Saturday, May 19, 2012

Youngster vomiting in the Marais Dam @ Rietvlei (Video)

Yesterday afternoon I decided to visit the bird hide at Marias Dam situated in the Rietvlei Nature Reserve, about 5km’s from where I live. I was hoping to find some peace and tranquillity there… Instead I found a crowd of loud drunken youngsters boozing and partying right next to the bird hide.

I had hardly seated myself inside the hide structure, feeling rather disappointed (da moer-in) with the current state of affairs, when one of the young men stormed inside and started vomiting over the balustrade into the water. My video-camera was on at the time and aimed in the general direction of the ‘intruder’, but I instinctively switched it off, as to not invade the privacy of this poor sick fellow, can you believe it!?!

After about 30 seconds of extreme vomiting had elapsed I realized that it was MY privacy that was being violated here, so I switched the camera back on.

I don’t think the young man even noticed I was there...

Video high definition link is here.

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Although I’m man enough to admit that many of us older folk were also young, reckless and foolish on occasion, long before the time when everyone carried cell phones and/or miniature digital cameras around, no one can deny that the excessive use of alcohol and substance abuse has become a real nasty problem in South Africa. It is also increasingly affecting the lives of people who don’t abuse these substances.

About 65% of murders in South Africa were associated with social behaviour largely fuelled by alcohol abuse. (source)

Alcohol Facts in South Africa:
  • Alcohol is the primary drug of abuse in SA.
  • It’s responsible for nearly half of all motor accidents.
  • Over 30% of our population have an alcohol problem or are at risk of having one.
  • Alcohol affects 17.5 million South Africans.
  • Studies show that people who start drinking before the age of 15 are four times more likely to become alcoholics.
  • 10 million of South Africans who consume alcohol drank the equivalent of 196 six-packs of beer or 62 bottles of spirits which is about 20.1 litres of pure alcohol each person per year.
  • SA has an estimated 182 000 illegal shebeens.
  • 122 out of every 1000 Grade 1 pupils in the Northern Cape town of De Aar have foetal alcohol syndrome - the highest incidence of the syndrome in one population anywhere in the world.
  • In 2008 SANCA reported an increase in 19-20 year old alcoholics. - (Cathy De vos, SANCA)
  • 18-22 years olds are the group of heaviest alcohol abuse. (The Lancet medical journal, 2009)
  • 35% of High schools kids are problem drinkers who drink at least 9 units spirits, 1 liter wine or 2 liters of beer. (Rapport, 11.05.2008)
  •  According to research done in May 2008, 20% of 14 year old boys and nearly half of 17 year old boys drank in the previous month. Girls was a bit lower with 18% of 14 year olds and 35% of 17 year olds in the same period. (CDA)

Sourced from: The Naked Truth

Personally, I think the government’s plans to crackdown on substance abuse has come a tad late. Their planned intentions of banning alcohol advertising, raising the age limit for alcohol consumption from 18 to 21, and closing illegal shebeens will not solve the problem… The problem lies with negligent parenting, and also the fact that we have a pathetic government who doesn’t know how to set an example, and whose only intentions with every so-called “plan” they make is to plunder the State coffers.

- PS:

Although there were no birds (not close-up) to be seen in the Marais Dam bird hide, I did manage to record a large school of barbel fish (catfish) swimming in the immediate vicinity. See the next posting for the video.


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