Life is a Game of Soduko


How the Sudoku Game Works:

Sudoku can be best described as a block of 9 squares repeated 9 times within a larger block, arranged as 9 lines and columns. The aim is to use the numbers 1 to 9 both horizontally and vertically, without repetition.

Life itself as a game relates to Sudoku in the sense that all things add up in the end…we just have to figure it out as we play this game called Life.

Life – Sudoku Numbers and Numerology:

In numerology the foundation numbers 0 to 9 have meaning.  The zero missing in Sudoku makes sense, as this is the potential, the No-Thing; the void of Life where all that is birthed originates from.

Here’s what Life’s ‘number-factors’ looks like:

1 – New beginnings, the start of something

2 – Duality, partnership, polarity

3 – Solution, Creativity, First Form

4 – Stability or Stagnation, Structure

5 – Upheaval and Change

6 – Adjustment and Harmony

7 – Surrender, Sacrifice

8 – Re-organisation, abundance

9 – Completion

Life – The Level of Difficulty:

There are easy Sudoku games, and difficult ones. Some people seem to have the knack of moving through Life effortlessly. If you think your life is difficult, look at someone who has major challenges in Life and decide if you would want to tackle their ‘Sudoku’.

Life – Playing the Game:

When there’s upheaval in your life, the numbers just don’t seem to add up; you many feel stuck, brain-fogged, alone and close to giving up.

Here’s how to use the Sudoku game of Life to flow with Life’s cycles:

2 – Keep in mind that there is always some kind of support.

3 – Remember there is the solution for all of Life’s problems even though it does not seem like it at the time.

4 – Find a structure that works for you and make sure stagnation isn’t part of the problem.

5 – Change your attitude to one of gratitude.

6 – Adjust to this cycle, find your groove.

7 – Surrender to that which cannot be controlled.

8 – Acknowledge daily that abundance surrounds you.

9 – Reflect on your strengths and weaknesses, learn from it and know that with every ending there is …

10– A New Beginning!



Author: Sharon du Plessis

Bio: Artist and Writer, author and illustrator of self-published Afrikaans Tarot Deck, Shaman apprentice and teacher. 



Save more or earn more

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Earn more – Teach others to work for you!

Save more or earn more – what to do?

Since a very young age, our parents drill into our heads that we should save part of our pocket money and not spend it all. Wise instruction, but seldom do you hear a parent guide his child into being a good entrepreneur, earning more rather than saving a bit of what you have!

Save more or earn more – Two principles, who will win?

Earn more so that you can save more!

Most parents can only afford a specific amount of pocket money for their children. I have seen through the years how the children with very little have been creative in multiplying their pocket money as opposed to the children who were given everything they needed (or wanted).

A child who never has enough for that dream, but with a parent who will encourage, equip and motivate will turn the dream into a vision and then a mission. Odd jobs like mowing the lawn for the neighbour, helping to carry groceries from the store, washing a car, washing windows during school breaks and thinking creatively about ways and means to earn hard cash will eventually enable this child to mature into a wise adult who will always have the desire to earn more by creating opportunities for himself.

It is of course, a good idea to save as well, but with the little interest earned it does seem like a bit of a pointless effort. You will certainly not get rich by saving your money. You need to invest smartly and look for ways to earn more.

Run if you want to catch it

The opportunities are out there, but you have to go and get it! You have to market yourself and find ways of earning more. Educate yourself to be creative. Make people want what you have to offer.

I have seen young people work at three or four different ‘jobs’ and earn a cosy amount by doing so. They have jobs they go to each day, but they are not afraid to tackle extra opportunities to earn more. A few extra hours a week makes a world of difference in your earnings.

A good example is about a housewife who started selling cosmetics in multilevel marketing. She recruited twenty people to sell and became a manager, motivating each of the twenty people to recruit only five people each, which brought her down-line to 100 people selling the product. She was earning a percentage of everything they sold and all she did was train new people and have a weekly meeting with her consultants. She is now 220 people strong and keeps moving up, grabbing hold of every opportunity to earn more. Greedy? No, just wise.

If she can do it, so can you!

Another way to be a wise winner, is getting decent Insurance cover!

Instability in the Corporate environment

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Reasons for Instability in the corporate environment

Businesses are experiencing vast instability for many different reasons. Education, lack of social skills and unscrupulous habits, a weak currency, racism and affirmative action, loss of skilled and educated employers, political instability and strikes are some of the reasons, though not all. The South African economy is suffering huge losses as you read this. Blue-collar worker strikes cost the economy more than R300 million per day.

Strikes are a huge contributor to corporate instability

More than 200 000 workers downed tools in the Numsa strike, demanding wage increases of between 12 and 15% from more than 10 000 corporate employers, which are represented by the Steel & Engineering Industries Federation of Southern Africa. At the same time Kaizer Nyatsumba, the CEO of Seifsa declared that they are very concerned about the damage to the economy that’s caused by the strike. Violence erupted after the unions refused to sign a peace accord in the form of strike and picketing rules.

Social skills and non-precocious habits adding to instability

Whilst the strikes are on, some of the workers found it necessary to break down gates on the business premises of their workplaces, whilst others marched into offices and manhandled executives and owners of businesses. These are their employers and their supervisors. A death was even reported. What has happened to showing your superiors at work some respect?

Though union’s have rights to embark on a strike, those rights go with responsibilities which employees seem not to understand or accept.

Other factors to increase instability in the corporate environment

Government education has lowered its standards which leads to contemptible qualifications and incapable job applicants. This causes unemployment and crime. Unless there is an affirmative action position. Then qualifications don’t seem to matter much, but bad output is the result. Many of the well educated from the past, has found decent employment and decent remuneration abroad and their skills and knowledge are lost to this country.

Political instability in the form of corruption and dishonesty brings doubt and lack of trust to the voters and citizens. Unions seem to have huge influence in the politics of this country. Many politicians, including our president, have criminal records. How is anyone expected to respect them?

Our currency was once equal to the British pound, but is loosing strength to all the major currencies of the world, almost daily. Another good reason to earn your income in those currencies.

When and how will the instability in the corporate environment recover? Can anybody out there give us an answer?!

Don’t allow instability in your household and budget. Have all your valuables Insured.

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Banting away Body Fat: Tim Noakes decarbdiet

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Have protein, cut the carbs

Tim Noakes’ decarb-diet: Enough Banting will turn you into a bantam-weight bore

If one more of these thin okes* talks about Tim Noakes, I am going to run screaming to the nearest bakery, and stock up on every kind of sugar infested carbohydrate treat that was created for gratifying consumption by humankind. The worst of it is that those complacent souls that discuss the topic endlessly also look so marvellous: slender and energetic. It is just a pity that their conversational skills fall by the wayside. This is one of the side effects of the diet that really should be documented. Health warnings on dangerous products are compulsory these days. “This book can cost you your best friends” stickers can easily be affixed even at this stage. Over- weight (or normal) people that enjoy the odd beer and chips on a Friday night feel like sinners and start avoiding the banter of Bantingers.

Tim Noakes’ decarb-diet: Delightful history

William Banting (1796- 1878) was an obese undertaker in Victorian times. Futile diets, fasts and exercise regimes despite, he had huge (sic) health problems. His medical adviser, one Harvey, devised a diet of 4 meat based meals a day. This (contrary to popular belief) increased fat intake, not protein. It also included vegetables, fruit and wine. Banting lost weight and never regained it. He was altogether healthier. In 1863 he published his writings under the grandiloquent title Letter on Corpulence Addressed to the public.

Tim Noakes’ decarb-diet: Health and Wealth

There is no doubt that one of the most common modern diseases (caused mainly by carbohydrates and sugar) is diabetes, and the Noakes diet prevents or manages it effectively. The aspect that most makes it sustainable, is that there is no calorie restriction. One can eat and enjoy, without counting. It is also satisfying as fat is, to quote Prof. Noakes, “the body’s preferred fuel.”

However, this is a rich man’s diet. How one feeds a family this way, I know not. Unless you are a millionaire, a brood of teenagers gets through the day on porridge, pasta, potatoes and rusks. Twice a month the budget stretches to cheese and sausages, with lots of bread; once a week there might be eggs or peanut butter. The cheapest cut of pork, stewed with cabbage and carrots, still needs a mountain of brown rice. Milk and yoghurt, fruit in season, spinach, tomatoes, pumpkin and herbs from the garden (for those of us lucky enough to have one) and the luxury of olive oil keeps my family fed.

If I could I suppose I would consider de-carbing. But how many ordinary families can?

But when I splash out….

I have been telling people for years that butter is good for one, but nobody listened. I was treated as a pariah because I have cream in my coffee and parmesan on my scrambled eggs, top steak with pecan, Parma ham and provolone, roast free range chickens in goose fat, fry leeks in mutton fat sparingly trimmed from the chops, make egg yolk mayo with litres of olive oil, and refuse to have low fat anything in the house.

My theory (that whole foods are naturally good) made me compete with Bin Laden for the position of Public Enemy Number One, and so my great plan to write a book about it came to naught. Now somebody else is making money from it. Alas poor fate, she was ever too late and got crushed by the weight of what she ate.

I think I’ll have a sulk. Let me just get the poor man’s pizza (origanum, garlic, tomato puree, green pepper and a meagre sprinkling of mozzarella) in the oven for the kids, and have a glass of Pinotage.

Don’t put your Insurance policies on diet though!

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Footnote: *okes = guys/ South African slang from ou – outjie.

Who needs Portable Possessions Insurance

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You need this cover!

Do I need Portable Possessions Insurance?

Should you add portable possessions cover away from home to your house insurance policy? Home insurance contents cover will give you protection for your personal portable possessions at your residence, but will your belongings be covered away from your home?

Besides customary movable goods such as jewellery, keys, clothing and cash, we also have increasing numbers of expensive and very important portable belongings such as mobile phones, cameras, tablets and laptops. You have to be sure your Insurance cover extends to loss or accidental damage when you take these things out and about with you.

Some home insurance policies include this cover as standard, but scrutinize the terms and conditions to see whether such cover exists and meets your needs. If not, cover away from home can be bought as an add-on to the policy.

What is not covered by Portable Possessions Insurance?

General exclusions from portable possessions insurance are:

• Wear and tear of your goods

• Possessions left unattended and then lost

• Property left in an unlocked car or in plain view of thieves in a locked vehicle

• Pets or other animals

• Tools

• Any business-related possessions

• Camping equipment

Bicycles may need to be listed separately.

Other options and considerations

On standard Home Insurance, laptops and bikes can be covered away from home, but other specific items might need to be valued over a specified amount.

Check whether it is cover for individual and specified items or a lump sum total value of all possessions.

Be aware of single-item limits and other limits placed on claims, especially on cash and cards.

You may need to stipulate specific values for things such as jewellery.

Check if protection is offered for goods that are taken abroad.

Check whether a claim would affect your no-claims bonus.

You may already have cover through your bank account, your credit and debit cards, travel insurance, or another policy. Verify all possibilities.

Portable Possessions cover away from home can be a very valuable product to have!

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Rustenburg – impact of platinum strike

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The effect of the platinum strike

Wakeup call for Rustenburg

Pieter Malan spokesman of Rustenburg Chamber of Business says:
‘I believe this is a huge wakeup call for all stakeholders, especially…business.’ An interview with him revealed some interesting facts and opinions.

The situation in Rustenburg over the past few months were dire and significant. On the social side several schools had feeding programmes . In one school 43% of their pupils are directly affected by the strike and another 24% indirectly affected. There were several feeding programmes, not just for children, but whole families.

On the business side there was a drop in turnover of an actual 40% for most businesses in Rustenburg. Many private business owners of larger business in general have built up reserves over time and were able to field the lowered turnover. They had also diversified over time. The smaller businesses are in big trouble. Many of the one-man businesses went out of business. They had to close their doors.

The mood in Rustenburg now and plans for the future

Now that the strike is over they know that the light they see at the other end of the dark tunnel they find themselves in, is no longer a train. The mood is now cheerful, although everyone realises that the mines wont be back into full production, instantly. This takes time. It will probably take about three months and gradually things will get better. It was a wakeup call for all stakeholders, specifically business. Rustenburg’s economy is all dependent on the mines.

The Rustenburg Chamber of commerce need to lower the dependency on the mines. All role players must work together for that. They don’t want a dying Rustenburg in the future, when the mines are mined out. The ball is now in their court. That was the wakeup.

Looking at towns like Welkom, Stilfontein, even Kimberley. As the mining industry declines, so the town declines too. Rustplats goes back about a hundred years from when they discovered platinum in that area. There is going to be huge pressure on Mark Cutifani to decide on the fate of Angloplats and some of the mines. The whole country must be aware of what’s happening in Rustenburg.

Even considering the case of Eskom at the moment. We can’t just keep going down. Someone’s got to wake up and smell the coffee.

Don’t get caught without Insurance before you wake up!


Is your cellphone your best friend?

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My cellphone – My Sanity – My Safety

We are so conditioned to rely on certain things, that we are quite lost without them. I try (still) to see the absence of certain mod cons as a kind of adventure, to test my ability to cope creatively with whatever situation I find myself in. But in spite of my bravado under the circumstances it is trying and frustrating. For most of us modern life’s demands are pretty relentless, and there is no getting off the bus just because we are in a tight spot.

Here’s a dull commonplace story: On a quiet day at home, catching up on the laundry was the plan, and then there is a power failure and now it is in the machine, soaking in its first dirty water. Oh joy! Should I plunge my hands in and wring and squelch, should I wait and if so for how long, etc.?

O.K I tell myself, do not be such a ninny. Millions of women have no running water. Have a cup of tea. Oops, no electricity for the kettle. Maybe it is just something that tripped. It is too dark to see in the hall where the switch board is.

Try to ‘phone neighbours/municipality. Cellphone is flat. Find charger; no electricity. Use the landline – the number you need is on the dead phone. You know the feeling!

Repercussions galore

The above is not a crisis, but we certainly do depend on our cellphones to prevent or get us out of crises. We have been coerced into using them to manage our everyday lives. If one’s cellphone has fallen into the washing machine or been stolen from one’s handbag, how do you contact the people that are supposed to help you? It is like those infuriating, frustrating self fulfilling sentences one learnt at school: “When you are not looking at it this sentence is written in Japanese.”

The helplessness that lesson induced in me, is the feeling I get when I lose the use of my cellphone. I get childishly tearful, hovering between embarrassment and fury.

Let’s face it: the consequences are at best unavoidable and at worst disastrous.

What to do

The best one can do is to minimise the damage, and get connected as soon as possible. Cellphone cover is sensible, and it is a good idea to look at the Dial Direct Stay Connected Insurance.

There is an express claim that pays out the same day. You can either specify your cellphone on your portable possessions insurance or take out insurance on only your phone.

Remember to at all times know the 24 hr emergency call centre number. Memorise it or be childish like me: write it on the inside of your hand.

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Getting to Better Health!

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Think before you eat!

5 Steps to Better Health

Why live a healthy lifestyle? Life is filled with danger, disappointments, heartache, so why not just live any way I please and have a ball!

From Bucket to better health

…or kick the bucket and miss the ball!

We all know that better health brings with it many benefits and we can enjoy good opportunities which may arise, with energy and vigour. Without energy and good health excellent opportunities could easily be missed. Let’s look at some steps towards better health.

1, 2, 3, kick to Better Health!

Make a bucket list! Write down what you would love to achieve in your life and then set out to make it possible by following the steps to better health:

1. Exercise! This must be a priority in your life if you want to be healthy. Everyone has an excuse not to exercise…

You don’t need time, money or transport to walk around the neighbourhood for fifteen minutes after work each day. It is really just a matter of getting into a routine and sticking to it. Just do it!

2. Food! Think before you eat. We so often grab the first, best thing to gobble down quickly, instead of taking the time to think about what we are going to eat. Take time to prepare it and sit down to enjoy and savour it! Think healthy!! Include fresh produce in your daily meals and balance your intake of proteins, vitamins and fats. Your body needs them all. Go slow on the starches and fats!

3. Rest! No human body can endure constant work and pressure without sufficient rest. You need to make sure that you sleep a minimum of six hours per night and at least once per week have a good night’s rest for eight hours.

4. Healthy mind, healthy body. Think positive. Dwell on what is good and beneficial. Speak about what is positive and influence others to do the same. Surround yourself with positive people.

5. Drink! … and with this I mean water!  Your body needs water to function well. The way to better health is by drinking six small glasses of water per day. As you grow accustomed to drinking water you can increase the quantity to two litres per day.
Be kind to your body and reap the benefits of better health…and stop smoking!

With your newfound better health, it is also the right time to check you Insurance Cover.

Do you want to buy a car

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Buy a car you can afford

The 3 most important things to look for when you buy a car                  

If you are anything like me, you have no idea what to look for or look at when you decide to buy a new car. I decided to do some research to find the 3 most important things to look for when you buy a car. This article is also for those of you who have already bought a new car and are not at all satisfied with it.

Today’s car dealers are so clever. They would be able to sell ice to an icemaker if they were asked to. They have many different tactics to sell you a car at an unreasonable price. Why you ask? They get commission on every single sale they make. The more they sell the car for, the larger their commission. They are smooth talkers, and before you know it you will be driving out of the car lot with a car that you cannot afford and don’t even really like.

  1. Do not go to one dealer only. Search for different dealers and compare their prices. Also, consider your budget, and make sure about the amount that you are able to spend. If you so not find something matching your price class, search in another country, but keep in mind that there will be shipping costs. You will get something that matches your expectations as well as your wallet.
  1. Ok, so you now have the dealer that you want to buy a car from. The next step is finding the type of car that you want. You can browse the internet to get more or less an idea of quality. Browsing the internet for cars will save you a lot of time and money as you do not need to travel from showroom to showroom. When deciding on a car you need to keep the following in mind: size, mileage and budget.
  1. Buy a car that best suits your style and make sure you get it in your favorite color. Take advice from other car owners and remember, if the deal seems too good to be true, it probably is.

If you apply all of these tips, the salesman will not be able to convince you to buy a car that is sure to break down after a month. Be on top of their game and get the best out of the deal.

Happy shopping!

Now that you have decided which car to buy, the next step is to insure your car!

Youth: Building the skills of the next generation

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Building Confidence and looking to the future of the youth

Barclays is reaching out to the youth. The aim is to help one million young people become employable. How? The youth is connected with work experience opportunities through a Life Skills programme.

Youth talent brought to the workforce

In a Youth Barometer research with 2,000 youngster of ages 14-25, they found that 72% did not believe they would achieve their career ambitions and 28% felt they did not have the right connections to succeed.

The way to fix that, is to increase interaction of the youth with employers, while at school. They will be less likely to become NEET i.e. not in employment, education or training

Developing employability skills in the youth

Barclays launched LifeSkills in May 2013, to follow their Apprenticeship and Moneyskills programmes. Those are aimed at educating youth in financial planning. LifeSkills presents modules in people, work and money. Students can do the course via the LifeSkills website, where they accumulate ‘points’ for completing each of the three modules. This will enable teachers to match students to local work experience placements.

More than 5,865 teachers have registered, expecting to reach over 1 million young people. Over 4,500 schools and education institutions are signed up.

Removing barriers to employment for the youth

Teachers believe that work experience should be mandatory, but opportunities are scarce. Since LifeSkills launched, more than 6,300 work experience placements of between a day and two weeks, were made available.

Employers were encouraged to advertise placements through the LifeSkills gateway. More than 844 have signed up, which includes McDonald’s, Unilever and Hilton. LifeSkills is also affiliating with charities to connect them with NEETs.

Connecting business & youth

The programme was extended to 16-19 year olds, on request of teachers. There are also plans to develop short modules to be used during lectures. 77% of decision makers in SMEs indicated they would prefer to place young people who had employability training.
As SMEs don’t have big HR teams to find appropriate work experience programmes, practical guides were created to help. All the customer groups involved, agreed that help is needed to connect business with the youth.

Building confidence & looking to the future of our youth.

Employers have an important role to play in raising young people’s ambitions and confidence. A young person often thinks they have no skills, but when searching deeper, valuable talents are discovered. Someone might be a football team captain, which shows leadership skills.

The youth needs help to translate their skills to business.

To have a bright future and peace of mind, have your Insurance cover in place!