Archive for September, 2016

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MBEKI HUMAN SETTLEMENTS AWARDS

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This prestigious ceremony was hosted by the provincial Minister for Human Settlements, Minister Bonginkosi Madikizela, aimed to recognise and reward excellence in the human settlements/housing sector.

The KwaNokuthula project showcases 41 Breaking New Ground (BNG) top structures. The project assisted people on the municipal waiting list, including those living in backyard dwellings and informal settlements in the town. The project promotes social cohesion through the use of a single demand database for the town. People from various communities within the town have been accommodated within this project. The housing product comprise of two bedrooms, open plan kitchen/living area, toilet and shower. The layout and placing of houses on erven were planned in such a way to maximize energy efficiency as well as the products used to construct the houses.

The KwaNokuthula Extension South Housing Project was made possible through holistic planning in previous years. When the earlier project in KwaNokuthula was undertaken, the environmental and town planning processes were completed for additional erven, that were not developed at the time.

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Notwithstanding the phased nature of the development, the  Municipality ensured that the most recent standards were applied to the project. The services for the project were therefore completed to the A Grade standard (tarred/paved roads, electricity, subsoil storm water drainage and kerbing), while the houses included electricity to each room, a concrete apron and the applicable energy efficiency enhancements.

A number of Housing Consumer Education sessions were held with the beneficiaries that focussed on the roles and responsibilities of home ownership. This session took place before, during and after the project by the Municipality to encourage new homeowners to take pride in the new homes provided to them.
The purpose of the Govan Mbeki Awards is to promote and inculcate a culture of excellence within the Human Settlement sector in the delivery of quality human settlements and dignity to all South Africans. It also aims to encourage all stakeholders in the sector to respond systematically and combat the entrenchment of spatial patterns that exacerbate social inequality and economic inefficiency.

The awards also promote best practices while simultaneously motivating and honouring role players in the human settlement value chain.

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TIME TO TACKLE BULLYING BY THE HORNS

The increase in the number and severity of bullying incidents in South African schools calls for urgent and sustained intervention, an education expert has warned.
“Almost every week we hear of another desperate learner or parent having to deal with the physical and emotional trauma of bullying, yet society and authorities’ responses continue to be reactive and unsuccessful in addressing the bigger issue,” says education expert Dr Gillian Mooney, Teaching and Learning Manager at The Independent Institute of Education, South Africa’s leading private higher education institution.

“These cases making it into the media represent only a fraction of the mistreatment many children go through. But the devastating consequences of bullying are leaving a lasting mark on the lives of countless youngsters, and the problem will continue growing unless an effective strategy is developed and consistently enforced,” she says.
Mooney says that national and provincial education departments throughout South Africa do have policies and procedures in place, albeit to varying degrees, on how schools should respond to bullying behaviour.

However more needs to be done to consistently support and educate learners, parents and schools to ensure the safety and wellbeing of everyone on the school grounds, she says.
Mooney acknowledges that the challenge is enormous, and says that the crisis of bullying relates to more than just schools.

“Society itself has become a virtual fight club, with examples of bullying behaviour abounding on social media, for instance. People feel free to behave appallingly, to the degree that anti-social behaviour has become almost accepted practice.”
Bullying is centrally about trying to gain power, says Mooney, which means that a rise in bullying can be expected in societies where citizens feel disempowered.
“Bullying has a ripple effect, where it is the bully, the victim and the bystander who are affected. Other problematic home circumstances, for instance domestic abuse, divorce or the death of a parent, could also provide context in which the bully seeks to gain power through negative behaviour.”
She says it is important that high-profile and easily accessible structures and processes are put in place to help schools deal with bullying, as teachers often feel their hands are tied and victims of bullying feel that they have no voice. Additionally, bullies themselves should receive adequate support and counselling.

“Most importantly however, ways must urgently be found to address the prevailing power imbalance by demonstrating that bullying will consistently have clear and structured consequences for perpetrators,” she says.

“Some provinces have gone some way in setting up structures and processes to deal with bullying, but even in those instances, more must be done to communicate these interventions and systemically enforce anti-bullying processes.”
Mooney acknowledges that bullying in schools does not stand independently of the mindset and zeitgeist in which we find ourselves as a society.

“While there is no quick fix for either the malaise in broader society or indeed within our schools, we have a duty to ensure that the most vulnerable among us are better protected, and feel empowered to know that they can speak up and rely on the adults around them to prevent them from physical and emotional harm as far as possible.

“When we have a situation in our schools where known bullies continue to wreak havoc upon the lives and futures of others, knowing that the system is slow and ineffectual in responding to anti-social behaviour, we are doing the victim and our society as a whole a great injustice.”

DANGEROUS MISCONCEPTIONS ABOUT BULLYING
•FALSE: ADULTS SHOULD STAY OUT OF IT WHEN CHILDREN ARE BULLIED
Adults must become involved. Teachers can monitor bullies to deter bullying behaviour. Principals can discipline. Parents can report to schools.
•FALSE: BOYS ARE THE MOST LIKELY VICTIMS
Both boys and girls are equally susceptible to bullying, although perhaps in different ways. Both boys and girls are the targets of physical bullying. Girls are more likely to experience relational, sexual and cyberbullying.
•FALSE: CHILDREN SHOULD JUST TOUGHEN UP
This myth is a hangover from ideas like “boys will be boys” and that children will “work it out”. Bullying can cause real harm and should not be ignored.
•FALSE: BYSTANDERS SHOULD STAY OUF OF IT WHEN THEY WITNESS BULLYING
Evidence suggests that bystanders are also affected by witnessing bullying. Observers also give bullies the audiences that they crave, and legitimacy if they do not sanction the behaviour. Children can be taught to reduce bullying by noticing, reporting and intervening.
•FALSE: IT IS EASY TO SPOT A BULLIED CHILD
Children do not report everything that happens in their lives to their parents. Adults need to find ways to make reporting bullying easier for children, and to follow up effectively when they do.

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PERSOONLIKHEID VAN DIE WEEK

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Naam en Van
Hannalie Taute

U huidige beroep?
Kunstenaar. My medium is katoen gare en rubber, m.a.w ek borduur op binnebande.

Wat motiveer jou?
ʼn Vriendin het onlangs vir my n skakel na die skrywer Neil Gaiman se “Commencement speech 2012” getiteld: “Make good art”, op “Youtube” gestuur. Dit was motiverend.

Noem een ding wat altyd jou belangstelling prikkel.
Woorde

Wat is die domste ding wat jy nog gedoen het?
Ek het al heelwat onnosele dinge aangevang, maar met nabetragting hoop ek dat ek iets uit elke een geleer het.

As jy een persoon se werk vir ‘n week kon oorneem, wie s’n sou dit wees en hoekom?
Niemand s’n nie. Ek hou van wat ek doen.

Wat was jou mees verleë (embarrassing) oomblik/ondervinding/geleentheid nog?
My pa sê altyd dat my blaas tussen by oë sit. Ek huil maklik. Dit laat my gewoonlik verleë voel.

As jy ‘n miljoen rand sou wen, hoe sal jy dit spandeer?
Gou-gou.

Ek verlaat nooit my huis sonder ……
…die hoop om weer terug te keer.

Wat is jou gunsteling gereg en restaurant?
Mossel-pot. Verkieslik met mossels wat ons self vanaf die rotse oes. My man Hendrik is my gunsteling chef. Onder die Melkhoutboom by ons is my gunsteling eetplek.

As jy een wens van ‘n “genie” kon kry, waarvoor sou jy wens ?
Nog ʼn wens.

Deel ‘n paar interessante feite omtrent jouself.
*Toe ek klein was het ek n ‘imaginary friend’ gehad- sy naam was High-Chapparal.
*Ek hou van sprokies.
*September die 22ste open my solo uitstalling by Fried Contemporary in Pretoria- getiteld: The Grimm Needle

Het jy ‘n boodskap vir die gemeenskap van die Hessequa-streek?
Carpe Diem!

Wat is jou gunsteling tydverdryf of stokperdjie ?
Om te ‘naai’ (ww.) (Met naald en draad werk)

Epos: hannalie.t@gmail.com  

HANRI-PROJEK

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In die uitgawe van die Hessequa Nuus – 19 Augustus was daar ’n versoek vanaf die HanRi dierekos en kombersiegroep aan die publiek om oorskiet wol te skenk waarmee daar kombersies gebrei kon word wat dan aan dierehospitale en skuilings geskenk sou word. Gedurende Augustus is daar skenkings gemaak aan die dierehospitale in Hartenbosch, Stilbaai en Riversdal. Al drie hierdie hospitale het hulle opregte dank aan die moeder en dogter-iniatief betuig en gevra dat daar asseblief volgehoue ondersteuning aan die projek gebied word.

Die onderstaande brief vanaf die Riversdal Dierekliniek is ’n sprekende voorbeeld van dank vir die werk en ondersteuning wat die groep bied. Lesers wat by die projek betrokke wil raak, kan Hannelie of Rina skakel by 078 334 0389.

BAIE, BAIE DANKIE!
Ons kan die hande wat die lieflike, bont, gebreide kombersies nie genoeg bedank vir die skenking nie. Dit het gekom soos broodnodige manna uit die hemel. Ons het nie eens besef hoe nodig ons dit gehad het, tot ons dit ontvang het nie! Dit was die wonderlikste geskenk. Die gebreide kombersies bied veral die nodige hitte en snoesige troos vir diere wat uit teater -prosedures kom. Volgens Suster Grace kan ons nie genoeg dankie sê vir die ekstra kombersies veral op reëndae nie. Ons wasmasjien hardloop daagliks oortyd en die wasgoedlyne bly vol. Die kleurvolle kombersies bring ook ‘n opgewekte atmosfeer.

Dr Pierre du Bruyn beaam sr Grace se stelling en is ook vol lof vir die dames wat die skenking aan die Riversdal Dierekliniek gemaak het. Binnekort gaan die perdekliniek ook open, en daar gaan sekerklik gestoei word vir die kombersies tussen die kleindiere- en grootdiere-kliniek. Dit is ‘n briljante en puik projek wat baie waardeer word.

Vanaf al die personeel en pasiënte by Riversdal Dierekliniek, wil ons graag ons opregte dank uitspreek aan die mense wat brei, wol skenk, EN ons gekies het vir die groot “blessing”!! Mag ieder en elk oorvloedig geseën word in elkeen se behoefte!

Dr Jako du Plessis, Dr Douglas Taylor, Dr Pierre du Bruyn en Personeel 

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STORIE-VOORLESINGSPROGRAMME

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Onder aanvoering van Jannette du Plessis bied die Heidelberg biblioteek nou kwartaalliks die voorlees van stories by skole aan. Wim Vorster word gewoonlik ingespan om die nuutste boekies voor te lees
Verlede week was die ACVV Hansie & Grietjie Speelskool aan die beurt. Rolien Ackermann en Christelle Pick geniet gewoonlik die stories saam met die kleuters.

Maandag 26 September is De Waalville Primêr besoek en Graad R kon luister. Al drie die klasse het byeengekom dus het 70+ jonges geluister na die manewales van Mia die liewenheerbesie en haar maatjie Pippie, die miertjie asook ‘n storie oor ‘n Feëtjie prinses.

Die besoek is interaktief en Wim verduidelik nuwe en moeilike woorde en vra wie weet wat dit beteken en so meer. Die kinders kry ook kans om self stories te vertel. Hulle opdrag is om een van die stories te gebruik en ‘n prentjie te teken wat later in die biblioteek uitgestal sal word.

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Foto een is Hansie & Grietjie en Rolien, Christelle en Jannette Op foto twee is Wim en Jannette tussen die jongklomp en op foto drie is al die graad R’s voltallig; die gesiggies die ene afwagting. Op Woensdag 28 September was dit Hoërskool Heidelberg se beurt en is grade R en 1 vermaak.

GESIN VERLOOR ALLES IN BRAND

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Gesin verloor alles in brand. Verlede Donderdagnag het die gesin op die foto al hul besittings verloor toe ’n verswelgende brand hul houthuis verwoes het tot op die grond.

Die brand het vermoedelik in ’n ander huis op die perseel in Melkhoutfontein ontstaan en baie vinnig versprei na die gesin se huis.

Toe Hessequa Nuus die gesin besoek het, was hulle in die sorg van personeel by Ouma Lena se huis. Hier is hulle van klere en etes voorsien asook badgeriewe.

Hessequa Munisipaliteit het tydelike verblyf verskaf aan die familie terwyl die afgebrande huis herbou word. Die Malgas- gesin is die eerste inwoners van die projek van die Munisipaliteit, bekend as die TRA Deurgangserwe-projek. Terwyl die Harmony Park Noord informele nedersetting opgradeer word na ’n formele nedersetting, sal inwoners wie se huise opgegradeer word, in die genoemde projek se tydelike woonhuise gehuisves word.

Tans het die gesin dringend ’n gasstofie nodig asook ’n yskassie.
Bydraes kan by Badisa gemaak word sodat hulle gehelp kan word om meubels en ander benodighede aan te koop sodra die familie terug trek na hulle herboude huis.

Badisa se telefoonnommer is  028-754 2203 en hulle adres is Pastoriestraat 15, Stilbaai.