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Dear Members. I am pleased to inform you that tonight we have resolved the issue of the club and the telescope.
22 people were in attendance.
The meeting was held to determine the validity of the club and the future of the Celestron Telescope.

Mr Anton le Roux, a local Advocate, gave a legal opinion on the difference between a formal and informal club and assets/donations within a club.

I can confirm that the club will carry on as an informal club.
It was put to the meeting that the wishes of the donor to keep the telescope in the area would be adhered to and the telescope would remain the property of BRAC.

A vote was taken:
17 for
4 against
1 abstained.

The telescope will be housed in Little Brak River and will be on show at the September meeting. (Anita Hechter)


What to do when it happens to you. Being aware of your surroundings is perhaps one of the best ways to avoid a potential hijacking, says local security company Fidelity ADT. what to do when it happens to you. Being aware of your surroundings is perhaps one of the best ways to avoid a potential hijacking, says local security company Fidelity ADT.

“Always make sure you know exactly what is happening around your vehicle so that you can see any danger coming before it is too late,” says the company’s Peter Kruger, district manager (Coastal Outlying Branches).
Prevention is better than cure, he says. Kruger recommends:

· When parking, reverse park for a quick exit (also at home!!).
· Always be particularly vigilant when you leave a shopping centre. Hijackers could have spotters working in the centre to alert them of any big purchases or cash withdrawals.
· Keeping your car keys on hand when approaching your vehicle, do not fumble in your handbag as this shows you are off guard.
· Looking out for any suspicious objects near your car before getting in.
· If you suspect you are being followed, put your indicator on and slow down at least two to three houses prior to your home. If you are being followed, you will force the vehicle behind you to pass and this could cause the criminals to lose interest.
· Always make sure you can see the back wheels of the car in front of you when you stop in the traffic. This gives you enough room to maneuver and escape.
· If you need to stop in your driveway to manually open the gate, always leave the key in the ignition and the motor running unless you have a child in the car. Only then should you take the key with you as you open the gate.
· Adjusting your speed when approaching a traffic light so that you do not have to come to a complete stop where at all possible.
· Changing your driving route and routines.
· Don’t fall for the “tap tap” trap where a driver taps the back of your car in traffic.
Never get out of your car on the scene to assess the damage but rather drive to a busy location. Signal to the other driver to follow you. If it is not legitimate they will seldom follow you.
· If you stay in a secure complex with security guards, do not be fooled into thinking you are safe. You can easily be followed into your complex so always remain vigilant. Research shows that most people relax the closer they get to home and this is often when they are most vulnerable.
· Being on the lookout for people standing near your gate or driveway and ensuring that the area around your gate or driveway is well lit.
· Phoning ahead to give a relative or friend your expected time of arrival.
· Getting to know your neighbours and the cars they drive. This will help to identify any uncommon vehicles in your area.

What should you do if you do find yourself face-to-face with a hijacker?
“The golden rule is to not antagonise the hijackers who are probably more scared than you are. You need to show them you are not a threat. Lift up your arms to show you have no weapon and will surrender. Use your left arm to undo your seatbelt and put your car in neutral,” says Kruger. Do not turn off your car, he says, and get out slowly.
“Try and angle your body sideways so you are not facing a firearm head-on. Also remember to protect your head with your arms and avoid direct eye contact with the hijackers but try to take in as much information as possible, such as what they are wearing, and the sound of their voices. Most importantly, try to remain calm”. Kruger says there are also seven golden rules to follow if you are held up:· Remain calm.· Do not argue.· Do not make sudden gestures.· Avoid eye contact but try to remember what the carjacker looked like by  identifying and remembering special features.· Comply with the hijackers directions (within reason).· Try and get away from the area as quickly as possible.· Don’t be a hero – your life is worth more than your car!


Die ONS GEE OM Toergroep bestaan uit 4 Kaapse sangers, die gewilde country sanger Pieter Mohr, onlangs Ghoema wenner Rooies en die nuwelinge KayCee en Denise Carstens.

Saam vat hulle die pad van Weskus tot Suid Kaap. Die doel van die Toer is om Senior Burgers deur die dag by tehuise te besoek en vir hul gratis vertonings te doen en die aand dan ‘n groot vertoning vir die plaaslike gemeenskap.

Die Toer het op Vrouedag, 9 Augustus begin en 19 Augustus in Hartenbos en Mosselbaai geëindig.. Die Toergroep sangers se hoogtepunt is om te wys hulle GEE OM en Senior Burgers se gesigte te sien ophelder met ‘n lekker kuier en ‘n vertoning.

So het hulle dan Saterdag by die Hartenbos Versorgingsoord gekuier en ‘n vertoning gelewer. Wat ‘n fees was dit nie !!


The St Thomas Catholic Church are raising funds to have the roof of this beautiful building repaired.  It is in dire need of repair and they are asking for your generous support.The St Thomas Catholic Church are raising funds to have the roof of this beautiful building repaired.  It is in dire need of repair and they are asking for your generous support.


Tickets for the bazaar are selling for R60: this will give you: 2 x R20 | 1 x R10 | 2 x  R5  tickets to spend at the bazaar.
Tickets are available from:  Mossbikes in Voorbaai Crescent Fernando at La Familia Bakery in DiazKen at the Art Shop Bayside Centre in Town   …. and the Catholic Church office behind Magic Kids in Marsh Street. (Cheryl Robinson – 072 928 8686)



Ons hier op die plaaswerf is vreeslik opgewonde oor al die veranderinge en natuurlik die Klipheuwel MTB & Trail Park wat sy hekke oop gooi hierdie Desember! Die Padstal het ‘n nuwe “look” met ‘n haarsalon beskikbaar binne, wat ideaal is saam met ‘n vinnige cappuccino! Die oorgedoen de kombuis spog met ‘n nuwe spyskaart!! Die cocktail en craft bier vir ons “Op die stoep spyskaart” gaan vir heerlike kuiers sorg in die middae!! Dan moet nie vergeet om ons Sondae “live” musiek te kom geniet nie… met ons Sondag spyskaart. Ons handgemaakte geskenke uit die area is iets spesiaals, want dit is uniek en pure Padstal….

Bring jou fiets en kom kuier ‘n dag op die baan!! Bring jou fiets en kom kuier ‘n dag op die baan. Die Klipheuwel MTB & Trail Park is 7 dae ‘n week oop, vanaf 08:00 tot son onder…. Die baan bestaan uit 3 dele… ‘n baan vir die kleintjies met skop fietse en klein wiele wat graag wil fietsry!! Vir die wat wil kyk of rus is daar ‘n koelte kol, kiosk met alles wat koud, roomys, koeldrank is en warm koffie! Die groter baan bestaan uit 2 dele.. die een vir heerlike ontspanning met draaie en bulte.. die ander meer vir die wat “adventure soek!! Die tariewe is R20.00 vir kinders onder 13 jaar en R40.00 vir bo 13 jaar. Die baan het ook iemand wat fietse kan diens en verstel indien iets benodig word.. Die baan is iets uniek aan ons area en is tussen Mosselbaai en George geleë by die Klein-Brakrivier afrit.

Vir meer inligting kontak: Fred Lingenfelder 076 029 1796


As the Class of 2017 return to their desks for arguably the most important few months of their school careers, it is time for them to eliminate all distractions, and budget their time to ensure they stay in control of their revision and ultimate success, an education expert says.

“In the same way that the proverbial penny saved is considered a penny earned, so time saved and invested in what really matters now can be considered an investment in the matriculant’s future success,” says Nola Payne, Head of Faculty: Information and Communications Technology at The Independent Institute of Education, SA’s largest private higher education provider.

Payne says parents and guardians should sit down and discuss with learners what to expect in coming months, and how they are going to approach the preliminary and final examinations.

“Most importantly, the discussion has to focus on what is going to be the focus for the next few months, and how the learner is going to settle into the right headspace, not allowing unnecessary distractions and managing the additional stress and challenges calmly.”

Although some exciting events will be happening in addition to exams – think Matric Farewells, 40-days celebrations and the like – these must not be allowed to overshadow either time or energy-wise the really important work that should be taking place, says Payne.

“Don’t, for instance, start anything new. Now is not the time to start volunteering in an attempt to boost your CV, or embarking on a new relationship. Be ruthless with your time. Be aware of what you’re spending it on, and make sure that you are spending it overwhelmingly on getting ready for the assessments which will ultimately influence what you are able to embark on post-Matric.”

Payne says although Matrics should still make time to lead a balanced life – getting enough exercise and spending quality time with family and friends – they should be more careful than ever about not allowing time-leakage. Exercise, for instance, can be done with friends. Family time can be built around mealtimes.

“As an experiment, learners can take a day or two tracking their time and keeping a detailed log. Break the day down into 10-minute slots where you carefully note what you spent your time on. The results can be scary but also empowering. Upon waking up, do you intend to quickly check what’s happening on social media, and then only get back to reality an hour or two after you logged on? Do you take a break to watch some TV, only to find 3 episodes into your favourite series that you haven’t done anything useful for hours? Then it’s time to take action and salvage your time,” says Payne.

She advises the following steps for rescuing the minutes that turn into hours and ultimately days – minutes spent on brainless activities instead of brain-building ones:


Having a study roster is one thing. Sticking to it is another. The Pomodoro (tomato timer) technique is a fantastic and very empowering tool to get things done in a hyper-focused way, and can feel almost like a game, says Payne.

The way it works, is to sit down to your task with determination, then set a timer to 25 minutes and work intensely until the buzzer goes. Then get up, take a break of 5 minutes (do some stretches or take a quick walk – don’t check Facebook!) and get back to your books for another round. After every 4 rounds, take a break of about 30 minutes during which your time is your own to use as you please.


It really does sound harder than it is, says Payne. She says that if you remove social media distractions and their temptations completely for a set period, your devices will soon lose their time-sucking lustre. You’ll also find that when you go back after your self-imposed period of abstinence, you would not have missed out on much at all – almost like going back to a soap or reality show after not watching it for a while.

On the pay-off side, your brain is likely to become much sharper for the experience, and potentially even less inclined to go back to unproductive time-sapping activities by default.



Find a space where you can sit down and get to work immediately and optimally. Have all your books and tools ready, so that you don’t have to spend the first 15 minutes of each session tidying up and getting into the swing of things. Know what you are going to spend your time on – set a goal for each session – before you start. While it is tempting to procrastinate by filing, tidying, or reworking your roster, those are precious minutes that dilute your focus and can lead to you doing all kinds of admin unrelated to the work you need to be revising.


While you are studying, focus on nothing else. At night, when you go to bed, and in the morning when you wake up, think about your future. Visualise why you are putting in all the hard work now, and picture your future – what you want to do with your life and how you are going to get there. The discipline and strategies you work on now will not only ensure you perform optimally when the time comes later this year, but also that you’ll continue on the solid path you’ve constructed throughout your studies and your career.
“In the world of work, most people are compensated financially according to time worked – whether that be hourly or monthly. Essentially, time is money. For matriculants, their focused investment of time pays off in results. It is therefore in a matriculant’s best interest now to take careful stock of their time and carefully budget it for the rest of the year,” says Payne.

Nola Payne, Head of Faculty: Information and Communications Technology at The Independent Institute of Education, SA’s largest private higher education provider.


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