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from the editor Isn’t it funny how we always get to this time of the year and talk about how quickly the year has gone, how we can’t believe it is Christmas again already, and wonder what has happened to the time? Have you ever heard someone say “Wow, this year has really dragged along – it felt like time was standing still”? If so, please let me know! I’m really excited that it’s the holiday season. It’s been a year since we arrived in Oz, and so it’s our second Christmas here. And that means that we got through the first! Fortunately I Sabona CEO Philip Scott and editor have some family visiting over the holidays, but Sabona CEO Philip Scott and editor Cheryl Goodenough tried out some of there are lots of Sabona readers who might be Cheryl Goodenough tried out some the Christmas gift ideas after a photo celebrating Christmas with only their closest of the Christmas gift ideas after a shoot. family members. Hazel McBride, the author photo shoot. Picture by Corne Lategan of Jislaaik it’s Lekker (see page 47) recently Picture by Corne Lategan commented on our website that she arrived in Oz seven years ago as a single mum, with the intention of her children following a month later. Her first Christmas lunch consisted of two chicken wings and a roast potato. However, there was an up-side as one of the doctors in the theatre where Hazel worked as a nurse made up a parcel of South African goodies for the three nurses in theatre. “I don’t know about the others, but I cried my heart out,” she says. “Now at Christmas, I cook so much I can feed an army – you know the old traditional way – and I invite everyone I meet. My husband, an Australian, still cannot comprehend our reasons for the large gatherings!” We can each do our bit by remembering those who might be lonely this Christmas, and if you’re feeling lonely, bear in mind that there are others sure to feel the same. Chat to a few of the people you’ve met and see if they’re keen to get together and do something to make your Christmas a special one. We’re very excited at Sabona about this issue of the magazine. It’s grown in size so that we can bring you more articles and information that we hope will help you to settle in Australia. It’s also so full of fabulous promotions and give-aways that it’s made us feel a bit like Father Christmas. In particular, check out the promotions alongside the Christmas gift ideas (pages 22 to 27). We received an early Christmas present when South African-born Dean Geyer of Australian Idol and Neighbours fame accepted our request for an interview. Check him and his story out on pages 9 to 12. Wishing you all a wonderful, happy Christmas and all the best for 2010.

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The Thieving Santa (Tips on how to save money this Christmas, Issue 10) is something we have done with family and friends over the years. It has been great fun and added a lot of laughs to the day. We set an amount and everyone buys a gift to that value. It is great to throw in a present consisting of biltong (the guys all try hard for that one) or lotto tickets. You put numbers in a hat – say from one to 10 – and each person draws a number. Number 10 starts and you progress down the line either keeping your present or changing the present, with someone who has already opened theirs. Number one is the best as that person has the greatest selection. Great fun! Lesley, web comment

I am a firm believer that there is an implied obligation when moving countries to fit in to your new country without being ashamed of your roots (Same Same But Very Different, Issue 14). I moved to Australia in 2001 and joined the local AFL team, which was a learning curve. The guys warmed up to me after a few weeks of teasing their overseas player. I also joined the Defence Force as a reservist which has been an interesting experience in itself. Sabona is great and I love being part of it, but it’s really important to get out there and to meet locals. Kevin, web comment Crime Isn’t Enough For Refugee Status

No Right or Wrong View Many of the comments (in response to“1 Settler-1Visa” Refugees: Protection Visas for South Africans?, Issue 15) have steered away from the point the article was trying to make. There is no right or wrong view. If you cannot respect other people’s points of view, you will have issues irrespective of where you live. I believe people should have the right to choose where they would like to live and not be persecuted for it. Whether you live in South Africa or Australia, respect the choices of others. After all, we are all hoping for a safe and prosperous South Africa. Charmaine, web comment Angus Buchan: Changing Lives I think that when we eventually get into Oz, I will not bring anything else in my suitcase except lots of Faith Like Potatoes DVDs (DVD Review, Issue 8) and lots of Angus Buchan’s books to give away. We live in Greytown and know many of the people who were in the DVD. It changes lives! Jackie Duvel, web comment

Letter of the Month: Barry Eager Winner of $50 to spend at Sabona’s Online Shop Celebrating Christmas in a New Country We (that is, my wife and I) find it very difficult to be without family during this time. We have just one son, who is six years old, and no family here in Australia. We discovered that if you can afford it, the best is to get away to a family-style resort over Christmas. Then there’s an excuse not to have family around and you get to meet people also having a holiday without extended family. That beats sitting around at home while all your new Aussie friends are enjoying Christmas with their extended family. So, unless you’re dragging family out (did that last year) or going back (doing that this year), get out of the house and to a resort with a kids club (did that the year before last). It’s also a great way to meet people (especially for the kids). Barry Eagar, web comment

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Etienne, I commend you for addressing an important issue (“1 Settler-1Visa” Refugees: Protection Visas for South Africans?, Issue 15), and one which many South Africans often discuss. Last year I spent a lot of time with a group of refugees from Burma to write articles about them for a newspaper in South Australia. After my first interview, I realised why South Africans would not qualify as refugees in Australia. Most of the Burmese people I spoke to, and they were 30 years and older, were born in refugee camps in Burma. They have never known freedom, they can’t manage money, don’t know how to use mobile phones, don’t know how to do shopping in a supermarket because they have always lived on food parcels handed out to them in the camps. Of course, crime in South Africa is horrific, but crime alone is not enough to qualify anyone in the world for refugee status. Anelia, web comment

P.S. In the article Studying at University in Australia (Issue 15) by Joan Cuss, the number of years of study needed to earn 15 points in the example in point three should have read four not three. According to Joan, this may include a four year undergraduate degree, or a three year undergraduate degree and at least a one year honours degree. Detailed information is available on the website of the Department of Immigration and Citizenship Readers are also advised to note that there are changes in this regard from January 1, 2010. Information in this regard is available here au/download/qualification_assessment/vetassess_ announcement_final_with_occ.pdf.

Our mission at Sabona::To provide a positive environment for ex-Southern Africans to build strong new relationships and help make Australia their home.

The name Sabona is a play on words. Sawubona is a Zulu greeting so we say Sa(wu)bona to South Africans in Australia. In addition, Bona is a Setswana word meaning look or view. As such Sabona also provides a view of South Africa from Australia, and of Southern Africans living in Australia.

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I’m just this little “South African boy. ”

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hink Dean Geyer and season four of Australian Idol immediately springs to mind. This young ex-South African singer songwriter actor, who has an exceptional singing voice, innocent disposition and charm, has stolen the hearts of many. A natural performer, with baby face good looks and an angelic smile, it is no surprise that he was offered a part in Neighbours, the drama series that made Kylie Minogue and Delta Goodrem famous. This talented and utterly modest entertainer recently spoke to Sabona about his craft, sporting prowess (he has a black belt in karate), immigration experience, tight knit family and plans for the future.

How did you adjust to leaving South Africa and settling here? “We left Joburg in 2001 and it was quite good timing for me. At that stage I had only completed my first year at King Edward VII School (KES). I went to Melbourne High and started year nine. At most other high schools, year nine is the second year of high school, but our school enrolled students from that year so everyone was new and we were all in the same boat. It was a bit of an adjustment for me in the beginning as KES has a very high standard of sporting activities, including rugby, which I played, while Melbourne High focuses more on the academic side of things. But I soon got used to it and chose to continue playing rugby instead of ‘footy’ (AFL), while I was there.”

It’s been said that you “instantly fell in love with the culture of Melbourne”. Is this true? “Definitely. My family and I are happy we settled in Melbourne. The culture is quite similar to what we experienced back in South Africa and we have fallen in love with the freedom we have here. Something we had to do before we immigrated was alter the pronunciation of our surname. My grandpa advised us to do this and we are so glad we did. The guttural sounding ‘G’ does not quite resonate with Australians!”

Is it true that you were “not made for school” and that you started modelling and then performing at cover band gigs straight after you left school? “It certainly is. In 2004, my final year at school, I became one of the band members of Third Edge. I met the guitarist at Schoolies Week in Noosa. We had a couple of jams, then decided to do an open mike night at an Irish pub and a representative of a local radio station asked us if we would like to be on the radio. So there we were on holiday, thinking: “Oh my goodness, we are going to be on radio and become famous” and a band seemed to be the way to go. Before long we had a drummer and a bass player and started to play gigs around Melbourne. It didn’t pay well, but it was great experience. Coming out of school I had never done any gigs. I had just been writing songs and playing by myself. So I guess that’s when it really started. Modelling was an interesting sideline. I didn’t do it for long. I’m not tall enough to do a lot of the runway stuff, but honestly, it was so much fun and has been something that I can fall back on when I need to do publicity shots.”


That whole roller coaster ride that was Idol, how did it change you? “I have had to mature rather quickly. The only time we were really nervous was during the Australian Idol ad breaks, just before we were about to perform for the nation and when we were brought onto the stage, wired up with the microphone and the crowd was fired up. There was a ripple of tension in the studio, the countdown and then an agonising 10 seconds into the song. Once that was over, it was fine!”

The SonyBMG label Rush came out pretty soon after you left Idol. Tell us how the title came about. “After Idol everything seemed to move into fast forward mode – in a rushed and hectic pace – and that sums up the album. Song writing sessions were conducted in one or two days, whereas in the past I had always taken months to write songs. There were regular promo trips and I would be flying interstate on a daily basis, sometimes three times a day.”

How did you come to act in Neighbours? “I was initially approached by Neighbours just after Idol, but I turned it down because I wanted to pursue my music career. Then I got approached again and had many disagreements with my family and my girlfriend at the time because they saw it as a fantastic opportunity, and I was not exactly convinced. Being the person that I am though, I did some soul searching, and the rest is history. It was a fantastic experience and I worked with a great bunch of people. I honestly would not have been able to perform the way I did without them. Obviously playing an Australian part, I had to tone down my accent, something that wasn’t difficult. It had become a habit during my school days as I had grown tired of having to repeat myself all the time!”

Will you be working on acting as well as your music in the future? “Yes, I am currently writing for my next album and will be going to the United States at the end of January to audition for what’s called the pilot season, where sample episodes of television shows are produced in the hope that they are chosen by networks for the following Autumn’s schedule, and casting becomes a primary concern. At the moment it seems like acting is leading the way. Yet I am certain that one discipline will lead to the other because they are both part of the same industry.“

Your philosophy on life seems very healthy and balanced, both spiritually and physically. Tell us about your karate achievements and your Christian faith? “I come from a very sporty, Christian family. All my uncles are personal trainers and my aunties are aerobics instructors. My family has a strong connection to martial arts, and my sister, father, grandpa and I have black belts. I also love rugby, fishing, snowboarding and skiing. The spiritual side of things is very important to us too. My Christian beliefs hold me in good stead no matter where I am. I stick to my guns morally and am big on tolerance, acceptance and respect of other people’s spiritual beliefs.

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cover story dean geyer Before I was given this assignment to interview you, there was a barrage of requests from Sabona readers to meet you. Are you aware of how popular you are? “I know it sounds like a cliché, but I am really surprised at all the publicity I have received. I am really just this little South African boy who did not believe there were any opportunities for me in music or acting while I lived there. Going on to Idol and becoming popular almost overnight was a very strange thing. You eventually stop feeling awkward and weird and get used to it, but it still surprises me.”

Christmas is here so we can’t resist asking what presents you are hoping to get, what memories you have of past Christmases in South Africa and how you spend Christmas Down Under. “Nothing really springs to mind regarding receiving presents, but I love buying presents for my family. It’s fun taking my sisters shopping too! We had the best Christmases in South Africa. I remember that every Christmas back then seemed better than the last. My parents must have been broke the following year. We got ridiculous presents. There was always tons of food too. Our first Christmas in Australia was spent at my gran’s place. It was quite a small gathering because at the time only my family and my auntie and uncle were over here. Now that all our family is here, it’s completely different. We have just started having Christmas dinners on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. We normally get together at the biggest house (my auntie’s) and take the presents there. My family is so loud. It’s the craziest family you will ever meet! Of course, I get to sing for them… although I am the only one who has the singing gene. The whole lot of them are tone deaf!”

Gift idea! MUSIC The 2008 The Spirit of Christmas CD, which features Dean and other Australian performers singing Christmas carols. It is a Myer initiative and proceeds go to the Salvation Army’s Red Shield Appeal.

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(From left) Tatum, Dean, Keith, Debbie and Jess Geyer

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Gifts that Support People in Africa When you buy your loved one a gift from Oxfam Australia and Operation Uganda, you’re bringing joy to the recipient of the present, as well as joy, and so by Cheryl Goodenough much more, to people in Africa.

Oxfam Australia Oxfam Australia works with people affected by HIV and AIDS around the world, helping them regain a sense of hope. Their work in Southern Africa includes training and supporting home-based carers who, with Oxfam’s support, provide care to sick, elderly and orphaned people. Oxfam believes that HIV and AIDS is more than a health issue. HIV and AIDS causes poverty and poverty fuels the HIV pandemic. HIV and AIDS affect millions of adult women and men whose work drives their countries’ economies and services, and who care for the young and old. To succeed in their mission to overcome poverty and suffering Oxfam strives to break the cycle of cause and effect that links HIV and AIDS and poverty. Oxfam Australia works with local partners throughout Southern Africa, as well as other areas. Their approach includes: • Working with vulnerable people to help them protect themselves and reduce the impact of the epidemic on their lives; • Supporting programs that increase awareness about HIV and AIDS and address behaviours that put people at risk of infection; • Supporting treatment programs which provide care and support to people affected by HIV and AIDS; • Helping households and communities to survive and recover from the impacts of the epidemic through home-based care, and support for health, education and welfare systems; and • Campaigning at local, national, regional, and global levels to press governments and other donors to provide the $10 billion a year needed for universal HIV and AIDS prevention work, treatment and care.


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Started in 2004 by a Queensland family who moved to Uganda, this organisation currently cares for 200 children. Assembly of God ministers Russell and Jenny Barton lost all their possessions in a house fire in 2004. Realising that possessions weren’t so important, they decided that they wanted to help make a difference in the world. The non-government organisation bought a piece of land in Kasubi, Kampala and runs Jordan House, which consists of a children’s home, community centre and church. Some children live at the house, while others live with carers in the community, but rely on the centre for food, medical assistance and other care. In order to help the community become selfsustaining, Operation Uganda is training women to make jewellery and other crafts, which are being sold through the organisation in Australia. Operation Uganda has independent sales people who sell the products at home parties, fetes, schools and other events. The women who make the crafts earn more than the average Ugandan wage, but they have also gained a sense of dignity and purpose. The Barton’s vision for Operation Uganda includes a mothers and babies medical centre and the establishment of businesses that would help school leavers to learn skills and earn a living. Teams visiting Jordan House, as well as volunteers, who visit for a minimum of six months, help the organisation extensively. A recent team from Tasmania raised money for a mobile medical vehicle that will operate as a clinic staffed by a nurse who can assist people who with general medical needs and are unable to get them attended to. Operation Uganda is having an impact on the nation of Uganda by rescuing lives, one child at a time.


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by Dieter Both

oving from Roodepoort, Johannesburg to Sydney five years ago when I was 14, I had my head in the clouds with the dream of becoming a pilot. When I heard about the Australian Air League, I thought that getting involved might be an opportunity to help me achieve my dreams. Arriving at the venue where the local group meets, I found a hall that looked like something out of a Harry Potter scene. It was filled with aviation seats from various planes, as well as airplane wings, old propellers and radial engines. In fact, you name it, if it’s from a plane, it’s there. The first time I walked into that hall, it was like walking into paradise. I later found out that some of the seats in the hall are from a plane that belonged to an Australian prime minister and had been sat on by the Queen of England. The Australian Air League is a non-profit organisation that operates through fees and fundraisers. Members strive to focus on the flying and aviation theory aspect, and we have a badge system similar to Scouts. Young cadets learn about different subjects including navigation, meteorology, astronomy, first aid, drills, aero-engines, the theory of flight and electronics. Such subjects form the basis of aviation careers. In addition to the theory, we do practical activities including drills, learning to march and following orders, and we have a flag party during which we march with flags. I have been introduced to flying through the Air League as the organisation owns small flying schools, including one at Candem. As the Air League is a volunteer organisation, the instructors and staff at the flying school work with members when they are available. I’ve also attended many parades and camps, including some where young members are promoted from cadet to leading cadets, we do marching and we learn about new regulations, and others that are purely recreational. The Air League is a good way to get started in flying as a young person because it offers so much stability and opportunities to learn. As one example, as a result of the Air League, I spent a week at Qantas for my work experience when I was in year 10. In my four years with the Air League, I have accumulated 51 hours of flying and will soon be able to do an exam to get my licence. I have recently started to fly a bigger aircraft and will be able to carry three passengers instead of one. I have also completed a TAFE course for the theoretical side of my commercial pilot’s licence.


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The Air League has given me the opportunity to work with officers who’ve been involved in the aviation industry. For example, my squadron officers are Keith Bridge, who was a chief engineer with Qantas, and John Conrad who was a commercial airline pilot. Flying is a great passion of mine, and the Air League has given me a great boost to achieve my dream. My goal is to fly for one of the big guns like Virgin, Qantas, Jetstar, or even good old SA Airways.

Dieter’s First Flight Do You Want To Fly? Dieter’s Advice: Never give up. Do research, do a trial flight and get a feel for aircrafts to see what you are undertaking and if you’re willing to stick it out. Work through the processes, some of them can be tedious. However, flying has many rewards and there are so many different careers that you can branch into with flying. These include being a private pilot to a commercial pilot, aerobatic, cargo and medical pilot. The list goes on.

The only thing you really need for flying is passion. If you have the passion and drive to achieve, there is nothing you can’t achieve in flying. Stick to the dream.

The first time I flew a plane was on July 25, 2005. As we set off I was as nervous as anything; sweating, shaking. As we took off my heart started to race, my eyes grew big and I was holding on for dear life. The roar of the engine made me straighten up and before I knew it we were airborne, climbing out of Camden. The buildings became smaller and I was in awe of the world; this world of flight. I was excited and a sense of relaxation came over me. Then I heard my instructor say: “Dieter, you have control.” From that moment I was certain that I wanted to fly. I was on top of the world doing small turns, climbing, gliding. You name it, we did it! I was upset about having to land, knowing that I would have to climb out and walk away from this amazing world, to join the real world once again. But I knew that I would be sitting there again a week later. My head has been on cloud 9 ever since then and will remain there until I am no longer.

It’s always achievable.

The Australian Air League, sometimes called the primary school of aviation, is a national youth organisation for boys and girls aged eight years and older. The League’s aims are to promote and encourage the development of aviation amongst the youth of Australia, to promote good citizenship and teamwork and to develop the ingenuity and resourcefulness of it’s members.

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The Australian Air League was formed in 1934 and the first squadron was opened in Manly, New South Wales. The Air League quickly spread through that state and in early 1939, the first squadron was opened in Victoria. In 1944 the first girl’s section was formed. Today the Australian Air League is active in New South Wales, the Australian Capital Territory, Victoria, Queensland, South Australia and Western Australia and is still expanding. For more information see To comment:

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outh African Idols judge Dave Thompson is taking on a different music challenge from his new home in Perth. Offered permanent residency by way of a ‘distinguished talent visa’, Dave moved to Australia, together with his wife Lee and their children Daniel, who is 11, as well as nine year old Luke, in May. “I was really happy at Sony Entertainment Africa, but at the same time felt I needed one last music challenge at the age of 52. So gathering all my industry knowledge and contacts together I set out to create Royal Hotel Records.” Dave’s goal is for the company to become the leading distributor of South African music and entertainment in Australia, New Zealand and further afield. The company is launching a mail order service this month and a digital download store will be in operation next year. Dave’s


exciting plans include assisting to bring South African artists to tour in Australia and he intends to launch his own Idolstype competition for ex-pats. Many of us saw the Idols judge on television, but how much of the real Dave Thompson did we get to see? Fellow judge Gareth Cliff says that Dave was very caring, kind and considerate to contestants, well from the top five show onwards! Says Dave: “Ag, there’s not much difference between the two. I’m very much an introvert and prefer living a quiet life. Gareth’s description is very generous and I guess is true, though I’ve never consciously taken that route. It’s just that my work really began after Idols ended, so it helped to start developing positive relationships with those contestants with whom I might later work.” Dave, whose first job at a record store led him to Gallo Records, has been working for record companies for most of his life, apart from some time spent travelling overseas and a few years in advertising. He describes his selection as an Idols judge as partly due to ‘being in the right

place at the right time’. “BMG had the global rights to Idols and as I was head of music for the South African company, I was approached by the Idols producers asking if I was interested in becoming a judge. I didn’t really know much about it – at that stage the first season of the United Kingdom’s Pop Idol was only halfway through. Anyway, I passed the audition and am very pleased that I did.” The first rounds of Idols auditions, which included some of the really dreadful singers, were a lot more fun than they looked, according to Dave. “All the judges got on really well, so we had a lot of laughs off camera. Also, the entire production team, from producer to director, cameramen and so on, were a bunch of nutjobs, so we kind of fed off one another. It was great fun!” Idols judges are, however, known to come under fire for their responses to some of the singers, and it was no different in South Africa. One journalist portrayed Idols contestants as meek lambs off to the slaughter with no right of reply, as Dave puts it. However, singers are encouraged to launch their own verbal

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attacks and if not inclined to engage with the judges directly can do so to the camera in the ‘rant and rave room’ after the audition, according to Dave. “Plus, by now, contestants should know what they’re letting themselves in for,” he says, adding that for some reason judges never get any credit when they’re being complimentary!

they were all avid Idols watchers!” One contestant who really sticks in Dave’s mind is Heinz Winckler. “He was so close to not making it past the first audition. I pushed him through, but only just. He’s been a great ambassador for Idols and a true professional.” Another contestant is Zamajobe. Although she only came seventh in Idols, Dave spotted her talent

Dave’s advice to budding musicians… Be as original as possible. Work on songs. If you don’t write songs, find someone who does. Put in the hours. Use all the modern networking technology, such as Twitter, Facebook, MySpace, to your best advantage. Get going! Dave’s sons were probably too young to notice much about the Idols competition during the first two seasons, but after that started to tease their dad about his fame. “They could never understand why anyone would want my autograph. (Neither could I.) Their school friends were fantastic though. We tried to get as many as possible to the live shows and

early and signed her at the end of the series. “She’s gone on to great success.” Talking about their move to Australia, Dave says that they selected Perth partly because Lee has a brother who has lived in the city for seven years. “Having settled family is a big bonus,” he says. “I also wanted to live somewhere slower than Johannesburg. I’d travelled to many

Australian cities and the laid-back Perth lifestyle appealed to me the most.” Like most immigrants, Dave misses his family and friends, as well as colleagues and musicians. However, he says: “Perth is so similar to home and I’m not sentimental about Highveld storms or things like that.” He does miss Ursula his amazing assistant at Sony, who worked with him for over 10 years. “Ursh really looked after me, so I’ve had to learn some of the most basic things from scratch, but I think the hardest thing was the processing of the application, and then the endless wait. After that, it’s pretty easy with the right attitude.” We’ll certainly be hearing more about Royal Hotel Records in 2010, but so far, Dave’s achieving some of his most important goals: Getting better at adjusting to the slower pace in Perth, getting more exercise and seeing more of his wife and kids.

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Piet Plagiaat Boereklap CD priced from $27, Royal Hotel Records

A range of CD compilations including 30+30 Goue Sokkie Treffers 12, LIG: Liefde, Inspirasie, Geloof, Rapport Oppipad double CD priced from $27, Royal Hotel Records

Wicus van der Merwe’s album Hooit, which includes a free second CD priced from $27, Royal Hotel Records

Cooking for Pleasure by Matilda Scarfe. Gourmet African favourites and traditional recipes from Sabona’s regular contributor, $29.95, Sabona**

The Coconuts Volume 1 and 2 (2 DVD set each) of the South African television series, from $50 each, Royal Hotel Records

Jukebox 2 DVD priced from $27, Royal Hotel Records

Sabona/Bush StoryRhymes Promotion: Three readers can win two books and a CD from the Bush StoryRhymes collection. Enter here:


Carike Keuzenkamp: Vriende en Legendes A duet album with guests including Steve Hofmeyr, Kurt Darren, Rina Hugo, Johan Stemmet, Coenie de Villiers and others. priced from $27, Royal Hotel Records.

Fun Fly Stick Fly foil items and rice bubbles! The Fun Fly Stick is a portable Van de Graaff generator that enables the user to levitate objects! A completely safe science toy $33 each, Prof Bunsen Science

Stories from Africa…and Oz The Giraffe who got in a Knot (by John Bush and Paul Geraghty) and The Great Aussie Kerfuffle (by Gaby Bush, John Bush and Maurice Giacomini) published by Bush StoryRhymes. Having written stories about African animals, John has recently started to write about the Australian bush. Other books include The Baboon who went to the Moon and The Roo from Woolloomooloo, $13.99 each

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Ek kan weer in liefde glo Heinz Winckler’s debut Afrikaans album priced from $27, Royal Hotel Records

Treffer na Treffer 3 DVD priced from $27, Royal Hotel Records

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Culinary Inspirations A filo-book of recipes for everyday meals, entertaining, baking and outdoor meals. Written by Meryl Haley, who runs a cookery school in KwaZuluNatal, and Sabona editor Cheryl Goodenough, $27, Sabona**


Aussie, Actually by Lois Nicholls. A warts and all account of Lois’s personal journey to make a new start in Australia. It captures the heartache of leaving familiar surroundings, family and friends in South Africa, $19.95, Sabona

Nibbles Freckle Star ($5.95), Christmas tree lollipops ($7.95) and Santa with zip filled with large Smarties (12.95). Available until December 21 or until stock runs out. From Sharryn Rasmussen


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Walking in Brisbane Brisbane’s Best Bush, Bay & City Walks by Dianne McLay. A user-friendly guide to walks that explore interesting locations on Brisbane’s doorstep. Some walks suitable for families with young children. Includes full-colour photographs and maps, from $29.95 Sabona/Dianne McLay Promotion: Win a copy of Brisbane’s Best Bush, Bay & City Walks by Dianne McLay.

Mother and Baby Doll For each doll sold, Oxfam Shop donates $1 to a Zimbabwebased breastfeeding clinic to run an HIV and AIDS education campaign. The Batsiranai Craft Project has bought and operates a house where women with disabled children do their craft work and get to learn management, business and marketing skills. The dolls are made by women who have handicapped children. $29.95

Ghoempie’s Back Carike Keuzenkamp and the lovable kiddies character Ghoempie are back with an exciting new release in the Kinderland series. Carike en Ghoempie kuier saam met Ghoeghoe in Kinderland 6, from $30, Royal Hotel Records

Little Travellers These small beaded brooches produced in KwaZulu-Natal come with a passport to record their travels, and include details of its maker’s home town. A range of Little Travellers is available including Soccer World Cup, Runaway Bride and Runaway Groom travellers. The sale of these brooches has made an enormous difference to the lives of many South African women living with HIV. Sold at Oxfam Shop. $18.95

Rhodesian Bush War Memoir Soldier Blue by Paul Williams is set against the backdrop of the Rhodesian bush war of the 1970’s. Described as among the best of the books about this war and Zimbabwe’s decline. Available from Sabona.

For Your Home Dip bowls ($159.95) from The African Store in Queensland. These cushions made from mud cloth, which is woven by the men and coloured with mud by the women of Mali.

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Crafts from Africa A range of crafts made by women from Uganda to support the work of Operation Uganda. From $2.50 to $30** Jewellery from Africa Range of jewellery made by women from Uganda using paper beads, cow horn and amber. Sold in support of Operation Uganda. From $5 to $30**

New Aussie Gift Basket filled with Aussie favourites. This basket and a range of others, wrapped and delivered for you by Basket Basket. $68 for this hamper. Sabona/Basket Basket Promotion: 5% of the proceeds of the New Aussie Gift Baskets sold in December and January will be given to the Sabona Appeals Fund. Order at www.basketbasket. and mention Sabona A Taste of Africa A range of hampers available to order online from Saffa. From $65** Sabona ad dec edition final.pdf 1 18/11/2009 12:11:33 PM

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Beautiful Beads Teaspoons or forks ($18 for pack of six) and champagne or wine glasses ($40 for pack of six) decorated with beads from Africa. Made in Sydney by Venisha Ramdhani.

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Aboriginal Art Pack of 24 cards featuring artwork from 2010 Reconciliation Calendar. Made with 100% recycled paper and so based inks, $17.95, Oxfam Australia at Oxfam Shop


Bush Tucker A hamper of traditional Australian food products including ground wattleseed, ground lemon myrtle, passionberry and fig jam, kurjera relish and native pepperleaf and honey mustard, $59.95, Oxfam Australia at Oxfam Shop

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Outback Spirit Giftset of six bottles of dressings and sauces with unique native Australian flavours, $25.95, Oxfam Australia at Oxfam Shop.

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John Smit Autobiography Captain in the Cauldron – The John Smit Story This much anticipated autobiography by the longest serving captain in Springbok rugby history gives a revealing account of the simultaneous joys and travails of one of the most challenging – and rewarding – jobs in sport. The genial, jovial and witty Rugby World Cup-winning captain explains how a tubby kid from Pietersburg with dreams of winning Wimbledon grew into this country’s most successful rugby captain. Smit, renowned for his honesty and humility, gives an eyebrowraising account of the ambushes awaiting rugby celebrities in this country and offers the secret to his longevity in a sport that eats the naïve and gullible for breakfast. John Smit told his story to Mike Greenaway, the award-winning sports writer from The Mercury newspaper. Distributed in Australia by Royal Hotel Records. From $40.

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Be A SuperBok Great Springbok supporter’s shirt. Excellent quality. A variety of designers, including provincial supporter’s shirts. Shirts for women also available. Distributed in Australia by Saffa. From $39** Sabona/Saffa Promotion: Sabona readers qualify for 10% off all shirts bought in December and January. Go to to order.

DVDs Compilation of Leon Schuster’s best works in Best of Schuster 1 and 2. Distributed by Royal Hotel Records. From $25

DVDs Kwêla DVDs containing footage shown in kykNET’s amateur video competition. Distributed by Royal Hotel Records. From $25. Sabona/Royal Hotel Records Promotion: One Sabona reader can win a hamper consisting of John Smit’s book, a Whackhead CD and Lira: Live in Concert DVD. Enter at:

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DVDs Assortment of Leon Schuster DVDs including Mama Jack, Mr Bones, Oh Shucks…It’s Schuster; You Must Be Joking; and There’s a Zulu on My Stoep. Distributed by Royal Hotel Records. From $25

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1 Embrace Motherhood Mother’s Toolkit products that help mothers to create the life they want. Includes Mother’s Essential Personal Toolkit and Free Your Time bookslet and Mother’s Miracle magnets that help mothers to create balance. From $14.95 each, or on special this Christmas, buy all three for $47.

A Year-Long Gift Diary for a Lady and Dagboek vir ‘n Dame from the Lady Grey Collections. 15cm by 15cm page a day diary. Contains monthly planners, 2010 and 2011 year planners and extra note pages at the back. 10 illustrated sections with inspirational thoughts from Elise’s brush, camera and pen. Published since 1983. $25 each

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2 Party-girl Colour Mary Kay’s Romantic Notions sets of party-girl colours for festive parties, celebratory events, a night on the town or just a romantic day out, $75 each* Beautiful Mary’s Kay’s ultimate floral fruity experience: Bella Belara Body Lotion and Shimmeriffic Body Powder packaged in a pink satin ribbon drawstring bag. $68*


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3 Body Pampering Mary Kay’s Peppermint Cream Body Care gift set ($35) and skindelighting Tropical Pineapple gift set ($58)* 4 Pamper Her Lavender eye pillow bag and Swarovski crystal earrings. Handmade in Sydney by ex-South African Venisha Ramdhani. $10 each plus postage**


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Yummy! Chocolate Bouquet. Need we say more? Available until December 21 or until stock runs out. From Sharryn Rasmussen

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What I’d like for Christmas... “A job” Mariaan Mathews (with her son Craig)

“For Mr Price and ‘our’ Woolworths to open up in Perth.” Annette Peploe

“A big, Australian mud cake and a morning with my three sisters (two in Pretoria and one in Cape Town) during which we can share the cake!” Annemarie de Villiers

i want an interview with charlize theron! Philip Scott

“A Landcruiser Prado” Morné Barnes

“Bunny chow from Durbs, biltong from the Midlands, 0-80 from Twickenham.”

“Chutney chips in Australia… hmmm yum.” Yvonne Caetano

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“I want an awesome time with my family over Christmas and for our four weeks to be filled with love, laughter and closeness. I want all the new arrivals to have a good and blessed Christmas.”

“I would love around the world tickets for a family of five – economy class will be fine, thank you!”

Lynda Owen

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“Can I be greedy and ask for three pressies? 1. Mark Bouris: Hope he’s single! 2. Richard Branson: What an inspiration! I want to learn more from my hero. 3. God: To ask him for an 8th day of the week – Funday!” Sandra Crossland

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by Rev. Dr. Johann Eloff

very day more than 200 street people used to attend our street church, which was held underneath the bridge next to the campanile in Port Elizabeth. For six years I preached to them, listened to their sad and sorry stories and prayed with them. I personally fed them and clothed them. I visited them at their secret hide-outs on cold winter nights and gave them blankets. I heard them silently singing around little street fires.

Our calling at Mansfield Christian Reformed Church is to facilitate the establishment of cell groups that are healing places for those who have no hope and are lost. Cell groups where people can thankfully serve and edify one another with special gifts received from the Holy Spirit, joyfully worshipping and praising God, listening to His Word, praying for one another, holding each other accountable with love and grace. With your help and support, this can be done anywhere in Australia. Mansfield Christian Reformed Church runs support groups for people struggling with depression and anxiety, abuse, separation and divorce, and workshops focusing on relationship skills, marriage preparation and stress management.

To comment: Rev Dr Johann Eloff is a minister with the Mansfield Christian Reformed Church in Brisbane. He can be contacted on 0405 364 361. For more information see and

I hoped to change their circumstances, but they changed me instead. Somehow they made inroads to my heart of hearts, just like the spirit of Christmas tends to do. God used the poorest of the poor to enrich my life. Among them I learnt to graciously give without expecting to receive something in return. Street or homeless people are those who seem not to have a place in the real world. They are like spectators on pavilions, watching, while others show how life is to be lived. They are those on the side line, who live without a tomorrow. Empty, without ambition, without dreams. The streets are within these people, who are dirty and some are rotten to the roots. They lie, steal and act as if on a stage. They swear and die like dogs. Estranged, removed from peace and friends. Christmas on the street? Is there any other kind of Christmas? Didn’t the star stop over the street in Bethlehem, when there was no place in the real world for the Son of Man who came to show how life

should be lived? Didn’t He come so that those on the sideline could experience a tomorrow, with hope in their hearts? Didn’t He come to renew and heal and cleanse to the roots, so that truth and honesty and authenticity could grow, like on trees planted by streams of water, bearing fruit of peace, available for friend and foe? Christmas on the street? Is there any other kind of Christmas? Are you and I really so different from those literally living in the streets? Don’t we also have sidelined and lonely ‘street-moments’ or seasons, when dirty and rotten to the roots and with empty spaces in our souls, in anxious and hopeless desperation, we compulsively try to come home? I live in Brisbane, Australia now and minister to ‘street people’ of a different kind. The ‘first-world’ kind. The ‘you-and-I’ kind. The ‘migrant’ kind, who find ourselves far from our homes and loved ones on Christmas eve. I still hope to change the circumstances of others, but they keep changing me instead. Somehow they make inroads to my heart of hearts, just like the Christmas spirit tends to do. God is using migrants of all kinds to enrich my life. Among them I now learn to graciously receive without having to give something in return.


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This Christmas is... BRIGHT RED!

Glazed Ham

That time of the year again…Christmas is just around the corner, and if you haven’t given a thought to the meal that you’re going to serve on the day then here are some ideas. Our Christmas this year is full of bright colours – especially red. These dishes are particularly user-friendly – as most of us don’t want to spend long hours in the kitchen on this family day. Glazed Ham

Watercress and Camembert Salad

Although it may appear somewhat daunting, cooking a gammon is a simple procedure. People often prepare gammon differently, but this recipe is simple and ensures that the meat is not overdone. 1 deboned smoked gammon 1 onion, peeled and chopped Fresh parsley stalks 1 tin of pineapple rings (keep the juice) Cherries 1 tsp mustard

1 carrot, chopped 1 bay leaf Peppercorns Handful cloves ½ cup brown sugar

Place the meat in a large pan of fresh, cold water and add the onion, carrot, bay leaf, parsley stalks and peppercorns. Bring slowly to the boil, cover and simmer for 40 minutes per kg. Leave the joint to cool slightly in the stock. Lift out and carefully pull off the skin without removing the fat. Using a sharp knife, cut a lattice pattern across the gammon through the fat. Put a clove into each diamond segment, or into the cuts where the lines cross. Decorate with pineapple rings and cherries. Mix the sugar, mustard and some pineapple juice together and press it all over the joint to form an even coating. Heat the oven to 220ºC and bake the joint for about 20 mins, or until brown and slightly caramelised. Serves 6 to 8 depending on the size of the ham

Meryl Haley from Meryl’s School of Cooking in KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa has published Culinary Inspirations, which was written with Sabona editor Cheryl Goodenough. The filo-book is a great Christmas present and is available at To comment:

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Christmas Mince Log

Beetroot Bake

Christmas Mince Log

Beetroot Bake

The fruit mince recipe below can be used in mince pies as well as in this log. It is delicious and can keep for up to six months. It is best made about 10 days in advance. You can put this dessert together the day before and cook it on the day, or even cook it the day before and warm it up shortly before serving. Reheat it at 150ºC for about 15 minutes until it is warmed through.

800g beetroot (about 2 bunches, or 10 beetroot), peeled and thinly sliced 600g medium potatoes (about 4 medium sized), peeled and thinly sliced 4 cloves garlic, peeled and chopped 2 TBSP fresh thyme leaves 2 cups cream Salt and milled black pepper 40g grated pecorino cheese

250g fruit cake mix ½ tsp grated nutmeg ¼ tsp tsp ground cinnamon rind 50g blanched almonds, chopped 2 TBSP chopped apple 1 tsp grated lemon rind 2 TBSP brandy or rum

60g butter, grated ¼ tsp ground allspice 1 tsp grated orange 1 TBSP orange juice 1 TBSP lemon juice 125g soft brown sugar

Mix all together and keep in an airtight container until ready to use. 3 sheets phyllo pastry Melted butter Place the phyllo pastry on the counter and brush with butter between the layers. Spread the fruit mince mixture over three-quarters of the pastry, leaving a gap on the sides and at the end. Roll the pastry up like a Swiss roll, but fold in the sides as roll. Place in the oven to bake at 200ºC for 20 to 30 minutes. Sauce ¼ cup sugar ¼ cup water ½ TBSP lemon juice.

1 TBSP honey 1 TBSP brandy

Boil together for 10 minutes. Pour over the log when ready to serve. This can be made the day before and poured over the log and warmed up together. Serve the log warm and dusted with icing sugar, together with freshly whipped cream. Serves 6 to 8 people

Layer the beetroot and potato slices in a large oven proof dish. Sprinkle the garlic and thyme over the vegetables. Season the cream with salt and pepper and pour over the vegetables. Sprinkle the pecorino cheese on the top. Bake at 180ºC for about 45 minutes to one hour until the beetroot and potato is cooked through. Cover with foil for the last 15 minutes or so to prevent the vegetables from drying out. Serve warm garnished with thyme. Serves 6 to 8 people

Watercress and Camembert Salad 2 bunches fresh watercress 2 handfuls mixed lettuce 1 round camembert cheese, cut into chunks 1 punnet strawberries 1 cup apple, cut into slices and grilled 2 cups croutons 1 cup pecan nuts, roasted Dressing ¼ cup apple juice 1 tsp whole grain mustard ¼ cup olive oil

3 TBSP cider vinegar 1 garlic clove salt and pepper to taste

Toss all the salad ingredients together. Mix the dressing ingredients together. Pour the dressing over the salad just before serving. Serves 6 to 8 people

Curried Butternut and Prawn Soup You can start to make the soup the day before it is going to be eaten. Blend it and keep aside in the fridge. Just add the prawns and heat up the soup when you’re almost ready to serve starters. 600g prawns, peeled (keep the shells) 3 to 4 parsley stalks Salt and milled black pepper 1 TBSP red Thai curry paste (or to taste) 350ml fish stock (made from the prawn shells) 3 stalks lemon grass, cut up and bruised 2 TBSP brown sugar (or to taste) Coriander to serve Serves 6 to 8 people

1 TBSP oil (for frying prawn shells) 2 cups water 1 tin coconut milk 2.5ml tumeric 1kg butternut, peeled and chopped into chunks 3 lime leaves Juice of half a lime

Make fish stock using the prawn shells by placing a little oil in the pan and then frying the shells until they are pink. Cover with 2 cups of water and add bruised parsley stalks, salt and milled black pepper. Simmer for 20 minutes and then drain. In a wok or pot, add the curry paste and ½ cup of coconut milk. Whisk together and heat through. Add the rest of the coconut milk and 350ml of the fish stock made with the prawn shells. Add the lemongrass, lime leaves and tumeric. Bring to the boil and add the butternut. Cook for about 15 minutes or until the butternut is soft. Remove the lemon grass and lime leaves. Blend the soup until smooth. Return to the pot and add the prawns. Simmer until just cooked, add the brown sugar, season and add lime juice to taste. Add a handful of fresh coriander when serving.

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holiday ACTION The human body has been designed to move regularly, but modern technology has unfortunately made it more convenient for people to remain inactive and has turned many of us into couch potatoes. Scientific evidence, especially since the 1970’s, has shown that the body responds positively to physical activity. There are many benefits, including for the cardiovascular, musculoskeletal, respiratory and endocrine systems. Some of the health benefits are reduced risks of coronary heart disease, high blood pressure, colon cancer, type 2 diabetes and premature mortality. An ideal time for you to start becoming more physically active is over the coming holidays – maybe make it your new year’s resolution – and it really doesn’t take much effort or time to get started. It may also be the most important step in your life.

How often and at what intensity should I exercise for health benefits? Any exercise is better than no exercise. However, most of the scientific literature today recommends that you exercise at a moderate intensity (during which you are able to make conversation with a training partner) five or more times a week, or at a more vigorous intensity (where talking is more difficult and you may have to gasp for breath within or between sentences) three times a week. You could also break down the length of your exercise sessions into three 10 minute sessions a day.

What type of exercise should I do? This depends on your reasons for doing exercise. You may, for example, want to improve stamina and your circulatory system in which case choosing aerobic exercises such as brisk walking, jogging, continuous swimming or cycling may suit you. If you are trying to build or tone muscle, then resistance training such as weight training or calisthenics (exercises using your body weight, such as push ups) would be more suited to you.

Feeling blue? If you are feeling down, in a rut or feeling stressed, there is nothing better than doing some moderate exercise, so get those veldskoene on and get moving, and have a happy and enjoyable Christmas.


Walking up and down the shop aisles non-stop is a good way to exercise while your spouse shops – it could give you a good few hours of exercise!

Incidental Exercise Using the steps rather than the escalator Parking your car further from the shop Vacuuming the house with more intensity and more often Gardening more speedily Hiding the remote controls, stretching and doing some exercise during TV ad breaks Taking the kids to the park or beach and playing with them The list is never ending…

Whatever your goals, make sure that you find the type of exercise that is appropriate for you and that you enjoy. For health reasons it is a good idea to combine aerobic exercise, some resistance training and flexibility into your program. An example would be to go for a walk for 20 to 30 minutes then do one set of abdominal exercises, a set of pushups and some stretching on the lounge floor.

HER INCIDENTAL EXERCISE IS ANOT WAY TO IMPROVE YOUR FITNESS S AND HEALTH IN A WAY THAT FIT INTO YOUR DAY. Are there any precautions that I should know about? Before starting an exercise program for the first time, or if you have had a long break from exercising, it is recommended that you be evaluated by a physician to rule out any potential health risks. If you have a medical condition, or suffer from an injury and if your activity program is for the purpose of rehabilitation, it is recommended that your initial individualised exercise program be developed under the supervision of a health care professional. Once you know what exercises are suited to, and safe for, you and have been instructed on how to perform your exercises correctly you can then take ownership of the program and continue exercising on your own.

Exercise only when feeling well. If you are unwell seek advice from your doctor or health professional.

Other tips to consider: Adjust exercise to the weather – protect yourself from cold and hot weather, dress appropriately and wear sunscreen Avoid activities that cause joint pain Eat and drink sensibly, avoid fad diets or quick weight loss diets Ensure that you perform your exercises correctly and safely Don’t become addicted to, or obsessed with, exercise. If you miss the occasional session it is not going to do you any harm If you find it hard to motivate yourself, ask a friend to exercise with you or join a sporting team

To comment: Richard Turnbull has been an accredited exercise and sports physiologist for 25 years. He has high level coaching accreditations in Australia and South Africa for rugby union and athletics. He was a fitness trainer and conditioner for the Springboks, the Natal Sharks and South African surfing and polocrosse teams in the 1990’s. Richard has been living in New South Wales since 1997. See

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So says Dawn Marie Price, an amazing United States-based entrepreneur from Vacuum Systems International Inc. About the chocolate, I’m with her 100%. The first bit got me thinking. Most of us were brought up with an ideal or two, or a model or beacon of excellence, even perfection. Perhaps your parents were that for you? (Mine weren’t.) Perhaps it was a sports achiever, a political figure, a ‘mythic hero’. And we held that ideal in our minds, measuring ourselves against it from time to time, and continually found ourselves wanting. Were you one of the millions on this planet who frequently felt ‘not good enough’? Perhaps still?

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Obviously I can’t speak for you, but for many years I thought I was the only one who felt that way! I hated it and was deeply embarrassed by it. Now I’ve discovered it’s universal. I’ve discovered that because of the perfection images we were presented with – either in story books, in teachings, in folklore, or in our own imagination – we have all felt inadequate at some time, even frequently or continually. I specifically said ‘mythic hero’ for one very good reason. They are all myths. Even the greatest heroes in our history books, as well as those in the present time, are living human beings. They have great and wonderful attributes. And they have human natures that they often struggle to manage and to which they often give in. Every one of us is the same. We were born with our own individual uniqueness, with the potential of high achievement and with the capacity to stuff it up at every corner. Those who have risen to hero status have done two things: Successfully managed the stuff-ups when they do happen, and, more often, learned how to avoid them by following their highest instinct. We can do that too. And it’s important that we do. It’s important that we know we are made of the same material as the world’s highest achievers. People know better than ever that success in any field is more a matter of belief than of genetics. We now know that environment changes the structure of a cell and determines its behaviour, and that the mental environment is what makes the greatest changes. Many years ago I coined my First Law of Leadership: That people can only ever perform up to their level of belief in themselves. So if we would lift performance, we must first lift belief. I have confirmed it constantly, through research and through experience. So if you’re thinking you’re not perfect, that’s excellent. It’s the self-management and self-development that makes life worth living, and you’re ripe for it! As Robert Kiyosaki told me: There are two teams in this world -- the winning team and the learning team. And the learning team wins most. Now please pass the chocolate! To comment: Catherine Palin-Brinkworth (M.AppSci Social Ecology) is a speaker, author, consultant and mentor on leadership and business development. See www.sabona.


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A Focus on Heart Disease

Refined sugar and flour, and products made with these ingredients Packaged foods Breakfast cereals Omega-6 vegetable oils such as soyabean and sunflower that are found in many processed foods Margarine and other spreads bought in a plastic container

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A Paradigm Shift There has been a paradigm shift in how heart disease and other chronic ailments will be treated. Surgeons are coming to grips with the truth about how heart disease is created. Points of discovery include: • Inflammation in the artery wall is the real cause of heart disease • Long-established dietary recommendations have created epidemics of obesity and diabetes, which has created mortality, human suffering and dire economic consequences.

Inflammation is perfect in how it protects your body from bacteria, toxins or viruses. However, if we chronically expose the body to injury by toxins or foods that the human body was never designed to process, this is called chronic inflammation. What thoughtful person would willfully expose him or herself repeatedly to foods or other substances that are known to cause injury to the body? Well, smokers perhaps, but at least they made that choice willfully. The rest of us have simply followed the mainstream diet that is low in fat and high in polyunsaturated fats and carbohydrates, not knowing we were causing repeated injury to our blood vessels. In short, injury and inflammation in our blood vessels is causes by the low fat diet that has been recommended for years by mainstream medicine.

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• 25% of the population buy expensive statin medications • Reduced fat content in our diets heightens the inflammation due to the sugar increase • Inflammation causes cholesterol to become trapped and this results in cholesterol accumulating in the wall of the blood vessel, which causes heart disease and strokes. To comment: Simone Sleep, the director of the Gold Coast Anti-Ageing and Wellbeing Centre, is a specialist in blood chemistry analysis and has a scientific approach to healing people’s health challenges. See

If you look at eating habits and the history of disease over the years, you will discover that since canned food was created in the 1930’s there has been a dramatic increase in disease.

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Adelaide by Gordon Guy My wife and I arrived in Adelaide via Johannesburg and Cape Town in March. We wanted a quality of life of ‘working to live’ as opposed to ‘living to work’ as things had become in South Africa.

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FOOD] There is a great variety of food and eating establishments in Adelaide, mostly within a small radius of the central business district. In fact, there are more restaurants per capita head in Adelaide than elsewhere! The Central Market is truly awesome, not just as a fruit and vegetable market. It also has its own Asian eateries and being right next door to China Town, is in a great location. We go every Friday night for a plate of food that costs, on average, between $7 and $9.

Being perennial tourists...

I knew what we were getting ourselves in for by moving to Adelaide as I had been out previously on a recce and was pleasantly surprised by how similar it was to Cape Town. The pace of life is sedate – I couldn’t understand why everyone was walking so slowly until I realised that I was walking too fast! The standard of living in Adelaide, compared to other Australian cities, was exactly what we were looking for. In between finding work, moving accommodation three times and unpacking our shipping container, we have been amazed at the wide spectrum of things that one is able to do here. We came to Australia with a ‘it’s-what-you-make-ofit’ attitude and we certainly are going to be doing our best to achieve just that. You only have one life, live it!

In the time that we have been here, we have been perennial tourists. It has helped to have so many places really close by. I love my wine and have found two wineries – Stonyfells and Penfold-Magill – five minutes from where we live.

We have gone up to the Adelaide Hills. It’s a 20 drive from where we live and the journey takes you through pretty towns like Stirling and Hahndorf, wineries that are dotted all over the Hills, as well as Mt Lofty,Glenelg and Brighton Beaches. We swam with very friendly dolphins that regularly come near to the beach at Brighton Beaches. After a 45 minute drive to Barossa Valley you will find yourself in world class wineries like Jacobs Creek and Wolf Blass, and there’s McClaren Vale, which has a mind-boggling array of fantastic wineries and restaurants. Having spent a couple of nights there, we have only touched the tip of the iceberg. We also went to Victor Harbour for a weekend to see the little fairy penguins on Granite Island, and slightly to the east to see the southern right whales and their calves. They were literally bobbing up and down in the surf, 50m from the beach. And at Coorong we did some awesome bird watching. Okay, so we’ve also done the real touristy thing of hugging a koala and feeding the kangaroos at Cleland Wildlife Park, but hey, it was definitely on our list of things to do when we arrived.


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Pet Priorities: Festive Season Tips If you’re going away during the holidays, remember to book kennels or a pet minder well in advance. Places fill up fast at this time of year. Ensure vaccinations are up to date. Many quality kennels and catteries will require them to be done at least two weeks prior to their visit. If travelling with your pet, there’s a brilliant new non-drowsy motion sickness tablet available. Speak to your vet to arrange a prescription.


by Dr Kevin Cruickshank

Do not overfeed your pets on Christmas dinner trimmings or leftovers. Engorging on fatty meals such as pork is the common cause of a very serious condition called pancreatitis. The symptoms are severe vomiting. Prompt veterinary attention is needed to diagnose and treat the condition.

PLEASE think twice before giving someone a dog or cat as a present. You may need to keep dogs and cats away from the Christmas tree.

Hanging decorations are a novel excitement, but your pets may just destroy the tree in the process.

Did you know that chocolate is toxic to dogs? However, dogs do need to

ingest quite a large volume to make them sick. Dark chocolate is the most potent form and white chocolate the least dangerous.

Dogs may chew small toys and these could get stuck in their intestines. Similarly, some decorations such as tinsel may be swallowed, especially by cats. These can cause very serious intestinal blockages. Always be conscious of heatstroke during the hot summer months: Never

leave pets confined in a car, even if it’s in the shade, and only exercise them at the coolest times of the day. If your dog seems to be battling on a walk, stop and let him or her rest, have a drink and even cool down with a swim, if possible. Long haired dogs that really feel the heat can be hosed down before a walk to help keep them cool. Remember dogs are not able to perspire and panting is their only means of keeping cool.

Remember to keep up with your regular flea, tick and heartworm

preventatives. These bugs are far more active and prevalent in the warmer weather.

Finally, enjoy spending time with family and friends, especially the four legged variety!

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Dr Kevin Cruickshank is a South African trained and qualified vet living and practicing at the Gold Coast Vet Surgery in Queensland.

Oh Nuts!

Macadamia nuts, another festive favourite, are poisonous to dogs.

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Hardworking and flexible, but aggressive and impatient. Does this sound like you? At a recent Sabona Business Network breakfast attendees were asked to nominate characteristics that described how Australians viewed South Africans. A number of positive accolades were mentioned. These included hardworking, ambitious, loyal, flexible and competitive, but unfortunately there were many more negative characteristics mentioned.

As an expatriate coach I recognised that many of these negative attributes come from a clash with a core Australian cultural value. In other words, the issue is not perhaps with South Africans per se, but with the way in which South Africans’ behaviour is interpreted by Australians. It isn’t that the behaviour of South Africans is necessarily wrong, but it’s certainly different to what is widely accepted here. As a South African you don’t need to feel that you will need a complete personality change in order to succeed in Australia, but do be aware of how some behaviours might create conflict. Here are some of the characteristics listed, with a suggestion of what value it clashes with and some ideas for avoiding future conflicts:

1. Arrogant or bossy

5. Frustrated or impatient

Many South Africans are accustomed to being in charge, but Australians hate being told what to do and in general terms dislike authority. Take a more egalitarian approach, don’t assume authority even if you have a senior position, recognise that respect has to be earned and that even young people in Australia are encouraged to challenge their boss.

Australians work long hours, but are famous for their laid back attitude. You would do well to adopt it too or they simply won’t want to do business with you. Aussies feel they spend too much time at work for it to be a hard slog all the time, so relax and enjoy the negotiations.

2. Cliquey Arguably Australians can be pretty cliquey too and many people have struggled to make friends here. Network with fellow South Africans by all means, but also take every opportunity to network outside your group.

3. Defensive A lot of South Africans carry a collective guilt for the past behaviours of their country, making it easy to respond out of context and end up being defensive about everything. Remember that Australians love a good argument and they enjoy it even more when they get a good reaction out of their opponent!

6. Pushy or aggressive Australians dislike being pushed into making decisions. They respond better to a friendly, casual approach. They don’t just want to be sold a fantastic deal, they want to know that they like you enough to want to do business with you. Take it easy and take time to establish personal relationships, you will find it time well spent.

7. Racist This is an assumption based largely on past history, but be careful not to fuel the fire with insensitive remarks about how things operated back home. There are, of course, racists in Australia, as there are in every country, but in a country which celebrates and embraces multi-culturalism, you may find it pays to be a little more culturally sensitive.

4. Talkers not listeners or individuals not team players Australians believe that everyone should be given a ‘fair go’ and what this means in reality is that everyone likes the opportunity to put their point forward and that it be given due consideration. Although individual achievement is celebrated, it is far more important to be a willing member of the team. Acceptance is earned here by going about leadership in a quiet way, being seen to be a team player who is willing to give everyone a voice and, importantly, giving everyone a share of the credit.


To comment: Patti McCarthy is an expatriate life coach and neuro linguistic programming practitioner who helps people to settle in their new country. See

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by Dr Etienne Hugo

Uniting families in Australia Many Sabona readers either live in Australia already, or have family or friends living in ‘the land down under’. One aspect of moving to a new country that has (also for me personally) been an issue, is the guilty conscience that results from separating one’s children from their grandparents, uncles or aunts and cousins. It is therefore appropriate, I reckon, to look at a number of visa options for family reunions.

For parents who don’t have a decade or more to wait, the offshore contributory parent visa also has a first instalment filing fee of $1,705, but a hefty second instalment of $34,330 (per applicant). In addition, applicants must obtain or secure an assurance of support, which requires a security deposit of $14,000 per couple to be lodged with the Commonwealth for a period of 10 years. In comparison, the assurance of support for the standard parent visa is $5,000 per couple held for two years.

Visitor Visas

There is a middle ground option of a contributory (temporary) parent visa, where applicants firstly apply for a two year provisional visa, paying a $20,595 second instalment fee (per applicant) and then have two years to pay the balance of $13,730 (per applicant).

The tourist visa remains an obvious solution for short-term travel for South Africans to visit family members settled in Australia. One key aspect when applying for a tourist visa is to ensure that the Department of Immigration and Citizenship (DIAC) has sufficient evidence of the fact that the applicant is a genuine visitor. The intention must be to only travel to Australia for a temporary period of time and for a specific purpose, such as tourism, visiting family or friends, and so on.

Temporary Business Visitors (Subclass 456) Applicants who primarily have a business reason for a visit of up to three months and who do not hold an ETA eligible passport, will most likely apply for a Subclass 456 visa. Such a business purpose visit may also be linked with family or tourist purposes.

Parent Visas Applicants who have 50% or more of their children living in Australia, as citizens, permanent residents or eligible New Zealand citizens, may qualify for parent visas. These can be divided into two main categories: The very expensive, but fairly short wait option, and the ridiculously long, but relatively affordable option. The standard parent visa has a first instalment of $1,705 and a second instalment of $1,480 (per applicant), which will result in a permanent visa for Australia, but with a ridiculously long wait of more than 10 years.

Last Remaining Relative Visas This permanent visa may be available for applicants who have a brother, sister or parent (or step equivalents) who are settled and usually resident in Australia as a citizen, permanent resident or eligible New Zealand citizen. You may qualify for this permanent visa for Australia if you have no other close family members aside from those living in Australia.

Reminder! As Australian immigration law is complex and ever changing, it is advisable that you obtain professional advice to ensure your eligibility is established and the correct visa is applied for. Be sure to use only a registered migration agent. To comment: Dr Etienne Hugo is a South African born lawyer based in Australia. He is the legal practitioner director of Teleo Immigration, a leading Sydney based law firm specialising in Australian immigration law. See etiennehugo

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A column about little things that are deceptively similar, yet decisively different. Read and be prepared.

by Dr Dave Robinson

Well, it’s that time of the year again, which reminds us that we’re a year older and we’ve been in Australia for a year longer. With each passing year we might reflect for a moment: Has it been a good year (financially, socially)? Did we do the right thing by leaving South Africa? Are our friends wishing they were here too, or are they glad they stayed? Each of us will, of course, have unique answers. Such is the nature of free moral choice, and we see the results of those choices in the diversity that exists all around us. Not surprisingly, human nature being as it is, ‘us and them’ issues, even xenophobia, often ensue, whether by ignorance or intolerance, which might help explain why Saffas have been branded as arrogant. Now, as ‘multi-culturalism’ is a cornerstone of Australian political policy, I thought it may be apt to comment on the subject. What does ‘multi-culturalism’ actually mean? I decided to ask a few Aussies and got roughly the following: “It’s about letting all these people in from other countries and giving them a ‘fair go’.” So far, so good. “Is it working?” The majority thought that the policy of multi-culturalism had only been successful to a limited extent, that is, when the newcomers had embraced the Australian way of life, even though it meant relinquishing their own established ways. About the ‘fair go’ part, it’s a nice bit of rhetoric, but everyone knows discrimination is alive and well, despite official government policy. The criterion they apply really comes down to this: Is the person one of us? Given that over 50% of Aussies have at least one parent who wasn’t born here, it’s hard to know where to draw the line between us and them. Do you become one of the ‘us’ group when you qualify for citizenship? Are there certain customs, rituals or habits that characterise the true blues among us and let them recognise each other when interacting in a crowd? Last weekend, after having had a surf at The Spit, and while loading the boards on my car, two things happened. In the first interaction, two huge Maori lads struck up a conversation with me. The first sentence was about the waves, but it turned instantly to rugby when they heard my South African accent. I was surprised, since I didn’t think I really had any accent. Well, thankfully we have rugby in common. In the second instance, a true blue lifeguard pulled up in his ute and enquired about the surf. Not since early morning dawn patrols in J-Bay had I felt this local. Eager to please, I said it had been good on the outgoing tide, but the north-west wind had turned onshore now, and it was a bit crowded. By speaking in this way my true identity was revealed, not so much by the accent, but rather by the density of information I had crammed into one sentence. I should have said something like, ‘Good mate, a bit crowded but’ or slang to that effect.


The result was a curt ‘Ah’ from the true blue, which was a certain dismissal. I got the feeling that he felt any further conversation with me would be just too much trouble, since I was confirmed as a one of ‘them’, not an ‘us’. But this isn’t just an Australian phenomenon. My feeling was not all that unlike when I first took up residence in Cape Town and read a bumper-sticker that told me ‘Welcome to Cape Town, now go home’ and I was later educated by the locals that you could only call yourself a Capetonian if you were born and bred in Cape Town (and if not, you couldn’t call yourself anything because you didn’t have a right to exist). Perhaps I am way too sensitive. And maybe that’s why I’m here – to get more thickskinned; and, of course, less arrogant. To comment: Dave Robinson is professor of management studies at Imagine College and Central Queensland University, an entrepreneur, surfer and amateur musician. See



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We invited some friends around for a Thai curry dinner which Bianca catered for using the local restaurant menu. A great evening was had by all with the delicious food being flushed down with vats of wine. Early the next morning a couple of mates joined me at the Bulimba creek to paddle the 12km canoe trail to Minnippi Parklands where the moms and kids were waiting. The initial adrenaline rush soon passed way, and I found myself doing some strenuous paddling. As the sun reached its hottest my arms ached, my bum burned, the sweat stung my eyes and the red wine made me feel like grapes were being trampled in my head. Eventually we found a safe place to portage and waited for our seconds to come and find us. The feeling in my body slowly returned as I lay slumped in my camp chair replacing the much needed fluid. Things have been turned upside-down at home as Bianca is working full time. The boys and I have now been lumped with having to make our own beds, pick up our washing and even vacuum from time to time. I attended my first bachelors’ or bucks’ party in Australia down at the Manly Hotel. The guests were of a more mature age so the usual ball-and-chain antics and live entertainment didn’t feature. The one thing that wasn’t different was the speed at

which the liquid refreshments disappeared. We started off quite civilized with a surf-and-turf dinner, but things deteriorated dramatically after that. I never thought it would happen in Australia, but when you drop your guard and start to feel safe this is the time you are most vulnerable to crime. It happened over the weekend while we were away on the Gold Coast for a wedding. Some low life scum of the earth walked onto our property and stole my bicycle, which was leaning up against the house, and also my helmet, which was hooked over the handle bars. So when I went outside the next morning to ride to the station I found that it was gone and I had no choice but to trudge up to the station. When I reached the station I couldn’t believe my eyes. The thief had actually cycled to the station and locked my bike up on the bike rack using my lock and chain. Then it dawned on me that I had taken a taxi home after our office cocktail party on the previous Friday night and had forgotten my bike at the station all weekend. Bianca is working her mielie off this week and getting up early most mornings to prepare for parent teacher interviews. She is also using her newly acquired teaching skill to boss us boys around at home. We now have to rinse our own plates after eating and pack them into the dishwasher. I have even had to clean the stove. I really miss Precious. To comment:

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type here. people By Rozanne van der Heijden





The annual Traditional South African Bazaar, hosted by the Clarkson Reformed Evangelican Church of Australia, was held at Quinns Baptist College in Mindarie, Perth recently. The bazaar gives everyone the opportunity to enjoy a range of food products including biltong, pancakes, curry and rice, sosaties, vetkoek, boerewors and koeksusters. Spotted! 1 (Left to right) Lucia Griessel, Nico Swart, Estell Swart and Alrie Coetzee selling curry and rice 2 (Left to right) Dirk Branford, Nell Branford, Dave Aspinall, Carol Carrick and Mark Carrick



3 (Left to right) Nico Badenhorst, Dawie Venter, Dewald Groenewaldt, Belinda Buys and Stephan Buys selling biltong 4 (Left to right) Ruaan Mouton, Hannelie Mouton and Ailke Schulz selling hotdogs 5 (Left to right) Sonja Oosthuizen, Amorie van Reenen and Johan Oosthuizen 6 (Left to right) Annermie Oberholze, Adri Broughton and Elize du Plessis making pancakes To comment:



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From Khorixas to Shanghai! By Cheryl Goodenough

Abrama Ahlers and Erik Vosloo host a show on Radio Pulse 94.7FM in Geelong, Victoria. Abrama recently interviewed Namibian-born Jean du Plessis. Abrama: Someone once said life is a song, but you have to write your own notes. Now I think Jean du Plessis writes a very good song. Jean, you were born and bred in Khorixas, Namibia. Jean: Yes, Abrama, my dad was the principal of the Damara school in Khorixas – a school for black people only, which meant that I could not attend school there and had to go elsewhere. There were only about 500 white people living in Khorixas then. A: The name Khorixas, where does it come from? J: The little town was first called Welwitschia after the desert plant Welwitschia Mirabilis. This plant survives in the Namibian desert on the morning dew only. A: So you were born in a very small little town. It must have been marvelous growing up in such a small place with all the veld around you? J: Yes indeed. We hunted for dassies and shot guinea fowl all day every day. I went to school in Outjo and had to live in the school hostel as it was about 150 km away. Then from standard seven onwards, I went to school in Otjiwarongo. Each time I moved to a bigger town and learned about taking care of myself there. A: And then your mom moved to Windhoek after your dad passed away? J: Yes, but I stayed in Otjiwarongo to finish my matric. But Windhoek was another revelation to me; even bigger and better. After school I moved to Bloemfontein and studied for my law degree and finished my LLM degree during the army years. A: Where did you start work?

Picture by Ray Theron

J: I worked as a senior lecturer at the University of the Free State until 1991 during which time I also spent 14 months in London for research purposes and received my LLD. After that I was appointed professor at the Rand Afrikaans University. During my time there I spent a year living and working in Germany and also visited Shanghai on three different occasions. Shanghai, I believe, has a population of just over 18 million. A: Wow! From Khorixas to Shanghai. What a difference. How did you fare with the food? And all those people? Did you feel claustrophobic at times? J: No, Abrama, it was such a fantastic experience. I just looked at Shanghai in total amazement as we drove into the city from the airport. You think, ‘okay this is the city’ when you start to see the first of those high rise buildings, but as you drive on you realise that was just another suburb with tall skyscrapers. And so you drive on past all these huge buildings, one after another after another until eventually you are in the city. It’s absolutely unbelievable with so many pedestrians, cars bumper to bumper and thousands of motorbikes and pushbikes and taxis – just a fascinating experience, which I enjoyed tremendously. I have been to New York too, but Shanghai, I think, is much more impressive. Now I have a dream to visit Tokyo too! A: And today you live happily in Geelong. How did you end up here? J: In 1998 I was invited to Deakin University as visiting professor and shortly thereafter we moved here to live permanently. A: So, you liked what you saw on your first visit to Geelong? J: Yes, we are able to make a good living here, having the time to spend together as a family. You know, in Johannesburg, I used to burn the candle at both ends. Over here, it is easier to earn your daily bread and the circumstances are so much better. You do not have that continuous pressure to achieve more and more. You have more leisure time available, feel

much safer and therefore I am a better person. I appreciate the effectiveness and personal safety that comes with living in Australia. A: You like travelling and must have discovered some great new places here? J: Oh yes, I love Darwin and Echuca and Uluru. Those are exciting places to discover and explore. I do like the Aussies too. And I find that the kids are so much more relaxed over here and they have excellent opportunities. A: What would you like to say to newcomers to this country? J: In a new country nobody owes you anything. You have to go out and make things happen. Look for opportunities to make things easier and happier for you and your family. Continue practising your hobbies. And remember not to compare too much. Each country has its own beauty and advantages. Negative comparisons will only make you unhappy in your present situation. A: And what about the youngsters? J: Enjoy and appreciate what you have over here. Understand that here you have many, many opportunities that you would not necessarily find in other countries. Make use of those good chances and enjoy yourselves. A: Jean, thank you so much for chatting with me and all the advice you hand out so freely from your experiences. You know, Rebecca McEntire said: “To succeed in life, you need three things: a wishbone, a backbone and a funny bone.” Well, I reckon you have all three bones and more! The story of your travels from Khorixas via Shanghai to Geelong is an excellent testimony thereof. We wish you good fortune and peace on your road ahead. Abrama and Erik’s show is broadcast on Radio Pulse 94.7FM every Wednesday at 6pm. To comment: Read the full transcript in Afrikaans:

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Negotiate a Lower Mortgage Rate by Sandra Crossland

The Reserve Bank of Australia’s decision to raise official rates for the second time in 19 months – from 3.25% to 3.50% – has brought an end to the low interest rate honeymoon for mortgage holders. However, homeowners can negotiate a lower mortgage rate despite the upward movement in interest rates. As a consumer you have the ability to take your interest rate destiny into your own hands and seek a lower rate now on an existing home loan. Many mortgage holders are on standard variable home loans with the major banks and more than 50% of those consumers are paying an unnecessarily higher interest rate. You can still negotiate a


mortgage rate that is anything from 0.70% lower or more for large size loans. One option for mortgage holders is to examine some of the variable rates on offer, including the smaller lenders. This could help you make substantial annual savings and is an especially wise decision considering most economic forecasters expect official rates will rise up to 2% over the next 18 months. There are many steps mortgage holders can take to limit the impact of variable rates returning to their traditional medium level of about 7.8%. If you are repaying a home loan I suggest you pay as much as you can, not just the minimum repayments. This will prepare you for when the minimum repayment rises and will create a buffer. It is also beneficial for home owners to have a ‘health check’ conducted on their mortgage. A mortgage is no different

to your home, your car or even yourself – routine maintenance and a regular health check are essential to make sure everything is working effectively. A mortgage broker is well placed to review the circumstances of your current home loan and determine whether any changes are needed. In perhaps a quarter of health checks, we can establish that a change would be beneficial to the client’s loan arrangements through refinancing. Mortgage brokers also assist customers with debt consolidation, which can save them paying much higher rates, reduce the term of the loan or dramatically reduce the monthly commitments. To comment: Sandra Crossland is a loan market mortgage broker in St Ives, Sydney. See Top Tips for Getting a Better Home Loan Deal: See

type food & here. home Says author Hazel McBride: “The book is more than a compilation of recipes that have been handed down from mother to daughter in South African tradition.” The book explains styles of cooking in the Cape, contributors share their stories and memories of each recipe. Most of the nine contributors came from South Africa to Australia and work as medical professionals. Hazel is a theatre nurse and the book was inspired by the operating suite at Frankston Hospital in Victoria. Writes Hazel in the book: “It was their queries about the contents, and aromas, emanating from my food containers during meal breaks, and their subsequent response after testing the dishes” that motivated her to publish Jislaaik it’s Lekker. The book has a range of recipes for bredies and curries, cakes and desserts and other dishes that fall in the ‘something else’ section. This chapter includes recipes for chakalaka gravy, cowboys and crooks (or samp and beans), homemade ginger beer and chilli chutney. Bredies include pumpkin, tomato and oxtail varieties, while curries include chicken, lamb and butter bean, fish, boerewors and egg, and samoosas.

EVERY DISH HAS A STORY Jislaaik it’s Lekker is a cookery book of traditional South African recipes. It has the subtitle Every dish has a story, and it’s this aspect that makes it so much more than a recipe book.

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Tips for Making Curry The golden rule is to fry the onions in the correct manner – not too little as there will be an oniony taste; not too brown as the colour of the food will be ruined. The meat should be allowed to simmer or marinate in the spices for a little while. Try to buy spices that are already roasted. Use curry leaves and fresh coriander where possible. From Jislaaik it’s Lekker

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by Cheryl Goodenough

food & home


by Jean Wethmar

from the Cellar! Must Do, Must See, Must Taste… While in Franschhoek May and June are good months of the year to visit. It’s off season, there are winter packages available with affordable stayovers, and visitors have the opportunity to do Franschhoek the way the locals do. Bo La Motte cottages are just outside the village and it’s an easy walk to town centre. The cottages, with chic country house interiors, will cost between R600 and R1,200 per night. Accommodation at La Petite Ferme costs between R2,800 and R3,800 for two people sharing and this includes a gift pack in your room, cellar tour, wine tasting and lunch. Visit iCi for a breakfast, lunch or a casual dinner at the best restaurant in town. Delicious charcuterie tasting and an opportunity to attend a cooking class with chef Neil Jewell at Moresons. Hire a bicycle from Manic Bicycles and experience wine tasting with a difference!

Grape Varieties (known as Cultivars) in South Africa

Let winemaker Achim von Arnim show you the traditional sabrage at Cabriere.

18.7% Chenin Blanc

Visit the motor museum at L’Ormarins.

13.1% Cabernet Sauvignon 11.4% Colombard

Use your nose Take one small sniff, then swirl the wine around and sniff once more. The stronger the impression, the more intense the aroma or bouquet. A subtle maturing wine may need the swirl before it gives off much smell. What does the smell remind you of? It’s much easier to remember a smell if you can attach words to it: Lemon, earth, plummy, rusty nails, strawberry, litchi and so on.

Use your mouth

9.68% Shiraz 8.2% Sauvignon Blanc 8% Chardonnay 6.7% Merlot 6.2% Pinotage

Tasting & Appreciating Wine

Take a good mouthful of wine and expose it to all of the taste buds. Taste it on the tip of your tongue for sweetness, the upper edges of your mouth for all-important acidity, the insides of your cheeks for drying tannins, and the entrance of the throat for any hot excess of alcohol. Once a mouthful has been swallowed or spat out (as professionals do), a judgment can be made as to whether all these elements are in balance. Remember that young wines deliberately high in tannins.

Use your eyes Pour a sample of wine into a glass so that it is no more than a quarter full. Check the wine is clear and see how intense the colour is. Remember, the deeper a red, the younger the wine. Red wines become paler with age, white wines deeper. Tilt the glass away from you, against a white background and observe the colour in the middle of the liquid and at the rim. All wines turn slowly brown with age, and the rim is the first place where any brick colour is noticeable in reds. Young reds are more purplish-blue than brick. Old reds lose their colour completely at the rim. The glossier the colour and the more subtly shaded its different colour graduations, the better the wine. To comment:


South African wine has recently celebrated its 350 year history. The founder of Cape Town Jan van Riebeeck produced the first wine on February 2, 1659. At one time Constantia was considered one of the greatest wines in the world.

Celebrating 350 Celebrating Years 350 Years of South African Wine


From Cheryl’s Rocking Chair Spotlight on An Author: Sheryl McCorry Sheryl McCorry’s first book Diamonds & Dust became a bestseller after it was published two years ago. Her second book Stars over Shiralee tells more about her life from where the first ended. I read the second book first, but rushed to my library to borrow a copy of Diamonds & Dust as soon as I’d finished her second memoir. Sheryl became the first women in the Kimberley to run two million-acre cattle stations. She writes in a real down-to-earth way and it’s wonderful to hear about life on the cattle ranches of regional Australia. It’s certainly foreign to South Africans, but interestingly it’s also very different to the lives of most Australians.

Sheryl told Sabona that she realised after writing Diamonds & Dust how foreign her life in the outback is to some Australians:

by Cheryl Goodenough

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Sabona/Stars over Shiralee Promotion: Sabona and Pan Macmillan have five copies of Stars over Shiralee to give away. Tell us the name of the author of Stars over Shiralee. Enter here With Stars Over Shiralee, I became so emotionally drained, but now I feel I’ve gained so much strength through the writing that I have reconnected with life again. I’m back and stronger than ever. I’m Sheryl McCorry again.” Sheryl originally wrote Diamonds & Dust for her children after she was diagnosed with breast cancer. “I never thought it would be seen by anyone but my kids. I paid a professional to edit it, and he said it would never get published. I’m not one to back down from a challenge and his comment rankled me so. The rest, as they say, is history.” Sheryl’s books and her positive attitude certainly are an inspiration. And she says that the word ‘inspiring’ is the one most used about her books. Her message to people going through tough times:

“We are stronger than we think we are.”

“I have now realised that not everyone takes a bag of young crocodiles to school for ‘show and tell’! At the same time, I love to hear that my story has triggered wonderful memories for many people of their growing up in the country.”


Describing some enormously tragic experiences, including the death of her son and abuse from her husband, Sheryl is extremely honest about her life. She says that writing about the happy and tragic times has been the best medicine ever.

Author: Sheryl McCorry Book: Stars over Shiralee Cheryl’s Rating: 4/5

Although with the first it took three re-writes to really open up about the sad times.

“I needed these books to work through my pain, emotion and tears... To comment:

Hea Say r The Help by Kathryn Stockett Heather emailed Sabona to recommend this book, which she thinks people from Africa will enjoy and relate to. It is set in Mississippi in the early 1960’s and revolves around black women who were employed as maids. “It is amusing, sad, heartwarming, shocking and gripping,” says Heather, who belongs to a book club consisting mainly of women from Africa, now living in Perth. “All of us who have read the book absolutely loved it. It gave all of us feelings of nostalgia and fond memories of our domestic workers. Although it is an American story, people from African can strongly identify with it.”

Carvings on Boer War Rifles by Dave George

South African military history has always held my interest. It comes as no surprise because four generations of my family served in the military and various wars and I have 22 sets of family medals in my collection. Even after spending over 30 years in Australia, I am as keen as ever on the subject, and have recently written three books, two of which are about the Boer War.

orn in the Eastern Cape, I became particularly interested in the Anglo-Boer War of 1899 to 1902 as one of my grandfathers fought in that war. My enthusiasm received a huge boost at a young age when my grandmother presented me with my great-great grandfather’s .577” calibre Snider-Enfield rifle. This rifle had been used in the 9th Frontier War of 1877-78. Within two days I had thoroughly cleaned and oiled the old rifle.



Seeing the interest and care I devoted to the old family rifle, my grandmother also gave me her late husband’s Boer War bayonet, which had received a direct hit from a Boer marksman snapping the blade in half, and his Queen Victoria 1900 chocolate tin. At the age of 12, I had become a dedicated military collector and budding historian! Now aged 61, my interest is stronger than ever. Over the years I read extensively about the Boer War. I also became fascinated with the number of Boer rifles that I came across, as many of these had the names of their Boer owners ‘carved’ onto the rifle butts. As these ‘carved’ and historic Boer War weapons were an undocumented subject, I decided to tackle this large project. I researched the service histories of many of these Boers as well as British and Colonial soldiers. In 2004, after four years of research, I privately published my first book titled CARVINGS from the VELDT. This book was a great success with military historians, collectors, museums and people with an interest in the Boer War. The practice of carving the owner’s names and ‘personalising’ rifles was a Boer custom, and one that was unique to the Anglo-Boer War. Apart from the OVS (OFS) and ZAR (Transvaal) State Artillery, the Boers were essentially a citizen army. Understandably Boer farmers were not required to memorise their rifle serial numbers (as do professional soldiers), so they simply carved their names onto the rifle stocks as a means of identification. They also sometimes carved the names of their farms, the Commandos they served in and often the battles in which they had taken part. The carvings I’ve encountered range from highly ornate and artistic creations, to some very basic names and some that are only roughly scratched into the timber. I’ve also found some impressive carvings of Paul Kruger as well as the ZAR and OVS Coats of Arms. Many Colonial soldiers were quick to copy this Boer custom. One can therefore find captured Boer rifles displaying a carved Boer name, as well as their captor’s name, his regiment, unit badge and battles fought in. This practice was particularly popular with the Australian and NZ troops.



At the age of 12, “i had become a

dedicated military collector and budding historian!


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The response to my first book was most encouraging and I received dozens of letters and emails from collectors and museums in many countries. All had similar Boer War rifles with various names carved on the stocks and all wanted to enquire if there was any history attached to them. Once again I got ‘stuck in’ to the research and replied to all these queries. This year I privately published the follow-on edition titled CARVINGS from the VELDT - Part Two. This 350-page hard covered book illustrates another 306 weapons, all of which have a name or some design carved or engraved on the stock or body of the weapon (these include rifles, carbines and pistols). The book features over 1,400 photos, including many previously unpublished photos of soldiers and Boers, as well as photos of farm maps, documents, bandoliers, medals, headgear, swords, bayonets and a large selection of unit badges. There are two new chapters that deal with current Boer War re-enactor societies, as well as the wide selection of carvings and trench art, including pipes, trinket boxes, paper knives and serviette rings, as carved by Boer POWs. To comment: Left: 1. Carving on Colonial Lee-Enfield by a New Zealand soldier. 2. A Boer M93/95 Mauser rifle on which a British soldier carved the names of various battles in which his regiment, The Kings Own Yorkshire Infantry (KOYLI), took part. 3. A New Zealand soldier carved the effigies of King Edward VII, Queen Victoria and Boer President Paul Kruger on this Colonial Lee-Enfield. This page: 4. An Australian trooper carved names of some battles in which he was involved on this Colonial Lee-Metford Carbine. 5. Boers armed with M93/95 Mauser rifles. Note the casual dress and variety of bandoliers. 6. My Grandad’s bayonet that was given to me as a child. The blade received a direct hit from a Boer marksman’s bullet and snapped the blade clean in two.

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hen I arrived in Australia in August 2007, the first question everyone asked me was: “Who do you support?” Being a World Cup year, my reply was always the same: The Boks! I was usually given the evil eye and I just assumed it was because I hadn’t picked the Wallabies. It soon became apparent I had no idea what they were on about. I’d seen a few footy games on TV and on the big screen down at the pub in London, but the game held no attraction for me. That was until I went to a live game! A total of 90,000 people watching two club teams chase a leather ball around an oval. Now that’s atmosphere! I was soon hooked and began to spend weekends at the stadium with friends and family. At $20 a ticket, you can’t really go wrong. In fact, most weekends I was going for free, thanks to unused season tickets or freebies. By the end of my first season, I was a Bombers fan. Not that I had much choice: My Australian wife and my mother-in-law are Essendon

supporters. The end of the season meant free weekends and football free newspaper pages. But it wasn’t too long before it all started again in February. By the second year I had learned some of the rules, the names of some of the players and the best way to eat a Four’N Twenty pie! My team played a disappointing season again, but thanks to a new coach they did perform a little better than the previous year. I went to more games including my first ever at Etihad Stadium. And to top off the perfect year, I was given tickets to the grand final between Geelong’s Cats and the Hawthorn Hawks. What a day! The MCG was packed to capacity with 100,012 spectators. We watched the pre-game entertainment and the passing parade of retiring players and medal winners. We saw a Qantas Boeing do a fly-by and we listened to Jet play a few songs. And then the teams ran out and we heard the roar of the crowd! The atmosphere was spine-tingling to say the least. We didn’t support either team, but this made the game even more enjoyable. The dry, sunny conditions allowed for a fast-paced, running game. By the end, the players were exhausted, the fans were hoarse and Hawthorn had won the game by 26 points. It was a day that I will never forget. So, here’s some advice for all you rugby fans out there who refuse to watch AFL: Don’t watch it on TV. Get out and see a live game. You’ll be amazed at how much better it is. Oh, and “Go Bombers!”


by Delwynne Fife

Note: The Four’N Twenty pie was first baked in 1947 by LT McClure in the Victorian town of Bendigo. At the Royal Melbourne Show the following year the Four’N Twenty pie became a hit and so began its long journey to success. The factory where the pies are produced is in Kensington in Melbourne and is claimed to be one of the largest pie factory plants in the world capable of producing more than 50,000 pies per hour. It is considered a tradition to consume a Four’N Twenty Meat Pie at an Aussie Rules Football match. To comment:

here. sport &type motoring by Dave Robinson

Getting back

On the Rugby Field by Rozanne van der Heijden

On the Soccer Field The recent formation of the Gold Coast’s own A league football team, Gold Coast United, was the inspiration for a group of under-fit and overweight mainly ex-South African migrants to decide to get back on the soccer field. Local entrepreneur Gary Scallan took the lead by registering Rainbow United in the over 45s league. The team name turned out to be fitting, as members include a Scot, a few Australians, a Brazilian, a German and two Kiwis. When 11 intrepid middle-aged explorers donned their boots and shin guards for the first time in 25 years, imagining they could still do the things they had been able to pre grey hair and beer boep, little did we know most of us would suffer pulled muscles, torn ligaments, and various aches and pains at some stage during the tournament. Nevertheless, we won the first match 5-0, with a lot of help from our goalkeeper (who is allowed to be younger than 45). Unfortunately we didn’t actually win another match on merit. On paper, however, we won a third of the matches because various opponents, by including under 45s reserves in their teams, forfeited the points. Team members included accountants, stockbrokers, chefs, CEOs, regular blokes, an eye specialist (who later admitted to never having played soccer before, though we would never have known that), and an army PT instructor who could run circles around everyone. All in all it was a lot of fun and probably worth the aches and pains. We have emerged somewhat fitter and stronger. Anyone who wants to give it a go next season, especially if you used to know a bit about the game and still think of yourself as a could-have-been David Beckham, can contact Gary on 0414 812 285 or The 15 match season lasts from April to October and there is a preseason league that starts in January. To comment:

When the Springboks or any other South African team touches down in Perth the West Australian Rugby Union know to call the Shamboks, a rugby team for the over 35s consisting mainly of ex-South African and ex-Zimbabwean members. The team first got together in 1989 when the Golden Oldies tournament came to Perth and the members decided that it would be nice to have a Southern African team. At the time the team got permission from the South African Rugby Union to use the Springbok incorporated into a map of Australia as their logo. Since then the Shamboks have played at every world Golden Oldies championship, and participates in the local league in Perth. To ensure that no one gets needlessly hurt, the league has a system to ensure that no one gets more physical than necessary. This includes a rule that players, who are over 60 or have a medical or physical condition, must wear red shorts indicating that they can’t be pushed to the ground or off their feet. Only two players wearing red shorts are allowed on the field at a time. There are also rules relating to players aged 65 to 69 and over 70. One member of the league was forcibly retired at the age of 90 for his own health and safety. The team is the official host of the Springboks in Perth and act as liaison between the Springboks and the WARU. The next Golden Oldies championship will be held in Sydney in 2010. If you’re interested in joining the Shamboks contact Jerrald at To comment:

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expert opinion

Stylish but oh so slow... by Ryan Broadfoot

The Mitsubishi Lancer has a well known and respected history of competing in the World Rally Championship and the Dakar Rally. These are arguably the two toughest races on the planet, yet Mitsubishi has always managed to stay in the upper echelons of the competitors. One of the primary benefits of being involved in competitive motorsport is that the use of cutting edge technology to keep you ahead of the pack on the race track will slowly migrate south into the road cars, benefiting the consumers. One such beneficiary is the Mitsubishi Lancer. The Lancer Evolution (Evo) has always been fortunate enough to get the extra attention and latest gadgetry handed down from the motorsport arena. And when a new Lancer is announced we all scramble through the brochure to see what new-fangled top-secret rally tech has snuck in under the radar. As usual, Mitsubishi doesn’t disappoint. The new


Lancer Evo is blessed with all sorts of computerised handling equipment and the engine out of a Saturn 5 Rocket. As a whole it is one of the best cars Mitsubishi has ever made. Unfortunately, this review is not about the Lancer Evo. This review is about the Mitsubishi Lancer ES. At first all seems well. The new styling is aggressive, without looking tacky. Mitsubishi has managed to find a common ground that is very difficult to achieve. The styling is reserved enough to appeal to more mature consumers, yet athletic enough to appeal to the younger generation too. The interior has an almost Zen-like neatness to it. The buttons sit flush with the dashboard and the position of all the peripherals are well laid out and easy to reach. There is a large onboard computer screen flanked by two portal-like gauges. Even the door panels are free from clutter and possess a quality feel. Mitsubishi really have gone for a ‘less is more’ approach to the Lancer and it has

worked a treat. The Mitsubishi Lancer is a fantastic looking car, both inside and out. And there are no shortages of extras. It has all the standard creature comforts including all-round electric windows, airconditioning, cruise control and a fourspeaker sound system that plays MP3 discs as well. Safety features include front, side and knee airbags, ABS, automatic stability control and automatic traction control. All this in a good looking sedan, with a big boot, lots of head-room, that costs less than $24 000 drive-away. I even managed to find some deals for a couplegrand less. Brilliant. All that dissolved into disappointment though when I started to drive the Lancer. According to Mitsubishi, it has a 2-litre 4-cylinder engine that delivers 113kW at 6000rpm, and it will dispatch the 100km/h sprint in under nine seconds. This all seems strange though when I could barely dispatch 100km/h over a weekend.

expert opinion Then there is the gearbox, well, you can’t really call it that, as it has no gears. You see, Mitsubishi have bought a CVT transmission from Jatco, a company that ironically supplies their CVT transmissions to Nissan. Without getting too technical, the CVT transmission is made up of two cones facing in opposite directions and they move toward or away from each other to vary the drive ratio. It works almost the same as your average 21-speed bicycle. The biggest problem with CVT transmissions is that they don’t work with petrol engines. When you pull off from a traffic light, the engine will sit at a constant 3000rpm while the car somehow accelerates. Whether you are going 30km/h or 90km/h, the engine will drum out the same, deafening noise through the paper-thin firewall at 3000rpm.

here. sport &type motoring

an inside look... This car has a lot of potential. By paying more attention to little things like the sound-proofing, seats and steering column, Mitsubishi could have made their entry-level car great. But it feels as if they came up with the brilliant design, got the handling perfect and then asked the accountants to finish it off.

On the open road, radio blaring at full volume to distract me from the horrible noise, I found the ride firm yet comfortable. And on twisty mountain passes, it sticks like glue to the road. Although I wish they could have got the seats from the Evo or the VRX model too because when you corner sharply you end up slipping out of your seat and straddling the centre console. What’s the point of giving a car great handling and then not permitting the driver or passengers to stay in the seat anyway? To sum up, the Mitsubishi Lancer ES is a very stylish sedan, with a big boot and lots of safety equipment, but with a hopeless engine and atrocious transmission that holds onto the road in corners, but not the passengers. If you are going to get one, go for the manual and the Rockford-Fosgate Nightclub stereo system... or save up a bit more and get the VRX. To comment: Ryan Broadfoot has been interested in cars from the age of four and spends most of his free time affiliated to all things motoring.See www.

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Afrikaanse KlubAustralië Ons praat jou taal

Wat is Suid-Afrika vir My?

Thundering Bikes…

deur Deanna Pitchford mielies en vyekonfyt soetmelkkaas en karringmelkbeskuit kiepersol en doringboom hoeveldgras en rooibosstroom groenvlekduif en tarentaal hamerkop en loerie vaal springbokpronk en leeu-gebrul olifant en kudubul

dit is suid-afrika vir my o land van my geborgenheid van jou neem ek maar swaar afskeid

Solidariteit Helpende Hand Helpende Hand is ‘n liefdadigheidsorganisasie in SuidAfrika wat in 1949 gestig is. Helpende Hand se missie is om armoede te voorkom en maatskaplike nood te verlig, hoofsaaklik in gemeenskappe waar staatshulp nie algemeen beskikbaar is nie. Enid Walker en Alison Duvenage wat Helpende Hand in Brisbane verteenwoordig, is besig met ‘n bewusmakingsveldtog en gepaardgaande fondsinsameling. Hul mees onlangse projek was ‘n ‘raffle ticket’ kompetisie waarmee almal baie prêt gehad het by die Afrikaanse Klub se Lente Dans. Daar is ook by ander geleenthede ‘raffle tickets’ verkoop. Hierdeur is $750 ingesamel en aan Helpende Hand oorbetaal. As daar mense is wat belangstel om donasies aan Helpende Hand te maak kan ‘n direkte inbetaling via kredietkaart of bankrekening gemaak word (sien webblad vir besonderhede hieronder) of kontak Enid of Alison op helpendehande@gmail. com en hulle sal rëel vir oorbetaling aan die Helpende Hand Fonds. Vir meer inligting,


The Boere Bikers (Skoon lug, groen valley en fietsryvriende, Issue 14), also known as “Bles and Boepens’, ‘Bald and Brave’, ‘Benoude Boude’, a group of expats from the south point of Africa recently headed off on their bikes to Texas, a little place on the border of Queensland and New South Wales. The route that we chose took into account our hunger for adventure and sightseeing, was the longest possible – nearly 1,000km – and was undertaken in a day and a half. Kawa Dolf, Ben Ireland, Johan ‘250’ Lourens, Deon Mangels and Baas Johan left Suncorp Stadium to be joined by Phillip ‘the Boer’ from Gatton and his wife Diane (for a brief time) as well as Ben Skiet. We were also accompanied by our Ben Skiet’s wife Miss Ann and Johan ‘250’ Lourens’ wife Antoniette, who became our official photographers and drove the ‘back up vehicle’, just in case. It was 5.30pm and cold by the time we completed the last stretch to Texas and the local Stockmans Hotel, but the Boere Bikers did not dare to complain. After a couple of beers, we were very hungry and decided to support both hotels in Texas, by having dinner at the hotel across the street. Deon took a doggy bag and I had to throw in the towel as the steak was just too much. Good value for money though! We woke the following day at about 7am with monstrous headaches. Fortunately Ben came to the rescue with a much needed cup of coffee and some ‘superdooper’ Grandpa Powders! What a life saver! By 9am the Boere Bikers were on their way back to Brisbane, heading for the first fuel stop in a town named Tenterfield. Halfway there, I nearly ended up with a big hop haas on my lap. Luckily my beemer has ABS and I managed to delay the possible impact, just enough to allow the kangaroo to cross the road harm-free. What a close encounter. After breakfast and fuelling up at Tenterfield, we headed along the Bruxner motorway to the turn off to Bottle Creek. The road from Bottle Creek through the state forest towards Beaudesert was rough and bumpy, but still manageable at low speed. Luckily the sightseeing was spectacular and highly enjoyable. Deon Mangels nearly did a bit of farming with his Yammie R1, but experienced as he is, he managed to keep the R1 on it’s wheels and entertained Kawa Dolf and Ben Ireland with his riding skills. The last fuel stop was at Beaudesert before we all split up to go in our own direction, heading home after a very successful run. Ben Skiet has promised to locate another venue for us to discover on our bikes. In principal, the decision was made to make the next run bigger, better, longer and much, much more fun. All in all, the Boere Bikers burned a lot of fuel, the cruisers helping the noise pollution to reach new heights in the mountains. And there sure was a lot of laughter while we enjoyed each other’s company. Till next time, chaps. To comment:


AKA Gholfdag gholfdag wenners! AKA Gholfdag Wenners (Bo): Leon Fourie, Andrew Moffatt, JJ Visage, Arno Nel (afwesig) AKA Gholfdag Wenners (Links): Henk Lubbe, Pieter Robinson, Johan Steyn, Andre Dercksen

Vir inligting oor die Afrikaanse Klub, of om volgende jaar deel te wees van die gholfdag, kontak Ben Prinsloo (benprinsloo@ of Arno Nel ( of stuur ‘n boodskap op die webwerf Afrikaanse Klub Australië To comment:

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deur Thea Prinsloo

Die Afrikaanse Klub gholfdag is vanjaar op 17 Oktober op die North Lakes baan noord van Brisbane gehou. Ons het besluit om die jaar ’n meer ‘formele’ gholfdag te hou en die manne met die stokke is behoorlik getoets op die baan wat onder die top 100 gholfbane in Australië tel. ‘n Baie mooi groepie van 40 van ons het Saterdagoggend so 11:30 die baan aangevat. Met die nou skoonvelde, groot en vinnige setperke en nog groter sandkuile het North Lakes ons behoorlik getoets. Daar is baie gholfballe verloor en ‘n paar gevleuelde woorde onderlangs gemompel, maar meer belangrik is daar baie nuwe vriendskappe gesmee. En soos altyd maak dit nie saak hoe groot die uitdaging was wat die baan aan ons gestel het nie – elke speler onthou daardie een perfekte hou wat hom volgende keer weer sal terugbring baan toe. Na die tyd het die spelers se vrouens, kinders en ander gaste by ons aangesluit vir die prysuitdeling en ook lekker saam gekuier. Ons wonderklike borge het gesorg dat elke speler met ietsie huis toe is en die gholfklub het vir ons ‘n smaaklike ete voorgesit. Die eerste prys in ons vier-bal spankompetisie is gewen deur JJ Visagie, Andrew Moffatt, Arno Nel en Leon Fourie. Na vanjaar se sukses hoop ons om die gholfdag ‘n jaarlikse instelling te maak. Ons gaan hard werk om te kyk of ons volgende jaar so 80 spelers bymekaar kan kry. Baie dankie aan Arno Nel (ondervoorsitter), Ben Prinsloo (voorsitter) en die borge wat so hard gewerk het om die dag ‘n sukses te maak.

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expert opinion by Craig Coetzee Most business owners spend a lot of time, money and effort focussing on the ‘bigger picture’. However, the main reason most businesses fail during a period of growth or downturn is due to a lack of cash flow rather than a lack of profit

will always be king! It goes without saying that the current financial downturn has brought home some very hard truths. The vital phrase “cash will always be king” for example, should be fixed in every business owner’s mind for life.

Business owners are often unrealistic in predicting their cash flow, especially when business is good. They tend to overestimate income and to a lesser extent underestimate expenses. If an unforeseen event occurs, a cash shortage within the business can often result. This is usually despite having active customers.

Key points to remember: Profitability is calculated using the difference between the business’ income and expenses. • Income is recognised at the time the sale is invoiced, not when full payment is received. • Expenses are recognised at the time the purchase is placed on account, not when the account is paid at month end. • Be sure to include ALL your income and expenses. • Don’t underestimate your expenses.

Cash flow is the difference between inflows (actual cash banked) and outflows (actual cash withdrawn). • Cash flow also includes funds introduced from owners or investors, or debt financing. • Be accurate. • Review regularly. • If you see a shortfall, seek assistance early to deal with the issue, for example, see your accountant or bank, cut back on unnecessary spending, collect debtors promptly or negotiate later payment for creditors.

r To project you cash flow: e 1. Start with th amount of cash on hand.

Make a list of anticipated inflows such as customer payments and interest or investment earnings.

Make a similar list of anticipated outflows:

Be sure to list the amount and when it will be banked.

This may also include setting aside funds for future payments, equipment purchases or marketing expenses.


Disclaimer This article does not constitute financial planning advice and you should consider obtaining independent advice before making any financial decisions. The information in this article does not take into account your personal objectives, financial situation or needs. You should consider the appropriateness of the information, having regard to your objectives, financial situation and needs. WHK Financial Planning is a registered trading name for WHK Financial Planning Pty Ltd ABN 51 060 092 631 AFSL 238 244.


Regardless of the size of your business, it is worthwhile taking the time to review your cash flow to ensure its longterm viability. Whether you are considering a succession plan or a new business venture, an accurate assessment of your cash flow could make all the difference.

Payroll, monthly overhead, and payments on accounts payable, other debt or taxes payable.

Craig Coetzee specialises in small business accounting and specialised reporting and is a Business Services Principal with WHK. See To comment:



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with Succession Planning Business succession agreements play an important role in ensuring that a business and its owners are protected in the event of the voluntary departure of an owner, or an unexpected event. In short, establishing a business succession agreement together with comprehensive insurance can help prevent future complications.

A cautionary tale Consider the scenario of talented young graphic designers Helen and Sarah: After graduating from university in 1998, they take a big risk and establish a graphic design company together, each holding a 50% shareholding. By 2005 they are making a good living and have developed strong relationships with their customers and employees. Helen’s only concern is Sarah’s new husband, James, who is starting to interfere in the business with grandiose and inappropriate schemes. Sarah knows how Helen feels and keeps James at arm’s length. As their business thrives, Helen and Sarah consult a financial adviser about how they can minimise their tax and invest surplus cash. Their financial adviser recommends they both draw up wills and also consider setting up a separate will, or business succession agreement, for their business. Their adviser also suggests they both take out life, total and permanent disability (TPD) and trauma insurance as part of their business succession agreement so if one of them was forced to leave the business because of an insurable condition, funds would be available to buy out that person’s share.

Tragedy strikes One day in 2007 Sarah collapses in the office. An ambulance is called, but the paramedics can’t revive her and she dies in front of Helen and her staff. It is later discovered that the cause of death is a brain aneurism. Helen is deeply affected by Sarah’s death, initially closing the business. After her initial grief subsides Helen decides to go back to work. On the day of the office reopening Helen is reasonably upbeat until she meets her new business partner: James. As the sole beneficiary of Sarah’s will, James has inherited all her assets, including the 50% shareholding in the graphic design company. Over the next month, James makes Helen’s life very difficult. He insists on being involved with all business decisions, even though he has limited business acumen and no understanding of graphic design. Furthermore, one of Helen’s staff members is becoming increasingly uncomfortable around James and wants to resign. One day while out for lunch Helen bumps into her financial adviser. She immediately remembers her adviser’s recommendation to set up a business succession agreement, and wishes she had entered into a buy/sell agreement prior to Sarah’s death. A business succession plan would have: • Provided Helen with a greater level of control over who will replace Sarah • Funded buying out Sarah’s share of the business via additional insurance covering events such as death, TPD or serious medical illnesses • Prevented James’s involvement in the business as he is unsuitable & cannot work constructively with Helen & her staff • Offered greater peace of mind for everyone involved in the business, including customers, suppliers and employees

Both Helen and Sarah establish wills shortly after the meeting with their adviser. But as they are still young and very happy working together they decide there’s no need at this stage to establish a buy/sell agreement or take out insurance.

Had Helen taken out the recommended insurance policies, she would have had funds readily available to exercise an option under the buy/sell agreement to buy Sarah’s shares from her estate for a set price.

Article used with permission from AXA Media Resource. For more information contact Richard M Hill, from Green Dot Financial. Richard M Hill is an authorised representative of Professional Investment Services Pty Ltd ABN 11 074 608 558 AFSL Number 234951.

This is just an example of what can happen. To comment:

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by Costa Brehas

New rules for sponsored workers in Australia On September 14, 2009 important changes took place to the rules relating to sponsoring workers in Australia under a Subclass 457 visa. Amongst the more interesting features are the following:

‘Market Salary Rates’ Under the ‘old’ rules employers were obliged to pay s457 visa workers at least a specified minimum salary for their applicable occupation. Under the new rules, s457 visa workers must now be paid ‘market salary rates’. This is a bit of a misnomer as these rates are not determined by the market place. Instead, they are, as a general rule, determined as follows:

1 By the industrial arrangements and rates of pay that the sponsoring employer pays to an equivalent Australian worker employed at the same place where the s457 visa worker will work. 2 If the sponsoring employer does not employ any equivalent Australian

worker at that place then the market salary rate may be determined by any industrial arrangements (such as collective agreements or awards) that apply to the position which the s457 visa worker will fill.

3 If there are no industrial arrangements that apply to that position then

Medical Insurance Unlike the ‘old’ rules, s457 visa workers must now obtain their own medical insurance in order to get their visa and must continue to maintain that insurance for as long as they stay in Australia.

Changing Employers Subclass 457 visa workers who wish to change employers can now do so without having to apply for a new s457 visa each time they do so. Their proposed new employer merely needs to lodge an application nominating them. The worker can then move to the new employer after this application is approved.

New Employer Liability The sponsoring employer is liable to pay the government up to $10,000 in respect of its costs for finding a s457 visa worker who has breached the terms of his or her visa and removing that worker, together with any other people who accompany him or her, from Australia.

the sponsoring employer may refer to other data, such as salary surveys, to determine the applicable market salary rate.

If, in any of the circumstances referred to above, the salary to be paid will be less than an indexed threshold, known as the Temporary Skilled Migration Income Threshold (TSMIT), (which is currently $45,220 p/a), the nomination will, in most cases, be refused. This will be the case even if the proposed employer offers to pay the employee above the TSMIT. For example: Applying the rule in 1. above, if the salary of an equivalent Australian worker is $44,000 p/a this will be the ‘market salary rate’. Even if the proposed employer offers to pay to the s457 visa worker a salary of $65,000 p/a, the nomination will probably be refused because the “market salary rate” is below the TSMIT. The market salary rate requirement referred to above will, however, not apply where a s457 visa worker is paid a salary of $180,000 p/a or above. Employers who already employ s457 visa workers under the ‘old’ rules can continue to pay those workers under the ‘minimum salary level’ that applied to those workers until the end of year. From January 1, 2010, however, they must comply with the new rules.

Costa Brehas (B.Proc – University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa) practised as an attorney and conveyancer in South Africa and is currently engaged as a senior advocate in the Employment and Workplace Relations Department of Hunt & Hunt. See

Disclaimer The information contained in this article is not legal advice and should not be relied upon as legal advice. To comment:

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