The present ‘puritan’ approach to defeating the health risks posed by tobacco smoking should be abandoned by anti-smoking lobbyists and regulators in favour of a pragmatic approach which recognises that alternatives like vaping are up to 95% less harmful, and have the potential to meaningfully reduce the toll on the health of tobacco smokers around the globe. So says Prof Daniel Malan – an ex-smoker and director of the Stellenbosch University-based Centre for Corporate Governance in Africa, in a report entitled ‘Where there’s no smoke, is there still fire? ethical aspects of tobacco harm reduction, published by the Africa Harm Reduction Alliance (AHRA). The report suggests that reducing the harm inherent in smoking should be recognised as a strategy in the fight against the well-documented health risks faced by smokers. Tobacco smoking, says the report, still takes up to five million lives globally every year, and sees government earnings by taxes dwarfed by the US $ 1.0 trillion loss to global economies through premature death of workers, lost production and costs of healthcare. Against these facts must be measured the debatable success of international bids like the Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC), that was launched by the World Health Organisation in 2005. Legally binding on 180 countries and focusing on the production, sale, distribution, advertising and taxation of tobacco the FCTC, in addition to other measures, should see the incidence of smoking reduce globally from 22.1% in 2010 to 18.95 in 2025 - a reduction of only 3.5% (according to the WHO). “The simple concept of reducing harm can make a contribution to a much more comprehensive approach to tobacco control. Including both scientific and legal components, the objective is simply to reduce the potential harm by decreasing the risks attached to using tobacco or nicotine. Cigarette substitutes such as vaping and smokeless tobacco are examples,” says Prof Malan. Confusing the . . .
It is a well-known fact that South Africa is besieged with the big and continuously growing challenge of medical negligence and other personal injury claims. The country is however not alone in battling with this challenge, many other countries such as Australia, United Kingdom and the United States of America, amongst others, are also seized with same. Week after week the South African public reads articles and watches TV shows about cases of medical negligence, challenges regarding payment of settlements by the Department of Health, obstetricians abandoning the service of delivering babies for fear of being sued, and general mistrust in the public healthcare system. The claims per province as published in the October 2016 medico legal declaration by the Department of Health are startling. There are several efforts made by the Minister including the formation of the Ministerial Advisory Committee in 2016 that seeks to address improved quality of healthcare, patient safety and medical accountability and reduction in medico legal litigation. As established consultants in the personal injury field SIMI Healthcare Solutions and SHA Inc believe that this matter needs serious and committed cross industry engagement. Such engagement would be done with a view to lift to the fore some of the critical variables that influence the direction, outcomes and consequences of litigation of personal injury cases. They believe that it is high time that these personal injury litigation issues are closely scrutinized and discussed so that solutions are found. The importance of a symposium of this nature cannot be overemphasized. As Andiswa Gowa states, “In order for us to see a change in how personal injury claims are resolved, whether arising from Road Accidents or Medical negligence, there is a need to think beyond the established way of resolving these cases and find creative solutions. We firmly believe that such creative solutions are born out of a deep engagement and . . .
As the nation's capital, Pretoria has a rich historical legacy which the city fathers are keen to promote when the Tshwane Classic road cycling race is held on November 5. Put on by ASG Events, the organisers have big plans for the 98km road classic, which they aim to grow into one of the big city races in the country. Besides the racing aspect, which will see total road closure to ensure rider safety, race spokesman Mauritz Meyer, who works alongside ASG on the event, said they also wanted to promote the historical significance of Pretoria. "There are a number of famous landmarks along the route and we are working with the municipality to create awareness of these among those who are riding." His view was backed up by Tshwane executive mayor Solly Msimanga, who said the metro had thrown its weight behind the race to make it one to remember. In illustrating a significant connection between Pretoria and cycling, the mayor referenced the historical role of bicycles in the history of South Africa. "During the South African war (1899-1902), commander Danie Theron asked permission from the ZAR (Zuid-Afrikaansche Republiek) to establish a bicycle corps to use for scouting instead of horses," said Msimanga. "The role of Pretoria in the history of South Africa is significant as it was the capital of the ZAR. Then it became the capital of the Union of South Africa (in 1910) and is presently capital of the new democratic Republic of South Africa." Meyer outlined a number of the significant landmarks, starting with the Voortrekker Monument, which will be the start and finish venue for the race. "The building by architect Gerhard Moerdijk was completed in 1948 to honour the Voortrekkers who had left the Cape and travelled north in the first half of the 19th century," he said. "The riders will also go past the Kgosi Mampuru ll Correctional Centre, which was formerly known as the Pretoria Central Prison. This was the official site of punishment for . . .
The Tshwane Food Fest is back with a bang; now in its second year running the festival will be a culinary experience like no other! Fountains Valley, Tshwane will be the backdrop to this year’s edition taking place on October 28, 2017 from 10:00AM! This year the festival celebrates Heritage and will be giving the avid food lover the opportunity to experience various African cuisines. Festival organiser Nqobile Mahlangu elaborate: “This year we wanted to express the various African taste notes that makes us uniquely African by having a mix of various chefs & stalls from across Africa. This will give a food fanatic the experience of having travelled the entire continent just by attending the Tshwane Food Fest 2017!” The day will also include a variety of entertainment which will be accommodative to all that will attend. The day will feature entertainment for the entire family, and see a mix of food and drink. The program for the day will include the African Corner- the space will grant various African cultures the opportunity to showcase their favourite African foods and so much more! The festival caters to all, with a picnic area fit for family fun and a supervised kiddies area everyone is sure to have a blast! With the recent growth of artisanal beers, Tshwane Food Fest will be hosting a dedicated beer garden for beer fans! If you’re looking to get your cooking game on “fleek” take part in the master classes that the festival has put together that will take you through a journey of discovering your inner chef. Packages are already on sale and early bird tickets are 80% sold thus far, packages include: General (R150 & R180 at the gate): • Access into festival grounds • Access to public areas (General Access standing area, food market, exhibitions, beer garden, indigenous Games) VIP (R500): • Entrance tickets into the Tshwane Food Fest (General Access) • VIP Parking • Entrance into the VIP Area • VIP lounge seating and Décor • Canapé and . . .
5 October 2017 – PRETORIA – ITSI, the pioneering e-learning provider which enhances and simplifies the teaching and learning experience for both students and educators, was last night awarded the Supplier of the Year Award in the category for Basic Education at the annual EduWeek awards. The award was handed to Wikus Breetzke, Head of Sales, ITSI in the prestigious award ceremony and dinner, held at Pigalle Restaurant in Green Point, Cape Town on 4 October. The EduWeek awards recognise excellence across the African education ecosystem. From the inception of the most innovative and life-changing products and/or services to local heroes who go above and beyond to assist their communities and the lives of learners. ITSI’s platform provides a unique way of simplifying, enhancing and unifying a single point of entry for teachers and learners – irrespective of the origin and variety of content and actions they employ in order to achieve mastery. It has the additional advantage of making learner activities, such as engagement with textbooks, visible and transparent to teachers and parents. The ITSI platform works within any education environment, with any content, on any device. It provides an easy to adopt approach to 21st century teaching and learning, without sacrificing the rigour associated with traditional teaching and learning. Dr Lieb Liebenberg, founder and CEO at ITSI, commented, “We are delighted to have been honoured with this award. The teaching environment is increasingly fragmented in terms of the content and activities which teachers need to employ. The fragmentation stems from teachers having to use textbooks from different publishers, a variety of other printed and online resources, and a range of educational apps – the vast majority of which operate in silos. This is what we strive to overcome.” CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .
Competitors from all over the South African coastline were greeted with small and blustery surf which did little to deter their high spirits on the opening day of the 2017 Billabong SA Junior Champs presented by BOS at Lower Point in Jeffreys Bay on Wednesday, especially with an excellent forecast on the horizon. As the various District teams staked their territory on the beach, the U14 boys division kicked off proceedings with Kye Macgregor (Nelson Mandela Bay) announcing himself as a threat by earning a heat total of 15.33 (out of 20) in the first heat of the event. Daniel Emslie (Buffalo City) put himself on the map when he delivered a 9-point ride and Nate Spalding (eThekweni) was another to rack up a heat total above 15 points. Zoe Steyn clearly took notes from her teammate Daniel Emslie, as she also posted an impressive 9 point ride with her flowing backhand attack in the U14 girls. Kayla Nogueira (eThekweni), who has just returned from competing in the ISA World Junior Champs in Japan, also advanced directly to Round 3 and will no doubt be fighting to claim another SA title. And Ceara Knight (Cape Winelands) has shown massive improvement and will be hot on her heels. The U16 boys division produced some explosive surfing despite the SA team members being jetlagged after returning from Japan just yesterday. Angelo Faulkner (Nelson Mandela Bay) displayed his local knowledge with a heat win in testing conditions brought on by the high tide. Teammates Ryan Lightfoot and Dellin Hendricks showed that they were right at home by clinching heat wins while Eli Beukes (Cape Town Surfriders) looked powerful and smooth in the small surf. The U12 boys hit the surf to finish off the day and made the waves look bigger but is was just the competitors getting smaller as they surfed well beyond their years. Kyra Bennie (Cape Winelands) caught the attention of the judges and spectators after a near perfect ride earned a 9.6 and Ethan Currin (Buffalo City) and Joel . . .
3 October 2017 – PRETORIA – ITSI, the pioneering e-learning provider which enhances and simplifies the teaching and learning experience for both students and educators, today announces the launch of ITSI Digital Lessons – a collection of thousands of highly interactive digital resources covering Math, Physical Science, Life Science and Chemistry. ITSI’s Digital Lessons includes a variety of top quality films, animations, pictures and simulations presenting hundreds of topics in an attractive and engaging way. ITSI’s Digital Lessons is available to learners from grade 4 to grade 12 and is designed with each specific age group in mind, making learning extremely attractive, stimulating and enjoyable, thus highly effective. Further, each digital lesson has a specific learning outcome aligned to the South African CAPS Curriculum, with automated assessments included. The ITSI Digital Lessons are hosted in the cloud and can be accessed by any device with a reliable internet connection. The lessons are built with technology that makes it truly mobile and accessible from multiple browsers and mobile devices with various screen resolutions. Marks and feedback are saved online and students can visit their previous attempts to monitor their progress. ITSI CEO and founder, Dr Lieb Liebenberg, commented, “Teaching methodologies remained very much the same over the years. Students read from their textbooks, wrote notes to process the information, and gained key knowledge and insights from the world around them. However, the technology explosion at the turn of the millennium cast a long shadow over traditional teaching methods, introducing new devices and solutions that transformed the learning landscape. Today, this evolution has culminated in a demand after unfragmented visible learning. We believe this concept should blend the traditional with the technological to create next generation education which is driven by deep level integration. ITSI’s Digital Lessons . . .
[Johannesburg, Tuesday 03 October 2017] – Internet Service Provider, NEPIC, credits much of its rapid growth to the impact of its paid search marketing strategy. Fairly new to the South African telecoms landscape, NEPIC needed a digital marketing solutions partner that understood its budgetary challenges and the competitive landscape in which it operates. Specifically, NEPIC needed an agency with Google Premier Partner certification to help create and execute a strategy that demanded performance against aggressive growth targets. “We set Interface Digital (IFD) a fairly tough challenge,” says Christoff Becker, NEPIC Marketing & Creative Officer. “We had to penetrate a market digitally dominated by our competitors at a fraction of their campaign spend. Success in such an environment requires proven and specialised skills in paid search campaign optimisation . . . in IFD we found a willing and able partner.” “The NEPIC campaign presented unique challenges due to the ISP competitor landscape,” says Siobhan Boyd, Senior Account Manager at Interface Digital. “As Google Premier partners we have access to certain tools, technologies and methodologies that help us understand what actions are likely to yield the greatest results – certainly in NEPIC’s case we were successful in this regard.” Through Google Search and Display (and implementation of a well-crafted and risk mitigated strategy) – IFD was able to: Over-deliver on lead targets by 190% Attain competitor brand terms at the same cost as internal brands Catapult the brand’s digital market share, essentially forcing competitors to either increase their spend or relinquish a percentage share of voice on Google. The reduction in campaign cost per click essentially allowed IFD to significantly stretch the available budget. The resulting impact on NEPIC’s business has been substantial, both in volume of new business signed and overall “deal value” per client. “We’ve seen a sharp . . .
Thrilling Day 2 of Billabong Junior Series presented by All Aboard Travel Seal Point delivered solid three-to-four waves and pristine conditions on Day 2 of the Billabong Junior Series presented by All Aboard Travel to complete the semi-finals in each of the seven divisions. The country’s best junior surfers reveled in the long point-break waves in Cape St Francis, posting numerous scores in the excellent range as they chased prestige, prize-money, points and series titles in the fourth and final event in the world’s longest running junior surfing series. The World Surf League (WSL) Junior Qualifying Series (JQS) 1,000 rated event for U18 boys saw current runaway rankings leader Jake Elkington (Kommetjie) eliminated in Round 2 by Luke Malherbe (East London ) and Calvin Goor (Salt Rock), who advanced to the man-on-man semi-finals. Goor’s near perfect 9.0 plus a 5.0 gave him victory over Malherbe and the Dolphin Coast surfer advanced to his second final of 2017. In the bottom half of the draw Ford van Jaarsveldt (Kommetjie) was outstanding in Round 2, delivering scores of 9.0 and 8.17 for a heat tally of 17.17, the highest in the division to date. He was joined in the semi by 14 year-old Mitch du Preez (East London) who had to be happy with a third place finish as van Jaarsveldt delivered another master-class for the win. The JQS women’s event followed suit with former Jeffreys Bay star Kai Woolf, now surfing under the New Zealand flag, showing superior manoeuvres and heat strategy to earn scores of 9.0 and 7.67 to ease into the final at the expense of Tayla de Coning (East London) Woolf will be up against Taghiti Gericke (Wilderness) who outpointed rising star Summer Sutton (Kommetjie) in their semi-final encounter on her way to a career first one-on-one JQS final. In the 3A rated SA Surf Tour (SAST) events, Woolf, de Coning and Sutton, along with Olivia Izzard (La Lucia), will also contest the four person U16 girls’ final, while . . .
The opening rounds of the Billabong Junior Series presented by All Aboard Travel were completed in great waves and offshore winds at Seal Point in Cape St Francis on Friday. There is much at stake at this event. The fourth and final event in the 20th annual edition of the world’s longest running surf series for surfers 18-and-under will crown event and series champions in seven divisions, as well as the men’s and women’s WSL Africa junior champions and also determine who will represent the region at the WSL World Junior Championships in Australia In January. Current Billabong Junior Series and WSL Africa junior rankings leader Jake Elkington (Kommetjie) had to play catch-up in the first heat of the U18 boys heat when Bryce du Preez (East London) opened his account with a 6.50 and then added a 4.60. But Elkington showed the form that has earned him three event victories already this year to secure second place and advanced to Round 2 alongside du Preez. There was a major upset in Heat 3 of the U18 boys when Angelo Faulkner (Jeffreys Bay) was eliminated by Saxton Randall (Durban) and 14 year-old Mitch du Preez (East London). Faulkner had his sights set on victory at Seal Point, which would have seen him clinch a place in the WSL Africa squad for the World Junior Champs, but the J-Bay resident could only muster 10.17 points and was ousted when he placed third in the heat. The U18 girls’ heats also produced an upset when Daniella Finlayson (Jeffreys Bay) grabbed victory ahead of second seed Taghiti Gericke (Wilderness). This was followed by top seed Tayla de Coning (East London), Kai Woolf (Jeffreys Bay) and Summer Sutton (Kommetjie) comfortably winning their heats and advancing to Round 2. The U16 division delivered excellent competitive performances with the likes of Faulkner, Ryan Lightfoot (Jeffreys Bay), Aya Gericke (Wilderness) and newcomer George Pittar claiming heat wins in boys, while Woolf, Sutton and Gabi Lailvaux (Westbrook) stamped their . . .