Archive for August, 2013

Redaksie

Hierdie tyd van die jaar begin mense weer in alle erns tuinmaak, rose word gesnoei, grasperke kry spesiale aandag en so gaan dit aan.
Vir die een of ander onverklaarbare rede het almal nuwe energie om dinge aan te pak en gereed te maak vir die laaste deel van die jaar.

Van tuinmaak weet ek nie veel, maar ek weet wat is ‘n mooi tuin en ek weet hoeveel sweet, aandag, tyd, liefde en geld in tuinmaak ingaan.

In ons omgewing is daar ‘n paar “manne/eienaars” wat met soveel liefde en toewyding vroeg oggend al in hulle tuine doenig is.

Daar is niks so mooi om te bewonder as ‘n goed versorgde en goed beplande tuin nie.
Met ‘n maat wie se stokperdjie tuinmaak is is dit absoluut ‘n voorreg om die “Master at Work” in aksie te sien. Ongelooflik hoe hy ‘n stuk droë , dorre aarde in ‘n kunswerk kan omskep.
Soveel navorsing, geduld en dan die soektog en ry na verskillende kwekerye in die omgewing…nee, selfs baie verder, opsoek na wat gaan pas, aard, kleur, hoogte en veel veel meer.
Genade, en dan het ek gedink ek weet iets van tuinmaak.
Ja, ek het dit selfs gewaag om kritiek en kommentaar te lewer…”big mistake”.

Dus, om ‘n lang storie kort te hou, ek haal my hoed af vir al ons Tuiniers se toewyding, want wat ‘n vreugde om rond te ry en ‘n ander se handewerk te bewonder.
Die Engelse gesegde lui mos: “A thing of beauty is a joy forever”.

Tot ‘n volgende keer.

 

PetroSA opens new geoscience centre


petroSAState oil company PetroSA has opened a state-of-the-art geoscience collaboration, visualisation and technology centre that will help guide its oil and gas explorations while providing a training ground for South Africa’s next generation of upstream professionals.

Built at a cost of R15-million and equipped with the latest visualisation and collaboration equipment, the Ulwazi Collaboration and Visualisation Centre takes seismic and geological data and translates them into detailed, 3D views of subsurface formations.

The facility in Cape Town, the first of its kind in the country, will be used by PetroSA’s upstream asset teams in their search for and development of oil and gas prospects, enabling them to make quicker and better informed decisions on how to develop the company’s upstream assets.

It will also be used on a daily basis to monitor and guide drilling operations for Project Ikhwezi, PetroSA’s flagship initiative to secure additional feedstock reserves from its southern offshore gas fields in order to sustain its Mossel Bay gas-to-liquids (GTL) refinery.

Energy Minister Ben Martins, speaking at a ceremony to mark the opening of the centre in Cape Town on Friday, said the centre’s findings would also assist in government policy making, while helping to promote maths and science education in the country.

“PetroSA should invite learners and students from primary schools, high schools and tertiary institutions to visit the centre,” Martins said. “In the long run, exposing young people to this innovation will contribute to skills development in the technology sector, which is the driver of a modern economy.”

PetroSA Group CEO Nosizwe Nokwe-Macamo said the facility would ensure that “collaborative, multi-disciplinary evaluations of new drilling information and drilling events are done efficiently prior to responding to the event.
“Collaboration between our multi-disciplinary sub-surface teams in Ulwazi furthers our understanding and description of geological structures and reservoirs, which lead to improved decision-making in areas such as well placement, field development planning and reserves estimates.”

The Petroleum, Oil and Gas Corporation of South Africa (PetroSA) manages the country’s commercial assets in the petroleum industry, including the world’s largest commercial gas-to-liquids plant at Mossel Bay in the Western Cape.
– See more at: http://thegremlin.co.za/mossel-bay-news/wordpress/2013/08/20/petrosa-opens-new-geoscience-centre/#sthash.puBeppxa.dpuf •

GOEIE LEIERSKAP LEI TOT SKOON OUDIT

Die verbeterde ouditresultate wat deur die Mosselbaai, Langeberg en George-munisipaliteite in die Wes-Kaap behaal is, is die gevolg van die toegewyde leierskap van ‘n munisipaliteit. Dit bewys sonder twyfel dat ‘n skoon administrasie moontlik is wanneer daar ‘n verbintenis tot skoon administrasie deur die leierskap is.

Só het die Ouditeur-Generaal, mnr Terence Nombembe, gister (Dinsdag, 13 Augustus) gesê toe hy sy bevindinge oor die oudit van plaaslike regering vir die 2011/2012 finansiële jaar bekend gemaak het.

Mosselbaai is een van net nege uit 278 munisipaliteite in Suid-Afrika wat in 2011/2012 skoon oudits behaal het.

In reaksie op die Ouditeur-Generaal se verslag, het die Uitvoerende Burgemeester, Raadsdame Marie Ferreira, gesê dit word nie altyd besef wat dit beteken om ‘n skoon oudit te kry nie.

“Dit is ‘n geweldige streng oudit wat oor veel meer as net die finansies van ‘n munisipaliteit gaan. Dit sluit ook byvoorbeeld die munisipaliteit se tenderprosedures, prestasiebestuurstelsels en voldoening aan wetlike voorskrifte in die fynste besonderhede in.

“Dit kan net deur harde werk en voortgesette toewyding vermag word, en ek wil dus my dank uitspreek teenoor ons bekwame bestuurspan onder die leiding van die munisipale bestuurder, dr Michele Gratz, asook ons Raadslede.
“Mosselbaai bewys hom keer op keer as een van die beste bestuurde munisipaliteite in die land op velerlei gebiede. Die Munisipaliteit het werklik uitstekende personeel, en ontvang ook gereeld komplimente vir die netheid van die dorp in die algemeen, en die goeie toestand van sy infrastruktuur,” het sy gesê.

Sy het gesê die skoon oudit en die talle ander prestasies wat die Munisipaliteit oor die laaste paar jaar behaal het, strook nie met die negatiewe prentjie wat ‘n klein groepie individue in die laaste tyd van die Raad en die munisipale bestuur in die media probeer skilder nie. •

Personality of the Week – Vivienne Holtzhausen

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What is your current occupation?

I don’t really know how to answer that question. Besides the Gallery I also have a business importing and distributing a medical product.”

How long have you lived in Mossel Bay?

Three years in Groot Brakrivier.

Name one thing that always peaks your interest.

Environmental issues.

What’s one movie that always makes you laugh?

Men who stare at Goats.

If you could take over one persons job for a week, who’s would it be and why?

I wouldn’t want anyone else’s job thanks. I like what I do.

What book are you reading at the moment?

Elmore Leonard’s ‘Tishomingo Blues’ is my light reading and ‘Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance’ by Robert Pirsig to make me think.

If you won a Million, how would you spend it?

Probably give some to my children and invest the rest.

I never leave home without ……….

Chewing gum.

What is your favourite restaurant and meal?

I love hot curries so my favourite restaurant has to be Mooi Uitsig on the back road between Groot Brak and George. Joan makes a great lamb curry and the atmosphere is always friendly and relaxed.

Your favourite holiday destination?

The Karoo.

Tell us some interesting facts about yourself.

Although I was born in the UK, lived in various places around the world and have travelled a fair bit I still think South Africa is one of the best places in the world to live. “

What is your message to the community of Mossel Bay?

Besigheids Fokus – Peperboom restaurant en koffiewinkel

Hierdie groot ou peperboom, wat na alle waarskynlikheid oor die 200 jaar oud is, se dik stam getuig van baie jare se ontbering hier in GrootBrak. Net so, is die Peperboom restaurant

egter ook al vir baie jare ‘n bekende oase waar vriende en familie bymekaarkom om saam te kuier en die innerlike te versterk.
Sowat 7 jaar gelede het die huidige eienares besit geneem van die Peperboom. Die entoesiasme waarmee sy haar winkel bestuur is aansteeklik. Klem word veral gele op kwaliteit, en hul sukses word bevestig deur die vakansiegangers wat jaar na jaar terugkeer om weer hier te kom kuier.

Peperboom beskik oor ‘n binnenshuise- sowel as buitenshuise eetarea. Beide areas sluit ook ‘n speelarea vir kinders in, wat dit uiters geskik maak vir gesinsfunksies en kuiers. Binne kan 55 gaste geakkomodeer word en buite 35. Daarom is dit ook uiters geskik vir en gewild vir intieme troues en funksies.

Hulle is baie bekend vir die ontbytspyskaart. Vir die kieskeurige eter wat hou van meer eksotiese disse is daar heerlike “sushi” en dan is die pasta en pizza’s op die spyskaart ook glad nie te versmaai nie. Voeg daarby hul gesonde “wraps” wat al op die KKNK gaan draai het, en ‘n instelling geword het by die Saterdagmark in George, en jy het geen rede om met ‘n leë maag weg te stap van Peperboom af nie.

Hulle is baie betrokke by fietsry-en staproete geleenthede wat in hierdie area aangebied word. Die Grab-a-doo aan die einde van Desember is vir hulle ‘n groot hoogtepunt.

Peperboom is ook baie betrokke by liefdadigheid. Die bekende “Vuurvliegies” kom een maal ‘n kwartaal hier bymekaar vir die afgelope 6 jaar reeds. Die opheffingsprojek by Friemersheim se bossies Lavender en pakkies Fudge is Woensdae hier te koop.

Die pragtige gebou van Peperboom kan nie misgekyk word as jy in Langstraat ry nie. Net soos wat die ou peperboom ‘n rotsvaste baken van Grootbrak is, is die Peperboom restaurant en koffiewinkel ook ‘n baken van samesyn en bymekaarkom vir beide inwoners en toeriste.
Loeloe •

Business Focus – The Pink Haus

Describe your business in a short paragraph:
It is a venue for promoting textile and fibre artists in South Africa. Exhibitions of work are held to expose the public to fibre art and classes teaching various techniques are held throughout the year.

When did you start your business?
Last year

What prompted you to start/buy your business?
My husband died and I was left alone in a huge house in a beautiful setting which I didn’t want to leave. I’ve been involved with textile/fibre art in South Africa for many years so decided to fill my home with works of art and invite people to come and share them with me. I call it a Living Gallery for two reasons – firstly I live and work here, secondly, on Thursdays there is a group of people who come here to work on their individual pieces. Visitors love to come and see ‘Work in Action”.

My business is aimed at?
Anyone with a creative spirit who enjoys interesting and beautiful things. ( And I believe that everyone has a creative spark somewhere inside them – sometimes they just need help in letting it out.). Anyone looking to purchase fibre art.

What products/services are you offering?
Exhibitions are held throughout the year and there is usually a visiting teacher who conducts classes three or four times a year. From September 17 till October 17 there will be the ‘Inhibitions Exhibition’, a collection of work from South African artists. During this time Melanie Brummer will be teaching textile printing and dyeing techniques. From December 1 till January 16 2014 there will be an exhibition of 90 works entitled “Movie Directors”. These are from artists in Korea, Japan, France and South Africa and are travelling around the world so I’m excited about having them here. I have exhibitions booked until March 2015 but there will also be a constantly changing display of Fibre art from artists in the Cape and Eastern Cape. I plan on starting to teach again – probably in the new year. The Gallery will also have a selection of beautiful hand made patchwork quilts for sale – all made by local quilters.

What is your competitive advantage?
The Pinkhaus is the only gallery in the Garden Route that specializes in textile art. Because of my years of involvement with textile artists around South Africa I have an incredible group of friends and artists whose work and knowledge I can draw from. South African artists in this field are some of the best in the world but they are not really recognized for their work in South Africa

Personal achievements?
Organised the Travelling Exhibition “Round the Bend” for the South African Quilters’ Guild which toured South Africa for 18 months. This particular exhibition proved to be the second most popular exhibition that the Pretoria Art Gallery had ever had and I had to fight to get them to show it originally. Being an ‘ART’ gallery, and the top one in the country to boot, they felt that textile art was ‘craft’. When I showed them photographs of the work they changed their collective minds and exhibited them. They even bought a piece by Roy Starke. That gave me a huge amount of personal satisfaction. (By the way – the MOST popular exhibition at the Pretoria Art Gallery was the Leonardo da Vinci exhibition which was travelling the world so we were in good company!)

Was commissioned to make replica quilts for the Museum of Cultural History in Pretoria and for the Pioneer Museum in Pretoria..

Have written articles for various magazines about aspects of working with textiles.

Appeared on Kyknet’s Art programme being interviewed about textile art. (Very difficult because my Afrikaans is atrocious!)

What makes your business stand out in the crowd?

It’s not an intense ‘business’. It’s different, very relaxed and people enjoy being here. They leave here feeling uplifted, it’s very gratifying.

Complete the following statements:
“Through experience, I’ve learnt that ……………”
if you do what you love and can survive that’s real success.

“In future my business will offer …………….”
more classes. In September Melanie Brummer (of ‘Show me How’ fame) is teaching for three days. In March 2014 Kathryn Harmer- Fox is teaching here and I will be looking for more teachers before year’s end. I’m excited too because the Gallery has been included in the new Art Route in Great Brak, is involved in the Muse Festival at the end of September and has also been put on the Fragrance Route which is an initiative to draw tourists inland from Great Brak towards the lovely village of Friemersheim in order to create work for the many unemployed folk in that area.

What is the most important message you wish to send to the community?

Doing something creative, even if it is planting a seed in a pot and nurturing it, helps to lift your spirits. Better than Prozac.

The Pink Haus

KONSTITUSIONELE HOF BESLIS TEEN LUTHERSE KERK

Die Konstitusionele Hof het die Evangeliese Lutherse Kerk van Afrika se aansoek om te appelleer teen die beslissing van die Appèlhof ten gunste van die Mosselbaaise Munisipaliteit in verband die eiendomme waarop die bouvalle van die voormalige Friedrich Scheffler-skool in Uitbreiding 6 geleë is, van die hand gewys.

Volgens die Konstitusionele Hof, is die aansoek verwerp omdat dit geen kans op sukses het nie.

Die Appèlhof te Bloemfontein het in Mei 2013 ten gunste van die Munisipaliteit besluit in verband met die geldigheid van ‘n terugvalklousule ten opsigte van die twee eiendomme in Roselindstraat. Die eiendomme is deur die destydse Mosselbaaise Munisipaliteit aan die kerk oorgedra op voorwaarde dat dit vir opvoedkundige of kerkdoeleindes gebruik sal word, en onderhewig daaraan dat die eiendomme na die Munisipaliteit sal terugval indien dit nie langer vir dié doeleindes gebruik word nie.

Die skoolgebou het in die laaste paar jaar in onbruik geraak, en in so ‘n mate verval dat dit nie meer bruikbaar is nie. Dit het ‘n skuilplek vir ongewensde elemente geword. Nadat geen versekering van die Lutherse Kerk verkry kon word dat die gebou herstel of gesloop sal word of vir skool- of kerkdoeleindes heraangewend sal word nie, het die Munisipaliteit hom op die terugvalklousule in die kontrak tussen die kerk en die Munisipaliteit beroep.

Die Kaapse Hoërhof het in 2010 ten gunste van die Lutherse Kerk besluit dat die eiendomme nie na die Mosselbaaise Munisipaliteit moet terugval nie. Die Munisipaliteit het besluit om appèl teen die uitspraak aan te teken omdat dit groot getalle eiendomme aan kerke vir kerkdoeleindes beskikbaar gestel het en steeds beskikbaar stel, en dit ‘n onhoudbare presedent sou skep indien kerke die eiendomme vir ander doeleindes kan gebruik as waarvoor dit aan hulle toegeken is.

Die eiendomme sal nou na die Munisipaliteit terug getransporteer word. ‘n Besluit is nog nie geneem hoe eiendomme aangewend sal word nie.

Lets get Legal – Can water rights be transferred? What do our courts say?

Water rights are an essential commodity in the agricultural sector and a commodity with limited availability. Accordingly, the transfer of existing water rights is a critical aspect for many farmers as it affects their ability to expand and further develop their farms. Many farmers also carry the perception that in practise the transfer of water rights is only possible to persons that meet the minimum requirements for black economic empowerment, particularly as regards ownership and management.

In the recent appeal court case of Makhanya v Goede Wellington Boerdery (Pty) Ltd, the court confirmed that the transfer of water rights is indeed possible, that an equal consideration of various factors must take place in the consideration of any application for the transfer of water rights, and that no single factor may be afforded preference or carry a heavier weight than any other factor in such consideration. The judgement therewith confirms that, although empowerment is an important factor in the consideration of licenses, it is not the sole factor to be considered and that a balance must be struck between all relevant factors as prescribed by the National Water Act in the consideration of any application.

In the Makhanya case the farm Goede Hoop belongs to Goede Wellington Boerdery (Pty) Ltd (“Goede Wellington”) in the Wellington area, Western Cape, and Goede Wellington has a right to use water from the Berg River on the farm Goede Hoop. A further entity, ECPA Boerdery (Pty) Ltd (“ECPA”) owns the adjacent farm Middelpos in respect of which ECPA also has water rights from the Berg River for use on the farm Middelpos. The sole shareholder of Goede Wellington (which owns the farm Goede Hoop) is also a trustee and beneficiary of the Middelpos trust, being the sole shareholder of ECPA (which owns the farm Middelpos).

A portion of the water rights of the farm Middelpos became available for transfer as a result of the installation of sophisticated water savings technology. Goede Hoop on the other hand required the use of the additional water to develop a high quality citrus orchard. As a result of the relation between the two farms they concluded a use agreement to facilitate the transfer of the surplus water rights and Goede Wellington accordingly proceeded to submit the necessary license application to the Department of Water Affairs and Forestry (“the Department”).

The Department was obliged to consider the application and consider a number of factors as set out in section 27(1) of the National Water Act for the approval of a license.

The application of Goede Wellington was however declined by the Department and the Water Tribunal on the basis that the application did not meet one of the requirements as stated in section 27(1)(b), namely “the need to redress the results of past racial and gender discrimination”.

Goede Wellington approached the courts for a review of the decisions of the Department and the Water Tribunal. The High Court, and later also the Appeal Court, found that the Department and the Water Tribunal misinterpreted the provisions of section 27(1) of the National Water Act by regarding section 27(1)(b) as a prerequisite for the approval of a license application. The court accordingly confirmed that “all relevant factors” must be taken into account for the approval of a license (and thus the transfer of water rights), and although the Department has a discretion, it is still required to maintain a balance in its decision-making and should not award undue preference to any single factor (such as section 27(1)(b)) in the making of its decision.

This judgement shall undoubtedly serve as the reference point for applications for the transfer of water rights in the future and provides welcome clarity regarding the relevance of empowerment as one of a number of factors to be considered in license applications. It also opens the door for the review of decisions which are not taken on this basis.
Mosdel Parma & Cox
ppam@mpc.law.za
033 533 1101 •

Proe | Cannelloni

60 ml olie
1 blik gekapte tamaties (400g)
250 g maalvleis
1 ui (gekap)
1-2 knoffelhuisies, (gekneus)
150 g gekapte spinasie, of 1 pak bevrore
spinasie, goed gedreineer
30 ml varsgekapte basiliekruid
sout en peper na smaak
150 g gekopte cannelloni-buisies

Kaassous:
60 g margarien
60 ml meel
625 ml melk
125 ml gerasperde parmesaan- of cheddarkaas
sout en peper na smaak

Metode:
1. Stel die oond op 180°C.
2. Verhit helfte van die olie. Voeg die tamaties by en laat prut vir 5 minute.
3. Verhit die res van die olie in ‘n ander kastrol en braai die vleis tot bruin.
4. Voeg die ui en knoffel by en braai liggies saam.
5. Voeg die spinasie, kruie en geurmiddels by en laat prut vir ‘n paar minute.

Kaassous:
1. Smelt die margrien in ‘n kastrol.
2.Voeg die meel by en roer saam.
3. Voeg die melk by en roer aanhoudend tot verdik.
4. Verwyder van die hitte en voeg kaas by. Geur.
5. Skep die tamatiemengsel op die basis van ‘n middelslag- oondvaste bak.
6. Skep omtrent 30 ml van die vleismengsel in elke cannelloni buisie.
7. Plaas die cannelloni op die tamatiemengsel en giet die kaassous oor.
8. Strooi ekstra grasperde kaas oor.
9. Bak vir omtrent 35 minute in ‘n voorverhitte oond.

 

Kos vir die siel | Hande vat

Die afgelope week was ek bevoorreg om ‘n baie besondere vrou te ontmoet… Op die oog af is sy so klein en fyn dat ‘n sterk wind haar maklik kan omwaai, maar innerlik is sy absoluut onbeweeglik sterk. Groot was my verbasing om te hoor dat hierdie fyn vroutjie ‘n plaasboer is ………..ja, sy boer alleen, sonder ‘n man aan haar sy. Toe ek bietjie dieper begin delf, ontvou hierdie ongelooflike verhaal.

Sy en haar oorlede man is die vyfde geslag boere op die familieplaas. Op die jong ouderdom van 54 jaar, is hy skielik en baie onverwags tydens ‘n vakansie oorlede. Sy se sy het nooit vir een oomblik getwyfel dat sy sou aanhou boer nie. Haar seun studeer tans, en sy het geweet sy sal alleen aanhou totdat hy, as die 6de geslag by haar kan oorneem.

Elkeen van ons weet dat boerdery vandag geen grap meer is nie, en vir menige man is dit al ‘n baie groot uitdaging, hoeveel te meer vir ‘n vrou. Op my vraag of sy nie bang was en onbevoeg gevoel het nie, is haar antwoord:” DIE WERKERS OP ONS PLAAS IS BAIE BETROUBAAR, SOMMIGE OOK AL BAIE JARE DAAR, EN HULLE HET MY HANDE GEVAT, EN VANDAG DRA ONS MEKAAR! Ongelooflik! In ‘n tyd van stakings, onrus en ontevredenheid, klink dit amper te goed om waar te wees.

Dit het my laat dink oor ons optrede in ons elkedagse bestaan. Help ons nog mekaar? Is ons nog bereid om iets vir iemand anders te doen sonder vergoeding? Vat ons nog mekaar se hande sonder aarseling wanneer ons van nood bewus word?

Ons leef in ‘n tyd waarin ons geld al hoe minder werd word, waarin tyd kosbaar is, waar kennis geld is….. wat is ons gesindheid teenoor ons naaste? “Elke ding het sy prys” hoor ek my vriendin se. Baie waar, maar hoe ver strek hierdie reel. Sal ons gevoude arms toekyk hoe iemand ten gronde gaan net omdat ons nie finansieel gaan baat daarby as ons sou hulp verleen nie? Is ons bereid om betrokke te raak by ‘n saak waar ons enigste vergoeding sal wees dat ons kan weet ons het maar net ons beskeie deel bygedra?
Die talente wat ons het is uit Genade aan ons geskenk. Die kundigheid waaroor ons beskik, het ons met Genade uit die Vaderhand bekom. Die kennis waaroor ons beskik, is uit Genade aan ons toevertrou. Toegegee, ons het ook ons deel bygedra en hard gewerk om te kom, waar ons vandag is, maar dit was nog steeds Genade. Is dit dan reg om te alle tye geld te verwag wanneer ons ons kennis of vaardigheid met ander moet deel? Ek praat nie van jou brood en botter verdien nie, ek praat van wanneer jy dit terloops kan gebruik om ‘n naaste in nood te help.

Miskien moet ons ‘n oomblik stilstaan en besin oor waar ons ons gawes, kundigheid, kennis en talente vandaan gekry het, voordat ons weer ‘n blinde oog draai op die nood van ‘n ander, wanneer ons nie finansieel kan baat deur hulp te verleen nie. Miskien moet ons die blinde oog draai na die verkeerde dinge in ons samelewing en begin fokus op die regte dinge… Terwyl ‘n massa staak en onrus stook op plase, draai ‘n handvol ‘n blinde oog daarop en fokus op die onmiddellike nood rondom hulle, reik ‘n helpende hand uit en staan saam met hul werkgewer se vrou, ongeag wat dit van hulle vra.

En haar getuienis:”Ek ploeg nou terug deur vir hulle te betaal vir eksterne opleiding om hulle beter toe te rus vir die lewe, want ek vat nou weer hulle hande!

Loeloe

 

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