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 . . .
[Johannesburg, Gauteng, 28/11/2018] - PrepaidWealth.com, a South African FinTech Startup, is officially launching a web-based platform for either accumulating discounts in CASH or realizing instant discounts when data or airtime is purchased from the platform. There are two types of accounts that can be opened on PrepaidWealth.com for free; namely, a Group Account or an Individual account. A Group Account accumulates cash for members of the group whereas an Individual account provides instant discounts. A Group Account is ideal for structured groups such as stokvels, friends, families, residential complexes, work departments, WhatsApp groups, etc. The bigger the group, the faster cash accumulates because more people will be accumulating cash when they spend on data and airtime. Members of a group account spend on data/airtime separately according to their personal needs. However, the discounts accumulate collectively. The accumulated cash can be withdrawn from PrepaidWealth.com once the money is more than R200. An Individual Account offers data and airtime at a discount and therefore makes it ideal for a person who wants to sell airtime and data. It is also ideal for a person who wants instant discounts. An individual who wishes to accumulate cash, instead of getting instant discounts, can simply register for a group account and never invite anyone to join the group. The discounts provided vary from 1.5% to 9.5% and therefore one can assume an average discount rate of 5%. The discount rate is used to accumulate cash for a group account. It is also used to offer discounts for an individual account. The data and airtime provided on PrepaidWealth.com is from all mobile service providers; namely, Vodacom, MTN, CellC, Telkom, Virgin Mobile. The platform also provides prepaid electricity services as well as services from Mozambique Vodacom and Econet Mobile. “The Platform is targeted at everyone who buys data or airtime. Stokvels and other formal groups . . .
When researching retirement estates, many potential investors look at whether there is a frail care centre available. And while there are certain benefits associated with the established frail care model, there is a growing international trend of adopting the home-based care solution. Renishaw Hills, a mature lifestyle estate on the KwaZulu-Natal South Coast, has embraced this quality-assurance approach that puts the mental and physical wellbeing of residents first. “The goal of Renishaw Hills has always been to offer residents a carefree lifestyle,” explained Phil Barker, managing director of Renishaw Hills. “To achieve this, we undertook extensive research of healthcare within the retirement communities and home-based care came out as the best solution overall.” Benefits of home-based care “Home is a place you grow up wanting to leave, and grow old wanting to get back to.” - John Ed Pearce Home-based care offers residents the benefits of frail care centres with one important difference – care is provided in the home. This is a multi-disciplinary team of specialists that provides personalised care for every resident. Suzette du Preez, CEO of TruCare – a specialist home-care provider in the retirement industry operating at Renishaw Hills – said that too many people were prioritising frail care centres when home-based care was generally a preferred option. “When you ask people why they want a frail care centre, they respond that they want a facility ‘in case’ they ever need it, but if you pursue whether they actually want to go to a frail care centre, they’re vehemently against it! It creates this false sense of future security when, in reality, home-based care is a much more encouraging option associated with numerous benefits.” 1. All levels of care provided in-home Home-based care services on a retirement estate offers the services of a treating doctor, registered nurse, caregiver, physiotherapist and occupational therapist, all of whom are . . .
Killarney - Continuing the form that has seen the 29-year-old ace take two consecutive World RX Drivers’ Championship titles, and win every race this year except for one (round three in Belgium); Sweden’s Johan Kristoffersson romped to victory at every wheel turn at the 2018 World RX of South Africa. In all, Johan was one win short of a perfect score weekend - netting three qualifying race victories - ranking him as top qualifier overall - followed by a semi final and final victory at the Killarney Raceway in Cape Town. “What can I say? Winning is what we are here for,” said Johan about the victory. “This win really means a lot – and I know I’ve said that every time I’ve won a race, but it’s really true! When you come to the last race of the season, it’s really important to go to the winter with a win. We all know you’re only as good as your last result, so to start round one in 2019 off the back of this is nice.” Talking more about his incredible year, Kristoffersson revealed one disappointment. “Winning 11 from 12 is really nice – makes me a little bit frustrated about [World RX of] Belgium where [Sébastien] Loeb won – but that 100 per cent record gives us something to work towards next year!” joked the champion. “To make nine wins in nine races is also something special for me. I remember watching Sebastian Vettel winning the last nine races of the 2013 [Formula 1] season and just thinking how incredible that feeling must be, to have so much success in one season. And now I have done just that. Unbelievable. I will never forget this season, it’s such a special one.” Unfortunately for teammate Petter Solberg, his run of 2018 bad luck continued in South Africa, despite blistering performances throughout the weekend. Qualifying fourth overall, Petter went on to win semifinal two and lock out the front row of the event’s main final alongside Johan. However a spin, and contact with rival Timmy Hansen, on lap two of the final ended the triple world . . .
The cleaning industry has the potential for extraordinary growth - an opinion by Mahlatholle Masha, Financial Director, Servest Cleaning Division Johannesburg, 23 November 2018 - As an industry, which is estimated to be worth around R6 - 10 billion, the cleaning business is one that has the most extraordinary potential for growth. The nature of the work is such, that it requires only low level skills and this seems to give the impression that it is an easy business to establish. It is therefore no wonder that there are a multitude of start-ups emerging in the industry. However, Mahlatholle Masha, Financial Director of Servest’s Cleaning division, cautions against this notion of it being an easy business, because with it comes industry standards, compliance matters, health and safety issues and not least, the responsibility of running a business. The latter coming with its own challenges, with regard to human resources and its associated matters. Despite the challenges, the cleaning sector’s growth potential stems from large organisations wanting to focus their efforts on their core business and therefore outsource their cleaning services to cleaning companies. These cleaning companies are expected to not only be fully equipped to fulfil the tasks, but to do so within the bounds of compliance, such as the use of environmentally friendly products and using equipment that reduces water wastage, or entirely eliminating the use of water. Technology and innovation hereby plays an important role in the continued growth and development in the cleaning industry, to the benefit of its clients. We see cleaning companies having to currently provide customised and unique solutions to clients, in order to differentiate themselves. However, in the near future, it will also have to provide sustainability reports, to ensure that the cleaning methods and its associated products do not adversely affect the environment. These specialised products and services are . . .
A strict adherence to a quality product has seen Inyoni Homes CC win another top award for its construction of homes at Renishaw Hills, a mature lifestyle estate on the KwaZulu-Natal South Coast. At the recent Master Builders KwaZulu-Natal Annual Awards event, hosted at the Durban International Conference Centre, Inyoni Homes was awarded for its Renishaw Hills maisonettes in the Apartments/Townhouses under R15m category. The annual awards recognise and celebrate excellence in construction within the KwaZulu-Natal Construction industry. Through the awards, the Master Builders Association prioritises the promotion and development of the industry and seeks to create a culture of excellence in the province. Master Builders Association executive director, Vikashnee Harbhajan, said: “The Excellence in Construction competition is intended to put the spotlight on quality workmanship, and professional standards displayed by members of the association. Our members are committed to achieving and maintaining high performance standards, and this is proudly showcased by the association.” Inyoni Homes was one of 22 companies that submitted 39 entries in the Excellence in Construction competition. The entries received were for projects situated around Durban and Pietermaritzburg and as far inland as Newcastle. This is the second annual award for a Renishaw Hills’ construction – in 2017, Inyoni Homes and R&M Construction won the 2017 Apartment/Town House Buildings (above R15m) Awards category for the construction of two show houses at Renishaw Hills. “We are extremely honoured and proud of our staff and sub-contractors,” said Nic Moussouris, owner of Inyoni Homes. “To win two years in a row for Renishaw Hills is a remarkable achievement, and it is only as a result of a team effort - from management down to the labourer on site – that we are able to create a quality product we are proud to have built.” The award-winning Renishaw Hills’ type A maisonettes include a . . .