RELAY EMERGENCY MEDICAL SERVICES Filling the gap Emergency and medical services in the Eastern Cape has been a troublesome and controversial topic for a number of years, but a new service provider in the Nelson Mandela Metro and surrounds aims to raise the bar. RELAY Emergency Medical Services (EMS) was recently established by well-known PE-based company, CompSol (an IOD claims administrator and management company), and since day one the team’s number one objective is to provide the highest level of care when lives are at stake. CEO and founder of CompSol, Fritz Lüttich says: “We applied the same principles to RELAY EMS that made CompSol a success. Inefficiencies in the IOD claim process opened a gap for a company such as CompSol, and by developing and applying the right processes, systems, training and people we have been able to ensure our clients payment by the Compensation Fund. “We have since acknowledged that in the Nelson Mandela Metro and surrounds, emergency and medical services suffer from huge issues such as being understaffed, under resourced and poorly equipped. There is also the global “brain drain” which is taking many of South Africa’s trained and experienced paramedics offshore.” While Lüttich won’t be drawn into generalising as there are good emergency response outfits out there, he had seen enough to be concerned at the quality of treatment being received by patients, some of them in life threatening situations, which prompted him to launch the service. “There are three levels of emergency medical care practitioners – Basic, Intermediate and Advanced. You can imagine that advanced skills are required to manage certain emergency conditions or situations. This is sadly not always the case. You also need appropriate vehicles and advanced equipment. For example, we are the only service in the area with an ICU incubator – essential for premature babies. Importantly, your paramedics need to arrive on the scene fresh and motivated – . . .
South African music legends Gloria Bosman, Tim Moloi, Rocco de Villiers and Julie Hartley will be joining the Eastern Cape Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Graham Scott on stage at the annual Red Ball. Organised by the Igazi Foundation, the “Baroque ‘n Roll” 2012 Red Ball to be held on September 15 in the Feather Market Centre, will be the second ball in a series that is fast becoming the annual Glamour event of PE.. National and international guests will be attending. Igazi demands ‘Better Haematological services’ for all people of the Eastern Cape, the Province with the highest incidence of blood cancers in South Africa. Their work has so far successfully seen the creation of the first stem cell unit ever in Port Elizabeth. This years ball will help to make this unit fully operational as this state of the art unit is unopened due to a moratorium of staff. The ball music director Scott has conducted over 75 seasons over the past 30 years. Favourite arrangements include: Sweeney Todd, Into the Wood, and Big Band Blast. Gloria Bosman has performed a variety for a wide variety, such as: SA Love, a musical of South African love songs produced by Christo Leach, Jubilation a gospel based musical directed by Ivor Jones, Woman in Spirit, The Lion and the Lamb, the award winning play by actor director John Kani. Rocco de Villiers has released 10 instrumental CDs, he has written nine instrumental stage productions, his last two albums Beautiful Beautiful Piano and More Beautiful Piano sold more than 50 000 copies. Tim Moloi has performed for former South African President, Nelson Mandela, Graca Machel, Prince Willem- Alexander and Princess Maxima of the Netherlands. Moloi released his debut solo album Love That Music, mastered at Abbey Road Studios in London, and Love that Music was nominated for two South African Music Awards and performed at the 2010 FIFA World Cup opening ceremony. Julie Hartley began her career 25 years ago in the 80’s building up an enviable . . .
The Port Elizabeth CBD is set to be invaded over the weekend of the 15th and 16th September for an Urban Festival, like the city has never seen before, on the cities historic Donkin Reserve. Over 1,000 participants have already entered to tackle the City of Port Elizabeth in the annual Nelson Mandela Bay Herald Urban Run which sets off at 9am on Sunday 16th September. This unique 10km urban obstacle course highlights urban renewal undertaken by the Mandela Bay Development Agency over the past decade whilst raising over R100,000 for local charities. The Urban Festival kicks off from 9am on Saturday 15th on the Donkin Reserve with African drumbeat dancers and musicians performing throughout the day. This is complemented by live music, gymnastics displays, a german shepherd dog show, Metro Gym's free outdoor aerobics class, and a great assortment of exhibitors, vendors and craft stalls. Mitchell's Brewery will be hosting a beer garden whilst Future Life is providing complimentary breakfast for all participants prior to the Sunday 9am race start. The Rotary Club of Port Elizabeth Sunrise will host a Kids Zone over the weekend with lots of fun activities for the kids including a junk4funk workshop where kids get to build musicial instruments from recycled materials under the guidance of the African Drumbeat staff. Kids will also get to partake in their own aerobics class as well as having Zulu dancing and drumming lessons during the day. Children 14 years and under can also enter the Kids Urban Run which is a race up the Donkin path with prizes for the top 3 boys and girls in the various age group categories. The Urban Festival is open to everyone at no charge, further information is available on the festival website www.urbanrun.co.za More Info: http://www.urbanrun.co.za Author: Michael Zoetmulder from Zports CC. Originally distributed by MyPR.co.za. No of Images Uploaded: Three To gain access to Three image/s please Like, Tweet or +1 this . . .
In the spirit of celebrating Nelson Mandela’s 94th Birthday and dedicating this day to his life’s work with charity organizations, and the 67 years that he spent fighting for humanity, Boomtown Strategic Brand Agency has uplifted the surrounding community, donated to those in need, and helped animals on this special Mandela Day. Boomtown’s Port Elizabeth office came out in full force with all 51 staff members gearing up to revitalize and renew their surroundings, offering support to the Animal Welfare Society and the Holy Trinity Church, by donating food parcels, blankets, pet food and clothes that Boomtown has collected over the past few months. This could not have come at a better time since the recent floods destroyed many homes. Nine households next to Boomtown were fixed and cleaned up, by mowing the lawns, pruning the gardens, painting the fences and removing and replacing broken windows. The initiative started as a way to beautify the surrounding areas and to create a change within the community, a lasting change. “Today we have uplifted the lives of 9 impoverished families living on our doorstep, numerous needy children and desperate city dwellers, and wagged the tails of a pack of furry friends. It was our call to action, to embody what we stand for – to create explosive, magical moments that effect change – in other words, to ‘Live for the Boom’. With all the other initiatives around the country, we hope this will help ensure that Mr Mandela’s legacy is continued”, said Wayne Harrison, Boomtown’s Managing Director. This day has the ability to create change within society, and Boomtown has succeeded in doing so with the collective collaberaton and very kind assistance from Earthcote, National Glass, Bridge Street brewery, Roast Master, and DMV architecture. More Info: http://www.facebook.com/BoomtownSA Author: Gabriela Vleeschouwer from Boomtown. Originally distributed by MyPR.co.za. No of Images Uploaded: One To gain access to One . . .
THE HERALD CLOVER KIDS & BABY EXPO, THE EASTERN CAPE’S BIGGEST FAMILY EXPO NOW TAKING PLACE OVER THE SEPTEMBER HOLIDAYS! The Herald Clover Kids and Baby Expo is now in its 3rd year and once again set to attract a large crowd of parents and children. The Expo will be held at the Moffett on Main Lifestyle Centre at the start of the September school holidays from Friday the 28th of September to Sunday the 30th. The undercover exhibition is diverse and includes the best in entertainment and education, wellness and nutrition, furniture and décor, clothing and sport, creativity and crafts, travel and technology as well as family travel and products. There will be exciting indoor sporting and entertainment programme hosted at the Kids Zone and Stage Arena. Entrance is R25 for adults, R20 for kids and all entertainment & activities within the exhibition arena is free. For more information follow us on Facebook http://www.facebook.com/pages/Kids-Baby-Expo/ contact Linda Harwood on 083 310 0750 or email@example.com or checkout www.harwoodevents.co.za More Info: http://www.harwoodevents.co.za Author: Linda Harwood from Harwood Promotion Events Management. Originally distributed by MyPR.co.za. No of Images Uploaded: One To gain access to One image/s please Like, Tweet or +1 this article: [l2g] Images: The Herald Clover Kids & Baby Expo's Logo [/l2g] . . .
The second round of the Investec Night Relay took place on Thursday evening with records tumbling in 3 of the 4 categories. Held at North End Lake in near perfect conditions given the time of year, the race provided the fastest times in the history of this Business Night Relay Series. Leading the charge was the Gamble Pharmacy team breaking their previous course record in the Men's Relay division by just under 2 minutes to record a very fast 1hr 7min 33sec over the 21km distance. The all ladies team Merrell from Medicus Shoes shattered the previous ladies record held by the Rhino Group finishing in a time of 1hr 31min 39sec whilst the mixed running team from naming Sponsors Investec broke the Mixed category record by almost 10 minutes to record a time of 1hr 17min 45sec. Thursday's event was used to create awareness for the ACVV's Kamvalethu Centre which is the only drop-in centre for street children in Nelson Mandela Bay. Situated in Korsten the centre focuses on empowering the children and their families, getting them off the streets and providing the children with food, clothing and the opportunity to wash themselves and their clothing. Participants and friends of the Investec Night Relay Series brought donations for the centre on the evening. The Series still has two more race nights on the last Thursday evening of August and September. Full results from round 2 are available on www.investecnightrelay.co.za with pictures appearing on the Series facebook page. Online entries for Round 3 are possible on the Series website. More Info: http://www.investecnightrelay.co.za Author: Michael Zoetmulder from Zports . Originally distributed by MyPR.co.za. No of Images Uploaded: Two To gain access to Two image/s please Like, Tweet or +1 this article: [l2g] Images: Antonio Seconds finishes strongly for Gamble Pharmacy Photographer: Sport Action Photography Start on Thursday evening Photographer: Sport Action Photography [/l2g] . . .
The Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium precinct will once again be alive with activity on Thursday evening as over 100 business teams take part in the second round of the Investec Night Relay. The event, hosted by the Mandela Bay Development Agency, starts at 6pm from Lakeside and will see walking and running teams tackling the 4.2km laps around the Stadium and North End Lake. Round 2 of the Investec Night Relay series will be creating awareness of the ACVV Kamvalethu Street Work Programme which is the only drop-in centre for street children in Nelson Mandela Bay and is situated just around the corner from the Stadium in Korsten. The centre focuses on empowering the children and their families, getting them off the streets and providing the children with food, clothing and the opportunity to wash themselves and their clothing. On the evening local businesses are urged to support the centre through the donation of food, clothing, toiletries or services. Representatives from the centre will be present at the event to answer any questions which the participating companies may have. All teams will receive a complimentary team photograph with the winners receiving medals and floating trophies. There will be great prizes up for grabs including an iPod Nano, MTN cell phone, jewellery from Havilah and a DSTV drifta from Digicom. The event will start at 18:00 with the lucky draw prizes giving taking place at 20:30. Late entries are accepted at North End Lake from 4pm on Thursday. See www.investecnightrelay.co.za for further information. More Info: http://www.investecnightrelay.co.za Author: Michael Zoetmulder from Zports CC. Originally distributed by MyPR.co.za. No of Images Uploaded: One To gain access to One image/s please Like, Tweet or +1 this article: [l2g] Images: Walkers set off around the North End Lake Photographer: Sport Action Photography [/l2g] . . .
It’s been 90 years since Curtain & Linens have opened their doors, and owners, Mr and Mrs. Pumplun, are intent on keeping these doors open for many more years to come! This renowned business began in the 1920’s in Somerset East as Levin Brothers General Wholesalers. The business then planted its roots in Evatt Street, Port Elizabeth in the 1940’s. Mr and Mrs Pumplun joined the business in 1981 and took ownership in 1997, which also saw the store moving to Newton Park. Marcel Pumplun joined Curtain & Linens ten years ago and together the Pumplun’s are ensuring that this store continues to serve with outstanding service and affordable quality. Today, Curtain & Linens are the largest stockists of curtaining, upholstery and linen in the Eastern Cape, with branches in Newton Park, North End, Knysna and George. With their own manufacturing facilities, Curtain & Linens guarantee that customers are provided with an all rounded service. They make to order and install a wide range of quilted headboards, roman blinds, swags and tails, and much more to satisfy all decorating requirements. This BEE compliant business has many trained and motivated sales consultants who are managed by Mrs Veona Hitchens. For 90 years this family business has been living true to their slogan, “Where the best costs less!”, and there is no doubt that that Curtain & Linens will provide many more decades of professional service with unwavering standards! More Info: http://www.curtains-linens.co.za Author: Graziella Ventresca-Norton from . Originally distributed by MyPR.co.za. No of Images Uploaded: One To gain access to One image/s please Like, Tweet or +1 this article: [l2g] 90 years in business Photographer: Marcel Pumplun [/l2g] . . .
National Blood Donor Month culminates with a blood drive at Pier 14 Shopping Centre on Friday. This year’s theme is “Every Blood Donor is a Hero” and the final drive aims to collect at least 50 units of blood for the South African National Blood Service. “This special drive concludes a very successful month and allows the public to become a hero to someone and discover the hero within themselves by donating a unit of blood,” says SANBS’s PR practitioner Nina van Wyk. The blood drive will take place from 10am to 5pm in the Pep promotional court. Potential donors must be between the ages of 16 and 65, weigh 50kg or more, lead a sexually safe and healthy lifestyle and have had a good meal at least four hours before donating. Umhlobo Wenene FM will be broadcasting live from the centre between 12pm and 3pm and will keep the public informed with regular updates. For more information, contact Pier 14 centre management on 041 484 1229, email firstname.lastname@example.org More Info: http://www.facebook.com/notes/pier-14-shopping-centre/pier-14-celebrates-national-blood-donor-month/397377850326569 Author: Coetzee Gouws from Full Stop Communications. Originally distributed by MyPR.co.za. No of Images Uploaded: One To gain access to One image/s please Like, Tweet or +1 this article: [l2g] Images: Umhlobo Wenene FM’s DJ Lulu (front) will join the South African National Blood Service’s local head of marketing Elize van Zyl and donor educator Msimelelo Lose at the final blood drive for National Blood Donor Month at Pier 14 Shopping Centre on Friday. Photographer - Photo: Supplied [/l2g] . . .
Herewith a statement read by Dr Basil Brown on behalf of the heads of units of the PE Hospital Complex. Delivered in Port Elizabeth at 16:00 on Monday, 25 June 2012. THE EASTERN CAPE DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH PORT ELIZABETH HOSPITAL COMPLEX (Incorporating Provincial, Livingstone and Dora Nginza Hospitals) 25 June 2012 JOINT STATEMENT BY THE HEADS OF UNITS OF THE PE HOSPITAL COMPLEX We, the Clinical Heads of Units (CHUs) of specialist departments at Dora Nginza, Livingstone and Provincial hospitals - which together comprise the PE Hospital Complex (PEHC)- have, after due deliberation, decided to issue a public statement on the crisis affecting service delivery at all PEHC hospitals. We are doing so because we feel that the Eastern Cape Department of Health (ECDOH) has proven itself to be incapable of dealing with the crisis The crisis we face is essentially due to the fact that the ECDOH has placed a moratorium on the appointment of new junior and specialist doctors, while at the same time not renewing the contracts of doctors who have worked in our department s previously. Doctors who have left by attrition or resignation have not been replaced, despite there being willing qualified applicants. To compound matters further, the salaries of a number of doctors who have worked on a sessional basis have not been paid since January. An equally serious situation affects the appointment of other vitally important health care workers, such as nurses and pharmacists. The outcome of this is to exacerbate the impact of the understaffing situation already existing in certain departments, while creating a similar crisis in others. If matters do not improve, levels of service will continue to drop, and there is a strong possibility of widespread resignations by disillusioned doctors in the service. This situation is already evident in the Casualty departments at Dora Nginza and Livingstone, where there are not enough doctors to run the units. All our . . .