December 2014 Newsletter

20 Jan

Holiday Season wishes from the desk of the Managing Director

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Mr Ray Naguran (acting Managing Director)

It is that time of the year again where we are celebrating a Holiday Season. We are delighted to welcome our guests from near and far during this period. We hope you are enjoying our offerings and will have a wonderful experience with us.
We are in the process of grading our accommodation facilities to a minimum three star at Albert Falls Dam and Game Reserve, Bon Accorde Resort and Nagle Dam and Game Reserve; so that we can give you an enhanced tourism graded accommodation for your enjoyment. We are hoping that by March next year the whole process will be complete. We had to put the upgrade projects on hold as this is our busy period in December. Our rates will remain the same until 30 June 2015.We would like to pass our gratitude to our Board of Directors, Umgeni Water, our employees and a big one to all our customers and we certainly look forward to serving you in the New Year.

Win with Msinsi
Families and friends who visit our facilities can look out for the QR code which is available in the offices, the gate and Head Office. Pamphlets are also distributed to day visitors. It is so easy to enter, you scan the code with your Smartphone, iPad or Tablet and follow the easy instructions on the website, alternatively you can go to www.winwithmsinsi.co.za and follow instructions to stand a chance to win fantastic prizes.
Good luck to all participants!

A great discovery: Protea flowers at Skalamu Mountain by Nagle Dam

What a view, this can’t be traded with anything. Nagle is known for its mountains and hills, the Skalamu Mountain is one of the best. “It has been my dream to hike all three mountains surrounding Nagle Dam and Game Reserve and this is the second one. I started with the Table Mountain, now the Skalamu Mountain and the third one which I’m still looking forward to is iMposane Mountain” says Ray Naguran, acting Managing Director.

This walk was regarded as a good teambuilding. Once you are on top of the mountain you can see the whole of Nagle Dam and Game Reserve like never before. The views over the graceful folds of the Valley of a Thousand Hills proved breathtaking in all senses, you can see as far as Inanda Dam. The shop stewards enjoyed the walk and so much was discussed on a personal level. Mr. Naguran was amazed that Mthokozisi Makhaye is from Zululand and has been employed at Msinsi for more than ten years. Plans for the next trip are already underway; the chicken braai is on the menu for the day.
The mountain offers rare opportunity of sighting protea flowers in their nature habitat, so close to Durban. In the language of flowers, protea symbolizes diversity and courage. This walk certainly symbolized the same diversity and courage between management, field rangers and the shop stewards.

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*The brave team who enjoyed the hike & the beautiful Protea tree discovered!

Dam Water level remains a crisis at Hazelmere Dam!

Despite the rains in the past few weeks; water levels at Hazelmere Dam near Verulam is still extremely low. In the last reading of 02 December the dam water level was 42.01% which is worsening instead of mproving. This dam serves Verulam, Grange, Redcliffe, Everest Heights, Waterloo, Trenance, oThongathi, Westbrook, La Mercy, Sea Tides, Hambanati, Emona, Burbreeze and Umdloti.

We view this as a crisis; not only to North Coast residents but to the outdoor lovers who love to come to Hazelmere dam for leisure. Hazelmere Dam is well known to watersports and fishing enthusiasts who were always visiting the dam to relax.

Most customers who love watersports have been redirected to Inanda Dam which is the closest dam around Durban. Inanda Dam water level is pretty good at 86.75% as of 02 December 2014.

However, despite the dam water level, customers can come and enjoy camping and picnic at Hazelmere Dam as there is plenty of great shaded spots to relax and enjoy the day. “We have decided to reduce Hazelmere Dam gate entry and camping fees by 50% in December and January excluding 25 and 26 December and 01 January 2015. We hope that this situation will improve as it is beyond our control.  The picture I saw when I was at Hazelmere Dam this past week is very grim” says the acting Managing Director, Mr Ray Naguran.

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Our Wild Card Msinsi Competition

Congratulations to the winners of our Wild Card Msinsi Competition who uploaded beautiful pictures of their families enjoying quality time together at our facilities!

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Our competitions runs throughout the festive season so be sure to enter them!

A quick an easy Bread Recipe for the Braai

By Ray Naguran, acting MD, Msinsi

There’s nothing better when you’re dining outdoors than the smell of freshly baked bread. Next time you are out having a braai in one of our reserves, try this very simple bread recipe, and you’ll never go back to stale, store bought rolls again.

You will need:

  • 500g of cake flour
  • 2 teaspoons of Baking Powder
  • A pinch of salt, or to taste.
  • A tablespoon of chopped or dried rosemary
  • One can (440 ml) of Guiness Stout

Combine all the dry ingredients and mix them well.
Then add the can of Guiness, and mix until you get a nice pliable dough.
Then just pop the dough into a loaf tin. The good thing about this recipe is that you don’t need to waste valuable drinking time by kneading it, or waiting for the dough to rise.

Ideally you should place the tin in a Weber with the lid on, and it should be done in about 45 minutes.
I am told that you can also place the tin in a potjie pot (add some coals on the lid as well) and it should work as an oven. But I have to admit that I’ve never tried this.

When the bread’s done, smear some butter on it and enjoy.

Please let us know if you’ve tried this recipe, and how it came out.  We would love to see a pic as well. You can post comments and pictures on our Facebook page, or just email us on msinsi.marketing@msinsi.co.za.