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 . . .
East London's festive season kicked off with a bang when the Daily Dispatch Summer Fun Run, supported by SPAR Eastern Cape, was held in excellent weather on Sunday. After hosting the Family Challenge for several years in the city, SPAR EC decided to throw their weight behind the highly popular Summer Fun Run, which has been part of the local holiday programme for nearly four decades. About 2 000 runners descended on Orient Beach on East London's Esplanade to join in the fun on a day that had something for everyone. A variety of race options ranging from 8km to 4km were available, plus a wheelchair event over 4km. SPAR EC sponsorship and events manager Alan Stapleton said they had been thrilled with the response, describing the event as "just what the doctor ordered". "This really was a beautiful event and something I am sure we can grow as we work together with all those involved," he said. "From the pre-race buzz to the drum majorettes, Border Bulldogs taking part and Algoa FM Afternoon Drive programme keeping everyone informed, it was a great start to the holiday period." While Stapleton paid tribute to the winners of the various events, he acknowledged that the day was all about having fun. "The winners won and the runners-up were happily disappointed, but this was all about providing the East London people with a chance to go out and enjoy themselves through healthy exercise," he said. "We feel it is important to stay engaged with the community and this is a perfect vehicle for us." A key element of the fun run is to raise awareness of people with physical disabilities and to generate funds for the Association for the Rehabilitation of Persons with Disability (ARPD), which is based in East London. Stapleton said he was happy to report that they were able to donate R15 000 to ARPD. "There were many people in wheelchairs and people with prosthetics who took part in the race. It was amazing to have them involved with the run and . . .
Keen to maintain their engagement with the East London community, SPAR Eastern Cape have thrown their support behind the Daily Dispatch Summer Fun Run later this month. This event, taking place at the beachfront on November 26, has been part of the East London social calendar for almost four decades and will offer 4km and 8km distances to runners and walkers of all abilities. It's an ideal event to kick off the festive season and SPAR EC sponsorship and events manager Alan Stapleton said the family ethos of the occasion was a perfect fit for them. "We ran the Family Challenge in the past and following the continued success of the Women's Challenge in Port Elizabeth, we felt there was a call to remain involved with the East London community," he said. "This is a great opportunity for us to back an event which has been in place for 39 years and one that occupies a permanent date on the festive programme." He said the Summer Fun Run, which has been held in various formats over the years, ticked all the boxes for them. "It's a great welcome to the summer season; a fun event which is suitable for the whole family. Besides the races, there will be lots of fun events, lucky draws, music and cheerleaders." A further connection SPAR EC have with the Summer Fun Run is that the event has the Association for the Rehabilitation of Persons with Disability (ARPD) as its beneficiary. Stapleton said this tied in with the annual Wheelchair Wednesday campaign, which they supported in collaboration with the Association for Persons with Physical Disabilities (Eastern Cape) in PE during August. "This CSI initiative, which raises awareness of the difficulties people with disabilities face, is extremely important to the SPAR family and we are excited to continue that support through the ARPD in East London. "The Summer Fun Run was the first event in East London which welcomed strollers and wheelchairs, and the organisers donate R10 of each entry fee to . . .
(Mdantsane) – Through sheer hard work and determination, Mdantsane has built a proud reputation of being South Africa’s boxing mecca – and now, thanks to a new initiative, more young pugilists have the chance of being thrust into the spotlight. Over the years, the urban township, 15 kilometres from East London, has spawned numerous national and international boxing champions, including former IBF super bantamweight champion Vuyani “The Beast” Bungu and retired IBF world bantamweight champion Welcome Ncita. Hoping to build on that status, and possibly uncover future superstars, Mdantsane City Shopping Centre is hosting a boxing competition which takes place on Saturday, October 21, and concludes with the finals on October 28. According to organisers, the tournament has already generated immense interest among boxing clubs in Mdantsane, and even further afield in Buffalo City. “The contest contributes towards sports development in South Africa, which is a vital aspect in instilling discipline amongst the youth,” said Mdantsane City marketing manager Wendy Zitha. “Most importantly, it drives youngsters away from a life of crime. The upliftment of the standard of living in our community really matters to us,” said Zitha. The competition is open to all boxing clubs, schools and sports lovers, who stand a chance of winning prizes, including medals and trophies worth R10 000, sponsored by Mdantsane City. In each of the age groups – juniors, youth and senior amateurs – there will be gold medals for the winner and silver for the runner-up. There are also miniature trophies for the best bout, male and female. Each bout will consist of three rounds, lasting three minutes for seniors and two minutes for junior and youth boxers. The club that collects the most points becomes the overall winner across all age groups. Spectators are welcome at the event, which is free to the public and takes place in the mall parking lot opposite Entrance 1. The . . .
Well known South African artist Petra Stiglingh, will be hosting a brief art exhibition in Port Elizabeth in support of the recently established Joy of Hearing, a local non-profit company benefiting cochlear implant recipients and other hearing disabled in the Eastern Cape. The exhibition, which is being hosted at the Paxton Hotel includes works of Isabella Le Roux, Anton Pienaar, Natasha Barnes, Paul Munro, Rene Snyman, Frans Claerhout, Otto Klar and Este Mostert. A gala evening will take place on Thursday evening, from 6pm, with the artwork open to viewing for the general public on Friday, October 13. Stiglingh, who is now based in Jeffreys Bay, was born in Bloemfontein and studied art at Bloemfontein Teacher’s College, while at the same time also doing extra courses with Michael Edwards. She received further tutelage from the experienced Titia Ballot and George Boys. In her later years she attended various workshops with well-known artist-Dale Elliot and most recently she went to America to study under Master-artist, Daniel Gerhardz. Last year she again returned to America to do the advanced course with Gerhardz. Stiglingh’s work is a mixture of different art forms, but could mostly be described as “contemporary-impressionistic”. Over the past 31 years, Stiglingh has exhibited her work throughout South Africa, Namibia and Canada in numerous combined exhibitions as well as at various solo exhibitions including one in Johannesburg, at Alice Art Gallery, (1995) and twice in Birmingham – at the world trade show. Stiglingh also has a permanent exhibition at her Art Gallery in the Fountains Mall in Jeffreys Bay. For the past twelve years she has also offered art workshops all over the country, helping novice and professional artists alike in expanding their vision and techniques in oil- and acrylic painting. Proceeds from the sale of paintings will be donated to Joy of Hearing. One of Stighligh’s artworks will also be up for auction at the . . .
(Mthatha) – Bigger, better and promising loads of fun for both competitors and spectators, the exciting Fives Futbol roadshow hits the BT Ngebs City shopping centre in Mthatha on Sunday, October 1. Social footballers are welcome to enter a five-person team for this no-fee tournament, which starts at 11am in the mall’s car park and ends at 3pm. Games are contested by teams of five on pitches measuring 22 metres by 12 metres and each game lasts for just five minutes. The winner of each game goes on to play against the next team on the fixture list. The overall winning team will be the one with the longest unbeaten streak and will receive the grand prize of R5 000 worth of Debonairs Pizza vouchers. Teams that are eliminated can register to play again during the four-hour tournament. General manager Lolo Sabisa said BT Ngebs City was delighted to welcome the roadshow back to Mthatha, after hosting the event for the first time last year. “Five-a-side football is the fastest growing form of football worldwide. A great atmosphere is guaranteed at this family fun day, with entertainment also laid on for spectators. “Not only will there be exciting displays of fast-paced football, but there will also be music, Debonairs Pizza give-aways – and of course a chance to refuel at our food court.” While the tournament is primarily aimed at over-16s, younger players are not excluded and can enjoy some pitch time before the main event gets under way. To join the Mthatha leg of the Fives Futbol Debonairs Pizza Roadshow, register online at www.fivesfutbol.co.za or phone 072 636 9470 for more details. Head to the BT Ngebs City Facebook page to stand a chance of winning one of the five Super Games Arcade game cards each valued at R250. CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .
Get Ready For The St Francis Bay Oktoberfest 2017. Join us for the 2nd annual St Francis Bay Oktoberfest on 14 October 2017. Set in our beautiful seaside village, this is an Oktoberfest experience not to be missed. Last year we had so much fun dancing late into the night, and this year promises to be another party of note. Get into the spirit of things and dress up! Book your ticket asap as numbers are limited. Sample a range of top quality craft beers from St Francis Brewing Company, Poison City Brewing and more! Expect live music, DJ’s, a vast selection of quality craft beer, gin bars, traditional German food, market vendors, surfboard giveaways, dancing and a whole world of fun! Tickets here - R150 per person - https://www.quicket.co.za/events/29561-st-francis-bay-oktoberfest/#/ This event, set up by parents of the St Francis College to bring some fun and an element of school fund-raising into St Francis Bay in a traditionally quiet month, has become a highlight on the St Francis Calendar, for both St Francis residents and homeowners from surrounding areas. This year initial sales show much interest from outlying areas, with our neighbours who are keen to come over the Kromme River and have a look-see at what cool events we have in St Francis Bay. The Oktoberfest will once again be presented by St Francis College, and the parents are working hard in order to grow this festival, to make it a highlight event in the Kouga region. In addition to the Beerfest and party, this year there will be a water sport event - Water Polo In The Canals - run by our local open water swim club and Liquid Lines swimming facility based in Cape St Francis. This is the next step in our vision to bring a complete “lifestyle festival” to our village. To support the Oktoberfest and the St Francis College, the St Francis Surf Factory has donated two ‘grom’ boards towards the fundraising. Raffle tickets are R50 each, and the two winners will each with a custom-ordered . . .
As we approach the final event of the Billabong Junior Series presented by All Aboard Travel, it looks like a very close finish in many of the age divisions. Surfers have been battling it out over the last three contests, and it’ll be a big push into the final event this weekend. From the super competitive U12 Boys division, all the way through to the Pro Junior divisions, there is much at stake and the competition will be fierce. In the U12 Boys, Kyra Bennie is comfortably leading the rankings from C-Jay Posthumus, with Sergio Nogueira in third place. Kyra has three wins to his name already, hoping to get a fourth in Seal Point. The U14 Boys sees Daniel Emslie in first spot on the rankings, with Mitch Du Preez and Nate Spalding duking it out for second spot, with only twenty points separating second from third spot going into the final competition. Ceara Knight leads the U14 Girl division, with Caroline Brown a close second place, and Zoe Steyn in third. There are very few points separating the top three spots in the U16 Boys, with Dellin Hendricks just five points ahead of Eli Buekes. Luke Slijpen is just behind in third place, but the final event could very easily see a change in the rankings. Kayla Nogueria, who already has three wins under the belt and goes into the event as a firm favourite, leads the U16 Girls. Tayla de Coning is currently in second place, ahead of S’nenhlanhla Makhubu U18 Pro Junior Men is a tussle between the Elkington brothers Jake and Max, with Jake leading the division going into the final event. He has a comfortable lead over Max, and Ethan Fletcher is in third. Sophie Bell leads the U18 Pro Junior Women’s division from Kayla Nogueira and Kirsty McGillivray. The winner of the Pro Junior Men as well as the Pro Junior Women will each receive a ticket to Bali courtesy of presenting sponsor All Aboard Travel. CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. More Info on Tight . . .
Billabong Junior Series Final Event presented by All Aboard Travel Seal Point, Cape St Francis – The final event of the Billabong Junior Series 2017 presented by All Aboard Travel will take place at Seal Point, Cape St Francis on the weekend Friday 29 Sept – Sunday 1 October. This year is the 20th year of this highly successful and nurturing Junior Series and the contest at Seal Point will actually clock in as the 59th individual event since the series started in 1997. This series – the longest running junior series in the world – has seen the likes of Jordy Smith and Bianca Buitendag emerge as Championship Tour surfers, and the latest graduate looks to be Mikey February from Cape Town. He is currently ranked fifth on the World Surf League’s World Qualifying Series rankings. This contest at Seal Point will be the fourth and final competition of the year, and the series champs will be crowned after the event has completed. Divisions that will be competing are: U12 Boys, U14 Boys and U14Girls, U16 Boys and U16Girls, U18 Jnr Men’s and U18 Jnr Women’s. All Aboard Travel presents the contest, and supporting sponsors are BOS, VonZipper and Zigzag Magazine. The Billabong Junior Series is sanctioned by Surfing South Africa, as well as the World Surf League. The exciting four part series commenced in Port Elizabeth, headed down to Cape Town as part of the BOS Cape Crown, moved on to event three that took place as part of the Ballito Pro, and will culminate in Seal Point with the fourth and final competition. There will also be the regular VZ Airshow, with R2k first prize, and the winner of the U18 Pro Junior Men as well as the winner of the U18 Pro Junior Women will be going to Bali courtesy of All Aboard Travel. The following week, 4 – 8 October, will see the Billabong SA Junior Championships take place at Lower Point in JBay. Last year Nelson Mandela Bay clinched the coveted Freedom Cup, and will be keen to reclaim the title at this year’s . . .
JOHANNESBURG, September 14, 2017: Ahead of National Recycling Day on September 15, the Paper Recycling Association of South Africa (PRASA) shares the story about Mary Phillips, an entrepreneur who saw value in paper waste and old telephone directories. Mary Phillips got involved in the recycling industry in September 2012, and after what has been a long and sometimes times difficult haul, she is beginning to see the fruits of her labour. It all began when she decided that she had had enough of the corporate world and chose to go into business on her own account. The avenue she selected was recycling and her product of choice was paper. “It’s a clean material and I could transport greater values by volume in my little car than if I went around collecting bottles and cans,” says Mary, who participated in the PRASA's entrepreneurship training course in August 2016. She has made things happen in the Eastern Cape and while she believes that her best days are still to come, her start-up business currently provides employment for three permanent staff members, pays 10 collectors on a regular basis and is a source of income for up to 18 casual workers, as and when required. Determined “Recycling is much more profitable in Johannesburg and Cape Town where collectors can earn several times more that our people in the region; on the other hand, it does provide them with some form of income. “Another problem is that local financial institutions see recycling as a high-risk business which makes it difficult to finance the purchase of vehicles and specialised equipment necessary to make our business grow.” Less determined people than Mary might have given up long ago but she persevered, investigating business opportunities in and out of her home province. An association with Trudon Publishing, which produces the Yellow Pages, has resulted in the staging a highly successful school competition in the Eastern and Western Cape which sees learners collect and return . . .