Monthly News No 202


The mechanical workshop has been kept busy with numerous breakdowns all over KZN. The main breakdown criteria are generators with Eskom battling to keep the grid stabilized with continuous power outages. The government institutions generators are never kept maintained and in good running order, but let Eskom switch off then you see how quickly everyone starts running around like headless chickens. Will they ever learn!?

The other huge problem is that the diesel that is stored in the underground tanks gets a fungus growing in it caused from condensation which blocks the fuel filters. CRE has a diesel cleaning kidney filtration system that cleans out any dirt or fungus, polishing the diesel back to standard specifications. But when you try and market this service no one wants to spend the extra money preventing breakdown situations.

We are also installing new generator sets all over the province once they have been built at our sister company’s manufacturing division. As we all know there is a huge demand for generators at the moment which has drained engine and alternator suppliers. All my heavy equipment and trucks are working around the clock at a site down the North Coast in thick beach sand. I guess they will be needing a good going over when they return.

Here is a picture of Peter at a typical site meeting for a generator installation at a large fast food outlet who have given us an order for eleven units. Sometimes one has to dress funny to get these big orders. The tip of the week below is to do with saving fuel seeing there is an increase from today.


Save more than 10% on fuel – Hugh Coleman | Mechanical Manager

When 50 AA employees took part in an eco-driving experiment with Auto Express magazine they saved an average 10% on their weekly fuel bills, with the best achieving an incredible 33% saving.

Each drove normally for the first week and then applied our advice (below) to see how much they could save in the second week…


  • Servicing: get the car serviced regularly (according to the manufacturer’s schedule) to maintain engine efficiency
  • Engine oil: make sure you use the right specification of engine oil (check the handbook)
  • Tyres: check tyre pressures regularly and before long journeys; under-inflated tyres create more rolling resistance and so use more fuel (check the handbook and increase pressures for heavier loads as recommended)

Before you go

  • Lose weight: extra weight means extra fuel so if there’s anything in the boot you don’t need on the journey take it out
  • Streamline: roof-racks and boxes add wind resistance and so increase fuel consumption. If you don’t need it take it off – if you do, pack carefully to reduce drag
  • Leave promptly: don’t start the engine until you’re ready to go as idling wastes fuel and the engine warms up more quickly when you’re moving; in the winter, scrape ice rather than leave the car idling to warm up
  • Don’t get lost: plan unfamiliar journeys to reduce the risk of getting lost and check the traffic news before you leave
  • Combine short trips: cold starts use more fuel so it pays to combine errands such as buying the paper, dropping off the recycling, or collecting the kids
  • Consider alternatives: if it’s a short journey (a couple of kilometers or so) could you walk or cycle rather than taking the car?

En Route

  • Easy does it: drive smoothly, accelerate gently and read the road ahead to avoid unnecessary braking
  • Decelerate smoothly: when you have to slow down or to stop, decelerate smoothly by releasing the accelerator in time, leaving the car in gear
  • Rolling: if you can keep the car moving all the time, so much the better; stopping then starting again uses more fuel than rolling
  • Change up earlier: don’t labour the engine but try changing up at an engine speed of around 2,000 rpm in a diesel car or around 2,500 rpm in a petrol car. This can make such a difference that all cars in the future are likely to be fitted with a ‘Gear Shift indicator’ light to show the most efficient gear change points.
  • Cut down on the air-con: air-conditioning increases fuel consumption at low speeds, but at higher speeds the effects are less noticeable. So if it’s a hot day open the windows around town and save the air conditioning for high speed driving. Don’t leave air-con on all the time but aim to run it at least once a week throughout the year to maintain the system in good condition.
  • Turn it off: electrical loads increase fuel consumption, so turn off your heated rear windscreen, demister blowers and headlights, when you don’t need them
  • Stick to speed limits: the faster you go the greater the fuel consumption and pollution.

Is it best to idle or switch off?

You might be tempted to switch off the engine every time you stop, after all many cars now have automatic stop-start systems that do just that, but is switching off manually the best thing for your wallet or the environment?

Automatic stop-start systems have several important features:

  • They have up-rated batteries, starters and charging systems, and are able to re-start the engine much faster and more frequently than a conventional starter.
  • They may be configured not to turn off the engine if it’s cold or if head lights and other high current electrical loads are on because of the additional spike in battery charging requirement that these cause on re-start.
  • They won’t turn off the engine if the battery voltage or charge is too low
  • They won’t turn off the indicators or the radio and may maintain some heating/ventilation fan operation when off.

As a general guide, for a warm car in daylight conditions in mild weather, turning the engine off for a wait of around a minute or more will probably save fuel/CO2 – assuming it’s safe to be without indicators and you can live with the interruption to the radio and heating/ventilation system.

A cold engine, cold weather, or additional electrical loads will all extend the period you’d have to be stationary to get a benefit from switching off.

Diesel vehicles should not be turned off during DPF regeneration as failed DPF regenerations causes oil dilution and blocked DPFs.


Although it used to be quite a common practice to save fuel, rolling downhill or approaching a junction with the car out of gear is inadvisable because the driver doesn’t have full control of the vehicle

  • You lose the ability to suddenly accelerate out of tricky situations.
  • You lose engine braking which risks brake fade on downhill stretches – overheated brakes require harder pedal pressures to stop the vehicle. With changes in vehicle fuel systems coasting won’t save you fuel these days either.
  • Old car with a carburetor – take your foot off the accelerator pedal with the car in gear and fuel is still drawn through into the engine. Fuel savings could be made by coasting out of gear.
  • Modern car with electronic engine management – fuel and ignition systems are effectively combined and controlled by one Electronic Control Unit (ECU). Take your foot off the accelerator and the ECU cuts the fuel supply to the injectors anyway so there’s nothing to be gained by coasting.
  • Modern diesel engines also have the ability to shut off the fuel when you take your foot off the accelerator.


Safety – Charmayne Meyer | Safety officer

In all our lives there are times that we feel stressed and angry at the world. Please read the letter below, it makes a lot of sense especially when people are working tightly together and in each other’s faces all the time.

Anger: Just One Letter Short of DANGER

If you have angry workers in your department or you yourself are angry, you may end up reporting more injuries on the job. A recent study by the Annals of Family Medicine found that high levels of anger increase the risk of injury. Angry people are more likely to sustain injuries serious enough to require emergency medical care, and the risk is higher for men than women.

The study, in the Annals of Family Medicine, found that nearly 32% of all the patients reported being irritable just before they were injured, 18% reported being angry and 13% reported being hostile.

Anger more than quadrupled a person’s odds of being injured, while being hostile increased those odds sixfold. For men, the link was particularly clear. Another study that followed 100 drivers for two weeks linked episodes of anger with “near accidents”. Two additional studies found that angry people were more likely to have car crashes or sustain football injuries. There is little doubt that anger can be a contributing factor in workplace injuries, but what do you do about it? Here are some tips:

  • Consciously determine to be calm. Don’t react, think! Remember your goals and respond appropriately. Choose to remain calm!
  • Communicate. When someone upsets you, tell them. Calmly talk to them about how you feel about their words or actions. Learn to express yourself better — clear and composed. Choose to!
  • Remove yourself. Get away from the scene until you can respond without anger. Your success will not happen overnight. Take it one step at a time, one day at a time.
  • Remember to relax. Relaxation exercises or music can be helpful. Keep in mind you can reach out to someone you trust for help. Choose to!
  • Frequently take time for yourself. Do something you enjoy like walking in the park, swimming, reading the Bible, or seeing a feel-good movie. Do something nice for someone you admire. It’s okay to feel good about yourself. Choose to!
  • Look for the positives. Don’t dwell on the negatives. “Don’t sweat the small stuff.” Don’t worry about things that are out of your personal control. This is difficult, but an attitude and behaviour that can be learned!

Let’s be safe out there.

 The G-Spot – Pub and Diner | Pam Gibbons

As everyone knows we had our Valentine’s dinner and music evening on the 13 th February. It went very well but unfortunately it wasn’t as well attended as we would have hoped it to be. Thank you to everyone that did support the evening, we greatly appreciate it.

We are excited to announce that very soon we will be bringing out a new menu for the G-Spot. It will still be your usual pub grub but with a few added extras to tickle your taste buds.

This month I’ve decided you give you a little recipe for home-made Mayo since a lot of people have started this year off with diets or just being plain old healthy!!



1 Whole egg
2 Egg yolks
1 Tablespoon Dijon mustard
Juice of 1 lemon
1⁄2 Cup Coconut oil
1⁄2 Cup quality olive oil
1 Tablespoon Double thick greek yoghurt
Salt and pepper


  1. Combine the eggs, mustard and lemon juice in a food processor
  2. Melt the coconut oil in a small pot until it turns to liquid, avoid heating it too much or it will cause the eggs to curdle
  3. Turn the food processor to a fast speed and slowly pour the coconut oil and olive oil into the egg mixture
  4. Once the mayo has emulsified, add the yoghurt and season to taste. This should keep for about a week in the fridge – Makes about 400ml.

Egg Free Option


3 Tablespoons lemon juice
2 Tablespoons live apple cider vinegar
11⁄2 Teaspoons ground mustard
Sweeten to taste with about 2 tablespoons raw honey, or your favourite sweetener.
11⁄4 Teaspoons salt
1⁄2 Cup extra virgin olive oil
1⁄2 Cup coconut at room temperature


  1. In a food processor, mix lemon juice, vinegar, mustard, sweetener, and salt.
  2. While mixing, add the olive oil slowly through the hole in the top.
  3. Open the food processor and add the solid coconut. Mix until smooth and creamy. Process as briefly as possible to keep the mixture from heating up. Then it will be thick enough to use immediately.
  4. Pour into a bowl or jar. Use immediately or store in the refrigerator up to one week.

 Arnfred Nursery

In keeping with the “Green Planet” concept I thought maybe I should give some ideas about UPCYCLING some items that might be lying around in your garden shed or back yard.

UPCYCLING is creating ideas or uses for items that you are no longer using, old or new, and transforming it into an item that can be useful to you again.

Although some of the ideas will not be everyone’s cup of tea, I have put together some pictures and hope that these will give you some creative inspiration.






Dates to Remember in March

6th – Employee Appreciation Day – Even if it’s just a please and thank you, the little things count
9th – Panic Day!!
11th – Worship of Tools Day – For all the guys
14th – National Pi Day
21st – Human Rights Day
30th – I am in Control Day


Word of the Week – Ambrose Williams

Deuteronomy 11:14

“I will send rain on your land in its season, both Autumn and spring tains, so that you may gather in your grain, new wine and oil.”

  • It is God’s Intention to bless and provide for you.
  • In His time it will happen.
  • So put God first and expect it.
  • Your Heavenly Father will supply and undertake.

PRAYER: Lord, thank You for the promise of the blessing you have prepared for me. As a farmer waits for his harvest, I will trust with expectation for Your ‘rain of blessing’ in my life.



The health benefits of cumin include its ability to aid in digestion, improve immunity and treat piles, insomnia, respiratory disorders, asthma, bronchitis, common cold, lactation, anemia, skin disorders, boils and cancer.

Many of you might remember having hated those curries and soups which had roasted or fried cumin seeds in them when you were kids, because they looked like small black insects. However, you probably liked the taste. So your mother might have removed these flavorful parts before she served you the food. That was cumin!

Cumin, scientifically known as Cuminum Cyminum, belongs to family Apiaceae and is extensively used in culinary practices of the Indian Subcontinent and some other Asian, African and Latin American countries as a condiment or spice. Those who are of the opinion that spices are bad for one’s health should note that cumin can be beneficial for some of the most dangerous diseases, and is generally consider a boost for overall health.

The health benefits of cumin include the following:

Digestion: Cumin is extremely good for digestion and related problems. The very aroma of cumin, which comes from an aromatic organic compound called Cuminaldehyde, the main component of its essential oil, activates our salivary glands in our mouth, which facilitates the primary digestion of food. Next is thymol, a compound present in cumin, which stimulates the glands that secrete acids, bile and enzymes responsible for complete digestion of the food in the stomach and the intestines. Cumin is also Carminative, which means that it relieves from you from gas troubles and thereby improves digestion and appetite. Due to its essential oils, magnesium and sodium content, cumin promotes digestion and also gives relief for stomach-aches when taken with hot water.

Piles: The main cause behind piles (hemorrhoids) is constipation added with infections in the wound in the anal tract, which are also caused by constipation. Cumin, because of its dietary fiber content and carminative, stimulating, antifungal and antimicrobial properties, acts as a natural laxative in powdered form. These characteristics are due to the presence of essential oils comprised mainly of Cuminaldehyde and certain pyrazines. Adding cumin to your diet also helps in healing up of infections or wounds in the digestive and excretory system and speeds up digestion as well. That pretty much means that cumin clears up all of the symptoms and causes of HEMORRHOIDS , so keep that it mind when you start itching!

Diabetes: Although research is still ongoing, early studies report that cumin, among a number of other spices, can have a powerful effect in preventing diabetes by reducing the chances of hypoglycemia. The animals that were tested showed a sharp decline in hypoglycemia when fed cumin seeds in their diet, and they also showed a decrease in glucosuria, which is a condition where the urine contains too much glucose, also resulting in hypoglycemia and diabetes. Human testing is ongoing, but early reports show that cumin can be a very powerful tool in the battle against diabetes!

Insomnia: This is a very peculiar property of cumin. It is a stimulant as well as a relaxant at the same time. This property cannot be attributed to a single component alone, just as causes of insomnia cannot be attributed to a single cause. However, studies show that the proper intake of vitamins (particularly B-complex) and good digestion help to induce a sound sleep. Cumin helps in both of these factors. Some of the components of cumin essential oil are hypnotic in nature and have tranquilizing effects, which also help to relieve stress and anxiety that commonly causes insomnia.

Respiratory Disorders, Asthma, Bronchitis: The presence of caffeine (the stimulating agent), and the richly aromatic essential oils (the disinfectants) make cumin an ideal anticongestive combination for those suffering from respiratory disorders such as asthma and bronchitis. It acts as an expectorant, meaning that it loosens up the accumulated phlegm and mucus in the respiratory tracts and makes it easier to eliminate them from the system via sneezing or coughing up and spitting. By eliminating as much of the mucus and phlegm as possible, it can inhibit the formation of additional material and help to heal the initial condition that led to its formation in the first place.

Common Cold: The common cold is a viral infection which affects our body frequently when our immune system becomes weakened or vulnerable. Again, the essential oils present in cumin act as disinfectants and help fight viral infections which can cause the common cold. Cumin also suppresses the development of coughing in the respiratory system since it dries up the excess mucus. Cumin is rich in iron and has considerable amount of vitamin-C, which are essential for a healthy immune system and keeps infections from forming or becoming worse. Vitamin-C is also a natural antioxidant, so it defends against other infections and toxins as well, further boosting the immune system.

Lactation: Cumin is rich in iron and thus very good for lactating mothers as well as for women who are undergoing menses or who are pregnant, since they are more in need of iron than others. Moreover, cumin is said to help ease and increase secretion of milk in lactating women due to the presence of thymol, which tends to increase secretions from our glands, including milk, which is a secretion from the mammary glands. Also, cumin is more beneficial if taken with honey. Cumin has remarkable amount of calcium (more than 900 mg per 100 grams) which accounts for over 90% of our daily requirement of calcium. This calcium is an important constituent of milk and hence cumin is very good for lactating mothers.

Anemia: As stated above, cumin is very rich in iron (more than 66 mg. in every 100 grams) which is more than 5 times the daily requirement of iron for an adult. This iron is the main constituent of hemoglobin in the red blood corpuscles of blood. It is hemoglobin which transfers oxygen (as the oxide of iron) to the body’s cells and whose deficiency causes anemia. So, cumin can be a nutritious additive to daily diet for anemic people and avoid the symptoms of anemia like fatigue, anxiety, cognitive malfunction, and digestive issues.
Concentration and Cognitive Malfunction: The amount of iron in cumin leads to increased hemoglobin production and subsequent prevention of anemia, but that increased blood flow has other benefits as well. When your blood circulation is in top form, adequate amounts of oxygen are able to reach the organs and the brain, leading to optimal performance of those bodily systems. Proper amounts of oxygen and iron in the brain lead to increased cognitive performance and a decrease in cognitive disorders like Alzheimer’s disease and dementia. For other organs, increased oxygenation increases efficiency and speeds up the metabolism, which can boost your overall health, increase strength, and prevent signs of aging.

Skin Disorders: Almost everyone knows that vitamin-E is good for the maintenance of skin and the prevention of premature aging symptoms. It keeps the skin young and glowing. This vitamin is also present in abundance in cumin. The essential oils present in cumin havedisinfectant and antifungal properties. This prevents any microbial and fungal infection from affecting the skin. Not all skin issues are disorders or infections, some of them are simply signs of aging. Vitamin E acts as an antioxidant in this regard and combats the free radicals that attack the skin and result in signs of premature aging like wrinkles, age spots, and sagging skin. This, combined with the antibacterial capacity of cumin, makes for healthy, beautiful skin that lasts far into your old age.

Boils: Boils are outlets for the removal of toxic substances and foreign matters such as microbes from the body. This means that they are symptoms which show that a high amount of toxic substances have accumulated in the body. In this way, cumin can help you a great deal. Those who regularly use cumin in food have a significant reduction in the occurrence of boils, rashes, pimples, and other signs of excess toxin content. Components such as cuminaldehyde, thymol,and phosphorus are good detoxifying agents which help in the regular removal of toxins from the body. The healthy way of removing toxins is through the excretory system, not through boils.

Immunity: As discussed above, an abundance of iron, the presence of essential oils, vitamin-C, and vitamin-A in cumin boosts our immune system in a number of ways. Vitamin C is one of the most powerful antioxidants that we have in our body, and it also stimulates the function and activity of white blood cells. As an antioxidant, vitamin C fights the detrimental effects of free radicals, which are the dangerous byproducts of cellular metabolism. They are constantly being created in the body, and therefore, must be constantly eliminated. Antioxidants neutralize free radicals that lead to many diseases, including, but not limited to, cardiovascular diseases and cancer.

Cancer: Cumin itself has detoxifying and chemopreventive properties, and accelerates the secretion of detoxifying and anticarcinogenic enzymes from the glands, as it also does to other secretions. Furthermore, it has beneficial antioxidants like vitamin-C and vitamin-A within its chemical makeup, in addition to those essential oils. Besides having countless other benefits, the antioxidants have anticarcinogenic properties too, and those found in cumin are particularly good for colon cancer prevention.

Other benefits: Even more? Cumin is also beneficial in treating renal coli, weak memory, insect bites and painful stings. With all of these benefits, how could you say no? Add some cumin to your diet as soon as you can!

Add a lil spice to your life!


Larking Mad – Gary Larkan

Man, oh man, March is upon us, and the year 2015 is burning up at a rapid rate. It feels like that New Year hangover is still there, and yet Easter is just around the corner. Where does the time go? Eish. Barely enough time to recover financially from Christmas, and Easter is upon us. Hell, it’s not like some chocolate eggs will break the bank, or so we think, but still. It seems that everyholiday is becoming a Hallmark Holiday these days. Shell out the cash, people. Its holiday season!

The unfortunate thing about Easter, and most other religious holidays, is that people lose sight of what the holiday is in celebration of. Chocolate and marshmallows are certainly a part of the celebration, but they are not the reason for it. Children getting fat whilst scoffing down candy for a full month should at least know the reasons behind their newfound “Easter Keisters”, as without the history, there would be no reason to consume sweets like a gannet in the first place.

I suppose, though, that the good old tradition of sending the kiddies into the garden on a wild goose chase for an inadequate amount of hidden treats is one way to keep them active during the holidays, as opposed to Playstationing it up with controller in one hand and partially-consumed melted chocolate egg in the other. Pfffft. Kids these days. When we were younger, the only things we had to do during holidays were based outdoors. Even Easter Egg hunting has become an indoor activity all of a sudden, and kiddies just aren’t going outside anymore.
The long and short of the whole thing is that it may be only one other holiday involving chocolate and sweets, but to what end are we force-feeding candy to the kiddies? The calendar year is a chain of holidays and birthdays revolving around Hallmark gifts and sweets, and the younger generations certainly aren’t benefiting from the additional intake of sugar and preservatives.

Somewhere around mid-January, I found myself trolling the isles of my local Spar, and I couldn’t help notice the masses and masses of tinfoil wrapped chocolate animal shapes and varying sizes of mallow eggs. What I cannot justify, apart from the obvious early start date, is the cost of said paraphernalia and how parents tend to load the trolleys full of these treats for their little ‘uns. Back when I was a “laatie”, we got one or two of these things, and that was if we behaved and did our chores and the like. Nowadays, the maid takes care of the chores, little Johnny is a nightmare of a child, and he lives on a permanent sugar high, burning his way through gaming consoles like no kid of the eighties ever thought possible. I guess this is just a sign of the times. When the poor little buggers have become chunky heifer lumps, I guess we have only ourselves to hold accountable… Well, us and the sweet companies, of course. Why live in the 21 st century if you can’t hold somebody else liable, right?

At the end of the proverbial day, the kids of today are going to have more and more of a hard time keeping their weight down and their health up due to simple things like Easter treaties and too much “ass sitting”, instead of picking up a skateboard and hurtling down the nearest hill, into oncoming traffic, at 17h00 in the afternoon. What ever happened to the good ol’ days where kids die because they got hit by a car on their bike, and not because they had a heart attack or choked on a hard candy? I miss those days. They weeded out the weak and needy from the strong and more-denser-boned. I recall a good few bone breaks from days gone by, but all the kids break nowadays are scales and their parents’ bank accounts. Man, living in the 21 st Century is hard work. Better go get myself an Easter Egg and play some Playstation to ease the pressure.

– Gary Larken –





On Monday the 2nd of March the Memorial for Helene and Ambrose’s son Timothy was held.

Listening to the things that people had to say you can see that he was a very well loved young man. What was very evident was his love for his drums and the Lord. Everyone was able to reassure his parents that he loved his Lord very much and that he has moved on to a good place.

The memorial was very joyous, not at all what I have ever experienced before. I myself believe in an Irish Wake and went to a bar after the memorial with my brother Tony to have a few drinks on behalf of Timothy and what sounds like an unbelievably happy life he had.

From everyone here at CREC to Ambrose and Helene, we support you 100% through this and hope that you will be able to carry on living your lives and being happy in memory of your son. Always cherish the moments you were able to have with him while he was here.

Peter Petersen