On Wednesday 6 December 2017 BON Hotel Riviera on Vaal reunited their BONhomie winners and welcomed new winners to the group. Each year the hotel holds a competition whereby their fans on social media channels can enter to become what they call a ‘BONhomie’. Three additional BONhomies were capped to join the existing team of ten on the BON Hotel Riviera on Vaal squad. The new members were inducted and got to know each other at an intimate event, alongside our celebrity BONhomie, ProVerb. “At BON Hotels we wanted to do things a little differently. We wanted to make our guests, loyal followers and ’real people’ our ambassadors. Cool people, who would be happy to promote us, like share and click, speak about us at the braai and make all their friends a little envious,” says Sebastiaan Victor, General Manager at the hotel. BON Hotel Riviera on Vaal has 15 BONhomies including celebrity BONhomie ProVerb. CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .
Cape Town, December, 7, 2017: Addiction and other self-destructive behaviours have a devastating effect on both the addict and their loved ones. Making the choice to book into a rehab facility and getting the necessary support and psychological help is paramount to long-term recovery and relapse prevention. But the treatment program chosen is just as important. Treatment for substance abuse and process-addictions is a complex matter that goes far beyond simply the abuse of drugs, alcohol, gambling and other vices. Treatment plans need to cater to the individual. There are countless rehab options available, so it is understandable to feel overwhelmed. Increasing there is a large group of professionals who support alternative recovery options to 12-Steps. When faced with the choice to opt for an alternative non-traditional program or traditional 12-Step program, what are the major benefits of opting for the newer, alternative treatment? The 12-Step Program and the Minnesota Model The 12-Step program was used in conjunction with the Minnesota Model which advocates complete abstinence from all mind-altering substances. 12-Step programs function more as peer support groups and self-help organisations. However, in a primary care facility, there are also a number of counsellors and other medical staff on hand to assist with detox and provide individualised care. Most rehabs and recovery centres use this model and for many people suffering from addiction the program has helped them enjoy a happy, productive, sober life. However, this program has had varying degrees of success, which has led to a number of patients seeking alternative treatments. One of the keystones vested in the 12-Step program postulates that alcoholism and addiction are a disease. 12-Step’s sees the dependence on drugs or alcohol as the ‘primary problem’. Non 12-Step programs sees recovery in a different light. Dependence certainly plays a major role in treating addiction but . . .
As part of their continued partnership the Gauteng Department of Health, global healthcare company GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) and Surgeons for Little Lives, a local non-profit organisation, today opened their newly completed Paediatric Surgical Outpatient and Parental Sleep-Over Facility at Soweto’s Chris Hani Baragwanath Academic Hospital. The new clinic will cater for infants and children with paediatric surgical conditions, providing the first integrated service offering support for families of young patients. The hospital’s paediatric surgery department currently draws patients from across the northern half of South Africa, as well as numerous patients from Sub-Saharan Africa, on account of its world-class care. However, the facilities required essential improvement to appropriately serve the catchment population of in excess of 15 million people. In line with GSK’s focus on mother and child health, the global healthcare company has provided funding and support to this new facility that will support 1,500 outpatients and 130 inpatients per month. In addition, the centre will house a parental sleep-over facility, allowing children the opportunity to have family support while admitted as inpatients to the hospital, often for prolonged periods of time. The opening of this world-class facility is part of GSK’s ongoing commitment to provide best-in-class access to healthcare in South Africa. Designed by global private hospital group Mediclinic, who were pivotal in the construction, implementation and logistical support of building the facility, the centre will enable patients to receive the highest level of care, privacy and dignity available. Dr Sifiso Maseko, Acting CEO, Chris Hani Baragwanath Academic Hospital: “This is a great initiative which shows what can be achieved when the private sector partners with us in the public service. We are grateful to both GSK and Surgeons for Little Lives for this historic venture. The patients treated here will extend . . .
Plastics|SA, the umbrella body representing all sectors of the South African Plastics Industry (including polymer producers and importers, converters, machine suppliers, fabricators and recyclers) hosted a well-attended Annual General Meeting for 2016-2017 in Midrand last week. Addressing the audience members, Plastics|SA Chairman, Bernhard Mahl stated that 2016 marked one of the lowest economic growth rate since 2000, barring the 2009 recession. “South Africa is a diverse country in terms of its resources and poses extreme challenges to an industry that is trying to create a more fertile environment for growth on the socio-economic front,” Mahl said. He added that political uncertainty constitutes the biggest stumbling block to foster GDP growth and it continues to weigh heavily on business confidence and delay future investment that could have boosted the local plastics industry. Growth in manufacturing production and virgin material consumption Despite these challenges, seasonally adjusted manufacturing production increased by 1,3% in the three months ended August 2017 compared with the previous three months. “Six of South Africa’s ten manufacturing divisions reported positive growth rates over this period. The second largest contributions to the reported increase were made by petroleum, chemical products, rubber and plastic products (1,6% and contributing 0,4 of a percentage point). In addition, 2016 also saw a 1.9 % growth in virgin material consumption (to 1,518 000 tons per annum),” Mahl said. “Plastics continue to be an integral part of our modern society and have proved indispensable. However, locally and internationally, there is an increasing amount of pressure from certain groups to ban the plastic bag and other single use plastics. This highlights the importance of effective plastic waste management and the plastics industry will have to innovate and adapt if it is to survive this negative wave,” Mahl warned. “Plastics should not only be . . .
Close to 6000 adventure-seekers are about to answer the call to ‘Be More’ for the last time this year. The season finale of the Toyota Warrior Race powered by Reebok will take place in Riversands, Gauteng from 25-26 November. The event promises more excitement than ever as South Africa’s largest obstacle course series draws to a close. All eyes will be on the epic battle for the Black Ops Elite title as Thomas van Tonder and Claude Eksteen go to war. The athletes have raced neck-and-neck for the majority of this season, and their hope of snatching up the series title comes down to the outcome of eighth and final Warrior Race. “I would really like to become the first athlete to win this series consecutively, and that will all come down to whether I cross the finish line before Claude next weekend. I’ve been shifting my training to suit the style of this race, and I’m feeling pretty optimistic. Heavy carries and a shorter, faster run could work in my favour and increase my chances of catching Claude,” said van Tonder. There will also be some international flavour added to the elite mix. Benjamin Gifford and Jay Flores are highly respected athletes in the world of OCR, and will be looking to become the first international competitors to finish and possibly win the Black Ops Elite category. Flore recently came off a Master of the Rig win at OCR World Championships, and Gifford boasts 23 OCR podiums, the NBC Spartan: Ultimate Team Challenge title, and a spot in the Tough Mudder X final. The race for the women’s title has already been sealed by Trish Eksteen, who executed a whitewash in her category this year. An exciting twist to the Black Ops Elite event will certainly be the addition of a never-seen-before obstacle. While the exact details remain unknown, race organisers have revealed that the obstacle involves a carry. If the heavy carry at the recent Meerendal event had athletes talking, then WARRIORS are in for a rude awakening! Athletes . . .
Are you one of the lucky South African consumers expecting to receive a 13th cheque or tax refund soon? It can bring some financial relief (if used prudently) especially as December is one of the most, if not THE most, expensive month of the year. Have you done some financial planning to sensibly make your ‘little bit extra’ work for you and your finances? Matthys Potgieter, spokesperson and debt expert at DebtSafe, says consumers that are struggling to keep up with their debt repayments are increasing by the minute. “And, as a result of this, you can witness people having impaired credit records as well as major financial (in some cases legal) problems,” adds Potgieter. Potgieter suggests that you should consider making wise choices when you receive your ‘little bit extra’ this year. He highlights that you can either be a spender, saver or user, which one would you rather be? The risky spender It’s is always fun to do a bit of splurging but, as you know, life is expensive and economic times are currently tough for South Africans. DebtSafe, therefore, recommends that you only spend a little this December (if you can really afford it). Rather spend a few bucks on that holiday that you need to pay off, instead of being a risky spender by spending all your bonus money on unnecessary, expensive items. The cautious saver If you are in a position to save your entire bonus or have money left from your tax refund amount (after your necessary debt payments etc.), why don’t you save it? Tuck your entire bonus or a part of your tax return into your rainy day / emergency fund. Life happens and you never know how much your ‘little bit extra’ savings may come in handy, especially when you really need it. The wise user Potgieter recommends that a bonus or tax refund can be put to productive use by paying off excessive debt. So if you relate to this, there is one of two things that you can do: 1. you can either make use of the so-called snowball effect by paying . . .
South Africans are you sure that you are ready to take on the international shopping phenomenon - Black Friday? This well-known event originated in the United States in the 1950s, and has been gaining momentum in South Africa since 2013. This year it is globally doing the rounds again on the 24th of November. If you want to partake in this trend, the obvious question you have to ask yourself is: are you sure you can afford to spend a few or a lot of bucks this time of year? Zeeva’s team wants you to make an educated choice when it comes to your finances. And, therefore shares a few tips on making sure you’ll survive Black Friday and the potential repercussions thereof: • Spending lid: Don’t shop-til-you-drop. Make sure you have a budget for Black Friday and know how much you can spend in total. • Decisions, decisions: First of all it is important to decide if you want to take on the crowds and queues or if you’d rather shop online. • Research beforehand: In order for you to have a successful Black Friday, point out those specials you want and outline your game plan to reach your ‘what you are going to buy’ goals. • ‘Sale proof’ your buys: Make sure that what you are going to buy is indeed offered at a reduced price. Ask yourself the following: ‘Do these one-day sales yield the best savings I have seen all year?’ • Safety first: So you decided to stand in the queues this year… Remember to rather take a small handbag – keeping your personal belongings a bit closer to avoid any pickpocketing. Also, park your car in a secure spot, be aware of your surroundings and don’t buy more than you can carry – otherwise you may be an easy victim of theft. If you are going to take the ‘online route’ instead – also be aware of distributing your personal information and account details. Make sure that the sites you use are secure and trustworthy to avoid identity theft. • Oops – some aftereffect trouble: Okay, so Black Friday happened and you went a bit overboard. Be . . .
South African Filmmaker Invents New Documentary Storytelling Medium with 3D Technology 3D-Printed Art Installation, “WATERTIGHT”, Debuts This Week at Prestigious IDFA DocLab Amsterdam, Netherlands – (November 16, 2017) – WATERTIGHT is a 3D-scanned and 3D-printed specimen collection of New York City habitats and the individuals that reside alone within them. Created by South African filmmaker Caitlin Robinson and Israeli artist Ziv Schneider, the collection premieres this week at the International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam - DocLab Competition for Immersive Non-Fiction. Today, more than a third of New Yorkers live alone. This is the only documented period in human history that housing infrastructure has supported multitudes of single occupant households – and the phenomenon is growing exponentially in cities all around the world. To tell this story, the collaborators pioneered a new form of documentary that uses present-day bleeding edge technology to continue the natural history tradition of specimen archiving. From 2015 to 2017, backed by a grant from Google, Robinson and Schneider embarked on an archaeological expedition in the USA, using a depth sensor to discover and preserve the manifestations of present-day living alone. The final exhibit, called WATERTIGHT, is an incomplete archive of this recent development in human ecology. Peek into these 3D printed miniatures to explore a transient reality captured in a plastic fossil, the size of your palm. The captured depth sensor data was converted into physical replicas. A computational process, called “watertight”, uses the internal structure of the apartment to extrapolate an external shape that is suitable for 3D printing. This results in seemingly organic artifacts that represent a subjective reality as seen through the eyes of an algorithm. WATERTIGHT will be on display from Thursday 16 to Sunday 26 November at the Flemish Arts Center De Brakke Grond (Nes 45). Website: . . .
The curtains of the South African Cross Country series (SACCS) closed in Glenharvie, Westonaria (Gauteng) this weekend. It was an imperfect end to a perfect season for the orange family, who have walked away with the overall championship. Reigning champion Ross Branch had nothing to lose after wrapping up the 2017 series in Harrismith, but set off to prove a point on Friday morning. After a challenging 50km time trial, the Brother Leader Tread KTM rider had a bit of work to do in the main race as the third man off the startline. For the first 20km’s of the loop a rocky terrain was in store, which then merged into open farmlands. It was Kenneth Gilbert who raised his hand as the man to beat, and who set off with the clear intention of winning the event. Branch was up for the challenge and managed to narrow the gap on the first lap to slip into a slightly more comfortable second place. By the final lap it was evident that Gilbert was going to come out on top, and he crossed the finish line to break Branch’s undefeated streak this season. Branch was all smiles as he took his helmet off, however, and admitted to thoroughly enjoying the intensity of the challenge: “Kenny put the hammer down! I took some time off him, but to completely close the gap was almost impossible. It was an up and down day, but I had such a fantastic ride and really enjoyed the challenge onboard my KTM 450 XC-F,” he said. Branch was once again crowned the South African Overall and OR1 Cross Country champion for the second year running. An elated Ross Branch celebrates his South African Overall and OR1 Cross Country victory. Photo Credit: www.zcmc.co.za Reflecting on his successful season, he added, “It’s just been another incredible year of riding, a second championship means the world to me. The Brother Leader Tread KTM team deserves this number one plate as much as I do.” OR1 teammate Louw Schmidt went to battle in the final event of the series. The . . .
On 25th November 2015, Edcon, in partnership with UN Women, the Gauteng Departments of Social Development and Community Safety, and the South African Fashion Council, launched the Edgars UNiTE Orange Day Campaign to #BreaktheSilence and say NO to violence against women and girls. This flagship initiative seeks to support survivors of gender-based violence by developing their skills in the world of fashion design and sewing through workshops and accredited training courses. This will result in tangible opportunities for job creation in the local manufacturing market, financial independence and enterprise development, and will ultimately allow the survivors to reclaim their dignity and lives, and become self-sufficient. Since the inception of the Edgars UNiTE Orange Day Campaign in 2015, Edcon has successfully launched the campaign in KwaZulu Natal and Western Cape, empowering over 100 women by providing them with the skills and knowledge in fashion design and product development. “The Edgar’s UNiTE Campaign is more than just a programme. A programme has a start and finish date. This is a process.” explains Mr Bernie Brookes; CEO & Managing Director of Edcon. “The Orange Campaign features a multitude of events and functions that all raise the profile of the significant problem of abuse we have in our country.” As part of creating awareness around the 16 days of activism, which commences on 25th November, Edgars invites you to take part in the 6km Orange Run, which will take place at Mushroom Park, Sandton on Saturday, 2nd December 2017. From the organisers of the Neon Run and the Spar Women’s Race, The Orange Run - Empowered by Edgars UNiTE promises to be an event to remember. Tickets are R120 per person, every participant will receive a goodie bag and the first 8000 entries will receive the official Edgars UNiTE Orange Run T-shirt. Orange Run - Empowered by Edgars UNiTE is a day out the whole family, kids under 12 run for free and there will be . . .