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2020 has been a year like no other
None of us expected that when we greeted each other in March, we would not see each other again at work for the rest of the year!
Once we realized that "working from home" was here to stay, we had to ...
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We had to create a culture that is based on its values.
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Care: Listen, Connect and Invest
Honesty: Let's be real!
Respect: Give and Get
Integrity: Choosing courage over comfort
Fairness: Promoting equality and equity
Trust: The foundation to deliver to promise
Transparency: They key to building a positive and engaging culture
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Mike Woodhall's Covid-19 DIY project is his new office that is taking shape at home. He assembled the two flat-pack desks and only need to mount a monitor to the wall.
Marius Potgieter made a steel frame and riveted a hook board, also called a pin board to it where he can hang his tools.
Jakoo's family lockdown
veggie garden project
One of the advantages of lockdown was spending less time on the road. This allowed more time for my wife and I to do projects we have been wanting to do for a long time. We have always wanted to be more self-sustainable and for health reasons decided to grow our own organic veggies.
Starting the vegetable garden we divided the roles; my wife gives the orders and I do the digging…. Just kidding! She did most of the research for growing the food by reading books on permaculture and watching YouTube, predominantly Charles Dowdings’ channel on “No-dig organic veggie gardening”. During her research, she looked at the following: sources of heirloom seeds, sowing and caring for seedlings, companion planting, organic composting, local climate considerations, organic pest and disease control, recycling (kitchen scraps and spent plants to chickens in exchange for eggs) etc.
I, on the other hand, was responsible for creating the infrastructure. This included the planning and preparing of the beds, the compost containers, irrigation, fences (for keeping the cats, the dog and chickens out), shade nets for certain beds, earth worm farm, stakes and trellises for the climbing veggies etc.
We quickly learned not to over plan but to allow for some experimentation and learn from our mistakes. Some general advice that we agree with, is to start your garden small, planting only a couple of veggies and then slowly introducing more and more varieties of veggies. The reason for this is to see which variety of veggies are best suited for your area, whether changes need to be done to the infrastructure, how to manage diseases and pests and gradually getting into the additional workload.
Although it is hard work, we find our veggie garden project very enjoyable. We spend more time together, get exercise outside in the sun, experience the beauty of the growing process and the satisfaction of harvesting our own food as well as eating much healthier.
What do I
Collector of old/retro PCs and PC parts
Around two years back, I started collecting old/retro PCs and PC parts, preferably in working condition. The idea behind the collection is based on nostalgia and being able to build PCs so that I can run old software and play old games on the hardware that was around at the time. While it is possible to play many of these games on modern PCs, either natively or using emulation, there’s something to be said for experiencing them on period hardware. This was inspired by several YouTube channels that cover retro gaming and the fact that I already had a few interesting pieces of old hardware.
My collection is still relatively small, and I haven’t expanded it much this last year due to not wanting to risk international shipping during the pandemic, but I have some interesting pieces such as old Creative Soundblaster cards, and Riva TNT1, TNT2, 3dfx Voodoo 2, and Voodoo 3 graphics cards. The attached photo is a Windows 98 system I built, playing Quake 1 with a Pentium 3 CPU, Soundblaster AWE64 sound, and Voodoo 2 graphics (and even this system is a bit too new for the game).
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Collector of board games
I started collecting shortly after receiving my first salary. My collection currently stands at around 100 games (including expansions). What I like about board games is how it can bring people together. The right game can get a person out of their shell. Games don’t have to be competitive. The sad thing is that many people immediately think of Monopoly or some other poorly ranked game when you mention board games. There’s an entire world of games out there; there’s definitely something for everyone!
My go-to games for new players are usually The Resistance: Avalon, Love Letter, Telestrations, Time’s Up, and Dixit. With the board game veterans, we often opt for Power Grid or Mystic Vale.
If anyone’s looking for recommendations, feel free to reach out. I’m always eager to talk about board games!
Collector of T-shirts with witty sayings
Tryna is like our very own "meme" walking around at the office. One of the many things that we missed during lockdown was seeing what t-shirt Tryna would wear today. Whether it is very ironic, #sotrue or something most people would only think, Tryna have a t-shirt for that....
Collector of cats (wink-wink)
I collect cats. Real ones. For real.
Growing up we have always had a cat or two in our household. Nothing fancy, just domestic breeds, aka REAL cats. In early married life we shared our home with three moggies namely, Spyker, a female mackerel tabby rescue; Zwarstki, a solid black medium hair moggie and Seun, a white domestic short hair. We were happy and our little family complete. Until we adopted an adult blue point Balinese who needed rehoming. He had the most amazing blue eyes, and he did not just talk – he sang conversations to us, therefore we named him Frank (after Old Blue Eyes himself, Frank Sinatra).
That is where our fascination with pedigreed breeds started. In the 7 years I studied to become an all breeds cat judge, I got to know 42 different cat breeds (worldwide there are more breeds registered). I handled 35 different breeds during training and exams, the rest are unfortunately no longer bred or shown in South Africa. During this time, I fell in love with several breeds, the temperaments and traits that are unique to each breed. Most of the breeds will only remain a dream to me, for example a Lykoi, known as the wolf cat as they are crazy expensive and the Nebelung, a blue medium hair breed that is not available in South Africa.
As we are Cornish Rex breeders, we need to focus on our own breeding stock numbers and thus cannot just “gather” as we please. Currently we are the proud owners of a black smoke La Perm, a silver classic tabby American Shorthair, two Siamese, three blue-eyed white Orientals, and a few Cornish Rex cats of different colours, patterns, names, and temperaments.
Collector of Souvenirs
There is something certainly appealing about amassing a collection of items that represents your adventures. Travel souvenirs, no matter their shape or size gives us nostalgic flashbacks to our travel experiences and even though a couple of fridge magnets might seem like a useful object for keeping up the local fast food menu, they also act as a conversation starter.
Along with my love for traveling came the need to remembering those travel experiences and my souvenir of choice was oddly fridge magnets. I started collecting them from the various countries, cities, and towns I traveled to, whether it being for work or pleasure, local or International, there is always time to grab a small souvenir. A fair bit of thought goes into the selection of souvenirs, but I’d say the most important thing is to avoid those that are “Made in China”.
Other than the hundreds of photos that you bring back from a travel experience a single souvenir can represent memories for a lifetime to come. Even though I only started collecting in the last few years, there are a few missing from the collection for places I have traveled to, but luckily this gives me the excuse to one day travel back to those destinations.
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