On Tuesday 15 May 2018, Fibroids Treatment clinic in partnership with The White Dress Project, a non-profit organisation that sets to raise awareness about Fibroids and urge women to seek help hosted an educational experience to drive awareness on the impact that fibroids has on millions of South African women. This flagship initiative which brought together experts and women in one room aimed to allow women to reclaim their voice in speaking about this prevalent condition. Studies show that in South Africa alone, 4 out of 10 women have fibroids. And 80% of women are at risk of developing fibroids from their reproductive age to the age of 50. Head of Fibroids Treatment Clinic, Dr Gary Sudwarts says; “ As a doctor treating women with fibroids, I realised that the biggest problem many of our woman face is not knowing that they have fibroids and they are certainly not aware of the treatment options available to them. They suffer in silence experiencing symptoms such as pelvic pain, constipation, frequent urinating, pain during intercourse, infertility and heavy bleeding.” White Dress Project was launched to support women living with Fibroids because women who have fibroids avoid wearing a white dress because of heavy menstrual bleeding. “ The White Dress Project is a tremendous opportunity to support women suffering from fibroids. They need to know that they have the right to be able to choose what to wear without fear of being embarrassed by a medical condition.” Dr Gary Suwarts says He continues to say “This event was a platform to encourages women to share their experiences, discuss treatment options and to know that they are not alone. Women can finally imagine a life without Fibroids, a life in which they are not constantly tired or have a big pelvic mass. Where they can have children and have the energy to care for their families.” The event was attended by some of Mzansi’s faves including, actress and model Jay Anstey, plus size model & . . .
Joshua Naicker (22 months old) from Midrand, Johannesburg, was born at only 33 weeks old with challenging circumstances. The circumference of his head measured 45 cm, a length greater than his body, due to tremendous fluid on his brain. Proud parents, Phillecia (29) and Bradley (36) were elated to welcome their first born into the world after 5 years of marriage and with uncomplicated family medical history, they could not have anticipated the difficult road ahead. Baby Joshua was diagnosed with congenital Hydrocephalus, more commonly known as “water on the brain”. This relentless and incurable disease currently affects 1 in every 500 babies globally. At only 10 days old Joshua had already undergone his first brain surgery and spent the first two months of his life in Neonatal ICU, where he received a number of plasma blood transfusions to compensate for hemorrhaging large amounts of blood. He has since been fitted with a shunt (a thin piece of plastic tubing with a catheter), which drains the fluid from his brain to his stomach As a result of this rare disease Joshua has developed a number of serious conditions namely Cerebral Palsy (Hemiplegia), severe Cortical Visual Impairment, Hip Dysplasia, Epilepsy, Chiari Malformation, Scoliosis, missing Septum Pellucid, global developmental delay and hypertonia. “He has had a total of 5 operations in his short existence, 3 of them being brain surgeries, uncountable hours of therapy and doctors appointments. His daily activities are so challenging and he cannot perform any tasks independently such as sitting, standing, crawling, playing, eating or drinking.” – says Bradley. Despite his challenging circumstances, Bradley is described as a bubbly child, who loves affection. “He has the most beautiful smile, a smile that can capture anyone's heart. He exudes love and happiness. He has the true heart of a warrior.” – says Phillecia “He has come such a long way and is getting very close to sitting and crawling . . .
The Baby Show comes to South Africa - Destined to be South Africa’s market-leading pregnancy, baby and parenting event of the year. The UK’s number one parenting event brand, The Baby Show & #MeetUp, will launch at the prestigious and elegant Kyalami International Convention Centre in Gauteng, to be held 28 to 30 September 2018. In collaboration with leading industry expert, Meg Faure, and announcing a headline sponsorship with Pampers, this market-leading live event platform will provide dedicated seminars, features and world-class facilities aimed at parents-to-be, and parents with children aged 0-4. In the spirit of modern parenting, the extended family and supportive friends are all invited, with the focus being to learn, prepare, test and try together before you buy - “Everything you need for bump, baby and you” “A tried and tested model running for 16 years, The Baby Show UK serves over 70,000 families annually, mainly first time parents who have a necessity to seek out essential products and services alongside leading experts, in an environment that is hassle free, baby friendly and empathetic to ensure a great family day out for all involved” said Nicole Muller, Portfolio Director for Clarion Events. “We are looking forward to offering the same life changing experience to new and expectant parents here in South Africa,” she continues. “We are delighted to be joining forces in our inaugural year with SA’s No 1 baby expert Meg Faure, and working at a headline level with the world’s leading baby brand, Pampers.” “Pampers remains committed to the happy and healthy development of all South African babies. We are very happy to a part of The Baby Show which is packed with unique content and features for all mums and babies” said Michael Simpson, Brand Manager, Pampers. “This platform gives us an additional opportunity to showcase the superior quality and benefits of our Pampers nappies as the No. 1 Choice of Paediatricians in South Africa. We’re . . .
Replace timeouts and tears with the Glitter Time Out Bottle (or use it as a meditation bottle). Its ingenious - instead of sitting and fuming in timeout, your little one is mesmerised by the glitter and has a healthy way to soothe themselves and work through their emotions. Photo: Pinterest If you’re a parent or teacher, you may be able to relate to some of these: Timeout and tears usually go hand-in-hand Your child has toys they never play with, but doesn’t want to let go of Moms and daughters need things that match West Pack Lifestyle, a national chain of retail stores across South Africa, came up with creative ways to address these common pain points for parents. The aim is to re-use (and revamp) old favourites, while enjoying interactive play time with the kids. If you don’t find these items around the house, West Pack stores have craft supplies, toys, frames and bottles to create these ideas. Time Out Bottle Replace timeouts and tears with the Glitter Time Out Bottle (or use it as a meditation bottle). Its ingenious - instead of sitting and fuming in timeout, your little one is mesmerised by the glitter and has a healthy way to soothe themselves and work through their emotions. Fill a plastic bottle or glass jar with ¾ hot water (the hot water helps the glitter glue to mix). Add glitter glue and glitter (the more glue used, the longer the glitter will stay suspended). The glue should settle in about 5 minutes (standard timeout time). Super glue the cap closed so your little one can’t open it again. DIY Picture Frames Re-use your child’s favourite toys to create this memorable photo frame. We used Dala craft paint to repaint the old frame and classic soldier figurines, and stuck down the toy pieces with Amos craft glue. Matching Glitter-Glam Shoes Glitter shoes are so easy and inexpensive to make at home. If it’s your first time, start with a plain pair of pumps or heels (without laces). The . . .
Caveau Announces Partnership with Sure Travel Innovative NEW Technology Reduces GDPR and PCI Compliance Risks for Leading South African Travel Agency Brand Miami, FL: Caveau, the personalized credit card vault technology designed to simplify financial transactions and safeguard personal and financial data, has announced a new partnership with Sure Travel, based in South Africa. The standardized PCI-compliant software and service custom-built for the travel industry provides a secure platform built upon Amazon Web Services (AWS) to limit dangers relating to processing, storing and transmitting credit cards and personal data in a GDPR, PCI and PII-friendly format. Caveau will deliver customized solutions to help Sure Travel meet critical new industry regulations and protect its customers, assets and public reputation. With GDPR and PCI-DSS with effective dates of May 25 and March 10, 2018, respectfully and the increasing threat of hackers and cyber theft, Sure Travel was searching to identify cost-effective ways to achieve compliance today and into the future. Says company CFO, Stefan van der Merwe, “After extensive research and a long hunt for an effective and affordable solution to secure our payment card handling processes, we are thrilled to have found a provider capable of understanding our needs. Caveau offers state-of-the-art capabilities and deep knowledge of the travel industry, enabling us to serve our global customers and partners confidently and securely.” According to Caveau CSO, Brian Dass, the partnership with Sure Travel is one of a series of new relationships for the recently launched software solution capable of delivering support to travel agencies, hotels and virtually any company that handles credit cards and personally identifiable information. “We’re excited to be working with Sure Travel to reduce the risks associated with of GDPR and PCI compliance. Our innovative product and comprehensive services lets travel businesses of all types . . .
Queen of Afro-Jazz, Judith Sephuma, along with award winning guitarist, Kunle Ayo, will lead an evening of stellar Jazz performances on Friday, 11 May as part of the monthly Ekurhuleni Comes Alive Jazz Evening at the Birchwood Hotel in Boksburg. Well-known multiple platinum songstress, Judith Sephuma, has been performing for close to two decades. Her angelic, soft, sultry and melodic voice has attracted international interest from Jazz, Afro-Soul and Gospel music lovers and has collaborated with the likes of Randy Crawford, Chaka Khan, Michael Bolton, Kenny G and many more. Nigerian guitarist, Kunle Ayo, has toured Europe, North Africa and South America, and has won numerous awards for his achievements in Jazz; including Best Male West Artist (West Africa) at the Kora Awards in 2004, Best Jazz Video at the Channel O Awards in 2005, Best Jazz Video in the Nigeria Achievement Awards in 2009 and Best Contemporary Jazz Album at the 2011 Metro FM Awards. Opening for these musical heavyweights are The Levites, an emerging local Afro-Soul group that aims to create experiences for their audience that encapsulate, preserve and nurture the different sounds of Africa. The evening of musical talent would not be complete without humour, and comediennes Noko Moswete and Gilli Apter will be joining resident MC Hector Motivator on the Birchwood Hotel stage. Pretoria-based Moswete, performs predominantly in Sepedi and takes inspiration from everyday experiences and current affairs. When she’s not working towards her own television show, she’s training to become a teacher. Johannesburg born, Apter, has an reflective, interactive style of humour that has been described as somewhat feminist. Having worked in the behind-the-scenes in comedic television entertainment with Nick Rabinowitz and Nina Hastie, Apter is no stranger to the genre; however, she only began stand-up comedy with encouragement from Jason and Donovan Goliath. Free up your calendar and get your . . .
Johannesburg, May, 02, 2018 Tetra Pak to develop paper straws for its portion-size carton packages: Tetra Pak aims to launch a paper straw suitable for its portion-sized carton packages before the end of the year, as part of a broader programme to help address the issue of plastic straw waste. Straws play an integral role for portion packages that must be consumed on-the-go but they are also a part of the plastics waste problem. Tetra Pak has been working to encourage consumers to push straws back in the pack once they have consumed the contents so they can be collected along with the rest of the package. Now work is under way to develop a paper straw that is suitable for use on its portion-size carton packages. “It sounds simple enough,” says Charles Brand, Executive VP, Product Management & Commercial Operations, “but in reality there are a number of significant challenges to producing a paper straw with the required properties.” “That said, our development team is confident they can find a solution, and that we’ll have a paper straw alternative ready to launch by the end of the year.” Tetra Pak packages are, on average, 75% paperboard. Paper straws would be another important step towards the company’s long-term ambition of offering a completely renewable portfolio. ABOUT TETRA PAK Tetra Pak is the world's leading food processing and packaging solutions company. Working closely with our customers and suppliers, we provide safe, innovative and environmentally sound products that each day meet the needs of hundreds of millions of people in more than 160 countries. With over 24,000 employees around the world, we believe in responsible industry leadership and a sustainable approach to business. Our motto, “PROTECTS WHAT’S GOOD™," reflects our vision to make food safe and available, everywhere. More information about Tetra Pak www.tetrapak.com CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. More Info on Tetra Pak to . . .
Music lovers will enjoy dual EQ modes, exceptional comfort and hands-free convenience Johannesburg, South Africa – 1 May 2018 – Plantronics (NYSE: PLT), an audio pioneer and communications technology leader, recently announced its Plantronics BackBeat GO 600 Series: wireless, over-the-ear immersive headphones featuring unique capabilities for people who put music first, at an economical price point. To ensure music lovers can create the listening experience they prefer, BackBeat GO 600 comes equipped with dual equalization (EQ) modes, to allow the listener to easily alternate between ‘Bass Boost’ and ‘Balanced’ EQ. Balanced EQ mode is Plantronics’ signature sound, which is tuned to be the most accurate possible representation of the source audio across all genres of music. Listeners can move between modes with a single push of a button – a feature not typically found on headphones in this price range. BackBeat GO 600 is slim and lightweight with an over-ear design and soft memory foam ear cushions that provide the ideal balance of comfort and isolation resulting in deep, rich sound with minimal distraction. “Our core expertise in headphones, wireless and premium experiences make Plantronics uniquely qualified to give music lovers the best possible immersive stereo experience at an affordable price point,” said Greg Miller, director of portfolio business management, Personal Solutions, Plantronics. “Plantronics’ baseline standard in all of our products is to provide superior audio, consistent with that found in our premium products.” Additional BackBeat GO 600 Series features and benefits include: • A rechargeable battery that delivers up to 18 hours of wireless listening time on a single charge. • Remaining connected at up to 33 ft/10 m from Bluetooth® compatible smartphones and tablets. • Ear cups that fold flat for easy storage and transport; ensuring comfort when worn around the neck. • A carrying pouch, a USB cable for charging and an audio cable . . .
Harmonious, balanced and complete, the Hennessy V.S.O.P Privilège was specially conceived by Hennessy for the English Prince Regent, who would become King George IV SOUTH AFRICA, Johannesburg : April 2018 - Two centuries ago, the future King of England, George IV, a cognac connoisseur, requested an excellent pale cognac eau-de-vie which Hennessy delivered in 1818. The Prince didn’t even know that this first such cognac, Hennessy V.S.O.P Privilège, to be designated “very special old pale” would pass the test of time, to become a timeless icon. “In honouring this rich legacy of craftsmanship, one that is unparalleled in the world of Cognac, Hennessy celebrates what began as a Royal Order 200-years ago and is now the benchmark, for all other V.S.O.P cognacs that have followed, the Hennessy V.S.O.P Privilège,“ said Michael Ellingworth, Moet Hennessy South Africa Market Manager.“ Complementing this grand celebration of the Hennessy V.S.O.P Privilège 200-years of mastery in South Africa will be the eight generation descendants of Maison Hennessy’s founder, Maurice Hennessy and his cousin Roch Hennessy. One of the firm's most tireless, global ambassadors and the latest vintage of this "grand cru", Maurice Hennessy has been flying the Hennessy flag to build up the brand's universal reputation since 1984. In keeping with the values established by his ancestors more than 250-years ago, Roch Hennessy returned to Maison Hennessy in May 2017. He is responsible for business development in the Chinese market. Leaving a great legacy is arguably the most powerful thing any individual can do in their career and life as it enables one to have influence well into the future. During their SA visit, the Hennessy duo will also pay homage to some of our country’s exceptional individuals who, like Hennessy, have achieved unparalleled levels of accomplishment and are shaping our country’s legacy. A unique savoir-faire, constant quest for innovation and an unwavering . . .
Johannesburg, April, 19, 2018 - We are well into the age of technology, living an always-on, always-connected lifestyle. But just as we still have bicycles among motor vehicles and pencils in our pen holder, paper will always be close to our computers and smart phones. With Earth Day on 22 April and World Book Day on 23 April, the Paper Manufacturers Association of South Africa (PAMSA) is highlighting the importance of paper in our lives and environment, and calling on us to put down our phones and pick up a book. Imagine a world without paper Can you think about what that would mean? Think about your bedside table, the doctor’s waiting room or your handbag. There would be no books, magazines and to-do lists on the back of old envelopes. Open your kitchen cupboard – there would be no paper packaging nor labels, no kitchen towel, no milk and juice cartons. A world without paper would also mean no toilet paper or tissues. If you’re a teacher, look around your classroom. Take note of everything that is there from posters to artwork and assessments; egg boxes and cereal boxes waiting to be transformed into something creative; tissue boxes too. These would not be there if it were not for paper. Paper serves many needs Paper is essential, and often hidden in plain sight. It cleans, wipes and mops up spills. It protects goods on their journey from A to B, from cornflakes to computers. It preserves our words and memories when we print photos, write a birthday card or proudly display our child’s first stick man painting for all to see. It conveys and communicates. Paper is tactile and stimulates our senses. The act of turning pages and taking in the words without the distraction of pop-ads and fake news cannot be undervalued. Paper is better for our brains too Researchers and neuroscientists are discovering that our brains prefer paper. We are able to navigate the content more easily. We understand and remember things better if we . . .