Managing cash flow – Part 1&2

Managing cash flow – Part 1&2
Part 1

Managing Cash-flow – It is all about managing what is coming in and what is going out.

It applies to you, in your personal and business life, gone is the days you just had cash in your wallet to manage.

I had a client where the son had to step in for the father while he was sick. Staff was shouting “pay this”, “pay that” and it was a press of a button and they made the payments.

VAT was due in a few days! when I stepped in, stop!

Steps to managing your cash flow – Know what is coming in and what is going out.

1 – Make a list of all your debit orders and the dates that they get deducted from your bank account.

2 – Make a list of all your regular variable payments that you need to pay, e.g Telkom, Vodacom etc.

3 – Check the dates that they are due on.

4 – If you are taking on new debit orders, ask the supplier what payment dates are available.

5 – The same applies for regular payments, e.g school fees.

Remember as a sole proprietor and small business we don’t receive a salary or a fixed amount on one day.

Now that we have a list with amounts and dates, see a simple schedule is available at resource.

Check the due dates on all. If you are taking on new debit orders ask them what dates are available for payment. Even your regular payments, personal payments e.g school fees.

I had a client who would tell me on which payment run he was going to pay me. Ha? Yes, he set 3 payment runs, a month.
  • The first of the month – was for debit orders from the suppliers that insist your debit order go off on the 1st.
  • The 7th of the month
  • The 15th of the month
So, if I sent my invoice to him on the 5th he would pay it on the 7th, if I sent it on the 8th he would pay it on the 15th. He let his money rest in his account. He had paydays.

If you look at the due dates on Telkom and the City of Cape Town invoice they have a due date., schedule them to one of the above.

Part 2

Now, you have a list, you have scheduled payment dates, made your paydays.

Cash -flow - Now we look for future changes because nothing stays the same. Surprises are stressful.

1 - Take note of the month your Annual Increase to your Insurance, security, rent etc. is in.

2 - Make a note when your Car Licence, Drivers Licence, Staff Drivers Licence is due and payable

3 - Add a note when your Annual Service Fees are due on your credit card

You will be able to determine what they are. Have a look at your Income Statement from the previous 12 months.

Saving for expenses 

I am reading a book by “Mike Michalowicz - Profit First”, which opens my eyes to the way my mom and Gran did things in the old days. My Mom ran the financial side of the business of my Dad's business - very well.

Instead of waiting to pay your salaries at the end of the month, and hoping there is going to be money to pay the salaries. Open a bank account (savings) and each week put away 25% of your monthly payroll or put a percentage away daily.

Your Credit Card, if you have one has two dates on it.
  • The Statement date, interest, and penalties will be charged on this day.
  • The due date for when payment is to be made.
Now if you have read, Tips to Managing your cashflow – Part 1.

You will have read that you need to schedule your payments, well you can manage your credit card too.

Contact your bank - Card division and ask them to change the date your credit card statement runs on. If your statement date is the 5th (the last day to shop for the month). Your payment due date will be 25 days after, so the 30th of the month. If you want to make the payment due date the 7th, ask them to change the statement date to the 12th or 13th of the month. Ensure you pay the full amount due on this day to avoid those lovely interest and penalties.

In Conclusion – spread your payments over the month – schedule them – it's your money-manage it. Tips to Managing your cashflow – Part 3 coming soon.

Need assistance with managing your cashflow Cherine@the Bookkeeping

School term is fast drawing to a close for another year – and while learners are thinking about their next steps – what does it take to forge a career as a neuroscientist? 
By Dr Samantha J. Brooks Ph.D.

Being a neuroscientist is about learning to accurately study the brain, how it functions in health and mental disorder, and designing experiments to collect data about the brain and write up findings for an international audience. Being a neuroscientist is an exciting job, and neuroscience is really important in South Africa. For example, a South African neuroscientist could study brain-related illnesses such as addiction and HIV-related cognitive problems that place a huge socio-economic burden on South African society. You don’t have to study medicine to become a neuroscientist, and you can start studying neuroscience at any age. But, like a medical doctor, you’ll need to prepare yourself for a few good years of studying – about 10 years to be precise! Don’t be put off though - after all that studying a wonderful career awaits! The last decade was coined the decade of the brain for good reason - there were many amazing brain-related discoveries, such as the invention of functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI). fMRI allows neuroscientists to look into the brain while a person is still alive! But we need more neuroscientists to keep making new discoveries!

Studying to become a neuroscientist typically begins with a Bachelor’s degree – finishing at honour’s level - in a subject like psychology, physiology, computer science, science, mathematics. Students with good matriculation grades in Cape Town can choose to study for an honour’s degree at various excellent universities including the Universities of Cape Town, Western Cape, and Stellenbosch. After gaining an honour’s degree, students will typically go on to study towards a Master’s degree in a science-related subject – which can be completed over 1 (full-time) or 2 (part-time) years. During Master’s study, a student will learn about neurons (brain cells), the way neurons connect (synapses, dendrites), the organisation of the brain (neuroanatomy), how the brain works (neuronal activation), both in health and disorder (e.g. neuropsychiatry), on a macro level (e.g. brain scans) and on a micro level (e.g. cellular systems, neurotransmitters, genes). Completing a Master’s degree (usually with a thesis and sometimes also exams) will equip a person with the necessary knowledge, writing skills and analytic thinking to continue onto doctoral level towards a Ph.D.

Gaining a Ph.D. in neuroscience typically takes about 3-4 years, and students are expected to conduct some novel experiments to test a question about the brain. This is exciting because a student – by doing a Ph.D. – can contribute to improving the mental health of people in society. Not only that, but a doctoral student gets to join a community of neuroscientist researchers, involving lectures, clubs, societies etc. After a Ph.D., students can train in clinical work or continue down the research route. Research after a Ph.D. is known as postdoctoral study, where further grants are often available to pay for salary and research costs over approximately 2 years or more, to deepen one’s area of expertise and to publish more work. There is an old adage in research – publish or perish – which perhaps sounds a bit harsher than reality! But essentially, it is good to learn early on how to write papers for the international neuroscience community, so that work in South Africa can become known and read all over the world!
What else is there to say about a career in neuroscience? Well, it has taken me from a small farming village in the middle of England – where I completed my schooling (matric.) – to all corners of the world, working with different groups and presenting work with my colleagues on important issues to help people with mental disorders to get better. My colleagues and I work together to try to build international connections so that we can try to solve some of the brain’s deepest mysteries. Such as, what is consciousness and how does consciousness relate to mental illness? Where is the mind located in the hardwired physical brain, and what happens to the brain when the mind becomes disordered? How do we improve treatment for various psychiatric conditions? And what are the best neuroscientific methods to use to get to the crux of the issue of mental disorder? If you like meeting new people, working as a team, writing interesting articles, conducting experiments to test the hypotheses related to these questions, and to travel - then perhaps neuroscience is a career for you! Do get in touch if you would like to learn more, we are always on the look-out for research assistants and new students to join us! I hope to hear from you soon!

Dr Samantha Brooks is a neuroscientist at the UCT Department of Psychiatry and Mental Health, specialising in the neural correlates of impulse control from eating disorders to addiction. For more information on neuroscience at UCT and to contact Samantha, see

Bringing Birdlife to Life

There is nothing quite as peaceful as listening to birds singing first thing on a quiet morning, their gentle flutter and soft chirping a reminder of all that is simple and beautiful in the world. With rapid urbanisation, sightings of our feathered friends are not as frequent as they should be, and the need to bring birdlife back into communities and gardens is essential. Encouraging birdlife to frequent our cities, parks and gardens is simple with these three tips.     

Birds seek out new resting places where they can enjoy shelter, protection, and comfort. One of the first ways in which birds can be attracted to a garden is to plant inviting species. Interesting textures, colors, and scents attract birds and therefore including plants such as Watsonias, Aloes, Lion’s Ears, grasses, and grains will entice winged friends to frolic amongst them. Plants provide protection and shelter from the elements, as well as attract various insects and butterflies, which allow birds to feast to their heart’s content. Including climbers and trees in your selection of plants will create a natural habitat in which birds will feel welcome and at home.

Enticing birdlife with food is another simple way in which to draw them to a garden. Birds enjoy seeds and fruit, and providing nutrition for them in an easy-to-reach way will encourage a flock of visitors! Bird-feeders are the best way to offer food to fluttered friends and are simple to make. Covering a pine cone or leftover bread crusts with peanut butter and sprinkling them with seeds offers a natural, healthy option for birds to feast on. Alternatively, making a simple bird feeder by recycling a plastic bottle is equally effective. Cut four holes in the sides of a 500ml plastic bottle, ensuring the two holes align. Slide small wooden spoons through the holes, creating a ledge on which the birds can perch. Fill the bottle with seeds, and hang the never-ending sustenance in the trees for the feathered friends to enjoy.

A third way in which birds can be encouraged to frequent our gardens is by providing them with fresh nesting spaces. Birds enjoy making new homes for themselves, and once they feel comfortable and safe, they are in no rush to move on. Birds naturally find shelter in hollowed out tree trunks, or by building nests with reeds and twigs, but they also appreciate comfortable box houses that are sturdy and secure. Encourage birdlife to find shelter by removing old nests from the surrounding area, and placing birdhouses or boxes a few meters off the ground on a sturdy pole, or by securing them to branches. There is no need to place grass, twigs or reeds inside – birds will do the decorating and make their new homes comfortable in no time at all.

On 25 November 2017, Birdlife SA will be hosting the annual Big Bird Day with the aim of raising funds for bird conservation. A hope for 2017 is to break 2016’s record of spotting 654 species of birds, which will be made even easier by encouraging feathered friends to visit our spaces once again. Provided with a comfortable environment in which they can find shelter and food, birdlife will bring the greatest reward of their pleasurable company back to our parks and gardens in no time.

Norgarb Properties Agent Andre Ter Moshuizen who specialises in the Claremont area, will be sharing some household tips and handy home hints with you every month.

Andre Ter Moshuizen: 082 602 1367 | |


For the month of October 2017, all you have to do is print this article and present it at your next massage treatment to get R150 off!

How to be healthier than you are right now? 

The question of the hour….

And answering it is not easy – we still don’t have all the answers. Many different things impact your health and these things affect us all differently.

How can we reach our peak? Where do we start?

A good place that we can start would be the variables that are not optimal (or at least within the ‘normal’ range). E.g. If a parent suffered from diabetes and you have raised fasting glucose levels, your focus should be on preventing diabetes. But a word of caution: fixating on one factor or one possible disease can become counterproductive. And one of the nice things about health is that changes you make to one area of your life e.g. eating more vegetables, will have beneficial effects on MANY if not ALL other factors and disease risk e.g. reduced risk of heart disease, obesity, cancer, diabetes, etc, etc.

Health can be complicated, but we do have some general answers. The funny thing is that most of the best recommendations regarding the improvement of health are surprisingly well known. A recently published research study looked at all the factors that will improve health and extend life. Millions of dollars and thousands of hours spent on it. The result? The top four factors:
  1. Eat better 
  2. Exercise 
  3. Don’t smoke 
  4. Drink alcohol minimally 
That’s it. The basis of a healthy life. It’s stuff your parents taught you (I hope). Of course it becomes slightly more complicated in the details e.g.

What makes eating ‘better’?
What exercise for how long? 

What about second-hand smoke?

But this study is not about giving us all the answers: this gives us a place to start – on which to build our health and our lives.

People love to overcomplicate things.

It is a combination of human curiosity, obsession and, unfortunately, the desire to make money that contribute to the quagmire of medical minutiae:

“Only eat this fruit – the others are bad.”

“Only do this exercise – the others will hurt you.”

“If you don’t sleep exactly 8hrs, you will spontaneously combust.”

All the teeny, tiny ‘tips’ and ‘tricks’ and even some of the ‘rules’ and ‘systems’ are based on some sort of logical reasoning process, and even some evidence (to varying degrees). But most of these are what’s known as “majoring in the minors”. So try not to worry too much about whether or not you’re eating this “superfood” (I mean, does it have a cape and tights?) or taking that “nutriceutical supplement” – just stick to the basics day in and day out and good things will happen.

Our next post will focus on more of the specifics – the meat & potatoes (a dirty word these days) of being healthier: Eating Better.

Thank you for reading. For more lifestyle advice on how to achieve optimal health, visit The Chiropractic Health Centre for a check up

Chat to one of our friendly receptionists to make a booking or follow the link to learn more about our services:

Phone: 021 683 2996 (Claremont) or 021 439 8898 (Sea Point)




1 tin red salmon 
100gms butter 
Juice of half a lemon


Strain and remove bone and black bits from salmon. Add juice of half a lemon, melted butter and a good pinch of diced parsley. Mash well and serve in chilled egg cups. Top with sprig of parsley.

Focus Areas: Kenilworth & Claremont Village

Are you Stuck in a Fad Dieting Rut

People will often try ANY fad diet to lose weight.  A fad diet is any weight-loss plan that promises quick and easy weight loss (through what is generally an unhealthy, unbalanced diet).   Many people prefer to try the quick fix instead of making the effort to lose weight through long-term changes to their eating and exercise habits, even if they know that they are difficult to follow long-term and generally do not result in long-term weight loss.  Fad diets are popular because they give people the instant gratification of quick weight loss.

Why do they result in quick weight loss?  In most cases it is because they are low in calories.  When you eat less your body will initially still be burning the same amount of energy, so the deficit will come from your own body stores (but not necessarily the fat stores).  But as time goes on your body will adjust how much energy it uses in a day to be in line with what you are eating, and so the weight loss will slow.  This is generally when people start feeling very hungry, grumpy and energyless.  Your metabolism has now slowed down (i.e. your body is using less energy than before).   When you stop eating as per the fad diet and start with your old eating habits again your metabolism will not jump back to its original rate.  This is why the weight (plus more) comes piling back on.

It is easy to be seduced by the promise of quick weight loss, so how can we make sure we don’t fall for one of these fads? Watch out for these red flags which indicate that the weight-loss plan is possibly a fad diet:
ü  The diet promises fast weight loss.  Anything more than 2-4kg per month is generally considered too fast
ü  The claims sound too good to be true
ü  The diet’s recommendations seem extreme, specifically very excessive reductions in food, excluding or severely restricting food groups (carbohydrates being the most common), ‘good’ and ‘bad’ food labelling
ü  The diet has rigid rules
ü  The diet promotes ‘magic’ foods or combinations of foods

Your health can be damaged by following fad diets.  Long term fad dieters generally struggle with their weight for most of their life.  Because they are either ‘on’ or ‘off’ a diet their weight is constantly going down and up.  This yo-yo weight cycling is very unhealthy for the body and it increases the risk of chronic diseases such as heart disease, cancer, high blood pressure and osteoporosis.  Eliminating whole food groups can also cause nutrient deficiencies over time.  Diets that are high in protein and low in carbohydrates often lead to the production of excess uric acid and calcium oxalate, which can cause kidney stones or gout.  Energy levels are also often a problem with these diets.  And to top it all off, these diets play havoc with your head, making you focus on numbers as opposed to health. 

So how can you get out of the fad dieting rut?  The most important thing is to get out of the psychological hold of needing quick weight loss or wanting to weigh x, y or z.  Reassess your goals and look at why you want to lose weight.  Is it because you have an event coming up or because you want to feel better in your clothes again?  Or is it because you want to have good energy levels and not get sick? 

Once you have determined the why, you can start looking at the how.  The way that you eat should work for your lifestyle and incorporate the foods you enjoy and work well with your body.  What you eat should not make you miserable and feel deprived (although many people believe this is what it means to eat healthy).  Choose a good variety of low processed foods for maximum nutrient gain.  Eat regularly, starting early.  Eat lots of vegetables and fruit.  Learn what it means to be (body/ stomach) hungry and satiated.  Drink plenty of water.  Learn how to handle mouth hunger (eating just because).  Limit added sugar.  And don’t focus on the number.  If you can let the scale go you will be much more likely to get out of your fad dieting habits.

Kim Hofmann RD(SA)
Phone: 021 674 4666
Cell: 084 206 2715


Over the past few years, South African consumers (whether natural persons or entities) have become used to ”being fica-ed” when we enter into certain transactions. We are not alone in this: our financial intelligence laws were promulgated after South Africa became a member of the Financial Action Task Force, an intergovernmental organization established on the initiative of the G7 countries, to develop policies to combat money laundering and terrorist financing in member countries.

The Financial Intelligence Centre Act of 2001 (the FIC Act) was thereafter finally adopted in November 2001 and became operational in increments from 2002 onwards. Some parts of the Act only became operational in 2010.

Important amendments to the FIC Act were passed recently, many of which kicked into effect on 2 October. The changes are substantial and require from accountable institutions (such as attorneys, estate agents, financial advisors, banks) to adopt a risk policy when fica-ing clients. The tick-box approach to collecting a set list of documents from clients (for example, the ‘usual’ requests for a copy of your ID document, proof of address and income tax number for natural persons) may no longer necessarily be adequate. Institutions much adopt a risk policy and in terms thereof, decide what they will require from clients in order to be compliant with their duties in terms if the FIC Act.

In addition to this change in approach to compliance, note:
  1. where a company, trust or partnership is involved in a transaction, the accountable institution must ascertain the identity of the beneficial owner of the entity. In layman’s terms this means the identity of the person who ultimately ‘pushes the buttons’ or who ‘has the final say’ must be ascertained; and
  2. where an individual is a client and that individual is a “domestic prominent influential person” (or close relation or family member of such person) or a “foreign prominent public official” as these are defined in the Act, increased due diligence is required and senior management approval must be obtained before one may do business with this person.

 Going forward, you can, therefore, expect changes when you are being fica-ed! Contact us on should you require assistance or have questions



Guy Fawkes is upon us once again and although it can be a fun and festive evening for us, for our pets it can be disastrous. So here are some top tips to making the evening a success. 

KEEP CALM AND CARRY ON! · Our pets are very sensitive to our feelings and emotions so it's important that you remain calm and go about life normally. Relax, don't be overly fussy- just be prepared.

KEEP THEM INDOORS! · Most people will only set off fireworks after dusk, so try to walk your dog before then and make sure that your cat is safely indoors with all windows and escape routes closed. Put a litter tray down if necessary.

WHO ARE YOU? · Many pets flee in fear during storms or fireworks, if they can be identified they can quickly be reunited with their owners. Be sure that your pet is wearing a collar with some form of identification or, even better, is microchipped. 

STAY HOME · If possible stay home with your pets. Turn up the volume on the TV or radio and close the curtains. Not only will this help to muffle the sound of the fireworks, your pets will feel that life is carrying on as normal. Do this especially if you have go out. · Your pet may still want to hide away in a room or under a blanket, don't try to coax them out or punish them! Allow to go where they feel safe, rather keep some treats on hand to reassure them all is well.

SPEAK TO YOUR VET · If you have a particularly nervous pet there may be medications that can be administered to help calm your pet. 

DON'T FORGET THE BUNNY! · If you have small pets such as a rabbit or a guinea pig that lives in an outside hutch they may also be stressed during storms and fireworks. If possible try to move them into a garage or quiet area or cover the cage with a blanket to muffle the sound. 

Please don't take your pet with you to a fireworks display! 

Kenilworth Veterinary Clinic
47 Kenilworth Road, Cape Town
Telephone: 021-671-5018

The history of the Choo Choo Park Train

For the children playing at Choo Choo Park on the corner of Belvedere and Cleveland road in Claremont, the train is something which captures the imagination. It’s large, red, and provides full steam ahead to all the wonderful places that exist in their minds. 

It may have looked a bit scruffy in the past but last year it was lovingly restored by the Friends of Choo Choo Park who thought the iconic engine deserved a makeover to make her look all shiny and new. Surrounding businesses pitched in too. The group were helped by ProPaint and the the paint was donated by Stoncor. Generous donations were also given by Belvedere Square management and Cal’cacchio a pizza restaurant situated in Belvedere Square, according to local newspaper, The People’s Post. 

While the makeover has made the train look like it’s just come from a show room, what few people realise is that the train itself is steeped in history and is currently at least 121 years old! The locomotive was actually built by the Brooks Locomotive and Machinery Co in New York, USA in 1894/1896 (sources differ on the year) and was given a works number of 2725.
According to one blog which features stories about old steam locomotives dotted around South Africa, Belvedere’s train started service life at the Transvaal & Delgoa Bay Collieries Ltd near Witbank. Choo Choo Park’s train is not the only one of its kind in Cape Town – there’s another one plinthed in Intaka Island in Century City. 
Claremont’s iconic train has worked hard. During the course of its life the train became the property of the City of Cape Town Corporation (City Council) and used as a shunter at the Dock Road and the Table Bay power stations at the Cape Town foreshore and was referred to as “Dyna-Mo” or “Dinah-Mo” – again sources differ on the name. Shunter locomotives are typically used for manoeuvring coaches rather than for making journeys but the work is onerous nevertheless. 
However, there was a stage where even Dyna-Mo could not conduct all the work allocated to her. Neville Aubrey, who saw the train in operation when he joined the Table Bay Power Station’s engineering staff wrote to the Friends of Choo Choo Park about the train’s last movements. “The increased shunting duty that accompanied the commissioning of the very much larger Table Bay power station stage 1 in 1937, was clearly beyond the capabilities of Dinah-Mo, and a powerful new Ruston Hornsby diesel-electric shunting loco had to be purchased, the steam loco then being relegated to a light duty standby status as D.R.P.S. was also decommissioned coincidentally with the demise of the electric trams which were being replaced by the electric overhead trolley bus service.”
The original Dock Road Power station was finally demolished in 1961/1962 according to Neville but Dinah-Mo was still being operated on a standby basis at the power station and was believed to be the oldest steam loco still in service anywhere in the country. 
But the strain of the work was starting to show. Neville adds: “However, over the years, by this time, her age had begun to show, serious corrosion deterioration of her boiler becoming evident. The government boiler inspector, after his routine two-yearly inspections and four-yearly pressure tests, had no option but to reduce her safe operating steam pressure, which of course reduced her shunting capability and her consequential usefulness. Eventually major and expensive boiler repairs became unavoidable for further operational use of the loco and the decision was taken to decommission her. This happened in 1967 or 1968. However, rather than selling her for scrap, in view of her unique history, it was decided to place her in a children’s playground for children to enjoy, and consequently all her fittings and accoutrements were removed and all openings welded closed for safety reasons before she was transported to the park.”
There’s no doubt that Dinah-Mo had a colourful life (both literally and figuratively). Older pictures show the locomotive sporting several colours including blue, red and green. Our photos provided by the Friends of Choo Choo Park shows that it started to look lacklustre after being exposed to the elements. However, since its revival it now sits proudly in the park painted mainly ‘fire-engine’ red with a bit of yellow and black. “Originally, during her operational life she had been painted dark maroon and, when sounded, her whistle was a high pitched peep-peep,” says Neville.
With such love and passion from the community and surrounds, there’s no doubt that Dyna-Mo will live a long life in the heart of Choo Choo Park giving ‘rides’ to children and capturing imaginations from days gone by. While Dyna-Mo may not be working hard right now we’re sure he’s enjoying giving all the kids a lift to whichever fantastic destinations they conjure up. 


*Article written by Andre Ter Morshuizen from Norgarb Properties. Photos courtesy of Ryan Matthews from The Friends of the Choo Choo Park, Angelique Ruzicka and Lew Norgarb.

Friends of Harfield Parks - Feedback September


Princes Park clean up on 19 August
We had a successful work party – the beds were weeded, composted and mulched; low branches were trimmed; trees were weeded at the base and mulched to stop ring barking by Council weed eaters.

Our special thanks to:
Emile for the bakkie load of compost and mulch!  This will be a life-saver for the plants in the coming summer.

Sean for providing a most welcome and delicious breakfast fry-up – you made our day!

This young champ was helping pick up rubbish in the park – thank you mom for teaching him well!

On an ongoing basis we’d appreciate donations towards compost, mulch and extra labour at work parties.
Thank you to Urban Village Properties
Al’s monthly contribution towards weekly labour is invaluable for the upkeep and maintenance of our four Village parks and street kerbs.

R25 per month Donations
We have 13 people contributing R25 a month, but as you can imagine we need to raise much more than that to run our projects – so please consider setting up a debit order each month or you can donate via SnapScan:

Loubie Rusch
HVA has sponsored Loubie Rusch to assist FOHP in converting the Hampstead Park vegetable garden into an edible, indigenous, food garden which will be completely water-wise.
See the full article with photos here:

Jungle Gym in Purley Park
A big thank you to Cllr Cottle who has given a wonderful, big, new jungle gym to Purley Park from her Ward allocation fund.

Fence in Purley Park                   
Cllr Cottle has asked Parks to repair the broken section of the fence in the park. 
We need the services of a landscaper to draw up a proposed a walkway meandering around the park along the fence.

Purley Park Poo Bin to be moved       
Cllr Cottle requested Parks to relocate the doggy poo bin to a more suitable spot away from the children’s play area.     

Notice board in Hampstead Park
Robin Williams has been given the go-ahead to fix the notice board.

Benches in Surrey Park  
Benches to be repainted at the next work party in Surrey.                          

The test without dustbins on the street is ongoing.  It’s working well in some areas but not in others.
Dustbins in the parks are taking extra strain.

Broken Picnic Tables       
Cllr Cottle has asked Parks to obtain quotes for plastic wooden picnic benches to replace the rotten and damaged picnic tables in Hampstead, Princes and Surrey Parks.

Ball Play in Parks  
Gail carried out a poll on the HVA Facebook page – 82 residents voted in favour of allowing ball play in parks – no one voted against.  One comment about ball play was made. 
Cllr Cottle said they’d take up the matter and get back to the FOHP – wording needs to be considered to ensure no organised team practices take place in the parks.

Weekly Garden Program           
Once a week Francine supervises John and Morton who clean and maintain the Village parks, street kerbs and along the fence on the railway line.  It’s a never-ending job and the area is too big for just two people – wouldn’t it be great if we could sponsor two more gardeners?

Water Restrictions          
Level 5 water restrictions mean that no new beds may be created in public spaces.
We’re raising funds for water tanks to be housed in properties along the parks’ perimeter (they cannot be on Council land) to help plants survive the increasingly difficult summers.

Froggi Stream
The frogs are alive and hopefully breeding but not nearly as vocal as in previous winters.  There must have been a massive loss due to poor winter rainfall combined with the clearing of the canal at Harfield Station.

We need a volunteer to oversee the clearing and rehabilitation of this area.
FOHP will fund-raise to pay for labour.

Surrey Park Work Party14 October from 9am
Purley Park Work Party 18 November from 10am
Railway Line Cleanup First Sunday in May 2018

 Friends of Harfield Parks


Welcome to Chiropractic
By Jesse B Roberts
Chiropractic Intern at: The Chiropractic Health Centre

I am a Chiropractic intern, and will soon be practicing at The Chiropractic Health Centre in Claremont and Sea Point. Throughout my Chiropractic studies, I have been asked the same questions.
To list a few…
  • "What is Chiropractic?"
  • "Do Chiropractors only treat the spine?"
  • "Is Chiropractic safe?"
Over the years, I have noticed that more and more people are becoming aware of the natural health benefits related to Chiropractic and I no longer have to explain why I have been studying for the past 6 years.
With the current health-care movement towards evidence-based practice and the constant growth of scientific knowledge surrounding our profession, it is important that the general public is made aware of what Chiropractors have to offer. For those that are still unsure, I hope this article is able to clarify some of your questions. If not, feel free to contact me at, The Chiropractic Health

What is Chiropractic?  

Chiropractic is an art, science and philosophy specializing in restoring normal balance and function to the neuromuscularskeletal system and thus, facilitating the body's natural ability to heal itself. The term 'Chiropractic' means practiced by hand and, as the name suggests, Chiropractic is a drug and surgery-free, hands-on, safe alternative for optimal health, healing and general wellness.
The first Chiropractic manipulation was performed in 1895 and since, the primary health care profession has become the 3rd most popular in the world. Doctors of Chiropractic are highly skilled at assessing and treating neuromuscularskeletal conditions which affect the nervous system, muscles and joints in the body and specialize in the biomechanical integrity of the spinal vertebrae.

How does the Chiropractic adjustment work?

Chiropractors are highly skilled at assessing the vertebral joints in the spine in terms of mobility and function. Individual vertebral joints that are not functioning normally may irritate the spinal nerve that exits their 'intervertebral foramen'/opening. This irritation may affect the related nervous supply and result in back pain, neck pain and other problems in the body. The Chiropractor aims to identify and manipulate or adjust the dysfunctional joint, and thus, restore natural balance, mobility and function to the body.

Who can benefit?
• Babies and kids- "as the twig bends, so grows the tree"-David Noer. Children's bodies and nervous systems are rapidly adapting as they grow. It is important to correct any spinal problems early in life.

Pregnant women- Chiropractic can make delivery easier and decrease back pain during and after the pregnancy
Office workers- Today's world requires us to sit in unnatural positions, with minimal movement or activity for extended periods of time. This results in poor postural habits, neck/back pain and other issues.

Elderly- After years of wear and tear, the elderly can be susceptible to spinal issues.

Athletes- Athletes place large amounts of stress on their bodies in order to perform at their peak and push themselves to the limit. It is important to maintain optimal health and prevent conditions from developing later in life.
When should I see a Chiropractor?
Chiropractors are known to treat any neuromuscularskeletal condition. This means anything that is related to your nervous system, muscles or joints may benefit from Chiropractic treatment. Although Chiropractors are known to specialize in the spine, the biomechanical integrity of the upper and lower limbs is never overlooked and the body is treated as a whole.
Common conditions treated by Chiropractors include:                                                     
• Neck pain
• Low back pain
• Headaches and migraines
• Whiplash
• Shoulder pain
• Arm pain (elbow pain and tingling in the hands)
• Hip pain
• Leg pain
• Sciatica
• Knee pain
• Foot pain

What causes neuromuscularskeletal conditions?
Strains, falls, accidents, lifting heavy objects and stress are some examples that may cause a joint to become fixated. A fixated joint has compensatory effects on other joints in the body and causes irritation to their surrounding musculature. This often results in muscle spasms, the development of 'trigger-points' and nervous changes, such as increased sensitivity.
What to expect?
Initial Consultation
At you initial consultation, the Chiropractor will take a full medical health history. This will consist of questions pertaining to your current complaint, previous conditions and your family history. Next, the Chiropractor will complete a physical exam consisting of posture analysis, range of motion tests, reflex tests, neurological examination and the relevant orthopaedic tests. The information gathered will aid the Chiropractor to find the root cause of your problem and, if necessary, he/she may refer you for further investigations such as X-rays and lab tests. Once a diagnosis is made, the Chiropractor will establish the most effective management protocol.
How will the Chiropractor treat my condition?
If the Chiropractor determines that your condition is best managed with Chiropractic care, they shall manipulate your fixations. Manipulation is a highly specialized technique delivered by hand and consists of a high-velocity, low-amplitude thrust with a specific vector and at a specific joint level. Manipulations are very safe. You may feel instant relief as natural balance and function returns to the joint and the nerve is 'freed.' However, some conditions require more than one treatment, especially chronic conditions that have been present for a long time. At the Chiropractic Health Centre, we incorporate various modalities into our treatment protocols in order to optimize your recovery. These services include dry-needling, rehabilitation, strapping, massage therapy, pilates classes, Bioflex Laser Therapy, Storz Shockwave Therapy and Foot Levelers Custom Orthotics.


1. Are Chiropractors opposed to medical treatment?
No, Chiropractors recognize that often, medical/surgical intervention is the only appropriate treatment option and are qualified to refer when necessary.

2. What is the 'Cracking' sound?
A joint in the body naturally has a functional negative pressure system. During the Chiropractic manipulation, an audible 'pop' may be heard. This is gas/fluid shifting inside the joint and does not relate to the quality of the manipulation.
3. Is Chiropractic covered by medical aid?
Yes, most medical aid plans cover Chiropractic care.
4. Is Chiropractic covered by COIDS?
Yes, Chiropractic has been covered by 'Compensation for Occupational Injury and Disease' since 1994. Any treatment received from a Chiropractor, with or with-out referral and including X-rays, may be reimbursed by COIDS.
5. Are there risks involved?
All medical interventions involve potential risks and side-effects, Chiropractic is not excluded. However, it is important to know that you have a far greater chance of being struck by lightning than suffering from a complication of a spinal manipulation (1>1000 000).

At The Chiropractic Health Centre, we aim to restore mobility, function and health through natural, hands-on therapy and offer massage, rehabilitation and Chiropractic treatment.

Our Chiropractors are highly skilled at assessing and treating neuromuscularskeletal conditions and specialize in the biomechanical integrity of the vertebral joints of the spine. 

We provide evidence based treatment related to neck/back pain, sports and repetitive strain injuries, chronic headaches, pregnancy-related back pain, post-surgical rehabilitation, pediatrics, geriatrics and worker's compensation. 

 Our practitioners place emphasis on ensuring that our knowledge and treatment methods are up-to-date with the current literature and make use of the latest, evidence-based treatment modalities in order to optimize your recovery and health.

Our practices are conveniently located on the Atlantic Seaboard, Sea Point and in the heart of the Southern Suburbs, Claremont.

Chat to one of our friendly receptionists to make a booking or follow the link to learn more about our services:
Phone: 021 683 2996 (Claremont) or 021 439 8898 (Sea Point)