Keep the Promise March by AHF & Civil Society organizations against Funding cuts Photo: AIDS Healthcare Foundation 2016 marks the return of the International AIDS Conference to Africa, 16 years and millions of deaths after Nkosi Johnson addressed world leaders, and international activists on the realities of AIDS in Africa. Nkosi Johnson lost his battle against HIV later that same year as South Africa struggled to survive Mbeki’s AIDS denialism and Manto’s beetroot and garlic pseudo-science. Today HIV need not a death sentence for South Africans, with over 3 million people accessing lifesaving antiretroviral medication at government clinics. In the course of his tenure, Health Minister Motsoaledi has spearheaded the largest public health revolution in recent times and South Africa has gone from global pariah to world leaders on HIV. South African is one of a handful of countries with a government committed to public health and a national budget that allows us to continue expanding access to treatment while shouldering the financial burden ourselves. South Africa contributes over 80% of the cost of treatment, making us a leader on the continent in HIV/AIDS response. While South Africa has made great progress in the fight against HIV/AIDS, the same cannot be said for its neighbours; Lesotho and Swaziland. With HIV prevalence rates of 23% and 29% respectively, our land-locked neighbours are still grappling with the epidemic. Worse still, ongoing global funding cuts threaten to jeopardize the progress made to date and could fuel the rise of new infections and AIDS-related deaths. As far back as 2010 the Global Fund has failed to meets its funding targetsand this funding scale-back is a major cause for concern when viewed in the context of countries like Lesotho and Swaziland. As the Global Fund enters a new replenishment cycle, key Eurpoean contributors are reducing their contributions to the Fund, and redirecting resources to assist with the influx . . .
High incidence of falls in the home environment gives rise to concern: When it comes to falls, few people are aware of the many risk factors that exist in the home environment and the dangers that this can pose, particularly to the elderly. So says Rene Grobler, trauma programme manager at Netcare Milpark Hospital’s level-one trauma centre. The high incidence of falls is underscored by statistics provided by Netcare Milpark Hospital, which indicate that 25% of blunt injuries treated at the hospital during 2015 were as a result of falls. This figure increased to 38% in January 2016 and to 31% in February 2016. Commenting on the statistics, Grobler noted that the increase in the number of falls may well be attributed to the fact that our population is aging and that an increasing number of elderly folk appear to be living longer. However, many falls within the home environment can be avoided as they generally occur as a result of hazards such as slippery or wet surfaces, poor lighting, inadequate footwear and cluttered pathways. “In elderly persons, one in every five falls can result in serious injuries, such as broken bones or head injuries. As people become less active, they become weaker, which increases their chances of falling,” she adds. “These injuries can have a dire impact on the quality of life of those involved, as they often make it difficult to get around and to undertake everyday activities. This, in turn, makes it hard for older people to live on their own.” “Falls resulting in head injuries can be very serious, especially if the person is taking blood thinning medication. If an older person falls and hits their head, they should therefore seek medical attention as soon as possible to ensure that they have not sustained a brain injury,” cautions Grobler. She adds that people who have had a fall often develop a fear of falling again, even if they were not injured. This fear may well result in them cutting down on their everyday . . .
The Koekemoers, a brand new miniseries from the ATKV which will be broadcasting on Wednesday mornings at 07:00 (staring on the 18th of May 2016) on the popular Die Groot Ontbyt on Kyknet, will have households ready to burst into laughter within three minutes before they hit the road to work. Family holiday shenanigans will be depicted with this tongue-in-cheek show which many viewers will be able to identify with. "We would like to offer the Afrikaans viewer and our holiday goers content that will draw attention to typical family holiday events that most of us may have experienced. Some of the scenes are slightly dramatized, but the "tongue-in-cheek tone" will ensure a bit of healthy early morning humour. Think of the then short stories in the mornings just before everyone left for work like Het Jou Katvis! "Said Reinard du Plessis, General Marketing and Communications Manager at ATKV Business. Although the show is produced to entertain viewers, this production was a far cry from being a joke. The miniseries was carefully planned to ensure that a strong storyline developed with each episode. Each episode is only three minutes long and broadcast spans across 12 weeks - which is an indication of the sharp and explosive humour of the show. The main role and father, Johan Koekemoer is played by the well-known Afrikaans singer Joe F. The rest of the family includes the mother and anchor of the family, Marguerite Koekemoer (played by Lizé van der Walt), Megan "Viper" Koekemoer - the difficult teenage daughter (played by Danielle Du Plessis) and Johan Junior Koekemoer (played by TJ Day) - the apathetic boy who cannot stop playing with his electronic gadgets. But the series is not built merely to provide viewers with a weekly shot healthy humour. There are also valuable holiday suggestions and tips each week on the ATKV resort's Facebook page (www.facebook.com/ATKVOORDE) that link onto that week's episode. Viewers should also be on the lookout for attractive . . .
It is that time of the year again, the excitement is building and you can feel something is coming to South Africa other than just the winter. The nation is getting ready for the event of the year! It is the annual Tekkie Tax Day and yes, it is just around the corner. Tekkie Tax Day will be celebrating their 4th year on the South African fundraising calendar and it is going to be better than ever! On Friday 27 May 2016, you can show where your heart lies and support your preferred charity organisation in South Africa. There are 11 national beneficiaries this year and together they support more than 1 000 smaller organisations. This fun and funky campaign is the perfect vehicle to make a difference in South Africa. Not only do you get the satisfaction and opportunity to change people and animal’s lives for the better, but you also get something in return for your hard earned cash. There is a saying that goes, “little by little, a little becomes a lot” and at only R10 a sticker or R35 for a pair of Tekkie Tag shoelaces, this saying is perfect. Annelise de Jager, patron of Tekkie Tax Day says “Let’s stand together as one nation and show with our feet that we want to make a difference in our beautiful country” Your time is running out and with 10 000’s of South Africans already supporting Tekkie Tax Day this year, you only have 2 weeks left to the 27th May, so get yourself ready and spread the Tekkie Tax fever! Buy your Tekkie Tag shoelaces at participating Clicks stores nationwide or your sticker at you nearest ToysRUs or BabiesRUs. Tekkie Tax Day - the only day where you do not have to wear your heart on your sleeve but wear your “heart” on your feet. For more information about Tekkie Tax Day, visit our website www.tekkietax.co.za or contact us on 012-663 8181 for a list of participating organisations. CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .
The South African Maritime Authority (SAMSA) has issued Marine Notice No 18 of 2016, providing guidelines for the implementation of container weight verifications This is part of the South African Implementation of the Convention on Safety of Life at Sea (SOLAS) Chapter VI, which requires shippers to verify the gross mass of containers prior to their being loaded on a ship. According to Goscelin Gordon, associate in Bowman Gilfillan Africa Group’s Shipping & Logistics Practice, “There are two methods for verifying gross container mass. Method 1 is weighing a packed and sealed container; while Method 2 is weighing the contents of a container and adding it to the weight of the container itself using a certified method. SAMSA has accredited certain companies to act on its behalf to approve shippers using Method 2. “Shippers should be aware that each container must be weighed separately. Importers should take note that, while containers may be shipped from foreign ports without being first weighed in the foreign port, any containers which are shipped through South African ports must comply with the SOLAS container weighing requirements. If a packed container is delivered to port without the shipper providing the verified gross mass of the container, the container should not be loaded onto a ship until the verified mass is provided,” she explains. Gordon notes that SAMSA will enforce the SOLAS requirements via inspections, continuous audits and reporting non-conforming containers and or cargo information by third parties. “If it is identified that a shipper has misdeclared the gross mass of a packed container, SAMSA may require an Admission of Contravention to be made and a fine paid, failing which the shipper may be prosecuted. In the event that a shipper was approved to use Method 2 and misdeclares a container weight, its approval may also be suspended or revoked and it will thereafter be obliged to use Method 1,” she notes. “Finally,” adds Gordon, “it . . .
After 15 years, the International Aids Conference returns to South Africa this winter. In celebration and to help accelerate the fight against HIV/AIDS, the non-profit AIDS Healthcare Foundation (AHF) brings South Africans the Keep the Promise 2016 (#KTP2016) free Concert and March on 16 July in Durban. Though the event is free, 50 lucky winners will get the chance to watch their favourite national and international artists perform from the VIP Gold Circle that is directly in front of the stage! Keep the Promise, also known as KTP, is not only an empowering advocacy platform for those fighting with and against HIV/AIDS, it is an uplifting event that focuses on the need to increase AIDS funding and urges governments, global funding bodies and individuals to commit to ending the epidemic. This year, KTP will take place at Durban’s Sahara Stadium Kingsmead, and features international celebrities and South African stars such as Mi Casa and Big Nuz, along with a host of dignitaries and inspiring speakers. To stand a chance to win VIP Gold Circle tickets for you and a partner, all you have to do is: Go to and “LIKE” the Keep the Promise Facebook page Find the #KTP2016 Gold Circle Contest promotion Post the correct answer (full English Celebrity name) of the international celebrity artist’s distorted image and #KTP2016 Share the contest and #KTP2016 on your Social Media platforms The first 50 people to correctly guess who the international celebrity is in the image and correctly spell their full artist name will get the chance to watch the show in the VIP Gold Circle area. Clues will be shared every Monday, Wednesday and Friday until 6 May at 12H00. The winners* will be announced on the #KTP2016 Facebook page on Monday, 9 May at 19H00. If more than 50 correct answers are received, only the first 50 people with the correct answers and their partners will be notified via Facebook. The Keep the Promise 2016 (#KTP2016) free Concert and March . . .
[DURBAN, South Africa, 5 May 2016] The Promotion of Access to Information Act (PAIA) has since 9 March 2001 strived to give effect to our constitutional right of access to information held by the State, as well as information held by another person that is required for the exercise or protection of any right. This serves to foster a culture of transparency and accountability both in public and private bodies, contributing to an informed public and ultimately enhancing an open and democratic society. Published by LexisNexis South Africa, the new book Access to Information is a must-have guide for practitioners, as well as information officers, journalists, academics and students, around the right of access to information and the manner in which PAIA gives effect to this right. Written by senior counsel, Ronée Robinson, the book concentrates on this right principally in South Africa with reference to the manner in which this right is protected in Germany, the UK, the USA, Canada, India and Australia. It examines how the courts have interpreted the right of access to information and analyses PAIA in light of both the Interim Constitution and the Constitution, as well as in PAIA, 2 of 2000. 1.3. Case law up to mid-October is dealt with and the January 2016 amendments to PAIA are included. In addition, the author considers legislation such as the Access to Information Act R.S.C. 1985 c.A-1; the Deutsche Grundgesetz of 1949; the Freedom of Information Act of 2000 in the UK; the United States Freedom of Information Act 5 U.S.C. 552, as well as international covenants such as the Charter of Fundamental Rights of the European Union of 2000 and then the manner in which international bodies such as the European Convention of Human Rights (ECHR) have applied the relevant laws. Access to Information (ISBN: 9780409123395, 1st Edition, October 2015) is available through the LexisNexis online bookstore at . . .
As the weather turns and gets colder, many will be focusing their attention on preparing for winter and staying germ free during the flu season. Apart from getting vaccinated from the flu virus and the time-honoured tactic of washing hands well and often, there are other ways that homeowners can keep their home from serving as a breeding ground for colds and flu. Adrian Goslett, Regional Director and CEO of RE/MAX of Southern Africa, provides homeowners with a few simple tips to keep them healthy during the colder seasons: Change your fixtures There are certain metals such as copper, aluminium, lead, iron and silver that are all antimicrobial, which means that they actively kill bacteria. Goslett says that of all the metals, brass is the most effective at kill germs. Considering that doorknobs are a common gathering place for germs and bacteria, changing to brass ones will not only add to the look of the home, but also act as an effective strategy for keeping the home flu-free. Pay attention to germ hot spots Aside from door handles, there are several other germ hot spots throughout the home such as the kitchen sink, counter tops, phones, the remote controls, the fridge door, toilet handles, children’s toys and anything else that is frequently used by those living in the home. The influenza virus spreads through touching something that a person with the virus has been in contact with or sneezed on, so it is vital that these objects are cleaned regularly with some kind of antibacterial solution or wipe. Keeping antibacterial wipes in several locations throughout the home will increase the likelihood of the occupants using them. Place items in the washer Although wiping an item down is an effective way of cleaning it, placing it in the dishwasher is a method that is far more effective and much more efficient at killing germs. This is a great way to frequently disinfect children’s toys and dog toys. Not all items will be dishwasher safe, however it . . .
Successfully changing the political, social and economic perceptions of KZN agriculture through a comprehensive PR strategy entitled Kwanalu Uplifting Agriculture campaign secured Pietermaritzburg-based media publicity agency UrbanHouse Media (UHM) a Gold at the public relations industry’s recent PRISM awards. The event, a highlight on the industry’s calendar, was held in Johannesburg on April 17. UHM won Gold in the Resources category for their traditional and social media public relations campaign for their client the KwaZulu-Natal Agricultural Union (Kwanalu) with a campaign entitled Kwanalu Uplifting Agriculture campaign. “The 2015 media campaign for Kwanalu was a great success with both ourselves and our client being happy with the results. To be awarded a Gold from PRISA for the campaign reiterates this and is a great feather in our team’s cap,” said UHM director Cindy Kidger. UHM have again been appointed to direct an ongoing media campaign for Kwanalu in 2016 with the continued objective of changing the perceptions of the agricultural industry amongst the greater KZN community and of uplifting the morale of farmers in the province. CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .
When Siyanda Makanya aka Dj Kabila is behind the decks, few people realize that it always takes effort for him to play at most venues. Most gigs where he plays at are almost inaccessible for a wheelchair user. This, however, has not deterred the focused entertainer to build a formidable brand for himself since he began pursuing his passion for music in 1999- coincidentally the same year he got injured in a car crash. Dj Kabila’s passion started at a very tender age growing up in Mthatha where a neighbor had a sound system and was the local deejay. The apprenticeship started at the age when he used to assist the deejay setup and test sound quality. Kabila’s musical journey has seen his brand being signed by Dj Black Coffee’s Soulistic Label and joining the world’s best at the renowned Miami Music Conference in the USA in 2012 where he played alongside Marques Wyatt and established South African names like Dj Fresh, Euphonik and Culoe de Song. Having released his third album late last year, there is a testimony of his deep house music style being well received and appreciated both locally and internationally. “Being in a competitive space as a person with mobility challenges, I’ve set goals for myself and pushed my passion to a respectable level but aim to reach higher because I have to escalate way beyond societal’s view of my disability. I released my 3rd album independently under my own label Musiq Soldier-an uphill task considering the resources needed to make it to the top if you are not part of the established music labels, “quips Kabila. His latest offering is “Music will save the Day”-a 12-track album featuring some prominent names like MXO of the ”Zandimbone” fame, Toshi-known for her vocal prowess on Dj Black Coffee’s runaway hit song-“Buya” and other talented artists established and upcoming. On Kabila’s new project, MXO features on the soulful song “Fever” and Toshi serenades on the Afrocentric “Atsha Pha”. Collaborating with different talent . . .