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lifestyle Issue 10 2011

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On the road again

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Safety first Conquer online shopping

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BOK to the World Cup JP Pietersen WANTS TO KEEP THE TROPHY

Do it their way Advice on starting your own business

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Meet the names behind JP Pietersen the voices and find At home with South Africa’s Springbok superout about upcoming festivals and live inter- star as he looks forward to his second Rugby World Cup. national music acts.

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Exciting days of rugby with Tri-Nations, Currie Cup and the Rugby World Cup ahead.

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Recycle in every city, warm yourself the celebrity way – or choose the right heater for the job.

Babysitting basics

How to choose the right babysitter so you can relax on your night off.

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Roofboxes, trailers and caravans: all the essential auto accessories to create space for comfortable travel.

Whip up the perfect pasta with this recipe from our latest healthy cookbook.

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Success is a mindset

Local entrepreneurs explain what it takes to build your own successful business.

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Our columnist realises that being a dedicated Springbok supporter is a rollercoaster ride of emotions.

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outh Africans are sporting mad and there’s nothing like a big international sporting event to bring us together. That’s never been more true than during the 1995 Rugby World Cup and last year’s Soccer World Cup. Both events inspired us and instilled in us a sense that when we put our minds to it, we can do whatever we want to. JP Pietersen was the in best position to experience the passion and excitement of a Rugby World Cup when he played with the winning Springbok side in France in 2007. His own story is an inspirational one and you can read more about his life, career and 2011 Rugby World Cup hopes in Back To Back For The Boks, page 14. But we don’t always need to look to momentous occasions to be inspired. There is so much that can inspire us in our own lives and the little moments that happen around us every day. Sometimes just having a breather from day-to-day life can be the lift you need; the fuel that sparks a new lease on life. Take a night off from the kids and go out for a romantic dinner with your partner (learn how to choose a trustworthy babysitter in Babysitting Basics, page 46). Or pack up the kids, dogs, bikes and the kitchen sink and head off to your favourite holiday destination. You’ll find all the latest space saving auto accessories in Celebrating Space, page 38. Even just adding a bright scarf to your well-worn winter wardrobe or treating yourself to a new handbag can provide a boost that makes you feel one hundred percent better (Colour Your Winter, page 32). These simple changes can be the catalyst you need to feel inspired again. Personally I’ve been hugely inspired by the letters that we get from our RCS Lifestyle readers. It’s great to hear how our magazine can have a positive effect on people’s lives and we appreciate that you take the time to let us know. So keep the letters coming and tell us what inspires you. All the best David

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LETTERS

Reader letters

Keep ’em coming

Reading SA’s Sweetheart, (RCS Lifestyle Issue 9) has taught me some valuable life lessons. Liezel van der Westhuizen’s rise to stardom has taught me that no matter how much you may succeed in life, there is always room for growth. What I like the most about Liezel is that she doesn’t need to be good at something to do it. She seems to be fulfilled by many different experiences. The best way to sustain your success is to keep growing, not to sit on your backside. Being actively involved in sports is a life-saving lesson I’ve learnt from this South African star. RCS Lifestyle, keep on covering such exciting celebs with your profiles. We are eager to know what makes them tick. Anonymous

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There’s more reason to get Westhuizen brightening upup early, thanks to Lieze l van der inspiring spiri morning TV who’s just movt. RCS Lifestyle caught up with her bubbly and ed to Cape Tow with n to refresh her the busy go-getter, career. By RIEKIE no stopping HUMAN her

tV preSen ter, model , motivational speaker, MC, radio personality, PR manager, voiceover artist and Idols presente r– you name it, she’s done it. And it seems it’s only the start of Liezel van der Westhui zen’s long list of accomplishmen ts. The fresh-fa ced and feisty celeb recently moved to Cape Town to present SABC’s new breakfast show, Expresso, and there’s

when plethora of enduran it comes to the ce events on offer down south. Running, swimmi ng, cycling – continu ity TV’s leading lady is at the forefront of it all.

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More from RCS Lifestyle readers Take a bow, RCS Group nation due to poor service delivery. After reading ’Tis the Season to Way to go The RCS Group for Give Back, (RCS Lifestyle Issue showing the way! 9) I’m convinced that The RCS Yours faithfully, James Kubu Group is committed to uplifting the communities. It has been a long It’s the little things ride since the government promised Thank you for such an informative to develop poor communities. If magazine. Each and every issue is the authorities are serious about packed with valuable information developing our country, they must that really captures the reader’s prioritise poor communities. Some of attention. My favourite pages in the our leaders hail RCS Lifestyle magazine are the ’TiS The SeASon from poor and ones which feature the snippets To Give BACk remote villages, of information. So much packed but once they into such little space! I turn to get to the top these pages first when I receive they forget my magazine, as I’m eager to see T where they what tidbits you’ve crammed into come from. the latest issue. Why should Meryl, Melkbos some citizens starve when there is more Informative and interesting than enough food to feed the whole country? Life is a daily struggle for I just want to let you know that I those isolated from the rest of the thoroughly enjoy reading the RCS RCS LIFESTYLE

RCS took advantage of last to children in the commu year’s festive good cheer to give back nity.

The RCS team with some children last christmas. delighted

he RCS GRoup iS minds and healthy committed towards bodies. Over uplifting food programmes Christmas RCS partnered and agencies and positively improving with the can’t easily get to these Foodbank South Africa South African community. people in the (FBSA) and As part of rural areas. To try their ‘Buy to Give’ RCS’s festive season to combat these programme and campaign, they problems, the FBSA fed 2400 kids over felt that they wanted has brought the festive season. to give back to the many of these food community and to programmes and spread joy over the agencies together so Why FBSA? festive season. “For that all their us the festive season efforts are co-ordinated According to the General is a time for giving, and their House sharing, family and resources pooled to Survey (GHS) 2009, spreading joy,” says reach the most 20 percent of programme copeople possible. FBSA’s South Africans have ordinator Colette Solomons. ‘Buy to Give’ insufficient programme is dedicated access to food, even One of South Africa’s to making though most sure there is a consistent, technically South Africa important challenges reliable is capable of is helping supply of staple food providing enough children, the future getting to the food for its people. adults of our agencies (community This is because many country, grow up -based nonpeople in poorer with healthy profit organisation areas can’t afford staples, s). FBSA supplies and because food to more than 1000 agencies

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Lifestyle magazine. I find it very informative and interesting. There is so much to learn from it and I am glad to receive it in my post. Thank you for all the good work. Kind regards, Louis

Delightfully delicious I would like to thank you for the delicious crumpet recipe in Issue 9. I made them this weekend and they came out perfectly! Please can you feature more such fantastic recipes? I love your magazine as I always get something MOTHER’S DAY MAGIC beneficial out of it each time I receive it. RCS Lifestyle is a treat for all us RCS account holders. Keep up the good work. All the best, Sharon RECIPE

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■ oil for frying DECORATION ■ Fresh strawberries, sliced ■ Whipped cream for ■ A few whole strawberries garnishing chopped ■ Macadamia nuts, coarsely ■ Honey

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RCS LIFESTYLE

RCS GUGS GOES for gold RCS has been involved with Gugulethu Running Club (aka RCS Gugs AC) for nearly four years and the club is growing in leaps and bounds with their help.

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Runners line up at the start of the RCS Gugs 10km. Prize-giving.

after races like the Comrades, and gives out sandwiches, cooldrinks and fruit at other races; and they put up monetary prizes for all league races.

Going for goals

The club’s short term goal is mainly to promote a healthy, active lifestyle in the community. This fits in with their long term goal, which is to encourage everyone who runs for clubs in the townships to see RCS as the best club to run for. “We’re very much there for

the community and we don’t see why our community members should go elsewhere to run,” he explains. The club has grown impressively since RCS came on board. In previous years they had 50 to 60 members at any point in time, but in the past three years they’ve had between 200 and 300 club members. The club’s most exciting annual event, the RCS Gugs 10km which happens on Reconciliation Day, 16 December, is being joined by a mid-winter cousin, the July RCS Gugs 10km. The July race was only a fun run last year because it fell during the Soccer World Cup, so this is its first

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ecked out in orange, black and white, the RCS Gugs AC athletes stand out from the rest of the running crowd. They’re usually the ones with smiles on their faces, even at the end of a hard race. For Gugs, their club is their community. Marshall Moiloa is the head coach of RCS Gugs AC and he’s watched the growth and development of the club for a few years now. “RCS came on board about four years back and it’s been a great help. We used to have problems with losing talented kids and other athletes because we didn’t have a proper structure in the club,” he says. When RCS got involved, they taught the club’s leadership team about good financial management and how to run the club properly. Since then, they’ve been able to create an organised structure, which keeps the athletes happy, makes them want to be part of the team and allows the club to offer incentives which other clubs can’t. The positive effects of the RCS Group involvement are starting to show. “Our athletes love being part of the club and we’re also able to assist them where we can,” says Moiloa. The club hosts braais


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A couple of exciting highlights so far this year for RCS Gugs AC… ■ At the Two Oceans marathon RCS Gugs athlete Mthandanzo Qhina was the first Western Province athlete home, in a time of 3.17. He was also 21st in the race, so it was an excellent run by Qhina. ■ An RCS Gugs Junior who competed at the African Championships in Rondebosch earlier in the year was chosen to represent South Africa in the World Cross Country Championships. Congratulations to these two on their outstanding achievements.

official year as a registered race on the running calendar. The December race has been strongly supported by RCS in previous years and has seen a huge growth in numbers of runners. In its first year, less than 500 runners took part, two years later there were just over 900 competitors. “With the prizes and incentives from RCS, it really attracts more and more runners and hopefully the same will happen with the July race,” says Moiloa. “I would really like to thank RCS for their involvement with our running club. Without them, the club wouldn’t be growing as it is and it’s allowing some of our athletes to put food on their tables. We would really like to maintain a long term relationship with RCS, so thank you very much,” Moiloa says with gratitude.

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The fast and furious pace of the RCS Gugs 10km.

Game AmaLunchbox Container kitchens feed disadvantaged schools

Thanks to RCS and Game, more than 36 000 learners at 40 primary schools across South Africa can look forward to hygienically prepared meals this year. This is due to a R3.7 million donation of fully equipped container kitchens by Game Stores. Painted in vibrant Game pink and branded ‘AmaLunchbox’, the kitchens - valued at over R92 000 each - form one of Game’s flagship corporate social investment projects. Each kitchen is fitted with a four-plate gas burner, a double bowl sink, stainless steel counters, shelving, four 100 litre cooking pots, serving spoons and enough bright pink tumblers, bowls and spoons for every child.

Game CEO, Jan Potgieter, says that, “Our aim is to help provide a nutritious meal for as many disadvantaged children as we can at school every day. Children cannot concentrate on their lessons if they are hungry. Regular, hygienically prepared meals boost health levels and energy, enabling youngsters to focus on their lessons and make the most of their education. We view this as an investment in the future of these children.” Since the 2008 launch of the AmaLunchbox Campaign, Game has already donated 45 mobile kitchens to needy schools around South Africa as well as schools in Malawi and Zambia. By the end of this year the total number of kitchens donated will be 85 which will help to provide over 14.5 million meals to roughly 75 000 children in a school year. ■


ENTERTAINMENT

Entertainment Play on

When it comes to funky music fests, South Africans are spoilt for choice. This year, the line-up of not-to-be-missed events includes:

■ Standard Bank Joy of Jazz Festival A gathering of world-class international and South African award-winning jazz musicians. This event will be held for the 12th time this year in Joburg, and jazz lovers can look forward to its soothing tunes during the last weekend of August. www.joyofjazz.co.za ■ Rocking the Daisies This eco-friendly music festival on the Cloof Wine Estate in Darling is usually held in early October and apart from the fresh and funky line-up of local talent, festivalgoers are also treated to a tapestry of indigenous flowers. www.rockingthedaisies.com

What’s in a name?

Thought you recognised that voice? Here’s a list of famous actors who moonlight as your favourite animated characters… Eddie Murphy: Donkey in Shrek Cameron Diaz: Fiona in Shrek Johnny Depp: The pet chameleon Rango Ellen DeGeneres: Dory in Finding Nemo Russel Brand: Dr Nefario in Despicable Me Brad Pitt: Metro Man in Megamind Angelina Jolie: Tigress in Kung Fu Panda

Can’t wait!

■ James Blunt is returning to our shores with concerts at Durban’s ICC Durban Arena on 24 August, on 26 August at the Coca-Cola Dome in Johannesburg and on 30 August at Grand West in Cape Town. ■ Coldplay hits Cape Town Stadium on 5 October and the FNB Stadium, Johannesburg, on 8 October. ■ Kings of Leon (right) will be in SA in October after postponing their much-anticipated March concert due to drummer Nathan Followill’s bicep surgery. The Kings will be at the Cape Town Stadium on 26 October and at Joburg’s FNB Stadium on 29 October. Visit www.bigconcerts.co.za for booking details of the James Blunt, Coldplay and Kings of Leon concerts.

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Have a look at this tantalising line-up of international stars on their way to rock SA audiences.


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22 July Danny Glover, actor DID YOU KNOW?

Glover is a powerful advocate for literacy and has spoken to grammar and high school students around the US about the joys of reading and education. He was also appointed the first Goodwill Ambassador to the United Nations Development Programme.

4 August Barack Obama, US president DID YOU KNOW?

He was born to a Kenyan father and a white American mother. Every night when he’s at home he reads Harry Potter to his oldest daughter Malia, 13.

25 August Blake Lively, actress DID YOU KNOW?

In her free time, you could catch her watching Martha Stewart: “Baking and flower arranging have always been my favourite hobbies. I love Martha Stewart,” she recently told Teen magazine.

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“When I was eight, my pals and I went up to my bedroom, put on our party frocks and mimed to ABBA records using broom handles as microphones” Kylie Minogue, who tours SA in July 2011.

She said what?!

Who says celebrities lead secretive lives? Thanks to social networks like Twitter and Facebook, we’ve never known so much about them! Here are some golden nuggets from the Twittersphere: ■ “If Popeye were dating Pink, then people would call them Pinkeye” – Ellen DeGeneres ■ “I love Japan! I think all the tiny cars are so cute!” – Britney Spears ■ “You basically can say anything to someone on email or text as long as you put LOL at the end” – Kanye West

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Shrek’s entertaining kitty is going solo and in this delightful tale, we join him on his very own adventures. And yes, our favourite cat’s voice will once again belong to that of Antonio Banderas.

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Did you know?

JP has played 25 Test matches alongside Bryan Habana, making them the most capped Bok wing ‘combination’.

Back to back for the Boks

At the age of just 21 JP Pietersen won the World Cup with the Springboks. This year he’ll be back in Green and Gold with the Boks as they aim to become the first team to win consecutive Rugby World Cups. By Rob Houwing 14 • Issue 10 2011


JP Pietersen

RCS Lifestyle: Could it be argued that World Cup 2011 comes at an ideal time for you, JP? After all, you got a winner’s medal in Paris aged 21, and now enter the next one wiser and fairly close to your prime at 25...

JP Pietersen: Definitely, from an experience point of view. I have learnt so much in the four years since 2007. I know more now about my weaknesses and strengths, which ought to help in New Zealand. I feel more mature, and very comfortable with my game. There’s no reason not to be confident, going into our title defence.

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Will going there as defending champions aid the Springbok challenge, because of the aura that accompanies that status? Or is it a drawback due to the pressure of defending the crown?

There’s always pressure on defending champions. Teams are especially (keen to) knock you over. Fans here will expect us to do well; it goes without saying. But I don’t believe a majority of people will label us as favourites, which could help a bit... with the All Blacks playing on home soil, they’ll be tipped to win, I’m sure. The real pressure will be on them.

Since your return from injury, you’ve looked hungry in Super Rugby and one of the sharpest

Pietersen in action against England; and being congratulated by Nelson Mandela after winning the World Cup. fewer carbohydrates at night, when protein is more important, and more of my carbs at lunchtime.

attacking tools for the Sharks... is there anything special you’d attribute that to? Of course I was happy to put my injuries behind me, and just to be on the field again. But also the Sharks introduced us to a dietician who has been of great benefit to me, in conjunction with our conditioning programmes. I’ve gained greater energy and power since getting a better idea of what to eat and, just as importantly, when to do so. I’m eating

You’re an especially strong unit now at 1.90m and just over 100kg, and making some big tackles. Would you say your defence is at the best level it’s ever been?

I wouldn’t necessarily say best ever. In Bloemfontein (against the Cheetahs in a Super Rugby match near the end of the ordinary-season programme) I wasn’t that happy with my defensive showing. I missed four tackles and that’s not the sort of standard I set for 2011 Issue 10 • 15


JP Pietersen

a certain heavyweight boxer named Sonny Bill Williams is lining you up for the hit. Do you flinch?

(Laughing) No, I don’t really look at who I’m specifically up against. If you’ve got the drive, the passion and the desire it’s more than half the battle won already. Whether it’s a Bakkies (Botha) or a Sonny Bill, in professional rugby you’ve just got to face up to the tackle; there’s no excuse. I was quite skinny at the start of my career and a bit scared to make tackles, so building up at the gym certainly improved my confidence.

JP will be aiming to get his hands back on the William Webb Ellis trophy.

“I feel more mature, and very comfortable with my game. There’s no reason not to be confident, going into our title defence” myself. But I’ve been working on the physical aspects of defence, yes. There was a time when I wasn’t making a full go of it in contact. If a wing can genuinely tackle a guy backwards with a big hit you can put the other team under pressure, and keep your own side on the front foot.

Your versatility across the ‘back three’ is well known: if you were fortunate enough to be offered any of jerseys 11, 14 or 15 for a World XV, which would it be? 16 • Issue 10 2011

That’s quite a difficult one. I’ve been playing only as a wing really for the last few years, but I think I’d go for fullback. I’ve always had a soft spot for that position. That’s where I really launched myself in first-class career terms, so it does have a special place in the heart. It’s great to have that extra space if you fancy a burst from the back and you can see the whole field in front of you.

It’s the World Cup semi-final against the All Blacks and you’ve made an in-field burst, only to discover that

You and Bryan Habana were the first-choice wings in the successful 2007 World Cup campaign... do you think you may be allies again four years on?

Obviously it’s up to Peter (de Villiers) to make up his mind which wings he wants. I know Bryan has had his problems this season, and they are partly because of the great reputation he so rightly has. So people expect him to perform every week to those huge standards. He’ll be the old Bryan Habana, scoring tries again – class is permanent and he’ll be back in full force. I’m always happy playing with Bryan; we help each other and communicate well.

Who are your main sponsors and what do they mean to you?

Sponsors mean a great deal to me. Adidas has been one of my longest sponsors of playing gear and off-field casual clothing and have been good to me over the years. Last year Dezzo


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JP Pietersen

JP celebrates with try-scorer Lwazi Mvovo in the Sharks 30-all draw against the Lions earlier this year.

Southern Africa, a construction equipment company in the mining industry came onboard with me and they have been a great support over the last year. At this point they have been my main sponsor. Recently my agent, James Adams, concluded a deal with Vitabiotics South Africa who will now play a big part in my rugby career with regards to supplying me my daily multi-vitamins. I would like to thank all my sponsors - hopefully both on and off the field I can repay them for their trust in me.

What is your advice to any bright young schoolboy star wishing to pursue his pro rugby dream?

To achieve your dream you must first of all be as fit as you possibly can, and take in as much advice as you can from your coach and other influences like your conditioning coach. Always leave room for disappointment, and be ready to deal with it... because it will come! You’re never bigger than the game. 18 • Issue 10 2011

I just bought a house in La Lucia and am busy renovating it; it will probably be ready by the end of December. My girlfriend and I have started buying design and home-living books, and we occasionally watch Top Billing for tips on style and so on! We’re getting more and more ideas on how we want it to look. You have to start taking responsibility; my dad reminds me that a rugby career doesn’t go on forever. I’m thinking of fitting in an IT JP was the top try scorer course next year, to give in the 2007 Super 14 me some grounding in a (12 tries). This season he different career in case I was the Sharks’ top ever need it. scorer with six

Did you know?

tries. Has anyone in particular been a special mentor to you in rugby or life in general? I’ve been through a lot of coaches, and the sort of thing I’ll always remember is (Springbok assistant and former Sharks coach) Dick Muir drumming into me when I was a teenaged youngster that you’re never too young to play at the top level; age is just a number. I’m still grateful to him for giving me my (breakthrough) opportunities several years ago. But my mom is a big influence on my life as well. She’s the first person to correct me if I do something wrong on the field, and always reminds me not to take my God-given talent for granted. My folks live in Stellenbosch, where my family roots are, but they enjoy the Durban vibe and the weather so they come up as often as they can.

Tell us about your home life in KZN... I’m living in a complex at present, but

Any serious hobbies outside of rugby?

I quite enjoy the sea in Durban, although I’m certainly not a surfer... those shark incidents and spottings always worry me a bit. I’m busy learning golf rather privately; I haven’t told too many people about it yet! My girlfriend introduced me to sushi so another pleasure is going to local restaurants with that theme. With the 2011 Rugby World Cup just a few months away, JP Pietersen and his Springbok colleagues will have the hopes of the nation resting on their shoulders. At the time this magazine went to print, there were two South African sides in the play-off positions on the Super Rugby log (the Sharks being one of them), so the early season domestic form bodes well for a South African attack of the game’s biggest trophy. We wish JP and the boys all the best on their journey. *Rob Houwing is chief writer for www.Sport24.co.za


SPORT

SPORTS UPDATE Don’t miss Rugby: Tri-Nations 23 July Australia vs South Africa Sydney 30 July New Zealand vs South Africa Wellington 5 August New Zealand vs Australia Auckland 13 August South Africa vs Australia Durban

16 July – 29 October

Did you know? ■ New Zealand has won the Tri-Nations 10 times, South Africa three times and Australia twice. ■ New Zealand’s Christian Cullen is still the tournament’s leading try scorer, with 16 tries to his name. The best placed South Africans on the all-time list are Bryan Habana, Jaque Fourie and Breyton Paulse (seven tries each). ■ During last season’s tournament, John Smit and Victor Matfield both earned their 100th Springbok caps. And, with three tries during the series, prop GurthrÖ Steenkamp finished as the Bok’s top try scorer at the 2010 Tri-Nations. ■ During South Africa’s 39-41 loss to Australia,

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27 August Australia vs New Zealand Brisbane

Morné Steyn extended his personal streak of successful kicks at goal in Tests to 38. Statistics on success rates of goal kickers were not kept until the late 1980s, but it is likely that Steyn set an all-time record. Steyn surpassed the previous (recorded) best of Scotland’s Chris Paterson at 36. Steyn’s run eventually ended at 41 successful kicks, when he missed a goal kick against Ireland in November last year.

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Rugby: Currie Cup

20 August South Africa vs New Zealand Port Elizabeth


2011:

Rugby:

the highlights so far

IRB World Cup 9 September – 23 October

South Africa’s 2011 pool games 11 September SA vs Wales 17 September SA vs Fiji 22 September SA vs Namibia 30 September SA vs Samoa

Did you know? ■ The Boks and Australia will be attempting to win the World Cup for a third time. The Boks are defending champions (as well as 1995 winners), while Australia won the event in 1991 and 1999. ■ South Africa, England, France, New Zealand and Australia are the only teams to have appeared in a Rugby World Cup final. ■ Six players have won the World Cup twice: John Eales, Dan Crowley, Phil Kearns, Jason Little, Tim Horan (all for Australia in 1991 and 1999) and Os du Randt (for South Africa in 1995 and 2007).

Tennis: US Open 29 August – 11 September

Did you know? ■ Last year Rafael Nadal swept all before him. He defeated Novak Djokovic to win his first US Open title. It was his ninth career major and Nadal completed the Career Golden Slam with the win. He became the first player since Rod Laver in 1969 to win the French Open, Wimbledon, and the US Open all in the same calendar year, and became the first male player in history to win Grand Slams on clay, hard court and grass in the same calendar year. ■ 712 976 tennis fans swarmed the grounds of the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center during the two weeks of tournament in 2010. 2009, though, set a record with 721 059 fans visiting the event.

CRICKET ■ S outh Africa’s Gary Kirsten coaches India to their second World Cup trophy. ■ S outh African-born Jonathan Trott is named a Wisden Cricketer of the Year for his achievements while playing for Enlgand. Running ■G  eorge Ntshiliza from the Eastern Cape wins the 2011 Two Oceans Marathon, becoming the first South African to win the race since 2007. ■ S tephen Muzhingi wins the Comrades Marathon for the third time in a row, the first time this has happened since Bruce Fordyce won eight in a row between 1981 and 1988. Golf ■V  ereeniging’s Charl Schwartzel wins the 2011 Masters, taking South Africa to second on the list of countries with the most tournament wins – we have five in total, while the USA tops the list with 56 wins. Soccer ■O  rlando Pirates, by winning the PSL title, the MTN 8 competition and the Nedbank Cup, become the first South African soccer side to win a domestic treble. ■B  arcelona beat Manchester United 3-1 to win their fourth Champions League (European Cup) title.

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What does your social

networking

say about you? Whether or not you mind your Ps and Qs, or dot your Is and cross your Ts, your tweets and Facebook updates can reveal a lot about your personality. Take our quiz to find out what secrets lurk between your lines. By RIEKIE HUMAN

1

How long are your updates and tweets in general? a) Very short – my messages are cryptic or to the point. b) The normal amount – never more than three or four lines. c) Too long! They always fill more than one screen and I often have to post additional messages.

2

How much effort do you put into the composition and grammar of your social networking? a) It depends on my mood! b) A moderate amount – I don’t want to sound stupid.

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c) None at all – as long as my friends understand what I’m saying, all’s good.

3

When something exciting happens to you, who do you tell first? a) My friends on Facebook. b) My Twitter followers. c) All of the above – all my social networks are integrated and I have all the latest apps to update my profiles at the same time.

4

Describe the style of your updates. a) Quirky and funny.

b) They’re always positive – I love finding uplifting stories and links and sharing them with my networks. c) Serious and informative.

5

Do you connect with your work networks and friend networks on the same platforms? a) Totally, yes. I have no secrets! b) Absolutely not. I have a different Facebook profile for my work, and I also have a separate Twitter account for anything business related. c) They are, and sometimes I have to delete updates and pics just because I don’t want my boss to see them.


RCS QUIZ

6

How regularly do you update your profiles? a) All the time. In fact, the first thing I do in the morning is to post something on Facebook and Twitter. b) It varies. If I’m out and about in the real world I tend to forget all about social networking! c) Only when I have something meaningful or important to say.

7

Do you have more followers on Twitter than people you follow? a) Yes, but that’s thanks to my blog which attracts loads of followers. b) Nope – I pretty much follow anyone! c) It’s about 50/50.

8

Do you use icons and Internet language such as gr8 and CU? a) All the time – sometimes I even forget what the original word was. b) Never – it’s so unprofessional! c) Not really, but when I’m in a hurry I sometimes shorten words.

9

Are you picky about who you befriend or follow on social networks? a) Not at all – the more, the merrier. b) Not really, as long as I have a vague idea who they are. c) Very – there are all kinds of weirdos out there.

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10

Do you have nicknames on your social networking platforms? a) No, I use these platforms mainly for work, so it’s crucial to use my real name. b) Yes! Real names are so boring and my nickname is part and parcel of my profiles appeal. c) I used to but I ditched it as it’s easier to find me under my name.

How did you score? 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10.

a. 2 a. 3 a. 2 a. 2 a. 3 a. 3 a. 2 a. 3 a. 3 a. 1

b. 1 b. 2 b. 1 b. 3 b. 0 b. 2 b. 3 b. 1 b. 2 b. 3

c. 3 c. 1 c. 3 c. 1 c. 1 c. 1 c. 1 c. 2 c. 1 c. 2

BETWEEN 0–10 At heart you’re a traditionalist and you like to live according to a stern set of rules. On the up side, it means you’re incredibly thorough, and that you always think before you act. You like to consider all available options and at times you tend to overthink decisions – and this often results in updates that are boring and too technical. On the whole, you’re extremely dependable, rational, meticulous and punctual, but it wouldn’t hurt to sometimes venture out of your comfort zone, especially since you tend to be a bit shy. Try letting your hair down once in a blue moon and have some fun on the social networking circuit – you may just like it!

BETWEEN 11–20 You usually play it safe, but you actually have a prominent arty

streak and there’s nothing you like more than to get your creative juices flowing. You also love pretty things, and probably like to nest and decorate your home too. Sometimes you tend to be shy and inhibited, and your challenge is to then force yourself to get out and connect with people – even if it’s via social networking. In general, everyone who meets you adores you because you have a kind and caring nature and your idealism gives people a sense of hope.

BETWEEN 21–30 You’re a real wild card and not traditional at all. In fact, you seem to be doing absolutely fine despite not sticking to any rules! Your magnetic personality means that everyone on the social networks tends to idolise you, and nobody cares if you make mistakes or not. Your challenge is to make sure you earn their faith in you – so brush up on those areas in your life where your performance might be a bit lacklustre. While you need little if any space in your life, and love being around people 24/7, it would be wise to realise that not everyone feels this way – so maybe tone down the non-stop updates about nothing and rather focus on one meaningful topic a day. Your following will always be huge, so you can afford to be a bit less frivolous.

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HEALTH

HEALTH Meat-Free Mondays Climate change is hardly a new discussion. Over the past decade, everyone from shop owners to restaurateurs have been making eco-friendly changes. How are you faring in greening your lifestyle? One way to make a difference is to support the Meat-free Mondays movement. By simply cutting meat this one day per week, you can help to reduce carbon emissions, which in turn will slow the rate of climate change, protect the environment, improve your health and exhibit your compassion for the rights and needs of animals. Support the local branch of this worthy cause by purchasing their products online – they offer a useful vegan recipe book, a bag made from recycled plastic bottles and funky MFM bands endorsed by local band The Parlotones. www.supportmfm.co.za

Banana bonanza We’re not monkeying around – bananas have many health benefits! Perks of this readily available fruit which is packed with potassium and magnesium include:

■E  asing stomach cramps after a workout. According to the US Institute

of Health, it’s normal to develop aching muscles after a workout, but persistent cramping after going to the gym could mean you’re low on electrolytes such as potassium or magnesium.

■G  iving you energy – eating only two bananas will give you enough

energy to exercise for an hour and a half.

■M  aintaining a regular heartbeat and a proper balance of water

in the body.

■H  elping to reduce strokes and regulating blood pressure, because

potassium promotes circulatory health.

■B  oosting your mood – thanks to a chemical

called tryptophan, which helps the mind to relax.

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Curb your

appetite

W

hat do these foods have in common: almonds, ginger, apples, sweet potatoes, oats and cinnamon? Well, they’re all appetite suppressants and can be very useful if you’re aiming to lose a bit of weight. For example, ginger boasts incredible digestive powers and apples are packed with soluble fibre and pectin (which help you feel full). So be sure to add these to your shopping lists, and fill your lunchbox with them – it’ll help you resist those tempting, oily take-aways!

DID YOU KNOW?

Rolled oats are rich in minerals including zinc, calcium, magnesium and iron as well as B vitamins. Oats are also a wonderful source of soluble fibre, good for our digestive systems and to help reduce cholesterol levels. Oats have a low glycaemic index for slow release energy.


Healthy living

We all associate winter with colds and flu, and no self-respecting mother would let her kids out of the house without draping them with scarves, mittens, jerseys and jackets. Why is that? Dr Arien van der Merwe, medical director of Health Stress Management, says people probably tend to get sick during winter, “because of more time spent indoors, increasing the opportunity for viruses to spread.” She adds that the warm, dry air inside a home or office helps viruses to thrive and also dries the lining of the nasal passages, making them more susceptible to infection. “People also tend to eat less salads and fruit, with a resulting decline in intake of antioxidants and other immune-boosting phytonutrients,” she says. To sign up her informative newsletter on healthy living, visit www.healthstresswellness.com

Did you know?

A Harvard University study found that replacing saturated fat-rich foods (such as meat and fullfat dairy) with foods that are rich in polyunsaturated fat (such as vegetable oils, nuts and seeds) reduces the risk of heart disease by 19 percent.

Just desserts

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Feeling like something sweet but determined to give healthy living a go? Don’t stress. Nature’s got treats aplenty to quell your cravings. Steaming and stewing fruit – just like your gran did – is a healthy way to prepare desserts, and it’s jampacked with goodness too. Here’s how: Slice apples, pears or quinces in quarters (keep the skins on) and boil them in water infused with lemon zest, cloves, nutmeg and cinnamon until the flesh is soft and almost transparent. To sweeten it, add some grape juice or honey, and serve it with dollop of plain Bulgarian yoghurt. Yum!

Beat the bugs Take note of these simple bacteria-beating steps from Dr Arien van der Merwe. ■W  ash your hands frequently and try not to touch

your nose, eyes or mouth too often.

■D  rink lots of fluids, prevent air from drying out by

using humidifiers, and take vitamin A and betacarotene supplements. ■T  o minimise the spread of germs, avoid close contact and prolonged exposure to people with colds. Always sneeze or cough into a facial tissue and immediately throw it away afterwards. ■ Clean surfaces with virus-killing disinfectants. ■M  ix drops of eucalyptus or peppermint oil in a bowl filled with boiling water, put a towel over your head and inhale the steam. This will loosen the phlegm and hydrate the mucosal lining of the airways, while disinfecting the environment. ■U  se medicinal herbs like garlic, echinacea and golden seal, which act as natural antibiotics and combat viruses, bacteria and even fungi.

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HEALTH

Fast fact

Over one billion aspirin tablets are consumed across the globe every year.

Medical marvels

From painkillers to insulin, to bug-fighting breakthroughs, there’s no question about it – medical science has grown in leaps and bounds… and we benefit from the advances daily. BY RIEKIE HUMAN

W

hile it’s impossible to single out only a few medical discoveries that have changed the course of our lives, these five medicines and treatments have literally changed the course of history – and saved many lives to boot. 26 • Issue 10 2011

Amazing aspirin

This humble pill, which experts dubbed as ‘the most amazing drug in the world’ in the Telegraph newspaper, first became a household name as a painkiller 100 years ago. Later, it was found that aspirin was also beneficial in reducing the risk of several lifethreatening diseases.

Felix Hoffman developed aspirin in 1897. Its active ingredient – acetyl salicylic acid – is a synthetic derivative of salicin, which can be found in plants such as willow trees. According to health24.com, Hoffmann was actually trying to develop a treatment for his father’s arthritis, so the German


chemist developed the process of synthesising the acid to produce aspirin almost by accident. Initial trials showed that it successfully treated pain, fever and inflammation. Since then, it’s been discovered that aspirin has many other uses too, including reducing blood clotting and helping to prevent deep-vein thrombosis. Also, “studies have shown that it can be used to prevent and treat a number of other conditions such as heart disease, stroke and Alzheimer’s,” reports health24.com.

the healing powers of penicillin

available for bacterial infections were quinine, arsenic and sulfa According to www.discoveries drugs – all of which are highly toxic. inmedicine.com, the discovery of So when the Scottish bacteriologist penicillin in the 20th century may Alexander Fleming discovered be one of the greatest milestones penicillin in 1928, it was a huge leap in medical history as it opened the for medical science. door to a variety of new ‘miracle Fleming’s discovery was also drugs’ that have saved the accidental: while he was doing research lives of millions. on various bacteria cultures, he Until the mistakenly left one of the discovery of cultures uncovered for a few penicillin, days. When he found it, Penicillin was the only it was covered in mould widely used in World treatments and the mould was War II, and prevented dissolving all the bacteria many thousands of wartime deaths from near it – which let to his infections. discovery that the genus Penicillium slows the growth of bacteria. About a decade later, the process was completed when two British researchers, Howard Walter Florey and Ernst Chain, managed to separate and purify the penicillin, laying the foundation for modern-day antibiotics. Today, penicillin is used to treat infections such as meningitis and pneumonia. Because it can treat potentially life-threatening infections, it’s paved the way for various surgical procedures, organ transplants and even open-heart surgery.

Fast fact

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Insulin – an antidote to diabetes

Before the discovery of insulin, diabetics the world over suffered in silence and there wasn’t much doctors could do for those whose bodies stopped producing this vital hormone that lowers blood sugar levels. Various attempts to supply human bodies with 2011 Issue 10 • 27


HEALTH

insulin failed until it was successfully extracted from a dog’s pancreas in 1922 by a former Canadian divinity student, Dr Frederick Banting. According to www.health. howstuffworks.com, Banting was also responsible for the first insulin injections on a human being – which was done successfully on a 14-yearold boy named Leonard Thompson. For many years, insulin was taken from deceased animals, until synthetic insulin was developed in 1978 – and to this day, the latter has been saving lives daily.

recognise the agent as foreign, to destroy it, and most importantly to ‘remember’ it. The result is that the immune system can more easily recognise and destroy any of these micro-organisms that it

later encounters. So in essence, a vaccine is a biological preparation that improves your immunity to a specific disease, and Jenner’s work laid the

Disease-fighting vaccines

It wasn’t until 1796, when British scientist Edward Jenner developed the first vaccine, that mankind put up a fight against various epidemics and diseases such as cholera, influenza and measles. The story of how Jenner discovered a vaccine against smallpox is a delightful one. Jenner once heard a milkmaid boast that she would never contract the often-fatal disease smallpox, because she’d already had cowpox – which has a very mild effect in humans. Jenner then extracted pus from the hand of a milkmaid with cowpox and inoculated an eight-yearold boy with it. He then subjected him to the smallpox virus, and (thankfully), the boy didn’t catch it. This momentous breakthrough illustrates the inner workings of vaccines: typically, a vaccine contains an agent resembling a disease-causing micro-organism, and it’s often made from weakened or killed forms of the microbe or its toxins. The agent stimulates the body’s immune system to 28 • Issue 10 2011

Fast fact

In the 19th century, vaccines were considered a matter of national prestige, and compulsory vaccination laws were passed.

“It wasn’t until 1796 that mankind put up a fight against various epidemics and diseases such as cholera, influenza and measles”


foundation for many more lifesaving vaccines to be developed, including those against mumps, rubella and polio.

no recollection of the procedure, let alone any pain. The reactions Morton received from his colleagues varied from criticism to praise. One of their Easing operations – main gripes was that he wasn’t the anaesthetics first physician to use ether The concept of providing in operations. Various some kind of anaesthesia doctors claimed that during surgery is as their work had old as the practice of influenced Morton, The word anaesthesia and the matter medicine itself, but in means ‘loss of the distant past, patients was even taken to feeling’ in Greek. had to make do with Congress to decide the soothing properties of who should be credited soporifics such as mandrake, for the discovery of alcohol and belladonna. Some anaesthesia. civilisations, such as the Incas, even Other contenders included Dr relied on coca leaves to dull the pain Crawford Long, who said he’d used during operations. ether in operations in 1841, as well as Thankfully, this all changed in Dr Charles Jackson, who claimed that 1846, when an American dentist, Dr his work had influenced Morton. William Morton, removed a tumour Apart from ether, Dr Horace Wells from a patient’s jaw. According to was the first physician to use nitrous www.health.howstuffworks.com, he oxide in 1845, while chloroform was used a sponge soaked with ether to first used as an anaesthetic by Dr render his patient unconscious, and James Simpson in the mid-1840s. after the operation, the patient had Despite its chequered past, anaesthetics have evolved considerably since then. Today, a wide variety of options are on offer – and many of them are safer derivatives of some of those early substances. It’s inconceivable to imagine a world without these ‘basic’ types of medicine, and we should be grateful for the benefits of living in an age where these are readily available. Still, the road of discovery is ongoing and the sky’s the limit to what the world of medical science can still achieve – new discoveries that will influence mankind’s health outlook for the better are constantly being made. ■

Fast fact

DID YOU KNOW?

The four blood groups were discovered in 1901 by an Austrian biologist, Karl Landsteiner and his group of researchers. They also developed the system of classification we use to this day. This system is pivotal for the performance of safe blood transfusions – which saves thousands of lives. Landsteiner received a Nobel Prize for his discovery. Source: Health24.

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SHOPPING

SHOPPING GOT SOME CRANBERRY

With great health benefits, cranberry should be your go-to juice.

■ It helps with urinary infections

caused by a strain of E-coli bacteria. Some of the compounds in the juice block the bacteria from sticking to the cells in the body, so that the body can more easily flush the bacteria out. ■A  ccording to WisemensVitamins.

com, an important benefit of cranberry juice is in keeping the heart healthy. It contains strong antioxidants that help to prevent or correct the damages caused by free radicals. Cranberry juice helps in the increase of good cholesterol in the body and the decrease of bad (LDL) cholesterol. These advantages can be accredited to the existence of polyphenols in cranberry juice. ■ Study results in 2002 suggest

that cranberry juice may inhibit a type of bacteria that is a common cause of ear and respiratory infections in children. This is according to researchers at the annual meeting of the Infectious Diseases Society of America.

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Watch it!

It’s so much more than just a timepiece, and these days, watches can make bold fashion statements. We love these trends that are causing a stir this year:

1 Dual-tone watches with embellished details and lots of

gemstones. Perfect for: Adding a bit of bling to any outfit.

2 Skeleton watches – those funky timepieces with all its nuts and

bolts visible. Perfect for: A gothic, edgy look.

3 Ultra-sleek and minimalistic watches with simple, yet striking

geometrical shapes. Perfect for: High fliers who love to power dress.

4 Big, bold watches with lots of gadgetry and indicators – such as

dual time zones – are all the rage for the ladies right now. Perfect for: Fashionistas who like to add one or two unexpected elements to elegant outfits.

Head to your closest American Swiss and shop for a watch that best suits your personality, or visit www.americanswiss.co.za

Happy tums

Keep lunchtime interesting with last night’s left-over chicken. With the BBQ chicken and slaw roll, kids will admire your creativity and eat well too: ■ Season the left-over chicken with salt and pepper. In a small skillet on medium high heat, heat oil until shimmers. ■ Cook chicken for about 11 minutes, turning once or until cooked through. ■ Combine chicken with barbecue sauce. ■ In a medium bowl mix coleslaw mixture, mayonnaise, vinegar, sugar, salt and pepper to combine. ■ Divide chicken and coleslaw between buns. Head to your nearest Spar for freshly baked buns and other ingredients you need for this lunch delight.


Head over heels

Run like the wind

With running terms like under-pronation, neutral gait and rigid arches being par for the course these days, it pays to do some homework before you buy a pair of running shoes. Thanks to these expert tips from Sportsmans Warehouse, you’re bound to get a pair that fits like a glove.

1 S hop for running shoes later in the day when your feet are swollen.

2 T ake a pair of proper running socks

with when you go shopping for running shoes.

3 A sk the assistant to measure both your feet and consider your weight, any injuries or problems and where and how much you run.

4 A sk the sales assistant to look at your PHOTOGRAPHS BY SHUTTERSTOCK, GALLO IMAGES & GETTY IMAGES

current running shoes to determine your wear pattern. For example:

n Wear on outside of forefoot indicates under-pronation – an insufficient inward roll of the foot after landing. n Wear evenly across forefoot indicates neutral gait – when the foot doesn’t tilt inward or outward. n Wear on the inside of forefoot indicates over-pronation – when there is an excessive roll of the foot after landing.

Heels are the ultimate classic shoe – and no self-respecting closet should go without a pair or two. From plain black to nude and suede; and with modern touches or embellishments like beading, bows and sequins, heels are here to stay. This winter, the main trend is to wear them in nude colours – just like Victoria Beckham, Angelina Jolie, Rihanna, Kim Kardashian and Mila Kunis – who’ve all been spotted stepping out in neutral-coloured heels.

Release your inner geek

Feeling a bit forlorn when people start talking in techie terms? Here’s a list of commonly used words so you can join the conversation: ADSL (Asymmetric Digital Subscriber Line) This is used to connect to the Internet, allowing faster access to the web. It’s great because family members can share ADSL accounts, with a basic monthly fee covering several mailboxes. Browser A programme used to browse the Internet (for example Firefox). Capped (and uncapped) According to Cyber Connect (www. cyberconnect.co.za) capped ADSL means that once your monthly bandwidth allocation is used up, your connectivity will drop to a speed that essentially makes it unusable for Internet use. An uncapped ADSL offering means that once your purchased data bundle has been used up for the month, you can continue to use the Internet, but you’re charged for each megabyte over the allocated bandwidth that you use. JPEGs (Joint Photographic Experts Group) Colour files are compressed to around five percent of their original size, though some details are lost during compression. Megabytes This measures computer information to calculate the computer’s memory. PDF files (Portable Document Format) Share files that will look the same even if the receivers use different platforms such as Mac or Windows. RAM (Random Access Memory) The short-term memory of a computer. Any information stored in RAM will be lost if power goes out, but the computer can read from RAM far more quickly than from a drive.

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FASHION

r u o y r u o l o C

winter

Levi’s sunglasses R1024 @ Levi Strauss

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Converse sunglasses R1594 @ Levi Strauss

Red scarf R90 @ Contempo

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HOME

HOME Back to basics

Want to play your part in the fight against global warming? Then start recycling plastics, paper and packaging. n Johannesburg: Mama She’s Waste Recyclers (www.wasterecyclers.co.za; 011 822 7656) n Cape Town: Mr Recycle (www.mrrecycle.co.za; 079 138 9262) n Bloemfontein: Rat Race Recyclers (www.ratracewaste.co.za; 051 448 9955) n Durban: Yes Recycling (www.yesrecycling.co.za; 082 563 8647) n Port Elizabeth: Greencycle (www.greencycle.co.za; 041 581 2174).

Threads galore

It’s quite the buzzterm when it comes to linen, and the higher the thread count, the better. Referring to the number of horizontal and vertical threads in one square inch of fabric, the thread count average for sheets ranges from 80 to 700. The reason why higher is better is because as it goes up, the fabric gets softer and softer – and more luxurious. The gold standard? Egyptian cotton. And like any owner of cotton from Cairo would tell you – the whopping 1000 threads per square inch count of their fine linens is heavenly. Crafted from Long Staple Giza Cotton, which is grown in the fertile Nile River Valley since the time of the Pharaohs, it’s the kind of linen every bride-to-be would want in her trousseau!

Hey couch potato! Remember the days when everyone upgraded black-and-white TV sets for modern colour versions? These days, the options have multiplied for even more viewing pleasure – provided you remember all the terminology when you set out to buy a new home entertainment system! We’ve got the lowdown:

High definition: For the ultimate big screen experience right in the comfort of your own home – high definition is a must.

High definition Blu-ray: You’ve probably wondered about the Blu-ray shelf at your local DVD store. Blu-ray is replacing DVD because the format offers more than five times the storage capacity of traditional DVDs. The format was developed to enable recording, rewriting and playback of high-definition video (HD), as well as storing large amounts of data. PVR (Programme Video Recording): This is a channel hopper’s dream – because you’ll never again miss any programme or movie thanks to this nifty toy’s ability to record all your favourites.

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DID YOU KNOW?

According to the Plastic Federation of South Africa, SA consumed 965 000 tons of plastic materials in 1999. By 2009, that number had risen to 1.2 million tons.

China has the most selfmade women entrepreneurs in the world. top of the list is Zhang Yin (53) Head of nine dragons paper holdings.

Snug as bugs Feeling toasty They may be popular and famous, but even celebs bear the brunt of winter’s cold snaps. We asked them to tell us how they keep warm… ■ “I wear lots of stockings and scarves in winter, and I love a good beef stew!” – Miss SA 2010 Bokang Montjane ■ “If I must get out of bed in winter, I stack on a lot of layers of clothing. I also have a 15-year-old heater that my dad fixes every year!” – DJ Lulo Café (Sikhululo Maliwa)

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■ “Cotton and wool are coming back in a big way, so I’m wearing a lot of scarves and jerseys this winter.” – Musician Loyiso Bala

Even if you don’t have a fireplace in your home, there’s no reason you should shiver your way through winter. We’ve rounded up some of the hottest heaters for you to pick and choose from. Gas heaters Gas heaters burn natural gas or liquified petroleum gas to generate heat and can be used both indoors and outdoors. You even get variations with a remote control. A natural gas heater is great for home and office use as it doesn’t require any electricity (but unflued gas heaters are not suitable for bedroom use). Gas heaters cannot be used in confined spaces due to the reduced oxygen and emissions produced. Electrical heaters Examples of these include oil heaters; they convert electrical energy into heat, they are safe and easy to move around and can be used in the bedrooms unlike gas heaters. Fan heaters In essence a convection heater, this type includes an electric fan to speed up the airflow – allowing heat to be transferred more quickly. Underfloor heating This is definitely the top of the range of heating systems, and can be installed under tiled and laminated wooden floors. It boasts self-regulating properties, generating more heat when the room is cold and less heat as the room warms up. Visit Game for heaters and CTM stores for the best underfloor heating options.

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motoring

Celebrating space With our wide open spaces, it’s no surprise that South Africans love spending time in the great outdoors. Thankfully, there are more than enough auto accessories to help you create space in your car too. BY LANCE BRANQUINHO 38 • Issue 10 2011


We’d all love more space in our cars to accommodate an outdoor lifestyle. There’s no fun in having to squeeze yourself into a Houdini-shaped ball just to accommodate one more bicycle. Also, due to our vast geography (Gautengers travelling to Cape Town are roughly covering the same distance as a journey halfway across Western Europe) it’s no wonder that when it comes to trailers, roofboxes and caravans, South Africans can’t get enough of space-saving accessories. We’ve rounded up the best options in each category.

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Boxed brilliance

When it comes to roofboxes, the best options are imports. In fact, Europeans are experts when it comes to crafting these carry-alls, mainly because of their alpine hobbies such as skiing and climbing – which require quick and easy overhead stowage. Perfect for > Almost any kind of hobby – from fly-fishing gear to flat-screen monitors for the kids’ PlayStation – particularly for weekend trips. Pros > It’s easy to attach and has little adverse effect on your vehicle’s driving dynamics. Engineers specifically design roofboxes to be as aerodynamic as possible, which is why they look so sleek and spaceage. Other perks include not needing a trailer license; not having to replace tyres; no need to attach a towbar and not requiring oodles of spare square metres in your garage or garden for when you’re not using it. Leader of the pack > Swedish stowage specialist Thule’s range of roofboxes are certainly the cream of the crop.

You simply stick the box on the top of your car, fill it with kit, and off you go. Obviously, roofboxes are not massively spacious, but even the smaller 360-litre models, such as Thule’s Pacific, offer an increase in storage space equal to the total luggage capacity of most hatchbacks. Thule’s Atlantis roofbox can accommodate 440-litre and 75kg worth of kit,

BEST FOR BIKES

Thule also manufactures the world’s most trusted line of bike racks. Varying from a simple ProRide 591 one-bike-on-roof solution to something hugely practical, such as the towbar-mounted rear section four-bike HandOn 9708, you’re guaranteed a good time.

while only weighing 17kg itself. For a comprehensive product selection, visit www.thule.co.za. Ease of use? > Thule’s roofboxes feature dual hinges allowing them to be loaded from either the left- or right-hand side of the car and they are surprisingly easy to attach to your car’s roofrails.

Terrific trailers

If you need even greater additional space (and carrying capacity) it’s time to roll some extra wheels behind your vehicle and upgrade from a roofbox to a trailer. Perfect for > Longer trips, especially camping holidays in game parks, as you can store everything you need for your mobile home-away-fromfrom – from kitchen gear to tents and sleeping bags. Pros > It’s far more affordable than a caravan, and easier to store and move around to boot. And when you’re not using it, you can store items such as gardening tools in it. 2011 Issue 10 • 39


motoring

“Other perks include not needing a trailer license; not having to replace tyres; (and) no need to attach a towbar"

The leader of the pack > The quintessential South African trailer brand is Venter, and its range starts off with the Elite 5. This entry-level trailer doesn’t have its own brakes, but can carry a substantial 560kg load (as much as a small bakkie is licensed to load in the back) and if you’re going to load two extra suitcases and some kit bags for an out-of-town sports event the kids are participating in, it should do nicely. Then there’s the dual-axle Venter’s Moonbuggy Elite, which is able to carry 800kg (more than most 4x4 station wagons can accommodate on their own). Visit www.ventertrailers.co.za. Ease of use? > Modern trailers are much easier to move around than the first ones that hit the market, and as long as you remember the annual licensing, as well as to check the 40 • Issue 10 2011

tyres and wheel bearings regularly, it’ll transform your holidays for the better. Tyre pressures are crucial for any wheeled vehicle, especially if it’s been immobile for a substantial period of time; so always check your trailer’s tyres before setting off for a long journey. There is also a massive discrepancy in the suspension technology and tyre-speed ratings of most modern vehicles and the trailers they tow, so you’ll need to cut back on your usual speed.

Classy caravanning

South Africa offers some of the most amazing caravanning destinations in the world, and having the comfort and space – not to mention luxuries – of a modern-day mobile home makes travelling long distances more pleasurable.

Classic camps

■ For a truly idyllic caravanning trip, head out to Xai-Xai in Mozambique. With overnight rates equivalent to two burgers, you get an incomparable tropical vacation with the added perks of early morning pao bread fresh from the baker and the kind of beaches that would put paradise postcards to shame. For more info, visit www. mozcon.com/xaixaiinfo.html ■ L ocally, Storms River Rest Camp is just the ticket. Located on the coastal belt of the Tsitsikamma forest, it offers a spectacular Garden Route getaway combining world-class surfing, angling, diving, nature walks and hiking. For more info, visit www. sanparks.org/parks/garden_ route/camps/storms_river/


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motoring

Perfect for > The truly committed, and those who love caravanning holidays. It’s also great for families with small children as it provides a tad more comfort and convenience than camping. Pros > A comprehensively equipped caravan enables you to camp at exotic destinations for a fraction of the price of nearby hotels – and often you get far better views from your bedroom window. Leader of the pack > The size of your vehicle will determine what caravan you match If you don’t want the to it, with a trusted hassle of owning a trailer terrain. The local brand you’ll only use once a year, Jurgens Safari name such as rather opt for renting one for range has various Jurgens offering the duration of your holiday. 4x4-capable everything from For more info, visit caravans. Be www.trailarent.co.za or entry-level models www.natrail.co.za. warned though, to Exclusive models impeccable packing – the latter featuring a is required for such proper bathroom (shower adventures. Visit www.jurgens.co.za and toilet) and dining facilities and www.gypsey.co.za. (microwave, stainless steel stove Ease of use? > Make sure you and dining table). Although Jurgens understand the ins and outs of is the market leader, Gypsey offers caravanning before you set out to similar products at a slightly lower buy one. It’s hugely rewarding, but price. If you’re keen on caravanning it can be challenging too. Towing a in the wilds, there are off-road caravan, even if you have a sufficiently capable rigs too, which are generally powerful vehicle, can be hard work smaller and feature more robust – any speed beyond 100km/h will suspension to ensure they bounce severely increase sidewind sway along behind your 4x4 over rough

TOP TIP

or general vehicle instability that would usually be tolerable without a caravan. Rigging a caravan isn’t necessarily difficult, but it does take time – and the best solution is to rope in the whole family and rely on some teamwork. The rewards are worth it. ■ Do you have a burning motoring question for our motoring expert? Send your query, your name and a photograph of yourself to rcs@tenfourmedia.co.za or RCS Lifestyle, 8th Floor Tarquin House, 81 Loop Street, Cape Town, 8001 and your question could feature in the next issue of RCS Lifestyle. Simply title your letter or email ‘motoring’.

MIDAS Handy Hints To tow your trailer safely you should remember these points: The overall length of your vehicle increases when towing a trailer so you’ll need to to widen your turns around corners. A trailer and its load increase the weight of your vehicle and therefore your stopping distance will be longer. Allow more time for braking by driving slower than normal and keeping a greater following distance. Never exceed the maximum towing weight for your towing vehicle.

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RECIPE

Perfect Pasta

Thanks to recipes like this mouthwatering dairy-free pasta dish from Tammi Forman’s Cooking for an Allergy-free Lifestyle, having allergies doesn’t mean bland meals anymore. PHOTOGRAPH: Matthys van Lill WIN! Two lucky RCS Lifestyle readers can each win

a copy of this inspiring cookbook. To enter, write to us at rcs@tenfourmedia.co.za or RCS Lifestyle, 8th Floor Tarquin House, 81 Loop Street, Cape Town, 8001. Simply title your letter or email ‘allergy-free cookbook’.

TOP TIP

Sunflower seeds are a great substitute for pine nuts. And they’re cheaper too. Toast them under the grill to get the best flavour.

This recipe is extracted from Cooking for an Allergyfree Lifestyle (Random House Struik – Struik Lifestyle) by Tammi Forman, who has first-hand knowledge of allergies (she’s sensitive to wheat and sugar) and who devised delicious ways to cook hearty meals that aren’t laden with dairy, wheat or eggs. The book features 146 recipes ranging from breakfasts, breads, salads and dressings, to soups, main meals, cakes and bakes.

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PASTA WITH OVEN-ROASTED VEGETABLES

(serves 4-6)

INGREDIENTS ■ 1 large butternut, peeled and cubed ■ 2 large red onions, peeled and cut into wedges ■ 2 tbsp olive oil ■ 1 tsp freshly ground black pepper ■ 1 x 500g packet wheat/corn/rice fusilli or penne pasta ■ 2 tbsp water ■ salt and ground black pepper to taste ■ 2 tbsp pine nuts, toasted (optional) ■ ½ – 1 cup wild rocket leaves ■ balsamic vinegar for drizzling ■ 1 tsp chopped dried rosemary for sprinkling

PREPARATION 1. Preheat the oven to 200°C. 2. Place the butternut and onions in a large roasting pan, drizzle with oil and season with pepper. Roast for 40 – 45 minutes or until the vegetables are soft and slightly caramelised. 3. Meanwhile, cook the pasta according to the packet instructions. Drain and return to the pot. 4. Add the roast vegetables and water. Mix and heat rapidly until just warm. Season with salt and pepper. 5. Serve on warmed plates, topped with the pine nuts (if using) and rocket, drizzled with balsamic vinegar and sprinkled with chopped dried rosemary. ■


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PARENTING

Babysitting basics

We all want our little ones to be safe and sound, but sometimes even the most dedicated parents need a night off. RCS Lifestyle rounded up some expert advice to ensure your parenting break is stress-free and relaxing. BY riekie human

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hen it comes to the ins and outs of hiring a babysitter, there’s a list of things you can do to streamline the process. The good news is that once you’ve established a template 46 • Issue 10 2011

of information and have a good relationship with a reliable sitter, it should be plain sailing ever after.

Choices, choices

Not everyone is cut out to look after children, and when you look for a

babysitter, it would pay to look out for someone who has a natural ability to care for kids. According to Claire Marketos, a parenting and educational consultant and also the mastermind behind the Inspired Parenting website (www.inspiredparenting.co.za), the


ideal candidate is someone who connects with your children and interacts with them. “Avoid hiring the person who doesn’t show an interest in your children or pets, is very rigid and talks about rules and consequence,” warns Marketos. Genevieve Thiers, author of the parenting book Love at First Sit, says that experience is key when you’re looking for the perfect sitter. “Whether you're hiring the teenager across the street or someone with an early-education degree, it's important to make sure a potential babysitter is well prepared for the job. Experience with children who are the same age as yours is a must: the potential sitter should have worked for other families with infants or have younger siblings to take care of.” Thiers adds that a good way to get a sense of a babysitter’s abilities is to put her to the test. “Have the potential sitter watch your baby while you're home. You can show her your routines and will get an idea of how comfortable she is caring for a child.”

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Armed with info

Of course, even the best of babysitters need a little input from you, and the more information you provide, the better equipped a sitter will be to deal with emergencies, says Marketos. “Your phone list should be updated regularly and have both your and your partner’s numbers – as well as that of a neighbour or a friend who lives close by. Ideally, it should also include the kids’ grandparents’ numbers, especially if they live nearby.” Apart from basic emergency hotlines, other numbers

that should be on the list include the number for the security company that patrols your area, the nearby police station, the closest hospital, the nearest poison centre and your doctor’s emergency number, she says. Marketos adds that it’s also beneficial to provide the sitter with a list of your kids’ common ailments. “Although I would urge a babysitter to phone you before administering any medication,” she adds.

Great expectations

Even with the best checklist in the world, you still need to have a proper discussion with the babysitter about what’s expected of her, and what she can expect. It’s a good idea to do this a few days before her first appointment and not on the first night. According to Marketos, points worth raising include: ■ Spending limited time on the phone with personal calls. ■ Not allowing personal visitors. ■ Not opening the property’s gates and keeping all doors locked. ■ Making sure that your children are only exposed to age-appropriate TV programmes. ■ Only using the backburners on the stove, so little fingers can’t reach the front. Bear in mind that many babysitters are students and not yet mothers, so you’ll need to communicate basic child-safety measures to them. Thiers advises discussing the following safety measures with the sitter: ■ Not leaving children unattended near water. ■ Not feeding kids younger than four years popcorn, nuts, hard

Easy does it!

Top tips for moms who enlist the help of a babysitter: ■ There’s an excellent downloadable checklist on www.parenting.com/article/ babysitter-info – simply print it out, fill in your details and numbers and stick it on the fridge.

■ If your children have specific medical insurance numbers, put those on your checklist too. Also, leave a healthcare authorisation form allowing your babysitter to get emergency medical attention for your child, in case you can’t be reached. ■ Do a quick tour of the house with the sitter on her first visit and be sure she knows where to find the fire extinguisher, the first-aid kit, the electricity mains, the stop valve for the water supply as well as torches and candles. ■ A good way to help your kids and their sitter to start off on the right foot is to not linger when you’re leaving. Rather kiss them goodbye cheerfully, avoid teary goodbyes and give them the space to start connecting.

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PARENTING

candy, raw carrots, or any hard, smooth foods that can block their windpipes and cause choking. ■ Not allowing kids to play with plastic bags, latex balloons, coins, or other small objects they could choke on. ■ Not letting them play near stairs, windows, stoves, or electrical outlets. It’s a lot to take in, but in the end, says Marketos, the most important thing is that your children must be safe and happy, so reassure your sitter that she doesn’t have to sweat the small stuff. “Cleaning up and tidiness isn’t that important. Also, while it’s necessary that children go to sleep when they are tired, the sitter can be flexible with where the children sleep and

what time they go to bed, as well as whether they bath or not.”

Your responsibilities

There are a number of things you can do to simplify things for both the sitter and your children. According to Susan Turner (38), Cape Town mother of two-year-old Lara, it’s important that the sitter knows exactly where you’ll be. “Give her contact details of the restaurant or friend where you’ll be, and remember that her time is precious too – just like you wouldn’t want her to be late for a babysitting appointment, you shouldn’t stay out later than agreed. If you do run late, call her and tell her when you’ll be back, and offer to pay

“While it’s necessary that children go to sleep when they are tired, the sitter can be flexible with where the children sleep and what time they go to bed"

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her more for the extra time.” In terms of safety, it’s crucial that you calmly walk the sitter through every aspect of your home’s security, says Petra de Lange (42), a Johannesburg mom of two – André (8) and Lynette (3). “Ensure that the alarm system, panic buttons and electric fences are in working order, and can be controlled from within the house,” she says. If it’s at all possible, prepare meals (and bottles) before the sitter arrives, advises Marketos, so she only needs to reheat it in the microwave. Similarly, bathing your children before the babysitter arrives can help to alleviate stress. “Otherwise, set out all the necessary bath stuff and clothing for the babysitter, and remind her to check the temperature of the bath water before letting the children get in,” she adds. When it comes to babysitters, the best-case scenario is to find someone who connects with your children and enjoys looking after them. And nothing sums it up better than the words of one mom, who wrote about her experiences on www. parent24.com: “Sure, we’ve had a few sticky situations. We’ve had babysitters who’ve put nappies on backwards, and who’ve allowed non-bathtime toys into the tub (poor Teddy will never be the same). We’ve found peanut-butter paw-prints on the cot sheets and the pages of storybooks stuck together. But we also have a little boy whose face lights up with joy when his sitter walks in. And that, for me, is the best testimony that he is loved and well looked after while I am away.” ■


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RCS Q&A PARENTING

Credit Buzz If you have any legal questions or problems that you need answered, contact Credit Buzz.

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Direct marketing. Is my permission required?

ILLUSTRATION BY SHUTTERSTOCK

Currently in our law, a supplier does not need your permission to contact you directly for the purpose of marketing goods and/or services to you. However, if you do not wish to receive any direct marketing from a particular supplier, you have the right in terms of the Consumer Protection Act, to inform the supplier hereof. This can be done either during or within a reasonable time after receiving communication from that supplier and is done free of charge. That supplier is then prohibited from marketing directly to you in the future. The Act also envisages a national register of preemptive direct marketing blocks. When this register is established*, you may record your details thereon and block suppliers

before they contact you. If the supplier is a credit provider, the National Credit Act

“Currently in our law, a supplier does not need your permission to contact you directly for the purpose of marketing goods and/or services to you” states that it must, at the time of entering into a credit agreement, give you the opportunity to be excluded from telemarketing campaigns, marketing or customer list sales or distributions and any mass distribution of e-mail or SMS messages. If you do not optout of these marketing practices, your credit provider may include you in its direct marketing initiatives, such as informing you about products that might be of interest to you. *The government national register was not established as at the time of going to press.

Please note: The information provided in this article is not, nor is it intended to be, legal or other advice, and merely conveys general information related to legal issues commonly encountered. RCS, its employees or affiliates do not accept any liability for damage or loss sustained by any person as a result of reliance on the information. Always consult an attorney for individual advice regarding your own situation.

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“The biggest dangers on the Internet are unrelated to payment security – it’s about phishing schemes, viruses and other malware that you might pick up on your computer”

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Finance

Net rewards

Internet shopping in South Africa is still in its infancy compared to other countries, but it’s a rapidly growing industry and many South Africans are starting to appreciate the benefits of shopping on the net. By JACQUI LUND

T PHOTOGRAPHS BY SHUTTERSTOCK

he World Wide Worx Online Retail in South Africa study, published in May 2011, shows that the total spent on online retail goods in South Africa for the first time passed the R2 billion mark last year – more than 30 percent higher than the previous year. According to the study, industry experts are expecting an even bigger increase in the coming year, probably about 40 percent. “This dramatic rise in online retail comes in the wake of an ongoing

Use a secure PC Although the term secure sounds like computer jargon, all it means is that your computer needs the right protection while you’re surfing or shopping on the Net. “The biggest dangers on the Internet are unrelated to payment security – it’s about phishing

increase in the number of experienced Internet users in South Africa,” says Arthur Goldstuck, managing director of World Wide Worx and principal analyst for the survey. “Last year there were 3.6 million people who had been online for five years or more. By 2015, that figure will be 6.8 million.” Even so, for many of us, the prospect of Internet shopping is still a bit daunting. It’s a big world wide web out there, but if you keep these top tips for safe online shopping in mind, you’ll soon get the hang of it.

schemes, viruses and other malware that you might pick up on your computer,” says Liz Hillock, head of marketing for Kalahari.net. Installing security software to protect your computer, most importantly a good antivirus and a personal firewall, will help protect your computer from those dreaded computer lurgies. “There are many commercial antivirus products like McAfee or Norton and also very good free

options like Zone Alarm, PC Tools and others,” suggests Ramon Thomas, an expert in online behaviour. He recommends www.tucows.com for reliable free software tools. It’s also advisable to never do online banking or shopping when you’re using a public computer – such as a PC in an internet café, hotel, coffee shop or university computer lab. According to ABSA’s security centre, hackers could have installed keylogging software on these, which will send all your personal information through to the fraudster. May/June 2009 47 2011 Issue 10 •|| 51 53 2009


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Use tried and trusted As a newbie to the Internet shopping game, it might seem like there are millions of different websites to choose from and it’s hard to know which are to be trusted. In this regard, digital fraud is one of the hazards of online shopping. “You think you’re purchasing from a legitimate website and it turns out to be fake. So you must ensure that you take precautions by learning as much as possible about the company,” says Thomas. It’s best to stick with reputable websites that are tried and trusted. There are many established, reliable South African websites, which have appropriate protective security settings in place. (See sidebar below for some of South Africa’s favourite shopping sites). Research the company Do your research on the website before you buy anything from it. Start by using a search engine such as Google to investigate the company and see what other people have said about them. Also ask your friends on social network sites such as Facebook if they’ve heard about the company. “Read the ‘About’ page on the website

carefully to see whether a physical address and landline is provided. Websites with no contact details are a much higher risk to be fraudulent than those who do. Call them up to confirm that it’s a real phone number,” suggests Thomas. Hillock points out that the old rule remains true: “If the

price seems way too good to be true, you may want to think twice.” Make sure the credit card page is secure Credit card fraud is one of the major reasons many people are hesitant to shop online. However, Hillock explains

“It’s best to stick with reputable websites that are tried and trusted”

Use your credit card here… Some of SA’s top online shopping sites:

■ bidorbuy.co.za > In essence, bidorbuy is South Africa’s answer to ebay and you can buy and sell goods – from cameras to gemstones to boats – at a fixed price or on auction. Bidorbuy has more than 80 000 sales and 50 000 successful auctions every month, according to Google Analytics. ■ Kalahari.net > Boasting more than six million products on the site, from books to movie tickets and electronic equipment, they deliver directly to your doorstep – you even get free delivery on orders over R250. ■ computicket.co.za > As South Africa’s biggest online ticketing company, Computicket sells tickets to just about every event in the country. ■ netflorist.co.za > This top-notch gifting site offers a same-day delivery service for orders placed before noon.

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“Be aware that phishing scams have also been received through instant messaging systems such as GoogleTalk or Skype, as well as Facebook”

Learn the lingo Phishing involves receiving email messages that are designed to steal your identity. Typically, they’d ask for personal data, or direct you to websites or phone numbers to call where they ask you to provide personal data. They might even appear to come from your bank or financial institution, a company you regularly do business with, or a friend. Viruses are computer programmes or scripts that attempt to spread from one file to another on a single computer and/or from one computer to another, using a variety of methods, without the knowledge and consent of the computer user. Although not all viruses are harmful, many are designed to cause damage to your computer. Malware is short for malicious software and is typically used as a catchall term to refer to any software designed to cause damage to a single computer, server, or computer network, such as a virus or spyware.

that using a shopping site with proper security features is very safe. “The actual process of using your credit card online is incredibly secure – certainly more secure than giving your card to a waiter in a restaurant,” she says. When it comes to payment security, the biggest danger sign would be an insecure payment page. You can check whether the page where you enter your credit card details is secure by inspecting the address in the top of your web browser. Instead of http:// the address should start with https://. This indicates that the page is encrypted and that your credit card details protected. “The easiest way to tell whether you can trust a website is to look for a lock at the bottom of your web browser. Also check for e-Trust and other certification logos on the front page or home page,” says Thomas. Trustworthy sites that put security measures for payment in place are given security certificates such as Thawte and Verisign. They’ll usually put the security certificate logo on the payment page. “Most sites now make it even easier to tell if they’re secure by turning some part of the address bar green, and allowing you to click on that section to ensure that the security certificates of the sites are valid,” explains Hillock. Never respond to phishing Anyone with email will have received

messages at some stage informing them they’ve won the lottery, or telling them about a new banking product – the catch is that you have to give them all your personal bank details to get the process started. This is phishing, one of the methods unsavoury types use to try to get personal information such as usernames, passwords and credit card details from you by pretending to be a trustworthy individual or company. The most important thing to remember is not to provide any of your details to anyone unless you’ve made sure the source is authentic. Also, never open a link or an attachment on an email from a bank, because you might link to a fraudulent website; or download a virus or keylogging software. “Be aware that phishing scams have also been received through instant messaging systems such as GoogleTalk or Skype, as well as through Social Networking websites such as Facebook,” warns ABSA. Times have changed and, these days, convenience is truly the name of the game. And as long as you’re vigilant, you can literally shop to your heart’s content – at the push of a button. 2011 Issue 10 • 57


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cessful c u s a n u r o t r e “In ord ave a h t s u m u o y , s s busine – and k r o w r u o y r o f passion ly every r e g a e p u e k a w o do it” t g in t n a w g in n mor

Success is a mindset What are the key ingredients of successful business ventures? Well, looking at the accomplishments of these local entrepreneurs, dedication and doing what makes you happiest are surefire ways to reach the top. BY KOLOSA VUSO 58 • Issue 10 2011


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ALAN DAWSON (41)

LANDSCAPING When Alan started Alan Dawson Gardens in 1994, just after he completed a National Diploma in Horticulture at the then Cape Technikon, he probably never dreamed that his business would grow so much in such a short space of time. But, looking back over the past 17 years, it’s just been one big success story. Alan was previously a professional cricketer, and he says that’s what inspired him to start his own business – “because after your cricket career is over you become unemployable!” The company, which Alan runs with his brother Marc (43), is one of the principal members of the South African Landscaping Institute, and the duo has won a slew of awards for gardens they’ve landscaped – including the National Efekto Trophy for the Best Landscaped Garden with In House Design in 2009. These awards were the result of hard work and tough competition. According to Alan, it’s a very competitive industry. “There’s a lot of competition as there are many new landscape businesses emerging.

Our business has grown considerably thanks to awesome staff, a passion for our work and our dedication to keep raising the bar. Our clients are vital to us and we jealously protect that relationship.” He says his company has shown immense growth over the years – especially considering that they started out with very little equipment. Alan adds that he’s extremely fortunate, because landscaping is his hobby, his passion and his work. “I get great satisfaction in transforming a garden and making people happy by

beautifying their surroundings.” For a glimpse of the scope of Alan’s business, visit www.alandawsongardens.co.za. ALAN’S TOP TIP FOR FUTURE ENTREPRENEURS: “In order to run a successful business, you must have a passion for your work – and wake up eagerly every morning wanting to do it.”

KATE GEORGE (33)

FOOD GURU For Kate, who’s got a three-year Grande Diploma from Silwood Kitchens (argu2011 Issue 10 • 59


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ably the Rolls Royce of local cooking schools) under her belt, food has always been a calling. In fact, she cannot remember a time when whipping up delicious treats for friends and family wasn’t part of her life. Kicking off her career at five-star game reserves, followed by stints in the British and US Virgin Islands cooking on a private charter catamaran, this dedicated foodie got some early handson experience in the industry. When she returned to Cape Town she wanted to learn more about combining your passion with business. “I came back home to study in 2003 and went to varsity because I felt that I needed more of an education and wanted to be able to have a different approach to food than just the cooking of it. I’ve always wanted to start a business of my own, but wasn’t ready at that stage in my life,” she says. Since September last year her newest operation, The Food Room, has been cooking up a storm, and its services include everything from catering gigs to cooking demonstrations, classes and consulting. Kate says being your own boss is hugely satisfying but comes with fears and worries that are very different from those associated with being an employee. “The most obvious career challenge is saying goodbye to the security of a monthly salary and getting people to use my services. The start-up costs of The Food Room, even though it’s still in its infancy, were quite high and I used up all my savings. I also had to take out a loan to cover the excess costs,” she adds. With so much energy and dedication, it’s no surprise that this young 60 • Issue 10 2011

“The most obvious career challenge is saying goodbye to the security of a monthly salary and getting people to use my services”


foodie has even bigger plans for the future. A big priority is to grow The Food Room so that she can base it on larger premises (she currently holds her lessons in her extended kitchen), expand her services and even create a food emporium. Visit Kate’s website at www.foodroom.co.za KATE’S TOP TIP FOR FUTURE ENTREPRENEURS: “Plan and understand the market you’re about to launch into. It’s really important to have a business plan and understand the set costs that are involved – as well as the day-today costs of running a business.”

MICK (65) and BRYAN (37)

LIFE TRAINING It’s probably one of the most important professions that one can choose, yet not everyone’s cut out to be a brilliant educator. But for Bryan Bissell, it’s a passion, and there’s nothing else he’d rather do. It makes sense, as he grew up with the amazing example his dad Mick set… Mick used to be the deputy headmaster of Kearsney College and was also the director of the post-Matric

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programme at the school in 2003. If that wasn’t enough, this tireless teacher wanted to do even more and that year, he contacted the Dale Carnegie SA Franchise holder, Kat de Beer Training (Pty) Ltd, and together they decided to import the ‘Generation. Next’ version of the well-known Dale Carnegie Course from the US. These courses have been around for 99 years. In 2009 Mick retired and was ready to start his own training company. By then, his vision was clear – he wanted Bryan to be his business partner. Bryan had been living in the US for a number of years and he jumped at the opportunity to return to SA and work with his dad. In essence, they present the ‘Generation.Next’ courses to learners all over KwaZulu-Natal and Gauteng – and are changing hundreds of lives in the process. The course – which focuses on life skills and EQ – has a tremendous following worldwide. Schools and academies with which Bryan and Mick are involved include King Edward VII School, Pretoria Boys High and the Sharks Rugby Academy. Bissell Training functions as an agency of Dale Carnegie and as such they’re responsible for their own marketing, for initiating contact with potential schools and endorsing the programme. “Since it’s an optional course at every school and academy we partner with, we need to generate

interest among the students themselves and then sell the merits and benefits of the course to students’ parents.” For Bryan, it’s a work of love. And his goal is tw-ofold – to impact on more youngsters and for his dad to enjoy his retirement properly. “My dad is working pretty hard for a supposedly ‘retired’ man, but we’re nearly at a level where he can take his retirement more seriously – and only focus on key clients and not the day-to-day running of the business.” Schools and parents who want to learn more about Bissell Training can contact Bryan on: bryan@bisselltraining.co.za or 032 946 0729. BRYAN’S TOP TIP FOR FUTURE ENTREPRENEURS: “Find something you enjoy doing and buckle down! There’s no ‘magic formula’ or shortcut to success. Do what’s required and throw the 9-to-5 clock-in, clock-out frame of mind out of the window… And find a committed mentor.” There seems to be a lot of truth in the saying that if you can dream it, you can do it – and as these entrepreneurs have proved, the sky is the limit when you do something you really believe in. 2011 Issue 10 • 61


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upporting the Springboks is a nightmare. Not because the team itself is nightmarish. But rather the emotional rollercoaster they take you on is the most terrifying ride you’ll ever step onto. Forget the Cobra at Cape Town’s Ratanga Junction, pay no heed to the jaw-dropping waterslides inside Sun City or even the mind-blowing batting of some the Proteas’ more explosive batsmen; because the most stomach-churning amusement ride in this country is the act of signing up as a greenblooded Springbok rugby fan. They take fans to the very edge of the excitement cliff; leaving you exalted or exasperated, depending on what damage they’ve done on the field. And this year the terror, excitement and anxiety is tenfold, all thanks to the looming Rugby World Cup. South African rugby fans around the country will have their hearts in their mouths for the duration of the Boks’ stay in the tournament. Because that’s what happens when you back the Boks; you go all in. There are no half-Springbok supporters, or people who are ‘slightly interested’ in the results of the team. There are only those who live and breathe to see the boys in Green and Gold in action. When the team returned home after 64 • Issue 10 2011

their victorious 2007 Rugby World Cup campaign and embarked on an open-top bus tour, the streets of South Africa were flooded with delirious fans. You only need to be in the neighbourhood of Newlands, Loftus or King’s Park when the Boks are playing to feel the emotions of a noisily expectant, Springbok-batty crowd. I’ve been lucky enough to watch the Springboks play Test matches against the likes of England, Ireland, Wales, Australia and New Zealand; in Cape Town, Durban and Joburg. Each stadium has it’s own atmosphere: Durban polite, Cape Town constantly rises and falls like a wave building and breaking, but my most memorable match by far was at Soweto’s FNB Stadium last year. The Boks were not at their best during the 2010 Tri-Nations. But whether it was because over 90 000 people packed into the brand new stadium, or the vibe was still lingering after a smashing Soccer World Cup, or simply because John Smit was earning his 100th Test cap and the crowd anticipated something special

to go along with the occasion, never before have I been nearly deafened by a roaring rugby stadium. The passion of the Boks matched the effort of the crowd from the first whistle. There was tension in the air, and lingering national pride after just having hosted an against-all-odds Soccer World Cup. Or maybe when 90 000 people (give or take the odd 10 or 20 who dared support the All Blacks) belt out the national anthem at jetengine levels, you can’t help but get carried away with emotion. For 40 minutes the powerful noise of the home support carried the Boks. This was Springbok passion; this is what it felt like to drive your team towards victory. But the All Blacks were too strong, and as they raised their game to meet the challenge, the noise of the crowd drifted away. In those first 40 minutes though, I was giddy at the prospect of a famous win over the old enemy. Come September this year, I’ll have a month on the edge of my (lounge) seat supporting my boys – and I can’t wait. Rain or shine, win or lose, at the stadium or on TV - I’ll always back the Boks.

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With the Rugby World Cup on the horizon, David Moseley prepares for an emotional month of Bok watching.


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