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I have foregone the usual update on ongoing matters in favour of a more personal message, so if you’re only interested in recent feedback feel free to move on to another article.
I tend to consider myself a private person and am not generally in the habit of parting with personal information. I’ve had a lot of things to process in a short space of time and perhaps this will help me work through some of those thoughts and possibly it will highlight something that needs attention in your own life. On the 5th of November I was dealt a sobering dose of reality with the sudden passing of my mother. Both my parents have been ageing gracefully, and of course I’d started considering that their time was drawing nearer, but this never really prepares you for the actual event.
It was, and still is, a very emotional event, and I can really see that my father is struggling with his loss. They would have celebrated 50 years of marriage in 2017. I’ve been helping my father with the paperwork required for the Estate and it’s clear that my mother ran the house. All her personal documentation was neatly filed with the Last Will and Testament ready for when the time came. My father is reasonably self sufficient, but there were certain things like banking and the accounts that my mother used to take care of that he has suddenly needed to deal with.
On more than one occasion the question has been asked: “Where did mom keep item X or Y?” which was invariably followed by a search through the house.
It’s interesting how, after such a long time together, each one just quietly took care of their responsibilities within therelationship and you now suddenly start discovering how much there is! I’ve alsorealised that I haven’t even got a Last Will and Testament in place in the event of my death.
It’s a bit of a cliché but appreciate your loved ones while they are still around and make the effort to spend time with them. If you have ageing parents then make sure you help them get their affairs in order, and perhaps a little bit of cross skill training between them, even at a late age, will help cover the blind spots when the time comes to shuffle off this mortal coil.
I wish everyone a wonderful festive
season surrounded by family and good
A beautiful sight graced the sky on 14th November.In the early evening twilight, the full moon hung above the horizon, in a rare astronomical configuration known as the supermoon.
The lunar cycle, running its course in 29 days, takes the moon through phases from the complete darkness of a new moon, waxing brighter until the full moon, and then waning again. Every once in a while, there will be two full moons in a calendar month – known as a blue moon. The moon does not follow a perfectly circular path around Earth, rather it moves in an ellipse. The recent supermoon of the 14th November is caused when the full moon coincides with the moon’s closest approach
This supermoon was large and bright, even by supermoon standards, and is the closest full moon since January 1948. The next time we will get to see a full moon this bright will only be in 2034!
Another year is come and almost gone and another issue of the Edgemead News is here to see you through into the new year.
This is our last issue for 2016, and we have had a very good year indeed.
The ERA has undertaken several major projects in Edgemead, from the LPR camera project (see donation report in this issue) which so far has been very successful to the spearheading of the runway realignment objections. The Edgemead News has tackled the City on several aspects of policy, including the use of glyphosate pesticides and we’ve provided what I think is some great coverage of events and activities of all sorts here in Edgemead. I hope that in 2017 I can give you more of the same, and better. I would like to thank all of our advertisers who have shown their loyalty over the years to Edgemead News, and I am glad that we can provide them with a valuable service to grow their businesses.
I want to thank our readers as well, those who provide feedback and who send in photographs for us to publish, and those who send in their stories. Remember, if you have something that you think would be a good addition to the next edition, send me an email at email@example.com.
We have a full issue this month for you
– several sports clubs have had their annual prize
-givings, so you will findthe names of those recipients here.
The Matric Dance at Edgemead High, which was in September, makes an appearance, with some photographs of the glamorous attendees. You will also find a short report from the
Hallowe’en event of this year, as well as many other tidbits from around Edgemead.
I wish you a pleasant holiday season
a n d a happy new year. Until 2017! Peter Bates
EDGEMEAD PRE-PRIMARY SCHOOL
Mrs Knight describes teaching as her passion. “I was an only child,
but I grew up with a lot of cousins, and being the oldest one, I looked after them. I have always looked after children. It has been bred into me.” If she could change anything, Mrs Knight says that she would have a much greater focus on play. “Children learn through play… and technology has taken over.”
She says the greatest positive of the modern world is that children are able to learn about a much wider range of things than ever before.
Speaking lovingly of the children she has taught, a note of wonder enters into her voice “every day you learn something new about these little ones…you see them coming in at the beginning of the year, raw, not knowing how to stand in a line, how to sit still in a chair without falling off…to the end of the year…their minds are like sponges…it’s wonderful.”
When I asked her what the highlights of her career have been she said “every year something exciting has happened….I’ve really enjoyed my time here.” As to what she plans to do with her time, Mrs Knight mentioned that she would love to get back to her drawing and painting, something she “hasn’t really had time for”.
A resident of Riebeeck-Kasteel, she loves the country life and is glad to retire after having done her duty for more than 40 years.
It’s hard to believe that we are fast approaching the end of another year. There is definitely a buzz of activity in the air, from students writing finals to business people preparing year end reports.
People are also preparing for year end functions and other festive season celebrations, but it appears that the year end activity is not reserved for us decent folk. The recent spike in crime in Edgemead, and indeed in all our surrounding suburbs, is a sharp indicator that the criminals have kicked off their “Christmas shopping” spree.
We have unfortunately had several robberies lately with the stark memory lingering of the resident and her granddaughter being terrorised in their own home for two hours.
With all the additional activity that the festive season brings it is sometimes easy to forget the basics but we have to remain vigilant. For some unknown reason we have seen an increase in the number of vagrants in the area and I am convinced that this number will increase even more as residents go on leave and we start having random people knocking on our doors for handouts. I accept that it is the time of joy and giving, but to give to vagrants only exacerbates the problem we have with them for the rest of the year.
Having more vagrants on the street also makes it incredibly difficult for SAPS, our ENW patrollers and the Armed Response officers
to keep a lookout for suspicious persons, and we become our own worst enemies by supporting the vagrants.
The various law enforcement agencies will be out in force over the festive period and we will see a marked increase in police patrols in shopping malls and public places. Another thing to bear in mind is that we will also see an increase in road blocks, so go ahead and partake of the festive tipple but make sure you have made the necessary arrangements to get yourself home. With the school holidays imminent, school kids will have a ton of idle time on their hands.
Recent events on Friday nights in Edgemead have seen a small group of youngsters participating in antisocial activities like under age drinking, vandalism of property and shoplifting. I know it is only a small group of youngsters, but peer pressure is a very real threat and the otherwise well behaved kids are often drawn into this antisocial behavior to appear cool and to be accepted. Please encourage your children to talk to you and to make the right choices.
As I mentioned earlier, please stay vigilant but don’t become paranoid and let the criminals dictate what we can and cannot do. We already have to lock ourselves up in prisons at night while they roam freely. Being vigilant means not giving them the opportunity to carry out a crime. And lastly, let us all spare a thought for all the essential services personnel who will be sacrificing family time so that we can celebrate the festive season with our loved ones.
From all of us at Edgemead Neighbourhood Watch – enjoy a blessed and
safe festive season.
Mark Richards, Chairman, Edgemead Neighbourhood Watch
By Lorraine Mathewson
The craft market arranged by The Friends of the Library runs until Saturday the 3rd of December. A percentage of the turnover goes to the Friends and books are bought with the money raised this way.
We have a holiday programme for children, the dates being 8 & 13 December and 4 & 5 January. Library hours during the festive period will be:
Friday 23/12 9:00- 13:00
Saturday 24/12 Closed
Monday 26/12 Closed
Tuesday 27/12 Closed
Wednesday 28/12 9:00 – 17:00
We will be back to normal hours on the 3rd of January 2017.
Book news: Lorraine Mathewson really loved some books by a new, young author – Natasha Solomons. The three books Lorraine has read were set in Dorset and she just loved the descriptive passages about nature. Look out for Mr Rosenblum’s List, The Song Collector and The Gallery of Vanished Husbands Another author that Lorraine recommends is Nadia Hashimi.
Her novels, The Pearl that Broke its Shell, When the Moon is Low and The House Without Windows are set in Afghanistan. Hashimi was born and raised in New York and New Jersey. Both her parents were born in Afghanistan and left in the early 1970’s, before the Soviet invasion.
Jilly Cooper is back with another sizzling best seller with the main character, Rupert Campbell-Black! Look out for Mount.
Red Earth by Tony Park: On the run, with everything to lose. On the outskirts of Durban, Suzanne Fessey fights back during a vicious
carjacking. She kills one thief but the other, wounded, escapes with her baby strapped into the back seat. Called in to pursue the missing vehicle are helicopter pilot Nia Carras, and nearby wildlife researcher Mike Dunn. But South Africa’s police have even bigger problems:
– a suicide bomber has killed the visiting American ambassador, and chaos has descended on KwaZulu-Natal.
The Final Word by Liza Marklund:Annika Bengtzon has spent her career telling stories that need to be heard. As a journalist, she’s always been at the front line of criminal reporting, alongside the investigating officers. And now a court case that she’s been reporting on – the savage murder of a homeless man – has begun to attract a lot of attention.
With the stakes rising by the day, Annika is once again flung to the heart of a complex case. But nagging at the back of her mind is her sister’s mysterious absence. After a series of anxious text messages, she’s not heard another word. In the midst of a tense public situation, Annika’s own complicated
past looks set to rear its head
We are again at an alarming rate, heading to the end of another year. And this has indeed been quite an eventual year with much happening on all fronts. As a country we are indeed at a critical and important junction where we are dealing with state capture and shenanigans on various levels.
I am happy to report that finally, our public open spaces have been attended to as the Parks Department made other plans while the court case with the appointed contractor continues. Thank you for your understanding at this difficult time that we endured. We now have the issue with Level 3 water restrictions.
This is a serious issue that is dependent on rain falling. Although there are many theories on this, the fact of the matter is that we should all be saving water in any event. It is a precious commodity that we depend on for our existence. There are many ways that we can implement small changes which will in turn benefit the whole. Please can I ask that if anyone should see any of the irrigation systems on our parks operating to please email me with the location.
There are a number of parks that have irrigation and the department has attended to them however there could be one or two that they have missed. Alternatively any water transgressions can be mailed to firstname.lastname@example.org or send an SMS to 31373.
There is another somewhat trivial matter
– that seems to be increasing and that is the fact that there are a number of houses that do not have house numbers up. This is actually an important piece of information that is required in extreme emergency situations.
In a life or death situation I am sure you would not want the ambulance or the police to be driving up and down a street trying to figure out what the house number is. There are literally many houses in one street that do not have numbers on. It is also an offence to not have a visible house number and falls under a By Law. Please make sure you are not numberless!
I have held meetings with the traffic department in connection with the blatant disregard of motorists. This is an increasing problem and will only continue to increase as motorists literally do their own thing on our roads. There is by no means enough traffic officers to have them in the area constantly but I have managed to get them out periodically and this will continue. I would like to stress to residents to be extra vigil at this time of year when crime generally increases. Please report anything suspicious to the SAPS and do become involved in your neighbourhood watch.
I would also like to take this opportunity to wish everyone a blessed Christmas and everything of the very best for 2017. I hope you spend some valuable time with your friends, family and loved ones.
Sinusitis refers to the inflammation and
infection of the membrane lining any hollow area of the skull surrounding the nose. This is a common everyday occurrence for most people, especially during change of seasons, and the inflammation can be caused by anything that restricts airflow into or drainage out of the sinuses. This causes a feeling of pressure in the head, which can be very painful.
The nose will be blocked and you may also find that your face is painful to touch, especially along the side of the nose and around the eyes. You may also feel pain in your teeth! Most cases of acute sinusitis can be treated with a short course of antibiotic therapy, while
more chronic or long term bouts may require a longer course of antibiotics or, in severe cases, a sinus drainage procedure.
Interestingly, physiotherapists can also be very helpful in treating both acute and chronic sinusitis. They can use a stethoscope to listen to the sinuses to determine where the areas of congestion are worst, and then make use of modalities such as soft tissue mobilisation, ultrasound, laser therapy and dry needling to help stimulate the nervous system to drain the sinuses.
These modalities can be very successful in managing sinusitis and the associated headaches, making the sufferer much more comfortable and lessening the chance of secondary infection. At home, the patient can do a salt water rinse or steam the sinuses to help to drain them. What most people don’t realise is
that one can actually exercise when you have sinusitis – it is also thought that the increase in blood circulation that results from exercise can also aid in draining and healing the irritated membrane of the sinuses.
If you suspect you may be suffering from sinusitis, see your GP to determine if you need antibiotics and then make an appointment with your physiotherapist to help speed up the drainage of the mucus out of the sinuses, thereby speeding up healing and avoiding painful and unnecessary secondary complications.
Kim Reitz (BSc Physiotherapy UStell)
Carol Cooke (BSc Physiotherapy Wits)
BOTHASIG & EDGEMEAD LPR PROJECT
If you have been following us on Facebook, then this will mostly be old news for you. We have reached our initial funding goal and are busy finalising refreshed quotes and logistics to install our first site. We hope to have it up and running before the year is out.
We’d like to thank all the residents who have contributed, we really appreciate your support. We’d also like to highlight the local businesses who are putting money back into the community.
Cloud 9 Brokers – R500
Total Control Electrical Wholesalers R4000
Edgemead Travel – R5000
Edgemead Superspar – R5000
Edgemead Christmas Market – R5000
Bothasig Optical Centre – R2000
Edgemead Optical Centre – R2000
Edgemead Runners – R1500
Village Centre – R4700
129 Vryburger Ave – R10000
Please support the following LPR fundraising events:
Edgemead Neighbourhood Watch is hosting a Family Fun Day on the 3rd of December on the Edgemead High School Field.
Festivities kick off at
10:00 and wrap up at 15:00. On the 16th of December the Bothasig Community Police Forum will officially switch on the Bothasig precinct Christmas lights. This will take place at Bothasig SAPS from 17:00 onwards. There will be stalls as well as a variety of foods on offer.
Chiropractic: a health profession specialising in the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of various disorders related to the muscles, skeleton and nervous system of the body. Using a drug-free philosophy and numerous treatment methods, below are just some of the conditions chiropractic can treat.
• numbness in arms/legs
• Limited movement of neck/back/hips/shoulders
• muscle spasm
• Back/neck pain • work and sport related injuries
• Pain relief associated with conditions such as Fibromyalgia, Sciatica and Scoliosis
Dr. Jason Liepner 021 559 8417
PRETTY THINGS FOR LITTLE THINGS
Hundreds of thousands of handmade items for needy children across SA
Hundreds of thousands of handmade toys, blankets and clothes have been collected
and distributed to needy children across South Africa since the inception of the
annual Pretty Things for Little Things competition fourteen years ago.
The competition encourages people, especially senior citizens, to put their creative
talents to work to make practical, durable and safe items that children can either wear
or play with. There are four different categories, namely 1) soft toys, 2) blankets, 3)
clothing, and 4) other articles made from materials such as wood, tin or wire.
Shoprite and Checkers have sponsored Pretty Things for Little Things, which is run
in conjunction with Age-in-Action, since 2003. The supermarket group takes hands
with those communities in which it operates and joins forces with local partners such
as Age-in-Action to respond to needs.
Pretty Things for Little Things is open to all, and senior citizens aged 60 years and
older who enter their handiwork stand a chance of winning their share of R200 000 in
shopping vouchers that can be used at Shoprite, Checkers or Checkers Hyper.
The prize giving ceremonies took place across South Africa during the second half
From left to right: Johanne Meyer (from Somerset West, 3rd place in “soft toys” category), Rosezane
Kearnan (from Somerset West, 1st place in the “soft toys” category) and Annette Teubes
of October 2016. First, second and third place is
awarded in each category, on both a provincial and national level. There are also merit prizes for
those who enter the most items per province as well as nationally.
A variation on the theme of
‘tulips from Amsterdam’ were
these beautiful anthuriums,
flown in from Mauritius airport as
a birthday gift for an Edgemead
resident. The flowers are
specially treated, each individual
bloom is enclosed in a plastic
bag, and the stems are then laid
in a shallow custom-made box
for easy transport. In spite of
intense scrutiny by local customs
on arrival in Cape Town, they
bloomed most beautifully for an
EDGEMEAD MATRIC DANCE
By Leandri Erasmus, Proudly EHS
“If you feel glamourous, you definitely look glamourous.”- Scarlett
The countdown to the Matric Dance started on the 13th January 2016, the first official day of the school year. Fast forward 260 days, lots of planning, hard work and effort, and we were ready to welcome the Matrics of 2016!
This year there was no official theme but, if we were to put into words what we tried to create, it would be that “a little glamour
goes a long way”. This glamour even reached the soles of the grade
eleven’s feet as they welcomed the class of 2016 to the music of Beauty and the Beast.
One special highlight was when the Matric
ladies were given the opportunity to leave their lipstick mark on a canvas that will be hung in the Matric Bathroom, leaving a small lip-print of their legacy behind.
We want to compliment every Matric on looking absolutely glamourous, and want to thank you for the way in which we got to celebrate together.
The 29th September was definitely an evening to remember from the red carpet debuts, spectators shouting and the glamourous outfits to dancing together, fun in the photo booths and who could forget the incredible sweet table! We are also very proud that our very own in-house caterer hosted this event.
We look forward to witnessing the
class of 2016’s accomplishments and
achievements in the NCS final exams
and then in the years to come. To the Matrics – EHS was only a pit-stop in your life adventure and, as you continue to journey on it, know that we are cheering you on and can’t wait to watch you soar!
CALLING FOR PHOTOGRAPHERS!
If you are talented at photography and have some impactful or interesting images that you would like to share with us send them to:
The best images will be published in the next issue!
AWARE BEARS CEREBRAL PALSY AWARENESS
Aware Bears aims to create awareness and
a better understanding of Cerebral Palsy for those living with it and their families. We also want to change perceptions of what people with disabilities are capable of achieving.
Aware Bears hopes to provide a safe and
secure environment for children and their families to discuss their feelings, disappointments and frustrations. We also want to allow people the space to celebrate their achievements (big and small) and acknowledge their uniqueness in a positive way.
Accepting a disability is a process with many ups and downs and Aware Bears
wants to ensure that people are able to focus on the positive. We hope to provide comfort and support during difficult times
whether it be during therapy, classroom environments or in public.
Children tend to identify more easily with characters and the hope is that Aware Bears will allow them to freely express their negative feelings towards their disabilities.
Aware Bears hopes to assist those being mainstreamed to make a smooth transition and to help their peers gain a clearer understanding.
By exposing mainstream children to Aware
Bears and the children involved, they should gain more empathy and a better understanding of just how much children with disabilities are capable.
Eventually Aware Bears hopes to visit schools around South Africa and help people see that all children with disabilities can be seen as positive, contributing members of society.
For information contact
Lesley Potgieter at
email@example.com or look for Aware
Bears on Facebook.
LEVEL 3 WATER RESTRICTIONS
The City of Cape Town has implemented Level 3 water restrictions.
Effective from the 1st November, this measure is designed to
protect the already low dam levels, in light of the ongoing drought.
The climate of Cape Town is dry, and therefore we are always in
a Level 1 status, which translates into a 10% water use reduction.
Level 3 represents a goal of 30% reduction in water use.
The new restrictions ban irrigation of plants, lawns and gardens
with municipal drinking water unless a bucket or watering can is
used. This means that using hosepipes is not allowed. Watering
times are not restricted though, but it is much better to water in
the late afternoon and early morning, to limit evaporation.
You may not water within 24 hours of a soaking rain, via any
method, bucket or watering can, and even if you use a wellpoint
If you do make use of a wellpoint or borehole, it must be
registered with the City (free registration) and you must display
the sign that the City will send to you, to let people know that
the water you are using is not from the municipal drinking water
You are not allowed to hose down or wash off hard surfaces, like
your driveway, with drinking water. Ornamental water fountains
must use water that is recycled, or non-potable water.
Washing cars, boats etc. is not allowed unless you use a bucket,
and manual topping-up of swimming pools is only allowed if you
have an evaporation-limiting pool cover and automatic topups
are not allowed. Portable play pools, due to their wasteful nature,
are not allowed either.
The City has also implemented an increased tariff on water use
that is designed to encourage the conservation of water. Though
these measures may seem very restrictive, they are far preferable
to not having water at all.
Find out more on the City’s website at tinyurl.com/capewater