In 2018, Port Elizabeth based Radiology group, Bayradiology, installed a Positron Emission Tomography/Computed Tomography Scanner at their rooms at the Cancer Care Centre in Mangold Street, Newton Park. Not only was this the first PET/CT scanner in the Eastern Cape but it remains the only one in operation in the Province today and has proven to be of enormous assistance to oncology patients who previously had to fly out of town to get a PET/CT Scan. Benefits of the new PET/CT Scanner: PET/CT is particularly effective in identifying whether a cancer is present or not. It can also be used to assess the response to treatment. Cancers, for which PET/CT is considered effective include lung, head and neck, colorectal, oesophageal, lymphona, melanoma, breast, thyroid, cervical, pancreatic as well as other less frequently occurring cancers PET/CT images indicate biochemical activity and can accurately characterise a tumor as benign or malignant, thereby guiding the surgeon to an appropriate biopsy site or even avoiding surgical biopsy. Because a PET scan images the entire body, confirmation of distant metastases can alter treatment plans in certain cases from surgical intervention to chemotherapy. In an effort to further maximise their service capabilities, Drs Naude and Kaarse underwent training in Zurich and the PET/CT Radiographers of Bayradiology have received extensive practical training on the official PET/CT Scanner. Patients who wish to have a PET/CT scan will need a referral from their doctor. In most cases, the cost of the PET/CT scan could be covered by the medical aid, but patients are advised to enquire about this from their medical aid prior to the examination. For more information, please contact the Bayradiology branch at the Cancer Care Centre on Tel: (041) 363 0759. CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .
An exchange that will change your life. Why not exchange the busy city life for a tranquil experience at Gonjah Chalet, campsite and 4x4 route? Set amongst lush indigenous forest just 9km north of Patensie, with idyllic rural surroundings, Gonjah Chalet and Campsite offer the perfect breakaway for anyone looking to get ‘back to nature’ in this stunning region of the Eastern Cape... Gamtoos Valley, the Eastern Gateway to the Baviaanskloof. Surrounded by colourful woodland, mountain streams, undulating hills and valleys and native wildlife, the rustic accommodation at Gonjah chalet and campsite will provide you with a real break from the trials and tribulations of everyday life and will leave you feeling relaxed and rejuvenated after spending a few days away from it all. With no television to distract, you can experience the simple life and enjoy the only distractions you’ll find – the stars and the braai fire! Gonjah is also home to two excellent 4x4 routes that take you on an adventure through the glorious Gamtoos Valley countryside where you stand a good chance of spotting a variety of South African wildlife including Nyala, Bushbuck and the elusive Knysna Loerie to name a few, you may even spot a Gonjah after which the accommodation has been named – Gonjah is the indigenous word for grasshopper. CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .
Cape Town, January, 31, 2019: EDSA is an outpatient treatment centre for individuals with eating disorders or who have suffered from various forms of trauma. The centre will open in Constantia Cape Town in March at 8, Klein Constantia Road under the Recovery Direct banner. “I wanted a central location so we can reach as many people as possible,” says marketing manager Doug Kemp, who has a played an intergral role in the establishment of the Recovery Direct treatment centres for non-12step addiction treatment facilities. Though treating eating disorders will be a particular focus, Kemp says he wants the centre to be “for any person that has trauma that they’re wanting to work through.” That could be a physical trauma or something that’s manifested as anxiety, anger or depression. Kemp says that healing trauma that’s been stored in a person’s body “is something that is new in the field and far more innovative and constructive and effective than the majority of treatments presently offered within the industry in South Africa.” Staff members will include a variety of professionals, such as psychologists, dieticians, nurse practitioners, psychotherapists that are what Kemp calls a “trauma-informed” specialists in their field. The centre will have a soft opening in early March 2019. Updates can be found on the dedicated Eating Disorders Website or on the following pages associated to the Eating disorders community in South Africa. (Residential ED private care treatment centre) (National ED awareness programme and outpatient help centre) (Free dedicated national help line) "The distinctions between Recovery Direct Eating disorder residential programme and the other residential treatment programmes offered in South Africa are that Recovery Direct's centres do not follow the 12 step treatment model. Recovery Direct's focus is on delivering far more intensive evidence based (one on one treatment sessions) via the registered psychologists and . . .
Agri Eastern Cape president Doug Stern has called on the province’s farmers to stay on their land despite facing the triple financial threat of unrelenting drought, raging veld fires and land expropriation without compensation. As the drought entered its fifth straight year, Stern said stock farmers’ cashflow had been dealt an additional blow in the form of falling commodity prices due to the recent outbreak of foot and mouth disease. Describing the drought as “one of the worst farmers have had to endure, due to its intensity”, he said summer heatwaves had resulted in the further deterioration of the veld. “More importantly, this has impacted dramatically on our farmers’ water resources, with borehole levels dropping almost daily and surface water drying up completely, resulting in major livestock water supply problems.” Stern said, over the past four years, farmers had recorded annual rainfall figures varying between 30 and 70% below what their average annual rainfall should have been. “The official word from the weather authorities is that we can expect the prevailing dry conditions to continue, with no significant rainfall being predicted. However, we as farmers believe that rainfall is always possible.” He said agricultural producers’ cashflow had been stretched extremely thin, as they had been spending large sums of money for long periods with the purpose of keeping their animals and lands in a productive condition. “2018 was an incredibly tough year for farmers throughout the Eastern Cape for a number of reasons. “Our farmers are renowned for their resilience. However, this resilience is now being properly tested by the climatic conditions we are expected to deal with on a sustained basis, without any support from the state to date.” Despite this, Stern said he had every confidence that the province’s farmers would survive the drought, as previous generations had done, by standing together and doing their best to remain productive . . .
The personal success of Kamva Lengisi, the top matric at the Engen Maths and Science School (EMSS) in Cala in the rural Eastern Cape, will be South Africa’s gain, as he plans to attend Nelson Mandela University this year to chase his dream of becoming an engineer. Kamva, 17, who attended Cala Village Senior Secondary and grew up in Cala, joined the EMSS programme in grade 11. He beat 59 fellow matrics at the end of last year to take the top spot in the Cala EMSS class, scoring three distinctions overall, including 80% for maths. Over the past two years, every Saturday Kamva attended EMSS supplementary classes, which helped to significantly boost his marks. “EMSS provided detailed maths and science explanations that enabled me to assist myself and others at school. The programme offers lots of support which helped to push me and attain the marks I wanted,” reflects Kamva. Kamva’s advice for this year’s matrics is to start studying hard from the beginning of the year and to take advantage of every opportunity for extra learning. “Study groups and extra classes are very helpful and those attending Engen Saturday classes ought to assist others so that they can gain more information and have more understanding.” Motivated by his sister who managed to further her own studies and become an electrician, Kamva says financial pressures made life difficult and he often attended school on an empty stomach. “I also live far away from school and was often late but I persevered, motivated by my goal: to study, get a job and help fix my family situation.” In 2019, 532 matriculants from across South Africa benefited from Engen-backed extra classes in English, Maths and Science, achieving an impressive 93% pass rate against the national pass rate of 78.2%. Of these, 67% of the EMSS learners received Bachelor passes against the national average of 43%. Kamva attended the Cala EMSS centre, which is one of three centres in the Eastern Cape (the others are located in . . .
Ubuko Mpotulo (10), from East London, was diagnosed with Meningococcal Septicaemia, at the age of 3 years old, Ubuko underwent a Bi-Lateral Amputation and finger amputation, when the lining of his blood vessels became damaged and obstructed his narrow arteries and eventually cut off his blood supply. Despite coming from a disadvantaged background, Ubuko has been awarded a Bursary to attend Selborne Primary, after the Educators and Governing body saw his resilience and perseverance shine through his Disability. Ubuko’s disposition has also captured the hearts of his medical team. “I finally met Ubuko and those of you who have had the privilege to meet him will understand that he only has to look at you once and you are done, the mischievous smile and determination in his eyes caught my heartstrings.” – says prosthetics specialist, Marissa Nel, who has personally committed, jointly with Ossur, to cover Ubuko’s medical costs that are amount to about R148 000 a year. Until Ubuko turns 18, his prosthetic sockets will need to be refitted and changed at least 14 to 16 times until he stops growing. Unfortunately this will still be long-term struggle for him. According to Nel, because Ubuko is growing, his socket will likely need to be changed in the next 6 to 8 months, when he will require alignment adjustments, and replacement of some of his prosthetic parts. Ubuko has also inspired a group of 7 Round Tablers from East London, who have decided to take on the 70.3 Ironman challenge on the 27 January 2019 to contribute towards Ubuko’s ongoing medical costs, through a campaign launched on donations based crowdfunding platform, BackaBuddy. “Ubuko’s character and perseverance to improve himself are unmatched. He isn’t simply adapting to his prosthetics, he has relished the opportunity to seize his moment and make it count. Not only has he taken each step in his progress with enthusiasm, he has flourished.” Says Round Tabler, Ryan Baisley (37). For the . . .
The Eastern Cape’s top Engen Maths and Science School (EMSS) matric graduate, Libhongo Mko lives by the philosophy that hard work and dedication will open doors. It is this belief that saw him come out as the top learner in the Eastern Cape EMSS classes with five distinctions, including 90% for science and 83% maths, marks that secured him a place to study Computer Science at the University of Cape Town in 2019. Hailing from Mdantsane in East London, Libhongo was schooled at Philemon Ngcelwane High School and attended weekly EMSS supplementary classes at the University of Fort Hare in East London. He joined the EMMS programme when he was in grade 10 and says attending classes every Saturday morning gave him the confidence and boost he needed. “EMSS really helped me by taking away my examination fears as we had regular tests throughout the year. The lectures and our centre co-ordinator are the ones who encouraged me in choosing the course that I will study this year, as they always emphasised that nothing can limit us, not even the sky.” Libhongo says he comes from a God-fearing big family. “I’m the fourth child at home and received a lot of support and motivation from each and every family member. I was taught that education is the key to living a successful life. What motivated me through the year were my teachers, principal, family, friends and my mentor, my Life Science teacher Miss Dimakatso Mosola,” he says. His message for this year’s matrics is to take advantage of every opportunity for extra learning. “I would advise them that hard work is the key to achieving the results that one wants. Being competitive will also help them to study even harder, while being curious about the subjects that they are doing and never going to sleep without studying will also be of benefit.” In 2019, 532 matriculants from across South Africa benefited from Engen-backed extra classes in English, Maths and Science, achieving an impressive 93% pass rate against the . . .
JOHANNESBURG, January 15, 2019 - Forestry South Africa (FSA) has launched the Forestry Explained recreational map, ideal for when the travel bug bites, when you need family-friendly accommodation or a quiet weekend away from the city life. The new interactive map details the myriad of activities and attractions that are found on forestry-owned land around the country. Treasures within the trees Around 30% of forestry-owned land is unplanted and a large proportion is set aside for dedicated conservation. These include vast swaths of grasslands, riverine ecosystems and indigenous forests. Besides their obvious conservation value, these areas provide ample recreational opportunities on top of what is provided by the plantation forests themselves. Whether it is trail running, hiking and mountain biking adventures you seek, or serene days spent bird watching, picnicking and taking in spectacular views, forestry-owned land has something to offer you. The Forestry Explained recreational map makes accessing these activities and attractions easy. It showcases eco-activities of forestry companies and private individuals in one user-friendly recreational guide. Its interactive nature allows people to explore what’s on offer, along with the important information for the perfect forestry day out. 2019 “Forestry Fun” bucket list Make 2019 the year you explore the recreational offerings of South Africa’s commercial forests. Why not see if you can complete the 2019 “Forestry Fun” bucket list below, making sure tag @forestry_explained into any shots you post on Instagram. Mpumalanga’s waterfalls – many of the famous ‘Panorama Route waterfalls’ are actually situated on forestry land owned and managed by state-owned SAFCOL, including Berlin Falls, Lisbon Falls, Mac Mac Falls and Pools, Bridal Veil Falls, Lone Creek Falls and Marie Shires. Mountain biking getaway – take a long-weekend and explore the plantations, indigenous forests and open grasslands of . . .
BOOST CREATIVE SOLUTIONS in association with Safetech is proud to present BOOST INDUSTRIAL THEATRE – a tool for effective and interactive communication in industry endorsed by Dr Brett Williams (owner of SAFETECH and leading authority on Occupational Health and Safety in South Africa). The working world is in constant flux – from increased diversity of employees (language, culture, background, experience levels); to a regular upgrading of product/service offerings to keep up with changing market needs. Change Management is a minefield in industry, where complex relationship dynamics and corporate politics can often obstruct the effective communication of changes. Employees are often resistant to the traditional one-way communication model which is imposed on them by management. They often view management as “them” as opposed to “us”, and are suspicious of intentions. These conditions create a need for a more objective, interactive, diverse, meaningful and “worker-friendly” method of communicating valuable information to employees. Research indicates that there are direct correlations between the level of engagement with employees and organisational performance indicators. …Enter BOOST INDUSTRIAL THEATRE! "Industrial Theatre as organisational development methodology can assist organisations in translating a system of shared understanding and thus impact directly on organisational culture. Culture impacts directly on THE WAY in which things are done in an organisation and therefore Industrial Theatre can impact behaviour in organisations sustainably. Industrial Theatre influences assumptions, attitudes, beliefs, mindsets and frames of reference, and creates an understanding of all these elements and the way in which these elements impact on the learning, behaviour and personal growth of the individual. In this way industrial Theatre brings about an understanding of complex (business) issues and is a very effective way of educating, mobilising and . . .