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Issue number 001


Inside AUCKLAND CITY OF SAILS see page 4

Great South African sportsmen see page 16

A fresh


with John Key see page 3

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elcome to the first edition of The South African. We have decided to continue a community magazine, to the people, for the people. Many miss the Connections Magazine and we still feel there is a place for a hard copy magazine for the South African Community. This is quite a daunting task trying to create a follow on magazine with limited resources and little assistance from the community. Maybe it’s the time of the year. I would like to wish you all the best for 2008, a lucky year for the Chinese, so why not a lucky year for all. We can overcome the share market slide as well as the leveling off of the residential market by being positive in our endeavors in this beautiful land. New Zealand still has lots of plusses to offer all who settle here and want to be successful. The tourist and the dairy industries will offset any expected downturn in the economy and Australia is still looking for places to put their huge amounts of money from their super fund. So a good year is still expected. Jobs are still in abundance. If you are a tradesman or a qualified person there are positions to choose from. South Africans are now prominent in every type of trade and business and are respected for their work ethic and are becoming valued employees. We are going to run a series of successful South African businessmen and businesses. If you are one of those successful people, please contact me so we can feature your story. As a nation we have lots to celebrate, unfortunately we will have to celebrate those achievements in a new land. Most South African’s struggle for the first three years, adapting to this new environment but soar thereafter, most living in houses they could not afford back in their home country. If you are an entrepreneur you will put all your experience together to get ahead. New Zealand is one of the easiest countries in the world in which to start your own business. All you have to do is get a GST number and trade. Please support this publication by word of mouth and advertising and please send in those stories of other South Africans who have settled successfully in this land of opportunity.


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A Fresh Start By John Key


his year is a big year for New Zealand. It’s our opportunity to make the step-change we need to take on the 21st century. Over the coming months National will be detailing policies that will allow all of us to make a fresh start. We’ve started the year by releasing policy aimed at our young people. The energy and enthusiasm of the vast majority of our young John Key people make me hugely optimistic for our country. But, sadly, a growing number of them aren’t meeting their potential. We all see it – early school leavers unable to read or write well enough, drug and alcohol problems, newspaper headlines describing teens walking around bashing people. This week, National outlined policy that forms part of our plan for giving young people the future they deserve. National’s Youth Plan has two major aspects to it. The first part will be a new education entitlement - National’s Youth Guarantee. The Youth Guarantee will allow every young person under the age of 18 to access, free of charge, a programme of educational study towards schoollevel qualifications. This new entitlement will be on top of, not instead of, the education entitlements they have now. Many 16- and 17-year olds will continue to choose school as their preferred option, but others might prefer to continue their education through, for example, a polytechnic, a wananga, a private training establishment, an industry training organisation, or a combination of these options. School doesn’t work for all young people, so let’s apply some common sense and get them into a form of education that does. Sixteen and 17-yearolds who are not working, and who fail to take up this new entitlement, will not be eligible to receive a benefit (except in special circumstances such as illness). Teenage parents will be specifically catered for. The second part of our Youth Plan will tackle youth offending. It will give the Youth Court new powers to get young people back on the

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rails, and tougher sentencing options to deal with those who pose a serious threat to the safety of our communities. We will back those powers up with increased funding to the services involved. We are proposing new powers for the Youth Court: 1) Parenting orders: Parenting courses to address problems at home that may be contributing to a young person’s offending. 2) Mentoring programmes: Providing role models to young offenders for a period of up to 12 months. 3) Drug and alcohol rehabilitation programmes: Designated funding to help get young offenders sober. National will also enable the Youth Court to impose tougher sentences where needed. 1) Longer residential sentences: Up to six months in a Youth Justice facility. 2) Fresh Start Programmes: Revolutionary, year-long, intensive programmes designed to instil discipline and address underlying causes of offending; including up to 12 weeks of residential raining at, for example, an army base. 3) Spotlight Sentences: Non-compliance with court-ordered supervision contracts will result in electronic monitoring using an ankle bracelet. We will also extend the jurisdiction of the Youth Court so it has the power to deal with 12-and 13-year-olds accused of serious offences. National thinks the Youth Court, with its wider range of powers, could play a much stronger role in getting these young offenders back on track. National’s Youth Plan is about giving young New Zealanders the opportunity and responsibility to better themselves, no matter what their circumstances, abilities, or track record.

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uckland is the largest city in New Zealand with a population of 1.2 million people a little less than a third of the total population. Auckland is a beautiful city perched on the Waitamata Harbour and has a big city feel with its tall buildings, sky tower and lovely Viaduct area on the waterfront, abounded by lively restaurants of all types and sizes. The Viaduct is a smaller version of the Cape Town V & A waterfront with access to the heart of the city. Safe and secure during the day and night. During summer hundreds of locals mix with the huge amount of tourists that ock to the restaurants and nightlife. Auckland is a vibrant city and stands up to the best in the world, rated 5th as a city in which to live for the quality of life. New Zealand was rated 2nd as an honest country and number one as a country that has adopted the internet. Auckland’s climate is temperate and on the same latitude as Cape Town. The winters are never colder than 9 degrees and it gets very hot in summer which is from January to the end of April. The sea is warm in summer and reminds one of the Durban Beaches. This changes in winter when the sun moves north and the cold currents swirl around New Zealand. The climate is predominantly Mediterranean with winter rainfall in July and hot drier summers, without the Cape Town winds. Auckland is a very easy place to live and raise children in a safe environment. Schools are very good in most areas and parents have access to teachers and the headmaster when checking on their children’s progress. The culture of Auckland is hard to describe as it has changed dramatically over the last ten years with a huge inux of Asian Immigrants from Japan, China, Korea, Vietnam, Thailand, Indonesia, Taiwan & Singapore. They have brought their culture with them, so Auckland is now regarded as totally multicultural, cosmopolitan. There is a proliferation of restaurants of all types with genuine authentic cuisine, to suit any traveler’s palate. As a South African you will notice the absence of Greek and Portuguese restaurants. They, for some reason, have not found New Zealand a place to settle. The South African population has boomed over the last ten years and it is now difďŹ cult to go anywhere where you do not bump into South Africans, at work in the Malls and supermarkets. They have also brought a little of their culture with them. There are numerous shops specialising in South African goods and you do not have to go far to get your favorite biltong and borewors.

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I think the boerewors is better in New Zealand because everyone that makes it is competing with each other, so the quality is of a very high standard. Woolworth and Foodtown supermarkets have a shelf dedicated to South African goods. So when you get to Auckland you will still be able to buy Pro-Nutro and Mealie Meal. If you are a sport lover, you are spoilt for choice, as all sports activities are available from Rugby, ski-ing, mountain climbing, caving, basketball and golf the widest spread sport. Golf is the number one sport played in New Zealand with the result that there are some of the most spectacular golf courses in the world close to Auckland. Irene Van Dyke, a relatively unknown net ball player in South Africa, who is now the number one shooter for the Silver Ferns netball team, is a huge celebrity in New Zealand and is in a number of television adverts. House hunting in Auckland can be daunting as house prices have risen considerably over the last 5 years, an international trend, in fact South African properties have had the highest increases in the world, recently. However the increase in the exchange rate has reduced that increase to virtually nothing. The Exchange rate is now R6.2 to one New Zealand dollar and the average house price in Auckland is now $520,000 only R2.7 million. Wow. So property can look impossible to purchase. Not so, when you are earning NZ dollars and both parties work, with the lower than South African, interest rates, it is still affordable to buy in a good area. All cities have their good and bad spots, so it is important that you take advice from people who have lived here for a while, on which are the better areas and good schools. Renting is another option and 35% of all Aucklander’s rent with no intention of buying their own property. Rents range from $350 per week for a modest home to $550 for an average 3 to 4 bedroom home or $700 per week for a very nice modern 4 bedroom property with 2.5 bathrooms and modern kitchen. When new immigrants arrive they normally choose an area to live and then look for a job. This is not the best policy as Auckland has serious traffic congestion early morning and after 5pm. The suggestion is live close to where you work

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South African and where the kids go to school. Two main areas, where South Africans settle very comfortably is Howick/ Pakaranga area and the North Shore. It is not always possible to live and work in the same area but reduce the stress and choose wisely. The bus system and the trains are alleviating the morning crush, so look at this as an alternative mode of transport to and from work. Auckland is surrounded by beaches and no suburb is more than 15 minutes from one of the safe, pristine beaches. The surf is not dangerous, but there are backwash currents that can create difficulty, if you are not a seasoned swimmer, so always ask before venturing in too deep, in an unknown area. Spending time in summer after work at the beach, until 8 o’ clock, with a bottle of wine and the best local fish and chips, is a great treat and family time; A real bonding experience. All the local dogs come out to socialise with each other all very friendly and well trained and so are their owners. No biting, no fighting just tails wagging. This is an experience to behold. Very different from anything in South Africa, even in the good old days. Auckland has more book shops per capita than most countries, proving a well read society with only garden shops beating them in numbers. There are numerous art galleries and the museum in the domain is in a league of its own. There are lots of places to listen to live music and all the biggest bands from all over the world come to perform in Auckland. Bob Dylan has been to Auckland many times.

For the theatre going public there are always good shows at the City hall or the ASB theatre, as well as local halls and theatres. If you like revolving restaurants, Orbit, at the sky tower is renowned. Not overly expensive with a nice well balanced menu. When you book for the Orbit restaurant you can go to the viewing platform at the top of the tower for free, normally $25 per person which is good value. The cost of living is low if you compare Johannesburg salaries to costs. Cars are cheaper, insurance is less than one month’s payment, annually, and very few people take out medical aid, because the free hospital system is so good, food is very affordable and fresh veggies are always available in the supermarkets. City council house rates are very low and conveyencing costs, for a new house purchase, rarely are as high as $1,400. Estate agents earn half the commission than in South Africa with the commission rates being a maximum of 3.5% for the first $500 and 2.5% thereafter. Eating out can be expensive, if you go to the more exclusive restaurants. Going to food courts and buying takeaways although expensive, is value for money and on a par with most countries. Clothing and up market fashion items are expensive relatively and can be bought elsewhere much cheaper, however there are lots of discount stores where prices are more or less similar to other countries.

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The Success Story of Malcolm McDonald By Ted Woodberg

Malcolm McDonald and his beautiful wife Ann


o many successful businessmen living in South Africa who want to emigrate to New Zealand are wary to take the step because they think that it will be hard to get re-established here. Fortunately it is extremely easy to re-locate here because New Zealand’s registration procedures for new businesses are quite streamlined and the economy is extremely buoyant, making room for expansion in virtually all industries. Take the interesting story of Malcolm McDonald as an example. Malcolm was born in Zambia and spent most of his life in Durban, South Africa and after school he studied at a tertiary institution to become a refrigeration technician. In the late 1990’s he became disenchanted with living conditions in South Africa and decided to emigrate to New Zealand with his beautiful wife Ann and their young family. He settled initially in Nelson and it did not take long

before he got a job in his chosen profession. After two and a half years he decided to move to the North Shore of Auckland and at the same time he opened up an ice cream shop in Browns Bay that he called Penguino’s. Being a refrigeration expert, making and mixing his own special brand of ice cream came as second nature to Malcolm. He does not buy his ice cream from any manufacturers. During the hot summer months of Auckland, Malcolm gets up at 4a.m. every morning, 7 days a week, and he prepares his special ice cream mix. It has a unique flavour as all of the residents of Browns Bay and the surrounding areas will tell you; making Penguino’s the most popular ice cream shop on the North Shore. This may sound like hard work, but Malcolm makes sure that he and his family are well rewarded for all of the sacrifices that they have to make during summer in order to make Penguino’s the roaring success that it is. During the cold , rainy, winter months, Malcolm closes his shop and whisks his family off every year for a 4-6 week holiday overseas to some exciting destination that the whole family will enjoy.


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Select-a-Sub: a healthy concept


n 2005 Malcolm conceived of the “Select-aSub” franchise that sells the healthy concept of fresh food in a bread roll. He has followed in the footsteps of the McDonalds style of merchandising by having his special outlets custom built, with unique, recognizable design and colouring. He already has four highly successful outlets in Hamilton, Orewa, Airport Oaks and Papakura. He is in the construction phase of three more outlets which will be in Victoria Street, Auckland City; Karangahape road in Ponsonby and Kerwin Drive, East Tamaki. By the end of 2008 he will have seven outlets around Auckland. And the rest of New Zealand? “Well, the sky’s the limit!” Malcolm will tell you, with a gleam in his eye. Fortunately Malcolm has taken on a business partner to help him with the Select-a-Sub franchise operation, making it easier for him to take his annual holiday overseas.

With the time it takes during a normal day to run Penguino’s and Select-a-Sub, one would think that Malcolm would be too busy to do anything else. Not so for this energetic entrepreneur. In addition to his two operations Malcolm also runs a successful cold room and freezer installation company, doing work for big companies in all corners of New Zealand. Malcolm’s advice to any businessman in South Africa who wants to take the plunge and emigrate here is: make sure that you are sufficiently qualified to obtain a work permit in New Zealand so that you can be classified as a skilled migrant. Once you have employment and have obtained permanent residence, starting your own business will be relatively easy. Malcolm works hard, but he also plays hard, and there’s nothing wrong with that!


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The First South African In Space By Ted Woodberg


Mark Shuttleworth

ark Shuttleworth of Cape Town has the renowned title of being the first African in space. This is quite an achievement, because the whole exercise, which included his training, was self-funded, and believe me, it cost him a fortune.

Mark did not receive one cent of state funding for his brave escapade. But he was incredibly rich at the time, probably one of the youngest billionaires of the last century. Mark did not inherit his money. He earned every cent of it the hard way. He was born in the dusty Free State gold mining town of Welkom, but his parents moved to Cape Town when he was quite young, so he ended up at the University of Cape Town studying for a Business Science degree, majoring in Finance. His fascination for technology started at an early age when he discovered computer games. However it was only when he was introduced to the internet that his business brain started ticking over and he started thinking about how this medium would affect business and society. In 1995, his final year at university, at the tender age of only 22, Mark founded Thawte Consulting , as an internet consulting business. The focus

of the company quickly shifted to internet security for electronic commerce. Thawte became the first company to produce a full-security e-commerce web server that was commercially available outside the United States. This brought Mark’s company to the world of public key infrastructure, which is the basis for all encrypted and authenticated internet transactions. By the time it was acquired by VeriSign in the USA, it was the fastest growing Internet Certificate Authority, and the leading Certificate Authority outside of the U.S. When Shuttleworth sold Thawte to VeriSign in December 1999, he became an instant billionaire, raking in R3.5 billion, the equivalent of NZ$875 million, at the time. His first action after he had cleared the payment through his company’s bank was to reward his staff. From his top IT consultants down to the tea girl, they each received R1 million. It was their best Christmas ever! Mark has always been interested in science, from the study of particle physics, software engineering, digital media and biotechnology. This led to his fervent desire to venture out into space. In 2001, while he was still recovering from his newfound wealth, he applied to the Russian Space Training Centre at Star City to become a trainee astronaut. His training took him a whole year to complete. At last on 25th April 2002 he participated in the Russian Soyuz TM-34 mission, which arrived at the International Space Station two days later, where he spent eight days carrying out experiments on AIDS and genome research. While in space he had a conversation with Nelson Mandela and a 14 year old South African girl, Michelle Foster, who was terminally ill from cancer. During the conversation she asked him if he would marry her. Mark skillfully dodged the question, and before the year was out she had passed on. Her conversation with Mark was funded by the Reach for a Dream Foundation. Mark’s entire space venture cost him personally US$20 million, but he achieved instant fame and recognition as the first African in space. Mark also became interested in education and in 2001 he founded the Shuttleworth Foundation, a non-profit organisation dedicated to social innovation which also funds educational and free and open source software projects in South Africa. Mark is a shy person, despite his intelligence and fame. I remember telephoning his Foundation in Cape Town in 2004 and asking his staff whether he would be able to attend a cultural excursion of tertiary business students and address them on the secrets of his business success, but the staff member very politely turned me down, saying that Mark did not like public speaking. Mark ‘s other business interest besides Thawte was a company called HBD Venture Capital, a business incubator and venture capital provider, which he formed in 2000. In March 2004 he formed Canonical Ltd., for the promotion and commercial support of free software projects. Mark currently lives in London and holds dual citizenship of South Africa and the United Kingdom.


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The Zuma factor By Ted Woodberg


acob Zuma , currently President of The African National Congress, is an enigma. He has had an extremely successful political career and he now stands at the door of the most important office in South Africa, that of State President. Next year, Thabo Mbeki will be standing down when South Africa goes to poll, and his most likely successor will be Zuma. So what lies in store for South Africa when this colourful politician takes the stage? More importantly, what will be the fate of some 4.3 million white people who still live in South Africa? (9% of the current population of 38 million) One can certainly guage from his career to date that, despite his success as a political leader, he has been guilty of some real classic blunders and fatal faux pas that would have ruined any ordinary man. His supporters follow him blindly and brush over his weaknesses as though they don’t even exist. Let us examine his profile so that we can get a better idea of the real Jacob Zuma The most striking item in Jacob Zuma’s profile is the fact that he has had no formal schooling. This does not mean that he is unintelligent. We have several highly successful people around who were born either autistic or dislexic. Richard Branson is a good example of a highly successful dyslexic who wasn’t very good at school. However there are some aspects of Jacob Zuma’s

darker side that could be some cause for concern. He was allegedly involved in a serious corruption scandal after his financial advisor, Schabir Shaik, was convicted of corruption and fraud, leading to Zuma’s dismissal by Thabo Mbeki as deputy president of South Africa in June 2005. In the aftermath of this trial Zuma was formally charged with corruption by the National Prosecuting Authority, but escaped criminal prosecution on a technicality relating to evidence. At one of his court appearances Zuma’s supporters numbering in their thousands gathered to support him ; he addressed them in Zulu, urging party unity and singing the apartheid-era struggle song Lethu Mshini Wami with lyrics that translate literally to “bring me my machine” but understood to refer to a machine gun. This certainly does not auger well for whites living in South Africa. In December of the same year he was also charged in the Johannesburg High Court with rape. Again, Zuma escaped conviction when the court dismissed the charges, agreeing that the sexual act was consensual. But it is what came out of this trial that leads one to believe that Zuma’s lack of education was beginning to manifest itself. He stated in court that he knew the woman he had sex with was HIV positive, but he had a shower afterwards in order to “cut the risk of contracting HIV!” He also admitted that he had not used a condom. At the time of his rape trial Zuma was head of the National AIDS Council! As his rape trial ended , many South Africans wondered how their political system would recover from the rifts that Zuma’s trials have exposed. A Mail and Guardian analysis saw these events as especially troubling:Continued on page 18


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Springbok Radio “THE SOUND OF SOUTH AFRICA” By Ted Woodberg


of home entertainment in those days. In addition, radio programming was carried out on a totally different style compared to today. There were regular fifteen minute news broadcasts, hour long radio plays, half hour quiz shows, exciting fifteen minute cowboy serials, court dramas etc. There was never any programme interruptions for commercial advertising. The advertising was done by specific sponsors either before or after the programme, but never in between, It all began on 1st May 1950. It was the first which made for much more relaxed listening. commercial radio station to be established in The advertising sponsors even added their name to South Africa following almost 5 years of intense the programme, for example, “The SURF SHOW, Pick-ainvestigation by the South African Broadcasting box “ or “Lux Radio Theatre.” Surf was a popular brand Corporation (SABC) and after consultations with of washing powder and Lux was a family brand of body both Lord Reith of the BBC and the South African soap. The sponsors would also provide funding for the Government. The only other stations broadcasting cash prizes on offer during the show. on medium wave in those days were the SABC’s Eric Egan and his friend “Wentworth” The art of radio broadcasting was a complex medium existing public service English and Afrikaans networks. in those early days and the performers behind the The first voice heard on the air on that morning was that of Eric Egan, who microphone could be extremely flexible in what they were doing without ran the breakfast show for many years. I remember at exactly 7.15am every having to worry about being seen. As a result radio became “the theatre morning before the family would leave home for work and school, we would of the mind” as different sounds evoked different mental images for the all gather around the radio in the lounge and wait for Eric to give us his daily listener. The techniques used were varied but some were incredibly simple, “Corny Crack.” Whether it was funny or not, we all laughed and then headed for example the shaking of a piece of masonite board to create the sound off in our various directions. of thunder, the rattling of sand in a box to create the sound of someone Without the luxury of colour television, the radio became the focal point walking on gravel etc.

nybody who lived in South Africa between the years 1950 and 1985 will have fond memories of the most popular radio station of that era - Springbok Radio.

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SA duo make South Pole history 18 January 2008


outh Africans Alex Harris and Sibusiso Vilane made history on Thursday when they became the first South African team to walk unassisted to the South Pole. The duo set out on their epic 65-day journey on 10 November, dragging 130-kilogram sleds almost 1 200 kilometres across some of the most hostile terrain on the planet.Antarctica generates much of the bad weather in the southern hemisphere, and storms there can be fierce. Temperatures range from an ambient of about -8 degrees to about -40 degrees Celsius. They completed their journey without the help of support teams putting out food or rigging up tents, and without using wind power or sled dogs, in what Harris described as “the purest form of getting to the South Pole”. Harris and Vilane are no strangers to extreme feats, with Harris becoming the second South African to summit the highest peak on each of the seven continents, the so-called “seven summits”, in 2005 and Vilane becoming the first black South African to climb Mount Alex Harris and Sibusiso Vilane drag sleds Everest, the world’s highest weighing 130 kilograms behind them mountain, in 2003. The two men spent almost a year training for the trek, dragging tyres requiring a pulling force of 30-40kg every second day, covering a distance of about 17 kilometres per training session. The trip was premised on covering at least 20 kilometres a day - they carried only an extra five days’ worth of emergency fuel and food - meaning that any mileage lost in a day would have to be made up for, or they would risk running out of supplies. They just made it, taking exactly five more days than planned - one day more and they’d have been running on empty. The physical and mental toughness it took to achieve this is hinted at in some of the extracts from Harris’s trip journal... No painkillers.. - extracts from Alex Harris’s journal


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27 November 2007 Hi. only managed 14km in 8hrs. weather was perfect but it was the toughest day yet. soft snow made pulling desperate. but we finally made it to 81 degrees! 01 December 2007 at last. Day 18 and did 20.48km in 8.5hrs. felt good, weather perfect and snow improving all the time. 42 more days! 02 December 2007 Another good day. dDay 19. We did 19.4km. my heel is starting to act up. there is a monster bank of clouds rolling in from the east. 04 December 2007 Day 21. I battled today. Heel burning like a hot poker. Trying different things. Sibu is fine 11 December 2007 Day 28. Last two days have been desperate conditions. Zero visibility and thick snow. Only managed 15km today. Heaviest the sleds have felt! 13 December 2007 This place deprives us of the luxury of nighttime but the gloom of the day robs us of the light. Instead we move through a grey twilight that knows not dawn nor dusk. It is fit for neither the living nor the dead. Battled for 10hrs in the same conditions just for 15km 04 January 2008 Day 52. Feel exhausted. Did 22.3km but getting colder measured -25.9 in my pocket! Done 800km 12 January 2008 Day 60 comes at last. Perfect weather. Still -22. did 25.4km in 10 hrs. Tomorrow its on to emergency rations some juicy tidbits not mentioned before Alex Harris and Sibusiso Vilane for fear of freaking the folks out. In that very windy spell in the first week, I got frostbite on my inside left thigh, about the size of my hand. Not serious though as there is nothing to freeze solid and fall off. Unless it was higher up my leg! Anyway I have had to doctor it every day and make sure it doesn’t go septic. But it is finally healing and forming scabs. 14 January 2008 Day 62. Mon 14th. Gloomy day but still did 25.4km. Countdown! 3 more days. 67km. Unbelievable! JTB #3. In the first week sibu and I had a huge argument about whether it was acceptable to do a #2 in the bell of the tent if conditions outside warranted it! thankfully it never came to that! 15 January 2008 Day 63. JTB #4 We have had no painkillers on this trip. Zip! Must have fallen out when i was consolidating 2 kits into 1 at home 16 January 2008 Day 64. Wow, we have only 15km to go. listen to 702 thurs 4to6. You might catch us. I cant believe this day has finally come!


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Life & General Insurance Pension Transfers Investments By Glen Gilbert 1. Most South Africans are probably more used to Medical Aid Schemes as such than Health Insurance as we now call it. The nearest to the SA schemes is Southern Cross or Tower, which offer a variety of plans ranging from only Hospital Cover to Hospital and Specialists/tests and then Hospitals/specialists/test and GP’s and then dentistry for the Ultra Care plan. A major difference is also that few employers pay towards the costs of health insurance - they often have a “Group Scheme” which offers slightly cheaper rates to employees, but the employee actually pays the whole cost. The only advantage to the member is a group scheme (if large enough) does sometimes avoid problems arising from pre-existing health conditions. 2. Free Health is a myth! Most South Africans are employed or earning so do not qualify for this. Children up to the age of 6 years are entitled to free health care, including GP. For persons over 45 and those on a Community Services Card, GP visits are subsidised as are prescriptions and then only drugs on the Pharmac list. The State does pay for operations and hospitalisation in a public hospital - there are, however, long waiting lists and one has almost no choice of hospital or medical provider or medication. You probably know more about the maternity side than I do because of your wife and having had your own children “in the system”. Dental care for children is free up to their 18th birthday. However, orthodontic treatment is not covered by the public system or any private provider. Spectacles are covered to a limited extent by Tower’s and Southern Cross’ GP cover. It is up to the individual to determine what cover, if any is needed. My advice is that we all need some form of health insurance, if only the Hospital cover. We can usually afford to pay GP costs and thus cut our overall medical bill.(I have a good presentation to illustrate this). 3. When buying health insurance, it is usually best to deal with an adviser who has a good, in-depth knowledge of what is available and who understands their clients’ requirements/affordability. Some schemes purport to cover all

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Kevin Pietersen By Ted Woodberg


ne of the most iconic cricket players of our time , Kevin Pietersen, who now plays for England, was born in Pietermaritzburg, a beautiful city set in a huge hollow of the Umgeni River basin in Kwa Zulu Natal. Kevin attended local Pietermaritzburg schools during his youth and even after his family moved to Durban he continued travelling to his home city every day in order to stay at Maritzburg College until he had completed his matriculation. He had three brothers who were just as sport mad as he was and on any given day all four boys were involved in some sort of sporting activity, which kept his parents extremely busy ferrying them back and forth between home and various sports venues. The fact that all four boys were very good at sport made Kevin extremely competitive from a very young age. “I could be a stroppy kid but above all I was a bad loser,” says Kevin. “I’d break tennis or squash rackets when I’d lose against one of my brothers and I regularly ended up having fights with them when one scored a try against me in rugby or a goal in football.” Kevin did not grow up as a spoilt kid. His father was quite strict and had a saying:- “Buy what you need, not what you want!” If Kevin or his brothers messed up or did anything wrong at school, his father would discipline them with a cane he called an army stick. Kevin says that the discipline he received in this way did him no harm at all. During his final year at Maritzburg College he spent most of the season in the second cricket team despite his obvious talent for the game. The current coach of the first team, Mike Bechet, was biased against Kevin for some unknown reason and kept him out of the team. As soon as Bechet emigrated to New Zealand, he got his chance to play in the first team and immediately excelled as their best player, going on to be selected for the South African Schools eleven. After a short stint with SA Schools, Kevin went on to play for Natal B, which meant first class cricket. He honed his batting skills, he was a

reasonable off-spin bowler and became quite good in the field. Finally Kevin was admitted to the Natal A team and toured Western Australia with them, playing against the touring England side of 1999/2000. He then played a bit of club cricket with Cannock in Staffordshire, UK. Kevin says that his stint with Cannock was his first time away from home, and the experience matured him as a player and human being. Kevin always fancied himself as a bowler, but the Cannock captain insisted that he was a better batsman, which turned out to be true in the longer term. Then, completely out of the blue, Kevin was dropped from the Natal first team during the summer of 1999/2000 as part of the quota system adopted by the SA cricket authorities in order to fast track the inclusion of players of colour into the provincial teams, as a precursor to including them in the national team. This left him extremely bitter and totally heartbroken at a time when his cricketing career was blossoming and his sights were set on gaining a place with the “big boys” in the South African side. Kevin was replaced by Gulam Bodi, a talented offspinning Asian batsman, who was included with two other non-white players in the Natal team. When he was told Kevin lost his temper and shouted at the selectors : ”I’m leaving here!” There were quite a few options open to Kevin; his mother was born in the U.K. and he had a British passport, so when it came to looking for a place to play cricket, England naturally was on top of the list. Then Clive Rice, one of SA’s greatest players, who was instrumental in getting Kevin into the SA Schools’ eleven, approached him with an offer to play for Nottinghamshire, a team that Clive was coaching at the time. The offer included a contract worth £15 000 to play for the team during the 2001 season. For a 20 year old this added up to a substantial amount of money, especially considering that the exchange rate at the time was about R12 to the English pound. continued on page 20

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Some of the more popular programmes on Springbok Radio during its hey days were:1) Serials: These were short 15 minute programmes broadcast daily during the week. Week-end programming had a different format to the weekday shows. Kid Grayson Rides the Range - cowboy series. No Place to Hide – sci fi space series featuring Adrian Steed as “Mark Saxon.” (1958 to 1970) The Mind of Tracy Dark – detective series. The Creaking Door – horror series. This show ran from 1963 to 1970 Jet Jungle – drama set in Africa similar to “Tarzan.” (1973 to 1985) Strangers from Space – sci fi series. 2) Quiz Shows : These were normally hour long once-per-week programmes that had a lot of audience participation. The Surf Show Pick-a-box - some of the prizes were big – motor cars, electrical home appliances etc. Test the Team – listeners were invited to send in tricky questions to a panel of experts. Nice Work – a panel were selected to work out an audience member’s job by asking leading questions. 3) Action/Adventure series : Once-off weekly shows with a specific theme. Squad Cars – Police series set in Johannesburg. The Avengers – Detective series which ran from 1972 to 1973. Wolwedans in die Skemer – Africaans drama series. ( 1982 – 1983) The Sounds of Darkness – horror series. (1967 to 1974) 4) Comedy series : Shows that portray a variety of comedy sketches. Snoektown Calling – Set in Cape Town amongst the Cape Coloured community. The Pip Freedman Show – In this series Pip rips off all of SA’s colourful

The Studio on 31st December 1980

cultures. This show was extremely popular and ran from 1968 to 1985. The Men from the Ministry - Based on the antics of government employees.(1969 to 1985). Next Stop Makouvlei – Written and presented by Pip Freedman. Africaans comedy. Caltex Kaskenades – Another series by Pip Freedman. The Loudspeaker Show – English comedy from Pip Freedman. 5) Courtroom Drama/Crime/Detective series: Once per week drama shows. Consider your Verdict – A courtroom drama series, one of the longest running shows on Springbok Radio (1954 to 1985). Inspector Carr Investigates – Detective drama featuring Hugh Rouse as the voice of Inspector Carr (1957 – 1985.) 6) Music Shows : Disc Jockeys give airplay to the latest music releases. The Springbok 4.30 Special - half- hour daily show of latest pop hits. The Springbok Radio Hit Parade – once per week show of the top ten most popular songs as reflected by record sales by music shops. 7) Feature Shows – regular shows on specific themes. So Maak Mens (roughly translated : “What People Do) – Afrikaans cultural series. (1957 to 1985) Call Back The Past – history programme dealing with major events of the past. (1968 to 1982) Lux Radio Theatre – weekly play series. Longest running programme on Springbok Radio – from 1950 to 1985. In order to preserve the heritage that was Springbok Radio, a special non-profit organization was set up in Johannesburg just after the closure of the station, known as “The Springbok Radio Preservation Society of South Africa.” It has carefully archived and collected all sorts of material including photographs of personalities and places and it is recognized as one of the largest sound recording archives in the world. The archive holds many original recordings on tape, reel to reel and transcription discs and also has many private off-air recordings of different activities involving the station. The society is currently engaged in a massive restoration project to convert all of its analogue recordings into a digital format.With the introduction of television into South Africa in 1976, radio listenership declined and the big sponsors started channeling their money into TV advertising when the service went commercial in 1978. The introduction of commercial TV and the excitement that its late introduction into South Africa caused, led to the ultimate demise of Springbok Radio at the end of 1985. Another major factor was the introduction of FM radio during the 70’s which gave listeners superb sound reproduction quality on their home hi fi systems, contrary to the medium wave reception that Springbok Radio offered. The format of FM radio was also quite different, concentrating more on broadcasting 24 hours of music, with short newscasts, traffic updates and sports commentaries at regular intervals during the day. It must have been a very sad day for all involved when the colourful radio station that represented everything South African had to finally close its doors on 31st December 1985. I am sure that a few listeners shed a tear as well!


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“The political damage is incalculable, with the ruling African National Congress now an openly divided and faltering movement. The trial has been fought against the backdrop of a bitter succession war between Mbeki and Zuma….Mbeki’s support in the ANC has crumbled, with the party faithful refusing to accept that he will anoint a leader….But even Zuma’s most diehard supporters privately acknowledge that he cannot now be president, regardless of the trial outcome.” The prospect of Zuma’s return as a contender for the presidency has reportedly caused South African business leaders to work on reassuring international investors; but even as they reassure, an Independent analyst suggested, “The fear of seeing Zuma and his crowd marching to the Union Buildings wielding machine guns is unnerving mostly to the middle class and businessmen, according to recent surveys.” How Zuma will unfold as the country’s leader if he is appointed,is difficult to guess at this stage, but his attitude towards Zimbabwe could give us a clue. He is reported to have implied that Western criticism of Mugabe was partly motivated by racism, saying:- “The Europeans often ignore the fact that Mugabe is very popular among Africans. In their eyes, he has given blacks their country back after centuries of colonialism. The people love him, so how can we condemn him?” Zuma has obviously not noticed the constant stream of refugees who are crossing the border from Zimbabwe to South Africa in an effort to survive. On a positive note, Zuma has been widely acclaimed in Natal of bringing peace to the deeply divided Xhosa and Zulu factions living there. The ANC has long been a Xhosa dominated organization whereas Zuma was a Zulu, so his influence amongst the Zulus living in Natal has been immense. On 28 December 2007, the Scorpions served Zuma an indictment to stand trial in the High Court on various counts of racketeering, money laundering, corruption and fraud, according to Michael Hulley, Zuma’s attorney. The trial is to proceed on 14th August 2008. The charges are believed to be linked to the $5billion arms procurement deal by the South African government in 1999. Should Jacob Zuma be convicted of corruption and sentenced to a term of imprisonment of more than 1 year (without being pardoned by Thabo Mbeki) he will be ineligible for election to the South African Parliament and subsequently will not be able to serve as President. To sum up, what are the chances of Zuma becoming president especially in the light of his corruption trial? A lot depends on the evidence, the crowd support and on the sympathy of other ANC party members. The only other contender for the job is Phumzile Mlambo-Nguka, the wife of Bulelani Ngcuka, who had been Minister of Minerals and Energy since 1999. While her appointment as Deputy President of South Africa was widely welcomed by the business community, her popularity with rank-and-file ANC members remains uncertain. Whatever happens, the future of South Africa will most definitely be strongly influenced by the “Zuma Factor.”


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Serves 4-6 The classic combination of lettuce, bacon, egg and croutons, combined in a Caesar dressing. It’s addictive – especially when you know how easy it is. Ingredients 1 iceberg lettuce, trimmed 1-2 tbsp oil or about 50g garlic butter 2-3 thick slices crusty bread 4-6 bacon rashers, rind removed

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3 hard boiled eggs, quartered Caesar Salad Dressing

Method 1. Cut the iceberg lettuce into chunky pieces and arrange on a serving platter. (If wished wash the chunky pieces in running cold water and then shake gently in a clean tea-towel to dry off excess water). 2. Cut the bread into large crouton size dice and chop the bacon roughly. Cook in the oil in a hot frying pan, tossing until the bacon and croutons are crisp. Alternatively melt the garlic butter in an oven proof pan or roasting dish, add the bacon and bread and cook at 180°C until the bacon and bread is crispy. 3. Scatter the cooled bacon and croutons on top of the lettuce with the hard-boiled eggs. 4. Pour over plenty of Caesar Salad dressing and serve.

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Kevin was total disillusioned about his future in SA cricket and knew that he couldn’t stay, but a move to the UK where he had no family or friends was quite daunting. Then came the meeting with Dr Ali Bacher, the most powerful man in SA cricket. He was very rude to both Kevin and his Dad, who had joined him for the meeting, saying that the quota system would soon stop and selection will go back to the old system of taking on players based on their ability. However, when Kevin asked whether there would be an all-white cricket team for Natal A for the 2001 season if the non-white players were not good enough, he said no, they WILL be good enough and they WILL play. That was the end for Kevin. He made up his mind there and then that he was leaving for the U.K. Kevin’s stint as player for Notts county was a real education because he came across a lot of mediocrity, cliques and lack of ambition. This was quite frustrating for the new go-getter from South Africa, but he played his heart out and during the 2001 season he chalked up 1 275 championship runs, scoring at a rate of 82 runs for every 100 balls, which was impressive to say the least. Kevin was showing at an early stage that he was able to play Kevin Pietersen first-class cricket. Then came the crunch. At the end of the 2001 season Clive Rice lost his job as Notts coach and was replaced by one of the players. Kevin was relegated to the second team. Emotions ran high during this season because Kevin felt he deserved better. His relationship with the team got so bad that he used to warm up on his own rather than be with some of his teammates. Eventually Kevin announced that he was leaving, at the same time running down the team captain. Then he received a call to say that Jason Gillian, the team captain, had dumped his cricket gear over the balcony at Trent Bridge! Fortunately Kevin got a job with the English Academy that winter, saving him from a horrible situation. Finally Kevin broke his ties with the Notts club and joined Hampshire, an extremely well-run club that was coached part-time by Shane Warne of Australia. Here he grew and matured and he has been with the club ever since and

supported them as and when his England commitments have allowed. Kevin’s biggest breakthrough came when he was selected to play for England on a tour to Zimbabwe in 2004. He got some positive feedback from the English coach, Duncan Fletcher, announcing that he wanted Kevin to play in South Africa as part of a series of ODI’s. Kevin was apprehensive about the South African tour because he realised that the SA public wouldn’t take kindly to someone they considered to have walked out on their country returning to play against their team so soon after becoming eligible. Then in January 2005, the first ODI against South Africa got off to an emotional start. Both teams stood for the national anthem, and Kevin wondered whether he was standing in the right place. But he had no doubts. He was an Englishman now, standing in the country of his birth. The crowd in general gave their displeasure towards Kevin, calling him a “Judas” and a “racist” when he was working in the outfield. The abuse was not pleasant, but Kevin stood his ground and consoled himself when he took an early catch to dismiss Herschelle Gibbs in the first ODI. Unfortunately Graeme Smith, the SA captain, compounded the situation by announcing in the press that Kevin had turned his back on the country of his birth. This soured the relationship and Kevin and Graeme no longer talk to each other. By the end of the tour the South African public began to warm to Kevin because he was such an entertaining player. In Centurion at the end of the last test the South African crowd, at last, rose to cheer Kevin. It was the end of the tour, England had lost 4-1, but they gave him a standing ovation. The biggest highlight of Kevin’s career to date was England’s victory over Australia to take the Ashes Trophy, the biggest prize in cricket. Kevin scored 150 runs in the final match of the series to clinch victory for England. In addition, he was awarded Man of the Match. Today Kevin is a happy, contented man, continuing to surprise spectators with his inimitable confident style, now an entrenched member of the English team. He is engaged to Jessica Taylor, who is a member of the British pop group Liberty X. The group was discovered by the first UK Pop Stars TV show. As he reflects on his life so far, Kevin says that despite his fiery temperament and many disagreements, he has no regrets and looks forward to a rewarding and stimulating cricket career.

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The South African Music Scene By Ted Woodberg


he South African music business is a thriving industry that has grown in leaps and bounds since its infancy in the early 50’s of last century. We have seen phenomenal growth in all of the modern genres especially amongst black music. Hip hop and kwaito have experienced the most growth over this period. Being the avid music lover that I am, I love surfing the radio waves for new and different sounds. We are extremely fortunate here in New Zealand to have local radio stations enjoying considerable state funding, hence the proliferation of different and extremely interesting on-air programming. I counted more than twenty local radio stations in Auckland alone, and I have played them all. It’s a real pity that they don’t give a lot of airtime to good old South African music, after all, there is so much variety to choose from and South African musicians have made a genuine impact around the world with their unique style. Who can forget Paul Simon’s collaboration with black South African group Ladysmith Black Mambazo back in the 80’s and the beautiful “Diamonds in the Soles of her Shoes?” Even today, SA artists like Karen Zoid perform at sell-out concerts all around the world. Her appearance at the Ukkasie in London in 2003 caused a stir in the British pop scene at the time. For 2008, she has planned concerts for London, Belgium and Holland. Boy! I do miss her song “I’ll get stuck in a small room with you” which received so much airplay in South Africa just before I emigrated to New Karen Zoid Zealand. And when we go back even further to the 70’s the world held its breath when the super SA rock group Rabbitt hit the international music scene. They sold hundreds of thousands of records and band leader, Trevor Rabin is now one of the top movie score producers in the world. Then we had the all-girl super group Clout who had a monster hit with “Substitute” which reached number 2 on the British charts and number 1 in numerous European cities. Not bad for a bunch of local lasses, hey?

The 80’s boomed with a glut of hot original acts spanning crossover to power-pop to hard rock to Afrikaans bubblegum to alternative/indie: the likes of Tribe After Tribe, eVoid, Petit Cheval, Hotline, Bright Blue, Johnny Clegg (Jaluka and Savuka), Mango Groove, The Helicopters, Ellamental and that doyen of the Cape Karroo, David Kramer. Then along came the nefarious 90’s with groups like Fetish, Boo!, Just Jinger, Springbok Nude Girls, Sugardrive and our one and only Steve Hofmeyer. All of these acts were (and some still are) huge sellers and crowd pullers and have filled venues across South Africa and abroad. And I haven’t even mentioned the plethora of massive African bands that have been around for decades; some of whom still command deity status in the country and regularly sell millions of albums across the African continent. At the turn of the century a new breed of SA muso’s emerged that have now firmly placed South Africa on the international map as far as the music scene is concerned. A recent addition to the popularity polls is a new Cape Town band known as Freshlyground. They have managed to combine a tuneful type of backstreet kwaito with unique African rythms and have come up trumps. Their first mega-hit, “Do be doo” (not to be confused with Frank Sinatra’s ending in “Strangers in the Night!”) has become a national best seller. They describe their music as ‘contemporary urban afro pop’ and lead singer African lady Zolani Mahola, who hails from the Eastern Cape, - has a voice like fresh spring water. So why aren’t the local radio station disc jockeys sitting up and taking notice? When I was living in South Africa we could always switch on our radio dial and hear New Zealand stars like Split Enz and Crowded House. Why not the other way round? Continued on page 22

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I leave that up to the music afficiandos of this beautiful land that we (including a large crowd of ex-South Africans!) all live in. I must say, however, that Pretoriabased hard rock/grunge outfit known as Seether are enjoying a bit of airplay on Auckland’s local “The Rock” radio station. This is extremely encouraging and we hope that the trend catches on with the other stations. Seether have had long associations with other USA groups like Breaking Benjamin, 3 Doors Down, Three Days Grace and The Nixons . Their breakthrough came in 2002 with their second album “ Disclaimer” which received much airplay on local rock stations and prompted a worldwide tour with Evanescence. On this tour, the band reworked the Lucky Dube acoustic ballad “Broken” into an electric ballad and Amy Lee, lead singer of Evanescence shared vocal duties with lead singer Shaun Morgan during live performances. In 2005 follow-up album “Karma and Effect” was well received by the grunge-loving SA music public. In August of 2006 lead singer Morgan went into rehab for alcohol and cocaine abuse forcing the band to cancel their tour with Staind and Three Days Grace. Evanescence’s hit “Call Me When Your Sober” was written about this incident. Seether’s music has been used widely by the international film industry. Their song “Hang On” features on the soundtrack for the movie, Daredevil and “Out of My Way”was featured on the soundtrack of the 2003 movie, Freddy vs Jason. So why aren’t the local radio station disc jockeys sitting up and taking notice? When I was living in South Africa we could always switch on our radio dial and hear New Zealand stars like Split Enz and Crowded House. Why not the other way round? I leave that up to the music afficiandos of this beautiful land that we (including a large crowd of ex-South Africans!) all live in. The longest running ever South African musical festival, Splashy Fen will be happening around Easter time again this year. It is hard to imagine how a small group of tents pitched on the foothills of the Drakensberg mountain range in the Underberg farming district in April of 1989 has now grown into the huge annual festival that it is today, with attendances of over 15 000 being the norm. The organizers have now put out a request to all South African muso’s to come up with a song that epitomizes the festival, in the same vein as “Woodstock,” which was composed by Crosby, Stills & Nash to commemorate that huge festival of the same name. There should be enough talent in the country to come up with something that reminds one of the mountains, the trout streams, the three different sound stages, the smoking campfires at night….it certainly brings back fond memories for me.

There was quite a lot happening in the SA music scene last year. One of the most noteworthy events was the tragic shooting of Lucky Dube on the 18th October last year. The South African music industry was shocked by the news of the death of this much loved reggae star who was shot dead by car thieves while he was dropping his teenage son and daughter off in a Johannesburg suburb. He was 43 years old. He will be missed as a great musician and an untiring freedom fighter. Alongside Bob Marley, Lucky Dube was thought of as one of the great reggae artists – singing about social problems. President Mbeki honoured him by attending his funeral and he called on the people of South Africa to “confront this terrible scourge of crime.” Music producer TK of TS records and a friend of Dube’s told the BBC the killing was tragically ironic. “The whole continent has lost a performer, musician, a guy that fought for freedom in his own way, in his own right; he was just shot by some guy who wanted to take his car, you know, which is Mickey Mouse really,” he said. Opposition parties and the youth wing of the ruling African National Congress party have called on the government to take drastic measures against crime. South African musical journalist Peter Makurube told the BBC’s Network Africa programme that: “Lucky filled up stadiums all over the continent. I would say he was far bigger outside South Africa than he was in South Africa.” Dube began his career by singing mbaqanga (traditional Zulu) music and recorded his first album with the Super Soul band in 1982. He later moved into reggae, producing “Rastas Never Die,” which was banned by the apartheid government. In 2004 a song that Dube wrote in 1989 as an anti-apartheid hit “Together as One,” which calls for world peace and harmony, was voted one of Africa’s top ten songs by BBC readers and listeners. Goodbye, Lucky, we will all miss you. Before signing off, I must make mention of a band that started in Johannesburg in the early 80’s that is now carving a significant niche in the international musical arena. They are the band Off The Edge which was started by original guitar player Peter Hanmer in 1981 as the group Boss. Changing their name to Streetalk in 1982 and then ultimately to Off the Edge, their latest albums “On the Run” and “Just Another Band” have made inroads into the Norwegian, Swedish, German, Japanese and American markets. Their music is decidedly popular hard rock reminiscent of the era that belonged to Led Zeppelin and Foreigner. We hope to hear much more from this highly talented group in the future.


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