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This year's is the most important election since 1994. Polls indicate that the ANC could lose its majorities in Gauteng and the Northern Cape if opposition parties mobilize enough votes.
If you are happy with the state of our roads, education, services, Nkandla, Guptagate, corruption, and eTolls, make sure that you are in a position to vote for the party that brought them to you. If not, there are plenty of other parties to vote for. Your vote will count!
Not voting is a poor choice and means that other people will decide for you.
Not registering is doubly so, and means that you have shut down your options.
You can only vote if you are registered. Are you? To find out, SMS your ID number to the Independent Electoral Commission at 32810 (cost: R1) or visit www.elections.org.za.
If you're not registered at your current address, enter your address at the IEC's Voting Station Finder and then go to that Voting Station with your green bar-coded ID book between 08:00 and 17:00 on Saturday 8 or Sunday 9 February to register. This is the last Registration Weekend and may well be your last chance to register: The election date could be announced as early as next week: On that day, voter registrations close!
Make sure you are registered! If you need help: Click here to create an e-mail to me, add your name, ID number and telephone, and send!
Funny Language, English...
If you don't pay your exorcist, do you get re-possessed?
New on the Block Back to top
There was the amateur astronomer who sat up all night trying to figure out where the sun went when it set.
It finally dawned on him.
Restaurant Review by Judith Back to top
Despite our booking and arriving promptly, our table could not be found, so we were shown upstairs to a lounge-like waiting area and drinks were served. Being conservative here, it was our standard Appletiser and Sauvignon Blanc. As no wine menu was offered, I don't know whose it was. We ordered the Fisherman's Platter to share and continued to relax. The people at the table in the balcony left and we expected to be offered it.
This did not happen as another couple, who had just arrived, were give the table. Rather indignant, I went up to the waiter who had given them the table and pointed out that we were already waiting for that table. With commendable alacrity, the situation was handled and a second table put into the balcony for us to take. The manager came up and apologised. Full marks for a situation diplomatically and speedily resolved.
The restaurant is very big and well patronised. There is plenty of room for children to run their energy off in the well-protected play area. The access to the open air gives views across Rivonia Road towards the Magaliesberg and to the smell of the rain.
Our Fisherman's Platter arrived. A goodly portion of Kingklip, four prawns, mussels in garlic sauce and calamari with lovely lemon butter. More spinach would have been appreciated. It was a thoroughly enjoyable meal and plenty for two people. With one of us preferring just fish and the other shellfish, our needs were well catered for in this shared dish. Our waiter was attentive but not overbearing and we would definitely go again.
This is one of the few places that, when asked for "well done, crispy chips", actually delivers! Best crispy chips in ages.
Pushing up Daisies Back to top
Julius says he used to be bad at geometry, but now he's turned that around 360 degrees.
Green Tip: Sustainable Buying Back to top
Your spending habits affect your life. Everything you see happening in the world around you is a result of how and where you choose to spend your money. Buying items made overseas sends money and skills overseas. This gradually depletes the wealth of your country and community, and eventually leads to increased crime, pollution and general feelings of dissatisfaction with life. The further an item has been transported to you, the more pollution has resulted. Buying local supports local economies and communities. It builds your local community, the areas you spend time in, and your country. Read more at http://www.sustainabilitystuff.co.za/buying_local_and_markets.html by Samantha Derham.
From the CCs
We do appreciate it when people, e-mailing from the Megaplex site, leave our address in the CC box. Some of the requests are "wanderful" (we just hope she didn't wander too far!):
Was just wandering if you guys have a contact number? –Janine.
Public Interest: Back to top
There will be a Rates Review Public Meeting on 11 February 2014, 18:00-20:00 at Ernest Ullmann Park. Refreshments are provided.
From the ADT newsletter – Latest Criminal Modus Operandi:
At the "Checkout": Back to top
In early December, the overseas tour guide took his group to view Nelson Mandela's coffin passing through the streets of Pretoria. He briefed them on the awe in which Madiba was held as Father of the Nation, and the importance on being an orderly, well-behaved, and reverent group. As they were waiting, he spotted another tour group on the opposite side of the street, led by a buddy that he hadn't seen for some time. He waved and waved to attract his friend's attention, but Neil was looking elsewhere. The cortege was approaching... Finally, in desperation, he yelled out, "Neil!". That got his friend's attention --and everyone else's: When he looked around, his entire tour group was obediently on its knees.
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