Edgemead Primary celebrates EPSKindness in November

Edgemead Primary celebrated #EPSKindness from 1 – 11 November. During this time, each grade was responsible to “wrap” a tree, and learners were encouraged to decorate a cut-out of their hand, which was stuck along the school passages as a visible reminder that kindness is something one DOES. Edgemead Primary encouraged families to perform Random Acts of Kindness during this time and had wonderful feedback from their learners.

The #Truper Campaign coincided with their campaign and the following learners were recognised for their kind contributions:

Sikho for his constant willingness to help and his compassionate behaviour. Daniel for lending his new shoes to a friend who had forgotten his, then wearing his older ones for the day. Tamsin for the efforts she has made in collecting bottle caps and bread tags that go towards buying a wheelchair for those that need it. Tamsin spends many weekends collecting bottle caps and bread tags from the beach  cleaning it up as she goes along!

Edgemead Primary School also managed to contribute 140 Santa Shoeboxes this year and the other items collected that didn’t make it into shoeboxes were donated to an organisation that does charity work with young people.


Above: Edgemead Primary School learner, Tamsin, with the bags of bottle caps and bread tags that she collected.

Holiday Programme at Edgemead Monte Vista Library

“The Edgemead Monte Vista Library has had a very busy year once again. “We as a staff are extremely grateful for every volunteer that pitches in and helps us to keep the library in the condition it is. We have our group of book menders, shelvers, cd- and dvd cleaners and just people generally assisting with functions and wherever the need might be,” said Head Librarian Lorraine Mathewson.

She added that without the Friends of the Edgemead/Monte Vista library they will also not be the dynamic team that they are. The Friends have various fund raising initiatives e.g. art exhibitions, car boot sales and craft markets. With the funds raised, the Library is able to buy some extra best sellers and fill most of their other fund gaps. Mrs Mathewson said that she would like to say a huge “Thank you” to Friends of the Library Chairperson Ms Diane Stratton and her team! Just a reminder that membership for the Friends of the Library can once again be paid from January at the library.

“We also want to thank all the people in the community who donate books to the library. On an annual basis we select more than 1000 of these items to become part of our library stock. Good books which we have enough copies of, we donate to less fortunate libraries in the City of Cape Town,” said Mrs Mathewson. Read more


At this time of the year many companies across South Africa will be hosting end-of-year functions for their staff. While these are festive, celebratory occasions, the Automobile Association (AA) urges all motorists to remember that alcohol and driving do not mix, and that alternatives are available to drivers who want to drink at these events.

According to figures published by the Road Traffic Management Corporation (RTMC) the most fatalities on South African roads occur on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays between 5pm in the evening and 10pm at night. The AA said these periods are significant and clearly coincide with times of increased drinking, when the risk is higher.

“It’s become somewhat of a ritual at this time of year to warn drivers of the dangers of drinking and driving. But, unfortunately, the message appears to be lost as many people still insist on drinking and driving, not only endangering their lives, but those of other road users,” said the AA.

The AA noted that traffic authorities around the country have been clear that they are increasing their activities and that more checks, and roadblocks, are commencing.

“There really is no excuse for drink driving nowadays. There are many take-me-home services available, including AA Designated Driver (www.aa.co.za), which are reliable, affordable and safe. We urge anyone who is going to be drinking to consider these options before getting behind the wheel themselves. Companies hosting year-end events must also take responsibility and not allow workers who have been drinking to drive home,” the AA said. Read more

Edgemead, Celebrate your Multi-Award Winning Lions Club – De Grendel

Above: Some of the 20 members of the Lions Club De Grendel assisting with the international food fair held at the Parow Catholic Church on Saturday 5 November 2016. The total profits raised were to the sum of R197 500.

Additionally other club members ran a fruit juice stall at Huis Horizon, Stellenbosch on the same day for mentally disabled occupants. Their profits raised were approximately R350 000.


It is not always possible to experience or recognise deserved achievements, especially, when applicable to others.

Here we think of the U.K soccer league, for example: when Manchester United wins, then the supporters associate themselves with the success and “we won!” rings out from every corner, but when they lose the comments are generally a case of “they played like a crowd of clueless idiots.”

Now to contextualise the achievements of the De Grendel Lions Club, it could be likened to sitting at your child’s school prize giving and having your child / his friend being named as a top scholar in, for example, the English subject. Later on the same name is repeated for mathematics and even later also receiving the top prize for science. Amazingly the same scholar has been awarded three top prizes recognising his/her dedication and application.

Imagine then the feelings of the De Grendel Lions Club when, at the Lions mini convention held on 28 October at the Portuguese Club in Rugby, attended by the 42 clubs in the district of 410A, that the De Grendel Lions Club president Patrick Pillay was called up to the roster on 6 occasions to receive 6 top awards. I repeat 6 top awards!  Including the coveted trophy for LIONS CLUB OF THE YEAR 2015  2016.

Residents, your Lions Club continues to do you proud with their hardworking, dedicated members who serve the elderly; youth; handicapped, blind and deaf people; local indigent members of our society and our environment. Small wonder that many people in our area wish to learn about the workings of Lions Clubs in general and the local Lions Club De Grendel in particular.  To meet this need the Lions Club De Grendel are preparing an updated club information Brochure that they hope to have available at all of their clubs holiday activities in the area.

The De Grendel Lions Club wish all the readers and their families a Happy, Holy Christmas and best of luck for the New Year on behalf of all the Club Members.  We would thank you for the continued support that enables us to help people in need.

To find out more about the De Grendel Lions Club or if you would like to join the club, kindly contact Lions Club De Grendel President Patrick Pillay mobile: 078 7973 283 or email: pillay.patrick405@gmail.com

Councillor’s Corner

Dear Residents

I am happy to report that the Bothasig CDC, formerly Bothasig Clinic, is moving along at full speed.  I am grateful for all the positive feedback received and am very happy that so many are now able to access a variety of services on their doorstep.

As we look to the end of another year, we also look to the promise of a new year and there are indeed exciting things the City has planned.  The first would be the Organisational Development Plan that will among others, see a new level of service delivery rolled out.  Due to roll out in January, we will see service delivery being localised and brought closer to the community.  The localised elementary service delivery will attend to among others, water leaks, electricity faults, potholes and other residential service issues.  This is a new approach that is sure to bring about a faster response time and I am indeed looking forward to this.

As we wind down at this time of year, it is usually the time that dumping and littering increases, and I urge residents to do so within the ambient of the law.  It is very easy to use one of the City’s green bins but be mindful that it will look full and untidy for a number of days until it is emptied.  Likewise, dumping on our open fields will also leave the area untidy.

I would further like to remind residents of the City’s Give Responsibly drive.  Especially at this time of year, our hearts go out to those less fortunate than ourselves.  It is worthwhile to bear in mind that when we give handouts to one and all, we are encouraging and enabling them.  It is not helping or uplifting.  What this does, is keeps them in this situation with no need or motivation to improve as their needs are met in their current situation.  There are many shelters and organisations that assist and help, and places like hospices that will come to you and fetch what you have.

Recycling is also a key aspect that we really need to take more seriously.  There are so many options available in our area, even the option of collection from our homes.

Another aspect that has previously been mentioned is that of house numbers.  At this time of year when an emergency can easily happen, it is important that emergency services are able to easily locate your house.

I would like to stress to residents to be extra vigilant at this time of year when crime generally increases.  Please report anything suspicious to the SAPS and do become involved in your neighbourhood watch.

Please adhere to the water restrictions and let us all do our bit to save. Any water transgressions can be mailed to water.restrictions@capetown.gov.za or send an SMS to 31373.

I would like to take this opportunity to wish one and all a very Blessed Christmas that offers you the opportunity to wind down and spend some quality time with your family and friends.  I wish you a wonderful New Year that is filled with peace and happiness.

Helen Carstens, Ward 5 Councillor 

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.