THE PREMIER’S ADVANCEMENT OF YOUTH (PAY) PROJECT

The Premier’s Advancement of Youth (PAY) project will provide matriculants from the class of 2017 with work experience and training in one of the 13 Western Cape Government Departments beginning 1 April 2018 until 31 March 2019. During this time you will receive a monthly stipend to cover your expenses.

Why should you apply?

You will acquire skills and work experience that will make you more marketable to future employers. You get contractible references on your CV. You will have career awareness exposure to assist you to make informed career choices together with a network to support and guide you.

Minimum Requirements: You have written the National Senior Certificate (NSC) in 2017, and only applicants who passed the final examinations will be considered
You are not going to study further in 2017
You are a South African citizen, residing in the Western Cape Province
You are between the ages of 18 and 24
You are not sure of the next step after school.

Recommendation: You have no network or support to help you make career choices; You are financially constrained.

Competencies: Good communication (written and verbal) skills in at least two of the official languages of the Western Cape; Proven computer literacy (MS Office); Ability to operate office equipment; Planning and organising skills.

Key Performance Areas : On-the-job training will be provided in the following departments: Department of the Premier; Department of Agriculture; Department of Community Safety; Department of Cultural Affairs and Sport; Department of Economic Development and Tourism; Department of Environmental Affairs & Development Planning; Department of Health; Department of Human Settlements; Department of Local Government; Department of Social Development; Department of Transport and Public Works; Provincial Treasury; Western Cape Education Department (WCED).

Please make sure that you have read the different requirements in the PAY Recruitment Guide before you make your choice of preference for a specific Department.

Remuneration: A stipend will be paid as determined by the Department.

CLOSING DATE FOR APPLICATIONS IS 26 JANUARY 2018

For more information and assistance kindly visit the Youth Office at Indoor Sport Centre, Sampson Street in extension 23 or contact us at 044 606 5224.

Only attach your CV (preferably in MS Word). Other documentation like your ID can also be attached with your CV.

Only applicants who passed the final examinations will be considered. The final results will be verified with the Western Cape Education Department. Also, other personal information and documentation will be verified in terms of legislation.

Application tips:

1. If you do not have an e-mail address, create one immediately. You will need it to apply

2. This page will take you to a registration process before you can apply

3. Once you have registered successfully, you will receive an username and password

4. You must use the username and password to login and complete your application; 5. Please save your username and password in a secure place so that you can access it, if so required.

If you experience any difficulty in applying, please contact the Support Team at 0861 145 465 or the Cape Access e-Centre at (021) 422 2194, from Monday to Friday from 8:00 to 15:30.

FERAL CATS / HARBOUR CATS AND THE T.N.R. (TRAP-NEUTER-RETURN) SYSTEM IN MOSSEL BAY

In a T.N.R. program consistency is key. The caregiver feeds the colony regularly and in a specific way, creating a routine in which all cats can be monitored. They are fed dry food, once daily. When it is time for trapping, wet food is used as an incentive. We truly appreciate that community members try to help by feeding the cats randomly and giving them all kinds of ‘wet food’. Unfortunately this creates problems with the management of the colony as well as with the municipality.

Often, the public puts down food that the cats will not eat, which creates a stinky mess that hinders our feeding program and also garners negative attention and reprimands from surrounding homes, businesses and the municipality. It is a delicate balance. We ask that anyone wanting to assist please contact us to either volunteer in an appropriate manner or donate the food, which we can then incorporate into feeding.

When we started this journey we took over an out of control feral population that were already food dependant. Over the years we have worked tirelessly to correct this and we can say with certainly that we are succeeding. Our colonies are healthy, 80% of our colonies are sterilized, and we have brought the numbers down significantly over the last five years from around 500 to approximately 200 cats.

For more information on what we do, how to help or if you would like to make a donation please contact us via our Facebook or email feralcatassist@gmail.com

Call Gean on 0824050568.

BRAC NEWS – January Skymap 2018

The Southern Cross (Crux) and Pointers are very low above the south-eastern horizon. Higher up is the False Cross which can easily be mistaken for the Southern Cross. To the northeast is the well-known constellation of Orion, the Hunter, which appears upside down to viewers in the Southern Hemisphere. Below the three stars known as Orion’s Belt, lies Betelgeuse (popularly known as Beetlejuice), an orangey-red supergiant star representing the shoulder of the Hunter.

No planets are visible to the naked eye in the evening sky. The positions of Uranus (in Pisces) and Neptune (in Aquarius) are indicated on the map, but note that binoculars or telescopes are needed to see these planets. During the first half of January four planets are visible before sunrise. Mars and Jupiter (both in Libra) are easiest to see while Mercury and Saturn (in Sagittarius) lie closer to the horizon and are more difficult to see.

The Moon is in the evening sky until 2 January and again after 17 January. The largest Full Moon during 2018 is on 2 January. On 31 January a second Full Moon (known as a Blue Moon) occurs. The total lunar eclipse of 31 January is not visible from Cape Town.

International Outer Space Day is celebrated on 27 January.

LEWENSREDDERS NIE MEER BY ALLE STRANDE

Met die somervakansie wat einde se kant toe staan, word vakansiegangers en inwoners wat steeds Mosselbaai se gewilde strande wil besoek, gewaarsku om te let op die beskikbaarheid van lewensredders op strande.

“Gister was die laaste dag wat lewensredders deur die munisipaliteit ontplooi was op sommige strande soos SAOU, Dwarsweg, Nooitgedacht, Bayview, Tweekuilen, Punt se getypoel, Boggomsbaai en Vleesbaai,” berig Mosselbaai se direkteur van gemeenskapsdienste, mev Elize Nel.

By sommige ander strande sal lewensredders steeds beskikbaar wees aangesien die onderskeie inwonersvereinigings vir ‘n ekstra paar dae tot die naweek se dienste betaal.

Lewensredders is not tot en met 7 Januarie by die volgende strande:

Glentana
Gleniqua
Outeniqua
Pienaar
Suiderkruis
Souwesia
Kleinbrak tot 12 Januarie
Koffiehuis en Punt Poort tot 14 Januarie.
Cloete se gat tot 19 Januarie
Groot Brak riviermond, De Bakke, Santos, Dias tot 21 Januarie, daarna elke naweek tot Paasnaweek.

Artikel: Nickey Le Roux, Mossel Bay Advertiser-nuusredakteur

BACK-TO-SCHOOL PREPARATION TIPS FOR PARENTS

It is important when preparing our children for the first day of school to plan ahead. Children take their cue from their parents. If parents are calm, reassuring, optimistic and supportive, children will feel both confident and competent.

Children want to fit in, so parents must begin at the beginning, and first find out what the dress code is (if there is one) and obtain any supply lists. This way, they can have all the required clothing, backpacks, lunch boxes and supplies purchased in advance.

No last-minute shopping — it only adds to stress at an already anxious time for both parents and children alike.

Children will experience separation anxiety and so will parents.

Therefore, it is so important for parents to take the lead and parent — not burdening their children with their own anxieties.

Be honest with your children: Talk to them about their fears, and listen with empathy. Children will tell you everything.

Here are additional tips to help parents prepare their children for going back to school:

• If attending a new school, try to visit your child’s school at least one week in advance. Let your child get familiar with classrooms, hallways and important offices such as the principal and the nurse.

• If possible, find out if there are any friends, relatives or neighbors in their class. Knowing a child and creating a buddy system makes the transition to move more smoothly.
• Do your homework: If possible, talk to the teacher, the nurse, the guidance counselor and the principal in advance. Show both your interest and your goodwill. Tell them of any concerns you have in regard to your children’s health, and apprise them of any learning problems in advance.

• Start a bedtime schedule one week in advance of school so that your child gets at least 10 hours of sleep at night. As an adult, we know how cranky we get when we are tired, and so do our children. Remember that they don’t have our coping skills.

• A ‘safety first’ attitude is a very important part of preparing for the first day of school. You want your children to know traffic safety as well as physical safety. Young children should know their name, how to spell it, their telephone number and the number of a safe and responsible adult that is designated by their parents. Teach your child the proper way in advance to deal with bullies by reporting them to either a teacher or counselor.

• Talk with your children about their feelings and invite them to participate in a conversation that gives them some sense of control. Never embarrass, discount or demean your children’s feelings. Ask them how they would like to be helped in this transition — what things parents can do and they can do as partners to make the first day of school a pleasant beginning. This is called the empathic process, and if you invest children in the discussion, they are more likely to follow a smooth outcome and go happily to school.

A little preparation before the big day can go a long way in easing your child’s transition back to school. It is important to be honest with your children and tell them you will miss them too — and that they will like school because it will give them new and exciting experiences.

Be empathetic, be compassionate and be firm. Nurture your children, meet their needs and be reliable. You can’t spoil your children with love.

10 WAYS TO SAVE MONEY EVERYDAY

If you are on your journey to becoming debt-free or you’re looking for simple ways to tighten up those leaks in your monthly budget, today I am sharing with you 10 tips which help us save money every day.

They may be small things but at the end of the month, they do add up! And wouldn’t you much rather save that bit of money? I know I would!

1. Brew your own favourite brew in the morning

A cup of coffee could easily cost R20.00 at a coffee shop nowadays. When you multiply that by 21, the average number of working days in a month, that’s R420.00 you could be saving each month. If you only occasionally go out for a cup of coffee with friends and colleagues at work that could be part of your entertainment budget for the month.

2. Prepare your own breakfast/lunch/snack for work

Avoid last minute takeaway orders. A lunch could easily set you back R50.00 a pop and for that much money my husband and I could each have 2 delicious homemade meals! Utilising last night’s leftovers and getting creative with your sandwiches, who needs takeaways at work every day? Again, if you occasionally go out for lunch with your colleagues during the working week, make that part of your monthly entertainment budget.

3. Can you carpool or take the bus to work?

I wish I could! But none of my co-workers stay in the same area so carpooling is not an option for me. Taking the bus isn’t an option either – we’re nowhere near a bus route, but I so wish we were! Either of these options would save us a ton of money each month that we otherwise have to spend on fuel.

4. Drive with a light foot

Being gentler on the gas pedal both in the mornings and in the afternoons can save you quite a bit overall on your fuel consumption per month. You are also burning less fuel and thus reducing your carbon footprint. If possible, leave for work a bit earlier in the mornings, for example, so that you avoid the rush hour traffic and your car idling for long periods of time which consumes even more fuel.

5. Unplug appliances when you leave for work

This includes the microwave, the kettle, the TV, your laptop, in fact everything but the essentials such as your fridge. Even though you’re not using your appliances as long as they remain plugged in the wall, or the switch on the wall socket is on, they are drawing electricity.

6. Don’t go window shopping during your lunch hour

You might just be tempted to blow your budget. A packet of sweets here and a pair of shoes there and just that lovely top that you think you might need to wear next Saturday… you get the point. Is it worth blowing your budget over that? You’ll regret it, trust me on that one. Instead, stay in during your lunch hour and chat to your co-workers as you munch on your delicious, homemade leftovers that still taste so yum!

7. Don’t hang out with the smokers in the smoking section

Quit completely if you can, and in fact you should. Not only is smoking bad for your health but how much is a packet of smokes nowadays? Anywhere between R20.00 – 40.00. Do you want to be spending that much money every day? Let’s say a packet of cigarettes costs on average of R30.00. That’s R900.00 per month or a whole R10,800.00 per year that you could have in your savings account and not in someone else’s pocket!

8. Drinks after work?

While you don’t want to be a total Scrooge or an anti-social recluse, be intentional about your spending on this one. Have a drink instead of several. Or, have a glass of water or a glass of soda instead, there is no shame in that. Your real friends will understand that you are working towards specific goals, such as paying off your debt or saving money for your emergency fund, and will support you.

9. Avoid stopping at the supermarket on your way home

If you plan your meals ahead of time or have a bunch of homemade meals in your freezer waiting for you to defrost when you get home, there won’t be any need to venture into a supermarket when you’re tired and hungry and bound to buy a whole lot more stuff on a whim.

10. Switch off all the lights

How many of you remember your mom, dad, grandad, grandma, aunt and uncle going around the house, switching off all the lights in empty rooms and shouting that electricity doesn’t pay for itself? Well, they were right. Electricity didn’t pay for itself then and it sure doesn’t pay for itself now. You’re paying for it, so switch it off if you’re not using it.