Today a total of 836 764 #COVID19 cases have been reported with 8 166 new cases. A cumulative 5 735 470 tests have been completed, of which 45 207 have been conducted since the last report. Regrettably, we report 173 more COVID-19 related deaths which brings the total to 22 747

Today a total of 836 764 #COVID19 cases have been reported with 8 166 new cases. A cumulative 5 735 470 tests have been completed, of which 45 207 have been conducted since the last report. Regrettably, we report 173 more COVID-19 related deaths which brings the total to 22 747

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Five Easy-to-Implement Workouts for the Festive Season

The Festive Season can play havoc with your diet and exercise routines. With busy schedules, indulgent meals and festivities, it’s not surprising that our fitness often gets neglected. But there are ways to enjoy the celebrations and maintain your focus. Former Springbok rugby player, Stefan Terblanche, shares five fitness ideas that you can squeeze in without missing out on the fun.

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Livewell launches special programme for dementia caregivers who need a break this holiday season

“Caring for a person with dementia can be extremely demanding,” notes Gerhard van der Vyver, Family Advisor of Livewell. “The aim of respite care is to provide some relief for carers, and support them in having a break from their caring responsibilities, to look after their own health and wellbeing.”

“Unfortunately, many caregivers don’t even realise that respite care is an option. They push themselves to the point of actual illness before someone tells them that they can get help. As a primary caregiver, you know very well that your loved one depends on you. But they can’t depend on someone who is not caring for themselves as well,” he observes.

Respite care offers benefits to both the caregiver and the loved one with dementia while providing the opportunity for a well-deserved break even if they aren’t going anywhere. A break from the responsibilities of care means the caregiver can rejuvenate, spend time with their family and just focus on their own mental health.

For the loved one, Livewell offers people with dementia the opportunity to be well taken care of and to participate in activities in a safe and stimulating environment.

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Don’t ignore the warning signs of financial stress, especially before the holiday season

Don’t ignore the warning signs of financial stress, especially before the holiday season

An uncertain economy, already high levels of personal debt and the desire to reward oneself in December after a brutal year mean many South Africans either have money problems or may have in the near future.

Benay Sager, chief operating officer at DebtBusters, the country’s largest debt counsellor, says if you recognise the signs of financial stress and act quickly you leave yourself more options to get out of debt or get help to restructure what you owe.

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From Head to Toe with Eggs

From heart health to muscle building, eggs are a nutrient-rich food that should form part of a healthy diet for a healthy body.


With advanced medical care, we are living longer than ever before. By 2030, one in five Americans will be older than 65 years. With increasing age comes an expected increase in the number of people with cognitive troubles. Cognition refers to various functions of the brain, such as memory, thinking, learning, attention, and perception. This makes good cognitive function crucial for day-to-day life, governing our thoughts and actions.

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Avocados: A Double Win for Diabetes

Four million: the number of people in South Africa with diabetes according to recent data from the International Diabetes Federation. This means that South Africa has the highest proportion of adult diabetics on the African continent, and diabetes is the sixth most common cause of death in the country. Added to this, uncontrolled diabetes is a major cause of blindness, kidney failure, heart attacks, stroke, and amputations, a pandemic fuelled by soaring rates of individuals who are overweight and obese.

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Indulge without the bulge

Finally on track to reaching your goal weight? Catherine Clark, Owner and Founder of The Harvest Table advises not to waste all your hard work this festive season by throwing caution to the wind and eating everything that comes your way.  She says, “Many of us see the holidays as an opportunity to let loose and overindulge, but come January we are riddled with guilt and regret.”

She adds that whilst December isn’t necessarily the time to lose weight, you don’t have to put on weight either, “The fact is that you will be tempted to overeat and do less exercise, so key is not to deprive yourself, but rather to navigate the festive season so that you can indulge without the bulge,” she says.

Catherine offers these 5 healthy habits to adopt this festive season. Read more..

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Caring during the festive season: tips and holiday help ideas for dementia carers

The end-of-year holidays are sometimes called the “silly season”, but they could just as easily be called the “stressful season”. As joyful as it can be to bring the family together to celebrate, or just relax, this is also a time when people report experiencing heightened depression and anxiety – and carers of loved ones with dementia are particularly at risk.

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Currently, the SABMR has about 74 000 donors on its database, which is roughly about 0,2% of SA’s population.

Ward says their aim is to increase this exponentially by the end of 2022. “The bigger the donor pool, the better the odds of finding a match.”


The Be The Match© partnership is focused on donor recruitment. This still leaves many other services, such as the Patient Assistance Programme, which helps pay for the bone marrow donor search if a patient is unable to do so, underfunded.


If you want to become a donor or would like to make a financial donation to the SA Bone Marrow Registry, please contact the SABMR on 021 447 8638 or email: visit


Follow the SABMR on Facebook, twitter and Instagram at @sabonemreg


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Hair Rehab – How to Rehabilitate Your Hair

No matter how long you have been using harsh methods, if you start with the basics and have patience, your hair will recover. To unveil your inner goddess will take time so be gentle with yourself and allow yourself to adjust and recover. You are already beautiful, and your ideal hair is waiting for you, with a gentle approach, a holistic plan and a little time, it is only a few simple steps away.

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Learn how the South African CovidAlert app works

You can download the app from the Apple App Store or Google Play store.

Downloading the app is quick and easy – it’s under 3 MB in size.

The app is free and does not feature in-app purchases.

You will not have to pay for mobile data when you use the app – the data to use the app has been zero-rated by all of South Africa’s mobile network providers.

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“Suicide Shouldn’t be a Secret” Webinar for Teachers and Educators 17 September 2020

The South African Depression and Anxiety Group (SADAG) is hosting a FREE “Suicide Shouldn’t be a Secret” Webinar for Teachers and Educators on Teen Depression and Suicide Prevention on Thursday the 17th September at 4pm – 5:30pm. Experts, Dr Sindi van Zyl and clinical psychologist, Zamo Mbele, will unpack the signs & symptoms of teen depression, warning signs of suicide, how to talk to teens about depression and suicide, and what to do to get help for a learner at-risk for suicide or self-harm. To below for the free webinar:

Register Here

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In summary:

Research has emerged which shows that being obese or even slightly overweight can worsen the effect of this disease

Because overweight and obesity are already major global healthcare problems, this pandemic is just making a really serious global health situation that much worse.

More than ever before, eating real foods and exercising are vital.

This pandemic has highlighted that more, not less, must be done to tackle and prevent obesity in our societies for the prevention of chronic disease and decrease adverse reactions to these types of viral pandemics

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