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Recipe: French toast with coconut, pineapple and honey


By Lea Brink This French toast turns every Saturday morning into a special occasion. You will need: 6 slices white bread 3 eggs ½ cup coconut cream ¼ cup finely chopped pineapple pieces ½ cup almond slivers ½ cup coconut flakes Honey of your choice 1 teaspoon brown sugar Butter...

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Back to school after the lockdown – a matriculant shares her experience

By Melodie Veldhuizen Schools across South Africa closed their gates on 18 March 2020 after Pres Cyril Ramaphosa declared the Covid-19 outbreak a national disaster on Sunday, 15 March. Due to the extended lockdown measures repeatedly laid down by the government learners received home schooling for more than two months. On 8 June most matriculants returned to school. Waterkloof High School’s matriculants hesitatingly and with trepidation, but filled with expectation, entered the school grounds a week earlier, on 1 June, to tackle the last few months of their school careers. A matriculant from this school tells how she is experiencing ... Lees meer.

Do violent video games make my child more aggressive?

By Marli Naidoo Playing video games has become a popular activity for people of all ages. Over recent years they have become more realistic and they can be played online with other players from all over the world. Most children play for at least one hour per day, and the older the child, the more time he will typically spend on gaming. Studies have found that most children prefer violent games above others. In these games players have to destroy their opponents by shooting them or taking them on with other weapons. Some parents are concerned that this type of ... Lees meer.

Covid and back to school: Help your child adapt

By Lea Brink Our children are gradually going back to school, despite the danger of Covid-19 that is still growing. This can cause enormous fear in both children and parents about the children’s health and safety. Schools can keep children safe as far as possible by letting them keep reasonable physical distances and applying the best sanitary practices, but parents and children may still harbour fears. However, there is quite a lot you as parent can do to strengthen your children’s physical and emotional health while they restart their academic tasks. Firstly, make sure they wear a mask. “If your ... Lees meer.

Healthy money habits to teach your kids

By Emsie Martin Given how important financial literacy is, teaching children about money from an early age can equip them to make better decisions once they start earning their own money. The challenging financial crisis during the Covid-19 pandemic is the perfect time to start. Beyond getting your child’s own savings started, teaching your child age appropriate lessons about handling money is important, says Ronald King, Head: Public Policy & Regulatory Affairs at PSG. Make money child friendly As your children get older, explore ways to teach them ‘adult’ money lessons in practical and memorable ways. One way could be ... Lees meer.

Prevent violence against women and children

By Marli Naidoo Violence against women and children occurs in South Africa in shocking numbers. According to President Cyril Ramaphosa, at the moment Covid-19 and violence against women and children are the two pandemics which we are fighting. With the lowering of the lockdown from stage 4 to stage 3, this kind of violence and abuse has increased rapidly, and 21 women and children have been murdered in South Africa during the last few weeks. It is difficult to foresee numbers, as it is not always clear if the crimes were committed against the victims because they are women. However, ... Lees meer.


Prevent violence against women and children

By Marli Naidoo Violence against women and children occurs in South Africa in shocking numbers. According to President Cyril Ramaphosa, at the moment Covid-19 and violence against women and children are the two pandemics which we are fighting. With the lowering of the lockdown from stage 4 to stage 3, this kind of violence and abuse has increased rapidly, and 21 women and children have been murdered in South Africa during the last few weeks. It is difficult to foresee numbers, as it is not always clear if the crimes were committed against the victims because they are women. However, ... Lees meer.

How to defuse Covid stress in households

By Nico Strydom A worldwide pandemic of a new, unknown virus can cause severe stress and anxiety, which can also be aggravated by regulations introduced in an effort to combat the virus. According to Charnel Hattingh, national marketing and communication manager of the security company Fidelity ADT, they are definitely seeing an increase in stress in households if you look at the comments on WhatsApp and social-media community groups where people are asking for help when they hear screaming or fighting in houses in their street. “There are also angry and threatening messages against neighbours and those who do not ... Lees meer.

Be aware of the small habits that could destroy your marriage

By Melodie Veldhuizen You still love each other, but your marriage no longer is the safe place it used to be. Perhaps one or more small habits are busy destroying your once happy marriage. An incident here or there can still be overlooked, but a regular repetition of the same must cause the hazard lights to start flickering.  Do you recognise some of them? You use work as an excuse to avoid your partner, by staying at the office for long hours or even bringing work home. Finances: Only one party manages your financial affairs, or you are dishonest about ... Lees meer.

Restore respect in your marriage

By Marli Naidoo The loss of respect for each other can break down a marriage fast. The good news is that this lost respect can be restored and you take each other into consideration again. When you respect each other you accept that you differ and that you think differently about things, you respect personal boundaries, have a mutual understanding about what is acceptable in your relationship, and there is balance and fairness. If there is a circle of balanced give and take, it is a sign of a respectful relationship. Choose the restoration of respect. This is a conscious ... Lees meer.

Discover your partner’s love language

By Melodie Veldhuizen You don’t doubt your love for one another, yet you often feel unloved and therefore discontented. This is because people experience love in different ways and why your loved one doesn’t experience the way in which you show you care, as love. In his book, Five languages of love, Gary Chapman, an expert in the field of relationships and marriage, distinguishes the following love languages: constructive words, quality time, gifts, servitude and physical touch. Constructive words: This means compliments for specific things you find attractive and sincere words of thanks for specific things your partner does which ... Lees meer.


The relationship between pets and people

By Emsie Martin Many of us cannot always understand why there are people who don’t like animals, but the bond between man and animals enjoys attention worldwide due to the mutual benefits it contains for both parties. Animals are being increasingly utilised as substitutes for social interaction in homes for the elderly, nursery schools and hospitals. Pets and companion animals can therefore serve as objects for unloading tension on the one hand, and as a link to nature on the other. Pets have an important influence on how people feel about themselves and about life. The emotional, social and physical ... Lees meer.

5 Human Foods That Will Harm Your Dog

By Anja van den Berg You might think that sharing your treats with your pets show them how much you love them. After all, who can resist those puppy-dog eyes begging for a morsel? But hold off on spoiling them with human indulgence. Some foods that you enjoy are just out-and-out bad for your dog and can cause health problems. Even if your dog has eaten these foods in the past with no problems, they could be causing serious issues you might not realise. Here are the five worst foodstuffs you should never feed dogs, no matter how adorably they ... Lees meer.

Choosing the right pet for your child

By Dr Eugene Brink You’re thinking about treating your child by getting them a pet they can adore and spend time with. The spin-off is that they are taught some responsibility by caring for a living being. While this all sounds wonderful, it is advisable that you first assess what animal is best for them. Also, it is a long-term commitment and the care of such an animal will eventually in all likelihood fall unto you. First of all. . . There are several handy guidelines to keep in mind when taking such a big decision. The American Association of ... Lees meer.

Get the right pet sitter

By Emsie Martin It’s bad for an animal lover to plan a holiday while you know your beloved pet cannot go along. And then, when the holiday arrives, they look at you with those big, sad eyes as if they know that you are going to leave them alone. Start looking for a pet sitter for your next holiday right away so that your pet can stay in the comfort of its own house and you can have peace of mind while on holiday. There are various options Traditional options include a kennel or a house sitter. It is extremely ... Lees meer.

My dog barks too much

By Marli Naidoo There are many reasons why some dogs bark excessively. Some dog-breeds bark more than others. Don’t choose a guard dog if you don’t want him to bark. Dogs that don’t get enough exercise are inclined to bark more. Too little stimulation can cause your dog to become bored. When dogs are left alone the entire day, they can start missing you, become bored and start barking endlessly. Dogs in general are excitable creatures. When you play with them, they can bark playfully. After all, this is their way of speaking. Dogs communicate through barking, moaning and crying. ... Lees meer.


Prevent violence against women and children

By Marli Naidoo Violence against women and children occurs in South Africa in shocking numbers. According to President Cyril Ramaphosa, at the moment Covid-19 and violence against women and children are the two pandemics which we are fighting. With the lowering of the lockdown from stage 4 to stage 3, this kind of violence and abuse has increased rapidly, and 21 women and children have been murdered in South Africa during the last few weeks. It is difficult to foresee numbers, as it is not always clear if the crimes were committed against the victims because they are women. However, ... Lees meer.

Travel in the midst of Covid-19 and thereafter

By Nico Strydom Numerous countries have enabled their citizens to once again travel in the midst of the Covid-19 pandemic, but experts agree that the travel experience will for now and long afterwards be very different. South Africans started travelling again for work on 1 June. At this stage travel for relaxation or pleasure remains forbidden. International travel is also not allowed, with South Africa’s borders  remaining closed. However, Oz Desai, CEO of Corporate Traveller, warns that the travel experience will for now appear quite different. “Travellers should be aware that the rules and regulations for travel can and will ... Lees meer.

Online security for the whole family

By Melodie Veldhuizen It is not only families’ physical security that is put at risk by dangers such as car hijacks, robbery and burglaries. Because most modern families use technology for playing, recreation and work, everybody’s online security must also be guarded. We share a few security measures. Install reliable antivirus software to protect your computers against viruses, spyware and malware. Secure your wi-fi network so that cyber criminals cannot use your bandwidth or infect your computers with malware or launch malware attacks from your system. Use a strong password for your router, enable cordless encryption to avoid strangers from ... Lees meer.

Protect your loved ones and your possessions

By Melodie Veldhuizen Many of us have been victims of crime ourselves, or know someone who has. It is a given and unfortunately something to which we cannot turn a blind eye or deaf ear. Everyone is exposed to it daily, which is why it is essential to do everything possible to protect ourselves, our loved ones as well as our possessions, at home and on the road. Safety at home Lock all doors and windows when no-one will be at home, and also when you are at home. Invest in a security system and test it frequently to ensure ... Lees meer.

What is child abuse?

By Marli Naidoo We will not give our children stones when they ask for bread. Unfortunately there are parents who do exactly that. Child abuse occurs in all communities and children do not always hate the abuser. In most cases the abuser is somebody known to the child or his family. Child abuse is any interaction or absence of interaction that results in non-accidental damage to the child’s physical condition or development. This includes not only physical damage but also emotional and sexual abuse, as well as neglect. Sexual abuse Sexual abuse takes place when somebody forces or solicits a ... Lees meer.


Travel in the midst of Covid-19 and thereafter

By Nico Strydom Numerous countries have enabled their citizens to once again travel in the midst of the Covid-19 pandemic, but experts agree that the travel experience will for now and long afterwards be very different. South Africans started travelling again for work on 1 June. At this stage travel for relaxation or pleasure remains forbidden. International travel is also not allowed, with South Africa’s borders  remaining closed. However, Oz Desai, CEO of Corporate Traveller, warns that the travel experience will for now appear quite different. “Travellers should be aware that the rules and regulations for travel can and will ... Lees meer.

Road safety lessons on the long road to the coast

By Wilma Bedford Road accidents in South Africa are of the highest in the world: Worldwide there are 24.1 deaths per 100 000 road users, while in South Africa the figure is 31.9 per 100 000. In South Africa road deaths are caused by drunk driving, speed, distracted drivers, reckless driving, potholes and worn brakes and tyres. Collisions are the main cause of road deaths and the drivers are mainly 15-29 years old. There has been talk about including road safety in the school curriculum, therefore the long road to your holiday at the coast is a golden opportunity to ... Lees meer.

Travelling In 2020? Top 4 Wellness Tips For Frequent Flyers

By Anja van den Berg While travelling to new destinations is exciting, regular travel can take its toll on your body – especially if you fly frequently for business. If regular travel is on the cards for you in 2020, here are five tips on how to prioritise your wellness: Monitor your sitting. It goes without saying that when you are strapped into your seat on the plane, you have no choice but to remain seated for safety reasons. However, it's essential to be aware of the adverse effects of all that sitting during multiple voyages. An ever-expanding body of ... Lees meer.

Travelling during pregnancy

By Nico Strydom For many women travelling during pregnancy can be a concern as it requires extra planning and precautions. Pregnant women who intend travelling should talk to their doctor ahead of time so that they can be advised as to which inoculations are safe and what precautions they should take for their and their babies’ health. Pregnant women are generally advised to not travel too much or unnecessarily. If, however, there are no complications with regard to the pregnancy, travelling is on the whole safe, but it is advisable not to travel after a pregnancy of 35 weeks. The ... Lees meer.

Teach children to show gratitude for gifts

By Marli Naidoo It’s time to open gifts and the kids want to jump out of their skin with excitement, while the parents break out in a cold sweat. How will your child react to his gifts? Hopefully he doesn’t cry when he opens his uncle’s gift. When your three-year-old shows he isn’t happy with his gift, it is normal, and you can’t do much about it. When, however, it is your teenager who sits around with a long face after having torn of the gift wrap, you need urgent intervention. Teach your children from a young age about gratitude ... Lees meer.


Recipe: French toast with coconut, pineapple and honey

By Lea Brink This French toast turns every Saturday morning into a special occasion. You will need: 6 slices white bread 3 eggs ½ cup coconut cream ¼ cup finely chopped pineapple pieces ½ cup almond slivers ½ cup coconut flakes Honey of your choice 1 teaspoon brown sugar Butter for frying the bread Roast the coconut flakes in a frying pan with a teaspoon brown sugar on medium heat. Remove from the heat as soon as the sugar has melted and the coconut starts changing colour. Beat the eggs and coconut cream together in a mixing bowl. Add the ... Lees meer.

Recipe: Mexican cheese rolls

Lea Brink Comfort food for the cold and wet winter evenings. This dish has now replaced pancakes in my home. You will need: 500g beef mince ½ finely chopped onion 1 cup frozen mealies ½ teaspoon finely chopped red green-pepper 1 teaspoon cumin 1 teaspoon coriander ½ teaspoon paprika 1 cup finely chopped spinach leaves 2 finely chopped carrots 8 tortilla wraps 1 tin whole tomatoes 100 ml sour cream 2 tablespoons brown onion soup 1 tablespoon finely chopped basil Salt and pepper to taste 2 cups grated cheddar cheese 1 cup grated mozzarella cheese Preheat the oven to 180ºC. ... Lees meer.

Gardening is therapeutic

By Wilma Bedford With the lockdown and other restrictions you might for the first time in a long while have really had the time to pay attention to your garden and to enjoy it, or perhaps you now look at your garden and see the potential for food security, or just a healthier diet, or you want to create a delightful garden just for yourself, even if it is on your balcony. The new normal is to green your environment and to cultivate your own healthy vegetables and herbs. Whatever the case, your garden is a healthy place to be ... Lees meer.

Recipe: Rump steak moussaka

Lea Brink Filling and nutritious food for the winter. You will need: 500g rump steak 2 large brinjals ½ finely chopped onion 1 tin tomatoes, halved 1 packet brown onion soup 1 tablespoon finely chopped sage leaves 1 teaspoon cumin 1 teaspoon coriander 2 finely chopped cloves of garlic Sauce: 4 tablespoons butter 4 tablespoons flour 2½ cups milk Salt and pepper to taste Preheat the oven to 180ºC. Peel and slice the brinjals. Pack on an oven plate and bake for approximately 10 minutes until the slices start colouring at the edges. Dice the rump steak. Fry the diced ... Lees meer.

Recipe: Chocolate chip cookies

Lea Brink The best cookies under the sun. I always have these cookies in the cookie jar. You will need: 2½ cups flour 1 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda ½ teaspoon salt 120g butter 2 cups brown sugar 2 eggs 1 cup milk chocolate or dark chocolate chips ½ cup white chocolate chips 1 tablespoon finely chopped pecan nuts 1½ teaspoons vanilla essence Preheat the oven to 180ºC. Line a baking plate with baking paper and spray with Spray and Cook. Sift the flour, salt and bicarbonate of soda together in a mixing bowl. Beat the butter and sugar together in ... Lees meer.


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