Touching Africa Gazette Official news letter of the Touching Africa Development Trust
Volume 3, Issue 8
Foundations for Farming
S.T.O.P. Fashion Show Photo wall: Zambia
THE TOUCHING AFRICA GAZETTE Official monthly news letter of the network to the Touching Africa Development Trust THE TAG, 76 Steve Biko Avenue, Potchefstroom PO BOX 19468, Noordbrug, 5200 Tel: 018 297 6588, Fax: 018 297 4813 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Web: www.touching-africa.com
CONTENTS 7 KEYS TO SUCCESS. By Stephan Pretorius. 8 THE WHOLE IS MORE THAN THE SUM OF THE PARTS. By Des Muller.
THE TAG COMMITTEE Editor: Des Muller
9 TOUCHING AFRICA DEVELOPMENT TRUST: A new member and thoughts on Foundations for Farming
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Convenor Lindi Delport Tel: 018 297 6588 | Mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Compilation & layout AQD Graphic Design: Alta Lindeque
10 PROPHETIC PLANNING: AGES in the NEWS 11 S.T.O.P. Fashion Show 12 VIOLENCE with breakfast. By Des Muller.
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REGIONAL COORDINATION OF CONTRIBUTIONS: Western Cape: Corinne Sandenbergh Mail: email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org
13 WORDS OF WISDOM 14 THOUGHTS ON UGANDA: By Alan Ter Morshuizen 15 PHOTO WALL; PERSONAL STORIES AND ACHIEVEMENTS.
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International: Stephan Pretorius Mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
THE TAG is distributed electronically and is available on the Touching Africa Website (through secured access) for the personnel of all companies that partake in the network of the Touching Africa Development Trust. The purpose of the magazine is to inform everyone on matters of interest regarding the joint vision of all companies and entities partaking in the network to “touch” Africa on a special way as part of the manifestation of the Kingdom of God. THE TAG also gives an opportunity to display your activities to the group, and all contributions needs to be submitted to the TAG committee by the 20'th of a month in order to reach the month end issue.
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COVER PHOTO New friends: photo taken at the Foundations for Farming Training in North West.
! These are exerts from articles found on www.miningweekly.com and www.engineeringnews.co.za, compiled by Mihan Louw
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Shell could spend $200m on SA shale gas search 1st September 2011
AfDB loan concludes 100-MW Eskom wind farm funding phase 26th September 2011
Energy group Shell estimates that it could invest about $200million during any possible exploration phase in the Karoo region of South Africa, which would be a “fraction” of what would be invested should it proceed to the development of such resources.
The $365-million African Development Bank (AfDB) loan to South African power utility Eskom, which was announced on Sunday, has effectively concluded the funding phase for the 100-MW Sere wind farm project and a process is already under way to now procure the key components for the development.
However, prospecting could only be pursued should it receive a licence to explore and should the South African government lift a moratorium on the issuance of such licences.
The new funding, comprising $265-million from the AfDB's own resources and $100-million from the resources of the Clean Technology Fund (CTF), would supplement the $700-million received for the noncoal-related funding arising from the $3.75billion World Bank loan secured in April 2010. It was also additional to the $151-million secured for the Sere project from French development agency Agence Française de Développement.
Speaking in Cape Town on Thursday, upstream manager in South Africa Jan Willem Eggink said that, should it receive permission to explore, it would drill at least six wells within the first three-year licence period. “If these show encouraging results, we will probably want to drill more exploration wells,” he added. The group would use water from outside of the arid Karoo region during any exploration campaign and wastewater generated from drilling and hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, would be kept in containers ahead of “appropriate” disposal. More technical work needed to define SA's shale gas framework 6th September 2011 JOHANNESBURG (miningweekly.com) The exploitation of shale gas in South Africa could be a "game changer" for the gas sector, a senior Department of Energy (DoE) official said on Tuesday. But he also appealed for patience to allow a Department of Mineral Resources (DMR) task team to finalise its investigation into the issue of hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, and its appropriateness to the South African setting. A moratorium has been imposed on the issuance of exploration licences for unconventional gas in the arid Karoo region and in mid-August Mineral Resources Minister Susan Shabangu extended the moratorium by a further six months to allow for further policy and technical reviews. Speaking at the fourth natural gas conference in Johannesburg, deputy director-general responsible for hydrocarbons and energy planning Tseliso Maqubela said the DoE was still to finalise the advice it would be offering the DMR on the possible regulatory framework for shale gas exploration and development. This involved researching international best practice in this regard, as process that was being conducted at an "accelerated pace". But the issues were "complex" and the DMR had, thus, also established a technical working group, which had also not yet completed its review of the technical threats and opportunities associated with fracking.
Big wind power roll-out to bring transport headaches 28th September 2011 With 1 850 MW of wind energy capacity expected to be installed in South Africa by 2015, there is going to be severe strain on transport infrastructure, Sisa James of The GreenCape Initiative warned on Tuesday. About 925 wind turbines would be installed and if each turbine was transported as seven components (or eight for larger turbines), there would be at least 6 475 abnormal loads moving between the ports and wind farm sites. Over a two-year build period, this translated to 13 loads a day, assuming it would be possible to spread the loads equally. James noted that this was, however, unlikely, as turbines would not start arriving on the day that these projects get under way. “These kinds of loads and the volumes that we expect will cause severe strain on our roads, and the infrastructure is also not there,” James said at the South African Wind Energy Association conference in Cape Town.
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MINING NEWS BHP to spend $20bn on projects in 2012, warns of cost pressures Published: 25th August 2011 PERTH (miningweekly.com) - Diversified giant BHP Billiton on Wednesday said that it would spend around $20-billion in project development and exploration during the next financial year. This was up from the $12.9-billion capital spend during the year ended June, CEO Marius Klopper said in a conference call. Kloppers said that over the next five years, BHP Billiton was hoping to grow its production output by around 6% annually, in an effort to meet the ever-increasing demand for raw materials. However, the miner warned that cost pressures would be a continued hinderance for the company going forward. “Our intention is to highlight that there will be cost pressures going forward. If you look at the last year and over the last six months, we have had very attractive commodity prices. We know that given our pattern of purchase, that it takes a couple of quarters to work its way through the cost line because we purchase many of the commodities that we produce. “And that lag effect means that the price escalation that we have seen over the last couple of quarters will manifest as increased input costs,” Kloppers explained. However, Kloppers noted that the current environment of elevated commodity prices, tight labour and raw material markets provided a challenge for all operators. Chamber says black ownership of member mines at 28% 24th August 2011 CAPE TOWN - South Africa's Chamber of Mines (CoM) said black ownership among its members averages 28 percent and already exceeds State-mandated targets-politically charged findings that are at odds with anything the government has said to date. The government has long held that companies are lagging in moves to give previously excluded blacks a bigger share of the mining industry, which is part of a wider economic empowerment drive aimed at rectifying the disparities of white apartheid rule. The target under the country's mining charter is 26 percent black ownership by 2014. While the mines minister said on the weekend that she was confident that the number would be exceeded, no one from government has suggested it is close yet. In fact, officials said on Wednesday they would toughen the rules to ensure compliance. Parliament is conducting public hearings on the mining charter. The CoM said in a presentation to parliament that its members, which include the country's biggest platinum, gold and coal companies, had already achieved the targets. "No chamber member is at less than 15 percent, measured according to the charter. Some are at 50 percent ownership and
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above, (with a) weighted average of 28 percent including six empowerment companies," the presentation stated. The 2009 target was 15 percent, but the government said last year that only 8.9 percent of the industry had been moved to black owners by then. ARM earmarks R10bn for growth, output to double by 2018/19 31st August 2011 JOHANNESBURG (miningweekly.com) − Diversified miner African Rainbow Minerals (ARM) plans to double production in its current commodities portfolio by 2018/19, outgoing CEO Andre Wilkens told Mining Weekly Online on Wednesday. ARM, which currently has an interest in iron-ore, platinum, coal, chrome, manganese and nickel, had already doubled its production between 2005 and 2010 by investing almost R17billion in growth projects. Wilkens said that ARM would continue its aggressive growth strategy and planned to spend R10-billion up to 2014 to ensure its next phase of growth. “We are talking aggressive growth in the next three to four years, taking our iron-ore production up to 16-million or even 18-million tons, doubling manganese production, doubling platinum production, improving on coal production and ramping up copper Gem Diamonds recovers 553 ct white diamond at Letšeng JOHANNESBURG (miningweekly.com) − Londonheadquartered Gem Diamonds has unearthed a 553 ct diamond at the Letšeng mine in Lesotho, which ranks as the 15th largest white diamond ever to be recovered. The stone, which is yet to be named, is a type II D colour diamond. It is currently undergoing analysis in Antwerp. This is the fourth historic diamond recovered from the mountaintop mine in recent years, following the recovery of the 603 ct Lesotho Promise, the 493 ct Letšeng Legacy and the 478 ct Light of Letšeng. Gem Diamonds owns 70% of Letšeng Diamonds in partnership with the Lesotho government, which owns the remaining 30% CoAL signs agreement to preserve integrity of Mapungubwe 1st September 2011 JOHANNESBURG (miningweekly.com) − The Department of Environmental Affairs (DEA), Coal of Africa Limited (CoAL) and South African National Parks on Thursday signed an agreement, committing to the preservation of the Mapungubwe World Heritage site. DEA deputy director-general Fundisile Mketeni said that the agreement, relating to CoAL's controversial Vele mine project in Limpopo, was a milestone in striking a balance between government's objective of economic development and environmental conservation.
The purpose of the agreement is to ensure the integrity of the historical Mapungubwe site, through biodiversity offsets programmes, which included components of natural and cultural heritage conservation, tourism development and water resource management. Last month, CoAL stopped all activities requiring the use of water at the Vele project, after a coalition of nongovernmental organisations (NGOs) appealed the integrated water use licence. Mine nationalisation is not the solution, says SA chamber 15th September 2011
In March, the diversified miner approved a $7.4-billion capital investment to grow its Pilbara capacity to more than 220-million tons a year by 2014. The expansion plans included the development of the Jimblebar mine and rail links, as well as the further development of infrastructure at Port Hedland, including two additional berths and shiploaders. The miner would also invest in port blending facilities and rail yards to enable ore blending, the expansion of resource life, and to prepare for the future growth of the business beyond the inner harbour.
HARARE (miningweekly.com) − The nationalisation of South African mines is not the solution to the country's problems, the CEO of the country's Chamber of Mines, Bheki Sibiya, said on Thursday.
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“South Africa has many challenges, particularly the high levels of unemployment, which affects more than 50% of youth aged between 18 and 35; the high level of poverty, where upwards of 20% live below the poverty line, even with those 14% who receive a monthly government grant; and the corruption levels affecting the country,” he said at a mining conference in neighbouring Zimbabwe.
JOHANNESBURG (miningweekly.com) Sephaku Fluoride aims to produce 180 000 t/y of acid-grade fluorspar by the end of 2013 from its new Nokeng fluorspar mine, parent company Sephaku Holdings said on Wednesday.
The unemployment and inequality challenge was a national crisis, not a mining issue, and would not be solved by nationalisation. “There is too much at stake…the investments in South Africa should be protected and a legacy needs to be saved for our children. The economies of the countries that have nationalised have suffered,” said Sibiya. The mining industry, which plays a significant role in the South African economy, accounts for 18.6% of gross domestic product, while, in 2010, it earned 18%, or R17-billion in corporate tax and R6-billion in royalties. Further, the industry is an important earner of foreign currency.
Sephaku outlines fluorspar aspirations, appoints unit CEO 24th August 2011
Sephaku Fluoride also announced the appointment of mining industry veteran Alan Smith as CEO from August 17. The announcement was made after the company was awarded a new order mining right for the Nokeng fluorspar mine, located some 70 km north-east of Pretoria. The granting of the right was an essential step in the company's development process, CEO Neil Crafford-Lazarus said. "These are very positive and important steps for the group as we seek to define and deliver more focused investment opportunities to the market,” he added. The project comprises two major fluorspar deposits, the Outwash Fan deposit and the Plattekop deposit, which the company said are believed to rank among the highest-grade fluorspar deposits in the world. Village increases Lesego resource to 41.8Moz 6th September 2011 JOHANNESBURG (miningweekly.com) − JSE-listed Village has increased the resource at its Lesego platinum project to 41.8-million ounces, starting at 700 m below the surface. This is a 50% increase from the 27.8-million ounce inferred resource previously defined.
BHP unveils 450Mt/y WA iron-ore production target 28th September 2011 PERTH (miningweekly.com) − Mining giant BHP Billiton has unveiled plans to increase its Pilbara iron-ore production to 450million tons a year, topping its competitor Rio Tinto in output. BHP has an iron-ore production capacity of 155-million tons of iron-ore a year in the Pilbara, while rival Rio Tinto's capacity is 225-million tons a year.
The upgraded resource comprises 16.8-million ounces of Merensky Reef and 25-million ounces of the slightly deeper UG2 chromitite. On the Merensky Reef, an improved grade of 6.75 g/t was recorded over an average reef thickness of 1.08 m, while the UG2 has produced a grade of 6.52 g/t over a wider reef thickness 1.26 m. The resource categorisation also improved with 11% of the 41.8-million ounces classified in the measured resource category, 46% in the indicated resource category, and the balance in an inferred category. This upgrade brings Village Main Reef's attributable share of the project to 32.2-million ounces.
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“We have defined this significant resource at a starting depth of 700 m, almost half the initial depth of 1 200 m. This confirms the Lesego project as a large, shallow to medium depth, high-grade ore body, which we believe will be economically viable,” commented CEO Bernard Swanepoel.
The South African stock market rose 16.09% in 2010, ranking 8th out of the G20 nations and ahead of all of the G7 countries (Bespoke Investment Group).
• SA placed second among Brics in global competiveness report. 7th September 2011
The South African Rand was the second best performing currency against the US Dollar between 2007 and 2011, according to Bloomberg's Currency Scorecard.
South Africa moved up four places in the latest global competiveness ranking, and ranked second among the Brics (Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa) countries.
The number of tourists visiting South Africa has grown from 3.9million in 1994 to 11.3 million in 2010 South Africa is ranked among the top 5 countries in the world in respect of tourism growth (growing at 3 times the global average)
Cape Town was named the top tourist destination in the world in the 2011 Traveller's Choice Destinations awards.
OR Tambo airport is the best airport in Africa, according to the World Airport Awards 2010/11. It was also in the top 3 most improved airports in the world for the same period.
SA has 30,000 schools (7,000 secondary, 23,000 primary). In 1994 only 12,000 had electricity. Now 24,000 have access to electricity.
South Africa 's learner to teacher ratio has improved from 1:50 in 1994 to 1:31 in 2010.
SA's population is the 27th largest in the world (there are 230 countries, only 80 have a population in excess of 10 million). South Africa is not listed as one of the 49 fastest growing populations.
South Arica ranked 50th in the World Economic Forum's 'Global Competitiveness Report 2011-2012', which was topped by Switzerland, followed by Singapore and Sweden. China, the world's most populous country, continues to lead the Brics economies by a significant margin, ranking 26th. Brazil ranked 53rd, India 56th and Russia 66th in the competiveness index. Business Unity South Africa (Busa) ascribed the improvement in South Africa's overall position out of 142 countries, more to exogenous factors than to internal developments, and has underlined the country's importance as a gateway to investment in emerging markets. South Africa's financial market development ranked fourth indicating a high confidence in this market, which the report indicated was at a time when trust is returning very slowly to other parts of the world.
Positive news about SA:
Our population is set to stabilise at ± 50 million for the next 20 years. Population sizes remain the same when there are 2.2 births per fertile female. In South Africa the figure is 2.3 births per fertile female. The average in Europe is 1.7. (Economist). •
The percentage of the South African population with access to clean drinking water has increased from 62% in 1994, to 93% in 2011.
Access to electricity has increased from 34% in 1994, to 84% in 2011.
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South Africa 's debt to GDP ratio is 32% (USA 100%, Japan 200%, UK 90%). The World Bank recommends a ratio of 60%.
Since 1994, 435 houses have been built each day for the poor.
South Africa sold $1.8 billion worth of cars to the US in 2010, putting us ahead of Sweden and Italy as suppliers to the US market. Car sales are projected to grow 10% in 2011 to 460,000 units.
Don't let statements by youth leaders and politicians frighten you. They are only playing to their crowd and trying to win sympathy. The media knows you will fall for this, because it sells… Land rights are protected in the Constitution. Freedom of Speech is protected in the Constitution.
South Africa is ranked 1st out of 139 countries in respect of regulation of security exchanges according to the World Economic Forum competitiveness report 2010-2011 .
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Fear leads to hate. Hate leads to anger. Anger leads to suffering. Therefore….don't fear.
Keys to Success Stephan Pretorius During the Men's Conference with Kenny Luck, Founder of Every Man Ministries and Men's pastor at Saddleback Church in California, in Potchefstroom in September, attention was given to the key factors needed to ensure a successful organisation, business or any project or action for that matter. These key factors were discussed in groups, applied in a variety of contexts and also played an important role on the XZA shareholders workshop where a number of businesses in the network of the Touching Africa Development Trust discussed their way forward. Shaped in the practical school of business during this month, tested against challenges, and proved to be important, the followed few simple points crystallised as keys to ensure success in corporate context. From this I want to extract and broaden it to a much wider application - to see this as keys to success! 1.
You must have a clear vision
Success is to achieve the original goal - to implement what is seen originally in a dream. Therefore the first key to success is to have a clear vision - to have a clear dream - to see what you want to achieve. Without this vision, you will only survive every day, and strive to do it better every day! It is important for every one of us to have a personal vision, and it is very important for us to find people that have the same vision, and to fit our personal vision somewhere into a bigger corporate vision. A clear vision sparks motivation and sets resources free! For me this vision is to see each business and business network opportunity as an incubator, a laboratory where Kingdom principles can be put to the test - to grow KINGDOM and bring Kingdom to earth for - if the Kingdom comes, God`s will is done! 2.
3. You must have a strong leadership development Reproduction is the highest form of production. If you understand that “sons are a blessing from the Lord” you will be able to “receive blessing from the Lord in your sleep” (Ps 127:2) One father is more powerful than thousands of teachers in Christ - therefore the Kingdom in not a matter of talk (teachers) but of fathers (power)(1 Corinthians 4:20) A dream can only become reality on corporate level if you implement a strong leadership development process through effective “corporate fatherhood”. In the normal corporate life, strong leadership is cultivated through power, position and possession. In the Kingdom, strong leadership is based on the ability to serve, to be a slave and to give our lives (Matt 20:2028)! For me the reproduction of Kingdom in people as a father is the main method of leadership development. More aspects need to be addressed on a more “strong process” manner! We have to cultivate each other to serve as leaders! 4. You must develop a strong identity Strong leadership develops strong identity! We become what we know, think and understand about God. The more strong leadership reflects the character of God, the more this will determine corporate identity. The corporate character of a group of people is the container of their conviction. A strong identity therefore becomes the vehicle for the manifestation of a vision.
You must have a strong process
A successful business develops as a clear vision and is followed by a strong process. The implementation of a dream can only be as successful as the strength of the required processes of implementation! We tend sometimes to focus only on the vision, or the Spiritual side of aspects, and then we underestimate the need for strong processes! For me this is always very difficult to acknowledge the role of strong processes. I realised more and more that we need in business a process that defines procedures regarding client management, scientific aspects, project management and deliverables, office, personnel and financial management.
I always dream of a corporate character that reflects God's character. I see in my spirit a group of people that are professional and very good in what they do, but humble, serving their clients, bringing hope to the hopeless and solving problems to society! 5. Strong discipline The application of discipline is the key factor to develop a successful start into a successful completion! The basis of discipleship is to say yes for the right things and no to the wrong things. In order to do this we have to be able to distinguish between right and wrong but also between the vital few and the
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important many! As the soldier says no to civilians in order to be a soldier, the athlete says no to shortcuts and yes to rules, and the farmer say no to sleep in order to obtain the harvest (2 Tim 2) we have to say yes to the vital few towards success!
involved in the implementation of the vision and as part of the processes to achieve this vision.
Strong accountability This is a very difficult aspect in our keys to success - to be accountable for what we do on a very practical level! Give somebody permission in your life. Give somebody the right to test your actions against your vision, to test your processes, give feedback on the identity displayed through your character and to evaluate for discipline.
If we implement these keys successful, we will be a people that will carry a prophetic voice in a world in need of hope as well as a people that carry the promise of the Kingdom. Sagaria doubted the reality of the promise, and his prophetic voice went quiet for a time (Luke 1:20-22), but we must stand firm in our dream to manifest Kingdom on earth, and we will see God's will be done! It was amazing for me that the XZA shareholding weekend after lengthy technical discussions were concluded on a Sunday morning by Pieter van Rooyen with this simple but powerful statement: The real question to answer is: What must we (as XZA) do for the Lord on earth? Let's take this as our question to answer on our way towards achieving success!
This will help you to develop non-negotiables to be part of all
There is so much to say about discipline - our great command is to make disciples! 6.
THE WHOLE IS MORE THAN THE SUM OF THE PARTS The Touching Africa Development Trust (TADT) is the shared vision of a small group of people which grew into the dream of a whole group of companies . Daily more people start sharing this dream for Africa by joining our network as a project, part of the technical support network or as a funder. One of the most beautiful things of this vehicle is that we have a common goal but differ in most other aspects. We do not all have identical skin colours, business plans or focus areas. Not even the fringe benefits are the same for everyone. For some its BBBEE points, Tax rebates, Corporate Social Responsibility, and for others it's just giving from the heart. In the â€œnew South Africaâ€? there are built-in mechanisms to address the wrongs of the past and to move forward in a democratic way. Affirmative action, preferential procurement and disownment of farms and property are some of the ways used to redress wrongs of the past. All of these are governed by rules and regulation and red tape. In the TADT people are coming together in an altogether different way. It entails spontaneous, enthusiastic life-giving partnerships and networks, inspired by a common vision for something even more significant than just the rebuilding of a country it is the regeneration of a whole continent. The mechanisms that are prescribed by government are only some of the means we employ to enable us to reach our goals. Because our network is so diverse we can address a variety of scenarios. We are equipped to address basic needs like
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water and sanitation, education, housing and economic and social development. Our uniqueness in what we bring to the table adds value and quality to the whole. If all of us had the exact same focus and specialized in the same field we would not be able to have the impact we do now. Thus we are one, not so much in the way we govern our companies, conduct our business or grow our business, but in our vision of something greater than any one of us on our own. The most essential element is that we respect the unity and the diversity. We should give each other the opportunity to use their own methods and perspectives, but avoid using methods and paradigms that are detrimental to other network partners. My daughter, Louise-Mari, shot our cover photo. It was taken at the Foundations for Farming training in Kgotsong near Bothaville. What struck me when I first saw it, was that although those two girls had just met, and despite their differences they played all morning. What they did have in common was place, opportunity and openness to others. Now here we are all in the same place, Africa! Through the TADT network, we have the opportunity to make a difference. We have also opened our hearts and minds wide enough to one another so that through this network, the dream for Africa will bear fruit. Des Muller
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New Member We would like to welcome our newest network partner to The Touching Africa Development Trust. CSP is based in Fochville, Gauteng, but operates nationwide. They have Multinational, National and local corporate clients and focus on SMME's as well. CSP delivers a comprehensive range of services: • Strategic facilitation and coaching • Human resource consulting and outsourcing (CCMA. Contracts, Policies etc) • Social and Labour plans • Payroll services • Financial & Management Accounting, bookkeeping, Audits, and independent reviews • •
Foundations for Farming After attending the Foundations for Farming training in Bothaville one and all were really equipped to be a blessing to their communities.
Company secretarial services, Corporate Governance, structures, Audit and Risk management services
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Business Coaching & Mentoring and Enterprise development B-BEE consulting, verification and transformation plans ISO compliance and implementation Safety and Health Risk assessment and training
Soft skills training i.e.-leadership and management training
SDF and seta administration and Learnership administration.
Boet Pretorius from Chinhoyi in Zimbabwe guided us through the Biblical principles of Foundations for Farming. With Isaiah 58 as cornerstone we learnt to take what we have in our hands to feed the hungry. Africa is burdened with hunger and poverty, and Foundations for Farming offers a different perspective and a fresh way of looking at farming practices.
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WATCH THIS SPACE in the upcoming editions of the TAG to learn more about Foundations for Farming and its' application within the TADT.
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PROPHETIC PLANNING On 14 September Stephan Pretorius signed an international agreement between AGES, MTech (consultant specialist in Power related engineering), R&H railway consultant (Railway specialists and Queiroz Galvao from Brasilia - one of the big construction and development companies in the world.
The essence of the agreement is that a consortium of three companies were appointed to represent them in South Africa to identify and develop projects in this regard as strategic partners. This contract was signed with the RAM (R&H, AGES, MTech) consortium lead by Stephan Pretorius from AGES.
Queiroz Galvao has the intention to establish themselves in the South African infrastructure development sector as a major role player and to bring in capital from Brazil as part of the BRICS (Brazil, Russia, Indie, China and South African) agreement.
On the same day the BEELD Sake24 reports the following: “KRAG en TREINE: Kry GELD in SA”. Coincidence or reflection of a bigger picture and prophetic planning?
“Sticks in a bundle are unbreakable.” Kenyan Proverb
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S.T.O.P. Insert by Lindi Delport
People are mainly trafficked and enslaved as sex workers but also as forced labourers, child brides and as soldiers. This is a fact. Of the 600-800'000 people smuggled over international borders annually, 75% are used for sex trafficking. So we here at 'STOP' thought, wow Nelly, not while we're alive! Being trafficked to work in the sex industry is a catch 22 situation. Here is one of the many scenarios;
Herkie and Corinne Sandenbergh
You are poor and uneducated.
The only commodity your family has left to sell for food is…you.
You are enslaved and forced to work as a prostitute, but it is better than dying of hunger. Besides, they'll probably kill me if I try to escape.
You can't cope with being a prostitute, but luckily there a r e ample substances available to help you handle the barrage of customers you are forced to sleep with everyday.
You start using the little money you receive to support y o u r ever increasing drug habit.
You want out… but now you have no money… you already spent it on drugs. So you keep working to make MORE money.
In other words, finding yourself between the devil and the deep blue sea.
S.T.O.P. FASHION SHOW S.T.O.P directed by Corinne Sandenbergh, held a fashion show in the Western Cape to promote their cause and raise funds and support. Celebrities like Heinz Winkler, Jo-Anne Strauss and Elsabe Daneel worked closely with Corinne to host a beautiful event. S.T.O.P recently took a walk to Parliament as well…. Corinne and her associates organised an Anti-Trafficking Protest to Parliament 21 September because Mr Llewellyn Landers, the Chairperson of the Justice Portfolio Committee in Parliament has agreed to receive their Memorandum at the demonstration on Wednesday. The Anti-Trafficking Bill is currently stuck in the Justice Portfolio Committee and it is significant that the Chairperson will attend the demonstration. Corinne and her husband, Herkie Sandenbergh are also actively involved in the Touching Africa Development Trust. We support them and would like you to have a look at their website and show your support with your prayers and funds! Website http://2010humantraffic.org/
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VIOLENCE with Breakfast The smell of coffee fills the air. I take a sip and open my newspaper. There it is again splashed all over the news people suffering and dying violently. I read while munching on my breakfast, I close the newspaper and leave the suffering alongside the newspaper on the breakfast table. Imagine a generation of young people who have been exposed to violence to the extent that violence is considered the norm. Through movies, music, videos and games we have been bombarded by uncalled for and unjustified violence. Each time we look at a violent movie, it becomes more difficult to shock us. The media machine is only too happy to satisfy our new shock levels and provide us with even more violence if profit is too be made. Consider that most teenagers spend hours and sometimes days and nights in front of Playstation and computer games. Imagine virtually killing people for hours on end? Furthermore television exposes us to a daily dose of explicit violence, switching on the TV means, switching on violence. The ancient Romans were given to lethal spectator sports as well, and in 380 B.C. Saint Augustine lamented that his society was addicted to gladiator games and "drunk with the fascination of bloodshed.” Violence has always played a role in entertainment. But there's a growing consensus that, in recent years, something about media violence has changed.
Words by other people noted or overheard in September during meetings and interactions: •
We have reached a whole new level of looking but not seeing. We hear but we don't listen. We don't see the suffering of others and we don't hear their cries for help. It is just another statistic added to a long list. If we do not stop the buck here we may lose our compassion for others altogether. So let us cut the long hours spent in front of Computers, TV's and violent movies and spend time with real human beings. Open the newspaper, put down your cereal… and really listen, and really see. See with the eyes of someone who knows pain and may suffer pain in future. Listen and see with the ears and eyes of a compassionate fellow citizen of this beautiful but tormented planet. Des Muller Touching Africa Development Trust
Prioritise your purpose and not the attending to pressure! Unknown.
I use the Bible as the Supreme Law in life Willem Coetzee, lawyer Potchefstroom.
Obey the law while you work to change it - Unre Visage Touching Africa Development Trust meeting.
Fear - is doubt developed in the wrong direction Surgy Solomon.
Let food be your medicine and medicine your food. Nature heals if you give it the right food - Hippocrates
People want zero responsibility but want to feel involved - Unre Visage.
Good fences make good neighbours - Anton Rupert.
Our vision is to transform knowledge into welfare - DHI.
Your body is in its natural habitat and will take control. Therefore you have to feed your Spirit! Pieter Rousseau, Mtech.
Explicit pictures of slow-motion bullets exploding from people's chests, and dead bodies surrounded by pools of blood, are now commonplace.
Every promise of God is capsulated by Love. Surgy Solomon, His People.
For one thing, there's more of it. Laval University professors studied six major Canadian television networks over a sevenyear period, examining films, comedies, dramas, and children's programming. The study found that between 1993 and 2001, incidents of physical violence increased by 378 per cent. TV shows in 2001 averaged 40 acts of violence per hour. And that was then!
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By Stephan Pretorius Words by Kenny Luck during a men's conference in Potchefstroom:
On unity: • If you stand divided, you lose. If you are one - you win. • Replace competing with connection. • The enemy of my enemy is my friend. • Men act as if they do not need each other but war made men one. • Cultural thinking divides people, spiritual thinking brings unity.
Words of Wisdom in our midst noted in September: • • • •
On our identity and the way we act: • My son is my heritage. As Sons of God, we are His heritage. • Everyman want to be where the glory is! • You become what you know, think and understand about God!! • Faithfulness comes through love. • I live for an audience of one. • Simple conviction living aggressive, change the world. • We are made by God to risk! • Your character is the container of your conviction. • You are only as sick as your secrets. • God has an assignment only you can fulfil! • What you love indicates the area of your strongest contribution to the coming of the Kingdom.
Shareholders that take ownership will ensure a management according to purpose SJP. You can only celebrate the victory if you value the process - SJP on Doron meeting. You are not supposed to have 100% in life - then something is wrong! Foute mag jou soms inhaal in die lewe, maar jy moet nooit foute najaag nie - Laci, Doronvergadering. A champion is not a 9 to 5 person - Corinne Sandenbergh, XZA shareholders meeting.
You need a vision bigger than yourself - Elrize, XZA shareholders meeting.
Die spore wat jy trap sal wys watter pad jy gestap het Attie Vivier.
David van der Westhuizen during the XZA shareholders workshop: • I want to be a gear lever and not a gear in the gearbox! • If there are no differences there is no duplication. • Live is more about perceptions than reality. • We are living in a bottom line driven world in a top line driven company - we will experience pressure! (Bottom line refers to a purpose to survive, top line refers to
On planning and discipline: • Don't build your plane while flying!! • Never let the enemy pick the battle field. • We always discipline ourselves in the strongest direction of hope. • There is no winning without risk, no risk without loss, no loss without pain, no pain without purpose. If you pursue your purpose, there will be pain due to loss, in the process of risk to win! • You can choose between pain of regret, and the pain of discipline. • It is not about us, it is about God's plan. When the Kingdom comes, God's will is done. • Do not ask God to take your problems away. Ask God`s wisdom in what to do with them! • The consequence of your mistakes can become your teacher. • It is not over till it's over!
a purpose to demonstrate the Kingdom of God)
Funnies: • During the XZA shareholders workshop Stephan refers to David as “not part of the human society”. He reacts by saying that he do not want to take that honour away from Renaldo! • Christa se wyse opmerking: As die kat vol is, is die muis bitter…. • Iemand in die Potchefstroom Maandagoggendvergadering oor die week beplanning: ons is defnitief more erens……Attie se reaksie: dit klink baie flexible….
Your vision of the future must always be bigger than the memories of your past. David van der Westhuizen
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THOUGHTS ON UGANDA I was invited to spend a week in Uganda at the expense of my hosts, a very well connected couple with solid credentials and a heart for God's kingdom. My impressions of Uganda are that it is a nation of busy, industrious, friendly people with no sense of entitlement. I saw no fat Ugandans and no beggars in a week spent in Kampala, Entebbe and Njeru - that might just be related to the fact that there is no social welfare system! They have a strong religious heritage, rather than Christian. The country is lush and fertile, and they have just discovered oil. They are strategically positioned as suppliers to their neighbouring nations, especially Southern Sudan, which has recently gained independence and is a very wealthy nation (has lots of oil). There is a very small formal sector (most farming is subsistence farming, yet they are major exporters!) and little good infrastructure, so there is huge potential for development. There is a lot of corruption and incompetence in the current infrastructure delivery system, so they are desperate for honest, competent help! They have electricity supply problems at present, but that will end very soon when their new hydro-electric scheme comes on stream (their nation relies almost 100% on hydro-power for electricity generation). Corruption is rampant, but there is also a strong Godly influence, and a real desire amongst some leaders to transform the nation - they got AIDS down from 30% to 6% quite literally by the president telling the nation to "zip up" unique results in the whole world, yet not one other national leader can overcome his / her political correctness enough to deal with the primary cause of the spread of AIDS, which factually is immoral lifestyles! The people that I visited own the most strategic site in Njeru, at the source of the Nile - it is where John Hanning Speke stood in 1862 when he was the first whitey to see the Nile flowing out of Lake Victoria (see attached photos). Their view is that the Nile is a highly significant river in African terms, as it has been watering a people who have indulged in ancestor worship and various demonic practices associated with the river for many centuries.
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They now want to make a significant counter statement at the source of the Nile, by creating a place for the worship of God and for strategic international meetings, by building a world class hotel, conference centre, arts venue and Christian meeting place on their land. They are in consultation with international church leaders in the USA and Canada who share their vision and are helping them to raise the funding. I am currently helping them to scope the project and determine a budget and conceptual site layout. A site in Kampala was donated to the nation by Billy Graham's organisation for a children's hospital. My client (a medical doctor) is on the development board with the president's wife. As the site is too big for just a hospital, we are aiming to create a whole children's village, with a substantial "orphanage" component, but not in the conventional sense of institutionalising the orphaned children. I have subsequently been invited to also become involved in another project in Kampala which will become a substantial, sustainable, mixed-use development on land currently partly used for dairy farming (shades of Irene?). The needs are huge and the door is wide open. The short term challenge, as always, is to find some funding for doing the initial scoping and feasibility exercises, so that we can raise real funding for the many potential projects. The key to me is the fact that we are working with very strategic people who have a heart for the nation and for God's kingdom. My area of expertise is the property development field and in coaching and training, but I have very limited capacity. There is a huge need for kingdom-minded people with expertise in agriculture (sustainable, not industrialised), infrastructure development, training, etc. who are prepared to go in and help to uplift and develop a whole nation, project by project. Alan Ter Morshuizen
A few pictures from the Xza Shareholder's Weekend held in Potchefstroom during September 2011.
ZAMBIA OUTREACH: We went to the local school, where Gavin Johnston and his family is involved, to give them about 20 Living Balls. The Symbolic Message was also taught accompanying the Living Balls.
We bought maize from a subsistence famer and went to grind it at the local mill.
Local Pastor's house, fixing his quad bike for a missionary trip to Angola (hundreds of kilometre's trip). The new bicycles were being serviced before proven â€œtrustworthyâ€? for the extremely tough sandy roads.
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Geraldine & Reneé
Laura Robert Hansen Amelia & Catherine Stephan Meyer
Reuben, Handré & Marius
Neels & Tubake
George, Ruan & Ferdi
AGES Hawaiian spring day 16
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Cradock Ethanol Plant Baseline Monitoring: Wilbe Blay (AGES EC) and Eise Venter (AGES GP)
Tlokwe City council werknemers leer meer van rugby met die aanvang van die rugby WĂŞreldbeker. AGES NW was een van die borge vir hierdie Sportontwikkelings geleentheid.
Gene Vivier - dogter van Attie en Cindy Vivier van Doron Construction, is aangewys as hoofmeisie van Potchefstroom Gimnasium vir 2012. Ons wens haar hartlik geluk!
Ons vier Koos Vivier se Doktorsgraad en Christo Smit se verjaarsdag by Noordwes kantoor!
Willem and Hunadi (AGES NW) took almost 4 tonnes of soil samples as part of a geotechnical investigation for a bulk water supply pipeline between Vryburg and Pudimoe.
Stephan Jr by SA's. Hy het 'n vierde plek ontvang! Geluk!
Dare to Share! Dare To Share is 'n huwelikspel wat verkoop word ten bate van S.T.O.P.. Kontak Herkie en Corrine vir meer inlgting en bestellings! firstname.lastname@example.org
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