Showing posts from 2017

Heritage Day At Nozuko Nxusani

Heritage Day was celebrated by the staff of Nozuko Nxusani Inc. in Kempton Park. The ladies were all dressed up for the special occasion in bright colours. When I arrived they were waiting for the arrival of their Executive Director, Ms. Nozuko Nxusani. When they saw me with camera in hand they immediately wanted to pose for photographs.
The moment, Ms. Nxusani arrived the proceedings began and she started handing out service awards to four of the ladies who had been at the company for five years. They were congratulated and handed a framed certificate as well as a cheque. Each one expressed their appreciation with great jubilation while their colleagues applauded.
Next, it was time to eat and everyone tucked in. Nozuko mingled with her staff and chatted in a friendly mood. You could see that she is highly revered by everyone. I have been involved in working for her company on an ad-hoc basis for a few years now and have learned that she is a wonderful boss because she always takes c…

Immigration Agency (Johannesburg)

Fresh Hope Migration is an established and successful Immigration Agency specializing in South African:

Immigration VisasBusiness VisasWork VisasRelative VisasStudy VisasVisa ExtensionsVisa AppealsChange of ConditionsPermanent Residence Applications They also assist with Nigeria tourists /work visas and passport applications.

Place of Business

Situated in Kempton Park on the East Rand (near Johannesburg), Gauteng, South Africa, Fresh Hope Migration have years of experience in the Immigration Industry. If you meet the requirements for a work visa call them for an appointment or send them an email.

Visa Services

Fresh Hope Migration - Immigration Agency Kempton Park, Johannesburg - specializes in the following visa services: immigration visas, business visas, work visas, relative visas, study visas, visa extensions, visa appeals and change of conditions.

I have known them for a few years and have found them to be friendly and helpful. If you need help with passports or visas contact this i…

Hotel Amenities Provide That Professional Touch

Hotel Amenities can make a huge difference and provide that professional touch, as I discovered on a trip to the coast recently.

We finally found the small hotel on the side of the hill cozily nestled among the pines and pulled into the driveway. After the long drive, the afternoon heat had taken its toll on us. We were sweaty and irritable. Very tired.

After unpacking the car we booked in. Fortunately, our room had two bathrooms and my wife and I each grabbed one. I searched in vain for soap and shampoo in my case and realized that my dear wife had forgotten to pack those items. I opened the tap to run the bath water.

That's when I noticed the hotel had already catered for guests forgetting things because they had thoughtfully placed a pack of amenities on a small table next to the bath. Relieved I smiled and climbed into the steaming hot water and lay there as the warmth soothed away my stress.

Reaching over to the bath and shower gel in a golden pack with a ram on the front I s…

Getting Social For Your Business

There's a place and a time to get out of your comfort zone and engage in social activity. Today was one of those days for me.

I woke up early this morning and managed to get to church on time. What for? That on a Monday morning, too. Once a month they host a breakfast for the business people. After "The Message," which was excellent, we went for breakfast.

After finding a place in the crowded canteen I sat next to an estate agent across the table. He seemed very interested in what I shared about my work and requested a follow-up meeting. Next, I joined a friend at his table and again shared what I do for clients which resulted in a positive outcome. That was a good start to my day and month.

At home, I dug into some website designing and typing in Word. Before long it got much busier and I was multi- tasking 3 projects. With more clients comes more work. Then my work became even busier as the day continued.

Later I spent some time catching up on Facebook. It's been …

Carpet of Flowers (Namaqualand)

How I miss the carpet of flowers that used to greet me when I was a young boy living in Namaqualand. During Spring those flowers always decorated the countryside where I lived in Nababeep. It was like heaven with all the colours imaginable.
How fortunate I was to grow up in that mining town. Far away from the city. Isolated. Yet I wouldn't have had it any other way. Okay, I had to learn a new language, Afrikaans, because the majority of the folks there spoke it. In the beginning, my friends had to put up with my English until I picked up a few Afrikaans words. Fortunately, they were patient with me and helped me master their unusual language.
After we moved closer to the mine so that my father could walk to his workshop I made friends with Dirkie Coetzee who became my best friend. We did many things together. Sometimes we just listened to his favourite Jim Reeves records and other times we read fiction books about "Die Swart Luiperd." My favourite hero was Tarzan.
He ha…

Mhangwana Accountants (Kempton Park)

Mhangwana Commercial & Financial Accountants are celebrating 21 years of accounting service.
I've been involved with Mhangwana Commercial and Financial Accountants for a few months now and have seen their commitment to their profession as accountants in Kempton Park. They are thorough in their work and hardworking as well. They recently held a workshop for their clients and went to great trouble to explain their accounting and skills transfer to everyone present. Below is a summary of what transpired at the workshop.
A short video of Mpho Mhangwana in action.
The workshop kicked off just after 9:00 am. The MC was the first up and he not only got the audience laughing, after which he introduced the main speaker, Mpho Mhangwana.

First on the agenda was Audited Financial Statements, the Budgets. Mpho explained specific examples where special diligence needs to be exercised to stick to sound financial management principles.

He went into …

50 Years of Okinawan Goju Ryu in SA

50 years on a good reason to celebrate.

Five decades have passed since Okinawan Goju Ryu was introduced to South Africa by a remarkable man, sensei James Rousseau.  His journey through this period has created a wake of profound energy, immense interest in what he nurtured and a legacy that has crossed boundries, spilling over into branches that today continue to practice some form of what he brought to this country.

Today we look back at all that has gone before and stand proudly beneath the great tree that has grown from the tiny seed planted in 1966 when sensei James established himself in South Africa as the founder of Okinawan Goju Ryu with the grade of Sandan.

Sensei James began his karate training in the Shotokan system in 1961 and received Shodan ranking in 1964. During one of his trips to Japan he became acquainted with Goju Ryu and decided to concentrate his training in this system.  He relates many interesting experiences, crediting his wife Wendy for her supportive role, a…

Fishing Drone, And More, By Dronemasters

Radio control drones for racing, fishing drones and recreational drones have become a new and established way of enjoying the sport of radio control flying and fishing. Radio control planes and cars have been around for a long time and continue to enjoy steady support. With new gadgets being added to radio control we are now able to have even more fun with first person view and GPS technology. These recent developments have created opportunities for anglers to join the ranks of the radio control fraternity because of the greater versatility that drones offer. 
Dronemasters @ Hobby Centre is newly located at the pleasant Goodies for Gardens Shopping Centre in the heart of the Kempton Park suburbs.
Dronemasters are specialists in all types of racing and recreational drones used for photography and freestyle flying.

Both Gary and Neville are both SAMAA graded multi-rotor and fixed wing instructors and can give professional lessons to anyone wanting to develop a RC flying skill.
It is the…

National Women's Month 2017 (Nozuko Nxusani Inc)

National Women's Month 2017 is a time to celebrate women in South Africa. All women need to be honoured for making our lives richer and enjoyable. They are often the unsung heroes in all spheres of life and don't always get the recognition for what they quietly do behind the scenes.
One woman that has steadily grown her business in hard times and good times over a period of 17 years is none other than Ms Nozuko Nxusani. She is the Executive Director of Nozuko Nxusani Incorporated, a legal firm of attorneys and conveyancers in Johannesburg.

She leads a team of top legal executives, Mr. Selemo Ben Makubung being the Managing Director and Mr. Frank Koko the Operations Director of Nozuko Nxusani Inc. They have specialized fields of expertise and each contribute in a unique way to the effective functioning of the legal firm.

Besides their lush executive offices in Westcliff, Johannesburg, they also have satellite offices in Kempton Park and East London.
Ms Nozuko Nxusani continues…

Accommodation near OR Tambo Airport (Big 5 Guesthouse)

Accommodation near OR Tambo Airport can be found at Big 5 Guest House with elegant, high-end furnishings. It’s strategically situated in the heart of the cosmopolitan city of Kempton Park only 6.5 kilometres away from the airport and minutes away from all the highways and byways to all the major attractions.

When you arrive, you will friendly staff and a pleasant environment where you can relax and unwind. The setting is exactly like in the photographs with a paved driveway and parking for each room. There is a bushveld lapa is situated on the left where you can relax and watch TV or dine in a comfortable setting overlooking a sparkling swimming pool.

You have a choice of five different well-maintained rooms. Each one has beds to sleep on, DSTV, and a study table and light where you can prepare your work for the days to come.

The units are also serviced daily and we provide a laundry service on site. Each of the units has got its own private bathroom. In the guesthouse, you have the …

Dancing Queen (Charlotte Roth)

Charlotte Roth, the author of Dancing Queen, sent me the following email:

So excited to share this news with you... 
I'm so very honored and excited to be participating in the National Eating Disorder Association chat, the #NEDAChat today at 2 PM ET. We'll be discussing body awareness and eating disorders. I was invited because of my book, Dancing Queen--a witty and warm story about "Fat Fiona" who finally, at the age of thirty-five, sets out to prove to the world, her mom, and herself that every body can be a dancer's body.

I believe this is such an important topic since, sadly, so many of us have, if not an eating disorder then what I call a body awareness disorder. We need to fall back in love with our bodies.

I'm giving away my book for free to help raise awareness, to give people a good laugh and something to think about. Click on the link below the image of Dancing Queen to get the book.

You can read more about my thoughts about body awareness and why I wro…

Security Dogs For Hire (South Africa)

Security Dogs are without a doubt the most efficient and cost effective way to guard your property or premises. A well-trained security dog can replace at least 3 guards. Dogs can be trained to respond to a command and will obey the command in a situation when needed.

German Shepherds, Rottweilers, and/or Belgian Shepherds ( Malinois) are excellent breeds for Protection Canine Training as security dogs. These dogs are fearless, alert, courageous, obedient, and eager to learn. They are extremely brave and faithful and will not think twice about putting their lives on the line.

They are very loyal to their handlers, which makes them the perfect candidates for protection and security. The handlers are trained to treat the animals in a firm, confident and consistent way.

Typical services offered by canine protection companies are:Private Attack TrainingProvision of Training GearSecurity and Guard Dogs on contractVIP Protection ServicesSpecialized Dogs - i.e. tracking dogs, tracking dogs t…

Mandela Day July 2017 (Nozuko Nxusani Inc.)

Last year Nelson Mandela Day was celebrated by the enthusiastic staff of Nozuko Nxusani Inc.

Every year the citizens are reminded of the legacy left behind by former South African president Nelson Mandela. To celebrate his birthday everyone is inspired to dedicate 67 minutes of their time to helping those in need. South Africans are known for having generous, open hearts and when called upon they respond in an extravagant way. Let the world take note that we are proud of our heritage and the magnanimous way in which this Icon led this country whilst in office. His charming personality reached even across the oceans to inspire people of all walks of life.

So it was with much joyous enthusiasm that the management and staff of Nozuko Nxusani Inc. journeyed to Tumelo Home in Tembisa to do their share and help them. I was there taking photographs and witnessed when all sorts of needed appliances and necessities were formally handed over to the leadership responsible for the Tumelo Home.


A Bicycle and Magical Dog

I bought a green Bicycle - my Silverback replacement. Cycling is part of my DNA, just look at my Facebook avatar. Read my previous article and you'll understand.

My dog, Java, is a cross between a chow and a sharpei. I reckon she is magical and possesses some kind of super powers. She sees through walls and has super hearing. If Superman is faster than a speeding bullet, then Java is a close second. With energy like that, I would be a sensation on my mountain bike - but alas.

Maybe Java is also psychic because she shadows my every move in the house even if she is outside. She even knows when I'm about to bring her a treat and sits wagging her tail in delightful anticipation outside the door.

Sometimes I wonder who is smarter, me or Java. When the Glam Guru recently visited us to film Maggie I decided to put her in the carport - just in case. The filming crew took a long time to bring their gear in the house and I went to investigate. Java was up to her magical charm because t…

Father's Day (A Treat)

This year I was expecting Father's Day to be just like any other day. But I was in for a surprise.

My wife, Maggie, had planned a special lunch for Youth Day and invited my eldest son and his family over. Some other special guests couldn't make it.

Just before 1 pm my son, Mark, and his wife, Natasja, together with my grandchildren, Crystal and Dillon arrived. Mark was carrying a gift which, when he handed it to me, almost caused me to drop it. I guessed that it must have been a book and before I opened the gift I said, "This surely is a Bible." Mark smiled and said, "Yes!"

It was a special keepsake edition. Immediately I started paging through the Bible and admired the quality. It is something that you record your family generations in and pass on to your descendants.

We enjoyed an amazing meal of chicken and vegetables that Maggie had prepared with a lot of love. Afterwards, Maggie asked me to set up my camera on a tripod to take an action shot of us bec…

Help Knysna Fire Victims

Devastating fires descended on Knysna and surrounding areas recently devouring much of what used to be a place of quintessential beauty with winding roads and lush woodland. Pictures of the havoc caused by the raging fires are enough to drive you to tears.

"This was later explained by firefighters: the flames carried by the wind came down like fireballs and could blast a house and leave others around it intact. In other scenarios, the fire would go into the ground, into the roots of trees accumulating with natural gases and blast out the ground like landmines. This has left the town and its people just as mentally and emotionally traumatized as a war zone would have." Quoted from Lowvelder where you can see some pictures of the aftermath.

As the news spread all over the Internet and media people all over the country started to respond in many different ways. Up here in Gauteng, the owner of Firearm Trust Services decided to jump into action and rally people in the area to c…

The Glam Guru Makeover - Started (Hannon)

I photographed Maggie being examined by the skin doctor before her makeover. This is an update on Tuesday 20 June 2017.
Hannon, the Glam Guru, was very punctual this morning and arrived at 9:30 am at our home. His crew from Homebrew set up their equipment after filming our dog, Java.

Here Maggie is sitting in her lounge waiting for the exciting moment. After weeks of waiting and preparation, the start of filming was finally about to happen.

There was a hive of activity as the TV crew from Homebrew set up their camera and lights. They moved things around to ensure that the filming would capture the right background for each particular scene.

The important first scene with Hannon standing under the arch ready to announce where he is interviewing Maggie. He is a striking figure.

A very hospitable host, Maggie, offered everyone a cup of tea and they just loved that. She is always thinking of others. Hannon commented that it was really good. You may notice that Maggie isn't looking pa…

Prelude To A Glam Guru Makeover (Hannon)

In 2016 my wife, Maggie, contacted our famous Glam Guru, Hannon Bothma, via Facebook for a makeover.
Not a word of reply came back and it seemed as though her dream had melted away like a morning mist.

But, lo and behold, on 21 April this year Maggie received the shocking news that her father had passed away. On the very same day, she also received an email inviting her for an interview with the Glam Guru himself. Obviously, she was grieving over the loss of her father - we had spoken to him a few days earlier in hospital - then the surprise came that she was to be interviewed by Hannon.

We arrived at his smart building quite early and found the reception area filled with women candidates. Maggie was given number 21 and told to sit down. She chose a comfortable, white couch at the other end where we had an excellent view of the others. Almost everyone was tense with anticipation and spoke in hushed tones to bide the time.

An assistant appeared and announced that everyone without a nu…

House Of Hair | Hair Transformation Specialist (Kempton Park)

House of Hair Salon is a well-run hair salon in Kempton Park on the East Rand in Gauteng. This hair salon has been around for 15 years and specialises in hair styling making use of well-known brands such as Matrix, Elumen, Goldwell, Hannon and Strands of Love. All their clients receive excellent treatment.

Elumen hair colour by Goldwell elumenates your hair from the inside out with exquisite, matchless results for a professional look. With Elumen you get:

• Intense and brilliant colour results
• Exceptional shine
• Remarkable and incredible durability
• Amazing, healthy looking hair

The reason is the colour remains strong even after ten shampoos. Elumen is without ammonia, without ammonia-odor, non-oxidative and gentle for the hair.

Strands of Love 

Strands of Love Seamless Tape Extensions. Tape in hair extensions is the latest technology in hair extensions.

Tape is fast, easy to fit and very comfortable to wear. Tape is also the least damaging of all the bonding techniques as the weig…