REMOVE ME: Mahala At a very young age Ubuko Mpotulo had to have his legs amputated following health complications, but this bright little fellow has never let this hold him back. “A few months ago, Ubuko came to RMA’s attention when his grade one teacher, Janey Stevens of College Street Primary School in East London, sent out a heartfelt plea for sponsorship of prosthetic legs for this young man,” says Nomfundo Mcilongo, General Manager: Sales & Marketing at RMA. “His teacher informed us that Ubuko runs, jumps, hops, skips and swims with his classmates, refusing to let his physical limitations hold him back from living life to the fullest. He is an inspiration to us all. “Ubuko has been using basic prosthetic limbs to enable him to be mobile. This high-spirited little boy made the best of his existing prosthesis, but most certainly fitting prosthetic limbs more appropriate to his activity level will enable him to participate in physical activities with his friends. “Today, it gives us great pleasure to provide Ubuko with a pair of new prosthetic legs, specially built for him by RMA’s prosthetics partner, Marissa Nel & Associates. His new ‘legs’, fitted with Vari-Flex Junior feet, provide an exclusive combination of comfort and dynamics. They are specially made for children who require the additional energy response. “The prosthetic feet ensure the highest levels of user confidence and security, promoting a natural gait with less fatigue and strain on the lower back. The Total Knee Junior from Össur is a smaller version of the adult model, which offers security, natural motion and walking ease. The Total Knee Junior is extremely versatile and natural for children who have a broad range of very high-level activities: walking, running, sitting, squatting, and kneeling activities,” Mcilongo adds. The prosthetic legs were presented to Ubuko by none other than South African Paralympic medallist Ernst van Dyk during a special ceremony at the . . .
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 . . .
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, . . .
The World Psychiatric Association (WPA) and the South African Society of Psychiatrists (SASOP) are hosting the WPA-International Congress in Cape Town, at the CTICC from 18-22 November 2016, with the theme: "Psychiatry: Integrative Care for the Community". The congress president will be Prof Dinesh Bhugra from the United Kingdom, current WPA President and the congress director will be the current SASOP President, Dr Mvuyiso Talatala. This is a ground breaking theme bringing together world renowned scientific experts, as well as young and established health leaders from around the globe. This is the first time ever a World Psychiatric Association International Congress is being held in South Africa. The conference is expected to attract over 3000 psychiatrists and other mental health professionals from around the world. With this meeting, the practice of Psychiatry internationally is set to take more decisive steps on a new course that will influence the profession for years to come. "This sounds like a very bold statement, but this is intended to be a very unique meeting," says Bernard Janse van Rensburg, President-Elect of the South African Society of Psychiatrists and co-chair of the organising committee. "We are hoping to see the forging of a strong link between society and Psychiatry and by the end of this year, we should see the basis of a new social contract involving all the different stake holders in this undertaking," he says. From the conference theme, the different components of Psychiatry's and psychiatrists' social contract will be unpacked, focusing on four different tracks including: neuroscience, psychotherapy, social involvement and the cultural-religious context of care. "There seems to be unfinished business in the psyche and national agendas of our (and other) nation(s)," says Janse van Rensburg. "We can see evidence of this in unresolved collective relations such as the recent flaring up of racial tensions in South Africa . . .
One of the homes that that have been developed at Kruinkloof Bushveld Estate. Homes may be developed to specification for between R2.5 million and R3.95 million. Photo: Are you a mature ‘empty nester’ looking for a more compact luxury home that will enable you to get away from it all while at the same time allowing you to remain close to where the actions is? If so, a home in the Kruinkloof Bushveld Estate, which is situated on the slopes of the highest ridge in the charming Johannesburg suburb of Boskruin, may just be for you. Gwen Kenmuir of Pam Golding Properties, who is marketing the remaining 32 properties available for sale within the eight-acre estate, says that Kruinkloof is especially designed for mature individuals or couples, and “brings together the seemingly incompatible conceptions of a bushveld lifestyle with all of the conveniences of modern city life”. “The estate borders a private 30-acre nature reserve on the ridge and yet it is also located just 12km west of Sandton,” she adds. “This is an idyllic setting for these beautifully appointed country homes, which offer a completely new lifestyle concept for mature people. “The estate has been designed with the needs of the typical empty-nester couple or single person who is entering a new, more mature phase of life in mind. Residents tend to still be economically active and many have business interests in the city, but at the same time they also want to live in a tranquil setting that is close to nature. “The homes, all of which are north-facing, are ideal for the older executive or professional couple who are looking for convenience and an attractive ‘lock up and go’ lifestyle that will offer them a maximum measure of freedom.” Kruinkloof Bushveld Estate buyers who purchase plots are provided with the opportunity to design their own home to meet their specific needs and requirements. According to Kenmuir, there is a choice of five different home packages . . .
The top end of the residential property market in Gauteng remains remarkably resilient. This four-bed cluster home in Sandhurst, Johannesburg is on the market through Pam Golding Properties for R35 million. Photo: Pam Golding Properties As South Africa’s economic powerhouse, Gauteng remains home to half of the country’s high net worth individuals, and they continue to support the upper end of the residential property market in the province, which remains surprisingly resilient despite slow national economic indicators. This is according to Rupert Finnemore, managing director of Pam Golding Properties’ Gauteng region. “New World Wealth noted in its Wealthiest City in the World Report published recently that Johannesburg remains the city with the largest number of US dollar millionaires in South Africa with some 17 600 out of a total of 40 400 nationally, adds Finnemore. “Pretoria has a further 2 600, which means that Gauteng is home to exactly half of South Africa’s high net worth individuals. “These figures are not surprising, as we continue to see high levels of investment and growth across a number of centres in Gauteng, including the ‘Golden Mile’ of Sandton, which remains the undisputed financial capital of South Africa. Other growth nodes that are enjoying particularly impressive infrastructural, commercial and residential development include Fourways, Midrand, Menlyn in Pretoria East, and a number of others. These demonstrate that there remains strong confidence in numerous areas of the local economy. “The province has a diverse and sturdy local economy and as such, the region continues to attract investment opportunities and wealthy industrialists not just from South Africa, but also from the African continent and around the world,” he points out. Finnemore says that median house prices in the super-luxury residential property market have generally exceeded inflation during the past decade and Pam Golding Properties . . .
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 . . .
You're a busy person. You've got work all day, groceries to buy during lunch, and kids to pick up after netball practice. The last thing you want to do is schlep across town to drop off that craft box off for your niece’s party next week. Wouldn't it be better if you could just send somebody else to do it? Muule turns everyday commuters and travelers into a network of couriers ready to take just about anything across town. Muule is very similar to ride-share services like Lyft and Uber, but oriented towards moving objects such as boxes, laptops or even a bed from point A to point B, rather than people. Senders post details about pick-up and drop-off locations, size of the cargo, and when a delivery should be made. Drivers, referred to as "Muules," can look through these offers and pick the ones that interest them. In theory, this makes it possible to arrange deliveries at specific times, on weekends, or with other criteria that aren't always possible (or reasonably priced) with established shippers like Aramax and Fedex. Creating a parcel log is very easy , it only requires a little bit of information about what is being sent, how big it is, pickup and drop-off locations, who the driver will meet at each side, and when the package should arrive. Scheduling options for the drop-off allow for picking a time for same-day deliveries, a specific date in the future, or just "whenever." Additional details about the pick-up and drop-off can go into the description. Muule allows senders to choose how much they're going to offer for a delivery In the near future we will be giving the Muule’s an option to counter offer the delivery price and so on until a price is agreed upon. The Muule need only provide a valid driver's license and copy of ID in order to vet them and then they are good to go The whole deal should be pretty attractive to drivers, since pick-up and drop-off shouldn't take up too much time, and the payouts look pretty good. If you want to . . .
(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 . . .
This year’s Festive Ideas Market at the Simondium’s Country Lodge promises to be a star-studded event for festival goers. From Wednesday, 2 November, until Sunday, 6 November, this distinctive market is celebrating its uniqueness beneath the Southern Cross. Are you looking for that special gift for one of the stars in your life? With more than 100 exhibitors with innovative and originals products of the highest quality, you’ll find the perfect gift for any occasion. Discover designer clothing for all ages, beautiful fashion accessories and hand-made jewellery as well as a sensational selection of pampering products. If you want to spruce up your house, kitchen or garden before the festive season, this market is the ideal place to pick up exceptional decor items such as imported linen, table ware for your festive table ranging from silver cutlery to crystal glasses and antique porcelain – as well as gorgeous Christmas decorations. The Festive Ideas deli is brimming over with the yummiest home-baked goodies to fill up your pantry before the holidays. Spoil your loved ones with mouth-watering biscuits, rusks, gourmet coffees, hand-made sweets, jams, relishes and canned treats as well as fresh farm produce and even speciality fruit cakes. Enjoy the relaxed and festive atmosphere of the elegant old guesthouse and its lush gardens with soothing live music, delectable snacks and a glass of wine, while the kids can play in a specially dedicated kiddies area. The market is open from 09h00 till 17h00 from Wednesday to Saturday, but closes at 15h00 on Sunday. Free parking and security is available. Entrance is R30 per adult, but free for children under 18. Don’t miss the special preview on Tuesday, 1 November, from 14h00. The Simondium’s Country Lodge is easily accessible on the R45 between Paarl and Franschhoek, only 60km from the Cape Town central, 13 km from the Klapmuts turn-off and a quick 15km from Stellenbosch via the Helshoogte Pass. For enquiries, . . .