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The Smallest Change

Posted in donnette e davis on September 13, 2015 by Donnette E Davis

What is small? Is 5% small? Is 1%? How small can something be and still make a change? Would you use .35% of your day to begin to change your health, happiness, attitude?

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What is small? Is 5% small? Is 1%? How small can something be and still make a change? Would you use .35% of your day to begin to change your health, happiness, attitude?


The ‘5  Minute Solution’ will be the pebble that causes a ripple across your pond and as you practice it the ripple becomes a small splash and has the potential to turn into a wave. (1440 minutes in a day 5 minutes + .347%) Schedule a 5 minute walk, breathe deeply for 5 minutes, take in your surroundings and shut out the noise of your day. Don’t think about work just observe the sky, the flowers, the clouds, the air. 5 minutes at 14:19 will  refresh, invigorate and put a smile on your face.

What if you did the ‘5 Minute Solution’ four times a day. At 08:19 read something silly for 5 minutes, at 14:19 go…

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BBC World Service – Newsday, The 10-year-old who survived a Cheetah attack

Posted in donnette e davis on September 9, 2015 by Donnette E Davis

The 10-year-old who survived a Cheetah attack A cheetah grabbed ten-year-old Aiden Davis through the fence of an enclosure at a sanctuary in South Africa. The cheetah bit his shoulder – and so Aiden aimed a punch at the Cheetah’s nose. Aiden’s parents Craig and Donnette told us more.

Source: BBC World Service – Newsday, The 10-year-old who survived a Cheetah attack

Antisocial Media: A Guide to Not Connecting, Not Engaging and Not Succeeding

Posted in donnette e davis on September 9, 2015 by Donnette E Davis

Antisocial Media: A Guide to Not Connecting, Not Engaging and Not Succeeding via @MrChrisArnell

Cheetah Attack on KZN boy – WARNING – GRAPHIC IMAGES

Posted in donnette e davis with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on August 23, 2015 by Donnette E Davis

This is Aiden’s Story.

Meet Aiden. An active, charming, sensitive, loving, intelligent, diligent, 10 year old boy. He loves being outdoors, playing with one of their numerous pets and playing sport, be it hockey, soccer, rugby, cricket, tennis, swimming or running.

Aiden went on a school trip on Thursday 6th August 2015 to a Captive Cheetah Breeding Centre in Ladysmith, rightly expecting to be kept safe and protected. Whilst on the trip, a cheetah managed to grab hold of Aiden, rip chunks of flesh and skin off of him and puncture him with bites. All this whilst the poor child tried to punch the cheetah to free himself from its grip. The same cheetah had attacked an elderly lady the previous day, who has just been released from ICU, but this was never disclosed until some 4 days after Aiden’s event.


It is evident from the initial doctor’s report that the tissue (muscle) and skin around the wounds had already become infected and that it was necrotic – that means it was dying.

Aiden’s Angels International – GoGetFunding | GoGetFunding.

#LegendsMarathon #Wellness Expo Information pack

Posted in donnette e davis, Legends Marathon, marathon running, running, south africa, sport with tags , , , , , , , on July 30, 2015 by Donnette E Davis

Legends Marathon Wellness Expo 2015

Legends Marathon Wellness Expo

Legends Marathon Wellness Expo

East London sees the launch of the Legends Marathon Wellness Expo, to be held over three days, between 30 September and 02 October 2015, at the Osner Hotel, East London Beachfront, and sets the stage for the Legends Marathon 2015. The venture is in partnership with Kat Leisure, who is the marathon’s Expo and accommodation partner. The event will attract athletes, families and friends to the precinct whose capacity is just under 4000.

In the third installment of the Legends Marathon events, it is expected that some 10000 athletes, both professional and local, international and South African, will line up at the start of the events. Legends Marathon comprises a series of events; namely a 68 km ultra-marathon, a 21.1km half-marathon, and a 5 km fun run.

The events will take place on 03 October 2015, and entries are open at for online booking. The implementation of the Wellness Expo seeks to cement the ideal of health, healthy living and a sense of community; characteristics that Legends Marathon has made its own.

The Legends Marathon, now in its third year, provides the missing link in the repositioning of the Eastern Cape as the Home of Legends; a link that puts the province on the calendar of international athletic meetings, provides television coverage on free-to-air television, creates jobs, and injects the necessary economic and tourism boost to the province. The Legends Marathon celebrates the legendary spirit of the Eastern Cape, its icons of the struggle, individuals, physical and spiritual beacons which marked the route to freedom, identified by the people themselves.

The two big marathons in South Africa i.e. Comrades Marathon and Two Oceans respectively, attract a combined number of over 40 000 participants. The Two Oceans Half Marathon accounts for over 25 000 of this figure. International athletes come from 59 countries from around the globe; this shows just how popular South Africa is as a sports Tourism destination.

The Eastern Cape will benefit from this goodwill and the Legends Marathon is a sure game changer in this regard. The Legends Marathon is now an approved qualifying event for both races. This means some of the participants in the two events will use the Legends Marathon as a qualifying race. This helps boost the number of visitors to the Eastern Cape. The Wellness Expo is designed primarily to embrace these numbers. The inaugural event will attract about 4000 people in the 1st year.

The staging of the Legends Marathon in the Eastern Cape achieves the following :

• Positions the Eastern Cape as an event as one of the top event destinations in SA

• Job creation, and human resources are up-skilled.

• Direct and indirect spend is a catalyst for further economic development.

• Donor and sponsor funding is channeled internally.

• Creates a platform for subsequent legacy funding opportunities • Encourages return tourism visits to the province which, in turn, creates more jobs

• Improves domestics tourism and promotes associated local tourism products

Development Opportunities for PDI’s Services to be implemented and their relevance to the staging of the marathon, include food stalls, ablution, photographic, catering, printing, marquees, transport, security.

Food Stalls: A number of food vendors will be selected to sell food to the public. All these vendors will be assisted to comply with the BCMM Health and Fire regulations.

Ablution Facilities: The event requires use of these facilities and will be sourced from local PDI’s, Janitors will be on duty throughout the event to service these. All these will be sourced locally.

Photographic: A professional photographer will be appointed to capture the activities on the day, both still and motion photogra­phy

Catering Services: These services are provided from about a week before the event as experts, media crews arrived in the province to prepare logistics for the event. During the expo and the race a number of catering companies are hired for different groups of stake holders i.e. media, administrators, athletes, VIP’s etc.

Printing: Printing services for our marketing materials, signage, administrative support documents, Accreditation Cards etc. will be sourced, all using local small businesses.

Marquees: Marquees erected for the expo, SABC, Media, Athletes Tent and emergency Services are sourced locally. All marquees are issued with the required Engineer’s Safety Certificates.

Transport: Taxis and buses will be hired to transport athletes from the expo to local hotels and Jan Smuts Stadium. Security Guards: A local security company will be appointed to secure all the equipment and belongings of the exhibitors whilst ensuring the safety of the visitors to the expo. They will also assist with parking, security functions and will also act as marshals. etc. For exhibitors and visitors convenience an ATM is situated at Spar shopping complex diagonally across from

from the expo.

Ambulance services will be on site throughout the Expo.

An exhibitor lounge is available at the Hotel Osner throughout the show. Exhibitors will be able to catch up on emails, have a light snack or enjoying the beautiful view.

For more on how you can be a part of this iconic initiative, please contact The Marathon’s offices via telephone 043 735 1032 or email:

With the subject heading “Legends Marathon Wellness Expo”

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the expo. Ambulance services will be on site throughout the Expo. An exhibitor lounge is available at the Hotel Osner throughout the show. Exhibitors will be able to catch up on emails, have a light snack or enjoying the beautiful view. For more on how you can be a part of this iconic initiative, please contact The Marathon’s offices via telephone 043 735 1032 or email: With the subject heading “Legends Marathon Wellness Expo” Follow updates on Social Media: Http://

Embattled, Dysfunctional, Bankrupt, Incompetent, and Corrupt. Eskom – Our week in review.

Posted in donnette e davis on February 9, 2015 by Donnette E Davis

Embattled, Dysfunctional, Bankrupt, Incompetent, and Corrupt… Eskom – Our week in review…

Eskom, are you throwing what is left of South Africa out to pasture? Our past week in Pietermaritzburg North looks like this:

Monday, Loadshedding 12-2 pm

Tuesday, Loadshedding 2-4 pm

Wednesday, Loadshedding 4-6 pm

Thursday, Loadshedding 6-8 am

Friday, Loadshedding 8-10 am

Satursday, Loadshedding 10 am-12pm

Sunday, Loadshedding 6-8 pm

(Plus 5 – 10 or so minutes extra each time)

An average month means that you are stealing 60 hours pm from the already burdened consumer; the very consumer you are now threatening to implement harsh steps against in a bid to recover your vast unpaid (and increasing) debt, which is just short of 2 Billion – in Pietermaritzburg alone.

Just as an aside, how much did the rusty iron figurines that now deface the once glamorous PietermaritzburgCity Hall surrounds cost the MsunduziMunicipality? Did the consumers actually have a say in that? Do the consumers even know what those rusty bits of metal symbolise – or what they are meant to symbolise? Were they meant to rust after less than a year and a half? I digress.

This equates back to almost a week of services that we do not have – but which we are forced to pay for.

I say ‘steal” because the consumer is being held to ransom – they have no other choice but to be kept in the dark.

Therefore, since Eskom is saving however much coal dust it is saving, after having sold off South Africa’s vast supply of quality coal and resources to the rest of Africa for cheaper rates than it supplies its citizens, they should, it stands to reason, be crediting every single consumer account with at least 25% on their monthly services’ bill. After all there is no service for a minimum of 60 hours per month – no work no pay! Isn’t that SA Government’s rules? Or is it selective?

What happened to “Eskom : ‘Consumers can relax, there will be no loadshedding on a Sunday.’”? Did you forget?

And why is it that I have a loadshedding schedule setting out loadshedding x 2 most days (not on Sunday, of course) issued by Eskom and published in the local media, but it has never once been adhered to?

Here is life:

  • Start work midday if you are lucky – it takes guesswork, because you are never quite sure when your power will go out. Clean house first, educate your children, try and work for ten minutes in the hope that something will be accomplished?
  • Make sure that your computer and other electronic devices are shut down properly and rebooted every 15 minutes so as not to lose valuable data in the event of unscheduled ‘scheduled’ loadshedding – Lord above forbid that you actually lose an entire hard drive, or other valuable. electronic equipment, due to power surges because your insurance company will probably not cover it, Eskom sure won’t cover it, Msunduzi Municipality will not cover it – oh dear, looks like you will have to save up for a new computer – hard to do, because you cannot actually run your business, do your job, clean your house, educate your children, earn a measly living – because you are being deprived of your basic human right, as enshrined in our wonderful Constitution, to government provided services, which includes electricity and power. This is, of course, notwithstanding the fact that you are being charged for it – and in our case, for the past year OVERCHARGED by up to 60% of our monthly account.
  • Run up electricity costs and pre-cook lots of food. You are already being charged by a minimum of 25% more than you utilise, so utilise more while you have the chance. You will be charged “interest on arrears” which don’t really exist, but you will never be paid credit interest. This all pales into insignificance when compared to the necessity of loadshedding for the man in the street. Car, housing allowances, and the like, together with 6 figure salaries – oh, and loadshedding – are actually more important than the regular people (who are referred to as consumers, not ‘part-time consumers’, or ‘overcharged consumers’, but ‘consumers’) who work so hard to provide it for those who hold these government service providing positions.
  • Keep masses of said pre-cooked food in the refrigerator. It will not freeze or even be kept cold because loadshedding has a habit of defrosting the fridge and freezer.
  • Be prepared for nasty smells emanating from the kitchen area as food, which you worked your botty off to buy has now gone off. It does not matter that you don’t have extra cash to replace it because loadshedding is more important than feeding your family.
  • When your city is hit by a devastating hailstorm that blows the roof off, crashes through tiles and sheeting, and rips the gutters and fascias from your house, understand that loadshedding takes priority. Your home can wait to be cleaned up – it requires electricity to chop down half-fallen trees, suck up thousands of litres of water from the inside of your home, water soaked carpets, and generally try and clean and disinfect the area of quickly rotting debris in 36-39 Degree C heat!

Thank you, Eskom. Thank you, Government of South Africa. You have done and are doing a fine job in ensuring that South Africa remains one of the least popular, unsafe, uneducated, corrupt, and embattled countries in the world.

I am sure my many family members from abroad can’t wait to visit. I am sure my beautiful children whom I have not seen for years, but who wisely left this country really want to return some day – perhaps to see what it really is like living in deepest darkest Africa.

MEDIA RELEASE: Less than 900 entries available for 2015 Old Mutual Two Oceans Ultra Marathon #OMTOM2015

Posted in donnette e davis on February 3, 2015 by Donnette E Davis
Less than 900 entries available for 2015 Old Mutual Two Oceans Ultra Marathon


(**Cape Town, 30 January 2015) Entries for the 2015 Old Mutual Two Oceans Ultra Marathon are running out, with less than 900 spots at the start line still available.

The 46th Ultra Marathon will take place on Easter Saturday, 4 April 2015. And for the second year in a row, entries are expected to sell out well ahead of the official 4 March 2015 closing date.

To qualify for participation in the Ultra Marathon, runners must have completed at least one full marathon (42.2km) after 1 July 2014 in under five hours. However, runners do not have to pre-qualify to enter and have until 4 March 2015 to submit their qualifying times.

South African Ultra Marathon entrants are also required to belong to a registered running club and have a valid running license. No temporary licenses will be issued to Ultra Marathon runners.

Old Mutual’s R1 million bonus

In addition to the prize money that can be won by the Ultra Marathon winners, title sponsor Old Mutual has once again confirmed its R1 million bonus to the winning male and female runner who respectively breaks the record for the 56km Ultra Marathon in 2015.

The men’s record of 3:03:44 was set in 1988 by road running legend Thompson Magawana, while Frith van der Merwe set the women’s record a year later in 1989 when she ran 3:30:36.

The closest any runner has come since then is Zimbabwean Marko Mambo, who ran 3:05:39 in 2005, and who has won the race three times. Russian Olesya Nurgalieva ran the second fastest women’s time in 2008 when she crossed the finish line in 3:34:53.

This will be the 16th year that Old Mutual sponsors this prestigious road race.

For more information, visit Runners can also join the online conversation on @2OceansMarathon on Twitter and Instagram (and by following and using the #OMTOM2015 hashtag).

Issued by: Old Mutual Two Oceans Marathon Media Office
On behalf of: Old Mutual Two Oceans Marathon
For media info and/or images:
Leonie Mollentze
Old Mutual Two Oceans Marathon Media Office
Mobile: 082 550 1514

For race related info:
Tel: 0861 2OCEAN / +27 21 799 3040

mailing address:

Two Oceans Marathon NPC

17 Torrens Rd

Cape Town, WC 7800

South Africa



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