The annual Sanlam Cape Town Marathon (42.2km), taking place on 23 September 2018, is a prestigious city race open to a range of running enthusiasts from elite athletes to social runners. With over 20 000 runners participating last year from all over the world, this marathon has grown to be one of the most popular road running events both locally and internationally. Carrol Boyes Functional Art, one of South Africa’s most luxurious home-wear brands was bestowed with the honour of designing the winner’s trophy for this prestigious event which will be presented by South African long distance runner, Elana Meyer. Meyer says, “The uniquely designed Carrol Boyes Cape Town Marathon trophy symbolises more than the celebration of victory - winners take home a piece of Cape Town that has been incorporated in the tough, water-wise leaves of the ‘Suurvy’ as part of the laurel wreath that circle the bowl to celebrate an exceptional experience winning Africa’s only Gold Label marathon!” Carrol Boyes says, “It was a great honour as a Capetonian and artist for my company to be asked to design the trophy for The Sanlam Cape Town Marathon.” About Madeleine Morgan, the designer of the trophy: Madeleine Morgan is a prototype and restoration artist as well as a designer, with an array of talents that include design, sketching and sculpting. She is happiest when getting her hands dirty and working on new designs, and finds it extremely satisfying to see her work through from its production stages to being put on display in a world-renowned store. After qualifying in Industrial Design at CPUT in 2004, Madi joined the company and soon made her mark. She now has several of her own designs. Madeleine says 'Suurvy - or sour fig - is a plant familiar to all Capetonians. You will find it thriving along wild open roads, cultivated suburban pavements and the like. It is known to be tough, water wise and tenacious, qualities which marathoners share. On this trophy, its bold leaves . . .
De-coding Stereotypical Thinking - Ole! Media Group working to narrow the gender gap in Media IT It’s 2018 and global research reports that gender bias still lurks within the work place – no shock there. However, because women are used to “doing it for themselves”, there are those intrepid females among us who stand up and say enough is enough and change the status quo. That was the case at Ole! Media Group when two young women joined the ranks and are now proving that transformation is underway in the tech space, within the media sector specifically, and provoked the launch of a campaign, the company hopes will encourage more organisations to follow suit. More than 10 years ago, when Luane Swart began her journey as part of the working class, all of her female classmates opted for jobs in teaching, beauty and early childhood development. It was a time when venturing into Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) were largely unfamiliar paths for South African women to pursue, and it was this very reason that drew Luane into the tech space. She recalls boasting to her parents as a little girl – saying that she’d be a boss with a briefcase one day. Never imagining that her briefcase would eventually turn into a backpack for her coding laptop. “I took an aptitude test to determine my career path and the results suggested that I become an Accountant. At that time, a college visiting my school, gave a tech presentation and I was wowed by the idea of becoming a Developer.” That presentation would be the push for Luane to pursue a career in tech and software development, where she began her studies as one of only six women in a class of 100 students. Where transformation begins – breaking down stereotypical thinking In an age where information is freely available, Luane says that the reason why few women occupy roles in the tech space is because schools do not provide enough education that encourages women to apply. She remembers a day where . . .
Medical Aid is a digital platform that aims to help its members find the most suitable medical scheme that best meets their budget and healthcare needs. The platform allows users to access crucial information on various medical schemes and also compare the various options. It is an easy-to-use interface where you can input your requirements and budget, to view all available health plans that cater to your needs within just a few minutes. They offer medical covers from established brands providing effective health cover to their millions of members. Products:- Keyhealth Medical Scheme: Keyhealth medical scheme is one of the renowned health cover brands in South Africa. The scheme values transparency and is administered by PPS Healthcare. Their medical aid cover is distributed in five packages aimed at providing smart health cover options that can guarantee value for money. Discovery Health Medical Scheme: With a market share of more than 50%, Discovery Health is South Africa’s largest medical scheme administrator. Supporting 2.7 million beneficiaries, they boast of contributing to a healthier society. They offer 23 medical plan options along with a number of incentives that provide unlimited hospital cover and many other benefits. They also run a wellness program, Vitality, to encourage a healthy lifestyle and deliver better health for its members. FedHealth Medical Scheme: Since its establishment in 1936, FedHealth has emerged as a popular health partner. Administered by Medscheme, they believe in treating their thousands of members as part of their family. They offer a variety of options with an aim to satisfy the diverse needs of their members. Medihelp Medical Scheme Medihelp is one of the leading open medical schemes in South Africa with more than 110 years of experience in the healthcare industry. Pursuing an individualised approach, they offer 10 options ranging from a stand-alone plan to comprehensive chronic care plans. Covering about . . .
In keeping with their strong focus on history and heritage, the critically acclaimed Forage Restaurant, situated at the beautiful Wildekrans Wine Estate in the Botrivier region, will be hosting a historical culinary celebration on Heritage Day, Monday 24 September 2018 at 12 noon. The Forage Restaurant concept with its emphasis on the history and heritage of the Cape is presenting an exceptional five course indigenous dining menu complete with wine pairing from the estate to celebrate. The Forage team goes back in time, recreating traditional food from the area, giving it a cosmopolitan spin while celebrating South Africans heritage, culture and history on a daily basis. Forage is the only restaurant in South Africa to do so. Forage was inspired by the Khoisan (Indigenous people of the Northern Cape and a mixture of the original San hunter-gatherers and the later-arriving KhoiKhoi) who foraged the land for their daily food way back in the 1800s. Like their predecessors, the Forage chefs hunt for special wild weeds and home-grown edibles throughout the exquisite 1000 hectare Wildekrans Wine Estate. They also only harvest what nature allows them to and what they need. All other produce and ingredients are sourced from local artisans and farmers. This special process happens under the watchful eye of internationally recognised executive chef, Greg Henderson. Having carefully selected his ingredients, he adds tried and tested cooking techniques of old, transforming them into 21st Century gastronomic adventures with modern flavour profiles. The result is a veritable showcase of regional, indigenous cuisine that highlights the South African culinary heritage and creates an exceptional dining experience that perfectly reflects the multi-layered flavours and culture of the Cape. The Heritage Day menu offers a variety of unusual and delicious flavours spread across five delectable courses for R455. Optional wine pairing costs an additional . . .
Earlier this year the Department of Health published for public comments the Control of Tobacco Products and Electronic Delivery Systems Bill which seeks to control the use of electronic smoking devices amongst others. As part of its comprehensive submission in response to the Bill, the Vaping Products Association of South Africa (VPASA) put an emphasis on a number of crucial points which include the need for regulation in this industry. The Association also stressed its commitment to work with government in ensuring that there is responsible use of electronic smoking devices and that vaping products are not sold to people under the age of 18 years which is a statutory age for smoking in South Africa. Just recently, the Head of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) expressed concern on the increase in the number of young people who take-up vaping in the USA. Mr. Scott Gottlieb is quoted as having said, “we remain committed to advancing policies that promote the potential of e-cigarette to help adult smokers move away from combustible cigarette”. As a responsible industry association and responsible corporate citizen, we would be very concerned if our member products were sold to people under the age of 18 years. As an industry body, we strongly believe that vaping (the use of electronic smoking devices) is not a fashion statement. Electronic cigarettes can assist with harm reduction and assist adult combustible cigarette smokers switch to a 95% safer product. Canback Consulting, in the Economic Impact Study completed for the VPASA, highlighted from a UK study, that despite the novelty factor, e-cigarette users who had never smoked before, only 0.1% of the population surveyed become frequent users and this 0.1% were users above 18 years. Healthcare England highlighted that e-cigarette use among the youth remains low and is generally associated with the use of other tobacco products, including combustible cigarettes. It is crucial to take a lesson from the . . .
New Media’s Internal Communications team scooped multiple awards at the SA Publication Forum’s 17th annual SAPF Awards, which took place on Friday. These wins are in the Best Communication Innovation category and the One-off Publication category (where the team took all three places). The Communication Innovation awards recognise two New Media projects – FNB Sync, an enterprise social network app aimed at FNB employees, and Magic Talk, M-Net’s Internal Communications app. Being recognised for innovation, in such a dynamically changing media industry, is very important to the New Media Internal Communications team. The SAPF judging panel said this about FNB Sync: “Everything about this entry is close to brilliant, including images used, article subjects and content, video, infographics. There is nothing new about distributing content via apps, but not all succeed in solving problems, empowering and educating members using this afforded luxury. This is definitely a step forward and we can’t wait to see how this will be put to full use in the future.” In the One-off Publication category, New Media took all three places. First prize went to Centennial, the publication created to celebrate Sanlam’s 100-year anniversary; runner and second runner up were Santam 100 and Sanlam Personal Finance’s Impact 100 respectively. New Media’s Internal Communications cluster was also recognised for Trudie Myburgh’s excellent editorship of the Sanlam account by placing as second runner up in the Editor of the Year category. Last year, New Media restructured to create an internal communications specialist focus area, under the leadership of editorial stalwart Brendan Cooper. The aim of the division was to focus exclusively on effective employee engagement content and strategies. Cooper says: “It's lovely to win awards but what makes us really excited is that the audiences love the content we’re providing. Engagement rates show an upward curve, which ultimately proves . . .
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Summer is slowly making its way back into our lives. We no longer have to go to bed with six layers of blankets and our cheeks are beginning to return to a colour that isn’t translucent. But now that the sun has returned, many of us will get back into our outdoor hobbies and spend more time honing our ‘bikini bodies’, and it’s vitally important to remember to refill our water-bottles. Staying hydrated in summer is critical for a number of reasons. Your body is comprised of 75% water and it’s important to drink enough liquid every day for your body to function properly - especially in hot weather or if you’re an avid exerciser. In fact, there’s a rather lengthy list of knock-on effects that occur when your body doesn’t have enough water. Fatigue, digestive issues, migraines and general lethargy all become frustratingly apparent when your body is dehydrated, which is why it’s so important to keep your body happy with good, clean water. We’ve all seen how important water is to professional athletes, how a small army of water boys will storm the fields during halftime to ensure their teammates can grab a much-needed water break. The importance of staying hydrated reaches further than just sports, working out is also firmly connected to sufficient water intake. If your body lacks water and you are putting your muscles under strain water will be forced out of your muscle tissue, hindering its ability to tear and repair. In fact, working out while dehydrated will actually do more harm than good. Not keen on the gym? Water is still essential! A study published in the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism found that forty minutes after drinking roughly two glasses of water your body’s metabolism is boosted by up to 30%. The European Food Safety Authority recommends that the ideal amount of water is determined by your body type and weight. For every kilo of mass, you should be drinking 30ml of water every day, which is, on average, two litres for males and . . .
Chef Martha Williams from the 5-star Plettenberg Hotel has been invited to cook at the Cape Malay Food Festival at Vasco’s, Hilton in Abu Dhabi from 28 September to 6 October 2018. She will present her delicious South African recipes in her unique Cape Malay cooking style. During this week she will present a special Cape Malay menu with meals like Bobotie, Tomato Bredie and Masala Fish to name a few. For desert she will present true South African treats like Malva Pudding and koeksisters. Martha will share her stories and tell visitors more about her love for the Cape Malay cuisine. Williams said: "Food is an incredibly important part of Cape Malay culture. Our food reaches into a rich history and our culinary traditions have travelled down foodways stretching around the world. This is what makes Vasco’s the perfect venue for people in Abu Dhabi to try out Cape Malay’s cuisine.” Martha got exposure to traditional dishes and ingredients typical of the Cape Malay style - a fusion of spice-rich and fragrant east-Asian cuisines that developed in the kitchens of the Cape during the 17th century – and her innate understanding of flavours and hard work saw Martha being promoted to Head Chef at the hotel’s newly launched Cape Malay restaurant. The restaurant was a huge success, proving immensely popular with both local and international guests and Martha established an excellent reputation leading to her ultimately being invited to present her Cape Malay culinary skills at a number of event, in South Africa and abroad. A flagbearer for Cape cuisine, she has travelled extensively to represent The Liz McGrath Collection in a variety of destinations, from Amsterdam and Kuala Lumpur to Hong Kong and Taipei, and now Abu Dhabi. Martha has returned once more to The Plettenberg, where she’s able to create the authentic flavour-filled dishes she loves that draw on her personal narrative. Her favourite food to prepare is that which reflects her Cape Malay heritage – . . .
The dilemma of having qualifications with no experience remains a challenge with organisations who try to bridge the skills gap in both the skilled and professional labour factions. This challenge is often compounded by economic factors such as the low employment rate. In 2014 Debtsource, a specialist credit management company that provides complete solutions for any business that extends credit to their customers, established a learnership programme assisting students who complete their diploma in credit management to become competent and well-rounded credit management specialist. “The aim of the learnership programme is not only to open doors for employment in the credit field but to address a unique skills requirement. We often found that candidates who have experience working in a credit bureau or as a credit controller weren’t fitting the required profile of a researcher or analyst in this field.” says Mary Cass, Operations Manager at Debtsource. Business-to-business credit management is multifaceted and can therefore create a challenge in terms of accessing a candidate with all the required skills, as most candidates entering this field have specific experience in either credit control or debt collecting. Additionally, a small number who have completed some form of credit management programme are not usually exposed to the entire field. Debtsource identified this challenge and developed a model which has holistic outcomes for candidates who successfully complete their diploma with the practical part of credit management to open the door for employment in the credit field. The programme has been a success, with Debtsource having trained 13 students and permanently employing 6. Cass adds the programme does not only take on learners for Debtsource’s benefit, but also enables those learners who complete the one-year programme to be work-ready, fully accredited professionals in the credit management field. Petros Mhlongo and Katleho Eunice Mkwane are . . .