Find out how a special kind of water transformed people’s lifestyles financially and in health. Veteran performer, singer, song writer PJ Powers recently took to social media to share her experience with using Designer Water, she gave the product a raving review and credited the water in the amazing improvement of her health. In a testimonial Lea said: "Designer Water was recommended by my doctor. I used to drink water, but now I drink a lot more. I love the way it feels in my tummy. It helps me with my stomach problems and constipation. It has helped relieve my joint pain as the doctor promised. I use to get a lot of headaches and now I don’t get them anymore. I even take my 3 litres of water with me on the Gautrain to make sure I get enough. I can’t live without my water. The secret behind this world wide phenomenon is simple says Designer Water Founder, John Thompson "I realized I had a higher purpose and a responsibility to help my community. I started looking for a way to make a difference in South Africa, my home. I already owned my own alkaline water system which was recommended to me by Anthony Robbins and it had already changed my health and well-being in unmeasurable ways. The product is widely used across Asia, the US and Europe but locally there weren't any companies truly committed to promoting the product and its amazing benefits. There have been some truly incredible results and stories where it had helped people suffering with Cancer, Diabetes, Metabolic syndrome, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Parkinson’s, and Alzheimer’s to name but a few of the various illnesses where benefit has been seen by consuming this amazing water. Alkaline Ionized Water has saved me approximately R151000 over the last 4 years in medical expenses. The quality of life increase is priceless”. The Product has also transformed the life of a Franchisee who is also a mother, who stopped life in its tracks to drive down to Johannesburg in a quest to acquire the product in . . .
A recent social experiment by SA’s leading online classified platform, OLX has highlighted that most South African households have money ‘tied up’ in unwanted goods. The social experiment surveyed six households and identified unloved and unused items valued at over forty thousand rand which were catalogued and appraised by a professional valuator. In all cases owners were surprised by the combined value of the household items, and given the current economic climate it came as welcome news. The weakening rand against the dollar and recent petrol price hikes will have a knock-on effect on consumer goods pricing meaning that consumers will feel the pinch this festive season. So OLX set out to prove that most households could dispose of unwanted goods to stretch their wallets for the holidays. “We live in a material world and recent reports from financial and academic institutions show that consumers are more cash strapped than previous generations and less able to fund their families’ aspirations (Unilever Aspirations study). Always resilient, the current situation is forcing South Africans to become creative in how they make their salaries stretch. Buying less is the obvious solution, but selling your unwanted items or buying second hand is probably the easiest way to save money,” says Karla Levick, head of marketing for OLX. One of the participants, Cindy Alfino, is married with three kids, owns an insurance brokerage and writing weekly for her parenting blog. The combined value of unwanted items in her household was R6 400 which they spent on camping equipment for the family’s holiday. Camping is an affordable holiday option for this season, offering even more value for money if you buy second hand equipment online. The simple insight is that your money could be gathering dust in the back of a cupboard without you realising it. This experiment shows how you can simplify your life, clear up space and make cash which can then be put to use. “It’s . . .
Port Elizabeth's Anriette Schoeman will be able to count on team support in her quest for a second 947 Cycle Challenge title after being named in Team Bestmed-ASG's squad for Sunday's race in Johannesburg. The 39-year-old, who usually competes as a solo rider under the Bestmed banner, said she was delighted to be linking up with the team for one of the country's premier national road classics. "The support from Bestmed as a brand is incredible," said Schoeman, who won the 947 Mountain Bike Challenge at the weekend. "I have been with them for three years now and their support through good and bad times has been at the next level." Facing a strong field of national and international riders, Schoeman said team cohesion would be essential to give them a chance of victory in the 94.7km race. "The aim for the whole team will be to stick together and to look after each other in the last third of the race so that we can possibly get someone in a break or in the sprint." Having won in 2008, she said she was always motivated to do well in the high-profile race. "This event provides good coverage for the brands that support me so my goals are always to do well and to get onto the podium if possible." As a previous champion, Schoeman is well qualified to assess the challenges. "It's a hard route so you need to come into the race prepared and trying to peak at the right time. "With it coming so late in the season, there is always the possibility of being tired or injured." The multiple former national road champion rated the Cycle Challenge as one of the best races to win. "It has always been one of my special races and it's the best feeling in the world to end your season on a high by winning or getting a podium at the 947." Schoeman said she had done several races in the build-up to this year's event, with the recent mountain bike race helping her to cope better with the effects of racing at altitude. "I do mountain biking to . . .
Robotic surgery for the treatment of prostate cancer is growing by approximately 40% per year in South Africa and is increasingly being adopted as treatment of choice for high-risk and medium-risk cancer cases. Furthermore, this form of surgery is having a highly positive impact on local healthcare, and on urological medicine in particular, since its introduction in recent years. This is according to Dr Greg Boustead, a specialist urologist and robotic surgeon, who was speaking about the outcomes that had been achieved by the Netcare da Vinci robotic programme, based on the initiative’s first 500 robotic assisted radical prostatectomies. Dr Boustead presented the findings of this study at the World Congress of Endourology and the South African Urological Association Meeting, which is being held in Cape Town from 8 to 12 November. Dr Boustead, who has led the Netcare robotic-assisted surgery programme since its inception in June 2014 and has so far assisted in the training of 18 robotic surgeons using the robotic technology at Netcare Waterfall City, Netcare Christiaan Barnard Memorial, and Netcare uMhlanga hospitals, said that there are now more than 3 500 da Vinci Robots globally, and more that 80% of all radical prostatectomies are being performed robotically. “Radical prostatectomy, the surgical removal of the prostate gland, remains the global gold standard for treating intermediate and high risk prostate cancer, and as can be seen, robots are increasingly being used both locally and internationally to assist with these procedures,” said Dr Boustead. “The results of the Netcare study, which draws on the data from the 500 procedures conducted at the three Netcare hospitals offering robotic-assisted surgery, confirm that robotic surgery offers excellent outcomes and effective early cancer control at a median follow up of 13 months in a cohort of male patients, more than half of whom had intermediate-risk or high-risk prostate cancer. “In the study, . . .
On the 1st of November, an extraordinary partnership hit South Africa. News24 is publishing a piece of Beautiful News every day: a film, photograph or article that portrays positive stories about South Africa and its people. A new story will go live every day at 16:14, which is the exact time that former president Nelson Mandela was released from Victor Verster prison on 11 February 1990. Adrian Steirn, the founder of Beautiful News, is famous for his 21 Icons project that celebrated the lives of great South Africans. Steirn says that when he was conceptualising Beautiful News he knew it had to have a home on a platform that was both proudly South African and spoke to as many South Africans as possible. “We are delighted to bring Beautiful News to life as a destination for inspiring and positive stories about South Africa and its people. Digital platforms and multimedia content have liberated our ability to communicate and enabled people to access and share their stories. I needed a platform that would honour the ethos and intent of the project which is to enrich people’s lives with a something positive, every day. Adriaan and the News24 team provide exactly that home,” Steirn said. Adriaan Basson, editor of News24, says he is very proud to be the publisher of Beautiful News, as the project is known. “It is no secret that South Africa is going through one of the most challenging periods post-1994. Bad news comes to you; you don’t have to look hard to find stories on bad governance, corruption or corporate greed. It’s much tougher to find beautiful news. South Africa is a beautiful country loved by many despite our challenges. There are plenty of good news stories out there, but you have to look for them. We simply have to tell them too. This is why we wanted to partner with Beautiful News and Mercedes-Benz South Africa on this extraordinary endeavour,” Basson explains. A third partner in bringing Beautiful News to life is Mercedes-Benz South . . .
Payroll fraud schemes typically last about 2 years before being detected, and are twice as frequent in small businesses as in larger ones. This is according a 2016 Global Fraud Study by the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners. Most often, perpetrators hold accounting positions (21.6% of cases). Cathie Webb, a Director of the South African Payroll Association (SAPA), says employers should be wary when their payroll administrator resists being away from the office. “It may be they’re afraid that someone standing in for them will uncover irregularities and expose them.” So a payroll administrator who never takes time off, arrives early, leaves late and works over weekends may seem dedicated. But they could also be committing payroll fraud. Apart from always being at their desk, such administrators are overly protective of their records, computerised or physical. They’ll insist that the work won’t be done correctly by those who don’t know their system but will avoid training backup personnel to perform their duties. How it starts “It often begins with financial difficulties at home,” suggests Webb. “The practitioner might create and pay a falsified employee or change their own pay rate for a single run just to get out of hot water.” But when the act goes unnoticed, it becomes easier to repeat and eventually snowballs into major fraud. Why the problem exists Unfortunately, blame falls squarely on the organisation. “In most cases we’ve witnessed, the shocked employer completely trusted the payroll administrator and never audited their work,” reports Webb. “It’s an accounting function and the same checks and balances need to be enforced.” How to prevent it Employers can take several steps to short-circuit payroll fraud: Employ a certified payroll practitioners The days when payroll was a ‘fallen into’ career, one which was discovered as someone worked their way up the ranks, are rapidly disappearing. Today, payroll is one of the . . .
The tough economic times facing the South African public are forcing many families to review their budgets as they look for ways to tighten their belts. When evaluating your family’s expenses, exactly where do you rank the importance of your family’s health? “Consider an average family going through their finances and monthly expenses – a reality many of us are facing in order to make ends meet,” says Mark Arnold, Principal Officer of Resolution Health Medical Scheme. “The rent or bond for the family home is often a non-negotiable expense. The household grocery bills might be reduced slightly by cutting back on luxury items and through choosing cheaper brands. When it comes to healthcare cover, ‘buying down’ is to be avoided because paying for quality medical scheme cover is the price of peace of mind. “Perhaps during 2016 your family only had occasion to visit a GP once or twice, and this was covered by your medical scheme in terms of your chosen benefit option. Looking at your options for 2017, at first it may seem that your family could save money by opting for a cheaper benefit option. This simplistic view, however, does not take into account what you are really paying for as a member of a medical scheme,” Arnold points out. To put this into perspective, last year’s World Health Organization and World Bank joint report Tracking Universal Health Coverage stated that in 37 countries, six percent of the population face being plunged into extreme poverty through having to pay healthcare expenses out of their pockets. According to the report, in the United States an estimated 60% of bankruptcies are attributed to spending on healthcare. This may be due to a sudden ‘catastrophic’ health event, or gradual outlay over a number of years. “Medical scheme members are essentially contributing monthly to a pool of resources, not unlike a stokvel, which are made available to cover healthcare expenditure as it arises. From year to year, you may be fortunate . . .
(Patensie) – With the Nelson Mandela Bay region’s largest supply dam levels dropping rapidly as warmer weather sets in, the Gamtoos Irrigation Board (GIB) is asking residents and farmers to be increasingly vigilant when it comes to water usage. The Kouga Dam, which is managed by GIB, is currently at 63.1% capacity – a level which is likely to drop rapidly as warmer weather sets in over the festive season, the organisation has warned. GIB financial and human resources director Rienette Colesky said that, since its establishment in 1991, the organisation had been responsible for supplying water to 250 farms with a combined surface area of 7 400 hectares. It also serves the Kouga Municipality (Patensie and Hankey) and Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality. The latter is entitled to 28% of the dam’s water and introduced water restrictions in September in an effort to attain the required 15% reduction in consumption gazetted by the Minister of Water and Sanitation. “Because the water usage from the dam has a direct impact on the economic activities in the Gamtoos Valley, it is vital to find the right balance between consumers’ needs and sustainable food security, development and conservation,” said Colesky. In modern agriculture, she said, responsible water management was essential. “The Gamtoos Valley is known as the pantry of the Eastern Cape. With agri-tourism and farming activities in the valley ranging from citrus and vegetables to dairy and livestock, water is important to everyone and the conservation thereof a priority. The board will fulfill its responsibility in this regard to the letter.” Given that the canal system is the main artery between the Kouga Dam and the consumer, she said it was constantly monitored for water losses and maintained in peak condition. According to Colesky, GIB has become increasingly involved in the Department of Environmental Affairs’ natural resource management programmes since 1999. These include conservation . . .
In the struggle to control malaria, researchers at the University of Pretoria Institute for Sustainable Malaria Control (UP ISMC) have turned to satellite data to get a heads-up on malaria outbreaks and smartphone apps to control and monitor the disease. Technology implemented in the air and on the ground form part of a transdisciplinary solution to the prevalence of malaria in South Africa. Discover more background behind the significance of the research on the quality of healthcare received in South Africa’s communities, at www.researchmatters.up.ac.za. Satellites to map at-risk areas and predict outbreaks Up in the air, satellites are being used to predict malaria outbreaks using geographic information systems (GIS) and advanced satellite imaging to identify the environmental factors that allow malaria-spreading mosquitos to breed and thrive. And armed with this information, outbreaks can be predicted with incredible accuracy. “Using remote sensing as part of an early-warning system for outbreaks, we can forecast malaria occurrences from three to six months in the future,” adds UP ISMC doctorate student Abiodun Morakinyo Adeola. “Our predictions using his model have been correct nine out of 10 times in all five Mpumalanga communities which formed part of the study.” This level of accuracy is on par with the World Health Organisation’s standards. Find out more here. Apps to control and monitor malaria mSpray focusses on malaria control data management for the annual indoor residual spraying (IRS) programme. And was developed at the University of California Berkeley (UCB) with input from researchers at the UP ISMC; specifically Prof Riana Bornman,. And the Malaria Buddy app provides information on malaria risk, prevention and symptoms for travellers in malaria endemic areas. The indoor residual spraying (IRS) programme is the current preferred method for malaria control in at-risk areas. And, until recently there was no centralised digital . . .
After a successful African Championships in Bloemfontein last month, NMMU-Madibaz swimming twins Alard and Alaric Basson now have their eyes set on the World Short Course Championships in Canada. The 20-year-olds from Uitenhage in Nelson Mandela Bay returned from the continental meeting with a bunch of medals and will be looking to put that experience to good use in December. Alaric, a breaststroke specialist, returned from the African champs with a gold medal in the 100m breaststroke and silver in the 200m event, as well as golds in the 4x100 mixed and men's medley relays. Although spending many hours in the water under the tutelage of coach Mark Edge, Alaric said they always kept their focus on the bigger picture. "All the training can be quite tough, but then you have to look at what your goals are," he said. "At the moment it is the Worlds but, ultimately, I'm aiming for the 2020 Olympics and my mindset is always on that prize. "To have a chance of achieving something like that, you have to make a lot of sacrifices and you can't just say you don't feel like training." The second-year student-athletes, who are both studying building engineering at NMMU, said they started swimming at an early age. "Our dad saw us in the pool at home and felt we had some talent so he signed us up for the local Dolphin Club," said Alaric. "From there we eventually linked up with Mark and have been with him for 11 years." Like his brother, Alard said he was happy with his results at the African champs, where he took gold in two relays and bronze medals in the 50m and 100m butterfly events. "Considering we were at altitude, which we are not used to, I was pretty pleased the way it turned out." With Tokyo 2020 in the back of his mind, Alard said he was focused on putting in an extra effort to improve his chances. "You always have to go the extra mile and push yourself to the limit," he said. "I always think of the other guys who are also training, so . . .