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Contents Community Buzz

p04 Newsy bits and latest happenings

in our area.

What’s On

p12 Barnyard Theatre, Boktown,

Ballet and more.

What’s On Kids

p16 Tinkerbell, a glorious pantomine

for young ones, canopy tours and fun indoor ideas.

Social Scene

p18 Out and about.


p40 Winter-proof your skin with

these small changes in your daily regime and some bright, bold make-up tools

Healthy Living

p42 The tremendous health benefits of

drinking lemon water

p44 Beat the Winter blues and go into

Spring smiling


p46 Prevent Winter sports injuries p48 Calendar of events for rugby and

cricket fixtures, running and

Technology, News, mountain biking events Gadgets, Gizmo’s Motoring p50 Is it time to sell your car? and Geek Stuff

p20 5 fantastic gadgets for making

Winter a little more bearable

p22 Apple and tablets – Let’s think



p24 Trending now: Luxe gold and

crisp white; The role of colour in your home office and update your rooms with beautiful throws p26 Investing in art and how to select art for your home


p30 Consider this your official Winter

wish list.

Good Food and Good Wine

p32 Get great restaurant service always p34 Chocolate: The new diet food p35 Simple Italian style Winter soup

recipe p36 Hot off the shelves - latest foodie offerings in-store now


p38 Local Winter travel is

Parent’s Place

p52 Top ten things children really

want their parents to do with them and excellent ideas for healthy Winter lunch boxes

Movie Reviews

p54 Top cinema attractions showing


Book Reviews

p56 Grow, learn and challenge

yourself with these top reads


p58 Sunninghill a prime location p59 An upturn in the residential

property market

Dining Out

p60 Pizza, pasta and all things nice


p62 Local is lekker

Reader Giveaways

p63 Fab prizes up for grabs

undoubtedly best for safari’s, further afield we look to idyllic island getaways for escaping the chill | NORTHSIDE MAGAZINE| WINTER | 1

Publishers Foreword

Welcome to the North Side! With every change of season, this stunning quarterly lifestyle magazine will enthrall readers with ways to celebrate the finer things in life – from fashion and food to home and travel, business, all things eco and some luxe – and the best part is it’ s free!

Matt Smith with Robin Banks at the 2012 AGM for The Glass Recycling Company


EDITOR Allana Smith

DESIGNER Candice Jones



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Disclaimer: All articles and letters published in The North Side have been independently written by members of The North Sides’s community. Other articles and letters from the web e.g. Writers/ Bloggers have been given the proper attestation. The views of users published In The North Side are therefore their own and do not necessarily represent the views of The North Side, it’s staff and publishers. The North Side editors also reserve the right to edit or delete any and all comments received.

Can you believe that we are already fast approaching July 2012? Where does all the time go? And how does one slow it down? Scary – very scary! As we come into the second half of the year, there’s an optimistically cautious yet renewed sense of hope for the local economy. Certainly the concept for this magazine was born from my own personal interest in community structures and from having both lived and run a business in this area. I truly believe in getting to know my neighbours’ and getting involved by volunteering and shopping locally…and so it has been a dream of mine to launch a current magazine within the community, for the community. After months of planning, years of dreaming of a goal... the day is finally here, The North Side Magazine has been launched and you are reading it. Together we will learn more about our community, as our magazine will cover the pertinent articles within this quarter and many other stories of interest to all of us in the future editions. Much time and planning has gone into the preparation of this magazine. Our wish is that with the full support of the residents and business owners we will watch it grow as our community grows and prospers. Businesses who wish to advertise in our magazine will also receive complimentary copies for their customers. Advertising space is limited providing more editorial space for readership interest. Current isues can be found in many local businesses. Our advertising rates are available (e-mail mattsmith@icon. to encourage support as we build circulation. Please call us to confirm your advertising space... Most importantly we ask you to please support our advertisers: take note of their special offers, courses and unique services, and resolve to call or visit them this month. What better way to affect positive change than to support the very people whose ads, advertorials, editorials and news bring you The North Side free each quarter along with some fantastic reader giveaways, see page 65. We should all take great personal pride in our community - we work and live here, our families shop here, attend schools here, we volunteer here, and this is where our families call home. For all of you our goal is that The North Side covers articles of interest and brings you a haven from the pressures of modern living, a chance to slow down and a reminder of the good things in life. Until the third quarter, when we delve into our special feature, Healthy mind, remember that healthy living is green and green living is healthy. All the best

MATT SMITH - Publisher


The magazine operates according to a carefully calculated production schedule and we ask that contributors and advertisers alike adhere to the deadlines provided for each issue of the magazine. The North Side is happy to print articles in the magazine based on information provided by external Organisations and or members of the community, however we do not necessarily endorse the viewpoints expressed in these articles. Whilst every effort is made to ensure accuracy we do not accept any liability for any mistakes which may inadvertently appear. Articles should be relevant to our community – home life, outdoor living, family matters, dining and entertainment, health issues and/or wellbeing, without repeated reference to the person writing the article or the business that they represent. As we continually strive for perfection, individuals must accept criticism and strive for improvement, regardless of their title. We are all human so we make mistakes, but as humans we can also make adjustments. We appreciate all feedback, comments, advice and constructive criticism. Please also send letters or requests on various topics/ stories you would like us to cover! Please send to:

Hayley Bennett’s World Of Dance

Sunninghill Village Shopping Centre (basement level) Dancing is the perfect way to express yourself and, through the amazing rhythmical movements involved, is also an ideal way to get into shape. We currently offer a wide range of exciting dance classes to cater to every individual’s needs, such as Ballroom, Latin, Freestyle, Contemporary, Adult Ballet and Hip Hop. We also host a range of specialty classes focusing more on fitness training through the element of dance such as Tiny Tots, Dance Fitness, Belly Dancing and Pole Dancing. Yoga classes have been scheduled for those who wish to focus on strengthening their minds as well as their bodies. Wedding Dance Lessons by Hayley Bennett. Highly acclaimed  performer,  choreographer and teacher. Package  includes assistance with personalised choreography, dance style choice,  technique, assistance with music choice and music editing

For more information email 011 024 1157 079 695 7128

To book any of these magnificent accommodation options, contact Zebula Reservations on +2714 734 7700 or Please present this advert for a 10% discount.

HAYLEY BENNETT Two times winner of Strictly Come Dancing and well acclaimed Performer, Choreographer & Teacher. Starting from young Hayley had a natural dance ability but was an incredibly shy child, dancing taught her self confidence and social skills. Now training some of South Africa’s reigning Latin & Freestyle Champions, Hayley is a Dancer & Teacher of great enthusiasm & Qualification.

Golf estates abound in South Africa but none can match Zebula, a stunning and totally unique lifestyle destination a mere 2 hours' drive north of Johannesburg in the magnificent malaria-free Waterberg region of Limpopo Province. Located on 1600 hectares of pristine bushveld in the shadow of the Waterberg mountains, Zebula commands a most spectacular setting. Undulating, indigenous treecovered hills and wide-open grasslands are punctuated with frequent dams and waterholes – a diverse landscape that supports a wide variety of game, birds and small wildlife. Upmarket luxury homes are tastefully designed and privately positioned so as not to impose on the surroundings. The Peter Matkovitch-designed golf course respects the environment, following the natural contours of the terrain, a masterful symphony of indigenous bush and landscaped areas. Surprising for its bushveld location, water supply is both abundant and sustainable, ensuring that the quality of the greens is unrivalled and that playing surfaces are always top notch. Naturally occurring game include Kudu, Impala, Blue Wildebeest, Zebra, Blesbok, Red Haartebeest, Giraffe, Eland, Jackal, Warthog, Ostrich as well as many other indigenous species. Visitors and residents are able to walk, run, cycle or drive on the estate and get up close and personal with the wildlife, making a trip to Zebula a true back to nature experience. Those seeking the thrill of the Big 5 can be indulged at adjoining Mabalingwe Nature Reserve. Zebula offers 3hr roundtrip game drives. The Spa at Zebula is a haven for golfers and non-golfers alike. This is a place to indulge, heal and unwind in a beautiful natural setting complete with indoor heated splash pool, relaxation garden and health bar with awe-inspiring views. Here a comprehensive range of therapies, including The Spa at Zebula’s unique African and Asian inspired Signature treatments, will ensure that the stresses and strains of city living are effectively eased away.


Demonstrate your Corporate Social Responsibility FreeMe An amazing thing about city life is how many wild animals are still present, living amongst humans and their roads and buildings. Many of these animals are seldom seen, such as nocturnal hedgehogs, genets, owls and bats. Other animals which come out during the day are adept at avoiding humans, keeping to thick undergrowth and wild areas. All too often, the time when wild animals are seen is when they need help – perhaps injured by a car or a dog, trapped for the muthi trade, or fallen from a nest. Every year thousands of birds, mammals and reptiles living in gardens or un-developed land become orphaned, sick, or suffer injuries. Most of the veterinarians in the city do not have the facilities to care for them: most of all they need a very quiet, stress-free hospital environment. This is why FreeMe is so important, as a dedicated wildlife clinic and rehabilitation centre. We have a small full-time staff and a group of trained volunteers who donate their time to care for wildlife until the animals are ready to be released back into the wild. We are open seven days a week from 8am to 5pm, with an after-hours hotline, and we welcome calls from the public asking for advice and support. FreeMe relies on members of the public to bring compromised animals to the centre, and for notification if there are wild animals in distress. In emergencies such as oil-spills volunteers may travel to a locality to rescue and assist wildlife. FreeMe is a registered non-profit organisation, relying on the generosity of the public for funding. A lot of our work is done by volunteers - morning and afternoon shifts feed, clean and nurse patients in the clinic and aviaries;couriers bring injured animals from their area to the FreeMe centre; others raise funds, fix plumbing, build cages ... We welcome new volunteers: whatever your talent, FreeMe can use it! Account Name : FreeMe Wildlife Bank : Nedbank Branch : Epsom Downs Branch Code : 152205 Savings account Number : 2522101471 Tel: (011) 807-6993 Cell: 083 558 5658 (a/h) E-mail:


About Just One Child Normalising abandoned children through blended families Registration No. 930015961

A Secretary Bird caught up on an electric fence was treated for burns, then tagged and released. Photo: Nicci Wright

Found on the ground after a storm, thin and exhausted - a Cape Serotine Bat ready for release after fattening up! Photo: Pam Krzyza

Traditional families are fast disappearing off the face of the African Continent. Family units are destroyed by war, poverty and disease. As concerned citizens, we are called to intervene at this time to provide comfort and care to those who survive this onslaught. Each person has a unique purpose, specific gifts and talents, and great potential. Their lives are as precious and meaningful to us as is any other that shares our world. At Just One Child we start with the children; those abandoned by parents, grandparents, society and even government. Our aim is to create blended family units blind to race, gender, colour, creed or health status. Through these families children are loved, nurtured, supported and cared for in a normal environment. Our children are normalized, not institutionalized.

What makes Just One Child different? Just One Child has created blended families in two locations; Clairvaux Infant Haven in Rivonia and Thabang House in Wendywood. Each location is a small non-threatening environment that provides a warm and loving home to an average of six children each.

This Honey Badger pup was raised at FreeMe after his mother was killed while crossing a road. He’s now nearly a full adult, enjoying his own territory in the Kalahari. Photo: PamKrzyza

102 Churchill Ave, Wendywood, 2090 P.O.Box 111, Gallo Manor, 2052 Tel: +27 11 804 3977 / 6662

Through a ‘green-tinted’ lens Take part in our quarterly competition and send us your photographs of a green and beautiful Johannesburg. Show off the city through green-tinted lenses, we encourage residents to submit unique pictures of Joburg, and enter our quarterly photographic competition. Joburg is filled with a rich supply of green spaces and showing off these places is a must. These green spaces can be parks, tree-lined streets, a green skyline, people visiting parks, the abundance of fauna and flora, conservation sites and cemeteries in the city. Send your photos via email. or 1. Entrants should include information on where the photos were taken, the date and the time. 2. The closing date of competition is the last day of each month. 3. Winners will be announced quarterly.

About Stop Hunger Now SA Who is Stop Hunger Now SA? Established in 1998, Stop Hunger Now is an international relief organisation that coordinates the distribution of food and other life-saving aid around the world. The organisation is driven by a vision to end world hunger in our lifetime and a mission to provide food and life-saving aid to the world’s most destitute and hungry in the most sustainable, efficient and effective manner. The South African branch of Stop Hunger Now opened in September 2009 in Johannesburg, and a Cape Town office was launched in March 2011. Food for the programme is raised through donations for meal packaging events, a volunteer-based effort through which participants package high protein, dehydrated meals for distribution through school feeding programmes.

Make today a day to invest in families

Arbor Month September is Arbor Month, and every year Joburg City Parks hosts range of activities in celebration. JOBURG City Parks plans to plant 10 000 trees during September - and we want everyone to do their bit to make the city green. This year’s Arbor Month also falls during the participation process of the City's Growth and Development Strategy (GDS) for 2040, which is dedicated to creating a city that is smart, liveable and environmentally friendly. Week 7 of the GDS - with an environmental focus - runs from 19 to 23 September. The week will be used to identify environmental issues facing the city and proposing possible solutions. We'll also be working on various projects during Environment Week, including beautifying our different regions and helping clean and reclaim open spaces.

The UN International Day of Families, SOS Children’s Villages raises awareness of the challenges affecting families today. The changes on the global economic landscape and its effects on the most vulnerable, namely children, has been largely overlooked. It is an occasion to bring attention to their plight. In these challenging times those working with over two million of the world’s most vulnerable children and their families have provided a unique insight into the issues that are common to many. SOS Children’s Villages teams across five continents share their experiences and concerns as they provide realistic options for legislators and others who wish to do something NOW to make family life better in 2013. The priority of SOS Children’s Villages is to help families care for children. Regardless of their background, children should live in a family who will support them to reach their potential. When it is not possible for a child to remain in his or her biological family, he or she may find a new home within a family in an SOS Children’s Village. Today, is a day to invest in families SOS Children’s Villages requests that everyone unite and pursue a can-do approach to help families overcome crisis. By understanding “the notion of family,” society can strive to provide parents with the resources needed to live in dignity and to have what is necessary to devote to the full and optimal development of their children. | NORTHSIDE MAGAZINE| WINTER | 5

Community Special message to you, from Heidi Vollmer ‘As someone who supports the SA GuideDog Association, you can’t ever begin to know how much your kindness means to me, and to others like me. The love, dedication, commitment and special friendship of these dogs in their working lifetime of usually 10 years, is irreplaceable. Those of us who get a dog will never be able to thank you properly. But we can be visible in the world with our companions, for you to see the results of your generosity. You can be proud, as I am, of this beautiful new girl to partner me for my future years. Thank you, so much, for my Olivia.’

Win up to R242 000! When you join The Collar and Tie Club you join a very select group of 2 000 people who stand the chance to win fantastic cash prizes every month. Your membership fee of R600 per year – or R50 per month – puts you in line to win in our 12 monthly – and two R25 000 ‘Elite’ – prize draws! For more information log onto

Events on the SAGA calendar: 25 August Fly-fishing (Dullstroom) 15th September Spring Ball (Montecasino Ballroom) 7th October Family Fun Day (Guide Dog Training Centre, Bryanston) 4th November Guide Dogs Graduation Ceremony (Guide Dog Training Centre, Bryanston) 1st December Carols by Candlelight (Guide Dog Training Centre, Bryanston) 7th December Car Raffle Competition Draw Date

The Johannesburg Voluntary mounted River Rangers

Environmental Watchdogs

The Johannesburg Voluntary Mounted River Rangers conduct daily environmental patrols from 2 equestrian bases on the north side of the largest city in South Africa. From Where to Where?

Patrols cover a 17 km stretch of City parkland and river trails along the Braamfontein Spruit and the Sandspruit Rivers. Public parks in Riverclub, Parkmore, Bryanston, Paulshof & Sunninghill are also monitored by our Rangers. Why?

Sewerage spills, illegal dumping, littering and water pollution need to be managed on a sustainable basis. Horses and volunteer riders offer a low-impact solution for observing and reporting these problems to city authorities so that rapid interventions can be applied. Since 2002 the numbers of vagrants inhabiting informal squatter camps along the Braamfontein Spruit have also mushroomed. The River Rangers supply regular updates to the SA Police Services (SAPS), as well as Community forums & Security managers in the above areas so the size and spread of these camps can be controlled. The reporting of fallen trees, fires, flood damage, the spread of invasive vegetation and the illegal pumping of water out of local rivers is also part of the River Ranger mandate. Our patrol horses are stabled on land leased from the Johannesburg Property Company (Propcom). We operate from bases at the Field & Study Centre in Sandton and from Rivonia Riding Club section 21, non profit organization. For more info visit

Johannesburg: 087 754 9295 / 011 705 3513


Friends of the Sandspruit A remarkable change has occurred in Sunninghill over the last few years: increasing numbers of residents are beginning to take possession of our public spaces – and that means extending the hiking, biking and horse riding trails along the banks of the Sandspruit. Although numbers are still modest, each additional new user helps make a difference. There was a time when river frontage was the exclusive domain of squatters. This is why so many businesses in the Sunninghill node turned their backs on the spruit and why it deteriorated into a forgotten asset. There remain a few squatters but police raids take place regularly and their home – a disused basement in an unfinished building is scheduled for demolition. A more recent initiative is to establish a monthly weekend market along the riverbank. The potential is currently being assessed and sometime this winter a decision will be made on whether to take the proposal forward. The Sandspruit is arguably Sunninghill’s most valuable natural asset. The Zionist church thinks so. Did you know water is collected daily by churchgoers at its confluence with the Braamfontein Spruit? It is regarded to have special powers and, despite warning signs to the contrary, the water is drunk. The fledgling organisation Friends of the Sandspruit seeks to ensure that one day these ‘healing waters’ will indeed be uncontaminated and available for all to enjoy – churchgoers and non churchgoers alike. The return of the frogs will herald that event. In addition to the commitment to rehabilitate the spruit, Friends of the Sandspruit will seek to protect the existing public land on either side from further encroachment. This body will also help Sunninghill Community raise the necessary funds for regular bush clearing, general cleanups and other improvements – such as the extension of hiking and horse trails. So we call on residents and businesses to join us at our launch fundraiser event – Dancing in the Streets to be held at the Barnyard Theatre on July 13th at 8pm. It promises to be a smash hit! Tickets cost R145. There will be dancing, singing and music! Bring your picnic baskets or order pizza from Barnyard Pizza Deli. A fully stocked bar and coffee station is also available. Tickets are R145 per person.

Book Now –, group bookings available. Contact us for further

details on catering or a map to the theatre. We look forward to seeing you there! But this winter isn’t only about residents enjoying themselves. We haven’t forgotten about the squatters. Because we make a difference in our wider community, in just … weeks Sunninghill Community collected over R15 000. On the 13th June 150 blankets were distributed among poor folk living in a nearby informal settlement. To our residents and businesses we say: ‘Thank you for contributing to our blanket drive so willingly! You rock! It would be truly awesome if we were able to collect an equivalent amount at the launch of Friends of the Sandspruit!’


Public open space at end of Achter Rd

Dear Resident, We have initiated a project with the backing of the PRRA to beautify our area and add value to the communities’ quality of life. Until recently the Public Open Space (POS) at the end of Achter Road (North of the club and adjacent to the stables) has been the subject of much debate as to its future. At a recent meeting with our ward councillor Mrs Annette Deppe, PRRA chairman Brydal Martin, Guy Addison and myself, the subject of the POS was discussed, shortly thereafter Cllr Deppe phoned me to inform me she had 30 trees for the community and would like to see 20 planted in the POS and 10 in the park by the kids playground (Brackenhill Rd) . Based on these few trees, an idea was born I put a proposal together embarking on an ambitious project to turn the POS into a proper park. I secured a further 30 trees from City Parks and approached Lauren Hegele from the Rivonia stables with my idea for the POS – who immediately wanted to be involved and offered compost and labour for tree planting. My neighbour John Brammall who has been of huge assistance in cleaning up the Sandspruit greenbelt, also without hesitation saw the merits of the idea and offered labour to help with this project, John works closely with Sunninghill Community (SC) and manager Kerry Mawson, who also committed to helping in any way they can. From these small beginnings in the last 6 weeks we have managed to form a working

group consisting of those mentioned above, and including Mrs Vivian Alcock (Vice Chairperson of the Johannesburg Volunteer River Rangers). Kerry Mawson (SC) managed to secure a further 140 trees from City Parks for Paulshof (the majority of which will be used in the POS), a number of the trees have been given to the stables (already planted), the other trees are being kept safe and watered at the stables. We have already planted 23 trees along the bottom area of the POS. A copy of the envisaged layout is attached (please excuse my artwork), but hopefully it will give everyone an idea of our vision. Below is the rough outline of the project, the support of the residents is key to the realisation of this project, and any residents wishing to get involved and participate will be more than welcome. Paulshof Public Open Space Project Phase 1 1. A common vision from the working team and how we will achieve it, Stables and Public Open Space (POS) must for all intents and purposes be seen as one (aesthetics). 2. We have secured over R150 000.00 worth of trees for planting in the POS - along the spruit banks 23 have been planted already. 3. We are planting individual trees and some groves (5 trees) around the centre of the POS - for dramatic effect we are trying to secure jacket plum trees to be planted in the centre of 4 African bush willows in each grove, as well as on some borders.


4. The centre area will be left untouched for the plovers, which is a nesting and breeding site. 5. A theme for the POS has been agreed by the working group that will drive the project – hopefully to encourage Jhb City Council to support designating the area as a park. We propose the “park” become a designated “Bird Park” - it is ideally situated on the rivers to attract a large and varied number of birds. 6. A full proposal must be drawn up and submitted to the City Council, this could result in the project being given “Flagship Park” status and budget monies allocated in the fiscus – only ONE Flagship Park is approved each year per ward. 7. We will be raising funds through an “adopt a tree” programme, R200.00 per tree (1 only per household) – this will give the resident a “naming plaque” - Year, name (not surname), the street/area they’re from and eventual bird feeder rights (you will be able to put a bird feeder in your tree). 8. We would like to involve the community in bird spotting and building a data base of birds via the Paulshof website, this will be a fantastic way for the community to get involved. Phase 2 9. De-stoning of the POS (the stone will be kept - if usable, to build some low stone walls, either side of the entrance to the POS?). The centre area where the plovers breed will be left untouched as a feature. 10. The entire remaining area will be re-seeded the with a “park type” grass. Phase 3 11. Have the POS re-designated/classified from Agricultural holding to “Public Park” and offer the city council naming rights to the park (hopefully this will encourage participation). 12. By showing support and getting involved the possibility of the POS being re-designated to a “Park” will encourage the Council to allocate funding to securely fence the “Park” (as they did with Hamil-

ton Dog Park in Petervale). 13. Build a “track” around the outside of the “park” (inside the fence) for cyclists, joggers, walkers and security. 14. Build a “causeway” (1 or 2) across the Braamfontein spruit (approval from council required) with access into the park, gates to be lockable. 15. In the morning/evening – security providers will lock p.m./unlock a.m. when using the trail on their rounds – foot patrol/cycle or quad bike. 16. Possibly revamp the security hut at the end of Achter Rd as an access control into the park or as a permanent station for a foot patrol guard? 17. Install a set of sponsored playground equipment from a local business for the “park”. 18. Install concrete benches into the park. 19. Have the club set up a “Tea Garden” in the park with an access via the bowling greens – revenue could be generated? 20. A clear view fence (1.8m) to be built

on one side of the POS adjacent to the horse paddocks. 21. Parking could be provided at the club? Phase 4 22. Turn the “park” into the community hub for future events – Spring Fair, Craft market etc. 23. A secured/safe (fenced) “theme” park with a horse/cycling/jogging trail (+/- 2km around), will be a great asset to Paulshof, especially being adjacent to the stables and the recreation club, and a draw card for families to want to live in the area – not only will the project add value to your property, but also offer a safe/ secure environment for residents to enjoy. Kind Regards, Simon Priestley Committee Member PRRA Tel No: 011 452 5525

49M is an initiative that encourages South Africans from all walks of life to band together and save electricity. South Africa produces about 45% of all the electricity generated on the continent and as our economy expands, so does our demand for energy. 49M is about a better future for all South Africans economically, socially and environmentally. The initiative asks that we look for a sustainable future and a better tomorrow for all. Remember, energy efficiency is not only a national concern, it is a global concern. Whether you’re a business owner or you’re concerned about the environment, every choice you make, no matter how big or small, has the ability to make a huge difference to the country’s energy consumption. There’s lots that you can do to help, from telling your coworkers and family about the 49M initiative to simply remembering to turn off the lights when you leave the room. If you’d like to become a 49M campaigner and see how else you can help, just go to | NORTHSIDE MAGAZINE| WINTER | 9


Eskom reports a sound financial performance for the third consecutive year Thursday, 14 June 2012:Eskom today reported a sound financial performance for the third consecutive year, earning a surplus which will be reinvested in full in the company to support its expansion and service debt. This comes after two years in which Eskom has reshaped its business to position it for better performance and future growth, so that it can fulfil its purpose of growing the economy and improving the quality of life of the people of South Africa and the region. Eskom showed net profit of R13.2-billion for the year to end-March 2012, up from R8.4 - billion for the previous year and only slightly above the R12.8billion which the company reported for the first half of its financial year to end-September. Eskom’s business tends to be seasonal, with most of its profit earned in the first half of the year, which covers the winter months when tariffs for large customers are higher and maintenance costs are lower. The Minister of Public Enterprises, Malusi Gigaba, said: “These are pleasing results which come just as we have celebrated two milestone events in the life of Eskom. Last week, we had President Jacob Zuma visit Eskom’s new Medupi power station to initiate the final phase of the boiler pressure

test on the first unit of the power station, and we are now clearly on track for Medupi to deliver first power to the national grid before the end of 2013. Earlier this week we were in the Eastern Cape to celebrate the four millionth household to be connected to electricity since the electrification programme started in 1991.These mile-

stones highlight the importance of Eskom’s role. Eskom must continue to improve its financial health so that it can invest to support economic growth and job creation and improve the quality of life.” The Chief Executive of Eskom, Brian Dames, said: “We are a different company to what we were two years ago. We have put a strategy in place to transform Eskom into a high performance utility and position it to grow. Although we are not there yet, we have now put the building blocks in place to take the company forward.”


“Eskom’s strong performance over the past two years, and the decision by our shareholder to sacrifice some of its return on equity, enabled us to apply successfully to the National Energy Regulator (Nersa) in March to reduce the average electricity tariff increase for the current year to 16%, from the 25.9% which Nersa originally granted us,” Dames said. The year to end-March 2012 saw significant progress on Eskom’s capacity expansion programme. Two of its three return-to-service power stations, Camden and Grootvlei, have now been commissioned and the third of these stations, Komati, is two thirds complete. Eskom has now installed a total of 5.8 GW of new generating capacity, 3899 Km of high voltage transmission lines and 20 195 MVA of new transformer capacity since the start of the capacity expansion programme in 2005. The programme, which also includes two large new coal-fired stations, Medupi and Kusile, a pump storage scheme, Ingula, and new transmission infrastructure, will ultimately add a total of 17.1 GW to the grid by the time it is completed in 2019. It has also had significant spinoffs in terms of creating jobs and developing local skills and local supplier industries, as well as

boosting the economies of the communities in which the projects are situated. “Our new build programme and the associated skills development programmes are a clear demonstration of how we can use infrastructure development to enable economic growth and job creation,” said Dames. Eskom reports annually on its triple bottom line, providing measures of its socio-economic impact and its environmental and safety record along with its financial performance. Highlights of the financial year included the electrification of 155 213 households, the R72.1-billion of broad based black economic empowerment spending, and the almost 12 000 individuals who are now being trained at Eskom. This includes a learner pipeline of over 6 700 engineering, technical and artisan learners and a further 5 159 learners in the youth programme. Eskom spent R1.4-billion on training during the year, up from R1-billion in the previous year. The company now employs 43 473 people directly and a total of 130 000 within its full scope of activities. The year to end-March 2012 saw only minimal growth in electricity sales, which increased by 0.2% to 224 785 GWh, falling short of the forecasted 1.2% increase. This reflected weaker than expected economic activity and industrial action in some sectors, as well as lower winter demand from large power users. However, the lower demand also reflected success in Eskom’s energy efficiency programmes, which have

yielded accumulated verified demand savings of 3 GW since 2005, equivalent to five units’ worth of the output of a typical six-pack power station. Electricity revenues increased to R113 billion (2011: R90.4 bn), mainly as a result of the 25.8% tariff increase granted by the National Energy Regulator of SA. This translated into revenue per kilowatt hour of 50.3c (2011: 40.3c), while costs per kWh in Eskom’s electricity business were 41.3c (2011: 32.8c). Costs rose as Eskom put initiatives in place during the year to manage a tight power system. A 29% increase in the cost of primary energy per kWh was the main driver of higher costs for the year to end-March, with coal burn costs rising by 20.8% per ton and Eskom spending R3.3-billion to buy power from independent power producers (IPPs). Eskom has contracted 1 008 MW of installed capacity from IPPs and municipal generators on a short or medium term basis, at an average price of 77c per kWh. “We have kept the lights on since 2008 and we are resolved to continue to do so despite a power system which will be tight for at least the next two years,” said Dames. “But we cannot keep the lights on alone, and it is costly: we urge all our customers to work with us and use energy as efficiently and sparingly as possible, especially during the evening peak this winter.” Eskom has a R300-billion funding plan in place to finance its capacity expansion

programme out to 2019, and 78% of this funding has now been secured. Eskom’s total borrowings stood at R182.6-billion at end-March, up from R160.3-billion at the previous year-end. The total is expected to grow to over R300-billion over the next three years as Eskom draws down on the loan agreements it has in place to complete the capacity expansion programme. “We have a healthy liquidity and funding position and we have managed to maintain our credit ratings, even though the outlook has been changed from stable to negative, in line with the sovereign rating,” said Eskom’s finance director Paul O’Flaherty. No dividend was declared for the year. Eskom’s shareholder, the Department of Public Enterprises, has waived its right to a dividend given the capacity expansion programme, enabling all surpluses to be retained for investment in future expansion. Keeping the lights on for South Africa will continue to be a priority for the 2012/2013 financial year, as will improving safety in Eskom’s operations. Eskom will also focus on delivering on the build programme, with a special focus on Medupi. It will also pursue programmes to enhance the efficiency of its operations and the reliability of its power stations, and continue to focus on transformation of the organisation to support South Africa’s broader macroeconomic objectives. Eskom will apply to Nersa later this year for a new multi-year price determination which will take effect from 1 April 2013. | NORTHSIDE MAGAZINE| WINTER | 11

What’s On

Boktown On 23 June ABSA BOKTOWN, in conjunction with Montecasino – the home of a true Bok supporter – will be bringing rugby fans all the big hits on Montecasino’s HUGE outdoor Piazza screen. The fan zone will be overflowing with biltong, beer and boerewors – all the very best things about South African rugby – and, at a cost of only R30 per person, which includes one free local beer, cider, soft-drink or mineral water, and live performances by top SA musicians, it’s the only place to be if you can’t be at the game!Load of exciting giveaways, best dressed competitions, visits by Bokkie the Springbok mascot, official Springbok merchandise on sale, and performances by Dewald Dipenaar on Saturday, 9 June, and Saturday 23 June at, and SA music sensation the Graeme Watkins Project on Saturday, 16 June, will add to the electrifying atmosphere. Gates open at 15:00. Book your tickets now – at or call Computicket on 0861 915 8000.


The Wine Show

Wine lovers, both connoisseurs and novices, will find a blend for every palate at this year's annual Wine Show on the banks of the Vaal River. Why go? Less than an hour's drive from Johannesburg, visitors will have the opportunity of tasting over 200 variants from some of the best wine producers in the country. Where is it? Emerald Resort and Casino, 777 Frikkie Meyer Road, Vanderbijlpark When is it? Thursday, 28th and Friday, 29th of June, 2012 How much does it cost? R60 per person

Nightout for Two 10 April to 31 August (Sunday – Friday) Montecasino’s NIGHT OUT FOR 2 is back and now you can tailor-make your own unique entertainment package at exceptional valuefor-money! Night Out for 2 entertainment packages start at the incredible price of only R325, with savings up to R480 and includes dinner for 2 at your choice of restaurant; drinks on the casino floor, Casino FreePlay and 2 2D movie tickets. You can also top up your NIGHT OUT FOR 2 entertainment package with a stay and/or breakfast at one of our 3 luxury Montecasino hotels. You get so much more, for so much less. For more information and to book visit or www.computicket

The Parlotones present “THIS IS OUR STORY” 3 to 4 August THE PARLOTONES have shared an extraordinary journey over the last decade and are looking forward to sharing this journey with their fans when they present “This Is Our Story” - an intimate evening of songs and inspirations - live at The Teatro. “This is our story” will take the audience on a magical ride exploring their songs and delving into the inspirations behind them in an intimate theatre setting. Taking you down memory lane Kahn, Paul, Glen and Neil will give their insights on what has meant the most to them about the songs that have shaped South Africa’s most successful rock band of all time. The band will share the stories behind milestones songs such as Beautiful, Here Comes the Man, Colourful, Giant Mistake, I’ll Be There and countless others which shaped the band over the years. To add to this great production, the show will take on an interactive role by enabling fans to communicate with the band on stage through social media and ask them the questions they would like to know the answers too. Book your ticket at www. or call Computicket on 0861 915 8000

Comics Choice Awards - 10 july While everyone else watches and waits for the end of the world in 2012, South Africans should eagerly anticipate the next instalment of the greatest awards show ever staged. THE COMICS CHOICE AWARDS are back, and promise to be even more hilarious, poignant and unpredictable than last year.Bookings for the 2012 Comic’s Choice Award Show will open shortly at Computicket. Tickets are limited. For more information Andre’ Gilbertson - CapeTown Playmakers 083 4487047 021 4471937 | NORTHSIDE MAGAZINE| WINTER | 13

What’s On Cabaret 7 June to 5 August Set in Berlin’s seedy Kit Kat Klub, 1931, the show revolves around cabaret performer Sally Bowles, a faded, jaded, good-time girl, (made famous by Liza Minelli in the 1972 movie) and her relationship with young American writer Cliff Bradshaw. Adding to the divinely decadent atmosphere is German musical theatre star Sascha Halbhuber making his SouthAfrican debut as the sinister, sexy Master of Ceremonies, Emcee. This production is Age restricted PG 13. Performances: Tue – Fri @ 8pm, Sat @ 4pm & 8pm, Sun @ 2pm & 6pm Tickets: R325, R225, R125 & R100. All bookings at Theatre & Computicket (011) 511 1818 or online

Your Race to Win a share of R6.3 Million! 10 April – 9 August YOUR RACE TO WIN, Montecasino’s new casino promotion will be full of unbeatable action between the now and the 9th August with an amazing R6.3 million to be won. Experience that silent suspense, white knuckles and the feeling of butterflies in your stomach as you wait for that whistle to blow as you aim to be a “Champion of Champions”! The playing fields have been leveled, giving you an equal chance of winning. The question is – how far are you willing to run in order to leave the others behind? Sign up now to Club Festival to be part of the excitement! See www. for more details.

Koos Kombuis by Die Blou Hond Fantastiese vertoning met heerlike 3 gang maaltyd om die kaggelvuur. Venue Die Blou Hond, 67 4de Laan, Linden, Johannesburg Date 23 Jun 12 to 23 Jun 12 Price : R275 incl 3 course meal 18h30 011 782 4240

Jozi Food Market National Ballet of Cuba - 30 August to 2 September The Teatro at Montecasino will for the first time, host the NATIONAL BALLET OF CUBA. The ballet brings together extracts from classics such as Giselle; The SleepingBeauty; The Nutcracker and Swan Lake. The National Ballet of Cuba will showcase the company’s unparalleled flair that reflects a uniquely Cuban style that is sharp and brilliant. TheNational Ballet of Cuba brings together extracts from seven of the company’s most famous ballets. Book your ticket at or call Computicket on 0861 915 8000


With a wide variety of local food and drink fayre, any new visitors to the Jozi Food Market can expect to be wowed! Venue Pirates Sport Club, 25 Braeside Street, Greenside Date 30 Jun 12 to 30 Jun 12 Price : Free - 08h30 to 13h30 +27 76 469 8995

Entertainment News! R30 million nightclub launches in Johannesburg

Dirty Dancing - From 26 October DIRTY DANCING is the unprecedented classic love story about Baby and Johnny, two fiercely independent young spirits from different worlds, who come together in what will be the most challenging and triumphant summer oftheir lives. The on-stage experience fuses heart-pounding music, passionateromance and sensationally sexy dancing to the hit songs of “Hungry Eyes”, “Hey Baby”, “Do You Love Me?” and the heart stopping “Time Of My Life.”The Classic Story on Stage is packed with breathtaking dancing by South Africa’s most sexy performers with million dollar costumes and stunning visuals. Featuring everyone’s favourite scenes including “I carried a watermelon” and “nobody puts Baby in a corner” – if you loved the film you will adore the stage version! Appealing to young and old alike, the well known and loved original movie soundtrack performed and danced to live, makes DIRTY DANCING the hottest ticket in town! Book your ticket at or call Computicket on 0861 915 8000

Avastar has brought the concept of a themed club into South Africa by launching the country’s first premier nightlife experience. The club attracts guests over the age of 23 who want and can afford an exclusive night out. Situated in Rivonia, Johannesburg, Avastar combines futuristic mid-22nd century themes, allowing you to shift your perception of reality. A place where everything moves, the R30 million venue features elegant, yet fun elements all crammed into 2500m². Inspired by the Las Vegas strip, the venue includes a creative concept that speaks to your imagination, state-of-the-art sound and lighting equipment, visual décor and the finest cuisine. The design team undertook extensive research in the US and came back to produce a product that is truly world class. Every element of the club is imported from the motion sensitive walkways to the specially designed light activated cocktail glasses and ice cubes. The venue plays on fusing technology with nature where every element demands attention and prompts a response. Avastar features a luxurious VIP lounge with exclusive bar service, a star studded entertainment lineup, celebrity DJ’s and multiple dance floors catering to diverse music interests. For a daytime dining experience, the Avastar Café offers a fun, relaxed environment. The premium menu choices have been created by highly esteemed international chef, Gabor Istvan Fekete. Gabor’s flair in the kitchen developed early and his culinary skills have grown over his more than 25 years’ experience as a professional chef. He is named among the supreme chefs in our country and is renowned for his exclusive fusion cooking; owing to his ability to use garden-fresh ingredients to create dishes that arouse all five senses turning even the simplest of dishes into a sensory journey. For more information, visit, follow us on @ avastarclub or visit the Avastar Nighclub Facebook page.

Keg & Filly QUIZZ NIGHT EVERY TUESDAY in September we are starting a three month league. The winning team of the league wins R4000.00. Get your team of 6 together and partake in the fun. COMEDY NIGHTS: Mell Miller with the funnies. Thursday 5th July and again on Wednesday the 5th of September. SPRINGBOK GAMES: Live cheerleaders and great prizes up for grabs. EURO SOCCER: Big screen action. THEMED PARTIES: The last Friday of every month we have a live band,

Keg & Filly, Sunninghill 011 807 5589 / 803 2823

EVENT CALENDER All Major Sports Events - Big Screen Girls Night Out - Last Wednesday of every month, 50% OFF MEALS Big Rock Concert - He has info Comedy Nights - 5 July, 1 August, 5 September, 7 November Night at the Races - 28 July Hypnotist - 8 August Playboy Party with Live Band 31 August Live Band - 28 September Beer Festival - 6 October Trivia Nights - Starts 4 September, every Tuesday thereafter Coyote Ugly Party - 30 November Reggae Party - To be confirmed 26 October Caribeon Cruise Party 14 December | NORTHSIDE MAGAZINE| WINTER | 15

What’s On Kids

Kids indoor activities Artjamming School Holiday Programme 25 Jun to 18 Jul Venue Melrose Arch Piazza; Lonehill Centre in Fourways; Irene Village Mall in Centurion Price : R155 9am-11am or 2pm-4pm (082 784 1313) Bring the kids to Artjamming this school holiday! We have an exciting programme lined up!

Tinkerbell’s Pirate Adventure 14 July & 21 July Doors open at 09:30. Show start at 11:00. Tickets are R50pp. On Cue Theatre presents a brand new show for the young ones! In this adventurous pantomime, a beautiful, young, noble woman wants to escape her dreaded arranged marriage. After having to disguise herself as a teenage boy, she escapes to the docks and deceives the crew as a cabin boy and boards the good ship ‘Lolly Pop’.

Disney on Ice - Worlds of Fantasy 26 Jun to 26 Jun (+27 83 915 8000) Venue: The Coca-Cola Dome, Northriding Price : R180 to R300 A first for South Africa! Rev up for non-stop fun with four of your favourite Disney stories at Disney on Ice presents Worlds of Fantasy. From wheels to waves, playtime to pixie dust, your family`s favourite Disney moments come to life at Disney On Ice presents Worlds of Fantasy.

McLaren Circus 23 Jun to 15 Jul Price : Cost included in theme park ticket (+27 11 248 6800) Venue: Gold Reef City Theme Park Swing by McLaren Circus this winter holidays and enjoy jaw dropping performances.


Disney's Aladdin Jr 4 Jun – 21 Jul

Where: The National Children s Theatre (NCT), 3 Junction Avenue, Parktown Cling to the edge of your seat as you are transported on a magical carpet ride. Discover all the mystery and excitement of "The Arabian Nights" in this delightful dramatization of a boy who found a Magic Lamp and was befriended by a powerful Genie. This is interactive edutainment at its best and will have children s spirits soaring with excitement. A kaleidoscope of exquisite costumes and delightful characters will transport you on a thrilling journey to the Orient. This heart-warming stage adaptation carries all the classic Disney themes - friendship, family, hope and love. These themes are the foundation of our human condition and engage the imagination and instill personal character that will last a lifetime. Booking is essential Venue: The National Children s Theatre (NCT), 3 Junction Avenue, Parktown Times: Mondays to Saturdays at 10.30am and 2.30pm. During the government school term, performances are weekdays at 9.00am and 10.30am. Cost: Ticket prices: R80 (children) and R100 (adults). Block bookings and specials are available for schools, groups and birthday parties. Name of organiser: Bookings can be made through the theatre - Sue. Contact number: 011 484 1584/5









Kids outdoor activities Croc City Open: 7 days a week, Mon – Sun 09:00 – 16:30, with ample secure parking. 083 321 1016 /083 657 7561 Our aim is to make it a fun-filled, yet educational experience for all, even the parents! All kids will be given the opportunity to hold or touch a REAL crocodile hatchling. Once all the kids have arrived they will be taken on a fun and informative tour to see the crocs. The kids can play on the jungle gym or safely run and explore, as there is plenty of space to enjoy themselves. Supervision will be provided at all times to ensure the safety of the children. Location: Travel north on William Nicoll drive, turn Left onto Witkoppen road. Turn Right into Cedar Road, go straight until you get to a T-junction, turn Left, 300m on Right hand side – Croc City Crocodile Farm.




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PWC Cycle Park Provides cycle enthusiasts of all ages with a safe environment to enjoy this healthy pursuit. Mountain biking for kids and adults * PWC Cycle Park features a BMX dirt racing track * Several short course entry-level racing tracks for younger age groups * PWC Kids track for new young riders * Advanced single track routes for the more experienced off road cyclists. Facilities on Offer The Seattle Coffee Shop where visitors can order refreshments or parents can relax under the shaded benches while their kids race around the gravel mounds and ramps. Bike Shop An onsite Bike Shop is also available to patrons for daily bike rentals, onsite repairs for minor bike problems, and other requirements.

The Magaliesberg Canopy Tour takes you on a journey through the

ecology and geology of one of the oldest mountain ranges at the world - estimated to be 2,500 million years old. Eleven platforms have been built against the cliff and rock faces of the spectacular Ysterhout Kloof, a beautiful gorge carved out of the mountainside, and are joined by long steel cables that you slide along to reach the next platform. Much like a "foefie" slide, the canopy tour essentially involves zigzagging down the kloof while stopping at each platform to admire the expansive views and surrounding ecology. Tel: 014 535 0150

Zoo Walks The Zoo hosts different walks with different

themes. Frog Walk, Wattle Crane Walk, Vulture Walk, Chimp Walk and more. Johannesburg Zoo, Jan Smuts Avenue, Parkview. Family Fun Walk. Bring your family and your furry friend, on a leash for a fun family walk around Zoo Lake. The Walk starts at 8am but come earlier to register. Food and drinks will be available. Cost: R80 - 12km | R60 - 8km | R50 - 4km. Zoo Lake cor Jan Smuts Avenue and Westwold Way Saxonwold. Tel: 011 646 2000 ext 213.

Social Scene

Events and Happenings 1. Left to Right: Luke Hooker and Michael Steyn @ Rivonia Primary School annual volley ball day 2. Left to Right: Katlego Diale, TebogoTladi and Kgomotso Motlafi from Setrecruitment @ Rivonia Primary School annual volley ball day 3. Sharron Koekemoer from Bex Express @ Rivonia Primary School annual volley ball day 4. Troy Barwell from SMP The MC @ Rivonia Primary School annual volley ball day 5. Jeremy Cowen from Green Design and Reni Hildenbrand from Hildenbrand Wine & Olive Estate @ Wine Assessors Club held @ Rivonia Toyota 6. Erich van Niekerk from Contours Express, Gia Bischogberger from Best of South Africa and Cherlagne van Wyk 7. Left to right: Charles Glieman from Mattman Trading, Lynette Rudolph & Terence Davie from Set Recruitment Consultants @ the Keg and Filly Sunninghill 8. Left to right: Mike Alison, Jack Alison & Kate Alison @ the Keg & Filly 9. Left to right: Dikeledi Makhubedu, Khulekani Mathe, Egnes Macheve from Sunninghill Striders Running club @ the Keg & Filly 10. Eldrid Buckley, Maria Eugenio Gomez residents of Sunninghill @ Keg and Filly 11. Kajal Suknandan resident of




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Sunninghill @ Blue Curasao Sunninghill Village shopping centre 12. Justin Naidoo @ Blue Curasao Sunninghill Village shopping centre 13. Left to right: Daniella Baker and Natasha Greenall from DGB Promoters during the rugby test match South Africa vs England – shooters anyone? 14. Seen at Montecasino Belinda and Derek Watts at Madam Zingara 15. Seen at Montecasino Jeremy & Jackie Mansfield at Madame Zingara 16. Seen at Montecasino Graeme Watkins Project, Steve Howell (Montecasino GM) and Jonathon (Phantom)










Technology News, Gadgets, Gizmos & Geek Stuff

5 fantastic gadgets that might make your winter a little more manageable... Olloclip iPhone Camera Lens Price: R849.00 From:

APPLE TV IN SOUTH AFRICA Price: R1490.00 From:


If you are an Apple fanatic then you have by now heard of the Apple TV, if you are not, well the Apple TV is essentially Apple’s answer to the media player in you living room. The Apple TV is a small device you hook up to your HD (High Definition) television through an HDMI cable and then allow you to access media such as Movies, Music and Podcast through WiFi on you iTunes enabled PC’s and even allows you to use AirPlay, Apple’s proprietary feature that allows you to stream content from your Apple iPod Touch, iPhone or iPad wireless with the single touch of a screen. Misplaced or lost your Apple TV remote, or are just too lazy to stand up to go get it, no worries. Apple allows you to control the Apple TV from your iPhone or iPad. If you are too lazy to pick up the remote to control the Apple TV, simply get out your iPhone or iPad and then control the Apple TV straight from that, browsing through photos or starting and stopping videos. But the Apple TV is so much more than just a wireless media player to stream you movies and music from your computer, it also give you access to YouTube content and you can even play your HD podcast videos on your TV. In addition to that you also get access to TV series and Movie rentals through the use of a US iTunes Account, where you can watch the latest TV series the day it gets released for a mere $0.99 or get access to the latest Movies the day they get released on DVD for only $3.99 per movie, all of this in glorious HD right here in South Africa. If you know about someone that lives in the states and will be heading to South Africa soon, you can always ask them to pick you one up for $99 at an Apple Store and bring it back for you.



...Well it's official, the olloclip is 100% compatible with both the iPhone 4 and 4S. The olloclip is a quick-connect lens solution for the iPhone 4/4S that includes fisheye, wide-angle and macro lenses in one small, convenient package that easily fits in your pocket. Nestled in the palm of your hand, the olloclip connects to the iPhone within seconds so you’ll be sure to capture the image you want…if you don’t see the picture you’re looking for just flip it over to switch lenses. The Fisheye lens captures approximately a 180 Degree field-of-view and produces some striking images. The Wide-Angle lens is great for when you need that extra field of view, approximately double that of the normal iPhone. The Macro lens applies roughly a 10X multiplier and allows you to focus the iPhone within 12-15mm of the subject. The Macro lens is cleverly concealed within the olloclip and can be accessed by unscrewing the Wide-Angle lens that is normally attached to it. The olloclip ships with a carrying bag made from a microfiber material that doubles as a lens cleaner and conveniently holds the supplied-lens caps or the WideAngle lens when removed for Macro shots.


Victorinox Slim & Slim Duo


Price: R480.00 From: Their unique design and slim dimensions make them two of the most advanced business tools available today.

Barnes & Noble Nook Simple Touch Price: R1499.00 Buy it: From Book-loving peeps who've held off on buying an e-reader will appreciate a Nook Simple Touch, which boasts a large library, an impressive battery life, and comes without pesky ads. With a compact, 6-inch touchscreen, the Simple Touch isn't a big device, so it's a great e-reader to take on the train or bus for dads who commute to work. Barnes and Noble’s Nook overcomes Kindle’s DRM shortfall Barnes & Noble’s new “Nook” may finally knock Kindle off of its ebook pedestal. Not only is it the same price as Kindle-2, but it comes with a multi-touch colour screen instead of Amazon’s monotone chiclet-keyboard, and runs on Google’s Android OS. While built-in wifi, 2GB of storage and MP3 are awesome features, it’s the ability to share the ebook with your friends that makes the Nook revolutionary. DRM and copyright management for online ebooks made it impossible to legally lend a book to your friend. With the DRM, at least for Kindle and the Amazon Kindle store that is, you’re not really buying a book because it doesn’t have the first sale rights. The first right of sale gives the buyer of intellectual property the right to resell or transfer the object without the permission of the copyright owner. Because the DRM of Amazon has limited the first right of sale, it means you cannot legally give the ebook away or sell it (even if you remove it from your Kindle and load it onto someone else’s Kindle). You also can’t lend it to someone else without lending them your Kindle. Even if you upgrade or buy a newer model of the Kindle you may not be able to re-retrieve or re-download previously purchased books. This technically means that you’re not buying anything when you download a book from the Amazon Kindle store. You’re obtaining temporary rights to possess the intellectual property.

Victorinox Slim and Victorinox Slim Duo These high performance portable data storage devices not only provide up to 128GB (2x64 GB for Slim Duo) of detachable storage for your important files, images, and presentations but also secure data encryption technology that can only be accessed through your personal password. When you are travelling for business and you need a secure backup for an important presentation, the bladeless Victorinox Slim is at your service. Besides being lightweight, protected and portable, this bladeless version is permitted to be carried on airplanes. Victorinox Slim Flight is available in a series of stylish colors.

5 Fitbit Ultra

Price:R1330.0 From: This small electronic personal trainer is great for folk who like to work out because it helps keep track of workout goals. The Fitbit Ultra automatically stores the information in a database, so logging training progress is super simple. It acts as a yardstick for calories burned, steps taken, distance covered, and even the quality of REM sleep, giving users a comprehensive overview of their health goals which you can see online or via an app for iPhone or Android. | NORTHSIDE MAGAZINE| WINTER | 21

Technology News, Gadgets, Gizmos & Geek Stuff

A Tablet in Every Room: How to ‘Think Different’ About the Future One of Apple’s most interesting marketing slogans was “Think Different.” By Tim Bajarin

Steve Jobs purposely used this phrase to get people’s attention (some have questioned whether it uses correct grammar or not) and drive home a message about looking at the world from a different perspective. In this case, Jobs was pushing one of Apple’s key ideas that people can change the world. And if you know anything about Apple’s history, you know that Jobs and his team believed Apple’s own mission was to use technology to change the world. To Apple’s credit, their technology has been world-changing in the sense that products like the iPod, iPhone and more recently, the iPad, have made technology easier to use, easier to access and delivered personal computing in new ways to people of all walks of life. In fact, the iPad is literally redefining what personal computing is about and, along with the iPhone, has succeeded in making computing extremely personal. While the iPod and even the iPhone have been groundbreaking in their own right, it is perhaps Apple’s iPad tablet that may have the most profound impact on the world of personal computing since it is the first computer that is truly portable and

easy to carry with you everywhere you go. Yes, the iPhone and smartphones are more portable, but because of their small screens, their computing capabilities are limited. But with their larger screens, the iPad and similar tablets deliver much of the power of a laptop (minus the keyboard) and almost as much flexibility as you can get from bigger portable computers — but in a much smaller package. Tablets are on track to probably be the most ubiquitous portable computers we will have in our homes and offices in the future. But to see this future, we need to “think different” about them. Today we see tablets like the iPad and similar ones from companies like Samsung, Acer and others


as being operating system (OS) specific and brand specific. That is today, but in the future, that may not be the case. If you look at any tablet when turned off, what do you see? It’s a blank screen. In this state, it is pretty worthless. But when turned on and connected to apps and the Internet, it comes alive and has great value. Many people will be willing to pay to have a specific OS and brand if they get extra value from what these brands offer them. But there is another scenario that could possibly be quite interesting for the mass market. Because of my company’s consulting work, we have around 10-12 tablets hanging around the office or in our homes at any given time. Recently I found that I

had about six of them around my house. They ranged from iOS-based iPads, Android-based tablets and even a Windows 8 pre-beta test unit, and they were in different rooms in my home for various reasons. One was at my bedside, one in the kitchen, one in the family room, one on the coffee table in the living room and two in my study. At various times when I needed to use a tablet, I just picked up the one closest to me at that time. And while all had different operating systems and apps, they all had one important common denominator: a web browser. Multiple surveys show that when it comes to tablets, 50% of the time spent on them is using the tablet’s web browser. Now think about how many apps you use that also have web app versions: apps like Gmail, Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and others. While localized apps are great, if you have a connection to the Internet, the browser apps will work just as well. Yes, there will be apps like games and others that will work best on dedicated OS models, but web-based tablets could represent the real future of tablets, and they will be so cheap you could have one in every room of your house if you wanted to. The reason they will be so cheap will be because of something called subsidization. We already have a good example of this with Amazon’s Kindle Fire tablet. The Kindle Fire sells for $199, but sources tell us that the bill of materials (BOM) for the Kindle Fire is at least $215. Amazon is willing to sell it at $199 price because they expect a Kindle Fire buyer to purchase perhaps at least 10 e-books, rent at least five movies and buy various products from the Amazon store that the Amazon can amortize against the actual cost of the tablet and actually make a profit on it. But Amazon doesn’t have a patent on this idea. For example, Walmart has many of the things needed to do what Amazon does: an e-commerce store for all of their products, digital movie rentals, and digital music sales. And in Walmart’s case, they also have the physical storefronts to back this up. They may count on the fact that their users will buy even more products from them if they own a Walmart tablet that makes it really easy to buy e-books, music, movies and products from their online store. They can also use it as an advertising vehicle for special offers. And in Walmart’s case, maybe they sell their own subsidized tablet for $99

— or in some cases even give it away for free with special promotions. Take Proctor and Gamble as another example. They have over a hundred products they would like to sell you through their retail partners. What if they could get a reasonably priced P&G tablet built and branded for them, and then use it to drive promotions to users to help subsidize part of the cost of such a tablet. From the users’ standpoint, the web apps drive their broad content and apps needs, but by offering the tablet at a very discounted rate, P&G would have a captive audience willing to get ads in exchange for the discounted tablet. Now this won’t happen anytime soon, since for this to work, component prices will still need to come down and inexpensive ubiquitous connectivity will have to be in place so the tablets can work inside the home as well as when away from Wi-Fi connections. Even with these low cost options, a product like Apple’s iPad will continue to thrive because of its versatility. And of all the options out there, it would perhaps be the top of the line model users could choose from. But if you “think different” about tablets, you might be able to see a future where families could have four or five scattered around the house at their disposal — some subsidized by various vendors so that owning more than one is the norm. And while the operating system may still be important to handle localized apps for some users, the most-used feature will be the web browser and web apps tied to the cloud where most of your personal digital life will reside. That is at the heart of Google’s vision for its own tablet that’s rumored to come out in July. I expect it to be low priced and to some degree subsidized by Google ads tied into their web apps like Gmail and search, which will be key to the Google tablet experience. The bottom line is that today’s tablets are great and thanks to Apple, the role of tablets in our lives is being broadened now. But if you “think different” you will see that the tablets of the future will just be screens that use web browsers to connect us to everything we need from the cloud, and thanks to subsidization, they’ll be cheap enough that each room in our homes can have one. When you need to use a tablet, you’ll just pick up the one that’s closest to you.


Trending now, luxe gold married with crisp white Ultra–luxurious yet perfectly tempered without being over the top All that glitters may or may not be gold (in fact, it is usually polished brass), but it certainly is a hot design trend right now. Mind you, this isn’t your mother’s 1980’s era brass. You know, the kind that was used for overly ornate faucets and accessories to go with the Laura Ashley wallpaper and the little pink soaps in the guest bath? Instead, gold is now the accent of choice to warm up that other trending “colour” – crisp white. Although gold can also be used to great effect with navy blue, chartreuse, and blush pinks, it is white that really begs for it. If you want to try out this design trend, try accessorizing with brass planters or bowls you find at a flea market or second hand shop. Just be sure that they have simple, modern forms, and can be polished up to a high shine. Or find some silly ceramic figurines that could be improved with a solid coat of gold paint, then group 3-5 of them together for a fun and trendy look. The ongoing trend for the use of metallics in interiors manifests itself this season as a combination of both gold and silver. Broad bands of gold and silver interspersed with crisp white stripes create

a simple yet luxurious style in a modern setting. Modern interior design trends help find a fresh appreciation of existing homes, see properties through new eyes and find comfort in old rooms, decorated in chic style for 2012. Current economic situation forces people to stay where they are, adding more comfort to their home interiors and creating luxurious and relaxing rooms with impressive, personal and interesting decorating ideas. Comfortable design, elegant style, luxurious materials and bright colours are back in favor. Choose exotic materials, unique colour combinations and exciting Pure white interior design ideas for very framework personal, with a touch of peaceful and golden glam… modern home decorating. The next level of creativity will allow you to enjoy a new freedom to use bright and dark colours, mix exotic, traditional and luxurious materials, combine simple lines and adventurous interior design ideas, that exciting modern trends offer. Liberation brings unusual colour schemes and materials combination, that create modern interior design trends. Interesting and personalized interior design ideas will include shiny fabrics, sleek and glossy surfaces and vibrant colours, combined with elegant and classy gray, white, golden and silver tones.


Winter interior design Be very excited because this winter season, it is all about the traditional, mixed with flea-market finds. The decree for decorating this winter is: there are no rules. The joyful anarchy that prevailed last year – “it’s your home, do as you please” – continues, with increasingly eccentric prints, fabulous florals and bigger, bolder patterns. Alongside individualism, the key theme of the winter 2012 interior is “heirloom”. Nips and tucks in our household budgets mean that we’re craving timeless pieces that will look just as good a decade or two down the line, and retailers are granting our wish with handmade accessories and collections of stylish classics based on traditional fabrics and furnishings.

To DIY or not? The first tool of successful design is to know and embrace your own limitations! There are limits to what each of us is capable of doing. Accepting your limitations is key to a successful outcome. Contractors make better than usual money cleaning up jobs gone wrong – and sometimes people get hurt or worse. Embracing the humility to know your own weaknesses makes creation of the job plan a lot simpler – so tip # 1 – know yourself and what you can do! I personally will not: • interact with roofing, electrical, or gas connections • super-heavy lifting • plumbing • carpet installation. • Wooden flooring These occupations best left to the professionals. Some of you may be able to do some of these things, but I cannot – my budget will reflect these limitations.

What Colour is Your Home Office? Do you have a home office? If so, you should think carefully about what colour you paint it. There are always distractions when working from home, yet studies show that while some colours divert from tasks at hand, others can significantly increase a person’s productivity, concentration and motivation. Think about your job and what kind of environment you want to create. Blue can be calming and can lower your pulse rate while increasing productivity. Green creates a serene, soothing atmosphere, which can relieve stress. Red and orange promote excitement and enthusiasm. Purple is thought to promote artistic creativity. Yellow is cheerful. Light browns and greys deliver a feeling of serenity. Darker browns provide a stoic, earthy atmosphere. If you can’t decide, the safest choice might be green wich is the most popular colour for home offices. Considered to be the most balancing hue on the colour spectrum and the easiest on the eye, green is restful yet rejuvenating. While I love green, when I had a home office (my current place is so small it’s all my office!) I painted it cream. I found it relaxing, calm and the least distracting.

Winter Warmers: Bed Throws Let’s turn our attention to bedrooms and look at cost-effective ways to add warmth. Bed throws have to be the easiest winter warmer when it comes to bedding. Look out for the latest faux fur styles which are soothingly tactile and a great way to keep warm. Use your usual duvet covers sets and as the name suggests, simply throw an additional layer over the top. Opt for extra large bed throws, one size bigger than your bed, for example if you have a standard 4’6” double bed then use a king size bed throw. This will allow for plenty of overspill with the throw and help stop cool areas arising – this idea is also great for those who have to fight for their fair share of the duvet each night! Many bed throws are available in a wide range of sizes, so there’s no need to scrimp on size to get the style, pattern and colour you want. Look out for coordinating scatter cushions in faux fur to give your bed a very warm and inviting look this winter. If your feet are always cold neatly fold a bedding blanket across the foot of your bed or resort to the humble hot water bottle to keep your feet toasty warm! | NORTHSIDE MAGAZINE| WINTER | 25


5 Tips on Making an Art investment in 2012 If you’re thinking about making an art investment, 2012 is a good year for it. One can always “invest confidently in art, because an artwork will never be bankrupt.” My own advice to collectors is this: if you love it, buy it. If you choose well, one day you will be able to sell it for a profit. And if you choose very well, you won’t want to. ‘Abigail R. Esman, contributor

Not only did the art market perform better than the equity market in 2011, but it has also gone more mainstream, becoming this more accessible for investors not familiar with art investments. An art investment in 2012, though possibly rewarding, is not going to be easy. Here’s some advice on how to go about it. 1. It takes time to resell art. As an illiquid investment, an art investment requires your long-term commitment. While sometimes you can manage to sell an artwork or a painting that’s in demand in a matter of weeks, it usually takes at least a few months to resell art. 2. The art market is, ultimately, fickle. While good art from good artists tends to endure the passing of time, it’s usually the art that’s in vogue that brings the highest returns on investments. And what’s in vogue changes suddenly, and often, unexpectedly. 3. Auction houses are expensive. Buying and selling art through auction houses

in South Africa is a costly business. There are always some fees that you have to pay. Sometimes these fees are as high as 10-15% of the total price of a purchase or a resale. 4. Buy what you admire and enjoy. Investing in a painting that you would not hang on your living room wall for all your guests to see may not be a good idea. That’s because the best art investors are motivated. Owning art that doesn’t inspire you means most likely that you won’t be willing to devote much of your time buying and selling it. 5. Value is found not only in the artist, but in the quality of a given work. Always buy the best you can afford – and to do so, of course, requires, again, understanding and a certain amount of expertise in the artist’s oeuvre. Lacking this, find a very good art advisor – and by “good” I mean not only “knowledgeable,” but also one you trust. If you plan to make an art investment, 2012 is a great year to Invest.


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Selecting and displaying art is an art in itself. You will definitely be appreciated for the time you invest by finding more satisfaction both in the art and in your home. If you regularly visit galleries and museums, you probably already have a good sense of what kind of art appeals to you. Having a clear idea about your art preferences is definitely a boon.

How to Select Art for Your Home Edited by Lynne Taetzsch Select art by size to fit a particular space. Art that is too large will overwhelm and art that is too small will be lost and look out of proportion. The bolder the art, the more room it needs to breathe. Measure the space you want to hang the art and leave enough “white space” so that the painting will not feel crowded. Choose one that harmonizes with the colour of your room. When selecting a painting to match color, select one or two of the boldest colors in your room and look for art that has those colors in it. You’re not looking for an exact match here. Picking up one or two of the same colors will send a message that the painting belongs in this environment. Opt for paintings that matches the style of the paintings in your room. If your house is filled with antiques, for example, you’ll want to use antique-style frames on the paintings you hang there. If you have contemporary furniture in large rooms with high ceilings, you’ll want to hang large contemporary paintings. Amend your room if the painting doesn’t suit, if you find that when you get the art home and place it on a wall or pedestal, it doesn’t work with its surroundings. If you bring a painting home and it clashes with its environment, first try hanging it in various rooms on different walls. It may look great in a place you hadn’t planned on hanging it. If you can’t find a place where the art looks its best, you may need to make some changes in the room, such as moving furniture or taking down patterned wallpaper and repainting in a neutral color. The changes will be worth making in order to enjoy the art you love. Hang correctly. As a rule, paintings should be hung so that the centre of the painting is at eye level. Sculptures may sit on the floor, a table, or pedestal. Rules should be considered guidelines only, however, so feel free to experiment. One collector hung an acrylic painting on her bedroom ceiling so she could better view it while lying down. Make the painting the centre of attraction of your room of your house by playing down the other design elements such as window coverings, carpeting, wall coverings, and even furniture. A room crowded with other colors, textures, and objects will take the spotlight away from the art. Experiment to learn what pleases you and what doesn’t. Selecting and displaying art is an art in itself. You’ll be well-rewarded for the time you invest by finding more satisfaction both in the art and in your home.

Art that is too large will overwhelm and art that is too small will be lost and look out of proportion. Measure the space you want to hang the art and leave enough ‘white space’ so that the painting will not become a part of the crowd. As a rule, paintings should be hung so that the centre of the painting is at eye level. Sculptures may sit on the floor or a table. However, you can always experiment keeping in mind the art work. The art work should become a part of your house. It should not stick out as a sore thumb. Placing art in the wrong place takes away its very essence. If you prefer to do the room first and then find the art, size and colour are the two major criteria for selecting art to fit its surroundings. For any particular space, art that is too large will overwhelm and art that is too small will just lose its relevance and presence. If you want to make art the centre of attraction, go easy on the other elements in the room like carpeting, wall covering, furniture. A room too crowded with different objects, bold colours will take away the sheen from your artwork. So, keep this in mind while putting up an art work. And remember, sometimes less is more.

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The new rules of winter fashion Consider this your official Winter wish list. Here’s how to dress for the big freeze with style – and stay warm. ioned from a large scarf or pashmina, makes for a rather fashion-forward look. Plus it’s a bit Queen’s jubilee too, which is really rather ontrend this year.

Wellies are a goner In style terms at least. To recap: the past decade saw the rehabilitation of the wellington boot. The welly went through a fashion narrative that included Kate Moss, Glastonbury, Cath Kidston, Hunter, Jordan and Jimmy Choo. But the story has finally ended with a whimper. No one cares about wellies now. Snow boots have replaced them. They’re just lovely with a skinny jeans and a tailored coat. As for Uggs, they’re were holding steady as an acceptable basic, but this week they have had a boost. A school in Pennsylvania banned them because school kids were hiding contraband phones inside them, which sort of makes them the new hoodie. Call 011 022 9309 for suppliers in the area

Looking good when it’s freezing is a niche wardrobe art. But judging by the background chatter this week – on Twitter and Facebook only a few of us are sure about what to wear when the temperature drops. Did you know that wellies are now a bit wincey? Exactly. You’re going to need our guide.

Headscarves are the new trilbies Not the most useful directive if you are the sort of woman who always feels like a plum in a hat. But after exhaustive research (looking at lots of pictures of ineffably chic women leaving the couture shows in Paris last week) I’ve concluded that an impromptu headscarf, fash-

Parkas should be worn with red nails. Or similar. Henceforth to be known as the Rashida-Jonesat-Sundance style rule. Jones wore a big parka with a furry collar in the snow, but rather than giving in entirely to the practicality of her look she had painted her nails red. The message was: “I’m relaxed enough about my look to adapt to the weather but I’m still totally fabulous.” The take-home lesson – wear last year’s padded jacket but pimp it with a spring look you couldn’t resist in Zara. Think peplums with parkas.

Embrace ‘the pile-up’ Scarf update: if you make a loop with your scarf and pull the ends through you are on a fashion hiding to nothing. “The pile-up” is the way to do scarves in 2012. Trend forensics might wish to know that the trend initially


came from menswear where Louis Vuitton designer Kim Jones showed whopping great scarves that had more looped height than length. Stylish women are at it too if the Paris Vogue set at the couture shows is anything to go by. Take a scarf as broad as a blanket and pile it high. Failing that, wear two.

Leather gloves add oomph You may have bought a coat late last year with some sort of contrast leather detailing. Be it on the sleeves or the collar. If you didn’t, then don’t bother trying to fish one out from the dregs of the sales. They were kind of flash-inthe-pan and Kerry Katona (much as I’m fascinated by her for lots of other non-sartorial reasons) has started wearing one. But leather gloves, on the other hand, make a tailored wool coat look extra sharp. Plus they’re warm, which makes them worth choosing over their woolly cousins.

Lace, one of winter’s chicest trends Look to lace blouses and mini-dresses for a glam look by day or night. This season however lovely lace doesn’t just come in traditional black – or navy for that matter – but pale shades like cream and white and the prettiest pastels – icy blue, mint green, yellow and fairy floss (al la Louis Vuitton’s stunning Autumn/ Winter 2012 collection). Or if you’re feeling really adventurous go for gilt.

Luxe leather, the Lisbeth Salander effect Tough leather - and lots of it – is set to rock the winter radar. Work the look in black, or go for luxe shades of chocolate and tan. A leather motorbike jacket, leggings, go on be brave, a chic 3/4 skirt (the new length), or even a leather shift dress will give you serious fashion cred.

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Colour pop It’s no secret classic shades of black, grey and brown prevail in winter, but no wardrobe is complete without the necessary pop of colour. Brighten up your outfit instantly – and avoid overkill – with the help of a poppy bright scarf - go sunny yellow, bright orange, hot pink or green. Rainbow coloured jeans – think red, cobalt, orange and pink (still going strong for winter) will also help you fly the flag for colour.

In the trenches What woman doesn’t covet a classic trench in enduring camel? A can’t-live-without winter staple – whether you cover up with a fashion favourite trench, a tailored jacket, a cute pea or a sexy swing coat, there’s only one colour – camel.

emerge for this season is the peplum. Not to be feared, this new incarnation is an ever so subtle detail on dresses, jackets and skirt and top sets. Big on impact, but totally wearable even the Duchess of Cambridge has adopted the look– and when it comes to style wherever Kate treads the rest of us will be sure to follow.

Cozy knits It wouldn’t be winter without beautiful knitwear. Moving on from the bulky boyfriend styles, this season knit comes long and streamlined. Look to luxe yarns like cashmere and merino and consider a long cardigan a great alternative to a tailored jacket. Or add a take you anywhere knit dress to your wardrobe.

Camouflage Consider army accents your canvas when creating your winter wardrobe. Army greens, khaki, camel, brown and grey are the key shades for basics like slouchy pants, cargo and cropped jackets, while military inspired pieces – think satchels, pea coats, belts, boots and accessories like sunglasses will help you win the war on fashion.

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How to get great service in a restaurant every time I am often asked how I am able to get great service from waitstaff when I go out. By

Let me assure you it is not because they have my picture posted on the notice board under “Big Tippers” or “Friggin Blog Writers” it is because after almost 20 years of working in and with the restaurant industry I have been able to work out “What makes waiters tick”.

Hint Number 1:

Sure, big tips make for happy waiters but big tips come AFTER the meal and I want a smile and good service during the meal. So what is the secret? Actually it is not a secret at all and you are welcome to try a few of these the next time you go out.

Hint Number 2:

Smile. People simply do not smile any more. Most of the time they look bored or angry or both. Look your waiter right in the eye and smile with a bright, genuine smile. Genuine, because his or her presence means you are about to enjoy a meal– which is a whole lot better than standing in the queue at the door.

Be polite. Some people feel it is their God given right to be rude to waiters and others in service positions. Stand out from the crowd by treating your waiter with common courtesy. Say ‘please’ when you


order, and thank you. A polite ‘excuse me’ to gain attention works wonders compared to an across-the-room ‘HEY!’ Simple manners are one of the best ways of obtaining great restaurant service.

Hint Number 3: Be respectful. Diners often treat waiters as lower class citizens. This is the wrong approach, since service does not improve with condescension. Think of your waiter as an important person whose expertise you seek. Respect goes a long way in motivating good service.

Hint Number 4: Remember to empathise. Your waiter has been standing for several hours and has endured sore feet, rude guests and a hot kitchen. This person looks forward to the end of the shift. Make a comment that shows you empathize. “Wow! You guys are really buzzing today. I hope things calm down for you,” or “Gosh my back would hurt in this job. How do you do it?” This small nod to his feelings shows you see him as an equal, rather than a servant.

Hint Number 5: Use a little bit of charm. Don’t over do it, just a little twinkle. . If the waitress anticipates the need for extra napkins, thank her with a smile. If she has pretty earrings, say so. Find at least one thing you can genuinely praise. It is not a difficult task, but many of us have forgotten how to give compliments. Your waitress will appreciate receiving one.

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Hint Number 6: Tip well. Most wait staff rely heavily on your generosity. Their livelihood depends upon tips, and give the ‘standard 10 percent’ for mediocre service. Tip good service 15 percent, and exceptional service much more. Odds are you will be back and servers remember good tippers! And one final point to ponder… before you decide to show everyone at the table just how rude and condescending you can be to a lowly waiter, REMEMBER he handles your food when you are not looking! (For me that is a good enough reason to smile and be polite).

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Chocolate ‘may help keep people slim’ People who eat chocolate regularly tend to be thinner, new research suggests. By Michelle Roberts

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The findings come from a study of nearly 1,000 US people that looked at diet, calorie intake and body mass index (BMI) - a measure of obesity. It found those who ate chocolate a few times a week were, on average, slimmer than those who ate it occasionally. Even though chocolate is loaded with calories, it contains ingredients that may favour weight loss rather than fat synthesis, scientists believe. Despite boosting calorie intake, regular chocolate consumption was related to lower BMI in the study, which is published in Archives of Internal Medicine. The link remained even when other factors, like how much exercise individuals did, were taken into account. And it appears it is how often you eat chocolate that is important, rather than how much of it you eat. The study found no link with quantity consumed. According to the researchers, there is only one chance in a hundred that their findings could be explained by chance alone. But the findings only suggest a link - not proof that one factor causes the other. Lead author Dr Beatrice Golomb, from the University of California at San Diego, said: “Our findings appear to add to a body of information suggesting that the composition of calories, not just the number of them, matters for determining their ultimate impact on weight.”

This is not the first time scientists have suggested that chocolate may be healthy for us. Other studies have claimed chocolate may be good for the heart. Consumption of certain types of chocolate has been linked to some favourable changes in blood pressure, insulin sensitivity and cholesterol level. And chocolate, particularly dark chocolate, does contain antioxidants which can help to mop up harmful free radicals - unstable chemicals that can damage our cells. Dr Golomb and her team believe that antioxidant compounds, called catechins, can improve lean muscle mass and reduce weight - at least studies in rodents would suggest this might be so. Mice fed for 15 days with epicatechin (present in dark chocolate) had improved exercise performance and observable changes to their muscle composition. They say clinical trials are now needed in humans to see if this is the case. But before you reach for a chocolate bar, there are still lots of unanswered questions. And in the absence of conclusive evidence, experts advise caution. While there’s no harm in allowing yourself a treat like chocolate now and again, eating too much might be harmful because it often contains a lot of sugar and fat too. And if you are looking to change your diet, you are likely to benefit most from eating more fresh fruits and vegetables.


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Italian Style Winter Soup Recipe Olive Garden Zuppa Toscana This is a much requested recipe on the site given its name! Someone who used to work at the Olive Garden sent in the original recipe and I've adapted it to serve just 6-8. Try it since it is really yummy! It is a very good soup and hits the spot on cold winter days. In my opinion, making these recipes at home makes them even better than the ones you eat at the restaurant! :) Makes: 6-8 servings INGREDIENTS

450g ground Italian sausage 1½ tsp crushed red peppers 1 large diced white onion 4 Tbsp bacon pieces 2 tsp garlic puree 10 cups water 5 cubes of chicken bouillon 1 cup of double thick cream 450g or 3 large potatoes ¼ of a bunch of kale Sauté Italian sausage and crushed red pepper in a large pot.

Drain excess fat, refrigerate while you prepare other ingredients. In the same pan, sauté bacon, onions and garlic over low-medium heat for approximately 15 mins. or until the onions are soft. Add chicken bouillon and water to the pot and heat until it starts to boil. Add the sliced potatoes and cook until soft, about half an hour. Add the double thick cream and just cook until thoroughly heated. Stir in the sausage and the kale, let all heat through and serve. Delicious!

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Tasty sweet and sticky-bun winter treats to ward off the last of winter. Warm in a hot oven until soft and fluffy on the inside and melting with sticky caramel or dark chocolate syrup on top. You can get these delicious treats from Woolworths

BOS Brands has introduced a new flavour to its BOS Ice Tea range in BOSBerry. The refreshing beverage is a blend of strawberries and blackberries, paired with organic Rooibos farmed from the high hills of the Cederberg. BOSBerry is caffeine, preservative and colourant free.

Healthy peanut butter on shelves now Crede Oils has launched a healthy and delicious peanut butter, enriched with omega 3 flaxseed oil for added health benefits. OH MEGA Peanut Butter has no hydrogenated fat and no added salt. Local peanuts are used and the added flaxseed oil gives the spread a smooth and creamy texture. In addition, Crede Oils has added a touch of local eucalyptus honey, which is both healthy and tasty, to cut the blandness. OH MEGA is available in two 400g variants: Smooth and Crunchy.

Indulgent healthy dessert DairyBelle has introduced a new indulgent yet healthier dessert option. Bliss Caramel Mint combines two popular flavours into one taste experience.

New wine from Boschendal Boschendal Wine Estate has launched Boschendal 1685 Shiraz Cabernet 2010 in June which has gone on to win gold. Only grapes from specially selected vineyards in the mountainous Franschhoek and Stellenbosch regions are used to make this rich blend of noble varietals. The 1685 range is presented in a unique curvaceous bottle inspired by the traditional bottle design used through the ages and commemorates the year of the original title deeds. From R85 a bottle.


RTD wine spritzer for Gauteng KWV has launched jimmijagga, a new Ready To Drink (RTD) fusion wine spritzer into Gauteng outlets in November. As of May 2012, the range is available in Cape Town too. The new drink is a light, easydrinking fusion wine spritzer with a subtle hint of lemon, melon and plum flavours and is available in White, Rose and Red. The launch is being supported by instore activations, experiential teams and a branded vehicle.

Mjejane Game Reserve - A Dream Realised

Connect With The Kruger’s Big 5 As Never Before

Teeming with Big Game, Mjejane Game Reserve is a 4000ha Big 5 eco-extension of the popular Biyamiti region of the Kruger National Park. Fences with the Kruger have been dropped and you can now own a slice of this magnificent game reserve which not only shares 10km of spectacular Crocodile River frontage with the Kruger but also falls under its conservation management policy. Mjejane, a settled land claim, is only 4 hours from Gauteng and less than 60 minutes drive from Nelspruit and Kruger Mpumulanga International Airport. Incredibly, construction of a new low level bridge to provide limited direct access from Mjejane into the Kruger has commenced. Sound like your kind of place?

Secure your own corner of Big 5 Africa in Mjejane Game Reserve Surrounded by the Kruger’s Big 5, a bush lodge home in Mjejane Game Reserve is not unlike one in the Kruger itself. Mjejane ownership opportunities include Freehold Title stands with residential rights (starting from R590 000), fractional ownerships in exclusive riverside lodges and fully equipped riverfront timeshare units.

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Travel July to August: This period is very dry in the bush with very cold night temperatures and therefore chilly during the early morning and late afternoon game drives. Game viewing is generally fantastic as the visibility is good and the game is concentrated around any water source. July to October is the end of the dry season and the malaria-carrying mosquitoes are dormant. July Temperature: (+/-) 9 - 26 °C August Temperature: (+/-) 12 -28 °C

If you are looking for a short getaway a little closer to home, try the Kruger National Park. Steeped in legend and history, the iconic Kruger National Park in South Africa is waiting for you to explore its vast landscapes and spectacular African wildlife. Enjoy thrilling game drives and walking safaris – find out what it is like to be close to a pride of lions, feel the excitement and intensity of a South African safari in Kruger National Park.

By mid-May most South Africans are already experts at complaining about the cold weather. But who can blame us? Having had sunshine for 6 months of the year, we’re a little bit spoiled. The scary part is that we are, just now, heading into the thick of winter, with June and July 2012 promising to deliver their best. Like being on a diet, the trick to keeping warm is keeping yourself occupied, and we don’t mean by doing your taxes. It’s no coincidence that some of SA’s best game viewing happen at this time of the year and other than heading up to the Kruger National Park there’s no better way to keep warm (and stay entertained while you wait for summer)

Although some visitors might prefer the lush vegetation of the summer months, the best time for observing African wildlife in Kruger National Park is the dry winter season. The bushveld is more open allowing for better visibility. The grass is low, the bushes and trees are sparsely leaved and because it is so dry - with no rain - the wildlife will migrate towards the water. Water holes, dams and rivers become a hive of activity and you are more likely to spot wildlife in the morning and evening as they come for a drink of water. The day temperatures in winter are pleasant but it can get quite chilly during the night-time so make sure you pack something warm when going on your afternoon/night game drives.

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August & September are one of the best months of the year to

travel, particularly to the Mediterranean where conditions are perfect, with air temperatures settling down a bit, but the sea still comfortably warm enough to swim in. The best thing about this time of year is that the crowds disappear and prices tumble. There are no traffic jams or queues to get tables at restaurants. Suddenly, waiters and taxi drivers are pleased to you again. That beach that was crowded a few weeks ago – now you have it almost to yourself.

So where to go on holiday in September? Here, we guide you to the best places. If you want beach holidays, there are plenty of places in the Med where you can find perfect spots. We recommend Costa de la Luz in the south-west corner of Spain and the tiny, sleepy Greek island of Paxos. Many tour operators offer cheap holidays in September so it’s worth keeping an eye on deals. The French island of Corsica has great beaches, along with beautiful mountain countryside and authentic villages, while the Ile de Ré off the west coast of France has endless white-sand beaches, small harbours, cycle paths and great seafood. It’s one of our top holiday suggestions for September. The Balaeric islands of Mallorca and Ibiza are not known for their quiet beaches but once you get away from the big resorts you can find beautiful stretches and beautiful rural villages, quiet beaches and great villas. Puglia is in the south of Italy and has great beaches, and along with beautiful hotels and luxury self-catering trulli with pools. The islands of Sicily and Sardinia are also great for beach holidays in September. We recommend Forte Village in Sardinia and Verdura Resort in Sicily. The beaches in North Cyprus are amongst the wildest and least spoilt in the Med. Because it lies outside the Eurozone, prices are lower than in equivalent destinations. Try the Pia Bella, one of our favourite hotels, near Kyrenia. If you want to go further afield, Bermuda is beautiful in September with long sunny days, brilliant blue skies, pink sand beaches and superb hotels such as the Elbow Beach and the Fairmont Southampton which is great for families.


Skin care: Winter-proof your skin Studies at the International Dermal Institute have shown that 59 per cent of women over the age of 18 rank dry, dehydrated skin as their main concern during winter. So if your skin starts to misbehave when the weather turns, our essential tips will ensure you are prepared for the onslaught.

Surface matters ‘Exfoliation will buff away the dead cells that might otherwise dull our complexion,’ explains skincare guru Bharti Vyas. ‘The very act of removing this redundant top layer appears to

cream cleanser onto damp skin, then massage with your facecloth.

Become richer A few adjustments to your skincare regime will pay dividends when its cold. Hannah Cowell, skincare manager at U.R Beautiful says, ‘Swap your foaming or liquid cleanser for a luxurious cream version, which will feel richer while nourishing and balancing the skin. ‘Most peoples’ skin demands a richer moisturiser during the winter months but you need to choose the right one for you – just because a product is creamier or more expensive, doesn’t necessarily mean that it’s more effective.

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Hannah Cowell says: ‘A hydrating serum used underneath your moisturiser will penetrate deep into the skin, nourishing the bottom layer of cells so when they come to the surface they will be hydrated, plumper and brighter.’ Sun protection is not just for the beach – the UV rays that can cause lines and wrinkles are in the atmosphere 365 days of the year. So if you are concerned about premature ageing, invest in a moisturiser that contains sunscreens or UV filters.


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Healthy Living

The Health Benefits of Drinking Lemon Water I remember first learning about the health benefits of drinking lemon water probably twenty-five years ago. By Nancy Hearn

At that time, I was told that drinking lemon water first thing in the morning was especially good for cleansing the liver. Since then, I’ve learned as a nutritionist, that lemons are also a good source of citric acid, potassium, calcium, phosphorous and magnesium. Recently I was given a large bagful of fresh, hand-picked Arizona lemons. In addition, another person asked me, “Are there any health benefits of drinking lemon water?” I took these two synchronistic events as a hint that I needed to know more about lemons. It was time to do a little more research. What I found is truly amazing. The following is a brief summary of a few of the key health benefits of drinking lemon water regularly. Medicinal Values In his book Back to Eden, Jethro Kloss explains some of the medicinal values of a lemon:

• It helps prevent the growth of pathogenic bacteria and the decomposition of tissue • It assists in “cleansing the system of impurities” and will help prevent disease • It is effective at dissolving uric acid (often the cause of pain and inflammation in joints) and other poisons in the body • It can help reduce symptoms of malaria, rheumatism, gout, rickets and tuberculosis. Liver Benefits Kloss also states that lemon is an excellent stimulant to the liver, thus confirming what I had learned as a twentysomething. Lemon water liquefies the bile and helps control excess bile flow. For liver complaints, Kloss recommends drinking warm lemon juice one hour before breakfast.


A.F. Beddoe, author of Biological Ionization as Applied to Human Nutrition, writes that the liver can make more enzymes out of fresh lemon juice than from any other food. He says the primary purpose of the lemon is to: • Provide a natural strengthening agent to liver enzymes when they are too diluted • Help fix oxygen and calcium levels in the liver, which ultimately affects blood oxygen levels. Digestive Aid One of the most important benefits of drinking lemon water regularly is its effect on the gastrointestinal tract. Lemon water assists in the process of digestion and elimination. Lemon juice is similar in atomic structure to saliva, hydrochloric acid, bile and the stomach’s other digestive juices. The digestive qualities of lemon juice help to relieve symptoms of indigestion, such

as heartburn, belching and bloating. For the relief of heartburn, Kloss recommends taking a teaspoon of lemon juice in half a glass of water. Lemon water will also help to eliminate waste through the bowels more efficiently, thus preventing or alleviating constipation, diarrhea and other gastrointestinal disorders. Colds and Flu Bacteria and viruses that cause cold and flu symptoms thrive in an acidic environment in the body, due to excess stress and unhealthy foods and lifestyle. Drinking lemon water has an alkalizing effect on the body. Increasing body alkalinity is one of the key benefits of drinking lemon water. In addition, because of its antibacterial properties, lemon water will help control unhealthy bacteria. For a sore throat, Kloss recommends gargling frequently with lemon juice, diluted half and half with pure water. Gargling with straight lemon juice would be more effective, if tolerable.

However, frequent use of straight lemon juice can ruin tooth enamel. Thus it’s a good idea to rinse the mouth with pure water after gargling with straight lemon juice. Other Benefits of Drinking Lemon Water Just a few more significant health benefits of lemon water, according to Kloss and Beddoe, include:

An apple a day …

There are many delicious apple varieties available at fresh produce markets. Make it a point to try a new variety every week. Apples contain carbohydrate for energy and fibre, and are an excellent source of vitamin C. Remember the old saying …

• Helps purify the blood and will also control a tendency to bleed • Assists in lowering high blood pressure • Reduces the amount of phlegm in the body • Relieves symptoms of asthma, allergies and other respiratory problems • Nourishes brain and nerve cells due to its potassium content • Helps dissolves gallstones, calcium deposits, kidney stones, and pancreatic stones • In pregnancy, it will help build strong bones in the child.


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Healthy Living

Dreading Winter? Take Action And Feel Great Most of us dread this time of year as it means less light and colder weather. By Rosa Coelho

We quickly feel the urge to curl up at home, drink far too many cups of tea, eat more sugary foods and do very little activity. All of these changes combined often lead to a change in our mood, we don't feel quite as cheerful, we tend to socialise less and generally feel unmotivated.

It doesn't have to be this way. Take control and feel good this winter! In the months leading to summer we all hit the panic button as we realise we can no longer hide behind bulky winter clothing, we want to look good; leading in to winter you might not worry so much about looking good but what about feeling good? Do you not agree that your mental health is just as important as your physical health? Of course it is, it's even more important. This winter work on feeling good! How you wonder? It's not as difficult as you think. Simply take the following actions:

Action 1: Get Moving Studies show that anywhere from 30 minutes to an hour of exercise every day can have a positive impact on our mood. When we exercise our body releases endorphins that help us to feel happy. Action 2: Set Goals Setting goals will keep you motivated and achieving them will empower you. If you enjoy running, sign up for a race in the early spring and spend the winter training. Once you've set your goal write it down before the clocks turn back and put it somewhere where you'll see it every day; achieve your goal and be proud of your accomplishment when the clocks spring forward. Action 3: Socialise: Exercise with your friends. It will make your sessions more enjoyable and exercising with someone helps us to put in a bit more effort. Even better join a new club and meet new people. Action 4: Watch what you eat. Eat foods that are high in protein and fibre as they make you feel full, therefore less likely to reach for those sugary treats. Weight gain often leads to poor self- image; therefore the key to staying positive is maintaining or even losing weight. Don't let this winter be a repeat of the last. Take action and feel good! Feeling good in the winter will help you to look good in the summer.


Arnica - the wonder plant Arnica is fabulous for alleviating bruising, shock or trauma after surgery, accidents, falls or sporting injuries. Take five drops in the mouth four times a day until better. Arnica cream is especially effective for clearing bruising, but it should never be used on broken skin.

7 tips for winter health How to keep your energy up, your immune system strong and your body healthy all winter long. By Dr. Joey Shulman

In winter, the sun sets earlier, a chill fills the air, and we spend less time outside being active and more time inside eating starchy and sugary foods. Our hibernating instinct doesn't keep us healthy. Rather, our immune system takes a hit, allowing winter colds and flus to grab hold.

environment for illness to strike. Turn to naturally occurring sugars found in fruit for some sweetness. If you crave chocolate, go for dark chocolate (minimum 70 per cent cocoa), which contains plant phenols that have been shown to lower blood pressure.

Luckily, there are certain things you can do to keep your energy up, your immune system strong and your body healthy all winter long.

3. Avoid added sugars In addition to causing weight gain, refined flours and sugars can suppress immunesystem function. In other words, if there is a flu or cold circulating and you go a little crazy on the white sugar (cookies, pop, candy, etc.), you're creating the perfect

6. Favour fruits and veggies A recent study showed that the majority of us eat fewer than five servings of fruits and vegetables a day — the study recommends eating five to 10 servings per day. One serving is equal to: • 1 medium-size fresh vegetable or fruit • 1/2 cup (125 mL) fresh, frozen or canned vegetables or fruit • 1 cup (250 mL) salad • 1/2 cup (125 mL) juice

1. Drink healthy fluids Sugary and caffeinated beverages can suppress immune-system function, not to mention cause weight gain and dehydration. Drinking six to eight glasses a day of water or herbal tea can keep your digestive system healthy, your weight down and your energy up. This is especially important over the winter months to help flush the system. Green and white teas are also wonderful antioxidant-rich options to keep you healthy throughout the season. 2. Get some z's Sleeping is one of the most effective ways to refuel after a stressful day. Make sure to sleep in a dark room to ensure your body properly secretes the hormone melatonin, which is believed to help repair the immune system.

system. Get adequate amounts by eating oysters, liver, lean beef, pork, turkey, lamb, lentils, pumpkin and sesame seeds, garbanzo beans and yogurt.

7. Move it Don’t succumb to inactivity this winter -- hit the yoga studio, run on the treadmill or suit up and head outdoors. A brisk walk burns calories, gets the blood flowing and increases energy.

Cut up squares and store them in your freezer. Grab one or two when you need a sweet treat. 4. Go for garlic The sulfur-containing compounds in garlic help increase the potency of two important cells of the immune system, T-lymphocytes and macrophages, which in turn help battle colds. Eat garlic raw or cooked for an immune-system boost. 5. Eat zinc-rich foods Zinc helps prevent a weakened immune

And don’t forget to watch your stress levels over the winter -- when we don’t get enough sun exposure, mood and energy tend to fluctuate. Journaling, meeting with friends, enjoying “me” time and meditating are all wonderful ways to keep yourself healthy and happy.

Develop good drinking habits

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Preventing Winter Sports Injuries Tips to Stay Safe During Outdoor Sports

reflectors are intact and use safety lights or headlights whenever possible. Be aware of surroundings and remain attentive.

Sports injury advice often focuses on treatment, but prevention makes better sense. Sports injuries can happen anytime, but during the winter months, sports injuries and accidents are more common. People tend to go to extremes during the winter months; either they’re couch potatoes, or they race outside at the first nice day to go for a run. This may result in injuries or accidents. These tips, based on tips released by the SL University Medical Center offer advice for experienced athletes as well as anyone participating in winter sports.

Stay Hydrated

Reflective Clothing Is a Must for Runners, Joggers, Walkers and Cyclists Many people head outdoors after work to run, jog, walk or cycle after a long day at work. During the summertime, there’s enough daylight left to enable drivers to see people along the shoulder of the road. During the winter months, when the sun sets around 4:30 or 5 o’clock at night, chances are people are out along the road engaging in their favorite activity in the dark. Be sure to wear bright, reflective clothing. Leave the iPOD or MP3 player at home in order to hear oncoming cars, car horns, and other potential dangers. Run or walk along sidewalks whenever possible. Cyclists should be sure their bike

Many people assume that dehydration isn’t an issue during the winter. They carry a

take up the new sport slowly. Allow time for muscle strength to build. Avid tennis players, for example, may switch to an indoor aerobics class during winter months if no indoor courts are available, only to find they pull muscles trying to keep up with experienced exercises. Start slowly.

Try New Sports and Exercises During Winter

water bottle and drink water religiously during summer workouts, but when winter comes, they head out without thinking about hydration. Winter winds and exercise do indeed use up fluids. People who drink a lot of caffeine and alcohol may be slightly dehydrated even before they begin their exercise regimen, since these liquids are diuretics. Drink plenty of water before and after a workout, and if engaging in a vigorous workout outdoors, take along and drink water.

Avoid Sports Injuries For people who love to exercise outdoors, winter may force them inside. When switching sports,


Winter may be a great time to try a new sport. If the extreme winter weather prevent cycling or running, how about focusing on flexibility and core strength instead of cardio and endurance? Yoga, Pilates and tai chi offer gentle yet effective exercises. Swimmers who yearn for the fun summer days at the pool may find an indoor pool offering aquatic aerobics, or may find that strength training compliments their summer regimen. Try something new during winter. Exercising outdoors in winter is a pleasant way to enjoy the winter scenery and keep up fitness levels. Follow these tips and take precautions to avoid accidents and injuries.

Sports Race Calendar for Running Events July – September 2012 Name Clover Irene Milk Run Pirates 10km Run & Walk Dinamika Springbok Vasbyt Discovery 702 Walk the Talk 6-9km Zwartkop Road Race Tshwane Half Marathon Totalsports Ladies Race Ocean Basket Marcel Old Ed’s Half Marathon & 10km Soweto Cabal Spirit of Flight Andrew Greyling Half Marathon The Love Run Avis Van Rental Gerald fox

Location Agricultural Research Centre, Irene Pirates Sports Club, Greenside Voortrekker Monument Marks Park Emmarentia

Date: 07th July 08th July 14th July 22 July

Time 07:30 08:00 07:30 07:30

Event Type Fun Run, Road Run Road run, Walk Road Run, Trail Run Walk

Distance 15km, 5km 10km 10.5km, 25km 15km, 30km, 5km,

Zwartkop Lapa, Centurion Medunsa Sport Complex Roosevelt High Phoebian Club Virgin Active Old Ed’s Club Sir John Adamson High school Airforce Base, Swartkop Anton van Wouw Primary School Hatfield Christian Church Joahannesburg Zoo

28 July 04 August 09 August 11 August 12 August 01 September 01 September 08 September 08 September 09 September

07:00 07:00 08:00 06:45 08:00 07:00 06:45 05:30 05:45 07:00

Fun run, Road Run Road Run Fun Run, Road Run Road Run, Walk Road Run Fun Run, Road Run Road Run Road Run, Walk Road Run, Walk Road Run, Walk

21.1km, 5km 10km, 21.1km 10km, 5km 15km, 5km 10km, 21.1km 10km, 21.1km, 5km 10km, 5km 10km, 21.1km, 5km 10km, 21.1km, 5km 10km, 21.1km

Story from a Sunninghill Striders Running Club Runner: How I successfully completed the Comrades after turning 60 & going on pension (I had never run any race before 2012)

It all started – We were celebrating my daughter, Deborah’s running of the 2011 comrades & after a beer or three a “dare” came about between myself & Sean, that it couldn’t be that hard & that we would do it the next year. (2012). I attempted to do some running in December after my 60th birthday. My knees hurt like hell & I could manage about 100 meters before having to walk. Deborah had my running stride etc professionally evaluated by Mike SBR & bought my first “real” pair of running shoes. This was January 2012. I joined a gym & signed up with a trainer in February. Slowly my running picked up to 5km without my knees shouting at me. March, I ran an 8km time-trial one evening at Florida AC and completed the distance without walking once. April, I had to qualify for comrades. I had been entered in the 42.2km Elands Valley race & actually qualified in 4hrs 42mins. I then stepped up my training & ran 2x 10km & 1x 20km run each week. I estimated that in total I had run 300km since retiring from my desk job. Comrades. We split the 90 km into 9x 10km sectors, each having a time to achieve which calculated to an 11hr40 run. I completed each sector on time & finished the event 3 minutes ahead of my scheduled 11hr40 & never felt better. I landed up with a very sore right ITB, a few blisters, but thoroughly enjoyed the run. One point I must mention is the support that was offered me at the “30km to go” point from the Sunninghill Striders’ support team manning the gazebo. Thanks guys for a great experience & a big thanks to Deborah & her positive attitude. Sean who teamed up with me helped prove it was possible with limited experience. In total I ran a 1x 8km time-trial, 1x 42.2 km qualifier & 1x 89 km Comrades. Howard Bates - No19382 NB: Howard’s daughter achieved 08h38 in this years Comrades.

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06:45:50 in 2011 11:59:14 in 2011 4 in 2012 11 in 2012


Cricket PROTEAS v England (away), July-September INTERNATIONAL TOURNAMENTS World T20, Sri Lanka: Sept 18 - Oct 7 NOTABLE INTERNATIONAL SERIES Eng v Aus (ODIs): June-July SL v Ind: July-Aug Pak v Aus: Aug-Sept

Golf Majors Open Championship: 19-22 July, Muirfield, Scot US PGA Ch’ship: 16-19 Aug, Oak Hill, Kentucky WGC: Bridgestone, August 2-5 Ryder Cup: 28-30 Sept, Medinah, Illnois

Cycling Tour de France: 30 June - 22 July Vuelta a Espana: 18 August - 9 September

Football OLYMPIC FOOTBALL London: 25 July - 11 Aug

NEW SEASONS August: Europe and SA September: Uefa Champions League

Tennis GRAND SLAMS Wimbledon: 25 June - 8 July US Open: 29 August - 9 September OLYMPIC TENNIS London: 28 July - 5 Aug

Vodacom Super Rugby | Fixtures July 2012 6 Chiefs V Crusaders 6 Reds V Highlanders 6 Sharks V Vodacom Bulls 7 Blues V Force 7 Waratahs VbBrumbies 7 Toyota Cheetahs V DHL Stormers 7 MTN Lions V Rebels 13 Hurricanes V Chiefs 14 Brumbies V Blues 14 Sharks V Force 14 Reds V Waratahs 14 DHL Stormers V Rebels 14 Sharks V Toyota Cheetahs 14 Vodacom Bulls V MTN Lions 21 4th Seed V 5th Seed 21 3rd Seed V 6th Seed 28 1st Seed V Lowest-ranked qualifier 28 2nd Seed V Lowest- ranked qualifier

Waikato, Hamilton Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane Mr Price Kings Park, Durban Eden Park, Aukland ANZ Stadium, Sydney Free State Stadium, Bloem Coca-Cola Park, JHB Westpac Stadium Wellington Canberra Stadium, Canberra AMI Stadium, Christchurch Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane DHL Newlands Stadium, CT Mr Price Kings Parks, Durban Loftus Versfeld, Pretoria

09:15 11:40 19:10 09:35 11:40 15:00 17:05 09:35 07:30 09:35 11:40 15:00 17:05 19:10

August 2012 4 Winner SF1 V Winner SF2

Rugby RUGBY INTERNATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP | August 2012 to October 2012 Team 1 Team 2 Date Time Australia New Zealand Aug, 18 2012 12:05 (+2GMT) South Africa Argentina Aug, 18 2012 17:00 (+2GMT) New Zealand Australia Aug, 25 2012 09:35 (+2GMT) Argentina South Africa Aug, 25 2012 21:10 (+2GMT New Zealand Argentina Sep, 08 2012 09:35 (+2GMT) Australia South Africa Sep, 08 2012 12:35 (+2GMT) New Zealand South Africa Sep, 15 2012 09:35 (+2GMT) Australia Argentina Sep, 15 2012 12:05 (+2GMT) South Africa Australia Sep, 29 2012 17:00 (+2GMT) Argentina New Zealand Sep, 30 2012 01:10 (+2GMT) South Africa New Zealand Oct, 06 2012 17:00 (+2GMT) Argentina Australia Oct, 07 2012 01:10 (+2GMT)

Where Sydney Cape Town Aukland Mendoza Wellington Perth Duneden Gold Coast Pretoria Buenos Aires Johannesburg Rosario

Race Calendar for Mountain Biking Events July – September 2012 Event Date July 1st Sun July 7th Sat July 7th Sat July 28th Sat July 29th Sun Aug 19 Sun Aug 25 Sat Aug 31 Fri Sep 01 Sat Sep 22 Sat

Race Name The Corporate Challenge Series Parys Island Dirtmax MTB Series Ngwenya Glass MTB Challenge Schoemanskloof Sitrusfees Big 5 plus 1 MTB Super Series Bestmed Lost City MTB Event Randfontein EPR MTB The Kargo Magalies Adventure Inyatsi Nkonyeni G2G MTB Swazi TRAC 3 Reserves MTB

Location Van Gaalen’s Cheese Farm Farm Shiloh Shalom, Parys Ngwenya Glass, Swaziland Schoemanskloof Sitrusfees Babba’s Lodge, Bultfontein Sun City Tarlton International Raceway Van Gaalen’s Cheese Farm Nkonyeni Golf Estate, Swaziland Simunye Country Club, Swaziland

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Is it time to sell your car? by

Life is sweet, but it would be a lot sweeter if our cars and trucks would warn us when heart-stopping repair bills or inevitable replacements lay in wait just around the corner. Most of us, however, need help recognizing when it's time to get rid of our ride - whether it's a 13-year-old Mazda convertible, a three-year-old Toyota Corolla, or brand-new MercedesBenz CLK. That's why we've come up with five smart moves to help you make a hard but satisfying decision. Smart move 1. Do a lifestyle reality check. "Our homes reflect who we are, and our cars reflect who we wish we were," so the sad (but true) saying goes. Here's where a cold look in the lifestyle mirror can go a long way. Ask yourself (or better yet, ask a friend), "Is what I drive serving my current needs?" Your Mazda MX5 convertible may have made you the King and Queen of Cool when you were single, but when you started adding little princes and princesses to the castle, that tiny two-seat sports car became royally impractical. Suck it up, daddy, and get a midsize Toyota Fortuner. Smart move 2. Do an economic reality check. Make sure you own a vehicle you can realistically afford. Factor in every expense, not just the monthly payment. Include the price of insurance and maintenance, broken down to a monthly average, and don't forget to calculate the terror of fuel costs. Total them up and you've found the true cost of owning your car. If you can realistically meet this number without breaking a sweat or missing a meal, month in, month out, bravo.

But if you're struggling to keep up with the bills, and spending R5000 or more a month on your car or truck, you should replace it with a new ride that costs more like R3 000 a month to own. When making this decision, follow a simple rule of thumb: Monthly payments shouldn't exceed 8% of your gross monthly income. If, for example, that's R20 000, then your payments should be no more than R1 600 a month.

Smart Move 3. Pay heed to the "GutWrench-In-Its-Presence" Effect. If merely thinking about driving your car threatens to double you over in pain, get rid of it. No joke. There is no case to be made for accepting 25 000 km’s of anger a year. If you hate your vehicle -- really hate it -- and have no practical considerations that trump your decision making, then dump it, sell it, or trade it in. Life is still too short. Smart move 4. Beware the "My Mechanic Knows My Credit Card Number by Heart" Syndrome. If your car has been to the shop three times over the past year for repairs -- even legitimate repairs -- it's not a normal, healthy vehicle.


We live in the glory day of automobiles, where virtually every model offers breathtaking quality and reliability. The cliche is that there aren't any bad cars anymore, but the truth is there really aren't even any average cars anymore. Planned obsolescence, the automotive industry's dastardly plan to design and build cars to last only as long as the warranty, is a myth. Bad luck, however, is not. Your vehicle may be a "Monday morning" car or an early production run of a new model (never a good bet for high quality -- new models always need time to get their teething problems out of the way). For owners of older, very used cars, this is the rule to follow: If you must make three repairs during any 12-month period that add up to the resale value of the car, cut your losses and run. You can find out how much your car is worth visit www. or your nearest dealership. Smart Move 5. Keep an eye out for the two symptoms of big trouble. Just remember: Blue smoke = Bad news. Blue smoke out the exhaust means you're burning oil, which very likely indicates the oncoming need for an engine replacement. Never cheap. Another major symptom worth paying eyes-wide-open attention to is when you notice a bit of slipping between gear changes in the automatic transmission. If you notice the engine revving without any appreciable increase in speed, that's what a slipping transmission feels like. This problem is not quite as urgent as the engine, nor quite as expensive, but transmission replacements are never a bargain. Either one means it's time to sell.

Durban Motor Show Returns to Seduce the City Revamped and revitalised, the Durban Motor Show’s festival atmosphere will appeal to young adults, families, and the loyal motor enthusiasts who have supported the show all these years. This year’s agenda includes urban entertainment, music and crowdpleaser car reveals and quirky motor experiences – Durban Motor Show 2012 will be the hallmark of all motor event comebacks. Three-day ticket passes will drive visitors across all festival days, and with event memorabilia on sale – we want fans, not just footfall! Conference facilities will also play host to industry execs annual meetings. The Durban Motor Show is back with a vibrant vengeance – 2nd to 4th November 2012, Durban Exhibition Centre. Be sure to put this show in your diary!

Sunninghill pothole filled with sand by Adriaan Roets

Joburg Water fills one of the troublesome potholes on Maxwell Drive THE pothole in question has received the attention of irked ward councillor Annette Deppe, who believed the pothole was caused by a water leak. According to Deppe the pothole has been filled with sand numerous times, and again on 9 May. The sand however washed away after being filled. Spokesman for Joburg Water Millicent Kabwe said the pothole were being tended to by the Zandfontein Joburg Water depot.

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Parent’s Place

The Top 10 Things Children Really Want Their Parents To Do With Them too many activities and are in turn becoming less in touch with themselves and their families. In addition, my students told me they really wished for more time to “just play”. Of course many of them enjoy their extra curricular activities, but it is not necessary they said to be allowed to do everything. What they enjoyed most, and what made their hearts happiest was when their mothers did simple things for or with them. Here is a list of the top ten things students around the world said they remembered and loved most about their mothers.

What do you think matters most to your children? You driving them to lessons and practices, or is it the smile and hug you greet them with after school? If you guessed the latter, you are correct. Sixteen years of teaching and giving the same assignment every Mother’s Day has led me to the exact same conclusion. You see, every Mother’s Day I would ask my students to give me advice on being a mother. They were to think about things their mother or guardian did for or with them that made them feel happy or loved. The classroom would go silent as the students wrote intensely for longer than they had ever written before. Often smiles would appear on their faces as they reflected on the happy experiences they were remembering. After reading their responses I would add

to my list all the ideas they mentioned. Surprisingly, many of the responses were the same. Year after year, in every country I taught, and in every type of demographic, the students were saying the same things and had the same message: It’s the small things that their mothers did that meant the most and that they remembered. Many moms today feel as if they are not good mothers unless they are racing around, shuttling their children from lessons, to practices and back to lessons again. I’ve had mothers tell me that they want to give their children every opportunity they did not have. While this thinking might bring the mother some comfort, it really does not do the same for their child who is potentially feeling overextended, stressed and tired. After speaking endlessly about this topic with my students, it became clear to me that children today are involved in


1. Come into my bedroom at night, tuck me in and sing me a song. Also tell me stories about when you were little. 2. Give me hugs and kisses and sit and talk with me privately. 3. Spend quality time just with me, not with my brothers and sisters around. 4. Give me nutritious food so I can grow up healthy. 5. At dinner talk about what we could do together on the weekend. 6. At night talk to me about about anything; love, school, family etc. 7. Let me play outside a lot. 8. Cuddle under a blanket and watch our favorite TV show together. 9. Discipline me. It makes me feel like you care. 10. Leave special messages in my desk or lunch bag. Children are incredibly wise and tend to see the world more simply than we do. Perhaps it is time we start taking their advice. Maybe we would all feel a little less stressed and be satisfied with the fact that doing little things really is… good enough.

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Invest in a good Thermoflask as you can use it for a variety of things this winter – make sure it does not leak. • Warm hot chocolate, Milo, Horlicks, tea on a cold winter’s morning when you drop your child off early at school. • Leftover soup from the night before that your child can just sip on during school in the morning. These soups are obviously smooth soups like Tomato soup, butternut & sweet potato, potato & leek, carrot & orange. • If your child is sick this winter then send them to school with some freshly squeezed lemon & honey in the flask, this will ease the cough and chest. • Smoothies – if you are in a rush in the morning make a smoothie and your child can drink that on the way to school. This is always a fabulous way to get the fruit in for the day. | NORTHSIDE MAGAZINE| WINTER | 53

Movie Reviews Mad Buddies The latest comedy adventure motion picture from South Africa’s legendary prankster, Leon Schuster, is “Mad Buddies”, a sidesplitting romp directed by Gray Hofmeyr from a screenplay co-written by Leon Shuster and Gray Hofmeyr, and produced by Helena Spring. Schuster heads up the cast that includes his long-standing co-star, Alfred Ntombela (“Oh Schuks I’m Gatvol”, “Mama Jack”), as well as Kenneth Nkosi (“White Wedding”, “Tsotsi”) and the beautiful Tanit Phoenix (“Spud”, “Straight

Outta Benoni”). “Mad Buddies” centers around two larger-than-life characters, ‘Boetie’ (Schuster) and ‘Beast’ (Nkosi), who are both proudly dedicated to their jobs working for anti-animal poaching units. They first encounter each other in the bush while tracking a poacher. The incompetent buffoons not only botch their mission, but also cause each other physical harm when Beast accidentally shoots off Boetie’s toe, and Boetie has Beast chased into a pit by a lion. With good reason, this precarious and clumsy affair gives seat to a deep mutual hatred. Years later, when a limping Boetie encounters Beast at the wedding of the daughter of the Minister of Tourism, “Mda” (Alfred Ntombela), they release their pent-up anger and the commotion ruins the wedding. To save face and prevent media perception

That’s My Boy (2012) Release Date:June 15, 2012 Starring: Adam Sandler, Andy Samberg, Leighton Meester, James Caan, Eva Amurri, Susan Sarandon, Milo Ventimiglia, Will Forte, Colin Quinn, Todd Bridges, Vanilla Ice, Ian Ziering While still in his teens, Donny (Adam Sandler) fathered a son, Todd (Andy Samberg), and raised him as a single parent up until Todd’s 18th birthday. Now, after not seeing each other for years, Todd’s world comes crashing down on the eve of his weddingwhen an uninvited Donny suddenly shows up. Trying desperately to reconnect with his son, Donny is now forced to deal with the repercussions of his bad parenting skills.



of a ‘racial’ incident the Minister must take action and the hapless duo is forced to walk across the country (Boetie with just nine toes) to demonstrate racial harmony. As the two stooges with their warring personalities trek from the Province of Kwa Zulu Natal to the Province of Gauteng, a comedy caper filled with hilarious mishaps ensues. What they don’t know is that the trip is being filmed as a reality show by a conniving television producer “Kelsey” (Tanit Phoenix) and that the whole of South Africa is in on the joke. When they discover they’ve been conned they join forces to exact revenge. The Walt Disney Company has acquired the rights to distribute the film worldwide under the Touchstone Pictures banner. “Mad Buddies” will release nationwide in cinemas on Friday 22 June 2012.

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Starring: Bruce Willis, Edward Norton, Bill Murray, Frances McDormand, Tilda Swinton, Jason Schwartzman, Jared Gilman, Kara Hayward

The search for our beginning could lead to our end…

Set on an island off the coast of New England in the summer of 1965, “Moonrise Kingdom” tells the story of two twelve-year-olds who fall in love, make a secret pact, and run away together into the wilderness. As various authorities try to hunt them down, a violent storm is brewing off-shore -- and the peaceful island community is turned upside down in more ways than anyone can handle. Bruce Willis plays the local sheriff. Edward Norton is a Khaki Scout troop leader. Bill Murray and Frances McDormand portray the young girl’s parents. The cast also includes Tilda Swinton, Jason Schwartzman, and Jared Gilman and Kara Hayward as the boy and girl.

After his usual two-year hiatus, Ridley Scott is back with another challenging production. It examines the origin of human life on Earth. A team of scientists and explorers go on a thrilling journey that will test their physical and mental limits and strand them on a distant world, where they will discover an alien species with a DNA identical to our own. As they seek to unravel this mystery, they tackle the most profound questions about our origins. This film is releasing in both 2D and 3D.

Madagascar 3: Europes Most Wanted Starring: Voices of Ben Stiller, Chris Rock, David Schwimmer, Jada Pinkett Smith, Sacha Baron Cohen, Cedric the Entertainer. UIP The third in the series delivers more of the same, and is possible the best yet. The team, after being stuck in Africa in episode 2, is still determined to return to their zoo in New York. They gatecrash their way into a travelling circus, which is touring Europe. There, they meet a whole bunch of new friends / crazy characters, while attempting to stay one step ahead of the French police hot on their tail. This film is releasing in both 2D and 3D.

Men in Black III Starring: Will Smith, Tommy Lee Jones, Josh Brolin, Jemaine Clement, Emma Thompson, Michael Stuhlbarg, Mike Colter, Nicole Scherzinger. Ster-Kinekor They are back... in time. They're back again for another outing. When K's life and the fate of the planet are in jeopardy. Agent J travels back in time to put things right. He discovers that there are secrets to the universe that K never told him... secrets that will reveal themselves as he teams up with the young Agent K to save his partner, the agency, and the future of humankind. This film is releasing in both 2D and 3D.

Snow White and the Huntsman Starring: Kristen Stewart, Charlize Theron, Chris Hemsworth, Sam Claflin, Ray Winstone, Ian McShane, Eddie Izzard, Bob Hoskins, Toby Jones, Eddie Marsan, Stephen Graham, Ray Winstone, Lily Cole, Sam Spruell, Liberty Ross, Noah Huntley In the epic action-adventure “Snow White and the Huntsman,” Kristen Stewart (“Twilight”) plays the only person in the land fairer than the evil queen (Oscar® winner Charlize Theron) who is out to destroy her. But what the wicked ruler never imagined is that the young woman threatening her reign has been training in the art of war with a huntsman (Chris Hemsworth, “Thor”) who was dispatched to kill her. Sam Claflin (“Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides”) joins the cast as the prince long enchanted by Snow White’s beauty and power.

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Book Reviews

Know Yourself Manage Yourself What the Most Successful People Do Before Breakfast: A Short Guide to Making Over Your Mornings – and Life

Mornings are a madcap time for many of us. We wake up in a haze—often after hitting snooze a few times. Then we rush around to get ready and out the door so we can officially start the day. Before we know it, hours have slipped by without us accomplishing anything beyond downing a cup of coffee, dashing off a few emails, and dishing with our coworkers around the water cooler. By the time the workday wraps up, we’re so exhausted and defeated that any motivation to accomplish something in the evening has vanished. But according to time management expert Laura Vanderkam, mornings hold the key to taking control of our schedules. If we use them wisely, we can build habits that will allow us to lead happier, more productive lives. Drawing on real-life anecdotes and scientific research that shows why the early hours of the day are so important, Vanderkam reveals how successful people use mornings to help them accomplish things that are often impossible to take care of later in the day. While many of us are still in bed, these folks are scoring daily victories to improve their health, careers, and personal lives without sacrificing their sanity. What the Most Successful People Do Before Breakfast is a fun, practical guide that will inspire you to rethink your morning routine and jump-start your life before the day has even begun.


Challenging beliefs Author: Tim Noakes

Tim Noakes is the world's leading authority on the science behind sport. Through a lifetime of research, he has developed key scientific concepts in sport that have not only redefined the way elite athletes and teams approach their professions, but challenged conventional global thinking in these areas. In Challenging beliefs Noakes gives his views on everything from overtraining, banned substances and the dangers of rugby to the sports-drink industry, and children and sport, debunking a few sporting myths in the process. Stories and case studies of the teams and athletes with whom he has worked are also included. In providing an intimate look at the golden threads running through Noakes's life and career, this truly fascinating book reveals the groundbreaking theories and principles of one of the greatest minds in the history of sports science.

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, because Baking with the Cake Boss is an education in the art of baking and decorating, from kneading to rolling, fondant to flowers, taught by Buddy Valastro himself, the star of TLC’s smash hit Cake Boss. With more than 100 of his most sought-after recipes, including birthday and holiday cakes and other special theme designs, this book is a master course that culminates in the showstopping cakes for which Carlo’s Bake Shop is famous. Bursting with delicious, tried-andtrue recipes, how-to boxes and sidebars, and numerous tricks of the trade, Baking with the Cake Boss is a rare treat¿a fun, accessible guide to baking, all in a gloriously designed, fully illustrated package worthy of the Cake Boss’s artistic vision.

Gareth Cliff ‘On Everything’ ‘’Some people think it a very bad thing to have an opinion about anything. Blend in, don’t make too much noise, just be happy with what you know and do. I can’t do that.’’ Gareth Cliff likes to shoot from the hip. Whether on air or judging a trembling Idols contestant, he’s always quick with a point of view. In Gareth Cliff on Everything, Gareth throws caution to the wind and writes about all those subjects that make him glad, sad or simply mad. • Cows? The perfect steak-making machines. • Tarts? Good to have around, even if there’s no conversation to be had. • Our President? A bargain-bin, most-things-to-most-people, least offensive compromise • Nigella Lawson? She’s gotta go before there’s an orgasm on set • Ancestor worship? Outdated and primitive • Wine expo? A boring waste of time: can you imagine how devoid of meaning your life has to be before you decide to spend FIVE HOURS with the most pretentious people on earth. • Death? Hey, we’ve all got to go sometime! • BEE? Next subject • Children? No thanks. Only when I have my own. • The British Empire? Sorry, it’s fallen. • The Pope? You better read about it. Want to know more? Dip in to where Gareth takes on all comers with his brash, iconoclastic and pointed musings. It’ll engage, enrage and derange you all at once.

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Sunninghill – A prime location By Andy Speirs

The property broker’s mantra ‘location, location, location’ could have been especially penned for Sunninghill. Situated close to one of the country’s most important ‘spaghetti junctions’ – the Buccleuch Interchange where two of Africa’s busiest roads intersect – supplied by no less than three separate off- & onramps serving the highway network, Sunninghill is located plumb centre in the South African heartland. Since the recent highway network upgrades, it’s now even more accessible than before. But that’s not all. With the envisaged completion of the K60 – part of the provincial road network – accessibility will further enhanced. So it’s hardly surprising to find that greater Sunninghill is also one of Eskom’s fastest growing areas. And, in the midst of these burgeoning suburbs, is to be found Eskom’s corporate headquarters. Eskom is not the only company to lo-

cate its South African headquarters in Sunninghill. So too has Massmart, PricewaterhouseCoopers, Fluor, DRA and a host of others. You may then be forgiven to assume that Sunninghill’s success will inevitably be

at the expense of the very same natural environment that made it such a sought-after area for weekend retreats early last century. Not so. That’s where Sunninghill Community comes into play. Sunninghill Community is more than a residents’ association. It’s a proactive organisation supported by wide community interests that seek not only to support the South African economy by


maximising our area’s locational attributes but is committed to conserve our natural assets and promote their responsible usage. That’s why, in partnership with City Parks, we’ve planted over 3 000 indigenous trees over the last two years. That’s why we’re clearing up the Sandspruit. That’s why we’re partnering River Rangers to help increase security along the spruit. That’s why we are determined, in partnership with our friends in Paulshof, to turn the area around the confluence of the Sandspruit and Braamfonteinspruit into a community park of great note. Not only does Sunninghill attract businesses, young upwardly mobile couples, but also retired folk. We are a diverse community. This is what enriches us. And it’s only by continuing to work together that we’re going to make our community even greater. Sunninghill Community will be putting forward various exciting initiatives in the months to come. So do watch this space!

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Upturn in the Residential property Market The many property trend watchers looking for signs of an upturn in the market will be encouraged by the data published in the latest FNB estate agents’ survey, says Sean McCauley, a director of Rawson Properties. “Much of what this survey has to tell us,” said McCauley, “is exactly the news we were waiting for: in the last quarter (as compared to the previous quarter) the average time that houses have been on the market has been cut from 17 to 15 weeks; the number of houses sold at less than the asking price is now 88% as compared to 91%; the average difference between the asking and the achieved price has improved from 13% to 11%; and first time homebuyers now comprise 25% of the total, the highest we have seen for a long while.  These are all highly encouraging “pointers”.” Similarly, said McCauley, agents are for the first time in several years now reporting stock shortages which, it can be assumed, are due to increased demand as well as an increased reluctance to sell (a sure sign that tough economic conditions are easing up). Latest figures from State organisations, said McCauley, also point towards an upturn taking place, albeit slowly:  consumer confidence is now up and levels of employment are now rising.  Asked how his Rawson franchises are faring, he said that they report that the banks, although still very careful, are easing up on their lending criteria and there is a new willingness to buy rather than wait and see. Other encouraging signs of a revival, said McCauley, are that attendances at show houses are almost twice what they were last year, there has been a noticeable upswing in the number of buy offers received and Rawsons’ sales figures in the first quarter of 2012 were 30% up on the average for 2011.

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The North Side - Winter 2012  
The North Side - Winter 2012  

With every change of season, this stunning quarterly lifestyle magazine will enthrall readers with ways to celebrate the finer things in lif...