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Been away on a beautiful holiday and beautiful it was! It was a fun filled family holiday in the beautiful Transkei region. It has shown me to mostly look at the positives in everything!
T.I.A. what does that stand for? This is Africa……
This is usually used in a negative way when things aren’t very good to say the least and I have been hearing this term a lot lately in a negative perspective (unfortunately so).
BUT if you look at the above picture and know the amount of fun the children had and the great outdoor lifestyle that can be enjoyed here there is a lot of positive to be said by saying T.I.A. I just pulled some facts about South Africa of the net and I think South Africa has a lot going for it, let’s forget about politics for a moment:
1. Table Mountain in Cape Town is believed to be one of the oldest mountains in the world.
2. The world is divided into six floral kingdoms. All these kingdoms encompass several countries, and in some cases, several continents. South Africa, which has a floral kingdom wholly contained within the country, is the one exception. The Cape Floral Kingdom has 9,600 plant species, 70% of which are not found anywhere else in the world.
3. Table Mountain alone has over 1,500 species of plants, more than the entire United Kingdom.
4. South Africa is the second largest exporter of fruit in the world.
5. South Africa has the longest wine route in the world.
6. Kruger National Park supports the greatest variety of wildlife species on the African continent.
7. South Africa, Zimbabwe, and Mozambique are tearing down fences between the countries’ game parks to create a 13,500 square mile game park, which will become the largest conservation area in the world. It will be bigger than Switzerland, Belgium or Taiwan.
8. South Africa has a penguin colony, which thrives thanks to the cold Antarctic currents on the west coast near the Cape.
9. South Africa is rated 3rd in the world in supplying safe, drinkable tap water. (can’t always agree with that one…….)
10. The Palace of the Lost City resort hotel is the largest theme resort hotel in the world as well as the largest building project undertaken in the southern hemisphere.
11. Walt Disney serves South African wine exclusively at its 73-acre Animal Kingdom Lodge in the United States.
12. South Africa has the cheapest electricity in the world. (currently very fast catching up with the rest of the world….)
13. The deepest mine is a gold mine in South Africa. in 1977 the Western Deep Levels Mine reached a depth of 11,749 feet. Most mines descend to about 3,300 feet.
14. South Africa is the only country in the world to voluntarily abandon its nuclear weapons program.
15. South Africa has 19,004 miles of railway track – 80% of Africa’s rail infrastructure.
16. South Africa generates two-thirds of Africa’s electricity.
17. The Tugela Falls is the second highest waterfall in the world, where the water tumbles down 2,789 feet. First place goes to the Angel Falls in Venezuela at 3,212 feet.
18. Blyde River Canyon is the third largest canyon in the world – and the largest green one. The Grand Canyon in the U.S. is the biggest, and the Fish River Canyon in Namibia the second, but both are very dry.
19. South Africa is home to the world’s smallest succulent plants (less than 0.39 inches) and the largest (the baobab tree).
20. Kimberley may have the biggest man-made hole in the world, but did you know that the southern Free State town of Jagersfontein has the deepest vertical man-made hole?
21. The only street in the world to house two Nobel Peace prizewinners is in Soweto. Nelson Mandela and Archbishop Desmond Tutu both have houses on Vilakazi Street in Soweto.
22. South Africa is the world’s largest producer of macadamia nuts.
23. South Africa has the third highest level of biodiversity in the world.
24. South Africa is the world’s leader in mining and minerals. It has nearly 90% of the platinum metals on earth, 80% of the manganese, 73% of the chrome, 45% of the vanadium and 41% of the gold.
25. South Africa was the first country in Africa to host the prestigious FIFA World Cup and this was a huge success it exceeded everybody’s expectations (I know it exceeded mine….)
26. South Africa has the oldest meteor scar in the world, just across the Vaal River near Parys, called the Vredefort Dome. This is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
27. South African grasslands have approximately 30 species per square kilometer, greater than the biodiversity of rainforests.
28. South Africa is the sole producer of the Mercedes Benz C Class, right-hand drive vehicles .
29. General Motors South Africa will be the only manufacturing site outside of the United States to build the Hummer H3 vehicle. (I believe this has now been discontinued….)
30. South Africa is one of the most generously endowed geographic solar hotspots in the world, soaking up just over half of the world’s highest category of solar wattage per square yard of land. (Let’s use this energy more in the future to come……)
31. South Africa has deserts, mountains, escarpments, plateaus, grasslands, bush, wetlands and subtropical forests.
32. Most of the world’s proto-mammalian fossils are found in the Karoo region.
33. Dr. Christiaan Barnard, at Groote Schuur Hospital in Cape Town, performed the first human heart transplant in the world in 1967. He was also the first to do a “piggyback” transplant in 1971, and he was the first to do a heart-lung transplant.
34. The vast majority of South African coal exports are shipped through the Richards Bay Coal Terminal (RBCT). With the capacity to export 79.4 mmst annually, RBCT is the world’s largest coal export facility.
35. The world’s largest diamond was the Cullinan Diamond, found in South Africa in 1905. It weighed 3,106.75 carats uncut. It was cut into the Great Star of Africa, weighing 530.2 carats, the Lesser Star of Africa, which weighs 317.40 carats, and 104 other diamonds of nearly flawless color and clarity. They now form part of the British crown jewels.
36. There are about 280,000 windmills on farms across South Africa, second in number only to Australia.
37. Three of the five fastest land animals live in South Africa – the cheetah (63 miles per hour), the wildebeest, and the lion.
38. The oldest remains of modern humans were found in Klasies River Cave in the Eastern Cape. They are well over 100,000 years old.
39. In eastern South Africa, scientists have found traces of blue-green algae dating back 3,500 million years. This is some of the earliest evidence of life on Earth.
40. There are more than 2,000 shipwrecks, dating back at least 500 years, off the South African coast. More than one of these, including the Waratah, simply vanished without a trace.
41. The Karoo region is home to some of the best fossils of early dinosaurs.
42. Although Pretoria is considered to be the capital of South Africa, the country actually has three capitals: Pretoria (executive), Cape Town (legislative), and Bloemfontein (judicial).
43. In its eastern part, South Africa entirely surrounds another country – Lesotho, an independent constitutional monarchy.
44. Approximately 900 bird species are found in South Africa alone, which represents 10% of the worlds total bird species.
45. South Africa has the most luxurious train in the world, The Rovos Rail.
46. South Africa has the highest commercial bungi jump in the world (710 feet).
47. Mossel Bay is in the Guinness Book of records as having the second most moderate climate in the world.
48. Pietermaritzburg’s city hall is the largest red brick building in the Southern Hemisphere.
49. Hippos are susceptible to sunburn, and spend most of their days with just their noses out of water. Their noses have special flaps that close when submerged, and they can stay under water for 25 minutes.
50. South Africa has the oldest wine industry outside of Europe and the Mediterranean, featuring Chardonnays, Pinot Noir, Merlot, Cinsault, Riesling, Shiraz, Sauvignon Blanc, Cabernet Sauvignon and Pinotage varietals.
THIS IS AFRICA!!!!!! Currently Durban is hosting the BRICS (Brazil, Russia, India, China and SOuth Africa) conference which hosts all the emerging economies and I assume a lot of positive things will be achieved during this conference.
Do yourself a favor and watch this video. Make yourself a nice cup of coffee/tea , it is worth it! Let’s value the happy planet index!!
Now if you are interested and experience what all this is about you must come and stay at Rancho Burica on the South West coast line of Costa Rica. As close as you can get to the beautiful Pacific Ocean! To have a sneak preview of the place click here Rancho Burica
Purchasing power represents the amount of goods and services you can buy with a currency. You should aim to preserve your purchasing power to ensure that the currency you are working hard to earn today is still valuable in the future when you want to spend it. The key to preserving your purchasing power is two-fold:
Historically, buying gold and silver has been an excellent way of preserving purchasing power over long periods of time. Today it takes almost the same amount of gold or silver to buy a barrel of crude oil as it did 50 years ago. This is in stark contrast to national currencies (also called fiat currencies), like the US dollar, the values of which strongly erode over time. Central banks and governments have set a long-term trend of currency debasement, and it is unlikely that this trend will be reversed anytime soon.
Gold and silver are the only globally recognised currencies that cannot be created out of thin air, which makes both of them great stores of value (preservers of purchasing power) in the long-term. Unlike fiat currencies that can easily be debased, gold and silver remain the ultimate forms of money.
If you had invested $10,000 on 1 January 2000 in 3-Month US Treasury bills your purchasing power would have decreased slightly by 1 January 2013. If you had invested the same $10,000 in gold, your purchasing power would have quadrupled, and the return for silver is close to gold. See the chart below.
Gold rose 7.0% in 2012 against the US dollar. Gold also rose in 2012 against each of the eight other major world currencies presented in the following table.
|Gold % Annual Change|
The silver price also gained in 2012 against all major currencies. Silver’s results are presented in the following table.
|Silver % Annual Change|
Silver has generated average annual rates of appreciation in all nine currencies that are higher than gold. So silver also fits well within a long-term accumulation plan, but only if you are prepared to accept the volatility that comes with it.
If you are interested in buying to protect your wealth let me know (send me a reply) I will send you the link so you know you have everything covered.
Well well well what a weekend it has been! Running around for events the boys participate in they did so well and they deserve it since they have worked and played so hard to do what they did. It is amazing how they at their age can already make such a positive contribution and I am one that feeds of it. So thank you my boys, very proud of you!!!!!!!!!
I am not even going to mention all the beautiful achievements they did (in swimming and lifesaving) this weekend because even if they would not have gotten the amount of medals they got it is all about the positive contribution they make by doing what they love to do and they do it with heart!!
Thank you for being in my life, you guys motivate me!
Now this is a question that may be different for different people but I think in general there is a lot of common ground
When you ask people why they work, a lot of them will say they’re ‘only in it for the money’. When you work for money, you can be financially independent, and have some control over your life.
Sometimes money truly is the only reason a person works. But most people have more substantial reasons for working. For example:
What if you didn’t work and you had every day to yourself? You could choose to go to the beach, watch television, go to the movies, go shopping, read books, visit friends, visit places of interest, go out for meals, play sport…
This all sounds wonderful, but you’d need at least some money to do most of these things. Relaxing and doing what you please is great for a holiday, but after a while the pleasure can wear off and you can feel aimless and bored.
Then there is the other side there are lots of people that make lots of money but they do not have the time to do the things they value most ie. spend time with the family, be part of the growing up of your children etc etc
WORK AND YOUR VALUES
The benefits you get from paid and unpaid work are strongly linked to what your values are. When you know what your values are regarding work, you can:
The two main reasons that people work are:
‘Rewarding’ and ‘meaningful’ work is work that allows you to:
Conduct your own research about why you work
‘Companionship’ at work means having continued, shared interaction with other people, including sharing the rewards of a job well done, whether they be a sales bonus or a commendation from the managing director.
Rewarding and meaningful work + companionship = job satisfaction
People get job satisfaction when their work:
Find the company that satisfies them all:
I found a company that ticks all my boxes which is NuSkin:
Let me know when you would like to sign up so we can make that happen easily.