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 . . .
When it comes to Solar Systems the consumer always had two choices: Grid Tie only which had to shut down during load shedding and failure of the grid Hybrid incorporating (mainly) battery back up which would seamlessly provide power to the home in the event of a grid failure. Obviously the difference between the two is in the cost of installation and the running cost over the life of a system with straight grid tie winning the cost race hands down. Almost all residential solar power grid tie inverters are designed to shut down for safety and technical reasons in case of the grid powering down. Now when one reads about Solar 2.0 one experiences an 'Aha' moment - surely the solution cannot be that simple? Essentially Solar 2.0 is being touted as an 'in-between' solution between hybrid and grid tie as Solar 2.0 will function even when the grid goes down - but still only in sunlight hours with the option of adding battery power. The ideal Solar 2.0 system will offer a seamless transition between grid tied and off-grid whilst also offering a battery system as a 'plug and play' option. Another win for solar system owners will be the ability of any Solar 2.0 Inverter to be able to be swopped out for 'old technology'. When it comes to Solar Energy production the progression has been rapid. Initially inverters received DC power from a string of solar panels and the production rate was directly tied to the performance of the lowest solar panel in the string (think of the weakest link in a chain to understand the concept). The next advance was to increase the number of strings that an inverter could handle so as to minimise the possiblity of one solar panel adversely affecting the production. What affects the production of any string of solar panels are things like shadows, birds, leaves etc on the panels over the course of the day. So, a solution was needed to further increase the number of 'strings' available so that the 'weakest link' . . .
A motivational talk by cycling great Ashleigh Moolman-Pasio is set to rev up participants ahead of the fourth and final round of the Madibaz XCO Series at the Nelson Mandela University's George campus on Sunday. Moolman-Pasio, who recently returned from racing in Europe, will be one of the guest speakers at a mountain biking symposium at the venue on Saturday evening. The 31-year-old continued to impress on the world circuit this year and made history when she climbed to third in the UCI World Rankings - the highest by a South African - on the back of a stellar season. She placed seventh in the individual time-trial at the UCI Road World Championships in Norway last month before crashing out of the road race. The 2012 Olympian is no stranger to adversity and bouncing back from it. In October last year, she crashed and broke her hip which set her on a lengthy path to recovery and, most recently, she was forced to withdraw from the Cape Pioneer Trek due to illness. The national time-trail champion said she hoped to motivate riders who attend the talk by sharing her experiences and advice. "Cycling is probably one of hardest sports in the world in that there are so many aspects that are out of our control, so there are plenty of obstacles that have to be overcome," said the Stellenbosch alumnus. "I'll be talking about how I've managed to overcome adversity and give advice on how one can handle this disappointment." Moolman-Pasio said events such as the symposium provided valuable opportunities to engage in and encourage dialogue, which she felt was important to help move the sport forward. The cross-country series, which is proudly sponsored by Old Mutual Private Wealth Management, has seen the likes of national marathon mountain bike champion Robyn de Groot and National MTB Series champion Matthys Beukes take part. "It's really encouraging to see what's being done on the mountain bike scene in this country," said Moolman-Pasio. "It's . . .
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 . . .
It was a family affair as brothers Matthys and Gerrie Beukes won their respective age categories at the third round of the Madibaz XCO Series at Nelson Mandela University in George on Sunday. Matthys, who finished third at the SA National MTB Championships last month, said he woke without plans of racing but the enticing Bergadder course made it impossible to stay away. "That morning I went to see how the younger kids were riding and the course looked like such fun, so I decided to race rather than go training," said the younger Beukes brother. The PYGA EuroSteel professional proved that he was in a class of his own when he completed the five-lap elite race in 1:07:12 to finish well ahead of his rivals. Jan-Paul Gerber and Luke Cocksedge completed the podium. In a race over four laps, Beukes' brother led the veteran men home in 1:00:36, around two minutes ahead of Iniël Hattingh and Deon Barnard. Beukes said he set himself the goal of trying to lap his older brother as a means of motivating himself even further. "I started the race really hard to see if I could try and lap him, but looking back now it might have been a bit optimistic. "I wouldn't say there's officially any competition, but there definitely is unofficially. Between brothers there will always be some rivalry." The sani2c and joBerg2c winner credited his brother for his career as he said he had grown up watching him compete. "He's definitely the reason I'm doing this at the moment. He's 16 years older than me so I was a little kid when he was starting to do races and I always wanted to do what he was doing." Beukes said the event offered a rare opportunity for them to spend some time doing what they loved and it added an extra element of fun knowing he was on the track too. "We don't get to race together too much because he has other commitments and doesn't get to as many races as he'd like." Beukes, who had been unable to lap his sibling, said he had been impressed . . .
The third round of the Madibaz MTB XCO Series will present riders with an opportunity to try their hand at a challenging new course at the Nelson Mandela University in George on Sunday. Race director Jan Venter said the track, used in the opposite direction last year, was one that would allow participants to test their skills to the limit. "The race is going to take place in and around the surrounding plantations, so there's going to be a lot of single-track," he said. He said there were lots of exposed roots in the forested areas, which would make it difficult to build momentum. "It means the riders will have to work continuously," said Venter, who explained they also needed to contend with tight corners, drop-offs and a gap jump. "It's a track we've used in past years, but this time we're running it in reverse," he said. "It might make it a little bit tougher." He described it as a "tricky" course that could lead to exciting racing as the top contenders looked to gain an edge over their competition. Poor weather during the second round of the series in June means riders who want to challenge for overall series honours have to compete in the final two events. "It put a spanner in the works because we could only race the nippers and sprogs," said Venter. "The older groups will now have to take part in both of the last two races to qualify for series honours." Fewer rounds also meant that the competition would be closer and he felt that most of the categories would go down to the wire. The series opener in April attracted more than 100 entries and, with promising weather in the offing, Venter expected another good turnout this weekend. "The first event went well, we had lots of riders. The weather looks great for this weekend so I think we'll be on track again." Registration starts at 7am with racing getting under way at 9am. The final round of the series will take place on October 29. Series leaders: Nippers - Roy . . .
York High delivered a gutsy effort but were eventually denied by Clarendon High when the two teams contested the final of the SPAR Eastern Cape Schoolgirls Hockey Challenge at Woodridge just outside Port Elizabeth on Saturday. The match signalled the end of another exciting schoolgirls' hockey competition, which SPAR Eastern Cape sponsorships and events manager Alan Stapleton said was here to stay. The provincial finals involved five regional winners and after the round-robin competition, the George side qualified to meet Clarendon in the final as they were the top two sides. It was a close-run thing for York, however, because they only edged past Kingsridge 1-0 in their final round-robin match, which decided who would qualify to play the East London girls. In the final, Bianca Wood stood out for Clarendon, scoring all the goals in a 3-0 victory. The East London dominated the first half in the 30-minute match and took a 1-0 lead into halftime. York then showed fine spirit to put their opponents under pressure in the second half, but could not crack a solid Clarendon defence. As they pushed forward in search of the equaliser, Clarendon were able to exploit some gaps at the back and Wood struck twice late in the game to put the result beyond doubt. At the prize-giving ceremony, Stapleton congratulated all those who took part and thanked Woodridge, in particular, for their role in hosting the tournament after the devastation of the June fires. In recognition of the school's continued rise from the ashes, SPAR Eastern Cape contributed R100 for each goal scored during the day to Woodridge, which resulted in an overall donation of R3 500. After attending a SPAR national meeting in Durban on Thursday, Stapleton they were certain the Schoolgirls Challenge would continue to grow and that it had become an important part of the retailer's calendar. "The tournament fits in with everything that SPAR talks about, especially from a family aspect, . . .