Grondeis kan ontwikkeling in sakesektor knou

LITA KOTZE

Die grondeis wat op 6 Februarie in die Staatskoerant gepubliseer is en wat ’n reuse stuk grondgebied in die noordoostelike dele van die Tshwane-metropool raak, kan die ekonomie van die stad ’n gevoelige slag toedien.

Dit spruit duidelik uit ’n gesprek met Sakkie Croukamp, ’n prokureur en inwoner van Derdepoort, wat die leiding geneem het om die gemeenskap bymekaar te roep om die eis op ’n geordende manier teen te staan.

Hoewel kenners van die wet en van sulke prosesse die gemeenskap tot kalmte gemaan het tydens die eerste vergadering te Derdepoort op 14 Februarie, blyk dit dat die rippel-effek wat die grondeis op die eiendomsmark en gevolglik op die algemene ekonomie van Pretoria kan hê, skrikwekkend kan wees.

“Na die vergadering het ek met die grootste handelsbanke gaan praat om te bepaal hoe die grondeis ons grondeienaars sal raak indien hulle hul eiendom wil verkoop of dit wil ontwikkel”, sê Croukamp. Die antwoord was “dat hulle nie prioriteit sal verleen aan lenings vir eiendomme waarop grondeise hangend is nie”.

Hy het ook met groot ontwikkelaars in Die Wilgers gaan praat. Een van die ontwikkelaars wat op die punt is om die ontwikkelde eiendomme op sy perseel te begin verkoop, het gesê hy kan nie bekostig om nege maande te wag voordat hy begin bemark nie. Croukamp se bevinding is “dat die grondeis ontwikkeling in die sakesektor beperk”.

Die grondeis van sowat 25 000 hektaar is deur mnr Victor Lekhuleni (48) van Mamelodi, stamhoof van die Bakgathla ba Lekhuleni-stam, ingedien. Sy prokureur, Vivien de Klerk, het grondeienaars gerusgestel dat Lekhuleni nie hul huise of besighede sal vat nie. Hy wil die grond terug hê, waarna inwoners dit vir 99 jaar van hom sal kan huur. Hierdie grond sluit in duisende private wonings, kleinhoewes, plase, skole, kerke, veiligheidskomplekse, sakesentrums, industriële gebiede en selfs plakkerskampe.

Waaroor Lekhuleni egter baie sterk voel is sekere dele van die Magaliesberg, soos by Franspoort (die omgewing waar die Cullinanpad en die KwaMhalanga-pad kruis), omdat dit is waar sy voorgeslagte vanaf die 1940s hul inisiasieskole bedryf het. Hy sê hulle het vanaf die 1800s in die gebied van die grondeis gewoon en dat hulle tussen 1958 en 1962 deur die polisie van hul grond af verwyder is.

Volgens verskeie kaarte en inligting beskikbaar word die volgende gebiede deur die grondeis geraak: Die Wilgers, Silverton, Brummeria, La Montagne, Murrayfield, Meyerspark, Lynnwood, Wapadrand, Silver Lakes, Derdepoort, Franspoort, Mamelodi, Eersterust, East Lynne, Môregloed, Moot en Koedoespoort.

Binne-in die gebied wat onder die grondeis val, is plekke geleë soos die Deutsche Schule Pretoria, die botaniese tuine, die WNNR en terreine van Transnet, Telkom, die Poskantoor, Eskom en selfs eiendom van ’n diplomatieke sending.

“Kragbeurte word nie regverdig toegepas nie”

Beurte vir beurtkrag in die Tshwane-metropool behoort nie op ’n rigiede manier toegepas te word, soos tans die geval is nie, maar behoort so geroteer te word dat dieselfde areas nie elke keer op dieselfde tyd van die dag sonder krag sit nie.

“Sekere areas van die stad het elke aand beurtkrag, terwyl ander geen beurtkrag het nie. Dit knou besighede in die kosbedryf soos wegneemete-ondernemings en restaurante” sê raadslid Siobhan Muller.

As voorbeeld noem sy inwoners in wyk 82 wie tussen 18:00 en 20:30 deur beurtkrag geraak word. “Dit is die tyd wat mense besluit waar om te gaan uiteet en dan na ander areas gaan wat nie beurtkrag het nie. Dit is ook die tyd wat werkende vroue tuis kom en aandetes moet voorberei.”

Muller reken kleiner besighede wat hulle moet wend tot kragopwekkers moet gemiddeld R32 000 daarvoor opdok en die wat dit nie kan bekostig nie, moet hulle deure tydens beurtkrag  – die besigste tyd van die dag vir kosverkope – toemaak.

Muller se sy word oorval deur klagtes hieroor en dat die kwessie nou na die betrokke portfoliokomitee verwys is.

“Die skedule soos dit is het ’n negatiewe impak op die ekonomie van die stad en moet dringend hersien word en roterende beurtkrag moet toegepas word.

“Sommige woonbuurte kry byna nooit beurtkrag nie omdat hulle beurt in die ure is voor die dag begin. Van die raad se beloftes om die DA se versoeke in hierdie verband te oorweeg, het nog niks gekom nie.”

 

Pretoria’s Pistorius trial named newsmaker for 2014

The Oscar Pistorius trial has been named the National Press Club – North-West University Newsmaker of the Year for 2014.

This includes the roles played in the trial by Oscar Pistorius himself, Judge Thokozile Masipa, prosecutor Adv Gerrie Nel and defence lawyer Adv Barry Roux.

National Press Club Chairperson, Jos Charle says both in terms of impact and news value and media attention in electronic, print, online and social media the trial dominated the news in 2014.

“For the first time in the history of South Africa, most of any trial’s court proceedings were broadcast live on a dedicated TV channel. An international Oscar Pistorius trial TV channel followed soon afterwards.  At least four books have been published on the trial – with more in the offing.

“Media-wise the trial was bigger than the FIFA 2014 World Cup. Judge Thokozile Masipa’s banning of blogging and tweeting of graphic evidence by pathologist Gert Saayman prompted 2 500 articles.  In 24 hours news and social media hit over 106 000 unique inserts.  Pistorius having retched in court was carried in 2 300 news articles. In nine days the press hit the 750 000 article mark,” says Charle.

“A digital revolution has been in the offing for long, but this trial has finally drawn the line on the old mass media dispensation,” says Prof Johannes Froneman of the Journalism Department at the North-West University.

“The shroud of secrecy has been ripped off court proceedings. We could all see, hear and read – on TV, radio, newspaper and smartphones – how the trail was unfolding.

Charle says the trial has irrevocably changed the manner in which news is compiled, covered and consumed.

“It is no longer a ‘one medium does one thing’ and ‘take it or leave it’.  The trial has realised digital media presentation – both media producers and media consumers have become much more sophisticated – overnight.

“The extremely high media visibility of the trial also placed the tragic results of violent human behaviour in the forefront. The essential timeous attention to such behaviour cannot be over-emphasised. The National Press Club expresses its heart-felt sympathy to all the role-players that suffered from the actions that gave rise to this trial – especially the Steenkamp family,” says Charle.

Palissander kamerkoor hou oudisies

Palissander, een van Suid-Afrika se toonaangewende kamerkore, hou tans oudisies.

Palissander is ‘n onafhanklike amateurkoor wat in 1992 gestig is. Die koor se kernwaardes is passie, oorvloed, vreugde, respek en aanvaarding.  Die koor oefen op Donderdagaande vanaf 19:15 tot 21:30 by die Universiteit van Pretoria.

Palissander geniet internasionale aansien en het tot dusver met groot sukses in Kanada, Kenia, Noorweë, Denemarke, Nederland, Frankryk, Italië, Duitsland en Spanje opgetree. Palissander toer elke tweede jaar oorsee en in die jare tussenin toer hulle plaaslik. Vanjaar se toer is van 3 tot 19 Julie na Italië en Frankryk.

Die koor bestaan uit tussen 24 en 28 lede. Daar is tans vakatures vir twee eerste soprane, ‘n eerste alt en ‘n tweede tenoor. Vorige koorervaring en die vermoë om te kan bladlees, is ‘n sterk aanbeveling.

Vir meer inigting oor oudisietye, kontak asseblief die dirigent, Sarita Hauptfleisch, by info@palissander.co.za of 082 784 0409.

Is retirement looming?

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  • What will the implications of estate duty be?
  • Could retirement money be invested off-shore?

We could put all of the above in perspective.

No two individual’s situations are the same.  We will structure a tailored plan which will suit your specific situation and needs.

For more information / service contact Elsabe Smith, a certified financial planner and a Fellow of the Internationally Affiliated Financial Planning Institute. Previously, for two years in succession, she was the top investment advisor in Sanlam, Gauteng North. She has also received the sought-after Golden Eagle reward from Sanlam for maintaining excellent performance and service levels. Via the Sanlam Glacier platform clients can access funds of Allan Gray, Investec, Coronation, and other asset managers.

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Jacques van Niekerk van Safari Tuinsentrum gee advies

Jou tuin in Maart

Maart is ’n maand van uiterstes: warm somerdae afgewissel met reën en skielike koue – ’n duidelike teken dat die seisoene begin draai. Voorbereiding vir ’n pragtige winter- en lentetuin moet nou gedoen word en daar is baie plantwerk wat wag. Die koel luggie ten spyt, word saad, saailinge en bolle nou geplant terwyl daar nog genoeg hitte vir ontwikkeling is.

Sit nou plante in die grond

Dit is nou ’n uitstekende tyd vir die plant van struike, bome en klimplante. Plante wat nou geplant word, het genoeg tyd om te begin groei voor die winter en verseker ’n sterk plant wat gevestig is wanneer die groeiseisoen aanbreek. Die plant verduur nou ’n kleiner oorplantingskok deurdat verdamping van grondvog deur die laer lugtemperatuur tot ’n minimum beperk word.

Beplan voordat jy gaan koop. Weet ten minste weet dat jy ‘n bedding oop het, of dit in die son of skadu is en hoe hoog en wyd die plante moet word. Kleurskema, permanent of eenjarig moet ook in ag geneem word.

Eenjarige blomplantjies is die beste vir kleur in prominente areas waar jy graag aandag wil vestig, maar ook die vryheid wil hê om soms heeltemal te verander sonder om ‘n fortuin te spandeer.

Plant primulas in spikkel- en volskadu. Al die skakerings van pienk, wit en wynrooi is beskikbaar. Boonop is daar weinig peste wat hulle aanval én hulle blom vinnig en lank.

Die eweknie vir die immergewilde primula vir sonnige areas is die papawer. Papawers met hul lang elegante blomstele en opvallende papieragtige blomme lyk op die oog af baie delikaat. Hulle is egter uiters gehard en sal wind en koue met gemak trotseer. Plant hulle in plekke waar ander plante sukkel. Nog staatmakers vir die winter is gesiggies en viooltjies.

Dis nou tyd vir saai

Vir die gemak van kliënte by die tuinsentrum word net saad wat nou gesaai moet word op die rakke gehou. Jy kan dus nie ’n fout maak nie. Koop plastiek saaibakke en vul dit met “Germination mix”. Saai volgens die instruksies en plaas waar daar genoeg lig is, maar nie direkte son nie, en hou klam.

Sade soos namakwalandse madeliefies, pronkertjies en virginiese vilette (stocks) word in die oopgrond gesaai en ontkiem vinnig en maklik. Bokbaaivygies en papawers is ook wenners in die volle son.

Blomsaailinge soos gesiggies, primulas en petunias word nou geplant selfs al moet verlede seisoen se kleurplantjies vir hulle plek maak. Petunias is by uitstek geskik vir wintermaande aangesien hulle droër toestande verkies en maklik vrek in die reënseisoen.

Pronkertjies is beskikbaar in die ranksoort wat opgelei moet word en die bosserige soort. Maak die grond goed los tot so vurkdiepte. Werk ‘n lekker dik laag Safari kompos in die grond met genoeg beenmeel. Voeg landboukalk by teen twee bakhande per vierkante meter en werk goed in. Week saad oornag in water en plant. Sodra die plantjies 10 cm hoog is, moet die groeipunte almal afgeknyp word tussen duim en voorvinger. Dit verseker kompakte plante met baie meer blomme.

Maak jou grasperk sterk

Voed grasperke aan die einde van Maart vir die laaste keer met Culterra 8:1:5 om dit sterker te maak vir die winter. Hierdie kunsmis word normaalweg aanbeveel vir blommende en vrugdraende plante, maar besit ‘n komponent wat selwande dikker en sterker maak en sodoende die gras beskerm teen koue. Moet nie later voeding vir die grasperk gee nie aangesien die gras dan in ’n dormante rusfase verkeer en enige verder voeding ’n mors van geld is.

Bolle is hier

Seker die grootste lekker van herfs is al die bolle wat nou geplant kan word. Goeie grondvoorbereiding en genoeg vog is noodsaaklik vir sukses. Bolle soos gekoop by die tuinsentrum is gewaarborg om te blom deurdat die blomembrio reeds in die bol gevestig is. Plant bolle na aan mekaar en eerder in digte kleurgroepe as yl verspreid.

Plant soorte wat op verskillende tye blom sodat die bedding vir ‘n paar maande kleurvol is of plant eenjarige blomplantjies tussenin vir kleur terwyl die bolle ontwikkel. Doen dus die beplanning en voorbereiding en hou jou tuinsentrum dop – as die bolle land moet jy daar wees. Soorte wat eers in Mei geplant moet word kan op ‘n droë, donker plek gebêre word totdat dit planttyd is.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

’n Honger kind kan nie leer nie”

Etresia Prinsloo en Frances Prinsloo (inlasfoto) word hartlik deur die beheerliggaam bedank vir die volgehoue entoesiasme waarmee hulle hierdie projek bedryf.

 Foto - Fotokrediet:  Laurette van der Vyver

In die 111de bestaansjaar van Laerskool Witpoort reflekteer die skool oor die baie seeninge wat hulle ontvang. Die Omgee-mammas by die skool se leuse is “’n Honger kind kan nie leer nie” en hulle het ten doel om soos die behoefte te ontstaan aan minderbevoorregte kinders kos, klere en babaprodukte te voorsien.

Hulle organiseer jaarliks twee groot leggings wat heelhartig deur die gemeenskap ondersteun word.  Die organiseerders in noue samewerking met die hoof doen ’n behoeftebepaling en voorsien dwarsdeur die jaar uit hierdie bydraes kospakkies aan gesinne.

Lede van die publiek wat wil betrokke raak, is welkom om nie-bederfbare produkte by die skool se kantoor in te handig.

 

 

 

Sustainability week a highlight in the environmental calendar

Thought leaders, policy makers, practitioners and producers within the country and beyond will share their knowledge at Sustainability Week, hosted by alive2green from 23 to 28 June at the CSIR International Convention Centre in Pretoria.

This year the programme boasts 14 seminars which offer opportunities for various stakeholders to share ideas to ultimately improve environmental and economic performance. A new addition to the programme, African Capital Cities Sustainability Forum, hosted by the City of Tshwane, will seek to lay the foundation for African cooperation at city level and urban scale.

In addition to the extended Green Building and Sustainable Energy programmes, three new seminars on Mining, Manufacturing and Infrastructure have been introduced.

Other items on the Sustainability Week programme include a Responsible Tourism Dialogue, a panel discussion for Youth and the Green Economy as well as a Green Home Fair with an organic market and household products for green living, scheduled to take place at Brooklyn Mall.

Sustainability Week takes place at the CSIR ICC from 23 to 28 June 2015. For more information on Sustainability Week, visit www.sustainabilityweek.co.za.

The SACBW hosts networking golf day


The SA Council for Business Women (SACBW) will host their first presidential networking golf day on 11 March at the Woodhill Country Club in Pretoria.

They are inviting anyone to participate in their annual golf day to support their projects and initiatives to help them in unlocking potential as well as rub shoulders with fellow business minds.

The SACBW is a non-profit organisation that supports various projects nationally such as their iDuc Project participation in No Violence against Women and Children campaign and their Youth project – Dream Big!  The SACBW is active in initiatives such as mentors for informal enterprises and enterprise development for unemployed youth.

You can get involved by a fourball entry at R4 000, which includes 18 holes at one of South Africa’s top rated golf courses, a SACBW registration gift, refreshments at registration and halfway lunch. It also includes a prize giving with 3 course dinner, great entertainment and prizes. There is also the option of sponsoring holes at R2 000.
   For more information on the golf day, contact Cerita Nagy on 079 669 3432 or email her on president@sacbw.org. Carts are limited and need to be reserved directly with Woodhill Country Club, you can email them on golf@woodhill.co.za

PHOTOS WITH SANTA BENEFIT LOCAL CARE CENTRE

Monique Janse van Rensburg, Marketing Manager of Kolonnade, Loraine Loots from the Care Centre with a few of their residents.

Kolonnade Shopping Centre’s annual Festive Season activity, Photos with Santa, donates a percentage of the funds raised to charity.  The 2014 Festive Season’s charity of choice was the local Uitkoms Care Centre for mentally disabled adults situated a mere two blocks away from the centre in Montana Park.

 

In February 2015 Uitkoms received a Kolonnade Gift Card to the value of R8000 to purchase necessities for the home from the centre.

 

Monique Janse van Rensburg, Marketing Manager of Kolonnade, Loraine Loots from the Care Centre with a few of their residents.

Monique Janse van Rensburg, Marketing Manager of Kolonnade, Loraine Loots from the Care Centre with a few of their residents.

 

Kasparov MiniChess Mobile Game launched

Armand Du Plessis, Mr South Africa, Marizel Conradie Van Zyl (4), Joost Tshabalala (11), Storm Du Toit (7) and Marisa van der Merwe, founder of Kasparov MiniChess Mobile Game, with Cheddar the Chess Mouse at the launch of the Kasparov MiniChess Mobile Game.

PHOTO: Lisa Dewberry

LISA DEWBERRY

Chess enthusiasts, business leaders, personalities and children gathered at the MiniChess Head Office in Monument Park for the international unveiling of the Kasparov MiniChess Mobile Game on 24 February.

Marisa van der Merwe, founder of the game, says development of the game concept began after Gary Kasporov, Chess Grandmaster and former World Chess Champion, accepted the idea of endorsing the mobile app on 26 June 2012.

“I wanted to develop children’s broadbase lifeskills through a variety of learning skills and nurture entrepreneurship inside communities. The Kasparov MiniChess Mobile Game develops mathematics, pre-reading and writing skills, listening exercises and life skills, planning and strategic thinking, emotional awareness, reasoning and problem solving,” she says.

Van der Merwe says the educational game is broken down into over 80 different mini-games that children can play led by Cartoon character Cheddar the Chess Mouse. She says it is a new opportunity for all ages to learn through colourful, interactive and fun play with children as young as five being able to play.

“The concept of the Kasparov MiniChess Mobile Game was designed by Michelle Robbertse, local game concept designer, and was developed and published by HeroCraft, a Russian game developer. It will be housed in the Apple app store and Google Play store and is available for all medium size mobile phones and tablets,” says Van der Merwe.

Van der Merwe says this game aims to assists children in all aspects of life inspiring strategic thinking and confidence through a fun teaching tool which empowers children towards a bright future and creates jobs. She says by taking hands with international leaders, she hopes the Kasparov MiniChess Mobile Game will continue to inspire South Africans and their children for generations to come.

 

Armand Du Plessis, Mr South Africa, Marizel Conradie Van Zyl (4), Joost Tshabalala (11), Storm Du Toit (7) and Marisa van der Merwe, founder of Kasparov MiniChess Mobile Game, with Cheddar the Chess Mouse at the launch of the Kasparov MiniChess Mobile Game. PHOTO: Lisa Dewberry

Armand Du Plessis, Mr South Africa, Marizel Conradie Van Zyl (4), Joost Tshabalala (11), Storm Du Toit (7) and Marisa van der Merwe, founder of Kasparov MiniChess Mobile Game, with Cheddar the Chess Mouse at the launch of the Kasparov MiniChess Mobile Game.
PHOTO: Lisa Dewberry

 

 

 

DSP Robotics team reeps awards

Thomas Kabutz and James Kim who were placed 19th from 75 teams.

Robotics is an extra-mural activity offered at the Deutsche Schule Pretoria (DSP) since 2010. From only a few interested learners, the number has since grown to over 100 students wanting to participate.

“In no small way this is thanks to the success of the core team which today reeps many awards, including the Winning Alliance Award, the trophy for the highest score overall and the PTC Design Award , for the best South African robot design,” says Linde Leeflang, spokesperson at DSP.
   Two DSP teams qualified to represent South Africa at the World Robotics Olympiad (WRO) in Sochi, Russia. Of 75 teams from all over the world the DSP- team, “Control C“, achieved 19th place. The team consists of Thomas Kabutz and James Kim.

In addition the DSP-teams participated in the South African qualifications of the First Lego League. Due to their success, the “SAP Cheese Team“  has been invited to America to compete in the international competition in Atlanta this year. This competition is not only about making the robot execute certain tasks, but includes being evaluated on a.o. team work, presentation and project research.

When asked how they came up with their robot design, Heiko Kabutz and Thomas Hettasch said: “We have designed, built and tested and re-designed, re-built and re-tested about 20 times in the last two years until we have succeeded“.

 

Thomas Kabutz and James Kim who were placed 19th from 75 teams.

Thomas Kabutz and James Kim who were placed 19th from 75 teams.

 

 

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