||Issue No. 385 -- 25 September 2006
Letters to the Editor
Quote/s of the Week
Ad Hoc Article/s of the Week
Bits and Bobs
The Legal Beagle
Where are they now?
Club and Other News
Advertising on South Africans Worldwide
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At least the events of this week allowed me to collate & edit this newsletter without undue hassles as before.
Not surprisingly, some readers did complain that they missed receiving their regular newsletters; which is a good sign & makes one feel wanted.
Nothing has been received for the various columns, which is a pity.
Hopefully some readers will again start contributing !
|Letters to the Editor
Nothing received this week.
It ain't what people call you that matters. It's what you answer to.
Submitted by Daniel Jan le Roux
The time to stop talking is when the other person nods his head affirmatively but says nothing.
-- Henry S. Haskins
Don't let us make imaginary evils, when you know we have so many real ones to encounter.
-- Oliver Goldsmith
It is often merely for an excuse that we say things are impossible.
-- Francois de La Rochefoucauld
Don't discuss yourself, for you are bound to lose; if you belittle yourself, you are believed; if you praise yourself, you are disbelieved.
-- Michel de Montaigne
The first day of school our professor introduced himself and challenged us to get to know someone we didn't already know. I
stood up to look around when a gentle hand touched my shoulder.
I turned a round to find a wrinkled,
little old lady beaming up at me with a smile
that lit up her entire being.
She said, "Hi handsome. My name is Rose.
I'm 87 years old. Can I give you a hug?"
I laughed and enthusiastically responded,
"Of course you may!" and she gave me a giant
"Why are you in college at such a young,innocent age?" I asked.
She jokingly replied, "I'm here to meet a rich husband, get married, and have a couple of kids..."
"No seriously," I asked. I was curious what may have motivated her to be taking on this challenge at her age.
"I always dreamed of having a college education and now I'm getting one!" she told me.
After class we walked to the student union building and shared a chocolate milkshake. We became instant friends. Every day for
the next 3 months we would leave class together and talk nonstop. I was always mesmerized listening to this "time machine"
as she shared her wisdom and experience with me.
Over the course of the year, Rose became a
campus icon and she easily made friends wherever she went.
She loved to dress up and she revealed in the attention bestowed upon her from the other students. She was living it up.
At the end of the semester we invited Rose to speak at our football banquet.
I'll never forget what she taught us. She was introduced and stepped up to the podium. As she began to deliver her prepared speech,
she dropped her three by 5 cards on the floor.
Frustrated and a little embarrassed she leaned into the microphone and simply said,
"I'm sorry I'm so jittery. I gave up beer for Lent and this whiskey is killing me! I'll never get my speech back in order so let me just tell you what I know."
As we laughed she cleared her throat and began, "We do not stop playing because we are old; we grow old because we stop playing.
There are only 4 secrets to staying
young, being happy, and achieving success.
You have to laugh and find humor every day.
You've got to have a dream.
When you lose your dreams, you die.
We have so many people walking around who
are dead and don't even know it!
There is a huge difference between growing
older and growing up.
If you are 19 years old and lie in bed for one full year and don't do one productive thing, you will turn 20 years old. If I am 87 years old and stay in bed for a year and never do anything I
will turn 88.
Anybody can grow older. That doesn't take any talent or ability. The idea is to grow up by always finding opportunity in change. Have
The elderly usually don't have regrets for what we did, but rather for things we did not do. The only people who fear death are those
She concluded her speech by courageously
singing "The Rose."
She challenged each of us to study the lyrics and live them out in our daily lives.
At the year's end Rose finished the college degree she had begun all those years ago.
One week after graduation Rose died peacefully in her sleep.
Over 2.000 college students attended her funeral in tribute to the
wonderful woman who taught by example thatit's never too late to be all you can possibly be.
When you finish reading this, please sendthis peaceful word of advice to your friends and family, they'll really enjoy it!
These words have been passed along inloving memory of ROSE.
REMEMBER, GROWING OLDER IS MANDATORY.
GROWING UP IS OPTIONAL.
We make a Living by what we get, We make a Life by what we give.
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|Ad Hoc Article/s of the Week
Journalists say it's not all bad news in Africa
Isaac Mangena | Johannesburg, South Africa
The Western media is portraying Africa in a negative light and fails to cover positive economic and democratic developments, according to some of the continent's top journalists.
Africa has traditionally made the news for all the wrong reasons with reports on famine, civil war or the blight of HIV/Aids dominating international news coverage from the world's poorest continent.
But at a conference of about 200 leading journalists in Johannesburg this week there were widespread calls for a more rounded picture to emerge.
Tim Modise, a presenter at Johannesburg-based 702 Talk Radio, said the Western media was guilty of regurgitating stereotypes about Africa and overlooked the "harsh realities" of life in countries like China and India.
Expats want part in SA growth
Cape Town - There were clear indications that many expatriates who left South Africa during the past decade want to return home.
One of the reasons that made it difficult for them to do so were the soaring prices of homes in South Africa relative to that in Australia.
Louis Fourie, chairperson of the Peregrine subsidiary, Citadel, said on Monday many more expats would have returned because of the great opportunities offered by South Africa but were unable to do so simply because they could not afford it.
Most expats to return to SA
Johannesburg - More than 80% (81%) of South Africans living abroad intend to return home eventually, a survey commissioned by Homecoming Revolution has found.
Sponsored by First National Bank (FNB), Homecoming Revolution is a non- profit organisation encouraging and facilitating South Africans to return home.
The survey, conducted by Research International, found that 46% of South Africans living abroad source local news on a daily basis. In addition, 77% have some form of investment in this country.
"We find these results very encouraging," says Martine Schaffer, Managing Director of the Homecoming Revolution.
"This mirrors the trends that we have seen from our database."
Million whites leave SA - study
One million white South Africans - almost a fifth - have left the country in the past ten years, a study has shown. Johannesburg - One million white South Africans - almost a fifth - have left the country in the past ten years.
This figure was released this week in a report from the South African Institute of Race Relations (SAIRR).
Frans Cronjé, who compiled the report, said it were especially crime and affirmative action which had driven a fifth of South Africa's white population out of the country.
He did an analysis of Statistics South Africa's Household Surveys between 1995 and 2005, emigration figures and other reliable estimates on population numbers.
Cronjé said the results left himself and his colleagues dumbfounded.
"When we drew the graphs we saw that almost a whole generation of white South Africans are not here anymore."
Londoners snap up SA properties
Johannesburg - More than R10m worth of SA residential properties have been sold at the Homes Overseas exhibition at Earls Court in London.
South African real estate group Chas Everitt International, which participated in the expo in London earlier this month said expo-goers showed a particular interest in SA properties.
There "was a constant stream of visitors at our stand from 10:00 to 17:00 on all three days", said Chas Everitt International group MD Berry Everitt.
"In contrast to previous years, we found that most visitors this year were not people really just looking for tourism or lifestyle information about SA, but serious buyers who had already visited and experienced SA at least once, and made definite plans to acquire local property."
New lane to be added to N1 freeway
Johannesburg, South Africa
A new lane will be added to the N1 freeway between the Allendale and Buccleuch interchanges to alleviate congestion, the South African National Roads Agency (Sanral) said on Thursday.
"As of October 2 there will be a full additional lane between the two interchanges open to all road users in congested periods," said Sanral project manager Alex van Niekerk.
This project would also include a high-tech vehicle monitoring system to improve the flow of congested traffic on that stretch of road.
The Ben Schoeman freeway (N1) is the busiest highway in South Africa, sustaining between 160 000 and 180 000 vehicle trips per day.
In conjunction with this, a three-day Department of Transport pilot project will attempt to determine the feasibility of a high-occupancy lane on the N1.
Goodbye to Rosebank trees as Gautrain gathers steam
Johannesburg, South Africa
Tree felling in Rosebank and Sandton will begin this week to make way for the Gautrain, the company said on Monday.
Golden trumpet trees will be removed along Sturdee Avenue in Rosebank and one lane of the road will be closed to traffic during off-peak times, said Barbara Jensen, spokesperson for Gautrain Rapid Rail Link.
She said the trees will make way for traffic diversions. The removal is guided by an environmental management plan approved by the City of Johannesburg.
The diversions will allow traffic to flow during construction, Jensen said.
In Sandton, trees on the concrete island in the middle of Katherine Street will be felled and the lanes widened to accommodate traffic during construction.
Snow claims three lives in Eastern Cape
Johannesburg, South Africa
Three people were found dead after they were trapped in snow in Mount Fletcher in the Eastern Cape, South African Broadcasting Corporation news reported on Wednesday.
"Today's [Wednesday] freezing weather in the area is probably the cause of their death."
Roads in parts of Mount Fletcher and between Matatiele and Quaggasnek -- the road connecting the Eastern Cape and Lesotho -- were also closed to traffic, Arrive Alive said.
Snow, floods and a tornado -- all in one week
Johannesburg, South Africa
This week South Africa experienced weather extremes starting with a berg wind and a tornado, and ending with snow and floods.
A report by South African Weather Service meteorologists Luis Fernandes and Lee-Ann Clark -- from the National Forecast Centre in Pretoria -- detailed the week's strange weather.
SA must speak up on 2010
22/09/2006 11:25 - (SA)
President Thabo Mbeki, once illustrated America's ignorance about African affairs by saying: When something goes wrong in Somalia, in the US they would say did you hear something has gone wrong in Africa.
This observation came to mind this week as Franz Beckenbauer, president of the 2006 World Cup organising committee in Germany, said the organisation for the 2010 World Cup in South Africa "is beset by big problems".
Beckenbauer added: "But these are not South African problems - these are African problems. People are working against rather than with each other."
Mbeki: New transfrontier park key for regional eco-tourism
Johannesburg, South Africa
The Great Limpopo Transfrontier National Park, which links three countries, is a unique opportunity for Southern African eco-tourism and cooperation, said President Thabo Mbeki on Wednesday at the opening of the park's border post.
"Today, our wild animals -- the elephants, rhino, antelope and many others -- are once again beginning to roam freely within the Great Limpopo Transfrontier National Park," said Mbeki in a speech released by his office.
"They teach us valuable lessons. And we, the people, now have another possibility to reach out and join hands in partnership, co-operation and interdependence.
Mbeki was speaking at the opening of the Giriyondo border post at the Great Limpopo Transfrontier Park.
Addo elephant park set for expansion
Cape Town, South Africa
The Addo Elephant National Park (AENP) is set to become the third-largest national park in the country, according to South African National Parks (SANParks).
The AENP's new southern access road was officially opened by Minister of Environmental Affairs and Tourism Marthinus van Schalkwyk on Tuesday, coinciding with the park's 75th-anniversary celebrations.
The southern access road links the new gate at the AENP's Camp Matyholweni, near the town of Colchester on the N2, to the existing tourist roads in the park.
SANParks chief executive David Mabunda said the new road is yet another achievement in the expansion and development of the AENP.
Bovine TB spreads to Kruger buffalo
Johannesburg, South Africa
Bovine tuberculosis, an infectious disease mostly confined to cattle but now threatening wildlife around the world, is spreading among buffalo in South Africa's Kruger National Park, an official said on Wednesday.
Tests confirm more of the famed park's estimated 32 000 buffalo have contracted the chronic wasting disease. Other animals, including lions, leopards and hyenas, may also be infected through consumption of infected prey.
"It has increased and we have picked up signs of the disease in the north [part of the park]," said Raymond Travers, spokesperson for Kruger, one of the continent's premier wildlife reserves.
Pretoria zoo welcomes first koala born in Africa
Louis Oelofse | Pretoria, South Africa
The first koala to be born in Africa has finally emerged from his mother's pouch, the National Zoological Gardens in Pretoria said on Monday.
"The National Zoological Gardens of South Africa implemented its selective breeding programme of its koala population in November last year and are overjoyed by the fact that we now have a youngster to add to the collection," said the zoo's executive director, Willie Labuschagne.
Plan to help seabirds 'fallen by the wayside'
Wendell Roelf | Cape Town, South Africa
South Africa, signatory to a treaty to protect the imperilled albatross, has ironically not yet adopted a plan of action to stop endangered seabirds being killed by fishing vessels.
"The national plan of action seems to have fallen by the wayside ... " said Samantha Petersen, manager of the Birdlife and World Wildlife Fund Responsible Fisheries Programm.
Cape Town goes green and commits to wind energy
Ben Maclennan | Cape Town, South Africa
The City of Cape Town on Thursday signed a 20-year contract to buy wind energy from a yet-to-be-built generating farm at Darling on the West Coast.
"Ultimately we would like to see Cape Town become one of the world's leaders in sustainable energy," said city mayor Helen Zille in a statement issued at the signing ceremony.
The "green" electricity is to be sold at a premium to consumers willing to pay extra to play their part in combating global warming.
Nobody requested any help this week.
Nobody is looking for anyone.
No news received.
The Malaysian Way
Three contractors . . . one from Malaysia, another from Kentucky
and the third from Florida are bidding to repair the White House
fence. They go with a White House official to examine the fence.
The Florida contractor takes out a tape measure and does some
measuring, then works some figures with a pencil. "Well," he says. "I
figure the job will run $900 . . . $400 for materials, $400 for labour and $100 profit for me."
The Kentucky contractor also does some measuring and figuring, then
says, "I can do this job for $700 . . . $300 for materials, $300 for
my crew and $100 profit for me."
The Malaysian contractor doesn't measure or figure, but leans over
to the White House official and whispers: "$2,700." The official,
incredulous, says, "You didn't even measure like the other guys! How
did you come up with such a high figure? "
"Easy," the Malaysian explains, "$1,000 for you, $1,000 for me and we hire the guy from Kentucky to do the work."
A little boy just couldn't learn. One day his teacher asked
him who signed the Declaration of Independence. He didn't
know. For almost a week she asked him the same question
every day, but still he couldn't come up with the right
Finally, in desperation, she called the boy's father into
her office. "Your boy won't tell me who signed the
Declaration of Independence," she complained.
"Come here, son, and sit down," the dad said to the boy.
"Now if you signed that crazy thing, just admit it so we can
get out of here!"
Leg of lamb with sherry onions
2 kg leg of lamb
salt and freshly ground black pepper
fresh rosemary sprigs
Preheat oven to 160 °C.
Season the meat with coriander, nutmeg, salt and pepper.
Arrange a few fresh rosemary sprigs on top and add a little boiling water.
Roast uncovered for 20 to 25 minutes per 500 g meat plus 20 minutes extra, about 1 hour 40 minutes.
Serve with sherry onions , vegetables and roast potato wedges.
Recipe From : YOU May 08, 2003
Cook's Notes -all about sugar
Does sugar make me fat? | I'm a sugar addict | Too much sugar lead to diabetes? | Are honey and brown sugar healthier than white sugar? | Can one avoid sugar? | Is sugar used only in food?
Does sugar make me fat?
Because sugar is high in energy (it is a carbohydrate) it is important we use up the energy in the form of activity. Sugar taken in moderation cannot lead to weight gain. But if you eat sugar or foods that contain lots of sugar and you don't exercise or do any other activities, you are likely to gain weight.
Activity includes the body's natural processes, and everyday actions such as bathing, walking and cleaning, as well as exercise. If we do not use up this energy it can result in weight gain. Too much sugar can also cause problems with the teeth, especially in children.
I'm a sugar addict
Although some people can have a sweet tooth, which means they enjoy eating sugary substances, they cannot be addicted to sugar. Addiction is a physical dependence on a substance like alcohol and drugs. Most of us prefer to eat sweet things from birth.
Too much sugar lead to diabetes?
Diabetes is a complex disease caused by genetics and lifestyle factors. Eating too much sugar is not the cause of diabetes. Many people believe that eating sugary substances leads to this disease because it is characterised by high levels of blood sugar (glucose).
Consuming lots of sugar is certainly dangerous for diabetics, who must limit their sugar intake. But sugar alone doesn't cause this disorder.
Are honey and brown sugar healthier than white sugar?
Honey has no special health benefits. In fact, honey is a sweeter (it has a higher concentration of sucrose than sugar) and it is more expensive! Honey raises blood sugar more than regular sugar, according to the website www.healthy-answers.com.
Most people believe that brown sugar is a healthier option than white sugar. You might believe it is healthier because of its colour. In reality, it is not healthier. The majority of brown sugar available in this country is simply refined white sugar to which molasses has been added to change its colour.
Can one avoid sugar?
Stop adding sugar to tea and coffee, stop drinking soft drinks, milkshake powders, and don?t eat food with a high sugar content such as cakes, biscuits, jellies, canned fruit and ice cream. Read the food labels and look for the terms sucrose, fructose and glucose, which are all types of sugar.
Is sugar used only in food?
Sugar is used in interesting ways:
It slows the setting of cement and glues
It is used in leather tanning
It is an ingredient in printers' inks
It is used in the textile industry for sizing and finishing fabrics
10 things to do with sugar
- Dreamy caramels
- Chocolate pavlova with berry coulis
- Chocolate and coffee slices
- Marbled marshmallows
- Microwaved fudge
- Toffee apples
- Mocca parfait
- Turkish delight
- Chocmint brownies
Homeless WC: SA beat Chile
The Fourth Homeless World Cup has officially kicked off in Cape Town with South Africa beating Chile in the opening game. Cape Town - The Fourth Homeless World Cup officially kicked off on Sunday in Cape Town with South Africa beating Chile in the opening game held at the Grand Parade. Bafowethu (Our Brothers) scored their first goal in the first half through Arthur Adams, the captain of the team.
Chile equalised two minutes before the end of the first half, but they could not keep their dream of beating the South Africans on their home ground after a second score in the second half.
Rough tackling earned South Africa's Daniel Willeman a blue card which meant a send off from the pitch for two minutes.
Fortunately, Daniel was sent off just two minutes before the end of the second half.
Bafowethu's initial victory was greeted by a blowing of vuvuzelas from the terraces by supporters who filled the stands.
The games were officially opened by soccer legend Eusebio, who excelled at the 1966 World Cup.
The Cape Town 2006 Homeless World Cup kicked off as part of the official Presidential celebrations for Heritage Day.
Captains of the 500 players from 48 nations marched from Cape Town's District Six Trafalgar school to the Grand Parade with President Thabo Mbeki in attendance.
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