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Making the right school selection when immigrating from South Africa

With social media groups encouraging communications and questions, we are often asked the following:
“Which schools are best?”

This article should answer some of those questions.

New Zealand School Report is an education resource for parents and others interested in education.

It includes the academic results for every school where the National Standards or the National Certificate for Educational Achievement (NCEA) is used. Information about the socio-economic background of students, ethnicity and funding is also included on each school’s page.

Moving from South Africa to New ZealandThe information shared on the New Zealand School Report is designed to help readers learn more about a local school. It’s not possible to make definitive judgements about any school just by looking at its page on this site, but we hope that his provides you with a useful resource.  On each New Zealand school’s page, there is a link to its latest ERO assessment by the Education Review Office. Reading these school reports, as well as visiting and talking to the staff and parents at a school, are good ways of learning more about it.

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Seeking South African youths – Aged 17-30 for flash mob

Hi There,

My name is Brett Wilkie, and I am the Production Assistant for a TV documentary series called Both Worlds produced by Notable Pictures for TV3.

We are right now doing an episode about a young South African dancer called Leshego Mpe. She is on a journey to discover her cultural identity in NZ and she is doing this by teaching a young group of South Africans a short Kwaito/Sbujwa that will be performed as a Flash-Mob

We are struggling to find participants, and we have had some last minute drop outs, so I’m wondering if you might be able to help us find people. We are preferably looking for South African youths from 17 – 30 but this is not a strict criteria.

The first rehearsal is actually tonight at the Unitec in Auckland’s Mt Albert 4pm – 7pm

The second rehearsal is Saturday 11th July 2pm – 5pm (this is the more important rehearsal to attend)

And the Performance will be on Saturday 18th July at 10am – 12pm.

The flash mob and rehearsals will be filmed for TV. We unfortunately cannot offer any payment as we are a special interest documentary with very limited funding.

If you know of anyone who would be interested, please get them to get in contact with me

Brett Wilkie
brett@notablepictures.com
021 259 7250

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South African film “Faith Like Potatoes”

Popular South African actor Frank Rautenbach will visit New Zealand in late October, early November to share an extraordinary story.
After playing the lead character in the hit South African film “Faith Like Potatoes” based on the true story of Angus Buchan, Frank’s life took an unexpected turn for the worst.
After the film made the rounds at the international film festival circuits and received great acclaim, Frank was set to take the international movie scene by storm; but things didn’t end up going according to plan.

Frank says “My career fell spectacularly and of course that leads to a loss of income and we had to sell our house. We lost several relatives, and there were several pregnancies that ended in heartbreak and tears.”

The night before he starting shooting the movie Frank met Angus and he explained to him “My boy, if you are going to play me in a movie, the Lord is going to take you through fire”. Frank goes on to explain “At the time I had no idea what that meant for me, but as the next nine years of my life unfolded, the picture became clearer”.

Faith like Potatoes is a biographical film based on the book written by Angus Buchan, which depicts his struggles as he relocates his family to start a better life in rural South Africa. It is through these personal struggles that Angus cultivates an unwavering belief in the power of faith.
Frank’s personal journey of growth mirrors that of Angus Buchan. Frank will share about the lessons he learnt through this personal turmoil and how despite going through tremendous struggles he has been able to cultivate an unwavering belief in the power of faith, just like Angus.
Joining Frank on the tour is the talented and charismatic singer songwriter David Lyle Morris. Together this team will inspire and challenge you in this not to be missed event.

TOUR DETAILS

Day Time Venue Name Address Area
Friday 24th October 7:00pm Bethlehem Community Church 183 Moffat Road, Bethlehem Tauranga
Sunday 26th October 10:30am Dargaville Baptist Community Church 185-187 Victoria Street Dargaville
Sunday 26th October 7:00pm East City Weslyan Church 19 Ranfurly Road, Epsom Auckland
Tuesday 28th October 7:00pm Windsor Park Baptist 550 East Coast Road, Mairangi Road Mairangi Bay
Thursday 30th October 7:00pm St. Andrews Presbyterian 11 Vincent Street, Howick Howick
Friday 31st October 7:00pm ACK Hamilton Methodist Church, 6 London Street Hamilton
Saturday 1st November 8:30am St Stephens Ponsonby Cnr Shelley Beach & Jervois Road Ponsonby
Sunday 2nd November 9m & 10:30am Browns Bay Presbyterian 45 Anzac Road, Browns Bay Auckland
Sunday 2nd November 7:00pm Chapel Hill Community Church Cate Rd Hamilton

Come along with your friends and family for an inspirational and uplifting experience. You are sure to be challenged and inspired!

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FingerPrinting and Authenticated Documents by a Notary Public | Service for South Africans

south african fingerprinting in new zealand aucklandThe South African Identification Act and the South African Passport and Documents Act, 1994 (Act No. 4 of 1994) clearly describes that in foreign countries, only the South African High Commission staff may take the fingerprints and do the identification and certification of applicants and their photographs.

My name is Jock Irvine and I have been a Notary Public for many years and mostly witness and authenticate documents for use overseas including court documents, property conveyancing papers and commercial documents where their authenticity is required.

The main work I do as the South African Hon Consul is to endorse documents for use in South Africa, even if they have already been signed by a NZ notary, they still have to be authenticated under the SA Government seal.

Most recently I have been taking fingerprints for renewal of South African (SA) passports . Until recently the New Zealand  Police undertook this function but have now discontinued this service and I was asked to take on this role.

This means that Auckland residents can avoid having to travel to the High Commission in Wellington !! I have been the Hon Consul since June 2006 .supporting the South African Community

Please visit www.fingerprinting.co.nz to arrange a suitable time for an appointment.

Jock Irvine is handly located at the offices of Quay Law – An Auckland based law firm situation in Remuera with free parking and easy access from the motorway.

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MANGO GROOVE TOUR CANCELLATION | New Zealand

south african performers visit new zealand for the first time Mango Groove and Claire JohnsonPRESS RELEASE

MANGO GROOVE TOUR CANCELLATION

It is with huge regret that Mzungu Promotions and Mango Groove announce that Mango Groove’s 2014 tour of Australia and New Zealand has been cancelled. Unfortunately, and through last minute, thoroughly unanticipated developments that were beyond their control, Mzungu Promotions were unable to fulfil their logistical and other obligations for the completion of a successful tour.

Mzungu Promotions would like to reassure all ticket holders that they will be refunded in full. Mzungu Promotions would also like to apologize unconditionally for any inconvenience they may have caused to the thousands of Mango Groove fans who have already bought tickets for the shows.

In the words of John Leyden of Mango Groove: ‘’What can I say? We are gutted. We have been looking forward to this tour for many months now, and are heartbroken at the fact that we will not be performing to all those loyal fans who were looking forward to the shows. At the end of the day, however, certain vital conditions were not met by the promoter, and it became clear that the tour would not be able to proceed in a way that was in accordance with our normal professional and logistical requirements. There is no bad blood at all with Mzungu Promotions, and in fact our sympathies go out to them: at a key juncture their main funder pulled out (for reasons unrelated to the tour), and this left them severely compromised in relation to fulfilling all their obligations. On this basis it became unworkable for us to continue.’’

In the words of Claire Johnston: ‘’We are disappointed beyond words about this. I really hope this very regrettable development will not stand in the way of us visiting Australian and New Zealand shores again in the near future, and I truly hope that our fans will understand. This was a situation that was totally beyond our control and choice, but it doesn’t make it any less devastating for us.’’

All ticketholders will be contacted via email in due course.

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South African insurance company heads to New Zealand

South African insurer eyes NZ market

source: Sunday Star Times
Last updated 05:00 11/05/2014

Giant South African insurer Youi is tipped to launch in New Zealand in a bid to exploit what Insurance Council figures suggest is weak price competition in the car, house and contents insurance markets.

On Wednesday, the Commerce Commission gave the green light to Australian insurer IAG to take over Lumley General Insurance as part of a A$1.85 billion trans-Tasman deal, saying it did not believe it would cause a “substantial lessening of competition”.

But figures released by the Insurance Council imply that even before the merger, competition in the house, contents and car insurance sectors is not delivering lower prices for consumers.

And sources say Youi, part of the Johannesburg Stock Exchange-listed Rand Merchant Insurance group, is attracted by the profits to be made in New Zealand.

After launching in Australia in 2008, it boasts that: “Our customers could fill Eden Park five times, with over 500,000 policies open with Youi.”

The company opened a call centre in Auckland last August and its website says it has “big plans” for its business her

Spokesman Trevor Devitt said the company was looking at opportunities, but its plans for New Zealand were subject to “detailed investigations and board approval”.

IAG, which owns the NZI, AMI and State brands, has a market share of just over 40 per cent of the entire general insurance market, but the Lumley deal, will see that rise to just over 50 per cent, giving this country a level of insurance concentration far beyond that in other developed countries (see chart).

Its share of the home and contents and vehicle insurance market will rise to 66 per cent from 60 per cent.

It protested that competition was strong when seeking the commission’s approval for the deal.

But the Insurance Council’s annual release of statistics shows that the ratio of claims to premiums paid for car insurance has been falling.

In the 12 months to the end of September 2008, private and commercial vehicle insurance paid out $73.68 in claims for every $100 of net earned income. The following years saw it fall to $70.08, then $64.17, before in 2011 going up to $65.16, dropping again in 2012 a new low of $63.52, before rising to $68.11 in the year to the end of September 2013.

Safer cars, and the insurers extracting better and better deals from collision repairers have been behind that shift, but in a highly competitive environment, it might have been expected to see premiums falling as the claims ratio fell.

There has been a similar pattern for domestic building and contents. The Insurance Council

splits out the earthquake cover associated with those policies, and with that removed, the loss ratios have dropped from $82.33 in 2008, to just $59.33 in 2012, and $58.11 in 2013, painting a picture of people paying much more for getting the same non-earthquake risks covered.

Tim Grafton, chief executive of the Insurance Council, denied that competition was weak and said focusing on individual loss ratios was misleading, especially at a time when the insurers were being required to hold more capital by the regulators.

“There are a number of providers for motor insurance out there,” he said, adding: “People do shop around and they can get better deals by shopping around. Our observation would be that the market is working. There is plenty of advertising of motor insurance and no barriers to switching.”

Grafton said the bigger picture of the total loss ratio across insurers’ entire lines of business, including all commercial insurance, marine, cargo, director liability and earthquake, showed a flatter line, with the loss ratio of $68.46 in 2008 having fallen to $62.03 in the latest figures.

He also pointed out that once payments to staff, and other business costs, including payments to overseas parent companies, were included, the net profit was just $3.73 for every $100 earned.

IAG said in a statement: “IAG believes its premiums are very competitive and reflect good value for the risk cover they provide. While claim costs in some categories have fallen other costs in our business remain stubbornly high and we must price for long term sustainability.”

Gary Young, head of the Insurance Brokers Association, said households were being told to brace for further premium rises, while corporate insurance premiums were level or falling as reinsurers soften their stance on New Zealand.

Richard Conway, a British expat trying to launch an online insurance comparison service called iCompare with former Vero chief executive Roger Bell, said he was not convinced competition is particularly strong in the house, contents and car markets.

Neither IAG and Suncorp’s New Zealand businesses will deal with iCompare, which is designed to make shopping around for insurance easier.

Conway, who is expecting Youi to launch here soon, said the big insurers were very focused on not allowing prices to “erode”.

“It doesn’t seem like there’s a huge amount of competition.”

Grafton, who also expects a launch by Youi, said: “If premiums in any line rise then the natural counter to that is aggressive business plays in those lines.”

In fact, just the kind of move Youi, which has opened a corporate office in Auckland and is hiring staff, appears to be planning.

Grafton said Youi’s planned move “indicated we have got no barriers to entry and people can provide a level of competition, if there’s seen to be money to be made.”

The public has to wait for the Commerce Commission’s detailed report on why competition is not necessarily reduced by its decision, as it works to “redact” parts of the document which are not for the premium-paying public’s eyes.

“There’s a confidentiality issue and some material has to be redacted from the public version and then that must be signed off internally,” the commission said.

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Success | Great and Affordable biltong made using The Biltong Box

Biltong Maker for affordable meat drying at home

The biltong added to the Biltong Box. Two days later – great biltong for a family to enjoy.

Product Recommendation – The Biltong Box from www.biltongbox.co.nz

The biltong box and meat dryer is designed and handmade by an engineer.

It is an appliance which can stand in your living room and has been made to last!

Only the best commercial material and supplies have been used to create this box.

Instead of biltong or dried meat  being a luxury, it can now be affordable and part of your family’s weekly diet. There is no guess work.  I followed the recipe  and within 2 days and for some pieces 3 days my biltong was ready.

The savings of making your own biltong will make this appliance a worthwhile investment for years to come.

Biltong Recipe

1.  Easy to use and simple to keep clean.

2.  Great support from supplier.

3.  Well packed and protected when posted.

4.  Recommended biltong recipe works well.

 

Source your own biltong maker today.

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