Families caring for a loved one with dementia often find that as the condition progresses, not only does it become more difficult to provide the level of care required but the stress associated with full-time care also takes a toll on the family. “Coming to terms with a diagnosis of dementia can be extremely painful, both for the individual and their family. While the prognosis differs from one individual to another, dementia remains an untreatable condition that becomes progressively harder to manage, particularly in the home environment,” says Ivan Oosthuizen, chief executive officer of Livewell Group, an organisation that specialises in dementia care. The World Health Organization (WHO) states that dementia is a leading cause of disability and dependency among senior citizens the world over, with approximately 47 million people living with this condition globally. The WHO also notes that families caring for people with dementia face physical, psychological, social and economic stress due to the intensive nature of the care required. “Dementia is very hard on families, and when a loved one is first diagnosed it is not easy to contemplate the tragic cognitive and physical consequences of the condition in later years. We know how daunting it can be to face up to the realities of dementia, and we therefore hold free monthly support groups where people can turn for advice from our team and empathy from others who are facing similar challenges. “These sessions have highlighted for us that each family’s experience of dementia is unique. There is no simple answer to the question ‘when is it time to take the next step’ but, with individual circumstances and preferences in mind, we can provide reassurance and help families to address their loved one’s needs in their own time.” Livewell Group provides a comprehensive range of services to support families and provide a comfortable and nurturing environment for people living with dementia. Oosthuizen notes that . . .
Johannesburg 14-11-2017: Author of The Woman In Me, Coto “Cookie” NN Mbekeni-Makaba has launched her second book titled: “The Eden of Relationships: From Personal Leadership to Relationship Success”, which can be ordered and purchased from Mbekeni-Makaba directly on her social media platforms, Facebook: Cookie Makaba. “What made me write this specific book is that I have noted that relationships generally are suffering a lot and I felt the need to do something about this social scourge? Particular women, the realization came up because I went through a hectic relationship and I saw my friends go through hectic relationships themselves”, Mbekeni-Makaba. She reiterates this, her intention, in the prologue of the book when she writes, “The time for taking action as women has come. We need to begin to take our place as role models to the youth of the country.” She goes on to assert, “People have lost the reverence for the soul in the other. They have become gods who own the other. It is this attitude that has led to a FEAR of authentic relationships in the majority of persons.” The book coaches you to find your real and authentic self within the relationship and how to balance work with relationship, my career began to grow so was my education, but that it did not stay well with my marriage it was threatened, So I have to quit my career to save my marriage. At the time I realized that I am not the only woman going through this, this book It inspires and encourages woman to be more and do more for themselves and how they can balance their relationships with their career. “I discovered as I was going through my relationships that there are really some basic principles that are equally important for all relationships. The basic principle, pillar or the foundation is that you need to manage yourself first, know yourself first, and then you will be able to manage relationships with other people. That's why I came up with the sub-title “From Personal Leadership to . . .
Hillcrest – Social media sensation and comedian Natashia Portrag (better known as Bash with Tash) along with a number of Upper Highway businesses have stepped out with Hillcrest local, Brandon Young to encourage people of all ages from around the Durban area to join them in the MY (Mark Young) Donor Awareness Rally set to take place on the 25 November 2017. The event was brainchild of 22-year old Brandon Young, who says that they are raising funds for his father, Mark who has both heart disease and a disease called MPGN II, otherwise known as Dense Deposit Disease (DDD). “DDD is a rare kidney disease that stops the kidneys from functioning correctly and as a result he is in desperate need of a kidney transplant. He also has an incredibly low immune system which leaves him prone to infection and as a result he has been in and out of hospital, often critical and in ICU. To try and curb the infections, we would like to hire a nurse to care for him at home. This of course is a massive expense,” Brandon explains. This charity fundraiser is being sponsored by personal and group training experts, LiveFit, Hillcrest hair salon, Hairven, celebrity lifestyle blogger, Ruan Scheepers and of course Bash with Tash. This group of philanthropists are calling on the community to join in for a day of, comedy, fitness, food and the opportunity to not only raise awareness but change one man’s life! “I truly believe that you must be the change that you want to see and that is why we have got involved,” says Elaine Prumdeen, Owner of Hairven Hair Salon. There will be three 20-minutes training session that will be a combination of fun cross fit and boot camp-type activities. Haven’t trained in a while? No sweat! “The session will cater for all ages and all levels of fitness, with the option to move at your own pace,” says Kyle Vahl, Owner of LiveFit. Not up to the fitness challenge? Comedian Tash promises to keep supporters entertained and the various stall owners are guaranteed to . . .
30th October, 2017 - Three people were injured earlier this morning when a truck collided with vehicles participating in the #BlackMonday motorcade protest action against farm attacks. Pictures posted on social media groups blamed Jabula Plant Hire (Pty) Ltd for the accident. However, Jabula Plant Hire has confirmed that they were not responsible for this collision. Jabula Plant Hire spokesperson, Jaco Pretorius says, “While we are greatly saddened by the accident that took place this morning we would like to clarify that the cause of the accident was not due to the negligence of our driver or caused by the truck he was driving.” “The driver of our vehicle was trailing another vehicle from an unknown transporter at approximately 15 Km/h when he saw the commotion ahead of him as well as the slow-moving traffic due to the motorcade,” he adds. “The driver then slowed down to a stop when he heard loud braking and collision sounds from behind.” Pretorius continues: “As our driver observed to the rear to determine the cause of the braking sound, a truck belonging to Medina Transport then proceeded to drive past our truck, ploughing into the vehicles ahead.” “According to the driver it appeared that the driver of the other truck lost control of his vehicle while trying to avoid the slow-moving cars,” Pretorius explains. “We would like to re-iterate that although our truck was pictured in the photographs taken, our truck was not the truck that ploughed into the vehicles and in no way was this incident due to any wrong doing of Jabula Plant Hire’s driver,” he adds. “An investigation is underway and we will release DriveCam footage from the Jabula Plant Hire vehicle which will be made available to news outlets as well as to the necessary authorities to aid in their investigation.” “Jabula Plant Hire will do everything it can to assist the necessary authorities,” Pretorius says. Any further queries can be directed . . .
SAWIP HONOURS JUSTICE DIKGANG MOSENEKE AT 10TH ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION In celebrating 10 years of development and support to a diverse community of emerging South African leaders, SAWIP will honor Justice Dikgang Moseneke with a Leadership and Service Award. Johannesburg: On 1 November 2017 at the Johannesburg Country Club, the South Africa-Washington International Program (SAWIP) will honour Justice Dikgang Moseneke for his outstanding leadership and commitment to a just South Africa for all. Justice Moseneke’s remarkable career has been framed by his deep regard for our constitution, which he was part of drafting. He has left an indelible mark on our society through his impact on land restitution and the fight against corruption, among many examples. Now retired, he is currently leading the alternative dispute process that seeks justice for those affected by the Life Esidimeni tragedy. Hailed as a brilliant, imaginative and independent thinker, Justice Moseneke embodies SAWIP’s foundational principle of servant leadership. SAWIP is honoured to have the privilege of adding Justice Moseneke to our list of Leadership and Service Award recipients. Advocate George Bizos (2012), Dr John Kani (2013), Advocate Thuli Madonsela (2014), Dr Imtiaz Sooliman (2015) and Ms Wendy Luhabe (2016) received this award for their commitment to South Africa’s development. SAWIP holds a vision of a South Africa with quality, servant leaders and active citizens who, with humility and integrity, are dedicated to achieving social and economic justice, strength and unity in diversity and the deepening of democracy. In addition to the awards ceremony, the event will celebrate the organisation’s growth and successes over the last ten years, while sharing a vision for the future focused on a larger community impact and great emphasis on the development of thought leaders committed to service, active citizenship and deepening South Africa’s democracy. SAWIP’s mission is to inspire, . . .
Acres of Love Forever Family Homes, a long-standing beneficiary of Herbalife Family Foundation’s (HFF) Casa Herbalife program, has received a major grant of over R800,000 (USD 60,000). This grant is made up of donations from Herbalife Nutrition Members, staff, friends and family from Southern Africa and the Nordic region. This partnership between regions has resulted in HFF donating the highest ever grant to Acres of Love this year of USD 60,000. Acres of Love cares for children with medical conditions such as HIV/AIDS, paralysis, Spina Bifida, Cerebral Palsy, CHARGE Syndrome, Down Syndrome, Fetal Alcohol Syndrome, hearing and vision impairments, Autism, and clubfeet. A group of 11 Herbalife Nutrition Members from Norway recently travelled to Bryanston, Johannesburg to meet some of the Acres of Love children for the first time. They were able to see the impact of their partnership as well as children playing on the three jungle gyms they donated last Christmas. Gerda Audagnotti, Co-founder and CEO of Acres of Love, said: “It was great to receive our guests from the Nordic countries and see their enthusiasm for our work. This is an amazing and generous donation that will go a very long way in bringing health and holistic care to the children we care for. Thank you Herbalife Family Foundation!” Herbalife Nutrition’s partnership ensures that the children have nutrient-rich diets, filled with fruits and vegetables. Herbalife Nutrition Member, Erik Arlind, said: “This partnership gives our Nordic Members the opportunity to acknowledge ‘Acres of Love’ as their ’Casa Herbalife’ knowing that all their HFF donations will go to support the children benefiting from this project. The 30 Acres of Love Forever Family Homes are based in both Johannesburg and Cape Town, and are focused on providing each child with their medical, educational, emotional, and nutritional care. HFF is dedicated to improving the nutrition of children all over the world through their . . .
Mobile firm Smartcall Technology Solutions is hosting a corporate golf day in aid of a young South African woman suffering from a rare bone disorder. To be held on 16 November 2017 at Roodepoort’s Jackal Creek Golf Estate, the day is in aid of Cassidee Texeira who was born with a seldom-seen deformity called ‘Resorption of the Jaw’. The 21 year-old Johannesburg resident will benefit from the Golf Day’s R3 400 price per four ball which includes green fees, a golf cart, halfway meal and drink, as well as a prize giving dinner in the evening. From the age of nine until now, Cassidee has endured jaw operations, chin implants and disintegrating facial bones. She’s had to experience painfully slow and daily excruciating palate-widening. This helps her cope with her serious condition which leaves her enable to do the most basic things that depend on a properly-functioning jaw like chewing and speaking correctly. “Some light has emerged at the end of the tunnel in that Cassidee can have both her jaw joints replaced with titanium ones that will prevent her jaw disintegrating further,” explains Rory Anderson of Smartcall Technology Solutions. “We became aware of Cassidee’s goal to raise the R600 000 that will enable her to live a normal life following an operation in the United States. We’d like to help this happen and hosting a golf day was a good fundraising choice we hope will be well supported,” he says. So far, some R40 000 has been raised for the operation that will enable her to have the normal functionality that will enable her to breathe, chew and speak properly. Cassidee’s medical aid will only pay a small portion of the overall cost and she is therefore reaching out to all of us. Please consider helping Cassidee live a normal, happy and fulfilled life beyond Resorption of the Jaw by either supporting the upcoming golf day at Jackal Creek Golf Estate in Roodepoort or by visiting https://addabit.com/fund/1kZgSDYY6v. You can contribute to her . . .
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 . . .
Women shopping at Clicks stores are now able to purchase reusable, eco-friendly Subz sanitary pads while simultaneously supplying young women in disadvantaged communities with these lifechanging products, all for only R29.95. Developed, designed and manufactured by Sue Barnes, founder of Project Dignity, the Subz pads are made of five layers of specialised fabrics which earned the product a SABS absorbency approval. Barnes developed the product after learning about the dire situation in African schools whereby young women are forced to miss vital classroom time because of a lack of adequate sanitary wear. “Because of the cost of sanitary products, many families simply can’t afford to buy pads and it is believed that young women are missing up to a week of school a month during menstruation,” explained Sue Barnes, founder of Project Dignity. “This has a profoundly negative impact on education for young women. The Subz Pants and Pads were developed as a reusable option with a three to five-year lifespan. The launch of the CSI branch of Subz, Project Dignity, has through sponsorship, seen the donation of these products to numerous schools in underprivileged communities across the country.” One such sponsor has been The Helping Hands Trust, the Clicks’ non-profit organisation, which – through its Girls on the Go campaign - partnered with Project Dignity in 2015 and is working towards distributing 36 000 packs of washable, reusable sanitary wear to needy recipients. The duo is now working together again, bringing these sanitary products to the retail market for the first time. Barnes said they were excited to be providing the public with an environmentally-friendly, affordable sanitary option at Clicks stores. “While we will continue with our activations which aim to provide all young South African women with reusable sanitary pads, we are thrilled that the public is also able to purchase these user-friendly products, all while supporting the Girls on the Go . . .
Cape Town: On Thursday, 12 October, the Sixty + Counts panel discussion and silent auction at Alliance Française du Cap in Cape Town highlighted the important role that older persons play in South Africa together with the challenging living conditions that many elderly face daily. “It is assumed that the elderly in communities are the most respected but they are often the forgotten, neglected and even abused,” says Lulama Sigasana, Head of the Seniors Programme at Cape Town based NGO, Ikamva Labantu. The Sixty + Counts initiative is a partnership between the Embassy of France in South Africa and Cape Town based NGO, Ikamva Labantu and recognises the International Day of Older Persons (1 October) and South Africa’s Older Persons Week (30 September – 6 October) and Social Development Month (October). The panel discussion focussed on the challenging realities for the elderly in South Africa, whilst also highlighting the work that is being done and what can still be done through collaboration between Government and non-governmental organisations. Panellists included Owen Kleinhans from the Department of Justice; Dr Leon Geffen, Executive Director, Samson Institute for Ageing Research; Gavin Weir, Director of Sector Task Team for Older Persons and Lulama Sigasana, the Head of the Seniors Programme at Ikamva Labantu. Says Weir,: “We have one of the best constitutions in the world, we have the Older Person’s Act, but without the resources to implement the basic rights of the elderly, these are not worth the paper they are written on.” Weir continued to say that through engagement with Provincial and Local Government on housing, it became clear that the social grant receiving pensioner was not a priority. He says: “we have to start understanding that there is not necessarily help available from Government, we need to mobilise society to protect and celebrate the ‘living libraries’ in our communities and our nation.” Owen Kleinhans – who is responsible . . .