Consumer Watch

Consumer watch

Glenda Thompson


Hi Everyone,

Thanks for the feedback on the last column.  Interesting how many people had no idea that small business lessee’s fell under the protection of the CPA. Also, Style Me’s Daniyel Berry was kept busy with queries on plus sized clothing, so that was a winner.  Please contact Dan on if you have any what-to-wear queries.

The aQuelle Midmar Mile – which I swam with several other Ballito folk, for the Midmoo Nutella Choccows (to raise money for children suffering with cancer) has come and gone – and we are moo ving on with life and training for the next fundraiser.    It was mostly thanks to our unique, massive and scenically superb Thompson’s (no relation) Bay Pool that we were able to train for this world famous, fun event.

The number of people who come from around KZN to swim and train at Thompson’s Bay, because of its size, is pretty amazing.  I have met people who travel all the way from Westville and PMB to practise.  We need these people.  They bring their families and come along to put money in the coffers of our awesome little restaurants.  We also need to show them how much we care about our beaches and sea pools.  The Thompsons Bay Pool could do with a massive bottom-of-the-pool clean-up operation – there are clumps of plastic bags all over the place – and while I’m at it, let’s take on the responsibility of cleaning up our beaches!!! The number of people who just seem to think that leaving their litter behind at the beach or pool, is shocking.   If we all took a rubbish bag with us that we filled with rubbish and TOOK HOME WITH US after the beach/pool visit, we wouldn’t have this issue.

Many people I’ve chatted to about the Midmar swim have expressed interest in doing the next one. Even if they don’t make it, here are some great reasons WHY we should look at swimming as an exercise that will keep us young and healthy!

It Turns Back the Clock

Regular swimmers are biologically 20 years younger than their driver’s licenses say they are, according to research from Indiana University. Scientists say that, even up until your 70th birthday, swimming affects blood pressure, cholesterol levels, cardiovascular performance, central nervous system health, cognitive functioning, muscle mass, and blood chemistry to be much more similar to that of your younger self.

Swimming hits Otherwise Underworked Muscles

The same research points out that we need to work out often-neglected lats, deltoids, and traps. Plus, since  swimming is about staying balanced and level in the water (while both your arms and legs are moving, mind you), swimming helps you develop the deep stabilizing muscles in your core and lower back that women often miss.

Swimming Makes You Smarter

Blood flow to the brain increased by up to 14 percent when men submerged themselves in water up to their hearts, according to a Journal of Physiology study. Researchers believe water’s pressure on the chest cavity may have something to do with it, and they are now studying whether water-based workouts improve blood flow to the brain better than do land-based ones. Stay tuned….. and see you at the pool!!

Remember that if you have any complicated queries – especially those bordering on the legal side –  go straight to the Consumer Council  – KZN Consumer Complaints Hotline number: 0800 333 667 which is a free service to the public. OR go to the SMALL CLAIMS COURT in Stanger.  This is particularly with regards to money that needs to be claimed back – if it is a small amount. Contact them on 032 551 1201. The only payment involved is the fee payable to the Sheriff – depending on how far he has to travel to serve.

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