TIB mentors Northwood Learners

Old boys Mark Tuttle and Roger Nicolin have gone above and beyond the call.

These two Knights have partnered with Northwood in not only offering two boys the opportunity to study at the School of Choice through the Support a Squire Initiative. They have also started an internship program in which they will mentor the two boys, teach them the ins and outs of the industry and possibly take them on board after school.

''Giving is not just about making a donation, it is about making a difference.''

- Kathy Calvin CEO United Nation Foundation

The Support a Squire initiative is intended to assist under privileged boys by giving them an opportunity to attend Northwood School. Boys with a variety of talents and demographics receive assistance through this initiative.

Having met with Mark and Roger, they expressed that the challenges the boys face can be met further and beyond just assisting them through school. What happens to these boys when they matriculate? What opportunities will these boys have after school?

These questions were then answered by the birth of an internship program. The boys will have numerous encounters with Mark and Roger. They will spend time in their office block where they will be exposed to the dynamics of the company. During this time, the boys will learn invaluable skills that will benefit them right through life.

At the end of matric, there will be with two employable Northwood Old boys that came from nothing and thanks to the generosity of Mark and Roger, have a future.

We salute you - Mark Tuttle and Roger Nicolin - True Knights supporting their community.

If you are interested in finding out more about the Support a Squire initiative and how the internship program works, please get in touch. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. +27715142525

Tuttle Insurance to the rescue of Red Frogs

The Red Frog's are an organisation whose mission it is to provide a positive peer presence in alcohol-fuelled environments where young people gather and to educate young people on safe partying behaviour.

Their role in making youth events and parties, like Rage, safer is huge, so when they needed help Tuttle Insurance was ready to step in! This is what Red Frog had to say about Tuttle Insurance Brokers...

"Picture it, a week out from the start of Rage and our yearly insurance sponsor said they can no longer assist us as that division is closing... panic ensues! No insurance = no cars! We were grasping at straws when Tuttle Insurance Brokers, who manage our RFSA liability, courageously put up their hand and saved us at the last minute! We are incredibly grateful and continuously blown away by the support for the Red Frogs."

Tuttle Insurance Rat causes R154,000 damage to Porsche

Lots of awful things can happen to a car - crashes, hijackings, hailstone damage, break-ins, flooding - but few people who take out insurance consider the destructive power of rats.

From chewing on essential wiring to building nests and hiding food inside the engine, a nesting rat with a taste for wiring insulation can be quite the wrecking furball.

When Micheal Maeso of Mount Edgecombe, KwaZulu-Natal, took his prized Porsche Carrera 4S Cabriolet on a spin recently, just three weeks after a full service was done, he noticed the oil pressure gauge wasn’t working.

Back to the Porsche dealership the car went, and that’s how the resident rat, and the damage it had caused before it died, was discovered.

“I was horrified,” Maeso said, “but I suppose living in areas that were previously cane fields, these things happen.”

The repair bill was a hefty R154,000. Luckily for him, his claim was settled by his insurer, Hollard, via his broker, TIB Insurance Brokers.

“My house has been fumigated now and I will make sure the car is armed with rat poison and anything else that Porsche recommends,” Maeso said.

His insurance policy covers damage by animals, excluding domestic pets. So rat damage is covered, but any scratching, biting, chewing or soiling by dogs and cats is not.

Image © Marino Performance Motors

tuttle insurance Appreciating the hero complex

The death of James Small is a reminder that sports stars should only be judged for what they achieve on the field of play, writes former Bok STEFAN TERBLANCHE.

I don’t even know where to begin after a very emotional time, saying goodbye to one of our 1995 World Cup heroes and, more importantly, a friend and brother to us all: James Small.

To many of us, James was much more than just a rugby player and his death was met with heartache and tears, while also sparking much debate, articles and speculation about his life away from the rugby pitch.

I have often been criticised for my view that rugby players, and any other sportsperson for that matter, sign up to play sport purely for the love of it.

Many of the extras thrust on to these players are completely uncalled-for and most sportspeople are not capable of dealing with them. As fans and supporters in South Africa, we are constantly looking for feel-good stories and people who we can look up to, even though the real heroes and superstars are all around us in everyday life.

There is the mom who lost her husband, now left with two young children and no life insurance. The teacher who collects one of his pupils in the township every day on the way to and from school. The security guard at the gate who gets up at 3am, gets to work before everyone else, and greets us with the biggest and warmest smile even though we are ‘too tired’ to even raise our hand or nod our heads to greet them. In my book, these are the real heroes.

So often, and through no fault of their own, we put sports stars on a pedestal, not because of their sporting talents but because of our own circumstances and shortcomings. When they fail, we judge them according to our own double standards; we react and criticise because it reflects badly on our own choices and judge of character. We don’t need to name these sport stars as we have seen many of them in the past, and trust me when I say we will see many more in the future.

The heroes and people we need to aspire to emulate and look up to are around us: they are in our communities; at the rugby club where we have a drink every Friday or Saturday afternoon; at school where we drop off our kids every day.

We don’t need to look at sport stars and celebrities to inspire us and we should only celebrate their performances and special talents in their fields of play.

Please don’t get me wrong, as for not one moment would I put myself in the celebrity sphere of a James Small or a John Smit, but at some stage in my career I was seen as a hero to not only a young child, but also to some adults and people much more successful
in life than I would ever be.

I can tell you right now I wasn’t the right person for that job and many other sport stars, current and former, don’t fit the bill either. That doesn’t make them bad people at all, just not the right people.

We should understand and learn the difference between sport heroes and real heroes and become the people we would like these stars to be; not only for our own well-being but also for those closest and dearest to us.

Celebrate and respect them for what they achieve on the field, that’s all.

*Terblanche is a former Springbok who earned 37 Test caps. He is now the CEO of the SA Rugby Legends Association and will serve as a member of World Rugby’s judicial committee at the 2019 World Cup. His column was brought to you by Tuttle Insurance Brokers.

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The 5th edition of the York timber enduro was another huge success in the small town of Sabie. The event is like no other on the south African mtb calendar and incorporates the best aspects of mountain biking into 4 days of trails and fun. York Timbers is a JSE listed company based in Sabie town and employs over 5000 individuals across the country. The enduro event showcases the area and brings much needed revenue to the town during the event, besides the direct impact of the event a legacy of the development and 500 Qubeka bikes is another positive felt across the board.

The format of the event is similar to a PRO-AM in the golfing world where 30 professional mountain bikers are teamed up with 30 invited corporate teams of amateurs. Points and times are allocated to each team over the 4 days with the major focus being placed on team work and the accumulated time of each member of the team is tally'd up. The timed stages were:

13 x Enduro stages
1 x XCO race (1 hr)
1 x time trial stage (8.5km)
2 x DH runs
1 x Short course XCO relay
1 x Dual Eliminator

My team was one of the most experienced in that we had Mannie Haymans, Erica Green, Vincent Durand and Sean Badenhorst. All of whom are legends in there own right in the MTB industry. This really made my weekend super enjoyably and we finished 6th overall whilst have a lot of fun along the way.

The focus of the event was all about teamwork and having fun doing what we enjoy most "riding our bikes" and I'm really happy to have been part of it all.


Words by Andrew Hil
Photo's neilkleb.co.za

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