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Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs minister Zweli Mkhize said that the drought and water crisis affecting the country was a national disaster.
Speaking at a briefing by the inter-ministerial task team on drought and water scarcity, Mkhize said that South Africa "should continue to save water as it is one of the indispensable commodities”.
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We have adopted a new dog. A Labrador cross Chow. She's a beauty.
Her name is Cola, because she is dark and sweet. I presume like Coke.
I call her slobber-chops, she's a drooler!
Anyway, last week I took her with us on our daily walk around the dog park. She absolutely loved the freedom of running and playing with all the other dogs. Too much, it seems.
Thursday, I noticed she was limping. Friday took her to the vet. The long walk had damaged one of the pads on her foot. Like it was rubbed with sandpaper.
He said it was too much, too soon for the dog.
When she's better, I'll take her for two laps (we normally do 4), twice a week, until her feet can handle more.
Slowly, little bit by little bit. One day at a time.
Made me think of my old business, and why I lost everything.
We did okay for about ten years, but then expanded. Two years later I'd lost the lot.
Too big, too quick. Too much, too soon. Taking on more than we could handle.
Another lesson learned from my dogs. They are great teachers, if we just watch and listen.
Dogs never fight over nothing. Never argue just to prove a point. Are very happy with their lot. Always show gratitude with unconditional love. Don't have to be right, just happy.
Do you want to start your own business? Not sure how to go about it?
We are all for it. I have been self-employed for most of my adult life.
Well, the latter part of my adult life, that is.
I had been involved in small businesses since the early 70's. That's the years, not my age.
Sometimes, as a director or partner, sometimes on my own.
I have taken on partners, which seemed like a good idea at the time, but didn't work out too well for me.
It's been quite a ride over the last 40 years, but I'm still here.
Working in conjunction with Peter Carruthers, we offer a way out.
Especially for the older folk amongst us.
Pete can show you how to start a business quickly, with almost no money and very little risk
He can show you the pitfalls that come with all business startups.
He can teach you the modern methods of marketing a small business, for you to find customers.
He can also show you how to sell those products.
Everybody seems to be predicting a jobs "bloodbath". Not sure if this is just electioneering, but where there's smoke, there's fire. Normally.
It is getting more difficult to find employment. Or to keep the job. For everybody. Young people and older people. In fact, more so for the older generation, as the future belongs to the youngsters. Or so "they" say.
And that may be right, but us oldies still have to survive, we still have expenses to pay. Like medical aid, which we need more and more as we get older.
How many of us can afford to live on an existing income from our pensions? Not many, I'm sure. I know I struggle.
Virtually the whole of my pension goes to pay the monthly medical aid contribution. And that's just for the wife and I, because the children have all left home and are making their own way in life.
Naturally I don't want to be a burden on my children. But, at the age of 72 going on 73 it is very very difficult for me to find a "job".
And that is why I do my own thing, using technology that I have learnt about, doing the courses that Peter offers.
The introductory course - "How to Start Your Own Business" is only R197.00. It feels like stealing to me.
Give it a try. You will be investing in yourself and your future.
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I hate the term "hustle" when it comes to small business and sales.
Hustlers are usually associated with dodgy used car car salesmen or other dubious characters.
Selling shouldn't be a "hustle". It should be a Service.
The better the service, the better the business.
No need to hustle, unless you want to take something from someone else.
There will always be someone who can do it cheaper than you can.
If you can't beat their price, better not to sell the product.
Find something else. Competing on price alone is a sure-fire way to lose everything.
We can't all be the biggest or best. There's only one winner in any competition.
That's why it's called a competition. Someone wins, someone loses. Be happy with second, third or even last place.
You'll have another chance tomorrow. Or the next day. Life goes on.
Bagger Vance says in a movie, that "golf is a game which cannot be won. It can only be played".
A player may win a tournament or competition, but he/she will never beat the game.
Small Business is like that. A series of games. Win some, lose some. That's the way it goes.
I was told many years ago that nice guys come second.
I've ended up in the middle so many times I can't remember. But I'm still competing.
I've had my fair share of wins. I have the trophies and the memories.
But, a win is soon forgotten, the race goes on.
I hope to be around for a long time.
Competing, winning now and then, remaining a "nice guy" in the middle of the pack.
I notice that in our parliament, and those in other countries, the members insist on being called "the honourable one".
Definitely a term from the distant past.
This is what the honourable (he really is) Seth Godin thinks:
Honorable men (at least that’s what they called themselves) used to settle their disputes with dueling pistols.
Honorable women used to bind their feet and shame others that didn’t.
Honorable humans used to own slaves.
“Honorable” has always been measured against the current culture, not an absolute of what we’re capable of.
Over time, then, as the culture changes, what used to be honorable becomes dishonorable.
Sticking with it because it’s always been that way is a truly lousy reason to persist in a behavior that causes harm.
Still want to be called "Honourable"?
I know there is software available that can tell me who has visited my website.
I don't have it. Or want it. As much as they bug me to buy it.
The idea is that I could then hassle folk to turn them into "leads", using the knowledge as a "door opener".
If you visit my website and are interested in something, please click a pic/link and you will be taken to the relevant page or website.
Complete the Contact Form.
I will then, and only then, get in touch with you.
If you're not interested in anything, move on. I won't take it personally.
I hope you find what you're looking for.
Positive daily messages to hopefully perk you up for the day. You may even find a tip or two there. Especially about small business marketing.
If you happen to be interested in something, you can reply and we can chat.
I don't want to kick your door down.
Have a good day.
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An interesting article from Old Mutual in last weekend's Sunday Times.
It was an article aimed at the younger folk, I know.
I thought it may be a little apt for us oldies, too.
They say we need to "Boss our Money" and I quote:
"You should also explore alternative sources of revenue. Such as a part-time job or selling some services or products. The extrta cash will go a long way towards paying off your debts faster and giving you more control mof your money."
My question is: "Why do you have so much debt in the first place?".
As far as us old pensioners are concerned, it's not the debt levels that make things difficult. We probably paid most of them off when we "retired".
Or were made redundant (retrenched), to make way for some bright young thing.
We have other debts. Like Medical Aid. Or is that a necessity?
Keeps going up, while our pensions go down. Or stay the same if you're clever enough to stay within certain limits. Doesn't go up though.
We shouldn't despair.
The technology today makes it simple to find some sort of income.
You merely ask Google. A gazillion answers. Find the one or two that suit you. All you need is an Internet connection and an email address. A lot can be done on a cellphone.
They're not only for youngsters, you know!
I didn't say it was Easy. I said it was Simple.
When my son was in primary school, his goal was to be Head Boy.
He's an average sort of boy. Very dilligent but never top of his class.
At the annual School Sports Day, he entered the mile race. 4 laps around the field.
The winner had already finished when my son started his last lap.
He didn't stop because the race had been won. He was determined to finish. He did.
One of the proudest moments in my life. The next year he was elected Head Boy.
He became a Springbok Scout and completed a BSc degree in the following years.
All very proud moments in his parent's lives.
But he did it. On his own. With a bit of support and encouragement from his proud folks.
But he did it. He finished what he started.
A big lesson for us all. Never give up.
I don't know about you but I was born an optimist. I am very grateful for that.
My positive attitude has carried me through many, many ups and downs. I've had a good life, so far. Still enjoying it.
I still need help, though. We all do.
I subscribe to many helpful "mentors". They have no idea who I am, but they help me a lot.
I am no fundi, psychologist or guru. But I love sharing and helping people who want to help themselves. No, not like some politicians. I'm talking about me and you.
I know we've all heard most of the tips and advice. Read a lot of books and watched many videos.
Some of us have even done courses to improve ourselves and our businesses.
There is nothing new in this world. We just need a little reminding, of what's available to us, now and then.
I hope my small efforts help you find what you are looking for.
Everything we do in our lives is because we choose to. That is the magic of being a human being. We have choices.
Everything revolves around the choices we make.
Every circumstance we find ourselves in, is a direct result of some choice that we made in the past.
Some good, some not so good. Learn to live with them.
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For most of my life I have been "involved".
At school I was involved in the rugby team, the cricket team, played in a band. Captain of a house, although not a great athlete.
When my kids were growing up, I was on the PTA and governing body at Primary School. Tour committees and all the fundraising committees at high school. Boy Scouts. My son became a Springbok Scout. My youngest played provincial hockey.
When we started our business 1976, we immediately joined the SA Nursery Association. I got very involved in it. Over many years I served on committees, the board, attended most of the conventions. And all the Trade Days.
Good times. Good Business. Lots of support.
I met and made friends with a lot of good people.
After I started my own little business in 1995 I became even more involved.
Served on the board, on committees. Even chaired a few.
Did DJ duty and audiovisual presentations at the conventions.
Hard work, time consuming but very rewarding. Luckily I had reps on the road and staff in the office to carry on the business.
Lots of awards, culminating in a Gold Medal in 2010. The proudest moment in my life.
Unfortunately, when I lost my business and everything that went with it, I was on my own.
Been that way ever since.
As the years catch up with me, I am not able to physically take part in the activities.
My involvement is now via technology. Email and Website.
I am learning to be a writer. I hope I can continue to serve in this manner for many years to come.
Sharing, Linking and Helping.
I love being "involved". It's good for the soul.
This is a extract from Seth Godin's Blog.
Read the article and learn more about his Marketing Seminar.
Do you have a marketing problem? by Seth Godin
It’s pretty easy to tell when you have a plumbing problem.
Or when you need a roofer.
And if your finances are a mess, you might have an accounting problem.
But what are the symptoms that you have a marketing problem?
If you have a marketing problem, how much time are you spending working on a marketing solution?
What are you investing in, learning, creating…
Because you can’t solve your marketing problem tomorrow by simply repeating what you did yesterday.
This is why The Marketing Seminar was built. It’s a group activity, a 100-day seminar designed to let you do the work, to act as if, to share your journey with others, to see what happens when you bring work that matters to people who care.
Today’s the last day to sign up, the best day left on your new year’s commitment to solve your marketing problem and to do work that matters.
The next one won’t be launching for months, so this is your last, best moment to level up.
Pessimists are right. But so are Optimists. Luckily I was born an optimist.
Our perceptions are our realities. We are what we believe.
Many lessons to learn. Things to do. People to contact. Help to be offered. Ideas to be shared.
Technology makes it so easy.
Of course, things may go wrong.
Who knows? Things may go right.
Today is as good as any other to start something.
Make a change. A small one. Commit to what's possible.
You'll never know until you try. Something. Anything.
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By Steuart Pennington
Most of us will have returned from holiday by now, some of us largely unaware of the number of tourists visiting our country, and some of us very aware!
Below are some useful numbers regarding the impact of tourism in respect of contribution to GDP, job creation and the popularity of South Africa as a destination.
South Africa remains one of the top five fastest growing tourism destinations globally.
The tourism sector has shown some resilience in the face of a tough economic climate.
In 2017, the sector had its most successful year of job creation in recent times. The tourism sector created 31 752 net new jobs in 2017.
This is the most net new jobs generated by tourism within a year in at least the last eight years.
Road passenger transport was responsible for the bulk of tourism jobs created in 2017, generating 16 676 net new jobs.
The industry was followed by accommodation and air passenger transport.
It’s a real pleasure
The tourism sector contributed 2.8% (or R130 billion) to South Africa’s gross domestic product (GDP) in 2017, making it larger than the agriculture, forestry and fishing industry.
International visitors were responsible for 44% (R121 billion) of total tourism spending in 2017, while domestic visitors contributed 56% (R156 billion).
Total tourism spending amounted to R277 billion.
Cape Town recently jumped 15 places and into the top 40 destinations for business tourism in the world.
In 2017, Cape Town was crowned as the number one city in Africa for business tourism events by the International Congress and Convention Association (ICCA) for 2016.
This was the fourth consecutive year that Cape Town was crowned.
The city was followed by Marrakech (Morocco), Kigali (Rwanda), Durban and Johannesburg as the top five African cities.
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There is no quick fix in life. Every day is a grind.
But it can be a most pleasant and enjoyable grind.
Practice the good things, piece by peace(?) every day .
Some may take a little guts on your part. Risk it. Take a chance. No risk, no reward, right?
These are also not original ideas. You're likely to find the original thoughts and ideas in the Bible.
And in many other books, written by people over the ages
But, it's up to you. Unless you want to work 12 hours a day, 5 days a week, for 30 or 40 years.
Then retire and sit on a rocking chair on your stoep and watch life pass you by.
Your pension won't afford you much more. Money will always be worth less in the future. No matter how much interest you make on it. Inflation takes care of that.
Back in the 60's one could retire comfortably on R1m saved. Not today. Even R10m would be a battle.
Here's a few tips:
Go on - change your world.
Don't Worry, Be Happy.
There are only two answers to any question - Yes or No.
No maybes, if's or buts. That's just procrastination, the thief of time.
Can I help you? Yes or No.
Would you like to.....? Yes or No.
Do I need to justify myself? Yes or No. Normally No.
Will you vote for me? Yes or No.
Do I have time for.......? Yes or No.
Can I make time for.....? Yes or No. No excuses.
Do you understand? Yes or No.
Have a nice day. That is not a question, I really mean it.
Tunnels and greenhouses are already water-wise.
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Water is only released to the plant when it drinks.
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Well done to all the young people who passed their Matric Finals.
It's a great feeling. I got mine in 1964. Still remember the feeling.
Mine was mainly of great relief, as I wasn't the brightest of students.
My Dad always used to say: "You'll get your matric, even if your own children have to carry your lunch to school for you". Luckily, they didn't have to.
Just a quick little warning though. You may have completed one small part of your education, but the real learning only starts now.
Welcome to the harsh realities of life, where you have to do things on your own.
No more parents or teachers to hold your hand, you're on your own, now.
Welcome to adulthood and the real world.
If you need a helping hand, click on the picture below.
Peter Carruthers can give you a lot of guidance. Whether you have a job or not.
Or if you want to start something yourself. So much to learn.
All the very best going forward. Life is good if you work hard at it.
Unlike you, I have a great future behind me. But I still learn something new every day.
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10g of Aqualock hold between 1.5 & 2 Lt of water.
When planting out new trees (saplings) like in the Video below, you would use about 20g per transplant.
The easiest way to measure it is to “swell” 1kg in 100Lt of water (about 50-70% swollen) - because it gives you a nice easy number to work with - and then add 2Lt of gel to each hole as you are planting it out.
We also swell the Aqualock in liquid fertilizer so that the plant gets food and water immediately
See below also, pics of the Aqualock that has been swollen for 4 hours.
God, grant me the Serenity to accept the things I cannot change,
Courage to change the things I can,
And Wisdom to know the difference.
Read the Full Version.
I'm no horticulturist or garden fundi. How do I know what is good for my garden?
Went to a major Garden Centre over the weekend to get some fertiliser for my grass.
I ended up buying the one I know. I used to work for a company selling fertiliser.
I bought their brand, because I know and trust it. But what about people who don't know?
How does one decide which is best? Which one does the retailer use on their own plants? Why?
Why keep so much "stuff" when only 20% of the products on the shelf actually make the money?
Nobody can keep every product to satisfy every customer.
As Abe Lincoln said: "You can satisfy some of the people all of the time; some of the people some of the time, but never all of the people all of the time".
Look after the customers who keep coming back to you. Stop advertising for new ones all the time.
Or are you just in business to make as much money as you can, with no consideration for your good customers. They probably listen to your advice and don't just buy the things on "Special".
Those that do, will always do so. They are not your customers. They'll change allegiance at the drop of a hat. Or price. No loyalty there.
The same thing goes for your suppliers. Why do you stick with regular suppliers? Or do you also only buy on price? Keep playing one against the other, just to get a better price? Fruitless.
Loyalty is a two way street. Buying and selling on price alone is a road to the bottom.
Just my opinion, but I know that to be true. From experience.
Have a good day.
I know, we are inclined to over-indulge over the festive season.
Don't feel bad about it. I'm sure you enjoyed the break. I know I did.
A few too many chocolates? Huge Turkey dinners? Late nights and lazy days? Wonderful while it lasts.
But then, suddenly, it's back to reality.
Back to regular exercise. Proper rigid dieting and all those difficult things. Back to work.
It's the same with our businesses. Good intentions and resolutions are all very well. Hard work will do it for a while.
We need is to change the way we do things. One small change every day is much better than trying to change everything all at once.
Look at your market. Do you still do what it needs? Watch your competitors, but don't follow them. Be different. One day at a time.
One small change every day means 365 days of improvement in a year.
Time flies by so quickly nowadays, it'll be Christmas before we know it. A better one than last year.
Slow down, get more done.