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MOUNTAIN Biking Endurance, Stamina and adventure

Norway

Top 10 Greenest Countries

Finding a job is a job Let APSO take you through finding a job

One Small Step

Shape your goals around your ideal future

New Zealand

YOUR NEXT TRAVEL DESTINATION

Month-to-Month Planner in every issue

Month=to-Month Planner in every issue


Editors

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This is Profusion’s second issue, we’re excited to see how our team and members are growing. It is also that time of year again where we double check our to do lists, assess our outstanding goals for the year and look back on what we have accomplished. October / November are the final months to contemplate any outstanding goals you may have set in the beginning of 2013 and negotiate new ones for the year ahead. In this busy time it is important to remember the relevance of a balanced work and home life, family, planning and time management. We’re sure that you will find that all the above topics are addressed in this issue’s content.

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Mountain Biking Meet Oralia Edwards

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Norway One of the top 10 greenest countries

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Finding a job is a job

10 Steps to Job search success

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One small step

Make a conscious decision to take that first step

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New Zealand Your next travel destination

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Using Yoga to Empower

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Domestic Violence

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For the love of Pasta The value of small businesses

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The Art of suit Swimming Kids and money All work and no play

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Aviation History

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Contributors Regulars 06 11 12 18 22 23 29 32 38 47 48 54

Editor Allan Desmet

Socials

Writers

Cliches and Crews

Danette Swanepoel Dawn Klatzko Eva Sgroi Irina Tikhomirova Liselette Loubser Megan White Nothando Siziba Simone Lingenfelder Talita Harmse

Hobby Feature Cause of the Month Corner of Delight Month-to-Month Twisted Terms Career highlight Creative Corner Terrific Tales Read it: Book Review Quote

Graphics and Layout Rene du Plessis

Photography

Follow Us

Allan Desmet As Sweet as Images Nothando Siziba Stephanie Faye Rogerson

Facebook Facebook.com/Profusion.co.za DeviantArt Profusion-media.deviantart.com Pinterest Pinterest.com/weareprofusion Web ProfusionMag.co.za Twitter @weareprofusion

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Socials FIRE PREVENTION TIPS Main causes: - Cooking - Candles - Heating - Smoking - Electrical General Safety Tips: - Keep matches and lighters out of reach of children - Don’t overload electrical sockets What to do in a Fire: - Crawl low in smoke - Never open a door that is hot to the touch - If your clothes are on fire, stop, drop and roll More info: www.fpasa.co.za

BREAST CANCER AWARENESS MONTH

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Understand how to identify it and the risks here: http://www.cansa.org.za/

Computer Literacy is IMPORTANT

In today’s world of rapid changing technology, it is important to keep yourself up to date with the latest computer software packages and operating systems. As October is computer learning month, here are some helpful shortcuts when working with Microsoft: f 1 = help ctrl + c = Copy ctrl + o = Open ctrl + s = Save ctrl + v = Paste alt + f4 = Closes active window All above shortcuts are applicable for Windows based software only and may not be applicable to Mac products.


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Using Yoga to Empower

Observation is a passive science, experimentation an active science.

Claude Bernard

Annual Fun walk/ Run

Join in for the annual fun walk/ run that aims to create awareness for women and child abuse in SA, proceeds go to charities. More on this at: www.sisterswithblisters.co.za Venue: Blue Hills, Country and Equestrian Estate

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PRO ACTIVE FEATURE

mountain

By

Allan Desmet

biking

an enjoyable sport

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met up with mountain cycling fanatic Auralia Edwards. Auralia started riding in 2012 and has since taken part in numerous events and races provincially and nationally. She has developed an appreciation for what the sport is - a competitive, enduring and technical activity.

One of these is that the sport is taxing on the body with big impact areas being the lower back and shoulders. This is why club engagement and experienced members are so important.

To avoid cramping and potential injury, it is critical that your bicycle is set correctly as She confirms: “It’s something that it could cost you your ‘finish’. Experienced I’ve always wanted to try and salesmen should also be able to assist with coming from horse riding, I felt this setup.

that it was the next phase in my life I wanted to explore. One of the In this sport, injury and grazing can be key factors was to do a sport that expected. Auralia confesses that she once was both competitive and social.” broke her wrist for being overly competitive. Auralia felt that this sport and its many club gatherings was a great way to meet new people. The sport caters for all ages and Auralia says it’s one of the few activities where older participants reach the top of their game. She admits that she enjoys the stage races most of all, which is a combination of camping, sightseeing and competitive racing that tests both the mental and physical strength of participating cyclists. Though the ride is compelling and enjoyable, it does have its disadvantages.

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There is a large range of mountain bikes available and it is best to do research before you buy. Auralia says: “Knowing which bicycle suits your comfort and style is very impotant.” As this hobby can prove to be quite costly, Auralia’s advice for new comers is:  First hire a bicycle at a recognised course and take the trail.  If you have free time, phone a mountainbiking club and get involved, there are regular community functions and races to experience.  There is nothing wrong with purchasing an entry level bicycle as long as it meets your requirements.

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There are hardtail and softail bicycles available, each serving a specific function. Often a bicycle’s price is determined by the number of gears, frame type and brand. A good entry level bicycle can cost around R10000 and this is for those looking to start mountain biking competitively. The price is daunting when you think that you will be spending that amount of South African Rands on a bicycle, but then you should consider the milage you put onto the frame and gears with each race. Your mountain bike will be like a car that requires constant attention and testing after each competitive event. There is the wear and tear to consider on the constant changing of gears and then the fact that you don’t want to worry about whether or not the bike is able to cope during these extremes. Bicycle races are almost every week depending on how far you live from the road tracks in Gauteng. Most people ride around twice a week before a weekend race. Another exciting element about mountain biking is that you are able to explore the world, see beautiful places and experience a different form of exhiliration.

Auralia says: “Cycling has shown me so much, I met great new friends, seen amazing places and it has shown a great improvement to my health, body and mind and I would recommend all to try it.”

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Using

PRO ACTIVE WRITE IN Dani Scher

YOGA

To Empower

the body and Mind

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ani Scher is an intensely passionate person who believes that there is a solution to every problem and that one shouldn’t simply accept life if they aren’t happy with it. She is ademant that it is important to explain how to move and motivate. Dani is a certified Yoga instructor for both adult and child CPR/ AED and has been practising this form of exercise for twelve years. In 2009 Dani woke up one morning, having lost all feeling in her lower arms and legs and was unable to walk. She had been diagnosed with a severe Vitamin B12 deficiency which had caused extreme nerve damage. After months of seeking advice and help from countless of medical practitioners and hospitals without success, she decided to find an alternative solution on her own.

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Cliches

Finding inspiration from BKS

Iyengar’s book titled Light of Yoga , she decided

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to hit the mat.

Conquering the initial frustration of going from an experienced “Yogi” to someone who had no control of their body, she worked tirelessly every day at a manageable routine. Four months down the line and she could walk normally again, and do many asanas. (Asanas are the physical movements of yoga practice and, in combination with pranayama or breathing techniques constitute the style of yoga referred to as Hatha Yoga. - Source: Wikipedia)

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Explore, discover, connect and protect The Mountain Club of South Africa or MCSA was established in 1891 and is affiliated to the world mountaineering body or UIAA. The purpose of this club is to offer mountaineering to its members, which includes activities such as mountain climbing, unique hiking opportunities and important search and rescue training and conservation.

deficiency is still a part

An up to date calendar is kept on their website, listing events, meetings, general meet ups and important information.

could ever tell.

If you fancy yourself a mountaineer, be sure to visit their website on http://cen.mcsa.org.za/ or email: secretary@mcsa.org.za

Though the Vitamin B12 of her daily life, no one

IMG SRC: http://outdoorend.com/media/drakensburg-mountains3.jpg

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Hobby Feature

IN EVERY ISSUE

Kite-Surfing

By Talita Harmse

becoming commercially available in 1994. Since then, it has been continuously refined for better safety and control, becoming an official and mainstream sport in 1998.

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f you have hit the coast recently, you might have noticed those mysterious, large, bright kites flying over the sea. These people flying kites are in fact practising the latest in extreme sports that has taken the world by storm: kite-surfing.

A particularly dangerous sport until a few years ago, advances in equipment and kite designs have made it safer. Nowadays, with the correct equipment and the completion of an accredited course, anyone of any age is able to participate. Accidents can however Kite-surfing, also known as kite-boarding, is still take place, which is why rules are an a sport combining paragliding, wakeboarding, extremely important aspect of kite-surfing. windsurfing, surfing and gymnastics into one extreme sport. It uses wind power to propel Kite-surfing is an exhilarating activity, allowing you across the water by means of a large for freedom, exploration and creativity. It can kite attached to the rider, who is strapped be done wherever consistent, steady winds to a board resembling a wakeboard. There and open bodies of water are available, so the are many different styles of kite-surfing coast is not the only place to kite-surf. ranging from freestyle, with tricks resembling wakeboarding or skateboarding, to wave- If you want to give it a try, first apply for a course at your nearest accredited instruction riding. school. Equipment hire is usually included Kite-surfing can be traced back to the early in the course costs. You can then have your 1900s, when aviation pioneer Samuel Cody first experience in kite-surfing under carefully developed the concept of man-lifting kites supervised conditions, with an experienced to take people across the English Channel in instructor. For more information on lessons small canvas boats pulled by kites. Through and events visit: http://www.kitesurfingafrica.org/ the years the concept has been modified to IMG SRC: http://www.visualphotos.com/photo/1x9347413/indonesia_ varying, and sometimes ridiculous, extremes. bali_sanur_beach_kite_surfing_081LSI02548.jpg The modern idea of kite-surfing was developed by the Roeseler family in the United States, 12

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There are these amazing little seeds called compassion. You should grow some

Richelle E. Goodrich

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Orcinus Orca

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Domestic Violence

Green Expo Find out all you need to know about green building products, reducing carbon emissions and the benefits of recycling. More visit: www.thegreenexpo.co.za Venue: Cape Town International Convention Centre

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PRO CARING FEATURE SERIES

By Irina Tikhomirova

Top 10 Greenest Countries: Norway

In this issue we look at why Norway is amongst the top 10 greenest countries of the world and what they do to keep GREEN.

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he main treasure amongst the many sights in Norway is its nature. Thousands of secluded bays and picturesque fjords surround the coast of Norway, and the low mountains covered with the woods and meadows, add unique colour to this country. Pure lakes and rivers provide an opportunity to enjoy fishing, water sports and sight-seeing.

in Norway, the largest being the Norwegian National Park Bergefell. Created in 1963, and located in the central region of the country, it stands at over 109 thousand hectares. This area protects natural complexes of pine forests, birch woodlands and mountain tundra. The mountainous landscape of the park, located at an altitude of 400 to 1,700 meters above sea level, is replete with glacial lakes, fast-flowing rivers and picturesque waterfalls.

This is a tourist treat, one where you could explore one of the most preserved places in Europe, almost untouched by human In order to ensure preservation of its parks activity. and the protection of rare species of fauna and flora, Norway has placed strict rules on Fjords are another main attraction in all visitors entering the parks. Norway, known as the ‘Mecca’ of ecological tourism in the country. All coastlines are The ecological policy is a priority for the cut up by these narrow and deep gulfs since working government of Norway, one who has Ancient Scandinavian sagas. The value is managed to preserve primeval nature areas: occupied by the Scandinavian mountains. clean rivers, lakes, glaciers and waterfalls - all Temperate oceanic climates are caused by Gulf stream currents passing through the coast. There are twenty five national parks 14

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untouched by human activity.

Twice a year, government reports on the state of the environment and pursued environmental

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Lofoten mountain view

policies. Within this work, special attention is paid to the creation or development of systems that stimulate stable and rational production and consumption, guaranteeing the most effective environment protection in the various spheres. Various international agreements ensuring cooperation for the solution of global and regional environmental problems are already in place and starting to take root.

drastically from North to South, that it is hard to believe that all of it can be in one country. Norwegians have managed to conserve their nature to create an oasis prosperous life in the difficult conditions of the North.

No less attention in the environmental program of the government is paid to actions on the preservation of biological diversity of the natural world with a clear goal to reduce production and distribution of chemical substances that are hazardous to the environment and humans; and the upgrading of industries to ensure the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions.

A preview of

our next

issue: Mauritius We Feature Mauritius.

These arrangements not only improve and maintain the ecological balance of Norway, but also qualitatively improve the quality of life of all its residents. Norway is a country of a fascinating nature, combining mountains and waterfalls, tundra and glaciers, forests and the sea. The nature of Norway is so diverse, changing

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PRO CARING WRITE IN Stephanie Faye Rogerson

and are very aware of their surroundings.

OrCinus

ORCA

“Killer Whales”

Orcinus Orca or are wolves of the sea. These successful hunters are found in every ocean across the world, coming second only to man in population distribution.

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esearch has shown that geographical locations may influence pod size with the averaging size being recorded at between 5 and 30 individuals in a group. However, readings in Alaskan waters have confirmed a pod of over 100 orca travelling together. These marine mammals form tightly knit bonds led by an adult female (Matriarch). The pod usually consists of the matriarch, her offspring, their offspring and other close relatives. Few People know that there are four sub-species of Orcinus Orca. Although killer whales are vastly distributed throughout 16

our oceans and well known under the title of ‘Orca’, these marine mammals are still considered mysterious. There is deep intelligence behind the eyes of a killer whale. Killer whales are in fact the largest member of the dolphin family, recent research has shown that members of the dolphin family call each other by given names. Killer whales carry the second heaviest brain among marine mammals, after the sperm whale. What draws us to their intelligence is their striking similarity to be able to teach one another, just as we do. As the top predator in the ocean, they deliberately teach their kin skills that they have acquired themselves. These animals learn from observation

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Captive research has enabled us to understand and learn so much more about these majestic mammals. The killer whale gestation period is in fact 18 months long - the longest known of all cetaceans. Calf development has also been monitored and the data collected has shown that killer whale calves learn to communicate in a very similar way to our human babies. Calves start their vocalisations with cries, a loud high pitched call, before slowly imitating family members by picking up on clicks, whistles and song. Their vocalisation range will continue to develop through puberty. Killer whales are not seen as a threat towards humans. There is an underlying mutual respect between the two species. However due to pollution, overfishing and human interferance, the Southern Resident Killer Whale communities were listed on the Endangered Species list in 2001. These animals are intelligent, successful predators, social teachers and a rare form of beauty and need your help to protect their precious family units. If you have never had the opportunity to see a killer whale with your own eyes, it is encouraged that you do. Want to help? Visit Profusion’s website and find more about the different types of Orca and how you can help: www.profusionmag.co.za/procaring

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PRO CARING WRITE IN Anna van Vuuren These amounts increase annually. It doesn’t matter what race, colour or country you are in domestic violence does not discriminate.

Here are some questions to determine if you are in an unhealthy relationship. Your Inner Thoughts and Feelings

Do you: - feel afraid of your partner most of the time? - avoid certain topics out of fear of angering your partner? - feel that you can’t do anything right for your partner? - believe that you deserve to be hurt or mistreated? - wonder if you’re the one who is crazy? - feel emotionally numb or helpless?

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ave you ever felt like running away, far away so that no one can find you. You don’t know where to go and you have run out of ideas. You feel trapped in your situation because the bruises and the memories of the previous night’s lingering fight are “killing you”. You feel worthless and that there is no way out. You are not alone, there are millions of people out there who feel the same way you do.

Your Partner’s Belittling Behavior Does your partner: - humiliate or yell at you? - criticize you and put you down? - treat you badly that you’re embarrassed for your friends or family to see? - ignore or put down your opinions or accomplishments? - blame you for their own abusive behaviour? - see you as property/ sex object rather than a person?

Your Partner’s Violent Behavior/ Threats

No more abuse, no more pain, no more.

Does your partner: - have a bad and unpredictable temper? - hurt you, or threaten to hurt or kill you? - threaten to take your children away or harm them? - threaten to commit suicide if you leave? - force you to have sex? - destroy your belongings?

Extract from the statistic’s bureau One in four women (25%) has experienced domestic violence in her lifetime. (The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and The National Institute of Justice, Extent, Nature, and Consequences of Intimate Partner Violence, July 2000. Commonwealth Fund, Health Concerns Across a Woman’s Lifespan: 1998 Survey of Women’s Health, 1999)

Estimates range from 960,000 incidents of violence against a current or former spouse, boyfriend, or girlfriend to 3 million women who are physically abused by their husband or boyfriend per year.

Your Partner’s Controlling Behavior Does your partner: - act excessively jealous and possessive? - control where you go or what you do? - keep you from seeing your friends or family? - limit your access to money, the phone, or the car? - constantly check up on you?

(U.S. Department of Justice, Violence by Intimates: Analysis of Data on Crimes by Current or Former Spouses, Boyfriends, and Girlfriends, March 1998. The Commonwealth Fund, Health Concerns Across a Woman’s Lifespan: 1998 Survey of Women’s Health, 1999)

Women accounted for 85% of the victims of intimate partner violence, men for approximately 15%.

If you answered most of the questions yes then it’s time to seek help. You will also need to get support from friends and family but remember to also seek professional help in order to help you mentally with what has been broken down.

(Bureau of Justice Statistics Crime Data Brief, Intimate Partner Violence, 1993-2001, February 2003)

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Cause of the Month

IN EVERY ISSUE

Husky

Rescue

By Rene du Plessis

Husky Rescue South Africa (HRSA) is a non-profit organisation that is dedicated to rescuing and rehoming of Nordic Dog Breeds in SA.

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ovies such as Balto, Eight Below and Snow Dogs have created an increasing demand for Huskies and Malamutes, but don’t let their beautiful white coats, captivating eyes and loveable personalities fool you; these animals have very specific needs. Unfortunately like all other things related to consumerism where there is an increasing demand, comes the result of reckless backyard breeding and unwilling or negligent owners who weren’t ready for this kind of pet or the commitment that comes with it. Thankfully, this is where Husky Rescue South Africa (HRSA) steps in – a nonprofit organization that is passionately dedicated to the rescuing and rehoming

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of Nordic dog breeds such as the Siberian Husky and Alaskan Malamute. HRSA has developed a suitable rescue program to accommodate the abandoned, abused and roaming dogs across South Africa. They receive assistance from members of the public and other animal welfare groups when there is an animal in need. Once rescued, animals visit their local vet to receive treatment of illnesses, vaccinations, sterilization and a microchip. These dogs are then placed within a foster family until a suitable home and owner(s) can be found. HRSA can have up to seventy or more dogs in foster care at any given time. They rely mostly on donations and

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adoption fees for funding but sometimes affiliate with outside companies for various fundraising events. Fundraising activities, information on Nordic Breeds, donation details as well as an up to date adoption list and adoption process can be found on their website. For more information, visit www.huskyrescue.co.za

Are you an owner of a Nordic Breed of Dog? Tell us what you’ve learnt about them on our website: www.profusionmag.co.za/procaring

IMG SRC: Husky Rescue Adoption List

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For the love of Pasta

22 A gallery of a different Standard

One of the most effective ways to learn about oneself is by taking seriously the cultures of others. It forces you to pay attention to those details of life which differentiate them from you.

Edward T. Hall - The Silent Language

Diwali Festival | Hindu Festival of Lights Activities and fun for the whole family including tasty food stalls and dazzling entertainment. Venue: George Lea Park, Sandton Sports Grounds, JHB

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PRO CULTURE FEATURE

By Eva Sgroi

For the Love oF

PASTA Pasta is the staple food in any Italians diet and is the equivalent to South African miele-pap or braai.

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or centuries recipes have been handed down from generation to generation. Families are able to keep their heritage alive by staying true to the food that their great, great grandparents enjoyed around the table. Culinary delicacies go far beyond a few ingredients and preparation time, the whole experience from taste to scent; from pot to plate is a journey into the past. The Italians are known to have had an immense impact on the world of gastronomy, demonstrating that the secret to a great meal is the freshness of the ingredients and passion with which the meal is prepared. An essential Italian custom is to take time out of your busy schedule and sit around the table with your loved ones enjoying a meal, that nonna (grandma) most probably prepared. Food is a vital part of our daily lives and the way we perceive food and prepare it reflects our gratitude towards nature and bringing honour to our forefathers, whilst we try our best to bring life to a few directions on an old

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withered piece of paper. It is prepared every day, from north to south you will not find one family that is not eating pasta for lunch. Fresh tomatoes, Basil, Oregano, sachets of the finest buffalo mozzarella still drenched in its juices, buckets of recently plucked figs and pears straight from the farm down the road is the sight you will see when you open the fridge. A lifestyle so far from our modern day pick-n-pay culture where the variety at the supermarket determines far from our modern day pick-n-pay culture where the variety at the supermarket determines what the meal will include. We need to become more aware of freshness in the ingredients we buy and be open to making a trip to a local farm instead of settling for second grade. Broaden your perspectives and develop a love for nature and its nurturing value. Experiment with tastes and flavours other than the ones you’ve been accustomed to. Dig deeper into

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Italians are famous for the connection they have with the land, their understanding of the soil allows them to rise above the everyday frustrations that farmers encounter but most significantly they have a taste for the finest things in life.

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the ground and look farther than the shelf that is at eye level.

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Passion, grace and a love for family gatherings allows one simple pasta dish to transform into a mind blowing experience on its own that has the ability to stir emotions.

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A recipe adapted from my Sicilian grandmother from a small town in Calatafimi, “Segesta� has become a dinner date hit!

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1 Kg traditional maccaruna pasta (or any other pasta of your choice) 100 grams diced onion 20 grams chopped garlic 1 hot RED chilli 1 Kg ripened tomato 30 grams fresh basil 200 grams pecorino cheese for grating 500 grams cubed pork 50 grams fennel seeds Salt to season

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Mix fennel seed and meat together, let it rest in fridge for at least two hours. Add some olive oil to a large pot and lightly fry pork cubes until cooked and set aside. Chop garlic, onions, chilli and simmer in olive oil, then add chopped tomotaes and 1 large cup water and cook at medium heat for hour. Once cooked place sauce in blender and blend until smooth. Add cubed pork and basil to sauce and allow to cook on low heat for another 20 minutes.

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Check acidity levels, if too strong add a tablespoon of sugar.

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Mix Sauce into Pasta and serve with sprinked pecorino cheese.

Add salt to taste

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Corner of Delight

A Gallery of a different

Standard By Allan Desmet

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ocated in the heart of downtown Johannesburg is the exciting exhibition space – the Standard Bank Gallery. Opened in 1990, the gallery is an extension of the Standard Bank brand, enhancing its image as an institution that supports cultural development.

of Canadian maple wood, blue and white tiles as well as two sweeping staircases.

Hosting approximately twelve exhibitions per annum, it operates on a non-commercial basis.

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The gallery has excellent acoustics and regularly hosts concerts and recitals. Lunch-hour lectures and walkabouts are coordinated for staff and public on all exhibitions.

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transport companies and are insured by agents of Lloyds of London. Naturally being a banking institution, the gallery enjoys stringent security, employing additional outside expertise when necessary. The entire building is protected by a fire and smoke detection alarm system. This sophisticated venue has earned a reputation as one of the country’s foremost fine art venues and is this month’s Corner of Delight. For more information on current and upcoming exhibitions, please visit their website on: www.standardbankarts.co.za

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Bosses Day

Take some time out of your busy schedule to recognise those who make the hard decisions, balance the budgets and Captain the ship, through rain and shine. Happy Bosses Day

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PRO FESSION FEATURE

FINDING A JOB IS A JOB By Natalie Singer APSO COO

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n today’s tight economy, jobs are scarce. However, preparing yourself for the process of finding a job will definitely improve your chances of succeeding. Follow these 10 steps to success.

Step 1: Have the right attitude

Your attitude will play a big part in your quest to find a job. Remember that you need to stay focused and be positive. It’s said that positivity is the first step to success. You need to believe in yourself and ensure that you come across as motivated, positive and realistic when dealing with potential employers.

Step 2: Prepare your CV

Your CV should include important information including your Personal Details, Qualifications, Experience and a Reference. If you don’t have a work reference available, ask your Headmaster, Pastor or someone else of importance within your community. Remember that they need to be able to give a character reference and so they need to know you well. Your CV should always be typed. You may need to ask someone for assistance – visit your local Internet café or even your library where you will be able to make use of a computer.

Step 3: Get your CV in as many places as possible

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Looking for a job is hard work and will require that you spend time researching vacancies and opportunities. I suggest that you get your CV on the many job portals that exist because this means that your CV will be accessible to many hundreds of recruitment companies and potential employers. These websites are free and you can simply upload your CV onto the sites – most of them have simple templates where you can capture your information.

Step 4: Dress for the job you want, not the one you have (or don’t have) It is very important that you behave appropriately throughout your job search process. This means that you need to ensure that not only during interviews, but all the time, you act the way you would if you were around your potential boss.

This doesn’t just mean the clothes that you wear but also how you engage with people on the phone. Remember that when you’re looking for a job you should ensure that you always answer your phone professionally and not how you’d speak to your friends or family. Also make sure that you have voicemail facilities set up on your phone that clearly identifies your name and surname so that a potential employer can be sure they’re dealing with you and can leave a message for you to contact them back.

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Step 5: Manage your time and always be punctual Smiling releases endorphins, Potential employers will be looking at everything about you during the recruitment process. They will specifically look to see if you’re reliable and able to manage your time efficiently. This means that you must ensure that you arrive for the interview on time.

the body’s natural antidote to stress, and these help to fight the nerves brought on by stress. Stand up straight, think positive thoughts and smile – you will feel and look much more confident!

Being too early can be just as bad as being late.

Step 10: If at first you don’t succeed, try and try again

Step 6: Preparing for the interview

It’s highly unlikely that you will get the first job you apply for. Remember that every time you attend an interview you are gaining experience that will hopefully assist you in better managing your nerves and improving your chances of getting the next job.

You should always prepare for a job interview. It’s normal to feel nervous about the interview but you need to try and manage your nerves. You can feel more confident, and therefore less nervous, if you are prepared and know what to expect during the interview. Remember that you will be asked questions about your qualifications and experience. Always be truthful – you will be caught out if you lie and this will seriously jeopardise your chances of finding employment.

It’s easy to become despondent during the job search process but remember that potential employers are more likely to consider a candidate who is positive, upbeat and confident. Rather than get yourself down on what you’d consider “failed interviews” focus on the positive lessons you can learn from the experience.

Step 7: Interview “rules of engagement”

There is a definite set of rules that apply during a job interview. You should always behave professionally and with respect. Refer to people you engage with during the interview as “Mr” or “Mrs” so-and-so. Remember to be polite and always use “please” and “thank you”.

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Don’t be afraid to ask an interviewer to repeat the question if you’re unsure what they’re asking. Never be afraid to admit that you don’t know the answer – tell them that you’re not sure but attempt to provide an answer as you understand the question.

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Step 8: Watch your body language

80% of communication is non-verbal and this means that the way that you’re dressed, your facial expressions and your body language all provide feedback to your interviewer. Manage these during your interview.

Step 9: Remember to smile

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The value of

small businesses

By Nothando Siziba

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mall businesses are common in many countries around the world. Examples of small businesses include hairdressers, tradesmen, photographers and online businesses such as web programming etc that are classified within the Small and Medium Enterprise (SME) bracket of 0 – 200 employees (dependent on Industry classification).

in South Africa

being the manager of your diploma but am living a decent own business? Have you tried life through selling hairpieces doing anything that will help and lip gloss in the street.” – Nelly Ncube: Single mother, you earn a living? Family Provider, Business Many people think that the owner – Corner Eloff and word ‘business’ only entails Kerk Street, Johannesburg

large amounts of money and expensive things to be sold, however this is not true. A business is determined by a person’s focus on what he or she wants to achieve and Starting a small business is fulfilling a need at the end less costly compared to a of the day. South Africa is a macro or large business which country with a fast growing requires more commitment, economy in Africa; why not cost and hours. According grab the opportunity and use to Christo Botes (Business it to start your own business? The unemployment rate in Partners Director in South Africa), the SME sector has South Africa is increasing been highlighted as a necessary every day and this affects driver for jobs and economy South Africa’s economy. Now booster in the government’s is the right time to start a National Development Plan for small business so as to bring socioeconomic development. a positive change to South Africa’s economy. It does not This illustrates how small matter where you stay, your businesses have an impact educational status. One does on the community, region, not need a lengthy resume to be an owner of an SME. country and globally. Have you ever thought of 28

Remember a business can be conducted anywhere as long as it brings profit and can make a person provide food for their family. Many people live in shacks but have decided to take a step further, to bring positive change to their lives and communities by starting businesses.

‘Zandspruit is a dirty place, especially where there are stands for us to sell, but because we have to earn a living, we endure and risk our health by waking up every day, coming to sell what we have,” – Lefton Chimpeni from Malawi

Lefton sells clothing and shoes in order to earn a living.

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Twisted

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‘‘Jobs are scarce in South Africa but I cannot just sit or steal. I have to work and I thought being a manager of my own business is best,” he added. Owning a SME has a lot of advantages and one of these is independency, however a SME owner does require determination and commitment to make the business a success or failure.

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Dorcas started by selling cigarettes and as time passed; she added snacks and sweets and even sells airtime now. She can feed her baby using profit from the business.

Originating from the Latin word egregius, which means illustrious, excellent, outstanding and with the intention to stand out. In the 1530’s the adjective ‘egregious’meant archaic or remarkably good.

In many African families there is a belief of a man being the sole provider, however in today’s society women have realised that they can work too. Most women have confirmed that they help their husbands pay rent and buy groceries but mostly use the money to buy clothes or do their hair. Juliet Nkomo works as a domestic help and is one such woman.

This has since been transformed into one that refers to the negative meanings: Outstandingly bad or shocking. Word Historians have speculted that the words metamorphisis took place in the late 16th century when usage of the word was intended to be ironic. It appears that this is the only sentiment that has survived.

Let’s work towards achievement in life by being managers of our own businesses and support existing SMEs in their bid to make SA’s economy better.

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Sources:

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PRO FESSION WRITE IN Dawn Klatzko

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o the un-initiated, a suit is a suit is a suit. A suit is something worn by business men and women, bankers, lawyers and politicians.

I am proud to say that if there was a support group I would be happy to stand up and say “My name is Dawn and I am a suit”. My personal experience has been gained in the wonderful world of advertising but from what I have seen, at close quarters, within my clients and supplier environments, the learning that I would like to share with you is equally relevant to the talented individuals in numerous other industries and areas of business, all of whom you will often find dressed in suits of one form or another. Well maybe not on Friday’s or days when they are not seeing clients.

Typically the talent dividing line in advertising agencies is between the creative talent; the It has some variations such as copy writes, art directors, designers, digital diving suits, jumpsuits and even wizards et al and the people who lead the birthday suits which, strangely interaction between the agency resources enough, renders the wearer and the client; the account management nude. people. It gets a little more complex than this because there are a lot of other skills such as However, this is not an article traffic managers and media strategists, who about the importance of are sometimes viewed as favouring either the wearing a suit to work. It is “creatives” or “the suits”. The bottom line is about a breed of people who that suits in general are regarded as the party are typically regarded as being poopers of the playground due to the role they responsible for selling a brilliant have to play between the “manufacturer”, idea, product or service. These being the creative product, and the “buyer” people have been nicknamed being the marketer who has awarded the “the suits” because it takes a agency the account. good suit to make a good idea realise greatness! I have been fortunate enough to have enjoyed

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a career of some 35 years in advertising - as a suit. My entry point was as an Assistant - Do a bit of research Account Executive, the most abused of the Read up on successful people in a similar job environment and what they have done. of the ground feeders, and my voyage has taken me up the ladder of large international You can pick this up by reading their blogs advertising agencies as well as my own and profiles. advertising and experiential marketing agencies and film company. I have moved This will help you identify the areas that will on to consulting with companies on business help you love your job. development strategies as well as to test my talents (and nerve) in other areas of business While you go about developing mainly in the digital and travel arenas. the skills you need here’s a useful

technique that a professional cyclist once told me when discussing ways to improve my cycling technique. She said:”Find a spot on the road, half a meter in front of your front wheel and chase that spot relentlessly to avoid distraction from competitors.”

What I hope to do here is to do something fo you. I would like to share some of the fundamental lessons that I have learnt, all of them about how to be a better suit. When I run workshops on the “Art of the Suit”, I am often asked if the best way of learning isn’t to make mistakes yourself. I agree, and this will definitely be the most memorable way to learn, but hopefully by sharing this with you, you will recognize the challenges and be able to respond correctly and recover quickly.

She failed to mention that the spot doesn’t get closer. Each time you achieve your milestone, you will be chasing the next. The same principle applies to your career.

This installment is about finding passion for what you are doing.

Start by focusing on aspects where you can truly demonstrate excellence, don’t get distracted and when you have one particular skill buttoned down, move on to the next one and before you know it, you will realize that you are demonstrating that you have a passion for what you do.

Finding the passion and keeping it alive The reality for most people in today’s economic environment is that they are not sure about whether or not they are passionate about their jobs. Sometimes the truth is that you are just hanging on to pay the bills at the end of the month and feed your fetish for shoes.

If you follow this approach, you will not only see yourself as an asset, but others around you will too. Why do I know this? Because I have employed, reviewed and evaluated hundreds of people over the years and as a manager you know that it is rare to find someone who is absolutely perfect, but that passion drives growth and ambition.

Do a convincing job of persuading the person across the desk that you are passionate about pursuing your career and have what it takes to be a top performer.

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Career Highlight

By Eva Sgroi

the youth of today to adapt to an environment that is constantly changing. One that has put aside artistic nuances to put food on the table. The question then becomes, can we pursue icky Britz, 24, is a passionate writer and our passions and use our natural inborn artistic film producer. She shares her journey and abilities to become successful? The answer, albeit challenges that helped shaped her into a far from simple, is most certainly positive. successful, idea-generating entrepreneur that is destined to make it big. When questioned about the sacrifices, Vicky sighed and explained that her sacrifices were Vicky explains: “You need to approach constant, consuming all of her energy, time and pursuing your passion with a very specific resources. Financially she had invested a lot attitude and venture thorugh the crucial in education, knowing that she would not be significance of what it means to sacrifice compensated directly afterwards through a stable forthe sake of fulfilling a dream.” income and because of the film industries high demand for experience, she had to be willing to She calls this attitude and mentality her pitbull work long hours without payment. personality. Emotionally, the film industry’s requirement for A motion picture fascination that developed as over-extended work hours and hard work took a result of her love for Disney movies, she has its toll. Days consisted of sixteen to twenty-two since become enthralled with the concept of hours of work and sleep was rare. Despite the portraying thoughts and creativity in a way that exceedingly demanding environment she had connects with her audience. placed herself in, she found the strength within herself to persevere. The key to her determination The idea was to “change the way people see was finding balance in her passion. themselves and the world around them,” and with that a conscious decision was made to Today she is the founder of her own photographic/ pursue a field that would prove both demanding film Production Company called Every Waking and competitive. In this fast and ever-evolving Moment Productions (EWM Productions) and has technological age we sometimes find ourselves come up with an adventure travel show concept thinking back to a time where society was filled which explores tourism called “Trek Sam” which with professions that took on an artistic form. has gained the attention of major satellite channels such as BBC and Travel Channel and is Where are the Shakespeare’s and Salvador scheduled to be filmed and broadcasted in 2014. Dhali’s that shaped our modern artistic views and paved the way for endless expressions of More on Vicky and her journey on our website: creativity. Our modern economic state requires an increased level of endurance and precision http://www.profusionmag.co.za/profession both intellectually and physically. This has forced

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Setting Boundaries

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Swimming

By Allan Desmet

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Knowing how to swim is important knowing how to teach others,... even more so.

he stilled and tranquil blue water of the morning had now been overrun by ripples, splashes and the sound of joyful children.

This is Debbie Dolphins Swimming Academy in Midrand, a place where people go to learn how to save lives and swim. Too many children are drowning because of lack of supervision or negligence. Parents should ensure that their pools are covered when not in use in order to prevent these accidents from happening.

Debbie Dolphins owners Estelle and Cindy-Lee Barnard believe that you can save a life if you can swim.

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This family owned business started six years ago. The school and its instructors are dedicated to teaching people of all ages how to swim. All are welcome to come and learn. The school has accepted students as young as six months and believes that the earlier you start the easier it is. Generally instructors can take up to four students at a time. This way attention is given to all learners and should and incident arise, they are able to act without hindrance. The pool noodle is used during these 30 minute training sessions. Instructors use games to teach their students the fundamentals of balance, breathing and moving their limbs.

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Instructors then demonstrate the basic technique of turning on ones back and floating in water, which could save a life. This is when you lie on your back and swim to the closest wall or exit point. The school has also been approached by the Special Olympics to train their coaches on a 12 week course. This course if offered free of charge and Estelle admits that it is their way of giving back to the community and the develoment of swimming as a sport. A number of local nursery schools also bring students to Debbie Dolphins for lessons after obtaining signed indemnity forms from Parents. Rather than teaching by age group, the instructors focus on the student’s swimming ability and place them in a similar category. Frequent water rescue workshops and holiday programs are also available for anyone interested in attending. The school has also assisted in rehabilitating some accident victims who had severe muscle damage. Water is a healing agent, one where you use approximately 80 percent of your muscles with zero impact if done correctly. Other people attending are previous drown victims trying to overcome their fear of water as well as mentally disabled individuals. For more information on Debbie Dolphins Swim Academy, visit their website at: www.debbiedolphins.co.za

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Setting your

BOUNDARIES By Simone Lingenfelder

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oday’s world is a demanding one. Neighbours, friends, community, work colleagues and family members are constantly jostling for our attention and our time. In our continuous attempt to balance our lives, we need to learn to be selective and discerning about where and how we spend our precious hours and energies. As a coach, I help many young people to set boundaries with others and take steps towards nurturing themselves and their personal space. An important part of this process is learning to say “no”. This a critical skill, and an essential step towards moving away from areas that drain our energy or are not necessarily aligned with our best interests. You might find saying no to be an exceptionally difficult task, no matter what the circumstance. So why do we

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find it so difficult to turn people down, whether it be politely turning away requests for assistance, saying we cannot attend meetings or functions, and even politely stopping the incessant telemarketers who harass us to purchase a new contract telephone or life insurance package? Why is refusal so difficult?

of honouring and respecting our existing commitments and ensuring that we have enough resources and energy to give to those who really need Saying no seems selfish . us. Remember that overFor many of us, saying no can committing is no indication of feel self-indulgent and for your ability to remain in control many women fixing, saving nor does it give the impression and doing things for others is that you can handle anything part of our make-up. Saying and everything. Often times it no can sometimes make us indicates an underlying need feel that we are going against for approval and leaves us our instinct to help and assist feeling stressed, over-worked others in their time of need. and under-recognised. Similarly, we can often feel that saying no to others gives Saying no makes us worried we the impression that we aren’t will lose people . in control and that we can’t Pleasing people and having efficiently handle all of our them like us is a fundamental current commitments. trait of millions of human beings. The idea that rejecting On the contrary, saying no to someone’s request will mean certain requests is actually a way that we will become unlikeable

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or, worse, unlovable to them (and for some of us, this can even apply to perfect strangers) is a dreadful thought and can be enough reason for some of us to take on as much as possible to please those around us and maintain our ‘liked’ image. The irony is that saying yes to many of these types of obligations leads to guilt and resentment on our part because we know we aren’t committing for the right reasons. It is essential that you weigh up your need for approval from others (even those that you may never see again) with the stress, guilt and anxiety that over-commitment and imbalance cause.

“You are not worth it”, instead of what it is: just the simple statement of “No, thank you” or “No, I’m unable”. No is often associated with negative feelings like disappointment, anger and loss, so we often end up saying yes to avoid inflicting feelings such as these on others.

an understanding between us and our friends, family and community about what we can and cannot manage.

Being direct in saying no is our best bet, and doing so politely and with mutual respect is a winning way to build trust and communicate Having said that, think back clearly.

to the last time someone said no to you. Did you carry that Being concise and not around for days feeling lost providing a thousand reasons and rejected? Unlikely. for your refusal is important. We don’t need to justify Were you possibly aware and explain our reasons for of the fact that they were saying no; standing firm in saying no on account of their our decision to decline shows overcrowded schedule and respect for our existing prior commitments rather commitments and our own More importantly though, than because they don’t like boundaries, and provides the you need to know that your you? Probably. other person with an honest personal value and self-worth (which is very important) can never be based on that An important way to build answer that is easy to respect. which you do for others. Set trust and respect amongst your mind at ease that this is those around you is to Achieving balance in our lives not the key to your lovability. remain authentic and solid in is an on-going effort, and In such circumstances, ask your responses; this means requires us to be fully conscious yourself: Why am I agreeing saying yes and doing yes, of our thoughts, actions to commit to this task/action/ or saying no and doing no. and behaviours. This means request? Is it only so that I Saying nothing in order to being mindful of when it is will feel better about myself? avoid disappointing someone appropriate or even necessary If the answer is yes, you know and then doing nothing is to say no, and of when we feel your heart isn’t in the right often worse, builds more bullied, manipulated or even resentment in others, and space to say yes. pressured into saying yes. serves to break down trust We worry we will hurt others’ and respect between you and feelings. those around you. Being able to set boundaries Many worry that saying no in terms of the time and will leave the person that has We don’t know how to do it resources we have available made a request of our time politely. to us is just one part of this and energy feeling rejected. Saying no doesn’t have to be endeavour. People often interpret no to offensive. In fact it sets our mean “I don’t like you” or boundaries and builds

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Creative Corner

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Andrea1981G DeviantArt

Andrea1981G has on numerous occassions been named the most active member on Profusion’s Deviant Art group. Andrea is a talented artist from Germany. She calls this style “Fractal Frames”

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If you don’t know where you are going, you’ll end up someplace else.

Yogi Berra

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By Liselette Loubser

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here is no event in your life that will bring greater change than having children. These changes go well beyond being sleep deprived and having to childproof every cupboard and drawer in your house. Many a parent will tell you that once you have kids, expendable cash is something of the past, and to a great extent that is true.

MONEY

However, some believe that our lifestyles inadvertently change as our income increases, without us even noticing it. Many of our “niceto-haves� seem to become necessities. Children can bring this back into perspective, as these are usually the things that we sacrifice once children enter the equation. To a certain extent this is what makes people believe that you will somehow find the money, once you have the child, and they are not wrong.

Children change everything about your life, and your finances are no exception. We all have areas in our budget where we There are many people who believe that if you have the baby, the rest will sort itself out. Then you have the people at the other end of the spectrum, who just never seem to think that they have the money to start a family.

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can cut back on, but these are not unlimited. Eventhough it is almost impossible to plan for everything your children will need, it is important to be realistic and plan ahead. Our children are growing up in a much more competitive environment than we did. They

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start some sort of formal schooling earlier and earlier. They take part in extra-curricular activities from preschool.

How does one prepare financially for a child?

A large number of pre-schoolers are getting some form of remedial help, such as occupational or speech therapy and this is very expensive. Aside from these expenses we live in a country where many people are losing faith in the public school system, and more and more children are attending private schools. It is natural for parents to feel the need to give their children every chance to compete successfully in this environment. As children get older these expenses only increase.

This is a very complex question. When looking at all of the expenses it is easy to wonder if you will ever be in a financial position to have children, but it is important to remember that people do it every day, and do it successfully. There is no single answer to the question of how to prepare for having children. This is a very long term commitment with a great number of variables that can trip you up.

Financial advisors can assist in planning successfully for some of the larger expenses like university and medical care, but mostly it is the day-to-day expenses that can weigh us down. Other than inheriting a vast fortune, most of us do not have the ability to increase our monthly income dramatically in a short period of time, but adding another member to the family can add some serious financial obligations, almost overnight.

It is very important to take a balanced view of what you can do to make sure that your family will be financially stable and what you can’t prepare for. One thing that is for certain, having children is one of the most rewarding experiences in life, and having them will bring much greater reward than the costs involved.

Things like daycare and babysitters, diapers and formula become the new necessities, and these can literally run into thousands of Rands every month. Things become even more hairy once children reach school-going age. No one wants to tell their child they need to pick between rugby and cricket, because they can’t afford the equipment and uniforms for both.

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When considering this, it is easy to understand why our families seem to be getting smaller and smaller. This might be the secret on how to deal with an income that is not growing anywhere close to inflation. Some people are of the opinion that it is only the extravagantly rich who can still afford large families.

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Start filling up your December spending pocket now By Barry O’Mahony CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER® FPI 2013 Financial Planner of the Year

before you go and make a list of what you need. Only buy what you have on your list.

Cut down on fun night outs - Eating and drinking

is all part of the festive cheer. Nevertheless, it can take its toll on your wallet. Use vouchers for restaurants from websites like www.groupon.co.za. Be sure to scout websites and local or national newspapers for offers on food and movie ticket discounts.

‘ Christmas comes once a year ’ is a saying that we’re all too familiar with, above all when we are justifying bad money- Cut down on cellphone costs - Start cutting down your cellphone bill by spending less time on your splashing habits.

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owever, like with any other recurring special day, we can see the festive season coming from a mile away and yet financial preparation is left to the last minute; leaving everyone stressed and running around trying to make the holiday a memorable one.

phone and be aware of how much you are charged for data usage e.g. mobile internet downloads. A TNS Research Survey shows that the majority of South Africans say their cellphone costs are becoming excessive, confirming that cellphone bills are being considered as an area of financial concerns that is negatively influencing monthly household budgets. So now is the time to become observant of your spending costs and consider various alternative means of communication e.g. installing Skype, bbming, smsing etc.

We have all fallen victim to the monotonous Christmas rush, but one fail safe method that can help protect your pocket against unbudgeted spending is mastering the art of Petrol Savings - Work out what it costs to run your car. The AA has a tool at http://www.aa.co.za/ timely saving. on-the-road/calculator-tools/ to help estimate the average cost of running your vehicle. Once you know this you may be less likely to take frivolous trips. Plan your trips to make sure you drive a little as possible. If the shops are close to you rather walk than drive. This way you get exercise as well as lowering your vehicle costs

Mid-year is the perfect time to start making significant contributions to your Christmas savings accounts and as the festive season draws near; you can begin to draw up a budget. Here are some tips that will help fill up your pocket in preparation for the festive season: Save the change - At the end of each day empty the loss change in your pocket and put it is a piggy

Shop Wisely - There are plenty of seasonal offers and bank. You will be surprised at how quickly this

vouchers that can be found on the internet and in magazines, these will help you get discounts on anything from food to petrol. You can also save yourself a small fortune by making packed lunches and putting the extra money in a savings account, not only to spend in pressing times such as Christmas but even on yourself as a treat.

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Check your bank charges - Every time you swipe or withdraw money you are charged a fee. Make sure that you know what the fee is. Speak to your bank about packaged options and see if by taking a package you can reduce the charges

Saving the coupons and gift cards - When checking the expiry dates of your coupons and gift cards, you may find it to be at some point in 2014. This makes them ideal for Christmas, especially if you know you won’t use them!

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One Small step

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All work and no play

They cannot take away our self respect if we do not give it to them.

Mahatma Gandhi

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PRO SELF FEATURE

One small step

By Simone Lingenfelder

When you make a conscious decision to take that first step and put it into action, the secret is to keep moving, one step at a time.

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n today’s modern world filled with frenetic activity, consumption and a constant desire to improve on ourselves and our lot, the requirement for life goals and a more structured approach to our future has become critical. With a barrage of products, people, ideologies and choices constantly battling for our attention, the days of “going with the flow” or “letting life happen” are slowly dissipating.

going to get there is imperative. You may be thinking, “Well, I don’t like to plan too much”, or “I enjoy just living in the moment” and while focusing on the now is extremely worthwhile in keeping us grounded, we need to remember that the flow may often be downhill. Moving with the masses may land you somewhere you don’t want to be at all, and what if those you are following don’t quite know where they’re going!

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In Stephen Covey’s hugely successful book “The 7 Habits of highly Effective People” he outlines the idea of moving from drifter to creator in a chapter called “Beginning with the end in mind”.

what small step you can take tomorrow, this week or this month, to bring you closer to your vision.

At this stage, many of us may feel paralysed Covey challenges us to think carefully about and either find it difficult to isolate what all aspects of our lives and begin to create a we need to do in order to accomplish what picture of our future selves; who we want to we want, or feel overwhelmed by the gap be as people, values we want to develop and between now and the future. Here’s where what will be important to us as we grow older. the mantra “One step at a time” plays a Taking time to consider these things helps us critical role. When you begin to take action, to regain a sense of control over who we are the secret is to keep moving! When you see and the choices we make now that will impact only closed doors around you, or mountains us going forward. in front of your vision, ask yourself “What am I afraid of?” Consider the following important aspects of your own life and start to create a mental Try to isolate what it is that worries you or picture of what you want to achieve and is holding you back and consider what small accomplish in the weeks, months and years action you can take today to face up to your ahead: fear and move forward. Cast your mind back to times in your life where you faced a challenge  Family / Home Life and felt anxiety or fear – how did you move  Career through this? What aspects of yourself can  Finances you draw on now to move through this worry?  Friends  Personal development / Self Remember that not moving forward, taking action or choosing your steps is also a choice, Use your thoughts and writings in this exercise but may very well project you into a future to create a vision board, inspiration journal you do not desire. or a poster that keeps your vision, goals and future in daily sight. The final and often overlooked step of this process is to celebrate your successes and Having used these keywords to create the accomplishments along the way. If an aspect “what”, you can now begin to formulate of your future self is a healthy, slim and the “how”; the nitty-gritty action steps that energetic adult, and your action step has been will take you from just living to creating. In to sign up for as gym contract and work-out 3 essence, the “how” will become your goals, times a week, remember to consolidate after a and lead to the real-life action steps you need few months and acknowledge the effort, time to take in order to achieve the future you and energy that has gone into accomplishing want. this step! Consider this: with your future self in mind, what are you doing on a daily basis that is bringing you closer to him or her? When creating your goals and actions, ask yourself

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Involving those who love you in your goals and actions will provide you with an instant support team; others to share your progress with and keep you inspired.

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All work and no play

makes life a stressful thing

By Danette Swanepoel

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e have all heard the term “Being married to your work”, and although this is regularly used in a joking-fashion the truth in the matter is that many people do not have a healthy balance between their work and personal lives. Much like an acrobat walking a tight-rope, getting the right balance is a difficult thing. Lean too much to either side and you are in severe danger of being overly stressed or getting burnt out. We put ourselves under immense pressue to either survive or be deemed as successful. There has been a shift in priorities where society now focus more on what you have than who you are. We work longer hours to earn more money to buy things that we might not actually need and because we work harder and earn more there is a notion that we are successful. This begs the question: What is the true measure of Success? Many people have different views on what it should be, but it seems to be a generally accepted idea that 46

you are successful when you drive an expensive car, live in a big house and have a “fat” bank account. It is time that we get back to what really matters, not only is a lack of work-life balance detrimental to your health and happiness but it also impacts greatly on the people in your life. A study conducted by the National Life Insurance Company in the US has found that there is an increased number of negative spillover from work to family life. It was found that negative stress in a normal family had increased by 74% and an additional 47% in work-related stress. Author Nigel Marsh describes this cycle accurately: “If enough people get their lives in balance, it can change society’s definition of success away from the simplistic notion that the person with the most money when he dies wins, to a more thoughtful and balanced definition of what a life well lived looks like.” What happens when a parent spends all of their time at

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work and has little time for their children? Those children basically have to grow up on their own, or they have to be raised by a caretaker. How can you expect your children to have the same values as you when you are not there to instil them? What happens in a relationship when one or both parties are basically absent? The relationship will become nonexistent. Even though you might think that your life has a good balance, it is important to take into consideration the views of those nearest to you. We are only human and sometimes we may think everything is in order when the reality is that there are some big steps that need to be taken so our lives will not only feel balanced to us but also to our families and partners.

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The first step to take as with any other challenge is to admit that there is an issue that needs to be addressed. Here are five quick tips that you can use to improve your work-life balance: Self and time management are your biggest ally: Determine what is

important and what needs to be a priority. When you have all your tasks prioritized , actively work at completing them. Procrastination is often one of the main culprits for having to work extra hours. If you can determine what needs to be done and then focus on completing those tasks in set time periods you will have taken a big step in achieving greater work-life balance.

Ask for Flexible Hours

Do not be afraid to ask your employer about flexible hours, job sharing and other scheduling options. It might not always be possible to reach an agreement onthis topic but it is better to ask and be turned down than to keep wondering.

Learn to Say NO

Learn to say no, whether it is your colleague asking you to take over a project or a friend asking you to arrange an event for them, you are permitted to sometimes say no. It is easy for people to get ‘bullied’ into doing things as they feel a loyalty or obligation to the person. Many people take advantage of this fact and if you only learn to say no, it will help you take control of what you spend your time on.

Learning how to effectively make use of technology can assist you in completing tasks more efficiently, saving you time in doing so; but be aware that technology can also be your enemy. Technology allows us to be in constant contact with the rest of the world via text, emails, phone calls, live chats etc however constant contact with everyone all the time can be quite tiresome. Be sure to make yourself unavailable during your time off or your time at home and be sure to leave work at work.

Small changes are important too

When you have the time, do something exciting! It is easy to fall into the habit of doing the “same old”, and although there is nothing wrong with the consistency, it is easy to get bored. Try doing something different once in a while, even if it means changing your usual venue for an alternative.

Lastly, when you have tried these tips and still feel that you lack work-life balance, it may be time to get some help from the many coaches available. Getting the right balance is not a once off quick fi, it will take time and will need to be constantly worked at.

Someone once said: “You can’t have it all in one day, but one day you can have it all.” Keep that in mind.

Make technology your friend, not your enemy

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Terrific Tales

Moral-based stories

Monkey Business A monkey climbed the roof of a house and entertained the people who had gathered below to watch it, with its antics. After it had gone, an ass who craved popularity climbed the roof and tried to perform the same tricks. In the process, it dislodged and broke several tiles. The owner of the house was furious. His servants went up, drove the ass down, and beat it black and blue. Moral - Actions that suit others may not suit you. Be yourself. Source: Aesop’s fables, copyright

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Read It

Book Review

Releasing your potential by Myles Munroe

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e all have goals that we want achieved in life, but aren’t quite sure on how to get there. Having a roadmap is always a great place to start. John Assuraf’s book entitled “Having it all” helps you identify your roadmap and shows you how you can implement it. Talking through personal experiences and important lessons along the way, Assuraf motivates, inspires and pushes you forward. With detailed steps on how you can get started and key disciplines that will help you get there, this proves to be a good read all round. Whether you are looking to climb a mountain or start a business this book tells you how.

Reviewed By: A Desmet

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e all have potential and talents, some we are aware of, others we are not.

Releasing ones potential not only allows you to explore the comfortable boundaries but also allows you to go beyond them and in so doing discovering the triggers that release it. The book “Releasing your potential” by Myles Munroe gives you keys to building a strong foundation. Myles talks about finding your source of inspiration that teaches us how to respond correctly. Maintaining your environment is equally important as it helps you establish a solid foundation to tap into your potential and aids in creating a fruitful and successful lifestyle. People who are unsure of their potential will benefit greatly from this book as it will help you to realise that you are far more capable than you think and that your potential can be a tool in unlocking the life you want and impact not only your own life but those around you as well.

Reviewed By: A Desmet

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Travel brings power and love back into your life

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PRO TRAVEL WRITE IN Michela Ratto

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Danette Swanepoel

NEWZEALAND

ince that epic scene in the Tolkien movie - the Lord of the Rings, where the party is travelling down the river towards the Argonaut, I have dreamt of one day visiting New Zealand. I realise that this formed part of a movie set but the country and its natural beauty entices me. Much of the country’s natural beauty can still be viewed today is thanks to the fact that the landmass is so remote. Historians suggest that it is due to this fact that New Zealand was one of the last countries to be inhabited by humans which benefitted it’s biodiversity greatly and much of the majestic mountain peaks are due to historic volcanic and tectonic activity in the area. Unfortunately that is also one of their main problems as New Zealand gets struck by as many as 20000 minor tremors a year of which an estimated 200 are strong enough to be felt. No surprise then that the country forms part of the so called Pacific Ring of Fire which is a group of islands and landmasses in the pacific ocean which are greatly affected by the tectonic plates below the earth’s surface. The nature and biodiversity found here has such value to the population that about 20% of the 1600 kilometre stretch of island form part of national parks and nature conservation


areas including two world heritage sites namely the New Zealand Sub-Antarctic Islands and Te Wahipounamu, (which is Maori for the place of greenstone).

much the same as our own “Nkosi Sikelel’ iAfrica” is sung in different languages. Waitangi Day and ANZAC day are celebrated every year to commemorate the founding of the two main New Zealand New Zealand culture is provinces and to mark the a unique one that gets ending of the New Zealand wars.

its influences from it early Polynesian and Maori settlers and was influenced again by European settlers in the 1900’s.

When daydreaming about what to do the possibilities really are endless. Firstly and foremostly as previously mentioned the natural beauty of the country is entrancing and places such as Punakaiki The culture was also strongly Coast, Waikato River and influenced by the ethnic Tongariro National Park all religious animistic belief over different yet spectacular system of the Maori, even options to visit. Due to the though a national census in small size of the country it is 2006 found that over 50% possible to visit more than one of New Zealand ‘s population of these types of attractions a now claims allegiance to day which is a tourist’s dream. Christianity. Historically the New Zealand Wars came You can also take in the rich about after Maori tribes history of the country by clashed with their Polynesian visiting sites such as the Te counterparts, but in modern Porere Redoubt which is the times there is generally a site of the last major battle of feeling of unity as most of the the New Zealand wars in 1869, country’s inhabitance choose or you could view early Maori to minimize divisions that rock drawings at Frenchman’s could be caused by culture Gully which are estimated to and ethnicity and choose to be 500 to 700 years old. rather all just call themselves New Zealanders or as they are Also as a lover of most also fondly known, “Kiwi’s”. This comes through strongly when they sing their national anthem “God Save New Zealand” in alternating verses of English and Maori verses,

It is the largest stadium in New Zealand, able to seat 55000 people. With my infatuation of New Zealand stemming from the Lord of the Ring’s movies it is also only logical that I would partake in a tour planed specifically for fans of the franchise. During the tour you are taken to actual sites where the movies were filmed such as the tour to Glenorchy where you can view sites such as ‘Ithilien” and “Isengard”. Anyone fancy a roadtrip to the “Shire”?

things rugby a mustsee will be Eden Park where many a rugby war has been fought.

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Aviation

By Eva Sgroi

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oaring through the open blue sky, gleaning like a clear bright sapphire, wings spread out across the expanse of the vast unrestricted space that separates the land from the stars. In full view of the world below, every man made thing big or small, mighty or modest; exceeding the height of the tallest sky-scraper, experiencing the great magnitude of the entire earth. What would it be like to have wings; ascend and descend, viewing the earth from an overhead perspective? A curiosity that has been explored for centuries from myth to mechanics. Stories have tried to depict the grandeur of flight and great artists and engineers have translated their wildest imaginings of flight onto paper. With the constant progression of technology their dreams of taking off into full flight have become a reality that has completely revolutionised the concept of transportation.

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History

In China 400 B.C the creation of kites that could fly in mid- air triggered human’s interest in the concept of being able to fly. Kites were mainly used in religious ceremonies and later innovated to test weather conditions. They have been important in the development of aircraft, being the forerunner to balloons and gliders, but more significantly it sparked an interest in the hearts of the people that propelled them into believing that they could have the same experience. Every great invention starts as a dream, a longing to make the impossible, possible. The first real studies of flight were conducted in the 1480’s by Leonardo da Vinci who had done over a 100 drawings that illustrated his theories on flight. The Ornithopter flying machine was a design that Leonardo da Vinci created to show the world that flight was in fact possible. Although it was never created the modern day helicopter is based on this very concept. The greatest engineering mastermind of all time laid the foundation

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for greater things to come. As time gave way to new innovation and a new generation of great minds, other inventions such as the hot air balloon and the hand glider clearly demonstrated the persistence of man to create a device that would allow them to explore the world from a bird’s eye view setting the pace for our modern day flight engineers.

for 39 minutes and about 24 miles of circles around Huffman Prairie. All of the twentieth century advancements that can be seen today, were all based on the discoveries made by the Wright brothers.

Alongside the great mechanical advancements in aviation there also came social progression when a young woman with a thrill for adventure bravely conquered her dreams to fly.

With several precursors propelling flight into its optimal destiny the history of flight can be described as the ultimate attempt of trial and error, with many mistakes followed by several great successes with each element significantly contributing to our great modern day aeronautical innovations.

This woman was Amelia Mary Earhart the first woman to fly over the Atlantic Ocean and the first woman to attempt to fly around the world. Amelia was always an adventurous child developing the interest for airplanes at the tender age of 23 but it wasn’t until a year later that she took her first flying lesson on January 3, 1920. Prior to the 1920s women were seen as homemakers, performing daily domestic duties and raising children, their role in politics and society was inferior to that of men prohibiting them from sharing the same rights as men, or exercising any form of independence.

All these outlandish and brilliant discoveries, theories and factions of human ingenuity led to the invention of the first airplane by Orville and Wilbur Wright. Their persistent quest for flight enabled them to use theories from earlier discoveries and transform them into a formula that would be practical. Initially testing all their theories on kites they observed the advantages and disadvantages of wind velocity and how it would affect flight. They spent three years testing and learning how to control hand gliders. Once they perfected their own hand glider design they shifted their focus to creating a propulsion system that would allow them to lift off. The bi-product of years of research and testing the “flyer” propelled into the air from level ground to the north of Big Kill Devil Hill, North Carolina on December 17, 1903, but this was only the beginning. The actual flight of the flyer at Kitty Hawk travelled one hundred and twenty feet in twelve seconds. As they persisted the last flight was able to cover 850 feet in 59 seconds. However ground-breaking the discovery there remained unperfected technicalities that were examined and improved. On October 5, 1905, Wilbur Wright piloted the Flyer III

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During the 1920’s this social norm slowly shifted and women began to explore different career prospects, often performing tasks that were once only done by men. Amelia became an influential beacon of inspiration to all women of her time and with it left a lasting legacy of courage and pursuing one’s dreams beyond all odds. Suddenly flight that once seemed like an incredibly risqué attempt to fulfil man’s desire to soar like an eagle became a wide open door into the future of flight that provides the opportunity for men and women alike, thrill seekers and travel hungry explorers to experience the world from above-while making a very bold statement that anything is possible and that the sky is not the limit.

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Quote

“Without balance, a life is no longer worth the effort.� - Olen Steinhauer, The Tourist

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