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August signifies an important month of recognition and celebration of the contribution women make to history, culture, and society. We believe it's important to reflect on the often underlooked stories of successful and inspirational women of South Africa during this time.

SimsGas would like to specially highlight five willful and courageous ladies that exemplify their chosen careers or passions. We take a look at how they made a difference and how they have pioneered these avenues for other women to excel in.

Lilian Ngoyi

“We have heard of men shaking in their trousers, but whoever heard of a woman shaking in her skirt?”

Hailed as one of the iconic anti-apartheid activists, Lilian Ngoyi’s legacy and struggle to fight for the emancipation of black women in South Africa continues on and beyond the election of 1994.

Referred to as “the mother of the black resistance” Lilian joined the ANC women’s league in 1952 as a widow and mother of two. With tenacity and willingness to see change, she quickly rose ranks becoming the first woman to join the ANC executive committee in 1956, heading the League she joined four years prior.

In August that same year, she led a march alongside Albertina Sisulu and Helen Joseph, accompanied by some 20,000 women, to steps of the Pretoria Government building in protest against passes women had to carry as part of the draconian pass laws. Lillian was quickly arrested after the march and spent 71 days in solitary confinement and a further 15 years being confined to her home in Orlando, Soweto.

Ngoyi was an excellent speaker and was known for her fiery zeal to many of her ANC colleagues. This crucial historical event is the reason we choose the month of August to celebrate women in South Africa.

 

Helen Suzman

“It's not my questions that embarrass South Africa, Mr Speaker, it is our answers...”

Known for having one of the most courageous political careers in History, Helen Suzman was a political anti-apartheid activist and career politician. Joining the white only National Assembly in 1953 as the Houghton house representative, Helen was the focal point of a succession of liberal to left-leaning opposition parties to the controlling National Party. 

In 1959, and at the height of the apartheid era, she founded the Progressive Party which eventually amalgamated with other white anti-apartheid parties and is where the modern Democratic Alliance party finds its roots.

For 13 years of her career as a house representative, Helen remained the only unashamed and consistent voice in parliament to wholeheartedly oppose any apartheid legislation. During this time, she posed 2262 questions to the house and made 885 impassioned speeches. Her struggle was the very real yet silent one from within.

She was accused by many of her fellow house members of embarrassing South Africa overseas and suffered both misogynistic and anti-semitic abuse as a result of her steadfastness. Suzman was also accused of planning Prime Minister Verwoerd’s assassination by the then defence minister to which she later received a full apology.

 

Devi Sankaree Govender


“Whistle-blowers trust us with their lives, and through them, we are able to shine a light in all those dark corners.”

Most notably defined by her role on Mnet’s flagship magazine and actuality program, Carte Blanche. Devi Sankaree Govender is an award-winning internationally renowned investigative journalist known for her direct questions and unwavering willingness to get to the bottom of a story.

Born in Umzinto on the South Coast of KZN, Devi, began her career in journalism as a freelancer for SABC Radio. Destined for greater things, she quickly moved up from presenting music shows and reading the news to becoming the talk show host of the Lotus FM where she remained for seven years. It was here that Devi’s notable straightforward approach to sensitive and controversial issues began to truly shine.

Devi’s first break out from radio to television began in 1996 as a freelance community presenter for then SABC 1’s Eastern Mosaic and in 1998 started her successful 16-year running column in the Sunday Times. Eventually, Devi would make her career-defining move to join the team at Carte Blanche in 2002.

It was here she attained some of her most notable memories from hard-hitting stories such as deep-rooted corruption in government institutions, the health crisis in the Eastern Cape, and the Oscar Pistorius trial. Devi has also had more casual and interesting interviews with the likes of Nobel Prize laureates to superstars such as Lionel Richie and Quincy Jones.

 

Dr Pregaluxmi (Pregs) Govender


“It is time to use all the power we have, wherever we are, to assert women’s rights as human rights.”

Dr Pregaluxmi Govender, also known as Pregs Govender, is a human rights and feminist activist most well recognised for her efforts in instituting the Women’s Budget which had felt impacts of global nature. 

Pregs served as a Member of Parliament between 1996 and 2002 and chaired the women’s committee. During her tenure, she cosigned several bills which established important frameworks to gender equality such as the National Gender Machinery and Empowerment policies.

She was also instrumental in the framing of important legislative priorities such as the Domestic Violence Act, the Customary Marriages Act, and Child Maintenance Act as well as labour laws for the advancement of women’s rights in the workplace.

Despite her commitment to her party's legacy, Govender had reservations about the direction in which the economy was ultimately heading. At the likely cost of her political career, but to keep her principles intact, she declined an invitation to chair the committee which was primed to undermine her stances.

After her tenure in parliament, her pro-choice stance on abortion and her impassioned speeches have elevated women’s rights to adequate healthcare.

 

Professor Thulisile (Thuli) Madonsela

“It’s vital that every girl determines, as early as possible, who she is and what her contribution to humanity will be.”

Best known for her staunch role as South Africa’s Public Protector, Prof. Thuli Madonsela is a South African Professor of Law, Advocate, and co-architect of the South African Constitution. She now holds a key role as chair of social justice at Stellenbosch University

Born in 1962 and growing up as the daughter of two informal traders, Thuli had to meet a lifetime’s worth of adversity before finally achieving her LLB in law in 1990. This was after much of the 80s working of trade unions trying to fight for workers safety and equality rights. After the 1994 election, Thuli refused multiple offers to serve as an MP for their party. Further invitations were promptly ignored.

Spending most of her life fighting for her principles and the right of law, she has championed a variety of principles such as good governance, rule of law, ethics, and social justice. Thuli has been described as a South African symbol of both justice and courage and hailed as a heroine who uses her remarkable powers to do only what is good.

 

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It's a well-known fact that Liquid Petroleum Gas is an inexpensive option for heating your home and for powering all your cooking needs. LPG still remains the most common form of gas used in South Africa, but despite the cost benefits, LPG has other advantages that make it the preferred option for modern use.

 

How LPG is better than natural gas.

As mentioned above, cost-savings associated with LPG has made it a cheaper alternative to running your home solely off the grid. But various other benefits now make Liquid Petroleum Gas the natural option among South African buyers.

  • LPG is portable, delivered via easy to install gas canisters.
  • LPG is easy to utilise with an on and off initiation which is immediate and responsive. It offers better heat regulation when you cook
  • Compared to other cooking gasses, LPG radiates less heat. Meaning your kitchen wont sore up to extreme temperatures on hot and humid days.
  • Out of all existing fossil fuels, LPG generates the lowest carbon emissions with minimal greenhouse effects. Cooking with LPG could bring your emissions down by almost 70%.

 

How it’s cheaper

LPG brings the overall costs way below that of other gas alternatives (such as natural gas) that seem inexpensive on face value. Although natural gas is in its infancy in South Africa, and although the gas itself is cheaper, the cost of upkeep brings average pricing way above that of LPG.

Natural Gas requires access to both a metered pipeline, and an external reserve. Should you live in an area that provides access, daily supply charges are billed based on a consumption meter so you’re paying for it even when not in use. The service itself is estimated to cost an average daily charge of R17 to R30. Not much, but when tallied up to yearly costs, you’re paying over R6000 for the service alone.

Add the gas to that, and the cost goes to over R8000 despite the savings you think you're making on the gas itself. LPG doesn’t have this issue because you're buying portable and reusable gas canisters without waste or monthly charges and tariffs.

 

Purchase LPG through SimsGas

Contact SimsGas and start enjoying the benefits of efficient, sustainable, and cost-saving on LPG Gas today.

At SimsGas we pride ourselves on our commitment to our customers. Through continued investments we make in our staff and our business, we can be confident when maintaining and improving our business practices. We strive to be viewed not only as suppliers of LPG but as a business partner for energy.

 

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Everyone knows that a wood fireplace needs regular and constant cleaning, but did you know that your Gas fireplace also needs some routine TLC? That's right! You need to keep these appliances clean and well maintained for your health and safety.

Before even attempting to clean your gas fireplace be sure that both your gas and pilot lights are turned off. Also, make sure that the fireplace is cool or at room temperature and ALWAYS consult your owners’ manual before following third-party tips.

Our helpful rules are meant to supplement but not replace your manual!

 

Rule One: Clean the glass exterior

Most typical gas fireplace doors are designed for easy removal. Be sure to follow your owners’ guide when dismantling anything. Once removed, place it on a newspaper or old material to protect your flooring. Wipe gently but firmly with a lint-free cloth using a household general-purpose window cleaner.

Clean off stubborn spots with a fireplace cleanser or a ceramic cook-top cleaner and rinse off the residue with a second damp cloth. Once cleaned, dry off your glass with a roller towel. This helps prevent water residue smudges that come from regular cloth. Wait 30 minutes, then reassemble the fireplace as per manual.

 

Rule Two: Clean out interior

For this next part, you’ll need to use a vacuum appliance with a wand attachment. Carefully vacuum dust, soot, and other debris from the gas fireplace interior.

If you have lava rocks integrated into your display then consider using a filter like a cheesecloth or an old stocking over the nozzle with an elastic band.

 

Rule Three: Clean your logs

Yes, gas fireplaces also have logs. But these serve more for aesthetic function than regular logs which are good news for you! The gas log sets don’t need too much cleaning. However, enough build-up of soot can lead to discolouration so follow the manual on how to remove them before cleaning.

Once safely removed, take outside and gently remove with a paintbrush that has soft bristles. Be sure to avoid washing or wiping logs with a damp cloth. You may damage the finish. DO NOT spray any cleaning solution onto your logs and be sure to only contact a certified technician when attempting to clean VENT-FREE logs.

 

Rule Four: Replace batteries

Be sure to always replace your gas fireplace remote batteries every two years. Should the event occur that you need to quickly turn off your fireplace you’ll be happy with the knowledge that the remotes are at least fully charged.

 

Rule Five: Carry out inspections

You might be able to properly maintain your gas fireplace with relative ease but it's also important to have them checked regularly. Be sure to have certified technicians check both your fireplace and chimney and then give the all-clear.

Vent-free fireplaces have no chimneys, but as stated above, will also need a qualified technician to come through and check.

A good annual check-up ensures that your appliances are in working order and that your family remains safe and secure.

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When getting a gas-powered appliance installed, it’s important to get it done by a professional you can trust to have the best chance to minimise future disasters. This is why using a certified technician is vital. Should a gas leak spring and it's found out by insurance that you cut corners, you could end up with your claim rejected.

Here are some of the ways improper installations and half-completed jobs can affect your home.

  • A slow and steady gas leak causes damage to surrounding appliances or other fixtures of the home.
  • The gas leak is caused by an ageing appliance that you’ve failed to keep up with routine maintenance.
  • A gas leak can occur due to a connection issue in an appliance that was improperly installed.
  • The gas leak occurs due to damage to an appliance struck by a natural disaster that is not covered (e.g., flood, earthquake, or mudslide).

 

Be smart - follow safety protocols

Most, if not all, gas installations require proper certification. From gas hot water systems to stoves and ovens, you are covered as long as you adhere to these guidelines.

If you are using gas in any of these ways then you will need to make sure that your chosen technician has a Certificate of Conformity. This regulation is stipulated by the Occupational Health and Safety Act.

All gas installations need to be carried out on a smooth and flat surface with your gas bottles safely and securely locked in a cage. This is one of the most important things to do to ensure compliance with your insurance policy.

Always be aware of your gas appliances and take necessary precautions to ensure that they are regularly turned off when not in use and that all of your gas bottles are safely and legally stored in a secure place.

 

Safety Guidelines for proper installations

A certified and professional technician will already have these points memorised. However, these are also important for homeowners to take note of. Be aware that gas installations have to adhere to the following guidelines.

  • 1m sideways from doors and windows.
  • 1m from the property boundary wall.
  • 1.5m from any light bulb.
  • 2m from drains and air vents.
  • 3m below windows.
  • 5m sideways from a switchable electric point or plug switch.

 

The savvy homeowner’s queries

Are you unsure about gas safety and certification but still want the job done right? Consider asking these questions.

  • Are your gas systems and appliances annually checked by a certified technician? If not, you could be at risk of owning appliances that could void your policy.
  • Are you properly insured against all forms of fire damage?
  • Should significant damage be done to your property due to a gas leak, is your home properly covered for the cost of demolition? Such events can be dire in terms of personal cost and not all insurers automatically include these in their clause.
  • Should the damage be severe enough that you need to move to temporary lodging, does your insurer cover the costs?


Keep up with the routine maintenance, too. You as the homeowner are considered responsible for maintaining the safe working order of appliances in your home.

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Do not worry, as experts in the field of LPG, Sims Gas will guide you through this pretty simple process. Not only that, but we will give you some tips on how to check for gas leaks and the proper way to refill. All you need to do is read on ahead and we will do the rest!

 

What to look out for

This tried and true test is pretty simple to conduct but not too obvious from the outset so don’t feel bad if you have never considered this!

First things first, boil up some water and pour it down one side of the gas bottle. This will allow for a line of condensation to appear on the outside of the bottle. With the power of the sense of touch, run your hand along the surface and you will note a distinct change of temperature where the gas level sits.

Where there is no gas, the surface will be hotter, and where the gas line starts, the surface should be much cooler, if you feel no difference at all then, Congratulations - You’ve got an empty gas bottle!

 

What if my gas bottle is leaking?

Good question! We find that most gas leaks occur from defects within the lining of the rubber tubes, a faulty regulator, or damage incurred from mishandled gas bottles. Generally speaking, you will know when you have a gas leak thanks to the distinctive smell you will pick up. 

Did you know that gas is odourless? That’s right! The smell you pick up is an additional additive put in for your safety so act quickly when you smell gas lingering around. LGP is colourless, non-toxic, but also very hard to detect without additional awareness of its properties.

 

My Gas Bottle is empty, can I refill it myself?

We tend to recommend against trying to DIY a gas refill unless you are a certified gas whiz like our employees at Sims Gas.

Because gas cylinders are highly pressurised, if you tried to remove or refill the gas yourself without any expertise then you could cause yourself some serious harm or worse! When your gas bottle is empty, return it to us at Sims Gas and our expert team will gladly refill and exchange your bottle safely.

 

For emergencies, contact:
Emergency - Ambulance (10177)
Emergency - Cell phone (112)
Emergency - National (10111)

We Deliver Diesel to your home or business!
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Head Office

6 Power Drive,
Prospecton 4110
Tel: 031 902 6533
Fax: 031 902 5376
Email: sales@simsbp.co.za

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Clairwood 4061, Durban
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Stanger 4450
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: 032 551 2055
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Tel: 039 685 5030
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