I’d like to give Retha Koekemoer, a big warm welcome to our team. She’ll be assisting in checking references, assisting candidates through our application process, checking documentation, setting up interviews and working closely with all of you going forward! Welcome Retha! we look forward to having you on the team for years to come!
On the 18th of July, Nelson Mandela, an icon, winner of the noble peace prize, president and inspiration to humanity as a whole, turns 92 this year.
We celebrate his life and legacy with the new internationally acclaimed ‘Mandela Day’ ( visit the Mandela Day website by clicking here). This special day calls upon us all to give just 67 minutes of our lives to improve the lives of humanity as a whole. Mandela Day is an ongoing celebration and a global call to action for people to recognize their individual power to make a difference. There are so many ways to do just that. For some wonderful ideas on how you can make a contribution, check out News24’s article on volunteer ideas for the day by clicking here.
You could also host a Swop-for-Charity party as I did recently( click here to find out how).
You could also organise a door-to-door collection of tinned food, toilet paper and clothes in your neighbourhood. Its simple, select an orphanage or charity, get a bunch of friends together with some boxes and go door-to-door for just an hour. You’d be surprised at how much people are willing to give when its for a good cause.
Tell your children about this day and continue the legacy. Take them along to selected Exclusive Books stores ( participating stores listed below) where they will be hosting 67 minutes of reading and creating hand print cards ( click here to find out more) to send the Mandela foundation on Sunday the 18th at 10h30:
- La Lucia
- Morningside Shopping Centre
- Somerset Mall
- Canal Walk
- Cavendish Square
- Mimosa Mall
- Piazza St John
Whatever you do, where ever you are, no matter whether you are rich or poor, young or old, your contribution counts. Spread the spirit and message of Ubuntu and let us know what you will be doing this Mandela day.
The National First Aid Academy ( NFAA) will be hosting their next First Aid Level One course this week on the 14th and 15th of July 2010 at 9 am in Belleville. The venue for the course is Belleville Town Lodge co Willie Van Schoor and Mispel Rd, Belleville.
This is a comprehensive SETA approved course. Course certificates are valid for 3 years. Courses cost R 450 per person. To find out more visit their website www.nfaa.co.za or Click hare to download the Registration form.
Other Course dates for Cape Town, Johannesburg and Pretoria courses in July and August:
First Aid Level One Weekend Course : Bedfordview: 24 and 31 July 2010
First Aid Level One and Two Combined : Pretoria: 19 – 22 July 2010
First Aid Level One :Rustenburg: 26 – 27 July 2010
First Aid Level One:Pretoria:10 – 11 August 2010
First Aid Level One and Two Combined: Pretoria: 10 – 13 August 2010
First Aid Level One: Roodepoort: 16 – 17 August 2010
First Aid Level One and Two Combined: Roodepoort: 16 – 19 August 2010
Basic Fire Control: Roodepoort: 20 August 2010
Safety Representative :Roodepoort: 20 August 2010
First Aid Level One: Cape Town :10 – 11 August 2010
First Aid Level One and Two Combined: Cape Town:10 – 13 August 2010
Basic Fire Control : Cape Town: 20 August 2010
Safety Representative : Cape Town: 20 August 2010
Up until just recently Sitters4U was sending out a monthly newsletter, ‘The Mom’s Gig Guide’ . This newsletter featured events that would be of interest to both parents, children and staff. However after much debate, revision and review of our newsletter we tested a few different formats to determine what information the receivers of our newsletters prefer. After watching the statistics, we decided it was about time for a revamp! Sitters4U is about placing top quality au pairs, babysitters, drivers and more, while adding value to the service our clients receive from us.
Thus far we have achieved this through adding free services such as comprehensive guidelines on interviews processes for both clients and au pair staff, articles of interest, The Mom’s Gig Guide, the Mom’s Link Directory and a number of other services. The core function of Sitters4U though, is and always will be our placement services. We have found that while it is regrettably impossible to please all of our clients, all of the time we are in fact pleased about this. We prefer quality over quantity, it has always been the a golden rule I have held close to my heart through any endeavour I have undertook. If you are going to do something, do it properly or not at all. We cannot have a large number of perfect choices for any client, in any place, at any required time, if we did, we would need to accept 100% of the applying applicants and 90% of the candidates we would be promoting would not best possible au pairs or staff we could find. Considering the fact that only about 10% of applicants ever make it through the initial applications, interviews, reference and background checks, to join the Sitters4U team, and we are proud of each and every one of those that do make it all the way.
In our new newsletter we will still feature a calendar where you can link to the The Mom’s Gig Guide to keep up to date with what activities are happening in your city. However we will be focusing mainly on our newly listed au pairs, tutors, house sitters and drivers, who they are, what they have achieved thus far, details on their experience and what they are looking for in a family, their current times of availability, areas of availability, and salary requirements. We feel that this is a great way for clients to also become a little more informed as to new staff that may be of interest to them and be the first to request interviews with them.
We hope that our clients and candidates alike, will join us in welcoming our new staff to the Sitters4U team! We will be sending out the first newsletter on 28th of April 2010.
Being Nation wide school holidays ( with the exception of a number of schools) I thought its about time for all our readers to know what is hot and happening this week in Cape Town Johannesburg and Pretoria!
Beat the holiday blues away for you and the kids, below is a break down of some of the events happening this coming week, if you want to see what is coming up in the next month, please click here.
Happy Holidays everyone!
|Adventures in the Enchanted Garden with Buggles||R30 per child||Cavendish Square Shopping Centre, Cavendish Street, Cape Town||More information|
|Kids Play Zone-Cooking Class||Entrance is R80pp, w||Durbanville Business Park, off Klipheuwel Road||More information|
|Kids Play Zone-Holiday Programme||From R20 per child a||Durbanville Business Park, off Klipheuwel Road||More information|
|Mysterious Ways||R65 p.p.||Broadway Theatre, 88 Shortmarket Street, Cape Town||More information|
|Numetro Cinemas: Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs||unreleased at time o||All NuMetro Cinemas in the Western Cape||More information|
|Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs||R40 p.p||Central Court, Canal Walk, Century City||More information|
|The Holiday Club||Entrance is R40pp pe||Helderberg Nature Reserve, Verster Avenue, Somerset West||More information|
|Thumberlina||Normal play rates ap||Plinka Plonka Play,171 Buitenkant St, Gardens, Cape Town||More information|
|Vodacom Funny Festival||R120 p.p, Discounts||Baxter Theatre Centre, Main Road, Rondebosch||More information|
|Annie Junior||R60pp for evening sh||Wits Theatre, Johannesburg, South Africa||More information|
|Grand Bird and Reptile Show||Entrance fees: R38 a||Johannesburg Zoo, Upper Park Drive Park town Johannesburg||More information|
|Holiday Programme at Johannesburg Zoo||R55 per child, for c||Johannesburg zoo, Upper Park Drive Park town, Johannesburg||More information|
|Jozi´s Winter Circus||Contact for Cost||Gold Reef City Theme Park||More information|
|Noddy||Special schools perf||People´s Theatre, Johannesburg Civic Theatre Complex, Braamfontein||More information|
|Numetro Cinemas: Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs||Not available at ti||All NuMetro Cinemas in the Gauteng||More information|
|Pippi Longstocking||R60pp||3 Junction Avenue, Parktown||More information|
|Shepherd´s Fold Stables Pony Camp||R220.00 per day plus||55 Sunset Drive, Elandsdrift, Muldersdrift, Gauteng||More information|
|Sleeping Beauty||Adults:R 70.00 p.p;||Pretoria Youth Theatre,Gerhard Moerdjik Street, Sunnyside, Pretoria||More information|
Moms Gig guide for June 2009 was sent out 1 June 2009. Click here to view the online version.
Its your guide to what is hot and happening in Johannesburg, Pretoria and Cape Town for the month of June!
So fight off those” mom I’m bored” blues compliments of Sitters4U.