On the 27 June 2018, Boitumelo Ngidi (5) from the Mpophomeni Township, in Howick, Kwazulu Natal, was playing with her younger brother Quintin (2), when she accidentally fell backwards into a bath of boiling hot water. Boitumelo was then pulled out of the water by her mum, Nonhlanhla (29) and immediately rushed to Hilton Life Hospital, the closest emergency hospital approximately 25 minutes away. Upon arrival, Boitumelo was placed into ICU, after sustaining superficial burns on both her upper limbs and neck as well as ‘full thickness burns’ on her back and buttocks. “Boitumelo presented with decreased range of motion in the neck, right and left shoulders, oedema in the left hand, poor pain management, inability to sit upright without back support, poor in-bed mobility and poor functional mobility.” – says Occupational Therapist, Nadia De Barros After 2 weeks, Boitumelo was placed into the Paediatric Ward before being discharged on the 19th of July, as their medical aid could no longer cover the cost of ICU. “The family has suffered a tremendous ordeal, with Nonhlanhla, carrying a burden of guilt for what has happened to her daughter and the lifelong scars she will have. She has so much love for her daughter and has taken unpaid leave to be at her daughter's side as often as she can. To make matters worse, the family car was involved in a car accident as a result of the stressful situation” – says Boitumelo’s beloved Teacher and Principal at Heritage House Preschool, Karen van Lelyveld Unable to take public transport due to her fragile state and for risk of infection, the family rely on friends and family to take them to the hospital to change Tumi’s dressing every 2 days, which sometimes isn’t possible. “Boitumelo has endured so much for such a young child and every time she starts making progress, she gets another infection and skin grafts need to be redone, which sets her back.” - says van Lelyveld Hoping to raise funds to support . . .
The people of Ballito in KwaZulu-Natal are set to reap the yummy goodness of a 24-hour Woolworths Foodstop, which has been added to the recently upgraded Engen Ballito. Engen Ballito is located on Douglas Crowe Drive, Dolphin Coast. The new Woolies food offering was officially opened on 13 September 2018. Customers can also enjoy a diverse range of convenience services at Engen Ballito including an Engen Quickshop, Barcelos, Corner Bakery, an upgraded eco-friendly car wash which can wash more cars, and multi-branded ATM machines – including Standard Bank and FNB. The site offers customer’s quality fuels such as Engen Primax Unleaded and Engen Dynamic Diesel 50ppm with ease of access and service for locals and holiday makers. Owners of Engen Ballito, Mark Jacobs and Rajesh Ramperthab are both extremely excited to offer the Woolworths Foodstop to the residents of Ballito. “We are very proud of the association with Engen and extremely excited to partner with Woolworths Foodstop,” say the duo. “We want to thank our loyal customers for their patience and incredible support during the revamp period. We are really looking forward to this additional new offering and we know our customers are looking forward to having a Woolworths Foodstop.” Engen Ballito is conveniently positioned to serve both holidaymakers and local residents, and operates 24/7. “The Engen brand has a substantial footprint and is well known amongst our customers who have come to associate themselves with Engen’s brand promise of With us you are Number One. This promise fits in with our high operating standards and shared vision,” add Jacobs and Ramperthab. Says Engen’s Head of Retail, Seelan Naidoo: “Engen is very excited to see our network flourishing. Convenience and customer service remain key determinants of success in our industry. “We wish Mark Jacobs and Rajesh Ramperthab every success.” CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .
The Newcastle leg of the ninth annual ENGEN Pitch & Polish programme was held on Saturday, 1 September, the first time the event has been hosted in the city since inception. This national entrepreneurial workshop and competition – hosted in partnership with Engen Petroleum Ltd, Nedbank, Raizcorp and Caxton Local Media – has helped over 10 000 entrepreneurs improve the way they pitch their businesses to potential investors. “Engen Petroleum is committed to playing its part in helping to develop the economy of SA. One of the initiatives that we use as a vehicle to achieve this is the powerful ENGEN Pitch & Polish programme, as it aims to assist local communities transform their business ventures, with the potential to create jobs. This exposes entrepreneurs to enterprise development training and critical thinking skills that will help them grow their business ideas,” explains Thandi Ngxonga, Process Safety Specialist, from Engen Petroleum Ltd. The day’s winning formula saw Justin Cohen (best-selling author and international speaker) motivating the crowd about the value of delivering a polished pitch. The workshop aims to teach participants about how to develop a well-rounded and investor-ready pitch. The interactive nature of the event ensures that everyone participates while learning at the same time. At each event, five contestants pitch their businesses while the facilitator and attendees offer guidance, advice and direction to help shape the pitches. “This is where entrepreneurs are grown, and it is entrepreneurs who will grow this country, solve problems and create employment,” enthuses Cohen. For example, through Charity Modise and her events business, the delegates learned that sometimes what entrepreneurs need is clients and not necessarily funding, and also how important it is to do research into your competitors and their offering and tools. Sikhumbuzo Nkosi, with his labour law consultancy, presented a strong pitch. However, what he . . .
Subz Pants and Pads has been founded on an ethos of female empowerment which is why two leading social activists – Jo-Ann Barnwell and Pam le Noury – will be taking centre stage at the inaugural Subz Spring Fling High Tea fundraiser, taking place at Kloof Country Club on Wednesday, 5 September. “The Subz Spring Fling High Tea is a chance to relax, enjoy a fun morning of quality eats in a beautiful setting while engaging with other dynamic people,” said Sue Barnes, founder of Subz Pants and Pads, and its NGO extension, Project Dignity. “We are really honoured to be welcoming two leading South African women to the High Tea programme, marine conservationist – Pam le Noury – as guest speaker, and Subz ambassador, Jo-Ann Barnwell as MC. Subz is about empowering young women through dignity while also promoting environmental sustainability. These two women will demonstrate how this can be achieved through Project Dignity.” uMhlanga’s Jo-Ann Barnwell boasts some remarkable achievements. She’s a national ballroom dancer, professional chef, successful restaurateur, Tammy Taylor Mrs South Africa finalist and the ambassador for Subz Pants and Pads and Project Dignity…and she will be bringing her enthusiasm and passion to the Subz Spring Fling High Tea. Jo-Ann’s connection with Subz started when she entered the Tammy Taylor Mrs South Africa contest, as she wanted to use this platform to bring about awareness for a particular cause. After accompanying Sue Barnes on an activation at a local school, Jo-Ann was completely committed to helping wherever she could. “I never knew how big an issue this was,” recalled Jo-Ann. “We often live in our little bubble and don’t realise the bigger problems around us. When I learnt about Subz Pants and Pads, I couldn’t believe how remarkable it was that there is this reusable sanitary product which works so well.” As a Subz ambassador, Jo-Ann participates in the activations, motivating and connecting with the young women at . . .
I comprehend, that my life was preordained by God long before He set the entire universe in order. My journey, failures, challenges, ordeals, catastrophes, trials, tribulations, prison circumstances, and including my “HIV Status,” have made me to realized, that there are no limits that can hinder me from reaching my God given destiny – unless I place those limitations upon myself!” Remember, the choices that you make today – will determine who or what you will become tomorrow: You are the product of your mind. Thomas Edison asserted “Many of life’s failures are people who did not realized how close they were to success when they gave up.” Nhlakanipho Tsakane Siyanda Sikobi, had spent many awkward years on the street – sleeping out in the cold freezing weather without blankets, he was also imprisoned on numerous occasions. Nevertheless, he’d never stopped seeking his dreams, purpose, identity and destiny through God’s Word – regardless of the “ordeals, facing him daily in prison, like the conditions he was experiencing in his dark prison cell. However; God shone His “Light” upon his life and the zeal to transform and discover his dream and purpose was born. He’s absolutely convinced that “Winners” were not intended to be like Springbuck, but are rather similar to a chameleon, they can change their colour at any time to blend in with their environment. “What I believe is, they are created with perseverance – and they walk slowly towards their destiny. Chameleon understands that, to persevere is a sign of “Victory, – No matter what, they will never change their desire, instinct and determination. Success is not for people who run swiftly like the Springbuck, but for those who ‘imitate the chameleon’ – and never worry about how long the journey to success will take. They are determined and optimistic. “If your determination and potential to excel is strong enough, then Failure, will not defeat the enthusiasm for success within you, nor the power to discover your . . .
A modern new day-theatre facility has opened its doors in Richards Bay, providing Dolphin Coast communities convenient access to a comprehensive range of surgical services. “After identifying a great demand for day surgery in the region, Medicross collaborated with a number of specialists, surgeons and other medical professionals to bring this service and facility to patients of the region,” says Dr Billyy van der Merwe, managing director of Netcare’s Primary Care Division, of which Medicross is a subsidiary. The Richards Bay Medicross Day Hospital, the first Medicross day theatre facility to be established on the Dolphin Coast, is located opposite Netcare The Bay Hospital on Lira Link Road in the tallest building in the Richards Bay CBD, and is therefore easy to find. “Day surgery is becoming increasingly popular not only in South Africa but around the world. We find that patients particularly appreciate the convenience and other benefits of same-day surgery. In addition to offering families convenience, day procedures are also cost-effective,” notes Dr Van der Merwe. Richards Bay Medicross Day Hospital manager, Joseph Mbambo, says the facility, which has been operational since late July, has two well-equipped theatres, 15 day beds, and nine recliners for eye surgery cases. “It offers surgical procedures, which do not require patients to stay overnight, across a range of disciplines. These include general, plastic and reconstructive, dental, maxilla-facial, ENT (ear, nose and throat), gynaecological, urological, ophthalmological, orthopaedic surgery.” In addition to the Medicross Richards Bay Day Hospital, the newly developed building is also home to a number of new doctor’s rooms for medical practitioners who practise at Netcare The Bay Hospital. “Medicross has to date established a network of 16 day theatre facilities around South Africa. We place great emphasis on creating a warm family and child-friendly environment for patients who come in . . .
While studying her three-year National Diploma in Horticulture at Durban University of Technology (DUT) between 2012 to 2015, Amanda Maphumulo never envisioned working alongside the author of ‘Wild Flowers in KZN’ – a reference book that was instrumental in achieving her diploma. But in 2016, Amanda was invited to work with the renowned horticulturalist and landscaper, Elsa Pooley, landscaping and establishing the indigenous gardens at the mature lifestyle village, Renishaw Hills. “In high school I didn’t know what I wanted to do but I knew it was something to do with plants and nature,” recalled Amanda. “I was excited to get to DUT and actually view plant cells through a microscope. We didn’t have a science lab or microscopes at school so I’d just learnt about them in books.” On completing her studies, the 28-year-old Magabeni resident didn’t have any leads on a job so she started researching nurseries around the KwaZulu-Natal South Coast area. “I found Izinyoni Indigenous Nursery which I thought would be perfect, even if I could get a volunteer position, it was close enough to travel. I arrived there with my CV and diploma and said I had studied horticulture. Although there wasn’t a position available, I said I’d do anything to work near plants, pick up litter, whatever!” Her determination paid off and she started working in a part-time capacity in 2015. The following year she was introduced to Elsa Pooley. “I had been learning from her book at university, and now I was getting to meet her. It was such an honour.” Amanda was invited to join the Renishaw Hills’ team in 2016, working as a Garden Installation and Maintenance Supervisor. Amanda works closely with Elsa, establishing indigenous gardens at each residence on the lush estate. Elsa draws up the landscape designs and Amanda will work from these, planting the gardens and often, using her own creativity to design the gardens herself. “I’ve learnt so much from Mrs Pooley, she’s passionate and . . .
Dentsply Sirona, the world’s largest manufacturer of professional dental products and technologies brings their innovations to a town close to you in Kwa Zulu Natal South Africa’s leading dental consumables and equipment supplier, Dentsply Sirona, is proud to bring dental innovations that you can rely on into the practices of Pietermartizburg, Ladysmith and Newcastle. This is in line with their brand promise of empowering dental professionals to provide better, safer and faster dental care. The company is well-known for enabling dentists across the country to deliver the best possible dental care to their patients, as well as providing top line dental equipment such as top of the line CAD/CAMs, CBCTs and Treatment Centres ( Made In Germany). They also ensure that dental practitioners have access to world-class Endodontics, Restorative and Preventative materials. The company will be showcasing the ground breaking CEREC technology and will host a master class to educate practitioners on how to use it, as well as introducing WaveOne ©Gold family, another leading dental care system providing a single-file reciprocating technique for shaping root canals. On the back of this, Dentsply Sirona will also introduce its new direct sales platform, which will provide dentists with the opportunity to maximise on the spend of their practice by tailoring personalised product offers and bundles and unlock rewards. The Dentsply Sirona Regional Team, led by Allan Hodgson and the local Dentsply Sirona representatives will also be present to introduce and provide assistance on using the company’s new sales platform. Dentsply Sirona is committed to innovation and education, and to investing in the local dentistry field by growing the industry and making both dentists and patients aware of the benefits of good oral hygiene. The Dentsply Sirona team will be at the African Enterprise Conference, Pietermaritzburg on Monday 20 August 2018, the Royal Hotel, Ladysmith on . . .
We have great news to share – ENGEN Pitch & Polish will be in Newcastle on Saturday 1st September 2018, to host their free Entrepreneurial training workshop and competition at the Pines Conference Centre. WIN R80 000 IN CASH FOR YOUR BIZ! Running your own business? Want to run your own business? Either way, ENGEN Pitch & Polish is the platform you need to launch you on the path to success! Now in its ninth year, ENGEN Pitch & Polish is a national entrepreneurial workshop and competition that – so far – has helped around 10 000 entrepreneurs improve the way they pitch their businesses to potential investors. A perfectly polished pitch is key to growing and succeeding in business! Magic always happens when investors hear a well-rounded pitch, as seen at the 2017 final where the winner was offered R2.5 million in potential funding. This year’s programme is hosted in partnership with Engen Petroleum Ltd, Nedbank, Raizcorp and Caxton Local Media, with the Newcastle workshop taking place on Saturday 1 September. You can register to attend as a delegate or – if you feel you have what it takes – you can complete an online entry form to be considered as a contestant. During one exhilarating, exciting and fun free day, participants undergo comprehensive and interactive entrepreneurial training on how to pitch like a pro! The session is facilitated by Justin Cohen, best-selling author, international speaker and TV talk-show host. After the training session, the pre-selected contestants can pitch their ideas or businesses to the whole audience. This is where things get really interesting, with both the facilitator and the audience providing feedback on how pitches can be improved. Book now to ensure your place in Newcastle on Saturday 1 September. SMS “Pitch” to 43719 (SMSs charged at 50c) or visit www.pitchandpolish.com to complete an entry form. CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .
Mohamed, or “Mo” as most people know him as, is adding his touch to the popular community centre, Park Boulevard, by opening his new butchery, catering specifically to the Halal community. This butchery is a great addition to the centre, as it provides only the best halal products, with a wide selection of meats. Conveniently located next to the Spar in Park Boulevard, it’s the perfect location for any on-the-go person, and Mo has made sure to cater for everyone’s needs, offering a wide spectrum of meats, from chicken skewers, to beef sausages, and everything in between. An absolute must-try is Mo’s speciality dish, his chicken tikka! It’s succulent and marinated to perfection, and goes excellently with naan bread or rice. This Marrakesh marinade is homemade, and well-loved by many. “It’s a little spicy, and really adds such a great flavour to any meat”, says Mo. Originally from Egypt, Mo has been living in South Africa for the last 22 years, and enjoys combining the flavours from the Middle East and South Africa, which creates the unique and tantalizing flavours that he’s so well known for. Check out Mo’s new spot, Mo’s Meats, in Park Boulevard, 11 Browns Drift Road, Umgeni Park- there are great opening specials that you won’t want to miss! For more information, give him a call on 078 014 2497. CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .