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MONTHLY NEWS NO 210 – 31ST OCTOBER 2015

HUGH COLEMAN – MECHANICAL MANAGER

CONSTRUCTION

Hello everyone!! I am sure the big countdown towards Xmas is now a reality but gee man where has this year gone? The only real worrying factor is that we are all getting older very quickly. My Salt Rock 33kVA cable laying project is going full steam ahead without any major problems; obtaining permits to do trenchless drilling under the national road is about the only hold up we have encountered. The team of guys assigned to this job led by Marius seem to have made this job an absolute pleasure with his polished precision. Each and every person knows just what they have to do.

PIC 1 Our end date has been moved forward by a month which has put us under a bit more pressure leaving us with virtually a day to spare, thankfully the drought has helped us as a lot of our work is in a river bed. Unfortunately one man’s loss is another man’s gain in this case but on a serious note we really are praying for rain down here in KZN.

A local midlands Municipality has eventually seen how efficient we are and have been giving us loads of work which is keeping all our linesman busy day and night. We had been called out to repair a sub-station that burnt down because of an electrical fault due to bad maintenance. Jayde, Tyron and his crew worked timelessly the whole night to restore power to the 200 odd customers only to be short lived two days later. Thieves broke into the now temporary sub-station and stole the neutral jumpers resulting in 400 volts being fed to all those 200 odd customers’ houses and businesses blowing up every electrical item in site. Let’s just hope they were one of them so that karma took its toll.

My fleet of vehicles will slowly be returning to the head office for the end of the year shut down and then the rebuilding and fine tooth comb inspections will start. Unfortunately there is no rest for the wicked.

Until the final news for the year keep well.

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Safety

CHARMAYNE MEYER – SAFETY OFFICER

The hard hat is one of the oldest, most widely used, and most important pieces of personal protective equipment (PPE) on the job. However, the hard hat is not able to do its job when it is not properly worn, maintained, and replaced when needed.

Here is an example: Bob and his crew were putting a new roof on a house. During his lunch break, Bob was on the ground eating a sandwich when a falling hammer struck his hard hat. Although he experienced pain and discomfort, Bob did not require hospital admission.

  1. Could this incident have been avoided?
  2. Do you work at a job that requires you to wear a hard hat?
  3. Do you wear a hard hat?

Warnings and precautions:

  • Never alter or modify the hard hat shell or suspension
    . This can drastically reduce the amount of protection provided.
  • Never drill holes in the hard hat shell for ventilation purposes
  • Always wear your hard hat with the bill facing forward
    . Certification by ANSI does not cover hard hats worn backwards.
  • Always avoid contact between the hard hat and electric wires.
  • Never use a hard hat suspension that is not intended for use with a particular shell or one that is made by a different manufacturer.
  • Never carry or wear anything inside of your hard hat between the suspension and the shell. A clearance must be maintained between the hard hat shell and the wearers head for the protection system to work properly. A ball cap or other object may limit this clearance and shouldn’t be worn.
  • Only wear products such as winter liners and sunshades that are designed specially to work in conjunction with hard hats. Be sure to follow the manufacturer’s recommendations for use.

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SIGNAGE AND MAINTENANCE

This has once again been a busy month for the maintenance department. A number of Generators have been serviced, preventive maintenance, callout and breakdowns have also been attended to.

The Generators for Umlazi (with a new type of exhaust), Flagstaff (on top of the roof), Matatiele (changed 100kVA with 150kVA) and Ixopo (extend pavement area) have been installed and commissioned.

The pictures below indicate the before and after of the Umlazi Generator that was installed this month.

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The CH Generator, an 800kVA, will be transported to Johannesburg by the end of the month and installed over the weekend. This is a big Generator and special provisions had to be made to rig it into the Generator room. The walls will have to be broken out and then replaced with new ones once the Generator is in place.

Taylea and Prof had their fair share of producing signage to clients as well as the necessary signage required on CREC projects. The signage department is picking up nicely and is proving to be a worthwhile asset to the company.

We have attended to a number of site/tender meetings. Our sales and marketing department have ensured that the maintenance department is kept busy with the smaller jobs that were completed in the month. Customers and clients where visited regularly to ensure that they are happy, and do not have any major issues that needed specific attention.


 

ROXY ROUX – MAINTENANCE MANAGER

The maintenance department is looking forward to all the new challenges in the month of November.

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Pub & Diner

NOVEMBER SPECIALS

6th –Fish &Chips

13th –Ultimate Club Sandwich

20th– Peach Chicken –Taylea’s Recipe   

27th– Nachos

SO IT’S ONE MORE MONTH TILL WE COME TO THE END OF THE work YEAR, WE’VE HAVE A GREAT YEAR FULL of fun WITH FRIENDS AND FAMILY ASWELL WAS LOVE AND FRIENDSHIP.

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EVERY TUESDAY AT OUR BRAAI NIGHT WE HAVE HAD some BIZARRE evenings WhERE EVERYONE BRINGs DIFFERENT KINDS OF FOODS…FROM SKILPADJIES TO CHICKEN FEET TO CROCODILE. IT WAS AMAZING TO SEE THAT THE MEN ENJOYED IT and actually ate it…WE HOPE NEXT YEAR WE CAN TASTE AND EXPERIENCE NEW THINGS as well.

G-SPOT IS EXCITED AND LOOKINg FORWARD TO THIS MONTHS EVENTS


WE WILL BE HELPING CATO RIDGE ELECTRICAL WITH THEIR AWARDS DAY ON THE 13TH NOVEMBER.

THE CYCAD Society will be having their YEAR END CHRISTMAS FUNCTION ON SUNDAY 15th NOVEMBER.WE WILL BE HELPING VOLTEX WITH THEIR S.A.S.H.E EVENT ON WEDNESDAY

18th NOVEMBER.

FINALLY to end it all off WE WILL BE HAVING OUR JA BRU YEAR END BRAAI ON TUESDAY 09th DECEMBER.


G-SPOT PUB & DINER

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ARNFRED NURSERY

At the end of September the Arnfred Team took part in The Witness Garden Show. They walked away with Bronze. Well done team!! We’re all very proud of you for the hard work and dedication you put into everything that you do J

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Spring is in the air!  Wow, what beautiful colourful flowers have appeared and all garden enthusiasts are working hard to get their gardens looking good for the upcoming Festive Season.

We are currently planting up numerous gardens with colourful plants.  Some examples are Hydrangeas, Poinsettias, Gazanias, Scabiosa, Geraniums, Dahlias, Proteas, Gaura and Verbena, to mention a few.

HYDRANGEAS

With immense flower heads, Hydrangeas flaunt an old-world charm that is hard to resist. Colours such as lavender, bright blue, snow white and stunning pinks are sometimes visible on one plant.

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 POINSETTIAS

No flower says “Christmas” quite like a Poinsettia.  They come in an array of colours from bright red, cream shades and a selection of pinks.

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GAZANIAS

Indigenous to South Africa, these daisy-like flowers are available in numerous shades of orange, yellow, pink, reds, white and an assortment of striped varieties.  They flower over a long period during Summer.

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GAURA

This is a short shrub-like plant that comes in shades of White and Pink and attracts butterflies.  Can be cut back after blooming and will regrow.

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 VERBENA

If you are searching for long lasting blooms that perform during the hottest days of summer heat, consider planting the Verbena plant.  They are available in a huge selection of colours and are available in the creeping/groundcover variety and also the upright small shrublet variety.

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Stock of these plants are currently available at our nursery and will also be available at our next Open Day, Sunday, 8th November from 9 to 2.

Happy Gardening!!


 

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 In Other News

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

 14th – Anton Marais

 27th – Luca Petersen & Patience Vilikazi

 Dates to Remember in November

5th – Guy Fawkes

16th – Button Day

24th – All our Uncles are Monkeys Day


 Ambrose Williams

word of month


 South African National Blood Services

Please take note that the SANBS will be setting up their mobile clinic here on our premises (Stores) next Friday,

06th January from 09h00 until 13h00.  Don’t let life get in the way of life – become a blood donor!


Health

The Miracle of Tea Tree Oil: 80 Amazing Uses for Survival

Essential oils have been used for healing and medicinal purposes for centuries and most certainly long before we had pills, capsules and big pharma to take care of our medical and first aid woes.  And while there is a place for manufactured pharmaceuticals in our survival medicine kit, there exists the possibility that none will be available or that they will be in such scarce supply that they should be reserved for only the direst of circumstances.

For that reason, many preppers and individuals seeking self-reliance are learning to use essential oils to manage the both routine and not-so-routine maladies that occur in daily life.

There are about a dozen or so essential oils that belong in every survival kit including Melaleuca (commonly known as tea tree), peppermint, lavender, clove, rosemary and lemon among others. All of these essential oils have healing properties but today I would like to focus on just one, tea tree oil.

A BRIEF HISTORY OF TEA TREE OIL

It is believed that the Aborigines of Australia have been using the leaves of the indigenous Melaleuca Tree (whose leaves are used to make tea tree oil) in their medications for centuries. They inhaled the oils from the crushed leaves to treat coughs and colds, sprinkled crushed leaves on their wounds and used an infusion of soaked leaves to treat sore throats or skin ailments.

Use of the oil itself, as opposed to the un-extracted plant material, did not become common practice until researcher Arthur Penfold published the first reports of its antimicrobial activity in a series of papers in the 1920s and 1930s. In evaluating the antimicrobial activity, he found that tea tree oil was 11 times more active than phenol.

The commercial tea tree oil industry was born shortly thereafter although interest in tea tree oil ebbed after World War II, presumably due to the development of effective antibiotics and the waning image of natural products. Interest was rekindled in the 1970s as part of the general renaissance of interest in natural products.

80 USES OF TEA TREE OIL FOR SURVIVAL

For thousands of years, the derivatives of the Melaleuca Tree have been effective in treating a wide variety of ailments.  Here are 80 reasons why you should use it, too!

Abrasions & Minor Cuts: After cleaning the area well, apply a few drops of the oil directly. If a bandage is needed, allow a few drops of the oil to penetrate a cotton ball, then lay it face down on the wound with a bandage on top.

Acne: Add a drop to your normal cleansing routine or dab a very small amount on acne breakouts.  You can also add 20 – 40 drops of the oil to your regular face wash.

Air Freshener: Keep a supply of cotton balls soaked in tea tree oil packed away in a plastic bag or tin.  When confronted with foul smells from cooking, musty orders from dampness or even the medicinal smell in a sick room, take a few out to freshen the air and remove the nasty smell.


Allergies: Use topically by massaging into the chest, abdomen or the reflex points of the feet.

Arthritis: To help reduce pain associated with the swelling of arthritis, add 20 drops of tea tree oil to 2 ounces of grape seed or other carrier oil. Massage into affected areas 2-3 times a day.

Asthma: Add a few drops of oil to a pan of water and heat on stove. When cool, drape a towel over head and breathe in for a few minutes.

Athletes Foot: Clean feet thoroughly, especially between toes. Add oil directly to feet every two weeks, dusting with corn starch after. Or, add 10 drops oil to 1 tbsp. of grape seed or other carrier oil and massage on feet and between toes daily.

Baby Care:  Keep your diaper pail clean and fresh with a spray of tea tree oil mixed with water.

Bacterial Infections: Use topically, either massaging into the reflex points of the feet, adding several drops to a bath or cautiously applying over an infected site.

Bad Breath: Rinse mouth with 1 ounce water and 1 drop oil. Do not swallow!

Bladder Infection: In a shallow bath, add 10 – 15 drops of oil. Sit and wash area carefully.

Blisters: Wash area carefully, then apply as for cuts and wounds.

Boils: Apply a warm washcloth for a few minutes. Then apply a drop or two of oil to the area – the infection should rise to the surface and eventually be released.

Bronchial Congestion: Use as directed for Asthma. Add 5 – 10 drops to 1 ounce of carrier oil, and massage into chest and throat 2 – 3 times daily.

Bronchitis:  Add 1-2 drops to a pan of hot water and breathe in the steam, or massage the oil over the chest.

Bruises: After icing, apply oil as directed for Arthritis.

Bunions: Massage area with 5 drops oil to 1 tbsp. of carrier oil.

Burns: Run icy cold water on area. After a few minutes, add a mix of 5 drops oil with 1 tsp. raw honey. Repeat 3 – 5 times daily.

Calluses & Corns: Massage area with 5 drops oil to 1 tbsp. of carrier oil. Repeat 2 times daily. Once the corn or calluses have become soft use tweezers to remove, and apply a few drops of tea tree oil and cover with bandage.

Canker Sores: Apply a drop or two of oil directly to infected area with a cotton swab, 2 times daily. Also, rinse as directed for bad breath.

Carbuncles: Add a drop or two of oil to cotton swab and apply directly to carbuncle. Repeat twice daily.

Chapped Lips: Add 1 or 2 drops of oil to lip balm. Apply to lips as necessary.

Chicken Pox: Apply a drop of oil directly to blisters. Allow to dry, then dust with corn starch. Repeat every few hours or until blisters disappear.

Chigger Bites: Apply a drop of oil directly to bites.

Cold Sores: Apply a drop or two of oil directly to the sore with a cotton swab. Re-apply 2 – 3 times daily.

Coughs: Use as directed for bronchial infections. For a vaporizer, add 10 drops to steamer and leave on 5 – 10 minutes.

Dandruff: Add 20 – 30 drops oil to any shampoo. Apply a few drops to scalp and massage after washing.

Dermatitis: Add 10 drops oil to 1 tbsp. of carrier oil and massage into affected areas. Repeat 2-3 times daily.

Dry Skin: Add 5 drops oil to 1 tbsp. sweet almond oil. Massage into skin.

Earache and Infection: Add 2 – 3 drops of oil to 2 tbsp. warm olive oil. With a dropper, drop a small amount into aching ear, tilting head to one side for a moment. Use a cotton swab to absorb oil. Repeat 2 – 3 times daily.

Eczema: Add 10 drops oil to 1 tbsp. coconut or other carrier oil and massage into affected areas. Repeat 2-3 times daily. Also can be applied undiluted.


Emphysema: Use as directed for bronchial infections. For a vaporizer, add 10 drops to steamer and leave on 5 – 10 minutes.

Flea Bites: Apply a drop of oil directly to bites.

Gout: Add 10 drops of oil to 2 tbsp. of carrier oil; massage into affected areas 2-3 times a day.

Gum Disease: Create a mouthwash with purified water, 1 drop of peppermint and 1 drop of tea tree oil.

Head Lice: Add 20 drops of oil to 2 tbsp. shampoo. Massage into scalp and hair, leave on for 10 minutes. Rinse. Repeat 3 – 4 times daily, until eggs are gone.

Hives: Add 10 drops of oil to 4 tbsp. of witch hazel. Apply with cotton ball. Or, mix with coconut oil (which is naturally healing and soothing itself) and gently apply to the infected areas.

Homemade Mouthwash:  Make a simple homemade mouthwash with purified water and tea tree oil.

Household Cleaning:  Can be used aromatically or added to homemade cleaners to kill germs and prevent the spread of colds and flus.  You can make a general tea tree cleaner by combining 2 teaspoons of tea tree oil with 2 cups of water in a spray bottle. Shake to blend and use for household cleaning tasks.  This is especially good in the bathroom and in toilets.

Immune System:  To stimulate the immune system, diffuse through the air on a regular basis. Massage into the soles of the feet to increase your immune response.

Infected Wounds:  Adding the oil to steaming water, hold the infected area over the steam. Or dilute 1 drop of tea tree with 1 cup of water and rinse the infected area 1-2 times a day, as needed.

Inflammation:  Massage over the inflamed areas, gently and always toward the heart, or diffuse and inhale the tea tree oil directly or indirectly.

Ingrown Hairs: Add 1 – 2 drops of oil directly to area. Repeat every 2 hours or until signs of infection disappear.

Insect Repellant: Add 15 drops to a quart of water and use as an effective insect repellent.

Jock Itch: Apply 10 – 15 drops of oil to 2 tbsp. of carrier oil. Apply 2 times daily. Dust with corn starch, to reduce chapping.

Laryngitis: Add 5 – 10 drops of oil and pinch of sea salt to 1 cup of warm water, gargle 2-3 times a day. Do not swallow!

Laundry Helper:  Add 1/2 teaspoon tea tree oil to your laundry for towels and other fabrics prone to getting mouldy.

Mildew and Mould Remover:  Spray an all-purpose cleaner made with 2 teaspoons of tea tree oil and 2 cups of water on growing mould and mildew.  Shake well before using and do not rinse.

Mosquito Bites: Apply a drop of oil directly to bites.

Muscle Aches and Pains: Add 10-15 drops of oil to half cup Epsom salts, and dissolve in bath. Add 10 drops of oil to 2 tbsp. of carrier oil. Massage well.

Mumps: Massage over the body and into the feet, and diffuse through the home.

Nail Fungus: Add 1 – 2 drops of oil directly to nail and the surrounding tissue. Allow to dry completely on hands before touching anything. Repeat morning and night for a week.

Pest Control:  Household ants and other pests dislike Tea Tree oil, so a few drops put at the point of entry will deter them. Wipe cupboards out with an oil and water solution to keep ants away.

Plantar Warts: Apply oil undiluted to affected area 2-3 times daily.

Psoriasis: Add 10 drops oil to 1 tbsp. carrier oil and massage into affected areas. Repeat 2-3 times daily. Also can be applied undiluted.

Rashes:  Mix with coconut oil and massage over the affected areas.

Rheumatism: To help reduce pain associated with rheumatism, add 20 drops of tea tree oil to 2 ounces of carrier oil. Massage into affected are 2-3 times a day.

Ringworm: Apply a drop or two of oil undiluted, repeat 2 times daily.  Can also mix 1 drop of tea tree oil with 1 drop of lavender oil for added benefit.

Rubella:  Dilute as needed and massage into the affected areas.

Scabies: Apply 1 – 2 drops of oil directly to area in the morning and at night.

Sciatica: Add 10 drops oil to 1 tbsp. carrier oil and massage into affected areas. Repeat 2-3 times daily. Also can be applied undiluted.


Seborrhoea: For skin: Add 10 drops oil to 1 tbsp. of carrier oil and massage into affected areas. Repeat 2-3 times daily. For scalp: Add 10 drops of oil to 2 tbsp. shampoo. Massage into scalp and hair, leave on for 10 minutes. Rinse. Repeat 3 – 4 times daily. Bath: Add 10-15 drops of oil to bath.

Shingles: Add 10-15 drops of oil to half cup Epsom salts, and dissolve in bath. Add 10 drops of oil to 2 tbsp. of grape seed oil or coconut oil and massage well.

Shock:  Massage tea tree oil into the soles of the feet as needed.

Sinusitis: Use as directed for bronchial infections. For a vaporizer, add 10 drops to steamer and leave on 5 – 10 minutes. Also add 2 drops to a neti pot.

Sore muscles: Fill your bathtub with warm water. Add a few drops of tea tree oil to the water to relax tight muscles.

Sore Throat: Add 2 drops of oil to 1 cup of warm water with pinch of sea salt, gargle 2-3 times a day. Do not swallow!

Staph Infection:  Best used topically, rubbed into the soles of the feet to increase the immune response and fight infection.

Stye: Add 5 drops oil to a pan of steaming water. Drape towel overhead and steam 5 minutes. Apply warm compresses directly to stye.

Sunburn: Mix 1 TB coconut oil with 1 drop of tea tree and 1 drop of lavender and gently apply to sunburned areas.

Tattoos: Apply after tattoos to avoid infection. Use undiluted, diluted with coconut oil or as a spray with purified water.

Thrush: Gargle with sea salt, warm water and 1 drop of tea tree.

Ticks: Apply a drop or two directly to the tick and the surrounding area.

Toenail fungus: Rub the tea tree oil directly onto the affected toenail and underneath the tip of the nail. Apply 1 to 2 drops of tea tree oil. Apply the oil once a day, preferably at bedtime.

Toothbrush Cleaner: Apply oil directly to toothbrush 1-2 times a week to kill bacteria.

Tonsillitis:  Inhale from steaming water with tea tree, gargle, and massage into neck and soles of feet.

Vaginal Infection: Add several drops to the bath water.

Viral Infections: Diffuse tea tree oil throughout the home or inhale from steaming water.

Warts: Apply undiluted directly to wart. Use morning and night, until wart begins to disappear. Dilute if necessary for sensitive skin.

Wounds:  Soak wounded area in water with tea tree oil, or spritz from a bottle of water with several drops of oil. Depending on the wound and your own sensitivity you may be able to apply directly.

 A NOTE ABOUT CARRIER OILS

In order to effectively use essential oils – not just tea tree oil – it is often necessary to dilute the essential oil in another oil so that it can be easily spread or massaged on the affected area.  These oils are called “carrier” oils.  Common carrier oils include coconut oil, grape seed oil, sweet almond oil, jojoba oil, olive oil and others.

In addition to a traditional oil, or liquid, formula, you may also prepare a salve and add essential oils as needed.  Salves are simple to make and cost effective. Fractionated coconut oil and grape seed oil are favourites because they are odourless and in the case of fractionated coconut oil, immune to rancidity. In practical use, any oil can be used if you do not have one of these more therapeutic oils on hand.


 

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The next edition of our news will be published on Monday 30th November 2015


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