde end of Pinelands. This festive event comes once a year and should not be missed. Children and on-lead friendly dogs are strongly encouraged! Complimentary coffee and delicious snacks afterwards.
Saturday 30 November 2019 PINEWOOD RETIREMENT VILLAGE ANNUAL FÊTE
Come to the Village Fête in University Drive from 8:15am to 12:15pm. Enjoy teas, snacks, books, tombola, cakes, pickles, jams, various raffles, boerewors rolls, pancakes, beers and coldrinks, and lots of good bric-a-brac. Proceeds to charity and Village projects.
Saturday 30 November 2019 VISTA NOVA SUMMER FAIR
Loerie Road, Pinelands, 9am - 3pm. Enjoy food stalls, a tea garden, craft stalls, a flea market, plus live entertainment and lots more.
Mon 2 - Sun 22 Dec 2019 PINELANDS CRAFT AND GIFT FAIR
For relaxed Christmas gift shopping visit Pinelands High School, Forest Drive. This will be a cashless market with credit/debit card facilities. Open on weekdays from 9am to 7pm; and weekends from 9am to 5pm for unique crafts, plants, home decor and refreshments. Call 082 661 6080.
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CANNONS CREEK AT THE YOUNG SCIENTISTS EXPO This year Cannons Creek took part in the UCT Science Expo and won three bronze medals â€“ an excellent achievement for a first attempt. Seen in the photo (right) are Kaylee Williams who was awarded a bronze medal in the Earth Sciences category, Tristan Johnson who was awarded a bronze medal in the Chemistry and Biochemistry category, and Noah Melunsky who was awarded a bronze medal in the Chemistry and Biochemistry category.
WOW SPELLERS WIN FOR CANNONS CREEK
Ilhaam Cassiem (left) and Above: Kelsey Hendricks (right) took part in the Afrikaans WOW-spelkompetisie on 23 August. Kelsey won the individual prize in the Grade 10 category and she and Ilhaam also won the Grade 10 Schools category for Cannons Creek.
CANNONS CREEK OPPOSES VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN AND CHILDREN
On Friday 6 September Cannons Creek High School pupils wrapped the perimeter of the school grounds in black fabric and painted the word ENOUGH on it to show their solidarity with the movements opposing violence against women and children. On Monday 9 September before
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CANNONS CREEK SCHOOL PLAY MOWGLI - FUN FOR ALL! The Cannons Creek Primary School Play this year was Mowgli, Friend of the Jungle. It was directed by the Primary School Drama teacher Cassan Ferguson who had re-worked the original Jungle Book so that the whole Primary School from Grade 1 to 6 could participate. The Music Director was Gail Levitt.
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TIME TO SHINE! A recent casual day at Pinelands North Primary School (PNPS) concentrated on the theme “Time to shine with persons with disabilities”. The day was used as an opportunity to highlight the current negativity in our country, focusing on different ways to be better people and citizens. PNPS stood united to shine for a truly great cause, SHINE YOUR OWN LIGHT, to make this world a better place. This message is engrained in the school ethos and daily running of the school. PNPS believes that the “Habits of mind”, being referred to daily, will help breed responsibility, integrity, tolerance and respect, not only in our community, but spreading this as far as we can. All are encouraged to make a conscious effort to “catch” our pupils doing the RIGHT thing at all times. Nutrition is also important and our recommended healthy snack for the coming weeks is broccoli. By Shereen Stadler Deputy Principal at Pinelands North Primary School.
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GO-KART DERBY 2019
This yearâ€™s Go-Kart Derby had the children, parents and teachers zooming around the race tracks with their funky headgear of all types and colour. The excitement was tangible and a fun day was had by all. The generosity of families and sponsors resulted in an impressive amount of donations, which were put towards the purchasing of Chromebooks, to be used by the children in the classroom. Some of the funds were donated to a less fortunate school, so they too could host a Derby Day to raise money for their own school. A very big thank you to two sponsors, Keller Williams Realty and GB Attorneys, for their generous contributions to this event. The funding competition was tight and created much anticipation in the weeks leading up to this event. The class who returned all their forms first was Grade 3P and they were rewarded with a pizza party and a free civvies day. Grade 4D received a R500 book voucher to buy books for their classroom, an ice-cream treat and a free civvies day for collecting the most money. By Haley Holton Grade 1H Teacher Pinelands North Primary School.
BOWL OUT THE YEAR! Try an end-of-year-party with a difference Pinelands Bowling Club offers a teambuilding end-of-year-party option where companies can entertain their staff in a relaxed atmosphere with fun bowling.
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We offer braai facilities and catering, a cash bar and bowls coaching and provide equipment.
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RESIDENTS OF PINELANDS GROVE HONOUR MANDELA
The Mandela Day Knitting Team: Back row standing from l eft to right: Diana Morrow, Rosemary Brinkworth, Dawn Morton and Denise Foulds. Front row seated from left to right: Liz Lloyd, Marie Dâ€™Oliveira, Robin Malan, Jean Verster, and June van der Merwe; standing: Anne De Witt. Pinelands Grove decided to honour Nelson Mandela in appreciation for all he did for our country by holding a knitting extravaganza on Thursday 18 July. Over 40 enthusiastic residents including one brave man participated by knitting for 67 minutes. Amidst much laughter, new friends were
made and a very successful afternoon was enjoyed by participants and supporters. A delicious tea was sponsored by Mike ending the afternoon on a high note. A number of residents helped to put the squares together. Fifteen knee rugs were donated to the less fortunate elderly folk.
DANCECO AT THE CAPE TOWN EISTEDDFOD DanceCo Pinelands once again excelled at the Cape Town Eisteddfod with many dancers being recognised with awards and also winning with their performance of Hairspray. Congratulations!
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By Sue Torr
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FINANCIAL PLANNING? Financial planning is more than just drawing up a budget and saving for a rainy day. Comprehensive financial planning involves taking a holistic view of your finances and developing a plan that is uniquely yours. Your own financial plan is a living document that changes as and when your personal circumstances change and should help you to:
Recent research reveals that only 30% of South Africans are saving for emergencies and only 19% of South Africans would be able to survive for three months if they lost their income. The importance of having an emergency fund cannot be stressed enough. Here are some of its benefits: 1. It helps you stay out of debt: In the absence of easily accessible emergency funding, you may be left with no choice but to borrow money to pay for the emergency. Whether it is an unforeseen vet bill, a new tyre for your car or your fridge that stopped working, having a nest egg available to access will mean you can avoid borrowing to pay for the emergency. 2. It protects you against job loss: With retrenchments and job losses on the rise in South Africa, an emergency fund can provide much-needed protection in the event of loss of income. If you are operating in a particularly volatile industry, you may want to consider increasing the size of your emergency funding. 3. It provides a buffer against irregular income: If you are a contract worker, freelancer or starting your own business, an emergency fund can provide you with a financial buffer in times of irregular earnings or until you can build up regular cashflow. 4. It helps to fund home repairs and maintenance: If you are a homeowner, you will inevitably be faced with ongoing repairs and maintenance, which can be expensive. While your short-term insurance will cover some of the costs, such as damage as a result of a burst geyser, the costs of ongoing preventative maintenance and upkeep will be for your expense. 5. It assists with medical and dental shortfalls: Even a comprehensive medical aid can leave you with shortfalls that you need to pay for. Scans, scopes,
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x-rays, day clinic procedures, dental treatment and elective surgery can result in member co-payments or shortfalls, and emergency funding will help cover these bills and other costs associated with your treatment. 6. It prevents you from borrowing from your future self: In the case of an emergency, you may be left with no choice but to access your retirement funding, which is never a good idea. Withdrawing from your retirement funds interrupts the process of compounding interest and will adversely affect your retirement plan. 7. It allows you to travel at short notice: With many South Africa families and friends scattered all over the globe, there may come a time when you need to travel internationally at short notice. International travel can be very expensive, especially when applying for visas and booking flights at short notice, and an emergency fund will ensure that these costs are not prohibitive. 8. It earns you interest: Placing your money into an account with an interest rate that matches or beats inflation will ensure that your money does not lose value in real terms. Shop around for a vehicle, such as a money market fund, with favourable interest rates and ease-ofaccess. 9. It teaches you discipline: Putting money away every month is habitforming. Once you have built up an appropriate emergency fund, re-channel that premium towards something else such as paying off debt or boosting your investments. 10. It provides peace of mind: Lack of emergency funding can keep you awake at night with worry. Knowing that you have a ‘rainy day’ fund tucked away can provide enormous peace of mind and reduce financial stress.
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GENDER-BASED VIOLENCE: THE ROLE OF THE SCHOOL
by Dave Campbell Principal Pinelands High School
REACTION TO SOCIAL INJUSTICE
The last few weeks have been testing times for our communities and schools as powerful waves of emotion have swept through us, sparked by the terrible deaths of women at the hands of men in our city and country. Schools and other educational institutions are often the first to react to tremors in society at large, as young people (who are increasingly connected through social media) respond collectively, quickly and intensely, and with a strong sense of social justice.
GIVING VOICE TO ANGER AND FRUSTRATION
During the week of protests across the country, we held a special assembly in our school in order to attempt to give voice to, and to hold, the anger and frustration that was so evident in our community. In speaking to the school (and to the male members of our community in particular), I made these comments in relation to violence against women:
“Boys and men in this school, we need to understand that violence starts with the small things. It starts with the language we use, the jokes we make, the gestures and comments. It starts with the idea that girls and women are there to fulfil our most basic desires and that if they do not want to do that, there is something wrong with them. Girls and women also do not want to be treated like some sort of precious piece of sculpture. They want to be treated as human beings first and foremost, as people.”
RESPECT FOR FEMALE SCHOOL TEACHERS
I also referenced an email sent to me during that week by a female member of staff who wrote about how disrespect by boys towards female members of staff in schools through gestures, attitudes and comments was the thin edge of the wedge, and was the starting point for genderbased violence. In fact she noted that this kind of disrespect was in fact gender-based violence.
PROTESTING GENDER BASED VIOLENCE
During the course of that tumultuous week many schools were places of protest as students and staff gave vent to their feelings. Posters and signs were made, protests were held inside and outside of schools, and there were intense discussions in classrooms and in staff rooms as everyone tried to make sense of the powerful feelings that were surfacing. In the same assembly I made these comments about our school (and by extension, other schools):
“We are an educational institution. We have a duty to educate you, and we also have a duty to stand as a beacon of hope in our community, as a demonstration of how a large group of people can exist peacefully and positively together, building each
other up, and not breaking each other down. We have a duty to ensure that our school is a place of peace, where everyone can get on with their own lives without interference from others, where cruel and disruptive behaviour is not tolerated.”
MAKE YOUR HOME AND SCHOOL A ZONE OF PEACE, RESPECT, & MATURE DISCUSSION
Our schools have a critical role in shaping societal attitudes through role-modelling, mature adult behaviour, and by being zones of peace. As parents we carry an enormous responsibility to ensure that our homes are places where differences and conflicts are resolved peacefully, where women and girls are treated with respect (where everyone is treated with respect, whether they are part of the family or not), and where we hold mature conversations about gender-based violence and other difficult issues that we face in our fractured society.
LET’S WORK TOGETHER AGAINST DESTRUCTIVE BEHAVIOUR
As individuals in our families, schools, universities, communities and workplaces we hold enormous power; let’s use it to change attitudes and to continue to express outrage at cruel, destructive behaviour in our society.
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PINELANDS HIGH SCHOOL CELEBRATING ART AND DESIGN Pinelands High School hosted their Matric Visual Art and Design Exhibition on 18 September 2019. The evening was dedicated to the achievements of the Grade 12 Visual Art and Design students.
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Visual Art students chose their own direction and sought to express their inner desires and aspirations through the medium/s that best suited their message. Design students focused on a wide variety of products ranging from fashion to industrial furniture and digital design. The students excelled and achieved outstanding results for their exhibits.
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PINELANDS NEIGHBOURHOOD WATCH ACCREDITED BY DEPARTMENT OF COMMUNITY SAFETY Pinelands Neighbourhood Watch is pleased to announce that they have been accredited by the Western Cape Department of Community Safety (DOCS). Highlighting the benefits to a community who works closely with the police to prevent crime, the Department encourages residents to join their local Neighbourhood Watch and they offer a programme that provides support and training. See more at www.westerncape.gov.za search for neighbourhood watch. Heidi Ebrahim, Chairman of the Pinelands Neighbourhood Watch accepted the accreditation certificate on behalf of PNW
at the recent ceremony. The audience was reminded to be a support structure to the police - eyes and ears - and not to be reckless. The DOCS presented PNW with a starter kit that included reflective vests, t-shirts, whistles and some torches. PNW members can look forward to participating in the DOCS training courses covering: Basic Introduction to Neighbourhood Watch Activities; Basic First Aid; Basic Fire safety Awareness. To join your local Neighbourhood Watch see www.pinelandsnw.co.za or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Above: The presentation ceremony where accreditation was granted to approximately 20 Neighbourhood Watch groups. 302 NHW groups have been formally accredited in the Western Cape. From Left: Matthew Dagnin (Sector 2 leader), Hermann Schlenk (Sector 5 leader), Ayesha Fortune (Department of Community Safety), Heidi Ebrahim (Chairman PNW), Maggs Hoosain (Exco general member) and Sgt White (SAPS).
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The Norval Foundation
Our first introduction to the Norval Foundation centre for art and cultural expression was when we met our photography friends at the on-site Skotnes Restaurant for breakfast. The beautifully built restaurant with floor to ceiling windows looking out onto sweeping vistas of the sculpture gardens added another dimension to a tasty breakfast and coffee. Photography is permitted inside the gallery which leads onto the sculpture garden. Note - one has to pay the gallery fee to be
able to walk in the garden, but the views from the restaurant are “free”. An excellent quote from the Norval website highlights that the Norval Foundation combines the experience of art with an appreciation for nature; and is a celebration of art, architecture and landscape. You will find the Norval Foundation at 4 Steenberg Road, Steenberg Estate, Cape Town. Admission is free on the first Thursday of every month. General admission is R180 (reductions for pensioners and students). With the entrance fee one can enjoy a free tour of the museum at 2 pm daily. The Gallery opens at 10am Monday to Sunday and the Skotnes Restaurant opens daily at 8am but is closed on Tuesdays. Picnics are also available from the restaurant and can be enjoyed on the garden lawns. The cost of the picnic includes the gallery fee. See www.norvalfoundation.org.
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Mark Cupido Deputy Principal of Pinehurst Primary School, Pinelander Mark Cupido, shares his experiences as an umpire at the WBSC U18 World Cup held in Gijang, South Korea in September 2019. Enjoying a sport that is a “cinderella sport” and not well funded in South Africa poses many challenges for players and umpires, but Mark has managed to make the most of his chosen sport and is determined to encourage and help as many young players as possible to reach their dream of playing internationally. INTRODUCTION TO BASEBALL
Mark grew up playing cricket and soccer and it was only when he was at college in 1987 that a fellow student asked if he would help to make up a baseball team. He found that he loved the game, joined a club and has never looked back. Both his sons have enjoyed playing since the age of three and have represented Western Province. Few schools have softball or baseball “diamonds” to play on, so most of the sport is played at clubs. However rounders and softball can be introduced easily at schools by introducing baseball 5’s - a simplified version that can be played anywhere.
BECOMING AN UMPIRE
In 2007 Mark considered becoming an umpire and giving back to the game. Working through SABU (South African Baseball Union), umpiring at interprovincial tournaments and writing the umpire grading tests, Mark qualified as a level 5 umpire. Successful umpiring requires good knowledge and use of “field mechanics”. To apply the rules of the game one has to be able to govern the movement, anticipate the play and position oneself with the best view of the play and make the right call.
UMPIRING IN SOUTH KOREA
Mark has umpired in two Baseball World Cups, the first being in Mexico in 2014, when he umpired an U15 game, and more recently he umpired 10 games in the U18 Baseball World Cup held in South Korea. “ The Koreans are very friendly and
there is a pleasing culture of cleanliness throughout the cities. Although the Koreans made a special effort to speak English, there were always interpreters available for all the international umpires. Food was an ‘adventure’ but as the umpires were invited by the WBSC (World Baseball Softball Confederation) our trip was sponsored which included generous funding for daily meals. The competition fields were professionally constructed in the Hyundai Stadium built as the home of Korean Junior Baseball. Internationally, baseball is played for nine months of the year and the standard abroad is very high. Korea and the WBSC have placed huge investment in growing the game. This year “hawk eye” was introduced meaning that there are four umpires on the field (one to monitor each base), one umpire as a time keeper and one for the TV replay.”
pitcher to the player, and the distance between the bases (usually less in softball). In baseball, the pitcher throws overhand from a raised mound whereas in softball the pitcher throws underhand from a level plate. To start with it is very difficult to hit a round ball with a round bat. The fun aspect for anyone wanting to play the game is that one learns about pitching, batting, sliding into the bases, hand/eye co-ordination and how to be physically fit - all skills that can be used in other sports.
BASEBALL - A SPORT FOR ALL
All players, boys and girls can play either baseball or softball. Mark ends with a quote from Juliana Hatfield “Baseball is
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INTERNATIONAL SOUTH AFRICAN PLAYERS
When facing other countries, SA players find the competition quite difficult because of the higher standard in countries where there is more funding and a more intense professional game is played. South Africa has however “grown” players that are successful overseas such as Gift Ngoepe the first person from the African continent to appear in a Major League Baseball game, making his debut for the Pittsburgh Pirates.
BASEBALL VERSUS SOFTBALL
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Simon Hobbs While enjoying a gap year in Santiago, Chile and teaching at a very large school, Craighouse, Simon confirmed his passion for teaching sport to young children. On his return to South Africa he coached tennis and fitness at the Pinelands Tennis Club, before taking up a Sportshub franchise and studying further with ETA College (Exercise Teachers Academy) completing a post-graduate diploma in Sports and Recreational Management. The thrust of his work now is to introduce a variety of sports to young children giving them a lifelong love for sport and a solid foundation on which to build their future sporting dreams. GROWING UP IN PINELANDS Simon's family came to live in Pinelands when he was six, and he and his brother attended Pinehurst Primary School. Simon loves Pinelands and feels it is a wonderful suburb in which to raise children. He gives high praise to Pinelands High School for his well rounded education, especially the "life" lessons from his favourite history/ drama teacher Mr Mike Harris.
VALUABLE LIFE EXPERIENCE Being equipped with the skills for public speaking and presentation held Simon in good stead for his gap year in Chile where he taught Physical Education and many different Sports. He stayed with a Chilean family learning some Spanish and when he had leave, he became a local tourist. At the end of this wonderful travel experience he knew that the driving force getting him out of bed in the morning was a love for sport and for teaching children.
SPORT AND EXERCISE RUNS IN THE FAMILY It is no surprise that sport plays a big part in Simon's life because his parents are keen cyclists and marathon runners. As a family group they recently completed the Three Peaks Challenge (Devil's Peak, Plattekloof and Lion's Head) in one day! Simon had been raised to understand that to be an expert in any field, one had to complete at least 10 000 hours of training, (K. Anders Ericsson 1990). This concept encourages
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parents to guide their children into choosing and specialising in a particular sport from a very young age, so that they can get their 10 000 hours done as soon as possible for professional sporting success.
EARLY SPECIALISATION VERSUS VARIETY
A different and more modern approach that Simon researched while doing his diploma in Sports Management has been the idea that it is better to teach young children from 3 to 9 years old, a variety of sports, giving them a sound foundation to develop as an athlete. This enables both parents and children in the decision making process when it comes to specialising in a sporting career. In his research Simon concluded that parents often choose a sport program for their children in a random, poorly informed way, which may not be in the best interest of their childâ€™s sporting future.
INSTILLING A LOVE FOR SPORT - FOR LIFE
SportsHub follows a program whereby young children, both boys and girls learn about and play rugby, netball, soccer, hockey, tennis and cricket. They get to experience the various sporting codes, learn team work, discipline and have a lot of fun just enjoying the games - not necessarily being pressurised to win although children are taught how to cope with losing. When children reach the end of the program, they are given feedback and a report which highlights their potential and gives direction for the parents and children
to choose a sport for specialisation. Simon strongly believes that every child can play sport! He hopes that those children who do not continue on to play sport professionally will have enjoyed the program so much that a love of sport will be instilled in them for the rest of their lives.
NUTRITION IS IMPORTANT TOO
Another passion of Simon's is health and nutrition. He notices that often the rise in various cancers and diseases can be related to the food that we eat. He is sometimes surprised at what children are given in their lunch-boxes and would like to advocate healthier options for children, so that they instinctively choose the right foods for healthy living. Simon remembers that as a child he was vastly overweight although he did many sports including waterpolo, hockey and golf. A change in eating habits brought him back to a healthy weight. Today he enjoys playing various sports, with gym and running being two of his favourites.
GIVE SPORTSHUB A TRY
Simon runs a weekly Sports Hub Program at various schools in Pinelands, including a non-school specific group at the Pinelands Oval. He hopes to become the chosen program for Foundation Phase Sport in Pinelands. Contact Simon at 082 566 2184, email firstname.lastname@example.org. We also congratulate Simon on his upcoming marriage to Abby, a Pinelander, about to graduate with a medical degree. ď€ź
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by Glynnis & Max Schutte
Our long awaited holiday to Australia has come and gone and we enjoyed every minute of it, reconnecting with friends and family, and as Max said in his September editorial, it was a time when we had the licence to dawdle and daydream and recapture the feeling of trying things for the first time. As is true for many South Africans - the big draw to the Eastern Coast of Australia was family - our niece Tania. The flights via Johannesburg and Perth, where a very good friend Gill joined us for the trip to Brisbane, were surprisingly pleasant. It is five hours from Perth to Brisbane with a two hour time difference Australia is huge!
VIEWS FROM MT COOT-THA
Tania suggested a trip up Mt Coot-tha, a vantage point where one can see the Brisbane River winding its way through the city, doubling back on itself as it passes the modern skyscrapers. In the distance is the Queensland coastline and the destination for our planned trip to Noosa, an hour north of Brisbane on the Sunshine Coast.
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The South Bank Parklands are a must see - a hive of activity with a man made beach - yes in town - called Streets Beach, restaurants, markets and ferry terminals where we caught a “hop on hop off” ride for about four Australian dollars. The ferries are fast, clean...and fun! The Powerhouse Farmers Market in New Farm was good but even more interesting was the way this old power station has been converted into Rick’s Garage
a theatre and restaurant. There is a large asian influence on food in Australia and we enjoyed the delicate thai flavours...but then again we also made a turn at the South African shop to try the local boerewors. We cooked it on a gas braai! ..it was delicious.
NEXT STOP - NOOSA
there are only two Everglades in the world? One is in America and the other is in the Noosa Hinterland. The beautiful day was rounded off with sundowners at the Laguna Lookout overlooking Noosa - one can never get enough of beautiful sunsets.
NOOSA HEADS NATIONAL PARK
Travelling to Noosa we experienced the multi-laned highways with a maximum speed limit of 110km per hour. Road rules are strictly adhered to with the maximum speed limit around schools being 40km/ hr. Even on the highways the speed limit may change because of traffic ahead, so one has to keep an eye on the electronic speed indicator signs. For our lunch stop at Mooloolaba we treated ourselves to fish and chips - our first taste of snapper.
Walking along the tree-lined paths of the Noosa Heads National Park afforded great views of the coastline with various beautiful small bays, where surfers were busy catching the waves. We made our way down to a couple of the beaches - meeting the comical bush turkey on the way. We turned back at Tea Tree Bay, it was getting hot. Someone had seen a koala high up in the trees but we weren’t able to spot it.
NOOSA IS BEAUTIFUL!
I should mention here that we chose dates for travel outside the Australian school holidays, and September turned out to be pleasantly cool. Noosa can be very hot and humid like Durban. Perth too can get very hot with the winds coming off the desert.
In Noosa our good friends Ingrid and Roy were tour guides delux. On the first morning we were treated to a river boat cruise from the Noosa Marina to Gympie Terrace where Ingrid and Roy cooked a slap-up bacon and egg breakfast on the council gas “barbie”. One of the constant surprises in Australia were the council amenities that were so well cared for - and in return the general public seemed to care for their surroundings leaving public spaces clean. After visiting the dazzling high value Hastings Street - good for window shopping... our boat trip continued through the waterways of Noosa with classy houses on one side and mangrove type vegetation on the opposite bank. Did you know that Rick’s BIG burgers
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Perth Noosa RICK’S GARAGE IN PALMWOODS
Our final adventure with Roy and Ingrid was at Rick’s Garage in Palmwood where we shared the biggest hamburger ever. Ok, it cost thirty dollars, but was shared between three people and could even have fed four. Rick’s garage is a medley of old memorabilia, from old Harley bikes to pictures of movie stars and toasters used as serviette dispensers - a photographers paradise. We said a sad farewell to our good friends at the next hinterland stop of Montville.
GOLD COAST HERE WE COME
The Gold Coast is south of Brisbane and very “Miami” style with multipe marinas and flashy homes, cars and swim suits! We stayed at Mermaids Beach in a lovely apartment with huge windows overlooking the sea. It would have been great to be able to bring the kitchen and its views home with us. How wonderful to fall out of bed early in the morning and go straight to the beach for a long walk. It felt safe and there were regular stations for showers and washing the sand off one’s feet.
CURRUMBIN WILDLIFE PARK
Currumbin Wildlife Park was a great day out. The park is huge and has a mini train that runs during the day. We saw all the unusual marsupial type animals that are endemic to Australia, including those that are not, such as some very entertaining lemurs free to roam in a huge enclosed area which is also an aviary with simulated rain forests. I had a chance to feed a kangaroo, but had to avoid an emu who was dead keen on Rottnest Ferry
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Geordie Bay the pellets. Hundreds of lorikeets, found naturally in the wild come every day for a feeding treat. The animal hospital offers a “live” view of surgical procedures through the glass walls of their operating theatre.
SKYPOINT OBSERVATION DECK
Last stop at the Gold Coast was Q1 Residential Tower. The lift to the SkyPoint Observation Deck takes 43 seconds to reach Level 77 which is 230 m above ground. The phenomenal views give a good perspective of the surrounding coastline, waterways and river. Beer Battered Australian Saltwater Barramundi made for an excellent lunch and set us up for the journey back to Brisbane via Mt Tamborine and the Fortitude Brewery.
GOOD BYE BRISBANE - HELLO PERTH
Our farewell to Brisbane was tempered with the fact that we were all travelling back to Perth together for another short holiday to see special framily (friends who feel like family). Our base was in Bull Creek near Gill’s home where we had a great time visiting her parents Tom and Rena.
MAKING THE MOST OF ROTTNEST ISLAND
A great end to our holiday was an overnight stay on Rottnest Island. Gill had organised a villa at Geordie Bay. It was an early morning start in Perth and a great opportunity to use the local train service which is very clean, fast and efficient. From the Barrack Street Jetty we caught the Rottnest ferry down the Swan River - a pretty sightseeing journey in itself; down to the Port of Freemantle and from there to Rottnest. A Quokka on Rottnest Island
The full journey took 90 minutes. There are no cars on Rottnest Island so one uses the local shuttle buses; bicycles or my favourite - walking. Luggage and groceries were delivered directly to our accommodation, so we ambled into the town square where we immediately spotted some quokka - a marsupial native to Rottnest Island. They are about the size of a cat and are very cute. It is an offense to feed the quokka, but they are obviously getting used to the tourists and food dropping off their plates because we had a funny experience with a quokka stealing Tania’s cheese swirl - right out of the packet - right in front of our eyes!!
GEORDIE BAY VILLA
Our accommodation at Geordie Bay was superb with direct access to the beach and beautiful sunsets over the sea. We caught the hop on hop off bus the next morning fairly early and did one full tour of the island which is only 19 square kilometers before deciding which bays to explore on the second trip. My favourite Bay was Parker Point which is popular for snorkelling.
GOODBYE FROM ARALUEN GARDENS
Our send off from Perth was a visit to the beautiful Araluen Gardens in the Perth Hills. Even though it was raining we enjoyed the beautiful displays of tulips - fields of different varieties and colours, and it was here that we saw our first Kookaburra a type of kingfisher. We brought home wonderful memories thanks to our friends and family and feel quite blessed to have had the opportunity to travel. Tulips at Araluen
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Moroccan Chicken Serves 4
4 chicken breast fillets 100 g goats milk cheese – sliced into 4 strips 2 T/30 ml chopped coriander 2 T/30 ml pomegranate pips 2 T/30 ml caramelised onions 250 g shelled pistachios 1 t/5ml fine cumin 1 t/5 ml fine cinnamon 1 t/5 ml fine dry coriander 3 ml rosewater salt and pepper to taste about 3 T olive oil 1. Preheat oven to 1800 C. 2. Place each chicken breast between 2 sheets of cling film and with a rolling pin, lightly tap the chicken breast to thin it out until it has almost doubled in size. Repeat with the other 3 breasts. 3. Remove the cling film. 4. Season the chicken with salt and pepper. In the centre of each piece of chicken place a strip of goats milk cheese. Top the cheese with some caramelised onion, chives and pomegranate pips. 5. Now roll up each piece of chicken and secure with either butcher’s twine or a toothpick. 6. Place the pistachios, cumin, coriander, rosewater and cinnamon in a food processor and pulse until you have fine crumbs. 7. Use 1 T olive oil and rub each chicken roll with some olive oil and then coat with the beautiful green pistachio crumbs. Allow to rest in the refrigerator for at least 30 minutes. 8. Heat a pan that can go into your oven and add the remaining olive oil. Lightly brown the chicken rolls and then transfer the pan with the chicken to the oven and roast for about 20 – 25 minutes. 9. Slice the chicken rolls and serve on a bed of Moroccan couscous. Cook’s Notes I was cautious in the use of the spices, but you can adjust to suit your palette.
Flavouring with rose water The late Anthony Bourdain, world-famous chef and traveller, had Morocco on his Top 15 list of countries to visit if you are a culinary risk taker without fear of the unknown and are looking for a wild trip. When I read about the dishes available in Morocco, I was not so sure if I would classify myself as a risk taker any more. Pigeon Pie, Snail Soup, Steamed Sheep's head and stuffed camel spleen. I think it best if I stick to Moroccan flavours in my own recipes. Common spices include cinnamon, cumin, turmeric, mace, ginger, paprika, coriander, saffron, cloves, fennel, cayenne pepper, anise, nutmeg, fenugreek, caraway, black pepper and sesame seeds. Then of course rose and orange water. To me, rose water is used in things like Turkish Delight, so the idea of adding sweet rosewater to a savoury meat dish, was something new. The small step outside my comfort zone,
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