Electronics ban on flights into the UK

Saffa's in the UK

News reports today outlined changes in what one can and cannot take on board certain electrical devices! Read the full article HERE

In a nutshell, ONLY mobile phones can now be taken on board in hand luggage – laptops, tablets, kindles must be placed in luggage that goes in the hold of the aircraft. This regulation affects passengers travelling on some direct flights to the UK from certain countries.


How does this affect South Africans travelling to the UK? Any passenger who travels on the following airlines may be affected: Turkish Airlines, Pegasus Airways, Atlas-Global Airlines, Middle East Airlines, EgyptAir, Royal Jordanian, Tunis Air and Saudia.

However, you should assume that even though your port of ORIGIN is not one of these countries listed, people travelling from South Africa via any of the Middle East cities to the UK, should expect that large devices will not be permitted to be…

View original post 89 more words

… we’re at the gate of the year

Grumpy's Book of Knowledge

finger family travels at the beach as conceptSo, we made it through 2016! We lost some folk along the way … family, loved ones, friends, celebrities … but we have so many of the same who remain to accompany us through the year ahead. Many years ago my mother shared this with me, which was penned by Minnie Louise Haskins (it was also quoted by King George VI during his Christmas message that was broadcast to the nation in December 1939) …

And I said to the man who stood at the gate of the year:
“Give me a light that I may tread safely into the unknown.”
And he replied:
“Go out into the darkness and put your hand into the Hand of God.
That shall be to you better than light and safer than a known way.”
So I went forth, and finding the Hand of God, trod gladly into the night.
And He led…

View original post 13 more words

Nissan SA – How amazingly stupid!

nissanNissan South Africa have sent out letter to Nissan Lavina owners recalling a number of models because of a potentially faulty airbag …. the letter to the clients do not outline any course of action the client is meant to take, nor who to contact, in short they say ABOLUTELY NOTHING other than they are recalling the model.

It is up to the client to take all the initiative and try to find out how serious the matter is, who to contact, what to do etc …. after numerous, non-returned phone calls to the nearest dealership (in Hermanus) the client was told that the driver’s side airbag has to be replaced in all the models ….. BUT (wait for it) the factory has no stock! Maybe the part will be available in the new year … we will phone you! (better not hold your breath!)

The Fox is back! … be there on the 30th!

the-fox-logoKathy and Geoff are pleased to announce the official opening function of The Fox Restaurant & Pub will be on Thursday 24th November from 18h00 for guests and Naparians to come and see the changes that have been made and to sample the food!

The venue will be closed on Friday 25th BUT normal activities will commence from Saturday 26th onwards – opening daily (except Tuesdays) from 11h00 onwards (by the way … have you booked for Christmas? The Fox will be open but booking is essential)

Come along and experience the hospitality you’ve all been anxious to enjoy … the whole building and grounds have been renovated and “spruced up” … sit on the enlarged and enclosed front verandah and relax with a glass of local brew or wine while you partake of the new and exciting menu, food and features.

You can expect the favourite menu items of:

  • Beef and chicken burgers
  • Fish and Chips
  • Calamari and Chips
  • Prawns
  • Mussels
  • Rump Steak

But there will be a lot more to follow and to tempt you to become a frequent guest of Kathy & Geoff.

Snooze you lose! There’s another next year … Greyton Rose Fair

Greyton Rose FairAhh the Greyton Rose Fair… full of pungent smells, delicious food and friendly people. celebrating 25 years this passed weekend of the 29th -30th October 2016, if you missed it this year be sure to make a stop by this beautiful town next time round! With lineup Programmes like, the Rose Show,  opening parade and the open gardens there were plenty of things to do and see at this time of the year.

Don’t forget the outstanding Greyton market that is held every weekend. Goods at the market range from 2nd hand books to breakfast stands, plants to accessorize your garden and veggie patch, odds and ends and much, much more…

Keep fit … AND support the local school at the same time!

untitledGreyton is well known for its amazingly epic MTB and trail running routes available to all fitness freaks (and the not so fit freaks) throughout the year.  However, SOME routes are kept secret and we are thrilled to have been granted access to the pristine Greyton Nature Reserve for this exclusive event….

100% of the proceeds raised from this event go to our local village school, Greyton House.  More than 30% of the children attending the independent school are accepted on reduced fees, calculated according to the parent’s financial circumstances.  The school is currently in dire financial need and we hope to raise as much as we can!  Thank you for your support in our endeavor to educate the little people in our village.

Back to business…

Check out the routes:

20km  –  R200
12km  –  R150
6km  –  R100

Kids 12 and under pay half price

20km details –

20kmTwo main climbs await, both offering different views of Greyton and the valley below.

The flat start down main road doesn’t last long before a jeep track climb allows for some seeding before the second half if the climb takes you up and around Hardepeer Kloof on a steep, scramble in places, path.

The footpath continues down to the top of Platkloof and then down to your first water point. Then it’s into Noupoort and out again and over to the Gobos crossing and onto a short piece of open jeep track.  The split for the 20km takes you straight into Maermanskloof for your second proper climb rising quickly above the scenery below.

Take a breath before plummeting down and around for a south approach to the village up historic Vigne lane. There’s craft beer at the finish, but you’ll have to run brew, run!

12km details –

12kmThe same first climb and up to the split add the 20km, but instead of heading for another hill you’ll be on a fast single track to the finish. Elevation is just over 400m and most of the route is on Greyton Nature Reserve hiking trails so if you’ve got the legs you’re in for a good one!

 

 

 

6km details –

6kmAbout half the route is on jeep track and the other half single track, but we’ve kept it flattish and fast, but will take you almost right around Greyton.  Enjoy!

 

 

Where?

Start and finish  – The Old Potter’s Inn and Brewhouse (hic) have generously donated their venue (and some brew – hic).  You’ll find them at 16 Main Road, Greyton.  You can’t miss it!

What does your entry get you?

Well the way it works….jumpstart your day with a MIKO coffee and padstal rusk.  Along the route you’ll find two water points – one for the 12km and two for the 20km – we have BOS tea energy drinks, cokes, water, treats and banana bread galore!  If you make it to the finish, and trust me you’ll want to…kick back on the lawns opposite Potter’s Inn and Brewhouse with a pint of Greytons very own brew.  Nothing could be better!

Timing?

We are doing this manually and promise to be as professional as possible!

Categories?

6km route – prizes for first in….

12km and 20km both have the same –

Junior – up to 18
Open – 19- 39
Veteran – 40 – 49
Maters – 50 plus

Prizes?

Yes, as many as we can get together for the day… rumour has it that Overberg Asset Management is dishing out some dosh to one or two deserved winners.  All entrants will receive a souvenir to take home on the big day…something small to remember us by J.  The big event should take place at 12:30pm on the lawn opposite Potters Inn.

Lunch?

Greyton has a few good restaurants very close to the race venue.  There will also be some easy-food and drinks for sale on the lawn, or bring your own picnic and picnic blanket.  Good chill out zone.

Parking?

Pass Greyton House Village School (on your left) as you enter Greyton and park at the Old Moravian Hall next door to the yellow library.  Parking attendants will keep an eye on your car for the day.

FREE Childcare?

Yes absolutely!  We are a school after all – duh!  Park your car and take a few steps back to the school – teachers and child minders will be available to look after your little munchkins.  There may be one or two grumpy teens (apologies in advance) on hand to kick a ball or just generally hang out with.  But  PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE give us an indication beforehand if you are going to use this facility – we need to make sure we have enough child minders on hand.  Either call Sally Harris at the school reception:  028 254 9260 or email greytonschool@telkomsa.net for  more info.  Indemnities will need to be signed.

Registration?

Ready or not we’ll be waiting for you from 7am, Old Potters Inn and Brewhouse, 16 Main Road

Starting times?

20km – 8:30am
12km – 8:45 am
6km – 9am

What do I need?

All the usual – and please take your phone along – this way you can call us if you need assistance.  And a back pack with water is a good idea – these mountains can get quite hot.

Where is Greyton?

Seriously?  You’ve never been here?  We’re 140km from CT along the N2 – travel towards Arniston but head left on the R406 just before Caledon.  Our dorpie is 32km from the turnoff.  Watch out for the donkeys between Genadendal and Greyton  – the speed limit is 80km for a good reason! Find us on Google maps

Where to stay?

Greyton has some pretty lekker accommodation – check out the following links or simply google away –looooadds on offer:

http://gogreyton.co.za/
http://www.greytontourism.com/
http://www.greytonweekends.co.za/

If you need any further info please call Gemma 0825689990 – I’ll do my best to answer your questions.

How do I enter?

Go to Ninja https://www.entryninja.com/

What to do on Sunday?

Join the GGMTB (our local mountain biking club) on a guided cycle on their local routes.  You can choose your route according to your fitness levels…check out our website

http://ggmtb.com/

Lastly….

A massive thank you to our sponsors:  Old Potters Inn and Brewhouse, Overberg Asset Management, Miko Coffee, BOS and Greyton Conservation Society.

http://www.oldpottersinn.co.za/
http://www.overberg.biz/
http://www.mikoafrica.co.za/
http://www.bosicetea.com/#
http://greytonconservationsociety.com/

More information: www.entryninja.com

The Fox is back in town!

the-fox-seafood-platterGood news for people who like to eat out – THE FOX IS BACK IN TOWN!

The new owners and restrauteurs are about to open for business after renovations and preparing a new menu for all “Naparians” and those from further afield …. watch THIS space!

Rumour has it that there will be an EXTENSIVE sea food menu …

Napier Farm Stall for top quality ‘plaaskombuis’ meals

Napier Farm StallThe Napier Farm Stall has set the standard in Napier for top quality ‘plaaskombuis’, or as the English refer, a wholesome country meal.

Created by Ilze Vos in 1999, this farm stall has become an Overberg landmark . Travellers from all over the world stop here to experience the peaceful country setting, to watch the world go by under a cool vine-covered veranda, and savour hearty country fare you would not normally have at home. Ilze’s passion for unpretentious tasty fare has set her apart. Lovers of good food keep coming back for more. She turns the ordinary into extra-ordinary though careful selection of ingredients and experience.

The farm stall itself is filled with delightful farm visuals and goodies. Browsing requires time. Even going to the bathroom is an experience. For the road there are candies and homemade tarts, for the gourmet cooks there is truffle oil, for the health-orientated there are honey rye rusks. Plus plenty bottles of extra-ordinary jams and preserves, deli items and gifts. Heaven !!

For the young, and young at heart, there is a slide and hula hoops to expend the extra energy gained from the Farm stall’s mouth-watering selection of cakes. And Ilze does not skimp on helpings. You will be sated but wanting to come back for more.

Contact Ilze at the Farmstall on: 028 423 3440  or mobile 083 457 5027

Wise words from Patrick Seeton (a staunch supporter of doing the right thing)

iec-scaled500Seats allocated for Cape Agulhas Municipality:
DA – 6, ANC – 3, DLP – 1, KAPCO – 1.

By the time you read this the Local Government Election 2016 will be history BUT this does not mean your participation in local government affairs need necessarily end with the three X’s cast on Wednesday. Your choices need to be monitored to ascertain whether they were/are effective and worthwhile.

In my opinion this is what we, the electorate, failed to do during the last Council term; we allowed the nine who represented our interests [four ANC, four DA and one Independent who sided with the ANC in return for the office of Deputy Mayor] to conduct affairs without being truly accountable to the electorate.

The so-called “imbizos” were a dismal failure … a one-way street bulldozed by the Executive Mayor to tell the people at extraordinary length what the Cape Agulhas Municipality – CAM – was going to do. There certainly was no meaningful interaction.

A Mayoral Imbizo is described as, “an on-going Mayoral Outreach Programme aimed at bringing government closer to the people, whereby the Municipality interacts with communities regarding upcoming service delivery projects in their areas and progress on existing ones.”

For a moment I want to go back to a July 2, 2015, meeting; a meeting between the chairpersons of three residents associations in the region and the Executive Mayor, Municipal Manager and the Chief Financial Officer of CAM.

The meeting was held at the request of the Residents’ Associations, namely, Suidpunt [covering L’Agulhas, Struisbaai and Suiderstrand], Bredasdorp and Napier to object to the process followed with the acceptance by CAM Council of the 2015/2016 budget, a budget heavily burdening residents with across-the-board tariff and rates increases.

There was a lot of talk at that July 2 meeting, 2½-hours of it. If there was one notable quotable quote to come out of that marathon encounter it is possibly that of the representative of the Bredasdorp Residents’ Association.

“Upon conclusion of our meeting with CAM and the absolute frustration and realisation that we had exhausted all possible existing channels open to us without hope; I realised that the best of the entire exercise of the day was that it was the first time that we three Associations had gathered as a united front. I am of the opinion that it is in the interest of all if we could meet more regularly and share information.”

This is so true. Prior to 2001 each of the towns within the Cape Agulhas region had its own municipality, council and set of personnel. For the last 15 years we have been ONE municipality and THREE separate residents’ associations. It rather seems, from where I’m sitting, the municipality has gone ahead into the 21st Century – warts and all – while the residents’ associations are wallowing in the last Century.

I believe, now that the election is behind us the mood is right to act in unison – one force – for the best interests of all in the Cape Agulhas Region. I know there have been initial talks but am unaware of how far the concept has progressed. It needs to get “wings”.
Finally, our thoughts move to be in support of the Gauteng Lions tomorrow Saturday [August 6] at 09h35 when they meet the New Zealand Hurricanes in Wellington [New Zealand] in the Super Rugby final.

The Hurricanes beat the Chiefs 25-9 in Wellington in the first semi-final delivering an outstanding defensive effort and out-scoring the visitors three tries to nil.

The second semi-final in Johannesburg saw the Lions beat the Highlanders 42-30 to book their place in the final.
The Lions playing in Johannesburg scored five tries to the Highlanders four and were always ahead in the encounter.

A Blast from the past – but WELL WORTH listening to …

Earl NightingaleThis goes back to the 1950’s BUT IT IS STILL RELEVANT TODAY …. If you’re self employed (or want to be) or just need to get some inspiration to move forward with your plans, YOU NEED TO SET ASIDE HALF AN HOUR to download this audio (and also watch the video) from THIS LINK!

The Strangest Secret is a powerful message from the “Dean of Personal Development” Earl Nightingale. Produced in 1956, this LP record sold over a million copies, making it the first spoken-word recording to achieve Gold Record status.

Today, its remains one of the most powerful and influential messages ever recorded. It continues to transform the lives of everyone who hears and heeds its advice. “For all of us, there are turning points in our lives. One of mine was the first time I heard The Strangest Secret in 1964. It was then, and still is, the most powerful and thought provoking message I’ve ever heard.” – Mac Anderson, Founder Simple Truths and Successories

* Who are the people that achieve real success in life?
* What are the six simple words that changed countless lives?
* Where does success really come from?
* When does transformational change really happen?
* Why has The Strangest Secret changed millions of people?