Big Brothers

Your boys are begging for these!

Look What I Got!

Remember being a kid and finding something delicious in your lunch box? Or did you take one look and swap with someone else? Now that you’re a parent, you’re on deck to pack something your child will love. It’s simpler, and takes less time, than you might think.

Cool for School

Freezing is a go-to technique. Fill muffin cups with yogurt and/or pureed fruit (no sugar added) and freeze overnight. This is a good way to make child-sized portions of meatloaf and quiche, too. As they thaw, these treats will help keep the other stuff in your kid’s lunch box cool at school. Many items — meat, fish, eggs, beans, cheese, milk, rice, pasta, mayo, and butter — need to be chilled.

Veggies Made Easy

It’s easy to include a few extra veggies. Sandwich in cucumber slices and grated carrots to add color and crunch. Spinach or zucchini, chopped teeny-weeny, are easy additions to tomato sauce you can toss with whole-wheat pasta. Don’t hide them all, though, so your child still gets used to eating vegetables that they can see.

Baggage Check

A princess or superhero makes a fashion statement in the cafeteria. But lunch luggage also needs to have form and function. Look for sturdy, reusable bags with ice-pack pockets inside. Test zippers, ties, and easy-open/click-shut containers. You can also look to see if they are BPA-free.

Make Your Own Munchables

Instead of buying packaged items filled with processed foods, come up with your own. It gives you total control over what’s in there. Stock up on 100% whole-grain crackers and lots of stuff for your child to stack, such as turkey pepperoni, leftover baked chicken shreds, low-fat cheese, hummus, cucumbers, tomatoes, and sliced olives. The possibilities are wide open!

Keep It Rated PG

Let your kids join in picking, prepping, and packing their midday meal. The more involved they are, the more likely they will eat their lunch. Think “PG” for “parental guidance suggested.” Take them along when you shop so they can see, smell, and touch the food. Give them an aisle in the produce section of the store, and then set them free to choose which fruits and veggies they want.

Pack a Lesson In

Loading a lunch box is a way for kids to learn how to make good food choices. Teach them the “My Plate” rule to show what goes into a balanced meal. Fruit and veggies take up half the plate, and the other half splits between grains and proteins. A circle, where their milk glass would go, is off to the side. Have them draw it themselves so it will stick in their minds.

Don’t Be BO-RING!

Swap out what’s in your child’s lunchbox every now and then so it doesn’t get traded or trashed. Pack a black bean cake or soup for the main meal. Put PB&J on a cocoa-flavored rice cake or cinnamon-raisin bagel rather than bread. Make an inside-out sandwich by wrapping thin-sliced turkey or ham around a whole-wheat breadstick, pretzel, carrot stick, or low-fat string cheese. Mix up menu items to make them too tasty to swap!

In Their Dreams

Challenge your child to draw a picture of their dream lunch, and give them a big box of crayons. The brighter, the better. Apples, carrots, celery, grapes, tomatoes, beans, greens, oranges, and blueberries — in any combination — give kids the colors they crave and the nutrients they need. If they sketch nothing but candy, take the opportunity to inspire them about foods that help them learn and play.

Sweet Success

A little bit of sugar or fat is OK if it means kids eat more foods that are good for them. Try these trade-outs for healthier lunchtime desserts:

Do: Whole-wheat graham crackers with natural peanut or almond butter instead of …
Don’t: Chocolate sandwich cookies
Do: “Ants on a log” (celery sticks smeared with peanut butter, topped with raisins, sprinkled with cinnamon) instead of …
Don’t:Fun-size candy bars
Do:  A clementine instead of …
Don’t:A single-serve cup of processed, flavored applesauce

Last Call for Sugary Drinks

Take a hard line on soft drinks. On average, a 12-ounce soda contains about 10 teaspoons of sugar and 150 calories. Juice boxes, even 100% pure, are way up there in calories and sugars, too. Leave them out of the lunch box in favor of water and low-fat (1%) or skim milk, which are good gulps for kids.

Cricket SA

2016 / 2017 INTERNATIONAL CRICKET FIXTURES (South Africa)

WEST INDIES TRI NATION SERIES (Confirm times on Supersport)

Date Against Place
Fri-6 June vs Australia Providence Stadium, Guyana (16h00)
Weds-8 June vs West Indies Providence Stadium, Guyana (16h00)
Mon-13 June vs Australia Warner Park, Basseterre, St Kitts (16h00)
Weds-15 June vs West Indies Warner Park, Basseterre, St Kitts (16h00)
Mon-20 June vs Australia Kensington Oval, Bridgetown, Barbados (16h00)
Fri-24 June vs West Indies Kensington Oval, Bridgetown, Barbados (16h00)

vs NEW ZEALAND

Date Time Place
Fri-Tues: Aug 19-23 10h30 Kingsmead, Durban
Sat-Weds: Aug 27-31 10h30 SuperSport Park, Centurion

ODI vs IRELAND

Date Time Place
Sun-25 Sep 10h00 Willowmoore Park, Benoni

ODI vs AUSTRALIA

Date Time Place
Fri-30 Sep 14h30 SuperSport Park, Centurion
Sun-2 Oct 10h00 Wanderers, Johannesburg
Weds-5 Oct 14h30 Kingsmead, Durban
Sun-9 Oct 10h00 St George’s, Port Elizabeth
Weds-12 Oct 14h30 Newlands, Cape Town

vs SRI LANKA

Date Time Place
Thurs: Dec 15-19 10h30 Wanderers, Johannesburg
Mon-Fri: Dec 26-30 10h30 St George’s, Port Elizabeth
Mon-Fri: Jan 2-6 (2017) 10h30 Newlands, Cape Town

2017

T20 vs SRI LANKA

Date Time Place
Tues-10 Jan 10h30 Newlands, Cape Town
Frid-13 Jan 18h00 SuperSport Park, Centurion
Sun-15 Jan 14h30 Wanderers, Johannesburg

ODI vs SRI LANKA

Date Time Place
Fri-20 Jan 13h30 Kingsmead, Durban
Sun-22 Jan 10h00 St George’s, Port Elizabeth
Fri-27 Jan 13h30 Newlands, Cape Town
Sun-29 Jan 10h00 Wanderers, Johannesburg
Fri-3 Feb 13h30 SuperSport Park, Centurion

Donations tax SA

SOUTH AFRICA

DONATIONS TAX AND ASSOCIATED REGULATIONS

 

A “Donation” is the gratuitous disposal of a property in this case, without expecting something in return.

Donations tax applies to any individual, company or trust that is a resident as defined in section 1 of the Income Tax Act, 1962.

 

INDIVIDUALS

Donations by individuals: the first R100 000 of any bona fide donation will be free of donations tax. It should be noted that this amount is the maximum allowed (in totality) per year of assessment.

In other words, any tax free donations made by the donor, to individuals or otherwise, are capped at a TOTAL of R100 000 per year

A record of all donations, whether taxable or not, should be submitted on Form IT144.

 

A donation will be exempt if the total value of donations for a year of assessment does not exceed:

  • Casual gifts by companies and trusts: R10 000.
  • Donations by individuals: R100 000 (2008 to 2013 years of assessment) (section 56(2) (a) and (b)).

 

Amounts that exceed R100 000 for individuals are liable for 20% Donations Tax:

For amounts greater than R100 000 the person making the donation (donor) is liable for the tax but if the donor fails to pay the tax within the set period, the donor and donee are jointly and severally liable for the tax (section 59).

After making a donation you should fill in Form IT144 (Declaration by donor/donee) and send it to SARS with your payment.

Donations tax must be paid by the end of the month following the month during which the donation takes effect or such longer period as SARS may allow (section 60(1)). Payment must be accompanied by Form IT144 (section 60(4)).

IT144: http://www.sars.gov.za/AllDocs/OpsDocs/SARSForms/IT144%20%20Declaration%20by%20Donor%20-%20External%20Form.pdf

REFERENCES

  1. http://www.cover.co.za/general/donations-tax
  2. https://www.saica.co.za/integritax/2014/2325._Donations.htm
  3. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Law_of_persons_in_South_Africa#Natural_and_juristic_persons

UNITED STATES

In general, contributions to charitable organizations may be deducted up to 50 percent of adjusted gross income computed without regard to net operating loss carrybacks. See more HERE.

REFERENCES

  1. Tax Information for Contributors
  2. Eight Tips for Deducting Charitable Contributions
  3. Organizations Eligible to Receive Tax-Deductible Charitable Contributions
  4. Filing Requirements and Required Disclosures