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We are now well and truly into the new year, indeed, a new decade - the reverie and celebrations of the the recent year end fading into the business cycle of life. As I started writing this column, the song playing on the radio was the old Beatles classic, Let It Be. It set me wondering – might this be a good attitude with which to approach this new stretch of life ahead? The past is a like a circle of old friends we have known all our lives. They are not with us all the time, but their presence surrounds us and shapes our character. We have had our ups and downs with them, but we know them well and are quite comfortable with them. The present is a moving moment, where the world in all its variety keeps stepping up to meet us. It is where the story of our lives is really written, where we are surprised, angry, happy, bored... Here is where we choose how to react to these emotions to guide the direction of our life from the indelible past to the fluid future we hope to shape. The future is like the strangers we have just met. We may have some idea about who they are and what they will do. We may have some intention of where our mutual relationship might go as we converse with them but we cannot be sure. We are just a part of the engine driving the future foward. Points in our future will surely also have ups and downs despite our best efforts to mould them to our wishes. This may be where an attitude of Let It Be would be good for us. When the future takes us to somewhere we did not want to be, accepting the truth of what is, rather than holding on to past dreams of what it was supposed to be, is probably the quickest way to find peace, learn something new and set a course for our next destination. May your new year hold a little magic, some surprises and peace and learning for you. Enjoy the edition!
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This intra-African migrant is a fairly common visitor during summer over the Peninsula. It is easily distinguishable by its deeply forked tail and bright yellow bill and legs. It occurs singly, in pairs, or flocks. Flocks are most common during termite emergences. They are known to feed mainly by scavenging or by taking food items on the ground, and have been known to snatch food from picnickers! 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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Wed 26 February 2020
Join the Pinelands Library social group for adults in the Committee Room at 10am for “The Big Five”. Call 021 530 7160.
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Saturday 15 February 2020
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CANNONS CREEK MUSIC FESTIVAL
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Bring your picnic blanket or chair and join us on the lawn at Cannons Creek Independent School, Nursery Way, Pinelands, to listen to a variety of local artists with headline acts: Craig Lucas and Vicky Sampson. Food and beverages will be on sale at this fundraising event. Book on Quicket R130, or at the gate R140. Children under 9: free. Starting at 6pm.
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PINEHURST PRIMARY OPEN DAY
Visit the School in Rhone, Pinelands, from 8:30 - 10:00am. See why the “Green School” is known as The School with Joy. RSVP to Victoria Rogers on email@example.com or call 021 531 2783. See www.phps.org.za.
Friday 21 February 2020
GRACE PRIMARY OPEN MORNING
Come to 8 Protea Close, Pinelands at 9:30 am to see the school in action and hear about the “living education” offered to grades 1 to 7. RSVP to 021 532 1816 or admin@ graceprimary.org. See www.graceprimary.org. The competition closes on the 15th February 2020 at the Cannons Creek Music Festival. Contact the school for full details and Ts & Cs. firstname.lastname@example.org GOOD LUCK!
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PINELANDS STAMP CIRCLE
Sun 1 March 2020 PMA MARKET DAY
The Pinelands Muslim Association will host their market day in Nursery Way from 9am to 4 pm. Join them for breakfast, lunch, a magic show and more. Call Kauthar 066 088 3083. See advert pg 15.
Fri 6 & Sat 7 March 2020 CANNONS CREEK OPEN DAYS
Come to the Primary School in Nursery Way on Friday 6 March from 9am to 12 noon and to the High School on Saturday 7 March at 9am. See www.cannonscreek.co.za for more information.
Sat 14 & Sun 15 Mar 2020 LAST NIGHT OF THE PROMS
The annual charity fundraiser orchestrated by the Rotary Club of Wynberg and Fine Music Radio returns to the City Hall with Roccover Beethoven conducted by Richard Cock. Lucky draw prizes will be up for grabs. Secure, free parking on the Grand Parade. Tickets are on sale from Monday 3 February 2020 at Computicket www. computicket.com for R250, R300 and R350. Contact Stephen Bredenkamp on 082 570 4440 or visit www.wynbergrotary.org.za.
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MONEY MATTERS By Sue Torr Director Crue Invest
HAVE YOU MAXIMISED YOUR
With just a few weeks to go before the end of the 2019/2020 tax year, now is the perfect time to get your financial affairs in order. It’s also a good time to determine whether you’ve maximised your tax benefits in respect of:
An RA is a very tax-efficient way to save for retirement – either as a standalone investment or to supplement your existing pension/provident fund. Legislation permits investors to contribute up to 27.5% of taxable income as a tax deduction (up to a maximum of R350 000 per year).
Tax-Free Savings Accounts (TFSA)
A TFSA is a great way to save towards a longterm goal. The main benefit of a TFSA is that the growth within the underlying fund is free from interest, dividend and capital gains tax. Individuals are permitted to invest up to R33 000 per year into a TFSA, with a lifetime maximum contribution of R500 000.
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Using retirement annuities to build longterm wealth If used optimally, a retirement annuity can be a powerful vehicle for building longterm wealth and securing a comfortable retirement. Apart from the obvious tax benefits of an RA, there are a number of other advantages: • Investment flexibility: When investing in an RA, investors have a wide range of unit trusts to choose from allowing both local and international exposure. Investors can choose their underlying investments and have some flexibility in how their contributions are invested. • Premium flexibility: Investors can stop and start contributions as they choose without any penalties being charged. Premiums can be set up via monthly, quarterly or annual debit order, or can be paid over manually on an ad hoc basis. • Retirement savings top-up: If you are currently contributing to your company’s retirement fund but not making full use of your 27.5% of taxable income allowance, you can use an RA to top up for investments. • No penalties: The fee structure of a unit trust RA is similar to that of a discretionary unit trust investment. All investment, platform and adviser fees are disclosed upfront and no cancellation or termination fees or penalties are payable. • Transparency: Unit trust RAs offer refreshing transparency in respect of portfolio construction, investment returns, fees and reporting. • Accessibility: Knowing that your funds can’t be accessed before age 55, except in the case of ill-health or emigration, provides peace of mind and removes the temptation to borrow against your future. • Long-term growth: If you begin investing in an RA early in your career, the longterm time horizon will allow you to select more aggressive investment strategies which should provide you with favourable market returns over time. • Tax exempt: RAs are exempt from tax on
dividends and interest, and no Capital Gains Tax is payable on growth earned in the investment. At retirement, investors are also able to withdraw up to one-third of their investment as a lump sum of which the first R500 000 is tax-free. • Your estate: A significant benefit of an RA is that it does not form part of your estate. In the event of your passing, the funds in your RA can be paid directly to your nominated beneficiaries to aid them financially after your death. • No estate duty: As the money in your RA does not form part of your estate, these funds are not subject to estate duty. • Creditors: Legislation aims to ensure that the money in your retirement annuity is earmarked for retirement and protected from creditors. However, bear in mind that this does not apply to tax owed to SARS and maintenance claims. • Emigration: If you decide to emigrate from South Africa, legislation permits you to access the full amount invested in your retirement annuity, bearing in mind that the withdrawal will be taxed. • Ill-health: If you are ill and unable to continue working, you may qualify for early retirement from your retirement if you have not yet reached age 55. • Reinvest tax returns: If you are currently contributing towards a retirement, you are likely to receive a tax refund from SARS at the end of this tax year. A great way of re-employing your money and further boosting your retirement savings is to reinvest your tax refund into your RA. • Ad hoc: Any bonus, inheritance or financial windfall can be injected into your retirement annuity on an ad hoc basis, although it is important to calculate the most tax-efficient level of doing this. For those who haven’t yet started saving for retirement, the beginning of the new tax year in February 2020 is the perfect time to begin. If you haven’t maximised your 2019/2020 contributions, you still have time to do it.
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We’re Real about Real Estate
COMMUNITY SUPPORT FOR THE BOTHA FAMILY CHRISTMAS LIGHTS AT 16 POPLAR WAY
“As promised, we switched the lights on at 11:30pm on 8 December 2019 only to have Eskom switch them off 1 hour later. The following week we were in the dark on three occasions due to load shedding. Visitors promptly nick-named the doggie in the attached photo “Eskom”. The rest of the season went off well and the amount of interest was gratifying. Each visiting child received a lollipop - we handed out close to 200, including a few to some rather older “children.” The Christmas lights attracted a gathering of all races, colour and creed. It was marvellous to see such a diverse mix coming together in the true spirit of Christmas. To all who donated cash in aid of the SPCA or promised to do so, thank you very much. Also thanks to the thoughtfulness of those who brought some chocolates and sweets and even lollipops to replenish our stock. Above all, thank you to the community for their support. Hopefully, we will see you again in December 2020!” The Botha Family.
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PNW would like to extend their best wishes to everyone for a wonderful 2020, filled with everything that makes us happy. The fact that we are reading this article means that we were blessed to be spared to see another day and that we didnâ€™t form part of the very sad statistics of people who passed away during the holiday season. To anyone trying to come to terms with their loss, we would like to extend our sincere condolences and trust that you will be able to find peace, as you slowly move through your grieving process.
THANK YOU FROM PNW
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The reality of the holiday season is that there are still many people who have to work, in order to ensure our safety and we would like to take this opportunity to thank people who work in Emergency services, be they SAPS, Law Enforcement, Traffic Services, Metro, Medical Emergency Services or Armed Response Companies. Your willingness to be available and on duty while we are away on holiday is truly appreciated.
To the PNW patrollers who put in the extra efforts during the holiday season, we as Pinelands residents are grateful, Your presence on the roads during the early hours of the morning certainly helped SAPS too. We thank you! Heidi Ebrahim Chairman Pinelands Neighbourhood Watch. For more details on becoming part of the PNW team email: info @pinelandsnw.co.za or firstname.lastname@example.org. See the website at www.pinelandsnw.co.za.
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CANNONS CREEK INDEPENDENT SCHOOL PRIZE-GIVING DECEMBER 2019 The Old Mutual trophy for the Principal’s Award is awarded to an all-round pupil who achieves a high academic standard, participates on the sports field and in all cultural activities to a high level. This pupil shows continued enthusiasm, has a very strong commitment to the school, is responsible and an example to all pupils at Cannons Creek. The candidate is wellrespected by peers and teachers and is a role model for the younger pupils:
The Individual Outreach Trophy is awarded to the pupil who shows a heart for outreach and is dedicated, generous and committed to helping others: Sarah-Mae Fox
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ENROL NOW FOR 2020
The Service Award goes to a pupil who has been helpful in all aspects of the school, is one of the first pupils to offer assistance no matter what the job, and is happy to go the extra mile. This candidate is always polite, has a ready smile and shows gratitude for everything Cannons Creek has to offer:
The Leadership Award: this award goes to a pupil who shows leadership in the classroom, on the sportsfield and in cultural activities. This pupil sets an example by encouraging others and motivating them to do their best. The candidate leads by example in a quiet and respectful manner:
Plamedi Mpiana Kankonde
Professional teachers in all styles Competitions, shows & overseas tours Viv Pullin 021 531 8976 • 083 273 2159 Jen Stretch 021 531 5777 • 083 635 2414 www.dancecocapetown.co.za • email@example.com
C ANNONS C REEK
CANNONS CREEK MUSIC FESTIVAL Headline artists: Vicky Sampson and Craig Lucas | Date: Saturday 15 February 2020 Time: Gates open at 18h00 | Venue: Cannons Creek Independent School, Nursery Way, Pinelands Cost: R130 on Quicket or R140 at the gate. Children under 9: Free. Bring a picnic blanket or chair. Food and beverages for sale at venue.
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Congratulations to the Cannons Creek Independent School 2019 Matriculants Cannons Creek is proud of the 100% pass rate and 100% Bachelor passes obtained by the matrics of 2019. Particularly pleasing was the fact that the excellent results were spread across a large group of pupils. The top achievers were Nabeela Parkar and Daniel Roh. Nabeela Parkar achieved 7 distinctions (2 above 90%) and has been accepted to study Industrial Engineering at Stellenbosch University with a full scholarship. Daniel Roh has received a full scholarship for Bucknell University in the USA, where he will be studying Computer Science. Daniel achieved 6 Aâ€™s (4 above 90%) and one B. Left: Six of the top ten achievers are seen celebrating their success, and putting their best foot forward, with proud Cannons Creek Independent School Principal Mr. Mike van Haght. They are from left: Zoe Coss, Linathi Mosala, Nabeela Parkar, Leah Cripps, Caitlin Barraclough and Francesca Fitzgerald.
C ANNONS C REEK INDEPENDENT SCHOOL
Cannons Creek congratulates all 27 of the Matriculants of the Class of 2019
Daniel Roh (6As)
Nabeela Parkar (7As)
Zoe Coss (5As)
Hyeokmin Kwon (6As)
Leah Cripps (5As)
100% pass rate since the inception of the school (1999) and 100% Bachelorâ€™s Pass We wish the entire Class of 2019 all the very best for the future!
Francesca Caitlin Fitzgerald (5As) Barraclough (4As)
Linathi Mosala (4As)
www.cannonscreek.co.za 021 531 0912 (Primary School) 021 531 5011 (High School)
Jenna Gray (3As)
Gretchan Menyacho (4As)
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Nurturing the PINEHURST
Primary School Join our
OPEN DAY Tuesday 18 Feb 8:30am - 10am
Listen to a short address by the Principal and join a tour around our facilities and Foundation Phase classes to see why the “Green School” is known as The School with Joy. RSVP to Victoria Rogers at firstname.lastname@example.org Rhone, Pinelands • Tel: 021 531 2783 www.phps.org.za Achieving excellence in a values-based community
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“An educational system isn’t worth a great deal if it teaches young people how to make a living but doesn’t teach them how to make a life.” - Author Unknown In our ever changing and rapidly developing world, a critical question in education these days has to not only be, how do we adequately prepare our children for their future, but how do we truly nurture the whole child today! A growing amount of research advocates that it is no longer enough to see education as acquiring knowledge and moulding future employees. Education needs to adopt an holistic approach in which all areas of development are regarded as equally important to a child’s learning and progress. Every learning opportunity, whether it is physical (body), emotional/social (heart) or cognitive (brain), should be valued, ensuring that each child is truly respected and fully supported. Nurturing the Brain… The field of neuroscience is shedding light on amazing information that can help us better understand early childhood development. We now know that from birth to age five, a child’s brain develops more than at any other time in their life and that this early brain development has a lasting impact on a child’s ability to learn and succeed 12:44 in their future. A child’s brain development is influenced by many factors including experiences, environment and relationships. In nurturing our child’s brain we need to be mindful that the environment, relationships and experiences they are being exposed to from a very early age have a huge impact on how their brain develops.
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Nurturing the Body… Just how important is movement to learning? Children acquire knowledge through movement and this experiential learning begins in the womb, long before language and intellect develop. Given Our Giraffe is expecting! WWHP is growing an opportunistic environment, infants and children with lots of exciting changes planned for 2021, will use all their senses (sight, hearing, taste, touch, including welcoming calves from 1 year and up. smell, body position and balance) and their motor Watch this space! system to meet their developmental milestones. In Based in Pinelands Call: 079 246 2179 nurturing our child’s body we need to be mindful Follow us on email@example.com to give them space, opportunity and experiences @wateringwhole www.wateringwhole.co.za to fully move and explore their environment for optimal physical development. Nurturing the Heart… One of the key intelligences we should be focusing on in early childhood development is Emotional WateringWhole-S5-103.indd 1 2020/01 Intelligence. A child’s emotional intelligence (EQ) forms before the age of 10 and is a better predictor of academic success than IQ scores/maths or 8 Protea Close reading skills. Important life skills such as selfPinelands regulation, problem solving and conflict resolution Friday 21 February RSVP to 021 532 1816 all form part of a child’s emotional development. Programme starts firstname.lastname@example.org Without these skills, working with others and at 9:30am building meaningful relationships becomes very www.graceprimary.org challenging, affecting all spheres of life. In nurturing Join us at our Open Morning for an opportunity our child’s heart some of the ways we can help to see our school in action, meet the team and develop their EQ is by naming and validating their hear more about the ‘living education’ offered emotions, modelling self-regulation and calming by Grace Primary School (Grades 1-7). strategies ourselves and facilitating problem We are a thriving young independent school with small classes, a Christian ethos, offering solving strategies with them. a rich and stimulating curriculum, and striving If we value each of our children’s learning experiences to serve the child as a whole person. during their early development, whether it be body, mind or heart, we are truly nurturing the whole child. By Linda Brickhill, WWHP Principal and Julia LeeSylvester WWHP Physiotherapist at the Watering Whole Holistic Pre-School.
RED ROOTS EXPANDS AGAIN!
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Primary School preschool, Red Roots, 2020/01 has grown in numbers again. After starting in 2018 with 40 children in two classes, the preschool now provides a Reggio Emilia inspired education for 60 children in three classes. These three classes will progress to two grade 1 classes in 2021, unfortunately leaving no space for additional children to be accommodated into grade 1 in future.
PINELANDS NORTH PRIMARY SCHOOL
OPEN DAY 4 February 2020
08:15 am 11:00 am
EXCELLENT STAFF MOTIVATED PUPILS INVOLVED FAMILIES working together to provide an inclusive, quality education!
Richmond Ave, Pinelands
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Happy and safe, yet stimulating, co-educational learning environment Vibrant team of committed and innovative teachers Enhanced curriculum, in-house learning support and enrichment programme Wide range of extramural activities Outstanding art and music department Nurturing aftercare facilities
This means that should you want your child educated at Pinelands North, you will need to make the decision earlier than grade 1 to include your child in Red Roots. Applications open on 17 February and close on 17 March, and application forms are currently available from the PNPS front office, or from the PNPS website. A WCED online form will also need to be completed while applications are open. Pinelands’ families will then be interviewed early in April, and acceptances sent by the middle of May.
Ann Morton will visit the town of Reggio Emilia in northern Italy later in April 2020 on behalf of the school. One WCED departmental official visited in November 2019, and Ann will be the first Western Cape public school principal to do so!
EDUCATION & CHILDCARE
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Congratulations to Pinelands High School top 2019 NSC achievers Pinelands High School is very proud of their 2019 Matric class of 189 students. Fifteen candidates scored aggregates of 80% or above, with four of the fifteen achieving seven Subject Distinctions. The top students were: Rana Ebrahim (92.1% aggregate), Gareth Rosant (87.6% aggregate), Casey Coetzee (86.0% aggregate), Thomas Schroeder (85.3% aggregate) and Aniqah Gamildien (84.9% aggregate). The class achieved a Bachelor’s Pass rate of 82.3% and an overall pass rate of 98.4%. Back row: Jordan Young (6 Subject As, 84.1% Average), Ethan Adams (5 Subject As, 82.4% Average), Luke Wagner (4 Subject As, 81.3% Average), Luke Clark (5 Subject As, 82.6% Average), Gareth Rosant (7 Subject As, 87.6% Average), Thomas Schroeder (7 Subject As, 85.3% Average) Front row: Siyanda Mabija (4 Subject As, 83.3% Average), Fatima Moos (3 Subject As, 81.6% Average), Rana Ebrahim (7 Subject As, 92.1% Average), Casey Coetzee (5 Subject As, 86,0% Average), Aniqah Gamieldien (7 Subject As, 84.9% Average), Sakeenah Toefy (5 Subject As, 84.4% Average) Absent: Katey Measures (4 Subject As, 84.3% Average), Ebrahim Modack (5 Subject As, 81.4% Average), Chad Singh (4 Subject As, 80.9% Average)
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NEW BEGINNINGS AND NEW EXPERIENCES Renée Meissner Principal La Gratitude Pre-Primary School
Well, here we are at the beginning of yet another year, looking forward to new experiences. How do we make the most of what our beautiful country has to offer?
FAMILIES NOT BOTHERED BY THE COLD
Having recently returned from an amazing holiday break in Norway and the UK, I was amazed to see how families cope with the cold, rainy inclement weather. Nothing seemed to deter them from being outdoors. Moms were still out doing their shopping with babies in prams/strollers. Children were in seats on the front or back of bicycles, all togged up cosy, warm and dry; school playgrounds were bustling with children playing outside.
PRE-SCHOOL GROUPS OUT FOR THE DAY
It was interesting to see the garde robe area of one of the world’s biggest Gingerbread town displays in Bergen, where so many pre-school groups under the age of 6, were visiting. I was rather thankful that I was not in charge of sorting out the pile of hats, gloves, scarves or boots, and the de-robing and then re-robing them again, when they left in their cosy snow suits.
BEAUTIFUL SUNNY SOUTH AFRICA
My experiences in the cold North made me think about how fortunate, thankful and grateful I am to be living where I do!
However, news time at School on a Monday morning, over the years, has shown me how few families get out to enjoy and do things together as a family – even when the weather is or has actually been good!
TIME TO ENJOY OUR TIDAL POOLS
So, come on, how about deciding that this year you as a family are going to explore more of our amazing natural beauty. We have some really special rock pools or tidal pools that families can explore. They are free (besides petrol and car guard tips) and safe to swim in (of course you as a parent will still need to keep an eye on your child/children). The natural rock pools, and all they contain, are waiting to be explored. To name a few: St James, Dalebrook and Wooley’s at Kalk Bay, (both of which are usually almost wind-free even when the good old South Easter is blowing it’s guts out!), Glencairn (usually less busy but further away), Camps Bay tidal pool, Maiden’s Cove (near Camps Bay), and Saunder’s Rocks tidal pool.
ACTIVITIES AT POOLS AND ON THE BEACH
There are often coffee or ice-cream shops nearby for the inevitable refreshment break, if you are able to ‘splash out’. Build and decorate sandcastles with your children, with shells, feathers, seaweed etc found on the beach, and in rock pools. Take your buckets, spades, umbrella, hat and suncream (and apply frequently!) Have a “tide fighting” challenge – check
to see if the tide is coming in, build a castle above the tidal zone and then see whose castle is the last standing as the tide comes in. Please remember to leave any living animals, fish and starfish etc behind in the rock pools, after you have seen them. Many of these pools are very popular as the day wears on, so plan to get there early, to get parking close by, and then leave when the crowds descend later.
PLAN WITH YOUR CHILDREN
Make sure that you tell your children where you are planning to go – teach them the name of the place, and quiz them about the name thereafter, to help them remember it. Involve them in the planning and packing for the activity, so that they can be responsible for carrying, and looking after their own bucket, spade, towel, and hat etc.
Most of all have fun and enjoy the time spent outdoors, as a family, or together with another family. Decide to chose and find a new experience or place to visit, and make a memory together, and at the same time, enrich your child with the new experiences too.
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MONTISPECTUS Staying in a cottage on Blaauwberg Hill within the Blaauwberg Nature Reserve in December was like having a quiet retreat on top of the world with the most magnificent panoramic views across Table Bay to Table Mountain; Robben Island; Melkbos and past Duynefontein to the Koeberg Power station. The cottage aptly named Montispectus means “to behold the mountain” named after the Bloubergstrand dwarf burrowing skink (Scelotes montispectus) that was first discovered in the reserve in 2002. The reserve stretches from Eerste Steen on Otto du Plessis Drive between Blouberg Beach and Melkbos Beach, up and over Blaauwberg Hill and includes the Renosterveld Trail. Montispectus cottage used be to part of the accommodation and officer’s mess buildings built during World War II - now renovated for accommodation. We found it very pleasant with a wide wooden deck for superb views, bird watching and bathing in the beautiful sunsets over Robben Island while enjoying the weber evening braai. We watched the changing moods of Table Mountain and enjoyed various weather patterns including being eerily surrounded by cloud... and chased inside by howling wind. The inside of the cottage is an “all in one affair” with four beds, a dining area and a kitchen. The ablutions are a short walk away with a gas fired shower and self composting loo - all very clean and odour free. There is no electricity but lights are powered by solar panels. When the wind Sunset over Robben Island
blew us inside we could still enjoy the views from the shelter of the cottage. A short walk away are the remains of the first radar station built in South Africa and historical records show that these were often “manned” by women. A short walk away is the lookout point with a bench an ideal spot for panoramic shots of the two heritage sites of Table Mountain and Robben Island. We enjoyed visits from an inquisitive Cape Robin-chat and two majestic Yellow Billed Kites as well as an energetic Rock Kestrel. To find the detail about bookings go to the Friends of Blaauwberg Conservation website at www.bca.org.za. Find a gap in their calendar and fill in the forms online. We paid via our rates account with the City Council. Then the fun begins - first collect your cottage keys from Eerste Steen on Otto du Plessis Drive. Then drive on towards Melkbos and head for the four way stop where the road crosses with the R27. Carry on until the Mamre Road turn off for Morningstar. Finaly take a right turn onto Zonnekus Road. This dirt road will lead you into the reserve from the East side of Blaauwberg Hill. You will have keys for the various gates which are to protect the game that has been placed in the reserve. The roads needed a little attention due to erosion but we were told that repairs were imminent after our visit. A friendly parks board guard helped us to carry our luggage from the car park at the top of the hill to the cottage . Call 021 444 0454.
Montispectus cottage nestled in the fynbos high on Blaauwberg Hill
Views from the deck across to Melkbos and Koeberg Power Station
Braai on the deck looking towards Robben Island
The remains of the radar station - now a heritage site
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MUSIC AT PINEHURST PRIMARY SCHOOL
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Above: Jacklyn Kengne, Grace Hallett and Anais Chandler, Pinehurst’s Tygerberg Children’s Choir members, are working intensely towards the upcoming 11th World Choir Games in Flanders, Belgium in July 2020. There will be 542 choirs from 69 countries and regions with 21 000 singers. We wish them well in their preparation. Left: A number of Pinehurst music pupils participated in the Kaapse Afrikaanse Eisteddfod (KAE) this year, playing either solo or ensemble works. Sebastian Chiat was awarded the Silver Medal for the Junior Unisa Category. He was invited to play Kriek from Goggaboek by Hans Roosenschoon at the KAE Prestige concert in October 2019.
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16th International Maths and Science Olympiad in Vietnam Athra Toffar, Jonathan Walker and Heather Robson share their experiences at the 16th IMSO held in Hanoi, Vietnam; along with some of their sightseeing favourites. In December 2019 Athra and Jonathan (Pinehurst pupils) and Heather (St George’s Grammar) were part of the South African team attending the 16th International Maths and Science Olympiad in Hanoi, Vietnam. Six children aged between 12 and 13 from Cape Town made up the Science section of the team and the maths team was made up of children from Durban. Although the children represented their country as a team - they completed the written and practical challenges as individuals.
MAKING FRIENDS AND SEEING NEW SIGHTS
All the children enjoyed the event where they made friends with other children from Durban and also from the other countries attending. In the two short days before the competition the children were able to do a bit of sightseeing and their favourite venue was the 150 metre long pedestrian Golden Bridge in the Ba Na Hills, near Da Nang. To get there one takes a beautiful gondola ride over magnificent scenery to the top of the Ba Na Mountain. From Da Nang the team took a 16 hour train journey to Hanoi where the competition was held.
ATHRA TOFFAR’S STORY:
“We arrived at the airport. All six of the Cape Town team arrived one by one with
music to listen to, and you could even watch the flight navigation on screen! On arriving in Vietnam, we took a bus from the airport to our hotel.
FUN PLACES VISITED AT DA NANG
We visited all kinds of fun places! We went to the beach, to the mall, an amazing place called Ba Na Hills, where the famous Golden Bridge is. We went to the arcade, on a roller coaster, to a museum, on a boat ride and so much more! We did some pottery and went shopping! On the first day there, we were given a wrist band with the teacher’s contact details in case of an emergency.
TRAIN TRIP FROM DA NANG TO HANOI
While we waited for the train from Da Nang to Hanoi we started learning a dance for the cultural evening. We stayed on the train overnight and were told that it was first class. Well, it wasn’t the best experience, but it was fun, although it was very shaky.
INSPIRATION AT THE OPENING CEREMONY
In Hanoi we practiced the dance almost every day, for the cultural evening, which took place a day or two after the tests, which brings me to the main part of our trip, the competition. It all started at an opening ceremony to which we were invited. There were some amazing performances that took place as well as some inspiring welcome and good luck speeches. All the countries were introduced. Our team found it quite funny when our South African team went up and the Saudi Arabian flag was displayed in the background by mistake.
their families and luggage. We checked in and got to know each other before boarding. In the next few days we did many things together and became good friends. We flew Singapore Airlines to Da Nang via Johannesburg. The plane was amazing! There were movies to watch, games to play,
For the science competition, there were two theory papers, a multiple choice and a short answer/essay, and there was an experiment, of which there were 2 parts. For both maths and science, the two theory papers were done on the same day, just a few hours apart, and the experiment and exploration were done the day after. The first test was 60 minutes, the second, 90 minutes and the third was 120 minutes.
CLOSING CEREMONY AND AWARDS
After the last test, a little later that day,
was the cultural evening, where each country did a special performance which had some sort of symbolism relating to their culture. The next day was the closing ceremony and awards evening. Some contestants were awarded bronze, silver or gold for their achievements. Maths and Science were awarded separately. I was so surprised when my name was called for bronze. Everyone who got an award, got a special IMSO teddy bear as well. Those who did not receive awards received certificates of participation. What a humbling experience to be part of an international event of this scale. Everyone was so welcoming and friendly.
It was really an amazing experience with wonderful friends and a once in a lifetime opportunity! I’m really grateful to everyone involved in making this opportunity a reality. The international organisers, the local SA representatives and teachers and my sponsors Reztec and The Finsolve Group.”
FROM JONATHAN WALKER:
Jonathan really enjoyed the cross cultural experience as well as participating in the Olympiad. Everyone was very friendly and the event was very well organised. The Olympiad took place over two days. The first day entailed a multiple choice questionnaire in the morning and then an essay/paragraph questionnaire in the afternoon on a wide range of topics. The team all competed individually. The science experiments/practicals (also done individually) were on the second day. The first experiment was working out voltages and wavelengths of LED lights. The second practical was classifying actual physical
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The Golden Bridge at Ba Na Hills
Jonathan opening his test paper snail shells into their phylogenetic class by looking at their shells and then also naming the different parts of a clam shell. This was all to test analytical skills.
PREPARING FOR THE CONTEST
Participants had no idea of what they could be asked, so it was very difficult to prepare for the competition. A teacher from Elkanah High School, James Wewege, an ex Pinehurst pupil, trained the children up over a six month period in how to prepare for IMSO. Jonathan was awarded a silver medal and obtained the highest result in the South African team. Not everyone gets a medal, but all the South African science team members qualified for medals. 4 bronze and 2 silver. The best result they have ever achieved at IMSO.
Jonathan enjoyed staying in the lovely hotels which are much cheaper than in South Africa. He got to be a millionaire too as the exchange rate is R1 to about 1600 dong. The people were very kind. They loved the South African team spirit compared to the individualistic outlook of other countries. He learnt a couple of words of Vietnamese - xin chao (hello), cam on (thank you), Nam phi (South Africa). They
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Athra (left) and Heather (right) at Ba Na Hills had a cultural evening where they saw dances from other countries and got to swop gifts where they had to calculate how much with children from all over the world. One power would be required to cause an LED of his favourite fruits is now dragon fruit to change colour. which he had every day. VIETNAM IS HISTORICALLY RICH
BA NA HILLS
Jonathan’s favourite place was Ba Na Hills, near Da Nang, especially the cable car ride up to the French Village. The cable car ride is between 6 and 7 km long past some beautiful scenery. He also enjoyed seeing the Golden Bridge. From there they took a 16 hour overnight train journey to Hanoi where the Olympiad was to be held.
All participants had to pay their own way so Jonathan would like to express his gratefulness and say how humbled he was by the many generous Pinelands residents who sponsored his trip to Vietnam. He feels it was a real community effort.
FROM HEATHER ROBSON:
Heather enjoys travelling and really enjoyed this trip. She had fun meeting children from other parts of the world and was very impressed with the all girl team from Iran. Heather was awarded a bronze medal and describes the science experiment as one
Heather loved the Golden Bridge; the local architecture and found the visit to the historical village in Da Nang (Hoi An) very interesting. She describes Vietnam as “historically rich”.
Heather has new found confidence after her trip to Vietnam and is far more willing to go into new situations and meet new people than before. She was brave enough at the IMSO event to pick up the microphone and as part of the South African team to express her feelings for the host country, “I think Vietnam is wonderful. The food is delicious, the people are very friendly, there are so many interesting places to see and things to do. I have really enjoyed staying here.”
Heather would like to thank all the people who contributed to her back a buddy page, to Sara Dias who donated a watercolour painting to raffle and to all the people who purchased raffle tickets.
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Basil butter Recipe from Make five/Maak vyf Serves 6 – 8 125 ml (½ cup) soft butter, cubed 75 ml (5 tbsp) olive or avocado oil 60 ml (¼ cup) chopped fresh basil 1 clove garlic, crushed 50 ml finely grated pecorino cheese 15 ml (1 tbsp) finely grated lemon rind black pepper 1. Place all of the ingredients in a food processor and blend well together. Season with a good grind of black pepper. Or whisk everything together in a bowl and season. 2. Spoon butter into a jar or other suitable container to refrigerate. Or spoon onto a piece of plastic wrap and shape into a sausage. Cover with more plastic wrap and refrigerate or freeze until needed – this makes slicing so much easier. 3. Use in any of the ways suggested.
Make the most of basil season
It’s summer and that means basil, which smells just like summer to me, is available in abundance. This is definitely one of my favourite herbs and I just love the refreshing aroma. Basil can be added to salads, sandwiches, roasted veg and almost any recipe using tomatoes. It’s great in egg dishes, pasta, on pizza and with chicken and mince. The simplest and best of summer salads is fresh tomato, basil, a cheese of your choice and a good drizzle of olive oil. Have you added basil to watermelon and feta? Delicious! One of the best ways to preserve basil for later, is to make a jar or two of pesto. This flavour-bursting mixture of basil, garlic, cheese and nuts is a versatile sauce, spread or accompaniment. It can be kept in the fridge for a few weeks and freezes very successfully. Or place shredded basil leaves in ice cube trays, top with olive or avocado oil and freeze, for sautéing, pan-frying or to
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toss into hot pasta. And then there is basil butter. This recipe combines typical pesto flavours blended into soft butter. It’s easy to prepare and freezes well, so you can keep enjoying basil for many weeks to come. As with pesto, there are endless ways to use the butter. Add spoonfuls to warm roasted veggies, like butternut, brinjal and peppers. Stir into warm pasta, couscous, blanched green beans or broccoli or your favourite stir-fry. Serve dollops on baked potatoes, sweet potatoes or grilled corn on the cob. It’s perfect with any tomato sarmie or braaibroodjie. Spread on freshly baked bread, toast or use as an alternative to garlic butter. The butter is also great to fry eggs in or on pan-fried fish, beef or chicken fillets. For the ultimate steak, top with a thick slice of basil butter and let it melt over the meat – much easier than making a sauce and oh so divine.
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M 082 378 1458 T 021 674 7411
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R3 495 000
R1,195,000 *asking price
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C 082 330 4111
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C 082 864 8708 Experts in home finance.
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Pinelands / Thornton
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