Many people associate elderly residential care facilities with a disconnect from family life, both for their elderly relative and the family members who may no longer be able to provide them with the level of care they require in the home environment. In today’s global society this need not be the case, however, no matter how near or far away the family members may live from their loved one. “With the advances in communication technologies and a philosophy of care that emphasises family participation, families can remain intimately involved in the decisions pertaining to their loved ones’ care and abreast of developments in their daily lives, while maintaining a close relationship with their elderly relatives,” says Ivan Oosthuizen, chief executive officer of the Livewell Villages dementia care facilities in Somerset West, in Cape Town, and Bryanston, Johannesburg. “While many older people may struggle to master communication channels such as Skype and mobile devices, which may become even less accessible to them due to the progressive effects of dementia, we are now able to harness the potential of these technologies on behalf of our residents to help keep them connected with their families, wherever they may be in the world.” According to Oosthuizen, many families appreciate the fact that they are able to have Skype ‘visits’ with their loved ones, as this not only bridges geographical distance and helps to maintain close knit relationships but it also helps families to see and hear each other in real time. “For the grandparents and great-grandparents in our care, this means that they are, for example, able to watch their grandchildren and great-grandchildren growing, which happens remarkably quickly in young children. “With both the audio and visual elements of this type of communication, depending on how advanced their condition is, people with dementia can sometimes feel better connected with their family members through this medium than a . . .
With growing environmental awareness and many people turning their backs on material things as festive gifts, volunteer organisation Bunny Tales Rescue has created a novel alternative for those looking for the perfect gift for animal lovers. “This year we have launched a lucky draw, with the proceeds going towards our efforts to sterilise and rehome the bunnies that we rescue in partnership with other individuals and organisations. For as little as a R30 donation, we will send you a lucky draw ticket for incredible prizes from our generous sponsors,” says Anabel Tout, founder of Bunny Tales Rescue, which operates in Johannesburg, Pretoria and surrounds. Feral rabbits are becoming a problem in parts of Gauteng, as a few escaped domestic rabbits can multiple very quickly. “If people think it is cute to have a resident herd of rabbits in their neighbourhood, they probably do not realise how hard life is for bunnies on the streets with no one to care for them.” “Too often, we find rabbits in the most appalling conditions. They are undernourished, may have fleas or other parasites, and often the areas where they are living are being cleared for construction,” Anabel explains. “We try to catch as many of the bunnies as we can, and arrange for them to be checked by a vet, sterilised and rehabilitated. For anyone looking to adopt a bunny, we offer an re-homing service where we try to match the perfect rabbit to their perfect forever home, where they will be loved, fed and kept safe. “This lucky draw initiative is to help us raise funds to cover the vets bills, cost of food and transport for the work we do. One ticket costs R30, however you can get four tickets for R100. When we draw the prizes on 14 December, the first draw’s ticket holder will get to choose three of the prizes, the second draw winner gets to choose two of the remaining prizes and the third gets to choose one of the remaining prizes. The ticket holders for subsequent draws will be able to . . .
While many experiences the year ending as a time filled with exciting thoughts of the upcoming holidays' others have an entirely different experience. For some, it’s filled with the dread of being exposed to the hole left by the absence of work while others are confronted with memories of lost loved one and better years. There are many things which can taint our experience of the holidays. Fortunately, all of them can be worked through or managed, and therapy helps. If you have the sense that this might apply to you, then now is the time to plan and set up the support you’ll need. First prize is to have a schedule that ensures you spend time with people who love you and who can be there for you. If this is not available, you need more, or can’t bear the thought of leaning on others; there is still time to arrange professional help. Establishing contact with a therapist is enormously helpful, even if you can’t begin sessions immediately. Merely knowing that you have started looking into a healing process or book a meeting for next year can produce enough hope and relief to carry you through. But where does one find this help? If you have access to private medical care, then you can consider approaching your GP and asking them to refer you to a counsellor or psychologist in your area. Those who don’t have such access can visit their local community clinic and ask the attending sister to please place you on the psychology waiting list or to refer you to a nearby clinic that can provide the necessary help. The very idea of approaching a doctor or sister is often so daunting that some people never take this first step. If this applies to you, you’ll be happy to know that several websites help you find the services you need. TherapyRoute.com is a good place to start. This platform includes informative articles, lists private practices as well as non-profit and community service facilities, automatically displays the services nearest to you and helps you . . .
JOHANNESBURG, DECEMBER 3, 2018 - Trees are very important as they provide our planet with essential environmental services while also giving us jobs, products and fun. To celebrate the many fantastic things about forests, both natural and planted, the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) is running a competition ahead of International Day of Forests on 21 March 2019. The prize: a trip to Rome! According to FAO, "the 2019 theme for the International Day of Forests is ‘Forests and Education’ and we want the world to know how you educate children and youth about the importance of trees and forests. Today, when more than half the world’s population lives in cities and are increasingly disconnected from nature, it is more essential than ever to bring an understanding and awareness of forests and their benefits into children’s lives at an early age.” FAO is inviting teachers, educators and parents to produce and submit a short one-minute video that shows how you impart a better understanding about the importance of forests and trees for our planet’s future. This could be a video of a traditional class, nature walk into a wooded area or plantation, a local park with trees, an artwork, a song or music lesson or even an exercise class. The Paper Manufacturers Association of South Africa (PAMSA) and Forestry South Africa have put together some resources with specific facts on the South African forestry and forest product sector. Visit the special page on www.forestryexplained.co.za for more information. Deadline for entries is 15 December 2018. (We recognise that this is after schools break up for the SA summer holidays. It could however be a fun activity for these last few weeks of school.) How do I enter? To enter the contest, just follow these steps: Make a short video that shows how you teach children and youth about the importance of forests. The video should not exceed 1 minute and can be produced with any professional or non-professional device . . .
01 December is World Aids Day, and while getting tested for HIV may be the last thing on your mind as the festive season gets underway, it could help you and your partners live healthier lives. Almost one in six South African adults are HIV positive*. HIV testing is a critically important part of the overall fight against the HIV/AIDS epidemic in South Africa. So why should you get tested? Here are five good reasons: 1. To avoid passing HIV on to others If you have unprotected sex, you might pass the virus on to others without knowing.* Nearly one in five people living with HIV don’t know that they are infected**, if they are not suppressed on (antiretroviral) treatment, they can pass the virus on. The more sexual partners you have, the more likely it is that you can contract HIV. Even if you have only had one sexual partner, it is important to get tested and know your status. 2. It’s better to know If you’ve put yourself at risk to contract HIV in any way and are worried you might have HIV, testing is the only way to know for certain what your HIV status is. It's normal to feel unsure about testing for HIV, but having a test will help you to stop worrying about your status. You can stop losing sleep and take appropriate action when you know. 3. A positive result means you can get access to treatment If you test HIV positive, you can start taking antiretroviral drugs immediately. These drugs will help keep you healthy. The sooner you can take the drugs, the better chance you have of living a long life, even if you are HIV positive. 4. Keep your sexual partners healthy By testing for HIV regularly, you can look after the health of your sexual partners too. If you're HIV positive, you can prevent the spread of the virus by taking your antiretroviral medication correctly and using condoms. 5. Getting tested is easy and free Anova Health encourages all men living in and around Diepsloot, Roodepoort and Kliptown to get tested for HIV and know . . .
Killarney - Continuing the form that has seen the 29-year-old ace take two consecutive World RX Drivers’ Championship titles, and win every race this year except for one (round three in Belgium); Sweden’s Johan Kristoffersson romped to victory at every wheel turn at the 2018 World RX of South Africa. In all, Johan was one win short of a perfect score weekend - netting three qualifying race victories - ranking him as top qualifier overall - followed by a semi final and final victory at the Killarney Raceway in Cape Town. “What can I say? Winning is what we are here for,” said Johan about the victory. “This win really means a lot – and I know I’ve said that every time I’ve won a race, but it’s really true! When you come to the last race of the season, it’s really important to go to the winter with a win. We all know you’re only as good as your last result, so to start round one in 2019 off the back of this is nice.” Talking more about his incredible year, Kristoffersson revealed one disappointment. “Winning 11 from 12 is really nice – makes me a little bit frustrated about [World RX of] Belgium where [Sébastien] Loeb won – but that 100 per cent record gives us something to work towards next year!” joked the champion. “To make nine wins in nine races is also something special for me. I remember watching Sebastian Vettel winning the last nine races of the 2013 [Formula 1] season and just thinking how incredible that feeling must be, to have so much success in one season. And now I have done just that. Unbelievable. I will never forget this season, it’s such a special one.” Unfortunately for teammate Petter Solberg, his run of 2018 bad luck continued in South Africa, despite blistering performances throughout the weekend. Qualifying fourth overall, Petter went on to win semifinal two and lock out the front row of the event’s main final alongside Johan. However a spin, and contact with rival Timmy Hansen, on lap two of the final ended the triple world . . .
Cyclists wishing to take advantage of a golden opportunity to enter the Takealot Berge & Dale road race at a discounted price have until Friday to do so. Race organisers ASG Events are providing a 15% discount on the entry fee for the event, which is presented by Optimum Financial Services. But the offer closes on November 30. As one of the early national classics on the calendar, the feature race on February 23 over 107km is perfectly positioned as a premier seeding event for the Cape Town Cycle Tour on March 10. The consequence of this is that it has regularly drawn in the region of 4 000 entrants and ASG Events chief executive Fritz Pienaar said there were a number of attractive incentives for cyclists. "Besides being extremely good preparation for the Cape Town Cycle Tour, we have decided to keep the entry fee for 2019 the same as this year," he said of the race which takes place in Krugersdorp on Gauteng's West Rand. "On top of that, we have created the early-bird discount which was not available last year. So we believe cyclists will get real bang for their buck if they enter before Friday." Entries are open to the public and the entry fee will revert to the full price on December 1. Entries close on February 13. Pienaar said they had also been able to improve the safety aspect of the race, with the venue having been moved to the Silverstar Casino. "The biggest consequence of this is that we won't finish on the N14 highway as in previous years. "There is a bit of an uphill finish, but it is a much safer option going into the Silverstar Casino. There will be no vehicles in the road at the finishing straight, which obviously makes it better for all parties." He added that they were assured of the perfect venue for the race village. "The vibe at the Silverstar Casino will provide a great backdrop to the race village, with a variety of restaurants on offer, as well as plenty of fun activities for the whole family." This . . .
Congratulations to Chantelle Welle, the final lucky winner in Engen’s Wheel of Fortune competition. Chantelle drove off with her brand-new Volkswagen at a hand over at Engen C&B, Fairmount, in Gauteng. As part of the Wheel of Fortune campaign, four Engen customers, from around the country, drove away with spanking new 1.4 Polo Vivos. Brad Bergh, Engen’s Brands, Communication and Advertising Manager says, “As a brand, it is important for Engen to continue offering exciting and innovative promotions like our Wheel of Fortune promotion, where we can engage and interact with our customers. Congratulations to all our lucky winners.” CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .
Bobo Matjila has partnered with the Nelson Mandela Foundation, Nabu.Org, Global Citizen, and Kenya Airways to Celebrate “Ubuntu” in South Africa on December 2nd as a part of Mandela @ 100 Festival week. Featuring Musical Sensations Young Paris (US-Congo), Darkie Fiction (South Africa) and Award Winning Photographer Trevor Stuurman (South Africa). The conversation is moderated by Bobo Matjila (US-South Africa) . New York City, NY/November 23rd, 2018/ The Global Citizen festival has excited many African millennials throughout the continent. In celebration of this pan-Africanist climate, we are bringing together Africa’s most iconic, talented and benevolent artists to highlight the importance of their service to the world through their artistry. The discussion will be hosted by New York based artist and talk host, Bobo Matjila. The event is fully produced by entertainment publicist, Ekua Musumba and film director/event curator, Mukundwa Katuliiba. This is an event aimed at addressing the issue of illiteracy in underserved communities. It is a free-ticketed event, however, all donations will go to NABU.Org to help eradicate extreme poverty through literacy. Kweku Mandela, event producer and a grandson of Nelson Mandela, said, "My grandfather instilled in me the need to use your voice and actions to champion the struggles of your community. He believed that poverty is man made and could be eradicated by our actions. I am proud to be a part of a movement that reflects this and use citizen power to drive real change." The event will take place on December 1st 2018, between 5pm and 8pm at the Nelson Mandela Foundation in Johannesburg, South Africa. It is open to the public with RSVP via splashthat link: http://www.celebratingubuntu.splashthat.com/ Panelists Trevor Stuurman Trevor Sturmann is a major visual artist in South Africa’s leading creative community. With over 135,000 followers on Instagram, he uses his platform to showcase and highlight faces . . .
Gauteng, South Africa – On Thursday, 15 November Forever Resorts South Africa hosted their annual Charity Golf Day, this year in aid of the Foundation for Children with Hearing Loss in SA at Blue Valley Golf and Country Estate. The Foundation aims to improve the quality of life for people with hearing loss, creating a sustainable future for people with hearing loss, inspire, educate, develop and empower an entire community, create fresh perspectives and innovative solutions, promote social welfare, encourage poverty alleviation and generate a lasting change. The Forever Golf Day raised a total of R189 093.01 and the funds were paid over directly to the foundation to help three children (Haley Smit (4 years), Ronisha Malander (4 years) and Mulweli Makhuva (9 years)) with funds to pay for their cochlear implants. Mulweli underwent his operation on Monday, 19 November 2018 and will now be going through the process of slowly training his brain to hear again as he lost his hearing due to illness some years ago. “On behalf of Forever Resorts we would like to thank our wonderful sponsors who participated in our annual Golf Day, without you, your passion and your selfless generosity this would not have been possible. Oranje Drukkers, Bravo Group Sealy, Backgat Braai, Adams&Adams, Pam Golding Nelspruit, Beeld, Birchwood Hotel, Unlimited Events Group, Forever Warmbaths, Forever Badplaas, Forever Gariep, Forever Centurion, Forever Loskopdam, Forever White River, BDT Accountants, AirlinkVictoria Falls Rainbow Hotel, Wild Horizons Tours, The Good Oaks, Pentagon Security Consultants, FNB, Valorem, Agri SA, Rockwood Theatre, Delheim Wines, Levati Water, Rhino Clothing, Work Front, Dairymaid, Pretoria FM, Decimal Agency and Zebula Golf Estate and Spa”, said Heidi Halgryn, Marketing Executive at Forever Resorts South Africa. CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .