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Recent fashion statements at the South African parliament

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The State of the Fashion – The State of the Nation

Unfortunately I missed most of the T.V. screening of the ceremonial swearing in of the new cabinet, but I did catch a glimpse of some exotic moth-in-the-becoming: A sort of chrysalis in purple cling wrap, with lilac sequinned tulle floating around it. “What possessed the wearer? The designer should be shot!” was my first reaction. But I have changed my mind. Why not? I mean, let’s have fun! The only sane reaction to much else perpetrated by governments all over the world, in the name of their electorate, is hysterical laughter, so why take it all so seriously? Almost a year ago, in June 2013, the office of the ANC whip released a statement to the effect that the then parliamentary leader of the Democratic Alliance, Lindiwe Mazibuko was dressed inappropriately for Parliament and that her outfit (a paisley dress that ended above the knee, black stockings and a red jacket) lacked respect for the debate, and decorum of the house. You don’t say!

Carnival chic

Fortunately no such protocols exist for red carpet events. Let’s look at some of the latest fashion statements: The DA’s Patty Duncan wore the flag; her husband a delightful tie that used the elements in an original design. The flag rather lends itself to de- and re- construction. For me it is one of the symbols of our freedom that we can enjoy our national flag without fear. Mandla Mandela was barefoot, and carried a spear. His wife Nodiyala wore a beaded outfit to match. Where else in the world would one find anything so authentic? I am so bored with variations of the Imperial dress code, that Mandla’s initiative charmed me.

At last somebody saw fit to dress Helen Zille, who supports local designers, in green. Her colouring lends itself to the cooler Titian hues, and I look forward to mossy greens and olive velvet soon. In the meantime, she looked great in a muted lime dress by Louis Designs, with fabulous beading done by Bead to Africa. Now if only Ms Zille will lose those frumpy glasses! Get some funky apple green Elton John round specs, or maybe some rich brown tortoise shell rectangles, please Helen. The DA blue is very unsympathetic to you too, so don’t take loyalty and visibility too far. If you absolutely have to, team it with some emerald.

The regal Baleka Mbete always delights with her eccentric and view-obstructing headgear. Thuli Madonsela, dignified as ever, was a goddess in a golden gown by King, while Lindiwe Mazibuko was the silver princess in a raw silk gown with a train, designed by Kat van Duinen. The coup, however, was Patricia de Lille who pulled off a white tuxedo style suit by menswear designers CSquad, cleverly worn with a colourful blouse.

Hats off

But one of the fashion statements that must surely get the first prize, is Malema’s red beret! The quasi military aspect can be forgiven if it is worn lower on the forehead, the black piping just above the brow; the puffy bit should be tilted slightly to one side. It is neat yet stylish, the colour is gorgeous, it can be dressed up and down, can carry off a brooch on the flattened side, and translate into red and white shweshwe fabric for informal occasions. I am getting one tomorrow.

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NOW is the time to start your own business

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Why most people never start their own business

Earning a stable salary reduces the risk of earning an income that may fluctuate from month to month. It’s safer to stay in our comfort zones than to take a step out and follow our passion in life. But, the fact remains that very few people are really happy with their career choices and/or the jobs they hold. So, we rather slug off to work day after day after day in order to earn that little bit of security at the end of each month. This scenario reflects negatively on the rest of our lives. When we are unhappy in our jobs, that reflects on our life at home and in our relationships with our loved ones. We tend to be short tempered, irritable and not the best company to be around. We hate Mondays and cannot wait for a public holiday or Friday afternoon to roll around. In this way, we have very little quality of life.

Lessen the risk when you start your own business – get a Business Mentor

Start your own business with the expert help of a Business Mentor. Getting advice from a Business Mentor may we the wisest thing you have ever done. Invest in your future. Contact a Business Mentor and brainstorm your Business Idea with him/her. If you already own a business, your mentor will be able to advise you on how to improve your business and how to increase your profit.

Your Mentor will provide you with a holistic understanding of your business idea, thereby unleashing the full potential of you as a Business Owner – a force to be reckoned with from now onwards! Talking to a Mentor will therefore help you plan a strategy to greatly reduce a great deal of risk regarding current and future endeavors and even open doors you never imagined.

Willem Gous Business Mentor

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Willem Gous | Business Mentor

Willem has been doing what he loves for years and has built businesses that support his way of living – he spends his days reading, writing, teaching and having fun with his family. Willem spends a few hours a month managing his money-making businesses so that he can focus on what he loves to do, spending time with his family. For fun, he goes flying as a private pilot and regularly travels abroad.

A few topics Willem can help you with:

  • How to find good business ideas
  • Limiting the risks in change
  • Finding what you would love to do in life
  • Making money doing what you love
  • Putting systems in place so that your life is less hectic
  • A more secure financial future
  • Self-discovery & Self-development

Start your own business and start moving forward in life right NOW

Willem Gous is a successful businessman, excited about his life and he believes in paying it forward. He believes in not only taking from life, but giving back in equal amounts. This is his way of staying true to the personal philosophy of ongoing life balance that he advocates and lives to the full.

Willem is so inundated with questions from people asking him how to create such a life for themselves, that he decided to have a weekly group coaching call to help answer some of these questions. He values his time and only does 1 call a week. Space to the FREE coaching call is limited to 50 people. Yes, only 50 people will have this opportunity to interact with Willem on a weekly basis.

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How to find your own AHA Moment (2)

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How to ACT on your AHA Moment

In the first article, How to find your own AHA Moment (1), we have learnt that an AHA Moment is a specific moment in your life when you realize that you need to make a few changes in your life. This applies to your career, personal life or even both. This is a life changing moment that allows you to make meaningful changes while you still have time.

Your Personal AHA Moment

After reading the first article, you have had to answer some questions that involved an amount of soul searching. By answering the questions put to you, you had to consider your emotions and motives for wanting change in your life.

What to do with your AHA Moment

Now that you know what you want to change in your life, the way forward is to consider the best ways and means to effect that change.

Your Job or Career Choice

In most instances, the majority of people are dissatisfied about the jobs they are in and the career choices they made. Maybe you studied what was expected of you and never really considered something else. Another possibility is that you made a choice to study for a specific career and a few years in, you discover that you are unhappy and would love to make a change. If you are in a job that leaves you drained and with little time for yourself or your loved ones, the time may be perfect for a change.

What about the Risk of changing Careers or Jobs?

The safest way to go about making a career change or starting to work for yourself is to find somebody that has done it. Speak to a knowledgeable person in order to lower risk and take the process step by step.

This does not mean that you have to quit your job right now and hope for the best. No, the correct way is to plan your future actions and thus lower the risk factor considerably.

Case Study: Success after an AHA Moment

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Willem Gous acted on his AHA Moment and never looked back!

Willem Gous  – entrepreneur and successful businessman, took a chance after years of working at jobs that were wrong for him. He grew up not really getting the chance to spend quality time with his father, because his father was always working. Willem grew up, believing that the harder you worked, the better person you are. He worked his fingers to the bone, earned well enough, but he always used to have a nagging feeling at the back of his mind. He wanted more out of life.

Here is what Willem has to say:

“My life carried on, I never completed my studies and started working. I followed the same path as my father – started a few companies, worked hard in them and failed at it. I would then work for companies again and eventually, as always, I quit because I want to do my own thing. I started a new business in the year 2000. The business had many changes and permutations, but eventually settled and turned out to be very successful.

I had built a successful business that took only a few hours of my time per month to manage and grow. The rest of my time I used to spend on what is important to me, my family, my children and my learning and love of knowledge. The strange thing is that I could never clearly articulate how I did it. How was I able to build a business that gives me the time, freedom and money to do what is important to me?

After much thought I realised that my current business and how it was designed started to make sense. I built my business to be the exact opposite of what my father had done in his businesses. I built a business that served me. I built a business that gave me time, money and freedom and not just money. What is the use of having money when you have no time to enjoy it?

With the arrival of my wife and my son, I took this idea of having a business that serves what I value and love doing most much further. My one business kept growing at nearly 60% per annum and it enabled me to be able to provide for my family, take up flying again and spend at least 3 hours a day with my family. If any of my children are sick, I can stay home with them and look after them. If I need to take the whole day off to read a book that is helping me with my personal growth and in giving advice to clients, I can do that. My clients always know that I will not give the same advice year after year and that I grow, I always learn and want to learn.”

Act on your AHA Moment with hardly any Risk

Willem Gous is a businessman, entrepreneur, speaker, father, private-pilot and will forever be a student. He believes in staying abreast of business trends, both local and international. In so doing, he constantly improves his businesses to provide him with more time and money so that he can take his message of having a business that gives you the time to do what you value most to the world.

With his programs he helps people build businesses from scratch, new businesses that give people more time and money to do what is important to them. Your business or business idea can be a product or a service and can a brick and mortar business or an online business. It does not matter. His program and processes works for all. All it needs is your creativity and drive to have more in life. Contact Willem today and act on your AHA Moment with a Freedom Business Designer and Practitioner you can afford.

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How to find your own AHA Moment (1)

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What is an AHA Moment?

An AHA Moment is a specific moment in your life when you realize that you need to make a few changes in your life. This applies to your career, personal life or even both. It can be described as a life changing moment that allows you to make meaningful changes while you still have the time and ability to do so.

This is the first of two articles on how to find your AHA Moment. In this article, we are discussing questions you should ask yourself on the way to finding your AHA Moment.

Article 2 will provide you with ways and advice how to attain and find what you have discovered about yourself in your AHA Moment after reading this Article.

Find your own AHA Moment and change your life

Are you stuck in a life that you never envisioned for yourself? A life that may be called successful by some standards, but leaves you with a nagging feeling of discomfort at the back of your mind?

Do you need an AHA Moment in your life?

If you find yourself regularly daydreaming about a different lifestyle than what you have now, it is time for a change. Do you sometimes think or say, “If only I …”

Do you hunger for something more in your life, something meaningful that you can pursue with passion and be excited about? Can you remember when last you were excited about something?

You need an AHA Moment if you dream about changes in your life and answered yes to at least one of these questions. That’s a fact.

Why you need that AHA Moment sooner than later

You may feel mildly dissatisfied with your daily circumstances at the moment. Or you may be on the verge of a deep depression, caused by the yearning to lead a more fulfilling life. The important fact is that you need to address this issue before it debilitates and deprives you of all optimism and hope.

How to find your AHA Moment

There are certain steps you have to take in order to discover what is lacking in your life.

Self-Evaluation:

Understand who you are by answering these 5 questions:

  • Who are you?
  • Who do you want to be?
  • Where have you been?
  • What are you doing with your life now?
  • Where do you want to be in future?

Happiness is your own Decision:

Find out what makes you happy and what you love doing. Be honest with yourself and forget about what everybody else wants. Forget about the expectations other people have for you and find your own quest in life. Find what you are passionate about.

The Legacy of Your Life:

Do you want to keep on doing what you are doing and be mediocre, one of the crowd, the person next door?

You deserve more than that.

Before you click on the link to the next AHA Moment Article, make sure that you have answered all the questions above. Take the time and consider your answers. Think each question through carefully.

At the moment, do not worry about the cost of what you want to do, do not worry about who might get upset or whom you may offend. Think about yourself and your destiny for once in your life. You owe it to yourself.

Remember, it’s never too late to make a change.

Further Reading:

How to find your own AHA Moment (2)

 

 

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The Born Free Voters Myth

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Born free Voters: The First Vote

In the 2014 election in South Africa, which takes place on 7 May, the ‘Born Free Generation’ will have their first opportunity to vote for the party they believe will serve them and their country the best. Their country is a very different place than the one where their parents grew up.

The year 1994 brought the end of the Apartheid system – a set of policies that separated South Africans based on race. Black citizens didn’t have a right to vote.

On April 27,1994, everything changed. For the first time, South Africans of all races voted in democratic elections. In 1996 a new constitution was signed. A child born after the 1994 election is said to have been born free.

Free of what is the question?

‘Born free Voters’ is a myth or is it?

Things have changed, but the opinion is that the footprints and tracks of the past are always present. Even if the Group Areas Act was abolished, the move of a few blacks to white residential areas should not deceive people to think that the structural heritage of apartheid is undone.

Young people of every race must fight for their right to cultural freedom that enables them to define themselves. History weighs heavily on the shoulders of the present generation, even if they had no hand in creating it. The youth should lead in the act of defining freedom. They should work at freeing themselves culturally and materially. Thinking that freedom already exists will only demobilize them.

Voting is a good place to start!

Many Born Free Voters are eager to participate

The following remarks came from some young people due to vote for the first time:

“My vote will make a change because I believe that as young people of South Africa, we are the active generation.”

“I am disappointed with the ruling ANC for the party’s failure to deal with corruption and unemployment.” She plans to vote for the EFF.

“ I am thrilled to be voting for the first time, but new parties like the EFF cannot be trusted.”

“I’m excited because it’s something that I have never done before. I believe in ANC.”

Some say they will vote but they are still undecided.

Twenty years ago, the parents of these voters saw this nation transformed. This year, more than a million first-time South African voters could vote. Only around 30 percent of eligible new voters are registered to vote.

 

 

.Ref.: http://www.thoughtleader.co.za/

www.whatkidscando.org

http://www.voanews.com/

Easy Easter Hot Cross Buns

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Easy Easter Hot Cross Buns you can make

It’s Easter time again and the shops are filled with Easter eggs, chocolate bunnies, chickens and even chocolate fish. This year, why don’t you make your own Easter hot cross buns?

Here is a quick and easy recipe for Easter hot cross buns that you can make in almost no time and impress your family.

Easy Easter Hot Cross Buns (24)

850g cake flour

200g (1½ cups) icing sugar

150g (170ml) margarine / butter

30ml (2Tbsp) baking powder

10ml (2tsp) bicarbonate of soda

1 egg

200g safari cake mix or bakers mix (Raisins, Sultanas and dried Citrus peel)

10 ml (2tsp) mixed spice

500 ml milk

Glazing

50 ml apricot jam

100 ml water

Decorate: Cross on Hot Cross Buns

250ml (1 cup) flour

15ml (1tbsp) margarine or butter

180ml water

Method:
  1. Pre-heat the oven to 180C. Sift the dry ingredients together (excluding Bicarbonate of Soda).
  2. Beat the eggs and milk together.  Add the Cake Mix and Bicarbonate of Soda to the liquid.
  3. Add the margarine to the dry ingredients and rub in until the mixture resembles fine crumbs.
  4.  Add the liquid to the dry ingredients bit by bit.  Do not over-mix the dough (the dough must have a soft texture but still workable).
  5. Press the soft dough to a thickness of ± 4 cm and cut buns out with a cutter.  Place the buns relatively close to one another on a greased baking sheet.
 For the cross on the top of the bun:
  1. Sift the flour and add the margarine.  Rub in until the mixture resembles fine crumbs.
  2. Add the water bit by bit until the dough is easily stirred.  Mix well to a smooth dough.
  3. Using a piping bag, squeeze horizontal and vertical lines on top of the buns.
  4. Bake at 180C for ± 30 minutes until golden brown.
 For the Glaze:
  1. Heat the apricot jam and water together until well mixed.
  2. Spread the syrup over the hot buns.  Serve warm.

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Faberge eggs for Easter

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The Origin of the Faberge egg

Fabergé eggs are jewelled eggs created by Peter Carl Fabergé from 1885 to 1917. The eggs were created for Tsar Alexander III and Nicholas II, being special Easter gifts for their wives and mothers. These Fabergé eggs were also called Imperial Fabergé eggs.  A total of around 50 eggs were made and 42 are still in existence today.

The very first Fabergé egg was made for Tsar Alexander III during 1885 as an Easter gift to his wife, Maria Fedorovna. This egg became widely known as the Hen Egg and was crafted from gold, with an enameled shell and a golden yolk.

Maria was in awe of the Fabergé egg and Alexander promptly appointed Mr Fabergé as the Imperial Jeller, at the same time commissioning another egg for the following year. The Tsar requested that each egg contain a surprise and Mr Faberge could use his own discretion, ideas and types of materials. Peter Carl Fabergé employed a team of skilled craftsmen and they started work on new Fabergé eggs.

These Easter eggs became a tradition and more Fabergé eggs were commissioned for the Duchess of Marlborough, Alexander Kelch, the Yusupov family and the Rothschild family.

The most expensive Fabergé egg was the Winter egg (1913) and was valued at 24 600 roubles at that time, compared to about £1. 87 million today. This famed Fabergé egg is 14.2 cm high and sold at Christie’s in New York for US$9.6 million during 2002.

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Easter Fun with your kids!

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Chocolate Cakes & Cookie Bakes for hours of Easter Fun

Have some fun and quality time with your kids this Easter

Are you looking for fun ideas to keep the kids happy and busy this Easter? Your children will love all the ideas and things they can make from Diane Muldrow’s exciting new book, Chocolate Cakes and Cookie Bakes. Maggie Swanson contributed all the lovely and colorful illustrations throughout this beautiful book and even though the book focuses on age group 3 – 6 years old, older kids will love all the easy, delicious recipes and creative ideas just as much.

Princesses, fairies and little girls cook up a storm in their little kitchens. They are whipping up the most delicious treats – cookies, cupcakes, muffins, great frosting, a sugar castle and so much more! Entertaining your kids has never been this easy or this much fun!

You even get 100 lovely stickers included for hours of enjoyment and Easter fun.

Your kids will love it and so will you.

Diane Muldrow is the author of quite a few popular children’s books and her latest book, Chocolate Cakes and Cookie Bakes, will entertain just about any family this Easter.

Chocolate Cakes and Cookie Bakes is available from kalahari.com right now. Allow 14 days for shipping.

This lovely book is available for only R72.57, so order right now!

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Things a woman should do before turning 30

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Happiness is …

Your List of Things a woman should do before turning 30

Before turning thirty there are things a woman should own, should know, should do and should stop doing.

Make sure you have:

The grasp that you will get old (if you’re lucky)some day and have started a fund for it.

A good set of screwdrivers, a cordless drill, and a black lace bra.

A satisfying career, or at least a good start to a worthwhile career.

A satisfying relationship, or at least a good start to a worthwhile relationship.

One friend who always makes you laugh and one who lets you cry to help you truly appreciate the one that makes you laugh.

A skin-care routine, a strict exercise routine and plans to slow down the aspects of life that do not get any better after 30.

Make sure you know:

How to resign a job, break up with a guy and confront a friend without destroying the friendship.

When to try harder and when to walk away.

Where to go when your soul needs soothing, be it your friend’s couch, a bath or a yoga mat.

You can’t change the length of your legs, the width of your hips, or the nature of your parents, but you can choose your friends and change your hair colour.

That nobody gets away with smoking, drinking, doing drugs or not flossing.

Exactly what you would and wouldn’t do for money or love.

That your childhood, good or bad, is over .

Your choices will determine how your future pans out.

Who you can trust and who not.

Make sure you have developed the skill to:

Use your screwdrivers and cordless drill.

Tactfully tell Mom to back off, or suffer in silence.

Listen to a friend in need.

Ask for help and knowing it is not a sign of weakness.

End an unhealthy relationship or suffer in silence.

Say “no” or suffer in silence.

Negotiate a salary increase.

Apologize when she’s wrong.

Apologize when she’s not wrong, only to get admission of guilt.

Recognize a fake whether it’s a handbag, diamond or person.

Change a flat without a man’s help.

Create a meal with the five items in the fridge.

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Valentines Day: He loves me or he loves me not

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Valentines Day: Does he love me or not?

Girls, this is a great guide to finding out whether he loves you or not. We all know that some guys are real Romeo’s and others … well, you never know what they feel. Let’s assume that you have been dating this guy for some time and you know he cares about you, but does he love you?

10 Ways to find out if he loves you or not on this Valentines Day

The 10 ways to find out if he loves you really, really works and you will know whether you should keep on dating him or not. Let’s concentrate on 5 ways to tell if he does not love you first:

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He does not love you:

1. He gives you a bizarre Valentines Card that says something like: “Do you want to be my Valentine? Surprise!” Of course, there are lots of evil-looking little icons on the card.

2. He gives you an old box of chocolates, maybe something he delved out from the back of his closet.

3. He tells you he cannot take you on a Valentines Day dinner because he’s saving for a new car.

4. He gives you some red roses on Valentines Day, but develops a sudden headache and leaves about twenty minutes after he got there.

5.He gives you a Valentines Day card with the wording: “Let’s just take it slow”.

Better let him go, girl!

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Valentine Love
He loves you:

1. He showers you with love, flowers and kisses. He spoils you all he can.

2. He actually remembers Valentines Day and takes you out to dinner instead of going to his pals.

3. He leaves you little clues everywhere and gives you a really special gift.

4. He actually looks nervous and asks you to be his girl, after giving you a lovely card and at least a bunch of flowers.

5. He gets down on his knee and proposes, with a shiny ring in one hand …

This guy is for keeps!

Happy Valentines Day!

 

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