A Port Alfred company has been granted the liberty to transport and sell sea water to customers in Gauteng.
The company was given the right to do so following the medical purposes which the water serves in some cultures within and outside South Africa.
The company’s Managing director Guy Snyman, confirmed this, saying his company PA Beverages received a letter from the Eastern Cape government granting permission for the operation to go ahead.
Sea water can be a natural drug and medicine. It stimulates our body and promotes the feeling of well-being that surfers very well know, Snyman explained, adding that if all goes well, it will load its first salt water which would be distributed across the country within one month.
“The one machine is a 1 litre. There is a one-litre sachet like a milk sachet. So basically we extract the water. I did a conversion on the machine which adds two table spoons of sand to every sachet because they won’t buy the water if there is no sand in it because they think it’s not genuine sea water.
“The machine does forty-one litre sachets a minute,” Snyman said adding that the water will be pumped from the sea into a container and transported to a nearby factory.
A lot has been said on the health benefit of sea water to humankind. On average, seawater has 3.5 percent of salt (sodium chloride). In other words, for one liter of water, you get 35 grams of salts. And then, small parts of magnesium, sulfate and calcium.
The water is believed to help in slowing down the development of rheumatism, arthritis, circulatory, and postsurgical issues, if combined with exercise.
This new development comes at the time the National Treasury introduced two new medical scheme regulations which will see a limit on the amount of gap covered and hospital cash-back policies you can claim, as well as the discontinuation of all primary healthcare policies.
The two new policies include: Gap Cover and cash-back plans and Primary healthcare policies. This, according to the treasury, is an effort to differentiate between “medical scheme products” and “health insurance”, both of which are regulated by separate Acts causing confusion in the medical arena.
The Gap cover policies will now also be limited to a payout of R150,000 per annum, per client. While the Primary healthcare policies, which is expected to commence by April 1, will provide limited medical service benefits.
However, until new low-cost options are introduced to replace primary healthcare policies in legislation, this regulation may have the opposite effect as many lose their benefits.