Drivers: Pedestrian safety is your concern, too

pedestrian crash at nightAmong the major contributors to South African road fatality statistics are people walking on the road. Pedestrian fatalities account for over a third of all casualties and as such, people on foot are a prime concern for anyone behind the wheel.

The Arrive Alive website receives daily information about road accidents across South Africa and provides data which reveals that some 35-40% of casualties are pedestrians. There is little wonder that a vehicle travelling at a high speed is a deadly weapon. If someone on foot gets in the way, whether through their inattention or owing to a mistake they make, the consequences are devastatingly obvious.

The major contributing factors to pedestrian fatalities in South Africa are:

  • Inebriated persons – are more likely to stumble into the road.
  • Pedestrians crossing motorways or freeways – While it is illegal to walk on or run across the freeway, it still happens a lot, especially in developing countries. Particularly where there are multiple lanes, it can be easy to underestimate the speed of approaching vehicles.
  • Distractions – Pedestrians who fail to pay attention to traffic (while using phones, listening to music or reading, or simply daydreaming) can stray into the path of an approaching car.
  • Traffic lights and crossings – Pedestrians crossing the road on an orange or red light into traffic.
  • Poor visibility – Dark clothing and narrow roads can result in motorists not being able to see pedestrians.
  • Walking in the road instead of on the pavement or shoulder (particularly when combined with poor visibility).
  • Inattentiveness – Pedestrians chasing a ball, stepping into the road after getting off the bus or riding a skateboard can easily place themselves in danger.
  • Unattended children who wander into the road.
  • Victims of crime trying to escape attackers.
  • Victims of reckless driving who, through no fault of their own, end up in the path of a driver who has mounted the pavement or otherwise broken the law.

 

Safety tips for pedestrians:

  • Always obey road signs and traffic lights.
  • In low-light situations, wear bright coloured clothes. Consider a reflecting band or other high visibility item if you regularly walk after hours.
  • Use the pavement or walk as near to the roadside as possible, facing oncoming traffic.
  • Don’t drink and walk. Your judgment is impaired and you are at greater risk.
  • Always use pedestrian crossings and bridges where available, even if it means walking a little further.
  • Look left, look right, look left again. Never cross the road without performing this simple procedure.
  • Don’t assume you have been seen. Motorists tend to be on the lookout for other motorists and not pedestrians. Make eye contact.
  • Be on the constant lookout for potential danger.
  • When crossing a road, don’t walk half way; this leaves you in danger’s way. Rather cross when both lanes are clear.

 

Safety tips for motorists:

  • Constantly look for pedestrians – they can pop up even where they shouldn’t be and can be hard to spot owing to dark clothing.
  • Be especially cautious when passing informal settlements, often alongside freeways. People will run over the road in these areas.
  • Consider slowing even below the speed limit when passing these settlements; avoid overtaking.
  • Assume the worst – pedestrians might be intoxicated or otherwise impaired and could be unpredictable.
  • Take particular care to spot small children and the elderly.
  • Don’t drive distracted (eating, using your phone, etc)
  • Slow down if visibility is compromised (rain, dust, low sun).
  • Watch out for pedestrians walking in the same direction as you are travelling. They might not hear your vehicle and step into the road.
  • Take extra care on ‘payday’ (usually Friday afternoons/evenings). There will be more intoxicated persons around.
  • Transit zones (taxi and bus ranks) are often busy and chaotic. Be aware that passengers could step suddenly into the path of your vehicle.
  • Respect pedestrian crossings – people on foot have right of way.

Remember that if you hit a pedestrian, even if it isn’t your fault, the results can be horrific and deeply unpleasant to sort out. If a death occurs, you will automatically be charged with culpable homicide.

By taking more responsibility for how you drive, you can help improve pedestrian safety – and avoid becoming a victim of someone else’s carelessness while making the roads safer for all.

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Eighth-generation Toyota Hilux officially unveiled in Bangkok

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Re-defining Tough

The eighth-generation Toyota Hilux was officially unveiled in Bangkok today, marking the start of sales of the all-new model in Thailand .and it's certainly been worth the wait.

One of the world's best-known and best-loved nameplates, Hilux first hit dealerships in 1968, selling over 16 million in more than 180 countries. This year we will celebrate a million units sold in South Africa alone.

Completely re-designed from the inside out the all-new Hilux ushers in a radically luxurious interior wrapped in a sophisticated, chiseled new body, offering exceptional on-road performance and new technologies while remaining true to its core values of uncompromising off-road ability and, of course, legendary toughness.

But what does "tough" really mean? That's the question we at Toyota asked ourselves when faced with the mammoth task of creating the eighth-generation Hilux.

We realised that toughness doesn't just come from the vehicle; it comes from the people inside. Whether you're battling your way up a muddy track or negotiating the rigours of the urban jungle, reducing the stress of driving is just as important as withstanding the elements. That's why the new Hilux, while improving on the model's characteristic ruggedness and performance, redefines toughness by being more occupant-focused and easier to drive than ever before.

To truly understand what our customers expect from us and the challenges they face on a daily basis, our development teams travelled the globe from Caracas to Kommetjie, getting direct feedback from customers and driving on a wide variety of different roads to get a feel for different usage conditions. To gain inspiration for the eighth-generation Hilux, the development team drove in conditions ranging from rough, muddy forests to deserts with temperatures exceeding 50°C and flooded roads in the rainy season. Sometimes they came up against even harsher conditions than expected, which brought home the need to develop an even tougher Hilux.

The development process also reflected invaluable feedback received directly from Hilux drivers. Some wished they could make long transcontinental trips without worrying about running out of fuel. Others described how hard it is to stay alert and drive safely during grueling long-distance journeys with extended stretches of rough driving. Yet another, who uses their Hilux for forest maintenance work and frequently speaks via radio with the police and fire department, explained how a quiet cabin is essential for communication.

This led the development team to conclude that the new Hilux should not only be tougher but should also reduce stress as much as possible. Above and beyond conventional ideas of toughness, the eighth-generation Hilux boasts ride comfort that makes long, tough drives less gruelling, a quiet cabin that allows communication in any conditions, and enhanced cruising range thanks to improved fuel efficiency.

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To summarise, as with the current generation, Toyota's QDR (Quality, Durability and Reliability) still forms the backbone of the new Hilux. Fit-for-purpose is a term that aptly describes the newcomer - whether your application is leisure, workhorse, farming or general purpose, there's a Hilux for you.

While all new, the eighth-generation Hilux will build on the current model's success story in terms of resale value and sheer desirability. Don't forget that the Hilux was the number one selling vehicle as well as the number one "bakkie" in South Africa in 2014. Into 2015, the current model continues to chart at the top of the bestseller list and it's worth noting why. The seventh generation has been refined over the years and now offers a high standard of refinement coupled with exceptional value for money. It is still very much a competent package and will continue to remain a very relevant player in this market right up until the arrival of its successor.

As explained by Hiroki Nakajima, the executive chief engineer behind the Hilux (and also a managing officer of Toyota Motor Corporation): "Our entire development concept was centered on 'redefining toughness'. We aimed to make the new Hilux 'tougher' based on a much broader interpretation of that word. The message we want to deliver to our customers is embodied in our slogan for the vehicle: 'A New Era for Pickup. Every Inch a Hilux.'"

This is echoed by Calvyn Hamman, Senior Vice President of Sales and Marketing for Toyota SA: "It's instantly recognisable as a Hilux, it feels like a Hilux, it drives like a Hilux- only better. Successfully melding innovation, sophistication and extrovert design with fanatical reliability, the all-new Hilux will be the benchmark. The Legend is set to continue."

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Main features

Newly developed frame and suspension:

  • To achieve both greater capability and unprecedented driving stability, an all-new rigid frame with enlarged side sections and cross members that are larger and thicker have been created.
  • Enhanced off-road performance and comfort thanks to the upgraded leaf spring suspension and shock absorbers.
  • Suspension tuning was also optimised.

Newly developed engines and transmissions:

  • Excellent torque in all rev ranges, with significantly improved torque at low speed thanks to the newly developed 2.4- and 2.8-litre diesel engines.
  • Extended cruising distance enabled by improved fuel efficiency.
  • Reduced engine noise.
    • Balanced torque and fuel efficiency due to newly developed six-speed automatic transmissions with more steps and optimised gear ratios to maximise engine performance.
    • World-first (for a pick-up) - Intelligent Manual Transmission or i-MT supports smooth shifting with rev matching technology.

Serviceability/maintenance:

  • Reduced maintenance and repair time, thanks to enhanced serviceability around the new engine.

Tough yet emotional design

Exterior

  • Tough yet refined appearance achieved by contrasting the front panel with its sturdy bumper section and the integrated look of the slender upper grille and LED headlamps. It will also appeal to those considering a "bakkie" for the first time, or as an alternative to an SUV or passenger car.
    • Refinement and sensitivity not usually found in a pick-up thanks to strong, dynamic body side wheel flares, attractively integrated with the overall body.

Interior

  • Stylish instrument panel featuring a unified design aesthetic and free use of metallic decoration, giving a strong yet refined appearance.
  • Cutting-edge, luxurious features, including audio system with electrostatic multi-touch control panel, electronic 4WD changeover switch and luxury seats.

Please note that the all-new Hilux launches in South Africa during the first quarter of 2016. Full local range and specs will be disclosed closer to launch timing.

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E-Tolling critic slams new plans

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Long-time e-toll opponent Rob Handfield - Jones has slammed the government's latest proposals on e-tolls, saying they do not address the key flaws of the system. He said that government was trying to play the affordability card to neutralise those who objected to the way the system was implemented.

"Government has consistently avoided the key point which is that the implementation of the system was not only flawed, but arguably unlawful in certain ways," he said. "They have tried to make the issue solely about affordability, when the elephant in the room is good governance and transparency." He also said that the report of the Makhura Commission was opaque and contradictory. He said it often relied on speculative data and did not unpick the real-world issues of the manner of the system's implementation. The report also did not address SANRAL's mis-leading of the public, especially its loss of several cases at the Advertising Standards Authority."

"Reducing the tariffs and caps now doesn't mean they won't be increased later and it won't change public perception of SANRAL as a predatory organisation which rides roughshod over citizens. The reduced tariffs also make the system even more inefficient by increasing the ratio of collection costs as a percentage of total takings," he added. "What government needs to do is learn from its mistakes and scrap the entire system. Roadbuilding should be funded from taxation which has negligible collection costs. Also, private enterprise should not be allowed to profit from managing social infrastructure."

Handfield - Jones was also sharply critical of linking e-toll accounts to licence renewals without any mention being made of due process or the intervention of a court of law. "We have seen from past experience that SANRAL's billing system is a shambles, with people being charged for gantry passes they didn't make, and cloned vehicles rampant on our roads," he said. "Now, it appears licence discs will be unlawfully withheld while users are forced to fight SANRAL. I predict there will be an enormous number of road users who simply will not renew their licence discs. With the tragic state of law enforcement and low levels of fine payment, I doubt this will present any obstacle to those who refuse to pay e-tolls on the perfectly rational basis that they were improperly implemented to start with."

He said the benefits of roadbuilding were unconnected to any particular funding method and that loans taken to build roads could be repaid more cost-effectively from taxation. "The bottom line is this: if these roads had been funded from the fuel levy, they would have been paid for by now," Handfield - Jones concluded.

 

For further information, contact:

Rob Handfield - Jones
rob@driving.co.za
083 260 8663
www.driving.co.za

Road closed as vehicle catches fire

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Crisis Medical paramedics and members from Ethekwini Fire and Rescue were called to Umhlanga Rocks Drive near the Armstrong Avenue traffic circle on Tuesday morning (2015/05/19), for a vehicle on fire.

On arrival they found a light goods delivery vehicle with the engine area fully engulfed in flames.

The driver and passenger had luckily managed to exit the vehicle unharmed and paramedics assessed them on scene for signs of shock and smoke inhalation, they were given a clean bill of health.

The driver suspects that an electrical malfunction may have caused the incident and was quoted as saying "I saw smoke coming from the bonnet and immediately stopped and got out the vehicle, fearing for my passenger and I safety, thank you to everyone for their quick response and help".

The fire was quickly contained and extinguished thanks to the sterling efforts of Ethekwini Fire and Rescue.

The road was closed while emergency services worked to clear the scene, traffic was severely affected.

This is the third vehicle fire we have seen in the space of a month. We urge motorists to ensure that they check their vehicles for malfunctions and that they only use accredited service providers for any electrical work on their vehicles.

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Oscar star appointed as Casual Day ambassador

Back: Casual Day finance officer Egness Ncube, Casual Day NGO liaison officer Zaza Khazamula and Sekai Marufu, also a member of the team, showing off the new T shirt, stickers and marketing material. Front: Casual Day ambassador Prudence Mabhena also showing us how to Spring into Action!

Back: Casual Day finance officer Egness Ncube, Casual Day NGO liaison officer Zaza Khazamula and Sekai Marufu, also a member of the team, showing off the new T shirt, stickers and marketing material. Front: Casual Day ambassador Prudence Mabhena also showing us how to Spring into Action!

Singer and songwriter Prudence Mabena, who starred in an Oscar winning documentary about her life as a person who triumphed over her disability, has been appointed as a Casual Day ambassador.

Music by Prudence won the 2010 Academy Award for Best Short Documentary. The doccie tells the uplifting story of this Zimbabwean songbird and follows her remarkable journey out of hatred and superstition into one of music, love and possibilities. Persons with disabilities experience discrimination in so many ways and her story is inspiring to everyone who hears it.

Prudence was appointed as an ambassador because she can carry the message of Casual Day to a wide audience. She was born in Zimbabwe and was in South Africa recently taking a stand against xenophobia. Casual Day believes it is appropriate that the disability community take a stand against xenophobia and in favour of diversity.

Mabhena was born with arthrogryposis, a condition that deforms the joints; it has cost her both of her legs, and makes it difficult for her to use her arms. When she was born, her father's mother advised her mother not to nurse her. After her parents abandoned her, she was cared for by her maternal grandmother, a rural farmer who kept Mabhena at her side as she worked.

But she went on the form a band and is now not only an internationally recognised singer, she is also a Unicef ambassador.

The story does have a happy ending: when she made her homecoming after the trip to the Oscar ceremony, there were hundreds of people waiting at the airport. As she was carried off the plane, at the foot of the stairs was her father — on his knees, tears streaming down his face, begging her for forgiveness.

Prudence uses her music to break down barriers and bring her message of hope to the world. ‘Everyone listens to music,’ says Prudence. ‘I think messages sent out through music will be effective and can encourage immediate responses.’

The Casual Day theme for 2015 is Spring into Action and Prudence will be recording the first official Casual Day theme song in June. It was composed by herself and her musical partner Bozoe Nkomo. Listen out for the song, which will also feature Casual Day ambassador and rapper Tujay Harmonix.

Casual Day is the flagship project of the National Council for Persons with Physical Disabilities in South Africa (NCPPDSA), which also runs its national projects from Edenvale. Since 1995 Casual Day has made it possible for the NCPPDSA fulfill its mandate of creating a fully accessible and inclusive society for all, raising R220 million.

This money benefits thousands of persons with disabilities through the branches of beneficiary organisations in every region. Casual Day’s aim this year is to spread the message of the social impact of the funds. The Your R10 in Action campaign will highlight where the Casual Day money is spent. The schools and organisations use the funds for a range of different things, including transport, assistive devices and awareness campaigns to inform communities about disability.

Casual Day’s national beneficiaries include the National Council for Persons with Physical Disabilities, SA National Council for the Blind, SA Federation for Mental Health, the Deaf Federation of SA, QASA, Autism South Africa, Down Syndrome South Africa, The National Association for Persons with Cerebral Palsy, the South African National Deaf Association, the National Institute for the Deaf, Alzheimer’s South Africa and the South African Disability Alliance. There are branches and affiliates of these national organisations in every region.

So Spring into Action on Friday 4 September.

You can contact the organisers of the project on 011 609 7006 or visit our website at www.casualday.co.za

The funds are raised as a result of a R10 donation for a Casual Day sticker.

Keep abreast of activities at Casual Day on our Facebook page at www.facebook.com/CasualDaySA

Twitter: @CasualDay_SA

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Blood pressure is a silent killer – Know your numbers says ER24

 

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Hypertension, or high blood pressure, is the leading cause of heart attacks and strokes in South Africa yet three out of four people do not even know they have it…

With World Hypertension Day (WHD) being held this month, ER24 is urging people to have their blood pressure measured. It is an easy and pain-free test, but could potentially save thousands of lives.

ER24 is also urging people who know they have hypertension to also measure their blood pressure to ensure it is adequately lowered. Many people using blood pressure medication still have very high blood pressures and assume it is controlled.

The World Hypertension League (WHL), in partnership with the International Society of Hypertension (ISH), and other organisations, annually promote WHD. The theme of WHD for 2013-2018 is “Know Your Numbers” with the goal of increasing high blood pressure awareness in all populations around the world.

According to Professor Alta Schutte, President of the Southern African Hypertension Society and Executive Council Member of ISH, one of the most important aspects of high blood pressure is that in most individuals there are no clear symptoms. Individuals may feel normal and healthy and as a result, are not aware they are at a very high risk for stroke or heart attack – which is why hypertension is called the silent killer. “This is why all individuals are strongly encouraged to get their blood pressure tested and know their numbers,” said Prof Schutte.

Dr Mark Niebylski, the Chief Executive Officer of the WHL, said, “This decision was based on global statistics, indicating that only 50% of those with hypertension were aware they had high blood pressure, that only a few populations have an awareness rate of more than 75% and the critical fact that high blood pressure substantively increases the risk for stroke, heart attack, heart failure and kidney disease.”

Dr Niebylski said awareness in some populations is lower than 10%. To increase awareness of hypertension diagnosis, there are two critical components: one is to establish high capacity community screening programmes for blood pressure in those at risk and two, to promote routine measurement of blood pressure by healthcare professionals at all clinical encounters. Moreover, an important initial step to control hypertension and help achieve the United Nations 2025 goal of a 25% reduction in uncontrolled hypertension is to improve hypertension diagnosis,” he said.

Jessica Byrne, a dietitian at The Heart and Stroke Foundation South Africa, said an estimated 11 million South Africans live with hypertension.

“South Africa has one of the highest hypertension rates worldwide. A recent international survey found eight in 10 adults over the age of 50 in South Africa have high blood pressure. This was the highest of the six countries measured and the highest prevalence ever measured worldwide,” she said.

She added that heart disease and strokes are the second leading cause of death in South Africa, responsible for one in six deaths, or 220 deaths per day.

Byrne attributed the high prevalence of hypertension in South Africa to a combination of unhealthy lifestyles, a genetic link between blood pressure and salt intake and lack of awareness about the condition.

“Most South Africans are only vaguely aware of the risk factors which contribute to hypertension and therefore cannot identify whether they are at risk. There are a few risk factors beyond our control such as age, family history of hypertension and being diabetic. However, our unhealthy lifestyles are largely to blame. What we eat, being overweight or obese, smoking, drinking too much alcohol and stress are some of the contributing factors,” she said.

Salt

Too much salt is a key driver of hypertension. “Many South Africans eat too much salt. More than half of the salt we eat, is added by manufacturers during the processing of foods. Often these foods don’t look or taste salty. The rest of the salt we eat comes from salt we add during cooking and salt sprinkled on at the table,” said Byrne.

She said bread is the biggest contributor to South Africans’ salt intake. Other foods with a lot of hidden salt include breakfast cereals, processed meat, flavouring, savoury snacks, margarine and butter.

Byrne urged people to read the ingredients list and nutritional information table on the food packaging. “If you see ‘salt’, ‘MSG’ or any ingredient with the word ‘sodium’ listed as one of the first three ingredients, the product is likely to be high in salt,” she said.

According to Prof Schutte one way of lowering salt intake includes removing salt shakers from the table. “Many people have the habit of adding salt to their food even before tasting. Also, when preparing food at home, gradually lower the amount of salt added,” she said.

Children

According to Byrne, at least one in 10 children in South Africa are already diagnosed with high blood pressure. She said this is worrying especially as these children stand a greater risk of developing severe health problems as young adults.

Steps to beat hypertension

Byrne said about 80% of heart attacks and strokes can be prevented with a healthy lifestyle.

There are three important steps to beating hypertension: diagnosis, starting treatment and achieving hypertension control.

“Sadly, a recent review shows that South Africans fare dismally in all three of these steps. Not only are South Africans not aware of their blood pressure but most of those diagnosed are not on the appropriate treatment and only 7% of hypertensive patients are controlling their blood pressure adequately. This means that 93% of sufferers are at risk of having a heart attack, stroke or developing severe heart disease,” said Byrne.

Prof Schutte added, “Everyone should get their blood pressure tested. Those that have a family member who suffered from hypertension, a stroke, a heart attack or kidney disease, are especially encouraged to check their blood pressure annually,” she said.

ER24’s Emergency Contact Centre can be reached 24 hours a day on 084 124 for any medical emergency.

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Chitra Bodasing

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SA Primary Consumer Sentiment Index (PCSI) – What does it say about sentiments of the SA Consumer?

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The South Africa Primary Consumer Sentiment (“Consumer Confidence”) Index (“PCSI”) as measured by the Thomson Reuters/Ipsos PCSI for May,2015 is down 1.6 percentage points over last month.

The monthly PCSI result is driven by the aggregation of the four, weighted, sub-Indices:  the PCSI Employment Confidence (“Jobs”) Sub- Index which is down 1.3 points; the PCSI Economic Expectations (“Expectations”) Sub-Index which is down 0.2 points; the PCSI Investment Climate (“Investment”) Sub-Index which is down 2 points; and the PCSI Current Personal Financial Conditions (“Current Conditions”) Sub-Index which is down 2.5 percentage points over last month.

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The South Africa Primary Consumer Sentiment (“Consumer Confidence”) Index (“PCSI”) as measured by the Thomson Reuters/Ipsos PCSI for May,2015 is down 1.6 percentage points over last month. The monthly PCSI result is driven by the aggregation of the four, weighted, sub-Indices noted below.

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“Current Conditions” = perceived current personal financial conditions. The South Africa PCSI Current Personal Financial Conditions (“Current Conditions”) Sub-Index for May 2015 is down 2.5 percentage points over last month.

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”Expectations” = perceived Economic Expectations combining both personal and community economic outlook. The South Africa PCSI Economic Expectations (“Expectations”) Sub-Index for May 2015 is down 0.2 percentage points over last month.

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”Investment” = perceived investment climate.  The South Africa PCSI Investment Climate (“Investment”) Sub-Index for May 2015 is down 2 percentage points over last month.

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”Jobs” = current job security, outlook on job security and retrospective on job security. The South Africa PCSI Employment Confidence (“Jobs”) Sub-Index for May 2015 is down 1.3 percentage points over last month.

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Methodology

These are findings of an Ipsos online poll conducted April 24 to May 8, 2015.  For this survey, a sample of 500 adults from Ipsos' South Africa online panel aged 16-64 was interviewed online.

As this is an online poll in South Africa, representative of the online community in the country, it is not reflective of the general population; however, the online sample in is particularly valuable in their own right as they are more urban, educated and have more income than their fellow citizens and often referred to as “Upper Deck Consumer Citizens” or Primary Consumers.

The precision of the Thomson Reuters/Ipsos online polls is measured using a Bayesian Credibility Interval. In his case, the poll has a credibility interval of plus or minus 5.0 percentage points for all adults.

For more information on the Bayesian Credibility Interval please see  http://www.ipsos-na.com/news-polls/pressrelease.aspx?id=5836

  • The Thomson Reuters/Ipsos South Africa Primary Consumer Sentiment Index (PCSI), ongoing since 2010, is a monthly national survey of consumer attitudes on the current and future state of local economies, personal finance situations, savings and confidence to make large investments. The Index is composed of four sub-indices: Current Conditions Index; Expectations Index; Investment Index; and, Jobs Index.
  • The PCSI Index is benchmarked to a baseline of 100 assigned at its introduction in January 2010. Index number is calculated by utilizing data from the survey results. Responses are divided into aggregated Top Box (Reward) numbers and Bottom Box (Penalty) numbers.
  • Using Shapely Value Analysis, values were generated for the penalty and reward for each question. The magnitude of each question is the difference between the reward and penalty.
  • An Importance factor, which the ultimate weight of the particular question in the index, is the magnitude of each question divided by the total magnitude of all questions.
  • A Top Box Weight for each question is calculated by dividing the Reward by the magnitude of each question. Similarly, the Bottom Weight for each question is calculated by dividing the Penalty for each question by magnitude of the same.
  • The Index Value for each question is calculated by using the formula: Importance x (Top Box Wt * Top Box %) - (Bottom Box Wt * Bottom box %).

The questions used for the PCSI are as follows:

  • Now, thinking about our economic situation, how would you describe the current economic situation in South Africa? Is it… very good, somewhat good, somewhat bad or very bad
  • Rate the current state of the economy in your local area using a scale from 1 to 7, where 7 means a very strong economy today and 1 means a very weak economy.
  • Looking ahead six months from now, do you expect the economy in your local area to be much stronger, somewhat stronger, about the same, somewhat weaker, or much weaker than it is now?
  • Rate your current financial situation, using a scale from 1 to 7, where 7 means your personal financial situation is very strong today and 1 means it is very weak
  • Looking ahead six months from now, do you expect your personal financial situation to be much stronger, somewhat stronger, about the same, somewhat weaker, or much weaker than it is now?
  • Compared to 6 months ago, are you NOW more or less comfortable making a major purchase, like a home or car?
  • Compared to 6 months ago, are you NOW more or less comfortable making other household purchases?
  • Compared to 6 months ago, are you NOW more or less confident about job security for yourself, your family and other people you know personally?
  • Compared to 6 months ago, are you NOW more or less confident of your ability to invest in the future, including your ability to save money for your retirement or your children’s education?
  • Thinking of the last 6 months, have you, someone in your family or someone else you know personally lost their job as a result of economic conditions?
  • Now look ahead at the next six months. How likely is it that you, someone in your family or someone else you know personally will lose their job in the next six months as a result of economic conditions?

Crisis Medical welcomes the newest two additions to the team

Jesse Bauer

Jesse Bauer joins us from the beginning of the month having completed her certificate in Basic Life Support/Basic Ambulance Assistant in 2014. Jesse hails from the upper highway, Kloof area. Having attended Kloof High School up until grade 10, Jesse made a decision to move to home schooling, thus enabling her to complete her grade 11 and grade 12 (matric) year in a single year.

Having explored various fields of work and study both locally and abroad, Jes decided emergency medicine is the path for her. Jes is currently stationed on our A03 vehicle operating out of Ethekwini Heart Hospital and servicing the northern areas. We wish her all the best for a long and happy career with Crisis Medical (PTY) Ltd.

Anjith Singh

Anjith Singh joins our team from the beginning of the month also. Having qualified as a Basic Life Support/ Basic Ambulance Assistant in 2005,Anjith comes with extensive experience and a world of knowledge into the pre-hospital emergency medical field. Currently stationed on our A06 vehicle operating out of Gateway Private Hospital and servicing the central and northern areas.

We welcome both these fine medics to our team and wish them all the best in their future endeavors.

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Top South African model to present Maserati range to the World

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Genevieve Morton Maserati 1Legendary Italian car maker, Maserati has chosen top South African model Genevieve Morton to present its range in the 2015 brochures for its model range and to feature in a worldwide social media campaign.

Hailing from the East Rand city of Benoni and raised in Scottburgh South East Coast of KwaZulu Natal, the 26 year old model is the first South African to appear in the renowned Sports Illustrated America swimsuit issue, something she has achieved five times, most recently this year in the Virgin Islands.

Genevieve has completed a major photo shoot for Maserati featuring its entire range; the new Ghibli sports sedan, its first E-segment executive saloon which is set to arrive in South Africa in the middle of this year, and the luxurious flagship Maserati Quattroporte as well as Maserati sports cars, the Maserati GranTurismo and open top four seat Maserati GranCabrio. The photo shoots took place in a wide range of situations and venues to illustrate the style, performance, elegance and exclusivity of the Maserati range.

Maserati is using the pictures with Genevieve for the re-launch of its global brochure range and marks the arrival a new corporate image for its leading client communication products. To maximize the launch of the brochures, which will be in both hard copy and digital forms, Maserati has also turned to social media with four different ‘behind-the-scenes’ videos of Genevieve at work during the shoots. A special set of five pictures of Genevieve and key Maserati models will also only be available through her social media sites in coming months.

Genevieve will bring her two million Facebook fans, 108,000 Instagram followers and 57,000 Twitter readers to the Maserati social media campaign, joining Maserati’s four million people on Facebook, 361,000 on Instagram and 450,000 Twitter members.

Jeep Team’s Hank McGregor wins Sportsman of the Year at World Paddle Awards

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Five-time world champion paddler, Hank McGregor (Jeep Team South Africa), was declared ‘Sportsman of the Year’ at the World Paddle Awards’ inaugural ceremony in Augsburg, Germany, on Saturday, 9 May 2015.

McGregor claimed 53% of the overall results tallied from both World Paddle Awards Academy and the public vote. He narrowly pipped finalist, Fabien LeFevre (double Olympian and world champion in canoe slalom from the USA), to the post with Germany's Sebastian Brendel (current world and Olympic champion in sprint canoeing) in third.

Said McGregor after being presented with the award by Olympic Champion Birgit Fischer, “It’s a true honour to receive this award, presented by Birgit Fischer who is an absolute legend in our sport. This award is really special to me as many athletes know that hard training and dedication sometimes go by unnoticed but this award has made all the difference. Paddling is more than just a sport, it is my way of life.

“Thank you to all the people who have supported me along the way – my wife Pippa, my parents, my training partners, my friends in South Africa and around the world, my sponsors and all the people who voted for me - without you I wouldn't be here.”

McGregor’s ‘Sportsman of the Year’ victory was based on his exceptional 2014 achievements. Last year, he rewrote the history books by becoming the first South African to ever win both the K1 and K2 gold medals at the ICF Canoe Marathon World Championships in Oklahoma City, USA. To achieve double gold was a superhuman feat, with McGregor completely dominating the 35-km K1 race from start to finish. Two weeks after the World Championships, McGregor then “won the one he wanted”; the 82-km Hansa Fish River Canoe Marathon in a K1, adding to his staggering five consecutive K2 'Fish' wins.

McGregor also holds the record for the fastest K1 Non-Stop Dusi Canoe Marathon, after completing the 120-km race in 2006 in less than eight hours – the first K1 and K2 boat home. In early 2014, he won the K2 Non-stop Dusi with Sbonelo Zondi.

Testament to McGregor’s talent across multiple paddling disciplines, he is currently training for his title defence of two very different events on two different continents that fall within days of each other – the Molokai Surfski World Championships in Hawaii on 30 May 2015 and the 2015 SA Canoe Marathon Championships in Pietermaritzburg on 6 June 2015.

Other Jeep Team news…

Surfski

With McGregor away in Germany, Jeep Team’s Barry Lewin represented the team at Race#4 of the Bay Union Surfski Series, in Durban on Sunday, 10 May 2015. Lewin claimed an impressive 3rd place finish in 1h01m41s, behind Wade Krieger in 1st and Steve Woods in 2nd.

L-R-Hank McGregor and Birgit Fischer