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About earthcurve

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  • Birthday 11/19/1959

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    East Coast, USA
  • First Name
    Norman
  • Landed
    May 2001
  • SA Location
    All over SA
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    Afrikaans

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  1. Hi Dave, I visited your site at Westworks and took a look at the postings. I am not an engineer, but have worked extensively as a communications executive in engineering-heavy fields, developing and executing communications plans to significantly improve the bottom line. Earlier in my career, I was the spokesman for the Structural Steel Industry in South Africa and most recently I've worked in similar fashion in industry development initiatives in North Carolina. In the past four years, I helped set up a major program to create a biofuels industry sector in North Carolina. I have a successful track record; in the biotech sector, more than a billion dollars in new revenue, and this year at the Biofuels Center, one campaign reached 82% of the state's drivers. I grew up in mining towns in South Africa; my dad was mine manager at Buffelsfontein Gold Mine and I worked underground during my university vacations for cash, so I have a first-hand knowledge of the mining industry. I am a South African national, but have a permanent Green Card to work in the U.S. and my wife is an American citizen. My profile on LinkedIn is at: http://www.linkedin.com/in/normanasmit Let me know if engineering or mining communications positions are likely to be handled by Westworks and if my professional background would be a good match for the kinds of placements you make? All the best, Norman Smit
  2. Did everyone have to fill out the citizenship form? Most of the fields on the BI529 are straightforward, but I am going to find it difficult locating my mothers' and fathers' ID numbers with both of them being dead. Dates and place of birth is easy for them, but I have no idea what their IDs were.
  3. Hi guys, I spotted a posting in my email inbox from the forum and it prompted me to check my South African passport. I don't need to travel internationally and haven't been back to South Africa in years because since my Mom passed, I haven't had any family there. But Murphy's Law says that the moment you don't have a valid passport is when you'll need it. Had I thought about this sooner, I'd have reapplied while it was still current. It was issued 27 Jan 2000 and expired on the 26th of Jan this year. I'm based in NC. Can anyone advise me about the process I'll need to follow to get a new SA passport, the documents I'll need to supply and how difficult a process it is to obtain a new passport, costs, etc? Thanks, Norman
  4. My wife and I were returning home on a road trip from a visit to friends and had heard about the restaurant and decided to try it out. The menu looked great but our experience was very disappointing. The service was abysmal, the food mediocre, items on the menu weren't available, and the wine came with a floater (not cork debris). I actually felt embarrassed being South African and eating in a restaurant that so badly served our cuisine or culture. I will never go back there again.
  5. Thanks. The listings for all have a wide range of prices and editions. I'll do a search in the Raleigh area for a book expert.
  6. I'm in the process of reorganising my study and have a number of books I inherited from my father. I've separated out those that have sentimental value, but I have others that I've just schlepped around that I wonder about the value of. One example - I have a set of Harmsworth Home Doctor 4th edition that dates back to the 1920's (curiously, it doesn't have a published date in it that I can find) and I wonder if anybody knows of a service or a company or a website that might be able to tell me if it has any value at all. I know enough to know that it depends on their condition, but right now I don't know if they are worth 25c, $25, $2,500 or more. I think my Dad got them when he was still farming and the nearest Doctor was miles away.
  7. earthcurve

    Wie kyk krieket?

    Satellite (Direct TV) has a world cup package - it's about $250 or thereabouts for the entire World Cup. They also have individual match packages for Tests, but those are relatively speaking even more expensive. It's the only televised cricket I've seen. You may want to find out if there's a local cricket league - some regions have teams comprised of people from all over the cricket-playing world who play other, similarly composed teams during the summer. They would value the support and interest and they are usually very social.
  8. I'm not a pilot yet, but will be starting soon. I'd suggest joining AOPA, for starters - they have a lot of information for pilots here in the US, some of which is on the public website, the rest is on the member's site. Make sure you get the necessary security clearances - AOPA has the step by step procedure. It's a requirement since 9-11 for all non-Americans. Once a member, you can also call them and talk to someone at the organisation. AOPA stands for Aircraft Owners and Pilots' Association. Good luck.
  9. earthcurve

    The Rugby Channel

    It's not quite the rugby channel, but on DSTV (satellite) Setanta sports carries a fair amount of rugby. I've been watching for about two weeks now and it's mostly been northern hemisphere stuff, but I caught an All Blacks England game and the Currie Cup final. It's only about $11 a month. My wife found it and bought it for me for a Christmas gift - nice of her - especially as she was only introduced to it when she visited South Africa. It's been the first rugby I've watched in a year.
  10. Hi guys, My stuff is coming over from SA - all my household goods. The people packing the goods have separated out my wine and booze - a few bottles of booze and about 20 bottles of good wine. They say the duties I'll pay on the booze and wine will be very steep. I was under the impression that I didn't need to pay duties on household goods coming in. This is the first and only container of my stuff coming over. Anyone know if I'll have to pay at all or what the situation is? Thanks, Norman
  11. earthcurve

    Katrina

    The only one who seemed to get it spot on beforehand was a Prof who is a researcher from Louisiana State University.... Ivor van Heerden. His accent sounded very South African. He accurately predicted the soup/sludge/gas mix that would result when the berms were topped by the water backing up in the Lake. And he did so without any hype. As my (Oklahoman) wife put it - of course the Dutch boy would know what kind of shit is going to go down if you pull your finger out the dyke..... She said that before the storm even hit. As an former resident of tornado alley for many years, she has a keen interest in weather watching and has followed proceedings with interest. That storm is certainly an ill wind.
  12. Antz, Talk to your vet. I emigrated with my cats to the US. Regarding cats, all they needed were their shots - and proof of it - and clearance by the State Vet regarding those inocculations. I'm not certain about dogs. But your vet will know or be able to tell you who to contact. There are also specific regs regarding flying them over that you need to meet regarding the size of the crate, what it's made of, etc. The airline will be able to supply you with those. Earthcurve
  13. Hi guys, I came over to the US in 2001 after conducting a long distance to and fro relationship, my (American) fiancee and I were married in the US shortly thereafter. I am in the final stages of my naturalisation - although I fully intend keeping my SA citizenship. My wife and I have moved several times in the US because of my work and post from SA hasn't been reliable - in either direction. I recently received a double whammy. I learned that my aging mother has cancer (she still lives in SA) and also received a letter from the Receiver of Revenue that finally caught up with me, claiming I owe SARS R18 000 dating back to 2002. My Mom only has a few months to live and I don't have the time to raise that kind of money and pay for an air ticket back to SA before she dies. My question is, is there a list there that I may appear on - I don't want to be arrested for these taxes. (I'd like to query a few things, but I don't intend not paying it - I'll get around to negotiating settling my tax.) Right now, I simply don't have the time. I was planning on going back no later than March (or sooner if necessary). Any ideas or suggestions as to how to deal with this? Do I call the SA embassy and come clean or do I take a chance and negotiate from a distance when I get back? I just don't want to be on some hotlist and get dragged off to the chookie when I arrive! (ps - I'm brand new on this forum so please excuse my ignorance regarding double posting - I also posted this message under the immigration section.)
  14. Hi guys, I came over to the US in 2001 after conducting a long distance to and fro relationship, my (American) fiancee and I were married in the US shortly thereafter. I am in the final stages of my naturalisation - although I fully intend keeping my SA citizenship. My wife and I have moved several times in the US because of my work and post from SA hasn't been reliable - in either direction. I recently received a double whammy. I learned that my aging mother has cancer (she still lives in SA) and also received a letter from the Receiver of Revenue that finally caught up with me, claiming I owe SARS R18 000 dating back to 2002. My Mom only has a few months to live and I don't have the time to raise that kind of money and pay for an air ticket back to SA before she dies. My question is, is there a list there that I may appear on - I don't want to be arrested for these taxes. (I'd like to query a few things, but I don't intend not paying it - I'll get around to negotiating settling my tax.) Right now, I simply don't have the time. I was planning on going back no later than March (or sooner if necessary). Any ideas or suggestions as to how to deal with this? Do I call the SA embassy and come clean or do I take a chance and negotiate from a distance when I get back? I just don't want to be on some hotlist and get dragged off to the chookie when I arrive!
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