LIFE… with Elsa


Why is the grass greener on the other side?
So, you say the grass is greener on the other side? Interesting observation.
What makes the grass less green on your own side? What have you done to keep your grass green?

Because of this perception, we have been taught over centuries, that things are always better somewhere else; we fall into the trap thinking that when we “move” to where it seems better, the same trials will never feature again.
Well, think about it, how many times (after avoiding something) you just end up facing it again. Sure, it is difficult, painful and sometimes easier to avoid the obstacles altogether.
When we avoid it, however, it will just surface again wearing a different “coat”.
Example; Mary married her second husband thinking he is different from her first husband. She never worked through the divorce because she felt that her ex-husband made all the mistakes. After a while, married to her second husband, she discovers to her horror that he is indeed the same as the first. If Mary identified what the obstacles were in her first marriage, she might have solved them leading her to marry an entirely different man the second time.
We as humans are ‘ticking’ by ourselves. Our unconscious minds know when it is time to grow and then these obstacles come along. The same obstacle will continue to appear UNTIL you solved it once and for all. The solving part varies from forgiving, growing spiritually or emotionally, confronting someone, learning to love unconditionally, etc.
Obstacles have different forms and can be anything that will lead you to grow and move towards your full potential.

Are you experiencing obstacles in your life?

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Enjoy a hearty helping of Delicious Film and Compelling Food at the fourth edition of Plett Food & Film on 10, 11 and 12 July at The White House Theatre.
Whether you’re talking cuisine, film, chefs or raw entertainment, this year’s festival has a buffet of options catering to any entertainment junkie. Of course, films are not films are not the only course at the Plett Food & Film this year. Chefs will retell the stories of highlighted feature films through exquisitely prepared meals. Featuring the finest local ingredients, each of the events offer a unique dining experience you won’t find anywhere else. .
10 JULY KATRINA, directed Jans Rautenbach and starring Jill Kirkland, Joe Stewardson and Cobus Rossouw. “One of the all-time best films made in South Africa: a searing indictment of the horrors of the apartheid laws and the tragic life story of a woman who falls in love with an alcoholic minister, only to have her past come back to haunt her.” Plett’s own Jill Kirkland is the star of Katrina and the guest of honour at the screening of this 1969 classic South African film. Traditional Cape Cuisine is paired with select Plett Wines. This event promises an unforgettable trip down memory lane with local vocalist Robyn Brouckaert (also daughter of the beautiful and talented star of the film, Jill Kirkland), singing folk songs from the movie and classic 60’s rock legend, Steve Ashley of the Staccatos, performing Cry to Me and other favourites. An evening powerfully evocative of a past now behind us.
11 JULY TANGERINES, directed by Zara Urushadze and starring Lembit Ulfsak (Good Hands), Elmo Nüganen (Names Engraved in Marble) and Giorgi Nakashidze. “The 2015 Dark Horse Oscar Nominee… could be a humanist model piece concerning the war in Abkhaz from 1992 to 1993.”
Tangerines is a humanist, anti-war fable set in 1992, during the growing conflict between Georgia and Abkhazian separatists. In the wake of the Soviet Union’s dissolution, this compassionate tale focuses on two Estonian immigrant farmers who decide to remain in Georgia long enough to harvest their tangerine crop. When the war comes to their doorsteps, Ivo (played by legendary Estonian actor Lembit Ulfsak) takes in two wounded soldiers from opposite sides. The fighters vow to kill each other when they recover, but their extended period of recovery has a humanizing effect that might transcend ethnic divides.
12 JULY CASABLANCA, directed by Michael Curtiz and starring Humphrey Bogart, Ingrid Bergman, and Paul Henreid; it also features Claude Rains, Conrad Veidt, Sydney Greenstreet, Peter Lorre, and Dooley Wilson. “Of all the gin joints in all the towns in all the world, she walks into mine.” It’s probably no stretch to say that Casablanca is arguably one of America’s best-loved movies. When anyone mentions Casablanca, there are two names that come to mind – Bogart and Bergman. It’s a perfect cast, with a gloriously intense level of romantic tension. Bogart plays a tough cynic who hides a broken heart beneath a fractured layer of sarcasm. Bergman, simply put, lights up the screen. What many wouldn’t give up everything to run away with her?
Jenny Morris – AKA The Giggling Gourmet* is one of SA’s most-loved food personalities. She is an author, magazine writer, radio and TV presenter, celebrity chef, teacher, caterer and culinary tour guide who has had an ongoing love affair with food since she was a child, when she started making mouth-watering treats for school fundraisers. It’s a love affair in the true sense of the word, one that employs all the senses. Jenny will be preparing a magnificent feast filled with the aromatic and unique flavours of Morocco.  – THEGREMLIN



Plettenberg Bay has once again received a nomination in the 24th annual World Travel Awards™ as Africa’s Leading Beach Destination.
This is the 8th time Plett has been nominated for this prestigious honour. World Travel Awards™ was established in 1993 to acknowledge, reward and celebrate excellence across all sectors of the tourism industry. Today, the World Travel Awards™ brand is recognised globally as the ultimate hallmark of quality, with winners setting the benchmark to which all others aspire.
It’s no surprise that Plett has been nominated 8 years running. Plett also recently featured in the 2016 International Blue Flag results, having received Blue Flag status for five beaches during the 2016/17 season. This included Robberg 5 (8th year), Keurboomstrand (6th year), Nature’s Valley (5th year), Lookout (3rd year) and the newest to join Blue Flag status was The Dunes beach. Another Plett accolade included Offshore Adventures being recognised with Blue Flag Boat status.
Cast your vote for Plett at -THEGREMLIN



What are some of the formalities required in respect of different categories of contract?

A contract will be lawful if made either viva voce (orally), in writing or tacitly (adopted from the conduct of the parties).
Formalities, as prescribed by legislation for certain categories of contracts, are deemed exceptions to the general rule that no formalities are required to validate contracts.
Contract for the Alienation of land – the contract must:
Be contained in a deed of alienation, .i.e. written and signed by the parties or authorised agents – and if used or intended to be used for residential purposes, it must in certain instances also: Contain various prescribed detail and information, incorporate certain mandatory terms as part of the contract, whether agreed upon or not, and make reference to various rights accruing to the purchaser and some other consequences arising from the act.
Failure to comply with these additional requirements makes the contract voidable.
A Contract for the acquisition of interest in a share block scheme or for a sale or lease of time sharing interest must be done in writing and be signed by the parties or by their authorised agents.
A Lease of land for a period of ten years or more or a Lease of mineral rights must be registered against the title deed of the land.
Prospecting Contracts and Ante Nuptial Contracts must be registeredin the deeds registry and attested by a Notary Public.
Credit and Lay-by agreements must also be done in writing and signed by the parties of the contract. It is a criminal offence not to comply with these requirements.
A Contract of Suretyship must be embodied in a written document and signed by, or on behalf of, the surety; else the contract will be invalid.
Donations must be in writing and signed by the donor or his or her authorised agent in the presence of two witnesses; else it will have no effect.
A Contract of Apprenticeship in certain trades must be in writing and signed by or on behalf of the employer and the apprentice, and by his or her guardian if a minor, and be registered by the Registrar of Manpower. Failure to comply renders the contract invalid.

When is a contract voidable?

When a contract is voidable it means that one of the parties may opt for the rescission (setting aside) of such a contract because his acceptance of the terms thereof was the result of improper conduct by the other party before or at the time of contract formation.

  • The following conduct is regarded as improper and will justify rescission of the contract:
  • Misrepresentation
  • Duress, and
  • Undue influence.
  • The contract will remain valid and must be performed on by both parties until time of rescission.
  • Note that the aggrieved party has a choice – he may also decide to take the improper conduct in his stride and not to claim for rescission.

What are some of the miscellaneous provisions that appear in contracts?

Provisions may vary dependant on the nature of the transaction, the needs and intentions of the parties.
Provision Types commonly found in various contracts, are:
Suspensive Conditions that suspend the operation of an obligation to be performed until a future uncertain event, i.e. I will buy a ladder when dad lends me money but you agree that I use it in the meantime (sale is suspended until loan) and or Resolutive Conditions which is immediately binding but suspends the continuous operation of such obligation or contract until a future occurrence or non- occurrence, i.e. you will sell the ladder to me unless you get a better offer – until such better offer we must still perform according to the agreement, but when you get a better offer our contract becomes void ab initio (from the start)
Warranties (or Guarantees ) ; statement intended to bind yourself that it is correct, .i.e. that the dog I sell is a puppy of 6 months old,

  • Exemption or Exclusion Clauses,
  • No Variation Clauses,
  • Cancelation Clauses,
  • Penalty Clauses,
  • Domiciluim Citandi Clauses,
  • Clauses providing for Giving of Notice,
  • Clauses Consenting to Jurisdiction of Magistrate Courts,
  • Clauses providing for Attorney and Client Cost.
  • Large enterprises make use of standard form contracts with prefixed provisions that form the basis on which that specific entity is prepared to do business with the public



Plot Summary: An account of the fatal voyage of a New England whaling ship named The Essex that inspired the great American novel Moby Dick.

What I thought…
In the Heart of the Sea is the latest effort to bring to screen one of the most famous novels ever written, but unlike the book the film I’m certain will be forgotten. It’s not a horrible film, just an average one, and considering the material being used should this film only have been par?
Upon the film’s credits coming up I was a bit surprised to see Ron Howard’s name under Director; sure, he has made some questionable films in the past, but usually he delivers the goods as a director, for example the last film of his that I saw was Rush and I thought it was excellent. In the Heart of the Sea came no where near to Rush. It’s not Mr Howard’s weakest film, but by no means one of his best efforts.
Some of the issues I found with this film was firstly the CGI. The CGI is unconvincing, and I found it took me out of the film. Where the set production and costume design attempted to capture the authenticity of early 19th century New England the over-use of CGI to create most of the background and whale scenes came off looking generic. I get that there was a need for CGI in this film, but it should of had its place and been more subtly utilized. I could see there was an attempt to try create something that looked epic, but unfortunately it didn’t feel epic.
Secondly, the editing was poor in many of the action sequences. At times it was just a barrage of short, fast cut scenes that left no room for building any captivating intensity, and so often today film’s do this. Something I saw awhile back on film editing, it was said that the eye is capable of picking up these fast paced edits in action sequences, but the brain doesn’t have time to process what is transpiring, and I find this leaves me uninvested in terms of the severity or consequences of what is transpiring in these scenes.
The performances were decent, but nothing to write home about. Brendan Gleeson probably gave the most heartfelt moment in the entire film towards the end, in which it is revealed as to why his character has been so reluctant to recount the events surrounding The Essex, and it made sense, thankfully it wasn’t an eye-rolling moment; however for the most part I didn’t really feel much for many of these characters, due to under development.
Overall it’s an ok watch with some degree of entertainment, but in terms of quality it doesn’t stand up to it’s source material.

Age: 13
Genre: Adventure, Action, Biography
Starring: Chris Hemsworth (Rush), Benjamin Walker (Flags of Our Fathers), Cillian Murphy (28 Days Later), Brendan Gleeson (The Butcher Boy), Ben Whishaw (I’m Not There), Michelle Fairley (Philomena), Tom Holland (The Impossible), Paul Anderson (The Revenant), Frank Dillane (Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince), Joseph Mawle (The Hallow).
Director: Ron Howard (A Beautiful Mind).
Rating: 5.5/10