Johannesburg 05 December 2019 - At Dentsply Sirona, we are focused on empowering dental professionals to provide better, safer, faster dental care. We provide innovative solutions to help dental professionals deliver the best possible dental care, for the benefit of their patients and practices. Mastering each step in every restorative procedure is essential for dental professionals to be able to provide the best possible dental care. Dentsply Sirona’s innovative solutions are proven to be both effective and efficient in helping dentists navigate even the most common procedures with greater success. Calibra® Ceram and Calibra® Universal are adhesive and self-adhesive resin cements from Dentsply Sirona, which can be used in both self-cure and dual-cure mode. They complement the light-curing resin cement Calibra® Veneer, which has been clinically proven for more than 12 years for the adhesive luting of veneers. Advanced materials enable smooth contoured surfaces with excellent shade-matching and stain-resistance. Innovative technologies make it possible to do indirect restorations in a single visit. Even though our solutions have been used to increase the effectiveness and efficiency of hundreds of millions of restorative procedures, we are committed to making them even better, ensuring dentists can continue to face each step of every procedure with confidence. Calibra® Ceram offers immediate long-term bonding that is ideal for all-ceramic crowns, CAD/CAM restorations and non-retentive preparations needing maximum strength. For a trouble-free procedure and the long-term success of the restoration, the cement used must meet these basic mechanical, biological, and handling requirements: • It must not harm the tooth or surrounding tissues. • It must allow sufficient working time to place the restoration. • It must offer viscosity and film thickness low enough to allow complete seating of the restoration. • It must quickly form a hard mass strong . . .
Johannesburg , 06 December 2019 - More than 30 years ago Dentsply Sirona brought CEREC to the market, a system which pioneered Single Visit Dentistry. CEREC has been continually developed in that time so that not only restorations, but also implant drill guides, custom implant prosthetics and even orthodontic indications are covered by the versatile system. In so doing, Dentsply Sirona set an important trend in dentistry: Treatment concepts with digital technology are now an emerging expectation amongst dental patients. CEREC not only provides many patient benefits, but also the clinical success has been demonstrated in more than 250 studies. When it comes to the use of CAD/CAM in the dental practice, the question is not whether it can be integrated into the existing workflows, but more how this can be achieved in the best possible manner. Save your patients the discomfort of a conventional impression tray and take impressions using the CEREC Omnicam, our small powder-free camera. The CEREC Omnicam allows you to take a coating-free scan of the natural tooth substance and gingiva. This saves you an extra step, reduces the learning curve and makes impression-taking more pleasant and time-saving than ever before. The CEREC Omnicam sits perfectly in the user’s hand. Thanks to the slim design and the compact camera tip, scanning posterior teeth presents no problems. Regardless of whether the patient is sitting upright or reclining, you can scan the upper and lower jaws ergonomically without having to adjust your natural working posture. In addition, the CEREC Omnicam allows you to determine the colour of the scanned teeth in the CEREC software based on your scan, and also allows you to expand your treatment spectrum to aligner treatment. This makes the CEREC Omnicam a unique multifunctional tool and offers you everything you need for your safe step into Chairside CAD/CAM. Dentsply Sirona South Africa focuses on empowering dental professionals to provide . . .
It’s been a busy year for the team from Project Dignity, the non-profit organisation which distributes reusable sanitary wear – Subz Pants and Pads – to grateful young women across the country. The recent activation, which took place at Amagcino Primary School in Umgababa on the KwaZulu-Natal South Coast, was the 58th and final school visit for the dedicated Project Dignity team. “We are so happy to say that, this year, a total of 9 341 young women from disadvantaged communities across the country, received packs of Subz Pants and Pants that will last them up to five years,” said Sue Barnes, founder of Subz Pants and Pads and the NPO extension, Project Dignity. “And while it’s such a rewarding feeling knowing the difference these packs have made to the lives of our young women, we are already hard at work, sourcing sponsorships for our 2019 packs.” Barnes created South Africa’s original washable, reusable sanitary wear, Subz Pants and Pads, and established Project Dignity as a way to meet the sanitary needs of South African schoolgirls. The reality is that a lack of access to sanitary wear forces many girls to miss up to a week a month of classroom time, detrimentally impacting their education and future prospects. Since its inception in 2010, Project Dignity has donated in the region of 140 000 packs nationwide, with the list of schools and organisations requiring assistance constantly growing. The NPO relies solely on donations from corporates and individuals to meet the demands. The Project Dignity Education Programme distributes packs of Subz Pants and Pads to schoolchildren with one pack able to last each child throughout high school, if cared for correctly. Every school donation is accompanied by an educational, interactive talk on puberty and feminine health. Of the 9 341 Subz packs distributed in 2018, 7 569 contributed towards the Education Programme. The sanitary packs for Amagcino Primary School were purchased from donations made by . . .
The African continent is positioning itself as a global style icon, fusing the influences of international trend-makers with the unique colour and vibrancy that characterises its people and cultures. The impact of this colourful continent on the 2019 lifestyle trends will be brought home through the features and products showcasing at Africa’s biggest décor and design exhibition – Decorex SA. Consisting of Decorex Durban, Decorex Cape Town and Decorex Joburg, this year’s much-anticipated theme ‘Designing for Africa - feels like home’ encapsulates the re-birth of the African style powerhouse. “We are at a crucial moment in the evolution of technology, both globally and here at home,” explained Anita Bloom, Creative Director at Decorex SA. “The incredible advances in artificial intelligence, virtual augmented realities and 3D printing are about to transform every aspect of our lives. And in response to the imminent digital revolution we are re-focusing on what it means to be human, and this is taking us back to our African roots. Consumers are at a crossroads asking profound questions about their place in the world. How do we hold onto our identity? How do we stay emotionally aware? How do we re-connect with the world around us? By creating a calm, home-style space that gives our minds the freedom to wonder. A space to embrace a positive, new approach to life.” Decorex SA reveals the revitalising trends to look out for in 2019 and beyond: Getting a feel for it - Surface Tactility The average human interacts with a digital surface over 1000 times a day. This constant technological interaction leaves us craving a tactile experience with soft, porous surfaces that breathe life. Walls, fabrics and even counter tops are taking on a more tactile sensation through ceramic tiles, 3D printing and textured paint. New interior design materials - including grounded tiles, recycled plastics and materials - with more traditional materials – marble and granite – are . . .
Cape Town, South Africa (November 2018) - A new website is here, dedicated to those looking for special deals on tours and activities in South Africa.Special Tours provides the most comprehensive list of things to do, as well as the best prices offered. Using a simple, clear design, the website brings a South African itinerary to both locals and tourists alike. South Africa is a gem of tourist attractions, and Special Tours aim to highlight this throughout the website. Created with the purpose of being an extensive source of information on the top things to do in South Africa. The website hosts a wide range of content relating to experiences found in SA. Some of the main areas that the website will focus on are Cape Town, Johannesburg, Durban, the Garden Route. With already some interesting listing like boat cruises, paragliding, Cape point tours, Table Mountain activities, helicopter rides, ziplines and safaris. The website is poised to showcase some of the best activities and experiences that South Africa has to offer and allow users to search and pick tours for the best price using the advances compassion features Activities and prices are constantly updated to give users the latest information and best experience. The website also offers helpful guides on the best way to enjoy South Africa and at great prices. Users are able to find the best things to do in each location of SA, activities are separated by area. This feature allows users to plan activities that are near to each other. It also allows visitors to SA to easily view things that they can do around their holiday destination. Details of tours and activities are stated clearly on the website, with a simple button to book each one. The option to review these activities is offered, allowing users to review and to check other reviews before booking. To learn more and use this new website to take advantage of its innovative features, please visit https://specialtours.co.za Get in . . .
Each year, eThekwini Municipality’s Durban Fashion Fair (DFF) hosts an open casting for aspiring Durban models who are not registered with an agency and who reside within the greater eThekwini region, in order to provide them a platform to wear the creations of top local, national and international designers. Thousands of optimistic models turn up over the two day process with the hopes that they will make it into the top ten male or female selections, giving them the opportunity to kick start their modelling careers. One of the new face models from the 2018 intake, is Dimitri Kalamoudacos, a 25 year old Westville lad, was amongst the hopefuls selected to be one of the ten male DFF new faces this year. As a young Independent Marketing Consultant and Business Analyst entrepreneur and owner of a technology start-up company, it may have been odd to find a man like Kalamoudacos at a model casting. His long-time partner saw potential in him and pushed him to attend the casting. Today, he is one of Durban’s fasting growing male models in the industry thanks to her efforts! Kalamoudacos underwent an intense model boot camp that prepped the DFF New Faces for the model industry. During the 8 week training programme, the new faces received instructions in all aspects of modelling, including techniques of walking the ramp alongside professional models, etiquette at photographic sessions, as well as how to keep fit and healthy. “I had never doubted my ability to walk until someone was on the other end judging! The fitness wasn’t an issue for me as I am a bit of a fitness fanatic, but juggling my business, modelling, family and fitness was hard, but I was able to manage my time so that I found a reasonable balance.” Says Kalamoudacos. The Durban Fashion Fair awarded great opportunities for Kalamoudacos. Shortly after the 7th Durban Fashion Fair which took place in September at the 20th instalment of the Durban Business Fair, he was approached by many brands wanting . . .
A combined medical and surgical team at Netcare St Augustine’s Hospital in Durban reached a KwaZulu-Natal medical milestone by completing their 100th transcatheter aortic valve intervention (TAVI) procedure — a potentially life-saving operation in which diseased heart valves are replaced with artificial valves. Interventional cardiologist, Dr Jaivadan Patel together with cardiothoracic surgeon, Dr Keith Odayan, and their team at the hospital completed their landmark 100th TAVI procedure on Monday, 12 November. According to Dr Odayan, the procedure — an intricate minimally invasive intervention used as an alternative to open-heart valve replacement surgery in compromised patients — was successfully performed on 82-year-old Durban resident, Mr Vernie Pautz. “Netcare congratulates Dr’s Patel, Odayan and their team at Netcare St Augustine’s Hospital on the completion of their 100th TAVI procedure,” commented Jacques Du Plessis, the managing director of the Netcare hospital division. “TAVI is an intricate procedure requiring a high level of training, expertise and supporting technology to perform. The procedure is also often the last hope for patients who, for one reason or another, are not strong and healthy enough to survive open-heart valve replacement surgery,” he added. “The highly experienced team at the hospital, which is led by interventional cardiologist, Dr Jaivadan Patel and cardiothoracic surgeon, Dr Odayan have been performing the procedure for close on a decade. During this time they have consistently achieved outstanding clinical outcomes, and saved the lives of many of these highly compromised patients,” he added. “The TAVI centre at Netcare St Augustine’s Hospital is currently the only dedicated facility of its kind in KwaZulu-Natal, and is one of just a few such facilities in South Africa. It follows that this centre is also the first in the province to achieve such a milestone, and we at Netcare believe that they deserve every . . .
While many experiences the year ending as a time filled with exciting thoughts of the upcoming holidays' others have an entirely different experience. For some, it’s filled with the dread of being exposed to the hole left by the absence of work while others are confronted with memories of lost loved one and better years. There are many things which can taint our experience of the holidays. Fortunately, all of them can be worked through or managed, and therapy helps. If you have the sense that this might apply to you, then now is the time to plan and set up the support you’ll need. First prize is to have a schedule that ensures you spend time with people who love you and who can be there for you. If this is not available, you need more, or can’t bear the thought of leaning on others; there is still time to arrange professional help. Establishing contact with a therapist is enormously helpful, even if you can’t begin sessions immediately. Merely knowing that you have started looking into a healing process or book a meeting for next year can produce enough hope and relief to carry you through. But where does one find this help? If you have access to private medical care, then you can consider approaching your GP and asking them to refer you to a counsellor or psychologist in your area. Those who don’t have such access can visit their local community clinic and ask the attending sister to please place you on the psychology waiting list or to refer you to a nearby clinic that can provide the necessary help. The very idea of approaching a doctor or sister is often so daunting that some people never take this first step. If this applies to you, you’ll be happy to know that several websites help you find the services you need. TherapyRoute.com is a good place to start. This platform includes informative articles, lists private practices as well as non-profit and community service facilities, automatically displays the services nearest to you and helps you . . .
JOHANNESBURG, DECEMBER 3, 2018 - Trees are very important as they provide our planet with essential environmental services while also giving us jobs, products and fun. To celebrate the many fantastic things about forests, both natural and planted, the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) is running a competition ahead of International Day of Forests on 21 March 2019. The prize: a trip to Rome! According to FAO, "the 2019 theme for the International Day of Forests is ‘Forests and Education’ and we want the world to know how you educate children and youth about the importance of trees and forests. Today, when more than half the world’s population lives in cities and are increasingly disconnected from nature, it is more essential than ever to bring an understanding and awareness of forests and their benefits into children’s lives at an early age.” FAO is inviting teachers, educators and parents to produce and submit a short one-minute video that shows how you impart a better understanding about the importance of forests and trees for our planet’s future. This could be a video of a traditional class, nature walk into a wooded area or plantation, a local park with trees, an artwork, a song or music lesson or even an exercise class. The Paper Manufacturers Association of South Africa (PAMSA) and Forestry South Africa have put together some resources with specific facts on the South African forestry and forest product sector. Visit the special page on www.forestryexplained.co.za for more information. Deadline for entries is 15 December 2018. (We recognise that this is after schools break up for the SA summer holidays. It could however be a fun activity for these last few weeks of school.) How do I enter? To enter the contest, just follow these steps: Make a short video that shows how you teach children and youth about the importance of forests. The video should not exceed 1 minute and can be produced with any professional or non-professional device . . .
Johannesburg , 30 November 2018 - To step into the shoes of another person can be the most challenging thing for any human being, however they will tell you that the experience is almost always a rewarding education. Such is the case in the cleaning profession, which is often times a thankless job for many, particularly in South Africa, where we are accustomed to "getting ‘help’. The cleaning industry is estimated to be worth around R6 - 10 billion and not regulated in terms of policy, save for salaries of the workers. There is however an association, which was constituted as recently as 1987 and which is dedicated to developing and setting appropriate standards for the contract cleaning industry [http://www.ncca.co.za/]. The cleaning industry forms part of the services sector, which employs close to 71.8% of the South African population [https://goo.gl/f3L1d4] and it is a profession that allows for entry level jobs for the most low-level skilled persons. “It is for this reason that Servest has set up its Training Academy, to ensure that new recruits are trained in the do’s and don’ts, particularly ensuring that they understand that the cleaning business is not about a task, but about hygiene in spaces, and health and wellness of people, says George Ndhlovu, Operations Director of Cleaning at Servest. The fact that the training facility is in-house, enables Servest to roll out training at any given time, without the process being hampered by budgetary constraints. “We instil the understanding in our colleagues, that their work is specialised and not just a job - for example in the healthcare sector, the nature of the work is hazardous and in the hospitality environment, it is specialised. In understanding this, it gives integrity to the profession and the person undertaking the task”, he says. In addition to investing in the skills and development of colleagues, Servest’s philosophy is to continuously upgrade its equipment and technology, to that of . . .