Addressing food scarcity, job creation, and poverty in Urban areas is our goal. We have been establishing organic vegetable gardens in and around Port Elizabeth for the past ten years. In the drive to Grow your Own we are ready to roll out Community Gardens along plans and designs which have been developed and tested. Our aim is to provide interested gardeners and farmers with the infrastructure to develop self sustainable areas to produce natural tasty food with a high nutrient value on an on going basis. Our approach is fully organic, using natural earth processes and local resources, in a simple basic way. The outcome is to feed the hungry, produce healthy communities, offer job opportunities, develop self esteem, independence and pride (building a nation). We need to become aware of where our food comes from, how it is produced, what additional substances it contains and what the nutritional value is. Nobody else is concerned about the quality of our food, as long as it sells. The quality of our lives now and in the future, is largely determined by what we take in through our mouths. Nothing we eat just passes through, it either builds us up or causes damage. The price of food is increasing at an alarming rate. The more a household can grow at home and supplement the food budget the greater the saving and the healthier the family. The priority in starting a garden is to get the soil right. The soil along the coast is mostly poor for growing vegetables. A good soil mix (black bush soil mixed with red bush soil and manure) needs to be brought in and mixed with a good compost in a ratio of approximately 1:3. To save on quantity, the soil can be placed in either box planters or a trench beds. The vegetables need to grow in a fairly sunny area and must be protected from the wind. Establish a reliable source of water with rainwater tanks or recycled grey water. Once seeds or seedlings reach a reasonably sturdy stage a mulch of dry grass placed around . . .
Global waste-management group, Averda, further invests in the South African market with the acquisition of Solid Waste Technologies (SWT), a healthcare medical waste company with over 20 years’ experience. The acquisition of SWT alongside SharpMed, acquired in 2016, makes Averda one of the largest and most comprehensive end-to-end healthcare waste management business in South Africa. Averda South Africa’s Managing Director, Johan van den Berg, said SWT will form an integral part of Averda’s waste management operations in South Africa aimed at offering a complete turnkey solution in healthcare waste management. “As part of a global group, Averda South Africa is aligned with world class standards and systems that brings to market a differentiated service based on credibility, compliance, reporting and sustainability,” says van den Berg. “We’ve recently invested R250-million in the construction of a state-of-the-art hazardous waste landfill site in Vlakfontein which will support our integrated operations through our strategic acquisitions of SWT and SharpMed.” Eugene Barnard, Averda’s Healthcare Head, says South Africa is on par with global standards for operating and designing hazardous landfills and medical waste treatment facilities, and in meeting regulatory requirements and compliance. “This acquisition boosts our footprint in the medical waste sector and will deliver a consistent and reliable service, world class management systems and procedures, the latest waste tracking technology and traceability, and state-of-the-art medical and hazardous waste technology and disposal facilities.” “Our fully integrated waste management solution draws on Averda’s global expertise, experience and strong track record,” says Barnard. “We employ the best people where we operate, and we draw on global expertise to enable skills transfer. We operate state-of-the-art vehicles and utilise leading software, processes, and systems. The successful delivery of a . . .
Johannesburg, January 24, 2017 - Can a 28-year-old pharmacist in rural Mpumalanga help revolutionise healthcare access in South Africa and globally? Johannes Mangane’s PillDrop entry to the Sandoz Healthcare Access Challenge (Sandoz HACk) has made it to the finals – a huge accolade given that only 6 out of 150 global entries have made it this far. His solution? An ‘Uber’ opportunity to revolutionise access to chronic medication in South Africa and globally. Your comments, questions and thoughts online at: https://challenges.openideo.com/challenge/healthcare-access/feedback/johannes-mangane-s-idea for PillDrop can help to bring this solution to life. Says Carel Meintjes, Commercial Excellence Head at Sandoz in South Africa: “Two billion people worldwide currently cannot access the medicines they need. In South Africa, a lack of infrastructure, especially in remote rural areas, is a huge challenge we are well aware of. While there are largescale initiatives by industry stakeholders that try to tackle these challenges, they need to be supported by community-led change, driven by innovative small-scale solutions that can make a big difference. This is why Sandoz HACk was born.” “PillDrop was developed by Johannes in response to his experience of serving one of the most vulnerable communities in our country. It uses mobile technology, a strong theme of the 2016/17 Sandoz HACk challenge, to address key weaknesses in local healthcare access. If he wins this challenge, his proposed solution can, without doubt, be applied locally and eventually globally to immense benefit,” says Meintjes. PillDrop - a mobile platform - Says Mangane: “In South Africa, being on chronic medication can mean long lines, expensive trips to distant medical centers and clinics, and sometimes unfilled prescriptions due to medicine shortages. The cost to patients is high – it can mean a day or more of lost work time, high travel costs, and exposure to secondary infections. The solution I . . .
Local flooring company Polyflor SA was once again in the privileged position to assist Carte Blanche with their “Making a Difference” campaign by donating a 780 m2 vinyl floor for use in the creation of an Infant High Care Ward at the Sebokeng Hospital. According to Tandy Coleman, CEO of Polyflor SA, this was the 8th year that the company has been involved in this campaign which aims to equip and renovate Paediatric Operating Theatres, ICUs and High Care Wards in selected state academic hospitals throughout South Africa. “Supplying hospitals and healthcare facilities with top quality and specialist vinyl flooring solutions is one of our areas of expertise. For this reason we were very excited to partner with the Carte Blanche Making a Difference Trust the first time they approached us for a corporate sponsorship many years ago. We saw it as an ideal opportunity to give something back to the community and to help make a lasting and tangible difference where it was most needed,” Tandy says. Carte Blanche is South Africa's longest running investigative journalism television programme. Eight years ago, it launched its “Making a Difference Trust”, which has since then raised well over R115 million for assisting paediatric units in government hospitals across the country. Academic hospitals are intentionally targeted as beneficiaries to ensure that future doctors can be trained at these facilities that serve large numbers of the uninsured paediatric population. The Sebokeng hospital is an 800 bed, peri-urban, regional hospital situated in Sedibeng (south of Johannesburg) that historically served a population of well over 1 million inhabitants. In recent years, the hospital has had to adjust to the growing demands of a rapidly increasing population, as job seekers move to the area in the hope of finding employment. High mortality is a challenge facing the hospital on a daily basis, as the residents of the Sedibeng District continue to face diseases such HIV and . . .
In this day and age people will try anything to shift weight, and bizarre trends come and go as starlets like the Kardashians champion them on social media. However, like all fads, they come and go for a reason. Here are a few dubious lifestyle trends to say good riddance to! Waist-training Wait, are we back in the 16th century? Waist-trainers mimic the corset that women wore in the 1500s, but despite the comeback, they are in no way more comfortable. We should’ve seen the red flag for the mere fact that these body trainers can restrict breathing and cause acid reflux. Unfortunately, there is no shortcut to the desired hourglass figure that these body trainers supposedly help to achieve. Cupping This is an ancient form of alternative medicine where a therapist puts cups on the patients’ back to create suction. Other than the strange marks this procedure leaves behind, it doesn’t guarantee muscle healing and shouldn’t be viewed as a miracle cure for injuries or clotted blood. It is debatable whether this technique, that is possibly superfluous, is worth the eerie marks it leaves on your back. Sauna suits This method of heavy sweating has been used by boxers for fast weight loss before bouts. However, it doesn’t speak for the potentially dangerous health implications of this method. “Excessive sweating leads to electrolyte imbalances in your body. Sweating in a sauna suit can lead to dehydration, kidney failure and even death,” says Pierre Louw, owner of the Fitness Directory of My Health and Fitness. www.myhealthandfitness.co.za Not all new trends are bad. The following trends are proving to be more than just a fad. Body weight training The truth is gyms are expensive and not everyone can afford to exercise at the hippest gym in town. However, everybody needs to do exercise, so what now? Body weight training is the answer. These exercises are completely free and don’t require any equipment. Other benefits include more lean muscle mass, . . .
The festive season is at an end and, unfortunately, so is our careless bliss regarding what we eat and how much we exercise. Most people return home after a brief vacation just to find all the winter flab they had originally lost (to fit into their swimming costumes in the first place) is right back where it once was. The truth is, we usually gain weight a lot quicker than we lose it and we resort to unrealistic New Year’s resolutions in the hope of shedding the guilt and those few extra pounds - only to give up after a week. Here is a guide to choosing realistic resolutions that you wouldn’t mind sticking with. The moment of truth We can't all look like models on a fitness magazine because that’s a combination of rare genetics, strict discipline and the magic of Photoshop. Despite this we are all beautiful in our own way, and we should do our best to bring that beauty to the forefront. “You can start by avoiding exercises and eating plans that aim to achieve unrealistic weight goals. Instead, we should aim to be healthy versions of ourselves,” says Ivana Buchanan, group training specialist at Zone Fitness. “Gyms are equipped with machinery that offer a wide range of exercises to choose from. Focus on strength training as well as attaining cardiovascular fitness. It is important to maintain a healthy balance between the two.” What you put in is what you get out. Something about diets just makes people want to dig into a tub of ice-cream. Diets are probably loathed more than most things, especially because it seems so hard to just go through with it. But what if it could actually be liberating? As soon as we stop perceiving diets as a restriction, we might not be so tempted to cheat before we've even begun. “Healthy eating should be viewed as a lifestyle shift and not a strict regime. If you can adopt a lifestyle where the only goal is to eat as healthy as possible, there will be room for a day where you can still eat your favourite . . .
Healthcare group, Netcare, has issued a warning to the public regarding on-going job offer and training scams advertised on social media platforms or via sms or emails. Group human resources director, Peter Warrener, says the advertisements or messages claim that Netcare and Netcare 911 are seeking to employ nurses, paramedics or fill other positions. Similarly, learnerships and internship vacancies within Netcare and Netcare 911 are also being advertised. According to Warrener, the names of Netcare and emergency services provider, Netcare 911, are being fraudulently used in these scam advertisements, with the aim of soliciting money from the public. Applicants are often requested to send payment as a part of their application, with a promise of either employment at a Netcare or Netcare 911 facility or training towards becoming an employee, but are then defrauded of their money. “Netcare does not recruit or advertise jobs, learnerships and internships in this manner and we urge the public to be vigilant with regard to any such offers, as they do not originate from Netcare or Netcare 911. Members of the public can contact the Netcare Human Resources Shared Services Centre on 086 022 5547 to find out whether a job or training opportunity is legitimate,” Warrener says. “We furthermore strongly recommend that those individuals who have been scammed take up their case with the South African Police Services,” added Warrener. Warrener says that there are a number of ‘red flags’ that may point to the fact that the job or training opportunity advertised is a scam and not legitimate: The application form asks for the applicant’s banking details. Only a cellular telephone number is supplied for enquiries, claiming the landline is “out of order”. A dream job without the need of being interviewed is being promised. A legitimate sounding company name (i.e. “Net-care”) is used. Payment is requested upfront for so-called administration purposes, . . .
Eight-year-old Owethu Chibure from Sasolburg was thrilled to at last be going home after having spent nine months of extensive rehabilitation at a Johannesburg hospital following a bacterial infection that resulted in his limbs having to be amputated early in 2016. Owethu suffered a life-threatening sepsis complication after contracting a meningococcus bacterial infection and had to have both of his legs amputated below the knees, as well as his left hand and all of the fingers on his right hand. Today, after receiving lifesaving treatment at the paediatric intensive care unit (PICU) at Netcare Garden City Hospital and many months of intensive therapy by a multi-disciplinary team at Netcare Rehabilitation Hospital, Owethu is fully mobile, using the prosthetic limbs that have been custom made for him. He is also having a ‘bionic’ myoelectric hand fitted, which will help him to perform such tasks as tying his shoelaces or typing on a computer. “Do you know that I can take care of myself and don’t need the help of the nurses anymore? I can also put my legs on by myself,” Owethu announced proudly with a smile before he gulped a glass of water, which he adeptly grasped firmly between the stump of his left hand and the five little stubs of his right hand, all that remain of his fingers. “I am tired; we went for a long walk this morning,” Owethu continued, before getting up suddenly, jumping into his wheelchair and racing after Dr Virginia Wilson, the medical practitioner who was responsible for his overall care at Netcare Rehabilitation Hospital. “Owethu is the longest staying paediatric patient we have ever cared for at the hospital,” says Dr Wilson. “He is a truly remarkable boy; a real survivor who, thanks to his tenacity and bravery as well as committed support by his parents and appropriate medical care and rehabilitation, has succeeded in overcoming massive physical as well as emotional trauma. “Seeing him today you would never believe that Owethu . . .
This review serves to express my dissatisfaction with the poor and pathetic service received from the HPCSA. A few months after paying our annual HPCSA registration fee in 2015, a colleague and I both received a notification from HPCSA stating that no payment was received. Unfortunately, we made cash deposits at ABSA bank in Goodwood, Cape Town, and when receiving the notification from HPCSA months later, the deposit slips were misplaced. We had to repay. I cannot comprehend how payments cannot be retrieved by the HPCSA as unique MP (medical practitioner) numbers are used as references. Furthermore, in 2015 I was also audited for CPD points for the period 1 February 2013 to 31 January 2015. Closing date for submission of portfolios was on or before 31 March 2015. I requested an extension of two weeks in order to obtain academic records and certificates from training providers with who I have completes courses/CPD activities. I completed the relevant documentation, and with all the CPD certificates submitted my portfolio in April 2015. Last week, towards the end of December 2016 (almost 2 years later!) I receive a letter from HPCSA stating that I am non-compliant as no documentation was submitted. I especially obtained academic records from Stellenbosch University confirming completion of a post-graduate ethics module. I now need to search for all these certificates and other relevant documents again as I have relocated a few times since the original submission of my portfolio. . I feel the HPCSA as a council is really not doing much for me as a members. I feel that the admin is absolutely pathetic and unacceptable. My advice to healthcare providers is: Please keep proof of payments - I personally think it is a tactic to get more money out of members (what is the point in providing a reference number if it cannot be used to retrieve payments?).. CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .
Johannesburg, December, 2016 – Cataract formation is a slow and gradual clouding of the lens of the eye caused by a build-up of proteins in the lens that occurs normally with age. Vision becomes progressively cloudy and blurred and, if the cataract is not treated, eyesight is eventually lost. Other early symptoms may include sensitivity to light, double vision in one eye or needing a change in reading glasses.5 [5.p1a] Cataracts are extremely common and cataract formation is the leading cause of avoidable blindness worldwide.1 However, cataracts are treatable and eyesight can be fully restored with surgery during which the eye’s clouded lens is removed and replaced with a clear synthetic lens. Modern cataract surgery is quick (patients are usually discharged from hospital on the same day of the operation) and success rates are very high. Vision is restored in approximately 98% of people undergoing the procedure.3 [3. p1a, p2a] Unfortunately, not everyone has access to cataract surgery. Particularly in over-burdened state hospitals, waiting lists for treatment can be long. Consequently, many people, and especially the elderly, may unnecessarily continue to live with poor vision. To help address this need, Alcon is partnering with the NPO, Right to Sight, in the Second Sight Project. This life-changing project provides free cataract surgery to approximately 500 needy community members to restore their vision and their quality of life. Right to Sight strives to assist people who have had challenges accessing treatment for their eyes. Alcon shares their vision and the common goal for what remains of 2016 is to focus on the important need to improve access to cataract surgery. “As the leader in eye care, we are very proud to continue in our long-term commitment to social responsibility and work through partnerships, to provide access to innovative eye care technology for the poorest in our society”, explains Christian Wieszner, General Manager of Alcon South . . .