Month: August 2014

Surfer Kids – Non Profit

The Surfer Kids NON-Profit
“Empowering youths in marginalized communities through surfing”

Share the The Stroke Foundation SA is to share that incredible feeling of riding a great wave.
They do this by donating surfboards to projects such as ours, The Surfer Kids NON-Profit, and similar organizations that spread the love of surfing amongst people who wouldn’t normally have access to it.
The Surfer Kids NON-Profit received three brand new Firewire Surfboards from Share The Stroke Foundation SA, and it’s already made an impact on the development of our kid’s surfing skills !

Ross Taylor Surf Contest:
The 6th annual Ross Taylor Surf Contest was held in Buffels Bay, Knysna SA, from the 8th to the 10th of August 2014 and over the last 4 years The Surfer Kids NON- Profit have become an integral part of this event.
The Surfer Kids NON- Profit brought 15 children to partake in the Development and Teenage divisions, while our Programme Coordinaters were responsible for running the Development Divisions.

Construction of Storeroom & Workshop:
It’s been a relatively slow process but, considering it’s a volunteer project, we’re making good progress with
The Surfer Kids NON- Profit storeroom & workshop in Friemersheim !
We’re now almost up to roof level with our walls ! But we’re far from finished .. To start with, we still need roof sheets and lots of cement for the concrete floor !
When finished, this facility will be much more than just a storage space for The Surfer Kids’ equipment ! It’ll also be a workshop to empower the children in our programme, giving them a creative space to work in, doing their own board repairs and helping to further develop the programme !
For more information on the NON-Profit programme visit them at: or
for a much needed contribution please contact:

LOCAL STARS – Talent Kompetisie

The Locals Pub & Grill in Groot Brak (Langstraat Mall) beplan om in samewerking met plaaslike media / radiostasies, ‘n sang kompetisie aan te bied en die plaaslike talent te help om meer optree kanse te kry. Aangesien hierdie nog net ‘n konsep fase is, word alle insette en voorstelle oorweeg van belangstellendes.
Ons wil uit die aard van ons besighied ‘n winsgewende projek doen maar dit is ook belangrik dat dit vir die deelnemers ‘n geleentheid bied om optree kans te kry, om die rede word dit oor ‘n lang termyn beplan wat sal begin in Junie en eindig in November met ‘n gala finale konsert .
Die Locals is baie opgewonde oor die kompetisie en daar behoort baie inskrywings te wees. Een van die besigheids manne het vir ons ‘n borg van R 6 000 aangebied vir die wenners. Hieronder is die konsep beplanning vir die kompetisie:
Fase 1 : Eerste rondte
Julie – Augustus
· Inskrywings
· Eerste uitdun rondtes
· Saterdag aande – 10 sangers per Saterdag tot alle inskrywings gedoen is , dus tot helfte Agustus.
· Elkeen sing 2-3 songs en kry punte wat dan opgetel word om top 20 te bepaal. Elke sanger kry drie keer kans om te sing en punte op te bou in die eerste rondte
· In fase een tel die beoordelaars se stem 30% en toeskouers 70%
· Einde Augustus word die top 20 aangewys wat voorgaan na die volgende rondte.
Fase 2:
Aug – September
· Uitdun rondte na top 10 op dieselfde beginsel as rondte een
· Elkeen sing elke aand 2-3 songs en kry punte wat dan opgetel word om top 10 te bepaal
· Kies die top 10 einde September.
Fase 3:
· Finale rondte na top 3
· Gala konsert met top 10 om die wenners te bepaal.
Vir meer inligting: Kontak Anton: 082 559 6186 na 17:00 •


Marijuana is the word used to describe the dried flowers, seeds and leaves of the Indian hemp plant. On the street, it is called by many other names, such as: astro turf, bhang, dagga, dope, ganja, grass, hemp, home grown, J, Mary Jane, pot, reefer, roach, Texas tea and weed.

Hashish is a related form of the drug, made from the resins of the Indian hemp plant. Also called chocolate, hash or shit, it is on average six times stronger than marijuana. “Cannabis” describes any of the different drugs that come from Indian hemp, including marijuana and hashish.

Regardless of the name, this drug is a hallucinogen – a substance which distorts how the mind perceives the world you live in.

The chemical in cannabis that creates this distortion is known as “THC”. The amount of THC found in any given batch of marijuana may vary substantially, but overall, the percentage of THC has increased in recent years.

How is it used?
Marijuana is the most commonly used illegal drug in the world. A survey conducted in 2007 found that 14.4 million individuals in the US alone had smoked marijuana at least once during the previous month.

Marijuana is usually smoked as a cigarette (joint), but may also be smoked in a pipe. Less often, it is mixed with food and eaten or brewed as tea. Sometimes users open up cigars and remove the tobacco, replacing it with pot-called a “blunt”. Joints and blunts are sometimes laced with other, more powerful drugs, such as crack cocaine or PCP (phencyclidine, a powerful hallucinogen).

When a person smokes a joint, he usually feels its effect within minutes. The immediate sensations – increased heart rate, lessened co-ordination and balance, and a “dreamy”, unreal state of mind – peak within the first 30 minutes. These short-term effects usually wear off in two to three hours, but they could last longer, depending on how much the user takes, the potency of THC and the presence of other drugs added into the mix.

As the typical user inhales more smoke and holds it longer than he would with a cigarette, a joint creates a severe impact on one’s lungs. Aside from the discomfort that goes with sore throats and chest colds, it has been found that consuming one joint gives as much exposure to cancer-producing chemicals as smoking five cigarettes.

The mental consequences of marijuana use are equally severe. Marijuana smokers have poorer memories and mental aptitude than do non-users.

Animals given marijuana by researchers have even suffered structural damage to the brain.•


Always apply suncream
It is important to use a suncream lotion of at least SPF 30 in order to protect your skin from harmful UV rays. For sensitive skin, a mineral-based sunscreen is best. Don’t sit in the sun in peak hours between 10am and 4pm in order to minimize UV radiation. If you are planning to be out in the sun for a long period of time, reapply suncream every two to three hours.

Drink plenty of water
During the hot summer months, heat and sweat can leave your body dehydrated. A lack of water is harmful to your body and can also make you crave food when you’re not actually hungry. It is incredibly important to keep yourself hydrated by drinking at least eight to nine glasses of water a day. Bored of water? Add some low calorific flavoring to water such as a piece of fruit, or opt for healthy alternatives like green tea or coconut water.

Beware of ‘healthy’ smoothies
Fruit smoothies are a great way to get your five-a-day and keep refreshed throughout the summer, but watch out for smoothies made with frozen yoghurts or ice cream as they can be extremely calorific.

A healthy smoothie should be made with fruit, juice, low fat-yoghurt and ice. Use any fruit you might have or have kept in the freezer, and throw it all in a blender to make a perfect summer drink.

Summer means an increase of dead skin cells so it is important to exfoliate your skin to keep it smooth and silky. You don’t need to buy any expensive products to achieve that summer glow; simply use a loafer for a light scrub or make your own exfoliation lotion using a handful of oatmeal, milk and yoghurt.

Keep up the exercise regime
Before you hide those running shoes in the wardrobe, remember summer exercise doesn’t have to stop because of the rising temperatures. Instead of working out outside, change your exercise plan and take it indoors. Join a gym, take up a step class, or get a group of friends around for an afternoon of exercise DVDs.

Get wet
Summer is the perfect time of year to get wet! Boring runs in the cold wintery weather can be swapped for a summer swim at your local pool or gym. Start by swimming for 10 minutes and increase the time over the following weeks by doing front crawl, breaststroke or backstroke to mix up your cardio workout. A 30 minute session of this full body workout will burn almost 400 calories! If swimming laps isn’t your thing, join a water aerobics class or create your own aerobic workout with jumping jacks, marching and jogging in water. •

van die Redaksie

Augustus is Vrouemaand !!

In die woorde van Angus Buchan, bekende prediker –
‘‘n Eggenote en ma is die krag in die lewe van elke groot man.”

Die vrou is die hart van die huis en die huis so gesond soos die vrou wat dit bestuur.

Mans moet hulle kinders dissiplineer en hul vroue bystaan. Maak haar jou beste vriendin, bederf haar, en moet haar nie onderdruk nie. Wees lief vir haar en koester haar.

Daar kan nie twee kapteins op een skip wees nie, want dan gaan die skip op die rotse loop, so maak haar jou raadgewer.
As jy groot besluite moet neem, ag haar mening en praat soos gelykes”.

But , where did Women’s Day originate ?
9 August 1956, 20 000 women of all races marched to the Union Buildings in Pretoria in opposition of the pass laws.

In 1994 it was declared a national holiday in celebration of the struggle of the women over the decades and rejuvenation of our commitment to strive for a society free of all kinds of discrimination, more especially discrimination against women.

We thank you for honouring/recognizing us women, in such a special way .

Violent Protests in Mosselbay

The riots started unexpectedly in the morning on Sunday, 10 August 2014, when a group of people marched to the Louis Fourie Road/Mayixhale Street junction where they vandalised and damaged a set of traffic lights and also burnt objects in the road. They then moved to a municipal building in Mayixhale Street, which houses the housing offices, and set the building alight, causing hundreds of thousands of rands. The damage to the traffic lights amount to R300 000 and as the lights are uninsurable, the bill has to be footed by the ratepayers.
At no stage was an application made for permission to stage a protest march, nor was this granted.
They subsequently set the Garden Route Primary School, the Thusong Centre, the KwaNonqaba Community hall and the KwaNonqaba satellite police station in Asla Park alight. These fires could, however, be put out and the damage was minimal. They continued to vandalise other stuctures such as the Thusong Centre fence and traffic signs and also looted spaza shops. They continued to burn tyres on roads and threw stones at passing traffic on internal roads as well as on the N2. It is clear that criminal elements became involved.
Attempts were made to talk to the leaders but the they wanted the Mayor to address a mass meeting which she refused to do for personal safety reasons. The leaders were invited to meet with the Mayor on Friday, 15 August 2014 and their response is awaited.
The hot spot appears to be illegal dwellings in Thembelihle, Umfuleni and Sijaji Streets where problems continue to be experienced with illegal electricity connections. Although a notice was issued to these people to refrain from this practice or face prosecution, no illegal connections were removed in the past month.
The Municipality has in close proximity to this area:
– Completed 440 new houses in the 2013/2014 financial year, while another 220 are due for completion in March 2015
– Serviced another 400 sites, with another 250 due to be completed in March 2015.
– Built 441 Access to Basic Services units with flush toilets and basins (one unit for every five households) for people who do not have a house or serviced site. Most of these structures have been vandalised in the meantime. Vandalism and theft continue to be a major problem.
The residents have over a period of time demanded electricity, although this cannot be given to them due to the Department of Energy’s policy that houses cannot be electrified if people have located themselves on a flood plain or a school site, as in this case, or if they are going to relocate within three years or if there is not housing plans in the long term for the particular site.
The influx of informal settlers is very high and the Municipality is unable to keep pace with demands with limited resources. The Municipality is furthermore dependent on the National Government for housing grants and at present has a housing waiting list of 14 000 families. It would be grossly unfair to provide housing to new arrivals at the expense of people whose names have been on the waiting list for years in some cases.
It is believed that the riots are politically motivated as political flags have featured during the riots and as there is a by-election in a nearby ward.
The SA Police is in control of the situation. It is generally calm at present although sporadic incidents are apparently occurring in the KwaNonqaba area. •



Die Uitvoerende Bestuur van Mosselbaai se Jeugraad vir 2014/2015. Van links na regs verskyn Darcia Bencsh (Curro); Chané Terblanche (Hoërskool Punt); Carmia James (Hillcrest);  Jade James (Sao Bras); Ashley Moos (Sao Bras); Cuan Terblanche (Sao Bras) en Danica Barnard (Curro).

Mosselbaai het nog ‘n vroulike Burgemeester gekry toe Carmia James van Hillcrest Sekondêre Skool verlede week tot die Junior Burgemeester van Mosselbaai verkies is. Saam met haar is nog vier jong dames tot die Uitvoerende Bestuur van die Mosselbaaise Jeugraad verkies.

Die verkiesing van die Junior Jeugraad vir 2014/2015 het op Vrydag, 8 Augustus 2104, onder die wakende oog van mnr Chris Balie, uitreikingskoördineerder van die Onafhanklike Verkiesingskommissie in Kaapstad, plaasgevind.

Die Junior Jeugraad is verkies uit die verteenwoordigers van die vier hoërskole in die Mosselbaaise munisipale gebied. Elke skool kon vier verteenwoordigers, wat almal stemgeregtig was, na die verkiesing stuur. Die onderwysers van die Hoërskool Punt, Curro en Groot Brakrivier, wat teenwoordig was, het as waarnemers van die verkiesingsproses opgetree.

Benewens Carmia, is die ander lede van die Uitvoerende Bestuur Chané Terblanche (Junior Onderburgemeester, Hoërskool Punt), Jade James (Junior Speaker, Sao Bras Sekondêre Skool), Ashley Moos (Junior Munisipale Bestuurder, Sao Bras Sekondêre Skool), Cuan Terblanche (Junior Uitvoerende Lid vir Sport), Sao Bras Sekondêre Skool), Darcia Bensch
(Junior Uitvoerende lid vir Jeugsake, Curro Mosselbaai) en Danica Barnard (Junior Uitvoerende Lid vir Gemeenskapsdienste, Curro Mosselbaai).

Hierdie jong mense sal saam met die amptenary aandag gee aan die prioritisering van jeugontwikkeling gedurig deur geprioritiseer word. •

The power of a womans voice

The Department of Human Settlements is celebrating Women’s Month to celebrate all women in South Africa, specifically within the human settlements sector by honouring and acknowledging the heroes who fought for the freedom of women oppression and gender equality in all aspects of life.

In commemoration of Women’s Month, the Deputy Minister, Honorable Zou Kota-Fredericks hosted a women’s breakfast and a public engagement in Mosselbay on access to housing.

This was a wonderful opportunity for the integration of women from the rural and urban areas in Mosselbay to engage with Human Settlements on opportunities that exist for woman in the Human Settlements.

Famous Quotes –
Men and boys, we show our manhood through the way we treat our women, our wives, our sisters, our mothers.
Archbishop Desmond Tutu
Women who seek to be equal with men lack ambition.
Marilyn Monroe
Of course I am not worried about intimidating men. The type of men who will be intimidated is exactly the type of man I have no interest in.
Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
Some of us are becoming the men we wanted to marry.
Gloria Steiman
Don’t compromise yourself. You are all you’ve got.
Janis Joplin
Women are the largest untapped reservoir of talent in the world.
Hillary Rodhan Clinton
Whether women are better than men I cannot say – but I can say they are certainly no worse.
Golda Meir
If you want something said, ask a man, if you want something done, ask a women.
Margaret Thatcher


Mariaan Kotze Gallery & Art Studio

10409377_747312105326983_7503364047202763404_n 10530708_616677931764517_3736654031890234306_n 10544397_617040545061589_6983102894119201383_n 10603739_617040808394896_9151866569606048319_n Lisl Wilson, Mariaan, Llise Dodd, Tertius van Huyssteen Llise Dodd, Nelis Le Roux Maria, Wilma le Roux, Mia Barnard

Die nuwe gallery in die Searles Manor gebou, Blandstraat 64, Mosselbaai, het sy deure op 8 Augustus 2014 geopen.
Hoewel Mariaan normaalweg daagliks tussen 9:00 – 14:00 by haar gallery is, is dit nie ‘n formele gallery met normale besigheidsure nie. Indien sy dus nie daar is, kan daar met haar gereël word om op afspraak oop te maak.

Sy lewer kunswerke aan verskeie gallerye en doen ook internet verkope, hoofsaaklik van haar “facebook” blad: Mariaan Kotze Art af.
Soos versoek word kunswerke na enige plek in die wêreld gepos.

Die Gallery se volgende uitstalling vind plaas gedurende die September vakansie, met die tema: “Draw the Line”, waarvan baie van die werke “Doodles” gaan wees. Vir meer fotos besoek ons webwerf – •