Tom paused for a long moment, reflecting. Eventually, shaking his head, said “I really don’t know… he must have been born like that. Some people are just made differently I guess.”
Little did Tom know, his boss was not always like that. Just a few years before – he was considered the most arrogant, difficult, highly strung, short-fused person around, by everyone who knew him. He was fantastic, of course, at what he did, a genius… But every day someone was leaving his office in tears. The air tensed up when he walked past, people dropped things, forgot what they were going to say. Then one day something happened and everything changed. Those who knew him before were completely baffled. But the fact was – now people lit up when they saw him or thought of him. Even more startling – he was even better at what he does, got even more done, had more respect, had become many times more powerful in so many ways. A mystery!
It is not really that much of a mystery. The man in question came to a crossroad in his life. He had to make a choice. He chose to take make a change. And in order to do that, he created a strategy that would support that change. He replaced some old habits with new ones – habits of mind, habits of perception, and habits of lifestyle. He reinforced that with intelligently chosen resources (the right people to support him, great tools, useful information). He committed to some simple daily practices. And followed through on his plan - 1st with determination and persistence, then with growing confidence, eventually with joy. He practiced every day. And still does, just more so.
There are many, many people standing at that crossroad in their lives right now. Some will continue on the road they already know well. Some will make a choice to change. For those who choose to change direction, it will require a commitment to a strategy and plan that will ensure the success of their decision.
A steady, coherent, unshakable presence is a matter of practice like any other skill or craft. For those who wish to acquire that, they must build that into the equation. The decision to change is one thing. The change itself is a completely different thing. That is when practice becomes even more important. Any dancer or martial artist will demonstrate that. Practice again and again and again… until it becomes reflex.
If you are one of the few that has made such a choice, make sure to support your new direction with a smart strategy and the right combination of resources, to successfully actualize the change. Become the person who causes everyone in their path to light up.
Supplied by Dr Janeshree Govindasamy (MBChB)
Monday 25 March 2019 saw Stanley van der Merwe of the UCSI NPC very busy following up on SNIPR hits from the Lower Karkloof Gantry and the Knight Security Solutions Gantry. Earlier in the day the UCSI received a SAPS Global alert about a hi-jacked vehicle entering Howick at the Lower Karkloof Road. This meant Stan had to go out looking for the vehicle (hence we need more cameras up) but he was able to locate it in a Howick shopping centre parking lot. Stan requested Howick SAPS and KSS back-up and the matter was managed professionally. The vehicle had been recovered by SAPS but not cleared off CAS. The driver was advised to follow-up with SAPS and ensure that the correct paperwork was submitted in order to remove the vehicle from the CAS system. This is good news as hits like these help us “clean up” the CAS and SNIPR databases.
Debbie Preston, Stan van der Merwe and the UCSI Board of Directors
With the occurrence of violent crimes at an all-time high and theft on the rise, you need to be prepared to protect yourself, your loved ones and your belongings. That’s where MDDR comes in to save the day – and potentially your life.
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Anyone remember Pac-man... The Rubic's cube and Dallas? Yip, 1989 was a special year. These three trend busting “Glitter Girls” have to go back! Back to neon, back to big hair and back to High School -Skolliesville High for their 25 year school reunion!
Lisa Bobbert, Liesl Coppin and Marion Loudon are absolute charmers – all three are previous recipients of the coveted Mercury Durban Theatre Personality of the Year Award. You don't have to be an Eighties child to enjoy this light hearted and highly entertaining musical comedy..
“The Glitter Girls” won the 2014 Mercury Durban Theatre Award for Best Musical Review. This comedy hinges around a 25 year school reunion and includes songs from the 80s right up to today with hits from Bananarama, Eurythmics, Rihanna, Madonna and Abba to name a few.
The absolute highlight of the show is when the “Girls” gender-bend into their alter-egos – Kenny de la Mare, Ruben Lipshitz and John Grey. These “dudes” are underscored by the unmistakable backbeat of Duran Duran, Rick Ashley, Bruno Mars and Robin Thicke's Blurred Lines to name but a few.
Load shedding is a dark reality, and even though it has been put on the back-burner indefinitely by Eskom, we at Knight Security Solutions (KSS) would like you to know the following information so that you are advised and aware.
Security alarm systems, access control, electric gates and electric fences are all dependent on electricity. Load shedding can however compromise the life of these security measures. Under normal circumstances, the back-up battery will power these systems for up to eight hours, BUT this time is dependent on a number of factors, such as: how many devices are linked to the battery, the age of the battery and how many load shedding events have happened during the past 24 hours. All these factors can severely affect the life-span of your back-up battery supply.
KSS has taken proactive measure to ensure your safety during load shedding.
Note: During load shedding the alarm signals received in the Control Room can increase up to 1000%. All security companies experience these massive spikes in signals received – it is an industry related issue caused by load shedding and an excessive amount of low battery signals and mains failure signals being received. It is very demanding on the Controllers.
Note: Panic activations take precedence over any other alarm signals during load shedding.
Request: Please can clients phone in to the Control Room and cancel all confirmed false alarm during load shedding. This will help Controllers clear the “stack”.
Note: Load shedding may affect your gate battery. This makes it very difficult for Response Officers to check on alarms when the gates don’t work due to flat gate batteries.
2. KSS has two back-up generators at the KSS Control Room ensuring that there is NEVER a loss of power.
3. KSS has a number of battery back-up options for KSS clients to ensure that you are better equipped to handle load-shedding. KSS Technicians would need to carry out an assessment to determine which option would be best suited to your security system needs.
Please contact for more information on the options above:
Remember: it is YOUR responsibility to make sure that your security systems are working.
Load shedding Tips:
• A security system back-up battery is critical, as all signals are reliant on a good working battery.
• It is important to check that your alarm is working at least every 3 months and then to have your alarm system fully serviced annually.
• Keep candles and rechargeable lights handy.
• Wire up LED lights to a 12 volt battery with a switch so that when there is load shedding, you can switch on the LED lights in your house. Solar lights are also a suggestion.
• Always have a torch in your car in case you arrive home in the dark.
• Always be cautious at night when approaching your home. Keep your portable panic button on your key ring.
Load shedding information and recent media releases from Insurance Specialists:
On the insurance side of security systems, please remember that “if a client’s policy is endorsed with the alarm warranty then it's their responsibility to make sure it’s working all the time - it's in their wording. I know some batteries don’t last long, but it's up to the client to make sure their battery power lasts during load shedding. If electricity is off for days and the client is not at home, it's their responsibility to get a guard or someone must be at home. If a burglary takes place and they have an alarm warranty then the alarm must go off if no one is at home” Insurance Broker, Pmb.
“Besides the total inconvenience - when the power goes out, your alarm, electric fences and motorised gates go with it, leaving you and your home in a vulnerable position,” explains Maanda Tshifularo, Head of Dial direct Insurance. “Most insurance policies stipulate in their contracts that the house alarm must be activated at all times when the home is unoccupied. So, if your house is burgled during a power cut, then, theoretically, your theft-related cover would be moot.”
These are easy to implement tips for those looking to ensure their safety when the lights go out:
• Get a few high-wattage solar powered lights for your garden, and a few LED lights for inside. Light is a deterrent.
• Keep your cell phone charged, or invest in a portable phone charger.
• If you need to manually open and close your gates when you get home, try to have someone come and meet you at your entrance, or arrange for an escort from your security company.
• Use padlocks, burglar bars and deadbolts to provide an extra level of home security that isn’t power-dependent.
• Put the proposed load shedding times somewhere handy so that your family will have enough time to prepare for the power outage.
• Alarm systems, garage doors and electric gates generally rely on electricity so make sure that these items all have good back-up batteries.
• Keep a torch or a solar, battery powered light that is charged beforehand in multiple, easily accessible locations around your home. Be sure to also have plenty of spare batteries.
• Invest in a backup power supply for your house – be it a generator, battery system, solar panels or a combination of these – to keep essential lights, appliances, electric gates and security systems running.
Adapted from: https://www.iol.co.za/personal-finance/insurance/load-shedding-practical-tips-to-protect-your-valuables-19294674 14 February 2019.
South Africans need to mitigate the risk and damage caused by load shedding by being prepared, Marius Steyn, Santam’s personal lines underwriting manager, says. "Consumers must cope with the damage to appliances brought on by power surges or risk loss through theft, or burglary as a result of faulty security measures."
Christelle Colman, Old Mutual Insure executive for high-net-worth solutions, said in her experience, the most common risks associated with load shedding are the possible damage to appliances and the security threat.
“The risk of increased opportunistic crime should be top-of-mind for South Africans, considering the load shedding schedule is made public for all – including criminals – to see,” Colman said.
Colman and Steyn gave safety tips for South Africans at home during load shedding:
• Get back-up batteries for alarm systems. Double check that alarm systems are in working condition, and have back-up batteries in the event of a power failure, Steyn said.
• Load shedding causes power packs and batteries to wear out faster, Colman said, resulting in reduced functionality. This may also cause alarm systems to produce false alarms and panic signals, so units should be checked frequently.
• Have a spare torch or headlamp. Steyn advises keeping a torch in the car in the event of arriving home at night during a power outage. “Most smartphone also have a built-in torch or torch apps which come in handy during unexpected power outages,” Steyn said.
• Because the load shedding timetables are open to the public, criminals may see blackouts as an opportune time to undertake illegal activities, Colman said. Extra vigilance is especially required when arriving or leaving the home.
• Install reserve batteries for fences and gates too. Ensure electric fencing and gates still work during load shedding by installing – and maintaining – batteries, Colman said. Such batteries typically last between 6 hours and 8 hours when electricity supply goes down. “But load shedding dramatically decreases a battery’s lifespan, so it is incredibly important that these are tested or replaced.” She added homeowners should also ensure that their homes are locked up and adequately secured, in order to reduce the risk of a burglary during load shedding.
• Save Emergency contact information. People should save emergency contact information on their phones and also keep a paper copy safe and accessible, Steyn said. The list should include numbers for emergency services such as the fire department, police, and medical services. “Also, include contact information of friends and family along with insurance information.”
• Charge electronic devices. Always keep cell phones, laptops, and tablets fully charged in case of an unscheduled blackout, Steyn said. “It's also a good idea to have an emergency phone charger close by, this comes in handy during extended power outages. Remember to use devices sparingly during outages so that you don't drain the battery completely before the power returns.”
Adapted from: https://www.businessinsider.co.za/ways-to-stay-safe-during-eskom-loadshedding-2019-2 13 February 2019
Laddsworth Cricket players put in an excellent performance against Athlone Primary School on Saturday 2 March 2019.
Samuel Bishop (Grade 4) made 52 runs not out in the under 10A match.
Dax Jursa (Grade 6) made 66 runs not out in the under 11A match.
Marthinus Erasmus (Grade 7) took 5 wickets for 5 runs in the First Team match.
The boys each received a cricket ball for their fine efforts.
Pictured from Left to Right: Samuel Bishop, Marthinus Erasmus, Dax Jursa.
News supplied by Laddsworth Primary School.
The relevant experience or Qualifications.
Willingness to commit to a few classes in April and May (Mornings).
MiTH is located at The Knoll Historic Guest Farm, Knoll Drive, Hilton. Doors open at 6 pm and the music will kick off at 7 pm. Entrance is R40 at the door.
Tia Aurets (Grade 5) swam in the Under 11 Category and received Gold Medals for 25m Breaststroke and Backstroke, Silver Medals for 25m Freestyle and Butterfly, and a Bronze medal for the 100m Individual Medley.
Ella Hall (Grade 3) received a Bronze Medal for the Under 9 Individual Medley
Abigail Moodley (Grade 2) swam in the Under 7 Category and received a Silver Medal for 25m Backstroke and Bronze Medals for 25m Freestyle and Breaststroke.
Julia Nicholson (Grade 2) swam in the Under 7 Category and came 4th in 25m Freestyle heat and 2nd in the Breaststroke heat.
Owen Hall (Grade 1) swam in the Under 6 Category and received a Silver Medal for Backstroke and a Gold Medal for Breaststroke.
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If your child has difficulty with reading and/or can’t spell, is labeled as 'dyslexic' or/and 'ADHD', he or she is almost certainly a visual-spatial learner i.e. a right brain dominant learner. This means that they think and learn very differently to people who are left-brain dominant learners.
RESEARCH TELLS US THAT THE RIGHT-BRAIN STYLE OF LEARNING IS NOT A LEARNING DISABILITY BUT A DIFFERENT WAY OF LEARNING
Why do they often struggle to learn isolated words?
• These very intelligent, creative students are visual thinkers. This is a wonderful gift to have.
• They see 3D pictures, not words so can have difficulty translating their rich 3D images into words.
• They are ‘concrete’ learners who must understand the meaning and relevance of the words in context.
• They are ‘big picture’ thinkers who learn in wholes, not in parts.
• They have long term visual memories.
They don’t learn and remember through...
• memorization and rote learning;
• spelling rules;
• sounding out words (phonics);
• breaking up words into letters.
These are all left-brain skills for left-brain sequential learners who have short-term word memories. Even if your child remembers for the test, the words will not transfer into his/her long-term visual memory and written work.
So, how can they learn to remember?
Visualization is key! They must visualize whole words + images to spell them. Try this:
• Give child a pre-test on each word on whiteboard.
• Write each word correctly and large on coloured paper card (1/4 A4) with a coloured pen.
• Colour the letters that are incorrect in a different colour e.g. valuble: valuable
• Discuss each word and its meaning;
• Child draws around shape of word in black.
• Let your child draw right-brain memory ‘hooks’ on the word that make them think of the word. E.g. little pictures, funny symbols and stories about what they’ve drawn etc;
• Laugh and have fun – they remember humour!
• Teach them to visualise each word.
• Use whiteboard/coloured pens to write the whole word after visualization. Revise.
• Once in their visual memories it remains there!
• How many times do people in the real-world present documents in handwriting?
• Computers have spell checks;
• Poor spellers can get concessions for matric
‘Point score 40…18 equals vote, drink, drive. I don’t want to be living with my parents forever…what goes on the X-axis again? Oh, right. Independent factor. I should do more cardio…I wonder if my YouTubers have uploaded anything…have I been referencing incorrectly this entire time? I think I eat too much junk…status. That SUCKS! Rand to dollar…#FeesMustFall. I feel really hot today. Ugh! Never mind, thanks selfie. Why won’t they look at me...why are they staring at me!? What if I just, like, dropped dead from an aneurysm or something right now…I should really clean out my room. If ‘oct’ means eight, then why is OCTober the tenth month of the year…Aaah! Finals. Grow up…enjoy being young. Application…National Benchmark…interview…does my voice really sound like that? What if I fail at existence? What is existence? Did she just hand that in a week early? Ya, I’m definitely slacking. Live in the moment…plan ahead. I’m OK…I’m freaking out! If I could choose a superpower, I think it would be to freeze time…why is this taking so long! I’m tired…I can’t sleep. Stop treating me like a child…I can’t handle all this responsibility! Aaaaaaarrrggh!’
The thought process of a South African matric student today makes Attention Deficit Disorder look linear. I can’t speak for everyone, but I’m going to pretend that I can for simplicity’s sake. The period surrounding matric has always been a confusing one in people’s lives; the difference for this generation is that extreme-connectivity has condensed that confusion to a degree that feels frustratingly achievable yet frighteningly unsustainable. But still, we manage it. It’s managed us for so long that we feel obliged to return the favour.
We’re not lazy, we’re not shallow, we’re not neurotic and we’re not entitled; we’re the South African matric class of 2019. Hi, nice to meet you (presumably). We want to test our limits and we are excited about the future, but don’t expect us to jump up and down until we know how high the sky is. We’re passionate, but a little too cynical to fully believe that our passion is going to pay-out. We’re far-reaching, but perhaps a little short-sighted. We have big dreams and gargantuan realities. We store our thoughts in pixels, and sometimes forget where we put them. We get our faith and validation where we can because we know that they’re hard-to-come-by. We’re highly confident, with low self-esteem. The only thing we’re completely certain about is our uncertainty (have I mentioned that we’re confused, once or twice maybe?).
Don’t worry (too much), we’re not broken, we just haven’t got all our pieces together yet. Coming of age (whatever that means) in the new S.A. does present us with many problems, but it also provides us with a multitude of diverse, sometimes divergent pathways that will lead us to the solutions of those problems (whether they will be the right ones or not…I can’t say). It’s simply the navigation of those pathways that will be extremely challenging, maybe we could try GPS…
Submitted by Savannah Ingham, a Grade 12 pupil at school in Hilton.
Brett Gotte (Grade 3) won 3 Gold and 1 Silver medal and was the Under 9 Champion.
James Gotte (Grade 5) won 1 Silver and 3 Bronze medals.
Amelia Scholtz (Grade 2) won 2 Silver medals.
Hannahh Scholtz (Grade 5) won 2 Bronze medals.
Megan Coertze won 2 Gold, 1 Silver and 1 Bronze medal and was the Under 11 Champion.
Jess Gibson won 4 Gold medals and was the Under 7 Champion.
Patrick Gibson won 1 Gold medal.
Molly Gibson won 1 Silver medal.
Mr Gavin Lambooy (Headmaster) with Tyler Kent (Grade 1)
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