Community Service Pros and Cons

My experience with Community Service, the good, the bad and the ugly. In 2012 with somewhat of a struggle I managed to join the local CPF in my town. It started off quite well with neighborhood patrols. It really felt that we could make a difference in our area’s. But as time went by I started to get sucked into the drama and politics of the organization.

Patrolling – the beginning

After some initial training we started patrolling our neighborhood at night and sometimes during the early morning hours. I had no two way radio or any form of communication apart from my cell phone. We had CPF identification magnetic mats on our vehicles and with a SAPS authority number we did our job.

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Treating Gout at Home Naturally

I have been living with gout for about 20 odd years and seem to have it under control. Here is my Natural Treating Gout recipe. Hope it can help others suffering from this painful condition.

In a previous post I mentioned that I was on Puricos for a while but it had a negative effect on my body. So I had to find alternative methods to treat the condition. We all know it is a result of high Uric Acid in your body that causes crystals to form in your joints.

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Broken down car – how embarrassing

This is a short piece on our Broken down car and the embarrassment it caused my wife and I.

We got invited to an Aunt of my wife’s 80th birthday here in Benoni. We were very excited as we had not seen the family in excess of 25 years.

We arrived at the party and parked our old Polo close to the house and really enjoyed the afternoon. It was great meeting the folks again and all the new additions to their family. A really great time we had!

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Facebook Group Administrator : Running A Group

So you have been thinking about starting a Facebook Group and being a Facebook Administrator. You might think its all fun and games having a public group. Well in many ways it is but just be careful of the pitfalls.

I started and still run two successful groups as a Facebook Administrator. Here are my experiences and the ins and outs that I have learnt over the years.

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NG Kerk in Reaper Street Farrarmere

I was a member of the Afrikaans Dutch Reformed Church virtually my whole life which started in 1963. Even though I didn’t attend many of the services over the last few years, the church had been an anchor in my life.

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Customer Service in South Africa

After having to deal with a few companies and institutions over the last few months I have come to the conclusion that the Customer Service levels have dropped steeply over the last few years. Its such a sad situation on so many levels.

Many employees and customers alike blame the situation on a lack of training. I disagree to a certain extent with this statement. Let me explain my own customer service growth and thoughts.

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High debt leads to sequestration

This is not an advert like the hundreds of ads out there promising to get you free of debt but rather my true life event before and after 2008.

We had our own company pre 2008 and were living a life of luxury, three motor vehicles in the garage, a large house with a bond of R1.600 000 and things were going well. Friends were plenty and parties and braai’s virtually every weekend. When I look back now I see that our lives were driven by money and possessions. At the same time we had debt … plenty of debt! But this wasn’t a problem as we could cover all our installments with a smile.

First Incident

The first incident happened in 2007 which gave us a bit of a knock, we received an order for numerous PC operating system packages to a value of over R100 000, cant remember the exact amount. I personally collected the packages from the supplier and delivered them to an address in Houghten which seemed totally legitimate and received a bank drawn cheque from the client as arranged. Later the same afternoon we received another order from the same client for laptops and other bits and pieces with the same payment arrangements, orders were placed. The following morning our bank informed us that the cheque we paid in was a forgery and no such account existed, what a complete shock!!

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Elderly Parents Abandoned

My heart and soul have had this heavy and sad feeling lately. It is being caused by Elderly Parents being abandoned by their children and grandchildren.

Let me start at the beginning and try explain how this situation unfolded. In 2010 my Mom and Dad moved in to a complex in Rynfield. My Mom’s sister Sophie moved in with them as she stayed with them previously. The apartment they moved into had 3 bedrooms and was spacious. 

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Online Religion on Social Media

Religious postings on Facebook telling me how to live my life are driving me insane!!

This has really become an irritation in my life and really bugs the crap out of me. I have quite a few friends on Facebook and they are from different ethnic groups and religions and I embrace them all as friends but telling me what I am doing wrong and where I am going to end up is really getting me to a point where I am going to “unfriend” them very soon.

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Stress The Silent Killer Affecting Our Lives

Stress – the silent killer, is something I experienced in my own life a few years ago. We were going through a really tough time financially and it was taking its toll. My wife and I were walking around in the Lakeside Mall when the strangest feeling came over me.

Stress – First Panic Attack

I started sweating profusely, my heart rate sped up and I felt like a trapped animal in the mall and honestly thought I was going to go crazy. Luckily it went away when I stepped outside to get some air. I do understand that it was a panic attack that I experienced caused by the stress.

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