Smile-in-Action aims to raise R250 000 in support of the Reach for a Dream Foundation.
These funds will enable 95 children to attend Reach for a Dream’s 2019 Camp Sunshine and Family Focus camps.
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Thank you for your generosity – together we can touch the lives of these special children, inspire hope and encourage them to use their dreams to fight the life-threatening diseases they’re faced with every day.
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More information about Reach for a Dream
Since 1988 the Reach For A Dream Foundation, has brought hope, joy and healing to South African children. These children (referred to as dreamers) between the ages of 3 and 18 years fight life-threatening illnesses such as cancer, cystic fibrosis, muscular dystrophy, kidney failure and blood disorders.
The Reach For A Dream Foundation’s mission is to encourage children to use their dreams to fight life-threatening illnesses and inspire hope.
They achieve this through various projects, which inspire hope and allow dreamers to break out from their challenging circumstances … projects like Camp Sunshine and Family Focus.
Camp Sunshine is a weekend away where the emphasis is placed on team work and building social skills. Children with similar medical challenges are drawn together in days of fun, spent outdoors where their illnesses are set aside. The children learn social skills in peer group settings which is an imperative step in their lives as their social interaction is often limited to interaction with doctors and their family only. The camp also nurtures confidence and problem solving skills, overcoming obstacles as part of a team. The name Camp Sunshine describes the camp perfectly as the weekend is truly filled with joy, sunshine and laughter.
No family expects a child to be diagnosed with a life threatening illness, and once the diagnosis has been made the entire family’s reality changes. The new family dynamic often strains the relationships of parents with their children and of siblings with each other. Families often become isolated, limiting their movements to the proposed treatment plan. Family Focus aims to alleviate these challenges by offering families a chance to rebuild their relationships and meet other families experiencing similar circumstances. The weekend is filled with activities, focusing on the entire family enjoying a day of fun, where illnesses are forgotten. Here relationships are built, friendships are formed and an escape from the hospital and its associated worries is achieved.
Someone’s getting spoilt rotten by Smile 90.4FM and AfriCamps this Valentine’s Day… and it could be YOU!!
WIN a 2-night glamping escape to AfriCamps at Doolhof in Wellington, the first glamping location in the Cape Winelands. Apart from the luxurious AfriCamps tent with open plan lounge and dining area, fully-equipped kitchen, two bedrooms, spacious bathroom, indoor fireplace, air-conditioning, large wooden deck and your own outdoor wood-fired hot tub, you will also receive your choice of spa treatments from the comfort of your tent to the value of R2500, a romantic Doolhof vineyard picnic for two, wine tasting for two at Doolhof’s Tasting Room and daily breakfast baskets and braai packs for two containing the freshest local ingredients.
To enter, please answer the questions below and complete the required fields with your details:
Good luck and stay tuned to Smile 90.4FM.
The winner will be announced on Valentine’s Day, Thursday 14 February, during Bailey Schneider’s show from 09:00 to 12:00.
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The 2019 Season of the Smile Secret Sound started on Monday the 4th of February, with another R250 000 in cash up for grabs for this year’s winners.
All you need to do to claim the money on offer is to correctly identify the Smile Secret Sound on-air with Bobby and Lindy.
Tune in to Smile Breakfast every weekday morning at 07:20 and 08:20 and call the studio on 0861 400 904 when Bobby and Lindy open the telephone lines.
The Smile Secret Sound Referee is the ONLY person who knows what the Smile Secret Sound is and will be the adjudicator every morning, telling listeners whether they are correct, or whether they are off target and need to go back to the drawing board.
The Referee will also give Bobby and Lindy some clues from time to time, to help their listeners to crack the Smile Secret Sound.
YOU CAN’T AFFORD TO MISS IT! SMILE SECRET SOUND AT 07:20 AND 08:20 EVERY MORNING!!
Breaking open a piggy bank and dropping the coins on a counter
An automatic coin dispenser attached to a till at checkout
Wednesday 20 March
Throwing beads into a glass jar
Rubbing money notes together
Tuesday 19 March
Coins going through a coin counter
Pouring your casino chips into a container
Monday 18 March
Throwing small change into a mailing tube
Emptying all the change from your wallet into a glass money jar
Friday 15 March
A plastic zip-lock money bag
Thursday 14 March
Throwing your small change into a bank bag
Licking your fingers and putting out the flame of a candle
Wednesday 13 March
Coins being dropped into a metallic container
A taser gun
Tuesday 12 March
Crumpling up a piece of paper using both hands
Velcro that is torn apart
Monday 11 March
Loose change falling into a glass jar
Throwing small stones into a bag
Friday 08 March
Opening a velcro wallet
Stacking coins on your hand
Thursday 07 March
When you strike a match and the flint burns for a while
Chipped glass that cracks further and further
Wednesday 06 March
Stepping on seashells with your shoes on
Sipping the last bit of milkshake through a straw
Throwing all your coins in your wallet
Tuesday 05 March
A plastic lotto ball that generates random numbers
Monday 04 March
Somebody walking over dry leaves in a forest
A glass cutter
Friday 01 March
A sparkler that you light up on new year’s eve
Someone walking on broken glass
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Endless cups of Rooibos tea. That was Madiba’s favourite day-time beverage, according to his former chef, Brett Ladds. If it was good enough for Madiba, it’s good enough for me. How you have your Rooibos tea is a matter of taste. I like it the ‘traditional’ way – hot, strong, medium milk and a spoon (and a half) of sugar. My three-year-old daughter likes her Rooibos red (no milk), a spoon of sugar, and luke-warm.
The health benefits of Rooibos tea, exclusively farmed in the Cederberg and Sandveld, is still up for debate, but numerous studies have shown it is rich in cancer-preventing anti-oxidants and anti-inflammatories.
Indeed the reputation of Aspalathus linearis has spread across the world, and by all accounts, it is fast becoming one of the most attractive agricultural products to invest in.
The SA Rooibos Council’s Nicie Vorster says major Rooibos markets view the tea as a premium healthy lifestyle product and promote it in its pure and unblended form, which health-conscious consumers want more of.
“The increased emphasis on health and well-being globally is fuelling a revival and preference for experiences and products that promote wellness. It’s not only Rooibos’ health benefits that make it highly sought-after, but also its versatility. Apart from enjoying it as a hot or cold beverage – whether plain or flavoured, Rooibos is used in multiple other applications, ranging from beauty products and nutraceuticals to alcoholic drinks, confectionary and everyday foodstuffs, such as yoghurt and cereal. Every year, we are seeing new and exciting innovations in the Rooibos category as entrepreneurs and branders experiment with the product.”
I’ve had Rooibos infused gin. It’s delicious.
Vorster says the current area planted under Rooibos is at a record high of 57 000 ha – almost double that of a decade ago, as more farmers, especially those in the Swartland region, have cleared existing farmland to make way for Rooibos.
The increasing agricultural footprint of Rooibos demonstrates the growing demand – both locally and internationally – for our homegrown brew.
The sector is also attracting more growers, especially grain farmers who are looking to diversify, since Rooibos is a hardy, dry land crop which is generally less affected by drought when compared to other rain-dependent crops.
Vorster says Rooibos farmers took various steps to proactively manage supply in the face of the severe drought that plagued the Western Cape over the past few years, by implementing more sustainable farming practices, removing water-thirsty alien invasive plants in the vicinity of fields and limiting pest and disease outbreaks.
“Even though Rooibos farmers are accustomed to periods of drought, since the region is considered a semi-desert, harvests are not immune to the effects of climate change. Yet, based purely on the average rainfall for the past year, we should see an improvement in crop size in 2019.”
Some more good news includes government’s recent approval to raise the Clanwilliam Dam wall by 13 meters. The move will treble the dam’s storage capacity and provide farmers in the area with a more secure water supply.
The Rooibos industry currently employs an estimated 8 000 farmworkers and additional employment is created in processing, packaging and retailing.
South Africans clearly love their Rooibos. About half of the produce – between 6 000 and 7 000 tonnes – is consumed locally, while the balance is exported to more than 30 countries, including Germany, the Netherlands, Japan, the UK and US.
It seems like a win-win situation. The world loves Rooibos, we are really good at growing it, it’s water smart, so let’s maximise its potential.
Raise a cuppa to Rooibos … now on everyone’s lips.
Atlantis has a complicated history, which has recently, unfortunately, become synonymous with gangsterism. Atlantis was established during the 1970s by the Apartheid government as an industrial centre and a community for the coloured population of Cape Town under the Group Areas Act. In the mid-1980s, thanks to major tax incentives, there were approximately 50 industrialists in Atlantis employing people drawn from nearly 8 000 households. These industries included large manufacturing companies such as Tedelex.
But the tax incentives soon dried up, and over the years Atlantis became cut off, an outpost, feeling increasingly like a ghost town, where opportunistic and career criminals had free reign.
But there is a sense of a new dawn for Atlantis with numerous new factories and businesses which have started to operate in Atlantis recently. Hisense opened a factory in the town in June 2013 injecting R350 million into the first phase of the Atlantis plant, creating 300 production positions, accompanied by a skills-transfer programme led by technicians and engineers from China.
And now, finally, after years of planning and lobbying, Atlantis has been designated a Special Economic Zone (SEZ). This designation is basically a jacked-up version of the old Industrial Development Zones (IDZ), with the focus now on diverse regional development needs and taking into account the context of each region. They are essentially designed to be growth engines towards government’s strategic objectives of industrialisation, regional development and employment creation.
Over R600m has already been invested by the green manufacturing industry in Atlantis, for the manufacture of wind towers, wind tower internals and solar panels. It’s another perfect example of inter-governmental cooperation with positive results, despite the politicking in the foreground.
The City of Cape Town, Western Cape Provincial Government, National Department of Trade and Industry, Wesgro and GreenCape have worked together on the SEZ project, with investors now being offered a range of tax incentives, including the benefits of co-location, and access to established markets.
The revitalisation of the area is happening at speed.
The MyCiti bus service is fully operational (barring a bus driver’s strike) and a fibre optic network has been established to improve the broadband utilization and load shedding curtailment agreements. As part of the basket of incentives for investors, they can expect building plan approvals to be fast-tracked, reduced electricity tariffs and access to an Investment Facilitation Office in Atlantis.
Gestamp Renewable Industries was the first of these investments. The company has already invested R300 million and has created about 220 jobs in Atlantis. Other investors are Resolux, with an investment of R25 million, Kaytech with an investment of R130 million, and Skyward Windows with an investment of R50 million.
An additional R2.4 billion in investment is expected to flow into the area, following its official designation as an SEZ. In the short term over 1 400 jobs will be created in Atlantis, multiplying to over 4 500 in the long term, for the West Coast region as a whole.
Wesgro CEO Tim Harris says the Atlantis Special Economic Zone for Green Technology is testimony to what is possible when all levels of government collaborate.
“It is also a reflection on how the Western Cape is building an economy that will benefit from global growth in the future. But now the real hard work begins. We will work hard to tell the world to come to Cape Town and the Western Cape, and set up their green tech factory, right here in Atlantis.”
Atlantis will soon have a good story to tell.
UNESCO, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization, has added Reggae Music to its list of ‘cultural institutions worthy of protection and preservation’.
Jah man … Jamaica’s groovy genre, that’s been only half-a-century in the making, now joins a select role of over 300 cultural traditions on the UN’s Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity.
To mark the acknowledgement of Jamaica’s Reggae Music as a world cultural treasure, UNESCO released a statement that reads:
“While in its embryonic state Reggae music was the voice of the marginalized, the music is now played and embraced by a wide cross-section of society, including various genders, ethnic and religious groups. Its contribution to international discourse on issues of injustice, resistance, love and humanity underscores the dynamics of the element as being at once cerebral, socio-political, sensual and spiritual. The basic social functions of the music – as a vehicle for social commentary, a cathartic practice, and a means of praising God – have not changed, and the music continues to act as a voice for all.”
Reggae Music emerged in the 1960s out of Jamaica’s Ska and Rocksteady musical styles. Jamaica’s Reggae is also widely recognised as a testament to the power of culture to act as a tool for social change, starting from grassroots level.
And Jamaicans are extremely proud of their musical heritage, as can be seen in the following short documentary film, released by Jamaica’s National Government…
The vibey island nation now also plans to further preserve and protect the Reggae Music genre on local soil… through establishing radio stations centred around reggae, hosting reggae museum exhibitions, and the introduction of Reggae Month that will be celebrated in February, the birth month of Jamaica’s most famous son, Bob Marley.
I received this wonderful letter from an attorney friend in Stellenbosch. I’ve shortened it slightly, but kept it true in its essence. For me, it was a wonderful reminder of the goodness of people and the miracles that happen, often right under our feet…
“Omtrent 22 jaar gelede het ek vir Wan Yung Kim ontmoet deur my vriend Johan toe ek op Universiteit was. Ek het dit nooit geweet nie, maar Wan Yung was nader aan my in hierdie tyd as wat ek besef het. Hy was onder my. Hy en sy gemeente.
Hy was een van verskeie Koreaanse studente wat teologie kom studeer het aan Stellenbosch Universiteit.
Gister het ek en Wan Yung weer paaie gekruis. Hy is grys en bietjie krom. Ek sien later in sy paspoort hy is 57. Hy het ‘n vrou en drie uitgegroeide kinders. Hy woon al sedert 1989 in Suid Afrika.
Wang Yung het in 2010 aansoek gedoen vir ‘n werkspermit by die Paarlse kantoor van die Departement van Binnelandse Sake. Nadat hy sy aansoek ingedien het, het hy gereeld by die Paarlse kantoor van Binnelandse Sake gaan navraag doen omtrent die vordering met sy aansoek. Vir ure in die ry gestaan en wag. Dan sê hulle vir hom om weer te kom, of om een of ander nommer te bel. Of om weer sy aansoek in te dien.
‘n Paar jaar gelede moes hy boetes betaal om weer in die land in te kom nadat hy en sy gesin in Korea was. Omdat hy nie ‘n werkspermit het nie en sy status steeds ‘pending’ is. Hy het Korea toe gegaan om vandaar af te gaan aansoek doen deur die konsulaat. Hulle het vir hom gesê hy kan nie, want sy aansoek is ‘pending’.
Wan Yung lyk nie te veel gepla nie. Hy het my maar kom sien om te kyk of ek hom kan help om die Departement van Binnelandse sake sover te kry om sy en sy gesin se aansoek om ‘n werkspermit te prosesseer. ‘n Aansoek waarmee hulle al vir die laaste 8 jaar sloer.
‘n Gesloer wat gemaak het dat Rhenish nie sy kinders wou aanvaar nie en hulle hulle dogter moes ‘homeschool’ .’n Gesloer wat verhoed dat Wan Yung se vrou haar siek pa in Korea kan besoek; ‘n gesloer wat verhoed dat hulle vir hulle kinders kan gaan kuier wat in Engeland en Duitsland studeer.
Die werk wat hy gehad het by die NG Kerk Noord Gemeente op Stellenbosch en op grond waarvan hy aansoek gedoen het vir die werkspermit, het hy al lankal verloor omdat hy nie ‘n werkspermit kry nie. En niemand wil hom in diens neem nie omdat hy nie ‘n werkspermit kry nie.
Nog steeds preek hy vir die haweloses van die dorp. Hy kan maar net nie die onsigbare mense in die dorp uitlos nie.
Hy het begin preek vir die mense wat bly onder die brug. Dis die brug waaroor jy ry as jy Stellenbosch binnekom met Kayamandi langs.
Hier het ‘n paar mense shacks opgerig en ‘n gemeenskap in die kleine het ontstaan. ‘n Informele nedersetting tussen die informele nedersettings. Die armstes van die armes. Die swakstes en die siekstes wat nêrens anders kan kompeteer vir spasie nie.
Wan Yung het nog altyd probeer om die haweloses in ‘n kerk te kry in die dorp sodat hy vir hulle kan preek. Nie een van die 40 kerke op die dorp in die land was bereid om hierdie vuil en siek mense te akkomodeer nie. Wie wil sit op banke waar hulle met hulle stink lywe gesit en hoes het? Of toilette gebruik wat hulle bevuil het?
Die onsigbares van die dorp het ‘n kerk gekry. Onder die brug sit hulle op stompe, klippe, Coca Cola kiste, of lê op die grond. Terwyl die karre bo-oor ry. Heeltemal onbewus van die gemeente onder hulle wiele. As dit reën, reën hulle darem nie nat nie. Dit is eintlik maar beter, sê Wan Yung, want hulle is buite en die mense hoes baie.
Hulle sing gesange en hou nagmaal en doop en trou.
Wan Yung hulle het met stukkende bakstene plaveisel gelê. Sondae maak hy kos en preek in Afrikaans. Hy deel klere en komberse uit. Daar is ‘n plek om dood te gaan vir die siekes.
Baie is daar omdat hulle te siek is om te werk. AIDS en TB, die elemente, drank en dwelms eis hulle tol. Hy het ‘n hospice in ‘n Wendyhuis. Hy hou begrafnisdienste vir hulle. Die mense van Slats Town maak beddens in hul huise beskikbaar vir die sterwendes.
Wan Yung sê hierdie mense is ook in God se hand. Al lyk dit vir my asof hulle uitgeval het.
Ek het het vir 20 jaar lank in Stellenbosch gebly en in Bellville gewerk. Ek het elke dag oor die brug gery. Partykeer het rook van vuur langs die brug opgewalm. Miskien was dit Wang Yun wat vleis gebraai het.
Ek weet nie hoekom ek dit geskryf het of hoekom ek dit vir mense stuur nie. Miskien kan iemand iets doen om hom te help. Miskien inspireer dit iemand om iets te doen op ‘n ander manier. Maar ek wil ook net hê mense moet weet van Wan Yung.”