It’s that time of the year again where family and friends shower each other with festive and Christmas gifts in celebration of the year that has been. But unfortunately not everybody has the pleasure and joy to enjoy Christmas because of the circumstances they find themselves in. Statistics show that 40% of South Africa’s population is under the age of 18 and a quarter of these children do not live with either of their parents. 21 000 are in institutions, 122 000 live in child-headed households, 500 000 are in foster care and over 1.5 million are double orphans. Total South Africa is playing its part this festive season by donating to Menzi Children’s Home in Tsakane, a home to neglected children with disabilities, children with chronic illnesses, and abused children. Total donated toys to the kids, kitchen appliances and grocery vouchers as well as a R30 000.00 cheque to the home. The donation was made possible by the generous contributions of the Total South Africa staff members with the aim of tackling poverty, hunger and social exclusion, and other related socio-economic anomalies. “At this time of goodwill and sharing, as Total South Africa, we understand that children are the most important group in our society, as a result, we have chosen 3 children’s homes that we are donating to and hosting Christmas parties for,” says Nyameka Makonya, Sustainable Development Manager at Total South Africa. Total also hosted Christmas parties at 2 day-care centres, based in Alexandra Township and Diepsloot and these are through a partnership with Afrika Tikkun, an NGO that develops young people from cradle to career. CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .
The year is winding down and many of us are eagerly looking forward to taking a break this December. For those who are planning to travel during the festive season, here is a handy list of essential items to pack to ensure you are prepared for your holiday. “After a busy year, many of us will be heading off for our summer holidays and some well-deserved rest and recuperation,” says Mark Arnold, principal officer of Resolution Health Medical Scheme. “In order to ensure that this time is as stress-free as possible, Resolution Health recommends that our members make sure they have packed the following items in order to be well prepared for their travels and ensure maximum relaxation and enjoyment.” First aid kit “Ensuring you have a well-stocked first aid kit will go a long way to ensuring you have a happy, healthy holiday. If you have an existing first aid kit, go through it to check whether any of the medicines and ointments have expired and restock as necessary,” Arnold advises. Over-the-counter medicines including paracetamol, burns ointment, antihistamines, treatments for insect stings, antacid and rehydration remedies may prove very convenient if illness strikes while you are away from home. Sterile latex gloves, dressings, plasters, and disinfectant may save the day if an emergency situation should arise. “It is also a good idea to draw up a list of each family member’s medical information, including any allergies, medication and existing health conditions. Emergency contact numbers and medical scheme membership numbers should also be included as a precaution. Keep a copy of this information handy, either in the glove compartment of your car or in the first aid kit – or both.” Sufficient quantities of prescribed medication “When on holiday, our daily routines may be different to working life but this does not mean that we no longer need to take daily prescribed medication. Ensure that you fill prescriptions before you travel and under no . . .
BON Hotels, a South African-based hospitality company that owns, manages and markets hotels throughout Africa, has expanded on its CSR initiatives with the introduction of BONangels, a platform launched in South Africa and Namibia earlier this year which is now being rolled out to nine hotels across five cities in Nigeria, and hotels in Uganda and Ethiopia. BONangels will facilitate charity drives, events and campaigns at all their properties, driving staff involvement at all levels in support of the community and those in need. The aim of BONangels is to create a community of carers who speak, support and embody the goodwill of BON Hotels. The objectives include: adopting programs and strategies that contribute to communities conserving environments reducing social problems education combining the efforts of staff at all levels encouraging participation and engagement on social media platforms promoting guest engagement and participation growing a community of ‘angels’. CEO of BON Hotels Guy Stehlik says, “This strategy is in keeping with our ethos of Good people. Good thinking. Good feeling, and it is our aim to take care of the communities that service our hotels; to establish a society of guests and staff who want to do something good and give back.” The first campaign was a shoe drive which enjoyed great success - guests, staff and members of the community were encouraged to drop off their new, used or unwanted shoes, all of which were donated to local schools, orphanages and charities in the area. This was followed by a blanket drive. All BON Hotels will be actioning a book drive over the festive season with the emphasis on giving those less fortunate the gift of words and imagination. Guests, visitors and staff will be encouraged to drop off books in the donation bins at hotel reception through promotions on social media and in-house initiatives. The properties have embraced this initiative wholeheartedly and . . .
This year marks the 10th anniversary of a partnership between the Herbalife Family Foundation and Acres of Love. For the last 18 years, Acres of Love have been providing support and care for orphans across the country. There are currently 29 Acres of Love Forever Family Homes in operation, with 24 in Johannesburg and 5 in Cape Town. 110 dedicated and passionate employees care for almost 200 children across the Acres of Love Forever Family Homes network. The Herbalife Family Foundation supports Acres of Love as part of its Casa Herbalife programme; providing monetary contributions and volunteering that go towards ensuring the healthy nutrition of each child in the Homes. Gerda Audagnotti, Co-founder and CEO of Acres of Love, says: “We currently care for children with medical conditions such as HIV/AIDS, paralysis, Spina Bifida, Cerebral Palsy, CHARGE Syndrome, Down Syndrome, Fetal Alcohol Syndrome, hearing and vision impairments, Autism, and clubfeet. Herbalife’s partnership to ensure that these children have nutrient-rich diets, filled with fruits and vegetables, is extremely foundational in their overall health. With excellent medical, emotional, educational, and nutritional care we have seen incredible transformations in the lives of our children as we meet their needs with love and dignity. We are incredibly grateful for Herbalife’s commitment to bring health and holistic care to the children we serve!” The mission of Acres of Love is to rescue and care for children who are abandoned or orphaned due to AIDS, abuse, and extreme poverty in South Africa. They also advocate for the rights of orphans to obtain world class health-care, education, and nutrition. As Acres of Love takes a holistic approach to caring for their children, nutrition plays an integral role which means that each child in their care has three nutritious meals a day and that they have the correct diet for their individual needs. On Thursday, 17th of November, Herbalife team . . .
Desirous of forming a Special Rates Area for Central, at a meeting held at the Mandela Bay Development Agency on 11 November 2015, Central residents, property and business owners appointed an interim committee to take the necessary steps towards the establishment of the Central SRA. Based on a fundamental need to improve the area that the residents of Central reside in, the property owners within the Central area will now formally apply for the registration of the Central SRA. A Special Rating Area is a geographic area within the jurisdiction of a Municipality, determined or to be determined by the Municipality Council in terms of Section 22 of the Municipal Rates Act 6 of 2004 as an area within which an additional rates amount shall be levied by the Municipality and paid over to a community owned Company for its sole use in improving aspects of service delivery within that geographic area. A number of Public Participation meetings are planned for residents on 29 November at the Union Cricket Club and 1 December at the MBDA, Tramways Building. Both meetings will be from 17h30 to 19h00. The Central SRA website (www.centralsra.co.za) is active and allows residents to quickly determine the exact amount that each will contribute towards the Special Rated Area as well as allowing each owner to complete and sign an online consent form. Feedback from the Public Participation meetings and via the web site will allow residents and owners to gain clarity on the formation of the Central SRA. Speaking from personal experience the Executive Mayor of Nelson Mandela Bay gave the Central SRA the thumbs up saying; "The Richmond Hill SRA has been a huge success, mostly ridding the area of serious crime & grime. The rejuvenation of this suburb has resulted in improved cleanliness, massive property value appreciation and the establishment of a popular restaurant hub. For just a small rates increase, the residents of Richmond Hill have benefited immensely." Interim . . .
Stanley Maake is proud to announce the release of his much-anticipated book Say I do God’s way with the subtitle “Remain obedient before, during and after the marriage.” The eBook is now available on Mbokodo eShop from the 17th November 2016. The release of the book is on the 30th of November 2016 and available at selected bookstores. Author Stanley Maake in the first instance takes the reader on a journey through relationship from initiation step to a marriage, which remains obedient to God model of marriage. He provides guid-ance on how to lead a fruitful marriage life which is pleasing to God throughout marriage different stages in this relationship guidebook. The book opens a window into marriage especially for those who never got married before. It af-fords them a feel of the going-ins of marriage when it is done God’s way compared to the world’s way. The author begins by giving a position of God on marriage as it is written in the Bible. Based on the Biblical teachings, the book provides guidance on how to remain obedient whilst finding a partner. It also provides answers on how to successfully deal with challenges within marriage, as well as how to redeem yourself after a failed marriage. A marriage is about building permanent families for the purpose of meeting humankind need for companionship, procreation and worshiping God. It is not about status or material things or about serving individual interests. Say I do God’s way attempts to restore marriage back to the very purpose God the architecture of the institution created it for. This relationship and marriage guide is written in a simplistic style for easy reading. Say I do God’s way tackles topical issues which includes courting to lobola (bride price), loneli-ness in marriage, fellowship for success, sexual intimacy, marriage killer and fixing broken rela-tions. It guides couples using scripture on how to build marriages that will stand the test of time. Written by a Theology student, . . .
Vrygrond, Cape Town, South Africa: Where Rainbows Meet, a constructive non-profit organisation in Vrygrond Cape Town, South Africa has started a crowdfunding campaign through Jumpstarter South Africa to help the impoverished children of the community this Christmas. Starting this November, the locally founded non-profit organisation Where Rainbows Meet has begun their annual Adopt a Child for Christmas Campaign, focusing on providing some of the world’s most victimized children with a real Christmas. The organisation would like to raise over ZAR 20,000.00 to fund the campaign this Christmas season. This event not only provides basic necessities to the children of the community, but also shows them that they are not forgotten, unloved, or condemned to a life of poverty. More than often, children in the community face abuse and neglect from their parents and extreme violence into their adult years. The campaign was first attempted in 2014 and was a resounding success with the project raising over ZAR 100,000.00, over 10 times the fundraising goal of ZAR 10,000.00. This success allowed the organization to provide not only food, clothes, and medicine to over 2,500 children, but also toys, hygiene materials, education materials, and even a safe and fun community event for the people to enjoy. Last year we were able to match the amount raised the previous year and this year, Where Rainbows Meet hopes to surpass last year with a bigger impact through this campaign in order to give back to its community in a unique fashion. The very active nature of the organization paired with its very real presence in the hearts and minds of the local community means that every donation will make a real difference in the lives of these children and will not be just another drop in the bucket. "It really amazes me to see people from all over the world willing to contribute towards this campaign! It's definitely a good cause and I'm very excited to see how much we'll be able to . . .
Every year, World Hunger Month in October is an opportunity for Add Hope to highlight hunger issues in Africa and shine a spotlight on the work of the 110 beneficiary organisations it supports. This year, the challenge was set to raise R5 million and KFC announced today that this goal has been reached, with customers and staff uniting to raise R5.17 million during October. Every cent goes to feeding over 110 000 children every day in South Africa, helping them to learn, grow and thrive. “We’re so pleased to have reached our goal of raising over R5 million in October and would like to thank every person who played a part in achieving this,” says KFC Chief Marketing Officer for Africa Mike Middleton. “Hunger is a major problem in South Africa and we have to keep raising the bar so that we can reach more children who really need help. The more donations Add Hope receives, the more children we can sustainably feed.” Relying on the power of a R2 donation being added at KFC tills and contributions from KFC, Add Hope has raised over R30 million in 2016 and R263 million since inception. Middleton says the collaboration between KFC and its customers is vital in fighting hunger and the total donated to beneficiaries increases every year, with a large portion contributed by KFC. Add Hope kicked off World Hunger Month activities by taking KFC teams and media to some of the 110 organisations that partner with Add Hope, including Oosterland Youth Centre in Port Elizabeth, The Home of Hope in Cape Town, The Epworth Children’s Village in Johannesburg and St. Monica’s Child and Youth Centre in Durban. “Our teams play an important role in encouraging people to donate and it’s wonderful for them to see first-hand how the Add Hope donations are making a difference,” says Middleton. “We are proud of the impact that Add Hope has in local communities.” This year, several inspiring ‘Stories of Hope’ were created in partnership with Expresso on SABC 3, showing how Add Hope, in . . .
Tetra Pak collaborated with the National Department of Basic Education (DBE) for the second year running around National Nutrition Week to spread the word of nutrition among learners. Tetra Pak and the DBE brought information about nutrition, pencil cases, activity booklets, and hundreds of litres of long life milk to nearly 4 000 learners of 10 primary schools in the KwaZulu-Natal and Limpopo Province on October 10, 2016. “Our Tetra Pak TBA 1L mascot made the day more exciting for the children at Malakeng Serotele Primary School to learn about the serious business of nutrition,” says Penny Ntuli, communications director of Tetra Pak South Africa. “Our partnership with the Department of Basic Education is a natural one since government’s Vision 2030 commits government to improving the long-term health outcomes of South Africans by prioritising nutrition, among other things.” She says that creating healthy habits in children gives them immediate learning benefits since they are alert and receptive to their studies, they also develop healthy and strong physiologies, and the healthy eating habits that stay with them for a lifetime. Tetra Pak and DBE representatives visited learners at schools throughout Sekhukhune District in Limpopo Province and KwaDukuza District in KwaZulu-Natal. They donated 300 litres of milk to each of six schools. Long life milk is a key ingredient to changing the strategic landscape of global nutrition needs. It also democratises nutrition for many Africans since its qualities lend it to unrefrigerated transportation to remote locations even where little infrastructure exists. Milk and dairy products are also nutrient dense. They provide high quality protein and micronutrients in an easily absorbed form that can benefit both nutritionally vulnerable people and healthy people. Milk is an ideal source of protein and calcium, and also contains a range of essential vitamins and minerals. New advanced milks contain large doses of . . .
A World First Website that allows you to make contact with the Dead! Angel-Grams.com is a website developed by a South African PhD student that allows you to reconnect with your deceased loved ones - a year after they have passed on! This world first website allows living users to store final goodbye messages and delivers it to grieving friends and family after they die. Unlike other social media sites like FaceBook that connects you with the living, Angel-grams.com reconnects you with your friends and loved ones that are deceased. What is Angel-grams.com? If you could speak to your loved ones after you die, what would your last words be? WithAngel-grams.com, the shock of an unexpected death means never having to leave things unsaid. By recording your final farewell messages you will be able to leave a piece of yourself behind, to help your grieving loved ones find strength and closure after your passing. You can send love, make amends, or even confess your sins in total confidence knowing that in the event of your death, you will still be able to reach out to your loved ones as they mourn you. You can also create Angel-GRAMS for your ageing parents or those who may be terminally ill so that you have a piece of them to hold onto long after they are gone. How it Works? Designed around a stringent time delay system users can store their final messages of love and encouragement by simply uploading their videos or typing in a message. Once your messages are stored, your personal vault is locked and can only be activated if you fail to check-in to your account for a year. The system reads your inactivity as either having: Passed on (Died unexpectedly/tragically/without closure) or Become permanently medically incapacitated (such as Alzheimer's patients/coma) or An unexplained and prolonged disappearance that prevents you from contacting your loved ones (kidnapping/abductions/murder). Your stored Angel-GRAMS are then released to your loved . . .