If raising awareness about people with disabilities is the driving force behind the SPAR Wheelchair Wednesday campaign, it succeeded beyond dispute with a significant convert yesterday. The final week of the 2016 campaign, run in conjunction with the Association for Persons with Physical Disabilities (APD), saw Mr South Africa Armand du Plessis throw his weight behind the initiative. After four hours in a wheelchair at SPAR Sherwood he came away with a vastly enhanced view of the challenges which faced the disabled. "In fact, the experience sent a message to me to be a more helpful and friendlier shopper when coming across people in wheelchairs," he said when asked what message the campaign sent to the public. The Johannesburg resident admitted he had not previously offered to help wheelchair shoppers because they "all look so fine and as if they are in control". "For me, that will definitely change," he vowed. "I will want to give them a helping hand and support them because the experience was quite challenging." Du Plessis said he first learnt of the campaign on social media and the reality had opened his eyes "quite a bit". He said the policy of the Mr South Africa initiative was to help the community. "We reach out to those who are less fortunate and this has been the ideal opportunity to continue doing that. "Spending time in a wheelchair made me feel much more grateful and blessed for what I have in life. "Everyone has their problems, but my challenges don't come close to the challenges faced by those in wheelchairs and it has impacted my thinking a lot." Roseann Shadrach, the retailer's promotions and advertising controller, was delighted with the final day of the campaign. "It's been an incredible end to the campaign and to have Mr South Africa participating in the initiative just gives it more exposure. "It has been another great project and we are blessed to be in a position where we can provide mobility to people . . .
Submissions on the proposed tax on sugar sweetened beverages (SSBs) closed recently, with beverage manufacturers voicing concerns that a sugary drink tax could lead to job losses and impact on the economy. While these concerns cannot be dismissed, there is much at stake if South Africans do not embrace a sustainable approach to looking after their health. “The epidemic of health conditions associated with high blood glucose levels, including diabetes, is already a national problem with wide-ranging economic repercussions, the full extent of which is not easy to quantify,” says chief executive officer of Agility Health, Patrick Masobe. “Given the fact that low- and middle-income countries are experiencing a more rapid increase in the rate of diabetes and other lifestyle diseases than wealthier nations, reducing the morbidity and mortality associated with such conditions should be regarded as a national and regional development imperative.” While we support calls for a tax on sugar-sweetened beverages, he argues that this is only a small part of a wider problem that is resulting in an increasingly unhealthy South Africa, burdened by growing rates of obesity and lifestyle related diseases. The World Health Organization’s 2016 Report on Diabetes notes that there is not reliable data on the relative rates of type one and type two diabetes globally, although there has been a four-fold increase in diabetes prevalence since 1980. Agility Health data points to just over 10.5% of members of a particular medical scheme having diabetes, with roughly 90 percent of these being type 2 diabetics – that is the type of diabetes closely linked with lifestyle factors. “The WHO has suggested that obesity and related conditions account for up to a fifth of global healthcare spending. One must balance the concerns voiced by the beverage industry with the economic impact of continuing on our present trajectory, considering that it has been estimated that lifestyle diseases . . .
The Mandela Bay Development Agency (MBDA) on 1 September hosted a mid-term review workshop on the implementation of the €5-million German government funded Safety and Peace through Urban Upgrading (SPUU) programme for Nelson Mandela Bay’s Helenvale – a South African community deeply affected by crime, drug abuse, domestic violence and poverty. The workshop unpacked and analysed progress of this socio-economic upliftment and development programme for Helenvale. Participants at the Medium Term Review (MTR) included project implementation agency MBDA, Executive Mayor Athol Trollip and Acting Municipal Manager Johan Mettler, community leaders, municipal and provincial delegates, social partners and community forums. In attendance was Gabriele Götz, KfW Development Bank Senior Project Manager: Governance and Natural Resources – Southern Africa. She said her impression of the project was that the city seems to be really committed to the project . “We have interest that the cities will use the Helenvale project as a blueprint elsewhere,” she said. “Without commitment the project would not succeed. I would encourage other cities to replicate the model used here in Helenvale.” The MBDA said that in relation to the project master plan, the overall SPUU project completion rate stood at 30% at the project half-way mark and that R20 million of projects have taken off. The completion rate of the project’s strategic pillars was reported as follows: Public space and infrastructure delivery stood at 40% completion (original project target: 70%); Initiatives promoting safer schools was recorded at 45% (original project target: 60%); Youth employment promotion stood at 25% (original project target: 50%); Prevention of domestic violence was 30% (original target: 55%); Improvement of living spaces stood at 30% (original target: 45%). According to MBDA CEO Dr. Pierre Voges, the local elections affected deliverables on the project timeline. “The last . . .
Companies that have improved productivity and performed beyond expectations have received Regional Productivity Awards. The entity responsible for promoting productivity within South Africa, Productivity SA along with sponsor, The Limpopo Provincial Government Department of Economic Development, Environment and Tourism (LEDET), awarded the best performers at a ceremony held at the Cajori Hotel in Phalaborwa, Limpopo. According to the Chief Executive Officer of Productivity SA, Mothunye Mothiba, “The awards are intended at recognising organisations making significant contributions towards making South Africa a productive country. Through awarding these organisations, which are from the public, private and emerging sectors, Productivity SA aims to encourage other organisations to strive to be productive and globally competitive” Mothiba says “as the country’s fight against unemployment intensifies, it is through the efforts of companies such as the finalists that the issue of unemployment can be tackled effectively.” Productivity SA is a government entity established in terms of section3 1(1) of the Employment Services Act, No.4 of 2014 as a juristic person with a mandate to promote employment growth and productivity government. The regional awards provide a platform to inspire a competitive and productive South Africa. Productivity improvement is considered the most effective way of ensuring ongoing competitiveness, economic growth and, consequently, more wealth for all. The Deputy Director-General LEDET, Keleabetswe Clementine Tlouane says that it is critical to create jobs in order to address challenges of unemployment”. All South Africans (not only workers in the formal sector) are central to this process. South Africa currently faces major challenges, for example how to create employment opportunities, stimulate economic growth and reduce poverty. If South Africa is to reduce unemployment and poverty, and increase its economic growth, its emphasis . . .
In early August this year, comments were submitted for the draft 2016 Tax Administration Laws Amendment Bill that brings welcome change and thought-provoking additions. However, Section 16 of the bill has caused a major concern. To clarify, this section speaks of the mandate of the Office of the Tax Ombud to review and investigate any systemic issues related to a service matter; including the application of the provisions of the Tax Administration Act; or procedural or administrative provisions of a Tax Act, as defined in the above Act, only at the request of the minister. It is one of the areas being discussed with the ministry to ensure that the Office of the Ombud has true power to bring on substantial change and oversight. We want to see that the Office of the Ombud is being given the ability to investigate complaints about infringements of taxpayers’ rights by South African Revenue Services (SARS). This includes recent allegations that SARS delays paying refunds, especially around their financial year end. These have never been investigated, so if the Office of the Ombud can achieve this kind of power, then it would be of inordinate value to taxpayers. It means that SARS will be called to question when their actions are not in line with taxpayers’ constitutional rights, or fair and reasonable administrative actions. It must be noted that the above is not something new for the Office of the Ombud, other jurisdictions like Canada, India and Australia have been given a similar mandate. Rise of the Tax Ombud The Office of the Tax Ombud was originally created in 2013 to engage with the rising concerns of taxpayers when dealing with SARS, as well as to take a vital seat at the taxation table. There was a need to have an intermediary to deal with the complaints laid before SARS. Under the leadership of Judge Bernard Ngoepe, this Office of the Ombud has seen considerable success and played a pivotal role in resolving a significant number of . . .
“An exploration of why people often get broke when there is information on money.” Now in its second printing, “Why Broke… When there is so much info”, is out with a revised look and feel for better reading and application. With interactive icons that give you direction on what information lays ahead, this will be an instant ‘download’ of valuable financial information. Having sold-out with less than 3 months of the printing press, after a successful launch at Skoobs Theatre of Books in Johannesburg’ s Monte Casino on [date], this book will surely challenge your thinking about your relationship with money - how to make it, how to invest, who to trust with it? You will also find tad bits on money and relationships, stokvels and pyramid schemes – how to navigate them, join them and avoid them. About the author Mr Collen Lemawane is a professional, skilled, experienced and qualified journalist with several radio and television current affairs programmes to his name, with more than 20 years experience in the Communications and Media industry. He holds an Honours Degree in Communication from the North West University, Collen has been a news presenter on Radio Mmabatho, Radio Sunshine and Radio Bop. He was also a television anchor of Eight O’Clock Live on BOP TV and most recently worked as senior producer for Interface on SABC 3 and a senior producer on SAFM, in addition to having anchored a news programme called “World Today” on SABC 3. What you will learn from reading this book: If experience is the best teacher, Collen Lemawane has plenty he has been taught from the school of life. He knows what it means to be broke. After discovering that a wealth of information on how not to be broke exists, in his book, he details the many lessons he’s learned from the people he’s interacted and interviewed – experts in the fields of money earning, saving and investing. His journalistic curiosity will take you down a rabbit hole of self-discovery as each . . .
Blue Rock Village is proud to announce its support and participation in the STBB 2Keep-a-Breast MTB Challenge. The event is hosted by South Africa’s leading law firm, SMITH TABATA BUCHANAN BOYES in support of CANSA, an organisation that works tirelessly to enable cancer research, educate the public and provide support to all affected by cancer. Breast cancer is the most common cancer in women. A woman can develop breast cancer at any time during her adult life and 1 in 10 South African women will. But as more women have mammograms and with increased awareness and education on the topic, rates of early detection are increasing. The STBB 2Keep-a-Breast MTB Challenge has become the most popular mountain-biking event in the Western Cape, attracting more than 2 000 cyclist who love to ride the unique network of world class trails built into the Bottelary Hills conservancy which will also host, for the first time, a Twilight Trail Run this year. The aim of the event is to raise funds and all proceeds are donated to CANSA. The event offers a spectacular post-event market with stalls, food, craft beer tent, wine tasting, music, and children’s entertainment. 21 October 2016: STBB Twilight Trail Run – 12 km and 5 km 22 October 2016 : STBB 2Keep-a-Breast MTB Challenge- 60 km, 45 km, 30 km, 12 km, and 5 km Enter at www.quicket.co.za , online entries close on 18 October 2016. For more information, visit www.stbb.co.za , email email@example.com or make contact with them via social media Facebook: STBBMtbChallenge; Twitter @StbbMtb and Instagram; stbbmtb To educate yourself further on the facts of breast cancer, visit the CANSA website at www.cansa.org.za or better yet, book a mammogram TODAY, a mammogram can detect cancer years before you can! CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .
The entity responsible for promoting productivity within South Africa, Productivity SA, held an awards ceremony to recognise the winners of the Eastern Cape Regional Productivity Awards yesterday, Monday, 22nd August at the Protea Hotel, Marine, Summer Strand in Port Elizabeth. The awards are intended at recognising organisations making significant contributions towards making South Africa a productive country. Through awarding these organisations, which are from the private, emerging and Co-operative sectors, Productivity SA aims to encourage other organisations to strive to be productive and globally competitive. The CEO of Productivity SA, Mr. Mothunye Mothiba, says as the country’s fight against unemployment intensifies, it is through organisations like the finalists that poverty can be holistically tackled. The aim and objectives of Productivity SA are to improve productivity and competitiveness in the workplace throughout South Africa. These awards seek to recognise individuals, organisations and communities for their contributions to building South Africa’s productive capacity. The regional awards provide a platform to inspire a competitive and productive South Africa. Productivity improvement is considered the most effective way of ensuring ongoing competitiveness, economic growth and, consequently, more wealth for all. All South Africans (not only workers in the formal sector) are central to this process. South Africa currently faces major challenges, for example on how to create employment opportunities, stimulate economic growth and reduce poverty. If South Africa is to reduce unemployment and poverty, and increase its economic growth, emphasis should be on developing productive capacity in all sectors of the economy. Productivity SA has grown to develop various tools and models that includes measurement tools that determines to what extent an organisation’s financial performance is influenced by price recovery and productivity. The . . .
The entity responsible for promoting productivity within South Africa, Productivity SA, will hold an awards ceremony to recognise the winners of the Eastern Cape Regional Productivity Awards at an event to be held on 22 August 2016 in Port Elizabeth. Through awarding these organisations, which are from the public, private and emerging sectors, Productivity SA aims to encourage other organisations to strive to be productive and globally competitive. The CEO of Productivity SA, Mr. Mothunye Mothiba says as the country’s fight against unemployment intensifies, it is through organisations like the finalists that unemployment can be tacked head on. These awards seek to recognise individuals, organisations and communities for their contributions to building South Africa’s productive capacity. The awards provide a platform to inspire a competitive and productive South Africa. Productivity improvement is considered the most effective way of ensuring ongoing competitiveness, economic growth and, consequently, more wealth for all. All South Africans (not only workers in the formal sector) are central to this process. South Africa currently faces major challenges, for example on how to create employment opportunities, stimulate economic growth and reduce poverty. If South Africa is to reduce unemployment and poverty, and increase its economic growth, emphasis should be on developing productive capacity in all sectors of the economy. CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .
As the icy Free State winter continues to make its presence felt, the children of William Strip Primary Farm School in Bloemfontein will be kept snug and warm thanks to teamwork between Government Employees Medical Scheme (GEMS) and the provincial Department of Education. “It was our privilege to sponsor thick winter blankets and give of our time for the benefit of the school pupils. These children represent the future and as GEMS we wanted to make some contribution that would make a practical difference,” says GEMS Executive Communications and Member Affairs, Liziwe Nkonyana. This was GEMS’s contribution towards a Free State Department of Education initiative for Mandela Day. The official handover event took place at the school on 26 July, bringing smiles to the little ones’ faces. GEMS made the event possible through sponsoring the necessary equipment. The MEC for Education in the Free State, Honourable Tate Makgoe, said: “The GEMS donation and sponsorship of this occasion will not only boost the morale of the needy learners but will also leave a lasting and indelible positive legacy at this historically disadvantaged school. The support is not something we take lightly and is very much appreciated by everyone connected with the Department.” The GEMS team spent time helping the children with reading exercises, and also rolled up their sleeves to help the school’s gardening project by planting seeds. “Interventions that begin on a small scale, such as helping underprivileged children at a particular school, can lay the foundations of strong and healthy communities,” Nkonyana notes. “The interrelatedness of education and future prospects are well established, and these go hand-in-hand with wellness and the prosperity of the nation, overall,” she concluded. CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .