All About Adjustables Vencasa, The World Leaders in Sleep, and the only home of Tempur and Magniflex, prides itself on being the trusted source of information and suppliers of brands that are trailblazers and at the forefront of the sleep industry. We all cherish a powerful, deep, good and rejuvenating sleep – yet so many of us are sleep deprived for a variety of reasons. Did you know that driving sleep deprived is equivalent to driving drunk – in terms of mental alertness? Vencasa provides a customised sleep solution to help you 'power your sleep' and benefit the most from your sleep time. Their range of Motorised Adjustable Sleep Systems promises to make sleeping a healthy and restorative experience! They are designed to accommodate different positions as they recline and incline in two parts, the upper body and lower body. Benefits of Adjustable Bed Bases • Your body sleeps in an ergonomically correct position. • Distributes pressure evenly over the entire sleep surface which reduces strain on the heart, circulatory system, neck and shoulder tension, back pain, muscle and joint pain, asthma, acid reflux and snoring. • Therefore, a motorised adjustable base system helps improve circulation, relieves back pain, reduces snoring and can even help obstructive sleep apnoea and improve digestion. • Elevating your legs while you sleep means your heart doesn’t have to work as hard to circulate blood to your legs and can reduce and relieve swelling and pain to the lower extremities. • In pregnancy, backache, snoring and swollen legs and feet are all common complaints. Adjustable bed bases can alleviate these symptoms as well as simply providing a more comfortable resting position for women whilst their bodies are not quite “their own”. Vencasa, The Sleep Experts, offer a wide range of motorised adjustable beds to choose from, from just R 8 999. As they know that your body, mind and soul deserve quality sleep, and provide a range of exceptional sleep . . .
October is traditionally Breast Cancer Awareness Month. It’s worthwhile including this very common disease in the topics that are aired in Women’s Month. According to Globocan 2012 (the new version of IARCs online database) the most commonly diagnosed cancers worldwide were lung (1.8 million, 13.0% of the total), breast (1.7 million, 11.9%), and colorectum (1.4 million, 9.7%). The most common cancer-related deaths however were from lung (1.6 million, 19.4% of the total), liver (0.8 million, 9.1%), and stomach (0.7 million, 8.8%) malignancies. This highlights the fact that if detected early, breast cancer is a very treatable disease. One of the treatments that many women undergo is a mastectomy, the removal of a breast(s). The psychological consequences of losing one or both breasts can be myriad and include grief, anxiety, depression, vulnerability and sexual challenges. This can manifest in both an avoidance of the surgery (which is potentially life threatening) and an unhealthy obsessive preoccupation with the loss of a body part, both of which are highly problematic. In our public sector, approximately 8000 women are diagnosed with breast cancer annually. Of these, about 80% will have a mastectomy. These patients often feel that they were not provided with many treatment options other than mastectomies and are rarely offered the option of reconstructive surgery (due to medical, organizational and financial constraints). According to Dr. Apffelstaedt, renowned breast cancer surgeon in Plattekloof, during all his work in the breast cancer field, he has come across very few worthwhile long-term support systems. This is despite the very obvious physiological side effects of a mastectomy. There is therefore a responsibility from the private, public and NGO medical sectors to understand this and recognise the role that both support and the provision of something as simple as a breast prosthetic can play. As one of South Africa’s oldest breast . . .
Subz Pants and Pads has been founded on an ethos of female empowerment which is why two leading social activists – Jo-Ann Barnwell and Pam le Noury – will be taking centre stage at the inaugural Subz Spring Fling High Tea fundraiser, taking place at Kloof Country Club on Wednesday, 5 September. “The Subz Spring Fling High Tea is a chance to relax, enjoy a fun morning of quality eats in a beautiful setting while engaging with other dynamic people,” said Sue Barnes, founder of Subz Pants and Pads, and its NGO extension, Project Dignity. “We are really honoured to be welcoming two leading South African women to the High Tea programme, marine conservationist – Pam le Noury – as guest speaker, and Subz ambassador, Jo-Ann Barnwell as MC. Subz is about empowering young women through dignity while also promoting environmental sustainability. These two women will demonstrate how this can be achieved through Project Dignity.” uMhlanga’s Jo-Ann Barnwell boasts some remarkable achievements. She’s a national ballroom dancer, professional chef, successful restaurateur, Tammy Taylor Mrs South Africa finalist and the ambassador for Subz Pants and Pads and Project Dignity…and she will be bringing her enthusiasm and passion to the Subz Spring Fling High Tea. Jo-Ann’s connection with Subz started when she entered the Tammy Taylor Mrs South Africa contest, as she wanted to use this platform to bring about awareness for a particular cause. After accompanying Sue Barnes on an activation at a local school, Jo-Ann was completely committed to helping wherever she could. “I never knew how big an issue this was,” recalled Jo-Ann. “We often live in our little bubble and don’t realise the bigger problems around us. When I learnt about Subz Pants and Pads, I couldn’t believe how remarkable it was that there is this reusable sanitary product which works so well.” As a Subz ambassador, Jo-Ann participates in the activations, motivating and connecting with the young women at . . .
Here’s the ultimate challenge for any athlete: Last Man Standing is an opportunity to compete in a multi stage, multi skilled, multi day event that will test fitness and perseverance to the limit. The South African born and bred event comprises Beginner, Intermediate, Elite and Masters divisions; and this year’s venue allows the organisers to bring new tests of fitness by including swimming, running, cardio and gymnastics. The 2018 event will be held on the grandest scale at one of South Africa's premier sporting venues, the prestigious Lost City at Sun City from the 27th - 29th September 2018. This individual power-packed spring event is a part of the broader Last Man Standing International events and includes the team event which has already happened. “Last Man Standing (LMS) athletes can compete in a division of their choice, scaled to suit their experience, strength and fitness levels. It’s about giving all athletes the opportunity to immerse themselves in the rapidly growing CrossFit community and experience what it feels like to be a professional athlete,” says Robert Walker, Director of Jukwaa Group and co-founder of Last Man Standing. “Our main aim is to provide every athlete with the ultimate challenge.” Think you could rock it? Walker adds LMS itself is one of the biggest fitness event of its kind in South Africa, with athletes participating in three arenas over a three-day period. “LMS is the premier functional fitness competition for the fitness athlete in Africa, offering all athletes, whether affiliated to a CrossFit or not, a chance to pit their skills across various levels of experience”. “We’re busting the myth that functional fitness is a men-only thing. Many women are enjoying the competitiveness and healthy lifestyle CrossFit and other organisations offer, and we have seen a growth in the number of women entries at functional fitness events and are encouraging them to participate in events they know they’re ready to compete . . .
A modern new day-theatre facility has opened its doors in Richards Bay, providing Dolphin Coast communities convenient access to a comprehensive range of surgical services. “After identifying a great demand for day surgery in the region, Medicross collaborated with a number of specialists, surgeons and other medical professionals to bring this service and facility to patients of the region,” says Dr Billyy van der Merwe, managing director of Netcare’s Primary Care Division, of which Medicross is a subsidiary. The Richards Bay Medicross Day Hospital, the first Medicross day theatre facility to be established on the Dolphin Coast, is located opposite Netcare The Bay Hospital on Lira Link Road in the tallest building in the Richards Bay CBD, and is therefore easy to find. “Day surgery is becoming increasingly popular not only in South Africa but around the world. We find that patients particularly appreciate the convenience and other benefits of same-day surgery. In addition to offering families convenience, day procedures are also cost-effective,” notes Dr Van der Merwe. Richards Bay Medicross Day Hospital manager, Joseph Mbambo, says the facility, which has been operational since late July, has two well-equipped theatres, 15 day beds, and nine recliners for eye surgery cases. “It offers surgical procedures, which do not require patients to stay overnight, across a range of disciplines. These include general, plastic and reconstructive, dental, maxilla-facial, ENT (ear, nose and throat), gynaecological, urological, ophthalmological, orthopaedic surgery.” In addition to the Medicross Richards Bay Day Hospital, the newly developed building is also home to a number of new doctor’s rooms for medical practitioners who practise at Netcare The Bay Hospital. “Medicross has to date established a network of 16 day theatre facilities around South Africa. We place great emphasis on creating a warm family and child-friendly environment for patients who come in . . .
“The mounting resistance of germs to antibiotics is a growing global concern that requires much greater attention and vigilance, not only within healthcare but from every level of society, if we are to successfully combat this threat into the future.” This is the warning expressed by Dr Ricky Dippenaar, a Cape Town neonatologist based at Netcare Blaauwberg Hospital who is well known in South Africa for his pioneering work with micro-premature babies. “We are currently losing the battle against these rapidly evolving germs, which are now becoming resistant to our antibiotics faster than we are able to develop and produce new drugs to combat them,” he noted. For Dr Dippenaar, who has been part of a local study to investigate the effectiveness of the use of a new Pulsed Xenon (PX) disinfecting ultraviolet (UV-C) robot to assist in destroying these germs, including bacteria, viruses and fungi, within the hospital setting, “the prospect of humankind running out of the means to combat these increasingly drug resistant microorganisms is frightening, and we all need to play our part to assist in combating this very real peril. “We require much greater vigilance with regard to the use of antibiotics, or antibiotic stewardship, not only in South Africa, but across the African continent, where in some countries these types of drugs are easily available, even on the streets,” emphasises Dr Dippenaar. He says the correct use of these important medicines is critical if we are to maintain their effectiveness and protect ourselves from antibiotic resistance. This involves the use of antibiotics only when absolutely necessary, and the correct medicines and doses to match the condition involved. “Patients can and must play their part by taking their medicines exactly as prescribed and always be sure to complete their course of antibiotics. They should also resist the temptation to pressurise their clinicians to prescribe antibiotics for every medical condition they may . . .
Levels of feacal matter in the Vaal river have recently caused an outcry, and experts say the crisis is not confined to that water source, with one source saying current filtration methods are unable to prevent toxins from blue-green algae entering our drinking water. Parliament’s Portfolio Committee on Water and Sanitation have blamed lack of investment and maintenance by Emfuleni and Sedibeng municipalities for the contamination of the Vaal River. Add to this the drought in the Western Cape, Eastern Cape and Northern Cape and it is clear that we are in a much more complex water crisis than many realized, despite the warnings of experts over the past decade. Non-profit Save the Vaal Environment (SAVE), on its website , states: “The deteriorating (and possibly life threatening) quality of the water of the Vaal River system including the Vaal Dam has reached crisis proportions… The Vaal River has become a dumping ground for toxic effluent from industry, mining and municipal waste water works. Acid Mine Drainage (AMD) is a reality and a further threat to the sensitive ecological environment of the Vaal River. SAVE’s focus area is the part of the Vaal River where the aquatic ecosystem is most compromised and where the greatest human health risk is posed.” Professor at the University of the Free State’s Centre for Environmental Management, Anthony Turton says that fixing the problem of the Vaal alone will cost R800 billion to R1 trillion. He recently noted on SABC2’s Fokus that the Vaal “is a very good indicator of what is happening in the rest of the country. In fact, some of the smaller municipalities have got even less capacity to manage [pollution], so although the impact is smaller because the volumes are smaller, [the effect of pollution] is no less significant in, for example, in the Eastern Cape, Northern Cape, some parts of KZN. … We are seeing systemic failure, systemic collapse. Across the entire water sector we are seeing collapse…” In his . . .
In today’s fast-paced world, with women trying to do it all, it’s important to take time out and embrace the gorgeous, dynamic woman within. That’s why the Women’s Lifestyle Expo (#WLE2018) – brought to you by FMI - has organised an all-fun, all-functional, all-fantastic weekend of pampering, dangerously sinful dining, and inspiring talks. Visitors will get access to the empowering insights of the best financial, lifestyle, business and medical and consultants during a series of must-attend workshops. This dynamic networking and trend-sourcing event will be taking place at Joburg’s Montecasino Piazza, from 29 to 30 September 2018. “Women have perfected the art of multitasking, which is why the Women’s Lifestyle Expo has put together a diverse array of presenters and inspiring feminine experiences to be relished over one weekend,” said Helen Johns, co-founder of the Women’s Lifestyle Expo. “This event is about drawing together some of South Africa’s extraordinary decision-makers and visionaries whose actions and ideas are changing the world. These include entrepreneurs, innovators and leaders who will be talking on a various interesting, edgy and motivational topics. In between the 45-minute workshops, visitors will get to indulge in some retail therapy and well-deserved pampering!” The general entry ticket price of R250 entitles each visitor to two workshops. These can be booked online in advance, as space is filling up quickly. Just some of the workshop themes on the programme are: Women as Entrepreneurs Wanting to start your own business? If you consider professions in the mining sector, or overseeing operations across the African continent, as solely roles for men, then Jean Chawapiwa’s talk will make you reconsider everything you thought you knew. Founder and MD of Win Win Solutions 4 Africa; and Country Director for WEConnect International in South Africa, Chawapiwa has spent more than 10 years of her career in the African mining sector. She’ll be . . .
Never before has the British parliament’s Science and Technology Committee, led by their Chairman Mr Norman Lamb MP, come out so boldly in support of the relaxation of regulations of their vaping industry. Following the tabling of the report on e-cigarettes, the Committee is calling for the UK government to abandon the strict EU’s anti-vaping laws. Three months ago our Department of Health introduced the Control of Tobacco Products and Electronic Delivery Systems Bill. In this Bill, the department lumped both the traditional combustible cigarette with e-cigarette. In our submission to the Department, the Vaping Products Association of South Africa has argued strongly against this twinning of these two products. Our standpoint is informed by existing overwhelming scientific research available from Public Health England Cochrane network of health researchers agree that e-cigarettes are 95% safer than your traditional combustible cigarettes. This is a scientific fact which we cannot ignore as we process the current Bill. We also wish to call upon the Department to take this crucial evidence into account. Arguing before the UK Science and Technology Committee, Lamb pursued a strong case in favour of relaxing restrictions on e-cigarettes arguing amongst others that “e-cigs are a powerful harm reduction tool that should be encouraged” said Mr Lamb. For this reason, they wish to reconsider their legislative regime which the MP says needs to: • create greater freedom for industry to advertise e-cigarettes • relax regulations and tax duties on e-cigarettes to reflect their relative health benefits • an annual review of the health effects of e-cigarettes, as well as heat-not-burn products • a debate on vaping in public spaces, such as on public transport and in offices • e-cigarettes licensed as medical devices • a rethink on limits on refill strengths and tank sizes • an end to the ban on snus - an oral tobacco product which is illegal in the UK under EU . . .
SANCA Western Cape aims to eliminate substance abuse by offering three programmes and creating awareness campaigns. This way the company plans to reinforce healthy habits in the communities of the Western Cape. SANCAWC implements their substance abuse prevention and treatment programmes at three levels: Primary Prevention: The first step is a precautionary step that addresses harmful substance abuse effects before they occur by conducting campaigns and educating people. Secondary Prevention: This Step focuses on high-risks groups, that is, young adults and abused women. Along with educational initiatives, life skills training is also offered at this level. Tertiary Prevention: The last program is directed at people who have already become a victim of substance abuse. The tertiary prevention level includes comprehensive assessment service where both in-patient and out-patient can take part. Prevention Programmes: POPPETS, Youth Programme, and FASD Programme fall under this category. POPPETS (Programme of Primary Prevention: Education Through Stories) educates children about the negative effects of substance abuse in their pre-school years in an effective manner. The Youth Programme aims to educate the youth about drug abuse and lead them towards positive life goals. Foetal Alcohol Spectrum disorder (FASD) Programme conducts awareness campaigns extensively. The company also identifies, recruits, trains and employs health educators, workers to reduce the occurrence of FASD. SANCA Western Cape also provides services for women whose children are suffering from FASD and help them to understand the individual requirements of their children. Out-Patient Programme: Anyone who has developed the symptoms of substance abuse dependency can benefit from the out-patient programme of SANCA Western Cape. The out-patient programmes are offered at the company’s offices located in Paarl, Atlantis, Khayelitsha, Athlone/Guguletu, Tygerberg, and Mitchells Plain. Community-based . . .