In 2017, the Pharmaline brand that had been serving the comfort and wellness needs of the refined South African sleeper since 1985, was given a facelift and a reinvigorated sense of purpose with its rebranding as Vencasa. With over three decades of experience, sourcing premium quality products from the world’s most renowned bed and bedding brands and bringing them to the local market, they have now included the Italian brand of mattresses, Magniflex, into the mix. CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .
Coca-Cola Beverages South Africa (CCBSA) Mahikeng. Ikamva Mahikeng branch located at Danville Secondary school recently held their annual Open Matric Day for the Class of 2018 on the 13th of January 2018. CCBSA is committed to supporting the education of our youth hence we have been in partnership with IkamvaYouth in five provinces to offer disadvantaged youth a brighter future. They provide free after-school tutoring, career guidance, mentoring, computer literacy training and extra-curricular activities. In our district, the Ikamva Mahikeng Branch has done very well with their Class of 2017 matrics achieving a 74% pass, with 29% attaining bachelor passes and 26% with diploma passes! CCBSA has also been providing non-monetary support through trips to our manufacturing plants and providing mentorship programmes. North West District, Area Manager, Tsebo Tilo present in the day’s proceedings encouraged learners to work hard in their matric journey and use this opportunity to ensure a better life for themselves. The aspiring matriculants were given motivational talks by other speakers at the event to encourage them as they prepare for their 2018 matric journey. Furthermore, the CCBSA team including Soul Ambassadors had an opportunity to meet with the hardworking Ikamva volunteers who are responsible for tutoring these learners. The next Open day will be held at the IkamvaYouth Ikageng branch in Potchefstroom on the 20th of January. CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .
Johannesburg boasts a splendidly mild climate, neither humid nor too hot. With the warmer months comes the rainy season. Rainstorms are often harsh and are accompanied by much thunder, lightning and occasional hail. This, in turn, leads to the excessive growth of grass, falling of leaves and at times the snapping of trees. In anticipation of the effects of the weather change and the peak summer season, Johannesburg City Parks and Zoo is going the extra mile to ensure it can deliver horticultural and conservation services in the City of Joburg. At least 52 accredited contractors have been brought on board to assist. Says Jenny Moodley, spokesperson for Johannesburg City Parks and Zoo: “We encourage Joburg residents to visit our website www.jhbcityparks.com to view detailed weekly schedules. We also have a 24-hour emergency team which is equipped to respond to complaints relating to fallen trees. Our priority is to ensure that there is no traffic congestion or interference with power lines. Branches and stumps will be removed in the second phase of clean-up.” We trust that the measures that have been put in place will go a long way in ensuring that the City of Joburg is kept clean and well preserved. We also urge the residents to assist and play their part in keeping the city clean by supporting “A Re Sebetseng” (let’s work) campaign, which was recently launched by the Executive Mayor of Johannesburg, Councillor Herman Mashaba. “The first City Of Joburg city-wide clean-up was hosted in September 2017 and was supported by councillors, ward committees and businesses across the city. Plastic bags and gloves were distributed at ‘walk-in’ centres, clinics, libraries as well as participating businesses and then collected later in the day to ensure that we have a cleaner city, “ adds Moodley. The project will continue throughout the year and it is expected to enhance the City’s R50 million investment into Pikitup for a third cleaning shift. “Please . . .
DECADENT DELIGHTS VALENTINE’S DINNER AT THE RENOWNED CELLARS-HOHENORT Celebrate the most romantic day of the year at one of the three renowned properties within The Collection by Liz McGrath. On the 14 February 2018, The Cellars-Hohenort, in Constantia, Cape Town, invites you to enjoy a delectable six-course Valentine’s Day dinner at The Conservatory restaurant for just R695 per person. Take a romantic stroll through our beautiful gardens with your significant other, before sitting down to share a pre-dinner glass of bubbles while we prepare your food journey. The menu consists of: a welcome drink on arrival, West Coast Oyster served with cucumber, basil, tomato and cayenne espuma. Cape Malay Seared Tuna Tataki served with octopus carpaccio, charred cauliflower and coriander salsa, lemon atchar and jintan putih vinaigrette. Springbok loin and Blueberries served with salt baked celeriac, onion marmalade, wild carrots and juniper jus. For dessert, begin with an Elderflower Sherbet served with grilled peaches, burrata panna cotta. Textures of Strawberry and Cream served with Amarula mousse, white chocolate and vanilla crumble. Complete your dining experience with Petit Fours served with coffee or tea. CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .
CHOC Childhood Cancer Foundation SA is once again calling on all South Africans to “Have a Heart for Children with Cancer” on 15 February 2018. International Childhood Cancer Day (ICC) is a global collaborative initiative to raise awareness of childhood cancer and to express support for children with cancer, survivors and their families. In developed countries, childhood cancer has become largely curable with the overall survival rate reaching between 70% and 80% whereas in South Africa the rate is approximately 55%. CHOC Childhood Cancer Foundation SA aims to improve this rate by creating awareness of the early warning signs of childhood cancer. Early detection of childhood cancer affords early diagnosis enabling a better chance of being cured and an increase in the survival rate. In support of ICCD, CHOC is calling on schools, corporates and community groups to join our CHOC Celebrities and CHOC Ambassadors such Phumeza Mdabe, Jessica Nkosi, Romina Armellini, Anga Makubalo, Maurice Paige and Kenneth Nkosi in wearing blue with the ICCD badge or heart pin on 15 February. Blue pants, blue shirts, blue suits, blue dresses, blue ribbons, blue hearts, anything blue everywhere. It will all help in the effort to spread the message. In addition to wearing blue, buy a loved one a delicious heart-shaped chocolate or a trendy “have a heart for children with cancer badge” or heart pin for Valentine’s Day. Visit the CHOC Childhood Cancer Foundation website – www.choc.org.za – to purchase ICCD badges, chocolates and pins from a CHOC office near you or to find out about the early warning signs of childhood cancer. Knowing about these signs, and passing on your knowledge could well save a precious child’s life. Support International Childhood Cancer Day – Thursday, February 15. Have a Heart for Children with Cancer. You can also watch the International Childhood Cancer Day video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vzWjFdagVp4 and keep an eye on our social media pages: . . .
* One small gesture may be the catalyst to a Manganese Ore Free PE Beachfront * Sailors vote for the environment * Turtles-1, Plastic Straws-0 * Surf the wave to Turn the Tide on Plastic The Nelson Mandela Bay, Port Elizabeth based Algoa Bay Yacht Club (ABYC) has banned Plastic Straws and issued a challenge to every consumer and business to say; "No to plastic" as the wave to 'Turn the Tide on Plastic' becomes a tsunami. Inspired by the Volvo Ocean Race yacht, 'Turn the Tide on Plastic, skippered by Britain's, Dee Caffari and after a talk by Sustainable Seas Trust Director Dr Tony Ribbink, the decision to move towards a Plastic Free Zone at ABYC by banning plastic straws was unanimously approved by the ABYC Exco on Tuesday 16 January 2018. "With 350 kg's of plastic being dumped in the ocean every second, it is projected that there will be more plastics than fish in the ocean by 2050. This pollution is killing millions of marine animals and sea birds each year, damaging sensitive ecosystems, affecting environmental and human health. Aside from lost opportunities the cost to Africa runs in to billions annually," said SST Director Dr Tony Ribbink at a recent presentation to members and sailors at the Algoa Bay Yacht Club. Spearheaded by the ABYC's House Commodore, Frank Atkinson, ABYC has implemented an immediate ban on plastic straws and will move towards a plastic free environment. Frank says; "All my life I have been fortunate to have lived beside the water - either the Zwartkops River or the beaches of Port Elizabeth. Our activities as kids were sailing, swimming, fishing and gathering bait where I was subjected first hand to the horrors caused by carelessly discarded plastic on the marine and wildlife in general. What really hit home however was a recent screening at the Algoa Bay Yacht Club by Dr Tony Ribbink of a film depicting how floating plastic bags were eaten by dolphins who mistook them for jelly fish and a particularly horrifying look at . . .
THE RHINOS ARE COMING!!! RHINOS PAINT THE TOWN RED AT V&A WATERFRONT AND CAPE TOWN INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT! Eight gorgeous life-sized Rhino sculptures are wowing the crowds at the V&A Waterfront and Cape Town International Airport this January through to February 2018. The Rhinos Are Coming!!! have announced that their Sponsors’ Rhinos are getting fantastic exposure in the many places they have been since they embarked on their Great Rhino Roadshow in April 2017. The main event is the three-month long world-class outdoor art exhibition which will be coming to Cape Town from mid-December 2018 to mid-March 2019. It will feature 60 or more life-sized painted Rhino sculptures which will be exhibited on street corners, parks and public spaces all around the city centre and surrounds. The exhibition will raise funds and spread awareness for the plight of South Africa’s endangered rhinos. Talented artists from our local communities transformed the first nine pioneer life-sized blank Rhino sculptures into valuable works of art. Eighteen Sponsors have already signed up. The City of Cape Town supports this initiative by enabling Art Rhinos to be exhibited at many of the most-visited iconic tourism sites in Cape Town. The first nine painted Rhinos are already creating huge exposure for their Sponsors with the Sponsor’s brand name and mission statement emblazoned on a plaque attached to the heavyweight base on which the Rhinos are anchored. These famous, as well as up and coming artists volunteered to paint the pioneer Rhinos: Beezy Baily, Lionel Smit, Nardstar*, Jade Waller, Nasser Zadeh, Peter Gray, Andrew Hart Adler, Clair Homewood and the children of the Lalela Project. These Rhino ambassadors have already been doing the rounds at well-visited events such as the 2017 Gartner Symposium held at the CTICC, where they were hosted by MTN Business SA. The Rhinos started on their travels with their spectacular presence at the Cape Town Stadium for five . . .
There is no known cure for dementia, a syndrome that erodes memory and cognitive function. Preserving and promoting quality of life for people living with this condition is a key focus of dementia care, and sensory stimulation can help to rekindle memories and provide comfort. “Dementia manifests in many different ways, and the rate at which the condition progresses varies from person to person,” says Riette Schoonbee, Quality of Life Manager at the Somerset West Livewell Village, which provides specialised dementia care. “What we have found is that as the condition becomes more advanced, many people seem to retreat into their own world if they are not kept engaged and stimulated. The five senses - touch, taste, smell, sight and hearing - are the key to keeping people living with dementia in touch with their surroundings and they also seem to find many of the sensory activities comforting,” she adds. “What we do at Livewell, is to consider the individual preferences, needs and abilities of each resident and tailor support to make life as pleasant and enjoyable as possible for them.” The Livewell Villages in Bryanston and Somerset West have incorporated this into their philosophy of care. They have developed the homely environments and programme of activities in consultation with occupational therapists and other experts to enhance quality of life at every opportunity. “Most of our residents are in their eighties or nineties, although we do care for some younger people too. What we have found is that many of them, for example, have an extraordinary response to music – particularly music from the 1940s and 1950s when they were young. “We hold a number of musical activities, which I particularly enjoy having originally trained as a music teacher. Our music appreciation sessions are a great favourite with our residents and when we play a song that stirs up happy memories for someone, it is remarkable to see their reaction. “Some will get up and . . .
Common cost drivers for corporate South Africa are frequently accepted as necessary expenses rather than being proactively managed. What can businesses do in the year ahead to turn these challenges into opportunities for a more productive and prosperous future? “When it comes to the process of managing risks, there are considerable advantages for the employer when they have a single point of contact to integrate and support health and wellbeing initiatives in the workforce on their behalf,” says Dr Jacques Snyman, clinical development expert for Agility Corporate. According to Dr Snyman, meaningfully addressing the full spectrum of health and wellness needs in the corporate environment requires an integrated solution. “A holistic approach, encompassing occupational health, preventative and curative care, as well as productivity and wellbeing including absenteeism management, is the surest route to mitigating risk and avoiding more costly problems developing in future,” he points out. “Where these aspects are dealt with separately, opportunities to identify and proactively manage risk related to employee health and wellbeing can easily fall between the cracks. This could potentially lead to devastating long-term consequences in the lives of valued employees and their families.” Dr Snyman highlights that corporate South Africa loses approximately R55.2 billion to sick leave per annum however, when at-risk employees are identified early and assisted to manage their health conditions effectively and appropriately, they remain healthier and more productive, ensuring impressive bottom-line and balance sheet savings for the employer. “Through holistic solutions underpinned with physical and biometric data, focusing on preventative care that is seamlessly integrated with the employees’ curative care programme including occupational health and medical scheme cover, valued staff members can be better protected”. “From a group risk and employee benefits . . .
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