“Life is just a short walk from the cradle to the grave and it sure behooves us to be kind to one another along the way”. -Alice Childress, playwright, author, and actor (1916-1994)
A man walks past a beggar every day and gives him R10 and that
continues for a year. Then suddenly the daily donation changes to R7.50.
“Well,” the beggar thinks, “it’s still better than nothing.”
A year passes in this way until the man’s daily donation suddenly becomes R5.
“What’s going on now?” the beggar asks his donor.
“First you give me R10 every day, then R7.50 and now only R5. What’s the problem?”
“Well,” the man says, “last year my eldest son went to university.
It’s very expensive, so I had to cut costs.
This year my eldest daughter also went to university, so I had to cut my expenses even further.”
“And how many children do you have?” the beggar asks.
“Four,” the man replies. “Well,” says the beggar, “I hope you don’t plan to educate them all at my expense.”
The first forecast of rain for us, for this season. Let’s see if they’re right.
I am told that the old folks hereabouts say that if it rains before 12th October, it’ll be a bad rainy season. We’re past that, so should be OK, now.
Weather for the next seven days
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|Thu Oct 16||19°C||32°C||7km/h E||13%|
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Given todays’ mores regarding sex, this article found in the Law Society Weekly, is cause for alarm. Why can’t parents teach their children, as young as 12 years old, what is right and wrong and the implications of immature sex?
“Comment sought on decriminalising consensual adolescent sex
A draft Bill released this week for comment, which, among other things seeks to give effect to the 2013 ‘Teddy Bear Clinic’ Constitutional Court judgment, includes provisions decriminalising sexual experimentation by adolescents between the ages of 12 and 16 with their peers. It nevertheless recognises the need to protect vulnerable children from exploitation by more mature children where there is an age difference of more than two years.
Full Legalbrief Policy Watch report
Weather for the weekend
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MEMORY IS LIVING THE DREAM
Thanks to a loan from the De Beers Zimele Venetia Mine Business Hub
In 2006 money was tight, and she was sleeping on the floor of her shop in Sibasa with her two daughters, but Memory Siphephile Malapane didn’t mind – she was living her dream. Eight years have flown by as have the blood sweat and tears required to successfully start your own business, but today Memory has a legacy she can be proud of thanks, in part, to the De Beers Zimele Venetia Mine Business Hub.
In 2011 Memory and her husband divorced and she was faced with a difficult decision. She could choose to give up her decor shop and return to a conventional nine-to-five job where her salary was guaranteed, or risk failure and continue to run the business on her own. The choice for Memory was obvious, “I had tasted the good life, and it was too painful and hard to go back. I did not want my children to have a hard life or to experience the heartache that I did.” Fortunately, a business friend recognized Memory’s potential and recommended that she approach the De Beers Zimele Business Hub for a low interest loan. Memory made application for a loan to the value of R100 000.00 which she used to purchase stock and expand her business to include a second branch in Louis Trichardt. As a result of the funding she could retain the jobs of the four individuals currently in her employ and create an additional three jobs. Memory’s shop is called ‘Best Enough’ and represents her strong belief that her best efforts are enough to ensure success. She trades in decorative home items including moulded cornices, pvc ceilings, glue and rhino boards.
Today, Memory has repaid the entire loan and her business is thriving. She dreams of developing her enterprise, to include branches in Musina and Tzaneen. She is also researching the possibility of starting a small spare parts counter in conjunction with her current store and has already started researching this idea and testing the local client base. “At De Beers Zimele the interest is low and the service is good. Here I have found someone who speaks my language” says Memory.
When asked about Memory’s success Hub Manager, Stanley Boloko says, “Memory’s small business was at risk of closing. By partnering with her we were able to save four existing jobs and create an additional three employment opportunities. For us at De Beers Zimele, jobs are precious and we do all that we can to sustain and promote them within our local communities. We are very proud to have played a role in Memory’s success and we hope to partner with similar entrepreneurs and business owners in the Thohoyandou area in the near future.”
Article received by courtesy of
Senior Corporate Affairs Officer
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