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Lets get Legal – The new Control of Marketing of Alcohol Beverages Bill

The draft Control of Marketing of Alcohol Beverages Bill is yet to be gazetted for comment although most have already expressed their opinion on the proposed Bill despite very little information being available regarding its scope and impact.

The motivation behind the proposed Bill, according to a statement made by the Inter-Ministerial Committee on Combating Alcohol and Substance (IMC) is because ‘alcohol is reported to rank third on the list of risk factors leading to death and disability while other statistics point to a strong link between alcohol consumption and violent deaths, including those resulting from domestic conflict and suicide. In addition, significant numbers of people arrested for robbery, assault, rape and weapons-related offences are under the influence of alcohol’.

According to the Department of Transport more than half of the country’s road deaths occur as a result of alcohol abuse. Social Development Minister, Bathabile Dlamini, has said that South Africa has some of the highest foetal alcohol syndrome figures in the world.

The South African Chamber of Commerce and Industry (SACCI) on the other hand is of the opinion that a ban on the marketing of alcohol will not only have a negative effect on the liquor industry and the economy but will also affect other areas of business such as the advertising, retail and hospitality industries.

Sport and the sponsorship of teams and/or individual players by known alcoholic brands will also be prejudiced by the ban on advertising. The South African Breweries (SAB), official sponsor of the Springboks and SAB Soccer League for example, has been involved in supporting South African sport from as far back as the late 1950s and has through sponsorship contributed to the socio-economic development within local communities by providing opportunities for individuals to improve their lives. Unfortunately, future support by well-known brands like the SAB will depend on the extent of the proposed ban.

Naturally, many questions come to mind, such as for example, will the draft Bill on controlling the marketing of alcohol effectively address the mentioned issues brought on by the misuse of alcohol as suggested by the IMC? Will responsible drinking be promoted by the control of the marketing of alcohol? One may be of the opinion that only controlling the marketing of alcohol in itself is not sufficient to combat alcohol abuse and other related issues but should rather simultaneously promote the responsible use of alcohol and educate consumers on the healthy enjoyment of alcohol. Another possibility could be to consider increasing the minimum age for legally consuming alcohol from 18 to 21 years of age as has been done in the United States of America, India and the United Kingdom as a means to controle the misuse of alcohol by uneducated minors.

Account should also be taken of international research which shows that a ban on alcohol advertising has not by itself had the desired effect of consumers’ consumption declining. In India, for example, the advertising of alcoholic and tobacco products has been banned since 1995. However, India has been identified as the fastest growing alcohol market in the world.

Another possibility is to balance out the ‘positive’ marketing of alcohol with ‘negative/preventative marketing’, emphasizing the possible harm caused by the misuse of alcohol as is currently being done with the advertising and promotion of tobacco with every packet holding a health warning to the consumer. However, the ban placed on tobacco companies to advertise their products in general media and television have necessitated them to utilise other platforms such as social media, mailing databases and the Internet to engage new customers and maintain existing clients.

Clearly there is much to be taken into account before the proposed Control of Marketing of Alcohol Beverages Bill can be implemented in our law. The implications thereof remains to be seen once greater clarity regarding the intentions of the Legislature become known.

Mosdel Parma & Cox
ppam@mpc.law.za
044 533 1101•

Acupuncture – The Different types of Acupuncture

The Different Types of Acupuncture

Acupuncture is commonly thought of as an alternative medical treatment. Though in the United States acupuncture is considered an alternative medicine, it is widely practiced throughout the rest of the world and is an extremely common practice in Chinese medicine.

It has been used in China’s medical system since the 1930s. Most people imagine acupuncture as being stuck with needles in certain key areas to alleviate pain or cure other ailments. It is true that acupuncture involves needles being strategically placed on a person’s body, but there are many varieties of acupuncture.

Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM)

This type of acupuncture not only involves acupuncture with needles, but also the burning of Chinese medicinal herbs. TCM in considered to be a holistic approach to medicine since it treats the whole person; not only the body, but also the mind and the spirit.

It is based on the concept of Qi (or Chi), which is believed to be a force of energy within the body that keeps the functions of the body, including organs, working properly. The Qi travels along the body on pathways called “meridians” with each one representing a certain body system or organ function. It is along these pathways that the acupuncturist places the needles.

The herbs used along with the acupuncture treatment aid in strengthening the body. These herbs can be used to help stop bleeding, fight a cold, and aid in digestion, for just a few examples. Normally, the herbs are used in combinations of three or more and can be taken in pill form, burned and inhaled, or in tinctures placed on the body during treatment.

Classical Acupuncture

Classical Acupuncture is the most common thought of type according to westerners. It is also known as the five element acupuncture. This type uses needles alone. It is also referred to as Classical Five Element Acupuncture because it corresponds to the seasons according to the Chinese cycle. This cycle includes:
Summer; Harvest; Fall; Winter; Spring

Not only does Classical Acupuncture correspond to the seasons, but also to the five elements found in nature as they relate to a person’s body. These five elements are:
Fire; Earth; Metal; Water; Wood

Japanese Acupuncture

Japanese acupuncture is along the same lines as classical acupuncture, but this type uses smaller needles. It also focuses more on precision and efficient techniques that promote accomplishing bigger results using the smallest amount of stimulation possible.
Electro acupuncture

Like the name implies, electro acupuncture combines traditional acupuncture combined with a low electric current running through the needles and is becoming an ever-increasing popular form of acupuncture. Electro acupuncture uses the same meridians as classical acupuncture, but uses a small device that clips onto the needles. The device sends electric pulses that the acupuncturist can adjust depending on the intensity needed.

Unlike Japanese Acupuncture, electro acupuncture does not need to be so precise. The electric pulses stimulate a wider area making it easier to treat the area. Those who are squeamish about needles will prefer electro acupuncture because it can be done with electrodes instead of needles and attain the same results.
Medical Acupuncture

Medical acupuncture is very similar to classical acupuncture, but it is performed by a licensed medical doctor. It incorporates the medical science surrounding neuromuscular anatomy. Some also include historically Chinese acupuncture patterns; thereby, creating a hybrid of western and eastern medical knowledge.

Auricular Acupuncture

Auricular acupuncture is unique. This type treats the entire body, just like other types of acupuncture, but it does so through particular points located in the patient’s ears. The acupuncturist pinpoints certain nerves found in the ear that relate to other parts of the body to help heal or alleviate pain in that particular part.

Auricular acupuncturists have over 200 acupuncture points to know on the outer ear. This is also called the pinna, more commonly known as the cartilage. Western auricular acupuncturists utilize a tool called an electro acupunctoscope, which is an electric tool. This is along the same lines as the electro acupuncture methods. This method is known as Transcutaneous Electical Nerve Stimulation (TENS).

The type of acupuncture a person chooses may directly relate to the ailment that person has. Acupuncture treats a variety of maladies ranging from health conditions to pain and even helping to increase blood flow to particular areas of the body. For references and resourced information, go to http://www.smilemd.com/acupuncturist/the-different-types-of-acupuncture.aspx

http://www.smilemd.com instantly schedules nationwide online medical and dental appointments for doctors dentists acupuncturist new york. Patient versions of medical & dental articles are library referenced for online publication by co-editors-in-chief Judy J. Johnson DDS and Tracy E. Austin, MD. Dr. Johnson is a member of The New York Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry. Dr. Austin is a member of the A.M.A., American Medical Writers Association and the Association of Health Care Journalists. •

Adopting a kitten

There are a selection of various pets that folks may get for themselves or for their children. While dogs are likely to be the more popular choice several of us prefer to have a pet which is fairly independent and does not require our full attention every minute of your day. The best pet to get for somebody like this is a cat.

The great thing about cats is that they are small and they have the ability to keep themselves unsoiled and are easily toilet trained. You likewise don’t have to feel dreadful about leaving them alone when you are at work. Most often they are going to sleep all the time and will not tear the whole place up in boredom.

There are a couple of ways in which you may get yourself a cat. The first is to visit a nearby pet store and purchase the one you feel is the best fitted to you. While this is a valuable option expect to pay a ton of money. Pet stores are able to charge you approximately $200 or more for one pet.

Another option would be to adopt it. There ought to be one adoption pet store within your area. The great thing about doing it in this way is you will commonly not have to pay much more than $100. Not only will you get a cat that needs some serious loving – but additionally , you will have one that has had all of the up to date shots. This may save you money in the long run.

Whenever you are going through the method of adopting a cat you need to make sure you fill out all of the paperwork. You’ll need to be approved before you are allowed to take one you have chosen. Also remember to buy them the mandatory supplies. •

Recipe of the week – Butternut & Chick Pea Curry

Ingredients
Sunflower oil spray
1 onion, diced
3cm piece root ginger, chopped
1 butternut squash, seeded and cubed
2 x 400g cans essential Waitrose chopped tomatoes
2 x 400g cans essential Waitrose chick peas, drained and rinsed
2 tbsp curry paste
300g essential Waitrose frozen chopped spinach
6 LOVE life seeded tortilla wraps or 6 Loyd Grossman chapattis

For the salad:

1 cucumber portion, seeded and diced
1 red onion, finely chopped
150g low fat natural yogurt
2 tbsp chopped mint
1 tsp toasted cumin seeds
Squeeze of lemon juice

Method

1. Spray a large pan with sunflower oil and cook the onion, ginger and squash for 5 minutes until the onion is tender.

2. Add the tomatoes, chick peas and curry paste and simmer gently for 15 minutes until the squash is tender.

Add the spinach and simmer for a further 5 minutes, until the spinach has thawed and the curry is piping hot.

Turn into a large serving bowl.

3. Meanwhile, stir together the cucumber, red onion, yogurt, mint and cumin seeds. Add a squeeze of lemon juice to taste, then spoon into a serving bowl.

4. Warm the tortilla wraps or chapattis according to packet instructions and serve with the curry and yogurt salad.

Van die Redaksie – 6 December 2013

Redaksie

“Daar is ‘n tyd om te kom en ‘n tyd om te gaan”.

Dis nooit maklik om die bekende vir die onbekende te verruil nie, maar wie nie waag, sal ook nie wen nie.

So het die tyd vir my aangebreek om Gauteng se stof agter te laat ….die  see en sy mense wag !

Met groot opgewondenheid sien ek uit om ten volle by Mosselbaai en omgewing, se mense en hul dinge betrokke te raak.

Die afgelope jaar het ek beleef hoeveel goeie werk deur verskeie mense en instansies hier gedoen word.
Hoeveel verskillende uitreike, uitstallings en feeste gereël word om die omgewing te adverteer en as ‘n gewilde vakansiebestemming en toeriste aantreklikheid te bemark, maar ook om terug te gee waar daar nood is.

Ons hier by die “Mossview” sien uit om ‘n positiewe bydrae te lewer.  ‘n Bydrae wat aansteeklik en motiverend is en entoesiasme kweek – ook om projekte te begin wat kinders en jongmense betrokke sal kry en hulle te inspireer.

Soos ek gesê het:  “Die see, sy mense en al die lekker dinge wag – tyd om uit te haal en te wys:”

Geniet die see, son en vakansie (of vakansie stemming).

STUNNING AIRSHOW AT DIAS FESTIVAL

Festivalgoers at the 2014 Dias Festival can look forward to more of the stunning performances of the Eqstra Flying Lions aerobatics team in their Harvard T-6 aircraft.
These daring pilots had festivalgoers gasping for their breaths at the 2013 Dias Festival and will be back at the Standard Bank Airshow during the 2014 Dias Festival. Their programme will again include a spectacular evening display on 31 January 2014.

The 2014 Dias Festival, which is co-ordinated by the Mossel Bay Municipality as a project to stimulate the local economy and market the town, will take place from 30 January 2014 to    February 2014.

As was the case at the previous two Dias Festivals, the Western Cape aerobatics championships will again form part of the festival programme. The championship will be preceded by practice sessions on 30 January 2014, while the official competition will take place on 31 January 2013 and 1 February 2014.

The Standard Bank Airshow, where the Flying Lions will perform in their World War II machines, will take place on the Saturday, 1 February 2014.  In addition to the Flying Lions, several other interesting aircraft are expected to participate. These include a Hunter jet, a RV7, a T29 Trojan, an MX2, a Yak 55 and a Suhkoi.

The programme will also include skydiving performance. Like in 2013 there will be a big flag jump.

More information about the festival can be obtained from the Office of the Municipal Manager at (044) 606-5003, or by e-mail to festivals@mosselbay.gov.za or feeste@mosselbay.gov.za. Information can also be obtained from the website www.mosselbayevents.co.za. •

Trilinear claims Pinnacle Point and Absa withheld crucial information

Pinnacle Point Group’s management and its creditor, Absa, withheld crucial information that could have stopped Trilinear Empowerment Trust from investing in a company that was about to go under, the commission of inquiry into the factors that led to Pinnacle Point’s liquidation heard yesterday.

Trilinear, which lost millions of rand in pension funds of members of the Southern African Clothing and Textile Workers’ Union, bought R100 million worth of Pinnacle Point shares in October 2009 on the premise that a project that would ensure Pinnacle Point’s continued existence was on track.

Absa and Pinnacle Point told Trilinear that the outstanding issues relating to the group’s proposed property development project in Nigeria, the Lagos Keys, had been sorted out, but this was not so. These included the requirement of a certificate of occupation and two environmental impact assessment certificates from the Nigerian government.

Former Trilinear fund manager David de Waal had approached Absa to find out if the project was on track, but claims that he was misled.

However, Stephen van Coller, Absa Capital’s chief executive, told the commission that the bank “took trust in Pinnacle Point’s management that these issues would be sorted out”, and was simply communicating what it had been told to Trilinear.

“Management was telling us that this would be resolved. There was a lot of trust at hand here that this was going to happen. Otherwise we would not have put in R55m,” Van Coller said.

He said the Pinnacle Point chief executive at the time, Hendrik Pretorius, told Absa that the company had a close relationship with the Nigerian government and that getting the required certificates was a mere formality.

The commissioner, retired Judge Meyer Joffe, asked: “I have difficulty understanding your reply [to Trilinear]. How could these matters have been resolved because the precedent conditions hadn’t been filled?”

Absa also refused to share its due diligence report with Trilinear.

Van Coller said: “

De Waal asked about our due diligence report but I don’t think it was Absa’s responsibility to tell them if the land rights were secured. They were supposed to do their own due diligence or go back to Pinnacle Point.”

But advocate Gavin Woodland laid the blame at Absa’s door for not disclosing what it knew to Trilinear.

“Whether you like it or not, Absa was part and parcel of that transaction,” he said.

Although it was Pinnacle Point’s financial advisers, Rothschild, that proposed that the company issue shares to rescue itself from potential liquidation, it was Absa that came up with the initial rescue plan. It was also the bank that said Pinnacle Point needed to raise R100m from shareholders other than Absa.

The rescue package would consist of a R95m underwriting offer and a R55m bridging loan facility. Pinnacle Point had to raise the remaining R100m through a rights issue.

Absa’s lawyers in Lagos alerted the bank some months before Trilinear offered to buy Pinnacle Point’s shares that without obtaining the required certificates, the Lagos Keys project could not happen. Absa was only going to underwrite the group’s rescue package if this project went through, but it did not stipulate this as a precedent condition.

In February 2010, when Pinnacle Point obtained a certificate that stated the company could not sell undeveloped plots of land, Absa ditched the underwriting agreement. It then entered into an agreement with Trilinear, to which it sold all its shares for R150m.

The enquiry continues today.

www.thegremlin.co.za •

EIA for proposed Mossel Bay LNG terminal suspended after objections

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PetroSA is interrogating two main sites (one in Vleesbaai and one in Voorbaai) in for the proposed LNG terminal and is planning to make a final investment decision on the $375-million to $510-million project in the fourth quarter of 2014. The project is designed to bolster security of gas supply to its gas-to-liquids plant and first gas could flow in early 2018.

However, interested and affected parties have alleged that the EIA is noncompliant with South Africa’s environmental regulations, particularly the National Environmental Management Act regulation stipulating that the environmental assessment practitioner (EAP) be fully independent.

Project opponents have objected to the appointment of the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) as the EAP, arguing that the State-owned science council could not be considered to be independent given that government is the sole shareholder in both the CSIR and PetroSA. However, a number of other objections were also raised in correspondence dated November 1, 2013.

The DEA, as the competent authority, is compelled to investigate allegations of noncompliance and it, therefore, notified PetroSA and the CSIR on November 22 both of the suspension and that they could “make representations to the DEA regarding the alleged noncompliance”.

Rescue Vleesbaai Action Group (Revag) chairperson Mareo Bekker expressed gratitude to the DEA for its intervention. The organisation said that the DEA’s intervention followed the recent termination by PetroSA of its appointment of WorleyParsons to conduct a quantitative risk assessment for the project in parallel with the EIA process. The termination followed Revag’s objection to the assessment being performed by the same company that had already been appointed to conduct the front-end engineering design of the proposed terminal.

PetroSA said it had noted the decision and that it would be making a representation to the department regarding the alleged noncompliance.

“PetroSA is confident that all requirements and legislative processes relating to the appointment of CSIR as the independent environmental assessment practitioner have been duly followed,” operations VP Dr Thabo Kgogo said in a statement.

He added that its presentation to the DEA would be done “as soon as possible to ensure that the EIA process continues unhindered”.
Source: Engineering News

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MOUNTAIN BIKING STRAIGHT INTO 2014

GEORGE (NOVEMBER 2013) – The 11th annual Great Brak Grabadoo is taking place on Tuesday 31 December 2013. Due to the overwhelming positive response about the routes that were changed in 2012, organizers are not going to change a single route in 2013 to assure more participants enjoy this experience. With breathtaking routes snaking through some of the most beautiful flora in the Kingdom of the Southern Cape, the Great Brak Grabadoo (generally referred to as Grabadoo) offers something for everyone, whether you are a novice or a veteran mountain biker at heart.

This exciting and picturesque route attracts fanatics, families, holiday makers, locals…riders from all walks of life.  Victor Matfield, legendary Springbok lock, participated amongst 1 200 other participants in the 2012 race for the first time and he found the route exhilarating.  The jovial atmosphere, sportsmanship amongst riders and festive spirit makes this an event not to miss!

Runners, walkers, families and even pets can participate in the most beautiful walk in the Southern Cape around the Great Brak River in a 4.8km route. Mountain bikers can choose from 4 exciting routes including some wonderful new twists and turns to the existing routes – 15km, 31km, 42km, 66km..

Entry fees for the specific routes are as follows – 15km @ R60; 31km @ R80; 42km @ R90; 66km @ R100.  Walkers enter @ R35. and the fee for a temporary license for mountain bike distances 31km 42km &66km  is a mere R35.  Pre-race entries can be done on Monday 30 December at the Peperboom Restaurant in Great Brak River, or at www.onlines.co.za .

The 2013 festive season is upon us. Holidaymakers will be here in hordes and before we know it, the jingle bells of Christmas would have come and gone. Before 2014 runs away with you, run, walk and ride out the old year into a bright, happy and fit New Year.

For more information, please contact Mimi Finestone from Interface by Goji on 084 583 3144 or at mimi@gojipr.net, or Alewijn Dippenaar at 082 457 5675 or visit the Grabadoo Facebook page.  •

Lee-Anne Pace on a quest for US LPGA tour card

Heartbreak is the very nature of golf. And, after a year of solid performances, nothing can cause more heartbreak that failing at Qualifying School, professional golf’s version of a trip to the dentist’s office.

Four of South Africa’s top golfers – Lee-Anne Pace, Ashleigh Simon, Melissa Eaton and Paula Reto – will try to avoid that particular agony when they launch their bids at the LPGA Tour’s Final Qualifying Tournament on Thursday.

The local quartet will join 150 other hopefuls from 27 countries, including 30 American states, at the LPGA International golf course in Daytona Beach, Florida in the all-or-nothing battle over 90 gruelling holes for just 20 coveted cards on offer for the 2014 season.

The South African foursome will hope to make the final stage of Q-School for the low 70 players and ties after 72 holes. The consolation prizes are not too shabby, though. Players who finish 21st through 45 and ties will earn membership in Category 17 and everyone who misses, will at least receive Symetra Tour status.

Former Ladies European Tour No 1 Pace has lived through the process before and is a hands-on favourite to make the end goal after another sizzling season in Europe.

The 32-year-old Mossel Bay golfer won the Ladies Spanish and the Turkish Airlines Ladies Opens, posted five top 10 finishes, including a runner-up finish in Slovakia, claimed a top 25 finish at the Ricoh Women’s British Open in a field that included the top ranked players in the world and will start the Qualifying School as the No 2 ranked player in Europe.

Simon, too, has had a couple of turns at Qualifying School and, despite a lengthy layoff at the start of the season, came into some great form recently and vaulted to 10th in the LET standings in just 10 starts.

Eaton won the Florida Natural Charity Classic and finished 13th in the final Symetra Tour rankings, which earned her a straight pass to the LPGA Qualifying School final stage.

But it is unheralded Reto who has been the most impressive over the last few months.

The 23-year-old excelled at hockey and ran track in South Africa, and only took up golf in 2005. She secured a golf scholarship to Purdue University, where she excelled in the collegiate system.

Reto made the All-Big Ten first team, the Golfweek All-American third team, was a Big Ten Sportsmanship Award honouree, received an honourable mention NCGA All-American and was named Golfweek Player of the Week Finished in the quarterfinals of the US Women’s Amateur Championship, where she was eliminated by eventual champion and world’s top-ranked amateur, Lydia Ko.

In July, she graduated with a degree in Law and Society and launched her professional career on the Symetra Tour.

Reto made all seven starts and vaulted to 33rd in the final rankings after tie for sixth in the penultimate Volvik Championship and a third place finish in the season-ending Symetra Tour Championships. This put her straight into the field for the Stage Two Qualifier, where she shot rounds of 73-71-71-73 to tie for 28th and earn her place at Final Stage.

But the South Africans could be up against it with the likes of Amy Anderson, Cheyenne Woods and Kim Kaufmann in the field.

North Dakota State standout Anderson, who won the Stage II Qualifying Tournament in Venice by six strokes, won 20 collegiate titles as a member of the North Dakota State women’s golf team, surpassing Juli Inkster’s previous record of 17 collegiate victories.

Tiger Woods’ niece made headlines last year when she qualified for the 2012 US Women’s Open and played as a sponsor’s exemption at the 2012 Wegmans LPGA Championship.

Texas Tech graduate Kaufmann took the Symetra Tour by storm after graduation and earned her first professional victory in just her third event at the Island Resort Championship in Harris, Michigan. She went on to record three additional top-10 finishes and narrowly the top 10.

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