It’s 6:45. You’re hosting dinner at 7. You earnestly asked your partner to be home at 6, and buy cheese for the salad on their way home. You’ve tried to call them – their phone is off. You’re stuck preparing for your guests all alone and don’t know how someone could be so inconsiderate to leave you in this position. Sound familiar? The core symptoms of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) – inattentiveness, hyperactivity and impulsivity – can often be mistaken for a disregard of a partner’s emotions, and lead to unnecessary conflict. Psychiatrist Dr Rykie Liebenberg believes the symptoms of ADHD have a ripple effect on all areas of a relationship. Learning to listen “Partners of individuals with ADHD constantly feel as if they’re not being heard because their requests aren’t fulfilled – whether it’s completing household tasks or meeting their broader emotional needs. They understand this to mean their partner doesn’t care enough and isn’t invested in the relationship,” explains Liebenberg. “In reality, it’s simply the inattentiveness that often goes hand-in-hand with ADHD.” Temper traps A quick temper and high levels of aggression can also make individuals with ADHD appear as if they’re disinvested in the relationship. Liebenberg says untreated ADHD can lead to emotional outbursts and irritability – often in traffic or busy areas like shopping malls – which can lead to arguments. “ADHD-related impulsivity can also pose major challenges for a someone living with a partner with ADHD. The partner is mistakenly seen as irresponsible and uncaring because they spend money that should be reserved for household expenses, walk out of jobs without consulting their family or engage in gambling or extra-marital relationships.” Affecting intimacy The combination of these negative symptoms of ADHD go to the core of a relationship, says Liebenberg, and ultimately affect its basic functioning – right down to intimacy. “If you’re constantly . . .
Research shows only a third of patients are familiar with personalised medicine – and only 11% have broached the topics with their doctor. Considering around 38% of patients with depression, 50% of arthritis patients, 40% of asthma patients and 43% of diabetic patients won’t react to the first treatment they’re prescribed, these statistics are concerning. Experts in the field believe the knowledge gap around personalised medicine – and reluctance of some healthcare professionals to embrace it – is halting the advancement of healthcare systems. What is personalised medicine? Personalised medicine – also known as precision medicine – is an emerging practice of medicine that uses an individual’s genetic profile to guide prevention, diagnosis and treatment of disease. One of the foundations of personalised medicine is pharmacogenomics: using genetic biomarkers that influence drug response to guide drug therapy decisions for individual patients. Historical approach The lack of knowledge around personalised medicine is largely as a result of the ‘one-dose-fits-all’ approach used to treat diseases throughout history. Medicine has traditionally revolved around ‘standards of care’ – what’s believed to be the most effective treatment for the general population. Often, this is considered to be the most reasonable treatment, but has little to do with the patient specifically. The findings from the Human Genome Project, released in 2003, gave momentum to the personalised medicine movement. The Project revealed the DNA of any two individuals is 99.9% identical. Variations in the 0.1% of a person’s DNA, it was discovered, influence the genes that code for drug-metabolising enzymes or drug transporters. This means a significant portion of the population will each metabolise medications in a unique way to another patient. Small change, big consequences A small genetic variation in genes that control drug-metabolising enzymes also contribute to adverse events . . .
Auto Agent, the maker of brilliant car dealer websites in South Africa has partnered with a leading car sales website. This partnership enables car dealers to push their vehicle stock to multiple platforms from their own dealer site. Car dealer website company Auto Agent celebrates it's sixth year of serving South African car dealerships with high quality websites. From it's outset, the goal was to optimise dealer sites for mobile audiences by providing mobile friendly navigation as standard across it's customer interfaces. Used car dealers responded positively to the Auto Agent sales platform with it's mobile friendly navigation and easy to use administration, catering for the website stock management, 3rd party advertising, promotions and staff management. Leads management that features SMS notification, email and database storage that can be output as XLS spreadsheets for later analysis. Most recently, Auto Agent has partnered with cars.co.za (and previously with olx.co.za) to facilitate a streamlined inventory upload across multiple selling platforms. This means that dealers now have 3 powerful sales platforms from which they can generate sales leads: pickacar.co.za, usedcarsforsale.co.za and the recent addition of cars.co.za. This has been one of the strengths behind the Auto Agent platform as it frees the dealer from having to manually load his vehicle stock across multiple car selling sites. Auto Agent is particularly excited to offer Cars.co.za on it's platform as they have become a major player in the online used car sales space. Back in 2011, founder Pierre Theron saw that the used car dealerships were not well served and that many home grown solutions and DIY dealer sites simply generated more admin for car dealerships. Apart from loading to the 3rd party automotive sales websites, car dealers were burdened by having to load to their own websites too, with little benefit. The Auto Agent catchphrase "load once" was coined and dealers were now . . .
Your staff are your greatest asset and add value to your organisation. Now it is time to return the favour by ensuring they are well looked after if they are injured. It is that time of year when Compensation for Occupational Injuries and Diseases (COID) policies are renewed for employers in the Class XIII industries, that is, the iron, steel, artificial limbs, galvanising, garage, metals and related industries. Remaining compliant with Rand Mutual (RMA) is the first step in ensuring staff are cared for if they are injured or contract an occupational disease. “We encourage businesses falling under RMA to submit their earnings and pay premiums for the 2017 COID policy renewal period timeously to ensure they are in compliance for the year ahead so that their employees are protected,” says Patrick Matshidze, Chief Operating Officer at RMA. “Since 2015 we have streamlined our processes to make it as simple as possible to complete renewals, including the enhancement of our convenient online portal to assist members. In addition, we are conducting a countrywide roadshow in which we are discussing the 2017 rates and assisting clients with the COID policy renewal process, including the declaration of earnings. “Once members have received their premium invoices, which will be distributed in batches from 6 February, they should make payment well before 31 March 2017, which is the final deadline for payments in order for their company to receive a Letter of Good Standing on time. It is important to note that payments usually take around three working days to reflect in RMA’s account, and renewed Letters of Good Standing cannot be issued until the payment has cleared in our bank account,” Matshidze adds. “In addition to premium payment, clients are expected to submit their actual earnings (2016 payroll costs) and estimated earnings for 2017. The declaration of actual earnings is for the period 1 March 2016 – 28 February 2017, and the estimates for 1 March 2017 – . . .
A job interview may be a nerve-wracking experience, particularly for first-time job seekers, but it need not be. Adequate preparation and a positive approach can make the difference between landing your dream job and receiving the dreaded letter of rejection. Agility Corporate is helping to equip South Africa’s youth for the highly competitive job market through sharing advice on entering the working world. Productivity expert and Agility Corporate Executive Lizette Bester offers her insights about making a positive lasting impression in a job interview. “If you have received an interview request, congratulations! This means that your job application has impressed a prospective employer enough for them to want to meet you. This is your opportunity to shine and get your foot in the door, but it requires a degree of effort and a delicate balance between confidence and humility,” says Bester. Research “Prior to the interview, read as much as you can about the company, including its website, social media pages and any mentions of the company in the media,” Bester advises. “If the industry is unfamiliar to you, get to know as much about it as possible, both the positive aspects and the challenges it faces, as well as the jargon associated with the field. This demonstrates proactivity and also conveys the impression that the candidate is already entrenched in the industry, and may require less training.” Be punctual, not nervous “This should be a no-brainer, but you should never be late for a job interview,” warns Bester. “Try to be in the area at least 30 minutes before the interview to allow time for unexpected delays and provide a few minutes to take a few deep breaths and calm your nerves prior to the interview.” For those who suffer from pre-interview anxiety, Bester offers a particularly helpful piece of advice: “If your heart is pounding, your palms are sweating and you have butterflies in your stomach, remember that these physiological . . .
SCRIPT WRITING WORKSHOPS The Performing Arts network of Southern Africa (PANSA) is running a script writing workshop in Durban on 3 and 4 February 2017. While this is partly to help aspirant scriptwriters polish their plays for the 2017 Reading of New Writing Festival, a nationwide scriptwriting competition, the workshop is also open to anybody interesting in developing their talent as a scriptwriter. Workshop venue: BAT Centre, 45 Maritime Place, Victoria Embankment, Durban. Times: 9:00 to 16:00. Refreshments and lunch provided. For more information, contact Londa Cele on firstname.lastname@example.org. The workshop is free to paid-up members of PANSA. If you are not already a member, you will have a chance to complete a membership form at the door and pay the R150 annual subscription fee. For writers who do not want to join PANSA, the cost will be R200 for the workshop. For those who missed the original announcement of the 2017 Reading of New Writing Festival, this is a nationwide scriptwriting competition with cash prizes for regional winners, who will then go on to a national competition. The deadline for scripts is midnight 12 Feb. The reading of the plays of the shortlisted writers will take place over a weekend in four regions. The best script from each regional competition will go forward to the National final. The 2017 scriptwriting competition was made possible by a grant of R1.8 million from the National Lotteries Commission (NLC). Prizes and Awards: Regional competitions: Best writer R20 000 Runner up R10 000 Honourable mention R5 000 National competition: Best writer R20 000 Subsidy for full production of winning script R75 000 CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .
When the iconic Dodge Challenger arrived on the scene for the first time in 1970 it was heralded as a major player in the world of muscle cars by motoring enthusiasts. At the time of its release it was a direct competitor to the Ford Mustang and Chevrolet Camaro. The Challenger though was larger, far more luxurious and more akin to the Mercury Cougar. Ultimately however what sets this car apart from its rivals of old in this day and age is its rarity. Low production numbers means these beauties are few and far between, making it a prestigious collector’s car. Durban based company, AMCAR Imports have their hands on a Dodge Challenger exclusive, the first ever replica of the 1970 Dodge Challenger Dynacorn body. Dynacorn are officially licensed to the world’s biggest muscle car manufacturers which adds an authentic stamp to AMCAR’s project. In addition the car will be installed with a brand new, 2016 Hellcat Hemi V8 engine directly from Chrysler USA. The experience folk at AMCAR who specialise in importing and restoring American muscle cars are now standing by to customise this 1970 classic to a lucky purchaser. AMCAR CEO, Craig Buck says the beauty of this project is that the buyer will receive an exact replica of the 1970 Dodge Challenger with the car technology of today. “What this means is that we will sell the car with the old school look, original components but with modern and state of the art specifications,” Buck said. Buck who is hugely experienced in the industry says AMCAR borrows their approach from popular American car modification mogul, Chip Foose who pioneered the art of restoration and modification: Restomod. “The thinking behind this is that we want to give our customers the best of both worlds,” Buck explains. “We mix old and new technology for performance and reliability. This car will be fitted with a modern steering system. The latest in breaking technology, upmarket suspension and bigger tyres. The brand new . . .
The ZA Central Registry (ZACR) is a Not-for-Profit (NPC) entity that administers and manages a number of .ZA Second Level Domain Names, such as CO.ZA; NET.ZA; WEB.ZA and ORG.ZA. In 2014, the organisation assumed responsibility for administering three ZAdotCity domain names namely .capetown (dotCapetown), .durban (dotDurban) and .joburg (dotJoburg). There are currently over 11 000 ZAdotCity domains that have been registered by the ZACR and its registrar partners since the first domains were made available for public registration in November 2014. It should be noted that the ZAdotCity names that are published are authentic and official for use by all in email communication, websites and other related platforms. The usability of the new character names is covered within the principle of Universal Acceptance that enables global connectivity with the introduction of new Top Level Domain names (TLDs), which support different languages and longer characters. Click the following link to access the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) Universal Acceptance Guide HYPERLINK "https://www.icann.org/en/system/files/files/ua-quick-guide-02mar16-en.pdf" https://www.icann.org/en/system/files/files/ua-quick-guide-02mar16-en.pdf and the definition of Universal Acceptance HYPERLINK "https://www.icann.org/resources/pages/universal-acceptance-2012-02-25-en" https://www.icann.org/resources/pages/universal-acceptance-2012-02-25-en ZACR has become aware that some users are experiencing challenges when utilising their ZAdotCity email addresses. These challenges materialise because organisations have email systems that are still only able to recognise domain names and associated email addresses that have two or three character labels and deny access to the new Top Level Domains (TLD) that go beyond two and three character labels. "The relative newness of the ZAdotCity domain names and consequently email addresses associated with them may result in challenges . . .
The country’s premier décor, design and lifestyle exhibition – Decorex SA – has announced industry leaders, Kansai Plascon and Caesarstone, will be returning as headline sponsors for the 2017 edition which starts in Durban on 18 March. Because of the quality exhibition put on by Decorex SA every year, top professionals across the décor and design industry continue to participate, attracting numerous consumers to all three provincial events. It’s this unique combination of trade and consumer networking that proves so beneficial to the sponsors, who don’t often get the chance to interact directly with representatives from both sides of the industry. Paint giant, Kansai Plascon – who has partnered with Decorex SA since its inception – is excited to be joining the powerhouse brand once again. Anne Roselt, Kansai Plascon’s Global Colour Manager, said Decorex provides the perfect platform for South Africa’s largest paint manufacturer to reveal the latest colour trends and launch their annual colour forecast, something that is always announced at the Joburg Decorex which forms the final show in the three-part exhibition. “Decorex affords the Kansai Plascon representatives an opportunity to meet and discuss design and colour with the many visitors to the show as well as partners in the design industry,” said Roselt. She went on to explain that Kansai Plascon publishes an annual overview of the latest colour trends in the Colour Forecast. This publication gives insight into interior décor trends, allowing visitors to envision the hues within their own #livingdream. Coming on board for the third consecutive year, kitchen and surfaces’ specialist, Caesarstone, have praised the collaborative relationship that comes from such an impactful exhibition within the design world. “Sponsoring an event like Decorex is about brand positioning,” explained Caesarstone’s Marketing Director, Trevor King. “The Caesarstone brand is synonymous with excellence in design, which . . .
Whether you are searching for a new job, a first job or a better job, the reality is that South Africa’s job market is a highly competitive environment with thousands of job seekers competing for opportunities. Fortunately, there are numerous ways to make oneself more marketable for a better chance of landing that dream job. Lizette Bester, Executive: Agility Corporate, says that in today’s job market it is essential to distinguish oneself from the pack when submitting a job application, as interviews are only granted to a handful of applicants. Seeking employment opportunities “When searching for a job, it is best to consider each advert individually. Scrolling down an online list of job advertisements and sending generic applications to a hundred jobs each day is one of the biggest mistakes you can make,” she cautions. “When surveying job advertisements, the very first thing to consider is whether your skills reasonably meet the requirements of the job in terms of skills, qualifications and experience. While there may be some degree of ‘wriggle room’, do not waste your time, nor that of a prospective employer, by applying for jobs that you are significantly under-qualified for,” she advises. “You should also consider where the job is based and whether the location would be practical for you, as well as the company’s corporate culture and whether you would be a good fit there.” Do your research Bester advises job seekers not to rush their applications once they identify a position that they are interested in. “Take time to research the company, its values, core outputs, as well as the key competencies of the position itself. Do not only refer to the company’s website but check other sources too, such as its social media presence and whether the company has been in the media in the recent past by searching in Google’s ‘news’ tab,” Bester advises. “Not only will this information assist you in deciding whether you would like to pursue an . . .