Author: Lize Geldenhuis

Alberton groet vir Gert van der Merwe.

Alberton groet vir Gert van der Merwe: legende in rugbykringe.

Die eindfluitjie van die lewenspel het vir die legendariese Gert van der Merwe (66) finaal geblaas op Sondag 2 Augustus. Hy was ‘n bekende in rugbykringe  en het diep spore getrap in rugbykringe , maar ook in die harte van almal met wie hy paaie gekruis het.

Gert en sy vrou, Marian was 45 jaar getroud en sport was die gesin se lewe.

Drie seuns is uit die huwelik gebore: Riaan, Eugene en Gert (junior). Laasgenoemde was ‘n Suid–Afrikaanse paralimpiese atleet en het Suid–Afrika twee keer verteenwoordig en goue medaljes ingepalm. Gert (junior) is op 26 jarige ouderdom in 2002 onverwags tydens ‘n mediese prosedure oorlede.

Elize Myburgh , onderwyseres van Frances Vorwergskool skryf:

“As ouers was Gert en Marian baie betrokke by Frances Vorwergskool waar hy gelyktydig op die SBL en OOV gedien het.  Geen werk of moeite was ooit ontsien om die wêreld ‘n beter plek te maak vir  gestremde leerders nie.  Te danke aan sy bemoediging en afrigting het ons leerders uitgestyg in sport. Na die tragiese afsterwe van Gert junior, het hulle jaarliks nog steeds die skool se Prestige aande bygewoon.  Hierdie legende sal altyd voortleef in ons gedagtes en ons harte.”

Gert (snr) was ‘n toegewyde eggenoot, gesinsman, rugbyspeler en –afrigter en trotse inwoner van Alberton: ‘n man van statuur.

Sy laerskoolloopbaan het hy aan Generaal Alberts voltooi en sy hoërskooljare by Marais Viljoen.

Na skool het hy rugby gespeel( hy was ‘n kranige slot) vir die Albertonse klub en het selfs in  ‘n paar provinsiale  wedstryde uitgedraf vir die Goue Leeus in die tagtigerjare. In sy loopbaan het hy het verkeie leiersposisies in die rugbywêreld beklee: Gert was voorsitter van die Albertonse Rugbyklub en hy was ook deel van Goue Leeus Rugby Unie se Chairman’s Council.

Nadat hy sy stewels opgehang het was Gert vir etlike jare afrigter by die Albertonse rugbyklub asook by die eertydse Wits Technikon. Oral waar hy betrokke was, was hy ‘n mentor vir seuns en jong mans – ‘n vaderfiguur.

Sy onverwagse dood, as gevolg van COVID 19, was ‘n reuse skok vir die gemeenskap. Die plettervat van hierdie vernietigende virus kon hy nie voorsien of stuit nie.

Verskeie mense het bemoedigende boodskappe aan die familie gestuur waarin hy o.a. beskryf word as ‘n “gentle giant”, ‘n vader vir baie mans, rolmodel; uitsonderlike gerespekteerde mens.  Van die mans het bevestig dat hulle talle rugby- en lewenslesse by Gert geleer het; hy was baie spesiaal en vir sommige ” ‘n tweede pa”.

Hy is ook bestempel as ‘n “legend”, “yster”  en dat die “rugbyvelde nooit weer dieselfde sal wees sonder  oom Gert langs die baan nie”.

Gert word oorleef deur sy vrou, Marian, hulle twee seuns en skoondogters, Karen en Candice en vier kleinkinders : sy groot vreugde . Wat sou hy nie gegee het om vir hulle die kunsies van die sport te kon leer nie.

TameTimes betuig hiermee namens die gemeenskap van Alberton hulle innige meegvoel met die familie tydens die afsterwe van hierdie kleurvolle sportman. Sy afskeidsdiens was volgens die COVID – regulasies op 17 Augustus in die Albertonse Lewensentrum gehou.

Mooi loop, Gert! Rustyd het nou vir jou aangebreek…

Crochet: Mosaic Granny Potholders

Thick and wonderful potholders. The front is crocheted as a mosaic granny square and results in an incredibly beautiful structure. The back is crocheted as an ordinary granny square. You can crochet the potholders in a double thread of 4 ply DK yarn

What skills are you going to need and what will you get

Difficulty level: Intermediate

Size information

Finished Size: 8 ¼ x 8 ¼ in

What material will you need
  • 4 Ply DK Yarn – held double
  • Crochet Hook 3.0mm
  • Hanging loop

Buy your materials as Habby Hyper

Yarn requirements per set:

  • Color A: 10g
  • Color B: 30g
  • Color C: 40g
  • Color D: 175g

Abbreviations:

  • ch: chain
  • st: stitch
  • sc: single crochet
  • sl st: slip stitch
  • dc: double crochet
  • fpdc: front post double crochet

 

Pattern:

Front – Make 2
Note: Each round that has a ch 3 to start, the starting ch counts as 1 dc.

  1. With Color A. Begin with a magic loop. Ch 3, work 2 dc and ch 2. Work *3 dc, ch 2* Repeat * to* a total of 3 times. End with a sl st.
  2. Sl st to the first ch-space. Ch 3, (2 dc, ch 2, 3 dc, ch 1) in the ch-space. Work *(3dc, ch 2, 3 dc, ch 1) into the next ch-space* Repeat * to* a total of 3 times. End with a sl st. Cut the yarn.
  3. Change to Color B. Attach the yarn in a ch-space. Ch 3, (2 dc, ch 2, 3 dc, ch 1) in the ch-space. In the next ch-space work (1 dc, 1 fpdc around the middle st from the dc group from rnd 1, 1 dc, ch 1) Work *(3dc, ch 2, 3 dc, ch 1) into the next ch-space. In the next ch-space work (1 dc, 1 fpdc around the middle st from the dc group from rnd 1, 1 dc, and ch 1) Repeat * to* a total of 3 times. End with a sl st.
  4. Sl st to the first ch-space. Ch 3, (2 dc, ch 2, 3 dc, ch 1) in the ch-space. In the next 2 ch-spaces work (1 dc, 1 fpdc around the middle st from the dc group from rnd 2, 1 dc, ch 1). Work *(3dc, ch 2, 3 dc and ch 1) in the next ch-space. In the next 2 ch-spaces work (1 dc, 1 fpdc around the middle st from the dc group from rnd 2, 1 dc, ch 1).* Repeat * to* a total of 3 times. End with a sl st
  5. Sl st to the first ch-space. Ch 3, (2 dc, ch 2, 3 dc, ch 1) in the ch-space. In the next 3 ch-spaces work (1 dc, 1 fpdc around the middle st from the dc group from rnd 3, 1 dc, ch 1). Work *(3dc, ch 2, 3 dc and ch 1) in the next ch-space. In the next 3 ch-spaces work (1 dc, 1 fpdc around the middle st from the dc group from rnd 3, 1 dc, ch 1).* Repeat * to* a total of 3 times. End with a sl st. Cut the yarn.
  6. Change to Color C. Attach the yarn in a ch-space. Ch 3, (2 dc, ch 2, 3 dc, ch 1) in the ch-space. In the next 4 ch-spaces work (1 dc, 1 fpdc around the middle st from the dc group from rnd 4, 1 dc, ch 1). Work *(3dc, ch 2, 3 dc and ch 1) in the next ch-space. In the next 4 ch-spaces work (1 dc, 1 fpdc around the middle st from the dc group from rnd 4, 1 dc, ch 1).* Repeat * to* a total of 3 times. End with a sl st.
  7. Sl st to the first ch-space. Ch 3, (2 dc, ch 2, 3 dc, ch 1) in the ch-space. In the next 5 ch-spaces work (1 dc, 1 fpdc around the middle st from the dc group from rnd 5, 1 dc, ch 1). Work *(3dc, ch 2, 3 dc and ch 1) in the next ch-space. In the next 5 ch-spaces work (1 dc, 1 fpdc around the middle st from the dc group from rnd 5, 1 dc, ch 1).* Repeat * to* a total of 3 times. End with a sl st.
  8. Sl st to the first ch-space. Ch 3, (2 dc, ch 2, 3 dc, ch 1) in the ch-space. In the next 6 ch-spaces work (1 dc, 1 fpdc around the middle st from the dc group from rnd 6, 1 dc, ch 1). Work *(3dc, ch 2, 3 dc and ch 1) in the next ch-space. In the next 6 ch-spaces work (1 dc, 1 fpdc around the middle st from the dc group from rnd 6, 1 dc, ch 1).* Repeat * to* a total of 3 times. End with a sl st. Cut the yarn.
  9. Change to Color D. Attach the yarn in a ch-space. Ch 3, (2 dc, ch 2, 3 dc, ch 1) in the ch-space. In the next 7 ch-spaces work (1 dc, 1 fpdc around the middle st from the dc group from rnd 7, 1 dc, ch 1). Work *(3dc, ch 2, 3 dc and ch 1) in the next ch-space. In the next 7 ch-spaces work (1 dc, 1 fpdc around the middle st from the dc group from rnd 7, 1 dc, ch 1).* Repeat * to* a total of 3 times. End with a sl st.
  10. Sl st to the first ch-space. Ch 3, (2 dc, ch 2, 3 dc, ch 1) in the ch-space. In the next 8 ch-spaces work (1 dc, 1 fpdc around the middle st from the dc group from rnd 8, 1 dc, ch 1). Work *(3dc, ch 2, 3 dc and ch 1) in the next ch-space. In the next 8 ch-spaces work (1 dc, 1 fpdc around the middle st from the dc group from rnd 8, 1 dc, ch 1).* Repeat * to* a total of 3 times. End with a sl st.
  11. Sl st to the first ch-space. Ch 3, (2 dc, ch 2, 3 dc, ch 1) in the ch-space. In the next 9 ch-spaces work (1 dc, 1 fpdc around the middle st from the dc group from rnd 9, 1 dc, ch 1). Work *(3dc, ch 2, 3 dc and ch 1) in the next ch-space. In the next 9 ch-spaces work (1 dc, 1 fpdc around the middle st from the dc group from rnd 9, 1 dc, ch 1).* Repeat * to* a total of 3 times. End with a sl st. Cut the yarn

Weave in the ends and make a second to match.

Back – Make 2 in Color D. Note: Each rnd that has a ch 3 to start, the starting ch counts as 1 dc.

  1. Begin with a magic loop. Ch 3, work 2 dc and ch 2. Work *3 dc, ch 2* Repeat * to* a total of 3 times. End with a sl st.
  2. Sl st to the first ch-space. Ch 3, (2 dc, ch 2, 3 dc, ch 1) in the ch-space. Work *(3dc, ch 2, 3 dc, ch 1) into the next ch-space* Repeat * to* a total of 3 times. End with a sl st.
  3. Sl st to the first ch-space. Ch 3, (2 dc, ch 2, 3 dc, ch 1) in the ch-space. Work (3dc and ch 1) in the next ch-space. Work *(3dc, ch 2, 3 dc, ch 1) into the next ch-space. Work (3dc and ch 1) in the next ch-space.* Repeat * to* a total of 3 times. End with a sl st.
  4. Sl st to the first ch-space. Ch 3, (2 dc, ch 2, 3 dc, ch 1) in the ch-space. Work (3dc and ch 1) in the next 2 ch-spaces. Work *(3dc, ch 2, 3 dc, ch 1) into the next ch-space. Work (3dc and ch 1) in the next 2 ch-spaces.* Repeat * to* a total of 3 times. End with a sl st.
  5. Sl st to the first ch-space. Ch 3, (2 dc, ch 2, 3 dc, ch 1) in the ch-space. Work (3dc and ch 1) in the next 3 ch-spaces. Work *(3dc, ch 2, 3 dc, ch 1) into the next ch-space. Work (3dc and ch 1) in the next 3 ch-spaces.* Repeat * to* a total of 3 times. End with a sl st.
  6. Sl st to the first ch-space. Ch 3, (2 dc, ch 2, 3 dc, ch 1) in the ch-space. Work (3dc and ch 1) in the next 4 ch-spaces. Work *(3dc, ch 2, 3 dc, ch 1) into the next ch-space. Work (3dc and ch 1) in thenext 4 ch-spaces.* Repeat * to* a total of 3 times. End with a sl st.
  7. Sl st to the first ch-space. Ch 3, (2 dc, ch 2, 3 dc, ch 1) in the ch-space. Work (3dc and ch 1) in the next 5 ch-spaces. Work *(3dc, ch 2, 3 dc, ch 1) into the next ch-space. Work (3dc and ch 1) in the next 5 ch-spaces.* Repeat * to* a total of 3 times. End with a sl st.
  8. Sl st to the first ch-space. Ch 3, (2 dc, ch 2, 3 dc, ch 1) in the ch-space. Work (3dc and ch 1) in the next 6 ch-spaces. Work *(3dc, ch 2, 3 dc, ch 1) into the next ch-space. Work (3dc and ch 1) in the next 6 ch-spaces.* Repeat * to* a total of 3 times. End with a sl st.
  9. Sl st to the first ch-space. Ch 3, (2 dc, ch 2, 3 dc, ch 1) in the ch-space. Work (3dc and ch 1) in the next 7 ch-spaces. Work *(3dc, ch 2, 3 dc, ch 1) into the next ch-space. Work (3dc and ch 1) in the next 7 ch-spaces.* Repeat * to* a total of 3 times. End with a sl st.
  10. Sl st to the first ch-space. Ch 3, (2 dc, ch 2, 3 dc, ch 1) in the ch-space. Work (3dc and ch 1) in the next 8 ch-spaces. Work *(3dc, ch 2, 3 dc, ch 1) into the next ch-space. Work (3dc and ch 1) in the next 8 ch-spaces.* Repeat * to* a total of 3 times. End with a sl st.
  11. Sl st to the first ch-space. Ch 3, (2 dc, ch 2, 3 dc, ch 1) in the ch-space. Work (3dc and ch 1) in the next 9 ch-spaces. Work *(3dc, ch 2, 3 dc, ch 1) into the next ch-space. Work (3dc and ch 1) in the next 9 ch-spaces.* Repeat * to* a total of 3 times. End with a sl st. Cut the yarn.

Weave in the ends and make a second to match.

Assembly:
Place the front and back pieces, WS to WS. Attach yarn and crochet them together with a round of sc in each st and ch-space. In the corners, work (1 sc, ch 1, 1 dc) End with a sl st. Cut the yarn and weave in the ends. Attach the leather string for a hanging loop.

Local Security: Fox Security

Fox Security, based in the heart of Alberton, is in a unique position to offer its clients the fastest armed reaction in any type of household or business emergency.

After 28 years, Fox Security can boast at least 15 patrol vehicles and ten technical teams with equipment of the highest standard. The management of Fox Security has concentrated the activities of the company in the Alberton and surrounding areas.

By focusing on the Alberton and surrounding area, Fox’s highly trained armed reaction/medical assistance units are never more than a few minutes away.

There Services are:
  • Armed Reaction
  • Monitoring
  • Alarm Installations
  • CCTV Camera Installations
  • Guarding
  • Special Events
  • Medical Assistance
  • Front Door Service
  • Vehicle Patrol
  • 24 Hour Technical Backup

Recipe: Amarula malva pudding

Your favourite pudding just got more indulgent – and fun!
Less than 45 minutes
Serves 6

Ingredients:

2 eggs
½ cup (100g) sugar
1 tsp (5ml) bicarbonate of soda
½ cup (125ml) milk
1 Tbsp (15ml) apple cider vinegar
1½ cups (225g) sifted self-raising flour
Pinch salt

Sauce:

1 cup (200g) sugar
½ cup (125ml) Amarula liqueur
½ cup (125ml) evaporated milk
½ tsp (3ml) vanilla essence
Custard or ice cream, for serving

Method:

Preheat oven to 180°C.
Use an electric beater to cream eggs and sugar until pale and fluffy.
Dissolve bicarbonate of soda in milk.
Add vinegar to milk and stir into egg mixture.
Combine flour and a pinch of salt and fold through egg mixture.
Pour into a 1.5L dish coated with non-stick spray.
Bake for 25-30 minutes or until brown and cooked through.
Combine sauce ingredients in a saucepan and heat until sugar dissolves.
Pour hot sauce over baked pudding a minute or two after removing from the oven (take care as it may splatter).

Serve pudding with custard or ice cream, if you like.

Is print dead? Think again

The irony is not lost, in a world where social media has exploded, and “fake news” is rampant across news sites, what people feared would destroy print, is actually leading audiences back.

Print and print marketing offers the reader a stronger sense of credibility than online media: 

  • Printed materials are still very much an effective way of advertising and marketing a business. They allow people to visually and physically interact with your brand, in ways that no digital offerings will ever be able to replicate.
  • Print is tactile. There’s nothing quite like the touch of paper. Think of your favourite book. The smell of ink and paper improves the experience. You can never accomplish this on a digital medium.
  • There is scientific evidence that suggests that content on paper affects our brains in different and more powerful ways.
  • Print is credible. There is something about print that gives a sense of legitimacy. Online popups, banners, ads, can be overwhelming, and the fear of being spammed is enough to make people nervous about clicking. There’s no danger of being stalked or disturbed while reading print.
  • Research by Temple University in the USA suggested that print engages viewers for more time, caused more brain activity in areas associated with value and desire, and imprinted themselves more on the long-term memory.
  • Clutter is the enemy of effective marketing. The media landscape is a noisy, cluttered place, particularly online, where you are bombarded with ads from every direction. Print media, on the other hand, represents a relatively calm environment amid the frenzy and catches consumers at their most attentive.
  • Attention, please! Unlike banner ads, newspaper and magazine advertising reaches consumers in a moment they have set aside for reading. Studies show newspaper ads are viewed for 2.5 times longer than the average digital ad, suggesting readers are more receptive when engaging with print.
  • Print stands out. In an age when digital materials can get lost in the crowd, a visually stimulating and eye-catching printed work will always stand out.
  • It’s easy to scroll past all the digital adverts on your mobile device or find a different website if too many irritating popups, well, pop up. At the same time, print materials are more difficult to ignore.
  • Printed materials have a unique “staying power” compared to digital offerings, which with one click, tend to disappear quickly. A brochure, newspaper, or magazine, for example, can be on hand for reference purposes at any time.

While online marketing has its unique strengths and advantages, print is still a prime place to strengthen your brand with a tangible and memorable piece of marketing that can convey more than just an online banner (of which consumers ignore 99.3%). The smart marketer will integrate their online and print marketing strategies for a more well-rounded and impactful campaign.

Print can genuinely captivate an audience in a way that the digital world never will. The beauty of a well-designed double-page spread or your eagerly awaited centrefold poster stays with the reader, far more than an email linking to an e-zine. It can be torn out, hung up, saved, and treasured.

Is print dead? Think again.

Print media is alive and kicking. How are you using print to grow your business? 

Recipe: Mealie meal and corn bake

READY IN
1 hr 30 mins
PAP: a staple food for many South Africans; a porridge made from mealie meal (maize meal) cooked with water and salt to different consistencies.

Serving Size
Serves 6 to 8
Ingredients
750 ml coarse mealie meal
500 ml water
375 ml low-fat milk
½ tsp salt
60 ml olive or canola oil
410 g tin cream style sweetcorn
1 small onion, cut into thin wedges
45 ml chopped fresh parsley
60 ml coarsely grated cheddar cheese
1 corn on the cob, kernels cut from the cob or ½ cup (125 ml) frozen whole kernel corn, rinsed

Method
1.  Preheat oven to 180 °C. Place the mealie meal, water, milk, salt, oil and sweetcorn in a large mixing bowl. Stir well so that no dry meal is visible.
2.  Lightly grease a 20 x 27 cm oven dish with oil and spoon mealie meal mixture into dish.
3.  Arrange onion wedges on mealie meal. Mix parsley, cheese and corn and sprinkle evenly over onions.
4.  Bake for 1 hour or until the mealie meal is cooked through. Serve hot.

Tips
1. Serve with barbecue sauce.
2. Bake the mealie meal mixture without the onion and cheese mixture until cooked. Mix 1 x 410 g tin onion and tomato mix with the parsley and onion wedges. Spoon onto cooked mealie meal bake, sprinkle with cheese and corn and bake for another 10 - 15 minutes or until the cheese has melted and the tomato layer is heated through. Serve immediately.

Recipe: Chicken mince. Korma Fry

Ingredients :
500grms Mince.
1tsp Ginger & Garlic.
1 tsp Tumeric
3 tsp Shan Korma powder.
1 heaped tsp Chille powder.
1 flat tsp cumin powder.
2 to 3 ripe tomatoes diced.
1/4 cup fresh diced Coriander.
1 large brown onion diced.

Fry onions till they are translucent.
Add Turmeric,
Then add ginger & garlic.
Fry a minute (on medium flame)
Add,  korma powder & chili powder.
1 flat tsp cumin seed powder.
Stir & keep frying a minute.
Add diced tomatoes & salt to taste.
Add a small amount of water fry till you see the oil.
Then add the chicken mince.
Break up the mince & keep frying.
Add the diced fresh coriander.
Add a little water to cook the mince.
( optional: You can add diced potatoes  if u wish.)

Financial Scams are on the rise

South Africans are under significant financial pressure and criminals are taking advantage of this desperation.  We all need to be more vigilant to avoid falling prey to these scammers.

According to Megan Govender, head of Forensic Services at Sanlam,  consumers need to understand how these crooks operate in order to protect themselves better.  This will help them identify whether a seemingly legitimate offer is too good to be true.

WHAT DO SCAMMERS WANT?

  • Your Name
  • Your Surname
  • Your cell phone number
  • Your ID
  • Your address

HOW CAN THEY USE THIS INFORMATION:

Most cybercriminals want to access credit in your name. According to Govender, they try to access credit using the above data.  Another trick is to impersonate you to your insurer or investment company in order to retrieve your funds or benefits.

  HOW TO SPOT A SCAM:

Be wary when you see:

  • An upfront request for advanced payment.
  • Communication containing linguistic and grammatical errors (but not always).
  • Guaranteed high or quick returns and any get rich schemes or promises.
  • An email address that does not look right… Remember to be critical!

WHAT YOU SHOULD DO

  • Report your suspicions to a local police station.
  • Contact the business you think is being impersonated.

WORKING FROM HOME

With millions of people working from home amid the Covid-19 pandemic without the normal firewalls and security measures in place, companies and individuals are at greater risk of having their data compromised.  Criminals have been working overtime to steal companies’ data by targeting these vulnerable working from home employees

“Every day, Gmail blocks more than 100 million phishing emails. In the first week of April, Google reported 18 million daily malware and phishing emails related to Covid-19. This was in addition to more than 240 million COVID-related daily spam messages,” Bayhack said.

Phishing is still one of the most effective methods that attackers use to compromise accounts and gain access to company data and resources.

“Most online users are aware of phishing emails, which often encourage you to log on to what seems to be an online banking portal or other credit facilities. The user enters their login details on the fake portal, after which the scammers use this information to raid the user’s bank account.”

BLACKLISTED? Government may temporarily ban lenders

Government may temporarily ban lenders from blacklisting consumers whose credit records have been hit by the coronavirus crisis.

A consultation document published by the Democratic Alliance showed that the Department of Trade and Industry (Dti) was considering banning blacklisting and ordering the removal of any adverse information on consumers’ profiles.

The ban will last until the end of September or when the national state of disaster ends, whichever comes first.

Trade and Industry Minister Ebrahim Patel said that government would carefully consider the proposal before making a decision.

The DA warned that the changes would hit banks’ lending appetite, pushing up the cost of credit, and allowing already indebted South Africans to rack up further borrowings.

Cable Theft at the Elandsfontein Train Station

“A man was found hanging from the power switch structure. The team, working together with Prasa and police officials, cordoned off the scene and power supply was switched off before rescue technicians started the process of retrieving the body from the 8.5m high switch structure above the rail-lines,” said DEMS spokesperson William Ntladi.

This is the third case in this area of cable theft since May 2020

The man had sustained intense electrical burns on both his hands that penetrated through the body and lower extremities.

“Attempts were made to lower the charred body from the height down to the ground level. Two of the high angle rescuers, in safety gear, mounted up the ladder. Through difficulties, the two rescuers managed lower the body.”

“It is alleged that the man was tampering with the power lines that are charged at 3 000 volts (3 Kv). When scanning through the power lines across all the railway lines, one could identify that none of the five railway lines’ power supply was intact.

“Loose snapped power lines could be seen hanging from switch structures. No electrically powered locomotives could operate through the station linking, that links Ekurhuleni and Johannesburg with Isando Industries, OR Tambo Airport and Pretoria.”

About Tame Times

Tame Communications (known as tameTIMES) was established in 1997. This long-established popular community title includes the key shopping centres:  Alberton City, Mall...

Get in Touch