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Undercover - Newsletter #June 2019


Patience and Persistence.

Human traits that will make you a well-rounded, well liked, successful and happy human being.

In my opinion patience and persistence are the two most important traits one can have. Patience can offer you help in days times when your 8 year old thinks they know everything!

When you are in traffic and no one is obeying the rules and your blood pressure shoots up. Use your patience to bring yourself back down to earth and know, it’s just traffic and not worth your health. When you are in a long distance relationship and his homecoming seems a lifetime away.

Patience is not defined by how long you wait, but how you behave while you’re waiting.

Persistence is your best friend when you have goals to achieve. No matter how many times you get knocked down, the point is you are trying and you get back up again to try once more and you have not given up.

That is persistence.

Go for that promotion, even if it takes you 10 years and 10 different courses.

Patience will also help you here when a colleague gets their promotion before you. Remember, they may have been on their own journey longer than you and it is their time to shine.

Sometimes it takes decades to achieve a goal, but the day you make your last payment on your bond and can say

“This home is mine and I worked hard for it” Your persistence is what got you there.

As a very wise lady in my life tells us often, “As a manager, if you are not looking for change and improvement, what are you doing?” You are the manager of your own life, your own body, your own happiness.

For me this “mantra” applies to each and every one of us in own personal journeys too. Patience and persistence are key to achieving change and improvement.

Make conscious choices on a daily basis to be better, do more. Be persistent in your goals and have the patience to know that it will not happen overnight.

Here at Dorpshuis there has been a big shift in healthier living and boy-o-boy does that journey take massive amounts of patience and persistence. I woke up and gymed this morning, why don’t I have a six pack yet?

Be patient with yourself and try sometimes to look back to see how far you have come and not always how far you have still to go. Give yourself the recognition for surviving bad days, weeks, months, years.

Give yourself the pat on the back that you didn’t give up and are many steps closer to your goal than you were last year.

Have patience with yourself but combine it with persistence so that patience doesn’t become a cover up for taking too long to take the steps you need towards your goals.

It doesn’t get easier, you just get better





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Undercover - Newsletter #May 2019


My mother named me, when I was born. She gave me a name, and it means “the comforter”. When a child is born, like in most African cultures the name of a child must have meaning,

descriptive of the situation your parent have gone through or hopes they have for their child.

My name comes from the fact that my mother bore my sister first instead of a son. Having a girl child as a first born was shunned. Hence, it was a difficult 3 years until I was born, and voilà it was a son, the comforter of her life.

Needless to say, I am more like my mother than my father and my sister more my father than my mother.

There were times in our lives when we hung to every word our mothers said to us. If there was a word of God made incarnate, it was my mother’s voice. I clung to every word she said, and did as she asked.

The people she liked, I liked too.

The food she loved, I loved too. If my mother cried, I cried too and if she was sad I was sad with her.

I think a large chunk of our untainted memories involve the woman who love or loved us unconditionally, the woman we call our mother figures.

For 9 months we lived through and off them in their wombs. Even as adults our world view and temperaments are shaped mainly by our mothers. How we handle our problems, how we treat others, how empathetic we are,

is because of that woman who had sleepless nights when we were sick. That woman who heard your first words, that woman who saw you crawl and walk for the first time.

That woman, that picked you up every time you fell.

I see it befitting and proper that we celebrate Mother’s Day as the mother of all days in our lives. In happiness, sickness, crazy moments, come rain, thunder or shine, our MOTHERS will always be our mothers.

Happy Mother’s Day to all the woman all over the world!!




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Undercover - Newsletter #April 2019


How many of you sometimes sit and watch the animal channel? We then hear that famous line they love to use, “Only the strong survive!” and it hits you straight between the eyes.

Let me tell you the strong needs a hug!!

The world sometimes just becomes too much and you feel like you are being pulled into 90 different directions. Bills, family, friends, responsibilities to name but a view and if you are like me you are the dependable type.

Everyone has gotten so use to you always being there and they don’t have to worry because you will find a way…

What do you do to stray strong and continue?

Do you go out? Do you go dancing? Do you go walking? Do you go skinny dipping to forget about all the fuddy duddies telling you that you can’t or you shouldn’t?

Does it stress you out to even think about what everyone is going to say when they find out?

Do you forget about all your responsibilities and people depending on you, whilst breaking loose?

Honestly I don’t know. Because believe you me all these motivational posters and quotes gets old really quickly!

I don’t think anyone has the secret to a happy and care free life. I believe if you are happy, the people around you will be happy and the struggles and problems you are facing today are only building character.

I promise you, this too shall pass and it will only make you stronger!

So do what is best for you and the rest will fall into place. Use your life for your own happiness.

Stay Strong!!!




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Undercover - Newsletter #March 2019


Welcome back to each and every one!

This month we have our eyes firmly set on, WAIT FOR IT:  “TECHNOLOGY”.

We all know that scary, T-word that’s pushing us into the depths of depression and despair.  A dark cloud normally descends over me and my life and my surroundings, when the BLACK BOX of utter desperation, uselessness and self-confidence killer is opened!

Even the most educated amongst us will be found/rendered helpless when the most basic of technologies malfunctions occur.61327821 stock vector vector creative illustration of technology word lettering typography with line icons and tag cloud o

The natural instinct or reaction is to lock up and go home, postpone the pain or pray for divine intervention.

The anticipation when the shut-down to restart process initiated is overshadowed by the total and utter disappointment when the abovementioned process fails to render positive results.

Why? Who?, Where?, When?,

Youngsters, IT Specialists, Clever Technicians … where will we be without them?

A whole new generation – we welcome you; your natural aptitude is all of our biggest hearts desires. Grab the future with both hands,


Technology is a useful servant but a dangerous master

Christian Lous Lange

Save the World

And never desert us!!

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Undercover - Newsletter #Feb 2019


Welcome back everyone and a special welcome to our first time visitors

I trust that everyone has settled into a brand new routine that incorporates all the recently decided upon, new year’s resolutions!!!!

Did you choose that one resolution for 2019 and are you sticking to it?

I find it so difficult to change my ways…even it is for a great new year’s or an excellent new project.

I suppose the key to be successful would be

1.) The strength of the MOTIVATION or the trigger or driving force behind the new plan.

2.) The details of the PROJECT PLANNING that we can easily do at work, but very seldom apply it closer to home.

3.) The existence of MEASURABLE Targets or goals to push and pull our minds, bodies and consciences into action.

4.) The clarity of the VISIONS of the FUTURE

In the end it is the established fact, the result or outcome that matters…

Not Reasons

No Excuses

Not Stories

Not Motives

May each one experience the satisfaction of a target reached and a goal accomplished!!

May work satisfaction and intrinsic motivation be abundant! May you have a super year to look back on with gratitude and the knowing that you did the BEST you could – even if your BEST might not be the same every day!!!


Good, Better, Best. Never let it rest. ‘Til your good is better and your better is best

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Undercover - Newsletter #Jan 2019


You are always more welcome if you have something to bring to the table”

R Pauch

Good statement and very true, but is it applicable…How?

This New Year could be yours!

Your chance to grow, to evolve, to get closer to that “Purpose” you were born for ….

What are those things you are bringing to the table?

Those things, character traits or skills you possess but never use.

It’s time to take stock, analyze and evaluate, set goals and start taking action.

Use those long forgotten dreams as inspiration and make this year extraordinary!

Make this the year

you bring

something amazing,

something WOW

and unexpected

into your life,

into your workplace


into your relationships.

Make Memories



Be Happy

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Undercover - Newsletter #Sept 2018


Welcome Everyone

It must be the Spring feeling, warmer weather and the very prominent sounds of many birds, early morning that give us a “spring in the step’ nowadays.

Everything is just easier, better and less problematic if it is lighter and warmer!

This month, I had to do some introspection, when I was asked: How do you feel doing this, and being here?” At that specific point, I had to admit; I feel nothing or I feel very neutral. Two days later, I got a ride in a brand new car.

The question put to the driver was “How does this new car feel?” Whilst he elaborated, very enthusiastically about all the features, technology and specifications and other wonderful attributes, I had to admit: I FEEL nothing, I’m neutral. Of course I’m thankful and glad for them, but I don’t get “THAT” feeling! And then it happened!!

We drove through the gate of the Anton Smit sculpture garden…and I got that Feeling! I felt excitement, expectation, creative Kick and I knew - this is it!!


That feeling can drive us on. It pushes me every year to create yet another POP UP ART EXHIBITION, called WILD @ ART. That feeling gives you something to live for, to get up in the morning, to feel alive, to feel purpose, to have a goal!!

My plea to you is – Find that FEELING!

Take time out, search your memory!

Rekindle that flame!

Be inspired, live motivated and after everything is said and done MARVEL in THAT FEELING!!

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Undercover - Newsletter #June 2018


Welcome back to each and everyone

It is that time of the year…

Half Time,

In this month we have the longest night and shortest day therefore we at least get good value for money out of our warm and cozy winter sheeting!

It also brings MID YEAR CRISIS if we are allowed to give it a name. Suddenly the New Year’s resolutions seem old and very rusty. That is, if one can still remember them.

Time to get a head start on the good plans and promises to your self is running out Comrades style.

On the other hand, people are starting to prompt and plan and ask about our December holiday arrangements!

How on earth, it’s too soon!!

I cannot push myself that far into the future, or can I?

So this month get started with the New Year’s resolutions or pat yourself on the back with some or other reward if you did make headway with the resolutions.

Secondly, get started with the planning of the remaining 6 months

Make it Count

Make it Interesting

Make memories

Make the Future

Create Future

Live the Journey

Good planning ensures no regrets and a smooth transfer from one activity to the rest.

With all that said, book here again and make us a part of your future plans.

As you know …we are the best!!

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Undercover - Newsletter #May 2018


Welcome back everyone!!

I truly hope you have had some leave during the past school holidays and Public Holidays and that you have had time to rest and reflect.

This week I had the opportunity to reflect and get major perspective on our early existence with the passing of a close family member…

Why do we enjoy or hate the rat race so much? From any perspective, we do not have a choice in most circumstances to decide not to join in!

We spend our lives working, fretting, stressing and spending time on “worthwhile” issues, goals and tasks.

Looking back in hindsight, most of these things are necessary for survival as well as helping us cope with the demands of work, family and friends…All of the above very dear to our hearts or important to us. We use the business to build 

and collect memories, for ourselves and our loved ones. Have you ever sat back to take stock and decide to deliberately add or cut some goals, tasks or things you do.

Let’s question ourselves and do the uncomfortable introspection…let’s ask for forgiveness for those unfortunate, bad decisions we have made, those unkind words spoken or those positive responses or recognition held back!

There is still time. Regrets are bad to the system, eating away at bodies and in a year, week, hour or a minute, the chance to make a choice to change anything for the better could be gone!

Be kind to yourself and those around you by prioritising and taking action while there still is time.

“Baggage” don’t go to the grave with you, it stays behind for other to live or to deal with.

Enjoy and Cherish life!!


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Undercover - Newsletter #April 2018



Welcome Everyone

This month we take stock; many big projects we have been a part of have come to an end.

The 100km Sunrise to Sunset Magalies Biosphere Woman’s Walk is done and dusted. Everything went well,

notwithstanding the rain and misty circumstances of Day 1.

Many bystanders wondered if the ladies will start walking!! Later during the day, people wondered if the hikers are quitting…all endured,

gritted their teeth, dug deeper and finished a grueling, wet, challenging 28km, the first installment of a 100km journey.

Looking back, reflecting and pondering over the reviews and feedback sheets submitted by participants, it struck me that so many listed that extreme day,

Day 1, as their favorite / highlight of the whole experience.


Is it because of the part it played in the bigger picture…because all knew that if they would quit or bail out of that portion, the ultimate goal would have slipped away!

The 100km medal would become 75km medal…not what they signed up for!

It hammered home the importance of having a goal, A SERIOUS, GREAT, WAY-OUT GOAL!

All parents and participants in the South African Championships of the Performing Arts had the same goal – they are all focussing on the “GOLD”,

almost with the attitude of “at all/at any cost”. They spend time, practise time, money on clothes, traveling, accommodation etc. all for that one GOAL.

Just remember Young or Old – Nothing is impossible.


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