Joshua Naicker (22 months old) from Midrand, Johannesburg, was born at only 33 weeks old with challenging circumstances. The circumference of his head measured 45 cm, a length greater than his body, due to tremendous fluid on his brain. Proud parents, Phillecia (29) and Bradley (36) were elated to welcome their first born into the world after 5 years of marriage and with uncomplicated family medical history, they could not have anticipated the difficult road ahead. Baby Joshua was diagnosed with congenital Hydrocephalus, more commonly known as “water on the brain”. This relentless and incurable disease currently affects 1 in every 500 babies globally. At only 10 days old Joshua had already undergone his first brain surgery and spent the first two months of his life in Neonatal ICU, where he received a number of plasma blood transfusions to compensate for hemorrhaging large amounts of blood. He has since been fitted with a shunt (a thin piece of plastic tubing with a catheter), which drains the fluid from his brain to his stomach As a result of this rare disease Joshua has developed a number of serious conditions namely Cerebral Palsy (Hemiplegia), severe Cortical Visual Impairment, Hip Dysplasia, Epilepsy, Chiari Malformation, Scoliosis, missing Septum Pellucid, global developmental delay and hypertonia. “He has had a total of 5 operations in his short existence, 3 of them being brain surgeries, uncountable hours of therapy and doctors appointments. His daily activities are so challenging and he cannot perform any tasks independently such as sitting, standing, crawling, playing, eating or drinking.” – says Bradley. Despite his challenging circumstances, Bradley is described as a bubbly child, who loves affection. “He has the most beautiful smile, a smile that can capture anyone's heart. He exudes love and happiness. He has the true heart of a warrior.” – says Phillecia “He has come such a long way and is getting very close to sitting and crawling . . .
Father’s Day culinary escape to Grande Provence - Sunday, June 17 2018 at The Restaurant at Grande Provence, Franschhoek Surprise your dad with a culinary escape to Grande Provence for Father’s Day lunch in the heart of the Franschhoek winelands on Sunday, 17 June or make a weekend of it if you really want to spoil him. Executive Chef Guy Bennett has created a delicious three course lunch menu at R400 per person that includes a special gift for dad. All dads visiting Grande Provence on Father’s Day will be treated to a complimentary Angels Tears Le Chocolat Pinotage and biltong tasting. With the Grande Provence Winter Heartland dinner, bed and breakfast offer, the whole family can enjoy a stay at the Owner’s Cottage or hide away in the secluded La Provençale at special winter rates. For the ultimate culinary indulgence, the 3-course Father’s Day menu includes a choice of Saldanha Oysters or steak tartare for starters. The choice for hearty mains is between Chef Guy’s famous slow roasted pork belly with sticky lentil ragout; or his beef short rib with white bean cassoulet. The decadent dessert of Valrhona eclairs, honey crème, macadamia crunch, winter fruit and rooibos gelato, is sure to satisfy your dad’s sweet tooth. The cost of the Father’s Day lunch is R400 per person. Pre-paid booking is essential to confirm your reservation. Email email@example.com or call Tel: 021-876 8600. For more information, visit www.grandeprovence.co.za. CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .
[Fourways, Johannesburg, May 26] The much-anticipated next edition of the Hello World series, by Dr Diana Du Plessis is launching on Saturday, 26 May in Fourways. Dr Diana Du Plessis and her co-authors; Aneke Grobler and Slava De Gouveia will be launching their new title, Hello Word: Watch Me Eat on Saturday, 26 May 2018, 6:00pm, at the beautiful Carmella’s, Cedar Square. Being a parent can be one of the most rewarding and fulfilling experiences of your life, but that doesn't mean it's easy. The definition of a good parent is normally found on various websites (and on Facebook). You need to know how to make your children feel valued, respected and loved, teach them the difference between right and wrong; hug, kiss and discipline. This is all true, but if you exclude the powerful importance of a healthy lifestyle, an important element of parenting is ignored. Television is powerful, and some of the reality programs, like the Biggest Loser, have shown us that weight problems start early in life, in childhood. It’s a complex issue. The causes are varied and include personal, social and psychological issues and unhealthy lifestyle choices. Childhood malnutrition starts early in life, with the first two years being the most vulnerable period. In South Africa, both under-and over-nutrition exist, and at national level, more than half of us females are either overweight or obese; and we are the persons responsible to cook for the family. The book, Hello World: Watch Me Eat, comes at a time when obesity, and childhood obesity is attracting considerable attention. The valuable input of a respected dietician, Slava de Gouveia makes this book particularly valuable for all new moms. This book is not intended for deep scientific discourse; it is a mother-friendly book conveying the essential message of proper nutrition for the family. Learnt at an early age, healthy eating advice will set children up for a life of proper eating and nutrition, almost . . .
A formidable quintet comprising of some of Cape Town;’s finest young musicians, Featuring Clement Benny on drums, Nicholas Williams on bass, Reza Khota on guitar, Mandla Mlangeni on trumpet and Mark Fransman on saxophone. "Led by trumpeter Mandla Mlangeni, this alliance of young South African musicians delves into the country’s syncretic cultural heritage- then ventures beyond. You hear Balkan for, American funk, West African high life, South African jazz. Most of all you hear bristling improvisers dancing together, modelling a kind of thoughtful communion “ New York Times” The NY Times also says : “This unit has performed the 18th annual Cape Town Jazz Festival and avoids the most common pitfalls in South African jazz; Its not beholden to sunny Cape Town traditionalism and it doesn’t emulate any specific form of American Jazz” CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .
The idea of writing exams rarely brings about emotions of excitement and happy anticipation! In fact, feelings of anxiety, panic and outright fear are what most parents and learners experience when exam time comes knocking at their door! Cindy Glass, Director and Co-founder of Step Up Education Centres says “Generation after generation, people have passed on the baton of fear, anxiety and dread when it comes to exams. The stories are familiar to us all: • You can fail! • You may ‘go blank’! • There is just too much work to remember. • You are writing exams for the first time-good luck with THAT! The list is frightening and seemingly endless and yet, it does not need to be this at all. Cindy gives these simple tips to consider that will help ensure that the upcoming exams are a healthy and more positive experience for your children. 1. As parents, YOU are your child’s first teacher. You set the tone in your home. Be mindful of not allowing your past fears of exams to influence how you encourage your child now. Embrace exams as an opportunity to learn and grow. Create an atmosphere of excited anticipation, especially if your child will be writing exams for the first time. 2. Get organised! Have a designated area for your child to study. The study area is a no-go zone for cellphones or any other distractions. Before a study session, decide what needs to be covered and how much time is needed. Make sure that all stationery, learning materials and an exam pad are available before the study session begins. 3. Break the exam requirements into bite-size manageable pieces. Tick off completed sections as you go. Celebrate all positive progress. 4. Encourage children to put pencil-to-paper when studying. Learners are seven times more likely to remember new information when they write while studying. 5. Set realistic, achievable goals. Write down goals and put them up on the wall at study area. 6. Cover all the ‘easy-mark’ concepts and skills first. Tackle the . . .
As winter approaches in the Cape of Good Hope, Franschhoek’s La Petite Ferme is warming up to a grand season of gastronomic celebrations. Winemaker Wikus Pretorius, together with La Petite Ferme’s brigade of enthusiastic chefs have this year masterminded a collaborative “Chefs and the Vine” series from May through to August. ON 28 JUNE, IT’S THE TURN OF BARREL FERMENTED CHARDONNAY - a bold grape that continues to surprise and delight in all its different guises. Each soirée is presented by Wikus and includes a tutored pre-dinner tasting of handcrafted wines from La Petite Ferme’s cellar and compared with others from nearby terroirs as well as from afar, making for fascinating discourse. All the wines on each evening will be the same cultivar, providing a rare opportunity to compare different expressions and the effect of terroirs and winemaking techniques. The La Petite Ferme Chefs and the Vine evenings including a four-course deluxe menu are each priced at R750 per person, commencing with canapés and Méthode Cap Classique wines from 18h30. Upcoming La Petite Ferme Chefs and the Vine series dates: 26 July (Cabernet Sauvignon) and 23 August (Red blends) Reservations have been limited to ensure an intimate, personal and premium experience. Bookings are essential and early reservations recommended. To reserve your table for the “La Petite Ferme Chefs and the Vine” series, email firstname.lastname@example.org or contact Marinda Armstrong at (27) (21) 876 3016. Why not stay the night and ensconce yourself deeper into Franschhoek? For accommodation enquiries, go online via www.lapetiteferme.co.za For up to date news from La Petite Ferme follow the team via Facebook: La-Petite-Ferme-Franschhoek, Twitter: @la_petiteferme and Instagram: @la_petiteferme. #LoveLaPetite Please click on this link for access to the full press release and a selection of images: https://bit.ly/2pfzyWP CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .
In a superbly contested final, Kingsridge edged Queenstown rivals Girls' High to win the East London Inland leg of the SPAR Eastern Cape Schoolgirls Hockey Challenge in King William's Town on Sunday. This makes it a hat-trick of titles for the King outfit and they will again represent the region in the provincial finals to be played at Woodridge, near Port Elizabeth, on August 11. Tournament director Bev Forword said it was another wonderful family day of hockey and fun "all made possible by SPAR". "Nine teams took part from as far afield as Aliwal North, Bedford and Burgersdorp," she said. "For some of these schools it is the only tournament they participate in during the hockey season and they certainly enjoyed the festivities. "There was live music, spot prizes, plenty of food and lots of exciting hockey." In the preliminary stage, Kingsridge topped pool A, with Aliwal North the runners-up, while Queenstown Girls' High headed pool B, with Burgersdorp second. "In a super final, Kingsridge narrowly shaded Queenstown Girls' High 1-0," said Forword. "The play-off for third and fourth spot saw Aliwal North come out tops against Burgersdorp, also 1-0." Kingsridge coach Mark Taljaard said they were delighted at winning again, but were also thrilled at the massive support the tournament received from the local community. "I think the people of King and the supporters of schools like Kingsridge, De Vos Malan and St Christopher's were fantastic in the way they got behind the event," he said. "The final was extremely well contested, much like our recent derby, which we also won 1-0. "Queenstown put a lot of pressure on us at the start, but we were eventually able to get the winning goal through Charmone' Theron from a penalty corner." SPAR Eastern Cape sponsorship and events manager Alan Stapleton said this tournament had a "special feel about it". "It was really great to see schools like Burgersdorp, Aliwal North and Templeton, who . . .
With the continued and ever-increasing focus on the environment and the demand for sustainability around the world, green event and conference planning has become an established trend within the global tourism and convention industry. Conferences and events have a fundamental impact on the communities and the environment where they are hosted - some good, some bad. Whilst a boost to the local economy is welcomed, an influx of people can overwhelm local infrastructure or leave behind a significant amount of waste, environmental degradation, water and energy consumption, air pollution and habitat destruction to name a few. Events can also generate a huge amount of greenhouse gas emissions, leaving behind a big carbon footprint – so what is the right way to address sustainability? ‘Event greening’ or ‘sustainable event management’ applies environmentally preferred practices that minimise the environmental burdens to all related activities like venue selection, accommodation, travel, catering, waste management, resources and suppliers, and energy. The Venue Probably the most important step towards implementing a green event is the choice of venue which will determine the overall environmental impacts of the event, such as energy and water used and the waste generated by delegates and catering operations. Selecting venues that have obtained environmental certification provides assurance that the environmental impact of the event will also be reduced. Andre Harms, a sustainability engineer and founder of Ecolution Consulting, says that travellers and conference delegates are becoming more and more attuned to green accommodation and actively look for hotels that are operated sustainably. Harms was an integral part of the building of Africa’s greenest hotel, Hotel Verde Cape Town, and has just completed work on Hotel Verde Zanzibar, East Africa’s greenest hotel, who opened their first phase on 21 March. He continues to assist on all projects for Verde Hotels, . . .
The Soweto Sex & Wellness Expo 2018 has been postponed to 8 & 9 September 2018, after originally being scheduled for 26 & 27 May 2018. The reason, however, is a happy one. According to a spokesperson for the organisers, Gabriel Ramokotjo, “The ticket sales have exceeded the capacity of the original venue. Therefore, in the interests of visitor comfort, we have decided to postpone the event to Spring once we have secured a bigger venue.” The original venue was Makubenjalo Pub & Restaurant, Diepkloof Zone 2. “It is hugely important to us that Soweto experiences a world-class event. After years of neglect, Sowetans deserve the very best, whether it’s access to services or sexpos,” explained Mr Ramokotjo. The new Spring date selected for the 2018 event promises to deliver the best experience to expo attendees. Admission tickets should be kept for later use and attendees should keep an eye out on further updates across the news media and on the Sexpo’s social media platforms. The organisers apologise for any inconvenience the date change may have caused. Refunds may be requested, should the date change make it impossible for some visitors for attend. For more information, please email email@example.com. CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .
The Baby Show comes to South Africa - Destined to be South Africa’s market-leading pregnancy, baby and parenting event of the year. The UK’s number one parenting event brand, The Baby Show & #MeetUp, will launch at the prestigious and elegant Kyalami International Convention Centre in Gauteng, to be held 28 to 30 September 2018. In collaboration with leading industry expert, Meg Faure, and announcing a headline sponsorship with Pampers, this market-leading live event platform will provide dedicated seminars, features and world-class facilities aimed at parents-to-be, and parents with children aged 0-4. In the spirit of modern parenting, the extended family and supportive friends are all invited, with the focus being to learn, prepare, test and try together before you buy - “Everything you need for bump, baby and you” “A tried and tested model running for 16 years, The Baby Show UK serves over 70,000 families annually, mainly first time parents who have a necessity to seek out essential products and services alongside leading experts, in an environment that is hassle free, baby friendly and empathetic to ensure a great family day out for all involved” said Nicole Muller, Portfolio Director for Clarion Events. “We are looking forward to offering the same life changing experience to new and expectant parents here in South Africa,” she continues. “We are delighted to be joining forces in our inaugural year with SA’s No 1 baby expert Meg Faure, and working at a headline level with the world’s leading baby brand, Pampers.” “Pampers remains committed to the happy and healthy development of all South African babies. We are very happy to a part of The Baby Show which is packed with unique content and features for all mums and babies” said Michael Simpson, Brand Manager, Pampers. “This platform gives us an additional opportunity to showcase the superior quality and benefits of our Pampers nappies as the No. 1 Choice of Paediatricians in South Africa. We’re . . .