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Mefiante (January 17, 2008, 11:53:57 AM):
We have also made a bit of a fuss over the incursion that LifeWave appears to be making into the South African market, but the ASASA's decision is pending and we don't want to make much of a public noise about it until it's been concluded.
I think it's great that there are people who will do battle on behalf of their fellows against shameless exploiters. However, I fear that the ASASA's role is often limited merely to that of a temporary stopgap because their ambit ends at advertising matters such as specific bogus claims. They don't have the clout to root out the actual problem, e.g. imposing a blanket ban on the sale or distribution of certain discredited products or services. At the same time, I must stress that by no means and not at all am I deriding these efforts – in fact, quite the opposite. I am suggesting that SA needs to grow a set of somewhat bigger, pointier teeth to deal with consumer protection issues.

Anyway, here's where you can read about a case that eventually made it through the ASASA and that was later seized on by newspapers. Would that the media paid closer and more frequent attention to the goings-on at the ASASA and reported thereon.

'Luthon64
Owen Swart (January 17, 2008, 12:11:57 PM):
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However, I fear that the ASASA's role is often limited merely to that of a temporary stopgap because their ambit ends at advertising matters such as specific bogus claims.

Quite right. Their influence is limited, but as far as consumer-protection agencies they seem to be about the best we've got. As long as the woo faction avoid making specific medical claims, and distribute their products through direct and multi-level marketing, they will manage just fine.

At the very least we can try to keep the nonsense out of the above-the-line media where it seems to reach the most ears.
bluegray (March 04, 2008, 23:20:13 PM):
Looks like the people from http://www.scepticsa.com have updated their website. It is now reachable from http://www.skeptic.co.za and http://www.sceptic.co.za and there is now also a forum.
Stop by and show your support.
lordcow (May 08, 2008, 10:45:44 AM):
I would like to list here any groups or organizations active in South Africa. Please provide contact info if you know of anything in your region - or want to start your own ;)

Neo-Socratics (Port Elizabeth)
Freethinking Maties (Stellenbosch)


yo, UCT Atheist and Agnostic Society (Cape Town)

http://aas.uct.ac.za/
http://aas.uct.ac.za/forum/
http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=2363478662
Owen Swart (May 08, 2008, 10:53:32 AM):
The USS Dauntless' website has changed. It's now http://dauntless.region8-sfi.org.

Unfortunately we haven't been able to migrate our old sceptical content across yet, but that should happen in the coming weeks.

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