Polyflor SA has once again partnered with M-Net’s award-winning investigative journalism series Carte Blanche, and its Making a Difference (MAD) Trust, by contributing vinyl flooring and wall protection valued at more R250 000 to a special hospital project that will help to improve the lives of thousands of children visiting the Tygerberg Hospital in the Western Cape each year. According to Polyflor SA Chief Executive Officer, Tandy Coleman, this was the 9th year that the company has been involved in this annual campaign which aims to equip and renovate Paediatric Operating Theatres, ICUs and High Care Wards in selected state academic hospitals throughout South Africa. To date, the Carte Blanche MAD Trust has completed 18 hospital projects in 10 hospitals within six provinces nationally. Background to the Tygerberg Children’s Hospital Tygerberg Hospital is the main referral tertiary hospital for over 50 % of Western Cape children including those of Metro East (including Khayelitsha and Helderberg), the West Coast, Winelands, as well as Paarl and Worcester Regional Hospitals. Tygerberg Hospital serves as the primary hospital for high risk pregnancies in the Western Cape, and the majority of newborn babies requiring surgery will be treated here. “Tygerberg Hospital has a very large Obstetric Department with over 7 000 children born at this hospital each year, of which approximately 10% of the newborns will require immediate surgical interventions,” said Karolina Andropoulos, Patron of the MAD Trust. Explaining the need for a dedicated Paediatric Operating Theatre, Andropoulos said: “Until April 2018, Tygerberg Hospital did not have a dedicated paediatric operating theatre. Because newly born babies and older children had to share theatre space with adults, they had limited access to theatre time. The existing theatres swung from dealing with adult trauma and septic emergency cases to babies requiring surgery.” The newly unveiled Paediatric Theatre . . .
With so many recent data breaches / leaks, we are left vulnerable to our personal information being leaked into hands of whomever sees value in them. As an organisation, not only is your private information leaked but also that of your clients. There is a need for Cyber vigilance! But how do we protect ourselves or our organisations from these cyber criminals? what measures can we take digitally and legally? Attend this workshop and educate yourself on these issues and resolutions thereof. Date: 13 and 14 September 2018 Venue: Durban Country Club Theme: "The advancements of Information & Communication Technology Law - Cyber Law: Techniques, Risks, Legal implications and emerging trends" We will be addressing issues like: Data Protection, Cyber Crimes, Cyber Security and Cyber Forensics. For more info please send an email to: email@example.com or call 0127702312 CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .
The Eastern Cape Department of Economic Development, Environmental Affairs and Tourism says that it is hoping to attract more bankable projects for its Local and Regional Economic Development Fund. The multi-million fund, which closes in just under two weeks on 30 June 2018, funds projects in key priority sectors, starting at a minimum amount of R500,000 for a feasibility study rising to a maximum of R3 million for project implementation. In the 2016/17 financial year, the Department funded nine projects in the Alfred Nzo, OR Tambo District, Sarah Baartman, Buffalo City and Amathole areas. The Member of Executive Council for the Department, the Honourable Lubabalo Oscar Mabuyane says that the fund is vital to the province’s economic development which aims to support SMMEs and cooperatives that have innovative ideas and well-thought-out plans for creating new economic opportunities that enable job creation. “The fund is about helping SMMEs to promote innovation and enterprise development, particularly in the areas of agro-processing, the auto sector, manufacturing, the oceans economy, renewable energy and tourism,” he explains. Amongst the funded projects during the last financial year was a 100% youth owned brick manufacturing project, Khulani Youth Development Co-operative, in Idutywa in which seven jobs were created. This project will be officially launched by the MEC on the 28 June 2018. Another funded project, Ivili Loboya, is a 100% woman owned enterprise which manufactures fibre using cashmere wool, in the Butterworth area. But the support is not limited to funding, over a period of at least 18 months post funding, the department explores additional partnerships to provide further and more comprehensive support to the beneficiaries. Bongani Gxilishe, the Head of Department says that funding for projects has been hampered by poor quality of proposals, following due diligence reviews. I have instructed those in my office to do everything . . .
In a world that frequently sees past people whose bodies don't look or work like theirs, entrepreneurship offers persons with disabilities a liberating option. In particular because unemployment runs at a frightening 80%, running one’s own business provides vital life supporting employment, as well as the dignity and affirmation that comes with transcending the label of "disability". In the last three years, the SAB Foundation Tholoana Enterprise Programme has provided an unusual chance for a handful of South African entrepreneurs with disabilities to reimagine their entrepreneurial careers. Since the programme’s inception in 2015, a number of entrepreneurs with various forms of impairment have participated, alongside their non-disabled colleagues. "We specifically invite entrepreneurs with disabilities to participate," says Bridgit Evans, Director of the SAB Foundation. "We want them to have an experience that is not defined by their disability yet still recognises the particular challenges they face." All participants gain business skills from the workshops which are consolidated with follow up support from mentors, e-learning, group learning and telephone support. Additionally, as business owners put systems into place that enhance their sustainability and success, they are helped to gain access to markets and funding opportunities. “Participants are selected for their business ability, rather than their physical disability,” says Evans. “They are supported in overcoming the substantial challenges they face while carving out a space for themselves in the world of work.” The first intake in 2015 saw the inclusion of Nthabiseng Molongoana, who runs Lentha's Lodge, a guesthouse in Bloemfontein catering for guests in wheelchairs. Six months into the programme, she shared her reflections: "I have never felt more confident. I have the tools to succeed. Never before had I complied with all the basic legal requirements (SARS, annual returns, UIF, COIDA . . .
CRYPTO-CONSERVATION INITIATIVE TO RAISE FUNDS FOR RHINO CONSERVATION New cryptocurrency, Rhino Coin, will generate funding for rhino conservation and allow the public to contribute to safeguarding the future of South Africa’s rhino population. South Africa holds approximately 80% of the world’s rhino population; unfortunately, the rhino is currently being killed at a rate of almost three per day. Instead of roaming carefree in their natural environment, rhinos live with the constant threat of being massacred without mercy for their horn. Although the moratorium on domestic rhino horn trade was introduced in 2009, the number of rhino poached averages at around 867 rhinos per year, with more than a thousand killed per year since 2013 (excludes 2018 figures). According to Rhino Coin, a new cryptocurrency with a conscience has been launched with the purpose of generating a new untapped source of revenue to aid rhino conservation efforts. Rhino Coin’s key motivation is to save the rhino and create a steady and sustainable source of revenue for rhino conservation. Through Rhino Coin’s cryptocurrency all participants become active custodians of rhino conservation. Co-founding Rhino Coin members appeal to the public to stand together and prioritise the welfare of the rhino by participating in the initiative and to play their part in ensuring the survival of the rhino. “By tackling the problem on a local and global scale, through cutting-edge digital technology, and cryptocurrency as its vehicle for change, we hope to impact positively on the issue of dwindling numbers of rhino and empower the public to do the same,” said Alexander Wilcocks, Co-founding member of Rhino Coin. Based on a private blockchain built on Ethereum, Rhino Coin will unlock the value of ethically obtained stockpiles of rhino horn, by allowing the public to exchange one gram of rhino horn for one Rhino Coin. Horn exchanged for Rhino Coin will be subject to participants having the . . .
Sex Toy Service a First for 1.7 Million Disabled South Africans Désir, SA’s Leading Adult Toy Retailer, Launches First Dedicated Service for Disabled South Africans Wednesday, 13 June 2018 CAPE TOWN More than 1.7 million South Africans live with complex disabilities, from quadriplegia, to age or accident related disability and sight impairment. These people live with a range of difficulties resulting from misconceptions related to their sexual health, something, a leading online sex toy retailer, wants to change with their online concierge service. Contrary to popular belief, disabled South Africans can and do have healthy sex lives. According to The Disability and Sexuality Project, prevailing myths and attitudes towards the sexuality of people with physical disabilities in South Africa is extensive. The most common – that disabled people are asexual, or without any sort of sex drive, this of course, is untrue, and keeps many healthy adults from enjoying a rich sex life, Dr. Wilson, a medical practitioner with specialist interest in physical rehabilitation, and chairman of the Southern African Spinal Cord Association, says that it is imperative that those with physical disability explore their sexuality… because it doesn’t just “go away”. Physically disabled South Africans face many unconventional challenges because of these persistent stigmas. Finding a romantic partner can be difficult, as can engaging in sexual activity with an existing partner. Many couples are not experiencing the full potential the right sex toy could introduce into their lives. Masturbation is also individually challenging, and for some – may be their only source of sexual expression. Désir’s referral sexologist, Catriona Boffard, says, “Sex will be different from what it is for able-bodied people. Sensations are different, response is different, and even turn-ons might be different, but it doesn’t mean that self-pleasure and pleasure from a partner can’t happen. When . . .
South Africa has been re-elected to serve on the Council of the International Association of Marine Aids to Navigation and Lighthouse Authorities (IALA). The results were announced at the General Assembly held in conjunction with the 19th IALA Conference in Incheon, Republic of Korea from 28 May to 2 June. South Africa, represented by the Lighthouse and Navigational Systems (LNS) business unit of Transnet National Ports Authority (TNPA), has been an elected council member since 1994. TNPA LNS Executive Manager, David Gordon, also served as IALA President from 2010 to 2014. Gordon said IALA is the only international body concerned with the provision of marine aids to navigation systems (AtoNs) sea and on inland waterways. “IALA’s recommendations and standards are accepted and implemented across the globe, including adoption by the South African Maritime Safety Authority (SAMSA) as their standards under the National Ports Act 12 of 2005,” he said. “It is a tremendous honour to once again take our place on the governing body of IALA, comprising 21 elected and three non-elected Councillors, to represent the interests of some 289 members from 80 countries,” he said. Following the first meeting of the newly elected council, Gordon was also elected to serve on the IALA Financial and Audit committee (FAC) for the period 2018-2022. The FAC assists the IALA secretariat and council with the financial administration of IALA. IALA membership is restricted to port authorities or companies that are legally responsible for the provision, maintenance and/or operation of marine aids to navigation within a country. TNPA, through its LNS business unit, is mandated by the National Ports Act 12 of 2005 to provide, operate and maintain lighthouses and AtoNs along the 2 954 kilometre coastline of South Africa. LNS is also responsible for the provision and maintenance of all other systems relating to Maritime Navigation for TNPA ports. The new list of 24 IALA . . .
The Brand Alive Group’s ‘Enable’ initiative has taken on one of the most important community initiatives of our time, Father A Nation (FAN), in order to give it the strategic focus, understanding, and visibility it needs to create a powerful difference. Based on the principles of ‘love, guide and protect’, Father a Nation (FAN), a community intervention initiative designed to create a positive change in our communities and ultimately heal our men, was formed to address the issue of absent fathers. FAN is not only focused on restoring men, but the organisation also empowers single mothers by teaching them how to reverse the negative impact of absent fathers. FAN also teaches and equips boys and young men with tools that will enable them to grow up into strong, responsible, loving, respected and respectful men. Absent fathers are the root cause of the many socio-economic problems that our world is currently facing. *Studies have shown that men who have grown up without a father are more likely to be involved in crime. **Shocking statistics indicate that 80% of rapists are motivated by displaced anger, and 85% of children with behavioural problems come from fatherless homes. The ‘Enable’ initiative was created by The Brand Alive Group in 2015 in order to accelerate the Group’s ability to add meaningful and sustainable value to important social upliftment causes. Says Group Chief Executive, Giles Shepherd; “We realised that simply donating money to causes was not having the kind of impact we wanted, but that the professional brand Discovery, Establishment and Expression services we provide can create significant and long-lasting impact. Our first project was the development of innovative education institution, The Love Trust, which provides high quality, Christian-based education to desperately poor communities in South Africa. “We built a powerful strategy for The Love Trust, followed by an exciting, relevant brand identity, a positioning statement and . . .
The recent Progress in International Reading Literacy Study (PIRLS), which surveyed over 320 000 respondents, concluded that South Africa’s reading score has remained unimproved since 2011 and was ranked last out of 50 countries globally. Mia Andrew (12) and Zara-Leigh Oliphant (12), from Rondebosch, Cape Town, troubled by these statistics were inspired to focus on improving literacy as part of their Social Entrepreneurial Project at Micklefield Primary School. The recent Progress in International Reading Literacy Study (PIRLS), which surveyed over 320 000 respondents, concluded that South Africa’s reading score has remained unimproved since 2011 and was ranked last out of 50 countries globally.“Part of Micklefield's ethos is to develop a sense of giving back from a young age. With the Social Entrepreneurship Project our students are tasked with establishing a business to raise funds and create awareness around their selected cause. With this our Grade 6 students learn valuable lessons on persistence and offering support to others less fortunate than themselves. These are life skills which engender empathy within the larger community and develop their potential as valuable citizens of the future.” – says teacher, Keshma Patel. Through Mia’s mum, Sue Andrew’s involvement with GROW with Educare Centres, a micro franchise focused on empowering women and enhancing the quality of early childhood education in the low-income areas, avid readers Mia and Zara found a perfect fit. “When Mia and I got involved with GROW, we were excited to lend a hand because we are both passionate about education and helping children from disadvantaged areas.” – says Zara Mia adds, “We should all have an equal opportunity to education and this is what GROW stands for. As a young girl, it is important to read and do well in school so we can follow our dreams.” To raise awareness for their cause, Mia and Zara created a campaign on donations based crowdfunding platform, . . .
Agri Eastern Cape president Doug Stern described last week’s landmark agreement between the organisation and the provincial Department of Roads and Public Works as a victory for rural road users in the province. In a letter to Eastern Cape farmers, Stern said the agreement, which was endorsed by the Supreme Court of Appeal in Bloemfontein, will see Agri EC becoming a formal contributor to the annual provincial budgetary process on roads. “Being granted this facility is highly unusual,” said Stern. “It means that we will be able to make representation and assist in identifying which rural roads require the most urgent attention.” Going forward, he said it was agreed that the organisation would now meet with the Department of Transport’s roads division on a quarterly basis to discuss maintenance programmes on the roads affecting rural farming communities. Stern said a sum of R15 million had been earmarked for urgent road repairs within the next six months. “Should the department run out of money and not be able to allocate the agreed budget, the agreement provides that they must approach both the national and provincial Treasury and all other stakeholders they consider necessary to fulfil their undertaking.” It was also agreed that there would be ongoing judicial supervision by the High Court in Grahamstown of progress made on road repairs and maintenance by the Department of Roads, he said. “The Court has ordered that all costs relating to this case are carried by the Department, which, in my opinion, is significant and constitutes a victory for both our members and rural road users in the Eastern Cape,” said Stern. He said the agreement did not provide for compensation for individual farmers who had undertaken rural road maintenance at their own cost. CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .