The Volksrust Recorder: 1 January 2024

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3. Dr. Arie van der Wouden : Aftrede: 1 Desember 2023.

The following article was taken from the Facebook Group: “Volksrusters van toeka tot nou.” It was written by: Lianie Jansen van Vuuren and dated 29th November 2023.

Dr. Arie gaan nou amptelik die koorspen neerlê na presies 50 jaar as geneesheer in Volksrust. Waar hy baie mense gesond gedokter het, of dit nou dag of nag sy deur was altyd oop. Hy was lief vir elke pasiënt jonk en oud. Dit was nie sy werk nie maar sy passie.

Dr. Arie , dit is n welverdiende aftrede en n nuwe seisoen wat afskop. Dankie “Dok” vir wat jy vir Volksrust gedoen het, ons is lief vir jou! En gaan jou fluit mis, jy het diepspore as ware vriend en geneesheer in ons harte en dorp getrap.

Met dankbaarheid aan my personeel Elsabe, Shaheda, Ina en Agnes julle het my hande versterk en gehelp bou om my praktyk n groot sukses te maak. Julle is vir my goud werd en wil ek vir jul voorspoed toewens vir die toekoms!

Retirement Stethoscope:

Be proud of all you have accomplished in your life, the wisdom you have shared and the patients you have healed. Happy retirement Dr. Arie and Maxie!


4. Refusal By Saps Members To Assist Complainants To Open Criminal Dockets In Terms Of National Instruction 3 Of 2011.

Complainants or reporters of crime, whether the crime was committed in his/her station area or in the station area of another police station, are treated courteously and that a comprehensive affidavit is taken from the complainant or report of crime;

Complainants or reporters of crime are not referred to another station to lodge complaints of crime;
All complaints or reports made by the public receive immediate attention.

Cluster Commanders and Station Commanders must ensure that all members who do not comply with National Instruction 3 of 2011 are subjected to disciplinary steps.

Members of Public – Please Report if SAPS members refuse to open a case for you:

SAPS National Complaint Centre


5. Access education on your own terms in 2024: Your questions about homeschooling and online schooling answered.

By Louise Schoonwinkel, MD of Optimi Home.

The end of the school year often comes with a sense of joyful anticipation. A few assessments and exams ticked off, and the summer holidays await. The new school year feels like a distant future. For parents who haven’t yet secured a spot for their children in their school of choice for 2024, however, the new year can feel all too close. Without obvious options available to them, and with the window of opportunity closing, this period can be stressful and daunting. Fortunately, there are alternatives.

Homeschooling and online schooling have evolved significantly over the years — especially since COVID-19, which forced them to escalate in terms of scale, reach and quality. Today, these two avenues enable learners to access quality education without being limited to placements in brick-and-mortar schools. Of course, homeschooling and online schooling also apply to several other situations where parents and learners are looking for an alternative education option.

Let’s address a few common questions about these alternative forms of education.

Who can benefit from homeschooling and online schooling?

Any learner is eligible for homeschooling or online schooling. Many choose it if they excel at extracurricular activities like gymnastics, dancing, golf or swimming and need more flexibility in their schedule. Parents and learners who live far away from a good school or struggle to get a spot at a traditional school also often choose these options.

Children who battle with the pressures of school or who experience physical and mental health issues tend to prefer homeschooling or online classes, too. Working remotely helps to alleviate a lot of the stress, anxiety, and depression some children experience at school. One-on-one attention also often leads to better academic results — it helps learners to slow down and focus on content they struggle with and speed up in areas they are more comfortable.

There are differences between homeschooling and online schooling, however. Which one you choose depends on your unique set of circumstances.

What is the difference between homeschooling and online schooling?

Both homeschooling and online schooling take place outside of traditional schools, but while the former still involves a parent or an in-person tutor to guide the learner, the latter takes place entirely online.

Homeschooling requires the presence of a parent, guardian, or tutor to teach your child. They are required to follow a curriculum that is at least equal to the CAPS curriculum (followed by most public and private schools in South Africa) as set out by the Department of Basic Education. The legislation, which became legal in South Africa in 1996, is established and well regulated.

Online schooling is typically a more traditional learning arrangement in the sense that there are teachers and other learners present within a class structure, but all are connected virtually. Online learners need to have access to the internet and a device they use regularly and reliably, which might be a barrier to some. Online schooling also follows the CAPS curriculum, and the government is currently developing a framework to govern virtual schools.

How do you choose a reputable homeschooling or online schooling provider?

There are many homeschooling and online schooling providers out there — especially since the pandemic when many inexperienced organisations tried to capitalise on this growing market. Choosing the right provider is critical. Your child’s education depends on it. Here are a few questions to ask yourself and the provider you are considering before you decide to go ahead:

  1. Do they follow a recognised curriculum that will lead to university entrance (if that is the end goal)?
  2. If the organisation follows the CAPS curriculum, are they registered with SACAI or the IEB?
  3. How long has the organisation been in business?
  4. What is the sentiment in the market?
  5. Is their offering comprehensive, or would you need to purchase additional material, etc.?
  6. Consider the learner to teacher ratio and how many learners are enrolled.

Avoid institutions that don’t meet all the regulatory requirements or have a substantial track record.

What benefits do these options afford?

There are several misconceptions about home and online schooling. Some of the most common misconceptions are that children who learn remotely don’t socialise well, that their subject choice is limited, or that they don’t receive recognised qualifications.

In reality, homeschooling and online schooling learners regularly socialise with their families, friends and communities, often in ways that are healthier and happier than bigger social environments. In fact, those who battle with the pressures and dynamics of school tend to thrive in smaller circles.

They are also likely to have access to more subjects rather than less and are permitted to take many of them all the way to matric. The limits that apply to Grade 10 to 12 learners in traditional schools don’t apply to homeschooling and online schooling learners. Finally, provided you teach your child through a reputable provider like Impaq, they will finish their schooling with a National Senior Certificate (NSC) in hand — the same as many other matriculants in South Africa.

Homeschooling and online schooling offer a reliable, enriching, and valuable alternative to traditional methods of education. If you’re battling to secure a place for your child at a school, consider seeking out an experienced and qualified homeschooling and online schooling provider. With the support of a strong partner, a successful academic future lies ahead for your child.

About Impaq

Impaq, which forms part of Optimi Home, is South Africa’s largest homeschooling provider. It provides a comprehensive set of educational products based on a CAPS-aligned homeschooling curriculum for Grades R to 12. Impaq also launched an online school at the start of 2022.

About Optimi Home

Optimi Home, part of the Optimi Group, has more than 20 years of experience in providing home education and supplementary learning for learners, parents, and tutors. This division is split into two distinct offerings: Impaq Homeschooling and the Impaq Online School. Impaq Homeschooling, South Africa’s largest home education curriculum provider, caters to home and distance education learners from Grades R to 12. The Impaq Online School is an innovative offering where learners in Grades 4 to 12 receive all the benefits of a traditional school, online!

Optimi Home also offers learners, parents, and tutors the opportunity to add more to their learning journey via their one-stop online shop, Optimi Plus.

About Optimi The Optimi Group provides accessible learning solutions that support every step of your learning journey. Optimi provides offerings in four divisions: Home, Workplace, Classroom and College. Together, these divisions support more than 200 000 learners every year.


6. The last Munga 2023 race for the year.

It would seem this last Munga 2023 was destined to be a repeat performance on The Tankwa for the following individuals, who clearly utilized the Munga Tankwa as a “Practice Run”…

CONGRATULATIONS, YET AGAIN, to the following Fish & Chip Co segment winners of our The Munga 2023 race earlier this month.

The Fish & Chip Co challenge was amazing – All valid entries were received, and, based on their official Strava times and posts, and per the official rules, were submitted before midnight on the deadline date!

Special thanks to The Fish and Chip Co on behalf of our amazing riders!

And now for the CROWNING!

Congratulations to the “KINGKLIP of the Mountain”, the fastest Male time which goes to the Drikus Coetzee – Drikus is the overall challenge winner with a segment time of 16 min 36 seconds.

and NOW.. our “Queen of the Mountain”, the fastest female went to the equally amazing Jenny Close with a segment time of 20 minutes and 16 seconds.

The slowest time on the segment and the official “RED ROMAN” of the race for MUINGA 2023 is….. Mr Hennis Van Zyl had overall time of 53 minutes and 04 seconds.

Well done to ALL…

Thank you again The Fish and Chip Co.

#Themunga2023 #themungaequipe2023

What is the Munga Race? Click here to read more.

In a related article about this race in THE CITIZEN/Vaal Week Blad: Die MUNGA was ‘n pelgrimstog en avontuur…
Hy het gesê hy gaan en hy het. Sjaen Lucas van Vanderbijlpark het die uitmergelendste bergfietswedren gery en klaargemaak. Lees meer…


7. Creating an inclusive workplace for every ability.

In a world that thrives on diversity, the call to embrace unique abilities, talents, and perspectives has never been more important. As we navigate the landscape of inclusivity, it’s imperative for companies to extend their arms of support to employees with disabilities.

Left-to-right: Lehlohonolo Mokomela: Group Head of Transformation at Momentum Metropolitan, Award-winning Media Personality: Masingita Masunga and Momentum Metropolitan employees commemorating Disability Awareness Month.

Reflecting on Disability Awareness Month, Momentum Metropolitan is exploring the significance of inclusivity and delving into the ways companies can foster an environment of belonging, that uplifts and empowers differently abled individuals.

Speaking at an internal event, award-winning media personality, Masingita Masunga, emphasised that her acceptance, gave her confidence and asserting the impossibility is a concept she rejects. Addressing the disparity faced by people with disabilities, particularly in economic activities and compensation, she reflected on breaking through the barriers of a speech impediment. Masunga remains resolute in her advocacy for equal recognition and opportunities, challenging societal perceptions and championing inclusivity for individuals with disabilities and to create meaningful impact, we must continue to speak on it.

Understanding Diverse Abilities: A Spectrum of Strengths

Understanding diverse abilities involves recognising a wide spectrum of conditions, each presenting distinct challenges and strengths. From physical disabilities, such as mobility impairments and limb differences, to neurodivergent conditions like autism and ADHD, encouraging inclusivity requires acknowledging and appreciating this diversity.

Neurodiversity emphasises differences in brain function and calls for acknowledgment and respect of the unique strengths and perspectives neurodivergent individuals bring. Similarly, sensory impairments, whether visual or auditory, present challenges that can be addressed with tools like Braille or sign language, or and making information available in different formats like podcasts for example. This comprehensive understanding forms the basis for creating a nurturing workplace that truly embraces different types of disabilities.

Creating an inclusive workplace culture is about fostering an environment where every individual feels valued and can contribute their best. When companies embrace diverse abilities, they unlock a wealth of creativity, problem-solving skills, and unique perspectives that can drive innovation and success.

An inclusive workplace fosters a sense of belonging among employees, which leads to higher morale, engagement, and productivity. Studies consistently show that organisations that prioritise diversity and inclusion outperform their peers, both ethically and economically.

“Diversity is a cornerstone of society, it becomes even more pertinent for companies to adopt a human-first approach, addressing the holistic needs of individuals. An example of this approach is evident in our commitment as Momentum Metropolitan to thinking human first, making the well-being of our employees a fundamental priority,” said Lehlohonolo Mokomela: Group Head of Transformation at Momentum Metropolitan.

In their commitment to embracing diverse abilities, Momentum Metropolitan sets a notable example through initiatives that extend beyond mere symbolic gestures.

This includes proactively creating physically accessible spaces, investing in comprehensive well-being programs that address mental health and overall employee needs, embracing flexible work arrangements, actively educating their workforce about disabilities, and establishing employee resource groups dedicated to fostering a supportive community within the organisation. These efforts collectively contribute to creating an inclusive workplace culture that prioritises belonging, the well-being and success of all employees.

More people are coping with hidden disabilities where their challenges are not immediately visible or obvious.  Greater understanding is needed to better anticipate and accommodate the needs of these colleagues.

Cultivating Empathy for Hidden Disabilities

Demonstrating empathy for individuals with hidden disabilities involves understanding, patience, and consideration for their unique challenges.

  • Educate oneself about various hidden disabilities, including anxiety disorders, autism and chronic pain for example, lays the foundation for understanding the unique challenges individuals may face.
  • Active listening, without judgment allows for an open exchange of experiences and feelings. Respecting privacy is essential.  Creating safe spaces encourages conversations that recognise some may choose not to disclose their conditions openly; however, will also enable the company to provide reasonable accommodation where possible.
  • Avoiding assumptions about abilities based on appearances, exercising patience, and offering support when needed are key elements.
  • Using inclusive language, being flexible, and fostering a welcoming environment contributes to creating a space where individuals feel comfortable expressing their needs. Disclosure to an empathetic employer is advisable, to give them the opportunity to understand and assist.
  • Advocating for inclusivity on a broader scale, offering help respectfully, and celebrating achievements, regardless of size, all play pivotal roles in fostering empathy and understanding for those with hidden disabilities.

Embracing different types of disabilities is not just a corporate responsibility; it’s a commitment to human dignity and the betterment of society. As companies strive for inclusive excellence, they not only empower their employees but also set a precedent for positive change.


8. Tshego Gaelae: The Soweto-born lawyer who became Mrs South Africa 2023.

6 December 2023: This year’s Dallmayr Mrs South Africa Queen is none other than the incredible and inspirational Tshego Gaelae from Centurion in Gauteng. She was crowned on Friday, 17 November during the star-studded finale at the Theatre of Marcellus at Emperors Palace during the spectacular 2023 Grand Finale.

Born and raised in Soweto, Tshego dreamed of one day becoming an attorney who fought for those who couldn’t fend for themselves. She achieved this goal, but soon felt dissatisfied with the routine she had created for herself. She wanted to do more, and be more. That is when she discovered the Dallmayr Mrs South Africa programme.

“When you find yourself in a rut, doing the same unexciting things every day, you ask yourself who you want to be and where you want to go. I wasn’t unhappy by any means, and my family has always been incredible. I just wanted to try something new and push myself further than I’ve ever gone,” she explains.

“When I finally hit ‘enter’ on my registration, my goal wasn’t necessarily to win. I rather wanted to see how far I could go and what I would discover about myself along the way. On our very first day, it felt as though I had dived into the deep end. I immediately started exploring things outside of my comfort zone, and meeting women who wanted the same things out of life as I did. It was a phenomenal experience.”

She follows in the deep footsteps of a long line of powerful Mrs South Africa Queens, having been bestowed her mantle by former queen Palesa Matjekane.

“I want to build on what Palesa, and Jo Judnick-Wilson, and all the queens who have come before me have built. And so, my goal for the coming year can be summed up in one powerful word: success. More specifically, the successes of women,” Tshego says.

Strength in sisterhood

Growing up with three older sisters, Tshego was exposed to the importance of sisterhood early on. However, Dallmayr Mrs South Africa took that concept to a whole different level, she notes.

“To me, sisterhood is intentionally playing a key role in helping other women achieve success, whatever that might be for them. Mrs South Africa brought that idea to life, and I want to carry that sense of support, love, and devotion on to the next class of contestants.”

Mrs South Africa CEO Joani Johnson adds: “If you’re about to embark on this journey yourself, the key thing to remember is that you won’t be walking this road alone. On either side of you will be like-minded women who want to see you succeed as much as you would want the same for them and yourself.

“The Mrs South Africa programme, often called an ‘MBA of Life’, aims to promote positive change while empowering women to be the best that they can be. The sisterhood naturally formed from this mission statement, and every year becomes a vital tool for some 100 women who embark on the journey with us.”

The Mrs South Africa sisterhood acts as a network for contestants to support and learn from each other. It celebrates the successes of these women both during and after the pageant when many go on to compete on the world stage, launch their own businesses or NGOs, or continue their studies. Whenever a Mrs South Africa alumna needs help in achieving one of their goals, the sisterhood is there to assist.

Giving hope to those in need

The Dallamyr Mrs South Africa programme is as much a charitable endeavour as it is a pageant and a female development programme – which was a big draw for Tshego.

“I used to work in a children’s court in Thembisa and a family court in Johannesburg. The number of domestic violence cases I saw instilled in me a profound sense of urgency to help women, men, and children who are affected by domestic violence, and to raise awareness among everyday people to be a part of positive change in our society.”

Tshego intends to use her position as reigning queen to do just this. In 2023, she began by supporting and raising awareness of the Family Protection Association (FAMPRO) organisation which deals with victims of domestic violence.

She also made great strides in her own NGO, We are our Children’s Keeper, which collects funds to provide school children in need with basic items such as school shoes, uniforms, accessories, and stationery. She hopes to bring attention to these and other organisations throughout 2024 and beyond.

As for women who want to be part of the Dallmayr Mrs South Africa Class of 2024 and experience the sisterhood, discover themselves, and do good in the world, Tshego has a few encouraging words:

“The one thing I learned from this experience is to remain authentic; stay true to yourself. Your authenticity is your superpower. Trust the journey. Trust the path you’re on and know that what’s meant for you will come to you. And if you feel overwhelmed or lost, as we all sometimes do, the Mrs South Africa team and your sisters will be there to help you through.”

Dallmayr Mrs South Africa 2024 is shaping up to be another massive success thanks in large part to incredible sponsors such as Brentoni Eyewear, BTL Aesthetics, Caribbean Tan, Chery Krugersdorp, Collagen Lift Paris, Hirsch’s Homestore, Kryolan Professional Makeup, Lashout, Maskscara, iME, MSC Cruises, PKF Octagon, PR Worx, Slimz, Truewood Furniture, Urbantrend, Whirlpool, and Wild Africa Cream.



From cocktail parties and Christmas feasts to New Year’s Eve festivities, the end-of-year holidays are synonymous with social gatherings and delicious, but often rich and indulgent food and alcoholic excesses that can become a challenge for the digestive system.

Researchers claim that herbal drinks, like Rooibos, which is indigenous to South Africa and derived from the leaves of the Aspalathus linearis plant, may prove useful in alleviating discomfort from overeating.

Dr Hanel Sadie-Van Gijsen, a senior researcher at the Centre for Cardiometabolic Research in Africa (CARMA) within the Division of Medical Physiology at Stellenbosch University, says recent studies have demonstrated that Rooibos can improve various aspects of gut health and digestion, while alleviating inflammation and discomfort. 

She says one of the most prominent traditional uses of Rooibos was to treat a variety of stomach and gut ailments, but until recently the scientific basis for this has not been studied in much detail. However, recent studies conducted by Stellenbosch University (SU), the University of KwaZulu-Natal (UKZN), SA Medical Research Council (SAMRC) and Cape Peninsula University of Technology (CPUT), along with other international research centres focused on nutrition, microbiology and health sciences all demonstrate a variety of actions that Rooibos exert in the gut that not only aids digestion, but also improves overall health and assists with disease management.

The gut microbiome is the collective name for all the micro-organisms that live in our digestive system, but they mostly reside in the colon (large intestine).

Dr Sadie-Van Gijsen says while the gut microbiome is technically not a physical part of our bodies, the function of it is so crucial to our health and well-being that we must view it as part of our bodies, and we must take care of it accordingly.

“A healthy gut microbiome helps us to efficiently extract nutrients from our food, it assists in our immune response, supports the intestinal barrier function, reduces intestinal inflammation, improves metabolic function and even protects our brain health.

“Rooibos, which is rich in polyphenols – a large family of plant bioactive compounds – has a proven prebiotic effect, which supports the growth of beneficial gut bacteria, whilst restoring and maintaining intestinal balance. Polyphenols in Rooibos have a double benefit in that they inhibit the growth of harmful gut bacteria and stimulate the growth of beneficial gut bacteria. This prebiotic effect of Rooibos polyphenols has also been shown to reduce blood markers of inflammation, therefore lowering the risk of disease.

“Beyond the impact of Rooibos on gut bacteria, the tisane also has several other advantageous effects in the gut. Researchers at UKZN have shown that hot water infusions prepared from fermented (red) Rooibos tea bags (essentially how we would prepare a cup of tea at home) inhibited glucose uptake by the intestine. This action may assist in blood glucose control.

“Work performed in India found that orientin, a polyphenol found in both green and fermented Rooibos, successfully inhibited chemically-induced colorectal cancer in mice. Other studies have shown that fermented Rooibos has anti-cramping and anti-diarrheal effects, by balancing the actions of potassium and calcium ions in the gut, thereby achieving smooth muscle relaxation. Rooibos also reduces intestinal fluid release to alleviate diarrhoea.” 

She says as the field of gut health and probiotic/prebiotics continues to evolve, more research on Rooibos’ actions in the gut and microbiota is sure to build on the existing evidence, which suggest that Rooibos can safely be consumed by adults and children as a daily support for gut health, in combination with a balanced diet and healthy lifestyle practices.

Here’s a snapshot of how Rooibos can support gut health these holidays:

  1. Anti-inflammatory properties: Rooibos contains polyphenols such as flavonoids and dihydrochalcones that possess anti-inflammatory properties. These compounds may help reduce inflammation in the gastrointestinal tract, potentially easing digestive discomfort.
  2. Antioxidant effects: The antioxidants present in Rooibos, such as quercetin and aspalathin (in green Rooibos), can help neutralise harmful free radicals in the body. By reducing oxidative stress, the tisane may contribute to overall gut health.
  3. Prebiotic potential: Rooibos’ bio-active compounds act as prebiotics, supporting the growth and activity of beneficial gut bacteria. This could contribute to a healthier gut microbiome and improve overall metabolic health.
  4. Relieving tummy turmoil: Rooibos has anti-spasmodic properties, which means it can relieve cramping of the stomach and intestines. Being caffeine-free, Rooibos also normalises intestinal fluid release and together with its prebiotic effects, these actions can help alleviate diarrhoea.
  5. No oxalic acid: Unlike some other teas, Rooibos does not contain oxalic acid, which in excessive amounts might contribute to kidney stones or interfere with mineral absorption. This absence makes it a favourable choice for those concerned about these issues.

For more info about Rooibos’ health benefits, visit


10. Op-ed | No matric? No problem. The alternative pathway to career success.

By Phemelo Segoe.

If you were meant to write matric this year, but didn’t, you’re not alone. Almost half a million learners who should have written their Grade 12 exams this year weren’t present. This is in addition to the many learners who weren’t able to matriculate in previous years. In fact, an estimated two-thirds of adults in South Africa haven’t completed Grade 12.

For the learners and adults who make up these numbers, this experience can be frustrating and disheartening. And it can have a serious effect on their ability to access tertiary education and employment. While employers have come a long way in accepting other certificates and evidence of practical training, rather than just university qualifications, almost all companies still require a matric or its equivalent.

The fact that so many young people and adults don’t have a matric has serious ramifications for South Africa’s unemployment rate, which is already among the highest in the world. Youth unemployment is at a staggering 60%. Not having a matric can also perpetuate cycles of poverty, lead to mental health issues, facilitate potential social unrest and instability, and thwart economic growth.

The reasons why

Why is South Africa in this situation? Why have so many learners slipped through the cracks?

“Like many issues in the country, the problem is multifaceted and cross-sectional,” says Aunyana Moloisane, the Managing Director of Optimi Workplace, one of South Africa’s leaders in skills development and training. “There are significant problems in South Africa’s education system, where schools don’t receive the funding they are entitled to, where teachers are under-resourced and underpaid, and where struggling learners are unsupported. And there are other contributing factors.”

Many South African learners are hindered by the country’s broader economic troubles, for example. In countless instances, parents simply don’t have the money to send their children to school. Learners are also affected by a dysfunctional healthcare system, and by socio-political stigmas that dictate the gender roles between boys and girls.

“It isn’t easy to identify a single cause why so few learners struggle to finish matric,” Moloisane adds. “Pulling one thread unravels an entire tapestry.”

Fortunately, for every learner who hasn’t written matric, there is another option available.

The Amended Senior Certificate

The Amended Senior Certificate (ASC), accredited by the Department of Basic Education, is equivalent to the National Senior Certificate (NSC), and is widely accepted by tertiary institutions and employers alike.

“The ASC gives adult learners another chance at a matric, so that they can pursue further studies, apply for entrepreneurship programmes, or enter the formal workforce,” Moloisane says.

“At Optimi Workplace, our ASC programme involves providing learners with the necessary tools and support they need to be successful in their final exams. To date, we have helped over 1500 learners across South Africa achieve this essential qualification.”

To write an ASC, learners must be 21 years and older; have a South African identity document, or a visa or study permit if they are a foreign national; and have passed Grade 9, Standard 7 or a recognised equivalent qualification obtained at NQF Level 1.

The ASC is also valuable to public sector entities and corporates who want to improve their teams’ knowledge, skills and confidence, and contribute positively to South Africa’s economic growth.

“Although it may feel like one, not having a matric is not a closed door,” says Moloisane. “It simply means that another one needs to be opened. That door is the Amended Senior Certificate.”

*Phemelo Segoe is an education specialist and Marketing Manager at Optimi Workplace, a division of the Optimi Group, one of South Africa’s leading names in the education and training industry.

About Optimi Group

Optimi Group is a learning solutions company that offers solutions through four divisions – Home, College, Classroom and Workplace.

Optimi was established when PSG invested in homeschooling provider Impaq (then called Impak) in 2012. Since then, the company has grown by merging and acquiring other education and training businesses that complement its offering, including Media Works, ITSI, CollegeSA, CAMI Education, Tuta-Me, IT Academy, and various smaller learning and content providers. These mergers and acquisitions have provided Optimi with a comprehensive range of resources and skills to deliver world-class learning solutions to its customers. Part of the PSG Group, Optimi is quickly becoming a household name in the education and training industry.

About Optimi Workplace

Optimi Workplace, part of the Optimi Group, is the leading provider of workforce and community education and training for the public and private sector.

Optimi Workplace acquired Media Works and Tuta-Me in 2019. Today, with over 2 decades of experience in adult education and training in the workplace and over 10 000 learners tutored, Optimi Workplace is leading the frontier in workforce and community education and training.


11. Absent fathers, crime, and the stigma of being a single father.

By Gosiame Masike

I recently had the opportunity to visit several schools in Gauteng. When I stood up and asked a small group of children about their experience of having a father in their lives, many met me with blank stares. They simply didn’t have a response because they weren’t growing up with one. They had never had a consistent father by their side.

The figures back this up. According to Statistics South Africa, half of all children in the country don’t live with their biological fathers. My experience working in the correctional services space has taught me about the far-reaching implications of this.

Absent fathers and crime

There’s a clear link between the access and relationship children have with their fathers and how likely they are to commit a crime — either as a child or later in life. Studies have shown that youths with the highest incarceration rates are those who never had a father living with them. Among female inmates, more than half come from absent-father homes.

In my work with juvenile inmates in South Africa’s prisons, I’ve seen this first-hand. When you engage with these youths, when you start asking, “What happened? Why are you here?”, and learning more about their childhood, it almost always involves an absent, neglectful or abusive father.

Very few of them have had a father to guide, support and encourage them. A father to show them right from wrong, and to demonstrate this in his own actions. And it’s not just about biological fathers — the young people I work with tend not to have positive male role models in their lives generally. The men they do interact with often promote arrogant and chauvinistic behaviour as a minimum. In worst case scenarios, they are misogynistic, abusive and violent.

When I was growing up, I was betrayed by the adult men I confided in when I hit adolescence. Rather than counsel me through the changes I was going through, they revealed the secrets I’d shared publicly — much to my humiliation. I also thought beating a woman was normal. I witnessed it all the time. None of the men in my life taught me differently. These incidents have an enormous impact on how young people learn to behave and what they believe to be acceptable.

Stigma and scepticism

South Africa’s long-standing and ongoing gender-based violence epidemic has inevitably led to a mistrust between men and women. (It’s worth stating that while people of all genders perpetrate and experience intimate partner violence, men are most often the perpetrators and women and children the victims.) This epidemic, combined with traditional patriarchal views on the roles of men and women, which are deeply entrenched in South African culture, has contributed to a scepticism towards single fathers.

I am a single father to a young daughter, and have personally attracted the unjustified suspicion of my community over the years. Being a single father in South Africa is often seen as taboo, especially if the child is a girl. It’s simply not the norm. In the past, people around me have thought that I was hiding something. I’ve even had the police come to my door for no other reason than my neighbours thought my situation was unusual — and that something must therefore be wrong.

While I understand and will always support public concern about keeping children safe, I think we need to be careful about alienating and ostracising loving single fathers. This social stigma runs the risk of making a difficult situation worse. Instead, we should be supporting single fathers — or any father for that matter, and any parent or guardian. Being responsible for a child is a challenging experience that can be made so much easier if parents are educated and guided.

I think South Africa is seeing signs of change. A new generation of fathers is emerging. Men who are looking back at the behaviour of their own fathers and deciding to change the narrative. We don’t want to be absent or abusive. We want to be present, engaged, a force for good. We want to protect our children from harm, give them a fair chance in life, and guide them away from the influences that may lead them to crime and incarceration.

There’s hope for transformation. But it is our collective responsibility, in our families, communities and broader society, to create it.

Gosiame Masike is the Head of Heartlines’ Department of Correctional Services Unit, and a single father raising a daughter.

About Heartlines

Heartlines is a social and behaviour change organisation that encourages people to live out positive values. Heartlines does this through its projects, which include producing films and multimedia resources that aim to spark conversations around values, and equip people to live out these values. Heartlines further facilitates values-based training, workshops and motivational talks for companies, organisations and groups.

About Fathers Matter

Fathers Matter is a Heartlines initiative to promote the positive and active presence of fathers in children’s lives. At the centre of the project are the Heartlines Fathers Matter Films – six anthology films set in various contexts around South Africa. Each short film is a compelling drama that explores the complexities of fatherhood in South Africa today, where most children grow up in homes without their biological fathers.


12. Do you know what is in your drinking water? / Weet jy wat is in jou drinkwater?

On Tuesday, 5 December 2023, the Minister of Water and Sanitation, Senzo Mchunu, released the “Blue Drop,” “Green Drop,” and “No Drop” reports. The Blue Drop report is perhaps the most damning, as it indicated that almost half of the country’s drinking water is of poor quality. In 2014, 44 water supply systems received the Blue Drop status, while only 26 could meet the criteria in 2023. This represents a negative trend of nearly 41% over a period of 9 years.

Non-revenue water is where there is physical loss from the source due to water leaks in pipes, poor functioning or absence of water meters, illegal connections, and poor billing and revenue collection. The No-Drop report indicated that non-revenue water had worsened since 2014, where it stood at 37%, compared to 47% in 2023. The international standard is 30%. In South Africa, on a national basis, 47% of municipal tap water is classified as non-revenue water. In this category, KwaZulu-Natal has the highest at 60.5%, followed closely by the Free State, and Limpopo at nearly 58%. Despite being a water-scarce country, it seems that the government pays little heed to the importance of every drop.

However, the greatest concern lies in wastewater treatment plants, where 64% are currently at high or critical risk. This effectively means that partially treated or untreated wastewater is ending up in our rivers and environment. “This has a very high risk for water users as it can lead to serious consequences for human health, especially the outbreak of cholera and chronic diarrhea. The economic impact on agriculture is a significant source of concern because farmers won’t be able to use this water for fresh produce,” said Erika Helm, TLU SA Chairperson of Local Government Committees.

When a municipality conducts tests and determines that the drinking water poses a significant risk to human consumption, all residents must be informed according to legal regulations. The Department of Water and Sanitation has sent letters to municipalities that performed poorly in the Blue Drop report throughout the year, instructing them to inform residents of the state of their drinking water in their respective areas. Residents should, therefore, ensure that they have been informed by the municipality about the quality of their tap water. The department provides monthly data on quality as received from municipalities, which can be obtained at The quality of drinking water in larger cities is considerably better than in rural areas and is apparently declared as “safe drinking water,” although this situation is also deteriorating significantly, as 46% of drinking water in 2022 was microbiologically unsafe to drink.

The biggest problem still lies with municipal water supply services, where urgent intervention is required as towns and cities are already experiencing rotational water supply. CoGTA, the Department of Human Settlements and National Treasury, in collaboration with the Department of Water and Sanitation, will assist the municipalities that perform the worst with over R20 billion per year for technical and engineering support, training and financial management, education, and support.

So, where does the problem really lie? Non-compliance with standard operating procedures for drinking water and wastewater treatment, as well as a lack of infrastructure maintenance, appear to be the primary causes. Municipalities lack the necessary qualified personnel, and insufficient provision is made in the budget. Poor revenue collection, indicating poor administration at the municipality, as well as weak leadership and management, are some of the major issues. Vandalism and theft of infrastructure have also left their mark, and it is clear that law enforcement against offenders is inadequate.

There are several corrective actions from various departments that now want to see the light, and it can be asked without reservation where they were in the previous years when the decline began. This creates suspicion when reports are suddenly submitted before the election, corrective actions are implemented, and promises are made to the public regarding the improvement of basic needs. Meanwhile, officials who could comfortably get away with minimal actions at the expense of the taxpayer remain untouched, and the replacement of incompetent officials is still conspicuously absent from any statement.


Op Dinsdag 5 Desember 2023 het die minister van water en sanitasie, Senzo Mchunu, die “Blue Drop”, “Green Drop” en “No Drop” verslae bekend gemaak. Die Blue Drop-verslag is seker die verdoemendste inligting aangesien dit aangedui het dat bykans die helfte van die land se drinkwater van swak kwaliteit is. In 2014 het 44 watervoorsieningstelsels die Blue Drop status ontvang terwyl net 26 in 2023 daaraan kon voldoen. Dit is ‘n negatiewe koers van bykans 41% in ‘n tydperk van 9 jaar.

Nie-inkomste water is waar daar fisiese verlies is van die bron deur waterlekkasies in pype, swak funksionering of afwesigheid van watermeters, onwettige aansluitings en swak fakturering en inkomste-vordering. Die No-Drop verslag het aangedui dat hierdie nie-inkomste water vanaf 2014 verswak het waar dit 37% behaal het, teenoor 47% in 2023 . Die internasionale standaard is 30%. In SA word op ‘n nasionale basis 47% van munisipale kraanwater geklassifiseer as nie-inkomste water. In hierdie kategorie is KwaZulu-Natal die hoogste met 60,5%, die Vrystaat op hul hakke, gevolg deur Limpopo met bykans 58%. Suid-Afrika is ‘n waterskaars-land en ten spyte daarvan, blyk dit dat die regering geensins in ag neem dat elke druppel tel nie.

Die grootste bekommernis is egter die afvalwater behandelingswerke waar 64% tans in ‘n hoë of kritiese risiko is, wat in werklikheid beteken dat gedeeltelike behandelde afvalwater of geen behandelde afvalwater in ons riviere en omgewing beland. “Hierdie impak hou ‘n uiters hoë risiko vir watergebruikers in aangesien dit kan lei tot erge gevolge vir menslike gesondheid, veral die uitbreek van cholera en chroniese diarree. Die ekonomiese impak vir landbou is ‘n ernstige bron van kommer omdat boere nie hierdie water vir produksie sal kan benut vir vars produkte nie,” sê Erika Helm, TLU SA Voorsitter van Plaaslike Regering Komitees.

Wanneer ‘n munisipaliteit toetse uitvoer en daar bevind word dat die drinkwater ‘n wesenlike gevaar vir menslike gebruik inhou, moet alle inwoners volgens wetlike voorskrifte in kennis gestel word van die situasie. Die departement water en sanitasie het gedurende die jaar skrywes aan munisipaliteite wat swak presteer het in die Blue Drop verslag gestuur en hulle ingelig dat hulle die inwoners van die onderskeie gebiede van die toestand van hul drinkwater in kennis moet stel . Inwoners moet dus versoek word om seker te maak dat hulle in kennis gestel is deur die munisipaliteit aangaande die gehalte van hulle kraanwater. Die departement voorsien maandeliks data oor gehalte soos ontvang van munisipaliteite en dit kan verkry word by Drinkwater in die groter stede se gehalte is egter heelwat beter as die platteland en is blykbaar as “veilige drinkwater” verklaar, hoewel hierdie situasie ook besig is om drasties te verswak aangesien 46% van drinkwater in 2022 mikrobiologies onveilig was om te drink.

Die grootste probleem is nog steeds by munisipale watervoorsieningdienste waar krities dringende ingryping benodig word omdat dorpe en stede reeds beurtwater voorsiening ervaar. CoGTA, departement menslike nedersetting en nasionale tesourie, in samewerking met die departement water en sanitasie, sal die munisipaliteite wat die swakste presteer bystaan met meer as R20 biljoen per jaar vir tegniese en ingenieurondersteuning, opleiding en finansiële bestuur, voorligting en ondersteuning.

Waar lê die probleem dan werklik? Die nie-nakoming van standaard bedryfsprosedures vir drinkwater- en afvalwaterbehandeling, asook die tekort aan onderhoud aan die infrastruktuur blyk die grootste oorsaak te wees. Munisipaliteite het nie die nodige gekwalifiseerde werknemers nie en daar word nie voldoende voorsiening gemaak in die begroting nie. Swak invordering wat dui op swak administrasie by die munisipaliteit, asook swak leierskap en bestuur, is van die grootste probleme. Vandalisme en diefstal van infrastruktuur het ook sy merk gelaat en dis duidelik dat wetstoepassing teen oortreders nie voldoende is nie.

Daar is verskeie regstellende aksies van verskillende departemente wat nou die lig wil sien en dit kan onomwonde gevra word waar was hulle in die voorafgaande jare toe die agteruitgang sy ontstaan gehad het. Dit skep agterdog as daar skielik voor die verkiesing verslae ingehandig word, regstellende aksies geïmplementeer word en weereens beloftes aan die publiek gemaak word oor die verbetering van basiese behoeftes. Dit terwyl die amptenare, wat vir jare gemaklik kon wegkom met minimum aksies ten koste van die belastingbetaler, onaangeraak gelaat word en die vervanging van onbevoegde amptenare nog steeds in enige verklaring afwesig is.



13. R1tr bill for full implementation of NHI?

From ‘Leon Louw Speaks’

President Ramaphosa has been asked by parliament to impose an unaffordable R1tr (one trillion rand) NHI bill on the nation. This is the conclusion of Freedom Foundation research*. It is the frightening prospect now sitting on the President’s desk and a nightmare scenario for citizens and Treasury since NCOP passed the NHI Bill on 6 December, ignoring amendments and warnings proposed by thousands of stakeholders.

This NHI cost analysis shows conclusively that National Health Insurance (NHI) as proposed would be too costly to implement. At best, there might be slow, half-hearted and partial implementation.

Statistician Garth Zietsman, lead researcher and co-author of the Report said, “Until this study, there has been no published attempt at a comprehensive costing. Many estimates have been suggested, but there has been no detailed calculation. This is partly because no one knows what would constitute full, partial or incremental implementation. Since no one knows what NHI implies, my research is modelled on plausible scenarios and the conclusion is that “full” implementation, taking into account all possible elements of NHI, could cost R1tr.”

Leon Louw, Freedom Foundation CEO, said, “The Bill does not propose healthcare ‘insurance’, but a financing and single-supplier mechanism resembling the failed Eskom model, to implement profoundly flawed and doomed healthcare policy. If genuine insurance were decriminalised, this would be a far better framework to provide quality healthcare for all, a goal on which all decent people agree. Paradoxically, it proposes the prohibition of insurance. Real insurance would be achieved if unambiguous private healthcare insurance were fully decriminalised. That would make healthcare more realistically affordable for government, better quality for all, especially the poor, and more expeditiously achieved. Under properly defined healthcare insurance, the government would require all people who can afford it to insure themselves, and subsidise private cover for those who cannot (on a means test) afford it.

A payroll tax has been proposed. Zietsman says, “That amounts to saying that there will never be NHI. Such taxes could raise no more than enough for minor improvements to the already existing universal healthcare system as opposed to anything remotely resembling what has been promised. No systematic study has been done on the substantial damage of such a tax, especially for the poor.”

One of the substantial, yet unmentioned, NHI costs will be lost taxes from whatever parts of private healthcare are replaced, banned, curtailed, nationalised or government funded. This additional cost, which must be added to every estimate, is estimated at R57 billion.

Louw continued, “The Report’s conclusions show that there is no plausible scenario under which NHI could happen. It would consume nearly half the annual Budget or a quarter of the entire economy (GDP). Lower figures that have been published are optimistic underestimates.

South Africa already has universal healthcare in that everyone is entitled to a limited range of government funded care. What is proposed is unclear, undefined and unknowable, including to the current policymakers. What is done in practice under NHI as proposed will be determined arbitrarily by the present and future unknown ministers”.

Zietsman agrees, “This analysis addresses these and other core concerns. Real world ‘healthcare’ includes everything that ordinary people regard as caring for their health. The cost of comprehensively defined excellent healthcare as understood by civilians would substantially exceed the highest estimates so far”. Louw said, “The NHI Bill is not substantive law since what is to be done is not in it. That will, as stated in the Report, be decided arbitrarily to unspecified and unpredictable extents on unknowable dates, if ever. It is not possible to know from the Bill what would constitute partial, incremental, or full implementation, nor even what constitutes ‘healthcare’; what it includes and excludes.”

Therefore, this in-depth analysis considers everything that ordinary people regard as caring for their health.

When it suits them, government officials will tell us what is in and what is out, how and by whom it will be delivered, and thus how hundreds of billions, if not a trillion, might be raised or avoided.

For the full Report click here:

‘Leon Louw Speaks’* is a new source of his information, insights and ideas on government policy, economics and liberty derived from his unique 50 years of policy and think tank work in South Africa and internationally. Leon Louw created the Free Market Foundation 50 years ago and led it to internationally recognised greatness. He has written dozens of policy submissions and made multiple presentations to organs of state. He has hundreds of published articles and papers, has been a speaker in over 50 countries, and has been Nobel Peace Prize Nominee. He has addressed UN and US Congressional committees, and shared platforms with many luminaries, including Nobel Laureates. He has been active in many aspects of public life, especially organisations serving the interests of the poor. He was instrumental in inserting the property rights clause into the Constitution and was a key speaker at the Dakar conference. He now leads new more modern, relevant and streamlined policy projects, the Freedom Foundation and Izwe Lami.

Garth Zietsman is professional statistician with a degree in mathematical statistics and 40 years’ experience in applying statistics to multiple fields such as psychometrics, econometrics and medical research. He is known and respected internationally by elite economists and his views on a range of subjects are routinely published in the media.


14. Loadshedding is compromising your home security this festive season.

Whether you’re setting off on vacation or going on a day trip with friends or family this festive season, you’ll want peace of mind that your home is safe. Unfortunately, that’s made all the more difficult when your security cameras, alarm system, and indoor and outdoor lights are left inoperative due to load-shedding.

There’s no telling whether and how much electricity we’ll have this December period. Criminals are well aware that many of us will be out for a few days, and that most security systems go down the moment load-shedding begins.

A solar system with panels, an inverter, and batteries, all tailored to your home’s specific security and everyday needs, resolves many of the security concerns we as homeowners may have while we’re away, especially during times of heavy load-shedding.

While you plan for your festive season security needs before setting off, there are a few security benefits to having solar that you should consider:

  1. Exterior lights for increased outdoor visibility

Outdoor lights connected to your solar system can provide increased visibility around your property throughout the night. These will also assist some of your other security systems or guard dogs by providing increased visibility during nighttime load-shedding.

Some criminals monitor their targets before breaking into gauge movement. Exterior lights that are left on at all hours of the day may indicate that no one is home. Connecting these lights to a timer or a remote-control system, which is also connected to the internet, will allow you to control your lights while away, even during load-shedding, ensuring that they’re on at night, and off during the day.

Alumo Energy’s solar systems, installed by expert and experienced solar engineers, could be set up in such a way that specific lights and other security systems in different parts of the home are prioritised and are always provided with a steady stream of electricity.

  1. Devices which imitate interior activity

Similar to exterior lights, interior lighting may indicate to criminals that someone is home. By connecting certain indoor light fixtures to the solar system, you can ensure that they stay on during load-shedding.

A worthwhile addition would be remote-controlled fixtures that connect via the internet to your smart device, which will allow you to turn specific lights in separate parts of your home on and off to make it seem as though there is human activity inside.

Your festive lights can also be connected to the solar system, creating the impression that your family is spending this period at home. As an added benefit, solar power will help offset the additional electricity costs that come with running multiple festive lights, saving a considerable amount on your electricity bill over the holidays.

You may also consider leaving your entertainment system, such as a radio or television with sound on during this period. Even better is if you can control the unit remotely. Solar will allow that your entertainment system stays on during load-shedding, warning would-be criminals that someone might be home.

  1. Alarm and sensor systems

Alarm and sensor systems could provide you with additional peace of mind by alerting a security company that an intruder may be in your home, while sounding an alarm that could scare of burglars.

Criminals may also see the solar panels on your home’s roof and understand that your security system will still be fully operational during load-shedding, deterring them from targeting your home in the first place.

  1. Security cameras

As with the alarm and sensor system, solar can keep your interior and exterior cameras operational throughout the day, allowing you to check in on your home at any time while you’re away and, if your cameras are connected to sensors, you can receive a warning on your smart device whenever there’s suspicious movement on your premises.

Solar connected cameras will help bring you further peace of mind by allowing you to check in on your home and belongings to make sure they are still safe, allowing you to fully enjoy your time away with family or friends.

  1. Internet connectivity

Lastly, to ensure that all of the previous systems can be controlled remotely while you’re away, you will need a consistent internet connection. Solar energy will ensure that your internet router stays active during load-shedding, and that all of your smart security devices maintain connectivity.

Once you’ve made the decision to fortify your home with solar, make sure to contact an experienced and well-established solar provider and installer such as Alumo Energy to visit your home, recommend the right system and pricing model that suits your unique needs, and expertly install your home solar so that no problems arise while you’re away or at home using it this holiday season.


15. Expropriation – a new approach is needed / Onteiening – ‘n nuwe benadering word benodig.

Amendments to the expropriation bill are not in South Africa’s interest and should be rejected.

TLU SA still adheres to the economic principles that dictate that anyone wishing to engage in economic activity must also accept responsibility for the consequences that come with it. Agriculture makes a significant contribution to South Africa’s gross domestic product (GDP), and therefore, the focus on market-driven principles is more important than ideological principles driving a transformation agenda.

Property rights are the cornerstone of successful agriculture, regardless of the owner. Over the decades, the agricultural sector has proven in times of uncertainty and instability that it can provide much-needed stability and security to all South Africans. This has been confirmed once again in the past three to four years. It can be disastrous if short-term political or ideological aspirations seek to disrupt this stabilising yet sensitive sector, plunging generations of South Africans into misery and a survival crisis.

“We can’t help but think that the request to amend the expropriation bill is simply part of the ANC’s election campaign,” says Bennie van Zyl, TLU SA General Manager. The catastrophic reality of expropriation is prompting more responsible structures and organisations to voice their concerns. It is nothing more than certain politicians trying to use it as a pawn for their own benefit. Responsible South Africans understand the seriousness and importance of property rights.

The DA, VF Plus, IVP, and ACDP, along with many other groups and individuals, have also seen through the ANC’s potential hidden agenda and rejected the amendment because they believe it will allow for expropriation without compensation. Concern has also been expressed that the bill’s broad definition of property could lead to the state expropriating assets such as vehicles, pensions, trade names, and copyrights in the “public interest.” This would further damage investor confidence and harm South Africa’s economy, something the country cannot afford.

“TLU SA is pleased that other stakeholders are also recognising the red lights of the ANC’s overarching transformation policies. We expect them to strongly advocate for this in the lead-up to the election with the aim of winning voters,” says Van Zyl. “It is of paramount importance that every South African takes a stand. Expropriation without compensation affects everyone, not just farmers. Assets are not limited to land, and if these amendments are implemented, the end of private ownership in South Africa is in sight.”

Trade unions such as the South African Parastatals and Tertiary Institutions Union (SAPTU) are now also realising that pursuing ideology will have a negative impact on South Africa.

“TLU SA greatly appreciates SAPTU for bravely standing up in the interest of all South Africans and unequivocally confirming that amending the expropriation bill is not in the interest of South Africa’s economic growth,” says Van Zyl.


Date: 12 December 2023

Wysiging aan die onteieningswetsontwerp is nie in Suid-Afrika se belang nie en moet verwerp word.  TLU SA volstaan steeds by die ekonomiese beginsels wat bepaal dat elkeen wat ekonomies aktief wil wees ook verantwoordelikheid aanvaar vir dit wat daarmee saamgaan.  Landbou lewer ‘n groot bydrae tot Suid-Afrika se bruto binnelandse produk (BBP) en daarom is fokus op markkragbeginsels belangriker as ideologiese beginsels wat ‘n transformasie agenda dryf.

Eiendomsreg is die hoeksteen van suksesvolle landbou, ongeag wie die eienaar is. Oor die dekades heen het die landbousektor in tye van onsekerheid en onstabiliteit bewys dat dit aan alle Suid-Afrikaners broodnodige vastigheid en sekuriteit kan bied. Dit is weereens die afgelope drie, vier jaar bevestig. Dit kan rampspoedig wees indien korttermyn politieke of ideologiese aspirasies hierdie stabiliserende dog sensitiewe sektor wil omver gooi en die nagvolge daarvan kan geslagte Suid Afrikansers in ellende en ‘n oorlewingskrisis dompel. 

“Ons dink onwillekeurig dat die versoek om die onteieningswetsontwerp te wysig, bloot deel is van die ANC se verkiesingsveldtog,” sê Bennie van Zyl, TLU SA Hoofbestuurder. Die katastrofiese realiteit van onteiening noop al meer verantwoordelike strukture en organisasies om hul kommer daaroor uit te spreek. Dit is nou niks anders as sekere politici wat dit in eie belang as speelbal wil gebruik. Verantwoordelike Suid-Afrikansers besef die erns en belangrikheid van eiendomsreg. 

Die DA, VF Plus, IVP en ACDP, saam met vele ander groepe en individue, het ook die ANC se moontlike verskuilde agenda raak gesien en die wysiging verwerp omrede dit volgens hulle voorsiening sal maak vir onteiening sonder vergoeding. Daar is ook kommer uitgespreek dat die wetsontwerp se breë definisie van eiendom daartoe kan lei dat die staat ook motors, pensioen, handelsname en kopiereg in “openbare belang” sal kan onteien. Dit sal verder afbreuk doen aan beleggersvertroue en nog meer skade aan Suid-Afrika se ekonomie doen, iets wat die land nie kan bekostig nie. 

“TLU SA is verheug dat ander rolspelers ook die rooi ligte van die ANC se oorkoepelende transformasiebeleid raak sien. Ons verwag dat hulle dit in aanloop na die verkiesing baie sterk gaan dryf met die doel om kiesers te wen,” sê Van Zyl. “Dit is van kardinale belang dat elke Suid-Afrikaner hul voet neersit. Onteiening sonder vergoeding raak almal, nie net boere nie. Bates is nie net grond nie, en as die wysigings deurgevoer word, is die einde van privaat besit in Suid-Afrika in sig.”

Vakbonde soos die South African Parastatals and Tertiary Institutions Union (SAPTU) besef ook nou dat om ideologie na te streef, ‘n negatiewe uitwerking op Suid-Afrika sal hê. 

“TLU SA het groot waardering vir SAPTU wat in belang van alle Suid-Afrikaners manmoedig opgestaan het en onomwonde bevestig dat die wysing van die onteieningswetsontwerp nie in belang van Suid-Afrika se ekonomiese groei is nie,” meen van Zyl. 


Datum: 12 Desember 2023



The leap from Junior Primary in Grade 3 to Senior Primary in Grade 4 – the so-called Intersen Phase – can be a significant change and adjustment for children. They are faced with new subjects, new teachers, new expectations, new routines and new challenges. Some children may find this transition exciting, while others may feel anxious, overwhelmed, or resistant.

Parents have an important role to play to prepare their children for this progress between grades and help them take this important next step in their academic journey, an education expert says.

“Parents should prepare their children for the change, by talking to them about how their school days will be different when they move to Grade 4,” says Desiree Hugo, Academic Head of ADvTECH Schools Division.

“In Grade 4, they need to start taking greater ownership and responsibility for their own learning, including an increase in workload, homework and assessments, plus they are expected to develop independence,” she says.

For parents who have children heading to Grade 4 in 2024, the following guidelines can assist them to ensure they start the year on a strong footing, ready to perform to the best of their ability and enjoy the exciting challenges ahead!

Create a consistent routine

Children thrive on structure and predictability, especially during times of change. Establish a regular routine for your child’s daily activities, such as waking up, getting ready, having breakfast, going to school, extra-murals, doing homework, having family fun time and dinner, and going to bed, preferably with a story book. Try to stick to the same schedule on most school days, and make sure your child knows what to do and when to do it. Try to keep deviations to a minimum, so that the rhythm of their daily routine becomes second nature.

Support your child’s learning

In Senior Primary, there may be a wider range of subjects that may be new or challenging for your child. You can help your child learn and master the content by providing guidance, encouragement, and feedback. For example, you can review the lesson notes with your child, help them with their homework, quiz them on the key concepts, praise their efforts and achievements, and discuss their mistakes. You can also provide extra resources, such as books, websites, videos, or games, to supplement their learning and spark their interest. However, avoid doing the work for your child or putting too much pressure on them. Let your child work at their own pace and level, and respect their learning style and preferences.

At the start of Senior Primary, getting into a healthy learning routine is probably one of the most important milestones, which will assist your child throughout their educational journey.

Encourage your child’s social and emotional development

Senior Primary is not only about academic learning, but also about personal growth, as your child develops and continues to grow and develop their unique identity.

Your child may face various social and emotional issues, such as making friends, dealing with peer pressure, coping with stress, managing emotions, developing self-esteem, and expressing opinions. You can help your child develop these skills by being a good role model, listening to their feelings and concerns, validating their emotions, offering advice and support, teaching them coping strategies, and encouraging them to join extracurricular activities. You can also help your child build positive relationships with their teachers and classmates by communicating with them regularly, attending school events, and resolving conflicts independently and peacefully.

Celebrate your child’s progress and achievements

The transition to Senior Primary is a big milestone for your child, and they deserve recognition and appreciation for their hard work and accomplishments. It is important to celebrate your child’s progress and achievements, while at the same time avoiding comparison with others or focusing only on results. Emphasise the process, the effort, mastery and the improvement that your child has made. Consider failure as a first attempt in learning, and support them in building resilience to ongoing relearning.

“Senior Primary is an exciting and illuminating period in a child’s life. They continue to build their own identity, learn new skills, and encounter new challenges. This is an important time to help them cultivate a love of learning and a growth mindset. Parental and teacher support during this time is crucial, to ensure continued connection while also learning to strike a balance between supporting the child and giving them the room to discover their own strengths and abilities; we want to maximise children’s success and gratification in life,” Hugo says.


17. Unleash your potential: 2024 Mrs South Africa entries now open.

14 December 2023: The New Year is around the corner, bringing new opportunities to learn, grow, and achieve lifelong goals. And, for a few incredible women who are willing to take the leap, one such opportunity could be the Dallmayr Mrs South Africa 2024 life transformation programme.

Entries to next year’s Dallmayr Mrs South Africa pageant are officially open from now until 29 January 2024 to all married women from South Africa between the ages of 25 and 55 in 2024.

Far more than just a pageant, Dallmayr Mrs South Africa offers an unparalleled self-discovery journey that celebrates ‘bonafide’ women of all creeds, ethnicities, cultures, abilities, and religious backgrounds. It has been described as an ‘MBA of Life’ that teaches participants valuable skills, such as leadership, financial competence, communication, personal branding, and media management, among others, empowering them in their personal and professional lives.

“Our ladies are consistently challenged to step out of their comfort zones, face their fears, and overcome their insecurities while discovering their strengths and purpose in life. Our goal is to shape women into the leaders and changemakers they’re supposed to be, so that they can go on and realise their dreams while serving our communities and driving meaningful change,” says Mrs South Africa CEO Joani Johnson.

“Our acclaimed Mrs South Africa sisterhood is another big draw for contestants. Throughout the year, our participants connect on a deeper level and really come to lean on each other as they seek to make the most of the programme. The result is a powerful network of influential women who inspire and support each other, including our wonderful mentors, coaches, and experts. The opportunities this programme provides really are endless.”

Tshego Gaelae, the newly crowned Mrs South Africa, says that the journey has been lifechanging in many ways, helping her to discover her voice and teaching her to be fearless in the face of uncertainty.

“I originally entered because I saw how well the platform lends itself to the sustainable empowerment of ladies, and I wanted to be part of the change. This was also the year I was going to kick myself, physically if needed, out of my comfort zone and try anything and everything that’s new and exciting to me.

“I was most excited about engaging with likeminded people, to interact with queens and powerful women in their own right, and to learn from and build alongside them. Sisterhood, to me, means taking a purposeful role in helping women succeed. I am highly dedicated to the wins of women from all walks of life, and if you feel the same, then submit your entry to Mrs South Africa now!”

As the Dallmayr Mrs South Africa team prepares the programme for the 2024 class, they invite all married women who want to challenge themselves, grow their potential, and make a positive impact in society to join.

“Our promise to you is that you will discover yourself in ways you never thought possible. Our team of powerful ladies will help you find your true inner beauty, talent, and your purpose in life,” Johnson says.

Mrs South Africa’s longtime mainline sponsor, Dallmayr Coffee, will once again be stepping on board to help the team grow the programme, support its many empowerment activities throughout the year, and help the Class of 2024 achieve their dreams.

The programme is further supported by a diverse range of other sponsors such as Brentoni Eyewear, BTL Aesthetics, Caribbean Tan, Chery Krugersdorp, Collagen Lift Paris, Hirsch’s Homestore, Kryolan Professional Makeup, Lashout, Maskscara, iME, MSC Cruises, PKF Octagon, PR Worx, Slimz, Truewood Furniture, Urbantrend, Whirlpool, and Wild Africa Cream.

To enter Dallmayr Mrs South Africa 2023, entrants must:

  • Be female between the ages of 25 and 55 in 2024;
  • Be legally married with a valid marriage certificate from the SA Department of Home Affairs;
  • Be in possession of a valid South African identity document; and
  • Apply via by 29 January 2024.

Please note that there are no restrictions on educational background, height, weight, or tattoos. No prior pageant or modelling experience is required.

For the full list of requirements, visit:



News Source: AA: The Automobile Association of South Africa

The Automobile Association (AA) received over 18400 calls to jump-start vehicles across the country this year and expects these calls to increase as temperatures rise. 

Extreme temperatures, both hot and cold, can affect the performance of your car battery. In hot temperatures, excessive heat can accelerate chemical reactions within the battery and lead to overheating.

Car batteries are one of the most underrated parts of the car. They are hidden from the attention of the driver and are, therefore, never top of mind.

“The calls for jump-starts to the AA were received mostly between 07h00 and 11h00 as well as between 16h00 and 19h00 during the week. These are the peak hour times to for school drop-offs and getting to work in the morning and are the times when most people are in a rush to get home in the evening. Unfortunately, most battery centres do not operate after 17h00 leaving many people stuck and without alternatives,” notes the AA.

The AA has been assisting customers with on-the-spot battery tests and installations of new batteries since 2006, a service our customers appreciate.

“The batteries we sell are Enhanced Flooded Batteries (EFB) which are maintenance-free batteries which have a longer life with stop start technology. We offer a national warranty regardless of where the battery was purchased which gives our customers an added advantage,” says the AA.

Did you know that the amount of technology you have in your car can also take a big toll on the battery’s ability to do its job, and it is also a big determiner on how long your battery lasts?

Headlights, radios, and electronic device chargers all demand power from the battery to operate. This can be overwhelming and cause the battery to fail, especially if it is older and already struggling to hold a charge. That is why it is important to make it a habit to assess the health of your car battery.

“It’s important to make sure to get an annual check-up for the battery of your car. Drive the car regularly with distances over 10km, to give it enough chance to recharge. If the vehicle is left undriven for periods over three weeks, it is advisable to disconnect it thereby save the charge,” advises the AA.

The AA has made it easy to ensure sure your car battery is always operating at its best. Get your annual battery check-up and a new battery from the AA by calling 0861000234 and one of our highly skilled technicians will come to you wherever you are, at whatever time you call.


19. Don’t let indigestion spoil your festivities.

Wednesday, 20 December 2023, Delightful festive feasts, after-dinner lounging and indulging in certain foods can sometimes invite an unwanted guest: indigestion. Ever wondered what’s behind that post-feast discomfort?

A pharmacist from Medipost, South Africa’s pioneering national courier pharmacy, has the answers. 

“Indigestion, also called dyspepsia, refers to an uncomfortable pain in the stomach or chest that usually occurs after a person has been eating or drinking,” says pharmacist Heidi Zimmermann of Medipost Pharmacy.

“Other symptoms include sensations of fullness, bloating, nausea, burping and the unwelcome companion, heartburn – all tell-tale signs of reflux. This occurs when stomach acid escapes from your stomach into the oesophagus through the lower oesophageal sphincter [LES].”

The LES usually acts like a one-way valve, allowing food into the stomach and preventing the hydrochloric acid that digests our food from coming up the oesophagus and burning the lining, causing irritation, inflammation, pain and swelling.

Three common causes of indigestion are

  • Having a large meal or drinking so much that the stomach is overfull and presses on the sphincter, forcing it open.
  • Lying down after eating and drinking causes the stomach contents to push against the LES, and more acidic fluid can escape into the oesophagus.
  • Certain foods trigger a chemical reaction, causing the LES to open. Methylxanthine in cocoa products, caffeine, alcohol and cigarette smoke are all known to have this effect, and peppermint, garlic and onions may also.

Prevention tips

  • Eat a smaller supper, preferably at least three to four hours before going to bed
  • Don’t drink liquids with meals
  • Avoid caffeine, alcohol, cigarette smoke and other substances that may cause the LES to open
  • Practise a healthy lifestyle with a balanced diet and regular exercise
  • Try taking a magnesium supplement at night to help keep the LES closed

Antacids – fast-acting

“Antacids are available without prescription for immediate relief of indigestion and heartburn. Antacids containing minerals work by neutralising the hydrochloric acid. Alternatively, a teaspoon of sodium bicarbonate or baking soda dissolved in water is a common home remedy,” Zimmermann says.

Other antacids available from pharmacies include aluminium hydroxide, magnesium carbonate, magnesium trisilicate, magnesium hydroxide, and calcium bicarbonate.

“Antacids are usually safe to use, however, people with heart and renal disorders should take care not to have too much of these minerals. For example, elevated calcium levels can lead to heart rhythm disturbances, kidney stone formation, and potential harm to kidney function. Long-term overuse is more serious than a single overdose, although both should be avoided.”

To avoid interactions with other medications, separate the dosing of antacids and other medication by one to two hours. Consult your prescriber or pharmacist if you are unsure about medication interactions.

Proton pump inhibitors – acid reducing

“Proton pump inhibitors [PPIs]including medicines containing lansoprazole, pantoprazole, or omeprazole, are often recommended for treating acid reflux. PPIs work by reducing the acid produced in the stomach and are usually taken once a day 30 minutes before breakfast, or if taken twice daily, the second dose should be half an hour before supper.

“Bear in mind that PPIs take 24 hours to start working, and the full benefit is only realised about four days later, so think ahead if you are planning to indulge. Lower dosages of the PPIs and small quantities are available over the counter. If you are not finding relief or you suffer recurring indigestion, it is important to consult your doctor about the treatment plan that would work best for you.”

Zimmerman warns that PPIs should be used with caution in patients with severe hepatic disease, which is a serious condition affecting the liver. Pregnant women should avoid omeprazole and other medicines ending in ‘–prazole’ unless prescribed by a doctor who is aware of your pregnancy. 

Histamine blockers – quick relief or prevention

Histamine blockers, often containing cimetidine, work by inhibiting hydrochloric acid production from the gastric glands in the stomach lining.

“Although less powerful than PPIs, histamine blockers start providing relief much sooner, in as little as 15 to 20 minutes. Histamine blockers may be taken one hour after an antacid to provide prolonged relief or as a preventative measure 30 minutes before eating or drinking,” Zimmermann says.

People who have had kidney or liver disease or are HIV positive should only take histamine blockers on the advice of their treating doctor. Histamine blockers are not advised for pregnant or breastfeeding mothers, and people who are on blood-thinning medication should take care because histamine blockers intensify bleeding.

“As a general rule, none of these medicines should be given without a prescription to children. Instead, speak to your pharmacist or healthcare provider about the available paediatric options,” she advises.

Short-term relief

If the symptoms of indigestion do not clear within two weeks of using self-medication, then it is time to consult a doctor to establish the root cause so that the right treatment can be prescribed for you.

“It is important to note that long-term use of any medicine that reduces stomach acidity compromises protein digestion, which may cause other digestive problems. In addition, side effects such as vitamin deficiencies also occur when these medications are used consistently for longer periods.

“Do not ignore the symptoms of indigestion because there are some potentially serious conditions such as heart disease, stomach ulcers, pleurisy and gallstones that can sometimes feel similar. Angina, or chest pain caused by lack of blood flow to the heart, for example, can feel a lot like heartburn. It is therefore, crucial to get a proper diagnosis,” Zimmermann says.

“There is no need to suffer with indigestion this holiday season when effective relief is available. Place an order on for convenient delivery anywhere in South Africa.”


20. Long road trip ahead? Here’s how to pack your car.

(Though the festive season has passed, this can also apply to any long trip.)

Every December, the spirit of adventure beckons many South Africans to hit the open road for unforgettable journeys. Whether you’re heading to the coastal bliss of Durban or the scenic landscapes of the Garden Route, a well-packed car can make all the difference in turning your road trip into a seamless and enjoyable experience.

“If you’ve been on a road trip before, you’ll know from experience that the inside of the car can get cluttered, messy and disorganised pretty quickly,” points out Barend Smit, Marketing Director of MotorHappy, a supplier of motor management solutions. He continues to share some tips on how to efficiently pack your car for a safe journey.

Before your trip, make a list of everything you need to take along. Once it’s packed into bags – check it off your list. That way, when you are ready to start packing the car, you aren’t stressing about whether you’ve packed those must-have trip items.

“If you’re planning a cross-border trip, be sure to pack passports and other essential documents,” he advises. “This is where MotorHappy’s free online service will come in handy. When motorists register for MotorHappy DRIVE, they get immediate access to an online vault, where they can store digital copies of all their important vehicle, insurance and travel documentations. This service is freely available to anyone who owns a car, not only for MotorHappy customers.”

When you register for the free online service, you can also access discount vouchers for tyres and car rentals, as well as various lifestyle offerings.

Once you’re clear about the list of items you need for your road trip, begin to gather all the luggage in one place, so you can assess the space to luggage ratio before loading everything into your boot. Smit says to start packing bigger, heavier items first, things like camping fridges, cooler boxes, bigger suitcases, etc. “Then, pretend you’re playing a game of Tetris; fit the rest of your luggage into the boot, finding suitable slots for the various-sized bags. This trick helps you fill in any empty spaces and maximises the space you have.”

Make sure you’ve packed as much luggage into actual bags (like duffle bags or kit bags etc) so that you don’t have any loose items flying around. The very last items that should be packed into the car should be those items that you might need along the way. The last thing you want is to unpack everything during your pit stop at the garage to find that cosy hoodie right at the bottom.

“While loading all your holiday essentials, remember to be prepared in case of an emergency,” says Smit. “Make sure your emergency car tools (such as your jumper cables, triangle, tyre kit, etc.) as well as your first aid kit are all easily accessible. Most cars have the spare tyre under the boot, in which case unpacking your entire boot is necessary to get to it. But imagine having to unpack your entire boot just to get your emergency triangle or a headache tablet for your passengers.”

No matter how much you need to take along, never overpack your car to the extent that it is unsafe or affects your visibility. If you simply can’t fit all your passengers and their luggage into a car safely, consider hiring a trailer or roof box to ensure a comfortable and safe trip.

Snacks are probably one of the most important “necessities” to have on a road trip. Before you head out, make sure you’ve packed enough snacks for the entire trip. To save space inside the car, section your road trip snacks into the different legs of your trip and keep the rest packed away in the boot. Keep your drinks cool by placing them in a cooler bag or mini-car fridge. Also, don’t forget an empty packet for your rubbish.

Besides choosing comfortable clothing to travel in, it’s wise for you and your passengers to bring along a few comfort items that you may need during the trip. Smit suggests items like a travel pillow, a blanket, an oversized jumper and socks are all a good idea. Another suggestion is to bring along a towel. If it’s a hot trip and you’ve got leather seats in your car, you’ll be a lot more comfortable sitting on top of a beach towel (which can also then be used during your holiday.