Traffic Circle Usage

This article was posted in January 2016, on this site.

It bears repeating, especially now that we have 3 traffic circles.

“This; https://arrivealive.co.za/Driving-around-Traffic-Circle-Roundabout is a link to the Arrive Alive website, and in particular the page dealing with the use of traffic circles (roundabouts).

The three circles in Musina on the N1 outside the Musina Mall show frequent lack of knowledge of these rules. The driving schools and examiners in Musina must ensure that all students/ candidates know exactly how to use the circles.

Of particular concern is the current practice by taxi drivers to stop either in the approach to the circle, or, believe it or not, in the circle itself for passengers to alight or enter. Many drivers, and here, I have seen police, army and traffic police vehicles do this when approaching town from the north and encounter the circle opposite the N1 Business Centre, don’t bother to keep left around the circle, but take a short-cut around the right-hand side of it!

I’m not sure where all of the Traffic Wardens are, who were all over town prior to the festive season, but a few should be detailed at each of the circles to deal with transgressors.”

It’s Better to Work Out With Other People Than by Yourself

At a time when numbers at my spinning classes are dwindling, I’m very pleased to have found this article.

“virtues of fitness classes go far beyond working up a sweat”

Exercise is great for mental health; Research has shown that it can lower stress, improve mood and even decrease symptoms of depression and anxiety. But new research finds that a group exercise class may be even better for your mental wellbeing than a solo sweat session.

A small study published in the Journal of the American Osteopathic Association found that people who took group exercise classes reported less stress and more physical, emotional and mental health benefits than those who exercised alone or did not hit the gym at all, suggesting that a social atmosphere may compound the already numerous benefits of physical activity.

At the University of New England College of Osteopathic Medicine, 69 people in their first or second year of medical school—typically a very stressful time—were recruited for the study. One group of students did at least one 30-minute core training class together each week; another exercised alone or with one or two other people at least twice a week; and a third didn’t engage in any physical activity beyond walking or biking for transportation. Students were allowed to choose their own group.

The students took surveys about their stress levels every four weeks and periodically filled out additional surveys about their physical, emotional and mental wellbeing. After 12 weeks, the researchers determined that those taking the group core training class were seeing the best results.

The study has some limitations. It’s possible that people who chose the core training group already knew they liked group exercise, and thus saw benefits. But the research suggests that the virtues of fitness classes go far beyond working up a sweat. In addition to a community vibe, the researchers note that the music and choreography used in group classes may boost mood.

If you want to read the entire article and see a short video, click this link; http://www.health.com/fitness/group-fitness-classes-mental-health?utm_source=time.com&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=the-brief&utm_content=2017110111am&xid=newsletter-brief

MTD Smelter Smoke Stack

This sequence of photos was taken just before, during and after the implosion of the smoke stack from the old MTD smelter. Just as the head gear which still remains standing is an iconic symbol of Musina, so, too was the smokestack, back then. It even features in the Messina Primary School badge, to the left of the baobab.

The actual planning, setting of the explosives and initiation of the implosion were carried out by a number of worthies from the copper mine. I recall John Twidale, Peewee Huygen and Sam Dickson being involved. No doubt there were others.

Counting down 10, 9, 8, 7…….
Detonation. Note the electric discharge to the right, caused by the explosion
The aftermath, all fall down.

Interestingly, the bricks were custom-made by Kirkness Brickworks, in Pretoria, to give the correct circumference and taper to the smokestack. The bricks are curved, as can be seen below.

Traffic Circle Useage

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This; https://arrivealive.co.za/Driving-around-Traffic-Circle-Roundabout is a link to the Arrive Alive website, in particular, the page dealing with the use of traffic circles (roundabouts).

The two circles in Musina on the N1 outside the Great North Road Plaza show frequent lack of knowledge of these rules. The driving examiners in Musina must ensure that all candidates know exactly how to use the circles.

Of particular concern is the current practice by taxi drivers to stop either in the approach to the circle, or, believe it or not, in the circle itself for passengers to alight or enter.

I’m not sure where all of the Traffic Wardens are, who were all over town prior to the festive season, but a few should be detailed at each of the two circles to deal with transgressors.