With more than 130 million contact lens wearers globally1, many people are realising the benefits of wearing contact lenses. In a world where increased screen time is becoming a great concern when it comes to eye health, vision care and the use of contact lenses is becoming even more important. Contact lenses are a form of vision correction that is used around the world and the use of contact lenses is increasing daily. We always strive to include the latest innovations in lens technology in our practice to treat a wide range of eye disorders in the best possible way. By staying up to date with the latest advances in contact lenses, we can offer clients the correct eyewear to assist with their specific vision needs, says Zelda van Coller, Owner and Optometrists at Zelda van Coller Optometrists. “Although spectacle lens technology is improving and assisting many people with vision problems, contact lenses are a safe, effective and affordable alternative to obtain clear and comfortable vision,” continues van Coller. Listed here, are a few benefits of contact lenses that van Coller says is important to know: Many of the contact lenses have UV protection in them Contact lenses allow you to wear sunglasses and protective eyewear on top of your contact lenses without any irritation. Wearing sunglasses without prescription lenses with your contact lenses must be one of the biggest benefits of wearing contact lenses. You can still have two or three pairs of sunglasses without spending a fortune on prescription lenses. Just make sure that your sunglasses offer 100% UV protection to protect your eyes from damaging ultraviolet light Contact lenses can correct almost all eyesight disorders including Myopia (short-sightedness), Hyperopia (far-sightedness), Astigmatism and Presbyopia (age-related reading problem) If you don’t like to draw attention to your eyes, contact lenses are a great alternative to spectacles Contact lenses can provide better vision . . .
Working with unique South African flavour combinations, experimenting with different ingredients, measurements and cooking styles, but most of all family fun, were the highlights at the Secret Tribe Chief Cook competition recently held at the Olive Branch Cooking School in Fourways, Johannesburg. 15 family teams from across Johannesburg came together to create culinary delights and compete against each other to create the best Gourmet Burger and the most delicious plate of Loaded Fries. The teams were made up of a variety of combinations (mother-and-son, mother-and-daughter, father-and-daughter as well as grandmother-and-granddaughter), who went all out to win the top prizes in each category. The event was part of a competition for Spur’s loyal Secret Tribe members – an exclusive club for kids aged 12 years and younger. Each team was given two challenges. First challenge was to create a Gourmet Burger, working with the famous Spur burger patty and sauces, as well as a variety of toppings to create the ultimate burger. For the second challenge each team was tasked to create a plate of Loaded Fries, making the fries the star of the show and not just a side. In each round the teams were judged on their ability to work together, as well as the taste of their food, what toppings they used, how well the flavours worked together and how they plated their food. The ‘Best Burger’ challenge was won by father-and-daughter team, Desmond Golding and 10-year old Layla, who cooked their patty to perfection and used a delicious combination of sauces and toppings. Mother-and-daughter team, Radia Bhamjee and 11-year old Kaylah came a close second. Mom-and-daughter team Nobuhle Tshabalala & 9-year old Esihle, were awarded the first prize for their plate of Loaded Fries. The runners up were mom-and-son team Tokelo Mashego and 9-year old Neo. “This was our sixth Chief Cook event and once again the contestants had so much fun in the kitchen. Our lives are so busy . . .
The susceptibility to fires at the Primrose informal settlement on the East Rand has seen hundreds of people left homeless. Engen KlevaKidz, an educational campaign that uses industrial theatre to engage with and educate learners about the importance of paraffin safety will be visiting Hawk Academy, 12 Main Reef Road, Primrose, Germiston on 19 November at 10am. Engen Corporate Social Investment Manager, Adhila Hamdulay explains that young children in under-resourced households are often the primary day-time care givers, often looking after their siblings while their parents or guardians are at work. “Without supervision, and uninformed of the multiple dangers associated with using paraffin, children between the ages of 7 and 13 are often vulnerable, and it is these children who are the focus of Engen KlevaKidz,” says Hamdulay. Since its inception in 2008, Engen KlevaKidz has reached over 281 214 learners in 700 schools across South Africa – from rural villages deep in Limpopo and the Eastern Cape to townships in Gauteng, the Western Cape and Free State. Engen KlevaKidz takes the form of an interactive educational stage drama using engaging characters to relay key safety messages in the learners’ mother tongues including Zulu, Sotho, Xhosa and English, combined with jingles to reinforce the theme. Superhero safety educator, Mr Wise is the main character who educates young learners about how to identify and use paraffin safely while interacting with “learners” Bongi and Junior, and urges them to be careful when using paraffin. Stories are used to explain to the learners what to do if paraffin is ingested or inhaled. Mr Wise also focuses on the importance of being clean and washing hands after contact with paraffin, and how to store paraffin safely. “Engen are South Africa’s leading supplier of paraffin through the Laurel Paraffin brand. As a leading provider of petroleum products in South Africa, we take this to heart and are honoured to . . .
“Having regular screenings for breast cancer is the most important way to detect the disease at an early stage, when treatment has the best chance of success. South African women are therefore encouraged to have their breast health monitored regularly.” This is the view of oncologist, Dr Sylvia Rodrigues who heads up the cancer care centre at Netcare Clinton Hospital in Alberton, and who was speaking during Breast Cancer Awareness Month in October. Dr Rodrigues points out that the prognosis for people who have developed breast cancer — which is the most common cancer to occur in women globally — is greatly improved in the majority of cases if it is detected at an early stage and treated appropriately from the outset. “It is certainly useful for women to self-examine and to know the normal look and feel of their breasts, so that they are able to detect any changes that may have occurred, or if a lump has developed. It should be kept in mind, however, that in most cases lumps and changes in the structure to the breast tissue are not indicative of cancer, so women should avoid trying to self-diagnose which may cause them unnecessary distress,” notes Dr Rodrigues. The importance of regular mammograms “If you have concerns about changes to your breasts you should certainly take these up with your doctor and not leave seeking medical advice for a lump or irregularity in the hope that it will go away. The best way to monitor your breast health on an ongoing basis, however, is to supplement self-examinations by having your breasts regularly clinically examined by your doctor. “In addition, and most importantly, we should also have our breasts screened through a breast care centre that has modern equipment, including high quality mammography technology, and has the benefit of experienced practitioners, as they can offer an improved screening solution. A number of international studies have shown that such an approach meaningfully improves breast cancer detection . . .
PRETORIA – 25 OCTOBER 2018 – Hennie de Klerk, South Africa’s DAKAR 2018 Rookie Award champion, has confirmed that he will be competing in the Morocco Desert Challenge 2019, taking place from 12 – 20 April 2019 in Peru. The Morocco Desert Challenge, celebrating its 11th year in 2019, will be covering a spectacular coast-to-coast route in which magnificent parts of the notorious desert will be represented. The 2019 route is completely renewed and will have 2.5 stages in Western Sahara (now Moroccan Sahara). The MDC2019 – spanning 8 days and just over 3,000 kilometres – will offer fast tracks, technical parts, wide African plains, many dunes, salt lakes as well as legendary Paris-to-Dakar-stages. Hennie commented, “The DAKAR 2018 was one of the most challenging but also one of the most exhilarating races that I have ever experienced. It was such an adrenaline rush from Day 1, and it is truly one of those moments of life where the memories will be treasured forever. We were keen to go to DAKAR 2019 and take part in that race again, defending our Rookie 2018 award, but have since decided to enter the Morocco Desert Challenge instead – a very similar race to the DAKAR, but as we have not done the Morocco Desert Challenge yet, we are very excited to give it a go! We think that the experience and knowledge we have gained during DAKAR 2018 will provide valuable insight and we look forward to experiencing the MDC next year.” Follow Hennie’s progress on Facebook CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .
When a new business is experiencing growth, there comes a time where every business owner has to consider investing in the further education and training of their staff. A chain is only as strong as its weakest link. When you see your revenues beginning to stagnate, the first thing you need to do is analyze where you can optimize your current systems and more often than not, your employees are where the biggest improvements can be made. There is a variety of reasons for this, most commonly, as you begin to grow, new responsibilities are placed on your staff, as well as the need for more advanced operations and systems to be put in place. There may also be an increase in workload which can add additional stress to the work environment. If not addressed correctly, this can lead to an array of unnecessary challenges for your business. Such as projects not getting completed on time and costly mistakes that could have been avoided had your employees known the correct actions to take or had the right risk management procedures in place. The best way to prevent this from happening is by investing into the further education of your employees. Not only is it extremely beneficial from an ROI perspective, but corporate training also has significant tax benefits for businesses in South Africa. It has been proven time and again that sending your staff for specialized training can be the single biggest return on investment that you can make in your business. By utilizing a corporate training company, you can help them to become more effective, more productive and also teach your staff to look at specific challenges from a new perspective. Instead of losing valuable employees, you can rather help them to develop their skills and learn as your business grows. Here are some of the following courses which can help your employees become better: Conflict management and negotiation skills: Learning how to deal with conflict is not only important in the . . .
Johannesburg, October: Steyn City is proud to launch its #PledgeAPair campaign, inviting residents, contractors and community members to become a #SoleMate. The initiative forms part of this year’s Delivering Happiness to Diepsloot festivities. Now in its seventh year, Delivering Happiness to Diepsloot is Steyn City’s flagship charity drive: every year, the staff and contractors of Steyn City, accompanied by celebrities and the media, pack a convoy of trucks full of schoolbags containing toys, stationery and snacks to be distributed amongst the children of neighbouring Diepsloot. Steyn City Properties CEO Giuseppe Plumari explains that the project has always been dear to his heart. “It’s a joy to be able to help Diepsloot’s children celebrate the festive season, especially since so many of their family members work at our lifestyle resort. We have always committed to being good neighbours, and are looking at ways to encourage other property developers in the area to do so, too.” He adds that Steyn City has decided to focus on collecting new school shoes for donation this year because of the enormous number of learners who go without this basic necessity. “Every day, thousands of children walk to school barefoot, rain or shine. Come the winter months, this poses a significant challenge to their health” he notes. With this in mind, Steyn City is aiming to donate 13 000 pairs of shoes to Diepsloot’s primary school learners. As an added bonus, each pair of these shoes is manufactured locally and packaged in a bag made by a Durban-based women’s empowerment group, Uzwelo. In this way, #PledgeAPair is also contributing to job generation and skills development in South Africa. Plumari says that he is delighted that The Star has come on board as a major supporter of the project. Says Kgomotso Kgatle, Independent Media’s marketing and brand manager for Gauteng, “The Star is very proud to partner Steyn City on this very important ‘Delivering Happiness to . . .
SITA invests in 7th school computer Lab at Academia Primary School in Khayelitsha - Khayelitsha, Cape Town - on the 28th of September 2018, the SITA South Africa team joined the learners and teachers at Academia Primary School in Khayelitsha, Cape Town to celebrate the opening of their new SITA ICT Lab. The Academia Primary ICT Lab is the seventh school Lab funded by SITA, the worlds leading air transport IT and communications specialist, and the first time they have invested in an ICT Lab in a primary school and in the Western Cape of South Africa. Khayelitsha is one of the poorest areas of Cape Town with 70% of the residents living in shacks and 40% being under the age of 19. Academia Primary educates 557 primary school children and attains a strong pass rate making it an appealing school within this impoverished community. For this reason SITA chose to build the 7th SITA ICT Lab here with the help of Melisizwe consulting- Computer Lab Project Managers. The state of the art ICT Lab with 40 new PC’s, a smart board and academic software was revealed to staff, learners and Cape district of education delegates alongside sponsors SAA and SITA. Suren Naidoo, Senior Manager Customer Services at SITA, addressed the gathering highlighting the importance of investing in the education of the youth to provide access to critical IT skills much needed to develop the economy of South Africa. Suren noted he hoped to see some of the learners attending the ceremony working in the aerospace sector one day. Bruce Croza, head of IT at SAA, a longtime partner and customer of SITA encouraged the learners to bring their passion and innovation to their use of the new ICT Lab as this Lab is only the start of the technological journey for these young children. Tech education will be vital to enabling the kids of Khayelitsha, and their community, to rise above their circumstances and embrace the fourth industrial revolution with confidence. Around the world, nearly . . .
Multiple award-winners’ Selaelo Selota and The Muffinz will lead an evening of classic and modern takes on the genre of Jazz on Friday, 12 October 2018 as part of the monthly Birchwood Comes Alive Jazz evenings at the Birchwood Hotel in Boksburg. Lauded for his African-centric Jazz music, Selota’s sounds are inspired traditional songs and dances of a broad variety of ethnic groups. Having been a producer and composer, he assisted in launching the careers of iconic musicians such as Judith Sephuma. After four albums, an international tour and many hit singles over the past six years, The Muffinz are known for their universal appeal across various ages, classes and races. The five band members are the ingredients to The Muffinz with their individuality and talent. Opening for the main artists is the Music School of Jazz Orchestra who were so well received in previous shows that they will once again be gracing the Birchwood stage in this month’s event. Affectionately named The Schoolboy by friend and fellow stand-up comedian Trevor Gumbi, Sipho Ntuli, also known for his involvement in Motsweding FM, Thobela FM, YFM and Lesedi FM, will both be tickling the audience’s funny bone, along with resident MC Hector Motivator. Get your family and friends together for an unmissable all-star line-up celebrating the Jazz across the ages. Starting at 8pm sharp, book your seats for the Birchwood Comes Alive Jazz Evening on 12 October at the Birchwood Hotel & OR Tambo Conference Centre. Tickets are R450 per person and R4 500 for a table of 10 and include a three-course meal. For more information or to book contact Martin Mapunda on (011) 897 0024, email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.birchwoodhotel.co.za. CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .
Final Day Of The Billabong Junior Series presented by BOS – All The Results. Event: Billabong Junior Series Status: WSL JQS 1,000 rated events for U18 Boys & Girls, SAST events for U16 & U14 Boys & Girls, and U12 Boys & Girls. Venue: Seal Point, Cape St Francis, Eastern Cape Dates: September 28 – 30. Seal Point, Cape St Francis – Breezy onshore conditions and a slight surge in swell greeted competitors on the final day of competition at the Billabong Junior Series Finale, and the first heat of the day – the U12 Girls Final was sent straight out. Gabi Herbst was the surfer of the morning with a few incredible rides in the mixed up conditions, including an 8.0 ride for the title. Sarah Scott was the runner up. Kai Hall was the champion in the U12 Boys final, banking one huge score for two critical turns on a big set wave for a score of 9.33 and an unassailable lead, closely followed by Joel Fowles who surfed impressively on his backhand. The U14 Girls division was a slow heat, with low scores and at the end of the heat it was Aimee Du Preez who emerged as the winner, with Olivia Winter in second place. Luke Thompson caught 11 waves in his Final heat to defeat James Ribbink in what was an exciting and fast U14 Boys heat. Thompson’s strategy of hard and fast surfing, catch anything that moves proved to be the winning formula, with Ribbink Daniel Emslie and Brad Scott filling up the minor slots. As the tide dropped out and the onshore waves continued to pour through relentlessly, the U16 Girls headed out for their final, and it was an action-packed exchange, with three of the girls on their backhand and one on her forehand. Zoe Steyn emerged victorious with a safe win against her counterparts, with Kayla Nogueira, Ceara Knight and Caroline Brown in second, third and fourth respectively. The U16 Boys was another final dogged by few sets and low scores, with Tide-Lee Ireland snagging the win from York Van Jaarsveldt with a . . .