Drive for him and for her


Honda has released their all-new 2017 Civic – a sedan that is sleek, elegant and streamlined.  The aggressive lines, curves and angles display a daring side to the Civic, particularly in the Sport variant, and the overall perception and comments were that of a very appealing sedan.

Sleekness flows from the outside to the interior where simplicity flows through the cabin area that is totally uncluttered, yet chock-full of the latest equipment, including a seven inch central touchscreen with integrated smartphone capability, dual-zone automatic climate control, push-button start/stop, electric parking brake and a digital gauge cluster with customizable information displays.

The feature list is extensive and includes auto lights with LED daytime running lights, rain-sensing wipers, heated front seats, electric mirrors and windows with driver and passenger auto, Bluetooth telephony and media streaming, cruise control with speed limiter.  Comfort and style shines through with a leather-bound multifunction steering wheel and a nice little feature is that the volume control on both the steering wheel and alongside the touch screen have touch-sensitive sliders to adjust the volume.

The Civic Sport features a six-speed auto gearbox that offers a sport drive as well as an eco mode.  The sport mode is further enhanced thanks to the paddle shifters on the steering wheel.

The drive is smooth and silent.  Leather seats provide comfort all round and space is afforded to all passengers.  The reverse camera is handy for parking and the rear spoiler appeals to many but it’s not my favourite feature on this highly appealing car.

The boot has a large capacity.  Being deeper than it is high, can create some packing issues with large luggage items, however the rear seats having a 60/40 split allows the Civic to carry various loads thanks to the extra load space with the seats down.

The overall perception of the Honda Civic Sport is one of a versatile option with a stunning design and a comfortable ride; however the 8.2l per 100km would raise an eyebrow for me.


The Volvo V40 is certainly something to behold.  The pert hatch is stylish, sleek, sporty, sophisticated and has lines, curves and angles in all the right places.

It goes without saying that the V40 is a dream to drive.  The 8-speed auto glides with smoothness, the handling is smooth and accurate from cruising to having the power to go!

The cabin area is set out in clean lines with brushed silver detail.  The leather seats with auto-setting memory function and lumbar support ensure a comfortable ride.  The leather-bound multifunction steering wheel is soft to the touch and includes a number of controls for easy operation.

The V40 D4 R-Design features auto lights with LED daytime running lights, auto-dimming rear-view mirror, lane departure warning, reverse camera with park pilot, blind spot warning, collision detection and alert as well as adaptive cruise control as well as Bluetooth telephone and media streaming, navigation, heated seats, keyless entry with push-button start and auto-stop/start.  These are just some of the features on the Volvo V40.  Not all features are standard though and many of them require the purchase of add on packs.

The Volvo V40 D4 seats 5 passengers and comfort and space is afforded for all.  Rear-seated passengers have cup holders on the sides of each seat and ones that fold out of the seat.

The rear seats have a 60/40 split enabling versatility in the large boot area which also has a concealed tray for those items one needs to keep completely out of sight.

There is much to be said about the V40.  For one, it is the one car that I drive in and feel completely safe, as is Volvo’s longstanding claim.  It is refined, it is appealing to look at and the roof fin denotes the sporty side.  The interior is clean, clear and crisp with much information displayed via the central display screen.

Detail is synonymous with Volvo.  Your speed dial indicates via a red dot what the speed limit is, and displays the speed limit as well via an icon embedded in the dial.

The Volvo V40 also offers a sport drive and an eco-drive, and best of all, it self-parks – and it works well.

The stop-start is the best I have ever encountered – it is not temperamental as I find with most others.  It works perfectly all the time.

The Volvo V40 D4 R-Design being a diesel makes it economical.  It is certainly worth a look and it is welcome in my driveway anyday.



Tata has introduced an additional, limited edition variant of its Indica hatch as an added-value offering. The new model, known as the Indica Flash, is based on the Indica LGi model, with several distinguishing features and significant additions to the list of standard equipment.

The Flash is now specified well above the standard specification of its main competitors in the market. At the price of R124 995 it is only R6 000 higher than the standard Indica, while the value of the added features and equipment far exceeds this.

Externally people will be able to identify this model with its bold black stripes, incorporating the Flash logo, running along the bottom of the doors, as well as the Flash logo on the corner of the bonnet. The steel wheels have also been replaced with distinctive, spoked alloy mag wheels.

However, the scope of the big upgrade comes once one sits inside the Indica Flash. Firstly, there are leather seats with the Flash logo embroidered in the top of the front seats, while the steering wheel has a soft leather grip. An audio system with USB and hands free Bluetooth capabilities have also been added.

The Indica Flash is powered by the 1.4-litre engine which delivers 56kW of power and drives the Flash’s front wheels through a five-speed gearbox. Claimed overall fuel consumption is 6.5l/100km.

The Indica Flash is covered by a 3-year/100 000km warranty and has a 2-year/45 000km service plan plus road side assistance.

There is also a launch special finance package available.


2016 in perspective

Dear Monthly Guardian reader

I can hardly believe we are staring YEAR END in the face … so, for this edition, I thought I’d try and put into perspective what 2016 has meant to so many people out there.

For many it has been a ‘hamster’ wheel year – family, work, occasions, pressure, losses, celebrations, school sports, school exams, courses, birthdays, precious moments, friends and one month has rolled into another and BOOM the year is done!

For me, other than offering solutions to:

TEENS that need guidance when it comes to HOW to handle high school effectively, MENTORSHIP through the terms

  • Grade 9’s SUBJECT CHOICE
  • Grade 10’s did I make the right choice
  • Grade 11’s I should be working out my plans for TERTIARY EDUCATION
  • Grade 12’s what am I studying NEXT YEAR?

I also feel, from a personal and BUSINESS perspective, it’s time to REFLECT. It’s time to sort out WHAT WORKED for me this year, and WHAT DIDN’T? What I need to CHANGE so that life starts to work for ME rather than me for it – and the same can be said for business.

Where should I be FOCUSED next year? Am I STUCK and FRUSTRATED? Is life and business just getting TOO much for me? Do I want to RUN away from it all?

I have a TOOL that will put all of this into perspective – you WILL wheedle out the good from the bad. You will gleam CLARITY and direction on the way forwards. You will start 2017 on the right foot not the back foot.

“POWER 3 HOUR” is what I offer … an INDEPTH introspection of where YOU or your BUSINESS is at … it’s 3 hours of unpacking and analysing and repacking, re-energising … it’s incredibly effective and I have had tremendous response from those that have done these sessions with me.

Then, depending on your needs, fortnightly / monthly follow up sessions are available – the plan of course is to make effective changes that allow life / business to become ‘challenging, yet manageable’…

Don’t put off, don’t procrastinate … if my favourite saying resonates with you, then you know what to do: ‘If you always do what you’ve always done, you’ll always get what you’ve always got’….

All that’s left for me to do is WISH you WELL for your year-end … for those celebrating Christmas, I hope you have a wonderful time, for those that don’t, but are going to take leave, ENJOY … to those travelling, travel safely and for those that want to find out more about what Synergy offers – please either WhatsApp me, email me, call me …


Berry Friands

These little “tarts” are special and delicious treats that can be served at tea time or as a Christmas dessert.


  • 175g butter
  • 6 egg whites
  • 250ml ground almonds
  • 10ml vanilla essence
  • 375ml icing sugar
  • 125ml flour or
  • gluten free flour
  • 12 fresh or frozen strawberries / raspberries / blackberries
  • Extra icing sugar for dusting

Melt the butter and add all the remaining ingredients except the berries. Stir to combine.

Spoon or pour the mixture evenly into 12 greased muffins tins.  Place a berry in the centre of each one.  Bake at 190°C for 25 minutes. Remove from tin and cool on a rack.

When cool, lightly sieve with icing sugar.

Variation: These can be baked in the mini muffin tins using a smaller berry or one cut in half.  Sliced apples, pears or pecan nuts can be used instead of the berries.


dec16-19Chevron recently hosted the Chevron Science Quest at the Cape Town Science Centre. The first stage was held during the third term of last year where learners from Bosmansdam High School took part in a Physical Science quiz as part of 80 finalists from various schools located around the Chevron Refinery in Milnerton. Bosmansdam is very proud of Harriet Tewesa in Gr.10 who finished first!

Right: Bosmansdam’s prize-winners: Alfred Chirwa, Albertina Franzolini, Harriet Tewesa and Nathaniel De Hahn with Ms. Makapa Makhoro from Chevron.




As part of their Festive season awareness against crime campaign, Bothasig SAPS would like to share the following safety hints with the community, to ensure that their chances of becoming victims of crime over the holiday period, are minimized.

Stay safe these holidays and be sure to pass this information on to family members, friends and colleagues.


  • Always be alert when driving, look out for anything not familiar to you, i.e persons standing in close proximity to stop streets or crouching down next to stop streets.
  • Look out for suspicious people / or vehicles close to the entrance to your premises.
  • When entering your premises either via the electric garage gate or door, keep an eye open for someone entering behind you.
  • If you become aware that you are being followed, drive to a police station or, if at all possible, call them. Bothasig Police Station can be contacted on 021 559 9419.
  • Refrain from driving around in unsavoury areas, chatting to the locals or making withdrawals at ATM machines as it could make you a target for a hijacking.
  • Be on the lookout for people or vehicles moving aimlessly in the area. Report any incidents of this as well as the vehicle particulars to the police immediately, even if you think you would be wasting their time.
  • Have your vehicle registration no, make and model, and those of all family members as well as regular visitors handy. This information is very important as SAPS need to broadcast it as quickly as possible in the event of a hijacking.
  • In the event of a robbery/hijacking try to remain as calm as possible and follow the perpetrators instructions to the letter to minimise your chances of your attacker doing harm to you.
  • Give a short time until you are sure that you are safe and then immediately notify the police, providing them with a full description of the vehicles and occupants if possible.
  • Start / Join a Neighbourhood Watch.
  • Pass this information along to everyone living or working on the property.

Members from the community should identify possible scenarios for hijackings and practice what they should do in the unfortunate event it should happen. It is very important to convey their action plans to everyone who is in the vehicle, including children. Read more



Total Control Electrical was established in 2000 by Dave Morley and operated from home for 6 years servicing the corporate industry (SAB Miller, Nampak and Parmalat) on all their electrical requirements.

Dave opened up a shop at The Village Centre in Vryburger Avenue, Bothasig in January 2007 to service the local contractors and residents in a
ddition to all of his corporate customers.

In order to better serve his clients and provide for their needs, Total Control Electrical Wholesalers will be moving during the first week of December. Total Control will be relocating from shop 9, to shop 4 which is the old Village Grocer.  Dave is very excited about the move as it will drastically increase the size of his store with Total Control now having “out-grown” the existing premises.


In line with the directive from the National Department of Water and Sanitation, the City of Cape Town has implemented stage 3 water restrictions from 1 November, with corresponding tariffs increasing from 1 December.

According to a report from the City, Cape Town residents as a whole did not achieve the consistent 10% reduction in water use that was mandated from 1 January 2016. If we continue to use water as we did on Level 2 restrictions over the coming summer months, the dams are at risk of falling to 15% by the end of the summer period. Following on, if we experience poor rainfall next rainy season, we could find our dams at approximately 50% this time next year.

Under the level 3 restrictions the following will apply:

  • Watering/irrigation (with drinking water from municipal supply) of gardens, lawns, flower beds and other plants, vegetable gardens, sports fields, parks and other open spaces is allowed only if using a bucket or watering container. No use of hosepipes or automatic sprinkler systems is allowed.
  • Cars and boats may only be washed with water from buckets.
  • Manual topping up of swimming pools is allowed only if pools are fitted with a pool cover. No automatic top-up systems are allowed.
  • No portable play pools are permitted to be used.

Additionally, the City will continue to optimise abstraction of water from the various dams in consultation with the National Department and surrounding municipalities. This may entail periodic adjustment to the bulk water distribution system, which could lead to intermittent water clarity issues or changes in water taste for those with sensitive palates. Should we experience unusually hot and windy conditions during summer, this may promote algalgrowth in the dams which could also give rise to an earthy taste and smell to the water. Activated carbon is utilised at the water treatment plants to remove most of the taste and smell. All water supplied will remain safe to drink.

They will also be lowering distribution system pressures where possible to reduce leakage from municipal and private water systems. This will mean that water may flow more slowly from taps and fittings. We thank residents for their understanding in this regard.

More information on current water restrictions as well as tips on how to save water can be found here:

My Viewpoint

It seems to me that although we have evolved so far as humans, we have somehow started going backwards.

As a “people” we are so isolated in everything.  We build high walls – although we say this is for our safety.  Well I beg to differ on that.  We drive by and “mind our own business,” we “don’t get involved” and the list goes on, as we use various methods to retreat from face-to-face interactions.

Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and all the rest of these “social” media tools only add to the isolation.  Having the total opposite effect to the term “social” media.  It is by no means social – actually just the opposite.

Instead of high walls and electric gates we should have open porches around our homes, where neighbours pop by and have a cup of whatever on the stoep; children should be out on the front lawn and in the street playing – everyone interacting with each other.

This way we would know our neighbours and everyone else in our street, our children will grow up talking face to face instead of via a screen on their cellphone, iPad or laptop…and communication would improve.

Don’t come back saying it isn’t safe anymore – well it isn’t safe because everyone has retreated into their very own compound leaving the streets empty for whoever to roam at will.

If we filled our streets, there would be no unwelcome guests because no would-be trouble-maker is going to weave their way down a street where everyone is in their front garden and loads of activity is taking place.

Well, as always, that is my opinion!

Till next month… See ya, Nats

October Competition Winner

nov16-04Congratulations to Pat Mason, the winner of our October Competition.  She entered via SMS with the answer, 180km/h.  Pat won a R200 gift voucher from Victor’s Pizza & Pasta in Bothasig.

To enter our November competition and win a prize contact us via Twitter, Facebook or our Webpage or SMS  0218018487 and you could be a winner.

Question: According to the article in the motoring section of this edition, the Honda BR-V is available in four colours. Name one of these colours.

Send us your answer, along with your first and last names via facebook message, twitter @MonthlyGuardian, our website or SMS to 0218018487.

Competition closes 25 November and entries received after this date will not be accepted.  The November winner will be placed in the December edition of The Guardian.  Please note you must provide us with your first and last names as well as your contact number in order to go into the draw for the monthly prize.  You must be able to collect the prize to enter.  Entrants who have won a prize in our competition must wait three months before they are able to enter again.  Only one entry per person.