JOHANNESBURG — Today, there are so many things that create anxiety in people’s lives and courage is essential in dealing with this anxiety and overcoming day-to-day challenges that range from the most basic to the most complex. It is therefore thrilling that Jehovah’s Witnesses will be holding a three -day convention with the theme: “Be Courageous!” This year’s convention will show how we can develop this essential attribute in accordance to what the Bible tells us, apply it practically in our lives and note its benefits in helping us hold a bright outlook for the future. Starting from Friday September 7th - 9th 2018, the Witnesses will be hosting this free event at the FNB Stadium/ Soccer City in Johannesburg in what is expected to be the largest 3- day conference to be held in South Africa. The Soccer City convention will be held simultaneously in 3 languages being English, isiZulu and Sesotho. An estimated 70 000 people are expected to attend. A few weeks later, on September 28th – 30th 2018, separate sessions in Setswana, Shona, Tsonga, Sepedi, Xhosa, Afrikaans, Portuguese, Chinese (Mandarin) and Italian will be held at the Johannesburg Expo Centre otherwise known as Nasrec. The other notable convention will be the Sign Language Convention to be held on August 31st –September 2nd 2018 at the Midrand Assembly Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses in Country- View, Midrand. The Midrand Assembly Hall will also be the venue for the Venda language convention on the weekend of September 7th – September 9th, Chichewa on September 14th- September 16th and French on the weekend of September 21st- September 23rd 2018. As they have in years past, the Witnesses will distribute a special invitation to the public welcoming them to attend the programme. The dates and locations for each convention as well as the programme schedule can be found on the Witnesses’ official website www.jw.org/en/jehovahs-witnesses/conventions. There is no admission fee and no collection . . .
When asked what my motivation is for participating in extreme desert running events since 2010, my answer is two-fold. Yes, there is the personal challenge and satisfaction of completing these races. But the main reason for my participation is to raise money, support and awareness for NGOs and social causes at the forefront of addressing Africa’s development challenges. I have been involved with various African and international NGOs and development organisations for the past 25 years, both professionally and through my desert running efforts, and it is therefore not too difficult to find the correlation between the challenges associated with making the world a better place, and completing a multi-stage desert foot race in some of the harshest environments on the planet. My next desert race is the six-day, 250km Fire and Ice Ultra from 27 August - 1 September 2018 in Iceland. This will be my tenth international desert race, and if successful, I will become the first African, and one of only a small group of people, to complete a multi-stage desert race on all seven continents. Beyond achieving a special running milestone, the period before and during the race is also another opportunity to do something special in support of African NGOs making a difference in society. I am dedicating my participation in the Fire and Ice Ultra to the African NGO sector in general. It is an opportunity to celebrate NGOs’ unique contributions across the continent, generate support and awareness for their work, and reflect on the state of the sector. During the final 50 days leading up to the race (9 July - 27 August 2018), I’m implementing the #NGOs4Africa Campaign which consists of the following components: Publishing profiles of 50 African NGOs that I have admired, supported or worked with over the years; Publishing 15 guest articles by NGO leaders and experts about critical challenges and opportunities facing NGOs in Africa; Publishing 10 articles about . . .
It’s time to shake off the winter chill and start afresh with the first-ever Subz Spring Fling High Tea fundraiser for Project Dignity, taking place at Kloof Country Club on Wednesday, 5 September. “This is going to be a fun and glamorous morning as a celebration of Women’s Month while raising funds for packs of Subz Pants and Pads. The distribution of these reusable pads through Project Dignity will empower South African schoolgirls, freeing them from the economic burden of buying sanitary pads monthly, or missing school because they can’t afford them,” explained Sue Barnes, founder of Subz Pants and Pads. Barnes established Subz Pants and Pads as an economically and environmentally preferable option to disposable sanitary pads. She was prompted to research reusable sanitary pads when she learnt that the education of thousands of South African schoolgirls was interrupted monthly because of a lack of access to sanitary wear. Project Dignity was launched as an NPO extension of the company, raising funds for the donations of Subz packs to disadvantaged schoolgirls across the country. The Subz Spring Fling High Tea will be the first Subz-hosted fundraising initiative for the NPO. “We are very excited to be welcoming marine conservation expert, and a true icon for female empowerment, Pam le Noury, as guest speaker for this fundraising event,” continued Barnes. “She is committed to educating people about the importance of sustainability, which aligns with the Subz ethos, and is keen to be involved in our ongoing effort to promote dignity for all young women.” Marine scientist, PADI dive instructor, zodiac skipper, sailor and committed ocean conservationist, Pam Le Noury, will enthral guests at the High Tea with her talk entitled ‘Ocean Conservation’. “I’m excited to have this opportunity to work with Subz and create more awareness about the importance of sustainable options. The work Subz is doing really resonates with me – they’re directly addressing the . . .
Dentsply Sirona, the world’s largest manufacturer of professional dental products and technologies brings their innovations to a town close to you in Kwa Zulu Natal South Africa’s leading dental consumables and equipment supplier, Dentsply Sirona, is proud to bring dental innovations that you can rely on into the practices of Pietermartizburg, Ladysmith and Newcastle. This is in line with their brand promise of empowering dental professionals to provide better, safer and faster dental care. The company is well-known for enabling dentists across the country to deliver the best possible dental care to their patients, as well as providing top line dental equipment such as top of the line CAD/CAMs, CBCTs and Treatment Centres ( Made In Germany). They also ensure that dental practitioners have access to world-class Endodontics, Restorative and Preventative materials. The company will be showcasing the ground breaking CEREC technology and will host a master class to educate practitioners on how to use it, as well as introducing WaveOne ©Gold family, another leading dental care system providing a single-file reciprocating technique for shaping root canals. On the back of this, Dentsply Sirona will also introduce its new direct sales platform, which will provide dentists with the opportunity to maximise on the spend of their practice by tailoring personalised product offers and bundles and unlock rewards. The Dentsply Sirona Regional Team, led by Allan Hodgson and the local Dentsply Sirona representatives will also be present to introduce and provide assistance on using the company’s new sales platform. Dentsply Sirona is committed to innovation and education, and to investing in the local dentistry field by growing the industry and making both dentists and patients aware of the benefits of good oral hygiene. The Dentsply Sirona team will be at the African Enterprise Conference, Pietermaritzburg on Monday 20 August 2018, the Royal Hotel, Ladysmith on . . .
Dentsply Sirona, the world’s largest manufacturer of professional dental products and technologies brings their innovations to a town close to you. South Africa’s leading dental consumables and equipment supplier, Dentsply Sirona, is proud to bring dental innovations that you can rely on into the practices of Middleburg, Ermelo and Piet Retief. This is in line with their brand promise of empowering dental professionals to provide better, safer and faster dental care. The company is well-known for enabling dentists across the country to deliver the best possible dental care to their patients, as well as providing top line dental equipment such as top of the line CAD/CAMs, CBCTs and Treatment Centres ( Made In Germany). They also ensure that dental practitioners have access to world-class Endodontics, Restorative and Preventative materials. The company will be showcasing the ground breaking CEREC technology and will host a master class to educate practitioners on how to use it, as well as introducing WaveOne ©Gold family, another leading dental care system providing a single-file reciprocating technique for shaping root canals. On the back of this, Dentsply Sirona will also introduce its new direct sales platform, which will provide dentists with the opportunity to maximise on the spend of their practice by tailoring personalised product offers and bundles and unlock rewards. The Dentsply Sirona Regional Team, led by Berenice Muller and the local Dentsply Sirona representatives will also be present to introduce and provide assistance on using the company’s new sales platform. Dentsply Sirona is committed to innovation and education, and to investing in the local dentistry field by growing the industry and making both dentists and patients aware of the benefits of good oral hygiene. The Dentsply Sirona team will be at the Southern Sun The Ridge on Monday 13 August 2018, the Izimbali Lodge on Tuesday, 14 August 2018 and Welgekozen Country Lodge on . . .
Johannesburg August 2018: South African media has joined forces in the 7% Tribe, a new initiative to empower and advance South African women. South African women are a force to be reckoned with. Just look at how the 20 000 women who marched against pass laws on 9 August 1956 helped to change the course of history; or how Advocate Thuli Madonsela, as then Public Protector, took a stand against forces far greater than herself in her quest to uphold South Africa’s democracy. The sad fact, however, is that – in spite of their skills, talents, grit and determination – women do not receive the support they require in the workplace. Perhaps that’s why, when Steyn City first planned a Women’s Day Event to salute its female residents – many of whom are corporate executives, entrepreneurs and social activists – enthusiasm for the project propelled it forward until it became a movement; specifically, the 7% Tribe. Says Tammy Menton, Group Head of Marketing and Events at Steyn City, who co-founded the movement with Janez Vermeiren and Yusuf Stevens of Cheeky Media, “The response to the concept was overwhelming. We realised this was becoming something far bigger than we could have imagined. From being a celebratory event, it has become a movement with potential to effect real change.” Adds Giuseppe Plumari CEO of Steyn City Properties, “We are delighted to co-sponsor this women’s event and acknowledge that women have an enormous role to play in our society and workplace.” Why the 7% Tribe? Because, according to statistics from the latest Bain & Company Report on Gender Disparity, which cites the Businesswomen’s Association of South Africa’s (BWASA) census on women in leadership, 22% of board directors are women, but only 7% are executive directors. This is in spite of the fact that they make up 50% of the working age population. Added to this, the growth in the percentage of female leaders has remained flat for several years. Several reasons are given for this, . . .
Homophobic Violence: “It’s because their hearts are dead” Lest we forget: Banyana Banyana star Eudy Simelane By Devan Moonsamy, CEO of The ICHAF Training Institute It has been 10 years since our Banyana Banyana soccer star Eudy Simelane was found gang raped, robbed and murdered. She was stabbed over 25 times. It is unfathomable that such brutality could ever be justified. The reason for this heinous crime? Eudy was lesbian. In the decade since, it feels like we are no closer to overcoming this terrible persecution. Violence and abuse the world over against people of differing sexualities and gender identities is a reality. Our hearts go out to Simelane’s family who no doubt still feel the weight of her loss at the age of 31. Mally Simelane, Eudy’s mother, has said that she has finally found a way to forgive her daughter’s murderers. What strength and humanity Eudy’s mother shows in the face of such devastation. Still, hate crimes such as this are destroying South African lives. And, what is more, it means that others like Simelane continue to live in fear, continue to hide who they are, simply because of some people’s complete intolerance for what is really none of their business at all. The neighbourhood in which Simelane lived, KwaThemba on the East Rand in Gauteng, is said to be largely LGBTQ-friendly. Simelane may have felt safe, her family may have had a measure of confidence that she was accepted. As a result, the attack came as a massive shock to the community. A long time has passed since Simelane’s death, but we mustn’t forget her. We mustn’t forget her bravery in living life as who she was, her advocacy for LGBTQ people, and as a soccer player in a male-dominated sport. There have been many more recent cases, but this case is notable in that Eudy’s murderers were the first in South Africa to be convicted of so-called “corrective” rape. However, this characterisation doesn’t seem to apply, and LGBTQ organisations are guarded about the . . .
Dignity is a basic human right. A violation thereof cuts us at our human core. This should motivate us to protect the right to dignity of not only ourselves, but of every person. Yet, according to the National Council of and for Persons with Disabilities in South Africa (NCPD), protecting the dignity of South Africa’s children with disabilities is not currently very high on the national agenda. According to UNICEF, “children with disabilities are one of the most marginalized and excluded groups of children, experiencing widespread violations of their rights.” In developing countries, like South Africa, where poverty and inequality are serious problems, children with disabilities are even more vulnerable. Therina Wentzel, National Director of the NCPD, says that childhood disability is a neglected and serious national problem. “Disablism describes the discrimination and prejudice that persons with disabilities face,” she says. “In South Africa, disablism robs many children of their most basic rights. The term needs to be heard and understood in the same manner as sexism and racism. Just as there is a need for education and awareness around racism and sexism, and confrontation of these injustices, so we need to make people aware of disablism and confront instances of it in society.” UNICEF puts it like this: “Too often, children with disabilities are defined and judged by what they lack rather than what they have. Their exclusion and invisibility serve to render them uniquely vulnerable, denying them respect for their dignity, their individuality, even their right to life itself.” She notes that NCPD is becoming increasingly concerned about the non-provisioning for children with disabilities in the South African childcare and protection system. “A good example is the non-provisioning of assistive devices and nappies by the National Department of Health. Assistive devices are part of primary healthcare and the Constitution obligates the government to . . .
With the current crisis of cyber-attacks and data breaches or leaks, we are faced with low rates of cyber security vigilance and high cybercrimes. Every enterprise is challenged to constantly back up their cyber security system to protect their database and information systems to avoid these data leaks and cyberattacks. Menny Barzilay, Head of IT Audit of Bank Hapoalim described Cyber Security as “the sum of efforts invested in addressing cyber risk, much of which was, until recently, considered so improbable that it hardly required our attention,” in an article on ISACA’s Knowledge Centre. When we further define cyber risks, which is the loss or harm of information due to a cyberattack or data breach, we then see the need of efficiently protected information systems. Data or Personal information is an extremely valuable commodity because when in the wrong hands, it is used for financial benefits by cyber criminals who participate or gain information from data breaches. The cyber criminals take the data and sell it and in return make a lot of money out of the whole data breach. In a radio interview Mr Sizwe Snail ka Mtuze, Director of Snail Attorneys and Lex-Informatica, said “Your ID number is so Important because it identifies you, your birth date, your race, your citizenship and whole lot of other things which could be used for an unlawful purpose”, when asked why information like a person’s ID number is so important to these cyber criminals. Anyone or any organisation with confidential information in their possession is a target. How would an organisation know whether they are ready? Whether they have the enough information security? the reality is that these cyber criminals are getting smarter and more advanced in the techniques they use. According to an article on Fin24.com, “Without a fully functional Information Regulator, these breaches will continue to occur without sanctions provided for in the Protection of Personal Information Act . . .
PORT ELIZABETH – The contentious issue of land expropriation, the proper management of dwindling water resources to ensure food security, and the impact that climate change will have on coastal communities will be among the hot topics when the Eastern Cape’s farmers gather for their 17th annual congress later this week. Provincial agricultural body Agri Eastern Cape will play host to the conference in Jeffreys Bay on Thursday and Friday, which features a line-up of speakers that includes academics and industry experts who are set to address the major issues affecting farming in the province. Keynote speaker Angelo Fick will launch proceedings with an in-depth look at the complexities of land issues. Fick, who is the director of research at the Auwal Socio-Economic Research Institute (ASRI), is also known for his role as a senior researcher and news analyst. In response to the land question, Fick will discuss how changes in ownership structures demand creative thinking to solve this multi-faceted problem. “There are two conflicting aspects to land expropriation. We are trapped by politicians who are working towards their own agendas which, I believe, are influenced strongly by the upcoming elections, and also by land owners who are afraid of change,” said Fick. “But all the talk about who owns the land misses the point. You also have tenant farm workers whose ancestors were buried on the farm, and who will be buried there themselves. They, and their children, attended school on the land. There is a sense of history and they need to be afforded some kind of rights. “However, while there is a still a long way to go, there are already structures in place, models which are already working, under which land owners co-operate with tenants, and vice-versa, to achieve harmony.” With the prolonged drought currently wreaking havoc in parts of the Eastern Cape, the importance of water in ensuring food security is another critical issue under the spotlight. . . .