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Volume 07, 23 February 2016, Week 08
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PROACTIVE: Gavin Henry, chairperson of the Bedfordview Community Policing Forum (BCPF), urges residents to stand together with policing officials in the fight against crime. The Bedfordview community met with policing and security officials on Saturday to discuss criminal matters with the hope of finding solutions to the crime plaguing the upmarket Ekurhuleni community. Bedfordview has been characterised in recent months by follow-home crimes, a few incidents of shoot-outs on major roads, and numerous cases of fraud and home invasion. Beggars also continue to be a concern.
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TAKING BACK THE CITY
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email@example.com In a bid to show the importance of community co-operation and awareness in crime prevention, officials of the Bedfordview Community Policing Forum (BCPF) highlighted the increase in follow-home crimes in the area in recent months at Saturday’s monthly BCPF meeting. BCPF spokesperson Tyrone Clark said follow-home crimes had increased in the area over the past month, with six follow-homes from a popular Van Buuren Road centre having been reported to the Bedfordview police. Bedfordview residents’ action group (RAG) chairman Colin McKenzie said: “We have questioned the residents who have been followed home and have examined video footage of stores they were shopping in before the crime. In many of these instances, the suspect is seen hanging around the victim for at least 30 minutes before actually following them home. For example, in one video re-
An online buzz about a massive fire in Bedfordview caught my attention on Wednesday morning last week - mostly because the fire in question was said to be raging through one of my favourite coffee spots. The fire in question was in Skeen Boulevard, Bedfordview, a socialising landmark in the area. I imagined fighting my way through fire engines and police vehicles to get a photo of the flames for what sounded like a breaking front-page news story, according to the online fire it had generated. Maybe I could use a collage of photos showing officials bravely fighting the flames and the headline “Bedfordview on fire,” or something to that effect. Ward 20 councillor Jill Humphreys was in a meeting at the time I contacted her, but diligently responded to my messages stating she was not able to take my calls and that she also awaiting news on the fire. Shortly afterwards, she contacted me saying the fire in question had been an electrical fire in a beauty salon in Skeen Boulevard which had been quickly contained by the relevant officials. This is not to minimise the terrible ordeal the salon staff must have gone through on the day, as to them the fire was in all likelihood a consuming entity as no doubt
cording, the suspect was walking in ‘donuts’ around the vicinity in which the victim was shopping and the victim didn’t notice anything suspicious.” He said often the criminals came to the stores and took shopping baskets, walking around observing shoppers without actually purchasing anything. “Many times they are well-dressed and sometimes they even order lunch from restaurants and coffee shops in the centre and observe people’s behaviour and, for example, whether they are wearing any valuables, such as jewellery and watches. Please, the community needs to co-operate – don’t wear jewellery that will make you the target of a criminal and keep a constant awareness of what is happening around you.” Bedfordview policing officials said they had asked car guards at the Van Buuren Road centre to assist them by, for example, not allowing drivers to hang around in their cars in the parking area; and, also, to direct cars
straight to parking bays when they arrived. Ward 20 councillor Jill Humphreys highlighted at the meeting that it was important not to ‘demonise’ any centres in the area. “Please, these centres are beautiful which is why we choose to shop there. Crime can happen anywhere.” “It’s about staying aware and making this proactive stance against crime as routine as brushing your teeth,” said McKenzie. “Know, for example, when you pass a certain landmark as you drive towards your home, that you must now put your phone down and become more aware, watching the road behind you, and the pavement and gate area with caution.” The often-used sentiment of standing together in the fight against crime was also scrutinised with refreshed vision at the recent meeting. Residents at the meeting raised some interesting points of discussion, among these a call for greater publicity of the BCPF, which included notifying all Bedfordview residents
of the monthly meeting, which routinely publicised important policing matters. “We shouldn’t be seeing the same faces here every week,” said a resident, who identified himself as a businessman to meeting attendants. Gavin Henry, chairperson of the BCPF, said the meeting was currently announced on WhatsApp and Facebook groups and agreed to co-operate with any initiative to get local shopping centres involved in displaying a BCPF notice board and posters advertising upcoming meetings. It was suggested at the meeting that a poll be placed online, on the BCPF website and Basically Bedfordview Facebook page, whereby residents could identify the time which best suited them for the meeting. Henry emphasised BCPF was an initiative to bridge the gap between the community and police and invited all residents to contact the BCPF on firstname.lastname@example.org and have their names put on the mailing list.
Bedfordview cops STRENGTHEN Elandsfontein ties it has affected many lives – but the fire that raged online was panic- and fear-driven and the flames grew larger and larger on Facebook, with the increasingly panicked comments. Such a story of an online fires is not unusual. On page 3, we have a story about a minor (under the age of 18) who has been left traumatised after the vengeful friend of one of her exes posted naked and vulnerable photos of her on social media platforms frequented by her friends and family. You wouldn’t think you were playing with fire sending highly personal photos of yourself to someone you are in an intimate relationship with, whom you trust. But in this case, an online fire raged which eventually pushed the girl in question to seek assistance from the Edenvale police. On the same page, we have any interesting article challenging employees of companies to think before they tweet or post on Facebook. The Word of God says how our tongue is like a flame of fire and to use our words carefully; as, like the rudder of a ship, the utterances of our tongues determine our destinations in life. If the laptops and cellphones we use are the instruments of our communication, surely the same applies to these? They say it only takes a spark to get a fire going. A 'spark' put out there can create a fire with ramifications beyond your control. In the same way, one word that is spoken at the right time, that is true and uplifting, can also start a fire, but one that brings light into other people’s lives and circumstances.
PROACTIVE: Bedfordview police management recently held an imbizo in the Elandsfontein community. Bedfordview police management recently held an imbizo in Elandsfontein in a bid to create stronger ties in the community. Warrant Ofﬁcer Mduduzi Nhlabathi, Bedfordview spokesman, said this was part of an effort to create stronger relationships with the community. Elandsfontein falls within Sector 3 of the Bedfordview policing precinct.
Edenvale police MAKE ARREST Edenvale police recently arrested three suspects after ﬁnding them in possession of criminal implements and JMPD uniforms. Sergeant Sharon Tsotsotso, communications ofﬁcer on call for the Tembisa Cluster, said police were patrolling in Barbara Road when they noticed a suspicious-looking silver Toyota Corolla in the parking area of a popular fast food chain. “When they approached the vehicle, the suspects tried to run away but the ofﬁcials managed to apprehend them,” she said. “When they searched the vehicle they found a ﬁrearm, the JMPD uniform, a tracker jammer, break-in implements and ammunition.” The men, from Soweto and Tembisa and between 29 and 39, were detained at the Edenvale Police Station.
RECOVERED: A JMPD uniform was among the items recovered when Edenvale police recently arrested three suspects for being in possession of numerous criminal implements.
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Police investigate case of ‘revenge porn’ Heather Djunga
A teenage girl has been left traumatised after revealing images of herself were splashed across social media by the friend of her ex-boyfriend in a case of what Edenvale police have referred to as ‘revenge porn.’ Warrant Officer Jean Olckers, acting communications officer for the Edenvale police, said the girl, a minor under the age of 18, had been involved in a relationship in which she and her boyfriend exchanged revealing images of a pornographic nature. “When she broke up with her boyfriend, his friend was given access to the photos and he began to harass her, intimidating her and trying to use the images to blackmail her into being sexually intimate with him,” explained Warrant Officer Olckers. The girl’s refusal to co-operate with this manipulation resulted in his placing the images on social media, with her schoolfriends and acquaintances as an audience. This meant that images she believed would only be shared between herself and her then boyfriend were now accessible to the public. “The young lady was obviously in a state and together with her aunt, whom she is living with, she visited the Edenvale police to report the intimidation,” said Warrant Officer Olckers. “I am of the understanding that the suspect is from Edenvale. A case of intimidation and crimen injuria was subsequently opened against the suspect,” he said. He explained that because the girl was a minor, the distribution of the images on the internet meant that additional charges of the distribution of child pornography were laid. The tame TIMES spoke to the teenage girl’s aunt, who explained that the family wanted to remain anonymous. The girl has been living with her aunt for five years, after her mother was killed in a car accident. “This terrible violation of privacy has caused my niece much trauma,” said the aunt. “Photos showing her body were leaked out to friends at her school and this has caused her great embarrassment. There has also been friction between her and numerous people, as some people have judged her, not understanding why she exposed herself in this manner. I don’t judge her in any way and we as a family have done our best to support
her,” she said. “We have spoken to the principal at her school, who said he would look out for bullying or intimidating behaviour following the incident and speak with those displaying this behaviour.” She has advised young people not to expose themselves using technology. “Your body is your body. You must respect yourself.” Warrant Officer Olckers said this was the first case of revenge porn he had heard of in his time with the police. “Social media has introduced a new variety of crime. This crime is punishable by law and there are ways and means of catching perpetrators.” He said young people often weren’t aware of the consequences of their online interaction as the technology exceeded their life experience and understanding of moral and ethical issues. “I am sure the young lady in question isn’t the only teenager who has shared this kind of image with a boyfriend. Unfortunately, once something has been placed on social media it is difficult to contain the response.” The girl’s aunt said a restraining order had been placed against the young man in question and should he violate this, it was an offence punishable by law. “I urge young people and anyone for that matter, not to share photos of their different body parts or of themselves naked and vulnerable,” advised Warrant Officer Olckers. “You often don’t know what the future holds or whether the person you are in a relationship with might become jaded, or jealous or unscrupulous should the relationship break up. For the young lady, this was an enormous betrayal of trust. I ask young people not to practise this kind of thing or use technology to produce pornographic material, even if this is just intended to be shared between you and your partner.” Warrant Officer Olckers further warned perperators that distributing revenge porn or images of a person they know or were previously in a relationship with was in fact a criminal offence. “If the person you are targetting is under 18, you can be charged with the distribution of child pornography. As police, we take this kind of social media offence seriously and perpetrators will be brought to book.”
The age of social media and technological advancement has changed the way in which we communicate and engage with other individuals and with the public. Samiksha Singh, director of Cliffe Dekker Hofmeyr, said there had been several cases of the fair dismissal of employees who had made disparaging comments about their employers or colleagues on social media. She said the recent social media ‘racism’ debacle had raised the question as to whether an employee could be appropriately disciplined and possibly dismissed for making inappropriate remarks on social media, even if the remark is not related to his or her employment. “In the age of social media, the line between business and personal interests is blurred and it has become increasingly important to evaluate the potential
Gate motor theft still a problem
consequences of your online communication on both your personal profile and the profile of the brand, institution or company that you associate yourself with.” In his South African Social Media Landscape Report 2014, Arthur Goldstuck stated that employees active in social media were brand ambassadors for their respective brands. Singh explained employees in some way or another publicly displayed their association with the company for which they worked. For instance, employees who update their Facebook or LinkedIn profiles to indicate their employment with the company, display their association with and are brand ambassadors of the company much in the same manner as employees who deal directly with customers and the public as outlined in the course and scope of their employment. “The problem is that posts can be shared instantaneously and screenshots of posts are generally saved for future use. Therefore the ability to delete unsavoury posts and even the author’s account, does not create a guarantee that the actual post will be deleted from virtual or actual reality,” she explained. “The moment that a comment or remark is posted online, there is no turning back.” Employers are advised to implement stringent social media policies to cater adequately for the era of advancing technology.
Gate motor thefts continue to be a problem in the Edenvale area, with two new incidents having been reported to the Edenvale police since news of the crime was printed in the tame TIMES last week. Warrant Officer Jean Olckers, acting communications officer for the Edenvale police, has asked residents to be vigilant in keeping their gate motors secured.
Be safety conscious
There has been a slight increase in hijackings, thefts out of motor vehicles and house break-ins in the Edenvale area this year compared to the same period last year. This, according to Warrant Officer Jean Olckers, spokesperson for the Edenvale police, who has warned residents to remain safety conscious at all times and ensure all security measures are put in place.
Flying the flag high Candace King
firstname.lastname@example.org “It is with great honour and excitement I share with you my special news,” said an elated Catherine Constantinides, international climate activist and humanitarian from the South, who was recently awarded an Ubuntu Award. On the evening of Saturday 13 February, the annual Ubuntu Awards was hosted by the Minister of International Relations and Cooperation, Mme Maite Nkoana-Mashabane, at the Cape Town International Convention Centre. Recognising men, women and organisations who are true South African ambassadors, the prestigious Ubuntu Awards recognises South African industry leaders and eminent persons for their distinguished service and contribution to promoting South Africa’s national interests and values across the world. The
event took place after the opening of Parliament and brought together captains of industry, leaders from civil society, members of Cabinet and eminent persons in addition to all Ambassadors and High Commissioners accredited to South Africa. President Jacob Zuma gave the keynote address at the event. Constantinides was the proud recipient of the Ubuntu Youth Diplomacy Award. She was one of eight award winners across different categories ranging from economics to sport and social responsibility. “I am truly humbled to be acknowledged at such a level for my work as an international climate activist and humanitarian,” noted Constantinides. “The work done through the Miss Earth South Africa leadership platform as well as Generation Earth was highlighted and I received the award presented by President Jacob Zuma. My work in the refugee camps in North Africa were also emphasised as much of the work done there is recognised as official diplomatic work,” explained Constantinides. After the awards, viewers tuned in on the morning of Tuesday 16 February where Constantinides shared her journey with seasoned journalist Leanne Manas on SABC 2’s Morning Live just after the 06:30am news. Previous award winners include former South African Chief of State Protocol, Ambassador Billy Modise, the late South African liberation struggle stalwart and diplomat, Mme Ruth Mompati, South African ace swimmer Chad Le Clos, and the internationally recognised and highly respected South African singer, songwriter, entrepreneur, humanitarian and teacher, Yvonne Chaka Chaka to mention but a few. “I humbly thank everyone for their support and belief in me and my work. I am proud to fly our flag high and will continue to be an ambassador for our country and the causes close to my heart, as we build the South Africa and Africa we believe is possible,” said Constantinides.
International climate activist and humanitarian Catherine Constantinides with her Ubuntu Award for Youth Diplomacy
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MOSHOESHOE Say NO to racism AND MADIBA Opinion piece by Linda Yates
STATESMEN WHO EMBRACED RECONCILIATION
On Saturday 13 February, the tame TIMES facilitated a debate on racism, with residents from all across Ekurhuleni attending the event in Alberton. Among those who attended were Neeshanhan Bolton, Ahmed Kathrada Foundation; Malcolm Maifala, Editor: tame TIMES Boksburg; Hein April, religious leader and Reiger Park community activist; E n o c h Godongwana, member of the National Executive Committee of the ANC; Mzwandile Masina, Deputy Minister Trade and Industry, ANC Regional Chair Ekurhuleni and Neil Diamond, businessman and ANC Councillor Ekurhuleni. Following much talked about incidents of racism in the community, a debate on non-racialism was held on Saturday 13 February in Alberton. The debate was an initiative by Mzwandile Masina the Deputy Minister of Trade and Industry, who is also the Regional Chair Ekurhuleni for the African National Congress (ANC). He opened the debate by saying institutionalised racism should be condemned.
“PEACE IS THE RAIN THAT MAKES THE GRASS GROW. WAR IS THE WIND THAT DRIES IT UP.” [KING MOSHOESHOE]
The euphoria that accompanied the birth of the Rainbow Nation was intoxicating. South Africans had just avoided a bloodbath, miraculously transitioning from the pole-cat of the world to flavour of the month. It helped that our first democratic president - quite apart from being an international icon - was a public relations genius who genuinely loved people and most charmingly embodied the generosity of the African spirit. He embraced reconciliation, deliberately hiring a young Afrikaans personal assistant and strategically wearing a rugby jersey in 1995. The new government brought in statesponsored school feeding for hungry children, the whole country was in ecstasy about our colourful new flag and the SABC broadcast short programmes to teach us how to speak all 11 of our official languages. Someone called De Klerk “comrade” and South Africans surveyed the world through rainbow-tinted glasses. After 27 years in prison, Madiba walked to freedom in forgiveness for the nation he loved, putting country above self and the next generation before the next election. Although not the perfect saint he has been portrayed as by many, he was a real statesman and not
just a successful politician. He made his own bed daily; he greeted servants and VIPs with equal warmth and dignity; he showed the same respect for all cultures. Sadly, not many South Africans know as much about another great statesman in our past, the nineteenth-century King Moshoeshoe, who ruled for the mutual benefit of the Basotho, the Boer and the British, with the aim of peace and prosperity for all. He was both the father of the Basotho nation and a first-class military strategist, a superb politician and a diplomat. He won battles, but he also built a nation. From a variety of Basotho and Batswana tribes he created the Mountain Kingdom of Lesotho, which still stands today. [royalafricansociety.org] According to one historical account, “Moshoeshoe paid tribute to Shaka when he learned that he was preparing to attack him. Together with other gifts he sent Shaka ostrich feathers. Moshoeshoe also gave cattle to the cannibals who had devoured his grandfather - because they must have been too hungry - instead of viewing them as enemies.” [lesothoembassyrome.com; maliba-lodge.com]
Reiger Park community activist Hein April believes strongly that racism should not be allowed in communities.
A CALL TO REVIVE MANDELA’S VISION OF RECONCILIATION AND NATION-BUILDING “We should revive the late President Nelson Mandela’s commitment to reconciliation and nation-building.” This is the opinion of Rev Kenneth Meshoe, ACDP president, who addressed Parliament in response to the President’s call to “confront the demon of racism.” “We should all be honest with ourselves and admit that there are racists in all race groups,” he said. “Racism is hurtful and its effects are devastating. It violates the dignity of all who have b e e n created in God’s image. It is a sin before God that we must all confront and repent from.” He continued: “To talk about reconciliation and revolution simultaneously is counterproductive, as these two things are mutually exclusive. As a nation we must desist from using the ‘race card’ to explain
any unethical actions. I want to encourage all South Africans to become agents of peace. Distance yourselves from those who incite trouble and racial hatred – they only seek to keep South Africans divided and angry. We must choose rather to become nation-builders – those who are able to defuse volatile situations and bring life and hope. Reconciliation is not a once-off event - it is a work in progress and we dare not become complacent in pursuing it. Let us resolve to learn from the past and move beyond what was once a divided and painful past. It is time to do things differently. Let us move South Africa forward. If we choose to, we can become a nation of whom the world will one day say: ‘They overcame the injustices and the pain of apartheid and have moved forward to become a great nation – one that is worthy to be emulated. God bless you all.”
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ON SILENT WINGS
hunt in the area, but for now we are helping them become a
When Alistair and Jenny Dry from Bedfordview decided to buy each other an extra special Christmas present this past Christmas, they didn’t know the adventure they were in for. The couple invested in two Giant Eagle Owls on their property at Bishop Bavin School in Bedfordview as part of a conservation project run by Ecosolutions and monitored o by academics from UCT. W d n “We have always been wildlife GIA a NT E Pip p a r t enthusiasts and the prospect AGLE OWLS: o f t h e of having the owl pair on our surrounding ecosystem.” property was an idea we relished,” He said in future he would like to get the said Dry, headmaster of the school. learners of the school more involved in an owl project, He said the team from Ecosolutions visited their possibly with barn owls. “They have captured the hearts property and built a special enclosure there. “The and imaginations of the children and the children no enclosure is spacious and includes an owl house and longer refer to them as my owls, but call them ‘our’ owls.” a perforated ceiling and sides so that the birds feel Dry continued: “You can’t tame a wild animal and owls will they are a part of their surrounds. The idea is that for always be wild but in some way they are ‘ours’. I think it’s the first few weeks you keep the birds in the enclosure not so much that we own them but that we have a mutual and feed them daily at exactly the same time. Then respect for each other and this is something special.” after a few weeks, open the cage and set them free.” This is exactly what the couple did. “Our two owls arrived, still owlets, you could say, as they were fairly young. The females are generally bigger than the males and the males have pointier ‘ears’ – which really are just feathers designed in a way to give them an edgy appearance. My wife called the female Pip and I called the male Wol. The name Wol comes from Winnie the Pooh. Christopher Robin is writing Owl’s name on the wall and gets the name wrong.” And so the ‘rearing’ of the owls began. “We decided we would feed them at 7pm each evening. The process involved blowing a whistle and throwing six chicks into the enclosure,” said Dry. He explained they took turns doing each duty, watching as Wol and Pip grew and developed at an impressive rate. When they had been in the cage at the Dry’s house for five weeks, the enclosure gate was opened and the owls flew out into the open. He described watching the owls fly off, explaining they had a wingspan of around 1.4 metres. “You have to understand, these birds are phenomenal and when they fly, you don’t hear any sound of wings flapping, but just a silence, as they lift off.” “They are impressive birds,” said Dry, “We are avid bird-watchers but this has been an experience of bird-watching as we have never experienced it before. I even found an app on the internet which allowed me to film them at night using my iPad.” He said initially the couple had become concerned when they saw nothing of the owls for two days. “Then we started to spot them around the school property. The learners of Bishop Bavin were drawn into the excitement.” Dry said the most incredible part of his Christmas gift was when he and his wife had looked outside to see Wol and Pip perched in a tree just above the owl enclosure in their garden. “Every night at 7pm, they look at us expectantly and we will blow the whistle and put down the chicks. I don’t think we will always have to feed them chicks at 7pm. Eventually, they will learn COMMITTED TO CONSERVATION: Alistair Dry, to rely solely on rats and other rodents which they will headmaster of Bishop Bavin School, by the owl enclosure at his home.
WHAT IS ECOSOLUTIONS?
Ecosolutions is a project which helps reintroduce owls and bats into suburban environments, and assists in educating the public about the value of these species. “In many areas, people have superstitions about owls and many are killed because they are believed to be taboo,” explained Dry. He said the owls were invaluable in keeping the rat population in many areas under control. For more information, visit www.ecosolutions.co.za
CALLING ALL NATURE LOVERS The Horticultural Society has invited nature enthusiasts to take part in the following upcoming meetings: WEDNESDAY, 24 FEBRUARY, 9.30AM A talk by Wendy Carstens on “Johannesburg Landmarks Visible from Melville Koppies” at The Floreum, Johannesburg Botanic Gardens, Olifants Road, Emmarentia. WEDNESDAY, 9 MARCH, 7.30PM The Horticultural Society invites you to a talk by Warren Schmidt on Attracting Birds to our Gardens, at Roosevelt Recreation Centre, Preller Drive Roosevelt Park. WEDNESDAY, 25 MARCH, 9:30AM A talk by Daniella Alexander on “An Update on the Vegetable Gardens and Future Plans at REAA Foundation” at The Floreum, Johannesburg Botanic Gardens. The cost of the meetings is R20 for members and R30 for nonmembers. For more information, contact 082 951 1432. THE HORTICULTURAL SOCIETY AUTUMN FLOWER SHOW This will be held at The Floreum and the Johannesburg B o t a n i c Gardens on 5 March (1pm to 4pm) and 6 March (10am to 4pm). Entrance is free.
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Learning to love yourself Junior Face of tame TIMES winner Jaden Clidaras is no stranger to the stage. As a professional ballerina, she has
had to look after her body and remain confident. Her mother Ankia Clidaras shares with us how she has helped to build this respect for herself in her daughter.
How do you encourage healthy self-esteem in Jaden? “I encourage her never to compare herself to anybody else. It’s difficult when you’re in a highly competitive environment, like the dancing world and everything rests on your performance but Galatians 6 vs 4 says if you focus on your own work and do not compare it to somebody else’s, you’ll have the satisfaction of a job well done. Comparison steals our joy and leads to jealousy and envy, two emotions we can do without. “I spend a lot of time talking to Jaden and developing our relationship. This gives me the opportunities to build Godly qualities
into her life. Teaching Jaden good self-esteem is not just my job but a partnership between us and her school. The teachers at Elite College of Excellence play a huge role in developing a healthy and Godly self-esteem. I believe Jaden has developed a healthy image because both the school and we as parents build on the understanding that we are created in God’s image.”
peak and what saps her energy. “Nutrition is vital when the demands on your mind and body are so high. They have school from 7am to 4-5pm and about half that time is spent dancing at their full potential. Not taking care of your body’s needs only leads to injuries, fatigue and illness. She has no processed foods
you is exactly what you need to fulfill your purpose. This does not mean you should lack ambition, but rather that you should have enough wisdom to work smarter, not harder.”
Why does she believe she is special and does she have a message for other kids about why they are each special? “If you ask her she will tell you: ‘I believe I’m special because I’m unique and have a unique purpose only I can fulfill.’”
How do you teach her to take good care of herself and her body?
BODY CONFIDENT: Jaden Clidaras dances on stage in the Face of tame TIMES competition
“I do a lot of research on healthy eating habits and encourage her to make the correct choices. She then tries them and quickly determines for herself what is best and what to avoid. Through her own experience she has learned what food gives her the best energy to perform at her
or sugar, a n d low carbs (not no carbs). She eats carbs, especially pasta, when she needs it for her daily energy requirements. With Jaden being a high performer, I have to remind her and myself that she doesn’t INSPIRING: Junior Face of tame TIMES have to do everything others are doing. You have to believe that what God has given winner Jaden Clidaras
Jaden Clidaras, Junior Face of tame TIMES winner, gives advice to other children and teenagers on embracing their uniqueness: “You are special, because God created everyone for a purpose in life. You are special because you were created in God’s image. You too have a special purpose only you can fulfil. A hand without a thumb is not a fully functional hand and the world without you is not a fully functional world.”
Why it is so important to build a healthy self Tania Sutherland, local success and lifestyle coach and public relations officer for the ABC Ladies Club of Bedfordview, has offered some advice for building your self-esteem:
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“If you want a happy and fulfilling lifestyle, with a successful business/career, doing what you love and being with people who uplift you – than you need to have a healthy self-image. This all starts with believing in yourself. Believing in yourself means believing in your own abilities, taking care of your appearance, maintaining good eating habits which add that natural healthy glow, and continually growing and working on your personality. She provides the following tips to improve your self-esteem: • Take care of your appearance • Read to obtain new knowledge and skills • Become aware of your attitude to wards yourself and others
• Associate with friends/peers who uplift you • Keep your thoughts positive about yourself and others • Use daily positive affirmations to boost your self-esteem • Follow your values, without lowering your standards • Maintain a healthy lifestyle with correct diet and exercise, which stimulates your endorphins and serotonin - which are happy hormones - improving your skin tone and lowering stress and depression levels These positive changes will develop your self-confidence. Self-confidence will open many doors of opportunities for you, attracting the right kind of people into your circles. In general people love to be around positive and self-confident people. This quality is almost magnetic.” You are worth it! Don’t settle for anything less! For more information, contact Sutherland on 082 566 0602.
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WHO WANTS TO BE A MILLIONAIRE? Secrets to get you there
Stick to what you are good at
Much has been written about the traits and habits of the wealthy, and how they amassed their wealth. Andrew van der Hoven, head of Relationship Banking at Standard Bank, believes rags-to-riches transformations are possible and that these depend on how income is invested. “Don’t believe that high income equals wealth,” he said. “While it’s easier for higherincome households to accumulate wealth, research shows that the size of a paycheque only explains approximately 30 percent of the variation of wealth among households.” He continued: “What really matters is how much of the income is invested. On average, millionaires invest nearly 20 percent of their income. Many high-income earners believe that their paycheques or profits will keep rolling in and, so, do not make provision for the future. This leaves them vulnerable if their financial situation takes a dip.”
Contrary to popular belief, there are many millionaires who have regular nine-to-five jobs. They often stay with one employer for a very long time – sometimes up to 20 years. Staying with the same company for many years can offer big rewards, including a substantial ending salary and a significant retirement fund. “The problem with switching jobs every three to five years is that retirement fund payouts often get spent instead of reinvested,” says Van der Hoven. “This means that the average person only has about seven years of retirement savings when they stop working. Entrepreneurs are in the same boat, because they neglect to save while building their business.”
Budget, budget, budget The majority of millionaires commit to a budget. They know where their money goes, they prioritise saving and they make sure that every cent spent is considered. But, while they are careful with their cash, they are also able to balance the principles of frugality with a comfortable lifestyle.
Start saving young Most wealthy retirees began saving in their 20s. They saw the value of investing in a retirement fund that gave them a tax break. “The beauty of starting your savings habit young and being consistent is that time compounds the growth of your money; you earn interest on interest and before you know it, your bank balance looks very impressive.” Millionaires rarely speculate
Understand that time is money. Money management takes time and effort, and millionaires are willing to spend time getting it right. “Wealthy people spend many hours per month planning their investments and managing their budgets, so they know exactly how their investments are performing,” said Van der Hoven.
More often than not, they avoid taking big risks with their cash, and stick to tried-andtested investments. If they do speculate, it is with money that they don’t require for retirement savings. They let their dividends re-invest over time and participate in the long-term growth of the economy. “Millionaires are also skilled at spotting a financial scam and realise that if they are offered an investment with huge returns, they need to act with caution,” adds Mr van der Hoven.
Live beneath your means
Don’t be afraid to ask for advice
Nothing drains your wealth faster than living in a house or driving a vehicle that stretches your monthly budget to the max. In this situation, just one small financial hiccup can throw your budget into stress and force you to raid retirement funds. Many wealthy people live in relatively modest homes and drive reasonably priced cars. They are well aware that interest charges impact their ability to save - as does spending money on depreciating assets, such as a car.
Most wealthy individuals do not go on gut feel; they usually have trusted financial advisers who work with them to choose appropriate investment vehicles.
Time is money
Rich people don’t act rich Genuinely wealthy people do not feel the need to parade their wealth by wearing expensive clothes or flashy jewellery, or to impress others by being ‘big spenders’. Rather, they spend frugally and carefully.
BLUNT THE IMPACT OF INTEREST RATE INCREASE The interest rate increase by 50 basis points will cause many South Africans, already stretched by cost-of-living increases, to stretch their monthly budget even further. This according to Marlies Kappers, head of marketing at Direct Axis. At first glance a 0.50 percent increase in the repo rate, the interest rate at which the central bank lends money to the country’s commercial banks, may not seem like a lot, but it indicates that the Reserve Bank is worried about inflation as prices of goods and services rise, fuelled in part by escalating energy costs and a depreciating currency. “Simply put, inflation means that the money in your wallet is worth less. By increasing interest rates the Reserve Bank is trying to reduce spending and limit inflation to between 3 percent and 6 percent. The problem is that this also makes it more expensive to borrow money, which can limit economic growth,” explained Kappers. This may seem that it has little to do with ordinary South Africans, but it does have a very real effect on householders trying to
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Pay off your bond Millionaires pay off their bonds early. This may mean making two or three extra payments per year, or paying a little extra on each monthly bond payment. If you can settle your bond by the age of 50, you will open up an enormous opportunity to invest. “Becoming a millionaire is a not about luck, it’s all about a measured approach to building wealth over time,” said Van der Hoven. “Almost anyone earning a reasonable salary can become wealthy; it starts with making the decision to be proactive about your money and sticking to a plan.”
make ends meet. After the interest rate announcement the major banks announced they would increase their prime rates by the same margin. This means that if you’ve borrowed money at prime rates you’ll be paying 50 cents more a month on every R100 you owe. If this was the only factor affecting household budgets, many would cope. Bear in mind, however, that if you have a bond, not only has the cost of owning your house increased, but so has the cost of living in it, as electricity costs have also risen. If you rent, it’s likely that your landlord will raise the rental when you renew your lease to cover the new mortgage costs. The same applies to your car. If it’s financed you’ll be paying more on the monthly installments. Although there’s not a lot ordinary South Africans can do about macro-economic issues, there are some steps they can take to limit the effects of rising interest rates and other costs.
Ruthlessly cut out non-essential spending and use the savings to pay off short-term debts, starting with those that attract the highest interest rates. Keep track of monthly expenses to see where you may be able to save. For example, you may discover you have duplicate insurance cover or by shopping around are able to get better premiums; Consider consolidating debts. This involves lumping all your debt together and getting a single loan to repay all of it. Doing this makes managing your income and expenditure simpler and because the interest rate is fixed, it’s easier to budget. Spreading repayments over a longer term also usually reduces the monthly instalments; Set a monthly budget. First cover essential fixed expenses such as a home loan, rent or car repayments, then provide for variable expenses such as electricity, food and phone costs. Try to save a little each month. Keep this in an accessible account to cover unexpected expenses such as car repairs.
“It’s worth remembering that increasing interest rates is a double-edged sword. You pay more on any money you owe, but you also earn more on any money you save,” said Kappers.
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Kotze offered the following advice for anyone taking part in any type of outdoor athletic training: - - - - -
Make sure your cellphone is properly charged so that you are able to call for help in case of an emergency; Don’t use the same training route every day. Varying the route makes it difficult for any would-be criminal to anticipate your movements, while the change in scenery can also make the physical exertion more bearable for you; Leave the headphones at home. It is better to remain aware of your surroundings at all times so that you can hear any oncoming vehicles or other potential risks to your safety; Take along enough money to be able to catch a bus or a taxi or even make a phone call from a payphone, if need be; If you have an alarm system at home, remember to activate it before leaving for your training ride. Lock all the doors and gates, so that your loved ones can be safe while they wait for your return.
“Cycling groups such as the Pedal Power Association have put together very important safe cycling tips. Take a look at their website http://www.pedalpower.org.za for advice,” said Kotze.
while the u/16 championship was won by Queens High School. The programme will also feature Saheti alumni rugby and netball matches. Food stalls, arts and crafts and entertainment for the whole family will be on offer. Saheti School is in Civin Drive, Senderwood. For more information contact Christina Mogale on 011 479 3742.
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