Pink Lady® apples together with Tru-Cape Fruit Marketing, the largest exporter of South African apples and pears into more than 104 countries, hosted their eighth annual Crafts for Cancer workshop on Saturday, 14 October 2017 at Vrede en Lust Wine Estate. Every year this event is held to raise funds for the Tygerberg Hospital’s Breast Clinic Transport Fund, which has now been expanded to include nutritional support for the disadvantaged patients at Tygerberg Hospital’s Breast Clinic. At the biggest ever Crafts for Cancer event, 120 ladies participated this year resulting in R41 0000 being raised for The Fund, on Sunday there was also a trail run at Vrede en Lust, resulting in an additional R30 000 raised. This means that over 400 additional ladies will benefit from The Fund. The Transport Fund was started for the Breast Clinic at Tygerberg Hospital in 2010. The need for this fund was identified and initiated by a dedicated social worker at the Breast Clinic. The Transport Fund Initiative kicked off with a donation of R25,000 from the Head of the Breast Clinic, Professor Apffelstaedt and what started as a small-scale initiative to assist one patient in need, has since grown to a fully-fledged fund that has helped countless women and continues to grow. Professor Apffelstaedt noted that there are approximately 550 new breast cancer patients at Tygerberg Hospital every year, and because of the money raised for The Fund, not one of them misses their treatment due to not being able to afford to travel to the hospital. 70% of women diagnosed with Breast Cancer at the Breast Clinic of Tygerberg Hospital are in the low-income bracket, and whilst the government covers the treatment costs, their transport costs to and from the hospital for regular radiotherapy sessions often become a barrier to entry. Radiotherapy sessions last for either 16 or 25 days and the transport costs for these patients are often too high. “I am so proud of every woman that attended our . . .
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 . . .
Thinking Pink – To show their support, create awareness and remember loved ones who have lost their lives to cancer, the Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium together with its operators, Mandela Bay Development Agency is supporting the month-long Breast Cancer Awareness campaign. CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .
October is acknowledged as World Mental Health Month. The 10th of October is recognised as World Mental Health Day and 10 October 2017 marks the 25th anniversary of the recognition of this day. Yet, how many people in South Africa are aware or have this day marked in a calendar for an event or an awareness campaign? That is often the reality of mental illness, the invisible disability. According to the World Health Organisation (WHO), depression is the leading cause of ill health and disability worldwide. According to the latest estimates from the WHO, more than 300 million people worldwide are now living with depression, an increase of more than 18% between 2005 and 2015. Lack of support for people with mental disorders, coupled with a fear of stigma, prevent many from accessing the treatment they need to live healthy and productive lives. In South Africa, psychiatric disorders are estimated to be the third largest contributor to the local burden of disease and statistics indicate that more than 17 million people in our country may have a mental health disorder. Justene Smith, Disability expert at Progression, states, “This figure is extremely significant, given the lack of a clear understanding of mental health conditions and the impact that this can have for people in terms of performing key life activities such as working, learning and communicating, amongst other things.” The theme for 2017’s World Mental Health Day is “Mental Health in the Workplace” which ties in well with our own legislation in South Africa which promotes inclusion and equality for persons with a disability in the workplace. The Employment Equity Act no 5 of 1998 defines disability as a “long term or recurring physical or mental impairment that substantially limits a person’s entry into or advancement in employment.” “Persons with a mental disability face several barriers in the workplace which include inadequate employer education, stigma around mental health conditions as well . . .
Multinational optical and optoelectronic technology company, ZEISS, has partnered with the South African Optometric Association (SAOA) to celebrate World Sight Day on 12 October by conducting free screening and eye testing for various communities in KZN, Limpopo, Free State and Gauteng. ZEISS will provide screening equipment for Gauteng. ZEISS Vision South Africa’s Commercial Manager Vesta Slabbert, says conducting eye tests on people who have limited access to medical services is critical in addressing avoidable blindness. “According to the International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness four out of five of the world’s blind are avoidably so. This regrettable statistic is similar for South Africa where an estimated 80% of people are avoidably blind, with most them living in rural areas. “Avoidable blindness differs from region to region, but some of the causes include cataract, refractive error, trachoma, diabetic retinopathy, glaucoma and childhood blindness. With regular eye tests and the correct treatment, some of these conditions can be prevented or reversed.” In line with World Sight Day’s theme for this year, #Makevisioncount, SAOA expects to test more than 1000 people in the selected regions. Mobile units manned by optometrists and 35 optometric students and six volunteer optometrists will travel to the various regions to conduct screening and eye tests. ZEISS will provide iProfiler and VisuRef screening equipment as well as lunch packs and T-shirts at the various sessions. Optometrist and SAOA Member Liaison Officer, Lucky Nkosi, says SAOA is committed to raising public awareness of blindness and vision impairment as major public health issues. “We urge members of the communities we intend to visit to make sure they get their eyes tested and encourage other family members to do so too.” The communities to be visited include Grace Bible church in Soweto, Gauteng; The Ramakrishna Centre of South Africa in KwaZulu-Natal; the Grace Bible . . .
Summer will be here in a few short months and if, like many South Africans, you’ve stopped exercising and succumbed to your favourite comfort foods during the cold winter months, you’re probably not looking or feeling your best. While getting back into exercising is a great place to start, it can be difficult doing it on your own. Fortunately, with Adventure Boot Camp (https://www.adventurebootcamp.co.za/ you don’t have to. Built on a dream of providing an outdoor health and fitness programme to as many women as possible, Adventure Boot Camp launched over a decade ago and - with camps in Johannesburg, Durban, Cape Town and other areas (https://www.adventurebootcamp.co.za/locations/) - has since helped thousands of women all over the country to change their lives. The four-week outdoor exercise programme offers workout programmes, fitness instruction, nutritional counselling and motivational training packed with fun and energising activities designed to help campers reach their fitness goals. Boot camp offers a number of benefits over solo training. For starters, the group nature of boot camp is more likely to hold you accountable. It’s easy to miss a gym session or put off going for a run when you are exercising on your own and there are no consequences. But when you bail on a boot camp class, you’ll be letting yourself down AND your fellow Campers and trainer too. Here are some other reasons why boot camps beat lone workouts: Getting tougher together: Boot camps foster camaraderie since you are with people who are all there for the same goal, working side-by-side to achieve it. More motivation: When you have the support of those around you, the motivation to complete a 60-minute training session once or more a week comes a lot easier as they spur you on. Upping endorphins: Researchers at Oxford's Institute of Cognitive and Evolutionary Anthropology have found that the endorphin levels of those who exercised in groups was twice that of those who . . .
OCTOBER 2017 – THE "Grandads Army" has once again taken to the road for this year’s Rob Burton Memorial Ride, a stamina-sapping four-day 1 160-km ride to Stellenbosch via Middelburg, Willowmore and Swellendam. The relay teams, comprising of 13 cyclists, aims to raise funds for the Eyabantwana Trust. The Grandads Army, comprises of three groups of relay teams, namely, “the Army, the Navy and the Air Force”, is also commemorating the lives of Rob Burton and Arthur Salzwedel who lost their lives during a training ride. The gruelling trip that kicked off on Sunday Morning (subs: 8 October 2017) from Caltex Beacon Bay saw 13 cyclists make their way through to Middelburg via the N6. The three teams collectively completed the daunting 300km cycle challenge, arriving in Middelburg late afternoon. Day two of the Rob Burton Memorial Ride from East London through to Stellenbosch ensured the Army, Navy and Air Force cycled their hearts out just to remain warm. The three groups ventured from Middelburg through to Willowmore along the N9 in 4-degree weather. Even though it was cold and miserable, spirits remained high and was further fuelled by some Seattle Coffee and breakfast during a quick stop at Caltex College Motors in Graaff Reinet. The day warmed up to “toasty” 13 degrees before arriving in Willowmore late afternoon. The team set off early on Tuesday morning (subs: 10 October) for the third leg that will take them to Swellendam. In the first and second year of this prestigious event, Grandads Army managed to raise over R500 000. This year the group of riders are hoping to raise over R250 000 which will go towards the much-needed burn-surgical equipment for the paediatric patients at the Frere Hospital and the Cecilia Makiwane Hospital based in East London. “We have a steep fundraising hill to climb, but we are confident that the Eastern - and Western Cape communities will once again support this great cause,” expressed ride organiser Dr Colin Lazarus, . . .
Well known South African artist Petra Stiglingh, will be hosting a brief art exhibition in Port Elizabeth in support of the recently established Joy of Hearing, a local non-profit company benefiting cochlear implant recipients and other hearing disabled in the Eastern Cape. The exhibition, which is being hosted at the Paxton Hotel includes works of Isabella Le Roux, Anton Pienaar, Natasha Barnes, Paul Munro, Rene Snyman, Frans Claerhout, Otto Klar and Este Mostert. A gala evening will take place on Thursday evening, from 6pm, with the artwork open to viewing for the general public on Friday, October 13. Stiglingh, who is now based in Jeffreys Bay, was born in Bloemfontein and studied art at Bloemfontein Teacher’s College, while at the same time also doing extra courses with Michael Edwards. She received further tutelage from the experienced Titia Ballot and George Boys. In her later years she attended various workshops with well-known artist-Dale Elliot and most recently she went to America to study under Master-artist, Daniel Gerhardz. Last year she again returned to America to do the advanced course with Gerhardz. Stiglingh’s work is a mixture of different art forms, but could mostly be described as “contemporary-impressionistic”. Over the past 31 years, Stiglingh has exhibited her work throughout South Africa, Namibia and Canada in numerous combined exhibitions as well as at various solo exhibitions including one in Johannesburg, at Alice Art Gallery, (1995) and twice in Birmingham – at the world trade show. Stiglingh also has a permanent exhibition at her Art Gallery in the Fountains Mall in Jeffreys Bay. For the past twelve years she has also offered art workshops all over the country, helping novice and professional artists alike in expanding their vision and techniques in oil- and acrylic painting. Proceeds from the sale of paintings will be donated to Joy of Hearing. One of Stighligh’s artworks will also be up for auction at the . . .
The Government Employees Medical Scheme (GEMS) will be hosting its tenth annual Symposium at the Cape Town International Convention Centre from 12-13 October 2017, and will focus on universal healthcare coverage through the introduction of National Health Insurance (NHI) in South Africa. Commenting on the Symposium, GEMS Principal Officer Dr Guni Goolab, said that this year’s Symposium, which is being held under the theme “The first steps towards universal health coverage - affordable, accessible and quality healthcare for all”, would provide an important platform for strategic engagement around the transition towards the NHI. The GEMS Symposium is an annual event that convenes over 200 prominent leaders and stakeholders from across the broader healthcare industry, government institutions, academia, health professionals and policymakers, to discuss critical issues facing the South African healthcare industry today. “GEMS is an entity founded on the principles of equitable, affordable access, and our position on NHI is therefore resolutely supportive of its introduction as we align the GEMS strategy to the universal healthcare and NHI roadmap,” explained D Goolab. “This includes the first steps towards providing quality healthcare that is both affordable and accessible, which are tenets of NHI as stated in the recently published White Paper. The NHI marks a turning point in the transformation of the healthcare industry which is why it comprises the main theme for the Scheme’s tenth Symposium,” he comments. Dr Goolab says that a new and much anticipated feature at this year's Symposium is the NHI Collaboration Circles, which will be taking place on the first day of the highly anticipated event. “These will provide a great opportunity to interact directly with other delegates in smaller group sessions. Each circle will focus on a different topic relating to the conference theme and delegates choose the one they wish to attend based on the topic of . . .
The South African Government highlights that breast cancer is not only one of the most common cancers among South African women, but increasing as well. As it is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, Zeeva encourages women to go for regular check-ups and mammograms. Early detection can ensure effective treatment and diagnosis. Experts say about 90% of patients go into years of remission when breast cancer is detected at the early stages. According to Jaco Visagie, director and financial advisor at Finsafe, 75% of Sanlam’s and Old Mutual’s 2016 dread diseases claims were admitted for cancer. Twenty-seven percent of this percentage was for breast cancer and six percent for colon/rectum cancer. Here is a bit of a reality check on what to expect regarding breast cancer costs, as stated by Visagie: First things first • A general consultation can cost up to R590 on average which excludes materials or procedures. • Scans like a bone scan; MRI scan biopsies are often required. Sometimes patients need genetic testing on the breast cancer biopsies. This is known as a Mammoprint or Oncotype DX. This will give direction on the best chemotherapy regimens, and costs over R30 000. Doctors use the results from a mammogram and an ultrasound as well as the pathology results from a biopsy to make a diagnosis. An image-guided core biopsy is the recommended procedure, however, in some cases; a surgical biopsy may be required. The average cost for breast biopsies is in the region of R18 000. Surgery expenses • The most common type of surgery is the surgical operation in which a lump is removed from the breast, typically when cancer is present but has not yet spread. • Data currently indicates that the most frequently requested mastectomy procedures are the complete and radical mastectomies of both breasts. • Extra costs are also incurred if a patient then opts for reconstructive surgery, which is a common procedure option after mastectomies. • The cost of a mastectomy was on . . .