MONTHLY NEWS No.222 – 31st March 2017



Hello everyone from the Maintenance Department! 2017 is well on its way with the blink of an eye. In January we were jokingly saying what’s the plan for Easter; well it’s about two weeks’ away!

There has been a steady flow of work coming in from the beginning of the year but we would have liked it if the stress levels were a bit higher trying to organise a tighter workload schedule. Up it central Johannesburg we are electrically revamping two 10 story government buildings which has been a relief to the poor office workers who have virtually no lights at all to work with, besides their computer screens. But it’s that time of the year that the Government institutions suddenly realise that they have to spend their budgets and everything will be a mad rush.

I was fortunate enough to  have had  a day lecturing our DUT  students  on  hydraulics, Pneumatics and oil fired boiler operation. They are all studying to become electricians and engineers. I must say what a pleasure this was relating to a very intelligent bunch of ladies who seemed to find and show an interest in
what I was talking about and asking lots of questions.  Although  some  of  the questions were to do with other types of machinery but having been in the trade since 1974 I was able to answer most of them.

Below are the students being shown how a trucks hydraulic system works:

 Below are students being shown haw a pneumatic tool operates:

Dut 2As far as our vehicles go we have been busy revamping one of our older trucks that’s just had a brand new makeover:

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In today’s economic climate it is always a challenge trying to keep older, robust trucks on the road but with our type of work one has no option. Until next time let’s hope we will be streaming with lots of good news.

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Fun and interesting facts about electricity

  1. Have you ever wondered why birds sitting on a power line don’t get electrocuted? If a bird sits on just one power line it is safe. However, if the bird touches another line with a wing or a foot, it creates a circuit, causing the electricity to flow through the body. This results in electrocution.

2.  In the average home, 75% of the electricity used to power electronics is consumed while the products are turned off. The average desktop computer idles at 80 watts, while the average laptop idles at 20 watts. A PlayStation 3 uses about 200 watts, both when it’s active and when it’s idle.

3. Google searches account for about 0.013% of the worlds’ energy usage. This equals enough electricity to power 200,000 homes continuously. The energy it   takes to conduct 100 searches on Google is the equivalent of a light bulb burning for 28 minutes.

pic 54.  A refrigerator uses less energy than a PlayStation 3.

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5.  A Malawian teenager named William Kamkwamba taught himself how to build a windmill out of junk and bring power to his village. He then went on to build a second, larger windmill to power irrigation pumps. He did this all from books he read in the library.

6.  Sweden’s recycling program is so successful that they are asking Norway for their trash to power their own Waste-to-Power plants because they don’t have   enough non-recycled waste.

7.  A jail in Brazil allows its inmates to pedal exercise bikes to power lights in a nearby town in exchange for reduced sentences. Volunteers in the medium-security prison earn one day off their sentence for every three eight-hour shifts they spend on the bikes.

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 pic 8Construction Dust: The Risk to Health and How to Create a Safer Working Environment

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Construction dust is a serious health hazard that can and should be controlled and managed. On construction sites, it can be easy to overlook a less noticeable hazard such as dust, for something much more tangible like scaffolding or machinery. Yet around 12,000 people die every year from occupational respiratory diseases—many more than the number of fatalities from work-related accidents.

 Why Such High Statistics?

Dust is everywhere on construction sites as a result of various activities, from cutting and sanding materials to excavation, drilling, and demolition.  It’s an impossible substance to avoid.  But while the stats remain high, it is an unnecessary risk to health that should be effectively managed on every construction site.  And it’s important to note that some types of dust are worse than others.

For example, ongoing inhalation or ingestion of fibrous dust and silica dust—generated from materials such as granite, concrete, and sandstone, or disturbing asbestos-containing materials can cause potentially fatal illnesses such as lung cancer and other serious respiratory diseases.

Other dusts—generated from wood, plasterboard, or limestone—have lower toxicity levels. So, although with continual exposure they will cause damage to health, the life-threatening risks are lower.

There’s no doubting that the body is an incredible machine.  It works hard on a daily basis to expel from its system foreign particles that have been inhaled or ingested via food, drink. or simply by licking one’s fingers.  But, sadly, it’s not infallible.

Harms from Exposure to Construction Dust Foreign particles that get past the body’s defences can settle in the lung tissues where they stay indefinitely.

For those who are exposed to dust regularly, as is the case for most workers in the construction industry, this settlement of particles builds up.  This is why the risk from dust is high.  Moreover, it can often take years for the effects of dust exposure to show, by which time it can be too late to do anything about it.

For those who are exposed to dust regularly, as is the case for most workers in the construction industry, this settlement of particles builds up.  This is why the risk from dust is high.  Moreover, it can often take years for the effects of dust exposure to show, by which time it can be too late to do anything about it.

The results of exposure to dust can be broken down into five categories:

  •     Respiratory cancers
  •     Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD)
  •     Pneumoconiosis
  •     Non-cancerous respiratory diseases
  •     Occupational asthma

Life-threatening, respiratory cancers include lung cancer and a cancer of mesothelial tissue (mesthelioma), which is associated with exposure to asbestos. And, according to the HSE,it’s estimated that as many as 20 trades’ people a week could be dying from asbestos damage to their lungs.

COPD, which includes chronic bronchitis and emphysema, is a disease that reduces the size of the airways.  It has no cure.  There are an estimated 4,000 work-related COPD deaths in Great Britain each year.

Pneumoconiosis is a disease that tends to go unnoticed for years.  It’s caused by exposure to dusts, such as asbestos and silica.  And while it has declined in recent years, with lax health standards on some construction sites, it is still a definite risk.

The last two health-risk categories may not have the same impact as the first three, but that doesn’t mean they should be taken any less seriously.  Any respiratory disease, including asthma, will have a huge impact on quality

of  life,  affecting  everything  from  carrying  out menial tasks to playing in the park with the kids. And the latest HSE information shows that there are  around 10,000  new  cases  of  work-related respiratory problems each year.pic 10But it can be avoided.

How Can the Risk on Construction Sites Be Minimized?

Minimizing health risks comes down to ensuring you have (and use) the right equipment.

The two most common effective ways to reduce the risk of dust when performing standard tasks on construction sites are:

Water dampening is an effective method, but it can be difficult to manage.  It requires the site to be thoroughly soaked prior to beginning work, and a constant flow of water to be maintained during the entire task to prevent dust particles becoming airborne.  Therefore, having a sufficient supply of water and access to it are crucial elements.

The second method for reducing the risk of dust permeating the air is using specialist extraction and filtration units. With the right dust extraction and filtration systems in place, along with barriers and enclosures, construction dust can be efficiently managed and contained.

This latter method greatly reduces the risk of over-exposure for site personnel, and can cut potential clean-up costs that may occur when carrying out works adjacent to sensitive surroundings.


Protecting the health of construction site personnel is paramount to reduce the number of people affected by occupational respiratory diseases each year. And remember, it’s easily overcome—simply have the right risk assessments in place and use the right equipment to create a safer, cleaner environment for everyone.

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Blastfrom the PAST

Can you guess who these adorable little faces belong to??

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Pub & Diner

April Friday Food Special

07 – Vetkoek & Mince

21 – Omlette Muffins

28 – TBA

2017 has been a great year so far from the initiation of new Ja Bru members to fun-filled music nights and seeing new as well as old faces whether they were local or far away.  In January we had the privilege of welcoming our youngest Ja Bru Member to date, Dylan “Smous” as well as our oldest member to date, Theo “One-Two, One-Two” pic 14

In February Ernst and John graced our little pub with some music. This was a very well attended evening including some of the CREC staff sneaking in for a bit of dinner and dancing. We definitely look forward to having them back here tearing up the carpet in the future.  March brought with it some more music with the angel-voiced Don Seagreen (left). A beautiful performance that just kept people begging for more; don’t worry, he’ll be back in the future!!  pic 15Fried Cinnamon Roll Apple Turnovers


Serves 9-10 turnovers

2 Granny Smith apples, chopped

2 tablespoons flour

2 tablespoons brown sugar
1½ tablespoons cinnamon

1 pack of 5 large cinnamon rolls (or you can use normal bread dough)

1 egg

Vegetable oil

Cinnamon sugar for coating


  1. Heat 2 inches of vegetable oil in a pot to 350˚F/120˚C.
  2. Pat chopped Granny Smith apples dry with paper towel.
  3. Mix in brown sugar, cinnamon, and 1 tbsp of flour.
  4. Open your cinnamon rolls and reserve icing.
  5. Cut the cinnamon rolls in half and roll out each half into a 2 in x 2 in
    square. Place a dollop of icing and apple mixture onto the square.
  6. Beat egg in a bowl and brush the sides of the square.
  7. Fold the square into a turnover shape and seal closed with your finger,
    making sure to get the air out from inside.
  8. Primp the edges with a fork.
  9. Place turnovers into oil and fry for about 2 minutes on each side or until
    golden brown.
  10. Toss in cinnamon sugar.
  11. Serve and enjoy!


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A little note from the stores..

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Birthdays April/May – Happy Birthday to the following people for April & May:

08.04.2017 – Leonard

09.04.2017 – Vic Lotter

13.04.2017 – Neil Stewart

14.04.2017 – Jordash Boddy

04.05.2017 – Innocent Nkabinde

07.05.2017 – Bassie Wessels

12.05.2017 – Amon Thabethe

17.05.2017 – Tony Petersen

22.05.2017 – Sherry & Brigdett Nicholson

24.05.2017 – Armsy Canham

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 Ambrose Williams

Word of the Month

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What are some Natural ways to Quit Smoking??

If you are reading this post right now, then you know that smoking is bad for you. You know you should quit. You likely have loved ones that want you to quit. You know you are endangering your health and the health of others around you. You know you need to quit. But it’s so hard isn’t it? It’s easy to overlook the cold hard facts about smoking. We’re bombarded with facts everywhere – from television and radio advertisements to guerrilla marketing in the streets, to the advice of family or friends. You just can’t get away from people telling you that smoking is bad.

Maybe that’s a good thing. Smoking is one of the biggest causes of preventable disease and death in the United States. According to the Centres for Disease Control and Prevention, smoking results in “more than 480,000 premature deaths and over $300 billion in direct health care expenditures and productivity losses each year.”  pic 24




The Stats on Smoking

Right now, nearly 20 million women in the United States smoke cigarettes. Did you know that a female smoker’s risk of disease and death is actually greater than a man’s risk?

The CDC state that between 1964 and 2014, “a woman’s risk of dying from smoking has MORE THAN tripled.” If that’s not scary enough, consider these additional facts from the CDC:

  •  200,000 women die every year from smoking-related disease
  • Women smokers over the age of 35 have a slightly higher risk of death from heart disease than men who smoke
  • Female smokers are more likely to die from COPD than male smokers

Long story short, smoking is bad and it’s even worse for women, it seems.

The good news is that smoking among U.S. adults has decreased by over 5 million people in the last 9 years. This means there are less people smoking and more people quitting. If they can do it, you can too.

That’s what I’m here to share with you today. So let’s start the only way I know how; with the natural approach. When people first started asking me for advice on how to quit smoking once and for all, I had to find out, what are some natural ways to quit smoking?

 Conventional Smoking Cessation Aids

Back in the early 90s, the popular go-to for many smokers was Nicotine Replacement Therapy (NRT). According to National Institute on Drug Abuse, NRTs such as the nicotine patch or nicotine gum were the “first pharmacological treatments approved by the FDA for smoking cessation.”

You can imagine the popularity of these treatments when they first came on the market. Later, medications like Chantix and Zyban were also developed.

These treatment options have helped thousands of people quit smoking and can be discussed with your physician if you feel they might be a good fit for you. Keep in mind, the side effects can be severe and plentiful with these treatments so please weigh all your options before committing.

However, the side effects of continuing to smoke are likely much worse. At least the medication treatments are short-term and will stop you from a long-term addiction.

 Natural Ways to Quit Smoking

I’m going to guess that if you landed here on the Health Ambition site, you’re looking for a natural way to quit smoking. Lucky for you there is tons of advice out there on how to successfully accomplish this. As always, I’m here to tell you about it!

Preparation is Key

While most people think that quitting starts from the moment you finish that last cigarette, that is far from the truth. To have the best chance of success, you should go through a thorough preparation period to get your body, and more importantly your mind, ready for what is to follow.

thorough preparation period to get your body, and more importantly your mind, ready for what is to follow.  Some people quit cold turkey without a prior thought and handle it just fine. Others need planning, assistance and time.

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5.  Ways to Prepare Yourself to Quit Smoking

 1.  Discover Your “Why”

I think the most important thing a smoker can do as they start their journey is to figure out why they are doing it. How do you figure that out? It comes down to asking yourself some simple, yet extremely meaningful and helpful questions:

  •  WHY are you quitting?
  •  WHY is quitting important to you?
  •  WHY is this time going to be different?
  •  WHY are you ready to make this change?

Answering these simple questions will get your mind in the right space. It will remind you why you have decided to do this, who you are doing it for and why you are going to succeed. Maybe you are quitting for health reasons or because you don’t want to set a bad example for your children. Maybe you are quitting because you had a loved one die from a smoking-related illness or maybe you are just sick and tired of being dependent on nicotine.

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 2.   Track Your Current Habit

Something you can do, even before you have your last cigarette, is monitor your current behaviors. Tracking your smoking habit is a great way to see when, where and how your smoking habits occur. I know for lots of my friends, they often mindlessly smoked due to boredom, anxiety or social situations.

Identifying the things you might be doing mindlessly can be helpful. Try it out by asking these questions and then tracking yourself for a week or two.

  •  What time of the day are you smoking?
  •  What triggers the need to smoke?
  •  Are you smoking out of habit, for social reasons, boredom, etc.?
  • How often are you smoking?
  • Where are you smoking?
  • With whom are you smoking?

What time of the day are you smoking? What triggers the need to smoke? Are you smoking out of habit, for social reasons, boredom, etc.? How often are you smoking? Where are you smoking? With whom are you smoking?

Pinning down all of these points can be very eye-opening. Sure you might know that drinking alcohol causes you to smoke more, but who are you with when that happens? Where are you when that happens? Getting intimate with your habit’s surroundings can really help you when you actually quit.

 3.  Tell Friends and Family about Your Decision

There is nothing like good old accountability to keep you on task. Publicly acknowledging that you are trying to kick a habit is a great way to do this. Tell your friends and family, or even post on social media. This step can be a great way to hold yourself accountable to your goals.   You are going to be much   more motivated throughout the process and eager to not let others down.  pic 27You can even go so far as to create your own smoke-free accountability group.  Accountability groups are successful because you can have a group of   like-minded individuals, eager to accomplish the same goal. The camaraderie you develop with each other can pull you all up in a positive direction

4.  Fill your Smoke-Free Tool Box

In this day and age there are plenty of tools available on your computer, your smartphone or even in your town or city that can help you quit. Check out the following tools you can plan to have on hand before you start.

  • Smoking apps on your phone that helps you quit.
  • Nicotine Anonymous 12-step Recovery Program
  • Toll-free hotlines through the CDC Cold-Turkey Quitters Support Group

5.   Learn to Manage Your Triggers and Cravings

Knowing triggers in advance can help you learn to deal with them. Triggers can come in different forms such as emotions, habits or social situations. If you know certain emotions like anxiety, stress or loneliness cause you to reach for a cigarette, start brainstorming new ways to ease those troublesome feelings.

Perhaps triggers come when you are in the midst of daily habits like drinking a coffee on the way to work, or while drinking alcohol or talking on the phone. If you can identify these situations ahead of time, you can be more aware of subconsciously reaching for a smoke.

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Lastly there can be social triggers like certain social events, bars and or even hanging in a group of smokers. You might have to plan to avoid these places initially, especially if you know it will be too hard to stay strong.

  Slowly reintroduce yourself once your cravings are under control.

After you prepare to quit, then comes the time when you just have to do it. You will eventually smoke your last cigarette. The cravings will kick in. The feeling that you won’t succeed will be in the forefront of your mind. The thought that maybe you don’t want to succeed will also be there

Ignore it.

Instead try these 4 things in order to stay occupied without resorting to medicated relief or alternate addictions.

 4. Things to Do Once You’ve Quit

1.  Stay Busy

Idle hands are the devil’s playground. The most important thing you can do, especially in the early days is stay busy. Now is a great time to pick up a newhobby, try a new sport, scout out a new park or theater or even try a new form of transportation, like a bicycle, to get to work.

2. Exercise

Speaking of biking, exercise is an amazing way to spend your time now that you aren’t smoking. Not only will you get out some pent-up frustration but you’ll also brighten your mood, increase your strength and stamina and help out your overall health and well-being.

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 3.  Avoid Smoke-Filled Events, People and Restaurants

A great thing to keep in mind during this time is smoke-free establishments. You probably don’t want to stay busy by checking out a new smoke-filled bar down the street. Plan your smoke-free playtime in places where smoking is not allowed; places like a movie theater, the library, a bookstore, museum, art gallery or even a local gym or pool

4.  Don’t Take One Single Puff

At some point in time you will likely be so overcome with the urge to smoke that you’ll think, I just need one puff. Don’t do it. I beg you. That one puff could send you into a downward spiral.

For me, I had the occasional cigarette here and there in my younger days but I never developed an addition or urge past that. My dad however, smoked most of his life and after quitting 5 years ago has told me that if he had even 1 cigarette, he’d be at the store buying a carton a minute later.

We are all different, you know yourself and what you can handle. Just be smart about it and always go back to your “why.”If these aren’t enough ideas for what to do in the midst of  quitting,  you  can  always  try  about 101  more ideas here. Even with all this preparation and these great tactics in place, without the aid of medication or NRTs, quitting cold turkey can still be extremely difficult. The good news is there are tons of other natural helpers out there waiting for you.

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When it comes to quitting you have to try what works best for you. Aside from giving it the good old college try you can also solicit assistance from some natural tactics said to help with quitting your smoking habit.

The Quit smoking Community discusses the 5 best ways to quit smoking naturally, they

  •  Water
  • Ginger Grape Juice
  • Ginseng
  • Vitamins

Water helps flush toxins out of your body and gives you that extra boost your body so desperately needs as it rids itself from years of nicotine abuse.

Ginger is a great aid for an upset stomach. When quitting, people often complain of an upset stomach. Ginger is a great way to help with that symptom.

Grape juice has acids that naturally detoxify your body and along with water can help clean your body of toxins more quickly.

Ginseng is said to help control cravings, along with many other benefits:

And finally, vitamins of course will help replenish the system that you may have been ignoring all along.If you are looking for some more spiritual assistance with quitting, give these two options a try.

1.  Meditation and Mantras

I talk time and time again, in many of my blog posts, about the importance, significance and benefits of meditation. You’d be remiss to ignore all the benefits meditation has to offer. Mantras are something I don’t discuss quite as often but they are something I totally use in everyday life. Finding a mantra that you connect with, learning it and then repeating it daily or during triggers or cravings can really help move you through the tough parts of quitting cigarette

2.  Smoking Cessation Retreat

Want to take a more relaxing and Zen approach to quitting? Try out a Smoking Cessation Retreat. You can have your choice between an outdoorsfitness-based retreat or a more spiritual soul- searching retreat. Either way you’ll be surrounded by plenty of like-minded people trying to kick their smoking habit just like you.  It’s a great way to make lifelong friends, gain new insight, receive counselling and help with behaviour modification. If you aren’t up for a week-long retreat you can always check to see if a smoking cessation day clinic is available in your area.

 Final Thoughts

While trying to quit smoking might be one of the most difficult things you’ll ever do, it is certainly not impossible. By preparing beforehand, discovering your why and using all the tools in your smoke-free toolbox, you’ll be well on your way to being nicotine-free. Remember that preparation, acknowledgement of your current surroundings, and getting in touch with why you are doing this, will be the ultimate tools to success.

So what do you think? Are you ready to kick your habit for good and experience a life of health and freedom from addiction? I hope so. We are all ready, willing and waiting to help you on your journey. If you are in the process of quitting or thinking about quitting, please comment below so we can hear your struggles and your story.

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Attention all CREC staff

Re: Year-end Appraisal

It is always a pleasure to write a letter to the staff of the company, especially after a difficult and challenging year.

I can’t begin to tell you how much I appreciated the extra mile all staff went to in this year (2016). I want to take this opportunity to thank everyone for all their efforts throughout the year. The success of our company is built on the efforts of our employees and in this past year we have enjoyed many successes. Thank you for the dedication, loyalty and commitment that each one of you has shown CREC.

We’ve come through a year that was filled with both challenges and victories. It has been very reassuring to know that we can count on all of you regardless of what faces us. On behalf of CREC (BR team, Directors & Management), please allow me to extend my personal and genuine appreciation to each and every one of you for your valuable contributions to this company. Working with you this past year has been a pleasure and we’re proud to have you all with us.

We offer our best wishes and happiness to you and your families.

Here is to another hair-raising, positive and memorable 2017.

Best regards


Arn Petersen


ECA  Awards 2016

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Left: Finalist for Reticulation Contractor of the Year

Right: Arn Petersen (holding the trophy) accepting quite an interesting looking award on behalf of Cato Ridge Electrical Construction (Pty) Ltd (on display in reception)

On behalf of the directors, we would like to congratulate Cato Ridge Electrical Construction (Pty) Ltd on winning not only one, but TWO awards in the annual ECA (Electrical Contractors’ Association) Presidential Excellence Awards. We won First Prize for Industrial Installations, which is the most sought after award in South Africa and Finalist for Reticulation Contractor of the Year. This is an outstanding achievement especially considering the difficulties and obstacles that we as a company have had to face and overcome during the past two years.

We want to really thank all the staff from the bottom of our hearts for all their hard work, support and dedication because without all you amazing people we would not have achieved this accomplishment.

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 Oom Bills Final Farewell

Almost 12 years at CREC.

My 1st interview with Kim was in his office in February 2005, the next one was appropriately in a Pub, employed as Marketing Manager at Specialised Electrical Components, now Voltex MV/LV Solutions.

In my working life of 55 years in the electrical industry some of my best years were at CREC. Each and every day was different, particularly if you were going on a business trip or customer visit with Kim; you never knew where you might end up, or with Andre, getting lost far north in the sugar cane fields.

When I changed to marketing for CREC my travels, mainly with Kim, took me to places such as North Coast, South Coast, East London, Cape Town, all over Durban, PMB, Newcastle, Bloemfontein, Kimberly, Potchefstroom, Ladysmith, JHB & Pretoria where we became, as English speaking Sharks supporters, honorary members of the Cave Pub in a Predominately Afrikaans speaking and Bulls supporting Pub in Pretoria North, some achievement!

International travel was another experience. Travelling to Maseru, flying in a heavy storm to Maseru; Lesotho, Swaziland a few times, where we had no option but to share the honeymoon suite, but that is another story! Mozambique, Maputo, Beira, Dombe, deep in the bush where not even birds existed.

pic-5 Then the trips to Morocco and South Korea, never in my wildest dreams would I have thought that I would visit these countries, All these trips were hard work, but lots of fun as well.


All the trips I had with everyone at CREC was a lot of fun to me, and I ended up in some lovely pubs found along the ways. A cold beer was always required to quench the thirst after many kilometres of travelling. Through all the travelling I met many customers, many who had never heard of CREC, then the best kept secret in KZN and Southern Africa.


(Left)Kim, Rob Harrington & I having supper at the market in Marrachech, Morroco

(Right) The choices available

As time went on age was catching up and I joined Peter assisting with tenders, big and small, putting in plenty of hours compiling these tenders, frustrated by suppliers trying to obtain quotations, but very satisfied when the tender was delivered. Highly satisfied when a tender resulted in an order. Thanks to Sarah, and Charlmari for adding the final mostly “waste of time” documents required. CREC has a reputation of submitting quality tenders keep it up Charlmari and Taylea!

The G Spot, what can I say! Every day was a lot of fun, all the discussions, everything about anything, who can ever forget Jägermeister? The G spot is another story, as is Ja Bru!

As mentioned before some of the best years of my working life were spent at CREC, thanks to the friendship of all. Through the trials and tribulations, always a TEAM. Keep it up!!!!!


 Oom Bill


Yearly rumbles and groans from The Grumbler

December, and the Christmas break has come so quickly this year, it seems as though only yesterday I was writing a year end message for 2015.

2016 has been a horrific year, our economy appears to show no promise of recovery and for that very reason the entire country and its people find themselves under immense stress and pressure to make ends meet.  Daily I see the strain of it on every ones faces and actions.pic-10

Every day I worry and pray for our country and people; as we watch South Africa slide into what appears to be the same pitfalls most African countries have fallen into since gaining their independence.

I see ethics, integrity and compassion wither away, making room only for greed and power. But it is not only us nor the African continent, who are experiencing tough times; the whole world seems to be on a downward spiral.


Yet it is said after the darkness comes light; oh how we hope and pray for the light to come sooner rather than later. My wife has the uncanny knack of seeing the good no matter the situation; so let me attempt to take a page out of her book.

Our large project in Ladysmith has run smoothly this year, and as the plant expands so too does our scope; I believe this proves our staff have impressed the client with their dedication and sound work ethics, and in doing so have given the client the confidence to retain our services.

Many small projects have been undertaken this year and many of them have had extremely tight deadlines which have necessitated an awful lot of extended hours and weekend work in order to meet these deadlines. Our staff have endured these trying conditions without complaint and shown exemplary dedication and commitment in not only completing these projects timeously but also producing very aesthetic installations.

The directors, administration, commercial, procurement, legal, maintenance and tender departments have worked tirelessly keeping the ship afloat and deserve, along with the construction department, an enormous pat on the back and a gigantic and much appreciated thank you for overcoming all the storms and seeing us through some very tough times. I cannot single out any one person for going the extra mile or for outstanding feats in 2016; but can without reservation say each and every member of Cato Ridge Electrical have in their own way achieved outstanding feats and gone the extra mile. It is on that note that I convey my thanks and deep appreciation to every single member of Cato Ridge Electrical, you are a unique and very special group of people.

It is now time to look forward to 2017, with optimism, anticipation, courage and faith that our endeavours will be prosperous that our actions be positive and that our Cato Ridge Electrical emerges triumphant in the coming year. That our personal goals are achieved and our economy and country surface from the darkness into a light so bright that our children’s children can harvest from it in the years to come. We trust our 2017 big generator project in Gauteng will be a resounding success and that our other big promising endeavour for 2017 will be realised later this month, which will give us a wonderful boost in the New Year, and that the new challenges will be relished and undertaken with gusto and enthusiasm.

So in conclusion; I now look forward to a relaxing break over the festive season, enjoying the company of family and friends and my granddaughters very first Christmas. I wish you all a wonderful relaxing festive season, and pray the good lord blesses you all and that you all return safe, invigorated and ready to take on the challenges of 2017.

Best wishes and God bless.

The Grumbler

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CONSTRUCTION & Maintenance

Hi everyone from the maintenance department. Well it certainly looks and feels like it was a blink of any eye and Xmas is upon us. No one can say that this year has not gone by super quickly, it really feels like just the other day we talking about the same thing!

We are trying to wind down for the end of the year festive season but to be quite honest I would love a bit more work to roll in before the year ends. Looking back at the rollercoaster ride that we all experienced this past year we come to realise that it has taken its toll on a lot of us but has made us stronger all at the same time. I must say having too much work instead of too little is a better feeling with regards to the stress level.

My maintenance department has shrunk in numbers with people having left for greener pastures, others having been moved to different departments and Wimpie my mechanic having been boarded due to his badly damaged arm caused from his horrific hit and run motor bike accident. But besides all of this it’s not that bad as we are managing to get all our work done on time. We have had a spate of generator services and repairs that has kept Vic busy. Obviously people are gearing up for their shut down periods when everyone is on leave and there are power failures.

Marius is busy modifying the 12 metre containers that are going to house the 5 new 2000KVA generators for a Johannesburg hospital; these will be the biggest generators that we have built to date. An immense amount of planning has taken place to make sure that this project is synchronised with minimal time delay. I simply can’t wait for these genies to be installed and commissioned; this will be an adrenalin rush of note.

All my vehicles are clocking up thousands of kilometres trying to service our long list of customers every day, we will be going through them all over our shut down period to make sure we have minimal breakdowns and standing time. Don’t forget as the year draws to an end please have your vehicles checked for any faults especially if you are traveling long distances. You and your families are important to us.

For those of you who haven’t decided where to go for you year-end break here are a few options.

Where to go in South Africa

Choosing where to go in South Africa is a bit like selecting which countries to visit on a global tour – each region is that different. From the sparkling city of Cape Town and the bottle-green hills of the Cape Wine lands to the wild reserves of Kruger, Madikwe and the fantasyland that is Sun City, we’ve selected our favourite places of interest in this highly diverse country.

 Cape Town: one of the world’s most beautiful cities

An unbeatable blend of stunning natural beauty and year-round fun makes Cape Town an easy city to fall in love with. For starters there are the beaches – so many you’ll struggle to single out a favourite – and then there’s hiking on iconic Table Mountain, the penguins of Boulders Beach, the ever-popular V&A Waterfront, the nearby Cape Wine lands and picnics and concerts at Kirstenbosch Gardens. Add to this a superb selection of accommodation, award-winning food and wine experiences plus a colourful collection of friendly locals and you’ll soon see why this captivating city was recently voted the “World’s #1 Travel Destination” (Trip Advisor Travellers’ Choice Awards, 2011).

pic-13Cape Wine lands: vineyard-clad valleys close to Cape Town

  • The green valleys and Alpine-style Mountains of the Cape Wine lands are a treat for both eye and palate: sip, swirl and sample award-winning wines, indulge in gourmet cuisine, or wander down oak-lined streets to local art galleries, all to a stunningly scenic backdrop. Although only an hour’s drive from Cape Town, we guarantee that a night or two in this peaceful patchwork of vineyards and mountains will dissolve any lingering city stress.

Eastern Cape: malaria-free Big 5 safaris

  • For an exciting and stress-free family safari the Eastern Cape is hard to beat: a combination of child-friendly lodges in malaria-free reserveswithin driving distance of the Garden Route means an unforgettable family holiday. But it’s not just families who get to have all the fun in the Eastern Cape: these Big 5 reserves also have a handful of secluded, luxurious lodges that are among our favourites for a romantic safari away from crowds and kids.

Kruger Park: phenomenal Big 5 game viewing

  • South Africa’s largest and best known reserve, the Kruger National Park is home to the country’s greatest diversity of wildlife and includes the super-celebrities of the safari circuit: Africa’s Big 5. Why pick Kruger for your South Africa safari? It’s where to go in South Africa for guaranteed big game sightings, there’s accommodation to suit every style and budget, and being so well connected by air, you can easily round off your Big 5 safari with a few days on Cape Town’s beautiful beaches or even a tropical island off the Mozambique coast.

Garden Route: beaches, forests & seaside towns

  • South Africa’s Garden Route is a natural playground of soft sand, warm sea, shady indigenous forest and laid-back little towns. Families will love the safe swimming beaches around Plettenberg Bay; adventurers can go hiking, horse riding or dolphin spotting; romantics can dine at restaurants overlooking Knysna’s peaceful lagoon (ask for the oysters!) and the wide selection of accommodation caters for everyone.

Sun City: Africa’s premier holiday resort

  • Under three hours from Johannesburg lies South Africa’s undisputed ‘Kingdom of Pleasure’ – Sun City. If you’re looking for true escapism and non-stop entertainment then this is without question where to go – there are championship golf courses and world-class casinos, a slide-filled water park plus nightclubs, shops, restaurants … they’ve even built their own beach! And if that’s not enough, Sun City is right next to the Pilanesberg Big 5 Game Reserve.pic-14

Pilanesberg Game Reserve: great game viewing & close to Sun City

  • Once a volcanic crater, the Pilanesberg Game Reserve is one of South Africa’s best wildlife destinations and is centred around a large hippo and croc-filled lake. Although conveniently close to Sun City, these two top destinations feel words apart: some visitors choose to stay in Sun City and pop across for a half-day safari, but with such great Big 5 game viewing on offer plus a wide choice of excellent safari lodges, we’d highly recommend a night or two in this beautiful piece of African wilderness.

KwaZulu-Natal: beaches, safaris & historic battlefields

  • It’s often said that locals know best, and when South Africans go on holiday their top choice is often the province of KwaZulu-Natal (KZN). From the broad beaches of the sunny KwaZulu-Natal subtropical coast and the luxury accommodation of its big game reserves to its soaring mountain peaks and historic battlefields – KZN is where to go in South Africa for game viewing, bird watching, adventure, history and on-the-beach relaxation.

Madikwe Game Reserve: Big 5 game viewing away from the crowds

  • About a 3-hour drive or short charter flight from Johannesburg lies one of South Africa’s least known large reserves: Madikwe Private Game Reserve. Its Kalahari grasslands and woodlands are surprisingly full of animals and one of the best places to see the highly endangered African wild dog plus the Big 5. What’s more, if you’re looking for a family safari, the great news is that Madikwe lies outside the malarial belt and offers excellent family-friendly lodges as well as romantic retreats and honeymoon suites.

pic-15Johannesburg: restaurants, museums & an electric energy

  • Until recently most visitors to South Africa would whiz through Johannesburg, stopping just long enough to catch their connecting flight. Nowadays, however, Johannesburg (or Jozi as it’s known to the locals) is undergoing a revival and has become a destination in its own right with a fantastic selection of hotels and guest houses, a thriving café culture and thrumming night life. Catch the ultra-modern Gautrain straight from the airport to the heart of Sandton with its shining shopping centres filled with high-end boutiques, and give your credit card a good workout. Finally, for greater insight into South Africa’s recent past we’d highly recommend a visit to the Apartheid Museum – it’s a highly informative and moving experience.

To all our customers, directors, fellow managers and employees at Cato Ridge Electrical I wish you all a fantastic festive season. Let 2017 be the talk of the town with tons of health and wealth coming to all of us.










pic-18Are You Safe or Just Lucky?


pic-19How many times in the past–both on the job and at home–have you said to yourself, “Wow that was a close one?”

No matter what department you work in–production, maintenance, the warehouse, or in the office–accidents can     happen.     That’s why we all need to be reminded from time to time to keep safety first.We are committed to preventing accidents through safe work practices and safety education–not luck.  Think safely in    everything you do.

We are committed to preventing accidents through safe work practices and safety education–not luck.  Think safely in everything you do.

Awareness on the Job

Over 80% of all workplace injury arises from worker behaviour.  We make mistakes, errors in judgement or simply do not have our full attention on the job and something happens.  There is also a tendency to get so focused on getting the job done that we do not recognize the obvious.pic-20E.g.  A few years ago in the main shops there was an incident where a fairly new worker fell into a hole in the floor and required several stitches in his leg.

The opening was well flagged off and the whole affair seemed a mystery.  The post incident interview went something like this:  So, you saw the caution tape? “Yes”. And you do understand what caution tape means?  “Oh, yes.”  And you stepped over the caution tape and fell into the hole?  “Yes, that is pretty much what happened.” Either this guy was a complete moron or there was some other explanation.

On further questioning, it turned out that he was on the end of a tag line at the time.  He was so focused on keeping the plate steady that the consequences of stepping over the caution tape did not register.  At first this seemed unbelievable.  However, some recent research on workplace injury confirmed that focussed concentration on a task reduces the capacity to recognize obvious hazards.  And a significant number of workplace injuries result from this kind of inattention.

This applies directly to vehicle operation such as forklifts or even pickup trucks. There is a felt sense of pressure to get something done, we are driving totally wrapped up in the job and do not even seen the person walking in the path of travel.  Every year there are countless incidents like this.

Are there pressures and intense focus in our jobs?  You bet.  But it is how we deal with the pressure, how we handle the intense focus that is important. Now and again we have talked about the four second reset as a way of attuning ourselves to the hazards around us.

Sometimes all it takes is a big breath when we sit behind the wheel of a vehicle.  In truth, it is some conscious act of getting outside of the pressure or job focus that prevents this type of incident.  How we do this is our individual preference or way of psychologically handling the job demands here.

There is an old story about a man who is riding a very fast horse.  As he gallops past a bystander the person shouts, “Where are you going in such a hurry?” The man answers, “I don’t know.  Ask the horse.” The very same situation happens with many of us at work.  We get caught up in the busy day.  Direct the horse once in a while and you won’t ride over one of your co-workers or fall into a hole.


Have you seen a crucial block lately?  We’re not talking about football, we’re talking about blocking as it relates to safety and your work area.  We’re talking about blocking important elements of the workplace from access.

One of the most common things you can see during a safety inspection are blocking violations if you know exactly what to look for.  What types of things should not be blocked? Below is a partial list of common items in most workplaces, however, there can certainly be others:

  • Emergency Exits
  • Eyewash stations and showerspic-21
  • Electrical panels
  • Electrical disconnects
  • Fire extinguishers
  • Pedestrians aisles

How serious is this issue? Locked and blocked exits were factors in the deaths of 25 and injury of 53 in a 1991 North Carolina

fire that resulted in the owner of the company going to prison. The good news is that blocking is easy to identify and fix.  Consider painting zones around these areas and installing signs to inform people they can’t be blocked.  Regular inspections and emphasis on blocking is the most important element to preventing such issues.  Specifically look for items that “have always been there” as these permanently blocked items need to be addressed.

Even OSHA or other regulatory agencies have rules on blocking such items. They are important and access to these things can be critical in a time of emergency.

Take a look around your work area today when you head out.  See if there is clear access to the electrical panels and fire extinguishers.  Let us know if something is blocking access.  Look to see if any items have been “permanently” blocked by design.

It is certainly better to go 1 metre further for a fire extinguisher than it is to have to move carts, racks or other items just to get to it during an emergency.

Stay safe and don’t depend too much on luck!


Safety Moment: House Fires


(Research in USA, AUS, SA and India)

  • 55% of all DEATHS are due to house fires occurring in developed urban areas
  • 25% of fire deaths occur in developed township areas
  • 18% of fire deaths occur in undeveloped urban areas (squatter camps) (although the number of houses burnt down is much higher)
  • 2% of fire deaths occur in rural areas
  • Reasons: People get trapped by their own SECURITY DEVICES (security gates, locks, window bars, etc.) – most people simply just could not get out!

Causes of house fires

  • 65% of cases are due to COMPUTERS – people leave them on overnight, the fan burns out and the computer overheats and ignites
  • 15% is due to DEVICE CHARGERS in wall sockets (cell phones, games, etc.)
  • 20% is due to washing machines, stoves, ovens and arson

What to do in the case of a fire  pic-22

Remember – humans lose 60-70% of their senses during sleeping. Electricity normally ‘trips’ during a fire ensuring that there are no  lights to move by.  The house becomes filled with smoke and disorientation becomes a reality.

Your number 1 priority is to GET OUT!!

Get down on all 4’s and crawl to the nearest exit (be it a door or window); even if you need to wrap yourself in a blanket/duvet and jump through a closed window – DO IT!!

DO NOT try to go back once you’re out.

Once a fire has started in a room spontaneous combustion of bedding, linen and curtains will cause thick, poisonous smoke.

Temperatures measured at head height during the fire is generally 400-500ºC (heat rises) and about 40 ºC at 30cm above the ground; therefore STAY DOWN AND GET OUT!!

Preventative Measures

  • Fit smoke alarms in your home (Pick n Pay Hyper sells them for +-R100 each)
  • Fit one in each bedroom and one in the passage – they will buy you time (5 minutes can be the difference between life and death)
  • Switch off the gadgets that are not in use overnight
  • Don’t put washing in the machine or tumble dryer overnight
  • Have an exit plan – exercise this plan regularly with your children
  • Have an assembly point in the garden, away from the garage with flammable items

  •   Get 2-3 fire extinguishers (R100-R150 at Midas/Mica) and use them as door stops – KEEP THEM HANDY!


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pic 18Pub & Diner


2nd – Gumbo seafood soup

9th – g-spot pasta alfredo

 A few more weeks till shut down…


G-spot is ever thankful to everyone that have had their year-end functions with us, it has turned out to be a great success,

thanks to everyone that helped us out

G-spot will be having more year–end Christmas functions in December with our local companies, we are looking forward to seeing all the old faces as well as new faces, we hope that we make each and every one of you cosy and heart-warming in our home.

G-spot has had a great year filled with love, laughter, sadness and happiness, it’s been an awesome year and we hope that next year will be even more amazing.We are looking forward to the New Year, g-spot will be bringing out a new menu as well as new specials. If anyone has suggestions for next year you know where you can find us.

 G-spot wishes everyone a merry Christmas and a happy new year…

Roll Up Party Starters (Roly-Poly)  pic-28

1 Pack Puff Pastry


Bacon (streaky, back, shoulder)

Grated Cheese

  1. Roll out the pastry.
  2. Spread a thin layer of Bovril on the pastry.
  3. Pack a layer of bacon on the pastry on top of the Bovril.
  4. Sprinkle a generous amount of grated cheese over the bacon.
  5. Roll the pastry back up and slice thinly length ways.
  6. Place on a greased baking tray and bake in the oven for 15-20mins at 180º
  7. Serve while hot.


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 On 25 November 2016 CREC had their 2nd annual awards day. Unfortunately some staff were M.I.A due to a last minute business trip and they certainly missed a ceremony to remember.

Give a round of applause to our winners:

Appreciation Award: This certificate is in recognition of your commitment, dedication & performance for the period 2015/2016 and was awarded to Maintenance – Tom Ndlovu (second from the left); Construction – Shadrack Zwane (far left); Head Office – Arether Mkhize (second from the right)

a1Comical Awards – not to be taken seriously:

Selective Hearing Impairment Award: For always hearing what you want to hear and was awarded to Arthur Du Preez

a2Yackety-Yack Award: For never being at a loss for words – ever. The sound of silence is a foreign concept. This was awarded to Billy Wentzel

Unfortunately Billy was not present for the awards due to a delay in his flight from Ghana.

Mission Impossible Award: For accomplishing the impossible. You are now expected to do this every time. This was awarded to Terry Vaughan


Prestige Awards:

Excellence of Organisation: This employee knows where everything is and keeps it where you can find it saving you time & money – for always knowing where to find tools, spares, stock and files. This was awarded to Aubrey Dube

a4Leading by Example Award: For the employee who helps others and improves the organisation by training and collaborating. This was awarded to Sean Kelly

Unfortunately Sean was not present as he was in Mozambique for business.

Going Above & Beyond: This employee is continually looking for ways to improve, puts in the extra hours to get his/her work done etc. Is a hard worker & is loyal. This was awarded to Sarah Petersen


Unsung Hero: This award goes to the employee who shows that they do their best without expectation of acknowledgement, this individual works hard & gets things done without praise, very reliable & goes about their day to day works without complaints. This was awarded to Nndwakhulu (James) Mabada

a6Marvelous Multi-Tasker Award: ‘Jack of all Trades’, multi-tasker, is diligent, does charitable work and is fearless. Makes everything go smoothly. Excellent team worker & works well alone. This employee always has a plan.

This award was split 3 ways between Alfred Mathonsi (second from left), Taylea Petersen (second from right) & Derick Ngwira (far left)

a7Calm in the Eye of the Storm: This employees planning makes everything go smoothly. Stays calm through ‘The Storm’. Tries to calm others under pressure. Sunny disposition. This award shows appreciation for the employee’s resilience when things are hectic. This was awarded to Kevin Sievwright



Over Coming Obstacles Award: This award goes to the employee who relentlessly works towards a solution, despite obstacles or resistance and is generally confident/determined, who looks at the problems and can see a different solution. This employee is never negative. This award was split 3 ways between Pieter Breytenbach, Hugh Coleman and Sandiso Sitha

a9Top 3 Awards:

Power of One A.K.A the A-Team – For team effort (i.e. a select multiple of staff who performed well as a team): This award recognises cross-functional groups, task teams or committees who participated in problem solving, used collaboration, consultation and synergy to build relationships within teams and outside of the team. Embraced change as an opportunity for growth and innovation. Planned and implemented strategies that were in the best interest of CREC. Took proactive approaches. This was awarded to the Stores Department – Arthur Du Preez (middle back), Joe Mashaba (front right), Scelo Mncwabe (second from left back), Sarah Petersen (front left), Mandla Shelembe (front middle), Ed Squires (back right) & Helene Williams (second from right back)


Employees Manager Award: For excellent management skills, going the extra mile, customer service, professional development, creativity & innovation, performance excellence, leadership, commitment & flexibility. The manager every employee looks up to. This was awarded to Wesley Jones

a11Employees Employee Award: For the employee that does things for others that are beyond his/her job requirements. Performing in an exceptionally courteous and cooperative manner. Makes creative suggestions that save time/money. Producing a high quality of work over an extended period of time. Always calm & respectful. Positive & a happy influence to others. This is the employee we look up to. This award was split two ways between Sarah Petersen and Terry Vaughan

a12Some after party shots with the Potency Girls that were organised by the G-Spot:



 Ghamiets Trip to India

In November Ghamiet took a little trip to India to see some clients. He took a few pictures while he was there so that we can see just how much life differs to our life here in South Africa.





Birthdays November/December/January – Happy Birthday to the following people whose birthdays we missed in November, and to those still to come in December and January:


11.11 – Alfred Mathonsi       birthdays

               14.11- Anton Marais

             27.11 – Luca Petersen 

           02.12 – Pierre Coetzee

         31.12 – Ed Squires

      19.01 – Sean Kelly

     22.01 – Sindi Bhengu

   26.01 – Derick Ngwira     

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Ambrose Williams

Word of the Month



The students before one of their many trips to site



A wise man once said drinking alcohol is like borrowing fun from tomorrow. He might’ve been right, but here are a few ways to help you through the hangover!

a23So you got utterly debauched last night didn’t you? Now it’s time to wade through the motions of regret, self-pity and a heavy head. You have foggy memories of how life used to be, and will do ANYTHING to undo this pain.

We can’t promise an instant miracle cure for hangovers, but almost. It depends on what poison you chose and how well your body can cope with seeing it off. We can however offer some very effective tips on becoming human once again.

It’s far easier to prevent a hangover so we’re starting this guide there, but you can skip to aftermath cures if you’re already on the edge.

Before you go out

1. Line your stomach

a24 You’ve probably heard people waffling on about how dangerous it is to go out on an empty stomach, well turns  out there’s truth to that.

Devour a nice greasy meal before drinking, the fat will help to line the walls of your stomach. This slows down the rate of alcohol absorption which means you’ll be less likely to wake up with a splitting headache.

Drinking a pint of milk will also have the same effect, and a shot of olive oil helps too. Yum.


2. Drink LOADS of water

Drinking alcohol blocks the creation of a chemical called vasopressin. This means that your kidneys will send water straight to the bladder instead of retaining it in the body – and is the reason you need so many toilet trips once you ‘break the seal’.






 Drinking booze can expel up to four times as much water, quickly leading to dehydration, the main cause of those dreaded hangover headaches and dry mouths.  Want to wake up feeling fresh (and amazed)? Simply have a glass of water between each beverage.

3. Stock up on the necessary supplies

a26Prepare for the worst. You really don’t want to end up in the black hole of craving a cure but unable to even crawl out the front door to the nearest shop.  So take a note of anything that sounds like it will save you from yourself in tips 11-14 below, and get stocked up in advance! You’ll thank us tomorrow.

4. Keep healthy


Okay, we get that this one’s kind of a long term goal rather than a quick fix,

but you’re much more likely to be affected by hangovers if you’re not fit, active and healthy.

 During the night

5. Keep it light

As you’ve probably already figured from trial and error, different types of alcohol produce different types of hangovers.

This is down to the congeners in the drink – something which is produced when the alcohol is fermented.Basically, the more congeners there are the more rotten your hangover is likely to be.


As a rule, there are more congeners in darker drinks such as red wine, whiskey or dark rum. White wine, vodka and gin on the other hand contain much less, so are a better choice (but may still leave you feeling rough!).

 6.  Don’t overdo it on the dance moves


Now we love a good dance but don’t overdo it or you’ll feel like one of Michael Jackson’s zombies in the morning.  Science tells us that if you totally exhaust yourself, you’ll end up getting even more dehydrated and depleting your energy levels much faster.  No need to be a party pooper though, just don’t twerk too hard.

7. Walk home

a30First off, it’s best not to walk home alone drunk, so find your buddy first. And don’t attempt to walk in heels.

This aside, walking home can help you to sober up and clear your head, making for a much less painful morning time.

8.  Pace yourself.

a31It’s our duty here to remind you that the NHS recommends that guys should not drink more than 3-4 units of booze a day, or 2-3 if you’re a girl. To put this in perspective, a small glass of wine is about 1.5 units and a pint of beer somewhere between 2 and 3.  It takes your body around 1 hour to break down 1 unit of alcohol (basically a shot). Cross this line and your hangover is cooking.

We know that students will probably go over these limits, but it is worth thinking about how much you’re drinking and how to pace yourself.

If you leave a gap between your next drink you’ll give your body a chance to process the alcohol you’re drinking and lessen the hangover effect.

 9.  Keep off the  fizz

a32We all know that pacing yourself and drinking some soft drinks is a smart idea, but be careful what you choose kids. Drinking fizzy drinks will actually speed up the rate at which alcohol is absorbed into your system and so rather defeat the point.

And, before you ask, this also applies if the alcoholic drink you’re glugging is fizzy too. So a vodka orange or apple juice would be a better choice than a vodka coke mixer, for example.

10. Avoid Mixing

a33You probably knew this anyway, but mixing different types of alcohol never really ends well in the hangover stakes.

Because different types of alcohol have different level of congeners as well as other chemicals, they’ll all have a slightly different effect on you.

Add it all together and the result is a mixed up mess and a banging headache. Pick your poison of choice and stick to it!


11.  Keep drinking that water

Yea, we know, we mentioned this one already but drinking water while you’re out boogying and a bit when you get back will help to make sure you stay hydrated.The main reason you get headaches is because you don’t have enough water in your system; the other organs in your body will steal supply from your brain causing it to shrink and cause owies and upsets in your head.


Anyway, what’s the point of making sure you’re hydrated beforehand if you’re only going to throw it all away later?

The morning after

AKA Doomsday. Waking up from the night before is something no one looks forward to.  Alcohol can take up to 11 hours to leave your system, but these tried and tested tips will help you to recover faster.

12.  Painkillers

Your first thought will probably be to reach for some painkillers, and it’s not a bad shout as they will help with your headache – just make sure to pick the

right ones.  The most effective is ibuprofen, but only the recommended dose.  Aspirin will do the trick in relieving a headache, but it can soon wreak havoc if you’ve got a sensitive stomach and potentially make you feel sicker.




Ideally, if you’re still functioning before you slump into bed after a big night, knock back an ibuprofen with a cup of water to help you along

13.  Replace lost salts

a36Dehydration is the biggest reason you feel so crap. Water will help, but isotonic drinks like Lucozade Sport and Powerade go another step. These can work wonders on hangovers, as they’re designed to replace sugars and salts quickly. They’ll give you energy and rehydrate you.

If you’re really in a bad way, take a Dioralyte sachet. Yes, we know them for treating diarrhoea (which you may well have) but being hung-over puts your body in a similar position with depleted salts and minerals.

 14.   Eat

Eating, even if it seems like the worst idea in the world, is really important for getting you on the road to recovery. You can’t eat just anything, but there are a few options.

Depending on how bad you feel, a trusty fry-up is always a great option as they help replace fatty acids and break down the alcohol in your liver. Eggs are particular savours here as they contain something called taurine, which has been shown to even reverse liver damage caused by alcohol!

If you’re feeling a bit too delicate to face a fry-up, a safer option to get you going would be some mild flavoured carbohydrates such as wholemeal toast or crackers, which should give you a boost without upsetting your fragile stomach too much.

Drinking too much can also deplete your potassium levels so eating some bananas in the morning will also help (a swift banana before bed is also a great shout if you can remember!).






15.  Drink to restore balance.

No, not more booze.

A glass of fruit juice helps by giving you a sugary kick and energy, as well as getting rid of the toxins in your body whilst replacing some of the essential minerals you’ve lost.

Milk will work well to replace the calcium you’ve lost, while ginger tea(or even just ginger on its own) can help with nausea.

Another option is drinking milk thistle tea, which is said to be a hangover godsend. Boiled water with honey and lemon will also help boost your blood sugar and vitamins.

16.  Distract yourself

a39When you’re in the throes of a hangover it’s easy to let the ground swallow you up in a pit of self-loathing and despair. Unsurprisingly – that doesn’t help.  Distract yourself with something enjoyable but not too taxing, like these lazy students or just looking at pictures of cats.

17.  Don’t drink coffee



Coffee may be the obvious port-of-call for most sufferers, but it’s actually a diuretic and causes your body to lose water quickly. Coffee is also the number one cause of those horrible sweats and heart palpitations we’re all prone to when we’ve had a night on the sauce – our advice is avoid coffee like the plague!

Opt instead for some water (we know, you’re sick of hearing that one), fruit juice, or anything we mentioned before instead and you’ll feel better in the long run, we promise.

18.  Don’t start drinking again

a41Hair of the dog? Forget it! Drinking more might ease your pain for a few hours but it will only make the crash even worse when you get to that point.

It’s also a slippery slope to constant drinking, which is by no means healthy or desirable.

19.  Have a long shower






Freshening up can do wonders for your mind. If you’re not already late for work then jump right on in there with your rubber duck.

Be careful not to make it too hot, otherwise the heat can go to your head and make you nauseous. A great option is to shower with the window open for a bit of fresh air too – bliss!

 20.  Sleep it off

a43One of the other side effects of drinking is the disruption of your sleep cycle, which is one of the reasons you still feel a bit pants even if you did get a decent amount of sleep. Combat this the only way you know how – just sleep some more! If you’re not going to be productive anyway, you might as well just admit defeat, and instead focus on getting the sleep you need to get back on form.

 21.  Exercise


The whole idea that you can “sweat it out” is a little questionable but that doesn’t mean that exercise won’t help you now.Some gentle exercise, with lots and lots of water so you don’t get dehydrated, can boost your endorphin levels and give you a mental kick.

This said, we appreciate this sounds like a lot of effort.

22.  Sunglasses it up

Along with all the other joys of a hangover, you might also find yourself prey to hypersensitivity with things like bright lights or loud music.


Make sure everyone turns it down a notch for the day (or grab some earplugs if you’re worried about this making you unpopular) and if you need to leave the house, put on your best sunnies. No one will even question it (unless it’s raining).


The next edition of our news will be published on Tuesday 31st January 2017





Hi from a rather quiet Maintenance and Transport department. We have a few minor jobs on at the moment but nothing to write home about. We have been doing a fair amount of well deserved electrical maintenance at a famous hospital in Durban which has been badly neglected. When we entered one of the electrical rooms in the basement I thought that the one wall was black we turned on the light and then I noticed that the wall was moving. I banged on a piece of steel and thousands of cockroaches ran for their lives off the wall; unfortunately I was standing in the wrong place and they were running up my legs before I turned and ran like hell trying to brush them off at the same time. But the strangest thing is that they all disappeared in seconds not to be seen again.

We are gearing ourselves up to start servicing a whole bunch of generators for a popular chicken fast food out let in the KZN and Eastern Cape area. The biggest challenge here is getting access to where these sets are kept with all the pavement traders blocking off service entrances, especially in the Eastern Cape.

We have been having a spate of clutch slave cylinder problems with our Mahindra bakkies. It looks like when they go over 80000km then they start leaking brake fluid. This is not a cheap process when going through the agents, but thankfully we have finally found an aftermarket part supplier for these vehicles.

I had a couple of days off and went up to Johannesburg to watch the international Drifting star Mad Mike Whiddett who is sponsored by Red Bull. Being exactly what his name indicates he is crazy! It was great watching his precision car control around the tight circuit.


His car is a 2009 Mazda RX8 3 rotor motor with a huge turbo, it pushes out 812 HP at the wheels, rev limiting at 8800rpm. When drifting the wheels are spinning at around 280kmh but the car is only doing roughly 100kmh. A set of back tyres normally last 10 corners then they are in shreds. If you google Mad Mike Drifting you will be able to see this guy is very talented.

There was the SA Drift round 6 on as well which was won by local KZN driver Shane Gutziet sponsored by Dunlop Tyres; in fact first second and third where KZN drivers so we showed up the rest of SA.

pic-4pic-5Until next time let’s hope I have lots of exciting pictures of some new projects.









Tuberculosis (TB) Disease: Symptoms & Risk Factors

Tuberculosis (TB) is a disease caused by bacteria that are spread through the air from person to person. If not treated properly, TB disease can be fatal. People infected with TB bacteria who are not sick may still need treatment to prevent TB disease from developing in the future. Learn to recognize the symptoms of TB disease and find out if you are at risk.

Latent TB infection and TB diseaseThe bacteria that cause TB is spread through the air from person to person. The TB bacteria are put into the air when a person with TB disease coughs, sneezes, speaks, or sings. People nearby may breathe in these bacteria and become infected. There are two types of TB conditions: latent TB infection and TB disease.

TB bacteria can live in the body without making you sick.   This is called latent TB infection.

In most people who breathe in TB bacteria and become infected, the body is able to fight the bacteria to stop them from growing. pic-9
People with latent TB infection do not feel sick, do not have any symptoms, and cannot spread TB bacteria to others.

If TB bacteria become active in the body and multiply, the person will go from having latent TB infection to being sick with TB disease.People with TB disease usually have symptoms and may spread TB bacteria to others.

A cough lasting 3 weeks or longer is a symptom of TB disease.

People with latent TB infection do not have symptoms, but may still need treatment.

TB bacteria most commonly grow in the lungs, and can cause symptoms such as.

  •   A bad cough that lasts 3 weeks or longer
  •  Pain in the chest
  •  Coughing up blood or sputum (mucus from deep inside the lungs)
    Other symptoms of TB disease may include: Weakness or fatigue
  • Weight losspic-10
  • No appetite
  • Chills
  • Fever
  • Sweating at night




TB Risk Factors

Anyone can get TB but people at high risk generally fall into two categories

  1. People recently infected with TB bacteria
  2. People with medical conditions that weaken the immune system You are at increased risk for being infected with TB bacteria if:  You have spent time with a person with TB disease
  • You are from a country or have visited areas where TB disease is very common
  • You live or work where TB disease is more common, such as a homeless shelter, prison
    or jail, or long-term care facility
  •  You are a health-care worker who works with clients or patients who are at increased
    risk for TB disease

You have a higher chance of getting TB disease once infected if:

  • You have HIV infection
  • You are a child younger than 5 years of age
  • You have recently been infected with TB bacteria in the last two years
  • You have other health problems that make it hard for your body to fight disease
  • You smoke cigarettes or abuse alcohol and/or drugs
  • You were not treated correctly for latent TB infection or TB disease in the past

Eliminating TB in the United State Millions  of  people  in  South  Africa  have  latent  TB infection.  Without  treatment,  they  are  at  risk  fordeveloping TB disease. Treatment of latent TB infection is essential to controlling and eliminating TB. If you think you may have latent TB infection, TB disease, or were exposed to someone with TB disease, contact your health care provider or your TB control office. You and your health-care provider can discuss your options for testing and treatment.  pic-11







 pic 18Pub & Diner pic-13

pic-14   7th Oct – Pete’s braai essence oxtail
14th Oct – Chicken peaches

21st Oct – Blue cheese burgers
28th Oct – Oreo brownie truffle

Don’t miss out!!!


G-Spot has been swamped these last few months, with our great customers coming in and out constantly that are supporting our pub & Restaurant. We would like to thank each and every one of you that have complimented our food as well as our pub and gardens.G-Spot would like to thank everyone that came to support us on our Annual ARB Day on the 17th September 2016, we had an amazing turn out. Thank you to all the ARB Electrical members who came to support us and for the sponsorship that you supply for us every year, we really do appreciate it.  Well done to everybody that won the hampers. We are glad to
hear that everyone had a blast!! Hope everyone is getting ready for next year’s Annual ARB day.

We hope to see some new faces in the next two months wanting to come and enjoy our cosy pub & restaurant.


PREP TIME: 20 mins • COOK TIME: 50 mins • TOTAL TIME: 1 hour 10 mins

One simple batter turns into a 3 layered cake with a top layer of sponge, a middle layer of custard and a fudge-like base. It’s like……………… magic! Serves: 9 -12


  •  4  eggs,  yolks  and  whites  separated (at  room temperature)
  •   ¾ cup sugar (150g) (ordinary or caster sugar)
  •   1 tsp vanilla extract
  •   1 stick unsalted butter, melted (4oz / 125g / ½ cup)
  •  ¾ cup plain all-purpose flour (4oz / 115g)
  • 2 cups milk (lukewarm) (full fat or low fat but not zero fat) (500 ml / 1 pint)
  •  1/3  cup  and     2  tablespoons  unsweetened  cocoa powder (for a chocolate option)


  1. Preheat oven to 325F/160C (standard oven / fan forced or convection)
  2. Butter a 8″ x 8″ / 20cm x 20cm square cake tin.
  3. Beat egg whites with a mixer until stiff peaks form. Set aside.
  4. Place the egg yolks and sugar in a bowl and beat until it turns pale yellow – about 1minute.
  5. Add the vanilla extract and butter and beat until well incorporated – about 30 seconds to 1 minute.
  6. Add the flour (and cocoa if you are going with the chocolate option) and beat until justcombined.
  7. Pour the milk in slowly while beating, and beat until well combined (or if using a hand
    held mixer, add ¼ milk at a time, beating in between).
  8. Use a spatula to fold in the egg whites in the batter, one third at a time, until just incorporated. You don’t want to knock the air out of the egg whites. Don’t worry if there are a few egg white lumps in the batter. The batter should be very thin, almost like at hick pouring cream.
  9. Pour the batter into the prepared cake tin.

Baking Directions.

1. Bake until the top is golden brown and the cake does not “jiggle” when you gently shakethe tin – around 40 to 50 minutes. Check the cake at 30 minutes – if the top is alreadygolden brown but the cake is not yet set (i.e. it jiggles), cover loosely with foil and return to the oven, 10 minutes at a time, until set

2.  Allow to cool in the tin for 10 minutes, then turn out onto a cooling rack. Cool completely before serving.

Recipe courtesy of

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pic-18Happy gardening!!
The Arnfred Team



 In Other News

Birthdays October – Happy

Birthday to the following people in October (birthdays are a bit scarce this month):

15th – Charlmari Kronmöller

 19th – Graham Luker

Word of Month

Ambrose Williams




Is juicing healthier than eating whole fruits or vegetables?

Juicing is not any healthier than eating whole fruits and vegetables.Juicing extracts the juice from fresh fruits or vegetables. The resulting liquid contains most
of the vitamins, minerals and plant chemicals (phytonutrients) found in the whole fruit. However, whole fruits and vegetables also have healthy fibre, which is lost during most juicing.Some juicing proponents say that juicing is better for you than is eating whole fruits and vegetables because your body can absorb the nutrients better and it gives your digestive system a rest from working on fibre. They say that juicing can reduce your risk of cancer, boost your immune system, help remove toxins from your body, aid digestion and help you lose weight. However, there’s no sound scientific evidence that extracted juices are healthier than the juice you get by eating the fruit or vegetable itself.

On the other hand, if you don’t enjoy eating fresh fruits and vegetables, juicing may be a fun way to add them to your diet or to try fruits and vegetables you normally wouldn’t eat. You can find many juicing recipes online or mix up your own combinations of fruits and vegetables to suit your taste.

You might also consider blending instead of juicing. Blending the edible parts of fruits produces a drink that contains more healthy phytonutrients and fibre. And fibre can help you feel full.pic-22



If you do try juicing, make only as much juice as you can drink at one time because fresh squeezed juice can quickly develop harmful bacteria. If you buy commercially produced fresh juice, select a pasteurized product.

Also keep in mind that juices may contain more sugar than you realize, and if you aren’t careful, these extra calories can lead to weight gain.

Some juicing combos – Juice for:

   Stress: Banana, Strawberry, Pear

   Arthritis: Carrot, Celery, Pineapple, Lemon    Ulcer: Cabbage, Carrot, Celery

   Indigestion: Pineapple, Carrot, Lemon, Mint

   Depression: Carrot, Apple, Spinach, Beet

   Fatigue: Carrots, Beet, Green Apple, Lemon, Spinach
   Asthma: Carrot, Spinach, Apple, Garlic, Lemon
   Hangover: Apple, Carrot, Beet, Lemon
   Nervousness: Carrot, Celery, Pomegranate
   Headache: Apple, Cucumber, Kale, Ginger, Celery
   Memory Loss: Pomegranate, Beets, Grapes
   Kidney Stones: Orange, Apple, Watermelon, Lemon
   Cold: Carrot, Pineapple, Ginger, Garlic
   Eyes: Carrot, Celery

   Kidney Detox: Carrot, Watermelon, Cucumber, Cilantro    Constipation: Carrot, Apple, Fresh Cabbage


 The next edition of our news will be published on Friday 31st October 2016





Hello from the mechanical/maintenance department. With spring in the air and the most exquisite sun rises in the morning who cannot say we do not love South Africa. These photo’s were captured from my veranda last week at 6h00 in the morning.



Well let’s get down to business; things have quietened down dramatically since just before the elections which is worrying not just for CREC but everyone you talk to seems to be battling along. Hopefully the tables will turn soon otherwise we are going to have to cut back.

My municipality work up in the midlands has come to a grinding halt due to the upgraded computer system that was installed; the IT guys can’t get it to work. Unfortunately this was bad planning on the management officials who had it installed, you would have thought that they would have gradually phased in the new system before just cancelling the system that was operational. This has led to us not being paid for three months and what’s even more worrying is they can’t order any new spares for breakdowns etc. a total unorganised chaos.

Well here is another city that is going to become a total failure with regards to service delivery.

I have had moved back into the maintenance department where I was about three years ago so let’s see what this challenge holds for me. At the moment there are a lot of generator installations and services happening. Our electrical maintenance teams are all over SA attending to various call outs.

My fleet of vehicles are behaving at the moment with some of them well over a 100 000 km but unfortunately at the rate that they are working they will have to be replaced soon. Hopefully we will see some light at the end of this recession tunnel which is taking its toll on everyone.

pic-3Below I have given a brief description what to do when you have had an accident.

What must a person do after a motor vehicle accident (“accident”)?

  • Call the police or report the accident at the nearest police station:
    • within 24 hours if a person is killed or injured; or
    • On the first working day after the accident if no person was killed or injured.
  • Write down the name of the police officer spoken to and the accident report’s reference number.
  • Co-operate with all emergency personnel and police who respond to the accident.
  • Get the details of all other motor vehicles involved in the accident, such as the drivers’ names, identity numbers, addresses, telephone numbers, description of the motor vehicles, the registration numbers, and any relevant details from the licence discs; the date, time and address of the accident; the weather and road conditions when the accident occurred; and any other information that may be relevant.
  • If an employee is driving a motor vehicle on behalf of his/her employer, then the details of the driver and the employer must be taken.
  • Write down the names, addresses, and phone numbers of all potential witnesses of the accident.
  • Take photographs or a video of the following:
  • the scene of the accident, from all angles;
  • the surrounding area;
  • the injuries; and
  • any damage to property.
  • Draw a sketch plan of the scene of the accident and make sure that it contains a fixed point so that it can easily be traced. Also make a statement about how the accident happened. This sketch and statement will remind a person of all the details relating to the accident at a later stage.
  • If a person has been injured, a doctor must be consulted immediately, even if the injury is not serious.

  •  If the person is insured, that person has to notify his/her insurance or broker as soon as possible. Write down the name of the person spoken to at the insurance and the reference number of the claim.

What must a person NOT do after an accident?

  • Move his/her motor vehicle; unless it is necessary for safety or required by law.
  • Subject himself/herself to further injury by standing or waiting in an area near traffic or other safety hazards.
  • Leave the scene of an accident until the police tell him/her to do so.
  • Throw away any potential evidence, such as defective products, important documents, or torn or blood-stained clothing.
  • Engage in discussions of fault with anyone as that can be considered evidence in court – do not admit liability.
  • Agree to settlement terms without discussing the matter with an attorney.

Can a person claim damages to his/her motor vehicle from the Road Accident Fund (“RAF”)?

  • No, the RAF does not cover damages to a person’s property, such as:
  • damage to his/her motor vehicle;
  • damage to his/her other property, for example, clothes; or
  • damage to his/her fence or house when someone drives off the road and into the house.
  • If a person wants to claim for his/her damaged property, s/he will have to institute a claim in court against the driver of the motor vehicle and/or his/her employer if s/he was driving a company motor vehicle.
  • A person has a right to claim for damages caused by injury or death from the RAF if s/he is a victim of an accident as a result of the wrongful (negligent) driving of another. The RAF may compensate a victim of an accident for injury, and in the event of death it may compensate the dependents of that victim for their loss.

How does a person know if the other driver was negligent?
A person alleging negligence will have to show that the other driver did not act reasonable in the circumstances, that the driver should have been able to foresee the damages s/he caused and should have taken reasonable steps to prevent such damages. These are some examples of negligent driving:

  • driving at an excessive speed or in excess of the speed limit;
  • failing to keep a proper look-out;
  • failing to keep the motor vehicle under proper control; or
  • drinking and driving.

What happens if a person is not insured?

  • If a person is insured s/he will have to claim damages from his/her insurance. The insurance will then have to claim from the person who caused the damages to the insured person’s motor vehicle or property.
  • If a person is not insured, s/he will have to claim from the person who caused the damages to his/her motor vehicle or property.
  • If a person has a claim for less than R15 000, s/he may pursue his/her claim in the Small Claims Court
  • If a person wants to claim more than R15 000, s/he will have to pursue his/her claim in the Magistrate’s Court with the assistance of an attorney.

Until next month have a good one.


 Greetings from Japan by Ghamiet

pic-5My trip to Japan was very informative and a really wonderful experience.

I delivered my presentation on the GEMS project at the Yokohama Conference and it was well received. There were many questions from the professors at the conference concerning my scientific findings. I believe I answered all their queries. What intrigued me the most was the Japanese culture which I would like to share with all my colleagues. The way of life in Japan is unique and there are valuable lessons which we all can learn from beginning with myself and I will highlight a few:

1.  Addressing Someone, Respect. Bowing is nothing less than an art form in Japan, respect pounded into children’s heads from the moment they enter school. For tourists, a simple inclination of the head or an attempt at a bow at the waist will usually suffice. The duration and inclination of the bow is proportionate to the elevation of the person you’re addressing. For example, a friend might get a lightning-fast 30-degree bow; an office superior might get a slow, extended, 70-degree bow. It’s all about position and circumstance.

2.  Table Manners. You will receive a small wet cloth at most Japanese restaurants. Use this to wash your hands before eating, then carefully fold it and set it aside on the table. Do not use it as a napkin, or to touch any part of your face. Slurping noodles or making loud noises while eating is OK! In fact, slurping hot food is polite, to show you are enjoying it. You may raise bowls to your mouth to make it easier to eat rather than with chopsticks, especially bowls of rice.

3.  No Tipping. There is no tipping in any situation in Japan – cabs, restaurants, personal care. To tip someone is actually a little insulting; the services you’ve    asked for are covered by the price given, so why pay more? If you are in a large area like Tokyo and can’t speak any Japanese, a waiter or waitress might take the extra money you happen to leave rather than force themselves to deal with the awkward situation of explaining the concept of no tipping in broken English. Just remind yourself: a price is a price.

4.  Depending on the restaurant you decide upon for that evening, you may be required to use chopsticks. If for some reason you aren’t too adept with chopsticks, try to learn. It’s really not that hard. I battled.

5.  Take off your shoes at the entrance to all homes, and most businesses and some hotels. Where I stayed we could walk in with our shoes. Usually a rack will be provided to store your shoes, and pair of guest slippers will be sitting nearby; many Japanese bring a pair of indoor slippers just in case.

6.  Sterilized masks, like the ones you’d see in the emergency room, are commonly used to protect other people from their germs. Rather sensible when you think about it, as masks do not protect the wearer so much as the ones around him. The reason could be anything from a slight cold to simply being worried about exposing other people; don’t let it concern you on your Japanese vacation.

7.  Japanese society is focused on the group. Western cultures are focused on the individual. Does this mean that the Japanese are nothing more that worker bees in a vast hive of steel and concrete? Drawing attention to yourself as an individual is a huge no-no: don’t blow your nose in public, try to avoid eating while on the go, and don’t speak on your cell phone in crowded public areas like trains or buses. The main problem with this is that foreigners simply can’t avoid standing out; we stick out like sore thumbs no matter how long we’ve been there, or how much we know about Japanese culture and society.

8.  Unlike in western cultures, the Japanese bath is used after you have washed and showered and feel like soaking in extra-hot water for 10, 20, 30 minutes. It’s an acquired taste to be sure, but can be very relaxing. If you happen to be invited into a Japanese household, you will be given the honor of using the bath first, usually before dinner.

1.  Speaking English. Japanese will generally assume you are a native English speaker until you prove otherwise. Even during a short visit, you’ll see. Many Japanese will insist on using their own English language ability, however limited, to converse with foreigners, in spite of the fact that the person on the opposing end may have more knowledge of the local tongue.

2.Every Japanese person I have met warns me to be safe in my travels, to take care of my belongings. Every foreigner tells me not to worry, nothing can go wrong and nothing will be stolen. Japan’s low crime rate is evident when you see businessmen who have missed the last train sleeping outside on a park bench etc.

Some pictures from my travels:

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pic 12Protect Your Hearing

Hearing is one of our most important senses — it allows us to communicate, to learn, and to enjoy things like music and conversation. However, many people don’t realize that they may be exposing their ears to a huge amount of potentially damaging noise (and other factors) on a daily basis. It’s important to protect your hearing from noise and other damaging factors.

Understanding Hearing Loss

pic-11  Understand noise-related hearing loss. Frequent or prolonged exposure to loud noises is one of the most common causes of hearing loss, despite the fact that this type of hearing loss is completely preventable

  • Our brain registers sound thanks to a spiral-shaped organ in the inner ear called the cochlea. The cochlea is covered in thousands of tiny hairs which register sound vibrations and turn them into electrical impulses to be processed by the brain.
  • When your ears are exposed to loud noises, these tiny hairs can become damaged, resulting in hearing loss. Although short, intense noises (like fireworks or a gunshot) are sometimes the cause, the most common cause is regular exposure to excessive noise (listening to music too loudly, working in a noisy environment).
  • It’s important to realize that once this type of hearing damage occurs, it cannot be reversed. Therefore it is very important to take measures to protect your hearing before it’s too late.

Learn to recognize potentially dangerous noise levels. A large part of protecting your hearing is learning to recognize potentially dangerous noise levels. Then you will have a better idea of what to avoid.

  • Prolonged exposure to noise levels above 85 decibels is considered to be damaging to your hearing. To give you an idea of where 85 decibels lies on the scale:

  •  Normal conversation: 60 to 65 dB                       pic-12
  • Motorcycle or lawnmower: 85 to 95 dB
  • Music at a nightclub: 110 dB
  • MP3 player at maximum volume: 112 dB
  • Ambulance siren: 120 dB
  •  Taking measures to reduce noise levels by just a few decibels can be hugely beneficial for your ears. This is due to the fact that every 3 dB increase in the  noise level effectively doubles the amount of sound energy being released.
  • As a result, the amount of time you can safely spend listening to a certain sound rapidly decreases the louder the sound is. For example, you can safely spend up to eight hours listening to an 85 dB sound, but you should only spend 15 minutes exposed to noise levels above 100 dB.
  • If you can’t hold a conversation with someone who is standing two meters away from you without shouting, the noise level is damaging to your ears.

pic-13  See a specialist if you suspect hearing damage. If you are having any trouble with your hearing or are     experiencing ear pain, it’s a good idea to consult a specialist.

  • Depending on the issue, you may need to see an ear, nose and throat doctor (an Otolaryngologist), or a licensed audiologist.
  • Each of these will perform a series of tests to determine whether your hearing has been damaged.
  • While there is no cure for hearing damage, hearing aids can ease the problem by magnifying sounds as they enter your ear. Of course, they are expensive and may not always work, so it’s important to protect your hearing.

Preventing Noise-Related Hearing Loss

Turn down the music. Listening to loud music through earphones has been identified as one of the major causes of hearing loss in young people.

  • The volume on your MP3 player is too high if it completely drowns out all background noise, or if it feels uncomfortable to listen to. Switch to headphones instead of earphones, as these provide better sound quality at a lower volume.
  • Try to follow the 60/60 rule when listening to music on an MP3 player. This means you should listen to music at no more than 60% of your music player’s maximum volume, for no more than 60 minutes at a time.
  • You also need to be careful when listening to music in enclosed spaces, such as in a car. Turning the volume dial down just a couple of notches can make a huge difference to your hearing.
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pic-15Protect your hearing at work. Some workplaces can be described as “hazardous sound environments,” where workers are exposed to loud noises for prolonged periods of time. This includes work environments such as factories with noisy machinery and construction sites.

Nowadays, most workplaces have to follow strict regulations to protect their employees’ hearing. Workers are required to wear noise canceling ear muffs or earplugs if the average daily noise level is above 85 decibels.


  • However, people who are self-employed are responsible for their own hearing, so don’t forget to wear hearing protection if you’re doing activities like mowing the lawn or doing home improvements.
  • If you are concerned about the noise levels in your workplace, speak to an occupational health and safety officer or to someone in the human resources department.
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Be careful at live concerts and shows. Attending concerts or shows where you’re exposed to loud, live music can be damaging to your hearing. For example, many people experience a ringing sound in their ears after leaving a concert, which should be taken as a warning sign.

  • To protect your ears while listening to live music, strategically position yourself away from any amplifiers, speakers or stage monitors. The further away you are from the source of the sound, the better.

pic-17 Take “quiet breaks.” If you’re spending the night at a music bar or club, try to go outside for five minutes every   hour. Just giving your ears a break from the constant noise exposure will do them some good.

  • Another alternative is to wear earplugs while you listen to live music. This can reduce the sound levels by 15 to 35 decibels, but shouldn’t muffle your hearing or affect your enjoyment of the concert.
  • If you are a musician yourself, try to avoid practicing at full performance volume and wear earplugs while playing, if possible.

Protect your baby or child’s hearing. If you are pregnant, it’s important to avoid loud noises because a fetus’s hearing can be damaged in utero. Similarly, young babies and children have thin skulls and developing ears, and are very sensitive to loud noises.

  • If you are pregnant, avoid loud concerts or workplace noise that exceeds 85 dB (about the level of a motorcycle engine), which has been linked to hearing loss in children. Loud noises during pregnancy has also been linked to a low birth weight and preterm delivery.
  • Newborns should never be exposed to sudden loud noises. Noise above 80 dB has been linked to hearing loss and infant anxiety.
  • Young children have more sensitive hearing than adults, so if an environment seems loud to you, it is even louder to your child. Buy protective headphones or earplugs or avoid loud environments like rock concerts or front row seats at the fireworks display.

Avoiding Other Causes of Hearing Damage

pic-18  Be careful with ototoxic drugs and chemicals. Ototoxic drugs and chemicals are those which have the  potential to damage your hearing.

  • The most common ototoxic drugs include salicylates (such as aspirin) and anti-malarial drugs. Industrial strength chemical solvents have also been linked with hearing loss.
  • To avoid hearing damage caused by drugs and chemicals, take all medications as directed and report any unusual side effects to your doctor.
  • If you work with chemical solvents, talk to your occupational health and safety officer about the preventative measures you can take.
  • Protect yourself from diseases which can lead to hearing loss. There are quite a number of illnesses and diseases which can lead to hearing loss. The most common of these are: measles, mumps, rubella, whooping cough, meningitis and syphilis.
  • The best way to avoid hearing loss caused by these diseases is to avoid contracting these diseases in the first place.
  • Get babies and children vaccinated and see a doctor immediately when you fall ill, as prompt diagnosis and treatment can prevent the development of more serious complications like hearing loss.
  • Avoid head injuries. Damage to the middle and inner ear due to head injury or trauma can result in hearing loss. Therefore, it is important to protect yourself from head trauma in any way possible.







  • Always wear a helmet when riding a bike or playing any kind of contact sports, as even a concussion can negatively affect your hearing, and always wear a seatbelt when travelling by car
  • Protect your ears from otitis barotrauma (damage caused by changing air pressure) by taking all necessary precautions when scuba diving.
  • Prevent yourself from falling by being aware of safety at all times. For example, do not stand on the top rung of a ladder.







Don’t try to clean out your ears. Many people attempt to clean out their ears using cotton buds. However, cotton buds simply pack earwax deeper into the ear, potentially damaging the thin, sensitive skin and negatively affecting your hearing.

  • Most people don’t need to clean out their ears, as your ears need a certain amount of wax for protection and any excess will naturally be expelled.
  • But if you feel you have excess wax in your ears, you can get rid of it using an earwax removal kit. To use, place a couple of drops of earwax solution into your ears before bedtime, over the course of a couple of nights. The solution will soften the earwax, causing it to flow out naturally.







Lead a healthy lifestyle. Making certain healthy lifestyle choices can help to protect your hearing and ward off hearing loss for years to come.

  • Get plenty of exercise. Cardio exercise like walking, running or cycling helps to improve blood flow to your ears, which is good for your hearing. It’s even better if you can do your exercise somewhere nice and quiet, like the woods or a secluded beach, as this also gives your ears a break from the hustle and bustle of daily life.

pic-22Quit smoking. A study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association found that people who smoke (or are regularly exposed to secondhand smoke) are much more likely to experience age-related hearing loss.

  • Decrease your caffeine and sodium intake. Both caffeine and sodium can have a negative effect on your hearing — caffeine decreases blood flow to the ears, while sodium increases fluid retention which can lead to swelling in the inner ear. Try switching to decaf coffee and tea and lowering your salt intake.
  • Tips
  • If your eardrum is broken, you will feel very intense pain and you won’t be able to hear anything on the side with the broken eardrum.
  • Foam earplugs are available at any drugstore. You squeeze the plug to compress it, then stick it in your ear. It will expand to fill your ear canal, muffling some sound. You will still be able to hear what’s going on, just not as clearly. Earplugs only lower noise about 29 decibels. This is not enough to make you completely immune to really loud sounds.
  • You can protect your ears from infection by drying them after bathing. You should also avoid swimming in dirty water.
  • To avoid loud noise, try wearing “noise isolating” earphones; they are cheaper than noise canceling earphones. There’s a difference –– noise canceling headphones or earphones create electronic sound waves to muffle the sound, whereas noise isolating earphones achieves it with a tighter fit, which muffles the sound naturally
  • Use earmuffs along with a combination of cotton or earphones for more noise reduction
  • The noise of a gun firing is much louder than it seems on television. Wear hearing protection if you are planning to shoot a gun.

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Pub & Diner


02nd September – Italian Breaded Pork Chops

09th September – Cajun Chicken Pilaf

16th September – Roast Lamb with Herb Couscous

23rd September – Eisbein

30th September – Chocolate Éclair Cake

 Coming up events

Annual ARB Rugby Day –

Saturday 17th September 2016

Please diarise this one:

The G Spot will open at 08h30 on Saturday 17th September in time for everyone to settle in for a light bacon and egg roll breakfast before the match between South Africa and New Zealand at 09h35. This is an annual event at the G Spot and is usually held on the Saturday that South Africa plays their first game against New Zealand (on NZ’s turf) during the Four Nations Rugby Tournament.

Breakfast: Bacon and egg rolls will be on sale for only R25 each and lunch will be the annual complimentary lamb on the spit with rolls, courtesy of ARB and the G Spot.

Bucket Specials: (6 beers per bucket)

Hansa, Black Label and Castle – R70

Castle Light – R80

Drinks Specials:

Double Klipdrift and coke – R25

Three Ships – R12

Bonus: Jägermeister Promotion Girls will arrive at 10am

There will also be hampers and prizes to give away as well as a rugby score sheet @ R20 per score prediction.


Serves 8



  • 5 eggs
  • 4 slices bacon
  • 2 tablespoons Dijon mustard, or to taste
  • 1 cup mayonnaise
  • 3 stalks celery, minced
  • 2 pounds small potatoes
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley
  • Salt and pepper to tast


  1. Place the potatoes in a pot with enough water to cover, and bring to a boil. Cook for about 20 minutes, or until tender. Drain and cool.
  2. Meanwhile, place eggs in a saucepan and cover with cold water. Bring water to a boil and immediately remove from heat. Cover, and let eggs stand in hot water for 10 to 12 minutes. Remove from hot water, and place in a bowl of cold water to cool.
  3. Peel the eggs, and place 3 of them into a large bowl. Reserve the rest for later. Mash the eggs in the bowl with a fork. Stir in the mustard, mayonnaise, celery, salt and pepper. Set aside.
  4. Cook bacon slices in the microwave for about 4 minutes, until crisp, or fry in a skillet over medium-high heat. Crumble 2 of the bacon slices into the mayonnaise mixture. Reserve the rest for garnish.
  5. Peel and chop the potatoes, and stir into the bowl until evenly coated. Slice the 2 remaining eggs, and place on top of the salad. Crumble the remaining bacon over the eggs, then sprinkle parsley over the top.

Recipe courtesy of



Arnfred Nursery



With many people reverting back to eco-friendly gardens, I have decided to re-issue a list of plants that attract wildlife/butterflies to your garden.  A couple of years ago I visited a “Butterfly Dome” and was astounded by the variety of butterflies present in this dome.   What fascinated me the most was a plant that was growing in the dome that seemed to put the butterflies on some sort of “high”.  The butterfly “cannabis” is called Justica betonica or commonly known as a “Shrimp Plant”.






Unfortunately, it is not indigenous to South Africa but is found natively from India to tropical East Africa and the Americas.  They take sun and shade, not fussy about conditions.  It is a shrub that grows to about 1-1.2m tall, so a bit of space is needed.  I have made some enquiries on availability of the plant and was only successful in sourcing it from Driefontein Nursery at Salt Rock.  If anyone is interested in acquiring one, I am happy to order it on your behalf.

Other exotic (non-indigenous) plants that also attract butterflies are:


  • <-Lavender
  • Michaelmas daisies
  • Chrysanthemum
  • Cornflowers
  • Violas
  • Sunflowers
  • Hibiscus

Should you prefer planting indigenous plants then make a selection from:

  • Plumbago
  • Freylinia ->
  • Gazanias

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  •  Tecomaria (Honeysuckle)
  • Acacia Robusta (Ankle Thorn Tree)
  • Dombeya burgessiae (Wild Pear)
  • Polygala
  • Plectranthus

Hope this give you some inspiration.

Happy gardening!






The Arnfred Team








In Other News

 Birthdays September – Happy

 Birthday to the following people in September

 8th – Kim Petersen & Prudence Mkhize

 12th – Tim Taylor

 16th – Billy Batten

 26th – Freddie Dazela

  28th – Chantel Jordaan

 Word of the Month

Ambrose Williams



6 Ways Running Improves Your Health

Running is not only great for the soul but good for your well-being.

pic-27You’ve probably heard it said that exercise is medicine. Well, it’s not just a saying; it’s the truth. There’s a raft of scientific evidence that proves that regular exercise (150 minutes per week, which is about 30 minutes five times per week)—and running in particular—has health benefits that extend well beyond any pill a doctor could prescribe. Studies have shown that running can help prevent obesity, type 2 diabetes, heart disease, high blood pressure, stroke, some cancers, and a host of other unpleasant conditions. What’s more, scientists have shown that running also vastly improves the quality of your emotional and mental life, and even helps you live longer. Here’s how:


Running makes you happier.

If you’ve been working out regularly, you’ve already discovered it: No matter how good or bad you feel at any given moment, exercise will make you feel better. And it goes beyond just the “runner’s high”—that rush of feel-good hormones known as endocannabinoids. In a study published in Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise, researchers found that even a single bout of exercise—30 minutes of walking on a treadmill—could instantly lift the mood of someone suffering from a major depressive order.

And even on those days when you have to force yourself out the door, exercise still protects you against anxiety and depression, studies have shown. Moderate exercise may help people cope with anxiety and stress even after they’re done working out. A 2012 study in the Journal of Adolescent Health proved that just 30 minutes of running during the week for three weeks boosted sleep quality, mood, and concentration during the day.

Ever heard someone call running their “drug?” Well, apparently, it actually is pretty similar. A 2007 study in Physiological & Behaviour showed that running causes the same kind of neurochemical adaptations in brain reward pathways that also are shared by addictive drugs

2.  Running helps you get fit

You know that exercises burns calories while you’re working out. The bonus is that when you exercise, the burn continues after you stop. Studies have shown that regular exercise boosts “afterburn”—that is, the number of calories you burn after exercise. (Scientists call this EPOC, which stands for excess post oxygen consumption.) That’s kind of like getting a paycheck even after you retire.

pic-29 And you don’t have to be sprinting at the speed of sound to get this benefit. This happens when you’re exercising at an intensity that’s about 70 percent of VO2 max. (That’s a little faster than your easy pace, and a little slower than marathon pace.)




3.  Running strengthens your knees (and other joints and bones, too).

pic-30  It’s long been known that running increases bone mass, and even helps stem age-related bone loss. But chances  are, you’ve had family, friends, and strangers warn you that “running is bad for your knees.” Well, science has proven that it’s not. In fact, studies show that running improves knee health, according to Boston University researcher David Felson in an interview with National Public Radio.

“We know from many long-term studies that running doesn’t appear to cause much damage to the knees,” Felson said. “When we look at people with knee arthritis, we don’t find much of a previous history of running, and when we look at runners and follow them over time, we don’t find that their risk of developing osteoarthritis is any more than expected.”


  4.  Running will keep you sharper, even as your age

Worried about “losing it” as you get older? Working out regularly will help you stay “with it.” A December 2012 study published in Psychonomic Bulletin & Review concluded that the evidence is insurmountable that regular exercise helps defeat age-related mental decline, particularly functions like task switching, selective attention, and working memory.  pic-31 Studies consistently found that fitter older adults scored better in mental tests than their unfit peers. What’s more, in stroke patients, regular exercise improves memory, language, thinking, and judgment problems by almost 50 percent. The research team found “significant improvements” in overall brain function at the conclusion of the program, with the most improvement in attention, concentration, planning, and organizing


5.  Running can reduce your risk of cancer.

Maybe running doesn’t cure cancer, but there’s plenty of proof that it helps prevent it. A vast review of 170 epidemiological studies in the Journal of Nutrition showed that regular exercise is associated with a lower risk of certain cancers. What’s more, if you already have cancer, running can improve your quality of life while you’re undergoing chemotherapy. (Want to know more about this? Read first-hand accounts of this and see our full cancer issue here.)

pic-326.  Running adds years to your life.

Even if you meet just the minimum of amount of physical activity—(30 minutes, five times per week), you’ll live longer. A giant study in the journal PLOS Medicine shows that when different types of people started exercising, they lived longer. Smokers added 4.1 years to their lives; nonsmokers gained three years. Even if you’re still smoking, you’ll get 2.6 more years. Cancer survivors extended their lives by 5.3 years. Those with heart disease gained 4.3 years.



The next edition of our news will be published on Friday 30th September 2016




To the newlyweds

Mr and Mrs Jordaan

Mr & Mrs JordaanMay you spend


From the Catogroup

Cato ladies


<- Some of the Cato Ladies having a

       bonding session




A5 Well another month closer to Xmas. It’s just crazy with 5 months to go, now we all know the meaning that time flies! We are still plodding along in the Midlands doing all types of electrical breakdowns for a local municipality. Unfortunately they are waiting for their 2016 / 2017 budget to be released so payment is a bit slow.

Our fleet of 28 odd vehicles are out working on different jobs all over the country side; thank goodness they are behaving themselves, or should I say touch wood before it’s too late.

Soon we will be welcoming Wimpie our mechanic back to work after his hit and run motorcycle accident which happened on the 23rd April. Wimpie’s arm was badly broken and after undergoing 7 operations to save his arm he has finally had a 6mm plate fitted to hold the arm together. All this cold weather is not helping him much, he says that he hasn’t slept since the last operation four days ago.

With all the bad weather around here are a few tips when driving in the rain and snow.

Anti-Freeze Tips

Minimum temperatures are expected to be in the minus degrees region for the rest of the week and this may have you wrapping yourself up against the cold, but have you considered that your engine may need some extra attention too? “Inspecting and maintaining your vehicle’s cooling system does not take much time, and could save you a hefty bill and the possibility of your car refusing to budge out in the cold” says Derek Hall-Jones, Divisional Manager: Technical Services at the AA.

Your car’s cooling system protects the engine against damage by ensuring that it operates within normal temperature range, and in order to do this you need to be sure that your cooling system has anti-freeze the and levels are not low, does not have rust, dirt and mineral deposits in it. Other advantages by using anti-freeze is that it is easy to notice if there are leaks in the cooling system, it prevents rust and corrosion and also lubricates the water pump. Not only does anti-freeze lower the freezing point of the coolant, it also raises the boiling point.

A general mixture of one part anti-freeze to two parts of water is recommended. Use a hydrometer to check the ‘ph’ value of the coolant in the vehicle’s cooling system. Be aware that some anti-freeze comes already premixed and adding water to this may throw the ratio out of balance. Also, do not to mix different brands of anti-freeze in your cooling system.

If you are doing it yourself, it is important that you start with a cold engine when checking your coolant levels as opening a hot radiator can be extremely dangerous. It may also be a good time to check for and replace leaking, brittle, spongy or cracked hoses. Also ensure that the radiator hose clamps are tight to prevent leaks at the connections.

Vehicle Checks

Make sure your vehicle is ready before driving in winter weather. You should make a regular pre-trip inspection, paying extra attention to the following items:

  • Coolant Level and Antifreeze Amount. Make sure the cooling system is full and there is enough anti-freeze in the system to protect against freezing. This can be checked with a special coolant tester.
  • Defrosting and Heating Equipment. Make sure the defrosters work. They are needed for safe driving. Make sure the heater is working, and that you know how to operate it.
  • Wipers and Washers. Make sure the windshield wiper blades are in good condition. Make sure the wiper blades press against the window hard enough to wipe the windshield clean. Otherwise they may not sweep off snow properly. Make sure the windshield washer works and there is washing fluid contained in the washer reservoir. Use windshield washer antifreeze to prevent freezing of the washer liquid. If you can’t see well enough while driving (for example, if your wipers fail), stop safely and fix the problem.
  • Make sure you have enough tread on your tyres. The drive tyres must provide traction to push the rig over wet pavement and through snow. The steering tyres must have traction to steer the vehicle. Enough tread is especially important in winter conditions.
  • Lights and Reflectors. Make sure the lights and reflectors are clean. Lights and reflectors are especially important during bad weather. Check from time to time during bad weather to make sure they are clean and working right.
  • Windows and Mirrors. Remove any ice, snow, etc., from the windshield, windows, and mirrors before starting. Use a windshield scraper, and windshield defroster as necessary. Make sure that you can see and communicate with other drivers.

If you’re driving in Rainy Weather:

  • Slow down by at least 5 or 10 miles an hour.At certain speeds, your car can hydroplane, lifting off the ground, and you will be driving on a layer of water. If that happens, don’t panic; just slow down until the car feels normal again.
  • Avoid driving through flooded areas.It will be difficult to gauge the water’s depth. This is dangerous in itself. And if water gets sucked into the air-intake valve and then the engine, the car will probably shut off.
  • Feather the brakes after you’ve driven through a puddle.And make sure you take your foot off the gas. This creates heat and friction, which will help dry the brakes.

If You’re Driving on Snowy or Icy Roads:

  • Slow down.Even if you have all-wheel drive, reduce your speed about 10 miles per hour below the speed limit. If it still feels iffy, cut back another five miles per hour until you’re comfortable.
  • Beware of black ice.It’s nearly impossible to see this crystal-clear glaze, but you can spot it when your headlights reflect off the road at night. It tends to form on bridges, which trap the cold; in the shadows of tall buildings, where the sun can’t hit it; and at intersections, due to drains. That’s why, in bad weather, you should slow down a couple of hundred feet before stop signs and lights.
  • Avoid tailgating.On the highway, leave about 100 yards (about the length of a football field) between you and the car ahead of you to give you plenty of room to stop in case that person brakes suddenly. Still, it’s close enough to use his headlights to see what’s up ahead.
  • Don’t brake during a turn.To avoid a spin-out, gradually start turning the steering wheel and feathering the brakes lightly before the curve. Then coast through the turn with your foot off the brake and off the gas, so as not to gain speed. When you have your foot on the brake, the wheels stop turning. That’s when the car loses control and goes in any direction that momentum decides to take it, like a toboggan.
  • Turn into a skid.Remain calm, take your foot off the brake and the gas pedals, and turn the car in the direction the car is skidding. For example, if you’re sliding to the left, gently turn the steering wheel to the left. This cancels out the skid. The car corrects itself and goes straight. If all else fails and you have the option to do so safely, leave the road and drive the car into a snow bank.

 If your rear wheels skid…

  1. Take your foot off the accelerator.
  2. Steer in the direction you want the front wheels to go. If your rear wheels are sliding left, steer left. If they’re sliding right, steer right.
  3. If your rear wheels start sliding the other way as you recover, ease the steering wheel toward that side. You might have to steer left and right a few times to get your vehicle completely under control.
  4. If you have standard brakes, pump them gently.
  5. If you have anti-lock brakes (ABS), do not pump the brakes. Apply steady pressure to the brakes. You will feel the brakes pulse – this is normal.

If your front wheels skid…

  1. Take your foot off the gas and shift to neutral, but don’t try to steer immediately.
  2. As the wheels skid sideways, they will slow the vehicle and traction will return. As it does, steer in the direction you want to go. Then put the transmission in “drive” or release the clutch, and accelerate gently.

If you get stuck…

  1. Do not spin your wheels. This will only dig you in deeper.
  2. Turn your wheels from side to side a few times to push snow out of the way.
  3. Use a light touch on the gas, to ease your car out.
  4. Use a shovel to clear snow away from the wheels and the underside of the car.
  5. Pour sand, kitty litter, gravel or salt in the path of the wheels, to help get traction.
  6. Try rocking the vehicle. (Check your owner’s manual first – it can damage the transmission on some vehicles.) Shift from forward to reverse, and back again. Each time you’re in gear, give a light touch on the gas until the vehicle gets going.

Until next month keep warm and travel safely.



A bit of news from a cold and wet construction crew.

Our project in Ladysmith is moving along nicely and the lads are doing some sterling work.

We have successfully installed and commissioned many LV and MV panels, generators and transformers thus far this year, at many different institutions and company’s and the crew have done themselves and our company proud by combining good job knowledge and sound skills producing very aesthetic installations.

We are presently working on a project installing perimeter lights and the main 11kV supply at a large container depot in Durban, and I was very impressed by the way in which the chaps set about planning and executing this project; I tip my hat to all involved and look forward to seeing the end result.

Billy is presently in Saudi Arabia installing and commissioning a panel, and we look forward to hearing of his adventure on his return.

Kevin has a rather difficult and challenging project in Germiston next month, but I have nothing but faith in Kevin’s ability and therefore feel sure this project will be a resounding success.

I digress for a moment to pay tribute to a man that has been my hero for as long as I can remember, the late great Muhammed Ali 1942-2016

We all know of the three time world heavy weight champion, we know he was probably the fastest heavy weight ever to have lived, we know he had great skills and was a master of the sweet science of pugilism, we know he had a big mouth and an uncanny way of being able to back up his mouth, we know of The Rumble in the Jungle where he conquered the giant George Foreman, who was able to annihilate all previous opponents with relative ease. We know of The Thrilla in Manilla where he fought Smoking Joe Frasier, We know he was the greatest because he told us all often enough, we know he was a man that stuck to his principals at a time when it seemed all the world was against him. We know he could float like a butterfly and sting like a bee. We know he did amazing work in raising money for worthy causes, work that is as much of his legacy as his stunning performances in the ring. But not everybody knows how he accomplished these things; but once you have read his trailing statement, perhaps you will understand, and perhaps when things get on top of you or you feel the task ahead is insurmountable; then just perhaps these words will inspire you to rise up and conquer your own giant.

Rest in peace Champ; you truly were the Greatest.










J3Muhammed Ali


5 Danger Signs That Complacency Will Derail Your Career pic 12J5 It’s wonderful to feel fulfilled at work, comfortable with your colleagues, your boss, and the company.  If you truly enjoy your work why would you even consider pushing yourself out of your comfort zone?


The danger is that being too complacent can derail your career.

 The definition of complacency is “a feeling of quiet pleasure or security, often while unaware of some potential danger, defect, or the like; self-satisfaction or smug satisfaction with an existing situation, condition, etc.”

If you assume that the status quo will remain in place, you are setting yourself up to be blindsided. If you stay in the safety of your complacency without a notion as to what’s happening in the company or in your industry, your safety zone can become a danger zone overnight. Changes are occurring all around you that can make your skills and competencies obsolete. Potential mergers and downsizing can be potential landmines unless you are tapped into the politics of the company and listening carefully to the warning signs that change is about to happen.

Here are five signs that your complacency can derail you.

1. You are no longer striving to do your best.

In this highly competitive job market, there are many people who would love your job. If you have been doing just enough to get by, beware. You must continue to add value and meet and exceed expectactions to keep your job.

J62. You are not staying up to date in your field and industry.

When was the last time you took a course or attended an industry conference? Do you regularly read trade magazines, e-zines, and journals? It is easy to lose your credibility overnight. The next new hire on your team can show up with excellent credentials and want your job.

3. You are not seeking or taking advantage of new opportunities.

If you don’t seek or take advantage of opportunities your skills become stale. Doing the same thing over and over gets boring. You remain invisible. Key stakeholders and decision makers don’t know the value that you contribute. How will you be able to position yourself if the company reorganizes or changes in any way?

Look for opportunities to work on new projects and maintain your credibility, expand your skill set, and increase your exposure across the company.

4.You are not maintaining or building your network of business contacts.

If you don’t build relationships at work and stay tuned to what’s happening or about to happen, you won’t be privy to critical information that can influence your position.

You don’t need to be searching for a new job to build a network of business contacts. Make it your intention to stay connected to former colleagues and clients. This helps you to find new opportunities should you need to.

5. You don’t risk sharing your opinion or ideas.

Fear of upsetting the status quo or potentially disagreeing with your boss or colleagues can hold you back from speaking up. If you don’t take the risk to voice your opinion, people assume you have none. Your credibility evaporates over time. You don’t have the respect of your colleagues or supervisor. It’s not important to agree with everyone all the time. It’s not important to be liked as much as it is being perceived as someone who contributes value and has the strength of their voice.

Are you in danger of sabotaging your career due to complacency?  Beware. It’s a competitive marketplace. It’s a fast paced business environment where the necessity of learning new skills, new technologies, and new processes is critical to both maintaining your current status and/or moving ahead.

pic 18-Spot has had a very busy July, we are very pleased to see an increase of customers coming to enjoy our lovely Pub & Restaurant, as well as own fresh meals.

We would like to thank the group of people that came to support us on Wednesday the 20th July it was a pleasure serving you, we are ecstatic that you enjoyed our hospitality and our food. We were pleased to see you back here on Wednesday the 27th July for another one of your events.








On Saturday 23rd July we held the engagement party of Luca and Georgette; it was a great evening,

we were glad to see that everyone enjoyed themselves, thank you to everyone that came.

Thank you to the Petersen family who supported the G-Spot.

Coming up events

Annual ARB Rugby Day –

Saturday 17th September 2016

Please diarise this one:

The G Spot will open at 08h30 on Saturday 17th September in time for everyone to settle in for a light bacon and egg roll breakfast before the match between South Africa and New Zealand at 09h35. This is an annual event at the G Spot and is usually held on the Saturday that South Africa plays their first game against New Zealand (on NZ’s turf) during the Four Nations Rugby Tournament.

Breakfast: Bacon and egg rolls will be on sale for only R25 each and lunch will be the annual complimentary lamb on the spit with rolls, courtesy of ARB and the G Spot.

Bucket Specials: (6 beers per bucket)

Hansa, Black Label and Castle – R70

Castle Light – R80

Drinks Specials:

Double Klipdrift and coke – R25

Three Ships – R12

Bonus: Jägermeister Promotion Girls will arrive at 10am

There will also be hampers and prizes to give away as well as a rugby score sheet @ R20 per score prediction.

16 Kitchen Scraps That You Can Re-grow

All of us want to be able to have fresh fruit and vegetable at our disposal when working in the kitchen, preparing a delicious meal. The truth is you can have your veggies and eat them too! There are a number of plants which you can throw away after eating, not knowing they can be re-grown in the most easy of methods. Here is the list of those vegetables and how you can make some more in the comfort of your home.



• Fennel, Scallions, Onions and Leeks can be re-grown if using the white root end. Put it into a glass jar and pour a bit of water over it. Keep it in a well-lit area (like the kitchen window) and soon enough you will be able to notice the green leaves sprouting. When it’s of a decent size, cut it away and use in your dishes. Freshen up the water supply and your vegetable is ready to grow again


  • Cabbage, Celery, Romaine Lettuce and Bok Choi are very similar to the previous category.

Meaning the secret of re-growing powers lie in its white root end.

Like before, cut and put it into a bowl with a bit of water in, under direct sunlight and after a couple of days new leaves will begin to rise once more.

You could do this with soil, but then you should water it excessively in the first week.J12






J13 • Lemongrass is not much different than a normal grass. The root end should go into a jar with little water but transferred into a pot when it begins to grow again. Ready to be harvested when the stalks have one foot height

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  • Potatoes are maybe the easiest of the foods to re-grow at home. If a potato has `eyes` then it can be made to give some more potatoes. Cut the potato into pieces of 2 inch squares – each must have an `eye` on it. Place it in a dry area and after a couple of days plant them in a high-nutrient soil, with the `eye` facing up at 8 inches deep. Add      extra soil when the plant begins to grow.

• Ginger is also very easy to work with. The part you are interested in is the thick knobby bit, known as the rhizome. Put one such piece in some potted soil with the buds facing up and in a moist and warm setting, although not in direct sunlight. When the new roots rise up and the plant is fully grown, just repeat the instruction here to re-re-grow a ginger fruit.

• A single clove of a piece of Garlic is enough to use in order to re-grow the entire vegetable. Plant with the root end downward in direct sunlight and see the impressive results of Nature. Keep in mind that cutting the shoots will force the plant to make a big bulb. The important thing to remember is that – like in the case of ginger – you can re-grow it again and again without buying a new one soon.

J14 Things You Will Need

A head of garlic

Potting soil

A container

Break garlic cloves apart and sow each clove vertically into the soil at a depth of 1 inch. Cover all the cloves with soil. Place the pot in an area that gets plenty of direct sunlight. Clip off the greens when they are about 3 – 4 inches tall, leaving about an inch or so for it to re-grow. When it turns brown and dries up, dig the clove of garlic you planted and you should have a full bulb. Take a clove from that and start over!

  • Onions shouldn’t be thrown away but re-grown, mostly because they do classify among the easiest vegetables to sprout `from their ashes`. What you need to do is cut off the root end but ensuring half an inch of onion is on the roots. Put this entirely in soil in your garden in a well-lit area and keep watering. Cold weather is not recommended for this vegetable.
  • Sweet Potatoes can be re-grown by planting a part of it under a thin layer of soil. The place in the garden should be well `seen` by the Sun. At a height of 4 inches, remove the shoots and re-plant them with 12 inches of space in between. A long waiting time (around 4 months) begins and after that, feel free to reap the benefits of re-growing your own vegetables.

J15 • Carrot Tops are something to be played with or nicely decorated, but not eaten! Remember this when you want to re-grow a carrot from the eating table. The top and an inch of the root of the carrot should be balanced with toothpicks on a water filled glass jar. Filtered sunlight will make the roots sprout in a couple of days.

• Mushrooms, although hard to re-grow, it’s not impossible! The preferred medium for mushrooms is a pot filled with a mix of soil and compost. In daytime, filtered light will do the job, while during the night, it’s better to leave it at a cool temperature. The part which should go into the soil is the stalk with the headremoved. But be careful to leave the top part unburied. In a matter of days you will know if the base has re-grown a new mushroom.

• Pineapples are delicious and will surely be among the top choices of re-grown fruit in your home. The sad part is it takes very long (almost a couple of years) until you can reap the fruit from the pineapple tree you grow at home. Simply place the green top piece (with no fruit attached to it!) in a warm environment. Also, make sure the surface is well drained. Pour water regularly at first and then weekly. Good luck










A sneak preview at the installation of the new and improved signage for Voltex generators done last week.

Due to an increasing amount of generators having to survive outside in the harsh weather conditions just standing around waiting for when people need them, we have decided to spice up the look of the signage with a more weather proof design.










Arnfred Nursery

pic 1Happy gardening!!

The Arnfred Team

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Word of the Month

J26Ambrose Williams

In Other News

Birthdays August – Happy Birthday

To the Following people in August:

14 – Helene Williams

23 – Marius Coetzee

25 – Hayley Rich


J27 If you haven’t jumped on the wheatgrass bandwagon yet, it’s not too late. Now, don’t just scrunch your nose and bow out of the conversation just yet. Wheatgrass juice is perhaps the most health-generating food out there, so keep reading.

I do get it, though – wheatgrass is the kind of health trend you chalk up to hipsters, tree huggers, and more-or-less-obsessed health and fitness enthusiasts. Plus, it can appear to be inaccessible, expensive, and downright gross. But with so many benefits of wheatgrass on the line in terms of energy levels, overall health, and head-to-toe beauty, why not compromise?!

Wheatgrass 101

Wheatgrass is a young grass of the common wheat plant, Triticum aestivum, a subspecies of the family Poaceae.

Wheatgrass can be cultivated outdoors, but is commonly grown indoors on trays filled with potting mix. As the leaves grow, they eventually split. At this so-called “jointing stage” point, the wheatgrass has reached its greatest nutritional value and the blades can be snipped off, allowing for a second round of leaves to grow. After the second round grows to the point of splitting, the crop is usually finished, although a third round is sometimes possible.

For those of you who struggle to ingest wheat grass juice, have no fear! You too can experience the glory inherent in the superfood without pinching your nose and taking a swig. Wheatgrass is available in many different forms.

To make powder, tablets, or capsules out of wheatgrass, the blades are harvested, dehydrated at a low temperature or freeze-dried, and sold as a dietary supplement. Schnabel and his successors found dehydrating the wheatgrass at low temperatures to be the best and most beneficial way to dry out the wheatgrass, although today many producers claim freeze-drying is better for quality and taste. Freeze-drying removes all moisture by placing frozen wheatgrass in a vacuum and turning the ice into vapour. However, traditionalists argue that nothing can compare to the natural dehydration of wheatgrass as it grows slowly under natural conditions in glacial soils through the often-freezing temperatures and bright sunlight of winter, just as Schnabel had grown it. However, freeze-drying is far more convenient for producers and consumers alike.

Home-grown fresh wheatgrass can skip the drying process and be juiced directly after cut from the soil. Wheatgrass juicers are sold just about everywhere nowadays. features a good bunch of them. Cut wheatgrass can be placed into an airtight container and survive about 7 to 8 days in the refrigerator.

History of the Benefits of Wheatgrass

Wheatgrass consumption goes way back, some 5,000 years to ancient Egyptian and Mesopotamian civilizations. Egyptians held the wheatgrass’ leafy blades as sacred and honoured them for their health benefits.

In the 1930s, American agricultural chemist Dr. Charles Schnabel worked hard to popularize wheatgrass by documenting its amazing nutritional benefits. One of his most famous studies centred on the livelihood and egg output of 106 hens. When Schnabel received the hens, they were sick and dying. Schnabel restored their health by feeding them a mixture of fresh cut, young oat grasses and greens. On July 31, 1930, his efforts proved fruitful – he got 126 eggs from 106 hens! Hens generally can only lay one egg per day and often they lay no egg at all, which is why Schnabel’s feat was so remarkable. Schnabel and his team compared wheatgrass to other nutrient-dense vegetables, like spinach, broccoli, and alfalfa, and found wheatgrass to be dramatically superior in improving the health of livestock. In the 1940s, Schnabel, now dubbed “Father of Wheatgrass”, debuted a wheatgrass powder on the market. By the 1950s, cereal grass tablets were America’s bestselling multi-vitamin and mineral supplements.

In the 1950s, Lithuanian-American nutritionist and whole-foods advocate Ann Wigmore began to juice wheatgrass. It is said that Wigmore turned her hair from dark grey to jet black in her late years by way of her wheatgrass-fuelled dietary protocol. Later, Wigmore would form the Hippocrates Health Institute in Boston, where she would educate thousands on the benefits of wheatgrass and plant-based living.

Nutritional Analysis and Benefits of Wheatgrass

30ml of wheatgrass contains 120 calories, 8 grams of dietary fibre, 240% of the RDA of vitamin A, 93% of the RDA of vitamin C, 356% of the RDA of iron, and 12% of the RDA of calcium. It also contains 8 grams of protein.

Wheatgrass is overflowing with vitamins, amino acids, liver enzymes, and chlorophyll. It contains 98 of 102 earth elements found in soil, including phosphorus, calcium, iron, magnesium, and potassium as well as essential enzymes and 19 amino acids. It also bears more vitamin A and C than oranges and carrots and is rich in vitamins E, K, and B.

Chlorophyll, a phytochemical that is what gives dark leafy greens their colour, is essentially the blood of plants and is what makes wheatgrass so powerful. Chlorophyll reverses aging, suppresses hunger, cleanses the blood, combats odour, and prevents cancer. Wheatgrass is 70% chlorophyll, making it a concentrated carrier of the sun’s life force energy.

These qualities make wheatgrass as beneficial for your skin, hair, and figure as it is for your general health. Consider it an all-purpose solution to just about every health problem you may have.

How much is Enough?

You shouldn’t underestimate wheatgrass – it’s very potent. Consuming too much at any given time can render you nauseous and feeling sick. First, you have to build up your serving sizes. For instance, when you are incorporating wheatgrass juice into your diet, start with 30ml per day and slowly graduate to 60mls per day. You don’t need more.

Equally important as the amount you take is when you take it. Wheatgrass should always be consumed on an empty stomach or with other fruits and vegetables. It should never be consumed after a meal, otherwise it will make you feel nauseated.

Young children, pregnant women, and elders should consult their doctors before adding wheatgrass to their diets.

51 Incredible Benefits of Wheatgrass

Wheatgrass is overflowing with essential vitamins and minerals, quite unlike any other food in the world. It can be consumed or applied topically for both health and beauty benefits.

Here are 51 convincing ways to incorporate wheatgrass into your daily dietary lifestyle.

Treat Skin Diseases

Wheatgrass can be used to cure skin diseases such as eczema and psoriasis. There are several ways you can go about using wheatgrass for your skin. Pour wheatgrass juice into a few holes in an ice cube tray, freeze, and rub a cube across blemishes on your skin as well as on any scars or damaged areas. Alternatively, you could pour a cup of wheatgrass juice or powder into a warm bath and soak your body in the bath for at least 30 minutes. Your body will be cleansed and odour-free.

2. Lose Weight

If you have a few pounds to lose, wheatgrass may be the answer. This requires drinking wheatgrass juice or taking wheatgrass supplements, and it’s well worth it. Wheatgrass is effective in managing the thyroid gland, whose function is crucial in avoiding weight gain.

3.  Reduce Food Cravings

Wheatgrass is loaded with so many nutrients that your body isn’t lusting for other foods to compensate for any lack of vitamins or minerals. This goes hand-in-hand with wheatgrass’ ability to help you lose weight, but it is also critical in your efforts to avoid unhealthy, sugar and fat-laden snacks. Take a wheatgrass supplement (or juice shot) each morning on an empty stomach and it may prevent overeating throughout the day.

4. Detox Your Cells

If you think a regular juice cleanse is the pinnacle of detoxification, you’re wrong. Wheatgrass may appear like a simple, dull grass, but it is actually among the most powerful natural detoxifying agents due to its high alkalinity. In fact, it has been said that just about 30ml of wheatgrass is equivalent in nutritional value to more than 900 grams of leafy green vegetables. Talk about an alkaline overload!

5. Improve Immunity

Wheatgrass has exhibited the ability increase red blood cells in the body, which is why it is so effective in staving off disease and boosting immunity.

6. Stimulate Circulation

Wheatgrass has the ability to increase the amount of oxygen in the blood, making it a great way to stimulate circulation. In addition to taking a wheatgrass supplement, you could also use a cotton ball to rub wheatgrass juice around your face and neck to dilate blood vessels and allow more circulation to the surface of the skin. After applying, rinse off the wheatgrass and pat your face dry with a towel.

  7. Improve Digestion

Instead of reaching for antacids to relieve heartburn or indigestion, introduce wheatgrass into your daily regimen and benefit from its vitamin B, amino acids, and enzyme content. From irritable bowel syndrome to ulcers, wheatgrass is a great tool to improving digestion. Wheatgrass even goes as far as cleaning your bowels of impacted matter and mucous.


8. Treat Arthritis

Health experts believe wheatgrass is effective in treating arthritis. Chlorophyll is thought to benefit arthritis and wheatgrass contains tons of it! Chlorophyll fights inflammation, which is associated with joint pain.


9. Reduce Fatigue

When you experience fatigue, your body is likely deprived of rest and is dealing with a weakened immune system. Chlorophyll helps to increase oxygen supply in your body’s cells and tissues, contributing to cell regeneration, which heals the body and reduces fatigue symptoms.


10. Get Rid of Body Odour

Wheatgrass is a natural body deodorizer and regular consumption or application of wheatgrass can help to get rid of the stench naturally. Its juices have the ability to wash toxins from the mouth, skin, and body.

 11. Treat Skin Wounds

By regenerating cells, wheatgrass juice can treat skin wounds and help them heal faster. Dab wheatgrass juice to the skin with a cotton ball and let it sit for a few minutes before rinsing and patting dry with a towel.


12. Prevent Tooth Decay

Gargle a shot of wheatgrass juice in your mouth for a few minutes and it will draw out toxins and re-mineralize teeth. Replace harsh mouthwash with wheatgrass juice. No, your teeth won’t turn green!


13. Cleanse the Liver

Wheatgrass is probably best known for its effects on the liver. The liver processes what the body ingests, and with its detoxifying properties, nutrients, and enzymes, wheatgrass is able to restore and revitalize the liver.


14. Treat Sunburn

Just as wheatgrass is able to treat wounds, it is also able to accelerate the healing process of burnt skin. Dab wheatgrass juice to the skin with a cotton ball and let it sit for a few minutes before rinsing and patting dry with a towel.


15. Stabilize Lipid Levels

Wheatgrass improves lipid levels, which means it’s a great tool for managing high cholesterol.


16. Clear Sinus Congestion

Consuming wheatgrass or snorting wheatgrass juice through the nose helps to clear the sinuses by pulling toxins and breaking up mucus.


17. Get Rid of Acne

Wheatgrass has the capacity to regenerate skin cells and is thus helpful for the complexion. Take a wheatgrass supplement daily or apply the juice straight to the skin to get rid of acne.


18. Prevent Cancer

Due to its potent detoxifying properties, wheatgrass works to keep the blood clean and oxygenated as well as the red blood cell count high. Cancer thrives in a low-oxygen environment, so the wheatgrass contributes to cancer prevention.


19. Fight the Common Cold

Steer clear of colds with wheatgrass supplements. If you aren’t keen on taking wheatgrass supplements year round, instead home in on the cold-weather seasons, where the chances of contracting the common cold is much higher.


20. Treat a Hangover

The abundance of alkalinity in wheatgrass offsets the acidity caused by alcohol consumption. Wheatgrass also hydrates cells, which can be dehydrated after a night of drinking.

 21. Improve the Mood

Wheatgrass is rich in iron. A deficiency in iron can cause fatigue, which worsens mood and makes you feel blasé and unenthused. Wheatgrass turns the tide!


22. De-Stress

The vitamin B in wheatgrass is effective in helping you to overcome anxiety and achieve a better state of mental health. Many of us have stressful careers and family lives, so a little support is always welcome!


23. Fight Depression

Wheatgrass helps to keep your iron levels stable, which is particularly important for women. Iron deficiency is linked to apathy and depression.


24. Improve the Appearance of Nails

A glance at your nails can give you a pretty good idea of the state of your health. A lack of iron in your diet or poor circulation are often the main reasons why your nails are weak, have white spots, or are rough in texture and yellow or blue in colour. Wheatgrass boosts circulation, allowing blood to reach the ends of your fingers and giving life to otherwise lacklustre nails. Meanwhile, wheatgrass offers a substantial amount of iron to the body.


25. Ease Menstrual Pains

Irregular and painful menstrual cycles can be attributed to malnourishment of vitamin and mineral deficiencies. Wheatgrass is so chockfull of nutrition, it helps to fill in the blanks where your diet hasn’t already. This includes helping you weather through “that time of the month” with more ease.


26. Combat Inflammation

Wheatgrass is exceptionally powerful in fighting inflammation, a condition that is closely linked to disease in the body.


27. Get Rid of Bad Breath

Much in the same way wheatgrass works to neutralize body odours it also helps to get rid of bad breath.


28. Neutralize Infections

The chlorophyll in wheatgrass helps to fight off bacterial infections and bring the body into equilibrium, avoiding an overly acidic state that makes it susceptible to disease-causing bacteria.


29. Repair Damaged DNA

The amino acid chains in wheatgrass can be absorbed directly into the blood and promote cell metabolism. These amino acids provide material for the formation of the nucleic acids RNA and DNA. Damaged DNA can wreak havoc in your body, causing sterility, genetic abnormalities, and abnormal aging.


30. Improve Your Exercise Regimen

The high amount of oxygen in chlorophyll helps deliver more oxygen to the blood, which is particular helpful prior to strenuous exercise, when you want all the oxygen you can get.

 31. Slow Down Aging

Wheatgrass is brimming with antioxidants, which help to neutralize free radicals in the body. Free radicals are essential what age us, from head to toe and from inside to out. Antioxidants help us to slow down the aging process and reveal a more youthful vitality in our appearance and mood.


32. Fight Radiation

In one study, wheatgrass extract proved successful in topically treating acute radiation-induced skin reactions. We are exposed to radiation on a daily basis, from our iPhones to iPads, and wheatgrass makes for a useful tool in offsetting overexposure. Like all other pollutants, radiation is equally vulnerable to wheatgrass’ detoxifying prowess.


33. Refine and Renew Bodily Tissues

Wheatgrass refines and renews bodily tissue by improving circulation, boosting the blood’s oxygen levels, and detoxing tissue cells from harmful toxins.


34. Flush Drugs out of the System

Flush your liver of over-the-counter and prescription drugs by consuming wheatgrass. Wheatgrass protects the liver from oxidative stress and helps to cleanse it of any foreign substances that come its way.


35. Stabilize Blood Sugar Levels

Wheatgrass has been shown to be a powerful anti-hyperglycaemic agent. This makes it a fitting supplement for those with diabetes or who are trying to reduce blood sugar levels.


36. Be Smarter

The chlorophyll in wheatgrass fuels the body with oxygen. Oxygen is vital to many body processes, especially for the brain, which uses 25% of the oxygen supply. A better functioning brain means you can make smarter decisions and operate in a more diligent fashion in your day-to-day life.

37. Be Smarter

The chlorophyll in wheatgrass fuels the body with oxygen. Oxygen is vital to many body processes, especially for the brain, which uses 25% of the oxygen supply. A better functioning brain means you can make smarter decisions and operate in a more diligent fashion in your day-to-day life.


38. Balance Your Diet

Just 30ml of wheatgrass juice is equivalent to 900 grams of vegetable produce. If your diet is subpar, consider wheatgrass a necessary addition to your lifestyle. It fuels your body with the veggies it needs, only in a single shot!


39. Improve Oral Health

Rinsing the mouth with wheatgrass juice draws toxins out of the gums and improves oral health. Wheatgrass juice also treats bleeding gums.


40. Clean the Bowel (enema style)

If you conduct enemas on yourself to draw impacted matter out of the colon, add a shot of wheatgrass to the water in order to attract even more acidic waste and shepherd it out of the body.

 41. Heal Skin Irritation

The high alkalinity of wheatgrass helps to comfort and soothe skin irritations. Both topical application of wheatgrass juice and consumption of wheatgrass supplements work well.


42. Get Rid of Dandruff

Dandruff thrives on a dry, unhealthy scalp, and topical application of wheatgrass juice can help to balance the pH of your scalp and ultimately repair it.


43. Enjoy a Better Douche

Remove odour down under with a wheatgrass juice douche. It will not only get rid of unwanted smells but also improve the overall health of your nether regions.


44. Improve Your Sex Life

A healthier lifestyle equates to increased libido and better sex. Regular wheatgrass supplements will have you feeling and looking your best, so you can get under the sheets with more confidence and stamina.


45. Eliminate Heavy Metals from the Body

Wheatgrass is popularly known for its ability to detox heavy metals from the body. Heavy metals are toxic and can interfere with bodily processes.


46. Diversify Your Gluten-Free Diet

Wheatgrass is gluten-free because it is harvested when young, before it ever has the chance to grow grains.


47. Boost Energy

Decreased energy is closely related to diet and often a result of nutritional deficiencies. Wheatgrass helps to put your body in balance so your energy levels soar!

48. Improve Your Smoothies

Add wheatgrass powder or juice to your morning, post-exercise smoothie for an extra health kick. Just add 1 teaspoon of wheatgrass powder or 30ml of wheatgrass juice to each serving. Try this green smoothie recipe as a start:

 Wheatgrass Green Smoothie


Serves 1


1 ½ bananas, peeled, chopped, and frozen

Small handful of fresh spinach

1 teaspoon wheatgrass powder

2 Medjool dates, seeded

Dash of ground cinnamon

Directions: Place all the ingredients into a high-speed blender and blend until smooth.

49. Increase Fertility

P4D1 is a compound found in wheatgrass that impacts sperm cells and DNA, ultimately increasing fertility.

50. Improve and Create a More Discernible Palate

Wean off of unhealthy, nutritionally-devoid foods with wheatgrass. By balancing your body’s pH and satisfying your nutritional needs, wheatgrass steers you away from bad food cravings and doesn’t leave you craving for foods packed with sugar, excess fat, and preservatives. Wheatgrass trains your taste buds to start craving healthier foods and to appreciate subtle flavours more fully.

51. Reduce Appearance of Scars

Wheatgrass juice helps to rebuild damaged skin. Topically apply wheatgrass juice to the affected area and let sit for 20-30 minutes before rinsing clean.


The next edition of our news will be published on Wednesday 31st August 2016


MONTHLY NEWS NO. 217 – 30th JUNE 2016



A hearty hello from a fairly well rested man who has a small spring in his stride when walking through the gate to work. I was lucky enough to take two weeks leave and while trying to switch off after the third day at home with my phone continuously ringing I decided to jump one of the closest borders as soon as possible.

The first being Lesotho for a couple of days at Sani Pass. What a bargain that there was no reception at my cottage but gee I nearly died from the cold. But saying that Sani is always full of surprises; I never expected snow which was another bargain. It was strange driving on tar roads on top of the mountain though especially covered in snow in places. The road up the pass is well maintained which made the drive up a breeze, the main lodge was packed with overnighters and the well-stocked bar with food and booze made the getaway well worth it. I always find it interesting talking to all the overseas people who always seem to have so many adventures to talk about.

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After freezing to death I went to Mozambique for a week and spent a totally relaxed holiday right on the beach. Wow man, this was bliss. I stayed with a good old friend Mike & Jill Platt who couldn’t have been a better host. Mike is developing some amazing lodges and finally living the life. Mozambique always speaks for its self with lots to drink and eat in a totally relaxed life style. The weather played along which was an added bonus. It’s the first time I have been to Mozambique out of season. It was a bit strange not having hordes of people to share this beautiful part of the world with.

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Well let’s get back to business. Our work has quietened down from a Midlands Municipality that has been keeping us on our toes, they are waiting for their new budgets to be released. This has put us on the back foot but like all Government Departments they will shower us with work and want it finished yesterday. All my big contracts in Hilton have been completed strengthening that electricity supply to the area. The new Hilton private hospital extension will have their electricity supply soon as the job to build the overhead power line across the busy N3 freeway has been given to CREC to do.

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What is SLAM?

The SLAM (Stop….Look…Assess…..Manage) technique reminds workers to stop work if they think their health and safety is at risk.

Why should we encourage our workers to use SLAM?

By using the SLAM technique workers will value the importance of health and safety in the work place.  By remembering SLAM, workers are more likely to stop work if a task appears unsafe or risk to their


 There are four (4) stages to SLAM.  Workers should:


Stop the task and think.  Look at each step.  Ask:

  • Is this a new task?
  • Has the task changed?
  • When was the last time I did this task?
  • Do I feel comfortable doing this task?

If not, do I need training

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  • Look before, during and after completion of the task.
  • Always : Inspect the work area for potential hazards, e.g unsecured ladders ,untidiness
  • Identify the hazards for each job/task; and
  • Evaluate what to do about them.



  • Are workers equipped to perform the task safely? Check they have the correct:
  • Knowledge
  • Skills
  • Training; and
  • Tools
  • What else do they need to perform the task safely?
  • Help? (Workers should be encouraged to ask for help?
  • More training? (Workers should not perform the task until they have been trained).

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  • Managers should take appropriate action to eliminate or minimize any hazards on site by:
  • Ensure the proper equipment is used and is well maintained; and
  • Thinking about the task just completed and ask, “What went well?   What did not go well?’


  • Ask yourself:
  • Did anything unexpected happen?
  • How can I better prepare and plan for this in the future?

What next?

  • Share this information with other workers and management.
  • Use this information to encourage safe working practices.
  • Use safety briefings and toolbox talks to teach your workers about the SLAM

Before starting a task:


Stop and engage your mind before your hands.  Look at the task in hand.

Look at your workplace and find the hazards.  Report these immediately to your supervisor.

Assess the effects the hazards have on you, the people you work with, equipment, procedures, pressures and the environment.  Ask yourself if you have the knowledge, training and tools to do the task safely.  Do this with your supervisor.

Before starting a task:


Any changes throughout the day; where you are, what time it is, what the weather is like, what changes or reorganization have taken place?

People around you: their level of experience, how many hours they are working, their attitudes to health and safety, and any personal/home problems or work pressures including working to a deadline or cost.

Plant you use: when it was last maintained and is it the right tool to use?


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pic 18Pub & Diner

Friday specials for July

6th – Buy one get one free Burger

8th – Bacon Sandwiches

15th – Fish Curry (Pilchard)

22nd – Peter’s Beef Bourginogn

29th – Coronation Salad & Smore Dessert

Don’t miss out!!!

G-Spot has had a lovely Winter as our Aloes were blooming…It was amazing to see so many people coming to admire our Aloes and our beautiful garden. We have had a good winter, now we need spring to return. We have had a quiet month, but we are hoping that we get more new faces coming to support us soon…We will be having events happening in the next few months.

Upcoming events

 30th – July – ferrets drinking evening

Annual ARB Rugby Day – Saturday 17th September 2016

Please diarise this one:

The G Spot will open at 08.30 on Saturday 17th September in time for everyone to settle in for a light bacon and egg roll breakfast before the match between South Africa and New Zealand at 09.35. This is an annual event at the G Spot and is usually held on the Saturday that South Africa plays their first game against New Zealand (on NZ’s turf) during the Four Nations Rugby Tournament.

Breakfast: Bacon and egg rolls will be on sale at only R25 each and lunch will be the annual complimentary lamb on the spit with rolls, courtesy of ARB and the G Spot.

Bucket Specials: (6 beers per bucket)

Hansa, Black Label and Castle – R70

Castle Light – R80

Drinks Specials:

Double Klipdrift and coke – R25

Three Ships – R12

Bonus: Jägermeister Promotion Girls will arrive at 10am

There will also be hampers and prizes to give away as well as a rugby score sheet @ R20 per score prediction.

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Arnfred Nursery

The Earth is home to more than 298000 species of plants. The diverse group balance nature and life on Earth. Some plants produce beautiful pleasant smelling flowers, some produce nutrient-rich fruits, some have medicinal properties and some have the totally strange appearance. Followings are 10 strangest plants around the world.


 10 – White Baneberry

Actaea pachypoda or baneberry is a small ball type plant native to North American forests. It is also called as doll’s eye because of its special shaped fruits.

This plant stands 60 cm tall and only has very few leaves. Its red thick stems also look very attractive.

The fruits of white baneberry are toxic

The flowers of white baneberry are very small,    only have the size of 6mm



9 – Baseball Plant

It is generally known as euphorbia obesa native to South Africa.

The plant has exactly the same shape of a baseball.

It is an unbranched plant with an average height of 20 cm.

The special species of baseball plant is protected by national nature

conservation as it is very rare in the world.

  • Male and female flowers of euphorbia obesa grow on different plants.
  • Baseball plants are quite toxic, makes severe skin problems.



8 – Hydnellum Peckii

Hydnellum peckii is a special type of fungi that produce blood or juice like fluid on its surface. This plant is also known as ‘bleeding tooth fungus’. It is a Scarlet pigment that causes the blood like colour in the fluid of this plant. This strange plant is mainly found across North America and Europe. It is edible, but the blood like fluid is extremely bitter in taste.

  • Hydnellum peckii has an unpleasant odour
  • The colour of fluids on Hydnellum peckii can be varied as orange or pink



7 – Welwitschia Mirabilis

 Welwitschia Mirabilis is a unique plant that is only found in the desert of Namibia. The estimated lifespan of this strange looking plant is between 500 and 1500 years. It can survive within many extreme weather conditions. The most interesting thing about Welwitschia is the plant only has two leaves that grow continuously over time. This strange species also has separate male and female plants.



6 – Lithop

 Lithop can be described as living stones, a plant that looks exactly like stones or pebbles. In fact, its unique shape causes by the merging of two separate leaves at the outer edges of the plant. The leaves of the lithop plant grow in the rainy season. This extremely strange plant species is mainly found in South Africa.

  • The thick pebble like leaves is the main visible part of lithops
  • Unlike other plants the leaves of lithop are brown or gray
  • Lithops can be found in various colours like white, gray, pink and purple
  • Lithops will live for more than 50 years


5 – Mimosa Pudica

 Mimosa pudica also known as ‘sensitive plant’ or ‘shy plant’ is native to South America. But mimosa pudica can be seen all around the world especially in shady areas.

The most attractive feature of mimosa pudica is nothing but its response to touch. Its leaves immediately fold up on touch. The primitive nervous system within this plant which balance flow of water from beneath of leaves which cause this sensitive nature.






4 – Corpse Flower

 The corpse flower is generally known as ‘titan arum’. It is the largest branched main stem concern flowering plant in the world. The corpse flower is endemic to Sumatra. During flowering, the plant stands at 8.2 feet tall. The plant also produces the smell of decomposing animals.

  • Corpse plant blooms once every 40 years
  • It is the smelliest and largest flower in the world
  • Corpse flowers are protected by law as it is very rare







3 – Rafflesia Arnoldii

Rafflesia arnoldii is the biggest individual flower in the world. In fact, it is smaller than the corpse flower by considering some elements. It is mainly found in forests of Sumatra. Rafflesia will grow up to a size of three feet. Like the corpse flower, the plant produces an unpleasant irritating smell. Rafflesia arnoldii is unisexual, have both male and female reproductive systems.







2 – Venus Flytrap

Venus flytrap also known as dionaea muscipula is a carnivorous plant. It means the plant consumes small insects and animals as food. Venus flytraps can be found in the Eastern Carolia especially in wet habitats. Venus flytraps have special lobes to trap the prey animals.

  • The venus flytrap closes its lobes immediately when the insects come in contact with the plant.
  • This plant will digest the insects within a time span of 10 days.







1 – Pitcher Plant

The pitcher plant is another type of carnivorous plant native to South East Asia. The plant has an attractive deep red colour. The attractive smell of pitcher plants helps it to easily catch the prey. The insects and small animals become main preys of pitcher plants. It is said there are some species of pitcher plants that can even consume mice.

  • The deep cavity is filled with a special fluid to help catch the prey.
  • The plant has the most mysterious leaf structure and features special digestive enzymes.

Happy gardening!!

The Arnfred Team

 Ambrose Williams


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 In Other News

 Birthdays July – Happy Birthday to the following people in July:

 7th – Anita Nicholls

17th – Terry Vaughan


To everyone taking in Momentums Wellness Day; just a

friendly reminder that it will be taking place on Friday 8 July

from 14h00 until 16h00.


Lemongrass, also called fever grass, is a perennial plant with thin, long leaves that is indigenous to many Asian countries. As the name implies, lemongrass smells like lemon, but it tastes milder and sweeter. This herb is used in various Asian cuisines as a flavouring agent due to its potent flavour.

Nutritionally, lemongrass is a good source of vitamins A and C, folate, folic acid, magnesium, zinc, copper, iron, potassium, phosphorus, calcium and manganese. It also has minute traces of B vitamins.

pic 19 Along with its culinary uses, lemongrass is useful in alternative or complementary remedies for a wide range of ailments.

It has many beneficial medicinal properties including analgesic, anti-inflammatory, antidepressant, antipyretic, antiseptic, antibacterial, antifungal, astringent, carminative, diuretic, febrifuge, galactogogue, insecticidal, sedative, and anti-cancer properties. The leaves, stems and bulb of lemongrass are used in various treatments.

Fresh and dried lemongrass are readily available in the market. You can also get lemongrass essential oil and supplements.

Lemongrass tea is most often used in home remedies for various health issues. You can brew the tea by steeping one teaspoon of fresh or dried lemongrass in a cup of hot water for about 10 minutes. Strain, add any desired sweetener and your tea is ready. You can also buy ready-to-use tea bags.

Here are the top 10 health benefits of lemongrass:

1. Helps Digestion

Lemongrass promotes healthy digestion. It has antiseptic compounds that effectively kill bad bacteria and parasites in the digestive tract and repopulate the good bacteria in the colon.

This in turn helps treat digestive health problems like indigestion, constipation, heartburn, diarrhoea, bloating, flatulence, stomach spasms, vomiting and cramps. Plus, lemongrass has antimicrobial properties that help relieve gastroenteritis.

For a healthy digestive tract, drink lemongrass tea on a regular basis. Lemongrass tea, however, is not recommended for small children.

 2. Controls Cholesterol Levels

The anti-cholesterol and anti-atherosclerosis action of lemongrass helps reduce the absorption of cholesterol from the intestine. Plus, it helps in the oxidation of LDL-cholesterol in the blood, which in turn helps prevent atherosclerotic plaque build-up.

A University of Wisconsin study in 1989 found that people with high cholesterol who took 140-milligram capsules of lemongrass oil daily noticed reduction in cholesterol levels. They also experienced a significant decrease in blood fats.

The high potassium content in lemongrass also helps lower and regulate blood pressure.

Simply drink a cup of lemongrass tea every day to help lower your cholesterol level and reduce blood pressure. You can also take this herb in supplement form after consulting your doctor.

 3. Cleanses and Detoxifies

Regular consumption of lemongrass tea helps cleanse and detoxify the body. The diuretic nature of lemongrass helps remove toxins, uric acid and bad cholesterol from the body by increasing the frequency and quantity of urination. Urination also helps clean out the kidneys.

Plus, the cleansing properties of this herbal tea help purify the liver, kidneys, bladder and pancreas. It also plays a key role in increasing blood circulation, which is important for overall health.

Drink lemongrass tea on a regular basis to help your body get rid of harmful elements.

 4. Heals Colds and Flu

Lemongrass has antibacterial and antifungal properties that help your body cope with coughs, fever and other cold and flu symptoms. Plus, it is loaded with vitamin C that boosts your immune system to fight the infection.
You can use lemongrass oil to relieve pain in muscles and joints, as well as headaches resulting from a cold or the flu.

Plus, lemongrass can be effective in breaking down mucus and phlegm build-up, which can alleviate problems with breathing. This is mainly beneficial when suffering from bronchitis or asthma.

You can make the following medicinal drink with lemongrass.

  1. Boil a few fresh strands of lemongrass, two or three cloves, a small piece of cinnamon stick, one teaspoon of turmeric powder in one cup of milk.
  2. Strain and drink it when it cools down.
  3. Drink this once a day for a few days.

 5. Fights Cancer

Research at Ben Gurion University in Israel has shown that lemongrass tea can help fight cancer. A component called citral found in lemongrass causes apoptosis in cancer cells without damaging healthy cells. Simply put, it causes the cancer cells to commit suicide.

In fact, to help the healing process, cancer patients in Israel are encouraged to take fresh lemongrass tea while undergoing radiation or chemotherapy treatments.

Another study published in 2009 in the journal Fundamentals of Clinical Pharmacology found that citral in lemongrass slows the growth of breast cancer cells in the laboratory.

Plus, there are several antioxidant properties in lemongrass that help lower your risk of cancer by fighting free radicals.

 6. Reduces Arthritis Pain

Due to its anti-inflammatory and pain-relieving properties, lemongrass helps treat arthritis, rheumatism, osteoarthritis, gout and other types of joint pain. Its anti-inflammatory properties help suppress the activity of cyclooxygenase-2, an enzyme involved in inflammation that causes pain, especially in joints.

Plus, lemongrass helps to alleviate muscle spasms or sprains by relaxing the muscles, which in turn reduces the pain-related symptoms.

  • You can mix lemongrass oil with coconut oil in a 1:2 ratio and rub it over the affected area. Leave it on for a few hours before rinsing it off. Do this daily for a few weeks.
  • You can also drink lemongrass tea twice daily for best results.

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Lemongrass is highly beneficial for new mothers who are breastfeeding their babies. It has galactogogue       properties that help increase breast milk production. Its antimicrobial and antibacterial properties also help the babies remain healthy and free from infections.

Lactating mothers can drink one to two cups of lemongrass tea daily.

Note: Lemongrass should be avoided during pregnancy.

8. Fights Depression

The antidepressant properties of lemongrass help treat depression. The herb also activates the release of serotonin, a chemical in the brain that combats depression. Lemongrass relieves anxiety, boosts self-esteem, uplifts spirits, gives confidence and improves mental strength.

Lemongrass also contains citronella, which is well known for its calming effect on the mind and body. It also helps you to sleep better.

Drink a cup of lemongrass tea, whenever you feel depressed or have a low mood. The tea will help you keep calm and cool.

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9. Reduces Body Odour

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Lemongrass oil in a diluted form works as an effective deodorant. In fact, beauty experts find lemongrass oil more effective than many of the synthetic deodorants available in the market.

The main chemical component found in lemongrass is citral, which is aromatic. Plus, it has antimicrobial and antibacterial properties that help control excessive sweating and destroy or inhibit microorganisms that cause body odour. In addition, lemongrass will not cause skin irritation or exacerbate skin allergies.

10. Keeps Skin Healthy

pic 23Lemongrass is also beneficial for your skin. It can help alleviate various skin issues, from large pores to fungal infections.

Due to its antibacterial, antiseptic and antifungal properties, lemongrass helps limit bacterial or microbial growth on the skin. This in turn helps keep your skin free of infections as well as lessen issues caused by bacterial or fungal infections.

Plus, its acts as an astringent, helps minimize pores, limits the secretions of oil and makes the skin firm.

Dilute lemongrass oil with water or another base, such as olive oil, before use.

  1. Mix one-half cup of freshly sliced lemongrass in one cup of olive oil and heat it for five minutes.
  2. Remove from heat and allow it to cool before applying on skin.
  3. To sum up, to enjoy these health benefits of lemongrass, drink one to two cups of lemongrass tea daily. However, do not consume it if you are pregnant or taking any medications.

  The next edition of our news will be published on Friday 29th July 2016




Biting your nails. Chewing with your mouth open. Speaking before you think.  This is the kind of stuff we usually think about when we think of “bad habits.” But what about the bad habits that are hurting your performance at work? There’s a whole host of things many of us are guilty of doing every single day that research shows ends up really hurting our productivity. And the more aware you are of how these things are effecting your productivity, the more proactive you can be at taking responsibility for your choices.

So, ask yourself: Are you guilty of any of these bad habits? It so, it may be time to cut it out.less productive

1. Rushing in the morning

We all have those mornings where you’re rushing your morning routine and barely have time to brush your teeth before running out the door to make it to   the office on time. It’s when the morning rush becomes a habit that there can be negative consequences to your sense of well binging and your overall productivity.

When you start off your day in a frenzied state of mind, you’re not giving your brain any time to decompress, reset, and prepare for the day. Instead, you’re pumping it with adrenaline first thing in the morning, which can cause you to crash later on.

If your mornings lack time and space to breathe, try waking up 10 – 30 minutes earlier and starting off with a quick meditation session. According to a 2012 study, people who mediated “stayed on tasks longer and made fewer task switches, as well as reporting less negative feedback after task performance.”

2. Skipping Breakfast

Some people have never been able to skip breakfast, but there are plenty of people who do. Whether you blame it on being to rushed or just not feeling hungry, eating a well-rounded breakfast just isn’t a priority for a lot of people.

But it should be. Why? Because, technically, when you’re sleeping, you’re fasting – meaning you wake up with low blood sugar. That low blood sugar is exactly why many of us feel tired, apathetic, and even a little irritable first thing in the mornings. It’s not you; it’s your inherent need for the sustenance that, you know, keeps you up and running as a human.

What about replacing food with coffee? Sure, the caffeine rush from you morning coffee can help hide the symptoms of low blood sugar, but it won’t satisfy your need for food. In fact, it’ll likely cause you to crash later in the day, which can really harm your productivity.

Prioritizing a healthy breakfast is a ley to boosting productivity for the rest of the day. Try health breakfast foods that have the fibre, protein, vitamins and the minerals that will give you energy. Food rich in Vitamin B – like oatmeal, bananas, pineapple, and avocados can help improve your concentration. Avoid breakfast foods with added sugar like sugary cereal, donuts, Pop Tarts and even bagels.

3. Tackling the easy stuff first

It can be very tempting to get all the easy tasks out of the way first before tackling the tough stuff. This is especially true when you’re dreading that challenging task. You push it further and further down your to-do list……..until you’ve left it untouched for days or even weeks.

But tackling the most difficult tasks on your to-do list early on in the day is actually better for your overall productivity. Researchers have found that willpower is a finite resource that steadily decreases throughout the day, according to the book The Willpower Instinct.  So your brain is much better at handling the hardest tasks at the beginning of the day when you’re more focused.

Morning also tend to lend fewer distractions, making it easier for you to get things done. So take advantage of morning hours to crank though meaty project without distractions, and save any calls or virtual meetings for the afternoon. Creating a to-do list is the easiest way to prioritize tasks effectively.

1. Checking and responding to emails as they come in

Email is supposed to help us do our work, not distract us from our work. So why does it always feel like a productivity suck?

In an effort to stay on top of a constantly overflowing inbox, it can be tempting to check and respond to every email as soon as it comes in. Receiving email notifications in real time certainly doesn’t help. But constantly switching tasks between work and email can really hurt your productivity.

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To help you focus in chunks of time, turn off those pesky email alerts and limit checking your email to specified breaks.

Turn of alerts in Outlook: On the “Tools” menu, click “Options”. Open the “Preferences” tab and click “E-mail Options”, then “Advanced E-mail Options”. Under “When new items arrive in my inbox,” clear the “Display a New Mail Desktop Alert (default Inbox only) check box.

1. Checking Twitter, Facebook and your other social feeds

The whole “easily distracted” thing goes for social media notifications, too. Turns out we actually have a psychological urge to check for social media notifications, which makes it hard to check our News feeds “just this once” – and usually ends up in a lot of mindless browsing. “We are madly in love with distracting ourselves”.

2. Keeping you phone with you at work

Raise your hand if you have a small panic attack when you realize you don’t have your phone with you – whether you are sitting at your desk, attending a meeting, grabbing coffee ………heck, even going to the bathroom.

There’s a reason Blackberries were nicknamed “Crackberries” when they were popular: It’s because smartphones are probably the easiest distraction on the planet. And when you keep your phone with you are work you’re putting your productivity levels at risk.

Black hole browsingThere are a lot of different ways to curb your phone addiction. The simplest is to turn your phone on silent and put it away while you’re at work.  In our industry it is not always possible to turn your phone off while at work as lot of business is conducted on cell phones. I.e. Staff on various sites only have cell phones etc.


  1. Black hole browsing

You know the feeling when you search for something on the internet, then click on a “related article” or other link……….and before you know it, you’ve charted the entire Russian Revolutions?

It’s a dangerous side effect of having a job that requires internet research. It’s one thing to mindlessly browse the web outside of work or when you’re on a break.

That’s why it’s called “black hole browsing”, and it’s become one of the most productivity-sucking psychological addiction out there.

You might feel like getting lost in the black hole is inevitable, but there are tools out there that can help you prevent it from happening.  For example, StayFocused is a Google Chrome extension that breaks the black hole browsing cycle by blocking distracting websites after a set amount of times. You have a set amount of time to browse a certain website per day, and after that time expires, you’ll get this message in your browser.


  1. Working through your lunch break.

Eating at your desk doesn’t just make you antisocial, it’s also “bad for thinking, bad for creativity, bad for production, and bad for your body”. Sadly, though, only one in five people actually leave their desks or the office for a lunch break.

To be fair, if you’re among those who take lunch at your desk instead of taking a break, it may not be your fault. Perhaps it’s not built into your office culture, or maybe you have deadline that’s pressuring you into squeezing every waking moment out of your day.

But research shows taking the midday break can be mentally rejuvenating – and, in many ways, more productive than plugging away at your desk between mouthfuls. The best way to take a lunch break is to remove yourself from your desk or workplace and eat somewhere else – like a canteen, restaurant or public park. Better yet, build your network at work by eating with a colleague.

2. Not listening (Like, really listening)

One of the sad consequences of being constantly distracted is the epidemic of only half paying attention – and thinking that’s okay.  You might think that any time someone else is talking and you’re not that means you’re listening. The real question is who are you listening to when someone else is talking. I am willing to bet a good portion of the time, you are actually listening to the voice in your head.

That, or you’re reading that email that just came in. Or checking to see why your phone buzzed. When you’re in a meeting, how much can you really be paying attention when your laptop is open?

Not only can not listening carefully cost you relationships, it can also cost you in the time it takes to make up for whatever information you missed. Becoming an active listener is a critical part of becoming more emotionally intelligent. This means really, truly paying attention to what people are saying – and it’s a skill that will set you apart in both your professional and personal life.

 3. Saying “Yes” to every meeting

Being “in the zone” is when you lose yourself in whatever you are doing – so much so that you lose track of time. It’s one of the keys to both happiness and productivity at work.

Nothing disrupts that flow like a meeting. Especially an unnecessary one. It turns out that the average person wastes 31 hours in meeting per month. These unnecessary meetings are ones where you or the organiser isn’t prepared, you didn’t really need to be there, and so one.

Here are a few suggestions:

  •  Be sure to only attend meetings you actually need to attend.
  • If you’re the one calling the meeting, send invitees a note, description, or some heads up along with your calendar invitation. This will give them and idea of why they were invited or need to be there.
  • Schedule meetings in bulk if you can. This is a strategic way to ensure the time you do have outside of meetings is spend a productively as possible, since it takes people an average of 25 minutes to refocus after switching tasks.

Speaking of which…………

11. Multitasking

Multitasking can seem inevitable in our modern, even-connected lifestyles.

Think you’re an exception? Consider this: Only 2% of the population is capable of effectively multitasking. For the other 98%, all it does is cause us to be 40% less productive and make 50% more mistakes than non-multitaskers.

multitaskingRemember that bad habit of not listening? People do that a lot during meetings when they try to multitask – whether it’s reading and responding to emails and messages, scrolling through their Twitter feeds, or something else. In fact, 92% of professionals admit to multitasking during meeting, and 41% admit to doing it often or all the time.

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Getting out of the habit of multitasking is difficult, but certainly doable. Removing notifications from your work computer and putting away your cell phone are two great ways to start. Other ideas include establishing a no-laptop rule for meetings, using the Pomodoro Technique (when you work in sprints in a way that complements the body’s natural ultradian rhythm), and planning your day in block that include built-in breaks.

1. Playing with your phone before bed.

Have you ever lay in bed with the lights off and spent a few minutes scrolling through your phone to respond to last-minute texts and emails, check your Facebook feed, or scroll through Instagram? Now, raise your hand if those few minutes have ever turned into half an hour, forty-five minutes, or even an hour.

Imagine how much more sleep you could’ve gotten that night if you’d simply gone to bed when you first turned the lights off.

But it’s not just about the amount of sleep – it’s also about quality of sleep. Studies have shown that who gaze at a backlit screen right before bed actually report having lower-quality sleep – even when they get just as much as someone who didn’t look at their electronics before bed. This is because presence and absence of light tell our brains whether or not they should release the sleep hormone melatonin that makes you tired. Because the LED lighting emitted by the screens on our electronic devises is so similar to daylight, it can trick the brain into thinking its daytime, causing us to stay awake for longer.

The best way to break this habit? Buy an alarm clock that’s not you phone, and charge your phone in a separate room so you can avoid the temptation of checking it altogether. If you’re worried about missing and emergency call, then try sending those last-minute tests 30 – 60 minutes before you hit the hay. It will mean you get more sleep and higher quality sleep, leading you to operate at peak productivity the following day.


G-spot signPub & Diner

Friday specials for June

3rd – Swedish pasta

10th – Steak Nachos

17th – Port Prawn Special

24th – Bacon Sandwich

Don’t miss out!!!

 Wow!! We are already in the middle of the year! I can’t believe how time flies.

The G-Spot is grateful for all our customers that are coming in to enjoy our beautiful atmosphere, thank you for all the compliments on our food and service. It’s great to see that everyone enjoys coming to the G-spot pub & Diner to let their hair down and enjoy themselves.

 Winter is coming!! Be on the lookout for our surprise winter soup specials.

 The Ja Bru’s are very happy to have new Ja Bru members; our Ja Bru evenings are becoming more and more interesting with every drink. There are laughs, jokes and bonding together as a family.

 G-spot would like some suggestions on our drink champion that will be coming soon, if anyone can think of ideas please E-mail myself or Taylea.

 G- Spot would like that thank CREC Managers for supporting us on Saturday 28th May 2016, we had a lovely turn out, thanks to Mike Van Winkel for doing the Lamb on the spit – we really appreciate it.


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Arnfred Nursery

 The common saying of “East, West, home is Best” (and in this case North) came into play last week when we were asked  by an existing customer to come up to Joburg and landscape his garden and then added on his brother’s garden too. Well, we loaded up the trucks on Sunday and hit the road on Monday. The staff were beyond exited as some of them had never been to Joburg. To cut a long story short, we completed the task at hand and had so many people stopping and complimenting us that we are now going to have to return for more work. A great thanks to my staff for your hard work, you made me very proud.

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The Cato gardens also got a new addition, with compliments from Arnfred. Attached are the before and after of the living/upcycled patio suite.


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Our next Open Day will be Sunday, 5th June from 9 to 2.

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Happy gardening!!

The Arnfred Team


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Health Benefits of Kale

Health While not as well researched as some of its fellow cruciferous vegetables like broccoli or cabbage, kale is a food that you can count on for some unsurpassed health benefits, if for no other reason than its exceptional nutrient richness.


The beautiful leaves of the kale plant provide an earthy flavour and more nutritional value for fewer calories than almost any other food around. Although it can be found in markets throughout the year, it is in season from the middle of winter through the beginning of spring when it has a sweeter taste and is more widely available.

Kale is a leafy green vegetable that belongs to the Brassica family, a group of vegetables including cabbage, collards, and Brussels sprouts that have gained recent widespread attention due to their health-promoting, sulphur-containing

phytonutrients. It is easy to grow and can grow in colder temperatures where a light frost will produce especially sweet kale leaves. There are several varieties of kale; these include curly kale, ornamental kale, and dinosaur (or Lacinato or Tuscan) kale, all of which differ in taste, texture, and appearance. The scientific name for kale is Brassica oleracea.

Curly kale has ruffled leaves and a fibrous stalk and is usually deep green in colour. It has a lively pungent flavour with delicious bitter peppery qualities.

 Ornamental kale is a more recently cultivated species that is oftentimes referred to as salad savoy. Its leaves may either be green, white, or purple and its stalks coalesce to form a loosely knit head. Ornamental kale has a more mellow flavour and tender texture.

Dinosaur kale is the common name for the kale variety known as Lacinato or Tuscan kale. It features dark blue-green leaves that have an embossed texture. It has a slightly sweeter and more delicate taste than curly kale.


Like broccoli, cauliflower, and collards, kale is a descendent of the wild cabbage, a plant thought to have originated in Asia Minor and to have been brought to Europe around 600 B.C. by groups of Celtic wanderers. Curly kale played an important role in early European food ways, having been a significant crop during ancient Roman times and a popular vegetable eaten by peasants in the Middle Ages. English settlers brought kale to the United States in the 17th century.

Both ornamental and dinosaur kale are much more recent varieties. Dinosaur kale was discovered in Italy in the late 19th century. Ornamental kale, originally a decorative garden plant, is now better known by the name salad savoy.

 Antioxidant-Related Health Benefits

Like most of its fellow cruciferous vegetables, kale has been studied more extensively in relationship to cancer than any other health condition. This research focus makes perfect sense.

Kale’s nutrient richness stands out in three particular areas: (1) antioxidant nutrients, (2) anti-inflammatory nutrients, and (3) anti-cancer nutrients in the form of glucosinolates.

Without sufficient intake of antioxidants, our oxygen metabolism can become compromised, and we can experience a metabolic problem called “oxidative stress.”

Without sufficient intake of anti-inflammatory nutrients, regulation of our inflammatory system can become compromised, and we can experience the problem of chronic inflammation. Oxidative stress and chronic inflammation—and the combination of these metabolic problems—are risk factors for development of cancer. We’ve seen research studies on 5 specific types of cancer—including bladder cancer, breast cancer, colon cancer, ovarian cancer, and prostate cancer—and intake of cruciferous vegetables (specifically including kale). As a group, these studies definitely show cancer preventive benefits from kale intake, and in some cases, treatment benefits as well.

Kale’s cancer preventive benefits have been clearly linked to its unusual concentration of two types of antioxidants, namely, carotenoids and flavonoids. Within the carotenoids, lutein and beta-carotene are standout antioxidants in kale. Researchers have actually followed the passage of these two carotenoids in kale from the human digestive tract up into the blood stream, and they have demonstrated the ability of kale to raise blood levels of these carotenoid nutrients. That finding is important because lutein and beta-carotene are key nutrients in the protection of our body from oxidative stress and health problems related to oxidative stress. Increased risk of cataracts, atherosclerosis, and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) are three such problems. Also among these chronic health problems is cancer since our overall risk of cells becoming cancerous is partly related to oxidative stress.

Within the flavonoids, kaempferol is a spotlight antioxidant in kale, followed by a flavonoid called quercitin. But recent research has also made it clear that at least 45 different antioxidant flavonoids are provided in measurable amounts by kale. This broad spectrum of flavonoid antioxidants is likely to be a key to kale’s cancer-preventive benefits and benefits that we expect to be documented for other health problems stemming from oxidative stress.

 Anti-Inflammatory Health Benefits

We have yet to see research on kale’s omega-3 content and inflammation, but we would expect this kind of research to show the omega-3s in kale to be an important part of kale’s anti-inflammatory benefits. It only takes 100 calories of kale to provide over 350 milligrams for the most basic omega-3 fatty acid (alpha-linolenic acid, or ALA). We suspect that this amount will be plenty to show direct anti-inflammatory benefits from routine kale intake.

We also have yet to see specific research on inflammation and kale’s vitamin K content. But we know that kale is a spectacular source of vitamin K (one cup of kale provides far more micrograms of vitamin K than any of our World’s Healthiest foods) and we also know that vitamin K is a key nutrient for helping regulate our body’s inflammatory process. Taken in combination, we expect these two facts about vitamin K to eventually get tied together in health research that shows kale to be an exceptional food for lowering our risk of chronic inflammation and associated health problems.

 Glucosinolates and Cancer-Preventive Benefits

What we have already seen in the health research on kale is ample evidence that its glucosinolates provide cancer-preventive benefits. Kale is a top food source for at least four glucosinolates, and once kale is eaten and digested, these glucosinolates can be converted by the body into cancer preventive compounds. Kale’s glucosinolates and the ITCs made from them have well-documented cancer preventive properties, and in some cases, cancer treatment properties as well. At the top of the cancer-related research for kale are colon cancer and breast cancer, but risk of bladder cancer, prostate cancer, and ovarian cancer have all been found to decrease in relationship to routine intake of kale. The chart below presents a summary of the unusual glucosinlate phytonutrients found in kale, and the anti-cancer ITCs made from them inside the body

 Cardiovascular Support

You can count on kale to provide valuable cardiovascular support in terms of its cholesterol-lowering ability. Researchers now understand exactly how this support process works. Our liver uses cholesterol as a basic building block to product bile acids. Bile acids are specialized molecules that aid in the digestion and absorption of fat through a process called emulsification. These molecules are typically stored in fluid form in our gall bladder, and when we eat a fat-containing meal, they get released into the intestine where they help ready the fat for interaction with enzymes and eventual absorption up into the body. When we eat kale, fibre-related nutrients in this cruciferous vegetable bind together with some of the bile acids in the intestine in such a way that they simply stay inside the intestine and pass out of our body in a bowel movement, rather than getting absorbed along with the fat they have emulsified. When this happens, our liver needs to replace the lost bile acids by drawing upon our existing supply of cholesterol, and, as a result, our cholesterol level drops down. Kale provides us with this cholesterol-lowering benefit whether it is raw or cooked. However, a recent study has shown that the cholesterol-lowering ability of raw kale improves significantly when it is steamed. In fact, when the cholesterol-lowering ability of steamed kale was compared with the cholesterol-lowering ability of the prescription drug cholestyramine (a medication that is taken for the purpose of lowering cholesterol), kale bound 42% as many bile acids (based on a standard of comparison involving total dietary fibre). Amongst all of the cruciferous vegetables, only collard greens scored higher at 46%.


Other Health-Related Benefits

Kale has a definite role to play in support of the body’s detoxification processes. The isothiocyanates (ITCs) made from kale’s glucosinolates have been shown to help regulate detox activities in our cells. Most toxins that pose a risk to our body must be detoxified by our cells using a two-step process. The two steps in the process are called Phase I detoxification and Phase II detoxification. The ITCs made from kale’s glucosinolates have been shown to favourably modify both detox steps (Phase I and Phase II). In addition, the unusually large numbers of sulphur compounds in kale have been shown to help support aspects of Phase II detoxification that require the presence of sulphur. By supporting both aspects of our cellular detox process (Phase I and Phase II), nutrients in kale can give our body an “edge up” in dealing with toxic exposure, whether from our environment or from our food.


We have yet to see studies that look directly at kale and its support for our digestive system. However, we have seen studies for kale’s fellow cruciferous vegetable—broccoli—in this regard, and we definitely expect to see future research that looks directly at kale and our digestive function. We predict that one area of digestive support provided by kale will turn out to involve fibre. We feel that 7 grams of fibre per 100 calories of kale is just too much fibre to fail in the digestive benefits category. We predict that a second area of digestive benefits will involve kale’s glucosinolates. The ITCs make from kale’s glucosinolates should help protect our stomach lining from bacterial overgrowth of Helicobacter pylori and should help avoid too much clinging by this bacterium to our stomach wall.


How to Select and Store

Look for kale with firm, deeply coloured leaves and moist hardy stems. Kale should be displayed in a cool environment since warm temperatures will cause it to wilt and will negatively affect its flavour. The leaves should look fresh, be unwilted, and be free from signs of browning, yellowing, and small holes. Choose kale with smaller-sized leaves since these will be tenderer and have a more mild flavour than those with larger leaves. Kale is available throughout the year, although it is more widely available, and at its peak, from the middle of winter through the beginning of spring.

To store, place kale in a plastic storage bag removing as much of the air from the bag as possible. Store in the refrigerator where it will keep for 5 days. The longer it is stored, the more bitter its flavour becomes. Do not wash kale before storing because exposure to water encourages spoilage.

 Tips for Preparing and Cooking

 Tips for Preparing Kale

Rinse kale leaves under cold running water. Chop leaf portion into 1/2″ slices and the stems into 1/4″ lengths for quick and even cooking.

To get the most health benefits from kale, let sit for a minimum of 5 minutes before cooking. Sprinkling with lemon juice before letting them sit can further enhance its beneficial phytonutrient concentration.

 The Healthiest Way of Cooking Kale

We recommend Healthy Steaming kale for maximum nutrition and flavour. Fill the bottom of a steamer pot with 2 inches of water. While waiting for the water to come to a rapid boil chop greens. Steam for 5 minutes and toss with a Mediterranean Dressing and top with your favourite optional ingredients.

 How to Enjoy

 A Few Quick Serving Ideas

  • Braise chopped kale and apples. Before serving, sprinkle with balsamic vinegar and chopped walnuts.
  • Combine chopped kale, pine nuts, and feta cheese with whole grain pasta drizzled with olive oil.

Whole-Wheat Pasta with Kale and Roast Chicken



  • 8 ounces whole-wheat spaghetti
  • 3 cups
  • 1 (15-oz) can low-sodium
  •   chickpeas or white beans,
  •   drained and rinsed
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  •                                                                  2 teaspoons ground coriander


1. Cook pasta until al dente. Reserve 3 TBSP cooking liquid;

2 . In large skillet, heat rest of ingredients, stirring, until very hot.

3.   Toss in the pasta and cooking liquid.

   The next edition of our news will be published on Thursday 30th June 2016





Guess who is going to Japan in July 2016,

all expenses paid and why?

Cato Ridge Electrical Construction (CREC) together with Voltex/ MV LV sponsor the GEMS programme in Edendale. This programme was initiated by Ghamiet Aysen at the request and cooperation of The Edendale Community near Pietermaritzburg.

GEMS is a Non-Profit Organization and the focus is on education in the Early Childhood Development (ECD) phase in centres of excellence in the rural area of Edendale near Pietermaritzburg. GEMS is a bottom up approach and there are 15 crèches, 8 afternoon classes, 6 Sunday classes for Adults, a staff of 48 and 559 Children who are fed every day and who are given quality education by qualified staff.

The University of UKZN realizes and supports the GEMS approach which is holistic and that impacts positively on communities and they submitted Ghamiet’s name to present a paper at the conference in Japan. Out of 8400 applications from Doctors and Professors around the world (This fact is documented) Ghamiet was chosen to present this paper at the conference.

Hence Ghamiet will be leaving on the 21st July until the 28th July 2016 all expenses paid to Japan to tell the world about the Cato Ridge Electrical Construction programme. All CREC staff should be proud that the company they are associated with and work for is receiving recognition towards uplifting communities.





First and foremost I would like to congratulate Megan, our company legal advisor, and her husband Andy on the arrival of their daughter Layla May Borgen who weighed in at 3.5kgs and was born on the 30th March 2016. Oh and just by the way, I’m the very proud grandfather.

Getting back to business;

Our harbour Substation Upgrade project is moving along nicely, the lads are putting in a concerted effort at the moment to liven up the new switchgear, which will enable them to swing all the feeds onto the new switchgear and then remove the redundant switchgear. Pieter B is the skipper at the helm on this project and is doing a good job of keeping the ship on course. I must also give a big thanks to Sean who had the tedious task of compiling all the QC documentation and ensuring all the testing and punch list items were conducted in an orderly and timeous fashion. Massive thanks to you Sean, don’t know what we would do without you.

We have quite a nice project at another harbour site to install some LV and MV panels, a generator and a transformer; this project will be implemented by Mike, as soon as the switch rooms are ready and I expect Mike will put in a sterling effort and all will run smoothly and according to plan.

At the moment we are replacing thirteen oil filled transformers at UW, for dry resin cast transformers. Charl is busy with the ninth one so we are nearly there and the client has indicated that the standard of workmanship is very pleasing.

Wesley is busy with two generator installations at Hlabisa and Amatikulu clinics; these are quite involved installations as they are major upgrades involving not only new generators but also new LV and MV switch boards and large above ground diesel storage tanks. So Wes and his merry men have their work cut out for them; but I have no doubt that the end result will be very pleasing on the eye and please the client.

Kevin and his right hand man Clayton have been engulfed in their large installation project in Ladysmith since 2015, and on the occasion when I have visited their site I have been impressed and proud of the quality and amount of work they have managed to get through thus far. This weekend they are taking on a large task in replacing two massive LV boards and we wish them and their crews all the very best of luck and I hope everything runs smoothly, as I am sure it will.

From my little review of some of our projects one might get the impression everything is quite peachy; and things are just flowing along. But it is not always easy to envisage or document the hours of effort and behind the scenes toil that is required to keep the beast moving; and by beast I mean the construction department. It is on that note that I extend a big thank you to our procurement and commercial departments for the unseen but massive effort and long hours they put into the day to day running of our construction department.

Well done and many thanks to everyone at Cato Ridge Electrical for the hard work and monumental effort put in thus far this year; let’s keep the flag flying and make 2016 a resounding success.

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Hello from the Mechanical and Transport division. Things are up and down at the moment with a lot of hold ups on some of my projects, not to our bad doing. Unfortunately consultants and clients who are inefficient seem to have all the time in the world not understanding what a deadline is, this just keeps putting you on the back foot.

Some of our more challenging projects are in the Hilton area where I have become quite famous amongst the local community. If you have ever thought that people could complain about the smallest things in the world, then this is the place to be. When I say I am famous what I mean by that is I’m on their local Whatsapp group chat and Face Book page where you can get hold of me and I am the one to sort out any problem, three quarters of them are not even remotely related to CREC work. But with having been able to sort out all their complaints has made me the local hero! Let’s hope that a couple of their wills have been put in my name for better days ahead which should compensate for those midnight and weekend calls whining about nothing.

Anyway enough whinging and lets share the love. We are still currently working up in the midlands being kept busy by one of the local municipalities day and night. The Msunduzi government department are frantically trying to spend their 2015 budgets before the end of June so as per usual everything that we have been waiting for the whole year is a mad rush and has to be done now. We have had a challenging overhead line to build in an open piece of land next to Byrne’s Spruit that runs into the Duzi River in the Eastwood area. This space is obviously used for the local residents that don’t have toilets to use at night. My poor staff had to spend at least two hours in the morning cleaning up all the human faeces so that they could walk to where they had to work and then where they were working do another daily clean up. Just wonder what our beautiful KZN is going to end up as? One thing is that you will never catch me in the Duzi river, that’s for sure.

Besides becoming the local sewage specialists our transport department seems to be very busy with our new Isuzu truck bought 18 months ago. It has already done 80 000 km plus all the crane usage; it just shows you all these short trips add up so quickly.



I would like to wish my Mechanic Wimpie Swift a speedy recovery from a serious bike accident which happened on Saturday 23rd April at the bottom of Fields hill at around 17h00. A Blue Hyundai Tucson deliberately cut him off knocking the bike and causing Wimpie to fall and then sped away.

If anyone witnessed this please let us know.

Ten Things All Car & Truck Drivers Should Know About Motorcycles To Avoid A Car v. Motorcycle Accident

A recent study performed by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration shows the dangers of motorcycle driving. According to the study, approximately 76,000 motorcyclists were injured in motorcycle accidents in 2015. Over 4,000 motorcyclists died because of accidents.

Some of these accidents could have been avoided if the car drivers understood more about motorcycles and their role on our streets. According to the Motorcycle Safety Foundation, here are ten things all drivers should know about motorcycles on the road:

  1. There are a lot more cars and trucks than motorcycles on the road, and some drivers don’t “recognize” a motorcycle; they ignore it (usually unintentionally). Look for motorcycles, especially when checking traffic at an intersection.

2. Because of its small size, a motorcycle may look further away than it is. It may also be difficult to judge a motorcycle speed. When checkin traffic to turn              at an intersection or into (or out of) a driveway, predict a motorcycle is closer than it looks.



  1. Because of its small size a motorcycle may seem to be moving faster than it really is. Don’t assume all motorcyclists are speed demons.
  2. Motorcyclists often slow by downshifting or merely rolling off the throttle, thus not activating the brake light. Allow more following distance, say 3 or 4 seconds. At intersections, predict a motorcyclist may slow down without visual warning.
  3. Turn signals on a motorcycle usually are not self-canceling, thus some riders, (especially beginners) sometimes forget to turn them off after a turn or lane change. Make sure a motorcycle’s signal is for real.
  4. Motorcyclists often adjust position within a lane to be seen more easily and to minimize the effects of road debris, passing vehicles, and wind. Understand that motorcyclists adjust lane position for a purpose, not to be reckless or show off or to allow you to share the lane with them.
  5. Maneuverability is one of a motorcycle’s better characteristics, especially at slower speeds and with good road conditions, but don’t expect a motorcyclist to always be able to dodge out of the way.
  6. Stopping distance for motorcycles is nearly the same as for cars, but slippery pavement makes stopping quickly difficult. Allow more following distance behind a motorcycle because it can’t always stop “on a dime.”
  7. When a motorcycle is in motion, don’t think of it as motorcycle; think of it as a person.

If you have been injured as a result of a motorcycle v. car accident, you should seek the legal advice of an attorney who handles these types of cases

Until next month drive safely and Think Bike








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Ergonomics is the scientific study of people at work.  The goal of ergonomics is to reduce stress and eliminate injuries and disorders associated with the overuse of muscles, bad posture, and repeated tasks.  This is accomplished by designing tasks, work spaces, controls, displays, tools, lighting, and equipment to fit the employee´s physical capabilities and limitations.

Benefits of Ergonomics:

  • Prevention of Work-Related Musculoskeletal Disorders (WMSD)
  • Reduced fatigue and discomfort
  • Increased productivity
  • Improved quality of work

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What are Work-Related Musculoskeletal Disorders?

WMSDs are soft-tissue injuries to muscles, tendons, ligaments, cartilage, blood vessels and nerves that usually develop gradually.  Also known as: Cumulative Trauma Disorders (CTDs) or Neurovascular Disorders or Repetitive Strain Injuries (RSIs) or Overuse Injuries.  Common WMSDs occur in the moving body parts like the neck, back, shoulders, elbows, wrists, fingers and knees.

 Symptoms of WMSD’s:

Discomfort / Pain; Swelling; Loss of range of motion; stiffness or tight muscles; Hands or feet feel like they are falling “asleep”; Numbness/Tingling; Burning Sensations; Shooting/Stabbing Pain; Weakness or clumsiness in the hands; dropping things.  Having one or more symptom does not mean you have a WMSD.

Treatment and Prevention:

  • Preventing and responding to WMSDs involves:
  • Designing or modifying the work environment
  • Task variability
  • Physiotherapy/ Ergonomist
  • Educate and involve employees

Employees are the real experts when it comes to their jobs.  They are often the best source for pointing out problems.  Chances are they have a solution to offer as well.  Educating employees on ergonomics helps them to offer more meaningful suggestions and feel that they are a part of the solution.  Keep employees involved for more meaningful results.

Take a look at all of the available data to find problems

Use your workers’ compensation claims data, safety committee meeting minutes, absenteeism and turnover records, employee suggestions and any other data you have available to identify where the biggest problems are.  Follow this up by observing the jobs and talking to the employees and supervisors about the problems.

Encourage early reporting of problems

If employees feel comfortable about coming forward with symptoms of injury early on, you have an opportunity to take care of the problem before it results in a workers’ compensation claim. The net result is less pain and suffering for the employee and considerable cost savings for the employer.

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 Find quick fixes to get momentum going

Don’t get caught up in “analysis paralysis.” It’s easy with ergonomics to start looking at every little task and movement.  Sometimes there are simple solutions that could be implemented quickly, with little analysis, like rearranging a storage area to reduce lifting, or raising a countertop to reduce bending. Putting these solutions into place will generate enthusiasm by demonstrating to employees, supervisors and management how effective and simple ergonomics can be.

 Some problems are more complex than others

For some work environment problems, a careful analysis is in order.  By keeping your options open at this stage, you often can find alternative solutions to the problem that you would have missed if you had moved too quickly.

 Focus on effective solutions.

Too often, businesses focus only on solutions like training employees and rotating them in and out of hazardous jobs as a fix.  Training in proper work practices is an important part of ergonomics and should accompany any new equipment or procedures that are implemented.  But training alone isn’t very effective in reducing injuries.  Changes to work practices and equipment often can eliminate or substantially reduce the risk factors for injury.

Don’t just throw money and equipment at the problem

Purchasing equipment, such as a hoist, is often a very good solution to an ergonomics problem. However, changing the way something is done, such as eliminating the need to lift, is often the most effective way to prevent injury.

Make ergonomics part of purchasing and planning

By taking advantage of opportunities to make changes during the planning stage, you may be able to reduce your equipment and facilities costs. Any equipment with an obvious problem should be replaced quickly with something designed to eliminate or reduce the problem. Then, make sure that any old equipment that wears out is replaced with ergonomically designed equipment, where appropriate.

Expect results, but be patient

Ergonomics tools and practices keep workers healthy and increase productivity, quality and employee morale. However, you shouldn’t be discouraged if these results are not immediate. The important thing is to consider all of the benefits when calculating your return, not just reduced claims costs.

Ask for help

Ergonomics isn’t rocket science; most problems can be solved using in-house expertise. However, there will always be a few problems that will be easier to solve with a little help from someone with more experience.


There has been a slight change in these departments. The pressure and deadlines of signage were getting a little out of control but luckily there is a new face to assist Taylea. We welcome Charlmari who seems to be head on with signage and really blossoming. I can see she is a graphic designer under all these PA duties. Signage seems to be well but yes it does have its ups and downs. I can assure you that in the last month there has been an outcry for signs for CREC projects from stainless steel signs, core idents and cable tags it surely has been a mad rush. Voltex MV/LV also like to add their requirements to the mad rush. Nevertheless we keep on smiling without allowing the pressure to change our attitudes. It is only matter of time till our next mad rush as there are a lot of outstanding quotes which we are awaiting orders for; which I don’t doubt we’ll get. Otherwise keeping it creative from the signage side.

Marketing is not much of a department here but we have decided to call our tenders and quotes the marketing department. As you know there is an “old” new face in the front, Sindi, who is assisting the marketing department. Tenders seems to be rolling in but choosing wisely now, rather tendering on potential projects. Government quotes were on a standstill but now they seem to be flooding in again. Our team is trying their absolute best to get as much quotes out but also receive the orders. Some companies have a very long winded process but we still keep on being persistent and quietly reminding customers about the quotes.

Below is just a small insight to the difference between marketing and sales – broaden some minds.


Marketing Sales
Definition Marketing is the systematic planning, implementation and control of business activities to bring together buyers and sellers. A sale a transaction between two parties where the buyer receives goods (tangible or intangible), services and/or assets in exchange for money. 2) An agreement between a buyer and seller on the price of a security.
Approach Broader range of activities to sell product/service, client relationship etc.; determine future needs and has a strategy in place to meet those needs for the long term relationship. Make customer demand match the products the company currently offers.
Focus Overall picture to promote, distribute, price products/services; fulfil customer’s wants and needs through products and/or services the company can offer. Fulfil sales volume objectives
Process Analysis of market, distribution channels, competitive products and services; Pricing strategies; Sales tracking and market share analysis; Budget Usually one to one



Scope Market research; Advertising; Sales; Public relations; Customer service and satisfaction. Once a product has been created for a customer need, persuade the customer to purchase the product to fulfil her needs
Horizon Longer term Short term
Strategy Pull Push
Priority Marketing shows how to reach to the Customers and build long lasting relationship Selling is the ultimate result of marketing.
Identity Marketing targets the construction of a brand identity so that it becomes easily associated with need fulfilment. Sales is the strategy of meeting needs in an opportunistic, individual method, driven by human interaction. There’s no premise of brand identity, longevity or continuity. It’s simply the ability to meet a need at the right time.

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G-spot would like to thank everyone that came and supported Virtual Dj Grant on the 20th April, we hope that everyone had a blast!! We are looking forward to getting Grant back in a few months to come play his mixed vibe music. Thank you to everybody that came to show their support, we hope that next time will be just as fun and exciting showing us all your moves.

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The 27th April was a good turnout for our Ja Bru braai night, we are very happy to see that everybody had a great evening. We hope that we have more people come and join us on our braai evenings.

G-Spot will be hosting a drinking challenge that will be coming soon, For those who are interested get you’re drinking shoes on, come along and show us your skills.



Arnfred Nursery

 How to make your own Topiary

Outdoor topiary can create a striking effect in your garden. Taking the time to make your own topiary can save you up to several hundred rands as well as give you a gardening focal point that you can be proud of.

There are essentially two kinds of topiary. There are vine topiary, where vines are encouraged to grow over topiary forms. Then there is shrub topiary, where a shrub is cut into a form.

 Make your own topiary with vines

  1. Choose topiary forms – whether you are making a topiary tree or something more elaborate, if you decide to use vining plants to make a topiary, you will need to choose a topiary form. This will allow the vine to crawl up the form and cover the shape.
  2. Choose a vining plant – English ivy is a common choice for a vining plat topiary, though any plant that vines can be used, such as periwinkle or Boston ivy. English ivy is generally chosen due to the fact that is grows quickly, is tolerant of many conditions and looks lovely.
  3. Fill the form with sphagnum moss – While filling the topiary forms with sphagnum moss is not essential, it will help your topiary take on a fuller look much faster.
  4. Plant the vine around the form – Whether a potted topiary or an outdoor topiary in the ground, plant the vine around the form so that it can grow up the form. If you are using a large form or if you simply want to cover the form faster, you can use several plants around the form.
  5. Train and prune appropriately – As the plants grow, train them to the form by helping them wrap around the form. Also, prune or pinch back any shoots that cannot be easily trained to the topiary forms.

The time it will take to have a fully covered topiary varies depending on how many plants you use and the size of the topiary, but we can guarantee that when it is all filled in, you will be thrilled with the results.

 Make your own topiary with shrubs

Making a topiary with a shrub is more difficult but still very fun.

  1. Choose the plant – It is easiest to start a shrub topiary with a small juvenile shrub that can be moulded as it grows, but you can accomplish an outdoor topiary effect with grown plants as well.
  2. Frame or no frame – If you are new to topiary, you will want to put topiary forms over the shrubs you choose to sculpt. As the plant grows, the frame will help guide you on your pruning decisions. If you are an experienced topiary artist, you can attempt to create topiary without topiary forms. Be aware that even experienced topiary artists will use frames to make things easier. If you have a larger shrub, you may need to build the frame around the topiary.
  3. Training and pruning – When creating a shrub outdoor topiary, you have to take things slowly. Envision how you want your final topiary to look and trim off no more than 3 inches in working towards that shape. If you are working on growing a small shrub, prune 1 inch off in areas where you need to fill in. Pruning will encourage additional, bushier growth. If you are working on shaping a large shrub, take no more than 3 inches off in areas where you wish to cut back. Any more than this will only kill off parts of the shrub and will ruin the process. Remember, when creating a shrub topiary, you are creating a sculpture in slow motion.
  4. Training and pruning again – We repeated this step because you will need to repeat this step — a lot. Train and prune the shrub a little more about every three months during active growth.

Take your time when you make your own topiary and take it slow. Your patience will be rewarded with a fabulous outdoor topiary.

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Happy Gardening

The Arnfred Team!!


In Other News

Birthdays May – Happy Birthday to the following people in May:

  4th – Innocent Nkabinde

 7th – Basie Wessels

17th – Tony Petersen

 22nd – Bridgett & Sherry Nichlson

Word of the month

The next edition of our news will be published on Tuesday 31st May 2016



Celebrating 30 Years of Uniqueness

My association with the Petersen’s started in 1990 when I worked as a Senior Manager with the Government. What made CREC unique at the time was that they offered unique solutions to complex problems which is still evident to this day.  CREC established themselves as captains in the electrical industry in the commercial and industrial sector of business in the 90’s and the beginning of the 20th Century, thanks to the stewardship of Kim & Peter Petersen.

In 2004 after passing my Master’s Degree I approached Kim and requested that he consider taking me as a Partner and allow me to buy shares in CREC because I believed my presence would add value. At the time Kim mentioned that CREC had embarked on a process of empowerment with other stakeholders.  That set back or rather opportunity spurred me on to study for my Doctorate Degree which I achieved. Life has its moments.

In 2006 Kim called me and although we spoke regularly that specific call changed the ‘Front Face’ in CREC.  Before Kim even spoke I said yes I will accept a partnership in CREC. Kim said but you have not done a due diligence of CREC and yet you committing yourself. My answer then and holds true today was “Kim I am investing in two great personalities and astute businessmen with the best leadership skills which is you and Peter”. The rest is history.

Few companies have unique stories to tell, CREC has good a story to convey.

Over the past few years there were many unique incidents in CREC, many more positive than negative. CREC has stood the test of time when many of the competitors have failed or were unable to keep pace with technology.

“The Young Turks” I call them (The Petersen children & colleagues) are now in the driving seat and the Partners are navigating the course.  The dynamics within CREC will change and the next 30 Years will be even better because the vision is to attain Exceptionality.  (If the Petersen’s Dad could see his sons and grandchildren now he would be so proud. He is looking on from somewhere with contentment, that I am certain of).

Finally when I was asked what do you think makes CREC unique, I answered,

The total commitment of the staff together with Innovation and quality that will change everything”



Good day to all you lovely people. Easter flew past us at such a rate I think it’s time to start looking for Xmas presents LOL. We are all rested after all the public holidays and rearing to go trying to finish a couple of disastrous projects which are not by far our own doing in the Midlands area.

I have three jobs running that are of a similar nature but each one has its ups and downs, the main thing is the procurement of the equipment from the customer which has delayed everything. The civil contractor who installed all the underground sleeves had no clue what they were doing resulting in sleeves being blocked and squashed flat in the middle of the newly built road. But we have had to make alternative plans not being able to dig up the newly tarred roads.

Here is pictures of a mini sub and a RMU manufactured in our factory and installed in Edendale Township

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 They will be commissioned and up and running within two weeks.All my vehicles are running well, we have eventually had time to do extensive repairs to one of our hard working JCB Backhoes. We have two of them that have become a big part of our everyday cable installation projects. In some cases we don’t see these machines for a year at a time so all minor repairs and servicing are done out in the field.




Here is one of our 14 ton trucks delivering a diesel tank to a generator upgrade installation project at a Zululand hospital, with the huge 30 ton rear mount crane truck we can access any lay down with ease.


Seeing as we have all been caught up in the mad rush every day trying to get to work and back here are a few tips to keep you calm.

The drive to and from work can be a taxing experience. There’s nothing quite like starting your day off by spending forty-five minutes on the freeway, staring aimlessly into the rear windshield of the car in front of you, idling at twelve miles an hour – and then repeating the process nine hours later. It’s an unnatural and inhumane routine that probably causes more horn wars and road rage than just about any other aspect of automobile culture.

So how do you hold it together in traffic? What’s the recipe for not losing one’s marbles when getting to and from work every day? Here’s six ideas:

6. Good Music
It’s said that music can calm savage beasts – even beasts that have been stuck in bumper-to-bumper traffic on the I80 West for

twenty minutes without moving. Having some decent tunes in the car goes a long way to deactivating explosive outbursts. Set your music to shuffle and enjoy what comes up – don’t try to change songs every five minutes, because you’ll be the one causing an accident sooner or later.

  1. Audio Books
    Most people don’t read because they don’t have time or because they fall asleep within two pages. In the car, you don’t have the luxury of either. If the radio is driving you crazy and you’re desperate to finally read War and Peace, why not invest in a few audiobooks to keep you entertained on the drive home.
  2. Timing Is Everything
    As insane as it seems, sacrificing twenty minutes of sleep to hit the road early will go a long way to quelling your road rage. If your route to work is busiest between 8 and 9 o’clock, leave at 7:40. At the same time, if the roads are clogged until 5:30 – 6 p.m., find something to keep you busy until the traffic calms down. If traffic is really starting to ruin your life, bring up the idea of flexi-time with your boss.
  3. Find Alternative Routes
    Take some time to find a quieter road to work. Nowadays there are apps and websites that even do most of the research for you – Waze, for example. It might not necessarily be a ‘short cut’, but at least you’ll be preserving your mental health.
  4. Cycle
    If you can, cycle to work when the weather suits – or better yet, make it a permanent habit. Its great exercise, environmentally sound, fun and (best of all) your bicycle will cut through traffic like a ninja sword.
  5. Learn To Love It
    If you’re not in a position to kit your vehicle out with decent music and you’re on a fixed schedule that can’t be altered, all whilst living too far away from work to cycle or avoid freeways, there’s only one option here: learn to love the traffic. Working yourself into a spitting rage and honking at every car in your path will probably give you a heart attack.

Until next month keep well and drive safely.





Poison Prevention and Treatment Tips National Poison Prevention Week, March 20-26, 2016

Each year, approximately 3 million people – many under age 5 – swallow or have contact with a poisonous substance.

How to poison proof your home:

Most poisonings occur when parents or caregivers are home but not paying attention.  The most dangerous potential poisons are medicines, cleaning products, liquid nicotine, antifreeze, windshield wiper fluid, pesticides, furniture polish, gasoline, kerosene and lamp oil.  Be especially vigilant when there is a change in routine.  Holidays, visits to and from grandparents’ homes, and other special events may bring greater risk of poisoning if the usual safeguards are defeated or not in place.

  • Store medicine, cleaning and laundry products (including detergent packets), paints/varnishes and pesticides in their original packaging in locked cabinets or containers, out of sight and reach of children.
  • Safety latches that automatically lock when you close a cabinet door can help keep children away from dangerous products, but there is always a chance the device will malfunction. The safest place to store poisonous products is somewhere a child can’t reach.
  • Purchase and keep all medicines in containers with safety caps and keep out of reach of children. Discard unused medication. Note that safety caps are designed to be child resistant but are not fully child proof.
  • Never refer to medicine as “candy” or another appealing name.
  • Check the label each time you give a child medicine to ensure proper dosage. For liquid medicines, use the dosing device that came with the medicine. Never use a kitchen spoon.
  • If you use an e-cigarette, keep the liquid nicotine refills locked up out of children’s reach and only buy refills that use child resistant packaging. Ingestion or skin exposure with just a small amount of the liquid can be fatal to a child.
  • Never place poisonous products in food or drink containers.
  • Keep coal, wood or kerosene stoves in safe working order.
  • Maintain working smoke and carbon monoxide detectors.
  • Secure remote controls, key fobs, greeting cards, and musical children’s books. These and other devices may contain small button-cell batteries that can cause injury if ingested.


If your child is unconscious, not breathing, or having convulsions or seizures due to poison contact or ingestion, call the emergency care line on the package or your local emergency number immediately. If your child has come in contact with poison and has mild or no symptoms, call Poison Help.

Different types and methods of poisoning require different, immediate treatment:

  • Swallowed poison – Take the item away from the child, and have the child spit out any remaining substance. Do not make your child vomit. Do not use syrup of ipecac.
  • Swallowed battery – If your child has swallowed a button-cell battery, seek treatment in a hospital emergency department immediately.
  • Skin poison — Remove the child’s clothes and rinse the skin with lukewarm water for at least 15 minutes.
  • Eye poison — Flush the child’s eye by holding the eyelid open and pouring a steady stream of room temperature water into the inner corner for 15 minutes.
  • Poisonous fumes – Take the child outside or into fresh air immediately. If the child has stopped breathing, start cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) and do not stop until the child breathes on his or her own, or until someone can take over.

Children act fast – So does poisons

Not only are children naturally curios, but they also act fast.  It takes only second for a child to get hold of something dangerous.  Just under half of the 2.9 million exposure cases managed by poison centers involved children younger than six.  Of those cases, cosmetics, personal care products, household cleaning products, and analgesics (pain relievers) were the top three substance categories involved.  It is imperative that parents and caregivers take extra precaution to protect children from being exposed to potentially poisonous substances.  The best way to be prepared for poison emergencies is by programming the Poison Help Line Number into your phone.


Poisonings span a lifetime


Poisonings and medicine mishaps can happen to anyone, anywhere, and at any time.  While half of the expose cases managed by poison centers in 2016 involved children, many of the more serious cases occurred among adolescents and adults.  From children to seniors and Millennials to Baby Boomers, poison prevention is for everyone.  By taking a few precautions, you can help keep you and your loved ones of any age poison-free!

Medicine Safety

Most over-the-counter- and prescription medicines can be helpful when taken as directed.  However, when not taken properly, medicines can be harmful, and in some cases deadly.  Medication errors can occur at any age, which is why it’s important for everyone to be aware of proper medicine safety.


Youth begin to self-medicate around 11 years old, which is why it is important that parents, teachers and guardians discuss the safe use and storage of medicines with tweens.

  • Learn to read, understand, and follow the Drug Fact label.
  • Never share you medicine with someone else or use someone else’s medicine.
  • Measure every dose carefully, and always use the dosing device that comes with the medicine.
  • Be sure to get permission and guidance for a parent of trusted adult before taking medicines.


Between taking care of their children and parents, many adults forget about the importance of their own medicine safety.  However, a few simple steps can help prevent poisonings and overdoses.

  • Be prepared for any poison emergency.
  • Properly getting rid of medicine that you don’t need is especially important if you have children or pets in your home.
  • Keep medicines in their original containers and properly labeled. If you have any questions about a medicine or ingredient, call your local poison centre.

Older Adults

About one third of adults 57 years and older use at least 5 different prescription medicines, and most older adults taking prescription medicines also use over-the-counter medicines, dietary supplements, or both.  Due to the increase in medicines, older adults are twice as likely as others to come to emergency departments for adverse drug events and nearly seven times more likely as others to come be hospitalized after an emergency.  As more and more patients receive care from more than one provider and even more than on pharmacy to meet their pharmaceutical needs, the patient remains the common denominator.

  • Discuss ALL medication with your doctor and/or pharmacist, including prescription and over-the-counter medicines, and vitamins and supplements.
  • Read and follow the directions for each of your medicines and tale them exactly as directed.
  • Keep a list of ALL medications that you are taking including prescription and over-the-counter medicines, and vitamins and supplements, and take the list with you whenever you go to the doctor or pharmacy.
  • Keep you medicine in child resistant containers and up and away, and out of sight of children.
  • If you wear glasses, always use them when taking medication. Never take medication in the dark.
  • If you experience adverse effects from a medicine or have any questions or concerns about medicine, contact your local poison center or pharmacy.


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 Friday specials for April

8th – fish, chips &salad

15th – Vetkoek and mice

22nd – Prada salad

29th – eisbein, coleslaw & mash

Don’t miss out!!!

 G-spot is grateful and thankful that 2016 is turning into an awesome year, the months are getting better and better as we have more and more support thanks to our customers and suppliers.

 Thank you to rainbow for your support on the 31st march we are very glad that you enjoy our entertaining area as well as our bar…J

We hope to see more companies coming to book out our venue for functions, farewells…etc.

Just a remainder to all JA bru’s and other outsiders

We will be having virtual dj grant on the 20th April playing music, come and support us and dance to awesome tunes…

Let’s blow the roof off.









While Agaves are best recognised as the plant from which tequila is made, it has also been used for thousands of years as an ingredient in foods. The nectar made from the plant is known in Mexico as aguimel or honey water.

The Aztecs prized the Agave as a gift from the gods and used the liquid from its core to flavour foods and drinks. Now, due to increased awareness of agave nectar’s many beneficial properties, it is becoming the preferred sweetener of health conscious consumers, doctors and natural food cooks alike.

Agave nectar, or sometimes called Agave syrup, is most often produced from Blue Agaves that thrive in dry, volcanic soils of Mexico.  In South Africa they are grown in the dry Karoo areas. Agaves are large, spikey plants that resemble cactus or yuccas in both form and habit, but they are actually succulents like Aloes.

Agaves come in many forms and colours – over 100 different shapes and sizes.  Blue Agaves is the preferred species for producing Syrup.

When the Agave reaches 7 to 10 years of age, the leaves are cut off, revealing the core of the plant.  When harvested it looks like a pineapple.  The sap is extracted from the pineapple looking section of the plant, filtered and heated at a low temperature which causes to breakdown the carbohydrates into sugars.  Agave syrup takes similar to honey and is considered by health conscious foodies as a raw food.  The product is available at all good health shops and Dischem.

Agaves are also water wise plants, which is beneficial during dry climates.

We will have some unusual Agaves for sale. Limited stock available.


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Happy Gardening!!

 In Other News

Happy Birhday to the followiwng people in April:

8TH – Leonard Mkhize

9th – Vic Lotter

13th – Neil Stewart

 14th – Jordash Boddy

Ambrose Williams

Word of the Month

Word of month

South African National Blood Service


We would like to take this opportunity to thank the donors for attending our blood drive at CATO RIDGE ELECTRICAL on 11.03.2016.

The number of donors who donated were 14. This excludes donors who were unable to donate.

Your continued support and willingness to host blood drives is highly appreciated.

Please communicate our thanks to all involved.

Yours sincerely,


Khulekani Zuma

Public Relations Practitioner

The next edition of our news will be published on Friday 30th April 2016





What a year 2015 has been, what with the Russia Ukraine crisis, the war in Syria, the flooding of refugees into Europe, the ongoing and escalating problems in the Middle East, the bombings and shootings in Paris, all our political and economic problems here at home, and the list goes on and on.

Sadly we said farewell to one of my heroes this year, Jonah Lomu.

I patted my dog on the head the other morning and said goodbye not knowing it would be the last time; when I got home from work he had passed away.

My youngest daughter is pregnant and I’m going to be a granddad at last. I am one of the luckiest men in the world; I work with both my daughters and get to see them every day.

I think Johnny Clegg had similar things in mind when he wrote the song Cruel Crazy Beautiful World for his son.

You have to wash with the crocodile in the river,

You have to swim with the sharks in the sea,

You have to live with the crooked politician,

You have to trust in things you cannot see.

You have to trust your lover when you go away.

You have to keep believing that tomorrow will bring a better day,

It’s your world so live in it,

One day when you wake up I will have to say goodbye.

Every day you wake up I hope it’s under a blue sky.

 So what’s my point; well I think we can all agree the world is in a mess, we have all experienced tough times this year, and we all have an allotted time on this planet. Being depressed and worrying about things we have no control of will help little; we have to make the most of what we have and enjoy them while we have them, live, love and toil with purpose, until we have to say goodbye.

The industry we work in has changed so much over the years and we oldies will often be heard saying that’s not how things were done in the old days. And the truth be told we are quite correct, but everything evolves and that which seems foreign to us oldies and differing to that which we are accustomed to, now becomes the norm to the new generation. We are fortunate enough in our company to have a team that in many ways resembles the All Blacks, a good mixture of youth and experience (Oldies) and the new generation are more comfortable with the way things operate now and so have adapted our companies operating structures to suit the changes.

Those of you who watched the rugby world cup, may or may not concur with my thoughts. To me the All Blacks are head and shoulders above any other team in the world, they are down to earth ordinary blokes with extraordinary talents. You have the oldies like Richie Mc Caw, Kieran Read and Dan Carter who have astounded and amazed the rugby world for so many years that there is little further anyone can say about their talents. But then as has happened so often at the world cup, the toughest test any rugby player can face, a new talent or talents emerge, 1995 Jonah Lomu, 2015 Nehe Milner Skudder, game changers and future stars.

So this year I would like to base my year end ramble about our young talented staff; the Milner Skudders and Jonah Lomu’s of our team; Not the negative things that go on in the world and at home, nor on the things we cannot change; but rather on the things we can, the things that give us hope.

We have been in business recue for just over a year now; it’s been tough but wonderful, progress has been made due to a collective effort from all our staff, yet one person stands out in my mind as the person who saw an opportunity to take a desperate situation and turn it into a better tomorrow. He is our chief operations officer Arn. Arn has taken on an enormous responsibility and his dogmatic approach, clever planning, development, management and leadership skills have played a vital and key role in our successful comeback trail.

Ed took over Arn’s old position as commercial manager, and has been swamped with work, but Ed does not let too much get on top of him and is doing a wonderful job.

Sarah moved into the buying position, and I must say this is a tough job, but she has excelled, and accomplished miracles under some very difficult conditions.

Samantha has run herself ragged attending to the entire construction departments needs and I know everyone in that department is grateful and appreciative for her efforts.

Taylea has taken on the quoting and signage responsibilities, and is doing very well in this pressure position.

Megan has recently come on board as our company legal advisor, and the benefits of having her on board were evident from day one.

Kevin and Wesley are two of our contracts managers and both have done amazing work this year.

Our two technicians Mike and Pieter B have brought a boost of knowledge to our construction department and we wonder what we ever did without these clever chaps who are making a very positive impact to our team.

These are some of our Jonah Lomu’s and Milner Skudder’s that have, in my eyes, stood out this year, these are the people that will take our company through the hardships of BR, and develop our company into what I believe will be a power house of the  future. But we are a team and make no mistake although I have only mentioned some of our emerging talent, our entire team has put in a monumental effort this year, I am and will always be very proud of our company and the wonderful people who work here; I pray you always have the sun on your faces and the wind at your back, that you keep believing tomorrow will bring a better day, and that every day you wake up it’s under a blue sky.

So as the festive season approaches and we look forward to a few days off, let’s put the worries of the world aside and celebrate the birth of Christ, spend time with our loved ones and give thanks for everything we have.

Merry Christmas and God bless


Well here we are; silly season has arrived much quicker than we all expected. 2015 has gone by in the blink of an eye. Lots of interesting things have happened in CREC with projects pouring in at a rapid rate from January until now. Having been moved from the Maintenance Department to the Construction Department meant that some of these larger projects landed on my plate keeping me out of mischief for most of the year. I must just say that I enjoyed my time in the maintenance department having made lots of friends in the industry. Roxy took over my position there and has kept our name on the highly recommended list.

My first project was a 132 cable upgrade installation in the midlands for one of the bigger Municipalities. When the job was handed over to me I could see from the onset that I was going to have many a sleepless night. Having to excavate in some places in the middle of busy streets was a nightmare on its own, we only managed to obtain some of the records of the underground services which again was a challenge on its own. Thank goodness my staff that were allocated to me were all committed to finishing this job in the prescribed time.

As mentioned earlier this was not going to be easy. Our first week we hit an MV cable that was only 200mm just below the tar surface. This was the start to many an underground service that we came across that was never marked but thank goodness we only had three bad incidents. We came across quite a few

underground water leaks that were never even known about and let me tell you to get the local Municipal water guys out was a whole new ball game. In a few cases we fixed water leaks just out of guilt due to water restrictions.

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The cable drums weighed 15 tons and came in 750mt lengths with a total of 6. 5km of cable to be installed. This was a new ball game to me having to pull 750mt at a time with a trench that in some places had up to 9 bends going from one street to the next and the next, under busy roads where we had large 20mm steel plates over trenches etc. A very sophisticated winch had to be used that had more than enough power to execute the job. The planning that goes into something like this is extremely important but once all our corners were set up it looked so easy. In some instances we were pulling in a 750mt length within 2hrs, breaking all records. Once all the cables were in the trenches then all the backfilling, reinstating and tarring of the roads had to take place. Gee I could write a book about this job.

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This project was an excellent learning curve which we can add to the list of hundreds of the most difficult jobs in the industry. Once again thanks to Allan, Doug, Tyron, Lee, all the ground staff and last but not least Pieter DT who was our site manager from the cable manufacturers in Vereeniging; his knowledge was out of the top drawer. Besides a lot of our road signs and barricading being stolen at a rapid rate, we can hold our heads up high that we executed the project. What is always nice about big high speed pressure jobs is that even in the heat of the moment with tempers flaring we are all good friends at the end of the day.

Another cable upgrade installation that I had taken over from Andre, who was moved to a different position in the company, was down the North Coast. This was a 33kV cable that runs for 6.7kms. There were a lot of problems in the beginning when the skies opened up, flooding and destroying trenches making them into lovely wallowing pools for hippos. This cable route took us under the N2 freeway past a quarry and under a river, railway line and three district roads. The challenges here going through sugar cane fields were just as tasking as working in town being the time of the year when all the snakes come out of hibernation. Our staff came across lots of night adders, cobras, puff adders, African rock python and green vine snakes. This kept Marius on the go all the time running from one end of his job to the other making


sure none of these reptiles were injured; where the staff were in danger then unfortunately they had to be killed which thank goodness only happened once. This was in one of our portable toilets. We still aren’t sure if the snake died of a heart attack when it saw our staff member going for a number one.

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My other work for a local Midlands municipality is extremely busy with endless breakdowns happening on a daily basis. We have been awarded cable upgrading projects for the new hospital opening in that area, which will be opening middle of January next year. This will keep our staff busy through the festive season to be on track.

All my vehicles are coming back to our head office workshops for their annual refurbishment and servicing they are all looking over worked and in need of some TLC.

I would like to take this opportunity to wish all our customers, directors, top management and especially the hard working staff members below me a fantastic festive season. I hope the well-deserved holiday is going to bring you all back in high spirits for 2016. Don’t forget to drive to stay alive.

Stay safe and enjoy the drive

When holidays come around its good to think about the safety of you and your family.
So to ensure you get to your destinations safely here are a few tips:

Drunk driving – the facts

Drunk driving is a factor in about one in every five crashes where someone loses their life. Of the people who are killed, 88 per cent are men and 75 per cent are under the age of 40. Alcohol affects your driving skills, moods and behaviour. Once it’s been consumed the effects cannot be reversed. The only thing that will sober you up is time. Getting back to zero (sobering up), takes a long time. No amount of coffee, food, physical activity or sleep will speed up the process.


You don’t have to be drunk to be affected by alcohol. You might feel normal but no one drives as well after drinking alcohol. Novice drivers with any level of alcohol in their blood are at a much higher risk of crashing. This is why learner and provisional licence holders are restricted to a zero alcohol limit.

Since the introduction of RBT (random breath testing) in 1982, fatal crashes involving alcohol have dropped from 40 per cent of all fatalities to the current level of 19 per cent.

Driver fatigue

When setting off on a long trip don’t leave too early in the morning because your body clock believes you should still be asleep. Have a 15 minute rest every 2 hours.


Keep an eye out for the signs of Driver Fatigue which are:
Yawning Sweaty hands Tired eyes
Poor concentration Restlessness Drowsiness
Boredom Slow reactions Over steering

Tow check

If towing a trailer or caravan inspect:

  • Tyre condition and tyre inflation – including spare.
  • Towbar & towing equipment is secure.
  • All electrical connections are secure and lights work correctly.
  • Trailer brakes work correctly.
  • Rear view mirrors are adjusted correctly.

Good driving techniques

Distance between your car & the car in front

It’s a good idea to always keep a minimum three seconds gap between you and the car in front. When it’s raining and/or foggy double the distance to six seconds no matter what speed you’re doing.

Smooth driving

Don’t rush into things. Plan ahead when driving. Make early decisions on braking and accelerating. Change gears and brake smoothly to avoid skidding. This will provide a smoother drive for yourself and your passengers while also providing less wear and tear on the vehicle and helping you save on fuel costs.

Keep left unless overtaking

When driving on a dual lane road always keep to the left lane. Use the right hand lane for overtaking, turning right or when road works are being carried out and there is no other choice.

Indicate early

Always indicate when changing lanes, 30 metres wherever practical, to advise other motorists of what you are doing.

Expect the unexpected

Drive with your line of sight parallel to the road not looking down onto it. By doing this you see further into the distance so you can be better prepared if there is a problem ahead. It may even mean you can avoid a crash.


Ensure you have enough room to go past the vehicle you are overtaking and not cut them off. Pick your time carefully as overtaking can be quite dangerous and making the wrong decision may result in a serious crash.

Stopping before the intersection

Always slow down coming to an intersection especially if you are towing a van. Your braking distance will be greater than when you’re not towing, so make sure you allow for this. You must always stop at a stop sign/line.


Driving at night

Driving at night requires more skill & concentration than at daytime due to your restricted vision. Oncoming headlights can obscure your vision and pedestrians can be near impossible to see. Leave a bigger gap between you and the car in front to allow for your reduced vision and reaction time.

Road rage

Stay relaxed and try not to let other people’s driving skills or decisions worry you. If another driver makes a mistake don’t get angry just concentrate on your own driving skills, behaviour and safety.

If another driver is courteous towards you, then acknowledge the good deed with a wave.

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Unbelievable, 2015 is almost over!

The construction crew have put in some serious man-hours this year. Every single employee worked long-hard hours, over weekends and away from their loved ones. Thank you to each and every one of you!

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The results speak for itself, client confidence was assured yet again and next year we will have to push even harder to keep the ball rolling.

There were some challenges throughout projects but with Mr Grobler and Kevin’s leadership and guidance no challenge is ever too big to overcome. I believe the new structure will iron out most of the wrinkles and 2016 will be a year to look forward to.

EARLY WARNING! Every individual must take their well-deserved break and rest properly because the New Year will kick off with a boom.

On a more serious note. A lot of you made plans to go on holiday, spend quality time with family and celebrate the festive season like there is no tomorrow. Please do it in a safe manner, be considerate to others, manage your budgets, use sun screen and never stop giving to the less fortunate even if it is just adviceJ.

Enjoy your holiday and take care.




HIV stands for Human Immunodeficiency Virus and AIDS stands for Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome. It weakens a person’s immune system by destroying important cells that fight diseases and infection. No effective cure exists for HIV. But with proper medical care, HIV can be controlled. HIV is a virus spreads though body fluids that affect specific cells of the immune system, called CD4 cells, or T cells. Over time, HIV can destroy so many of these cells that the body can’t fight off infections and diseases.  When this happens, HIV infection leads to AIDS.


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HIV is transmitted primarily via unprotected sexual contract, contaminated blood transfusions, hypodermic needles, and from Mother to Child during pregnancy, delivery, or breastfeeding (known as vertical transmission). Some body fluids such as saliva, tears, sweat, urine or vomit do not transmit HIV, unless contaminated with blood. It is possible to be co-infected by more than one strain of HIV – a condition known as HIV superinfection.

Common methods of HIV/AIDS prevention include encouraging and practicing safe sex, needle-exchange programs, and treating those that are infected. There is no cure or vaccine, however, antiretroviral treatment can slow the course of the disease and may lead to a near-normal life expectancy.

While ARV treatment reduces the risk of death and complications from the disease, these medications are expensive and have side effects.  Treatment is recommended as soon as the diagnosis is made.  Without treatment, the average survival time after infection with HIV is estimated to be 9 to 11 years, depending in the HIV subtype.


There are three main stages of HIV disease: acute infection, clinical latency and AIDS.


The initial period following the contraction of HIV is called acute HIV, primary HIV or acute retroviral syndrome. Many individuals develop an influenza-like illness or a mononucleosis like illness 2 – 4 weeks post exposure while others have no significant symptoms. Symptoms occur in 40 – 90% of cases and most commonly include fever, large tender lymph nodes, throat inflammation, a rash, headache, and/or sores of the mouth and genitals. The rash, which occurs in 20-50% of cases presents itself on the trunk and is maculopapular, classically. Some people also develop opportunistic infections at this stage. Gastrointestinal symptoms such as nausea, vomiting or diarrhoea may occur, as may neurological symptoms of peripheral neuropathy or Guillian-Barre syndrome. The duration of the symptoms varies, but is usually one or two weeks. Due to nonspecific character, these symptoms are not often recognized as signs of HIV infection. Even cases that do get seen by a family doctor or a hospital are often misdiagnosed as one of the many common infectious diseases with overlapping symptoms. Thus, it is recommended that HIV be considered in people presenting an unexplained fever who may have risk factors of infection.


The initial symptoms are followed by a stage called clinical latency, asymptomatic HIV, or chronic HIV. Without treatment, this second stage of the natural history of HIV infection can last from about three years to over 20 years (on average, about eight years). While typically there are few or no symptoms at first, near the end of this stage many people experience fever, weight loss, gastrointestinal problems and muscle pain. Between 50 and 70% of people also develop persistent generalized lymphadenopathy, characterized by unexplained, non-painful enlargement of more than one group of lymph nodes (other than in the groin) for over three to six months.

Although most HIV-1 infected individuals have a detectible viral load and in the absence of treatment will eventually progress to AIDS, a small proportion (about 5%) retain high levels of CD4 + T cells (T helper cells) without antiretroviral therapy for more than 5 years.


Acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS) is defined in terms of either a CD4 + T cell count below 200 cell per μL or the occurrence of specific diseases in association with an HIV infection. In the absence of specific treatment, around half of the people infected with HIV develop AIDS within 10 years. The most common initial conditions that alert to the presence of AIDS are pneumocystis pneumonia (40%), cachexia

in the form of HIV wasting syndrome (20%), and esophageal candidiasis. Other common signs include recurring respiratory tract infection.


Most people infected with HIV develop specific antibodies within three to twelve weeks of initial infection. Diagnosis of primary HIV before seroconversion is done by measuring HIV-RNA or p24 antigen. Positive results obtained by antibody or PCR testing are confirmed either by a different antibody or by PCR.

Antibody tests in children younger than 18 months are typically inaccurate due to the continued presence of maternal antibodies. Thus HIV infection can only be diagnosed by PCR testing for IV RNA or DNA, or via testing for the p24 antigen. Much of the world lacks access to reliable PCR testing and many places wait until either symptoms develop or the child is old enough for accurate antibody testing.


Sexual Contact

Consistent condom use reduces the risk of HIV transmission by approximately 80% over the long term.  When condoms are used consistently by a couple in which one person is infected, the rate of HIV infection is less than 1% per year. There is some evidence to suggest that female condoms (Femi dome) may provide an equivalent level of protection.


Antiretroviral treatment among people with HIV whose CD4 count is ≤ 550 cells/μL is a very effective way to prevent HIV infection of their partner (a strategy known as treatment as prevention, or TASP). TASP is associated with a 10 to 20 fold reduction in transmission risk. Pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) with a daily dose of the medication tenofovir, with or without emtricitbine, is effective in a number of groups including men who have sex with men, couples where one is HIV positive, and young heterosexuals in Africa. It may also be effective in intravenous drug users with a study finding a decrease in risk if 0.7 to 0.4 per 100 person years.


A course of antiretroviral administered within 48 to 72 hours after exposure to HIV-positive blood or genital secretions is referred to as post-exposure prophylaxis. The use of the single agent zidovudine reduces the risk of a HIV infection five-fold following a needle-stick injury. PEP treatment is recommended after a sexual assault when the perpetrator is known to be HIV positive, but is controversial when their HIV status is unknown. The duration of this treatment is usually four weeks and is frequently associated with adverse effects.

Economic impact

Even though the approaches, assumptions and results may vary greatly in the macroeconomic models employed in estimating the impact of HIV/AIDS on the South African economy, the overriding message that these models convey remains the same: the cost of HIV/AIDS to South Africa will be significant in economic, social and human terms. However, the accuracy of the models and their results can be faulted for various reasons, not least the shortcomings of current demographic projections and the empirical evidence on the microeconomic impact of the epidemic, shortcomings that can be argued to translate int

both under- and overestimation of the likely macroeconomic impacts of the epidemic. More work is also required to quantify the nature of the impact of the epidemic on specific sectors in the economy. In addition, more recent, alternative methodological approaches can also be explored in further investigating the macroeconomic impacts of the epidemic. Finally, models are also constrained by a lack of clarity regarding the key question of how treatment, care and support for HIV/AIDS-affected individuals and households are to be financed in South Africa, given that government at times are unclear as to what policies will be implemented to fight HIV/AIDS.

South Africa currently faces one of the highest HIV prevalence rates in the world. The estimated adult prevalence of HIV amongst 15-49 year olds in 2001 was 20.1% (UNAIDS, 2002), while the ASSA2000 model put adult prevalence amongst 20-65 year olds (in the unchanged scenario) at 24.1% (ASSA, 2003). A recent national household survey in turn has put the 2002 estimate of adult prevalence amongst those older than 25 years at 15.5% (HSRC, 2002). Given that HIV/AIDS primarily effects the economically and sexually active population, the epidemic poses a serious threat to economic growth, development prospects and poverty alleviation. In fact, the predicted macroeconomic impacts of the HIV/AIDS epidemic make light of the macroeconomic targets of GEAR, given the projected decline in economic growth and employment.

Given that these models project the macroeconomic impacts of the HIV/AIDS epidemic over a 10-15 year period that ranges from 2000 to 2015 and that the HIV epidemic is yet to evolve into a full-scale AIDS epidemic, the emphasis is therefore on the future challenges that HIV/AIDS poses to the South African economy, rather than the challenges during the first 10 years of democracy.

HIV/AIDS epidemic as described in these four macroeconomic models, whilst section 3 and 4 respectively focus on an overview of the assumptions (input) and projected impacts on economic growth, investment, employment, and poverty (outputs) of these four models. The assumptions and projections of these models are critically adjudged at the hand of currently available empirical evidence on the economics of HIV/AIDS in South Africa.

In section 5, the implications to the macroeconomic modelling results of recent changes in the responses of government, business, communities and other role players in South Africa to the HIV/AIDS epidemic are discussed. Section 6 concludes, summarizing the main lessons to be learned from the review and the key questions that remain unanswered by current research on the economics of HIV/AIDS in South Africa.


Cato Ridge Electrical recognizes :

  1. The promotion of equality and non-discrimination between individuals with HIV infection and those without, and between HIV/AIDS and other comparable health/medical conditions.
  2. The creation of a supportive environment so that HIV infected employees are able to continue working under normal conditions in their current employment for as long as they are medically fit to do so.
  3. The protection of human rights and dignity of employee’s living with HIV/AIDS is essential to the prevention and control of HIV/AIDS.
  4. HIV/AIDS impacts disproportionately on women and this will be taken into account.
  5. Consultation, inclusivity and encouraging full participation of all stakeholders are key principals of the HIV/AIDS Policy.


All persons with HIV/AIDS have the legal right to privacy. An employee is therefore not legally required to disclose his or her HIV status to CREC or any other employee.

When an employee chooses to voluntary disclose his or her status to the employer (CREC) or to other employee’s this information may not be disclosed to others without the employee’s express written consent. Where written consent is not possible, steps will be taken to confirm that the employee wishes to disclose his or her status.

CREC will strive to encourage openness, acceptance and support for those employees who voluntary disclose their HIV status within the workplace, including :

  • Encouraging persons openly living with HIV/AIDS to conduct or participate in education, prevention and awareness programs.

Encouraging the development of support groups for employee’s living with HIV/AIDS.

  • Ensuring that persons who are open about their HIV/AIDS status are not unfairly discriminated against or stigmatized.


Under “Section 7” Employment Equity Act, CREC will not require an employee or a job applicant to undertake a HIV test in order to ascertain a status.


CREC may provide testing to an employee who has requested a test as part of a health care service provided in the workplace :

  • In the event of an occupational accident carrying a risk of exposure to blood or other body fluids.
  • For the purposes of applying for compensation following an occupational accident involving a risk of exposure to blood or other fluids.


Such testing may only take place at the initiative of the employee :

  • Within a health care worker, employee/patient relationship.
  • With informed consent and “Pre” and “Post” test counseling as defined by the Department of Health’s National Policy.
  • Also only with permission of the Labour Court.


CREC ensures that all testing, whether authorized or permissible will be conducted in accordance with the Department of Health’s National Policy on Testing for HIV, and will always be voluntary and anonymous.

CREC will ensure employees understand what the test is, why it is necessary, the benefits, the risks, alternatives and any possible social implications of the outcome.


In terms of the Compensation for Occupational Injuries and Diseased Act, an employee may be compensated if he or she becomes infected with HIV as a result of an Occupational Accident.

A full investigation regards the Occupational Accident will be conducted to confirm employee was infected due to the incident.

CREC will take reasonable steps to assist employees with application for benefits.


Employees with HIV/AIDS will not be dismissed solely on the basis of their HIV/AIDS status.

When an employee becomes too ill to perform their current work, CREC will follow accepted guidelines regarding dismissal for incapacity before terminating an employee’s services.

(Such as: Obtaining permission from the Labour Court for a test.)

CREC will ensure that as far as possible, the employee’s right to confidentiality regarding his or her HIV status is maintained during any incapacity proceedings.


  • CREC will assist employee’s within the above boundaries, who have voluntary disclosed their HIV/AIDS status to the Company.
  • The employee must apply for leave to attend any “Program or Clinic” requirements related to the above.
  • The “Leave Application” must be made directly to Mr. A. Petersen, closed envelope and must be done timorously.
  • Proof of attendance at Counseling or Clinic must be produced.

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operational and caused some panic during this period. It was pleasing to note that the 800kVA Generator that CREC installed was in full swing and served its purpose throughout the entire period.

Just something our Maintenance and Construction staff can take note of:


 Pub & Diner

 December SPECIALS

11th – breakfast in a cup

 A few more weeks until the annual shut down…


 We are very thankful to everyone that have had their year-end functions with us, they all turned out to be huge successes, thank you to everyone that helped us out J

 We will be having more year–end Christmas functions in December for some of our local companies, we are looking forward to seeing all the old faces as well as the new faces, we hope that we make each and every one of you feel comfortable and welcome in our home.

 2015 has been an awesome year we hope that 2016 will be just as amazing.

We are looking forward to the New Year, we will be bringing out a new menu as well as new specials. If anyone has suggestions for next year you know where you can find us.

wishing everyone a merry Christmas and a happy new year


We were very fortunate to have participated in the 40th Witness Garden Show this year. We had an exhibition garden in the Main Hall, our first time for which we received a Bronze Medal. We also had a commercial stand and did really well.

Below is the article/feedback from the Committee:

The Witness Garden Show 2015

The 40th garden show took place from the 24-27 September 2015 under its new banner The Witness Garden Show, with The Witness on board as naming media sponsors. Despite the hot weather, the number of visitors recorded was 17 160. Several changes to the format of this year’s show were implemented by Tanya Visser and the team from Lonehill Trading as the managing and marketing team, which worked closely with the Royal Agricultural Society on all the aspects of the show. The 150 exhibitors who attended the show have given very positive feedback and many have expressed an interest in participating in the show in 2016. The theme ‘Symphony of Spring’ was an inspired choice as it gave the show an added dimension and allowed the organisers to add an orchestra, jazz band and various other musicians to the mix, to the delight of the visitors. The added element of music is something the organisers would like to continue for future shows.

Some of the changes implemented by the management team saw many of the societies moved to different positions within the Showgrounds and these were positively accepted and worked well.

The Schools element to the show was changed to a one-day event, with 18 schools participating in a Young Garden Designer’s competition in 1.5 x 1.5 m spaces. They had to include a recycling project as part of their designs, using products from ABI, the main sponsor. This event took place on the Tuesday before the show opened so that they could have a separate prize giving on the day. The standard of the school designs was outstanding and they thoroughly enjoyed their day.

The Happy Earth Hall included the schools, the Bonsai Society and, for the first time, the Cycad Society – a busy hall with lots of activities and exhibits under the Happy Earth umbrella.

The Orchid Hall was intended to move to Hall 1, but the Pietermaritzburg Orchid Society chose not to participate in show and so Hall 1 was changed to the Plant Hall. The society’s withdrawal has consequences for the Orchid Conference due to be held next year, but we will be in contact with the committee to find a way forward. In the Plant Hall we had the Plantae Orchid Club display, the Clivia Society display, and sales of bonsai, clivias, orchids, bromeliads, clematis and succulents, which made this a very popular hall for plant enthusiasts.

The Go Green Hall was added at this year’s event for the first time. Gavin Larkin from The Expo Factory paid for use of the space in Hall 4 and negotiated with the exhibitors. He has reported that, apart from the weather, his exhibitors were pleased with the show.

Floriate was divided into 3 halls and 2 commercial halls, as well as being part of the exhibits in the main hall. This added yet another element to the main hall and provided interest in the 2 commercial halls. These exhibits were of an exceptional standard and proved to be popular with visitors.

The Garden Clubs, similarly, were included in the centre of a commercial hall and the 4 garden clubs that participated built excellent gardens as shown by the awards they received:

Silver Gilt – Highway Garden Club

Silver Gilt – Cramond Garden Club

Silver Gilt – Hilton Garden Club

Gold with Laurels – Pot Pourri Garden Club

The Icing Guild remained in the Illovo Hall, the Quilters Guild was moved to Council House and the Art Show was moved to the Grill Room. These organisations produced a very high stand of exhibit and were also popular with visitors.

The societies were judged as a whole by the organisers and did very well:

Clivia Society – Bronze

Plantae Orchid Club Display – Gold

Cycad Society – Gold

Bonsai Society – Gold

Happy Earth Hall – Gold

The Quilting Guild – Gold

Baking and Creating with Illovo – Gold

Floriate Society – Gold with Laurels

The highlight of the show, from the feedback received, was undoubtedly the feature garden exhibits in Parks/Olympia Hall. What the public doesn’t see is the immense amount of planning and implementation that goes into building a feature garden, and the men and woman involved in building these displays are to be commended for their excellent gardens and their dedication to making this show a success. Six of our feature garden designers were new to this event and did an outstanding job in building their first gardens at the show. These included three small landscapers who outdid themselves in the artisanal category. The awards this year are as follows:

Feature Gardens

Mbombela Local Municipality – Bronze

City of uMhlathuze – Bronze

SANBI – Bronze

Kwadukuza Municipality – Bronze

The Gardener – Bronze

Plantimex (by Bronwyn Jordaan Landscaping) – Bronze

Parklane SUPERSPAR (by Andrew Carr Landscaping) – Bronze

Msunduzi Municipality – Silver

Blackwood Nursery – Silver

Mangaung Metro Municipality  – Silver Gilt

Gordon Stuart Landscaping – Fresh-line Flora – Silver Gilt

The City of Cape Town – Gold

Midlands Rose Society – Gold

Gordon Stuart Landscaping – Wilson’s Stone Pots – Gold

The Royal Agricultural Society – Dave Moore – Gold with Laurels

eThekwini Municipality  – Gold with Laurels

Artisanal Gardens

The Indigenous Gardener (by Anno Torr)– Bronze

Arnfred Nursery (by Mara Petersen) – Bronze

Indigenous Landscaping (by Elsa Pooley) – Silver


Trophy Awards

Best on Show – eThekwini Municipality

The City of Cape Town – Big Thinker

Msunduzi Municipality – most improved

Kwadakuza Municipality – CEO Award

Indigenous Landscaping – Best first timer

One of the new areas introduced was the Gourmet Food Hall in the Members Dining Room, which spilled onto the terrace overlooking the main arena where the Dog Show was held on the Saturday and Sunday. Adding this extra element in the food hall, as well as the outdoor vendors and the permanent and semi-permanent restaurants, has been a great success this year. As this was the first year for the food hall, there are some changes to be made, but on the whole it was a success, particularly moving the Dog Show to in front of the terrace, which the visitors loved.

Also new was the opening of Hall 10 as the Kids Zone. The children were thoroughly catered for and this is an area that can definitely grow.

The Main Arena included the ever-popular Midlands 4×4 course, cars and classic cars and vintage tractors. This area has loads of potential, which the organisers will be working on for next year, however there is a good basis on which to improve.

The staff of Lonehill Trading, as the newcomers to the show, would like to thank the hard-working staff of the Royal Agricultural Society for their dedication to The Witness Garden Show and for their support to the staff of Lonehill Trading, in particular the mentoring and support from Mr Terry Strachan, the highly regarded CEO of the RAS. There are some very big positives from the 2015 show and some work to be done, and we look forward to the countdown to the next show from the 23-25 September 2016.

This being, our last newsletter for the year, I would like to thank every customer we have had the privilege to do work for. As always, I would like to thank my staff for their hard work this year. We have had some really complicated landscaping jobs to do this year, but they just kept on going strong. Without the continuous support of my family, I would not have been able to succeed as I did. Thank you, Thank you.

Our annual shut down will be from Friday, 18th December to Wednesday, 6th January.  I will be on call if anyone needs assistance.

Have a Merry Christmas and all the best wishes to you all for 2016.

Happy Gardening!!

 A Team



Cato Ridge Electrical Construction came second in two categories for the ECA Presidential Awards.

Ghamiet and Raphael attended the Gala Dinner and were given these certificates of Achievement. (Seen in the Picture)

This is a major accomplishment because projects are chosen throughout South Africa and are judged by Price Water House & Coopers who are renowned Auditors.

To be selected from many other contractors is a real accomplishment.

The categories are:

  1. Best Industrial  Installation – Richmond Pump Station
  2. Best Safety Installation – Natcos

All credit must go to the Managers, Supervisors and staff who worked on site that made this possible.



Birthdays December/January

Happy Birthday to the following people:

2nd December – Pierre Coetzee

17th December – John Carter

31st December – Ed Squires


19th January – Sean Kelly

26th January – Derek Ngwira


Word of the Month

word of monthAmbrose Williams

CREC Awards Day 2015

It is said that it is easy to sit up and take notice. What is difficult is standing up and taking action. Today we are celebrating the fact that someone stood up and took that action. Today we are celebrating commitment and sheer hard work.

We are celebrating Enthusiasm. Enthusiasm, you see, sets fire to the imagination. It asks “What if?” and “If I did?” “What should I do” and the results depend on the answer to those questions.

Today we are honouring those who asked those questions and committed themselves to finding the answers. We are honouring those who went beyond the call of duty. We are about to present awards to the winners who wouldn’t take “No” for an answer.

They knew that there were answers to be found. They understood that in the long and arduous research trail often there would be obstacles. They discovered that some of the answers they got were not to the questions they actually asked. There were times of frustration and confusion.

Let us be under no delusion about this, those we honour today “HAD” the support and encouragement of family and friends. Without that back-up they could not continue to do what they have done.

Today they can celebrate because they have “HAD” results, they have enriched our knowledge. Today we also thank our Managers and Supervisors for their encouragement and support. These chosen few are given these awards because they know that your work brings the future closer for all of us. They have faith in what you are doing and in what they hope you will continue to do.

Today you have turned disappointment into success. Through your efforts you have found some of the answers we needed.

Finally I want to bring to attention to all, that to succeed in life one can use the acronym of H.A.D.

H– Hard work (To achieve in life one must work hard in all facets of your life).

A– Ambition (Do you have a goal in life. Where do you want to be in 5,10,15 years’ time)

D-Discipline (One must be discipline, to work, study, play, participate etc. etc.).


On the 13th of November we had our year end Awards Day to say thank you to everyone for all their hard work and dedication throughout the year, especially through business rescue. Staff had a chance to vote for who they felt deserved these awards and that’s what the results were based on at the end of the day. The awards were broken into 4 categories as follows:

  1. Thank You Awards
  2. Comical Awards
  3. Prestige Awards
  4. Top Awards

Thank You Awards

These were given to the 3 staff members who have proved themselves to be the most dedicated, loyal, helpful, selfless, hardworking employees over the years that they have been working at CREC.

They were:

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Comical Awards

These were broken into 3 categories, namely The Lochness Award, The Duct Tape Award and The Wikipedia Award.

Lochness Award: This award is for the person who everyone feels is least likely to be found, whether its in the office or on site. He’s always where he needs to be but he’s never there. This employee is the “Invisible Man”. This award went to Luke Barnard who ironically wasn’t present for the awards day as he had a wedding to attend.

Duct Tape Award: This award is for the person who is able to fix just about anything. This employee always thinks outside the box. This was awarded to Vic Lotter.


Wikipedia Award: This award is for the employee who always has an answer to every question, whether right or wrong. This employee could be described as our very own walking textbook. This was awarded to Arn Petersen (and I think we all can agree that he didn’t look very impressed with this).

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Prestige Awards

All jokes aside, these were the more serious awards.

Excellence of Company: This award is for the employee who knows where everything is and keeps it where you can find it, saving you time and money. For always knowing where to find tools, spares, stock and files. This award was split between three employees as they got equal votes. They were:

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Charlmari Kronmöller                                              Marius Coetzee                                              Samantha Erasmus

Leading By Example: This award is for the employee who helps others and improves the organisation by training and collaborating. This was awarded to Michael Jordaan.


Going Above and Beyond: This award went to the employee who is continually looking for ways to improve, puts in the extra hours to get his work done, is hard working and loyal. This was awarded to Ed Squires.


Unsung Hero: This award went to the employee who shows that they do their best without expectations of acknowledgement, this individual works hard and gets things done without praise, is very reliable and goes about their day to day works without complaints. This was awarded to Sarah Petersen.


Marvelous Multi-Tasker: This employee is the “Jack of all trades”, multi-tasker, is diligent, does charitable work, is fearless. They make everything go smoothly, is an excellent teamworker but works well alone too. This employee always has a plan. This award went to Charl Jordaan.


Calm in the Eye of the Storm: This award went to the employee whose planning makes everything go smoothly, they stay calm through “the storm”, they try to keep others calm under pressure. This employee always has a sunny disposition. This award shows appreciation for the employee’s resilience when things are hectic. It was awarded to Wesley Jones.


Overcoming Obstacles: This award goes to the employee who relentlessly works towards a solution, despite obstacles or resistance and is generally confident, determined, they look at the problems and can see a different solution. This employee is never negative. This award went to Pieter Breytenbach.


Top Awards

These were the main awards. They were broken into 3 categories: The “Power of One” Team Award, the Employees Manager Award and the Employees Employee award.

“Power of One” (Team Award): This award recognizes cross-functional groups, task teams or committees who participated in problem solving, used collaboration, consultation and synergy to build relationships within teams and outside of the team, they embraced change as an opportunity for growth and innovation, they planned and implemented strategies that were in the best insterst of CREC and they took proactive approaches to finding long lasting solutions to business challenges. This was awarded to the Richmond Project.


Kevin Sievwright, Michael Jordaan, Pieter Breytenbach, Aubrey Dube, Javen Hlako, Armsy Canham, Ephraim Kwali, Anton Marais, Eric Ndawonde, Innocent Lukhozi, Thulani Chonco, Joseph Dlamva, Terry Vaughan

Employees Manager: For excellent management skills, going the extra mile, customer service, professional development, creativity and innovation, performance excellence, leadership, commitment and flexibility. This is the manager that every employee looks up to. This was awarded to Kevin Sievwright.


Employees Employee: For the employee that does things for others that are beyond their job requirements, performing in an exceptionally coutreous and cooperative manner, makes creative suggestions that save time/money, produces a high quality of work over an extended period of time, is always calm, respectful, positive and a happy influence on others. This is the employee that everyone looks up to. This was awarded to Pieter Breytenbach.


  A note from Arn

There are always two sides to a story, two sides of a coin and two ways to face the day, especially when one recollects after a difficult and challenging year.

The year has been a roller-coaster to say the least but amidst the difficult economy there is always opportunities and it is in those opportunities that show what a company’s true strength of armour is. Cato Ridge Electrical Construction’s (CREC) armour has been our dedicated and loyal Staff, Customers and Suppliers, without these three pillars of armour CREC would not be the company we are today.

I am proud of CREC’s accomplishments throughout 2015 and I know that nothing can hold back a motivated company who have an excellent ability to deliver even when the odds are against us. In the months to come, I feel confident that CREC will persevere in a manner that will result in an increase in sales, success and more importantly enhancement of our relations with our customer and supplier base.

I thank all Staff, Customers and Suppliers for your continued support throughout 2015, I trust you will all have a well-rested break during the Christmas period and I wish you all a most prosperous and positive new year.

The outlook for the coming year is brighter than it has been for some time; with a positive and assertive attitude, nothing can stop us!

All the best


Arn Petersen

Chief Operations Officer (COO)

The next edition of our news will be published on Friday 29th January 2016