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16 days of activism 2015

Abuse against woman and children

We are proud to be part of this yearly event again, that starts on 25 November up to 10 December.


What is this all about?                                      


The 16 Days of Activism for No Violence Against Women and Children is an international awareness-raising campaign. It takes place every year from 25 November (International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women) to 10 December (International Human Rights Day). The period includes Universal Children’s Day and World AIDS Day.

South Africa adopted the campaign in 1998 as one of the intervention strategies towards creating a society free of violence. The campaign continues to raise  awareness amongst South Africans about the negative impact of violence against women and children (VAW&C) on all members of the community.


Objectives of the campaign

The objectives of the 16 Days Campaign are to:

  • Attract all South Africans to be active participants in the fight to eradicate VAW&C; hence the theme:
  • Expand accountability beyond the Justice, Crime Prevention and Security (JCPS) cluster to include all government clusters and provinces.
  • Combine technology, social media, the arts, journalism, religion, culture and customs, business and activism to draw attention to the many ways VAW&C affects the lives of all people in all communities around the world.
  • Ensure mass mobilisation of all communities to promote collective responsibility in the fight to eradicate violence against women and children.
  • Encourage society to acknowledge that violence against women and children is NOT a government or criminal justice system problem, but a societal problem, and that failure to view it as such results in all efforts failing to eradicate this scourge in our communities.
  • Emphasise the fact that the solution lies with all of us.

Violence takes many forms, for example:

  • Physical violence in the form of domestic violence, terrible violent crime such as murder, robbery, rape and assault.
  • Emotional violence and trauma at many levels caused by many factors. Women and children in their homes, at work, at schools, on our streets, in our communities suffer this form of violence for various reasons.
  • Another terrible blight of our democracy is the violence of poverty, starvation, humiliation and degradation, especially against women and children. Poverty, inequality and unemployment are conditions under which violence thrives.

Where to get help

  • SAPS Crime Stop
    08600 10111
  • Gender-Based Violence Command Centre
    0800 428428/0800 GBV GBV
  • STOP Gender Violence Helpline
    0800 150 150/ *120*7867# from any cell phone
  • Childline- Report child abuse
    0800 055 555
  • Elderly people helpline
    0800 003 081
  • Family and Marriage Society of South Africa – Advice on family relationships
    011 975 7107
  • Thuthuzela Care Centres-
    012 8456136
  • Suicide Crisis Line
    0800 567 567
  • Alcoholics Anonymous SA
    0861 435 722 Substance Abuse Helpline 0800 121 314
  • Narcotics Anonymous SA
    0839 00 69 62
  • Mental Health Information Line
    0800 567 567
  • AIDS Helpline
    0800 012 322 / 011 725 6710
  • National Anti-Corruption Hotline
    0800 701 701
  • Disaster Operations Centre
    080 911 4357
  • Crisis Line
    0861 574747
  • National Crisis Line- Counselling Service
    086 132 2322
  • Human Trafficking
    08000 737 283 (08000 rescue) / 082 455 3664
  • SASSA- Grants enquiries
    0800 60 10 11 or CPS 0800 60 01 60
  • SA National Council for Child Welfare
    011 339 5741
  • Legal Aid
    0800 1110 110
  • Presidential hotline - Unresolved service delivery complaints
    17737 (1 PRES)
  • National Anti-corruption Forum
    0800 701 701
  • Cancer Association of South Africa
    0800 22 66 22
Source: http://www.gov.za/16-days-activism-no-violence-against-women-and-children-2015-0

Blue Flag 2015-2016

We are proud to once again announce that we were awarded the Blue flag for the 2015-2016 year. 

The Blue Flag works towards sustainable development of beaches and marinas through strict criteria dealing with Water Quality, Environmental Education and Information, Environmental Management, and Safety and Other Services.

The Blue Flag Programme is owned and run by the non-government, non-profit organisation the Foundation for Environmental Education (FEE).

Come and visit Yachtport SA, to see what a Blue flag marina is all about.



We have a few new stock items for all our sailors out there. If we don't have it in stock, we will order in. One to two days delivery time, depending on our suppliers and couriers.


Pre-Departure Checks - Tip for September

It really is worth taking a few extra minutes to check your boat over every time you go sailing.

It’s a great way to get to know your boat and spot any problems while you’re in the safety of the marina berth.

Here’s a basic pre-departure checklist for harbour sailing

  • Do you know how your yacht works, including emergency steering and valve locations?
  • Check the current weather forecast
  • Check engine fluid levels and engine bilge for contamination
  • Check fuel level and glass bowl filter for any contamination
  • Check battery levels and voltages
  • Check bilge pump operation and bilges for fluids
  • Check fresh water levels, filter and pump operation
  • Operate seacocks
  • Check navigation lights and VHF radio
  • Stow loose items
  • Is the LPG bottle turned off?
  • Brief any new crew about using winches, moving around on deck, where safety items are and how to use the head
  • Walk around on deck and check boat hook, anchor, shackles and halyards
  • Start engine and check exhaust water and gear operation before you drop the mooring lines

August tip

Getting enough sleep

You may remember a TV coverage of Bill Turnbull a presenter who was taking part in a sleep deprivation exercise.


He was restricted to 3 hours sleep a day, this 3 hours to be spread out in intervals of no more than 30 minutes at a time.

The obvious outcome was that his abilities were degraded to the extent where the researchers estimate that he could only perform at half his normal level of effectiveness.

As a safety measure he was not even allowed to drive a car during the experiment.

This is exactly what many inexperienced skippers do when they first start to make longer passages. Because they are not confident to leave the vessel in the control of the crew they remain awake during the whole passage.

The result is that they become exhausted and incapable of making safe decisions. This situation is exacerbated if some incident or change causes the passage to take much longer than expected.

Just when clear thinking and observation are required the skipper is at their least effective.

This is the reason the skipper should always be looking for the opportunity to rest and to hand over responsibility to the crew. As part of the passage plan the skipper should have identified when it will be safe to rest, the remainder of the crew need to work around these times.

Ideal times to rest are:

  • When in open water.
  • Clear of shipping.
  • When no weather changes are expected.

Even during these times the skipper will leave a detailed list of when they expect to be called by the duty watch.

Source: http://www.sailtrain.co.uk/skippers_tips 



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