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 . . .
Months of planning and dedication to the cause came to fruition today when SPAR Eastern Cape ambassador Sarah Ferguson released the first of a series of videos aimed at securing the world's environmental future. A former South African international swimmer, Ferguson joined SPAR EC's fight against plastic pollution when she became an ambassador in the company's Stop Plastic campaign in June. The association with the retail giant was sparked by a presentation Ferguson, who lives in Durban North, gave after a 58km swim in Hawaii, in which she became aware of the dangers of plastic to the environment. "I came to Port Elizabeth for a meeting and they liked what they saw," she said earlier this year. "Equally I was keen to work with them to promote their Stop Plastic campaign." In April this year, SPAR EC took the bold step of trying to limit the use of plastic in their stores by encouraging consumers to make use of alternative packaging options available at all outlets. In particular, they are focused on limiting single-use plastic, which includes items such as plastic bags. Combining her passion for the environment and her swimming talents, Ferguson's first order of business was a six-day, 100km Elephant Coast swim, which took her from southern Mozambique to northern KwaZulu-Natal. The outcome of that is a documentary she and her team have produced highlighting the dangers of pollution to the world's oceans, which will be posted on Facebook for the next six weeks. The videos, which are each two minutes in length, can be viewed on www.facebook.com/BreatheOcean1 and her website www.breatheconservation.org and will be released on Mondays and Fridays at 11.30am. Ferguson said this was a wonderful opportunity to show what dangers the world faced in terms of ocean pollution. "We are super excited to announce that we will be releasing our docu-series from our Elephant Coast swim, starting today," she said. "We cannot wait to show you behind the . . .
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 . . .
The Madibaz cricket teams are determined to make an impact when they compete in the University Sport South Africa tournament in the Western Cape next week. The annual competition takes place in Stellenbosch from December 3 to 7 and Nelson Mandela University will be fielding two teams, Madibaz A competing in pool A (the top eight teams) and Madibaz B in pool B. Madibaz A will be looking to make up for the disappointment of losing to Pretoria University in last year's final. Captain David Masterson well remembers the narrow defeat on that occasion and said the squad were eager to set the record straight. "That was my first appearance at USSA and it was very disappointing to lose in the final by six runs," he said. "Madibaz have had a lot of success at USSA in past years and we are definitely targeting the title in Stellenbosch. The ambition among the players will not allow us to settle for anything less." He added, though, that they knew it would not be wise to look too far ahead. "We do not want to get carried away and so our focus at this stage is purely on our first game against UCT." Despite losing some key players from last year, Masterson said there was still a good spread of experience in the squad, "with more than half the guys playing last year". "I feel one of the biggest strengths is that we have all-round cricketers who offer more than just one skill. "Our spin department is looking promising, with good variety, and our batting lineup is very well balanced." The skipper identified allrounder Tian Koekemoer as one of the players who could be the key to their success. "He is one of four semi-pro cricketers in the squad and I am sure they will be challenging themselves to take responsibility and perform. Tian has been in excellent form for EP and will definitely play a major role with the bat and ball for us." The Madibaz B team, consisting of predominantly players from the George campus, will have a number of new faces . . .
[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 . . .
The second edition of the SPAR River Paddle Challenge proved a resounding success as a full field of competitors enjoyed the unique course on Port Elizabeth's Swartkops River on Saturday. Taking place at Dufour Park, paddlers of all ages and disciplines tested themselves in the river estuary, where the course was laid out through a series of canals. Race director Mike Zoetmulder, of Zsports, said the event was "a great success". "By using the high tide we were able to create an interesting layout on the river which provided a lot of fun for everyone," he said. "For the first time there were also four surf boats which took part, with each consisting of a crew of five rowers and a sweep. They competed over a 1km course and a 3km distance." He said the day was not necessarily about the results but focused more on providing fun paddling challenges with a difference. "This event is quite different to the normal rowing and canoeing races you have and that aspect attracts a lot of interest from those involved in the sport. "Even though it's more about enjoying the event, I must point out that Luke McNish was the dominant competitor during the day, taking the paddle board, mixed doubles and the single ski [long canal course] events." The event catered for paddlers from U12s to the 65-plus category and included singles, doubles, triples and stand-up paddling. The objective behind the day was to raise funds for the Zwartkops Conservancy, an environmental organisation which works continually to maintain the eco-system of the river and its surrounds to ensure the survival of flora and fauna. "It is such a magnificent river in the greater scheme of things that it needs to be looked after," said Zoetmulder. "Through the entries and raffles we had during the day we were able to raise a substantial amount for the Zwartkops Conservancy, which will assist them to continue the excellent work they do." SPAR EC sponsorships and events manager Alan . . .
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 . . .
Madibaz Sport continues to make its presence felt at a national level following the appointment of Yoliswa Lumka to the management team for the World Student Games next year. The director of sport at Nelson Mandela University will be deputy head of the South African delegation for the world event, which takes place in Napoli, Italy, from July 3 to 14. Earlier this year, Lumka was deputy head of the SA delegation at the Confederation of University and College Sports Association Games in Botswana. The SA team dominated the competition in June, but Lumka said the World Student Games were on another level. "The level of competition is the biggest difference," she said. "In Gaborone [Botswana] there were just over 1 000 athletes participating. "The last Universiade [World Student Games] saw 10 657 athletes and officials from 134 countries competing in a wide variety of disciplines." Lumka said the positions for general delegation management (GDM) were advertised prior to the events and open to university sports staff. "In this case, USSA [University Sport South Africa] has made a decision to start building continuity for the events by keeping the same GDM members, dependent on performance, to make progression easier," she added. "It's always an honour to be recognised and appointed in national positions." Lumka felt it was essential that Madibaz personnel contributed at this level. "It is important that our sports staff stay in touch and are in line to be selected to participate in the national and international landscape. It means we have the right people in our system." She said the team's vision at the Napoli Games would be to improve on past performances. She hoped she would get a chance to add value to their efforts. "This is an opportunity for me to improve preparation systems, in particular, to ensure that Team South Africa bring in more than the five silver medals attained at the 29th Summer Universiade, hosted in Taipei City . . .
PORT ELIZABETH – JOB creation, innovation and poverty alleviation are just some of the major achievements by several Nelson Mandela Bay recycling initiatives, making a tangible difference at a grassroots level in communities. This is being celebrated by the PET Recycling Company (PETCO), the national recycling body for PET plastics, in the form of an “inspiration session” to be held in the Bay on November 21 (5-7pm). The two-hour event will honour several recycling initiatives in the city that are making strides not only in PET plastic recycling but also in uplifting communities. PETCO is encouraging members of the public to attend the event to learn more about the unique and life-changing initiatives taking place throughout the city. . “There are many incredible things happening on a daily basis in the recycling industry in South Africa, which are driven by a remarkable network of people,” said PETCO chief executive officer Cheri Scholtz. “These people deserve to be recognised and celebrated as innovative entrepreneurs, employers, and champions in their own right, who do good for the environment and their communities through the work they do in the recycling industry.” . Scholtz said the PETCO Inspiration Sessions were intended as a public platform for the organisation’s partners to share how they were working towards transforming the recycling sector. “We encourage the public to attend and hear from people who are passionate about PET recycling and its potential to change lives. You are guaranteed to look at it with new eyes – either as a consumer or as a would-be entrepreneur in the field.” Included in the line-up of speakers are Dr Tony Ribbink of the African Marine Waste Network, the Uitenhage Recycling Mula Swop-Shop’s Quinette Goosen, and Cannibal Recycling’s Leon van der Watt. Anyone interested in attending the event at Chicky’s Yard in Ellis Street, Baakens Valley, can RSVP by emailing PETCO at firstname.lastname@example.org. Tickets cost R100 . . .