Coca-Cola Beverages South Africa (CCBSA) Mahikeng. Ikamva Mahikeng branch located at Danville Secondary school recently held their annual Open Matric Day for the Class of 2018 on the 13th of January 2018. CCBSA is committed to supporting the education of our youth hence we have been in partnership with IkamvaYouth in five provinces to offer disadvantaged youth a brighter future. They provide free after-school tutoring, career guidance, mentoring, computer literacy training and extra-curricular activities. In our district, the Ikamva Mahikeng Branch has done very well with their Class of 2017 matrics achieving a 74% pass, with 29% attaining bachelor passes and 26% with diploma passes! CCBSA has also been providing non-monetary support through trips to our manufacturing plants and providing mentorship programmes. North West District, Area Manager, Tsebo Tilo present in the day’s proceedings encouraged learners to work hard in their matric journey and use this opportunity to ensure a better life for themselves. The aspiring matriculants were given motivational talks by other speakers at the event to encourage them as they prepare for their 2018 matric journey. Furthermore, the CCBSA team including Soul Ambassadors had an opportunity to meet with the hardworking Ikamva volunteers who are responsible for tutoring these learners. The next Open day will be held at the IkamvaYouth Ikageng branch in Potchefstroom on the 20th of January. CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .
Johannesburg boasts a splendidly mild climate, neither humid nor too hot. With the warmer months comes the rainy season. Rainstorms are often harsh and are accompanied by much thunder, lightning and occasional hail. This, in turn, leads to the excessive growth of grass, falling of leaves and at times the snapping of trees. In anticipation of the effects of the weather change and the peak summer season, Johannesburg City Parks and Zoo is going the extra mile to ensure it can deliver horticultural and conservation services in the City of Joburg. At least 52 accredited contractors have been brought on board to assist. Says Jenny Moodley, spokesperson for Johannesburg City Parks and Zoo: “We encourage Joburg residents to visit our website www.jhbcityparks.com to view detailed weekly schedules. We also have a 24-hour emergency team which is equipped to respond to complaints relating to fallen trees. Our priority is to ensure that there is no traffic congestion or interference with power lines. Branches and stumps will be removed in the second phase of clean-up.” We trust that the measures that have been put in place will go a long way in ensuring that the City of Joburg is kept clean and well preserved. We also urge the residents to assist and play their part in keeping the city clean by supporting “A Re Sebetseng” (let’s work) campaign, which was recently launched by the Executive Mayor of Johannesburg, Councillor Herman Mashaba. “The first City Of Joburg city-wide clean-up was hosted in September 2017 and was supported by councillors, ward committees and businesses across the city. Plastic bags and gloves were distributed at ‘walk-in’ centres, clinics, libraries as well as participating businesses and then collected later in the day to ensure that we have a cleaner city, “ adds Moodley. The project will continue throughout the year and it is expected to enhance the City’s R50 million investment into Pikitup for a third cleaning shift. “Please . . .
DECADENT DELIGHTS VALENTINE’S DINNER AT THE RENOWNED CELLARS-HOHENORT Celebrate the most romantic day of the year at one of the three renowned properties within The Collection by Liz McGrath. On the 14 February 2018, The Cellars-Hohenort, in Constantia, Cape Town, invites you to enjoy a delectable six-course Valentine’s Day dinner at The Conservatory restaurant for just R695 per person. Take a romantic stroll through our beautiful gardens with your significant other, before sitting down to share a pre-dinner glass of bubbles while we prepare your food journey. The menu consists of: a welcome drink on arrival, West Coast Oyster served with cucumber, basil, tomato and cayenne espuma. Cape Malay Seared Tuna Tataki served with octopus carpaccio, charred cauliflower and coriander salsa, lemon atchar and jintan putih vinaigrette. Springbok loin and Blueberries served with salt baked celeriac, onion marmalade, wild carrots and juniper jus. For dessert, begin with an Elderflower Sherbet served with grilled peaches, burrata panna cotta. Textures of Strawberry and Cream served with Amarula mousse, white chocolate and vanilla crumble. Complete your dining experience with Petit Fours served with coffee or tea. CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .
CHOC Childhood Cancer Foundation SA is once again calling on all South Africans to “Have a Heart for Children with Cancer” on 15 February 2018. International Childhood Cancer Day (ICC) is a global collaborative initiative to raise awareness of childhood cancer and to express support for children with cancer, survivors and their families. In developed countries, childhood cancer has become largely curable with the overall survival rate reaching between 70% and 80% whereas in South Africa the rate is approximately 55%. CHOC Childhood Cancer Foundation SA aims to improve this rate by creating awareness of the early warning signs of childhood cancer. Early detection of childhood cancer affords early diagnosis enabling a better chance of being cured and an increase in the survival rate. In support of ICCD, CHOC is calling on schools, corporates and community groups to join our CHOC Celebrities and CHOC Ambassadors such Phumeza Mdabe, Jessica Nkosi, Romina Armellini, Anga Makubalo, Maurice Paige and Kenneth Nkosi in wearing blue with the ICCD badge or heart pin on 15 February. Blue pants, blue shirts, blue suits, blue dresses, blue ribbons, blue hearts, anything blue everywhere. It will all help in the effort to spread the message. In addition to wearing blue, buy a loved one a delicious heart-shaped chocolate or a trendy “have a heart for children with cancer badge” or heart pin for Valentine’s Day. Visit the CHOC Childhood Cancer Foundation website – www.choc.org.za – to purchase ICCD badges, chocolates and pins from a CHOC office near you or to find out about the early warning signs of childhood cancer. Knowing about these signs, and passing on your knowledge could well save a precious child’s life. Support International Childhood Cancer Day – Thursday, February 15. Have a Heart for Children with Cancer. You can also watch the International Childhood Cancer Day video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vzWjFdagVp4 and keep an eye on our social media pages: . . .
There is no known cure for dementia, a syndrome that erodes memory and cognitive function. Preserving and promoting quality of life for people living with this condition is a key focus of dementia care, and sensory stimulation can help to rekindle memories and provide comfort. “Dementia manifests in many different ways, and the rate at which the condition progresses varies from person to person,” says Riette Schoonbee, Quality of Life Manager at the Somerset West Livewell Village, which provides specialised dementia care. “What we have found is that as the condition becomes more advanced, many people seem to retreat into their own world if they are not kept engaged and stimulated. The five senses - touch, taste, smell, sight and hearing - are the key to keeping people living with dementia in touch with their surroundings and they also seem to find many of the sensory activities comforting,” she adds. “What we do at Livewell, is to consider the individual preferences, needs and abilities of each resident and tailor support to make life as pleasant and enjoyable as possible for them.” The Livewell Villages in Bryanston and Somerset West have incorporated this into their philosophy of care. They have developed the homely environments and programme of activities in consultation with occupational therapists and other experts to enhance quality of life at every opportunity. “Most of our residents are in their eighties or nineties, although we do care for some younger people too. What we have found is that many of them, for example, have an extraordinary response to music – particularly music from the 1940s and 1950s when they were young. “We hold a number of musical activities, which I particularly enjoy having originally trained as a music teacher. Our music appreciation sessions are a great favourite with our residents and when we play a song that stirs up happy memories for someone, it is remarkable to see their reaction. “Some will get up and . . .
Common cost drivers for corporate South Africa are frequently accepted as necessary expenses rather than being proactively managed. What can businesses do in the year ahead to turn these challenges into opportunities for a more productive and prosperous future? “When it comes to the process of managing risks, there are considerable advantages for the employer when they have a single point of contact to integrate and support health and wellbeing initiatives in the workforce on their behalf,” says Dr Jacques Snyman, clinical development expert for Agility Corporate. According to Dr Snyman, meaningfully addressing the full spectrum of health and wellness needs in the corporate environment requires an integrated solution. “A holistic approach, encompassing occupational health, preventative and curative care, as well as productivity and wellbeing including absenteeism management, is the surest route to mitigating risk and avoiding more costly problems developing in future,” he points out. “Where these aspects are dealt with separately, opportunities to identify and proactively manage risk related to employee health and wellbeing can easily fall between the cracks. This could potentially lead to devastating long-term consequences in the lives of valued employees and their families.” Dr Snyman highlights that corporate South Africa loses approximately R55.2 billion to sick leave per annum however, when at-risk employees are identified early and assisted to manage their health conditions effectively and appropriately, they remain healthier and more productive, ensuring impressive bottom-line and balance sheet savings for the employer. “Through holistic solutions underpinned with physical and biometric data, focusing on preventative care that is seamlessly integrated with the employees’ curative care programme including occupational health and medical scheme cover, valued staff members can be better protected”. “From a group risk and employee benefits . . .
University of Johannesburg coach Werner Janse van Rensburg is eyeing a fresh start when his team kick off their Varsity Cup rugby campaign with a home game against Stellenbosch on January 29. The teams last met in last year's semifinal, which Maties won. It was the second year in row that UJ lost in the last four. While there were lessons to be learned from those disappointments, Janse van Rensburg said today each year's competition started as something new because of personnel changes. "In this competition you will never have the continuity that comes with a settled squad of 30 to 35 players with whom you can work over a period of years," he said. "Players complete their degrees or drop out academically, and some are signed up by provinces due to their progress. "So there are a lot of variables to deal with. Your squad changes significantly each year." However, the UJ mentor added that they had achieved some sort of balance between experience and youth. Their squad may include nine players who have featured in two or more Varsity Cup competitions. "We probably have about 13 to 15 first-year students on our books. This is their chance to make a name for themselves," said Janse van Rensburg. "We find some guys fit in nicely from the start, but others adapt more slowly, so it really is a fresh start each year. "That is something we have become accustomed to. And everyone's in the same boat. It's a matter of taking on the challenge." Referring to the early start to the competition, he said their planning was going as well as could be expected. "You won't get it to be perfect at this stage of the year, but we are doing the best we can with the time at our disposal. "We had a training camp from January 5 to 7 and then had a match of three 20 to 25-minute periods against Wits on Monday. "Tomorrow we play Shimlas (Free State University) in Kroonstad in a match of three 30-minute periods." Having seen his side fall at the semifinal . . .
Celebrate the most romantic day of the year with a delectable four-course Valentine’s Day dinner at The Marine, Hermanus, on 14 February 2018. The price is R720 per person with wine pairing*, and R475 per person without the wine pairing. The menu will consist of the following; a welcome drink in the form of L’Ormarins Brut*, Kataifi Prawns served with sweet corn purée, corn kernel and red onion salsa, basil oil with a glass of Southern Right Sauvignon Blanc*, Smoked Duck Breast served with beetroot, goats cheese mousse, raspberry purée, pistachio crumble with a glass of Creation Pinot Noir*, Grilled Beef Fillet served with carrot purée, asparagus, pearl onions, crispy sweet breads with a glass of Boschrivier Cabernet Sauvignon*. Additionally you could opt for the Pan Roasted Line Fish served with asparagus, crushed potatoes, blistered vine tomatoes, champagne velouté with a glass of Joostenberg Chardonnay*. Lastly dessert will be served in the form of Croquembouche to share, served with strawberry mousse filled choux puffs, chocolate and caramel sauce, almond praline, bitter sweet chocolate ice-cream with a glass of Bon Courage Noble Late Harvest*. Spoil your loved one and your taste buds with The Marine this Valentines. The Marine, Hermanus, is part of The Collection by Liz McGrath CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .
SANCA WESTERN CAPE is the leading service provider in the field of abuse, prevention and treatment. They are well-known for providing specialised services like abuse prevention, out-patient treatment, capacity building and training and related corporate services by a multi-disciplinary team. Based in Western Cape, their main objective is to provide substance abuse prevention and treatment services by applying and reinforcing healthy behaviour and lifestyle changes. Their actions are divided into three levels. They are illustrated below: Primary Prevention It is very crucial to take necessary actions to prevent unpleasant occurrences related to abuse. This positive and active prevention initiative primarily focuses on spreading awareness among people through various awareness programmes and development services. Their awareness programmes mainly focus on the devastating and shattering effects of abuse while emphasising on the necessity of a healthy and positive lifestyle. They also offer training and build capacity services to strengthen the prevention programmes through proper implementation under the observation of professional staff. Secondary Prevention: Secondary Prevention is an important initiative as it basically focuses on high risks groups like youth and abused women including persons abused in the workplace. The secondary prevention programmes include several educational initiatives and life skill training programmes to mitigate the effects of the abuses. Like other drug rehab centres in Cape Town, they are constantly working to fulfil their goals. Tertiary Prevention: This measurement is taken to guide those who have already faced abuse problems. These programmes include a comprehensive assessment service and proper assistance to out-patients and in-patients as well as people who faced abuses. Like the drug rehabilitation centres in Cape Town or in other cities, they are constantly working for the welfare of abused people. They . . .
The entity mandated with the promotion of employment growth and productivity thereby contributing to South Africa’s socio-economic development and competitiveness, as contemplated in section 31 of the Employment Services Act, No. 4 of 2014 will hold a Productivity Promotion Seminar on Application of Japanese 5s and Kaizen Concepts for Productivity Improvement on 25 January 2018. The Minister of the Department of Labour, Ms Mildred Oliphant, will deliver the keynote address. Members of the media are invited to the Productivity Promotion Seminar on Application of Japanese 5s and Kaizen Concepts for Productivity Improvement as follows: • Date: Thursday 25th January 2018 • Time: 08h30 – 13h00 • Venue: Hilton Hotel 138 Rivonia Rd, Sandown, Sandton, 2196 As an entity of the Department of Labour, Productivity SA is closely aligned with the department’s role of reducing unemployment, poverty and inequality through a set of policies and programmes developed in consultation with social partners, aimed at: • Improved economic efficiency and productivity; • Skills development and employment creation; • Sound labour relations; • Eliminating inequality and discrimination in the workplace; CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .