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What are the penalties for drunk driving in South Africa?

What are the penalties for drunk driving in South Africa?

Alcohol abuse plays a role in more than 60% of road deaths in South Africa.  Strict new proposals to try and curb drunk driving are being put forward to the Department of Justice. But what are the penalties now in force?

Legal alcohol limit

As the law currently stands (Section 65 of the National Road Traffic Act 93 of 1998), the legal limit for driving must be less than 0.05g of alcohol per 100ml of blood. In a br...



How much can you drink and still drive?

How much can you drink and still drive?

The legal blood alcohol limit in South Africa is 0.05g of alcohol per 100ml of blood.  Put differently, it is the equivalent of 0.24mg alcohol per 1000ml of breath.  What exactly does this mean to you?

In an ideal world, nobody who has had anything to drink will get behind the steering wheel of a car. But we don't live in an ideal world.

Alcohol the main cause of road fatalities



How long do you have to wait after drinking before driving?

How long do you have to wait after drinking before driving?

You are at a party, and you have had a few drinks. How long does it take for you to be sober enough to drive?

There are several things to consider here:



Can you go to jail for driving drunk?

Can you go to jail for driving drunk?

YES - you can definitely go to jail for drunk driving.  And it could be for a lot longer than one night.

If you are arrested for drunk driving, you will spend at least one night in a police cell. In certain cases, such as in the case of repeat offenders, you could be looking at six years behind bars. Or 25 years, if your charge is changed to murder.

Schedule 2 offence

Currently, the Road Traffic Management ...



Declutter your home for peace of mind

Declutter your home for peace of mind

Ever looked around yourself and felt a wave of stress and anxiety about all the ‘stuff’ around you? And then – mentally exhausted, or defeated? 

Well, truth is that there is an undeniable link between ‘clutter’ and your state of mind. Specifically, the obvious connection between feeling ‘stressed’ when your environment appears to have spun out of control. 

Definition of clutter 

‘Emotional clutter’ - rubble that hinders an intentional life

‘Emotional clutter’ - rubble that hinders an intentional life0


How to tenderise meat with lemon juice

How to tenderise meat with lemon juice

Lighting a braai? Make your meal as healthy as possible by using lemon juice to tenderise your meat.

Humans have been cooking meat over open fires since ancient times and, today, braaiing is still as popular as ever.

In recent years, however, research has shown that exposing meat to high temperatures and cooking foods for prolonged periods over the coals may generate cancer-causing substances called heterocyclic amines (HCAs) and polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs).

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How healthy is it to eat smoked and processed meat?

How healthy is it to eat smoked and processed meat?

Preserving meat with smoke adds flavour and rich colour. But eating smoked or processed meat too regularly can come at a price.

If you love tucking into bacon, kassler chops and smoked chorizo sausages, you’re probably well acquainted with the wonderful flavours that smoking can impart to meat.

But, as with all high-fat, high-salt and cured meats, smoke-cured meat should be eaten in moderation. 

“Smoke is composed of many wonderful compounds,...



Healthy grilling tips

Healthy grilling tips

Braaiing or switching on the grill to cook your food quickly at a high temperature? Follow these simple steps to keep your meal as healthy as possible.

Cooking makes food more appealing, easier to digest and, quite often, healthier.



How healthy is your braai?

How healthy is your braai?

Most South Africans don’t need much of an excuse to light a fire. But when last did you consider what your Saturday-night braai could be doing to your health?

 



The hidden dangers of diarrhoea

The hidden dangers of diarrhoea

Getting diarrhoea is nothing unusual, but if left untreated, it could be life-threatening.

Everyone gets diarrhoea or loose stools from time to time. It's just human. Mostly it clears up by itself within two to three days with the help of some over-the-counter medication.  But when does it become dangerous?

Diarrhoea c...



Save your gut – save your life

Save your gut – save your life

It's not just an army that marches on its stomach – you do as well. And gut health affects so many more aspects of your life than most people think.

Millions and millions of fungi and bacteria and other organisms live inside your gut – in your intestines and your colon. Yes, it's a bit creepy to think about it, but without them you wouldn't survive very long as these good bacteria truly are responsible for making your body work. ...



Foods that feed a healthy gut

Foods that feed a healthy gut

Whether you have a digestive disorder or not, keeping your digestive tract healthy is one of the most important things you can do for your body.

If your gut works efficiently, your body will get its energy from the food you eat. And not just energy – it also helps the immune system fight off disease and keeps other important processes going, such as blood clotting, the fighting off of inflammation, cell division and heart contractions....



The connection between your gut and your brain

The connection between your gut and your brain0