Community Exchange News

Community Exchange News is the Newsletter of the Cape Town group of the SANE Community Exchange System


  1. General: New CES Logo Wanted
  2. New Group: Twee Riviere Talent Exchange
  3. Groups: Garden Route Gets Going
  4. Markets: Food Market Day - 21 November
  5. Markets: Harfield Village Carnival - 27 November
  6. Help: CES User Guide Available
  7. CTTE Group Statistics: September 2004
  8. Web Site: New features
  9. Tip: How to Get Help
  10. Theory: The Matter with 'Old' Money
  11. Administration: Local Area Co-ordinators

The Talent Exchange - where your wealth is your talent

General: New CES Logo Required

WHY? People love logos, but it's not just that. We need to be seen. CES has grown big enough to have a specific face apart from the SANE logo. And admin is offering a generous incentive of T5000 because CES needs a face to succeed:



New Group: Twee Riviere Joins the Talent Exchange

A new group has joined the Talent Exchange. This time it is a remote farming community in the Twee Riviere area of the Eastern Cape. At the beginning this group will consist of a number of farmers who will trade with each other. They have traded informally for years but by joining the Talent Exchange their exchanges will now be formalised and they will be able keep a record of who does/gives what to whom. Watch this group as there will be some good accommodation offers out that way.

Groups: Garden Route Gets Going

The Garden Route Group was created almost a year ago and stood dormant for many months. Now the group has resuscitated itself and is forging ahead strongly. In the past month a lot of new members have been added and quite a lot of trades have taken place. Watch this group too, especially for accommodation offers. What is nicer than spending a few days in that part of the world?

Markets: November Market is a Food Market Day

The next Talent Exchange Market Day will be on Sunday 21 November 2004. This will be a food market day organised by Permacore, the most active organisation on the CTTE. The market will run from 10am-3pm at the Living Art Farm, Main Road, Noordhoek.

Some of the items on offer will be: fruit & vegetables, nuts, eggs, pies (cooked - uncooked), quiches, jams, sauces, relishes, juices, frozen foods, herbs, honey, meat, snack items. We are hoping too that there will be cheeses, milk and yoghurt products. Other stalls will offer a range of non-food items. If you want to sell items on the day, please call Beau at 021 789 2494 or write to market/at/

Markets: Harfield Village Carnival

Talent Exchangers have been invited to participate in the Harfield Village Carnival on Saturday 27 November. The Carnival will take place in a section of 2nd Avenue, Kenilworth, between Durham Road and Cornwall/Devon Roads. It will start at 10 a.m. and go on for the whole day. The Talent Exchange has been allocated a space but no tables will be provided.

If you would like to participate in this event then you will have to bring your own table. All Talent Exchangers will be together in the same space, so we need to ensure that we stand out from the crowd by advertising that we are different!

As most of the crowd will be Rand enabled, members may sell their wares for Rands if they wish but our emphasis should be to promote the Talent Exchange and encourage the public to join.

If you would like to participate in this event, please write to market/at/

Help: CES User Guide Available

The long awaited CES User Guide is now available for downloading from the CES web site. You will find links to it from the Home Page of your account, after you log in. You can also link to it directly from here. It is available in three versions: HTML, Adobe Acrobat PDF and Microsoft Word. The latter two are for printing while the HTML version is best for viewing on the screen.

The User Guide is the definitive guide to the CES web site and will help you understand how the functions and facilities available from your account work. If you are puzzled how to reverse a trade, correct mistakes in your entries and anything else, then download the User Guide and find out how it is done.

CTTE Group statistics: October 2004

September saw a massive 38% increase in trading over the previous month but October saw and even more massive 46.8% increase over September! Another important milestone was reached during the month when trading passed the T500,000 mark.

Much of this increase was due to the successful Market Day on 24 October at Novalis, but generally trading has picked up considerably as more members join the system

The month also saw a 13.7% growth in membership with the greatest number of people joining in one month ever.

November promises to be another bumper month and hopefully we will pass the T100,000 in one month mark.

At the end of October 2004:

Trader Statistics:

Total members: 823 Total traders: 458
% of members who have traded: 55.65 % of members who have not traded: 44.35
Total sellers: 260 Seller/buyer ratio: 0.6
% of members who have sold: 31.59 % of traders who have sold: 56.77
# of sellers who have bought 235 # of sellers who have not bought: 25
Total buyers: 433 Buyer/seller ratio: 1.67
% of members who have bought: 52.61 % of traders who have bought: 94.54
# of buyers who have sold: 235 # of buyers who have not sold: 198
Trading Statistics
Total # of sales: 4591 Total # of purchases: 4587
Total income: 538459.71 Total expenditure: 538459.71
Income/expenditure less levies: 518819.65 Overall balance: 0.00
Talentry Statistics (from 15 May)
Total revenue: 19640.06 Transferred to Admin: 13739.44
# of levy payments: 1876 Current Talentry balance: 5900.62


Individuals: 705
Families: 24
Companies: 50
Organisations: 30
Virtuals: 11
Public: 2
Administrators: 1
Total: 823

Trading 2003/2004:

Month-Year Trades Talents Average Levy Total (- levy) Total (+ levy)
February 2003 3 295.00 98.33 0.00 295.00 295.00
March 2003 8 394.00 49.25 0.00 689.00 689.00
April 2003 9 1768.00 196.44 0.00 2457.00 2457.00
May 2003 21 2802.02 133.43 0.00 5259.02 5259.02
June 2003 80 6091.82 76.15 0.00 11350.84 11350.84
July 2003 113 10493.65 92.86 0.00 21844.49 21844.49
August 2003 194 19949.01 102.83 0.00 41793.50 41793.50
September 2003 263 26404.88 100.40 0.00 68198.38 68198.38
October 2003 179 35284.47 197.12 0.00 103482.85 103482.85
November 2003 151 18504.75 122.55 0.00 121987.60 121987.60
December 2003 91 10601.50 116.50 0.00 132589.10 132589.10
January 2004 316 26223.62 82.99 0.00 158812.72 158812.72
February 2004 269 27392.60 101.83 0.00 186205.32 186205.32
March 2004 634 37249.23 58.75 0.00 223454.55 223454.55
April 2004 204 15041.29 73.73 0.00 238495.84 238495.84
May 2004 464 39853.81 84.34 1443.84 277627.73 279071.57
June 2004 149 28646.70 184.87 2203.60 305172.63 308820.07
July 2004 98 41020.27 404.09 2839.16 344773.32 351259.92
August 2004 184 41182.04 215.70 2984.96 384462.88 393934.44
September 2004 522 56503.18 104.30 4116.94 438907.59 452496.09
October 2004 639 82937.84 125.06 6051.56 518819.65 538459.71
Total: 4591 T538459.71 T117.29 T19640.06    
Excluding levy: T518819.65 T113.01  

Web Site: New features

There have been a few modifications to the site during the past month. Most of these do not affect the way anything works, but they provide more information about the status of the group.

This Group

Click on the [This Group] button and you will see seven buttons that provide you with a wealth of information about the real time position of your group. The statistical information above (Group Statistics) is available live from this page, as well as tables showing the growth of the group, when members last accessed their accounts, member balances and the list of local area co-ordinators (as shown below). There is also a link to the CES Discussion Forum.


You may now list offerings from any date of your choice. Previously this option only produced a printer friendly version which did not allow you to click for the member's personal details. Now you can see the list in the standard format, which allows you to go to a member's personal profile page. This is particularly useful if you are looking at the offerings of other groups.

Tip: How to Get Help

With the launch of our User Guide, the theme this month is how to get help on using your account on the CES web site. While the manual explains everything, it is not always the most convenient way of getting help. You have to print it out or switch to the HTML version, and often you just want a quick answer without any effort. Remember there is always the [Help] button available. Most account holders have not even noticed it is there. The help button is constantly there, at the right hand end of the horizontal menu. Clicking on the Help button will always give you contextual help on the page you are viewing. So next time you are stuck, don't write to the Administrator, look it up in the Help or download the User Guide!

If you really get stuck, phone your nearest local area co-ordinator. There is a complete list of co-ordinators below. They are there to help you. Make use of them!

Theory: Disadvantages of Conventional Money

Last month we looked at the advantages of complementary currencies, such as Talents. This month we look at the disadvantages or negative aspects of conventional money.

Conventional money is not all disadvantageous, of course. While it is still legal tender and the mainstream money it has some tremendous advantages over complementary currencies: it is acceptable everywhere, everyone accepts it (they are obliged to by its legal tender status!), it is convertible into other currencies and so on. However, it has some tremendous disadvantages, though most of us wouldn't see these as disadvantages as we have never thought about it. Here are some of them:

Administration: Local Area Co-ordinators

The following is the current list of CTTE Local Area Co-ordinators or 'branches' of the Cape Town Talent Exchange. If you have a problem accessing your account, do not have regular access to a computer or just hate the internet, then contact your nearest co-ordinator who will help you interface with the Talent Exchange. Co-ordinators will provide you with everything you need to participate, as well as enter your trades for you. We hope to 'recruit' co-ordinators in the sub-areas not listed below. If you would like to assist please write to the Administrator at the address at the bottom of this Newsletter.

# A/C # Name Sub-Area Suburb Tel (h) Tel (w) Cell E-mail
1 SANE0222 Marco Bezzoli Atlantic Greenpoint 021 447 8675 082 957 8819 marco.arch/at/
2 SANE0349 Iain Macdonald City Bowl Gardens 021 462 6755 021 461 8880 072 327 2840 iain-intuition/at/
3 SANE0554 Occulus City Bowl Woodstock 082 900 7993 021 426 2707 082 900 7993 occulus/at/
4 SANE0564 James Baxendale Constantiaberg Constantia 021 794 4264 021 794 4264 082 903 3975 Bax1a/at/
5 SANE0432 Pat Oliver Constantiaberg Diep River 021 712 6362 021 712 6362 patoliver/at/
6 SANE0435 Dawn Pilatowicz Constantiaberg Marina da Gama 021 788 8357 021 788 1528 083 226 8250 dawn/at/
7 SANE0448 Jeremy & Jacqui Wakeford Hout Bay Hout Bay 021 790 8558 021 650 2982 083 414 7393 jwakeford/at/
8 SANE0485 Liza Johnson Northern Suburbs Durbanville 021 511 7181 072 234 9595 vrcptadm/at/
9 SANE0146 Angie Whitehead Northern Suburbs Parow 021 939 0467 021 937 1940 072 242 4334 awhitehead/at/
10 SANE0756 Ethel Seager Northern Suburbs Tygervalley 021 976 8176 083 701 1480 e.seager/at/
11 SANE0009 Karen Jordi South Peninsula Glencairn to Noordhoek 072 387 5661 jordik/at/
12 SANE0292 Elfi Tomlinson South Peninsula Kalk Bay 021 788 7842 021 788 7842 083 703 3878 elfitom/at/
13 SANE0127 Debbie Bub South Peninsula Kommetjie 021 785 4664 deb-bub/at/
14 SANE0010 Beau Horgan South Peninsula Noordhoek 021 789 2494 021 789 2494 beau/at/
15 SANE0098 Heidi-Jayne Hawkins South Peninsula Welcome Glen 021 650 2442 084 891 9139 hhawkins/at/
16 SANE0046 Vicky Richter Southern Suburbs Kenwyn 021 7612256 021 797 3660 073 168 4748 vicky/at/
17 SANE0481 Leroy Al Kata Southern Suburbs Marina da Gama 021 788 7033 0832187588 leroy_al/at/
18 SANE0035 Unwembi Southern Suburbs Newlands 021 683 4515 ces/at/
19 SANE0022 Len Stern Southern Suburbs Rondebosch 021 689 4239 lenstern/at/
20 SANE0002 Tim Jenkin Southern Suburbs Rosebank 021 685 4741 021 683 4515 083 354 9374 tim/at/
21 SANE0534 Kim Fourie Tableview Ysterplaat 021 510 5261 021 534 0460 083 993 4580 kim.fourie/at/