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Wandering Hippo Moved to Gondwana

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A hippo wandering in False Bay Nature Reserve has been captured and released in Gondwana Game Reserve near Mossel Bay, the City of Cape Town said on Wednesday.

Environmental resources manager Julia Wood said the young hippo was transported to Gondwana on Friday.

“The translocation was part of the City of Cape Town’s efforts to re-establish this species back into the Western Cape.”

The hippo was found in the Strandfontein Birding Area where it could not move further because of the electric fence.

It apparently escaped last year from the Rondevlei section of the False Bay Nature Reserve where other hippos were located.

Wood said hippos used to be common in the Western Cape but they were wiped out by the early 1700s.

The species was re-established at Rondevlei in 1981, representing the first reintroduction of hippos back to their historical home grounds, said Wood. – Sapa

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Surfer Kids Need YOUR help

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The Surfer Kids NON-Profit is an OUTREACH initiative by Unravel Surf Travel. The program is based in Friemersheim, a rural community between George and Mossel Bay, in the Southern Cape of South Africa. Our aim is to bridge the gap left here by South Africa’s history of racial segregation and impoverishment. We offer surf training and travelling opportunities to the children of Friemersheim Primary School.
The Ross Taylor Benefit Surf Contest is held in memory of local surfer Ross Taylor. Their Facebook page is at:
https://www.facebook.com/rosstaylorsurfcontest

“Ross lost his battle to cancer at the very young age of 29. He lived his life like the seventh wave, putting more enthusiasm and energy into it than most people would in 2 lifetimes. His last wish to his friends and family was to hold an annual surf contest, where the spirit of “fun and love through giving” becomes a message to share, live by and learn from.”

The event organizers donate all funds raised by the event to Hospice, who took care of Ross during his last days. Through the support Hospice receives from the contest they are able to provide care for over 500 terminally ill people every year.
The Surfer Kids NON-Profit play an integral part in this special event! Our kids compete in the development divisions and The Surfer Kids’ Program Coordinators organize and run the entire development division of the competition! We also usually camp in Buffels Bay for the weekend and this is a huge adventure for all the kids from our program!
This year however some crucial funding has been withdrawn and as a result we are desperately seeking funds to cover food and transport costs for The Surfer Kids NON-Profit attendance at the Ross Taylor Benefit Surf Contest!

For more information on The Surfer Kids NON-Profit visit our website at: http://unravelsurftravel.com/outreach/

For donations contact: hermann.unravelsurftravel@gmail.com
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The Spying Eye

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In die huidige ekonomiese klimaat van ons land het dit baie belangrik geword dat ons daarop sal let om die beste waarde vir ons paar rand te kry. Om te oorleef het ‘n baie duur bedryf geraak. Daarom het die “Spying eye” besluit om so ongemerk ‘n bietjie te kyk na die verskillende aspekte van dienslewering in ons area tydens “nie-spitstyd” sowel as spitstyd. Dit beteken dat die “Spying eye” so af en toe by plekke gaan opdaag, ongesiens, ongehoord, ongemerk, noem dit wat jy wil, en gaan evalueer hoe dit hier rond gaan. Die mediadekking wat die betrokke sakeondernemings en diensleweringsondernemings gaan kry, kan vir ons baie beteken op besigheids en toerismevlak.

Ons oogmerk is om nie net ons area beter te bemark nie, maar ook die kwaliteit van dienslewering hier goed op te skerp. Vroeer jare het die George-area bekend gestaan as “cold and wet” na aanleiding van die registrasienommers op motors. Deesdae is dit “call and wait!” Wanneer die Spying eye” klaar is met sy rondtes, gaan dit wees “COME ALL WELCOME”

Ons gaan wegstap met die beker vir die area in die Suid-Kaap met die beste diens in Suid-Afrika! Niemand gaan oorgesien word nie, van die baksters tot die bouers, die werkers tot die wewers, die kafees tot die kewers, die skole tot die aftree-oorde, elke liewe plek. So…. wees wakker!!!

Onder die Vergroot glas

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GROOT-BRAKRIVIER

Die motors spoed op die N2 verby na Kaapstad. Sommige merk die bordjie “GROOT-BRAKRIVIER” moontlik terloops op. Ander weet dalk van die “Dansplek by Die Dekke” wat vakansietye oorstroom word deur jongmense. Soms kry jy mense wat deur die strate dwaal om die winkeltjies te besoek en meestal is die kommentaar “Die klein plekkies se winkeltjies is so interessant”

En tog ….. hier lê die grootste onontginde juweel in die Suid-Kaap en wag om ontdek te word!

Wie sou kon raai dat hierdie ‘n skatkis van talent is? Wie het al ooit getel hoeveel erkende kunstenaars in hierdie “dorpie” woon. En dan praat ons nie net van kunstenaars wat verf en palet gebruik nie. Stemkunstenaars, lapkunstenaars, woordkunstenaars, musiekkunstenaars, beeldhouers, musikante, akteurs, ontwerpers nasionaal en internasionaal, te veel om op te noem. Jy kan net dink waaroor jy wil, jy sal dit in Groot-Brak kry.

In die volgende paar weke gaan ons hierdie juweel van die Suid-Kaap aan julle bekend stel. Van die wonderlike staproetes, fietsryroetes, besondere eetplekke, besondere mense, aktiwiteite ensovoorts. As ons met Groot-Brak klaar is, sal almal wat hier verby ry weet dis nie net ‘n “ou aftreeplekkie met klomp bejaardes” nie. Niemand sal weer by Groot-Brak verby ry sonder om in te draai en te kom kyk wat hier aangaan nie. Nie uit nuuskierigheid nie, o nee, omdat niemand dit wil mis nie.

WATCH THIS SPACE!!!!!!!!!!
Loeloe•

Mosselbaai Rolbal Klub – 22nd MOSSEL BAY CLASSIC

1. Plate winners - Fergie Ferguson and team

 Plate winners – Fergie Ferguson and team

Excellent bowling, glorious weather, wonderful hospitality, great greens and good friends, old and new, ensured that the 22nd Mossel Bay Classic was once again one of the high lights on the Mossel Bay Bowling Club calendar. The 24 teams, consisting of 4 men per team, which took part in this elite 3-day tournament which started on Thursday, 25 July and finished on Saturday, 27 July, will not forget this tournament soon. Besides teams from all over the Southern Cape, namely Mossel Bay, Hartenbos, Little Brak River (Vista Bowling Club), Great Brak River, George (from both Outeniqua and George Bowling Club), Leisure Isle, Still Bay and Outshoorn, teams came from as far as Pretoria (Irene Bowling Club), Edenburg (Freestate), Gordon’s Bay, Durbanville, Paarl, Middelburg and Swellendam. There was also be a team from the South African National Defence Force consisting of players from Mossel Bay as well as De Aar and a South African Police Services team from Goodwood in the Western Cape.

Johan Muller (Gordon’s Bay), has played in all 22 Mossel Bay Classic Tournaments since 1992. What a great achievement!

The first two days three games were played on a strength versus strength basis with only two games being played on the final day. After the 5th game the tournament split into a plate competition and the first three teams in the main competition as well as the first three in the plate section received excellent prizes. In the open section the team of Billy Radloff from George received the gold medals. His team mates were Japie Combrink, Geoff Bronkhorst and Glen Park. The silver medal winners were from Middelburg, namely Vivien van Zyl, Francois Oosthuizen, John Hayes and Danie Sherman. The bronze medal went to the team of Greg Young, Johan Meyer, John Dampier and Kobus Barnard from Outeniqua Bowling Club in George. The plate section was won by Fergie Ferguson and his team. Second place in the Plate went to Fritz Louw and his team from Mossel Bay and in the third place was the team from Gerhard Mynhardt from Irene in Pretoria. Congratulations to all the winners and well done to all the teams who participated.

The ladies in the kitchen outdid themselves by providing excellent meals to the exhausted and hungry players. The players can still not decide whether the brunches, the excellent seafood dinner on Thursday evening, the extravagant braai on Friday evening, the lunch on Saturday or the delicious platters on Saturday evening were the most delicious. Congratulations and a big thank you to every single person who helped in the kitchen as well as the tournament organisers, the administrative people, the green keeper and his assistants, the people working in the bar and everybody else who had a hand in the success of this year’s tournament.
A very special thank you to the main sponsors Personal Trust, Distell (Scottish Leader) and Knysna Lifestyle Estate. Also a special thank you to a number of club members, who wish to stay anonymous, for their donations. Your generous contributions helped to ensure the success of the tournament. Mossel Bay Bowling Club once again would like to thank the sponsors for their continued support and commitment. Everybody is already looking forward to the 2014 tournament.

 

PROE – Wilds Bobotie

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*(Vir ‘n gewone bobotie, vervang die wild- en varkvleis met beesvleis)
Bestandele
3 dik snye witbrood, (sonder korsies)
125 ml room
45 ml botter
45 ml olie
1 kg gemaalde wildsvleis
1 kg gemaalde varkvleis
2 uie, fyn gekap
2 wortels, gerasper
50 ml matige kerriepoeier
12,5 ml borrie
30 ml fyn appelkooskonfyt
50 ml pitlose rosyntjies
Sout en peper na smaak
Bolaag:
125 ml room
125 ml karringmelk
4 eiers
5 lourier- of suurlemoenblare
Metode:
1. Voorverhit die oond tot 180 grade C.
2. Week die brood in die room.
3. Verhit die helfte van die botter en olie in ‘n kastrol
en braai die vleis en uie liggies.
4. Voeg die wortel, kerrie en borrie by en roer deur.
5. Voeg dan by, die konfyt, rosyne, sout en peper na
smaak. Roer.
6. Voeg laaste die brood en room waarin geweek, by.
7. Verwyder van die hitte en skep in ‘n gesmeerde
oondbak.
8. Klits die bestanddele vir die bolaag, behalwe die
lourierblare, saam en gooi dit oor die vleismengsel.
9. Druk die lourierblare in die vleis.
10. Bak vir ongeveer 45 min. tot goudbruin.
11. Bedien met geelrys, pampoenkoekies en ‘n
groen groente.

 

Kos vir die Siel

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Leo Buscaglia believed that we should live life, never “waiting for tomorrow.” He stated that, “We don’t know what might happen in the very next moment, and that moment may be lost forever.”

“Things You Didn’t Do”

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Remember the day I borrowed your brand new car and I dented it?
I thought you’d kill me, but you didn’t.
And remember the time I dragged you to the beach, and you said it would rain, and it did?
I thought you’d say, “I told you so.” But you didn’t.
Do you remember the time I flirted with all the guys to make you jealous, and you were?
I thought you’d leave me, but you didn’t.
Do you remember the time I spilled strawberry pie all over your car rug?
I thought you’d hit me, but you didn’t.
And remember the time I forgot to tell you the dance was formal and you showed up in jeans?
I thought you’d drop me, but you didn’t.
Yes, there were lots of things you didn’t do.
But you put up with me, and you loved me, and you protected me.
There were lots of things I wanted to make up to you when you returned from Viet Nam.
But you didn’t.

How many times in life do we postpone the things we need to do – until it’s too late to do it, and then simply just don’t do it at all. How many opportunities do we miss, because we just don’t take them – and later regrets it?
God gave each of us one single chance, one single life, and the only way to live it to the fullest, is by taking every possible opportunity that comes our way, and just do it. We need to actually start doing things and not postponing them.

When the idea strikes to visit the aged people in your street and brighten their day, do it.
When the urge to stop next to the beggar in the street, and say a few kind words, hits you, do it.
When you want to hug a friend and tell him he is precious to you, do it.
When you want to look in your spouse’s eyes and confirm your love, do it.

Too many people suffers from bad memories and regrets about things they could have, but never did do.
Never postpone to do the things you don’t want to regret being undone, in retrospection.
JUST DO IT

Loeloe

Coping with Sinusitus

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Sinusitis, the inflammation of your sinuses, can last anything from 3 to 8 weeks or even years, if left untreated and can cause enormous misery and pain.

Sinuses are hollow air spaces, located in the skull or bones of the head, surrounding the nose. They are found over the eyes in the brow area, inside each cheekbone, just behind the bridge of the nose and between the eyes, as well as in the upper region of the nose and behind the eyes. Each sinus has an opening into the nose for free exchange of air and mucus, which are joined with the nasal passages by a continuous mucous membrane lining.

Anything causing swelling in the nose (infection, allergic reaction or immune reaction) can also affect the sinuses. Air trapped within a blocked sinus, along with pus, may cause pressure on the sinus wall, which can cause intense pain.

Symptoms of Sinusitis:

Facial Pressure/pain
Headache pain
Congestion or stuffy nose
Thick, yellow-green nasal discharge Low fever (99 – 100 ° C) Bad breath
Pain in the upper teeth Hoarseness Sneezing
Coughing (more severe at night) Stuffiness/pressure around nose Tiredness
Decreased sense of smell Pain on leaning over forward Dark circles under eyes
Gastrointestinal symptoms Blue hand and toe nails Difficult concentrating
Fullness and ear infection Achy body Post Nasal Drip
Pharyngitis/sore throat Worsening allergies (Rhinitis, Eczema) Weakness

Treating Sinusitis:

Sinusitis is treated by re-establishing drainage of the nasal passages, controlling or eliminating the source of the inflammation and relieving the pain. Doctors generally recommend decongestants, antibiotics and pain relievers. Over-the-counter or prescription decongestant nose drops, sprays and medication should only be used for a few days. If these medicines are used for longer periods, they can lead to even more congestion and swelling of the nasal passages. Most of the time the decongestants only provide temporary relief of post nasal drips, as it drains the fluid from the mucus, leaving the thick and sticky mucus substance behind, which will provide the perfect breeding ground for bacteria, causing pain and inflammation.

Reflexology is a valuable therapy used to help the body restore its balance again, by getting rid of congestion and inflammation in the sinuses. This therapy assists the body to drain mucus effectively, promoting blood (and therefore oxygen) and nerve supply to the sinuses. Treatment usually consists of a course of 5 – 10 sessions over a period of 2 – 6 weeks, where after a monthly maintenance session is recommended. Most patients can continue a normal pain free lifestyle without chronic medication.

Researched by

ERIKA MYBURGH
THERAPEUTIC REFLEXOLOGIST

CAWS 4 PAWS

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CAWS 4 PAWS – MASS ANIMAL STERILIZATION DAY – 17 AUGUST 2013 – GREAT BRAK RIVER

It takes place in Great Brak River at Croft Animal Hospital

Over the past five years CAWS 4 PAWS supported by the Garden Route SPCA and volunteers from the Great Brak and surrounding areas have successfully neutered in excess of 500 dogs and cats, as a free service to underprivileged homes, reducing unnecessary suffering by unwanted animals. This valuable service to Great Brak River area would not have been possible were it not for the generous support received from the business community, private sector and professional services of Doctors and staff supplied at absolutely no cost.

This year we plan to host another “Sterithon” on Saturday 17 August.

As in the past, we rely heavily on donations and support to make this a reality – we need help please. Any donations towards the feeding of the voluntary helpers will be gladly accepted – cash or food….bread rolls, coffee, tea, sugar, you name it we can use it!

Your kind consideration and support is greatly appreciated.

Please look at our new website http://caws4paws.co.za/ as we would like to add your company as a sponsor with a link to your website if you agree. •

Bullying

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Bullying:
Something that every parent dreads, as we all want our children to feel safe, happy and to enjoy their years at school.

Most schools do have an anti-bullying policy in place, but the sad reality is that many children will be bullied, in one way or the other, during their time at school.

Bullies come in all shapes and sizes. Girls and boys can be the bully.
Bullies are not typically born with these characteristics. It is usually the result from the treatment they received from their parents and authority figures. Bullies often come from families that use physical forms of discipline.

Girls are more likely social bullies, spreading rumours, breaking up friendships etc.

Boys are usually more physical bullies, hitting, punching, kicking and slapping.
They have an urge to dominate, or be in charge of others. Bullies are usually easily pressured by their peers and feel the need to impress them.

The typical victim:
Physically smaller, more sensitive, unhappy, cautious, quiet and withdrawn, passive or submissive. Possessing these qualities make these individuals vulnerable to being victimized. Bullies know these students will not retaliate, making them an easy target.

Several types of abuse:
Physical abuse:
Easily identifiable bullying:
– Punching
– Teasing
– Fighting
– Using Pushing
– Weapons and other objects

Emotional abuse:
Any form of bullying that causes damage to a victim’s psyche and emotional well-being.
– Spreading malicious rumours
– Keeping certain people out of the
group
– Getting people to “gang up” on
others
– Making fun of certain people
– Ignoring people on purpose
– Harassment
– Saying hurtful words/sentences (also verbal abuse)
Verbal abuse:
Any slanderous statements or accusations that causes the victim undue emotional distress.
– Teasing
– Being laughed at
– Directing foul language
– Using derogatory terms of playing
with someone’s name
– Commenting negatively on
someone’s looks, clothes, body
(personal abuse).

2.
Cyber-bullying:
Bullying done through technology.
Sexual abuse:
Physical or non-physical. When sexuality or gender is used as a weapon by boys or girls.
Children can be bullied into providing “sexual favours” in exchange for protection as gang culture enters schools.
Gay bullying:
Relates to sexual orientation.

Part Two Next Week
Julie •