Arabella Country Estate, one of SA’s leading lifestyle and golfing residential estates situated along the Bot River Lagoon in Kleinmond, is reaping the rewards of their long established water and environmental management plans despite the current drought conditions plaguing the country and the Western Cape in particular. “Over the past 20 years we have taken action to forge long-term sustainable plans regarding water and our immediate environment to ensure sustainability and that we are able to mitigate many future issues. Through the use of established boreholes, a water purification plant, wastewater treatment for recycling and re-use as well as storm water harvesting, the estate is able to ensure sustainable water usage.” explains Estate Manager for Arabella Country Estate, Dirk Uys. A recent study conducted by Parsons & Associates Specialist Groundwater Consultants, who have been monitoring the estates groundwater for more than 20 years, showed that management and monitoring of the groundwater supply scheme at Arabella Country Estate has resulted in groundwater successfully meeting the estates water demand with no apparent negative or significant impacts. Based on the results of the monitoring from October 1997 to October 2017, it can be seen that Arabella Country Estate is using their groundwater resource sustainably, this is in spite of three successive years of below average rainfall. “We realised early on that a lack of appreciation for our resources, one being water, would negatively impact the estates sustainability and future value,” says Dirk. “Our aim is to ensure that at Arabella, we do our utmost to reduce our demands on the Western Cape’s precious water supplies and keep our estate functioning at the highest standards.” Arabella has consistently over the years been awarded their full ISO 14001 Certification, which is an internationally agreed standard that sets out the requirements for an environmental management system. It helps to . . .
Polokwane is the latest province in SA to embrace brain training through the use of neurofeedback, with the opening of Brain Harmonics. Owned and operated by Marius Jacobs, who is passionate about helping others achieve optimum performance in work, sports, and relationships and within themselves, Brain Harmonics trains your brain through the science of changing brain waves by giving your brain real time information about exactly where it is at. The human brain contains approximately 100 billion – yes that’s right – billion neurons. Neurons are the nerve cells within in our brains that help us to function and essentially live, and the 100 billion that each of us possess are capable of storing up to 2.5million GB of information, so no more excuses about not being able to remember! “The communication between these neurons is what produces the brain waves that lead to our thoughts, emotions and behaviours,” explains Marius Jacobs from Brain Harmonics. “Scientifically speaking brainwaves are produced by synchronised electrical pulses from masses of neurons communicating with each other. The importance of producing the correct brainwaves at the correct times is fundamental to our ability to function as a healthy, well adjusted, stress-free individual.” The key brainwaves are: Delta brainwaves are needed for relaxing sleep Theta brainwaves allow us to visualize, daydream, zone out and have those ah-ha moments. Alpha brainwaves are your creative frequency, your internal happiness and your short term memory Sensory Motor Rhythm (SMR) is the mind body connection allowing your mind and body to work optimally together Beta brainwaves are your ''office manager'', they are your thinking, processing frequency, the one that helps you to stay on task and get things into action Hi Beta brainwaves are produced when there is stress, anxiety, trying to do too many things at the same time. The average human being is dealing with 50 000 more bits of . . .