Agrizzi Bail Appeal – Judgement Reserved

The court has reserved judgement on the bail appeal by former Bosasa COO Angelo Agrizzi.  Agrizzi is set to spent a few more days in custody in hospital where he is chained to his bed.  The former Bosasa head is heavily guarded with guards stationed outside his room, in the passage outside the ICU as well as in the parking lot.  Judgement will be delivered on Friday.

Agrizzi’s attorney Mannie Witz told media that life would be easier for his client if he was released on bail because of his deteriorating medical condition.  Agrizzi’s bail was denied in the Commercial Crimes Court two weeks ago.  After spending one night in prison, he was rushed to the Chris Hani Baragwanath Hospital after struggling to breathe.  He has since been moved to a private hospital where he later suffered a heart attack.

What You Should Do to Your Pool After it Rains

Rain can sometimes affect your pool’s water chemistry. Because rain water can be acidic, it can affect your pool’s pH balance. After a heavy rain, you also have a lot of extra water in the pool that can dilute the chemistry.

A light rain will have very little effect, if any, on your pool water. However, it wouldn’t hurt to do these checks anyway, if only for good measure.

After a heavy rain fall, the first thing you should do is to filter the water and take a sample to test, especially the pH, alkalinity levels.

1. Clean The Pool

Sometimes after it rains, you will find winds have blow a lot of dirt, leaves and other debris in your pool. This often increases the nitrogen and phosphorus levels promoting growth of algae and bacteria.

You can use an automatic pool cleaner or manually vacuum the pool yourself. Once your pool is cleaned, you can test the water chemistry.

2. Check pH and Alkalinity Levels

Acid rain can cause your pH to drop. However, this is what alkalinity’s job is.

When rain tries to lower the pH, the alkalinity will take the big hit. That means, your alkalinity levels might see a more drastic change than your pH levels, which is a good thing.

3. Check Sanitizer Levels

You also want to check your chlorine or sanitizer levels. Rain can often introduce contaminants to your water, and your sanitizer will start fighting them off.

That means, your sanitiser level might be low as well. So be sure to check these levels.

4. Check Your Water Level

Of course, after it rains you will have more water in your pool than what’s needed. If you have an excess of water in your pool, you can drain it a little by using your filter’s “waste” setting. Just let the pool drain until it’s back at the normal level.

You won’t need to worry too much about your calcium or CYA (Cynauric Acid) levels — these are not greatly affected by the rain besides dilution.

Should I Shock My Pool?

Shocking your pool isn’t necessary, although, it’s not a bad idea either. If you get an extremely heavy rain fall, you could shock your pool for good measure. This will help fight off any contaminants that the rain may have brought to your pool.

Just make sure you drain the water to the correct level, check your pH, alkalinity and sanitiser levels, then shock in the evening after the rain has ended.

Additional Information and Final Note

Of course, you should avoid swimming in your pool during an thunderstorm because of lightning, and you should probably just avoid swimming during the rain for this reason alone.

Run off from your pool deck may also bring in some contaminants from your lawn or the deck itself. Again, make sure you follow this checklist after a heavy rainfall and your pool wont’ have any issues including, cloudy water or algae.

Happy Swimming!

The Lighter Side of Life

The Lighter Side of Life

A proposal went horribly wrong and a groom got kicked in the face when the boat his fiancé was on suddenly started moving. The video was shared by Theo Shantonas, a popular Twitter user. The man, who’s identity is not known, was standing on one boat, with his fiancé standing in another. The man attempted to pull the ‘fiancé boat” in closer while balancing precariously on the edge of his own boat. One person can be heard describing the moment as “a fairy tale” in the background while the fiancé smiles at her soon-to-be husband. It appeared that she was saying “Yes” and they try to embrace each other. The woman accidentally pushes the throttle causing the boat to shoot forward, she falls over backwards and in the process kicks the man in the face, after which he falls into the water. The video went viral on Twitter. It is clear that people are desperate for happy or funny news whilst the world is struggling to cope with the Covid Pandemic. According to sources, the bride said yes and nobody was injured in the incident.

News: Garden Day returns for a virtual celebration of our beloved green spaces

Inspirational flower crown ambassadors, a packed calendar of virtual events with garden guru Tanya Visser and comedian Schalk Bezuidenhout, and DIY tips for a garden celebration are set to connect plant lovers across South Africa as Garden Day marks the beginning of Spring for the most meaningful Garden Day yet.

On Sunday 11 October, South Africans across the country will celebrate their unique green spaces and gardens in every shape and size. Created by gardening app Candide, Garden Day is a growing movement uniting people in their love for plants and flowers since 2016. From keepers of rolling lawns, community gardens, and vegetable patches to potted window sills, patio planters, and urban rooftops, the annual celebration is calling on plant lovers to put on a flower crown, down tools, and enjoy the fruits of their labour.

To inspire South Africans to celebrate all things green, Garden Day will host a number of virtual events in the run up to Sunday 11 October including flower crown making workshops, so that you can make your own flower crown, the ultimate Garden Day accessory.

On the day the movement will host its first Virtual Garden Day Gathering with a host of events, including a Q&A session with garden guru Tanya Visser, a celebrity flower crown off with actor and comedian Schalk Bezuidenhout and radio and television presenter Zoë Brown, garden-inspired gourmet cooking and more via Zoom and Facebook Live.

This year, Garden Day is especially poignant. Over the past few months, South Africans have turned to their green spaces to find solace and balance. Gardening has been proven to boost both mental and physical well-being and create a sense of belonging and connection. With spring in the air, it offers a chance to pause, reflect, and celebrate a season of new beginnings. From enjoying an outdoor picnic with your family to sharing your green haven with friends online, Garden Day is about taking a moment to celebrate the greenery that brings you joy.

The Happiness Effect of Gardens

According to a recent survey by Candide, 96% of people said they felt happier when spending downtime in their gardens. The findings revealed the most popular garden activities are spending time in a favourite spot admiring plants, listening to birdsong and watching the wildlife, breathing in the fresh air and garden scents, enjoying a cuppa and a chat, taking me time with a quiet bite to eat, playing with the children, reading a book, or lazing on the grass.
“It’s been proven that if you surround yourself with plants and flowers, you’re likely to be happier. I can attest to that,” says Wolseley-based flower farmer Adene Nieuwoudt. “My flowers keep me energised and enthusiastic. Garden Day is the ideal celebration to express this sentiment.”

“There’s an unhurried creativity that comes with gardening,” adds award-winning interior designer Donald Nxumalo. “Typically, I’m racing against the clock, but on my balcony I can let the process evolve slowly. This balances and invigorates me. It inspires my design work.”

Nieuwoudt and Nxumalo are among the 2020 Garden Day ambassadors that will put on a flower crown and lead this year’s celebrations. They are joined by some of South Africa’s favourite flower and plant enthusiasts including landscape designer Joy Phala, Babylonstoren’s floral designer Constance Stuurman and master gardener Gundula Deutschlander, Chef Nti actor, writer and producer Donnalee Roberts, opera singer and television presenter Lynelle Kenned, and visual artist Alice Toich.

Join the movement

Visit Gardenday for a handy toolkit to help you plan the perfect virtual celebration, including recipe ideas, downloadable invitations for your virtual celebration and things to do and make with children in the garden.

Catch news, updates, and inspiration at @GardenDaySA on Candide, Facebook, Instagram, TikTok, and Twitter. Tag your posts with @GardenDaySA and #GardenDaySA to share your green celebration with friends, family, and fellow plant lovers online.

Trending Recipe: Spicy fish burger with chilli mayo

This recipe for spicy fish burgers with chilli mayo is a great recipe to have on-hand midweek. It’s super-quick (ready in under 30 minutes) and easy, but is packed full of flavour and a chilli hit.

Ingredients

cucumber 1/2, cut into ribbons
white wine vinegar 1 tsp
golden caster sugar 1/4 tsp
plain flour 1 tbsp
smoked paprika or ground cumin or dried thyme 1/4 tsp of each
cod or haddock or pollock or white fish 2 fat, bun-sized pieces
oil
ciabatta buns 2, toasted
mayonnaise or chilli sauce
rocket a small handful

Buy the ingredients

Method

STEP 1

Toss the cucumber with the vinegar, sugar and some salt. Mix the flour with the spice/herb mix and season really well. Dust the fish all over with the flour.

STEP 2

Heat 2 tbsp of oil in a pan the cook the fish for 2-3 minutes on each side until it is golden and cooked through. Spread the buns with the chilli mayo. Put some rocket on the bottom then sit the fish on top. Add with the cucumber and the bun lid.

By Janine Ratcliffe

Lifestyle: Four Plants that will help you sleep

If you suffer from insomnia, chances are you’ve tried all the usual remedies, but have you ever consider adding plants to your home and bedroom?

Air-purifying plants help decrease pollution, odours and moulds that can impact night time breathing. Plus, they add a beautiful, zen-like calm that also contributes to a better night’s sleep.

Here are 4 recommended plants from Garden and Home

1. Mother-in-law’s tongue

Highly recommended for improving indoor air quality, Mother-in-Law’s Tongue (Sansevieria trifasciata) is hardy and easy to care-for. It emits oxygen at night while simultaneously absorbing carbon dioxide – something we naturally produce when breathing. All this leads to a purer quality of air and a better night’s sleep.

2. Peace lily

The moisture given off by the flowers of Spathiphyllum boosts humidity by up to 5%, suppressing airborne microbes that can lead to allergies. A nice shady position (out of the reach of pets and children) and weekly watering is all it needs.

3. Bamboo palm

Also known as the reed palm (Dypsis lutescens), this small plant is a fantastic air purifier. Ditch your chemical-laden air fresheners in favour of a few of these and say goodbye to airborne smells and toxins.

4. Lavender

This popular purple-flowered plant helps you sleep better and wake more refreshed. Lavender is popular and used often used in traditional aroma therapy sessions. One study found that lavender makes us feel more energetic and refreshed and a few drops of lavender oil on your pillow will ease you into a gentle sleep and reduce anxiety.

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News: Reasons why we should be planting trees.

With South Africa celebrating both Arbour Day and the start of Spring this week, Karen Heron, founder Earth Probiotic shares reasons why we should be planting trees.

The tallest tree in the world is a California redwood which stands 116m tall and what a sight that must be!

While most of us don’t have the space to grow such a tree, or the time to enjoy it (a mature redwood forest is between 500 and 1000 years old), we can all contribute in some small way by planting just one tree.

Karen Heron, founder Earth Probiotic says, “Trees are easy to plant, and once you have decided which tree to plant, then choosing the ideal place to plant does need thoughtful consideration in order for the tree to thrive.”

Most trees love full sunlight and others dappled shade.
The roots of most trees are quite shallow at around 2m deep, but depending on the variety, can spread very wide when fully grown and some spread much wider than their canopy.

Usually the best time to plant a tree is spring or early autumn, but some types require a different time of year.

Once you have determined the type of tree, learnt its size and the depth and width of its root system, it’s time to plant.

  • Dig a hole as deep as the root ball and at least twice as wide. The wider the better as this allows the roots to easily spread in its search for food and water.
  • Remove any grass growing around the hole by about half a metre in diameter. While growing, it’s best for the tree not to have to compete with weeds and grass.
    Fill the hole with water the day before you intend planting. If the hole is still full, then the spot is not suitable as lack of drainage will kill the tree.
  • Having kept the root ball well watered, remove the tree from its container.
  • Set on the soil in the hole and spread out the roots around the trunk, removing any damaged ones and setting the roots onto the soil.
  • Add the soil back making sure the crown is at soil level or just above and the tree is straight.
  • Firm the soil well and create a depression so water will pool there. You can push down the soil with your foot but watch you don’t stomp on the root ball.
  • Water as soon as you are finished planting. If the soil settles you can add more soil but don’t use your feet to firm down while the soil is wet.
  • Once you are happy the tree is straight, has soil just below its crown and is well watered, then add some compost on top of the soil and slightly beyond the hole you dug and add mulch.
  • Brush back any compost and mulch from the trunk.
  • Only stake if absolutely necessary and remove stakes and ties after about a year.
  • Young trees need regular watering, weeding and fertilising.
  • “The most important step once you have brought your new tree home, is to not let the root ball dry out. This applies during storing the tree, while preparing the hole, planting it and giving the tree its first watering in its (hopefully) final place in life,” says Karen.

Reasons to plant a tree:

  • Releases oxygen through its truck and leaves and often referred to as the ‘lungs of the planet’.
  • Cleans air by intercepting airborne particulates by trapping them on its leaves and bark.
  • Preserves soil by preventing soil erosion through its web of roots.
  • Conserves water by providing shade and decreasing evaporation.
  • Supports wildlife by providing shelter, nesting and food.
  • Sequesters and stores carbon dioxide decreasing the concentration of greenhouse gases.
  • Cools the planet through shading and releasing water vapour through its leaves.
  • Reduces energy use of a home or office by up to 30% when planted properly around a building.
  • Seeds soil through fallen leaves which turn into nutrients for the tree and surrounds.
  • But most important they make us happy by reducing stress as its impossible not to look at nature and smile!

Local News: The Phelophepa Health Care train is in Gauteng

The Transnet-Phelophepa trains are free, mobile healthcare clinics that travel to areas of rural South Africa, where there is just one doctor for every 5,000 patients. Phelophepa (pronounced pay-lo-pe-pa) means “good, clean health” and is owned and operated by Transnet Foundation, with Roche being Phelophepa’s main external sponsor since the first train journey in 1994.

Today the Gauteng Health Department and Transnet launch the Phelophepa Health Care train.

The Health Train is to service communities who battle to access basic healthcare services in their area.

The train will be based at the Springs station for the next two weeks.

Here are all the dates:

Springs Station
31 August – 11 September

Olifantsfontein Station
14 September – 25 September

Dube Station Soweto
28 September – 9 October

The train will be open to the public from Monday to Friday, 7:30 – 4:00pm

Services Rendered by the Phelophepa Health Care train,

  • Health clinic including screenings for cancer, diabetes, tuberculosis, HIV and Aids testing
  • Covid-19 screening and testing
  • Eye Clinic with on site lab for spectacles
  • Dental clinic
  • Pharmacy and medicine dispensary
  • Psychological counselling

It’s important to arrive early and remember to bring your clinic card including the immunisation cards for children.

Treatment is scheduled on a first come first basis.

News: Learn lockdown lessons and save money

As the lockdown eases it may be tempting to get back to what was once normal as quickly as possible, but a moment of reflection before you do may be worthwhile and could save you money.

Shafeeqah Isaacs, head of consumer education at financial services provider DirectAxis, says that while the lockdown has had many negative consequences, not least for the economy, there may be some useful lessons we can take into the new normal.

The hard lockdown, with its prohibitions on unnecessary travel, eating out, socialising, leisure activities, alcohol and cigarettes, potentially gave people some insight into what they could cut back on or live without and save some money as a result.

“We’re certainly not saying you should live your life like you’re in lockdown, but rather consider whether the enforced cutbacks meant you weren’t spending as much each month. Then think about whether giving up smoking, eating out less regularly or not having your friends over every weekend might mean having more money at the end of the month.”

For people who’ve been working from home during lockdown, a move back to the office might mean a nice change of scenery and a chance to catch up with colleagues but could also impact their back pockets.

Obvious work-from-home savings are commuting costs, reduced spending on coffees and lunches and, for some, the need to maintain a five-day-a-week professional wardrobe. Of course, these need to be balanced against the costs of running a home office, such as connectivity and data, and whether your employer is prepared to contribute to these.

While there’s plenty of information on the benefits of working from home, both for employers and employees, it’s hard to find any definitive studies on how much a South African office worker could save. A US study estimates these savings to be about $4 000 a year for American workers. It is probably less than the equivalent +/- R70 000 in South Africa, where the practice is less well established.

There may be other less obvious savings. For example, if both you and your partner or spouse are working from home, do you really need two cars? Selling one would save not only vehicle finance repayments but also insurance and maintenance.

“Before you rush out to get your post-lockdown life back, it’s worth thinking about how it could benefit you financially if there are some things you can live without or cut back on.”

If you do apply some lockdown lessons and are able to save a bit each month, consider what you are going to do with the additional disposable income, says Shafeeqah.

“It’s all too easy to blow it on things you don’t really need. By all means give yourself some reward, but perhaps consider using the rest to pay off your debts faster.”

At a prime rate of 7% South Africa’s interest rates are the lowest they have been in half a century. This means that it’s a good opportunity to reduce what you owe and potentially save some money over the long term.

For example, if you have a five-year, R250 000 loan at 12% interest for five years and you pay off an additional R500 a month you’ll reduce the term of the loan by six months and save R9 707,90.

“Think of it as an investment in yourself,” says Shafeeqah.

Source: Meropa

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