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ISSUE 1 October/November 20 0 8


news & innovations recycling, your water fo o t pr i nt , m a r i ne week


design & living ga dgets, ca rdboa rd f ur ni t ure, ho l i st i c l a nd m a na gem ent


travel west coa st bi rds, i sl a nd a dvent ures of f M a da ga sca r


food & wine wa ter bl o m m et j i e t a gl i a tel l e, bi o di versi ty wi ne cha m pi o ns


fashion & beauty hydrating beauty, shoes to kno ck yo ur so cks of f


wellness Watsu – water therapy with a di f ference, Yo ga Ni dra


art, books, dvds Dyl a n Lewi s, Water – The Great Mystery revi ew

02 global environment


In your hands is the first edition of Life in Balance – your free monthly newspaper that will bring you up-todate information on living life on the green side. In each issue we will bring you a selection of articles about people and products leading a generation to doing things differently. As you will see, there are a host of marvellous innovators out there as well as organisations and companies changing their paradigm. This issue’s theme is water. Masaru Emoto has just visited South Africa presenting his staggering research into the effect of our intentions upon water and causing controversy amidst the broader scientific community. Just released is the movie “Water – The Great Mystery” where top scientists discuss their opinions about this precious substance. In fact they are edging ever closer to admitting that our relationship with water is mysterious and spiritual. It is certainly time for us all to examine our relationship with water, take note of how we use it, conserve it, recycle it and reflect on where we would be without it. Please write to me, or any of the team, with your feedback. We give presents away to those who do.


our contributors Linda Castle Mother, farmer, writer, sustainability consultant, herbalist and on a mission to save the land she loves so much. Johan Liebenberg Stanford resident and roving food and wine journalist contributing to awardwinning magazines around the country. Laura Twiggs Recipient of five silver and one gold Mondi Magazine Awards, as well as a Pica Award for Journalism, Laura is our arts writer. Ryan Scott Watsu practitioner who has been living life on the green side since he was a child hunting for composting leaves in inner-city Johannesburg. Jackie Ivory World traveller and Yoga teacher will write about Yoga Nidra over the next three issues. Judy Mann Director of Sea World at uShaka Marine World in KZN – writes about Marine Week and the importance of our oceans. Publisher: Michael Beatham 021 702 7640 michael@lifeinbalance.co.za Editor: Melissa Baird 021 702 7650 melissa@lifeinbalance.co.za Art director: Elinore de Lisle elinore@iafrica.com Marketing, advertising and distribution: Nicky Barber 021 702 7650 nicky@lifeinbalance.co.za Editorial assistant and subscriptions: Michele Beatham 076 270 6658 michele@lifeinbalance.co.za Production manager: Janine Weaver 021 702 7642 Printing: Tandym © Life in Balance is published 11 times a year by Green Publishing (Pty) Ltd, Miltons Way, 11 Bell Crescent, Westlake Business Park, 7945 Cape Town, South Africa Tel: 021 702 7640 Fax: 021 702 7657 All rights reserved. Reproduction in whole or in part without the prior written consent of the publishers is strictly prohibited. All prices correct at time of going to press, but subject to change. The publishers cannot accept responsibility for any unsolicited materials. It is assumed that any images taken from sources which are widely distributed, such as on the Internet, are in the public domain. However, since such images are passed freely between sources such as websites, the original source is not always possible to trace. It is possible that copyrighted material has ended up being treated as public domain as a result. If you see a graphic or image in this publication which is not public domain please contact Green Publishing.

talking garbage Recycling has evolved into much more than saving the weekend papers or collecting cans to help your child’s school win a cash prize or new computer. More and more individuals and businesses are committed to making a difference and more and more goods are recyclable. Besides the usual glass, paper, cardboard, cans and plastic, one can now recycle motor oils and accessories, e-waste, batteries, appliances, polystyrene, tyres, food; the list is almost endless.

The amount of information available can be daunting. Rules differ from person to person and drop-off centre to drop-off centre, and when one’s head is as cluttered as the very landfills we are trying to reduce, it is not difficult to understand why so many give up before they even begin. Pressured lifestyles, lack of time and location of recycling centres all add to the general disinclination. However, no matter how stressful our modern lifestyle we owe it to future generations to care for their inheritance. For as little as R40 per month, companies like Clearer Conscience and Kool Waste will share the what, why and how of recycling, arrange to collect your recycling from your home and dispose of it correctly, allowing you to contribute to a cleaner, healthier environment with minimal effort. Recycling in Cape Town

Clearer Conscience 021 762 7349 • www.clearer.co.za Kool Waste 083 651 9084 • koolwaste@gmail.com Abundance Recycling 021 674 2497 • abundance@telkomsa.net Recycling in Gauteng

Resolution Recycling 011 618 2246 • www.resolutionrecycling.co.za Whole Earth 011 704 6096 • www.wholeearth.co.za

Life in Balance aims to compile a comprehensive yet easy-to-navigate directory around all aspects of recycling. We invite readers to contribute by sharing ideas, news and views, and letting us know of people and businesses involved, in whatever way. Contact michele@lifeinbalance.co.za

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how much water do you use daily? South Africans consume, per capita, 2500 litres of water per day, but not by drinking or cooking or gardening alone. What we overlook is just how much is required for production of those goods we take for granted. Called ‘virtual water’, it determines our water footprint (visible and virtual water used) as individuals, businesses and a nation. To produce an apple weighing around 100 grams, 70 litres of water is used. One slice of wheat bread requires 40 litres and a cup of coffee, 140. The water footprint of a beer, 75 litres, pales in comparison to that of the hamburger that usually accompanies it, which comes in at a whopping 2400 litres. Beef requires a full 15 500 litres of water to produce just 1kg. One A4 sheet of 80gr paper, processed from wood, requires 10 litres of water. Something to consider before printing out the joke email that will be discarded later. The impact of virtual water can be either negative or positive. An obvious problem arises when many of the goods demanded by modern consumers are grown or manufactured in countries with already stretched resources. According to the WWF we are facing a global fresh-water crisis, and South Africa is on the list of critical countries. To calculate your water footprint and read more about the research and work being done visit www.waterfootprint.org

washday blues go green

Most great inventions stem from a question. Alex Gadsen, alarmed at the ever-growing piles of waste found at scrap yards and dumps, asked himself why it was not possible to recycle washing machine parts; and then immediately set about doing so. That was five years ago. After much trial and error, Alex, who runs a contract cleaning business by day, was finally ready to unveil his new eco-friendly Pedal-powered Washing Machine. Untested before the Big Green Gathering in Somerset, England, it did not break down once and Alex received his first payment, a bag of tomatoes! Since then, the growth of the Cyclean Company has been slow but steady, with Alex’s workshop near completion and ready for production. Financial constraints dictate that he manufactures to order but plans are under way to make plans available for download on the internet, for a small donation. In the UK, typical customers include the environmentally conscious, the keep-fit brigade and ‘off-the-grid’ communities. Alex has received enquiries and invitations to visit from countries as far afield as Romania, Malaysia, Nepal and the USA. For further enquiries, contact Alex Gadsen via his website www.cyclean.biz

global environment 03 Corporate heroes in training

We like to keep an eye on the big brands starting to do their bit for making the change towards business with ethical considerations firmly in place. These are a few that have taken our fancy. Cleaner advertising

A company in the Netherlands is turning the graffiti notion on its head and, instead of using paint, uses high-pressure hoses to clean areas off grimy buildings leaving a message behind. www.greengraffiti.nl

Got great ideas?

Celebrate Marine Week: 15–19 October

wake up to the ocean “One third of reef-building corals reported to be at risk of extinction.” “Penguin population declines reflect changes in marine ecosystems.” “Interactions between marine mammals and fisheries are a ‘looming crisis’.” These are recent headlines on the SeaWeb website. So what, you might ask, why should we care about the oceans? The oceans cover over 70% of our earth’s surface and our very survival – from the air

By Judie Mann

we breathe to the rain that falls, the temperatures we experience and the food we eat – depends upon healthy seas and normal functioning of the oceans. They also provide a major highway for the transportation of goods around the world and are an important source of healthy food for millions of people. We have always been fascinated by the sea. Looking at it from a distance it is difficult to imagine that our oceans are in trouble. We assume that the vast expanse of water can easily supply our food requirements, absorb our wastes and continue to support us. However, catches from most of the world’s fisheries are declining; overdevelopment is destroying essential coastal environments and pollution is damaging habitats. Climate change is having a negative effect and carbon emissions are adding to the harm. Excess carbon dioxide is absorbed by the oceans, causing them to become more acidic, harming marine animals and plants. By celebrating Marine Week we can increase our awareness of these issues and understand that the smallest action on our part can help to make a difference.

Worldwide spotters are used to help keep track of fascinating new product developments in the eco arena. Some stunning and unusual entrepreneurial ideas have emerged – ever thought of having a blindfolded walking tour through Lisbon? We didn’t either but it’s seriously low on carbon emissions… www.springwise.com

What can we do? Think. Every action has a positive

or negative impact on the environment and our oceans. Much can be done to reduce our carbon footprint. Think. Our choice of seafood

impacts the oceans. Use the Sustainable Seafood Guide (www.wwf.org.za) to make choices that are good for us and our oceans. Think. Eat locally produced foods

where possible. Some of the foods we buy have travelled vast distances. Drive less by sharing lifts with colleagues. Recycle. Even waste generated inland

can end up in our oceans via rivers. Change. Every light we switch off,

every trip we save and bag that we recycle plays a tiny role in helping our oceans. Learn. Learn about the amazing ocean

creatures who share our world and how our daily actions affect them. Share. Use your passion and knowledge to help others care about our ocean.

Water wise tips

Like the fish in the sea and the fossil fuels (oil, petrol, diesel, coal) we consume, fresh water is a non-renewable resource. How do we save water? • Place a brick in the toilet cistern or install a toilet with a half-flush option. • Make sure washers on taps are opera- tional, close dripping taps and fix leaks. • Use ‘grey’ water to water the garden and do so in the early morning to reduce evaporation. • Take short showers rather than big baths. • Don’t leave the tap open with water running down the plug hole while you brush your teeth.

04 design

waste plastic to roof tiles Resin Roof Tile recently launched a unique new roof tile that is 100% water resistant, lightweight (half the weight of average concrete tiles), weather resistant, not affected by mildew, fungus or algae and exceptionally durable; accomplished by converting waste plastic into strong, aesthetically pleasing, precision moulded tiles that drastically reduce

environmental impact. Gary Reilly, Sales and Marketing director, is now in negotiation with municipalities and local government regarding mining landfills to ensure a supply of suitable polymer/plastic, as their aim is to ensure constant employment of almost 300 people per day. “As we move forward, it is imperative that we change our attitudes and start doing what we can to help save the environment for our future. By supporting this new way of thinking, South Africans will not only be supporting waste management and and combating waste but helping to create job opportunities in many communities too,” says Reilly. The company was selected as a finalist from 500 nominations to the BBC World, Shell Challenge competition for ‘enterprise and innovation at grass roots level’.

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living 05

the green solution: a journey towards sustainable living Part 1: Holy Cow! By Linda Castle

Installing a biodigester

Nature’s rim-flow pool

This time a year ago we returned to South Africa from the UK to embark on the next stage of our journey ‘in search of the good life’; in our case a piece of land, animals, home-grown vegetables, endless blue skies, hopefully a large dam and perhaps even a mountain or two. We found this and more in a valley outside Stanford. The owners wanted the land restored to health via sustainable farming methods and Holistic Land Management Practices (HLM) and my husband Steve’s 15 years’ experience in HLM, five of which were in the UK where we ran the Oppenheimer Organic Farm & Gardens using these

principles, were ideal. Our journey began 15 years ago when, after watching the television series ‘The Darling Buds of May’, we left the rat race and purchased a farm in the Magaliesberg, despite that the closest we had come to farming was driving past cows on the way to our seaside holidays. We realised serious research was necessary, so went to the Rand Show – to the Cattle Grand Parade – to look at the cows. A cow is a cow, right? Wrong! A bewildering array of breeds and sizes and names met us, including the French Aquitane which, at over two metres at shoulder height, resembles more a

prehistoric beast than a cow. Utterly intimidated by these mammoth ungulates, we settled on Dexters; waist high, producing delicious marbled meat and milk that rivals the finest Jersey, and most importantly, easy to handle. Little did I know just what kind of handling I’d be doing. Our first cow, fondly named Freda, would make a beeline for the sweet grass at the top of the farm at every opportunity, especially milking time. Unfortunately, the fencing was not very cow-proof. One sunny morning, after a shout from Steve to head her off, I, ever the dutiful wife, deposited my week-old daughter in her cot and rushed out. Freda and I met face-to-face in the just ploughed field. The only way she wanted to go was up, and the only way I could think of to stop her was to grab her horns and hold on. And that was how Steve found us. Hands to horns, gumboots fixed in the mud, pale green towelling gown – and absolutely nothing else – flapping wildly in the wind, exposed boobs madly spraying milk everywhere in a crazy turnaround of the milking routine. Steve collapsed in a useless heap, crying with laughter whilst Freda, in a very dignified manner despite the milk dripping down her ears, walked herself back down to the milking pen. Although Dexters remain my favourite we’ve since graduated to larger breeds and now work with Afrikaners. These cows are descendants of the oxen used to pull the wagons during the Great Trek and what a magnificent sight they are as they crest the hill coming in to kraal at night, their massive shoulders and broad horns gilded by the sun. They are an essential part of our land management plan as the soil here is badly depleted from intensive mono-cropping and overgrazing. The Afrikaners are control-

grazed on a rotational basis to turn over the top layer of the soil and manure it well, moving from camp to camp every few days. We are already seeing wonderful rejuvenation, and cowpats now hide a myriad tiny life forms. Manure on a farm is like black gold, with many uses, including compost and food for a biodigester. ‘Bio-what?’ A biodigester, or biogas digester, is an airtight container in which water and organic and animal wastes are acted upon by anaerobic bacteria. Forming Biogas, a by-product producing methane and carbon dioxide, one cubic metre provides cooking time of at least two hours, or 1,5kWh of electrical output. All of our black waste is piped into the biodigester and the gas piped to the kitchen for cooking. The liquid produced after digestion is fed through a reed bed and a polishing pond to produce a ‘clean’, nutrient-rich water which is used in the vegetable garden. Ours is a relatively large system, but these can be adapted in size for household use, and indeed, one already exists in Stanford itself (see our article on this in the next publication). By 2005, there were over 14 million operational biogas systems in the world, many in China. In the USA, large farms have installed massive biodigesters and are selling energy back to the grid. South African farmers are investigating ways to work with Eskom to do the same and there is no reason why new developments shouldn’t install biodigesters. It takes pressure off our sewerage systems, reduces electricity bills and recycles water whilst growing awesome vegetables. As an added bonus, there is no smell! For further information about holistic land management, contact Linda on 072 1980 862 or Steve on 076 036 8512.

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06 travel

for the birds

The migratory European Bee-eater

The Cape West Coast is a region rich in biodiversity and one blessed with incredible bird life. Langebaan Lagoon draws many a twitcher (the name for an avid bird lover) who travel here to view the many migratory species that make their way to these shores each year. As you drive up the R27 you may be lucky enough to see the Black Harrier which is an endangered species and endemic to the West Coast (that is if it hasn’t turned into road kill). Birding is a delightful way to spend a day and these hides offer all sorts of other activities as well that will help connect you with nature. Pack a picnic, your favourite bottle of wine and choose a spot to begin your exploration of the birds that live in this region.

Berg River Bird Hides, Velddrif

SAS Saldanha Nature Reserve

This site on the estuary of the Berg River is an important bird area and a proposed RAMSAR site. A hide is situated off Voortrekker Road, past the Riviera Hotel where the key to the hide is kept. More than 200 species of birds can be viewed. +27 22 783 1821

The reserve is controlled by the South African Defence Force (SANDF) and is accessed via their property at Saldanha Bay. Hiking trails are open seven days a week throughout the year. Approval is required on entry. The shooting range may, however, be in use. Bookings for groups are essential. +27 22 702 3523


Endangered Oystercatchers nest close to the sea shore

Bloemendal (11–12km from Velddrif on Velddrif/Hopefield Road) Langrietvlei (19km from Velddrif on Velddrif/Hopefield Road) Swartjiesbaai (Booking essential: +27 22 783 3088)

on the northern boundary of the golf course can be visited with permission from the club manager. +27 22 715 3003

The Flamingo Birding Route

West Coast Fossil Park

New to the region and is being developed in conjunction with Bird Life SA – excellent news for avi tourism. www.westerncape birding.co.za/flamingo/index.php

Run by South African Museum, the Fossil Park is open by prior arrangement. There is a large dam with a hide. A variety of duck and open veld species can be seen. +27 22 166 1606

Vredenburg/Saldanha Golf Course Two hides overlooking the dam

Rietvlei & Milnerton Lagoon

15km from Cape Town city centre. Picnic and toilet facilities, eight information boards, the hide overlooks the pans. +27 21 557 5509 Rocherpan Marine & Nature Reserve

The reserve provides a sanctuary for one of South Africa’s most endangered coastal birds – the Black Oystercatcher. Additional attractions are whales from June to December. There are picnic sites as well. +27 22 931 2900


Jazz Festivals, Wine Festivals, Theatre Festivals, Cheese Festivals… the list could probably go on and on. While our country and our planet are groaning under the stresses of Climate Change, non-sustainable behaviours, economic depression, increasing poverty and one or two other similar minor challenges, we all do quite well eating, drinking and making merry as if there is no tomorrow. Or let’s re-phrase that – as if there is a tomorrow! Have you ever stopped to wonder why there isn’t perhaps a Festival that offers time and space to explore these issues – and more – in a meaningful and challenging way? Well there is! That’s exactly what freewheeling 2009 – The Future-Thinking Festival is about. We describe it as a celebration of conscious living and community, because while we approach the challenges with great seriousness, we also celebrate what’s possible in pooling good thinking as a vibrant, caring community. Our first event, in February 2008, hosted 120 invited guests to 3 days of ‘learning, thinking, reflection, exploration, relaxation and

fun’ at the sublimely beautiful Stanford Valley Guest Farm near Hermanus in the Western Cape. One of the many glowing responses to that event was, “The Festival should be an annual event

West Coast National Park

Langebaan Lagoon in the park was registered as a wetland of international importance for birds, with the RAMSAR Convention, which came into force in 1988. A number of bird hides overlook various areas of the lagoon. Another feature is the breeding colonies on the four islands near the mouth of Saldanha Bay. The islands can be visited by boat in the company of a park guide. +27 22 772 2144

South Africa has been voted in the top ten of the developing world’s ethical travel destinations. Argentina, Chile and Costa Rica also feature. www.ethicaltraveler.org

To get a clearer picture of exactly what’s on offer this time, visit our site at www.freewheeling.co.za, and you’ll see a line-up of over 40 different presentations, conversations, demos, performances and workshops that go way beyond dealing with the challenges listed at the top of this article. Over and above ‘Green Issues and Sustainability’, we have ‘Wellness and Personal Growth’, ‘Land and Earth’, ‘Community, Education and Economics’, as well as ‘Creativity and Performing Arts’. Interested? Well be sure to book now to take advantage of the Early Bird registration special, available till 31 October. Freewheeling takes place from 12–15 February 2009. We look forward to seeing you there. Oh and by the way – Jazz, Wine, Theatre, Cheese? We’ll have all that there as well!

For more information and to register for years to come!” So now freewheeling 2009 is accelerating towards us, bringing with it a unique range of innovative contributions from progressive thinkers and do-ers, inspiring us to tackle the future now.

visit our website www.freewheeling.co.za or contact Jonathan Rands, tel 083 227 2377 email jonathan@freewheeling.co.za

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travel 07

island tripping A paradisiacal week of island-hopping off the northwest coast of Madagascar ended in Hellville, with ice cream that was out of this world. By Melissa Baird

Within a day a new rhythm had established itself as the intense heat and soft sounds of the waves were like a constant lullaby to the senses. This archipelago of islands with its breath of sacred water enveloped time and slowed it down. Jardin Vanille is owned by Hervé, who looks a bit like Marlon Brando when he played Kurtz in Apocalypse Now. He plays jazz at sunset, when you can watch the sky turn pink and the water a silvery turquoise, and reggae at breakfast to get you in the mood for a chilled but groovy day. His place is surrounded by frangipani, vanilla, banana palms and massive mango trees. Pirogues of all shapes and sizes dot the shoreline. This is where we went snorkelling for the first time and I managed to forget about the earth as the sacred water transported me

View from Jardin Vanille to a sea rich in coral fish Curious lemurs swing into view

Colourful pirogues line the seashore

The Malagasy people consider the ocean as sacred water – they call it Ranomasina (rano means ‘water’) and after snorkelling around the islands of Nosy Be, Tanikely, Komba and Sakatia I was reverent in my appreciation of the Mozambique Channel that surrounds these magnificent islands. Nosy means ‘island’ and Nosy Be is the largest of the tiny islands off the northwest coast of the world’s fourth largest island – Madagascar. A French colony since 1896 until independence in 1960, it is an astonishing combination of prolific natural beauty and fast developing coastal regions. Throughout Madagascar there are 12 000 species of endemic flora – a botanist’s living heaven and the lifetime work of a few taxonomists. The animal kingdom is most noted for the many species of lemur. They are sacred animals but are being threatened by deforestation, the unfortunate result of development. Beginning our adventure, we landed at Nosy Be airport and were promptly transported in a battered Renault 4, through a ylang ylang forest, over roads that would have made a Land Rover weak with excitement. It was dusk and we were deposited on the banks of Baie d’Ambatozavavy where we got into the pirogue that was to take us to Jungle Village. With no motor, the only way to make it move was to paddle and, thankfully, my partner took to paddling like the proverbial duck to water. The only light to guide us was the light of the Milky Way and the water turned silver as the glow of the disturbed phosphorescence splashed up against the paddles. It felt as if we were paddling through the galaxy until a large fish – highlighted by the phosphorescence –

Camera-shy chameleon

owned by John Shepherd and he has a sign in the entrance hall that says: ‘Don’t disturb the major as he is already disturbed’. Just before we left for Madagascar, a friend who had been there a number of times spoke about Hellville and the ice cream there, and it was John Shepherd who made this fabled delicacy a reality. “I’ll provide the car and driver,” John said, and I said, “Okay”. Hellville is the tiny capital of Nosy Be and has a sister, Hell Bourg in Réunion, named after Admiral de Hell, a former governor of the island. It is 6 kilometres from Ambatiloca, on a road lined with ylang ylang trees, skinny zebu (cows), ramshackle houses and persistent prostitutes. Hand-painted signs for health clinics flashed past the taxi we were in, and along the roadside roosters and dusty hens pecked in the dirt while a few kitchen gardeners toiled in the heat. The images of fish, birds, lemurs and geckos started to waver – the reality of the life of these people was a stark contrast to the innocence of nature. This reverie was short lived as our driver deposited us outside the entrance of what looked exactly like a Parisian patisserie. We walked into the cool interior, and behind a glass counter was an array of creamy smelling ice creams. I looked at them in disbelief. It was unbearably hot outside and the cool promise of the ice cream seemed so out of place. I chose a coconut and vanilla scoop on a sugar cone. It was thick and grainy and an exquisite combination of milk, ice and coconut shavings, beaded with vanilla that smelt like suntan cream. As I looked around me at the relics of a colonial past I gave thanks for this sweet legacy, one that joined us all together in sensory delight. As I savoured the ice cream, my partner rushed around the Hellville Marche to buy the things we could take home to share, like thick-barked cinnamon, glossy sticky vanilla pods and saffron. As the last of my ice cream dripped off the cone I thought of the sand in an hourglass marking time and how often, on adventures, it is the sweetest thing you would love to keep that fades the fastest.

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swam beneath the hull and I heard the gentle scraping of metal against wood, as our guides scooped warm salt water from the depths of the pirogue, reminding me I was at sea. On reaching the shores of Jungle Village we were greeted by a whirling, screeching cicala (cicada). It was the size of my hand and looked like a lime-green, armour-plated moth. At first it sounded like a screeching cat but after hearing them during the day we agreed they sounded more like angle grinders hitting steel. They are the voice of the forest and they have a lot to say. Jungle Village is surrounded by lush forest and, as much as the sea beckoned, we had to get into the forest to experience the riches of the land. So we went for a walk that turned into a 15-kilometre hike over pungent forest floors, volcanic rocks and rocks covered in lichen that looked like army camouflage. In the forest we came face to face with a python lolling in the vanilla pods, curious lemurs, a huge chameleon that didn’t want his picture taken, and a tree full of cicalas. On the shore the low tide had left the pirogues and mangrove trees marooned in the sand and a kingfisher was on the lookout for easy pickings from the rock pools. Our next stop was Jardin Vanille on Nosy Komba, and to get there we travelled by boat around a coastline that was bursting with life.

into what felt like an aquarium, only minus the glass tanks and helpful labels. There are over 150 species of coral lining the shores, and fish aplenty. To list but a few of the fish we saw: bluestreak cleaner wrasse, zebrafish, scissortail sergeants, bird wrasse, huge puffer fish, jewel damsels and needle fish. The oysters are huge and so are the red and purple lobsters and clams with purple and orange fanned mouths that close the instant you swim above them. After Nosy Komba we took a day trip by motorised boat to the marine reserve of Nosy Tanikely. The reefs in the reserve are abundant with life and massive shoals of Natal moonies enveloped us like gentle wings. What was less soothing was the lazy swim back to shore that brought me within a foot of the maritime equivalent of a hungry wolf – a large barracuda with menacing teeth spiked in an open mouth, biding its time. You try squealing with a snorkel in your mouth and see what happens. The last leg of the island hop was Sakatia Island. It is the orchid island and seems to be made of crumbly white and camel-coloured sandstone that feels soft underfoot. The orchids weren’t in bloom but the resident bee-eaters kept me captivated, as did the geckos that came out at night to fight on the ceiling and chatter away. Sakatia Towers is

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Float at The Ubuntu Wellness Centre in Kloof Street for an out of the world experience. Totally aeroplane carbon emission free and the Tibetan chants piped through the speakers help to improve one’s imagination. www.float.co.za back to nature

Working with the wilderness helps people reconnect with themselves through nature; check out this crew that are making a big difference. www.wildernessfoundation.co.za monkey around

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08 food

smart food It’s about time fast food became smart food. Enter Eat Smart organics that offer convenience and pure quality goodness. That means no additives, colourants or preservatives. The brain child of some very smart South African business women whose expertise covers organics, sustainable development, nutrition and food, this range of pre-cooked and pre-packaged, heat-and-eat organic meals is endorsed by the Heart and Stroke Foundation. The kitchen in which the food is prepared is South Africa’s first ECOCERT accredited organic kitchen. The range offers meals in a variety of sizes from 220-gram single meals, to 5-kilogram gastronome trays.

Google offers over 100 000 possible responses to the question, are humans carnivores or omnivores, including at least one stating that we are neither, but whether one chooses a mushroom burger over one made of the finest beef, there are few who would disagree that moderation is a good second choice, particularly when it comes to our health. And according to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) and the UN Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO), it seems that reducing our meat intake is good for the planet too. Dr Rajendra Pachauri, Chairman of the IPCC, recently announced that reducing meat consumption would contribute to a reduction in the emission of greenhouse gases. OSUMO 126 x 182.5 FA 30/9/08 10:28 Page 1 According to the FAO, direct emissions from


meat production account for approximately 18% of the world’s total greenhouse gas emissions, which figure includes every aspect of production, from clearing land to the emissions of the animals themselves. While he sees the consumption of meat as a personal choice, he does confirm that reducing our intake would have a beneficial effect on the planet as well as personal health. Proof, again, that even the smallest changes to our daily habits can result in enormous benefits to our environment. And with the incredible array of produce and products that South Africans have access to, there is no longer any excuse for vegetables to be considered nothing more than a soggy, unappetising side dish, or nuts to be served salted, in a dish, at the local pub. C







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recipe Waterblommetjies with Taglietelle Mariana’s, a highly acclaimed country restaurant in Stanford, exemplifies the essence of Life in Balance. They share a favourite on their menu. . 400g tagliatelle . 200g young fresh waterblommetjies . 1 teaspoon finely grated lemon zest . 250ml finely sliced baby leeks, spring onions or mild red onion . 125ml cream . 125ml crème fraîche . 100g chevrè or other mild, soft goat’s cheese, cut into pieces . 70g fried coppa or bacon (optional) . Some butter, salt, pepper or chilli to taste Rinse waterblommetjies carefully and cook for ±2 minutes in large pot of boiling water. Remove whilst still bright green. Cook pasta according to instructions. At same time, gently sauté leeks in a little butter. Add cream and boil gently to reduce, then add lemon zest and crème fraîche. Place lid on the pan and turn the heat off. When the pasta is almost cooked, heat the sauce and add salt and pepper or chilli. Divide pasta into 4 heated bowls, top with sauce, waterblommetjies, cheese and fried coppa or bacon. Mariana’s Home Deli and Bistro 12 Du Toit Street, Stanford Tel: 028 341 0272 marianas@stanfordvillage.co.za

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wine 09

welcome back, ladybird

biodiversity & wine

Someone gave someone a wake-up call, and as a result the way people are farming, and the way they regard the earth, is changing. By Johan Liebenberg

The wine routes of Stellenbosch, Paarl and Franschhoek are known the world over for their wines but there is another route starting to captivate local and international visitors alike – the Darling Wine Route. Darling is about an hour’s drive from Cape Town and offers captivating scenery during the winter months with wild flowers appearing in abundance. A notable wine farm that has become South Africa’s third Biodiversity & Wine Initiative (BWI) Champion, joining Vergelegen and Graham Beck, is Cloof. The neighboring farm, Burghers Post, has also been named a champion for this initiative. Becoming a champion is the highest form of certification from the BWI and is reserved for producers who are exemplary in their protection of the Cape Floral Kingdom. This floral kingdom is the most diverse in the world and has more variety than the floral kingdoms of the entire Northern Hemisphere. This is an extraordinary fact and urges us to be aware of every development that may threaten what is left of it. The Cape Floral Kingdom is important to a wine region because the diversity of its components creates the terroirs or conditions in which the vines grow. Even though vines are not indigenous, the co-existence of the vines and fynbos creates an opportunity for sustainable development that benefits landowners and sustains the remarkable heritage of the land. The more successful the wines are,

dew. Both these bacteria occur naturally and are very specific in their action, according to Krige Visser, their marketing manager. He added that the predatory wasp coccidoxenoidses perminutes, or mealy bug destroyer, has been released on the farm during the last three seasons and has been a great success against mealy bug. In addition they use a gaggle of geese to control weeds on a strip of soil between the rows of vines. But there is a critical period in the life of any farm, and that is the period when the fruits begin to ripen. Then the question arises: how do they keep the birds away? How do they protect this precious crop that they have worked so hard to cultivate? At L’Ormarins they came up with an ingenious method of keeping the birds away in a way that is not harmful to the birds or environment: CDs. Yes, I had to shake my head as well and go ‘Huh?’ immediately assuming they played Whitney Houston’s Greatest Hits (guaranteed to drive every living thing away) but it was not so. They hang the compacts discs in trees. The discs reflect the sun and scare the birds away, much like a scarecrow would. Another aspect of this farming method is the mulch that these farms reintroduce to the soil that serves to cool down the soil around the vines, an important factor in a region where the grapes often suffer from too high temperatures. These considerate farming practices have resulted in that much loved symbol of nature, the ladybird, returning. Now isn’t that a treat?


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It would be all too easy to succumb to the notion that all is lost, that things are really hopeless and out of control. I am prone to this, or was, until I met a couple of wine farmers recently who practise what is known as biological winemaking. It is encouraging that some wine farms are adopting a new approach to viticulture: they call it bio-logic farming. Whilst it is not exactly organic farming, it is most certainly a step in the right direction. L’Ormarins in the Franschhoek Valley as well as Avondale in Paarl both practise bio-logic farming. Bio-logic farming is not to be confused with biodynamic farming, which is based on the philosophy of Rudolph Steiner, which he developed early in the 20th century. But there are similarities and in its distilled form it would read: a respect for nature. The wine farm Avondale believes that a balanced soil will eventually produce a balanced grape, and therefore a balanced wine. This approach, they say, has changed their philosophy about fertilising and types of nutrients used. The key is that each input should encourage soil life, and solicit a ‘yes’ answer to the question: Does Mother Nature agree? They try to focus on natural predators and natural fungicides, like the following: A team of ducks controls the whole of Avondale’s snail population, eliminating the need for chemical snail pellets. The ducks are effective and cost-saving. They use two Bacillus strains, one against worms and the second to combat downy mil-

the greater the opportunity for resources to fund conservation and rehabilitation projects. Whereas indigenous plant species in the Cape Floral Kingdom have adapted and mutated in response to varying growing conditions, the vines respond in a different way by producing grapes that are a little different. This gives the wines a distinctive style and is one of the reasons that the wines of the Darling Wine Route are so exceptional.

10 fashion & beauty

GreenHabitatHangers The typical plastic and wire store hanger consists of some seven types of low-grade plastics, making it virtually impossible to recycle and it invariably ends up on landfills. GreenHabitatHangers, a Gauteng-based company, has developed a 100% recyclable hanger made from 100% recycled postconsumer waste. Customisable for any type of garment, they offer an ideal solution to the retail and hotel laundry and dry-cleaning industries, as well as being able to print a retailer’s logo, providing the ideal platform for in-store promotions and campaigns. Call 082 924 4062 or visit www.greenhabitathangers.co.za

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Eco products Baobab oil A source of Omega 3, 6, & 9 for your skin, this organic, cold-pressed oil is extracted from the seeds of the baobab tree. R70 Esse deep moisturiser R223 (50ml) Esse toner R97 (100ml)

Esse light body moisturiser R99 (100ml) Esse cream mask R232 (50ml) Simplicité lemon night cream A nourishing cream which clarifies, clears and heals the skin. R344 Hemporium hemp body lotion A non-sticky and easily absorbed moisturiser made

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Badger is a superb range of natural balms and remedies made almost entirely from organic ingredients which are wild-crafted or ecologically processed. Each balm smells enchanting, is easily absorbed and comes in very cute packaging! www.badgerbalm.com

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as a sun protection factor of 15. R139 Stegi EcoWipes South Africa’s first absolutely natural & biodegradable baby wipes. R70 YES™ organic lubricant The world’s first and only certified organic water-based lubricant. R130 Natraloe lip balm SPF R8.95

Esse organics Certified through EcoCert France, accredited by PhytoTrade Africa (a fair trade organisation), endorsed by Beauty Without Cruelty and packaged in glass, Esse offers complete peace of mind to those who are environmentally and socially responsible. More than just another organic brand, Esse products contain effective ingredients to reduce signs of aging and guard against environmental damage. The superb range of moisturisers offers excellent protection even in the most humid conditions. Call 033 212 3506, email info@esse.co.za Web: www.esse.co.za

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fashion & beauty 11 REN REN was created to offer the best of both worlds: skin care that is formulated with cutting edge, clinically proven, 100% natural bio actives whilst being free from skinunfriendly ingredients. REN products are free of synthetic fragrances, colourants, petrochemicals, sulphates, PEGs TEA/DEA parabens, urea and animal ingredients. REN’s Moroccan Rose Otto Body Wash is beneficial to dry and sensitive skin, while the nourishing oil restores softness and elasticity to the skin while boosting skin repair.

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Ocean Minded™ quality footwear offers unbeatable comfort whilst utilising natural and sustainable materials whenever possible. Developed by a dedicated team whose philosophy includes respecting the environment, our oceans and waterways and being actively involved in initiatives such as beach cleanups and the Surfrider Foundation. Ocean Minded™ footwear

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12 wellness

yoga nidra: balancing mind & soul When I was in India recently I visited a scholar, a renunciate, who told me “…one should practise dying for 20 minutes every day”. I asked him how that was possible and he said, “through the practice of shavasana or Yoga Nidra.” He was offering a solution to the human condition of suffering caused by our tendency to cling to the material world and all things temporary, the things that ultimately cause us misery. At the time we were discussing the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali, one of the most famous texts written on Ashtanga Yoga, the eightlimbed path. The first four limbs are classified as external yoga. These are: Yama – how we conduct ourselves in the outside world Niyama – moral and spiritual observances Asana – postures Pranayama – breath expansion

the first step towards meditation. As one falls asleep the senses withdraw in this specific order – smell, taste, sight, touch and lastly sound. As the sense of hearing is the only link to the outside world the practitioner of Yoga Nidra is suspended on the bridge between waking and sleeping known as hypnagogic sleep. This is the time when the conscious mind takes a backseat and the unconscious mind becomes dominant. At the time of Yoga Nidra we consciously reside in our unconscious mind. Stored in the unconscious are the imprints of all of our experiences. These are known as Samskaras and they colour the way we see and experience our external environment. They are unconscious memories through which we filter all of our perceptions, thus preventing us from seeing things as they really are. Through the techniques practised in Yoga Nidra we can

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release these Samskaras. Not only can we over time eradicate deep-seated issues that are ‘hiding’ in the unconscious and therefore remove their influence from our lives, we can also access the infinite well of creativity and knowledge that exists there. Yoga Nidra induces deep physical, emotional and mental relaxation. Perhaps the most appealing aspect of this method of meditation is that one lies absolutely still for the duration of the practice. There is no need to be active in any way and no special skills are needed to participate. You are discouraged from actively concentrating. All you have to do is listen to the voice of the teacher. In fact the most challenging aspect of the practice is in staying awake!

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The second four limbs are classified as internal yoga and are: Pratyahara – withdrawal of the senses Dharana – concentration Dhyana – meditation Samadhi – the highest and ultimate goal of Yoga, can be described as union with the divine Yoga Nidra – yogic sleep or conscious deep sleep – is a method of Pratyahara, the 5th limb of yoga. During Yoga Nidra all the senses are withdrawn except the auditory sense as one is listening to the teacher’s voice and following the instructions given. When the senses are withdrawn like this it allows for experience of one’s inner world without the distraction of outside elements. This is


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wiser water The most technologically advanced and ecologically friendly solution to sparkling and healthy swimming pools is now available in South Africa at a fraction of the cost of chlorinated or salt water pool solutions. E-clear is an easy-to-install system that supplies pure, fresh chemical-free water to swimming pools, as well as 100% clean mineral water to every tap in the home. “Using chlorine is one of the most toxic and aggressive methods of water disinfection and not the most efficient,” says Dr Ronelle Roth of e-clear. “Because e-clear natural freshwater pool systems require no chemicals, there is no adverse affect or health risk. “With our system installed in your pool, your pool water is 100% chlorine-free and so clean, pure and healthy it’s fit to drink,” says Dr Roth. “The water is brought back to 90% oxygen saturation levels, which have numerous health benefits. Our system is also verified by the EPA (Environmental Protection Agency) and is 100% Carbon Footprint Compliant.” E-clear has installed domestic and commercial freshwater pool systems in more than 10 000 pools in 22 countries worldwide. “If the pool has the correct filter and pump size e-clear can install directly with no need to replace the existing water,” says Dr Roth. info@eclear.co.za • www.eclear.co.za

watsu – water therapy with a difference By Ryan Scott

Watsu began in 1980 in the warm pool at Harbin Hot Springs in California when Harold Dull started floating people while applying the stretches and principles of the Zen Shiatsu he had studied in Japan. Warm water, which many associate with the body’s deepest states of waking relaxation, is the ideal medium to practise this therapy as the support of water takes weight off the vertebrae and allows the spine to be moved in ways impossible on land. Gentle manipulations relieve the pressure a rigid spine places on nerves and help undo any dysfunction this pressure can cause to the organs serviced by those nerves. Specific therapeutic effects of Watsu therapy include increased mobility and flexibility, muscle relaxation, more relaxed and deeper breathing, reduced levels of anxiety and stress, decreased pain, improved sleep and digestion and an overall general sense of wellbeing. In the beginning the focus was primarily on stretching; however, with the development of Watsu, a more meditative stillness is recognised as a primary effect. It is important that Watsu is done in a pool heated to 34 degrees centigrade. A single session normally lasts 50 minutes to an hour. Each person’s Watsu experience is unique and varied. For many the focus will be on the

physical effects of letting go, relaxing the body and freeing up the spine and joints. Others might experience emotional release and new personal insights and/or the resurfacing of old memories. Many of my Watsu receivers have remarked on the deep sense of beauty and grace experienced during their Watsu treatment as well as a sense

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of nurturing and safety. The way Watsu is experienced is as varied as the individuals themselves as practitioners do not ‘push’ any particular aspect, but simply listen, allow and support whatever the receiver’s experience is in any particular session. To book a treatment in Cape Town contact Ryan on 083 577 1123 or email: madibapi@gmail.com

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14 art & books



Water – The Great Mystery, DVD 2008 Official Selection Maui Film Festival 2008 Official Selection Gaia Film Festival

“Nature and Technology: The evolution of both, combined, make for interesting visual dynamics. Discarded metals utilised in a graphic representation of an imaginary scenario, and incorporating almost robotic creatures in three dimensions, creates an almost possible situation. Ancient rock becomes modern metal, becomes rusted metal, becomes part of earth again. In such a way nature and technology are invariably the same, cycles repeated. By combining various materials in the creatures you sometimes have surprising results. The stories behind each piece evolve whilst each piece is made.” So says Ulrich Riebe, a South African artist who uses recycled and found items in over 90% of his artwork.

wild sculptures Internationally renowned sculptor Dylan Lewis brings a series of 24 dramatic animal works to the streets of his home town, Stellenbosch, raising funds for the World Wildlife Foundation. By Laura Twiggs

For more information about Ulrich and his art visit www.ulrich.mosaicglobe.com

This film is all about water, the most amazing yet least understood substance on the planet. Witness recent breathtaking discoveries by researchers worldwide from Russia, Kazakhstan, Switzerland, Israel, the USA, Britain, Austria, Japan, Argentina, China and Tibet. The arguments expound upon unexpected and challenging assumptions enlightening many years of research to open humankind to new horizons, such as the applications of structured water in agriculture, or the use of water in treatment for the most serious diseases. We are mostly comprised of water and yet we forget the primal element and abuse it without thought. The geography of the film spans the globe. The implications go beyond the solar system, suggesting that water has the ability to convey messages faster than light.

Tree-marking Leopard (1996)

If you’re strolling or driving through the leafy heart of Stellenbosch’s historical centre this summer and see, silhouetted before you, the blood-chilling sight of a large cat predator seemingly holding you in its lethal gaze, don’t be alarmed. Remember that the lions which once roamed the area freely are now extinct and the leopards that survive in the surrounding mountains never venture into town, despite what your eyes tell you. What you’re seeing is one of 24 sculptures by South African artist Dylan Lewis, widely regarded as one of the world’s foremost sculptors of the animal form. For twelve years Lewis focused on animal forms, particularly the large wild cat predators of Africa, and exhibited extensively both in South Africa and internationally. Recently he became one of only a handful of living artists to have had a solo auction at Christie’s of London – an overwhelming success which put the artist very firmly on the global art world’s centre stage. Although initially recognised primarily as an animalier (or, maker of animals), Lewis’s most influential inspiration has neither been the large cats nor animals at all. Instead, it has always been his rich experience of wilderness areas – to him, timeless places that suggest original and inner freedoms and all that is wild and untamed, and it is this that he conveys through his work. It is in the wilderness that he feels most at home, and his subjects function as metaphors for the wilderness. With an early family background steeped in artistic influences as well as nature conserva-

Lunch-time screenings are being held at the Ubuntu Wellness Centre, Cape Town Medi-Spa, 99 Kloof Street, Gardens. Call 021 426 1156 for more information. This DVD can be ordered from www.waterthemovie.co.za or bought directly from the Ubuntu Wellness Centre.

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A Slice of Organic Life Sheherazade Goldsmith No one needs to make impossible sacrifices or leave behind modern life in order to live better and make a positive contribution to the environment. This beautifully illustrated book inspires from first page to last, providing clear and simple guidance to making even the smallest changes, from growing salad on a windowsill to making eco-friendly gifts. Published by Penguin Books ISBN: 978-1-4053-1775-7

Igniting Intuition Christiane Northrup, MD & Mona Lisa Schultz, MD, PhD A six-CD series exploring the seven emotional centres of the body, how they relate to our health, and how we can understand and transform our thoughts and emotions in order to enhance our health and wellbeing in an easy to listen, conversational style. Published by Hayhouse ISBN: 978-1-4019-0655-9

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The Healing Power of Water Masaru Emoto Many are acquainted with the exquisite water-crystal photography made famous by Masaru Emoto. This book explores the power of water and its potential for healing and includes contributions by experts in the fields of science, healing and spirituality. Water is vital for life, yet its importance in general health and wellbeing is often overlooked, despite evidence that dehydration contributes to any number of disorders and illnesses. Published by Hayhouse ISBN: 978-1-4019-0877-5

Sitting Cheetah Pair (2004)

tion and even taxidermy, Lewis’s forms may be metaphors for landscape and wilderness, but they are also anatomically correct in every way and exhibit great and accurate detail in their musculature and composition. Of great importance to Lewis is the notion that there may be painful psychological and spiritual, as well as physical, consequences to the wanton destruction of the environment; that the loss of the wilderness entails the loss of humankind’s spiritual home. In keeping with this philosophy, over many years Lewis has constantly sought innovative ways to assist WWF and a range of conservation efforts. With this groundbreaking outdoor sculpture exhibition, Lewis is introducing a new way of presenting information about artworks, and a novel way of generating funds, to the local art arena: a tour guided by cellphone, the profits from which will be donated to WWF. It is said that Lewis’s animal sculptures define the very dynamics of the wild kingdom – predation and the predator, instinct and primeval impulse, life, death and rebirth. They can be very unnerving, so don’t be caught off guard. The Dylan Lewis Outdoor Sculpture Tour runs from 31 October 2008 to 30 April 2009. Maps of the tour are available from all the Stellenbosch tourism bureaux, as well as selected hotels and B&Bs. All profits from the cellphone platform are to be donated to WWF. Calls will be charged at your provider’s regular VAS rates.

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To advertise here email: nicky@lifeinbalance.co.za Tel: +27 21 702 7646 Fax: +27 21 702 7657 Greenshift Eco-Consultants Providing sustainable solutions for business, lifestyle & design, environmental & energy auditing, eco business services (enviro policy, training & reporting), green retrofits & green design, solutions for new developments, sustainable landscape design, environmental awareness & media. 021 790 9946 084 463 7781 greenshift@mweb.co.za www.greenshift.co.za Esse Organic Skincare A certified organic skin-care brand professionally formulated to include active anti-aging properties. Environmentally and socially responsible. 033 212 3506 info@esse.co.za www.esse.co.za Fry Group Foods A range of Vegan meat alternatives – available at Pick n Pay stores countrywide. www.frysvegetarian.co.za My T Chai CC Purveyors of fine organic teas – available at health stores, delis & retail stores. 021 788 9878 info@mytchai.co.za www.mytchai.co.za Abundance Recycling Offering a unique service of collecting waste on a weekly basis for only R30 or R40 per month (depending on distance from the depot). Will collect all recycling once a week on a specified day (depending on area). The price may vary for households with more than average recycling. 021 674 2497 abundance@telkomsa.net www.home.telkomsa.net/ abundanceyoga Clearer Conscience Giving you a clearer conscience by whipping away all your recyclable materials and making sure they get to the right places. 021 762 7349 info@clearer.co.za www.clearer.co.za Kool Waste At a cost of only R50 per month, Kool Waste will come and collect your recyclable waste (newspapers, maga-

zines, glass bottles and jars, cans, food tins, ice-cream containers, all paper, plastic bottles) on a weekly basis and deliver to the Oasis Association, who will separate and pass on to the necessary recycling companies for ongoing processing. 083 651 9084 koolwaste@gmail.com

GreenHabitatHangers GreenHabitatHangers provide a sustainable solution to the retail and fashion industry waste management and promote awareness around ‘green’ issues through consumer education. 082 924 4062 sales@greenhabitathangers.co.za www.greenhabitathangers.co.za

Resolution Recycling Focusing solely on the collection and classification of waste paper, into a total waste management company, able to recycle and remove a wide variety of recyclable products from business and households. 011 618 2246 info@resolutionrecycling. co.za www.resolutionrecycling. co.za

The Green Market A monthly green market held at the Pretoria National Botanical Gardens. A familyoriented market, with the first taking place on 15 November 2008, which will showcase arts and crafts from recycled materials, alternatively powered gadgets, green gardening and architecture, natural and organic foods and beverages, a fresh food market and more. 083 562 5249 greenmelilly@gmail.com

Whole Earth Offering a home and office recycling collection service, as well as free office paper collections. 011 704 6096 info@wholeearth.co.za www.wholeearth.co.za

Avondale Biological and organic wines farmed in accordance with organic principles or adhering to the bio-friendly way of natural farming. Restoring the natural balance of the soil, so that vines can be fed and balanced by lively, healthy and naturally regenerating soils. 021 863 1976 wine@avondalewine.co.za www.avondalewine.co.za

Eco Warrior Eco Warrior is an independent contractor supplying building and maintenance services to the film industry where reinstatement of production areas and city precincts is required after film shoots. Repairing roadways, buildings and civil structures, from elementary asphalt patching through concrete, cement and brick construction to dry-walling, windows and doors, painting and other surface finishes. 021 979 2583 info@eco-warrior.co.za

E-clear 100% Chlorine-free, bacteria-free, toxic-free freshwater pool system. 021 881 3223 info@eclear.co.za www.eclear.co.za Beauty Without Cruelty Beauty Without Cruelty (BWC) was founded to inform people about the suffering of animals in the fur, ivory and exotic leather trade and in the cosmetic industry. BWC was formed in Cape Town in 1978, with branches in Johannesburg and Pietermaritzburg. BWC is primarily an educational charitable organisation campaigning against the abuse of animals in the cosmetic industry. BWC is also active, on government level, in fighting for the rights of animals and for the improvement of animal welfare legislation. 021 671 4583 beautywc@netactive.co.za www.bwcsa.co.za

Ocean Minded Manufacturers of top quality footwear with unbeatable comfort, they utilise natural and sustainable materials whenever possible. 021 856 8470 tim@oceanminded.co.za Postwink Sourcing and distributing quality recycling products for companies and organisations who want to make a difference and promote recycling in South Africa. 079 491 7615 info@postwink.co.za www.postwink.co.za

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25–26 October Cape Town International Kite Festival, Muizenberg. Show kites, demos, workshops, international kite teams, live entertainment, crafts, food, mind, body & soul exhibition and more. Proceeds to Cape Mental Health www.cape mentalhealth.co.za/kite

2–4 November Green Building Council SA Convention & Exhibition, CTICC, Cape Town. Sharing the latest in green building thinking and an extensive range of technologies, products and services. Contact 021 683 2114 www.gbcsa-convention.org.za

24–26 October Khayelitsha Festival. Inaugural festival to celebrate Khayelitsha’s 25th anniversary. www.khayelitshafestival.co.za

7–9 November Indigenous Plant Sale, Pretoria National Botanical Gardens. A variety of indigenous plants including succulents will be on sale at exceptional prices from 08:00 to 16:00.

28–31 October RMB Winex, Johannesburg, Sandton Convention Centre. South Africa’s premier wine festival. www.winex.co.za 29 October – 2 November Kamersvol Geskenke, Simondium Country Lodge. Five-day event featuring exclusive handmade products. The 2008 theme is Recycle, Rethink, Recreate. Contact Hesta 082 625 9205 or www.kamersvol.com

9 November Cape Times FNB Big Walk. Annual charity walk for individuals and corporate groups. Enter online at www.bigwalk.co.za or at any Totalsports. 15 November Green Market, Pretoria Botanical Gardens. A monthly market promoting a greener lifestyle, from arts and crafts made from recycled materials, alternativepowered gadgets and green gardening to delicious natural and organic food and beverages. Contact Melissa at 083 562 5249 or greenmelilly@gmail.com

30 October – 1 November Good Food & Wine Show, CocaCola Dome, Johannesburg. Top local and international chefs and the latest in global trends and tastes. Contact 084 565 0069 or www.gourmetsa.com 30 October – 8 November Christmas Craft Market, Franschhoek. Unique hand-

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