Thousands succumb to kidney disease every year: While most people are not aware of the dangers posed to their health by kidney disease, it is a condition that is responsible for the deaths of thousands of South Africans every year. Speaking on World Kidney Day on 10 March, Dr Anchen Laubscher, medical director at Netcare, said that it was critical to increase public awareness of this devastating disease, particularly as it is preventable in many cases, or at least medically manageable if detected early enough. “Chronic kidney disease, or CKD, has been estimated to be responsible for the deaths of as many as 10 000 South Africans a year and there is little doubt that the disease has become more prevalent in recent years,” points out Dr Laubscher. “This is alarming and demonstrates just what a major healthcare problem it has become within the South African context. It also highlights the importance of improving public awareness regarding prevention and early detection.” A silent killer: According to Dr Laubscher, the kidneys are among our most vital organs as they act as filters eliminating harmful toxins from the body. Kidneys also maintain the body's balance of various salts such as sodium, calcium, potassium, and phosphate as well as its acidity levels. Without this filtering and balancing process, the body becomes clogged with toxins and slowly becomes poisoned. “One of the problems is that CKD is all too often a ‘silent killer’. The patient usually has no or few symptoms and is not aware of a problem until their kidneys are close to completely failing. This underscores the importance of having your risks for developing the illness regularly assessed by a healthcare practitioner. This is especially important for people who suffer from diabetes or high blood pressure [hypertension], which are the most common causes of CKD in South Africa.” “If kidney disease is detected early, much can be done to greatly slow its course. Those who are at high risk of . . .
Absa will once again be recognising and rewarding teamwork and perseverance at the 2016 Absa Cape Epic with the #ConquerAsOne campaign. At each stage of the race, an extraordinary #ConquerAsOne moment will be identified and recognised, where a team showed immense human spirit to overcome their own personal challenges to conquer that stage together. During this year’s race, a panel of judges will select one #ConquerAsOne moment on each day of the race. The winning pair will be announced in the Absa Pride Hospitality area where they will receive a unique #ConquerAsOne jersey to wear proudly during the next day’s stage. At the end of the week, the judges will then select the overall #ConquerAsOne moment, with the winning team walking away with an Absa Pride entry for the 2017 Absa Cape Epic. Matshepo Majola, General Manager: Group Marketing for Barclays Africa commented: “Everyone has their own story of how they overcame their personal challenges in conquering the Absa Cape Epic. That story however, is almost always one of teamwork. Through #ConquerAsOne, Absa is urging everyone involved in the race to prosper together, from family and friends to race supporters and fellow riders. After all, the Absa Cape Epic can only be tackled as a team.” One of the outstanding #ConquerAsOne moments from 2015 was the riding team made up of Jason Van't Slot, the first person with Cystic Fibrosis to ever complete the Absa Cape Epic, and his partner Phillip Sassie. On stage 5, Jason was already nursing a chest infection when he was forced to run down the Plumb Pudding Hill track due to a backlog of riders. He subsequently strained a muscle in his knee which continued to trouble him throughout the race. Beating the pain threshold required immense perseverance. Partner, Phillip Sassie, continued to motivate him and push him forward when he began toying with the idea of dismounting and walking. With Jason’s unwavering determination and Phillip’s resolute motivation, the pair raced . . .
Whether you’re looking for a spa day with the girls or to simply treat yourself to a new hairdo, the Groupon Beauty Sale has you covered with great deals. Enjoy an additional 20% off Local Beauty Deals when using the promotion code BEAUTY at checkout on the 16 & 17th March 2016. Check out some of the incredible deals that will be on offer: Cape Town • 60-Minute Full Body Aromatherapy or Swedish Massage from R299 for One at Spa Boutique Situated next to the Protea Hotel Fire and Ice in central Cape Town, Spa Boutique is stylish and trendy and allows only the most experienced aestheticians and best-quality products to occupy its colourful, plush and damask floral interior. Therapists at Spa Boutique offer a ‘back to basics” approach in service and excellence, resulting in satisfied patrons. Ideally located and offering free parking when available. Read more about the deal here: https://www.groupon.co.za/deals/spa-boutique-14 • Hair Treatments with Brazilian Blow Out from R264 at Scarlett O Hair Scarlett O Hair in Cape Town offers clients good service with professional products. Read more about the deal here: https://www.groupon.co.za/deals/scarlett-o-hair-3 • Manicure or Pedicure with Optional Facial and Massage from R96 at Mosadie Hair and Beauty Bar Open from Monday to Saturday, Mosadie Hair is staffed by a trained professionals with an eye for style. The organic exprimer facial is all natural and full of antioxidants and other plant derivatives which contain no harsh chemical,alcohols and parabens. This makes the facial comforting, hydrating and soothing, leaving skin supple and soft. This facial can be customised to client needs. Read more about the deal here: https://www.groupon.co.za/deals/mosadie-hair-and-beauty-bar • Choice of Deep Tissue Massages from R125 at Mrs Lovett’s Massage & Beauty Parlour Relieve tension with a deep tissue massage and a back scrub at Mrs Lovett’s Massage & Beauty Parlour in the heart of Cape Town’s CBD. With . . .
As an Afrikaans girl raised in a bilingual household, I have a soft spot for my ouma’s cooking. The smell of cookies rolling from the oven. Potbrood and tamatie bredie. Warm milk and honey. It seems that we’ve had it good as far as taste goes, our tastebuds have been spoiled with flavours that enrich our lives. Of course our country’s colourful multi-cultural mix means that we have an abundance of traditional foods, not only those found in the Afrikaner home the likes of which I grew up in. Regardless of our roots, it is time we shared the rich foods of our cultures with the world. A Few Special Foods You’ve Got to Try Foodies and those with wanderlust gleaming in their eyes will delight in the tastes and flavours of South Africa. Boerewors and pap are a classic, and South Africa is well known for its delicious meats and biltong. The wines and whiskeys of our country are also world renowned and in some cases award winning, worth the effort of looking up and tasting. It is Africa, so we’re into some strange things. How about the classic chilli chicken livers with bread? Or bunny chows with proper Durban curry? And the stranger things like chicken feet, more commonly referred to as runaways, or mopane worms dried in the sun. Out of all the recipes and flavours South Africa has to offer, my favourite is Malva Pudding, a dessert full of sweetness and rich flavours that is uniquely ours. Making Malva Pudding Make sure you have the right appliances and equipment for the job. (A fan heated oven, an egg beater and microwave, etc.). An oven with unstable appliance or inaccurate heating settings can ruin the recipe. Preheat the oven to 180 degrees Celsius, then butter a baking dish. In a measuring beaker, mix the milk and bicarbonate of soda together. Mix the rest of the dry ingredients listed below in a mixing bowl. Melt the butter and apricot jam together in the microwave for thirty seconds and add to the dry mix. Add the eggs and milk, then . . .
Understanding Business Rescue: It’s alarming that many business owners, and perhaps even more importantly their creditors affected by a failing business, know very little about the option of business rescue and the process involved. Brief Summary of Business Rescue In business rescue, a business rescue practitioner is appointed as the effective CEO of the company under financial distress. The practitioner’s job is to balance the rights of creditors, employees and shareholders while preparing a business rescue plan to address how the company might be saved. To allow the practitioner sufficient opportunities for preparing a way forward, two things happen: 1) all debt which is owed by the company as of the date of business rescue is frozen; and 2) no legal action can be taken against the company in an attempt to apprehend payment. This protection against legal action remains effective while the company is under business rescue. While analysing the business, the practitioner will likely determine that the liabilities of the company need to be compromised to a sustainable level to ensure continued trading. This compromise is included in the business rescue plan. The business rescue plan is then presented to the creditors for a vote. Once voted the practitioner requires 75% of all creditors and 50% of independent creditors’ votes in order for a business rescue plan to be approved. This means, realistically, that if the majority of creditors vote in favour of the business rescue plan and you, as a creditor, vote against the plan, the plan will still be approved and dissenting are bound to the compromise. Rescue Guidelines Below are some tips / guidelines on what to look out for if you are involved in a business rescue process. It is important to take note of these so that you are able to hold the practitioner accountable. 1. Timeline Below is a guideline which you are able to use detailing what meetings should be occurring when. In order to . . .
As another financial year draws to a close, taxpayers will be getting their affairs in order and getting ready to submit their tax returns. Many will be assessing their financial situation and looking at the tax deductions that they will be able to claim back from the Receiver of Revenue. When it comes to tax deductions, a taxpayer is entitled to their claim; however the onus falls on them to prove that a particular amount is deductible, as well as justify the claim by showing the calculation of how they arrived at the deduction figure. Regional Director and CEO of RE/MAX of Southern Africa, Adrian Goslett, says that although many homeowners will qualify for a tax deduction, it is sometimes a difficult task for them to establish the amount of interest on their bond that is tax deductible. “In certain situations, however simple they may seem at first, there can be complications and queries that could possibly arise. Therefore a homeowner needs to make doubly sure that they know what they are doing, or if they are in doubt they should consult with a professional tax consultant,” advises Goslett. Working on a home purchased for R1 million, Goslett says that if the homeowner works from home and uses 20% of the property as a home office based on the square meterage calculation, they will be entitled to a tax deduction based on the interest charged on the remaining outstanding bond amount. “If the homeowner has paid off a portion of the bond and currently owes R800 000 and the interest on the bond is charged at 14%, they will be charged R112 000 interest for the year. Because 20% of the property is used as a home office, the homeowner would be entitled to claim 20% of the R112 000 as a tax deduction in the production of their income,” explains Goslett. He adds that it is important to remember that a homeowner will only qualify for a home office deduction if they are employed; working for a salary and a condition of the employment is to carry the cost of keeping a . . .
I think the thing that Helen Hansen does so beautifully with her Storytelling Kit, is to make the unattainable seem possible. So if you thought you couldn’t tell stories (like I did), this kit is for you! It will change your mind in a gentle, practical and interesting way. And you’ll find yourself turning the mundane into story often during the day – it really does teach one how to brighten up the way in which one views the world! The storytelling kit is an audio which is divided into four sections, each of which is approximately twenty to thirty minutes long – it’s a good length of time for listening! Each section addresses a certain theme pertaining to storytelling, and I was absolutely fascinated by the wealth of information imparted in each. Part 1 (30 mins) introduces the story in general – we all have a story! It answers the question What is a Story?, and illustrates how stories can be found everywhere (in people, in nature, in the elements, in fact in everything you see!) and the positive effects story telling can have on both narrator and audience. Children in particular love stories, and stories can be an incredibly useful tool in education. Stories stimulate the imagination (which in turn develops both IQ and EQ), open neural pathways, and are comfort on a down day. I loved the reference to Albert Einstein: when a concerned parent asked Mr Einstein how to improve her child’s mathematical abilities, he replied, ‘tell him stories.’ At the end of Part One, I was left pondering this: ‘A tale is just a thought away.’ Part 2 (20 mins) gives a chronological breakdown of children’s ages from baby to 12 years old, and what each developmental stage along the way will require from a story. Also what can be absorbed as children grow up - obviously a two year old and a twelve year old will have vastly different levels of comprehension, and one would need to adapt one’s storytelling approach accordingly. In the baby stage, the story teller would use gentle, . . .
Operation Smile has partnered with Fair Cape Dairies and Libraries in the Western Cape to change the lives of children across South Africa who are born with a cleft lip or cleft palate. The campaign started in 2015 and we raised enough money to give four children the life-changing operation. On 24, February 2016 the Operation Smile campaign will be launching and will end on World Smile Day in October. Our aim is to double the amount of money raised in 2015. We encourage the public to collect plastic bottle caps from Fair Cape Dairies products as well as any other plastic bottle caps. Each operation costs R5500 and every kilogram of bottle tops collected will be recycled. The fundraising will be independently audited. “Every three minutes, a child is born with a cleft lip and/ or a cleft palate. Children born with cleft conditions may suffer from torments, malnourishment and difficulty with speech,” says Adva Brivik from Operation Smile. “It is estimated that two billion, or one-quarter of the world's population lack access to care. Billions more lack access to safe and well-timed surgery. Only 4% of an estimated 234 million surgical procedures performed each year go to the poorest third of the global population. Operation Smile will not stop #untilweheal the last child that needs our help”. “This is the fourth most common birth defect in the world and it takes as little as 45 minutes to repair a cleft lip and/ or cleft palate to allow these children to smile and live normal lives,” says Louis Loubser, CMO of Fair Cape Dairies. “And saving your plastic bottle tops for recycling is such an easy thing to do. We really hope that the public will back this campaign so that the lives of many children can be changed.” Look out for collection bins at the following libraries in the Western Cape: Sea Point, Athlone, Somerset West, Strand, Brackenfell, Goodwood, Parow, Fish Hoek, Claremont, Rondebosch, Obervatory, Woodstock, Pinelands, Tableview, Bothasig, . . .
Whether you're looking to whisk the family away or take advantage of the holiday weekend with friends, Groupon have you covered with great deals. From bush to coastal getaways or if you are looking to travel on a budget take a look at some of these fantastic deals! • Cape Town: Franschhoek: One Night Weekend or Weekday Stay for Two with Breakfast at Klein Oliphant’s Hoek Boutique Hotel for R999 Breakaway for a weekend or weekday stay in Franschhoek at Klein Oliphant’s Hoek Boutique Hotel. An elegant and sophisticated boutique hotel in the heart of the Franschhoek village, the hotel offers an escape combining old-world charm with comfortable accommodation deep in the heart of the Winelands. Read more about the deal here: https://www.groupon.co.za/deals/ga-klein-oliphant-s-hoek-boutique-hotel-12 Plettenberg Bay: One or Two-Night Anytime Stay for Up to Four with Optional Breakfast at Bella Manga Country House for R1119 Seek serenity along the garden route in quiet Plettenberg Bay with a one or two-night anytime stay for up to four at Bella Manga Country House. Guests at Bella Manga can enjoy bed and breakfast accommodation or opt for a self-catering stay in a forest lodge. The salt water swimming pool is a reprieve from the summer heat, while the Jacuzzi with its open-air thatched look is an inviting warm spot to unwind. Read more about the deal here: https://www.groupon.co.za/deals/ga-bella-manga-country-house-10 Clanwilliam: Two or Three-Night Weekend or Weekday Stay for Up to Six at Rondeberg Resort for R699 Situated on the banks of the Bulshoek Dam and on the Cape-to-Namibia N7 Route, the Rondeberg Resort is an ideal location for a relaxing getaway. Avid bird watchers will love the experience to see a wide variety of species at the resort. There are also activities for the more adventure-based type of traveller to enjoy Read more about the deal here: https://www.groupon.co.za/deals/ga-rondeberg-resort-3 Be sure to visit the Groupon . . .
The Spur Soccer Masidlale Programme, a tool for instilling essential life skills into young lives, has already reached more than 30 000 children within historically disadvantaged areas since its inception in 2005. What started out as 12 one-day soccer clinics involving 10-12 year olds, has grown into a fully-fledged annual soccer league in the main metropolitan areas of Johannesburg, Cape Town, Durban and Port Elizabeth. One of Spur’s corporate social investment aims is to use sport to uplift communities. The central venues are selected in historically disadvantaged areas where school sport participation is low. The Masidlale Programme fills this gap. Each one of the cities has 200 players (100 girls and 100 boys) taking part who come from 10 local schools. The teams are given Spur-branded soccer kits which they can keep. According to Khakhi Diala, marketing manager of the Spur Group, sport teaches us more than just physical skills; sport is a metaphor for life. That is why Spur has included a life skills programme to run alongside the soccer league. Fifty mentors per league meet with their groups every two weeks to explore essential skills needed to excel in life. The mentors teach self-esteem, positive behaviour changes and wise decision making. They equip the children beyond the sports field into home and school life. 20 girls and 20 boys are then chosen for further mentoring. To ensure the lessons go further into the schools, Spur has a Masidlale Coaching Programme for the school coaches. These are run by accredited coaching facilitators who train 30 coaches from four provinces. Interactive Sport is involved with the mentoring programme which extends to the coaches and one teacher per school. Masidlale means “let’s play” in Xhosa. So the programme’s aim is to change lives through play. The 2016 programme will be launched on Wednesday, 2 March in Durban, Wednesday, 9 March in Cape Town, Wednesday, 16 March in Johannesburg and PE to be . . .