Archive | October, 2013

OUD-VALIE WEN SA GOT TALENT

VANDERBIJLPARK. – Wie het ooit gedink dat ‘n oud-leerling uit ons geweste soveel talent kan oplewer dat hy tans die land se beste sanger is en aangewys is as ons land se nuwe “SA’s Got Talent”-wenner met ‘n prysgeld van R250 000.

Juan Appelgrein (16), oud-leerling van die Laerskool Emfulenipark, is op 17 Oktober aangewys as die “SA Got Talent” se landwye wenner.

Juan, of soos hy op televisie verskyn het onder die naam Johnny Apple, het skoonskip gemaak onder die duisende inskrywings.

SA’s Got Talent is die eerste nasionale kompetisie waaraan hy deelgeneem het.

Die eerste oudisies en uitdunne het Junie begin. Hy het in Johannesburg by die Alexander-teater sy eerste oudisie gedoen.

Sowat 6 000 deelnemers het daaraan deelgeneem.

Juan is ‘n graad 10-leerling aan die Kingsley privaat skool in George, waarheen hulle verhuis het.

Volgens Juan is hy huidiglik kontraktueel verbind aan die platemaatskappy Sony met sy oorwinning in SA’s Got Talent.

Hy het baie goeie blootstelling ontvang en gevolglik wil verskeie maatskappye met hom onderhandel rakende sy toekomsplanne. Juan het sy ma R100000 van sy R250 000 wengeld belowe, en sê hy gaan die belofte eerste nakom. Hy gaan ook ‘n gedeelte aan klere bestee maar die meeste van die geld gebruik of belê om sy toekomstige musiek-loopbaan verder te vat. Juan sê sy groot droom was nog altyd om baie mense te kan vermaak en met die blootstelling wat hy kry, is dit moontlik gemaak en voel dit of hy sy droom begin leef.

Source: Vaalweekblad.com

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HOEKIES HET OMGEE-HARTE

Leerlinge en onderwysers van die HS Driehoek het vanjaar ‘n projek geloods om geld in te samel vir Cansa en die tjek vir R4 000 is onlangs aan ‘n verteenwoordiger van Cansa oorhandig.

VANDERBIJLPARK. – Die Hoërskool Driehoek het reeds vroeg hierdie jaar met ‘n fondsinsameling vir CANSA begin en op ‘n hoë noot afgesluit.

In Maart het die hare gewaai vir die jaarlikse CANSA Shaveathon. Leerlinge en onderwysers se hare was in volle reënboogkleure, terwyl sommige koppe sommer heeltemal geskeer is.

Op 7 Augustus is ‘n muntlegging gehou en ‘n stewige bedrag is ingesamel. Die CANSA- verteenwoordiger het op 19 Augustus die tjek in ontvangs geneem.

Baie huisgesinne word deur kanker geraak en daarom het die Hoekies hul harte en beursies oopgemaak om ‘n verskil in die gemeenskap te maak.

Die skool bedank al die leerlinge, hul ouers en onderwysers wat bygedra het tot die sukses van die projek.

Source: Vaalweekblad.com

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HOW CAN YOU SPOT A SKIMMING DEVICE?

It recently came to light that criminals are becoming more cunning in their plans to gull unsuspecting ATM-users out of their funds. A new device has been discovered (see accompanying images and descriptions) which have been found in shopping centres, petrol stations and convenience stores all over JHB.

Please be aware of these and do not consider this to be something you will not be a victim of. Chances are, they may already have your details without you even knowing.

These devices you see here are used to scan magstrip details directly from your ATM card. Simultaneously, while your magstrip is being read, a camera located in the side of the “Skimmer” is viewing every key you push on the keypad. This means that not only do criminals have your card information, they also have your PIN number, making it simple to transfer your details to any card with a magstrip (Edgars card, expired bank cards, Clicks card, etc) and draw funds from an ATM without your knowledge. Please make your friends and family aware of these devices. With an increase of awareness you may not become a victim.

Disguised to seamlessly look like part of an ATM, “skimmers” are devices installed by thieves to surreptitiously swipe your credit and debit-card information. How can you tell whether an ATM may have a skimmer installed? And what can you do at an ATM to protect your information? If you look at one of these skimmers, they look like part of the machine. Before swiping your debit, cheque or credit card, wiggle the protruding slot in which you slide your card, thieves often install skimmers on top of the ATM’s actual slot and secure the skimmer with adhesive. Check the device and wiggle it to see if it’s loose or if it falls off. Look for remnants or residue of double-sided tape. Anything that looks unusual, check it out. When you type in your PIN on the machine, cover it up so no one can see it, because some have cameras that arees reading or viewing your PIN as you enter it. Finally, if you’re not sure, just don’t use the machine!

A card skimming device can also be attached to an ATM machine. However, despite their detailed design, the devices rely on double-sided adhesive and can come loose. ATM users are advised to check any machine before they use it. If the keypad is raised above the surface of the desk at the ATM, it may be that thieves have installed a keypad over the existing one. Users are also advised to use only newer ATMs with a green plastic tab protruding from machine next to the slot. The tab makes it much more difficult for a skimmer to be installed. – (Security Web Team)

Source: Vaalweekblad.com

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PRETTIGE ‘WASDAG’ SE DIEPER WAARDE

‘n Jaar gelede het almal half ongelowig geglimlag oor die Vanderbijlpark Rotariërs se ongewone oogmerk om die langste wasgoedlyn met die meeste skoolhempies ooit, in die Vaalrivier voor Stonehaven te span. Nêrens ter wêreld is so ‘n grootse poging nog ooit aangepak nie.

Maar net soos met vorige Rotariër-projekte wat oënskynlik onuitvoerbaar geklink het, het hulle dit hierdie keer wéér soos doelgerigte rooimiere deurgevoer met die hulp van Unilever, plaaslike sakelui en die gemeenskap. Daarvan getuig die wêreldrekord wat Saterdag behaal is.

Die geldwaarde van die tegniese kennis, die harde werk, die man-ure en die materiaal wat in dié projek ingegaan het, is onbekend en waarskynlik onmoontlik om ten volle te bereken. Waarvan ‘n mens wel seker kan wees, is dat die buitewêreld deeglik kennis geneem het van besorgde Vaaldriehoekers se erns en passie oor die bewaring van ons pragtige Vaalrivier.

Dié omvangryke projek, wat in ‘n relatief kort tyd uitgevoer is, laat ‘n mens ook weer besef oor hoeveel kosbare tegnologiese kennis ons gebied beskik.

Die geesdrif waarmee ingenieurs soos Jannie Bosman, ander kundiges, plaaslike sakeondernemings en die Vaaldriehoek se inwoners in geheel die projek ondersteun het, onderstreep die feit dat ons mense kan en wil saamstaan wanneer hulle ‘n gesamentlike doelwit het.

Hoewel dit moeilik is om individue uit te sonder vir hul aandeel, kan ‘n mens nie anders as om Rex en Rosemary Anderson van Stonehaven te prys vir hul agter-die-skerms bydraes nie.

Hulle het van die beplanningsfase af ingekoop en geen moeite ontsien om die projek te maak werk nie.

Die suksesvolle afhandeling van die wêreldrekordpoging beklemtoon die feit dat ons gebied steeds bekwame, slim mense met groot harte het: mense wat in tye van voorspoed en teëspoed sal kan saamstaan, planmaak en sukses behaal.

Ons gebied se natuurskoon, ons ekonomie en ons toekoms sal veilig wees as Vaaldriehoekers op alle terreine só kan saamstaan en saamwerk.

Vaalweekblad se opregte dank en gelukwense aan elkeen wat op sy of haar manier bygedra het om dié projek te laat slaag.

Julle het ons opnuut trots gemaak om Vaaldriehoekers te wees!

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ARCELORMITTAL CELEBRATES 100 YEARS

VEREENIGING. – ArcelorMittal South Africa, Africa’s largest steel producer is pleased to announce that its Vereeniging Plant has reached a significant milestone as it celebrates its 100th anniversary this year.

Steelmaking operations at the Vereeniging plant commenced a century ago with a 10-tonne furnace, producing roughly 4 000 tonnes of pig-iron steel between 1913 and 1920. The Vereeniging Works is the country’s major supplier of speciality-steel products, seamless tube and forge products. Almost 500 000 tonnes of final product is produced per year, of which some 32% of steel is distributed to offshore markets.

The Vereeniging Plant plays a striking role in ArcelorMittal South Africa’s overall growth strategy and in the steel manufacturer’s ability to continue contributing immensely to local economic growth and job creation in South Africa. The company is extremely proud to have reached this milestone considering the many challenges and obstacles that South Africa and ArcelorMittal South Africa have faced over the last century. Some of these challenges include two world wars, the Great Depression in the 1930s, countless economic difficulties and several recessions. “However, the fact that we are all here today commemorating our 100th year anniversary bears testamimony to the fact that we are a strong and resilient company,” commented Ms Nyembezi-Heita, chief executive olfficer (CEO): ArcelorMittal South Africa. In 2010, the company spent R220-million on a dust-extraction unit, which has contributed to a significant reduction of emissions in the region. “Dust above the Vereeniging site has been significantly eliminated, with the dust-capture rate from melt shop activities improving by 45%. This is just one way of dealing with the various environmental challenges we face on a daily basis,” adds Ms Nyembezi-Heita.

“In the long term, we will continue with our robust growth and retention strategy to develop positively as a company and we look forward to celebrating another 100 years of success for the Vereeniging Plant,” concludes Ms Nyembezi-Heita. ArcelorMittal, South Africa’s Vereeniging plant, marked its 100-year milestone with a celebration at its Vereeniging plant on September 3, where government, stakeholders and company employees attended to acknowledge this momentous occasion.

* ArcelorMittal South Africa was founded in 1928. It is a subsidiary of the world’s leading steel and mining company and Africa’s largest steel manufacturer. The company operates in 60 countries and employs approximately 260 000 people worldwide.

ArcelorMittal South Africa has a capacity of 7.8 million tonnes of liquid steel per annum with steel manufacturing and chemical plants in Newcastle, Pretoria, Saldanha, Vanderbijlpark and Vereeniging. The company employs approximately 10 000 staff members and contractors across

South Africa. The company produces carbon steel in both flat and long products which is supplied to all major steel-consuming industries and is used extensively in critical infrastructure projects.

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