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Bucket List for Kids
Saturday, 07 October 2017 00:00

What every kid should try to experience before they turn 18

Bucket List for Kids: Things to Experience in Childhood

There are so many fun things to do with your kids, here are some your child should experience before growing up.

We want to give our kids the world. Yet those wonder years only last so long – and can only contain so much.

Every day, each experience, no matter how magical or mundane, fills it up a bit more. Like sand in a beach pail.

Here are some suggestions on what you should help your child fill their "bucket" with:

1. Soak up the night sky away from the city lights.

2. Get dirty! Splashing in puddles, making mud pies and rolling around in the grass gives kids a fun, carefree feeling.

3. Correspond with a pen pal from another country. (Handwritten letters a plus.)

4. Learn yoga and meditation. Such great tools to help calm the mind and help them deal with stress!

5. Get exposure to all sorts of music. The Beatles, Neil Young, Elton John, Prince, Chaka Khan, Baby Mozart and Bach. It is a great way to connect to people.

6. Drink rain.

7. Go to overnight camp when they are old enough. They’ll meet kids from other areas, make friendships that could last a lifetime – and taste life away from home.

8. Care for a pet – especially feeding it. It teaches kids how to be in charge, responsible, caring, considerate, creates respect and loyalty, and helps them focus.

9. Learn to swim (without water wings).

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So much to love about our country!
Thursday, 14 September 2017 00:00

Why we love South Africa!

 

There are so many reasons to feel good about South Africa!

We are truly lucky to be able to live is such a special place.

Here is a list, in no particular order, of the reasons why South Africans (and visitors) love South Africa:

1. Sunshine! And a lot of it…you don’t find blue skies like this in Europe, or Canada, or New Zealand (okay, maybe in Oz – we’ll allow that…) The climate is rated as one of the best in the world. Even winter has sunshine!

2. Bushveld – big 5 country, a vast expanse of acacia trees, dry sand, the occasional water hole, the sighting of elephant, buffalo, wildebeest, zebra, lion…Three of the five fastest land animals live in South Africa - the cheetah (63 miles per hour), the wildebeest and the lion. The wildlife - Unrivalled. Kruger National Park supports the greatest variety of wildlife species on the African continent.

3. Highveld thunderstorms – nothing like that rolling, slate-grey approach, and the smell of the earth after rain

4. Bunny chows – Durban‘s famous hollowed out half loaves stuffed with curry is half the reason people return home

5. We don’t have a nuclear weapons program – we might have a nuclear power station or two, but we’re the only nation to voluntarily dismantle our nuclear weapons

6. Table Mountain – one of the most recognisable icons, and one of the oldest mountains in the world. Table Mountain in Cape Town is one of the New 7 Wonders of Nature. Table Mountain alone has over 1,500 species of plants, more than the entire United Kingdom.

7. Incredible landscapes – the Drakensberg, the Tsitsikamma, the Karoo, the Panorama Route, and innumerable mountain passes

8. Shosholoza – the one song we all love to get wrong

9. Our inventions - The Kreepy Krauly, CT/CAT Scan, first Heart Transplant, APS Therapy, Smartlock Safety syringe, Pratley’s Putty, Thin Solar Cells making solar panels cheaper, Cybertracker Retinal Cryoprobe, Speed Gun for cricket, Q20, Hippo Water Roller, Tellurometer, Computerised Ticketing ie Computicket, Cats-eyes and Dolosse blocks – we invented them all

10. Open roads and free parking (most of the time)

11. Outdoorsy - In sunny South Africa, our great weather invites you to enjoy the outdoors, play golf year-round, cycle, run, diving, swimming, take advantage of the nearly 3000km coastline.

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