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So much to love about our country!
Thursday, 02 June 2016 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.

How much do you spend on cleaning products?
Saturday, 20 February 2016 00:00

Save by making your own cleaning products


A South African family spends an average of R7700 per year on cleaning supplies.

That’s a lot of money, especially toward products that are made mostly of water! If you cut 75 percent of your cleaning-supply spending (which many of the following ideas do), you could save up to R5775 a year.

That could cover a nice getaway for the family. Pick your jaw up off the floor and get ready to DIY!

1. Dishwasher Tabs

We could pen an ode to dishwasher tabs. Using them feels way easier than a detergent, yet they seem to come come with a big markup. These homemade detergent tabs use baking soda to cut grease, washing soda (which you can make yourself) to clean, and kosher salt to reduce hard water buildup. This recipe could run you as little as 46 cents per tab -- about a fifth of what you might pay at the store.

2. All-purpose Cleaner

This cleaner is the solution to so many messes -- in the kitchen, bathroom and the dinner table where your little one (perpetually) spills some milk. Vinegar is a homemade cleaning heavyweight and the star of this potion, with disinfecting properties thanks to its acidity.

3. Glass Cleaner

This glass cleaner is as simple as vinegar + rubbing alcohol + water -- three ingredients already in your house! The game changing ingredient in this concoction is rubbing alcohol, which works to dissolve dirt and oil and dries quickly for a streak-free finish.

4. Fabric Softener

It’s worth repeating, vinegar is the cleaning superhero that conquers all. This recipe for fabric softener uses it as a softening agent and static cling fighter, while a measure of conditioner incorporates your favorite scent.

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