Controlled blasting on the N2 between Dutywa and Mthatha Eastern Cape, 16 April 2018: The South African National Roads Agency SOC Ltd (SANRAL) would like to notify travellers that controlled blasting is scheduled to take place between Dutywa and Mthatha on Wednesday, 18 April 2018 at approximately 11h00. The blast will take place at approximately 32 kilometres from Dutywa when travelling towards Mthatha. The road will be closed during the blast. The duration of the closure will be kept to as short duration as possible, but the road could be closed up to a maximum of two hours. Motorist travelling eastwards towards Mthatha may consider utilising either of the following two alternative routes by exiting the N2 at Ndabakazi on to the R409 towards Ngqamakwe/ Tsomo or via the R408 at Dutywa towards Ngcobo. Both routes link to the R61 and then re-join the N2 in Mthatha. Similarly, motorists travelling westwards towards East London may consider using the R61 when leaving Mthatha and then link back to the N2 via either R408 after Ngcobo or R409 towards Tsomo. The alternative route is 60 kilometres longer and may add approximately 40 minutes to your trip between East London and Mthatha. “Motorists are asked to plan their trips accordingly, consider alternative routes and to use caution when making use of the road,” said Mbulelo Peterson, SANRAL Southern Region’s Manager. SANRAL apologises for any inconvenience caused. CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .
The exceptional Vintage Ideas market is back for its eighth edition and promises to be more spectacular than ever before. This beloved market will once again be staged at the gorgeous Simondium’s Country Lodge from 27 – 30 April and will truly beguile visitors with the amazing selection of vintage and vintage inspired items. This year’s market is themed “Collections” and should be a must-shop for seasoned collectors and start-ups. Do you have a passion for the past or are you collecting for the future? Then Vintage Ideas is the perfect place to be. Find that special item for a current collection or discover the gem that will start your own collection. Once again, the market will be filled with vintage items, including clothing, jewellery and accessories, homeware and much more. Find inspiration for your garden, wardrobe or home and add some vintage flair to your life. Visit Vintage Ideas at Simondium’s Country Lodge on the R45 between Paarl and Franschhoek. Ample, secure parking is available. Entry tickets are R40 per adult, while kids under 18 enter for free. The market is open from 09h30 to 16h00 from Friday to Sunday, but closes at 15h00 on Monday, 30 April. Follow Vintage Ideas on Facebook or @vintagewilna on Instagram. For more information, visit www.vintageideas.co.za. CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .
Comfortable, bold designs with a timeless elegance will dictate this year’s Decorex Designer Spotlight as Cape Town-based interior design team, Mariano Rossouw, curates an innovative living room space for this popular installation. The inspired work of these design experts will feature at Decorex Cape Town, sponsored by Plascon, taking place at the Cape Town International Convention Centre from 27 April to 1 May. The journey to Decorex The company was founded in 2012 by the award-winning design duo, Tony Mariano and Danie Rossouw, both of whom graduated from the renowned KLC School of Design in Chelsea, London. Italian-born Mariano initially pursued a career in fashion retail before relocating to Cape Town in 2005 where he entered interior design with The Glen Boutique Hotel in Seapoint as his first project. While Mariano had a background in the arts, Danie Rossouw only entered the industry after practicing as a dentist in London for a decade. While travelling, he decided to follow his passion for interior design, initially working own renovation projects until he finally made the career change in 2011. Mariano and Rossouw studied and worked on a number of design-school projects together and, following various internships at prestigious London studios, relocated to Cape Town to establish Mariano Rossouw. In 2013 their team was joined by BHC Design School graduate, Amie Bishop, whose creative talent, industry experience and CAD (computer-aided design) skills have made her an integral part of the team. The organisation has been further strengthened with the addition of Catherine Richards in 2016, fulfilling the significant role of office manager and project co-ordinator. Decorex Designer Spotlight “We’re very excited about featuring at Decorex for the first time!” said Rossouw. “We have chosen to showcase a living space accessorised with two new European brands which we are launching through our studio.” The two new product lines include ‘Sophia’, . . .
The family-owned company, Chad-O-Chef will show exactly why they’re the leaders in the gas braai industry when they get things cooking at this year’s Fire & Feast Meat Festival presented by Crown National, heating up Joburg’s Ticketpro Dome from 8 to 10 June 2018. As part of their milestone celebrations, Chad-O-Chef will be sponsoring Braaitology at Fire & Feast Meat Festival, arming all the chefs with their latest range of gas braais for meat sizzling perfection. A new feature to the exhibition, Braaitology is Fire & Feast’s outdoor cooking station which gives visitors the chance to watch some of South Africa’s best chefs roast, braai and grill various meats on Chad-O-Chef gas & Hybrid braais, all of which can be sampled for a few BraaiBucks. “For the past 35 years, Chad-O-Chef have brought South Africans quality gas products ranging from our Stainless Steel gas braais & Extractor systems, to our popular Flueless gas fireplaces,” said Liezel Andrews, a Director of Chad-O-Chef. “The chefs at this year’s Fire & Feast Meat Festival will get a chance to try out our recently launched Sizzler Hybrid Braai which upgrades the Sizzler Gas Braai into a hybrid option, so the chefs can cook meat using gas and wood, or charcoal and gas.” Andrews said they were ecstatic to be sponsoring this meat lovers’ festival for the 2nd year which complemented their vision of enlightening people on the art of cooking/braaiing meat. “We want to add to the offering of a flavoursome learning experience for visitors, allowing them to become educated and engaged in the preparation of meat products for a domestic environment,” said Andrews. “We are looking forward to mingling with the traders as well because Fire & Feast really brings together like-minded companies, making joint ventures easier to initiate.” The landscape of South African braais would have been completely different had Chad-O-Chef not stepped in to revolutionise the industry 35 years . . .
If you need to go to hospital, the last thing you want is to come out sicker than when you went in. The ultimate paradox of health care: going to the hospital can kill you and the reality of healthcare today is that hospital-acquired infections (HAIs) which patients can contract while receiving medical treatment in a healthcare facility, are a major, yet often preventable, threat to patient safety and wellbeing. HAIs increase patient fatality rates, the risk of acquiring other infections, and length of stay in hospital, thus also increasing health care costs. HAIs may be caused by viruses, bacteria or fungi, and most commonly affect the urinary tract, respiratory tract, wounds and blood. In developed countries, between five to ten percent of patients admitted to acute care hospitals acquire an infection which was not present or incubating on admission. The rate for developing countries can exceed 25% and while there are no concrete statistics for South Africa, we probably fall somewhere in between these numbers. Organisms which under normal circumstances simply cause disease, can be life-threatening to ill or post-surgery patients who are exposed to them and manifest themselves as HAIs, often picked up in intensive care units and contracted in hospital environments, and this is worsened by steadily-rising incidences of antibiotic resistance. According to Fasie Smith, national clinical and business strategy manager at Advanced Health, there is a lower risk of contracting HAIs among patients who attend day hospitals for outpatient surgeries. “Preventative and control measures such as improved sanitation, clean air flow, sustainable antibiotic use and antimicrobial stewardship help to manage HAIs in hospitals. However, the best way for the healthcare industry to restrain the spread of these infections is to minimise the time that patients are exposed to them, reducing the chances of ill people contracting HAIs in the first place. One way to achieve this is . . .
Who is Khululeka? Khululeka Grief Support is a registered non-profit organisation founded in 2005. Khululeka’s Vision is a South Africa where every grieving child and adolescent has access to support, and opportunities for healing to improve the trajectory of their lives. Khululeka’s Mission is to build the resilience of children, adolescents and adults who care for them by equipping them with tools to process their experiences of loss and death. Through a holistic approach, we aim to create responsive and compassionate environments that enable grieving children and adolescents to heal. “Our vision is a South Africa where all grieving children and adolescents have access to support and opportunities for healing. Our mission is to build the resilience of children, adolescents and their caregivers by equipping them with tools to process their experiences of loss and death. Through a holistic approach, we aim to create responsive and compassionate environments that enable grieving children to heal.” What do we do? Khululeka has two main programmes, namely: Training and mentoring of child sector staff in the recognition and support of bereaved children and adolescents. Direct services to bereaved children and adolescents including bereavement Support Groups, bereavement counselling and therapeutic services. Crowdfunding for change. The main focus for this crowdfunding campaign is to raise funds for 4 Abangane Support Groups. These support groups is specifically aimed at teen girls aged 13-19 and follow the evidence based Abangane Curriculum. Each support group is 8 x 100 minute sessions for 12-14 teen girls who experienced the death of someone important and feel depressed, not coping and expressed interest in joining a grief peer support group. Research has shown that this intervention lessens depression and improves social functioning (http://www.thelancet.com/journals/langlo/article/PIIS2214-109X(17)30146-8/fulltext ). Khululeka offer the . . .
The Eastern Cape is home to South Africa's top commercial radio station. Algoa FM received the Commercial Station of the Year award as well as three category awards at the annual Liberty Radio Awards ceremony hosted in Gauteng on Saturday, April 14. "It is the first time in history that a commercial radio station outside of Gauteng has won Station of the Year and we are both proud and thankful to our loyal audience, our clients and our staff who continually inspire us to new heights," says operations director Alfie Jay. In addition, Algoa FM managing director Dave Tiltmann was inducted into the Radio Hall of Fame. Tiltmann started as a music compiler and announcer in 1989 on what was then a SABC station, Radio Algoa. He was part of the team, which 20 years ago privatised the station and made it the first independent commercial radio station in the Eastern Cape. Tiltmann has been managing director of Algoa FM since February 2000. He was appointed as an executive director of Moneyweb in October 2017, and is responsible for radio and strategy, and is also chairman of the board of Classic FM 102.7 in Gauteng. Tiltmann also attends the board meetings of AME, the listed company which owns Algoa FM. “In radio I live by the motto – ‘Fun is a Serious Business’ he says. In recent years, Algoa FM has been a regular nominee in the Commercial Station of the Year category at the Liberty Radio Awards. The annual Big Walk for Cancer, which is the Eastern Cape’s biggest charity event, won both the commercial radio award for Community Project and the commercial radio award for Promotion/Stunt/Event. The Algoa FM Top 30 with Wayne Hart, won in the Daytime Show category. “These awards demonstrate the breadth and depth of the talent at Algoa FM, and the dedication and professionalism of the team,” says Tiltmann. CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .
Loans, clothing accounts, expensive furniture buys and credit upon credit. The South African consumer’s debt struggle is heart-wrenching and unfortunately very real. According to the National Credit Act (that aims to be fair and non-discriminatory), all consumers have the right to apply for credit (section 60). Be that as it may, credit providers and consumers have to do everything within their power to avoid debt escalating as a result of reckless lending OR borrowing. The National Credit Regulator (NCR) indicates that the total outstanding consumer credit in South Africa was R1.73 trillion at the end of September 2017. And, credit bureaus held records for 25.08 million credit-active consumers where 9.87 million consumers reflected impaired records. Matthys Potgieter, spokesperson and debt expert at DebtSafe, says reckless credit can be described as two sides of the same coin - for one, creditors may be responsible for ‘reckless lending’. They therefore need to take caution, using their discretion when approving credit. And, secondly, consumers should not be counted out when it comes to ‘reckless borrowing’. Consumers are in control of their own finances and have to take responsibility when applying for credit. The following sides of the reckless credit coin should be taken into account: Creditors • Credit providers should not deliberately or negligently enter into an agreement with a consumer knowing that it could cause or aggravate over-indebtedness. • Credit providers are protected by the National Credit Act if they followed the necessary steps to determine if a consumer is eligible for credit (like a loan). • Credit providers’ credit policies differ and each provider should make sure that careful discretion is used when granting credit to a consumer during their protocol. Consumers • Consumers have to be sure, when applying for credit that they can really afford it. They can do the necessary research beforehand and shop around for better . . .
Gert Heyns and Arno du Toit claimed their second stage win to secure overall honours on the final day of the Liberty Winelands Encounter mountain bike race, which finished near Paarl today. The three-stage race in the Cape Winelands, presented by STANLIB, concluded with a 50km ride from Le Franschhoek Hotel to Nederburg Wine Estate. The DSV Pro Cycling team, who raced into the overall lead on day one, were comfortable winners after HB Kruger, who won last year with Waylon Woolcock, took a tumble and was unable to complete the stage. Kruger and Matt Beers, riding for ASG-NAD, won the second stage and were striving to make up a two-minute gap on overall leaders Heyns and Du Toit when the accident happened 25km in. Coming into a single-track section, Kruger said he felt his front wheel get stuck in some soft sand and he went over the handlebars. "I damaged my right shoulder quite badly and we had to get help, so unfortunately were not able to finish the stage," he said from hospital after having X-rays taken. The outcome was that it left Imbuko-Momsen's Dylan Rebello and Marco Joubert, the third-placed team overnight, to chase the overall leaders. However, Heyns and Du Toit, from Stellenbosch and Milnerton in Cape Town respectively, proved that they were the strongest in the race by taking stage honours. They finished just under a minute-and-a-half ahead of Rebello and Joubert, who inherited second overall after Kruger's misfortune. First Ascent's Richard Simpson and Alexander Rohrer were a further six and a bit minutes back on the day to finish on the lowest step of the podium in the general classification. After losing yesterday's stage in a sprint, Heyns said they were motivated to win today as the three top teams led from the start. "We were just going into a single-track section and I was in front when I heard something behind us, which turned out to be HB falling," he said. "Soon afterwards we realised HB and Matt weren't with . . .
One often hears the refrain from people that the mainstream media are not interested in their news. In this article MyPR will help you understand why that perception exists and lay out some methods that you could use to overcome the mainstream media's 'disinterest'. Let's define Mainstream Media: A media instance - commonly print - that has a large reach and has been in operation for many years. The perception still exists in most people's minds that any newsworthy event is not 'news' until it has appeared in print. Most people define succcesful exposure in the mainstream media as an appearance in a national newspaper, on TV or on a national radio station. Let's understand how a newsroom works: Mainstream media rely on journalists to 'go and get the story'. There is a downward pressure on newsrooms in terms of how many journalists they may employ and the overiding consideration that any Editor must entertain is the immediate profitability of his/her newspaper. Every decision that an Editor must make revolves around profitability TODAY. As there is a downward pressure on journalist headcount newsrooms find themselves under pressure to pay less which means that they get less experienced journalists and less all-round journalists. This leads to an emphasis on only covering stories that will appeal to the widest range of readers. For example, a sports journalist will therefore concerntrate only on the mainstream sports like Soccer, Rugby and Cricket and the lesser know sports like Sailing, Bowls, Netball etc. will not ever have a specialist journalist covering them. A newsdesk will assign stories to the journalst to cover and those decisions are made based on wide and popular appeal in order to sell as many newspapers as possible. Fewer journalists means a narrower emphasis on news, smaller newspapers and less money to spend on invetigative journalism. Today's journalist also has a number of 'layers' between him/her and final publication - a . . .