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GREAT BRAK RIVER

BUSINESS FORUM

By Mike EHrman

The Quarterly meeting held on the 6th of June

was again disappointing as very few businesses

attended what was an informative meeting.

Presentations were made by representatives

from the Mossel Bay Business Chamber, Mossel

Bay Tourism and the Great Brak River Youth

Café.

Dr. Paul Kruger, Chairman of the Mossel Bay

Business Chamber (MBBC) put it to the meeting

that there is the option for businesses in Great

Brak River to join the MBBC. The Chamber are

extending many of their activities into

surrounding areas, he reiterated that it does not

make sense to have numerous independent

bodies representing business in the outlying

business clusters of Mossel Bay. There is a call

by the Great Brak Business Forum, not fully

constituted, to merge and fall in with the MBBC,

this was put to the few businesses present.

Aneli Gerber from Mossel Bay Tourism,

energetically presented upcoming trends, events

and projects being motivated by her team. There

is a Soul Festival mid-July, with a Diaz train

running with busses linking passengers to events

and eateries in outlying participating nodes.

Tourism are pushing social media with a team

promoting events and happenings online. As a

result there is YouTube footage of Kleinbrak

which has gone viral. Send in your events and

happenings well in advance to tap into this

successful form of promotion.

Jenaide Chippe from the Great Brak Youth Café

presented their organisation and highlighted their

need to address the issues facing the youth in

our town. The main aim is to up-skill the youth so

they are able to enter the job market. They need

funding and would like to have more of our local

business assisting them in overcoming this

challenge.

A glaring issue is the negative effects of the road

construction taking place on the R 102 affecting

all Great Brak River businesses. These effects

are only going to get worse in the coming years

as reconstruction moves into Long Street for its

long awaited and desperately needed upgrade. It

seems that our business folk are unaware or are

opting to ignore the inevitable challenges. There

will be upcoming public participation meetings, at

which challenges can be presented and solutions

jointly discussed. With a unified voice presented

to Mossel Bay Town Planning, design changes

can be made to develop a business district that

will take into account the future needs of our

businesses.

ANTI-AGING BENEFITS OF

AGELESS GRACE

By Annlerie van Rooyen Intentionally nourishing the mind-body connection on a daily basis can help improve health and well-being, reduce stress and keep the brain agile and the body responsive. When body, mind, spirit and emotions are in balance, health and well-being follow. Ageless Grace® exercises offers something for each of these dimensions. For the mind, there are right- and left-brain movement activities, numbering sequences of physical movements in patterns that play games with the mind; and there are mind-body directives that encourage the brain to consciously choose and direct the movement of the body in either a random or specific sequence. For the emotions, there are sounds, words, expressions and “pretend” emotions that are used to inspire, stimulate and release endorphins, while simultaneously allowing the body to release tension and tightness. For the spirit, the movements incorporate imagery, creativity, variety, playfulness, polarities, sound and games, all performed to a wide range of music that encourages self-expression, nourishing the authentic self. And finally, for the body, particular attention is paid to: range of motion and optimal function of the 13 major joints of the body; the 20 digits; the relationship of all the parts of the body to the whole; the redevelopment of the ability to move from the floor to standing and back again; the use of sensations such as flexibility, agility, mobility, stability and strength to restore and rejuvenate the body; the mind-body connection; the brain as stimulus for the central nervous system; and improvement of both cognitive and motor function, including balance. Practicing the Ageless Grace® Tools for just eight to ten minutes a day will help the body function with optimal efficiency, and with comfort and ease throughout your life. It’s never too late to begin Ageless Grace®, and it’s never too early to start!

21 DEC 2017

19:30

Long Street

2nd birthday

DIE KOSSAK PROJEK

Sakke vol seën!

By Deur Cara Beetge; ‘n Graad 6 leerder van Laerskool Vorentoe “KOSSAK” is ‘n liefdadigheidsprojek van Laerskool Vorentoe. Hanley Nel is die gelukkige leerder wat die naam “Kossak” aan die projek gegee het.  Die leerders van Laerskool Vorentoe kry ‘n maand kans om allerhande donasies soos: nie-bederfbare kos, klere komberse, toiletware, ens. in te samel. Ons lewensvaardigheid en remediërende onderwyseresse neem verantwoordelikheid vir die projek om al die verskillende items te tel, verpak en uit te deel aan behoeftige gesinne in ons skool en die gemeenskap. Ons klasse het ‘n kompetisie om te kyk wie kan die meeste items insamel. Dit is ‘n aanmoediging vir die leerders om nog meer donasies te bring. Die idee was om leerders in ons skool en in die gemeenskap wat behoefte het hoop te gee met die projek. Sommer na die eerste week het ons oor die 500 items ingesamel! As jy saam met Laerskool Vorentoe die wêreld ‘n beter plek wil maak, kan jy self donasies by die skool kom aflewer om hierdie projek te ondersteun. Dink net, as almal in die gemeenskap of distrik saam staan kan daar groot veranderinge kom! Ons Groot Brakkers kan dan in ‘n gelukkige gemeenskap saam woon!

SCHOOL CYCLING

DEVELOPMENT

By Fred Lingenfelder The first event of the 2018 Eden Spur School MTB League season was held at Klipheuwel Trail Park in Klein Brak River on Saturday, 19 May 2018. With 212 riders representing 26 different schools from around the Southern Cape, the event has come a long way from only 7 riders at its inception 7 years ago.  The League series, which runs from May till September is all about establishing mountain biking as an official school sport by providing a platform on regional and national level. With three separate courses marked out for different age groups ranging from 5 years to 18 years old, riders quickly took to the track to familiarize themselves with all the twists and turns while their supporters set themselves up in the feeding zone and various spectator points.  Sunny weather and no wind ensured that the day was a huge success and all were treated with some top class racing as riders battled it out to earn points for their respective schools. Thanks to the work done by a number of people behind the scenes, especially Juan Botes of Chain Gang Events who is the co-coordinator of the series and also Charl Gerber who has taken some really stunning photographs of the events. Spur’s mobile kitchen along with coffee and pancake stands situated right next to the track ensured that nobody would miss any of the exciting racing of the day while Klipheuwel Padstal as well as Salty River Beerhouse were right next door to provide sit down meals as well as craft beers. The next event will be at Oak Hill School in Knysna on 28 July 2018 on a brand new course.  More details and online entries may be done on www.chaingangevents.co.za with pictures on the Eden Spur School MTB League Facebook page.

KLEIN JAKKALSIES

WANNEER DIT KOM BY

SLIMFOONETIKET

Deur Laurinda Smit Ek is geen Emsie Schoeman nie, maar ai, daar is darem net enkele gedagtes wat ek graag op papier wil vaslê, al is dit slegs vir die terapeutiese waarde daarvan. Whatsapp-groepe Pluspunt: Skakel kringkommunikasie uit en almal kry dieselfde boodskap Negatiewe punte: Wanneer so ʼn groep gestig word en dit aangewend word as ʼn platform vir kettingboodskappe, vreesdreigemente (veral politiek), verskonings met verduidelikings (kuier by die kinders plus nuutste spogfoto’s van kleinding ingesluit), stel ek werklik belang? Pluspunt: Ek is deel van ʼn groter geheel Negatiewe punt: Iemand het seker vergeet om te vra wil ek deel wees van so ʼn groep wat gestig is. My nommer is ingesluit sonder my toestemming. Pluspunt: Nuus is dadelik beskikbaar Negatiewe punt: Wil ek regtig na 19:00 in die aand nog hoor van iemand wat nie onmiddellike familie of my kinders is nie? Dan praat ek nou nie eers van die boodskappe wat enige tyd na 06:00 inkom nie. Behoed jou siel as die groep nie op “mute” is nie. En het iemand vergeet om my te vra of my begroting voorsiening maak vir foto’s, video’s en allerlei slim interpretasies al is dit die
koninklike verlowing? Die impak op persoonlike interaksie: Ek is seker jy herken die volgende scenario tydens wat ʼn heerlike uiteet by kerslig in ʼn uitsoekrestaurant behoort te wees. Niemand praat met mekaar nie, eerder met die handstuk in die hand met duim wat oortyd werk Die foon wat lui op sy hardste toon en dan nog lank genoeg duur om almal ongemaklik te laat rondkyk Alvorens die maaltyd geniet kan word, word dit afgeneem en aangestuur vir belangstellendes Atmosfeer rondom beligting en knus gevoel gaan verlore; die meeste mense lyk soos “aliens” voor die lig wat die gesig van die ken af op verhelder In die doodsnikke van die maaltyd word selfies geneem met onbekendes in die agtergrond Voor jy jou volgende boodskap stuur: Orden jou gedagtes voor jy boodskappe die lugruim instuur.  Oorweeg dit om persoonlike boodskappe direk aan iemand te stuur eerder as om dit op ʼn spesifieke groep te plaas. Almal in die groep stel dalk nie so intens belang in foto’s van jou op jou nuutste 4x4 se enjinkap met bobbejane in die agtergrond nie. Voordat jy enigiets aanstuur of op groepe sit, maak asseblief seker dat dit wel die waarheid is en as dit oor spesifieke persone gaan, dit hul goedkeuring sal wegdra, voordat jy persoonlike inligting oor hulle versprei, al is die bedoeling hoe goed.

READY GOLF

by Vaughn Tucker.   How to speed up play which is one of Golf,s greatest enemies. Cut down the practice swings, when you get to your ball assess the situation, choose the club you think is correct for the shot required, remembering your first choice is normally correct and if it is safe to play fire away even if you are slightly out of turn. Ask if you can play if you think you will upset a fellow player. Pick up if you cannot score on the hole. Read your putt when you get onto the green, when its your turn putt out if you can. Only mark near the hole if you are going to stand on a players line. Avoid over-reading a putt from watching too much TV Golf. Remember you have 40 seconds from when its your turn to play and only 50 seconds if you are first to play. Play the ball as it lies to improve your game, otherwise you will become a poor player when you have no placing.   No game of golf should take more than 4 hours for a 4 Ball. Keep Calm and get on with it.
Mandela Day 18 July

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