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					Once again, we start with the usual news: To subscribe or unsubscribe to the newsletter,
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a monthly email publication which is available in either Afrikaans or English. New subscribers
are always most welcome. Also bear in mind that while we select our advertisers with care,
we cannot guarantee or be held responsible for the quality of their services or actions.

This month the newsletter is a bit shorter as we are busy with exciting restructuring. The
Come Home Campaign will in future be a part of a non-profit company named Afriforum.
Read more about this development in the media release below the meditation.

Our brochure IMFO has just been updated with the latest information re the cost of living in
South Africa.     To receive a free copy, send an email with the subject IMFO to Solidarity's economist, Lullu Krugel, issues a regular newsletter
about the South African economy. The 24th number has just been completed and includes
discussions about the slightly weaker Rand, interest rates and share-prices. It is also
available at no cost from us – subscribe by sending us an email with the subject "Economy".

Please let us know urgently if you have broadband Internet access. We are considering to
stay in touch with you via live news broadcasts in future ... If you would like to stay in touch in
this manner, send an email with the subject YES to


Our newsletter for South Africans who would not necessarily like to return to the country in the
near future, has a name at last! It will henceforth be known as "Biltong Bulletin".
Subscribers are welcome – use our address to subscribe for free.

The competition for finding a name, was sponsored by - thank you so much for
the esteemed support!!

South African music and Afrikaans books can now be delivered to your doorstep!
is South Africa's leading online retailer, offering a world of books, CDs, DVDs, games,
electronic products, health products and more. It also makes gift buying for friends and family
in South Africa hassle-free – send a voucher or let deliver a gift to their doorsteps
– wrapped and with a personal note. Five different payment options, door-to-door delivery,
wish list facilities, gift-wrapping, e-vouchers and printed vouchers, free local delivery on orders
over R350 and 24 hour delivery on top products make the only option for
convenient shopping.

In March 2006 a complaint about the unsatisfactory service received from the Department of
Home Affairs was submitted to the office of the Public Protector. We are now waiting for
reaction in this regard. The complaint was compiled in expert manner by Mr. Attie Tredoux of
the legal firm Len Dekker & Associates. The complaint comprises 27 A4-pages. Thank you
to all who contributed towards compiling this comprehensive description of the problem – we
trust that it will result in better public service! We will keep you informed re the progress with
the complaint.


Lately we get loads of offers of employment. All follow below:

       Clients based in Northern KZN require the following staff for a game lodge:
        Management Couple – candidates must be experienced, energetic and have an eye
        for detail. One partner will be required to manage the game farm, be responsible for
        general maintenance, have a PDP and game ranging experience, minimum FGASA
        level 1, preferably level 2. The other partner will manage the lodge, must have strong
        F&B and culinary skills, customer service focused and computer literate. Salary
        negotiable, accommodation provided.
        Chef/Lodge Manager – qualified chef with general management experience required
        for a bush lodge. Must be creative, have good people management skills. Duties will
        include ordering, stock control, menu planning, cooking and overall responsibility for
        running of the lodge.         Must be computer literate. Salary negotiable, single
        Ranger / PRO – Must have minimum FGASA 1, preferably 2 and have previous
        experience in Big 5 reserve & first aid, PDP and previous weapons handling
        experience. Must be well-spoken, well-presented individual to co-ordinate staff and
        activities for lodge and act as link between guests and activities and facilities at lodge.
        Salary negotiable, single accommodation.
        Farm Manager – hands on manager required to be overall responsible of
        management of game farm. Must have previous experience, have a technical
        qualification e.g. mechanic, drivers licences. Salary negotiable, single
        accommodation provided.
        Enquiries: Lynne Proude via

       Positions in Carletonville
        Driefontein GM urgently requires miners, developers, shift bosses, kettle makers,
        electricians and fitters. Contact Steve Scott at 0027-72-2275501.

       Position in Secunda
        A qualified mechanical fitter is required. Contact Jaco van den Berg at 0027-17-

       Mechanical engineer
        A young mechanical engineer is required in Pretoria. Maximum 5 years experience.
        Salary negotiable. Well established company. Contact:

       Electrician wanted
        Humansdorp for dairy industry, R10 000, plus vehicle and fuel. Call Lorrainna at

       Positions for financial advisors at Old Mutual
        Jannie Heymans of Old Mutual (Hatfield area, Pretoria) is still looking for people who
        are interested in a career as Financial Advisors. CVs may be sent to him:
        By hand to – Jannie Heymans, Old Mutual Hatfield Branch, 1 Pencardia , Second
        Floor, 509 Pretorius Street, Arcadia, Pretoria;
        By mail to – J.G. Heymans, Old Mutual Hatfield, PO Box 5, Pretoria, 0001, SA;
        By fax – For the attention of Jannie Heymans – +27-12-4835325;
        By email to -


This week Prof. Tommy du Plessis of the Business School of North-West University will
present a course in London for entrepreneurs who would like to start an own business in
South Africa. The course will be repeated in future. Enquiries may be sent to Prof. Tommy
du Plessis or Uzanne van Staden at 0027-18-2991412 or An
extract from their brochure follows:

Have you ever dreamt of starting your own business but were too scared to take the first
step? Then the short course on Prospective Entrepreneurship is your answer. Prof Tommy
du Plessis, the Director of the Potchefstroom Business School at the North West University,
South Africa, is the presenter. Theoretic Topics include:

       Characteristics of an Entrepreneur;
       How to determine your Entrepreneurial profile;
       Can creativity be taught?
       Characteristics of successful businesses;
       How to generate ideas that will lead to a successful business;
       How to determine the viability of a business;
       How to determine the selling price of a business;
       Detailed tutoring in how to write a Business Plan.

Practical Topics:

       Principles of Finance and the "potholes" to avoid;
       Marketing techniques that really work;
       Ensuring satisfied customers;
       "Dealing" with your staff;
       The management of cash.


                                      The South African residential property market

                                      By Emille van Heyningen*

                                      At R752 300, the price of an average house in South
                                      Africa is now two-and-a-half times what it was 5 years
                                      ago. In 1999, when house prices first began to
                                      increase after nearly two decades of decline,
                                      investment in residential property had fallen to a 30-
                                      year low.

This South African property boom can be attributed to the demand from a growing black
middleclass that have created the momentum in the market, alongside other drivers such as
the shift to low & stable interest rates, rapidly growing disposable incomes & more general
higher economic growth in the country.

However, since house-price growth peaked at more than 35% in September/October 2004,
there has been a declining trend as high prices squeeze buyers in all segments of the
residential property market and cause demand to fall. Absa's house-price index is reporting
nominal growth of 14,5% year on year in February 2006, the lowest growth rate in almost 4
years, due to reduced demand for property from middle- & lower-income groups.

Absa is now looking at nominal house-price growth of at least 12% or more for the year. But
the removal of transfer duty for residential properties costing less than R500 000 from March
1, as well as the savings on transfer duties on properties above that level, could support
growth going forward as the cut in transfer duty could push up property prices because
housing would become more affordable – especially in the market below R700 000.
Higher growth in the property market is expected in early 2007, due to an expected continued
stable economy and housing demand from a growing middle class. Continued strong
economic growth of between 4% and 5% is expected, and supply constraints in the residential
property market would continue to support house price growth. Investing in South African
property remains an excellent investment option when compared with returns on other
investments or the property market in most other countries. [Sources: Absa, First National
Bank, Business Day, Mail & Guardian, Bua News, SA Cities Network].

* Emille van Heyningen, (+27) 844 547 876 or, specialises in
assisting people living abroad with acquiring property in Cape Town working exclusively for
the buyer or lessee, including:

   Conducting searches for property that meets client requirements (buy or rent).
   Providing clients with professional advice on property & the pros & cons of various Cape
    Town neighbourhoods.
   Facilitating the purchasing of property on client’s behalf e.g. submitting offers, negotiating
    on purchase price, etc.
   Liaising with other property professionals e.g. property agents, lawyers & mortgage
    brokers on client’s behalf.
   Providing expert advice on the development potential of property in terms of planning law.
   Interior designing property.
   Project managing renovations on client’s behalf.


Please send us your questions re medical insurance for comprehensive replies here. This
month's question is from Kathleen from Europe: I would like to settle in South Africa after
retirement. How much can I expect to pay for medical cover per month?

Ronell Kruger, consultant of Solmark (, replies: Dear Kathleen,
there are a few things which count against you – your age, that you are not currently working
in SA, and that you do not have a current history of medical scheme cover in SA. No fund will
be able to prevent you from becoming a member, but they have the right to add a levy to your
premium. Funds may add levies to premiums of up to 120% in extraordinary cases. Please
realise that I am not saying that this will be the amount which will be used, only that this
percentage is possible The percentage will not be less than 50% though. There will also be
an initial waiting period of 3 months, during which no claims will be paid and depending on
your medical history. In the case of chronic conditions, such as heart problems, cover of
related claims may be excluded. With the above in mind, it is extremely difficult to estimate a
premium. You will be regarded as a high risk by schemes. Normal premiums vary from
about R600 to R2000 per month, to which the levy will have to be added. Sorry for this
"vague" answer, but it is impossible to determine an exact premium with the information
available to me. Please feel free to send more questions - we would love to help!


Risk capital and expertise is offered by Marthinus Fourie of Delcastienne. Interested
entrepreneurs or prospective entrepreneurs can find out more about this unique service by
calling him at 0027-82-8235777 or by visiting


This month's meditation has been taken from the newsletter of the Perth Afrikaans
Reformed Church. Rev. Gawie van der Merwe, who is responsible for this meditation,
visited South Africans in Australia during the past weeks and is prepared, once he is back in
South Africa, to act as the congregation's contact in South Africa. Members of the
congregation are invited to contact him when worried about loved-ones in South Africa. Rev.
Gawie will follow up on questions via the larger church community. People in South Africa
are also welcome to contact him if they are concerned about the welfare of family-members in
Australia. His address is More information about the Perth
Afrikaans Reformed Church is available from or the web site, Rev. Gawie writes:

                                God's purpose with hardships

People often struggle to understand why God allows hardship into their lives. It is indeed true
that few of us find suffering to be something positive while we are in the midst of such an
experience. You can be justified for asking why this had to come your way. The Bible clearly
stipulates that God is the author of our hardships. Just look at Lamentations 3:32 where it is
stated that He also brings trials our way, but with the promise that He will show mercy to the
person through His great love. In the next verse we read that it is also against His will to bring
hardships into people's lives. If this truly is against God's will, what can the purpose of such
events be? We find the answer in Mark 9:49: "For every one shall be salted with fire, and
every sacrifice shall be salted with salt" God sometimes finds it necessary to purify us from
our excessive love for ourselves and other things which do not serve Him. By this purification
process, He wants us to realize our dependency on Him once again and to make us trust in
Him for getting through these hard times. To some people this might sound absurd, but
James even goes as far as to say that we have to be glad when all kinds of afflictions beset
us (James 1:2). The purpose of this all therefore is: That we may persevere through faith
and may reach full spiritual maturity. Once you experience this, be quiet in the presence of
the Lord, place your trust in Him once more and relinquish yourself to walk the rest of your
way with Him in complete dependence.


Thank you for yet another month's support and interest. As promised, we close with the
official introduction to our non-profit, umbrella company, AfriForum.

Kind regards till we meet again!

Alana & Annatjie
Come Home Campaign
[ /]

                                       An initiative of Solidarity
                                           Media Statement
                                            26 March 2006

Solidarity establishes AfriForum to counter minority apathy

A new civil rights initiative, AfriForum, has been established by the trade union Solidarity.
AfriForum was established to provide a Forum for the constructive activation of civil society in
general and minority communities in particular, in order to stimulate participation in the public
debate and actions. Participation rather than apathy is, according to AfriForum, the key t o
creating a better future in Africa for all those who know no other home than this continent.
AfriForum will operate as an independent, non-profit institution.

AfriForum will endeavour to involve ordinary citizens, existing civil organisations and opinion
makers from various schools of thought. People like Dr Frederick van Zyl Slabbert, Prof Marinus
Wiechers, Flip Buys en Dr Rina Venter have already agreed to serve as advisors to AfriForum.

According to Kallie Kriel, chief executive of the newly-formed AfriForum, the establishing of the
institution was prompted by the phenomenon that minorities in general have increasingly been
withdrawing from public life since 1994. Kriel pointed out that this causes a cycle of withdrawal,
with negative consequences for the minorities, democratic principles and the country at large.
The negative consequences of the withdrawal mean that government is given free reign to co-
opt and selectively interpret the Constitution and to fail in maintaining a balance between the
interests of minorities and those of the majority. The end result, according to Kriel, is that
minorities lack a meaningful future vision and are drawn deeper into the withdrawal cycle, with
benefits for no-one.

Kriel emphasised that trade unionism will remain Solidarity’s core business, while AfriForum, as
independent entity, will play a role in civil society outside the workplace through:

•        Campaigns for the protection and consolidation of civil rights, as contained in the
South African Constitution and international conventions. The campaigns will concentrate on the
protection of civil and other rights across a wide spectrum. Specific problem areas, e.g. the
government’s growing obsession with race, political interference in sport, race-based welfare
subsidies, crime and the ill-considered changing of some place names will receive attention.
The campaigns will be conducted with an eye to win-win solutions to contentious problems
and the promotion of tolerance and peaceful co-existence.

•        Establishing functional forums in various spheres of life, in response to various
needs and issues that may crop up in the community. Forums focusing on the following
issues have either already been established or are being planned: civil rights, social affairs,
future vision, migration (including Solidarity’s Come Home Campaign), taxpayers, crime,
sport, the aged, the youth, women, etc.

•       Creating a future vision for minority communities, built on self-respect and
independence, as a platform to enable minority communities to take their rightful place in our
country and take part in the mainstream national debate.

•        Promoting co-operation between civil institutions. Campaigns and forums with
specific objectives offer existing civil institutions and persons with divergent points of view an
opportunity to work together on matters of joint concern without abandoning the principles on
which they may differ.

•        Liaising with the rest of the world by means of the Come Home Campaign (that
assists skilled expatriates to return home), newsletters to South Africans abroad and contact
with foreign institutions to promote civil rights, where needed.

•        Liaising with the authorities by means of AfriForum’s parliamentary liaison office, to
give a voice to minority communities.

 To join AfriForum (or to get more information on AfriForum and the benefits it offers)
                         people can visit

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