Time to Reduce our Carbon Footprint

Solar power has been in existence for a long time. It is rapidly becoming a very effective and efficient way of saving power and using free energy instead. Solar energy is a type of energy that is derived directly from the sun. For those who didn’t know, the sun doesn’t only give us sunlight but it also gives us renewable and natural energy.
As great as this may sound, there are still people who prefer using other means of generating electricity and energy. Solar power is the only available source of energy that saves us money and reduces carbon footprint. Go Green Guys are an innovative South African business that provides solar pool heating Cape Town which goes a long way towards saving on the electricity usage.
The first thing we need to discuss before anything else is the definition of carbon footprint. Carbon footprint is the whole quantity of conservatory gases created to unswervingly and circuitously maintain human undertakings and is typically articulated in equal masses of carbon dioxide (CO2).
•    Installing solar panels: Aside from this option saving you tons of money, it also reduces carbon footprint. Getting free energy from the sun saves you a lot of electrical bills and it is a pretty reliable source of energy.
•    Buy from companies that support low-carbon usage: Companies that are still using more ways of producing carbon footprint aren’t doing anything to conserve the environment just yet. Instead, opt for companies that see the bigger picture- being a 100% renewable energy enterprise.
•    Appliances: Solar power decreases the energy appliances around your house consume.
•    Solar power is good for the planet: Our environment is deteriorating every second of the day and something needs to be done about it. Solar energy couldn’t have come at a perfect time. Although solar energy has been around and people have been using solar power for as long as we can remember, there couldn’t have been a better time for us to use this free and renewable energy.
•    Lighting: Turn off your lights around the office or home if they are not being utilized. Lighting uses a lot of carbon footprint. Only switch the lights when you are using them. Using the sun as means of light is also another way of reducing carbon footprint.
•    Water usage: Saving water is one of the never ending gospels we still preach till this very day. Saving water and coming up with water saving tips also reduces the use of carbon footprint. Installing a solar geyser is the best way of reducing carbon footprint. The heat on the geyser would be made warm by the sun and not by any form of electricity. Another way of saving water if you are a swimming pool owner is by investing in one of the Cape Town pool covers available from local suppliers.
•    Use the sun to make your plants grow: Instead of watering your plants with water from the house, use the sun instead. The plants engross the sun’s warmth and cool the air by means of transpiration.
•    Use solar appliances for your home: Appliances such as solar heaters and solar geysers can reduce carbon footprint. This is because the energy that is consumed by these solar products comes directly from the sun.

Our environment should be protected at all times. The conservation of the environment is not only for us as residents but for our future generations. Carbon footprint is slowly killing our surroundings and if we don’t change our ways, our environment will be in complete shambles.
Solar power is slowing changing every mindset of a person who wants to change their environment for the better. Solar energy is becoming one of the best ways of saving and reducing costs around the house and around the universe! Together we can all do more to reduce carbon footprints by choosing solar power to fight the carbon dioxide battle for us.

Conference Delegates Spread their Wings

So many delegates at the Hydropower Conference end up staying a bit longer in South Africa to explore the country and visit the major cities and tourist destinations. Why not mix business with pleasure – it makes sense to me…after a couple of days sitting in on seminars about hydroelectric power-plants and their benefits, I think anybody deserves a break.

From time to time we get report back or emails from a few of the hydropower conference guests that have taken the opportunity to do some traveling. If we find anything worth mentioning we post it up on the website for others to consider. Jaap Marais recently wrote in to congratulate us on another successful hydropower conference and also share some of his post conference experiences in Cape Town. Jaap found himself sitting in the Cape Town CBD drinking a morning coffee when the sight of people paragliding over Cape Town caught his eye. If overcoming your fear of heights is on your Bucket List then there are few more exhilarating or safer ways to do it than with a tandem paragliding experience. Experts suggest that it’s best to tackle your fears in a fun and relaxing way, preferably outdoors in a beautiful, natural and inspiring setting. Like everything worthwhile doing, conquering a fear and having an amazing life experience is best achieved at a pace comfortable to you. The relaxing hike up Signal Hill or Lions Head to the paragliding launch pad allows you to take deep breaths and get comfortable slowly rising above the tree line while still having your feet firmly on the ground. As you leave the noisy hustle and bustle of the city behind you, you catch a glimpse of the pure beauty and calm of being away from it all.
Another tip on dealing with fear is to concentrate on how different this experience is to other fearful moments like being stuck in a tree or on a rooftop. In a tandem paragliding situation, you are surrounded by highly skilled, experienced and supportive people as you prepare to launch and are in no way “stuck” in a scary moment but actively taking one brave step at a time.
The attention to detail given to safety while paragliding and preparing to paraglide appeals to the logical side of our brains, helping us rationalize our fear and therefore making us feel braver and more secure. Pay careful attention to your safety briefing and ask as many questions as you need to about the equipment, harnesses and hooks, and about each part of the flight experience. Part of the enjoyment of the experience is the weight of the equipment in your hand, the satisfying snap and rattle as things clink firmly and snugly into place, and the extra hard tug making doubly sure everything is as it should be.
Added to your advantage is the fact that you are not facing your fear alone but have a highly experienced tandem paraglider attached to you who is essentially doing all the work while you have a fantastic view and magical experience to enjoy. Your pilot’s prime concern is your safety and that you have a positive experience so you only have to concentrate on keeping yourself calm and in the moment, feeling more alive than you ever have before.
So if you do find yourself taking a bit of time off after the next Hydro Power Conference and you’re looking for something exciting to do, maybe take Jaap’s advice and take the plunge. Although not for everyone, it is guaranteed to be a personal experience to remember, an amazing gift to give a friend or loved one or just for something different to do. Contact Skywings Paragliding Cape Town and enjoy a lifetime of bragging rights and personal accomplishment.

The Power to Save your Marriage

Divorce rates are on the increase again, and research shows that every year the number of divorces in South Africa grows dramatically. In some cases there is no alternative but to bring the marriage to a close by means of a divorce agreement. In situations where there is repeated infidelity, domestic abuse, physical and verbal,  or psychological illness, the best thing that can be recommended for the couple is to consider getting a divorce. In many cases though, it may just be the common scenario where a husband and wife have slowly grown apart, spending little time together because of the demands of modern life.

marriage counselling

Far too often couples do not put enough effort into saving their marriage and give marriage counselling a chance. More than fifty percent of couples that found themselves on the brink of divorce have managed to turn their failed marriages around by consulting with a professional couples therapist. Karen Rootenberg is a sensitive and caring marriage counsellor based in Wynberg, Cape Town. Karen has more than twenty years experience in counselling couples and individuals, helping them grow and work through difficult circumstances and times in their lives and relationships. The power to truly connect with, and guide couples through obstacles in their relationships or marriage is a rare gift. Karen uses a variety of modalities in her work and may on some occasions focus dealing with unresolved issues of the patient’s “inner child”. Her insights into a person’s behavior and motivations can be uncanny at times and not always comfortable. It is this rare ability that make her so adept at dealing with couples that find themselves no longer able to communicate meaningfully themselves. Some may find her methods eclectic and even unorthodox at times but Karen is extremely skilled in dealing with couples and capable of delivering results. Her authentic, deep interest in helping and serving people puts Karen ahead of a great deal of other couples counsellors who do not share her natural passion for helping people.

Karen Rootenberg counsellor

Apart from counselling couples and individuals, Karen also runs several fantastic personal growth workshops including the popular Art of Being and Karma Workshops. The Art of Being is a seven month self discovery workshop that will change the way you live your life forever. The workshop guides you through a period of inner searching and spiritual growth that often uncovers deep seated ways of thinking that are harmful to us.

So maybe the electricity in your relationship has waned, the power liess in you to solve it. All too often couples throw in the towel before trying to save their marriages or relationships when in fact all they need is some gentle guidance and perspective. Divorce is not something that should be initiated without first trying to resolve issues with marriage counselling.

Anita Prag – The Power of Healing

Making the decision to ask for help for yourself or a loved one is the first step towards healing, and finding the right psychologist can be difficult. The success of the therapeutic process is largely dependant on the level of trust between the psychologist and the patient.

Dr Anita Prag is a clinical psychologist in the Southern Suburbs of Cape Town. Dr Prag’s practice is registered with the Health Professions Council of South Africa and the Board of Healthcare Funders. Anita’s practice is conveniently situated at 117 Main Road, Bergvliet, close to Constantia, Tokai, Diep River and Meadowridge in the Southern Suburbs.

southern suburbs psychologist

Dr Prag completed her Masters Degree in Clinical Psychology and Community Counselling at the University of Stellenbosch in the Western Cape. Anita went on to perform service by working at the Military Hospital in Wynberg and Saldanha Naval Base as part of her training. Anita had the unique experience of having the opportunity to work in the war torn Democratic Republic of Congo and Burundi as the resident psychologist. The rare experience of working in these conditions has given her a unique insight into the various stressors that can bear down on ordinary people. Anita presented stress and conflict management workshops as well as providing psychotherapy to soldiers suffering from the trauma induced by the violence of war. Anita has during her career worked closely with a Neurodevelopmental Pediatrician, Psychiatrists, Social Workers and Occupational Therapists in helping patients through difficulties and trauma.

Dr Prag now provides a variety of treatment therapies to her clients utilizing a range of modalities.

Individual Psychotherapy:

  • Psychotherapy for all ages – adolescents to the elderly
  • Community service psychologists and interns
  • Healthcare practitioners that require therapy

Couples Counselling :

  • Heterosexual couples
  • Gay and Lesbian couples
  • Pre marital counselling

Scholastic Assessments

  • IQ Assessments
  • Learning related difficulties
  • Attention and concentration difficulties

Play Therapy for Children :

  • Emotional and Behavioural assessments
  • Working with the Parents or primary caregivers and school teachers is a necessity

Anita prefers to take a collaborative approach when treating children and adolescents. During the first one or two sessions, she will spend time doing a thorough assessment of the patient taking all factors into account including all necessary history and important life events.

Dr Anita Prag is an experienced and empathetic psychologist based in the southern suburbs of Cape Town that is very skilled in treating her patients. For more information on her qualifications and consultation times please visit her website. Dr Prag can also be called to schedule an appointment on 021 715 6756, or emailed via the email address provided on her website.