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About South Africa... / Re: Birds of South Africa
« on: October 19, 2018, 09:20:50 am »
hi all. I have a question for the bird enthusiasts out there. I have a small farm near NANAGA - 60 km from PE. I am considering building self catering cottages on it. It is 70 hectares of mostly virgin bush. My question: how good is this area for birding? would it be a place birders would visit? I would like to put up some hides and market it as such, but I am so new to this that I dont know if the area is suitable for this.
much appreciated

Is there a water-hole or something on the property?
Birds need a reason to be there, water is a good one.
not a water hole - no, but lots of food (insects, rodents, snakes, wild fruit etc) something to think about thanks.
I would suggest you create an artificial water hole for them. It does not need to be big, or deep, but the birds must be able to at least bath in it. Because water flows down, build this at a low point.
Then, don't build a hide, rather build a kind of undercover deck where your customers can sit and have drinks at tables. This way, you cater to both birders and people who just want to relax.
Many lodges do it this way, and it works.

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Need a speedo drive. One that sits in the hub.

Please explain how you managed to break that??
:pot:

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General Bike Related Banter / Re: Send your GS to fetch beer
« on: September 13, 2018, 06:20:44 pm »
Look carefully, that bike cannot take off on its own, in every shot where the bike goes from standstill, the guy is supporting it.
So what the dude said, it's only to help 'inatentive riders'.

My suggestion would be to take the technology out of the bike and install it in 99% of cars on our roads. Cellphones that explode if used within 2 feet of a steering wheel would be optimal.

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General Bike Related Banter / Re: Andy660 took a fall
« on: September 13, 2018, 05:43:38 pm »
All the best for the recovery Andy!
They say that drinking alcohol slows the healing process, so be sure to budget in an extra week or two!

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About South Africa... / Re: Birds of South Africa
« on: September 13, 2018, 07:53:04 am »
Ah yes, birding season is upon us!
On Tuesday I saw what I think was a Steppe Buzzard in Clubview, Centurion, probably on his way to the graslands south of here. He was looking down very intently and then dived into a yard about a block from where I live. I hope someone is not now missing his doggy or kitty.  :biggrin:

In October I'm off to Hluhluwi for a week's birding and batting, can hardly wait!

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Special Interest Threads / Re: The JSE - a dog's view
« on: September 06, 2018, 06:55:27 am »
I'm moving my money back into SAB, This time though, I'm skipping the stocks and going straight for product.
 :'(

always a good investment  ;D ;D ;D
remember, 'when there's blood on the streets, ........

I'm waiting to pump some more into the market
I started a new graph on my spreadsheet yesterday, which I'll start growing today. It shows the date, the amount of money I have invested so far, and how much my portfolio is worth right now.
I'm not investing a cent more until the line showing my current worth matches the line of how much I invested. It's got a big hill to climb.
 :(

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Special Interest Threads / Re: The JSE - a dog's view
« on: September 05, 2018, 07:37:26 pm »
I'm moving my money back into SAB, This time though, I'm skipping the stocks and going straight for product.
 :'(

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Suzuki DR & DRZ / Re: DR not starting
« on: September 03, 2018, 08:15:36 am »
I think your battery might be suspect. If it's old, you might want to replace it before it drops you miles from home in the veld somewhere.

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I recently got a few odds and ends of army equipment, some side bags, little clip on bags, backpacks etc. Also got a balsak.
I don't really have a use for these, but my old toolkit bag is coming, or rather has come, to the end of its life. I was wondering if any of the dogs have ever used army stuff, and if anybody could post photos of how they use this equipment on their bikes.
My main concern is all the metal parts that can rub against the bike, causing damage, but I don't want to go cutting this off before I'm sure I'll be able to use the end product.
Photos will be appreciated.
Thanks

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Ride Reports / Re: KZN 2018 Bash. Imbabala .Ride report.
« on: August 12, 2018, 07:30:41 pm »
Cave Girl and me made it to vryheid safe and sound. Wind wad nothing as we were expecting, until we got a puncture, then it started howling. My repair kit now has a kilo of dand in it. But all is well, er are fed anf watered and rude coffees coming up.
 :ricky:

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Planning a Ride / Re: KZN 2018 BASH.
« on: August 09, 2018, 07:53:38 pm »
Left Wakkerstroom this morning, it was so cold that if it heated up significantly, it would still have been effing freezing. Think John Snow, standing on the ice wall, staring north, saying "Winter is here."

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Planning a Ride / Re: KZN 2018 BASH.
« on: August 08, 2018, 10:00:57 am »
Ok.... Good news is that the protest action story near Colenso on the R74 has been sorted and cleared..... All systems go.... 
Just beware of animals on this road!
See you guys there and ride safely.  :thumleft:

Its fine we are sending the animals on ahead :peepwall: We only arrive on Friday.
Yes, CaveGirl and LeonDude are coming in from Wakkerstroom side, watch out for us. T minus 4 hours and counting.

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Special Interest Threads / Re: The JSE - a dog's view
« on: August 02, 2018, 07:09:25 am »
Bundy, yes, I refer to home loans.

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Special Interest Threads / Re: The JSE - a dog's view
« on: August 01, 2018, 09:19:10 pm »
which shares would you recommend picking up cheaply now with a medium/long term view?  say 3-10ys

I guess most financial shares are low and will increase on the back of an improved economy --- maybe only after elections?

it depends how you see the future of SA and Afrika?

If you're optimistic, go for the local retailers, banks, even construction etc

Pessimistic and want to stay with JSE, then the Rand hedge stocks, like Naspers, Billiton/Anglo, Aspen and Mediclinic (to some extent)

You can also reduce your risks by looking at some ETFs that cover internat. economies or local

But I would be cautious to pump money in now, even if the JSE is down quite a bit for 2018, as nobody knows what crazy shit trump is going to do next
Trump? Who's he? I would look closer to home to find out who is ruining the economy, such as a leading governing body intent on expropriating stuff which is not theirs in order to gain votes.

Look to prices on the JSE to climb drastically as people pull money out of bonds to find safer places to put it in. Why? Because a lot of people, like me, have been paying extra money into bonds to save on interest. Now, what do you think ABSA is going to do if .gov grabs my parcel of land? The first thing they are going to do is to freeze my account, and that extra money is going to be theirs. The bright thing for me to do is to pull all the spare capital out of my bonds and invest it somewhere else, even under the pillow, before that happens.
Will you deposit excess bond capital into another Bank i.e. max your bond and invest in the other bank? There will be a difference between interest paid and receive but may scare banks from freezing accounts.

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No, I would not. At this stage, nobody knows how the laws will be affected. There is a HUGE amount of money outstanding on bonds in SA, most of them held by the big four banks. If the government decides to grab land on which there are outstanding bonds, I can bet the government will not pay up those bonds, in which case the banks themselves will fall, taking your capital with them.

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Special Interest Threads / Re: The JSE - a dog's view
« on: August 01, 2018, 08:08:29 pm »
which shares would you recommend picking up cheaply now with a medium/long term view?  say 3-10ys

I guess most financial shares are low and will increase on the back of an improved economy --- maybe only after elections?

it depends how you see the future of SA and Afrika?

If you're optimistic, go for the local retailers, banks, even construction etc

Pessimistic and want to stay with JSE, then the Rand hedge stocks, like Naspers, Billiton/Anglo, Aspen and Mediclinic (to some extent)

You can also reduce your risks by looking at some ETFs that cover internat. economies or local

But I would be cautious to pump money in now, even if the JSE is down quite a bit for 2018, as nobody knows what crazy shit trump is going to do next
Trump? Who's he? I would look closer to home to find out who is ruining the economy, such as a leading governing body intent on expropriating stuff which is not theirs in order to gain votes.

Look to prices on the JSE to climb drastically as people pull money out of bonds to find safer places to put it in. Why? Because a lot of people, like me, have been paying extra money into bonds to save on interest. Now, what do you think ABSA is going to do if .gov grabs my parcel of land? The first thing they are going to do is to freeze my account, and that extra money is going to be theirs. The bright thing for me to do is to pull all the spare capital out of my bonds and invest it somewhere else, even under the pillow, before that happens.

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Special Interest Threads / Re: The JSE - a dog's view
« on: August 01, 2018, 05:25:52 pm »
which shares would you recommend picking up cheaply now with a medium/long term view?  say 3-10ys

I guess most financial shares are low and will increase on the back of an improved economy --- maybe only after elections?
I don't think the economy will improve after the elections. Go for something that gets income from beyond our borders, MTN, SNH (risky but could do well), STAR?

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General Bike Related Banter / Re: Versys X300
« on: July 23, 2018, 12:38:08 pm »
Sub.

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Planning a Ride / Re: KZN 2018 BASH.
« on: July 11, 2018, 07:59:40 pm »
I do a beginners drinking course at R250  :biggrin: Sign up urgently to avoid disapointment  :patch:
Draad, the names on the attendance list need an advanced course, not beginners. I don't think you're going to get many takers.

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Special Interest Threads / Re: The JSE - a dog's view
« on: July 05, 2018, 12:43:05 pm »
This thread is so quiet, I'm beginning to worry that some of the usual posters might have jumped out of the window.

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Planning a Ride / Re: KZN 2018 BASH.
« on: June 28, 2018, 07:48:04 am »
Leon.... that gravel road bash to Tugela ferry is good, however, the locals are known to be belligerent from time to time. They had protest action there recently and I would be careful.
Allan1 had to turn around at Tugela ferry because of safety reasons.

It's a really lekker route, but enquire about conditions closer to the time and maybe have a contingency plan.
 :thumleft:
Cool, will do Tommy. Last year we came through there on the way down to the bash, it was election time and there was one hell of a party, that town (Tugela Ferry) took an hour to get through!


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