* One small gesture may be the catalyst to a Manganese Ore Free PE Beachfront * Sailors vote for the environment * Turtles-1, Plastic Straws-0 * Surf the wave to Turn the Tide on Plastic The Nelson Mandela Bay, Port Elizabeth based Algoa Bay Yacht Club (ABYC) has banned Plastic Straws and issued a challenge to every consumer and business to say; "No to plastic" as the wave to 'Turn the Tide on Plastic' becomes a tsunami. Inspired by the Volvo Ocean Race yacht, 'Turn the Tide on Plastic, skippered by Britain's, Dee Caffari and after a talk by Sustainable Seas Trust Director Dr Tony Ribbink, the decision to move towards a Plastic Free Zone at ABYC by banning plastic straws was unanimously approved by the ABYC Exco on Tuesday 16 January 2018. "With 350 kg's of plastic being dumped in the ocean every second, it is projected that there will be more plastics than fish in the ocean by 2050. This pollution is killing millions of marine animals and sea birds each year, damaging sensitive ecosystems, affecting environmental and human health. Aside from lost opportunities the cost to Africa runs in to billions annually," said SST Director Dr Tony Ribbink at a recent presentation to members and sailors at the Algoa Bay Yacht Club. Spearheaded by the ABYC's House Commodore, Frank Atkinson, ABYC has implemented an immediate ban on plastic straws and will move towards a plastic free environment. Frank says; "All my life I have been fortunate to have lived beside the water - either the Zwartkops River or the beaches of Port Elizabeth. Our activities as kids were sailing, swimming, fishing and gathering bait where I was subjected first hand to the horrors caused by carelessly discarded plastic on the marine and wildlife in general. What really hit home however was a recent screening at the Algoa Bay Yacht Club by Dr Tony Ribbink of a film depicting how floating plastic bags were eaten by dolphins who mistook them for jelly fish and a particularly horrifying look at . . .
In keeping with worldwide beauty trends, KZN’s largest annual wedding exhibition, formerly The NWJ Bridal and Events Show, is relaunching as The NWJ Bridal & Beauty Experience bringing with it a fresh, new take on modern wedding trends and the introduction of an authentic interactive beauty experience. Recognising the shift towards individual expression as the new definition of beauty, and the impact this has had on the beauty industry itself, is what gave rise to the inception of The NWJ Bridal & Beauty Experience which takes place from 2 to 4 March 2018 at the Durban Exhibition Centre. “The coming of age of the millennial generation has shifted traditional beauty norms from the pursuit of superficial perfectionism, of the much-revered super models of the 80’s and 90’s, to a more inclusive view of beauty; incorporating all shapes and sizes, religions, cultures and sexual orientations,” explains Creative Director, Yasmin Kathoria. “We wanted to understand the emerging millennial market and their diverse interests. We sought to adapt our bridal event to appeal to this market for the benefit of consumers and exhibitors alike,” she explains. The all-new NWJ Bridal & Beauty Experience will showcase the latest bridal and beauty trends, while providing a platform for brands and beauty, hair and bridal influencers to challenge society’s definition of beauty and tap into this market by introducing innovative and creative themes, products and techniques. “The millennial generation connects more with relatable social influencers than the actual brands themselves, which is why we reset our focus on creating the ultimate bridal and beauty experience, including live tutorials by local influencers and an all-inclusive experience never seen before in South Africa,” said Kathoria. The NWJ Bridal & Beauty Experience will showcase cutting-edge beauty trends with bridal masterclasses, hair and make-up tutorials, brow artistry, male-grooming trends, . . .
https://youtu.be/EgSVGEdRxFY Before capturing ideas we all have a different ritual of thinking: some people swing their Jotter like a pendulum, others might turn it between their fingers, everyone has their own Rhythm of Writing. From: Leanne Drysdale More Info here: http://www.parkerpensa.co.za CLICK HERE to submit a Video Press Release to MyPR. . . .
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Meet and make new friends on Moghozi Chat Rooms website. This is the latest local Chat Room to enter the social media scene in Southern Africa with thousands of users already registered. You can chat and meet new people build friendships and relationships. There are chat rooms with specific topics like politics,religion, TV shows like Muvhango, Skeem saam Isibaya etc, news and current affairs and romance and love. The social media platform comes with great features and functionalities like uploading photos and creating your own photo albums. Users can also upload videos and send private messages. The platform is very easy to navigate and very user friendly! One of the perks of this network is that visitors can also browse the website content without logging in or registering. Join BABBLEFORUM https://www.babbleforum.com and become part of Mzansi’s growing online community. YouTube: https://youtu.be/Rci5rUhWdr0 CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. More Info on Join the new South African Chat Rooms website here: https://www.babbleforum.com Twitter: https://twitter.com/babbleforum Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/BabbleForum . . .
Thousands of bags filled with litter were prevented from entering the sea off the KwaZulu-Natal coast this past month thanks to various beach-clean ups organized by the Plastics|SA Sustainability Division. According to Douw Steyn, Sustainability Director at Plastics|SA, a staggering amount of litter made its way down the Umgeni river recently after heavy rains and was collecting in a rocky area close to the Blue Lagoon river mouth. “We were monitoring the situation closely and realized that drastic action needed to be taken to ensure that this litter does not end up in the oceans. Thanks to great team work and the support of our Product Recovery Organisations (Polystyrene Association of SA, SAVA, PETCO and Polyco), the Duzi Umgeni Conservation Trust (DUCT), the KZN Marine Waste Network and local volunteer organisations such as the Clean-Up Blue Lagoon team, we were able to contract clean-up teams and mobilize more than 120 volunteers. Over a period of 5 days they collected more than 1,100 bags filled with litter,” Steyn said. During the same week, Plastics|SA also supported various other clean-ups in the area (organised by, amongst others, the Durban Green Corridor, Aqua Addicts and the Clean Surf Project) by donating more than 7,000 bags for their campaigns. This all formed part of the Plastics|SA River Catchment Project, which involves education programmes, aimed at local communities, on saving the marine environment by avoiding polluting river ways in three coastal catchment areas. “Whether at the Blue Lagoon, uMlazi river mouth, Cutting Beach or Isipingo, these clean-ups all reflected the negative impact that areas with little or no waste management have on our environment, and man’s total disregard for nature. The majority of the waste that we collected was post-consumer packaging materials that have a value for recyclers and are in high demand for recycling into a myriad of other products. This material should not end up in landfill, and most . . .
Vaping community to unite to shape SA vaping laws at upcoming Durban Vape festival. Vaping is becoming a way of life for South Africans. Just how popular the phenomenon has become, is attested to by the launching of Vape Festivals, the latest of which will be held in Durban on Saturday 16 December. Andre van Biljon, spokesperson for ‘Durban Vape festival’ points out that about 4 000 vaping enthusiasts are expected to attend the Vape Fest at the Durban Exhibition Centre. “The event in Durban is the second to be held this year. It follows the successful Cape Town Vape Fest, which was held in March. We expect that the Durban event will attract vapers who, like their Cape Town counterparts, are keen to learn about the alternative to tobacco smoking that is sweeping the country and is, undoubtedly, one of the fastest-growing social trends in the country.” Vapour Products Association of South Africa (VPA) will also be exhibiting at the Festival that has, to date, attracted a record 35 participants across the industry. VPA will be participating as part of its campaign asking South African vapers to lend their voices and to be heard. Those attending will experience the new devices and receive the latest internationally recognised vaping information - as well as learn how they can lend their voices into shaping South Africa’s Vaping laws. The popularity of the Cape Town event and sales of tickets for the Durban Vape fest indicated that vaping, far from being a temporary fashion statement, it is saving lives by moving smokers to a product which the Royal College of Physicians in the UK has reached consensus is 95% safer than smoking, says Director of Vapour Products Association (VPA) Kabir Kaleechurn. “We understand from the vaping community that, thousands of South Africans of all ages are replacing tobacco cigarettes with devices. By doing so, they are making a conscious choice to reduce the health risks associated with smoking and inhaling burning tobacco . . .
Johannesburg –12 December 2017: Servest joined the sixth annual, Steyn City ‘Delivering Happiness to Diepsloot’ campaign, to bring some festive cheer to school learners in Diepsloot. The annual CSI project continues to bring cheer and joy ahead of the Christmas season to 12 000 primary school children in Diepsloot. “People are at the heart of our business at Servest, and we believe in relationships and human partnerships to create mutual success.” says Kumaran Pillay, Marketing and Sales Director for the Office Services division of Servest. Servest invests in local communities through the Lesipho Trust, a non-profit organisation, that provides bursary and business opportunities to previously disadvantaged individuals. “We have the opportunity to make a difference in the communities we operate in. Let’s seize the moment and build our nation, by investing in the education and happiness of our children” says Kumaran, on Servest’s involvement with the annual project. Servest joined forces with Steyn City Properties and other sponsors to donate food, beverages and stationery to fill the school bags with treats for each learner. These gifted school bags will provide learners with a sense of dignity and pride for the coming school year. Celebrity appearances added an extra touch of energy to the proceedings. This year, TboTouch, along with soccer legends Shaun Bartlett, Mark Williams, Marks Maponyane, cricketer Heino Kuhn, Man Cave presenter Janez Vermeiren, and DJs from Touch HD, including Sammy Sosa, Kyle Worde, and popular TV Chef Benny Masekwameng all attended. “We look forward to taking part again next year and creating more awareness around the initiative.” says Kumaran. CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. More Info on Servest joined hands with Steyn City Properties, Sponsors, South African Personalities, and the Community to Deliver Happiness to Diepsloot Learners. here: http://www.servest.co.za . . .
We spoke exclusively this week to Legendary New Zealand sailor Stu Bannatyne, dubbed the 'King of the Southern Ocean' who has spent a major part of the last two decades racing through that area of the world. He is what I would descibe as the “Roger Federer” of Round the world Sailing. He has competed in seven Volvo Ocean Races. Bannatyne won the Volvo Ocean Race (then known as the Whitbread Round the World Race) in his first attempt, when he sailed on NZ Endeavour during the 1993–94 Whitbread Round the World Race. He has also sailed in eight Fastnet Races, three Transpacific Yacht Races and in 11 Sydney to Hobart Yacht Races. He admits that he's addicted to the pull of the most remote areas of the planet. I caught up with him this week in Cape Town on board the race yacht –Dongfeng Racing prior to departure to talk music. You are from New Zealand so which band do you love is it: Crowded House or Spilt Enz or Super Groove? Split Enz for sure. Split Enz was a rock band from New Zealand that was popular during the late 1970s and early 1980s. It was founded 1973 by Tim Finn and Phil Judd. I love songs like "I Got You" a number one hit for them, "One Step Ahead”, "History Never Repeats”, and "Six Months in a Leaky Boat". Hopefully that won’t happen on leg three to Melbourne .In fact you will be reading this while we are deep in the Southern ocean on the way to Melbourne. It should take 18 days. When are you happiest? I am happiest when spending time with my family What does sailing mean to you? It is my whole world. Any funny moments on a Volvo65? There are many funny moments and there are a lot of funny moments that I probably can’t or won’t tell you about either. Do you play music on board – what is on the play list? No I don’t listen to music. If I did have a playlist though it would be George Thorogood for getting amped up. “Bad to the bone” for example is good to get you fired up if you need it. Your . . .
Cape Town, December, 7, 2017: Addiction and other self-destructive behaviours have a devastating effect on both the addict and their loved ones. Making the choice to book into a rehab facility and getting the necessary support and psychological help is paramount to long-term recovery and relapse prevention. But the treatment program chosen is just as important. Treatment for substance abuse and process-addictions is a complex matter that goes far beyond simply the abuse of drugs, alcohol, gambling and other vices. Treatment plans need to cater to the individual. There are countless rehab options available, so it is understandable to feel overwhelmed. Increasing there is a large group of professionals who support alternative recovery options to 12-Steps. When faced with the choice to opt for an alternative non-traditional program or traditional 12-Step program, what are the major benefits of opting for the newer, alternative treatment? The 12-Step Program and the Minnesota Model The 12-Step program was used in conjunction with the Minnesota Model which advocates complete abstinence from all mind-altering substances. 12-Step programs function more as peer support groups and self-help organisations. However, in a primary care facility, there are also a number of counsellors and other medical staff on hand to assist with detox and provide individualised care. Most rehabs and recovery centres use this model and for many people suffering from addiction the program has helped them enjoy a happy, productive, sober life. However, this program has had varying degrees of success, which has led to a number of patients seeking alternative treatments. One of the keystones vested in the 12-Step program postulates that alcoholism and addiction are a disease. 12-Step’s sees the dependence on drugs or alcohol as the ‘primary problem’. Non 12-Step programs sees recovery in a different light. Dependence certainly plays a major role in treating addiction but . . .