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BUSINESS IS ALIVE AND WELL IN MOSSEL BAY

The Standard Bank Regional Conference, organized by the Mossel Bay Business Chamber’s was an incredibly successful and insightful event which brought together a number of key players from a variety of industries.” It’s clear to see the impact and benefit the Business Chamber has on its members by providing a forum where industry leaders can come together and work towards a more efficient future for industry in the area.” These were the words of Matthew Chapman, divisional head insurance of Merchant Capital, one of the companies that shared their vision for the area at the Standard Bank Regional Conference that was held at Diaz Hotel & Resort last week.

“We found that our presentation was very well received and that our Pay-As-You-Trade offerings were especially beneficial to businesses in the area that experience high seasonality,” Chapman said and added that they will certainly be working closely together with the Business Chambers along the Garden Route in the future to assist with reducing cash flow pressures on seasonal businesses in the region.

The conference was an interesting spinoff from the highly successful conference that took place in Mossel Bay last year and that placed the emphasis on development in the tourism, agriculture, petroleum and harbour development.

“This year we just extended the invitation to other towns within a 280km radius to come and share their best practices and to introduce their unique selling points in order to learn from one another and to create a more powerful selling tool in marketing the region,” said Fanus Truter, chairman of the Mossel Bay Chamber.

Standard Bank, the major sponsor of the conference was represented by several interesting speakers who all placed a new perspective on how Standard Bank plays a vital role in the development of the region as well as the country. Andre Jonker, regional manager of the Southern Cape highlighted the role of the bank in the region while Willem Visser from Stanlib gave an overview of the economic trends in the area and how these compare with the other provinces. Tasha Ferreira, business and commercial services emphasised the multitude of opportunities that the bank offers in embarking on the rest of Africa.

The port of Mossel Bay is one of South Africa’s eight commercial ports and the question is often raised on the matter of the increase in capacity of this asset. The good news is that the Port of Mossel Bay is open for business. “As a key role player in growing the economy of Mossel Bay, participating in organised business initiatives of this nature forms an integral part of our stakeholder engagement and management initiatives,” according to Transnet’s David Keller.

Jean de Villiers, ex Springbok captain (2012 – 2015) and now presenter on SuperSport, head of Philanthropy at Citadel and head of Business Development of Prepaid24, highlighted the key role that sport plays in the social integration as well as economic development. “We as individuals, families, organisations and businesses as well as municipalities have the responsibility to take ownership of this,” he added.

Another celebrity that captured the attention was Minki van der Westhuizen, television personality and presenter of “Boer soek ‘n vrou” on KykNet. Minki shared some of her experiences in front as well as behind the cameras and highlighted the opportunities that are available in this area in this industry.
The conference was well orchestrated by the facilitator and programme presenter, Bun Booyens. On Friday night Booyens, a media specialist and former editor of Die Burger and the travel magazine Weg, had the audience in stitches as he took them down memory lane with interesting visuals and tit-bits around Die Burger 100 Years.

(Denise Lloyd)

GEDIG DEUR BERNARD FIELIES

Koel Af, Kollega…

Koel af kollega, skei uit en kalmeer,
want jou afguns genereer ‘n goor geur…
Jy verag my vordering, vind net fout;
benat jouself as die baas my “promote”…

In jou “tea-time” bly jy my beswadder;
in “lunch-time” spoeg jy gif soos ‘n adder!
Op jou “final warning” wankel jy klaar,
maar wag vir my ondergang in gevaar…

Terwyl ek die leer van my lewe klim,
raak ek vir jou slinksheid gans te slim…
Ek hoor aan die onderpunt hoe jy dreig,
maar op sportjies na seges sal ek styg!

Doenig met vuilspel en doring in die vlees;
voor op die wa wil jy waarlik nog wees…
Al my sertifikate laat jou stres;
gereeld gereed vir my rug met jou mes…

Kom nou kollega, dis uit en gedaan,
regverdigheid seëvier, ek sal steeds staan!
Bestand teen jou dodelike dade
en word gedra deur God se genade…

Met haat versper jy my hunker en hoop
om saam met jou die lekker pad te loop…
Knaende gekrap, klippie in my skoen;
hoe graag sien ek uit om met jou te versoen…

Koel af, kollega…jy kan maar net kyk,
hoe ek met trots my hoogtes bereik!
In my dieptes wil jy gedurig delf;
maar eintlik vernietig jy net jouself…

Bernard Fielies
072 271 9205
076 902 8468

HARTENBOS BUURTWAG

Die Hartenbos Sektor 2 Buurtwag beplan weer om saam met die SAP ‘n blou/witlig patrollie te hou.

Dit vind Vrydag, 22 September ’17 plaas.
Almal vertrek om 20h00 vanaf die Engen Hartenbos.
Die patrollie dien as bewusmaking van die Buurtwag in die area, asook die belangrikheid daarvan om deel te wees.

Almal word genooi om deel te neem.
Dit behoort om 20h50 klaar te wees.

SIEN JULLE DAAR !
(Peet 072 319 8101)

PAWS RUN 2017

ULYSSES GARDEN ROUTE will be hosting the annual PAWS RUN 2017 in the George area on Sunday 24th September 2017 …the proceedings starting at Redefine Square and proceeding to Smitswinkel , Vic Bay Heights thereafter for lunch and the prize giving . There will be various activities , a raffle , the SPCA “mascots” etc ( Please see our display ad , herewith )

The WHALY RALLY is our principle source of funding for the various charities we actively support …ranging from orphanages, remedial center’s for children and across the board to animal care e.g. SPCA Garden Route being the principle benefactor of one of our major events …the PAWS RUN. (Please see as per attachment, just some of the press and magazine editorials of our more notable successes.) A comprehensive list of our activities can be viewed on our website at www.whalerally.info
The PAWS RUN 2017 is our chance to acknowledge and assist the wonderful work that our friends in the GARDEN ROUTE SPCA’s do and also help our little furry friends who cannot speak when hungry or when in pain .

As you may well imagine, purchasing prizes for these events seriously impacts on our budget and ultimately detracts from our ability to support our charities.
We therefore appeal to you and /or your company to donate or sponsor a prize or service for this very worthy initiative. What we offer in return is we do get a lot of wonderful press coverage at both local and national level and our sponsors are highlighted visibly and editorially.

All prizes however large or small will be highly appreciated! We will collect …large or small!
Should you opt to give us a sponsorship your company will be added to our sponsorship list on our web site .
Cash deposits may be made directly to our bank account ULYSSES GARDEN ROUTE, ABSA ACC NO: 9175765188. Kindly supply a name and your telephone no for acknowledgement.

 

We would like to thank you in anticipation for your kind support! Should you require any further information kindly contact writer .

THE UNFORTUNATE CONSEQUENCES OF REMOVING A PET FROM ITS MOTHER TOO SOON

The excitement of getting a new puppy or kitten doesn’t seem to waiver even as you get older. Few are immune to the cute factor, and the younger the pet the more overwhelming the emotion felt. Even so, the Pet Food Industry Association of Southern Africa (PFI) encourages new pet owners not to be swayed into removing a baby from its mother before at least 8 or 9 weeks (12 weeks is optimal), as the resultant issues can be devastating for the animal and your relationship. Unless, of course, an emergency presents itself.

 

 

The learning that occurs within these first 8 – 9 weeks, from both litter mates and mother, is immense, and is shaping the animal’s temperament and personality for the rest of its life. When valuable life lessons are missed the potential for your new pet to experience psychological, behavioural and emotional issues are increased.

Weaning is an extremely important part of learning that animals must go through. It teaches the animal about the pressure of its bite, to hopefully result in a pet that is controlled, with a “soft mouth” (which can often reduce damage if a pet is ever forced to bite) and teaches the pet about frustration control. Aside from the emotional and behavioural benefits of nursing, physiological and nutritive needs are also being met. When removed from the litter too early (before weaning at about 6 weeks), young pets are immediately put at a disadvantage by not getting the exact nutrition they require at that age to support their rapidly growing frame, which only their mother can supply. Leading up to the 8 – 9 week mark, the mother’s interactions with the puppy changes and she begins to modify behaviour. The puppy or kitten is “disciplined” into knowing what behaviour is tolerable and what is not tolerated, while also learning effective communication and appropriate inter-species behaviour – something humans will really struggle to replicate or correct. Leaving the emotional support of the litter too early can result in timid and fearful pets that are unable to deal with everyday challenges and frustrations.

The resultant challenges that one may experience when bringing a pet home too early are vast and varied. They can be as serious as a dog that bites out of fear or cannot be left alone due to separation anxiety to being nutritionally disadvantaged resulting in potential lifelong medical issues. Most concerns will require professional intervention, which new owners seldom have budgeted for and the pet-owner relationship may also be severely damaged. Without the time and knowhow to manage these shortcomings we may be left with another unwanted pet.

None of this matches up to the pretty picture that you had when deciding to bring a new life into your home. Don’t set yourself up for failure – before entering into an agreement to purchase or adopt a new pet ask about the age at which the breeder or shelter will release the animal. If it’s anything less than the recommended age (at least 8 – 9 weeks), walk away. The lack of knowledge or consideration for what is best for the pet could be indicative of other shortcomings too, such as impoverished or sterile environments, which also do a massive disservice to the animal in the long run.

WEATHER GREATER EDEN

It is predicted that the greater Eden area will experience a dry spring and start to summer.

September to October
The South African Weather forecasting service system shows enhanced chances for above normal rainfall for the period along the coast and adjacent interior of the Northern Cape, but only slightly above n

ormal for the western parts of the Western Cape and slightly below for the eastern parts.

 

October to December
For October through to December, the prediction is above the norm for both the Western and Northen Cape, except the extreme southern parts of the Western Cape where it is projected to be slightly below the norm.

 

 

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