Archive | November, 2011

Veilig om water te drink

 
 
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Die Vaaldriehoek se kraanwater wat deur Rand Water verskaf word, is suiwer en veilig om te drink.  Hoewel die gehalte van Vaaldriehoekse spruit- en rivierwater plek-plek glad nie aan die departement van waterwese en bosbou se standaarde voldoen nie, het geen gevalle van cholera weens besmette water in ons gebied, tot dusver voorgekom nie.  Dit is die goeie nuus. Die slegte nuus is dat sekere watergebiede in die Vaaldriehoek steeds uiters toksies is en ernstige siektes kan veroorsaak – sonder dat watersportgeesdriftiges dit besef.

D¡t is van die feite wat verlede week deur adv. Lotter Weppener, voorsitter van Save the Vaal Environment (Save) aan lede van die Vanderbijlparkse Sakekamer genoem is na onlangse foutiewe gerugte dat daar cholera in die Vaal se waters sou wees.  Die feit bly egter staan dat die Vaaldriehoek reuse-probleme ten opsigte van spruit- en rivierwater ondervind en sakelui en die toerismesektor het oor die Kersvakansie derduisende rand verloor weens potensiele vakansiegangers se kansellasies.

Hoewel die watergehalte tans baie beter is as voor die Desember-vakansie, is dit nog lank nie ideaal nie, se Weppener. Die Vaalrivier tussen die Lethabo-keerwal tot omtrent by die Riviera-hotel is skoon, maar verder af tot by die Barrage is die situasie steeds beroerd.
“Talle mense swem en baljaar nog in die water van Loch Vaal, sonder om te besef dat dit tans waarskynlik die mees toksiese watergebied in die streek is. Die sediment wat deur die jare opgebou het, sal jare neem om skoon te kom – en ook net mits skoon water daardeur spoel. Tans is dit nie die geval nie,”se Weppener.

Dit was einde verlede jaar landwyd in die nuus toe Save die Emfuleni-munisipaliteit met ‘n hofbevel moes dwing om dringende onderhoudwerk aan rioolpompe te doen. Dit was nadat groot volumes rou riool in die rivier ingestroom het. Nadat vis kort daarna by die tonne in die rivier begin vrek het, moes Emfuleni met  ‘n hofbevel gedwing word om die massas dooie visse te verwyder.

‘n Kundige buitekontrakteur kon die “onoorkombare” probleem binne ses weke oplos, maar sy diens is intussen weens onbekende redes beindig en hy is met ‘n nuwe kontrakteur vervang.  “Die feit dat buitekontrakteurs die probleme in ‘n relatiewe kort tyd kon vasvat, bewys dat die werk wel vinnig gedoen kon word. Dit kos belastingbetalers egter elke keer honderde duisende rand. Indien tydige en behoorlike onderhoud deur die plaaslike owerheid gedoen is, sou dit (die besoedeling) nooit gebeur het nie.”

Save se ondersoeke blyk dat daar tans geen rou riool in die Vaalrivier invloei nie, maar ‘n nuwe bekommernis is die onlangse bevinding dat die Rietspruit-suiweringswerke glad nie funksioneer nie – dalk al vir jare nie. Nadat sanitasiekundiges die afgelope dekade die munisipaliteit se diens verlaat het, was daar skynbaar niemand wat die dreigende probleem voorsien het of behoorlike onderhoud gedoen het nie. Rand Water se toetse by Rietspruit het nog so onlangs as 14 Januarie ‘n e-coli-telling van 22 000 eenhede per 100 ml water getoon. Volgens die departement van waterwese se standaarde mag dit nie hoer as 1 000 eenhede per 100 ml water wees nie.

“Siekte-veroorsakende organismes vloei dus steeds in die rivier in. Die tweede helfte van die Barrage-reservoir moet steeds as onbruikbaar vir mense beskou word,” se Weppener.  Hy het beklemtoon dat die Vaaldriehoek se kraanwater nie uit die Vaalrivier kom nie, maar uit die Vaaldam, waarvan die watergehalte tans nog bo verdenking is en streng deur kundiges van Rand Water gemonitor word.
Bron: vaalweekblad.com

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Die gesondheidsvoordele van rooibostee

 
Dit is lankal algemene kennis dat rooibostee gesond is en onlangse navorsing bewys meer dat hierdie stelling waar is.  Die Suid-Afrikaanse Rooibos-raad is tans besig om n ogie te hou oor navorsing wat hier en regoor die wereld gedoen word oor die soort tee.Die volgende gesondheidsvoordele het al aan die lig gekom:

* Internasionale navorsers het gevind dat rooibostee baie antioksidante bevat, wat die liggaam help om op n natuurlike manier siektes te beveg. Die ideaal is om deur die dag ses koppies daarvan te drink.

* Rooibostee speel ook n rol in die voorkoming van velkanker. Dit is veral goeie nuus in Suid-Afrika, waar ongeveer 700 mense elke jaar sterf as gevolg van velkanker.

* Navorsers in Pakistan, Kanada en Duitsland het ondersoek ingestel oor die effek van rooibostee op die spysverteringstelsel en gevind dat dit n kalmerende effek op die stelsel het en ook gebruik kan word vir die behandeling van ander probleme in hierdie liggaamsarea.

* In Japan is navorsing gedoen wat bewys het dat rooibos goed is vir die immuunstelsel, dus kan dit voordelig wees vir mense met MIV/vigs.

* Waarskynlik die beste nuus:  nog navorsing wat in Japan gedoen is, het gevind dat rooibos boonop veroudering kan teenwerk.

Vir meer inligting oor rooibos en die gesondheidsvoordele daarvan, besoek www.sarooibos.org.za.
Bron: vaalweekblad.com

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Bekende skrywer besoek Sasolburg

 
SASOLBURG.Die bekende Afrikaanse skrywer, Irma Joubert, het die Sasolburg-biblioteek onlangs besoek om saam met haar getroue aanhangers te kuier.  Sy het by die geleentheid ook meer oor haar boeke en die skryfproses vertel en haar nuutste boek, Kronkelpad, aan hulle bekendgestel.  Kronkelpad is die derde boek in die trilogie. Anderkant Pontenilo was die eerste en is gevolg deur Persomi. Kronkelpad speel af in die jare 1938 tot 1960.  Die trilogie word op boeiende wyse afgesluit in 1986 der waar dit begin het, waar al drie die boeke se karakters weer bymekaar kom in die Italiaanse dorpie hoog bo in die Alpe.
Kronkelpad handel oor die hoofkarakters, Lettie Louw (Klara se slim vriendin uit Pontenilo) en die dokter wat in Persomi in die hofsaak getuig) en haar romantiese belangstelling, Marco Romanelli (Antonio se aantreklike broer wat in Italie in n Joodse kamp beland het in Pontenilo).  Lettie se vriendinne raak almal verlief op aantreklike mans en trou die een na die ander, maar niemand sien vir Lettie raak nie. Dit is toe dat sy besluit om al haar aandag en passie aan haar werk te gee en sodoende die beste dokter te word wat die bosveld nog gehad het.

In 1947 neem sy haar pa se praktyk in die bosveld oor. Nadat hy die konsentrasiekamp oorleef het, is Marco n baie siek, verswakte man wat teen die einde van 1945 na sy ouerhuis in Noord-Italie terugkeer. Sy broer, Antonio, wat met Klara getrou het en nou in die bosveld woon, oorreed hom egter om na Suid-Afrika se warm, droe bosveld te verhuis. So beland Marco in 1948 op dieselfde bosvelddorpie as Lettie, wat sy dokter word.

Die liefde blom tussen hulle, maar dan breek die polio-epidemie, of  kinderverlamming  soos Irma se, van die jare vyftig uit met uiters tragiese gevolge. Dit is n puik boek en n uitstekende manier om die trilogie mee af te sluit.
Bron: vaalweekblad.com

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Nkutha and Kalmer on top

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The ArcelorMittal Athletics Club in partnership with BASF hosted the BASF 90.6 Road Races on Saturday, October 15 at the Riverside Boulevard shopping centre.  The distances varied from a 5 km development run, 10 km and 32 km race. To add some extra flair to the races the well-known SA athlete Rene Kalmer took part in the 32 km event. Not only did she win it, she completed it seven minutes min behind the first male athlete in an astonishing time of 1:56:00.

 Over 500 athletes took part in the various races. Bidvests Vanderbijlpark branch took the honours as the best water point on the day. Results: 10 km: Men: 1. Deon Botha (Nedbank) 37:20; 2. Roy Kanye (Lekoa) 38:52; 3. Max Mthimkulu (Temp) 38:58. Women: 1. Christine Kalmer (Nedbank) 37:37; 2. Tersia Swanepoel (Temp) 49:39; 3. Phina Tsepetsi (Anglo) 50:43. 21 km: Men: Open: 1. Manny Mohale (Toyota) 83:05; 2. Phelhello Tsotetsi (Post Office) 83:06; 3. Moeketsi Maome (Troi Sport) 83:47. Veterans: Phelhello Tsotetsi (Post Office) 83:06. Masters: John Woodnutt (Morningside) 96:17.Grandmasters: David Jordaan (Arcelor Mittal) 1:45:22.Women: Open: 1. Jean-Marie Cooper (Nedbank) 90:01; 2. Marie Bruwer (Arcelor Mittal) 92:45; 3. Kashmira Parbhoo (Lenasia) 95:05.Veterans: Marie Bruwer (Arcelor Mittal) 92:45. Masters: Marietjie Olen (Sasol) 1:48:23. Grandmasters: Joey Louwrens (Boksburg) 2:29:14. Juniors: Jean-Marie Cooper (Nedbank) 90:01.32 km: Men: Open: 1. Vusi Nkutha (Nedbank) 1:48:56; 2. Jacob Mazibuko (Bidvest) 1:50:19; 3. Peter Muthubi (Nedbank) 1:53:39. Veterans: Jacob Mazibuko (Bidvest) 1:50:19. Masters: Daniel Molefe (Emfuleni) 2:28:14. Grandmasters: Frikkie van Eeden (GRRR) 2:53:57. Women: Open: 1. Rene Kalmer (Nedbank) 1:56:42; 2. Julanie Basson (Toyota) 2:14:38; 3.Vanessa Bowman (Kempton) 2:26:58. Veterans: Vanessa Bowman (Kempton) 2:26:58. Masters: Connie Blom (PPMK) 2:56:27. Grandmasters: Maz Moore (Breakthru Midrand) 3:34:42.
Source: vaalweekblad.com

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Plaaslike atleet verwerf Protea-kleure in hamergooi

 
 
 
SASOLBURG.

Nanette Stapelberg (21) is n hamergooier van formaat en dit is beaam toe sy deur Atletiek Suid-Afrika in n span ingesluit is wat onlangs in Nice, Frankryk aan die DecaNation-byeenkoms deelgeneem het.  Agt lande, waaronder Suid-Afrika,VSA, Rusland, Sjina, Frankryk, Engeland, Spanje en Duitsland tel, het teen mekaar meegeding. Elke land kon slegs 10 mans en 10 vroue inskryf.

Nanette het n sewende plek in haar item behaal en het onder meer meegeding teen die huidige wereldkampioen, Tatyana Lysenko (28) van Rusland.  Suid-Afrika het algeheel sewende geindig, slegs n halwe punt agter Spanje (sesde) en slegs twee punte agter Sjina (vyfde). In ag genome dat die jong Suid-Afrikaners slegs n week voor hulle vertrek oor hulle deelname ingelig is en dat die meeste van hulle toe reeds n geruime tyd met n winter-program besig was, het hulle baie goed gevaar.

Nanette is nou die Vaaldriehoek se tweede Protea-hamergooi-atleet naas Chris Harmse. Sy word deur Basie Koen afgerig. Nanette het al aan verskeie Geelbladsy-byeenkomste deelgeneem. Sy het in Maart by die Geelbladsy-byeenkoms in Bellville op uitnodiging van Atletiek Suid-Afrika n prag-seisoen met n persoonlike beste afstand van 53,49 m afgeskop.  Sy het ook n bronsmedalje verower by die SA Senior kampioenskappe en sy is 2011 se SA Studente Kampioen.

Nanette is n baie besonderse sportvrou en is ryklik geseen met talent, want sy het bo en behalwe haar atletiek-prestasies, in 2007 en 2008 na Australie en Nieu-Seeland getoer as onder-kaptein van n hokkie-ontwikkelingspan.  Vanwee haar atletiek-verpligtinge, kan sy nie meer mede-dingend hokkie speel nie. Sy studeer tans aan die Noordwes-Universiteit.
Bron: vaalweekblad.com

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Listen to your body

Whether its dull and achy or sharp and stabbing, back pain can make it hard to concentrate on your job. Unfortunately, many occupations  such as nursing, construction and factory work  can place significant demands on your back. Even routine office work can cause or worsen back pain. A number of factors can contribute to back pain at work:
- Force. Exerting too much force on your back  such as by lifting or moving heavy objects – can cause injury.
- Repetition. Repeating certain movements can lead to muscle fatigue or injury, particularly if you are stretching to the limit of your range of motion or using awkward body positioning.
- Posture.  Slouching exaggerates your backs natural curves, which can lead to muscle fatigue and injury.
- Stress. Pressure at work can increase your stress level and lead to muscle tension and tightness, which can contribute to or worsen back pain. You can take steps to prevent back pain and injuries at work. For example:

- Include physical activity in your daily routine. Maintaining a healthy weight minimises stress on your back. Combine aerobic exercise such as swimming or walking with exercises that strengthens and stretches your back muscles and abdomen.
- Pay attention to posture. If you stand for long periods at work, occasionally rest one foot on a stool or small box. While you stand, hold reading material at eye level. To promote good posture when sitting, choose a chair that allows you to rest both feet flat on the floor while keeping your knees level with your hips. If the chair doesnt support your lower backs curve, place a rolled towel or small pillow behind your lower back. Remove your wallet or cell phone from your back pocket when sitting, to prevent putting pressure on your buttocks or lower back.
- Lift properly. When lifting and carrying a heavy object, lift with your knees and tighten your core muscles. Hold the object close to your body and lift it between your legs. Maintain the natural curve of your back.
- Modify repetitive tasks.  Think about how you can modify repetitive tasks at work to reduce physical demands on your body. If youre on the phone most of the day, try a headset. If you work at a computer, make sure that your monitor and chair are positioned properly. Avoid unnecessary bending, twisting and reaching. Limit the time you spend carrying heavy briefcases, purses and bags. Consider using a rolling suitcase.
- Listen to your body. If you must sit or stand for a prolonged period, change your position often. Try taking a 30-second break every 15 minutes to stretch, move or relax. Or, stand up, stretch and change positions each time you answer the phone, make a call or do another routine task.
- Address stress. Stress can make you tense and prone to injury. Use positive coping mechanisms  such as deep-breathing exercises, taking a walk around the block or talking about your frustrations with a trusted friend  to handle stress in a healthy way.
Source: vaalweekblad.com

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Leisure properties : Property sales on the Vaal Dam brisk again

 
 
DENEYSVILLE.

With summer well on its way, Pam Golding Properties reports that leisure home buyers are re-emerging, with property sales on the Vaal Dam brisk over the past three months.  Phil Medlock, Pam Golding Properties (PGP) area principal, says astute investors are snapping up not only well priced waterfront homes but also those within walking distance of the dam, with the bulk of sales mainly in the price-range between R1.45-million and R3-million.

They have realised that the timing could not be better for acquiring a holiday home as in the current economic trading conditions they are able to purchase very appealing properties for around 20-percent below original list-price.  We saw a dramatic increase in purchases over the last year, with the majority comprising cash buyers, and the balance with sizeable deposits  to the extent that we have not had any rejections where mortgages were required. We are finding that our buyers know what they are looking for and exactly what they need to budget.

Convenience
Those seeking leisure properties are also tending to look closer to home for convenience  evidenced by the fact that all our recent buyers have been from the greater Gauteng area.  Medlock says while prices of waterfront properties generally start at around R2.3-million, PGP is currently marketing a seven-bedroom home with its own private waterfront and situated in the popular and well established Castle Marina Complex in Deneysville, at a reduced price of R1.95-million.

This is exceptional value-for-money as the property can easily accommodate two families. Essentially it comprises two full properties with two kitchens, four bedrooms downstairs and three bedrooms upstairs  with a separate entrance, as well as a huge garage.

Secure upmarket estate launched
Medlock says that, while the sale of vacant waterfront land remains slow, the October (2011) launch of the 300ha, secure Ambermere Estate on a prime location on the Vaal Dam will boost sales.  Each stand has a minimum of 100m of water frontage – overlooking the confluence of the Vaal and Wilge Rivers. This is one of the only portions of the dam which are not flat, thereby providing elevated views of rolling hills and indigenous grasslands over the huge expanse of deep water.

This is coupled with grassed embankments, sandy beaches, two marinas and numerous indigenous trees, making this a one-of-a-kind development with an array of water sports activities available.  All the stands will be at least two hectares in size, and with a total of only 62 stands there will be an abundance of open space for leisure activities such as walking, cycling or horseriding, while the estate is currently being stocked with small game. The launch price for stands in Phase One starts at
R750 000, with all costs included.
Source:vaalweekblad.com

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