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April 2007 Issue One

T h e mag for Southern Af r i c a n s l i v i n g i n O z

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Fall and Rise of the Koeksister King


Secrets of the Seaway

Life in Toowoomba “A Family Life”

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Contents April 2007

Regular Features


3 Publisher’s Letter 9 Bosveld Koos

24 Business Facts

12 What to Do with Dr Katie Richards


18 Fabulous Food with Peter Thomas

25 Southern Africans Down Under

20 Business with Richard Hill

26 QLD Business Directory 27 NSW, VIC and WA Business

Bosveld Koos for Praaim Minister!

Coping with Immigration Stress


Sabona Business Network



Expect the unexpected

21 Expect More with Catherine Palin-Brinkworth

22 Women in Business with Christine Walker

Fun Stuff

23 Tax and Accounting with Patricia Bakker

28 Kids/Crosswords

Make time to do more than mark time

Getting Started

“The great Aussie dream”

Social 4 Letters and The Lingo 5 Living in Port Macquarie 6 Life in Toowoomba 7 Your Life, Your Adventure,

Get on Board

8 Clubs

Feature 10 Fall and Rise of the Koeksister


Settling in Oz 12 SA Reunited

Lifestyle 14 Patriotism

Fitting in or co-existing

15 Dreamers

Lady on the Sea

16 Adventure

Secrets of the seaway

19 Bravehearts

Protecting our children

Publisher’s Letter


Win a PSP

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29 Book Reviews 30 Subscribe and Win

Contact Sabona General Manager Philip Scott

Editors Garry Brennan Gretel Breytenbach Aldwyn Altuney

Art Director Liesel Rennie

Advertising Sales Deborah Wood Julie Scott

Website Development Shane Leite

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In this issue we bring you interesting tales, heart-wrenching stories, professional business and taxation advice, and some fun and relaxation. Of course one of my favourites is BK (Bosveld Koos). I am thrilled to see how he has developed into a person in his own right. Running for PM is maybe a touch ambitious, but that’s BK for you! Response to the return of Sabona has been overwhelming. I trust that the quality of the content will please all our readers and advertisers alike. Enjoy with me as we embark on this new chapter of an extremely exciting journey.

Sabona vs Sawubona It’s not an accident or a mistake, it’s a bit of a play on words. Of course Sawubona in Zulu is a greeting, so we say Sa(wu)bona to all South Africans in Australia, welcoming them here, but BONA is a Setswana word meaning LOOK or VIEW, so it is a VIEW on South Africa or South Africans being SA - BONA.

Administration and Accounts Tracey Purdon

said I would never do it again, yet here I am! When you’re really passionate about something you just can’t stay away from it. Only this time we have the benefit of hindsight, and of a very professional team! It has been an absolute pleasure to see them at work. From Liesel who’s done an amazing job of the magazine layout and design (standing ovation please!), to our editors and journalists, sales people, all the way to our web design and online marketing expert Shane. Well done guys, and welcome to the Sabona team!

Our Mission at Sabona is: “Providing a positive environment for ex-Southern Africans to build strong new relationships and help make Australia their home”


Philip Scott

General Manager Sabona Magazine Sabona: April 2007




Do you have something you would like to share with the readers of Sabona? Email us at Hoping to chat I’ll keep this short. I would like to move to Australia. Need some South African help. Have browsed, but can’t find anything. I’m married, no children. Will have about A$100 000 when everything’s sold. Who can I chat with? I’m 26, lab technician at Goodyear, wife 24, secretary. We don’t have any diplomas, only experience. Plz help. Thanx for your time. Neil and Frenette Jabulani! Bingelela a’ma Editor Sabona Magazine, i’ e’”jabula kakulu izwa sa umgabango wakho izindaba iwa abangane ba isizwe e’umuzu eízifika futi e’khomba sonke amaSouthern Africans in Australia. Imicabango e’ mangalisayo. (Greetings to the editor. I am so thrilled to hear of your idea to promote a newsletter of sorts for family and friends and newcomers also from nations in Africa to read and catch up and identify as Southern African in Australia. Wonderful idea.) It’s great news for us who can catch up with the basics of our “ämafa” heritage from that wonderful land of the past. This is a great initiative to have in operation as “e’siza” would also help the “ïzifika” newcomers. We had a culture of friendliness and welcome, as I’m sure will be evident in SABONA. We will also be able to find long lost friends, wherever they may be, and make new contacts. All the best, and I’m sure you will get much support. Wally Insch Groetnis Ek vat in Mei ‘n groep van 12 Aussies na Suid Afrika op ‘n Gourmet Cooking Safari Stellenbosch, die Kaap, Paternoster, Evita se Perron, wynplase, restaurante, Pilanseberg ens. Sien vreeslik uit daarna! Intussen bou ek nog ‘n “holiday cottage”. Omskep die rondawel waar die restaurant was in ‘n “cottage” met twee slaapkamers. Tayla, my eerste kleindogter, is nou sewe. Dan het ek nog twee, poplappie Maddison (3 1/2) en kattottertjie Zachary (1 1/2) - en ‘n derde een op pad in Junie! Hou my besig! Groetnis daar - en kom kuier weer eendag. Ek is BAIE bly SABONA gebeur weer! Matilda Scarfe Helping hands We arrived at the Gold Coast at the end of last year, which was especially daunting for the children, who had to adjust to a new country, a new school and a new home! But we managed to find a lovely home to rent in Coomera Waters, and the children settled

in very well at St Stephen’s. In fact they are already “part of the furniture” and they are no longer the “new kids from South Africa,” as there has been a flood of new South African children at the start of school this year. We have had tremendous help and support from South African friends - for example, at my youngest son’s school swimming carnival I met Val Odgers-Jewell, one of the school moms (and a most wonderful friend to us), who was the very first South African I came across. She introduced us to Deborah Wood, who forwarded SABONA info to us, and so on and so forth. Sandy and Anthony Lowe, Coomera Hang in there! I am very happy that the mag is coming back. My family and I emigrated to Australia 10 years ago and have never looked back. It is always very hard in the beginning, at least for the first two years. Emotions run very high. I missed my family terribly but was fortunate enough to have them visit at least once or twice a year. Unfortunately my mother and brother have passed away, but I am happy to say that my dad and my sister now live in Australia. We have made very special friends, most of them South African, and it is always lovely getting together for BBQ’S and a good laugh. All I can say to the new arrivals is: please hang in there, believe me it does get better - and having the connection with SABONA is wonderful. Denise Allen Figuring it out I am an accountant in South Africa in my own practice for about two years. I am thinking of moving but don’t really know if I should and how it is in Australia. South Africa is just getting too bad. Can you please help me with a bit of info, like salary/living expense ratio, how the people in the country are etc? Your help is appreciated. Gordon Manley Perth bound I am a 38-year-old Chartered Accountant (South African) who has worked in private equity in London for the past seven years, and prior to that was involved in corporate finance activities in South Africa. I am emigrating to Perth at the end of 2007 with my family for lifestyle reasons. My intention is to establish or buy a suitable business in 2008, ideally as a joint venture with someone with local knowledge. Accordingly, I am looking for ways to network and integrate into the Perth business community and it has been suggested that I contact you regarding membership. I would appreciate it if you could let me know the process involved so that I can apply. In addition, any other suggestions that may be useful to assist me in achieving my objectives will be much appreciated. Gavin Nicholas, London

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Welcome back! So pleased to hear that the magazine is back. It is through your magazine that we have met some wonderful people who moved from Cape Town to Adelaide. Thanks Michael and Sally-Ann Gordon, Adelaide The Sabona website contains many articles and references to statistics that could assist these readers. ~ Editor

The Lingo

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STILL learning the lingo? No worries, mate, she’ll be apples. As anyone who’s been in Oz for even a day knows, that means that the local slang is easy to pick up. There are some words and phrases, though, that do not translate quite as you might expect, and this guide is just a start. Barrack: To cheer on (football team) Bastard: Term of endearment Bities: Biting insects Boozer: A pub Chook: A chicken Coldie: A beer Dag: A funny person, drongo, nerd, goof Daks: Trousers Esky: What Saffies call a Heb cooler Full: Drunk Garbo: Municipal garbage collector Heaps: A lot, eg. “thanks heaps” Hoon: Hooligan Lollies: Sweets, candy Ocker: An unsophisticated person Oldies: Parents Rellie: Member of the family Ropeable: Very angry Schooner: Large beer glass in QLD; small beer glass in SA Shonky: Dubious, shaky Shout: Turn to buy a round of drinks Slab: A carton of 24 bottles or cans of beer Sook: Someone who is a softie or coward Snag: A sausage Spag bol: Spaghetti bolognese Stubby: A beer bottle Sunnies: Sunglasses Thongs: Sandals Tinny: Can of beer Togs: Swimming costume Uni: University Unit: Flat, apartment Ute: Utility vehicle Send us the strangest Oz lingo you have

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Living in Port Macquarie

Why did we settle here you ask? Well, if you

such a lovely place to live, and because lots of people retire here!

I knew that my 6 year old daughter Amber and I were so lucky to be living in Australia. (We had immigrated from S.A. 2 years previously). I was a textile designer in a studio in Melbourne and all was well, whilst the garden door of the studio opened onto Ambie’s school playground. How handy was that! But when the studio moved, suddenly we were traveling 3 hours each day. Eventually I said to Amb, “If we have to move - let’s really move and look for a different lifestyle. Pack up,” I said, “and we will head north. If I find a job and we hou van die plek, that’s where we’ll stay.”

I’ll always remember when we first drove though the town, I could see lots of sky because the buildings were mostly low. This was a novelty because I’ve always lived in big cities. Palm trees line the main streets and the Alma Doeppel berths permanently at the picturesque town green. Port is special because it’s alive, not sleepy, but not too big....yet! One can still bump into friends several times a day whilst out and about.

didn’t ask, I’ll tell you anyway.

So we did that. We packed up the car and drove north stopping at various places to sprinkle my C.V. around. I thought I’d find several jobs. When I was younger, I could choose from many. I had a Masters degree in textiles, had worked in hotels and ships, including the Q.E.2. and had sparkling references. When you get older it get’s harder though. We had driven all the way up to Brisbane, when I finally received the one and only job offer. It was in Port Macquarie. They call it God’s waiting room for two reasons. It’s

Ambie loves it here, nice school and friends. It’s a good life. We are so fortunate. Amb has been wonderful through the hard times. I’m lucky to have a daughter like her. She’s 13 and so capable, funny and clever. She fixes the broken things, and thinks nothing of building new things like our fans and the ready to assemble computer desk. Thank goodness! I’ve given up my role of being operator of all things technical and electrical - can’t keep up with it. But she knows all. As for me - I’m O.K. Always a bit stressed with this huge mortgage. But at least we have a house. I can’t be a textile designer here in Port because the studios are in Sydney and

Melbourne. I’m receptionist and sometimes manager at a motel and I clean rooms and cook brekkies too. We deliver brekkies to the rooms. Guests can sit on their balconies and watch the sparkling river flow slowly by. Palms moving gently in the breeze. Town is a short stroll across the Hastings River. I also do a bit of merchandising, and paint the odd mural when a commission comes along. There’s only one thing left to make this picture complete... Maybe eendag, our B.K. will come for a kuier! I’ll be hanging out for that day! ~ Carey Bellamey

Brushstrokes by Carey Murals and Trompe L’oeil

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Life in


View from Picnic Point over the Great Dividing Range Inset: Lake Annand, one of Toowoomba’s many parks

‘Family Friendly’ life As

Queensland’s largest inland city Toowoomba offers all the benefits of urban living without the big-city ‘hustle and bustle’. Nestled in the heights of the Great Dividing Range the city boasts a relaxed lifestyle with easy access to Brisbane, the Sunshine Coast and the Gold Coast. As the hub of the Darling Downs region Toowoomba provides a wide variety of services including professional, manufacturing, health and education.

Entering the Toowoomba workforce in any profession is a pleasant experience as locals are very welcoming. In addition to the all-inclusive inner-city career prospects the agricultural industry offers diverse opportunities. Toowoomba is a “family friendly” city and this is strongly reflected in primary and secondary educational environments. Home to the University of Southern Queensland, Toowoomba is the ideal location to educate your children through to tertiary level away from the ‘big-city’ influence. With tree-lined streets, Toowoomba holds a safe-haven appeal. Public parks and children’s playgrounds are abundant and provide the perfect setting for family picnics. Also known as the ‘Garden City’, Toowoomba celebrates its exquisite gardens annually with The Carnival of Flowers, the Australian Gospel Music Festival and the Royal Toowoomba Show are major events appealing to the whole family. The Toowoomba Regional Art Gallery and The Cobb and Co Museum are interesting and offer an insightful education on the history of the city.

With ample attractions in and around Toowoomba including countless heritage wineries, country-garden cafés such as The Chocolate Cottage and many historical sites, your weekends will be filled with adventures. The nearby Bunya Mountains are a magnificent spot for a family braai and birthday parties or a hike through the rainforest. Within the city, a superb array of ethnic restaurants and traditional steak houses will satisfy your taste buds and the many shops will exceed your expectations. There are numerous cinemas and bowling alleys as well as rock climbing and go-cart racing to keep the children occupied during school holidays. There is a large Southern African community already living in Toowoomba and you may already know someone who has settled in the city. Even if you are not considering settling in Toowoomba, it is very worth while taking a day trip to explore the area and what it has to offer for yourself. ~ Julie Purdon To comment on or rate this article visit A day trip into the Bunya Mountains is a must do outing. Experience the breathtaking rainforest surroundings and colourful wildlife. Left: Butress root trees and wallabies (see the joey) are a guaranteed find in the mountains.


Moreton Bay South Passage Below Gretel Breytenbach

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with business owners often leave me wondering why we’re in business. So many of us seem to be running around like headless chooks, trying to achieve targets, goals etc; when in fact, the whole reason we went into business in the first place was for the choices that owning a business makes available to us. This was what I was thinking on Monday as I was sailing Moreton Bay, with a group of dynamic, phenomenal women, all involved in something bigger than themselves. You see this is what business and life means to me, fully participating in your life, because you can! Having the ability and the know-how to make the choices that add value not only to your business but also to your life.

from there, then you probably met my dad and myself! Sailing on the turquoise liquid of Moreton Bay is very different than speeding across Harties’ pungent green! So it was with absolute delight that on this particular Monday, another one of my teammates said to me, “Recognise me?” “Well yes Alison, we’ve been plotting this adventure together!” And then she pointed to her surname! “Blomkamp” couldn’t be more South African, could it? I was stunned! While I’m very good at picking up “the” accent, Alison’s beautiful English never let on, and while I’d speculated about her name, I never once thought there’d be two of us from South Africa joining a team sailing one of Australia’s most well-known races!

And isn’t that one of the reasons so many of Alison left South Africa when she was eight us live here in Australia? For me personally, years old. Even so, she has retained her Queensland is Paradise. Queensland’s slogan love for Africa and has been back to live. When we talked, eyes says it all: “Beautiful one day, sparkling, we quietly Participate fully in your life, your perfect the next!” I remember reminisced about the work, your community and your sitting in the “koshuis” with my then boyfriend (now husband!) world, and life certainly couldn’t get unique delights of where we come from! better! Johannes and best friend I sometimes feel sad Gerhard, dreaming of someday living in the city closest to the Great Barrier loving being here. Sometimes I wish I could Reef. Clearly dreams do come true. At that take the best from here and the best from stage I never dreamt that we would actually there and create heaven! And then I dream move overseas, it was simply about finding of how wonderful it would be to have those I love, who are still “Back Home” here with me ways to live the dream! now! So it really was wonderful to discover So let me share with you why I was sailing Alison, who like me thoroughly enjoys being on a Monday on a bay that I’d always in this beautiful place. And like me, it is dreamed about. Ever heard of the Brisbane unlikely that she will ever leave. to Gladstone Yacht Race? It’s become an icon of Australian sport and started in 1949. Bev Ryan from Honestly Woman Why Not Growing up in Pretoria, my passion for magazine is the one who envisaged “Women boats was inspired and encouraged by my race for Redkite”, and with the help of Di dad, who is “boat crazy”! Some of you may Halden from Women on Boats, it’s now a have been to the Hartebeespoort Snake and beautiful reality! Twenty of us have been Animal Park. If you ever went on the cruise working on finding sponsors and fundraising

for our adventure and donating the proceeds to Redkite, an organisation that supports the families of children with cancer. And while we’ve been learning lots on this journey about teamwork, responsibility and hard work, we’re now beginning to reap the rewards! And so it is that on a beautiful Monday morning out on Moreton Bay, I met another wonderful South African (albeit some time ago now!) woman making a difference in the lives of her fellow countrymen and women. So here’s my message to all you wonderful South Africans out there: While we all know how important it is to know where we’ve come from, it is so important to know where you are and where you are going! Participate fully in your life, your work, your community and your world, and life certainly couldn’t get better! ~ Gretel Breytenbach

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South African Ladies Lunches And Jean said: “You’re my cousin!” It was a wonderful moment and the ladies around were in tears at this happy reunion.. We try and meet at a different venue every month and try to accommodate all by having the get-together on a different day each month to give everyone a chance of attending at least one of the lunches. We have a wonderful group of ladies here on the Gold Coast, and our lunches even include Mauritians, Welsh, Austrians, Hollanders and not forgetting Zimbabweans - so even though we are called the South African Ladies Lunch we have an open policy as the motto is simply: “Friendship.” Cafe Capri, Isle of Capri

The South African Ladies Lunch on the Gold

Coast has been around for a number of years now. We currently have about 160 ladies on our database and the number is growing. The lunch is simply a get-together to have fun and offer support to the newcomers. A lot of good friendships have evolved from the lunches and there have been many happy reunions. For example, Betty Bibby and Nina Candy bumped into each other at one lunch and their history goes way back. Neither knew the other would be here.

Melbourne Allboks Anyone passionate about rugby is bound to enjoy the “Allboks” get-togethers in Melbourne. Specialising in South Africa’s favourite sport, Allboks convener Gavin Shaw says they are getting into the swing of things with the rugby season about to start. “Our gettogethers are very social and are always a good occasion. They’re also great for getting to know other South Africans passionate about our favourite pastime, and a great way for newcomers to make friends!” Apart from the “usual” get-togethers, the Allboks also indulge in some dancing and wine-tasting! They’ve enjoyed the delights of dancing at a Sokkie-jol and are organising a Winter Wine Tasting Tour for May/June. For more information contact Gavin Shaw on 0439 999500 or email him at To find out more about these clubs or find a club near you visit

The same goes for myself and Joy Geldenhuis, who worked together over 25 years ago. We saw and recognised each other at a lunch, although in all honesty it was only a week later that we worked out where we knew each other from.

To find out more about Ladies Lunches visit Evergreen Restaurant ,Bundall

There was also the case of a lovely lady who was feeling a bit down at one of the lunches, and we all thought she would get on well with a regular, Jean Nixon. We called her over only for Jean to recognise her and declare: “Was your maiden name . . . ?” to which she replied: “Why, yes it is!”

Southern African Clubs Afrikaans Club

Africa Club - QLD

Ons nooi almal van heinde en verre om via hierdie webblad met mekaar te kommunikeer - of dit nou is om saam te lag of ‘n traan te stort, jou besigheid te adverteer, inligting deur te gee of sommer net jou sê te sê.

The Africa Club of Queensland has been functioning for many years and is primarily a social vehicle for folk with links to Africa. Members range from new arrivals, people who have been here 20+years, and those just passing through. We have family, single and country members that encompass all age groups.

Kontak: Marius van der Merwe Mobile: 0402077501

Ladies Lunches Lunches are held at a different venue every month and on a different day each month to give everyone a chance of attending one of the lunches. We have a wonderful group of ladies here on the Gold Coast and welcome newcomers with open arms. Contact: Heather Grierson Mobile: 041182 0600

Contact: Alison Rip Mobile: 0419 700 428

Africa Club - WA The Africa Club WA is a social club bringing people together from all walks of life. Established over 47 years ago, we have established an extensive social network through-out Western Australia. Contact: Gwen Blevins Mobile: 0421 216101

Bosveld Koos

Braai Power

with Bosveld Koos

BK for Praaim Minister! ‘n Boer maak ‘n plan!

BK has the solution to the drought problem

in Aus – elect him “praaim minister!” John How-again and that other poepol thinks the answer lies with making more water, but BK knows…the answer is in using the water you have better.

Bosveld Koos (or Koos, or BK) hails from the Groot Marico. He’s an avid Blue Bulls supporter from way back. BK currently lives in New Zealand, but has his heart set on moving to Australia some time in the near future. BK was the result of an electronic conception. The fact that his MOER and his VAAR have never actually met each other speaks volumes about this miracle child. With an IQ bordering on 90, BK is of the opinion that he doesn’t need to work as hard as others ... or at all for that matter. Read more about BK at

Because the Almighty in all his wisdom has allotted a certain amount of rain for each country, according to their sins. Don’t get me wrong here - I’m not saying Australia gets less than anybody else – nee, man - hulle hoer en rumoer net soos baie of so min soos almal anders… But the problem is those bleddie bloekombome – they’re busier than a one-legged man in a backside kicking contest suiping all the precious water. So while Johnny and his other tjommie can’t find their totties with a 6 man search party, BK has found the solution: braai more! Don’t outlaw braaifires, but make a law that says only bloekomhout allowed. Then have braais, boerewors competitions, bazaars, oxbraais, sosatie-paarties, potjiekos kompetisies, youname-it – and let the “goewerment” pay to promote this traditional Afrikaans cultural events. Very soon the smells wafting from the meat

BK Jokes around.... BK rushed into a clinic and shouted: “Yussterday, you’ve got to help me, doc! I think I’m sommer shrinking!”“Calm down,” said the doctor. “You’ll just have to be a little patient.” A woman came out of Sydney salon bitterly disappointed with her new hairdo. “I look like a clown!” she told her husband. “Of course you don’t look like a clown, Sheila,” he soothed. “You look beaut.”Just then a little girl walked up and said: “Hey lady, if you’re handing out balloons, can I have one?” Heard the South African Carjack Lullaby? It goes like this: Hush, little laaitie, don’t you cry, Daddy’s gonna steal you a GTi, And if that Gti just won’t Torque, Then another Gti, I will stalk. And if the stalking don’t go too well Daddy’s gonna steal you a Caravelle And if that Caravelle makes some tricks, Daddy’s gonna jack you a VR6 And if that VR6 refuse to fly, Daddy’s gonna knock a BM from some rich guy. And if the cops want to ask you hey, why why? Your dad will buy the docket from a courtroom spy.

On the first day of kindergarten the teacher was giving her new class the rundown: “If you need to go to the toilet, sommer hold up two fingers.” Little BK’s voice piped up from the back: “Maar Juffie, hoe gaan dit help?” One Sunday morning a pastor noticed a little boy staring at a large old plaque in the church hall inscribed with the names of those who had died in times of war. The pastor went to say hello to the youngster, who asked: “What is this?”The pastor said: “My son, that’s a memorial to those who died in

braaiing on the open coals, and the ouens enjoying copious quantities of fermented hops and malt beverages will no doubt attract the interest of the locals, and with the “goewerment” behind them, soon everybody will be braaiing! There goes the bloekombome and the drought is history! There you have it - vote BK for Prime Minister: Braai to ensure your future! Any suggestiuns for campaign slogans welcome, of course…

To comment on or rate this article visit the service.”“Oh,” said the boy. “Was it the 8 o’clock service or the 10 o’clock service?” A housewife’s dishwasher stopped working so she called BK the handyman in and said: “Look, I’m going out for a while. Don’t worry about my bulldog, he’s harmless. But whatever you do, do NOT talk to the parrot.” Sure enough, the huge, mean-looking dog ignored BK, but he got more and more irked by the parrot’s stream of chatter and curses. Finally he snarled: “Hou jou bek, you stupid bird!” Immediately the parrot snapped: “Get him, Spike!”


The Fall and Rise of the The birth of a business Sometimes life gives us lemons. So many of us left South Africa feeling robbed of our futures, our past, our identity. For others of us, especially the younger ones, while leaving was painful, it was also an adventure, one not to be missed.

Koeksister King


our New Zealand and Australian counterparts, young South Africans were not encouraged to embark on the great OE (Overseas Experience). For Johannes Breytenbach making the decision to leave South Africa at the tender age of 23 came easy. He saw moving to New Zealand as an adventure, an opportunity not to be missed. A Law graduate; he never would’ve suspected how bittersweet the future could be!

Four and a half adventure-filled years in New Zealand proved to be a successful endeavour. From adventures in scuba diving, boating and business Johannes, his wife Gretel and their two-year-old son Greg set out on their next adventure to Australia. Australia held a lot of promise. Johannes successfully set up a training company and started building a reputation. Business was good, life was good! Adventures in boating and scuba continued and with the added benefit of magnificent weather in Queensland, the family couldn’t have been happier. They added motorbikes to their repertoire of “fun”, and Johannes found the love of his life – “flying”. Hang-gliding was something that he had dabbled in in Durban before immigrating. It proved to be something that still appealed to him, so ten years after initially learning to fly, Johannes embraced the sport with enthusiasm. Fabulous weekends were spent at Rainbow Shores where he learned the basics. And when he had approximately 3 hours flying experience, Johannes set off to Eungella, to discover the thrill of inland flying. “Unlike coastal flying, inland flying is far more exhilarating” he says with a grin. “Thermal hunting” is an acquired skill, and most pilots entering this arena are fairly experienced. Never one to step back from a challenge, Johannes took to inland flying like a duck to water! The skill, courage and intense concentration both physically and mentally, gave him the challenge he craved. Johannes quickly became a popular and capable pilot in his own right. Graduating to serious flying came naturally, and weekends were now spent flying the aircurrents over Dalby, just west of Toowoomba. This kind of hang-gliding requires great commitment. Pilots are towed behind a microlite to heights of approximately 2000 feet, where they release the tie and start catching thermals. On a good day, pilots could spend up to seven hours flying at altitudes of 12 500! It was on an excursion like any other at Dalby, that life suddenly took a turn, and handed Johannes some lemons. While coming in for a landing, the wind dropped and instead of landing smoothly, the young pilot fell at least 75 feet out of the air! Alone in the veld miles from anywhere, Johannes could not move. When he came to, he feared the worst. Hearing the accident being announced over the radio, Gretel grabbed Greg and raced to the scene.



Can’t keep me grounded forever The Koeksister King Himself, Johannes Breytenbach

“The paramedics arrived before I did,” she tooth, and number two, they were very hard says. Johannes had fractured both humeri to find!” says Gretel. And that ladies and in identical spots. The surgery lasted five gentlemen, is how the Koeksister King was hours and the surgeon stated that it was one born! of the most difficult procedures he had ever performed. Recovery would Dishing out these , “What can I make with the be slow. koeksisters to friends and dough?” Koeksisters were the family became a regular logical answer! “Number one, So much for designing he has a very sweet tooth, and occurrence. “They were computer based training number two, they were very hard so good, that everyone systems! His physio told advised us to start selling to find!” says Gretel. And that Johannes that should he sit ladies and gentlemen, is how the them!” Johannes says in front of a computer his enthusiastically. Even Koeksister King was born! elbow joints would atrophy. now, he admits that there He was advised to do several are times that he finds it excruciatingly painful exercises, which hard to believe how popular the product is! included one “as though he were making dough”. The name has a story too. Most Australians pronounce Johannes as “Your Highness”, so Johannes’ recovery proved to be the naturally the name was a given! What started quickest that his physio had ever seen. With out as a hobby quickly showed potential as all the dough making, Johannes being ever- serious business, and in December 2006, resourceful thought, “what can I make with Koeksister King officially started producing the dough?” Koeksisters were the logical from their commercial kitchen in West End. answer! “Number one, he has a very sweet Adding to their repertoire of sweet delights,

they are expanding their product range to include a new range of gourmet koeksisters! While they are keeping the process secret, there is talk of a peanut version known as “Krunchy”, the ever delightfully decadent Belgian choc-coated koeksister and a few others they’re keeping tight-lipped about! The Koeksister King has also become well known for the “best fudge on earth”! The King himself experiments and expands the product range, diligently trying and testing the product to meet his rigorous expectations. “Our next project is to get our products into coffee shops, delis and other exclusive stores,” says Johannes. And his favourite saying: “When life gives you lemons, make lemonade!” ~ Gretel Breytenbach To comment on or rate this article visit

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Settling in Oz

What to Do

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Coping with Immigration Stress of food, cigarettes, alcohol, drugs, etc.

A registered psychologist in Queensland, Australia, Dr Katie Richards is a member of the American Psychological Association and is registered with the Health Professionals Council of South Africa. She has 8 years clinical experience, having treated a variety of disorders with hypnosis including stuttering, poor self-esteem, nail biting, gambling addiction, shopping addiction and psychiatric conditions (depression, anxiety, etc) with other effective psychological treatments. In the past three years she has specialized in the field of food and nicotine addictions. Read more about Dr Katie Richards at


song “Englishman in New York” repeated the phrase “I’m an alien,”a song that revealed how much a foreigner can feel alienated in a country away from home. Immigration is a major stressor that can trigger depressive or anxious symptoms (including insomnia, increase in consumption

Looking for Valerie Elmes/Johnston Desperately trying to locate Valerie Elmes married Johnston who moved from SA to Australia in the early 1980’s. If anyone knows her or how I can contact her I will be forever in your debt. Please contact me via Glen Menyennett Wendy Maclean (maiden name) I am looking for Wendy Maclean (born in Uitenhage, South Africa) who attended school in both Uitenhage (primary school) and Cape Town, and attended UCT in 1986. Immigrated to Australia with her family in 1987. If anyone knows of her whereabouts and contact details, it would be much appreciated. Please contact me via Ursula Roberts


One of the most helpful coping skills includes building a supportive social network: clinical studies have shown that social support immunizes people against stress. Stay in touch with friends and family via e-mail and webcam but also establish new social networks by joining a gym or other sports club, attending a college course, church, meeting with other immigrants (eg www.africaclub. and For example, the Africa Club in Brisbane meet on the last Friday of every month for a casual social evening meeting. SA Connections meet on the first Thursday of every month for a business breakfast in Surfer’s. Even visiting the South African shop (in Melbourne or Perth) to strike up a conversation may give you a sense that you’re not alone in your struggles against minor things such as getting lost on the roads, not figuring out the money, waiting for the container or animals to arrive, to major ones such as feeling financially overwhelmed, not finding a job or a home. Another coping skill is to acknowledge that immigration is tough: you are torn from friends, family, job, a home, familiarity and a routine. You have to go beyond your comfort zone and ask others for a favour or directions, go to a gym that is “not as grand as mine back home” and feel like an idiot for not being able to pronounce Aboriginal suburb names. You have to live somewhere that is not up to

Looking for Andrea and Suzette Dlouhy I am looking for my three nieces, Andrea and Suzette Dloughy and Julia Biko and my nephew Christian Biko. They are Meisie Biko and Charley Dlouhy’s children and used to live in Cairns. We lost contact with them since their mother died in 1994. We would like to be reunited with them. Their sister Angela and the whole family is missing them in South Africa Kenalemang. Gladys Biko Rustenburgers in Australia Alle Rustenburgers in Perth!!! Kom ons maak kontak en praat weer oor die dae van platina, tabak en Outspan lemoene. Kontak my gerus Braam en Dalene Coetzee Johan and Quinton Botha Looking for Johan and Quinton somewhere in Australia, recently moved from Gweru, Zimbabwe. Any info greatly appreciated. Jacqui Grogan

your standards back home or take a job that is not ideal. This is tough. Once the struggle is acknowledged though, remind yourself that the first few weeks or even months will be the most difficult and “this too shall pass.” Nobody immigrates because it is easy. Giving up and thinking about returning to South Africa can be tempting in the height of feeling overwhelmed. In the short run, that may be easiest route. In the long run, you may be either back to square one or worse off. Returning may really work only if you’ve become aware of your values (e.g., family not security is most important to you). By acknowledging that it hurts and is uncomfortable, you can then move forward by setting clear goals. Do five things daily to achieve them. Stick with the motto: if at first you don’t succeed, try, try again. Whenever you get a “no,” see it as an opportunity to seek better. Sometimes you will have to settle for second best and go beyond your comfort zones (i.e. do things you have to not because you want to.) By continually striving to achieve your goal, settling for second best temporarily means that you will not be stuck there. If you find that you’re still not coping, go to a psychologist.

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Fitting in or co-existing

“THE RIGHT TO LEAVE” is an article that

has circulated the media, the internet and emails for over 18 months. It is an article written by an Australian for the love of Australia. It captures the universal feeling of Australians that this country is theirs and they are tired of having to take care not to offend migrants with the “Australian way”. The article states, “As Australians, we have our own culture, our own society, our own language and our own lifestyle”. “Take It Or Leave It!” ”In God We Trust” is the Australian National Motto, because God is a part of the Australian culture. The article has a very clear message, and that is,”This is our country, our land, and our lifestyle, and we will allow you every opportunity to enjoy all this. But once you are done complaining, whining, and griping about Our Flag, Our Pledge, Our National Motto, or Our Way of Life, I highly encourage you take advantage of one other great Australian freedom, the right to leave.” Our family, like most migrants in a new country miss home (Zimbabwe) terribly and the culture we come from. We have never fully left it behind and will never completely accept the Australian way as our new culture; we will always be born and bred Rhodesians. This is a healthy respect for the land of our birth.

It is this very patriotism which we feel to our own country of birth that allows us to respect the strong feelings of the Australian people that this is their country, their culture, their way of life and their flag. We will always be immigrants no matter what certificates we get. That being said, our family has had the opportunity to welcome into our lives a young Australian, our daughter’s boy friend. With us he enters into a mini Africa which he respects and I suspect enjoys for its uniqueness, but believe me, when we are on his ground he is fiercely patriotic, which is fine as long as we keep sport out of the conversation. We braai, we do not barbeque, we eat boerewors not snags, we go swimming in our swimming costumes not our swimmers. We eat sweets, not lollies to satisfy our sweet tooth, although we do eat lollies, but they are frozen blocks of juice and not frozen cordial. This young fellow is adapting very well when inside this bubble which to him must seem a bit surreal at times when there are many of us Southern Africans together. And to his (and our) delight he has learnt the wonderful release that can be felt with a perfectly uttered, purely Southern African “eeesh.” It is a wonderful opportunity to be able to savor the memories and nuances of our countries of birth, but it is equally important to adapt

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The Lady on the Sea Below: (Left) Deborah Wood and Cheryl Rex


Lady on the Sea

Dreams really do come true, as former South African woman Deborah Wood has proven.

Recently getting engaged Deborah mentioned to her fiancé Stuart Kelly that she would love to spend their special day floating down the Gold Coast Broadwater on the intriguing Floating Chapel, which she often spotted in the Mariner’s Cove. To her dismay, upon contacting the Mariner’s Cove to book for the wedding ceremony, she was told, “it was up for sale and no bookings were being taken.” Being her resourceful and determined self, Deb asked for the phone number of the owners.

He had come to the Gold Coast to promote the wedding business in Australia to an overseas market fascinated by the bright lights and allure of the glitzy Gold Coast waterways. It was sold in 2005 and the owner went back to New Zealand. The Chapel had not been in operation for the last 18 months, before it was put on the market again and sold to this group of entrepreneurial and passionate Southern Africans.

She told her fiancé, it was for sale and they went and looked at it. “We loved it from the moment we stepped onboard,” she said.

The group have started their business called Celebrations Afloat, specialising in offering a unique and memorable experience for any special occasion. The ‘Lady on the Sea’ is moored on the beautiful Gold Coast Broadwater, at Mariner’s Cove.

Deb, Stuart and their good friend Cheryl Rex (also ex-South African), agreed to go into partnership together and buy the well known Floating Chapel. A little known fact is that the Floating Chapel was built on the Gold Coast in 1997 and owned by South African Businessman, Alan Slade.

The Chapel is non-denominational and can cater for 70 people, offering a romantic and intimate day with 360 degree views of the Gold Coast surrounds. The ‘Lady on the Sea’ is ideal for events such as the renewal of vows, commitment ceremony, christenings, dedication ceremonies, memorial services,

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It is hoped the Chapel will be re-launched at the end of April this year. Inside the Chapel

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Who knew? Gold Coast Seaway is a treasure of marine life! Having

observed divers entering from the shore at the Spit, I always wondered what on earth there was to see. Little did I know that the Seaway is in fact a treasure trove of marine delights. Divided into 4 main areas: South Wall (including the Sand Bypass Pipe and the Short Pipe) – the Seaway represents great marine biodiversity. On the North Wall – you’ll find schools of pelagic fish, wobbegong and whaler sharks; SouthWest Wall offers beach entry and is home to little critters. And then there’s Wave Break Island - excellent for snorkelling and learning to dive. I must admit, I have been a little judgmental, ignoring the delights right under my nose, preferring to discover the exotic treasures of the Great Barrier, Vanuatu and Tahiti. It wasn’t until I heard about Devocean Dive on the Gold Coast that my interest in our local diving perked up! Checking out their website, I discovered a crew true to the pleasures of diving! No high flying corporate attitude for these guys, no siree! What I really appreciate about them is the fact they make a point of looking after the divers and catering specifically for the individual and whatever it is they are looking for. It’s all about personal service and taking the client’s needs into consideration. And so it is that my interest in diving has been renewed! No expensive diving trips overseas, when there’s beautiful diving right here on our doorstep! Both Shona and Peter, the directors of Devocean Dive, stress how lucky we are to have this kind of diving so accessible. Between the two of them


they sport almost half a century of diving experience! And it is no surprise then that out of all their combined experiences, they still marvel and appreciate what the Gold Coast Seaway has to offer.

Peter and Shona are both devoted to offering the best possible dive experience to newcomers and experienced divers. And that is how the name came about! Peter says that Shona was the one who came up with the concept of “their devotion to the ocean and diving as a sport”, and so the name was born!

According to Shona, the Seaway has truly come into its own right in the last 5 years, scores of aquatic life teem within its safe confines. “There’s nowhere else where you Together they have been teaching their have exceptional diving right in the middle beloved sport to locals and tourists for the of a city” she said. “In fact, most people past eight years. “While we cater for locals believe they have to go overseas to spot and tourists, the locals are by far are biggest some of the more “elusive” sea creatures, market!” says Shona. Clearly, the locals when in fact, right here in our know something that “In fact, when the tide is right, it’s very own Seaway you can find this South African easy to race across in a tinnie and the magnificent Striated Frog immigrant doesn’t! put in an amazing dive before work!” Fish or Harlequin Ghost Pipe Where else but Queensland? Fish!” According to Peter visibility in the Seaway Students of Devocean have been dazzled by can vary, and he’s seen anything from eight dolphins coming to play with them, and one metres through to 30 metres, depending on of Peter’s particular highlights was having a the tide and weather conditions. Humpback Whale join their team for a dive in the Seaway last year! These are the kinds of Peter’s love for diving began at an early experiences that money can’t buy! age. “I used to watch a TV show presented by Jacques Cousteau which really inspired Another hidden treasure in the Seaway is me,” he says. His dad being a Surf Lifesaver a wreck called the Scottish Prince. Settled also encouraged them to enjoy in the water. comfortably at 12m, this is a great dive for In fact, Peter’s been snorkelling local waters anyone, and in particular those interested in from the age of seven, and enjoyed his first an easy introduction to wreck diving. “The dive at the tender age of 14! According to wreck’s been there for well over a hundred Peter, children can now qualify for their junior years,” said Shona, “and it’s absolutely ticket at the age of 12, and it’s not unusual to packed with beautiful marine life!” find young ones from the age of eight getting familiar with dive gear in the pool. “In fact, when the tide is right, it’s easy to race across in a tinnie and put in an amazing dive No wonder then that locals are enjoying the before work!” Where else but Queensland? delights of diving in the Seaway.

Seahorse in the Gold Coast Seaway

“It’s something that we’d like to conserve for future generations,” says Shona, who has held the position of President of SOS, Save Our Spit. The pristine conditions and delicious position has developers in a frenzy, with new applications for development being received by City Council on a weekly basis. And while they vie for development rights, locals know something the rest of us don’t. The Spit and all it has to offer, is something that is being enjoyed on a regular basis. “Any development will upset the balance, and close off the possibility of free access to the community” says Shona. So what is a writer to do? Clearly, get to the Seaway and begin to enjoy it before it’s too late. There are no airline tickets to book, no accommodation to arrange! All that is required is to hop in the car, drive for approximately one hour, and step into another world, right off the Spit at Surfers! ~ Gretel Breytenbach To comment on or rate this article or find out more about Devocean Dive visit

Ornate Ghost Pipe Fish in the Gold Coast Seaway


Fabulous Food

with Peter Thomas

Koeksisters Ingredients:

Retiring early from a career in banking, Peter Thomas now spends most of his time working on his websites and seeing as much of Southern Africa as he can. One of Peter’s many hobbies includes collecting traditional South African recipes. He has compiled a few recipe eBooks on South African cuisine both in English and Afrikaans. Although not an expert cook, Peter loves outdoors cooking and prepares a mean potbread! Peter sends out biweekly newsletters in English and Afrikaans. Read more about Peter Thomas at

About this recipe: Of Malay origin, this recipe has been adapted and has been part of our tradition for decades. We even have a monument for the koeksister.

375ml water 800g sugar 2ml (1/2t) cream of tartar 2ml (1/2t) ground ginger 3 cinnamon sticks 500g cake flour 30ml (6t) baking powder 2ml (1/2t) salt 50ml (4T0 butter or margarine 2 eggs 250ml milk oil for deep frying

Step 6

The Process: 1. To make syrup, heat water in a saucepan, add sugar and stir until dissolved. Add cream of tartar, ginger and cinnamon. 2. Boil, uncovered, for 5 minutes. Do not stir, remove from stove and chill. While syrup is chilling, make koeksisters. Sift flour, baking powder and salt together.

Step 7

3. Add butter and rub in with fingertips until mixture resembles fine crumbs. 4. Beat eggs and milk together and add to dry ingredients. Mix dough well, then knead lightly for 2 minutes to make it pliable. 5. Cover basin with wax paper and leave for 1 hour. 6. Roll dough to a thickness of 7.5 to 10mm. Cut into strips about 8 cm long and 2.5 cm wide. Cut each strip into three lengthwise, leaving one side uncut. Now plait the three pieces and press ends together firmly. 7. Heat oil to 190ÂşC and deepfry koeksisters for 1 minute. (Do not fry too many at once)

Make your own delictable Koeksisters at home or purchase the equally delicious treats from the Koeksister King

Photos taken by Nico Putter and koeksisters made by his wife, Sandra.

8. The syrup will warm up about halfway through, so divide the syrup into two bowls. 9. Remove from oil, drain on brown paper for 1 minute and dip in cold syrup for 30 seconds. Remove from syrup and place on a dish to dry. Yummy!! To comment on or rate this recipe visit


Step 9

Tips and tricks The secret of the crisp syrupy outside of koeksisters is that they are taken straight from hot oil and dipped into ice-cold syrup. This seals the syrup outside and leaves the inside dryish in contrast.



Protecting Our Children

Child Sexual Assault The figures on the number of children who are sexually assaulted each year in Australia are staggering. Research consistently suggests that around 1 in 5 children will be sexually assaulted. With the increase in awareness around child sexual assault, the main questions that we are asked here at Bravehearts is: “What can I do to protect my kids?” For parents or carers keeping children safe is one of the most important things we can do. To do this, we must equip our children with the knowledge and skills they need to avoid risky situations, and to give them an understanding of their rights to protect their own body. The basic principles we need to teach our children (remember: it’s never too early to sow the seeds of personal safety) are: 1. To trust their feelings and to distinguish between ‘yes’ and ‘no’ feelings 2. To say ‘no’ to adults if they feel unsafe and unsure 3. That they own their own bodies 4. That nothing is so yucky that they can’t tell someone about it 5. That if they feel unsafe or unsure to run and tell someone they trust. Ditto’s Keep Safe Adventure! assists in teaching your child to keep safe in a non-confronting, fun and interactive way. Developed by Bravehearts Inc, Ditto’s Keep Safe Adventure! is the result of a collaborative effort with input from child protection experts, academics and professionals from Australia and abroad. Designed especially for young children, Ditto’s Keep Safe Adventure! currently

Visit Ditto’s website for more information about Ditto’s Keep Safe Adventure, including how you can get Ditto to visit your school includes a CD-Rom, an Activity Book and a live show that visits schools. (The product list is growing, with story books, games, DVDs and in-class modules for teachers in the pipeline). Ditto the character featured in the program teaches children to recognise potentially dangerous situations, giving them tools on how to deal with these situations by speaking out and staying safe. Ditto’s Keep Safe Adventure! is based on three simple, easy to remember rules: 1. We all have the right to feel safe with people. 2. It’s okay to say ‘no’ if you feel unsafe or unsure. 3. Nothing is so yucky that you can’t tell someone about it.

The aim of Ditto’s Keep Safe Adventure! is to ‘abuse proof’ children – at least as much as possible. Just as teaching children the road rules doesn’t guarantee they won’t get hurt, this CD can’t guarantee absolute protection for children against attack. But as with teaching road rules, teaching personal safety rules will certainly help. Ditto’s Keep Safe Adventure! provides an invaluable tool for any person who cares about children including professionals whose work brings them in contact with children and young people. If you are interested in more information on Ditto’s Keep Safe Adventure!, visit To comment on or rate this article visit

Business Lifestyle


with Richard Hill

Sabona Business Network An

essential component of the successful migration to a new country includes the integration with the business community in which you now live. Having arrived in Australia, or contemplating your arrival, you need to network with the appropriate people sooner rather than later. An ex South African and qualified Chartered Accountant, Richard Hill has been assisting clients with their wealth management since 1998 and is an Authorised Representative of Professional Investment Services here in Australia. His Australian business, Taurus Financial Services, established in 2001, has been providing services to migrants, established families and Australians on their financial needs, including Superannuation, Financial planning advice, Life insurance, Home Loans and other specific financial services to migrants. Read more about Richard Hill at

The Sabona Business Network (previously known as SA Connections) together with many other Southern African clubs, provides one such avenue. On the Gold Coast, the network has been successfully run for the past 10 years, meeting every first Thursday morning at a South African owned restaurant overlooking the Q1 residential tower and the Surfers Paradise Waterways. For $15 per head, one is able to enjoy a full breakfast including coffee, tea and juice. All attendees have a 30 second to 2 minute session to introduce themselves and their business which is followed by a guest speaker who typically provides invaluable information on doing business in Australia.

whom have been in Australia for several years and are willing to share their experiences and advice with new arrivals. This can save you time and money, in not making the mistakes that others have made. Whatever your situation, I encourage you to integrate with your new community which is made up of thousands of migrants and many more Australians. By supporting the Sabona Business Network, you will be part of a group of successful Southern Africans helping their fellow country men achieve this goal. We look forward to welcoming all new members, so visit our web site: And register your email address so that you’ll receive an invite to our next function. You will also find links from our web site to other useful contacts and organisations.

This forum is often the gateway to meeting both South Africans and Australians, many of

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Expect More

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Make time to do more than mark time I know it sounds weird, but it will give you some objectivity and allow you to see your business as separate from yourself.

Catherine Palin-Brinkworth is an extraordinary management speaker and adviser. She can show you how to build your business, build your people, build your profits and build the life you want. Read more about Catherine at

We all know that SME businesspeople are far too busy to work on their business, and focus all their efforts on working in it. Don’t we?

So exit planning seems impossible. We think that we ARE the business and it can’t run without us. And when our lifestyle and health degenerates, we feel trapped powerless and stuck. Not fun. So here’s the deal for 2007. Step outside your business and get process driven. I know this is anything but easy. But I’ve learned the hard way through my own life challenges, that it is absolutely essential. “But how can I”, you say. ‘I can’t take a week out to do a business plan? I’ve got to keep this business running. I’m the person everyone is relying on!’ Try some creative thinking. Imagine yourself walking out of your premises, climbing up on to the roof and taking a look down inside.

In your mind’s eye, watch a typical day and note who does what tasks, including how you engage in areas that others might be able to take over, even temporarily. Watch what your time traps and distractions are, or your personal weaknesses, like procrastination. Make some notes. Talk to a business coach, or email me, and work out your strategy for change. Because this year, like every other, if you do what you’ve always done, you’ll get what you’ve always got – or less, because everyone else out there is moving forward! Commit to at least one of CPB’s top tips for a wow of a year: Work out what business you are really in, by the outcomes you create, rather than the services and products you currently provide. Stay abreast of trends and think laterally. Know that you own the business, you run the business, but you are not the business. It has to have a life of its own, and it will have, when every process is well documented and standards are well defined. So even though it’s tough, it’s well worth it! Divide all activities of the business into ‘departments’ such as sales, marketing, administration and production, even if you’re a micro business. Then document all the processes, even in scribbled summary bullet points. Divide them up into the various ‘departments’. See what you could combine, delegate or outsource. Then be the managing director, rather than everything to everyone. ●

Put 10 per cent of income into a reserve

for business development. Not necessarily marketing, but also education, strategic planning, consultants, etc. It really does pay off. If your sales fell 10% you’d survive, so just do it. Consider adapting, selecting what you’re great at and focusing on that, or bringing someone else in to share your business. It might actually be about shrinking, or changing structure. ●

Be willing to see yourself and your staff as constant learners, staying in school forever to keep finding newer and better ways of being the best in your field. It’s fun! ●

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Women in Business

with Christine Walker

Getting Started

Christine Walker is a successful business woman with more than 25 years experience in owning and running businesses in New Zealand, South Africa and Australia. She has been involved in a number of industries including publishing, motivation, real estate, removals and printing. In all her business endeavours she was faced with the challenge of breaking through in male dominated environments. Her most recent efforts have gained her an award as finalist in the Telstra Small Business of the Year awards. Read more about Christine Walker at


starting a new life in a new country isn’t hard enough, starting a business also has to be one of the biggest challenges one can have. Especially if you are a woman in a very male dominated business world. But more and more women are taking the plunge and finding that the challenges are stimulating and even in some cases exciting adventures. The other day when I was asked by a male visitor from overseas. “What is it that sets you apart? How come you have been successful when so many others have failed? I had to really think about it. So what sets what I do apart from others. Thats a hard one because I have always assumed that any one starting in business

would do the same or similar to what I have been doing but to my astonishiment many don’t. They have a good idea, think it will work and so run with it until they see that MAYBE it wasnt such a good idea and so dump it. It’s the good idea that fires them up, it’s the good idea that starts them down the track to wealth and prosperity... but it’s the setback of first rejection that stops them in their tracks. Women are very emotional people and are fired up very easily. The good idea is emotionally charged rather than investigated. To investigate the idea, thoroughly putting the idea to the test and gaining knowledge about the idea to verify its strengths and weaknesses even before you go down the track of starting up the business, is a sure fire way of testing its ability to survive. Then there is passion. You have an idea but do you have a passion for it? Do you live it, breathe it, feel it, love it, want to be totally involved in it no matter what it takes to make it succeed? This would have to be number one on the top of my list for success because if you have passion for the idea it does not matter what anyone says, it doesn’t matter how many setbacks you have, it does not matter where or how you start out, or how many negatives surround you, passion for your product, or idea will see you through. Then there is perseverance and time. Overnight success comes to very few. The rest of us have to work hard, persevere and do more hard work and long hours. I know it sounds uninviting, but if you do the time the rewards will come. Someone asked me how long did it take for U Design to start taking enough money so that we could take wages. They were shocked when I told them nearly 3 years. Then of course there is money. That dreaded word.. MONEY. If you have none or just a

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little it does not mean you can’t start your business. It just means you need to start slowly. Do not go and rent a huge factory and employ 5 staff and hope that it will just all come together. It doesn’t work like that. We started in a dingy little room, no wages and equipment we hired. As we grew we bought equipment but we didn’t employ anyone for over three years, we did all the work ourselves which meant lots of late nights. But if you are scared of hard work to make your plan work, then it never will. And that leads me to the final thing you need to have... You need a plan formulated in your mind (I call it my vision) as to where you want to go with your business. Not just this month, not just this year, but 5 years down the track. I have always had a 5 year plan. In the first 5 years I wanted to built up the business enough to pay the staff decent wages, and in the second five years my plan was to be in much better premises earning enough to give us a solid foundation so that we could be recognised as a strong and growing business. I have reached each 5 year goal. Now the third 5 years is taking us into Franchising a model that has been tried and tested for the past 10 years earning us Top 6 in Telstra Small Business Awards. There is nothing better than the feeling of success. My passion is for my business but my greater passion and pleasure is to see others succeed and if its a successful woman then its even sweeter. My plan for this column is to help women go through and grow through the challenges of growing a successful business here in this beautiful country we now call home.

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Tax and Accounting

with Patricia Bakker

“The great Aussie dream” country in the world, it also has the lowest population density and provides an enviable lifestyle with great opportunities for business and employment.

Patricia Bakker, an ex-South African, has a Bachelor of Commerce (majoring in both accountancy and economics) from the University of South Africa and a Master of Business (by research) from Southern Cross University. She is a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Australia and is a registered tax agent with over 25 years experience in both commerce and public practice. Patricia is a lecturer at Southern Cross University and a director of Taxpresso, a Gold Coast based taxation and accountancy practice. Patricia can assist taxpayers with all their accountancy and taxation needs (setting up companies, trusts, TFN and ABN applications) and also assist with the process of purchasing Australian real estate including liaising with solicitors and real estate agents, holding funds in trust, organising searches, valuations and depreciation schedules, loan applications and FIRB approval. Read more about Patricia Bakker at

Australia is a popular destination for migrants

seeking to take advantage of some of the diverse characteristics this “lucky” country has to offer. Australia has some of the most beautiful beaches in the world, many world heritage listed properties, and a gorgeous landscape filled with flora and fauna that has long had appeal with many visitors to this country. Australia is also found to be attractive in that, while it is the 6th largest

It is perhaps not surprising that many people from other countries seek to migrate to Australia. South Africa is known to be one of the top 10 countries from which migrants are coming from.

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And in doing so seek to achieve what for years has been known as “the great Aussie dream” – owning your own home. So what do you need to know about buying real estate in Australia. One of the first things you will need to consider is foreign investment approval through the Foreign Investment Approval Board (FIRB). Australian citizens do not have to apply for approval unless they are purchasing through a foreign incorporated company or foreign registered trust. For this purpose, a company incorporated in Australia or a trust registered in Australia will be considered “foreign” where 15% or more of shares or units are owned by foreign persons. Australian permanent residents are also exempt from the approval process unless they are purchasing residential property through a foreign incorporated company or foreign trust but there is a condition that the property must be zoned residential. So unless you are an Australian citizen or an Australian permanent resident, most purchases of residential real estate will require prior foreign investment approval. Purchase of commercial real estate and/or shares and other business assets will also need foreign investment approval subject to certain monetary thresholds. Australian citizens and their foreign spouses (including de facto partners) do not have to

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Business Facts Superannuation In

May last year, the Federal Government announced a range of measures designed to simplify the superannuation system. Superannuation Reforms – An Update When the Government brought down its the Budget on 9 May 2006, some of the most significant changes to be made to superannuation in over 20 years were announced. One of the surprise announcements was a series of changes to the way in which contributions to a superannuation fund would be handled. These included: • The introduction, from 10 May 2006, of a maximum limit on undeducted contributions (UDCs). Those made between 10 May 2006 and 30 June 2007, are limited to $1m per person. After 30 June 2007, the limit will be $150,000 per person, per financial year. Those aged under 65 will be able to bring forward up to 3 years contributions and make a single contribution of up to $450,000, with no contributions being able to be made in the next 2 financial years. • Abolition, from 1 July 2007, of a limit on the amount of tax deduction that may be claimed for superannuation contributions. This is to be replaced with a limit on the amount of contributions received by a superannuation fund to which the concessional 15% tax rate will apply. Tax deductible contributions that exceed $50,000 per person, per year, will effectively be taxed at the top marginal tax rate of 45%, plus Medicare Levy. For those aged 50 or over, the maximum concessionally taxed contribution will be $100,000 per person, per annum. This will apply for a 5 year period until 30 June 2012. • Currently, where a tax deduction may be claimed for contributions, it is limited to contributions made by or for people under 70 years of age. This will increase to age 75 for contributions made on


or after 1 July 2007. The real winner to emerge from the Budget announcements is that superannuation benefits paid to people from age 60 will be tax-free where the benefit is paid from a taxed superannuation fund. A taxed superannuation fund is one that pays tax on contributions and on investment earnings. So, whether benefits are taken in the form of a lump sum payment or as a pension or regular income stream, the payments will be tax-free. Great news for those approaching retirement! While the Budget announcements were primarily directed at contributions and benefit payments, a number of other aspects of superannuation are also to change: • Eligible termination payments (lump sum payments from a superannuation fund) will be simplified from 1 July 2007; • Reasonable benefit limits are to be abolished;

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South Africans Down Under

Expect the unexpected!

If anyone had told me seven years ago that

today I would be living in a trendy Melbourne apartment, providing professional writing services to a range of Australian clients, I would have laughed out loud! But here I am, almost afraid to wake up in the morning for fear that it is all a dream. Not that I am a pessimist or anything, but since leaving my comfort zone in good old Joburg, things have been nothing short of challenging. The moral of the tale you are about to read, I believe, is that immigrating is not for the fainthearted. Wherever you plan to go, believe me, it won’t work out as expected even if planned to the nth degree. So why did I leave? Well, unlike a lot of South Africans who decide to ‘jump ship’, I left because I had a zest to travel and I was ambitious. So, when I was offered a publishing opportunity in Auckland, I jumped at the chance.

wasn’t South African for nothing! A legal dispute ensued. I left with very little most importantly though, I still had my dignity. And within days I had been offered a job (via email) with a small publisher in Melbourne. Courtesy of one of the clients I had serviced in Auckland. Talk about contrasts! This particular job was completely opposite to the one I had in Auckland. My talents were underutilised, my workload was insufficient and I felt I was overpaid (if this is possible)! For a time, the spot that I worked in made up for it all - a big house nestled in the Dandenong Ranges near a forest, lined with beautiful gum trees and haven to the most striking Australian birds: rosellas, king parrots and kookaburras.

The 24 months that followed were probably the best and worst of my life. The best, because I learned how far I could push myself, running a publishing office almost single handed, coping with the admin, sales, design and writing of the publication. The worst, because a very deep sense of loss had set in. Gone were the fun-filled weekends I had had in South Africa with friends and family, the gala events I had attended as an industry journalist, the comradeship I experienced working as part of a creative team. I worked around the clock and spent almost every weekend in my little suburban ‘prison’. No time for socialising and no team of my own my only contact was electronic and telephonic via the Singapore and Sydney branches, and I was grossly underpaid. The only thing a relatively sensible person would have done was to run back home. But not this gal - I

Would I go back to South Africa to live? I don’t think so. Yet I will always miss the life I had in Johannesburg . in particular the professionalism at work. I miss the directness, where you say what you mean and people don’t get offended or make a hasty retreat, whispering. Where you laugh and laugh and laugh with your buddies and family and they really understand my offbeat sense of humour! I miss the big African skies and the smell of wors and Christmas beetles on a hot summer night. I miss the petrol pump attendants and the way they often flashed their ‘pearly whites’ and did a boot dance to cheer you up while you waited for your petrol tank to be filled. But that was another life. I now love the quality of Antipodean life and the emphasis placed on families and holidays (Australia is not called the Land of the Long Weekend for nothing!).

Newly single, I left family and friends, the comforts of my Randpark Ridge home, and my career in a publishing company. My dog Gizmo was bound for a six month quarantine stint in England and I was bound for Singapore, Sydney and finally Auckland. I was so excited! The bubble soon burst when I landed in Auckland. I learned very quickly that I had not been chosen to head up a trade magazine only because of my talents, but also because of my seemingly submissive nature. I had to get out of the pickle I was in as diplomatically and as quickly as possible. Within a matter of days, I had secured a place to live and work in the eastern suburbs of Auckland. I was independent at last. Or so I thought.

Bridge at sunrise a few months later. (What can I say? My man is an adventurer who goes Bungy Jumping in Queenstown and leaps from planes in Mornington!)

I fell desperately in love with Auckland almost immediately, yet it took more time for me to feel at home in Melbourne - after five years it has grown on me and now I truly value its authenticity and diversity.

Colleen and Gizmo at the RSPCA million paws walk held annually at Albert Park Lake in Melbourne

Not bad for a girl who was brought up in the Southern Suburbs of Johannesburg and attended a school well known for its gang fights and violence!! Over time, the limitations of having a work permit (or sponsored employment, as it is known in Australia) became all too much. My attempts at permanent residency looked bleak - even though my brother and cousins are Australian residents, I didn’t have enough points to keep me in Australia if I left my job. Study seemed the only alternative, as I needed a degree to make up for the missing points. I remember attending an international students day at Monash university . potential new intakes were horrified to see that I, a mature, aged student, was submitting an application to study with them! A few weeks later Cupid shot his arrow (bringing along Lady Luck for the ride) when I met the man who I am now engaged to. Very soon we were smitten with each other and celebrated by climbing the Sydney Harbour

I love the café culture, the endless events they have here, the charming beaches and the freedom of being able to walk Gizmo and visit an all night store late at night. I love meeting new Australians and guessing which part of the country they come from, and having them guess which part of the world I come from (as if my accent is not a dead giveaway!) But most of all I love the fact that even though I may be so far, far away from the friends I left behind, they are easy to reach thanks to the convenience of electronic communication. It really has become a small world after all. Colleen Bate provides professional writing and public relations services from her home based office in Port Melbourne, which she shares with her beautiful South African Maltese terrier cross, Gizmo and her generous, adventure seeking Australian fiancé, Gary.

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South African Essentials * Shop 10, 200 Winton Road Joondalup (Perth) WA 6027 Phone/Fax: (08) 9301 1977

Afrikaanse Klub Damesdag Datum: 19 Mei 2007 Plek: Esther Putter, West Lakes, Brisbane Tyd: 10:00 tot 3/ 4nm. Navrae: Thea Prinsloo (07)3886- 0227 of Esther Putter (07)3376-2923

Springbok Foods * ( Cape to Cairo) 4/357 Cambridge Street Wembley, WA 6014 Phone (08) 9387 5774

WA Events Calendar

Africa Club QLD Monthly Social Meetings

Memorial Park 65 Sylvan Road,Toowong between the Regatta Hotel & the Milton Rd junction)

Time: 6.30pm – 8.30pm

Books At Thy Call Paradigm Media (08) 9021 6853

Bester Solutions Phone: (03) 9722 1389

Penny’s Butchery * Military Road, Mosman Sydney Stanley’s Butchers * Stanley Road, St Ives Sydney Knightsbridge Quality Meats * Corner Ridgecrop Drive and Gilbert Road (just off Showground Road in Castle Hill) Sydney

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Perth Business Network

Date: 27 April, 25 May Venue: West Brisbane Bulldogs

Business Consultants

Springbok Delights * 656 Mowbray Road Lane Cove NSW Phone: (02) 9427-5168

Date: 23 February, 2007, last Friday of every month Venue: Kailis Bros Cafe, 101 Oxford street Leedeville, Time: 7.15am Cost: $17.50 will get you a full cooked breakfast with coffee and juice. Email to confirm attendance and for more info. Meet other SA business persons and get a head start on the opposition.


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Fun Stuff


SAussies Rule Young

school captains, prefects, house leaders and other student leadership positions. In addition to these, students can lead in missions, chapel bands and choirs or other areas such as their personal lifestyle. The school has a policy of honoring those who choose to do their best.

kids with South African heritage are making their mark in Australian Private Schools. Affectionately referred to as SAussies, they can often be found in the top sports teams, top academic achievers, and in the school leadership. Liezel Deysel and Montana Scott, two students from Kings Christian College on the Gold Coast, are a perfect example of this. Liezel is school captain of the primary school and Montana leadership captain. Liezel has performed well in English, taking top honors every year in her favourite subject, while Montana scored in the top 1% in Queensland in science.

Left Montana Scott, Right Liezel Deysel

Quote of the Month “Opportunity is missed by most people because it is dressed in overalls and looks like work” ~ Thomas Edison

Kings Christian College is no stranger to South African families, having a large number of students of South African origin. Many of the teachers are South African, counting even the principal of the high school, Mr Maleham, amongst these. Both Liezel and Montana come from partly Afrikaans families. Neither actually speaks Afrikaans. But they are “fluent” in Australian ... accent and all!

At Kings, a non-denominational Christian private school, many opportunities are available for primary and high school students to develop leadership qualities. Each year the College selects

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Book Reviews

with Debi Scott

About Debi Scott Debi is an avid reader with her own private collection of literally hundreds of novels and biographies. While she enjoys reading about Africa and finds its history fascinating, she will only recommend books that are easy and enjoyable to read.

Don’t Lets Go To The Dogs Tonight Alexandra Fuller Alexandra Fuller was the daughter of white settlers in 1970s war-torn Rhodesia. Her story is a vibrantly personal account of growing up in civil war in a extraordinary family. I really thought this book was going to be a bit long and boring but she writes with fantastic humour - and any South African/Rhodesian will be taken back with “Cafenol for headaches, Enos liver salts for indigestion and Coke for added life”!!! An amazing, honest, fascinating story. Highly recommended!

The Kalahari Typing School For Men Alexander McCall Smith This is the fourth volume of the No.1 Ladies’ Detective Agency series - which stars Precious Ramotswe Botswana’s leading (and only) female private detective. In this book she has competition in the Detective industry for the first time. McCall Smith writes these books in such a brilliant way you feel as if you are there watching it all happen. The characters are so real and the situations so plausible - while being extremely funny. I own every one of this series for a reason...they are wonderful!! To comment on or rate these books visit


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