Lockdown Level 2 Now Begins

*Brief as per President’s Address – 30 May 2021*

_Some points:_

* That South Africa will go to Adjusted Alert Level 2 tomorrow.
* Curfew will be between 23h00 – 04h00
* Non-essential establishments to close by 22h00.
* Indoor gatherings reduced to 100 people for indoor gatherings.
* Outdoor gathering reduced to 250 people.
* Where venues are too small, such places will only be allowed to accommodate 50% capacity.
* Under this new adjusted level 2 lockdown, faith based and political gatherings, will still be allowed provided they adhere to the new restrictions.
* Only a 100 people permitted to attend funerals and the proceedings will be limited to only 2 hours.
* Night vigils or ‘after tears’, gatherings where those attending play music and drink alcohol after the burial, will not be allowed.
* Mask are compulsory.
* Protocols need be followed at all times.

Take all necessary precautions.

#socialdistance #socialdistancing #stayhome #makeadifferrence

May the Almighty grant ease for all. Aameen.

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Ahmed Kathrada Private Hospital has registered as a Covid-19 Vaccination Site

Ahmed Kathrada Private Hospital is proud announce that it has registered to vaccinate those members of the public who are eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine in phase two of the national rollout campaign.

You may register for the vaccination on the Department of Health Electronic Vaccination Data System if you are an un-vaccinated healthcare worker or are over 60 years of age.

You may register through any of the following means –
1. Online – https://vaccine.enroll.health.gov.za
2. USSD (free on all South African mobile networks) – Dial *134*832*IDNUMBER#, if you do
not have an ID number, just dial *132*832#
3. WhatsApp – Send the word REGISTER to 060 012 3456
4. Hotline (free on all South African mobile networks) – Call 0800 029 999 (8h00 – 18h00
Monday to Sunday)

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Eradicating hunger through a Basic Income Grant, No to Fossil Fuels and support for small-scale fishers

The discontinuation of the social relief of distress grant will be a nail in the coffin for the more than 14 million South Africans who are going to bed hungry. It will worsen poverty and inequality by collapsing the safety net that so many relied upon. This is because trickledown economics and austerity measures are not working. At this pivotal moment, the government must implement a Universal Basic Income Grant #UBIGNOW. The recently launched Alternative Macroeconomic and #UBIGNOW Approach and Policy Document and UBIG scenarios document lays out the fiscally neutral UBIG that pays for itself through progressive taxation, without increasing the debt to GDP ratio.

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MTN lights up SA’s digital highway with completion of coastal national long-distance cable project

In a major fillip for high-capacity telecoms services between coastal cities and the rest of South Africa, MTN has completed its part in the long-awaited Coastal National Long Distance (NLD) cable project, known in the industry as NLD 5 and NLD 6. MTN continues to innovate and close digital access gaps in SA with a Network Capex spend of R50 billion over a period of five years.

The fibre route starts in Cape Town, and runs along the N2, moves through Gqeberha and East London and then on to Durban. It offers an exciting alternative to existing fibre networks and older, slower options and covers an impressive 1,822 kms while supporting several other sites

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CTIEC Supporting Freedom

On a series of posts the organizers and its members called for an end to the violent and senseless attacks on the Palestinians by Apartheid Israel, they demand that the SA government implement sanctions on Israel.

Principal of CTIEC , Moulana Sayed Imraan Ziyaee made a bold statement during his address to the media: “Yes, a ceasefire has been negotiated and we welcome a ceasefire. Let’s be clear we will continue standing in support and to create awareness of the ongoing occurrences in Palestine, there will be no ceasefire in our campaign to boycott, disinvest and sanction the Israeli apartheid state.”

Another protestor, Mr Westhuizen, said: “I stand in solidarity with Palestinians, and so should everyone, no matter your race or religion. It’s great to see so many people come out to support the cause with such short notice.”

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Home delivery safety tips

More South Africans are buying online and getting goods delivered to their homes since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic. As a result, courier activities have increased. With this uptick in couriers on our roads and the fact that most of the personnel are unarmed and without training to deal with hijackings, they are soft targets.

Usually, courier vans carrying high-value goods are specifically sought and targeted by syndicates. However, there are also opportunistic incidents that occur in residential areas. Either way, the situation is often violent and a threat to both delivery personnel and residents accepting deliveries.

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How to Rehabilitate your Credit Record as a Tenant

The price of having a bad credit record is far more than financial, it is psychological. The debt collectors at RentMaster see it often. When people are desperate our agents encounter a range of emotions from rage to crying which fills them with empathy for their plight. The most challenging situations are when a tenant has avoided the inevitable and eviction has to take place.

For us, it is terrible that it is often a situation which could have been completely diffused if they just engaged and reached an agreement with us sooner.

Rehabilitating your credit record can make your life easier when dealing with service providers, decrease your psychological distress by eliminating the fear of collection calls and creditors give you financial freedom and allow you to continue with your life, knowing that the essentials are taken care of.

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Get Ready to Crochet!

“The beloved and award-winning Oudtshoorn crochet-and-knit project, ReWOLusie, has gained a national footprint this year, thanks to the crochet-along campaign,” says Hugo Theart, Artistic Director of the Klein Karoo National Arts Festival (KKNK). “This initiative enables all South Africans to participate, with more blankets than ever providing warmth to the needy in the cold winter months.”

Theart says the pattern for this beautiful blanket was designed by Oudtshoorn resident Bets Wilkinson. “For 13 weeks until the end of July we will be releasing a section of the pattern for the blanket on our website every Monday. By the end of the 13 weeks, each participant will have the full pattern. The first two sections of the pattern are now available. You will also get information on everything you need to know and require before you start, suggestions for colour combinations, videos of all the stitches, tips, and of course the pattern with photos,” he explains.

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#SaveSheikhJarrah

Cape  Town  Ulama  Board  strongly  condemns  the  Ejection  of  the  Palestinians. The  Cape Town  Ulama Board  strongly condemns the  brutal  violence  and  atrocities  committed against  Palestinians by the oppressive  apartheid  Israeli  invaders.  The  latest  being  the  planed  brutality  towards  Palestinian  worshipers  at  Al  Aqsa Mosque during  this  blessed  month of  Ramadaan.

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Calling all KZN-Based Furniture Businesses – This Game Changing Competition is For YOU!

Do you have a bold business idea that has the potential to be a gamechanger in the regional furniture industry? Do you want to grow in the retail value chain? If you are a small business based in KZN that currently supplies, or could supply, goods or services to the furniture sector, enter the eThekwini Furniture Cluster (EFC) Business Accelerator and put yourself in the running to gain a lucrative business contract with leading South African furniture retailers, @home, CLM Home and Homewood.

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International Training Opportunity for Women Employed in Transport, Logistics, Supply Chain and/or Warehousing

The Programme will commence on 1 June 2021 and is open to all employed women in the transport sector with a minimum of four years working experience. The applicants should have a matric certificate, be South African citizens, and currently employed in a junior or middle management role in logistics, transport, supply chain and/or warehousing.  The CTA is inviting interested employers to enrol two women working in junior or middle management positions onto this eight-month internationally recognised Candidacy Programme.

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Protein for breakfast packs a powerful punch

For years nutrition experts have told us that breakfast is the most important meal of the day. And according to Bianca Tromp, FUTURELIFE® dietitian, they are absolutely right! She says, “Eating breakfast encourages healthier eating, balances blood sugar levels, kickstarts your metabolism, boosts energy levels, promotes heart health and stimulates the brain.”

She adds that eating protein in the morning packs an even more powerful punch and will set off a myriad of benefits including:

1. Feeling fuller for longer with less cravings

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Eggcellent Moms

Eggs symbolise the essence of fertility and new life – the epitome of a mother –the only difference is that her job doesn’t end after birth!

Keeping you clean, feeding, comforting, guiding, protecting, nurturing  and loving you – a very short summary of the things most mothers do for their children. The least you can do, is spoil her with a scrumptious brunch this Mother’s Day.

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ANXIETY AT SCHOOL: HELPING YOUR CHILD SURVIVE AND THRIVE

Anxiety is not to be dismissed or taken lightly, but the good news is that parents and teachers can take steps to ensure they firstly, recognise red flags in children and then respond appropriately, should there be concerns that a child is taking strain emotionally, an education expert says.

“Teachers and parents can recognise the onset of anxiety when a sudden change in behaviour becomes apparent and continues for at least three weeks or longer,” says Dr Jacques Mostert who holds a PhD in Psychology of Education and is Brand Academic Manager at ADvTECH, SA’s leading private education provider. Dr Mostert is globally renowned in his field, and has conducted experiential research in education in Denmark, the UK, South Africa and The Netherlands.

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Targeting youth unemployment through free courses

“The reality is that the youth do not have the means or the skills to better their lives, without significant assistance from the private sector,” explains Johan Engelbrecht – Group CEO, Atvance Academy, an institution dedicated to providing saleable skills for students and employers.

“What we offer is that link between business and employees. Our corporate sponsors enable us to train potential employees, who may not have advanced much beyond Grade 10, at no cost to the students – a win-win scenario.

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Using Employee Engagement to Drive Call Centre Performance

“On average, Call Centres report that it costs around R20K to recruit, screen and train each agent, over 20% of the average annual salary. Recruitment and retention are therefore high priorities in this sector,” says Sam Staats, Co-founder and Director for Airshot, a digital broadcast platform.

Sam says that through working with numerous Call Centres, the Airshot team has established a model that uses successful strategies to improve agent retention and boost performance. “The secret sauce is employee engagement and the powerful activities that drive this don’t require a magic formula or gimmicks, but rather active communication, recognition and creating opportunities for growth,” Sam explains.

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GirlCode teams up with AWS to upskill unemployed women on Cloud

GirlCode’s Software Development Learnership programme commenced on 1 April 2021 and it was officially launch in Midrand, on 30 April 2021. The learnership programme will run for a period of 12 months and comes at no cost to participating learners.

The learners will attend daily work simulated sessions at the GirlCode Campus in Midrand, the focus,  being an introduction to cloud-based computing and AWS tools. They will be working on practical projects as well as learn and practice with relevant tech and tools. This will afford the learners hands-on opportunities to experience real-life operations and agility of projects, working in teams in a business environment, while also acquiring soft skills to prepare them for the world of work.

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MOTI GROUP DONATES WATER TO COMMUNITY DURING RAMADAN

As part of Ramadan celebrations, Moti Cares, the philanthropic arm of the Moti Group, on Saturday, 17 April 2021, donated  of cases of water to the community in Lenasia.

At the event, held at the Lenasia Cricket Stadium on Saturday, Moti staff assisted LENZ FM by setting up for a mass Iftaar for members of the community who are in most need. During the Iftaar, Moti water was supplied as a fundamental resource of hydration.

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Innibos National Craft Awards 2021: Entries are open

Entries are now open for the fifth Innibos National Craft Awards, supported by the Department of Sport, Arts and Culture (DSAC).

The competition aims to highlight the vibrant craft sector in South Africa by encouraging and honouring the excellence in skill of both those who set out to make pieces that can be easily reproduced and commercialised and those whose objective it is to create unique, wondrous once-off pieces.

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AirFibre from MTN innovates to cross the digital cost divide, bringing fibre-quality internet to all South Africans

MTN today announced the launch of its Supersonic AirFibre offering, an innovative product that overcomes distance and a lack of infrastructure in urban, township and rural communities to bring fibre-quality connectivity to more households across the country.

“We are breaking down the traditional barriers to entry that have denied many access to a modern, connected life”, says Calvin Collett, Managing Director of MTN SA’s ISP: Supersonic. “From Soweto to Swellendam, we believe that every household deserves the speed and benefits of fibre-like connectivity, and through AirFibre we believe we can achieve this”.

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How to Make Sure Your Rental Rates Are Just Right in 2021

It is no secret that many industries have been hit hard by the 2020 pandemic with the rental industry being particularly vulnerable. As tenant’s income became unpredictable, many landlords were placed in the grey area between being understanding of changing economic circumstances and becoming an accidental financier of their tenant’s homes.

Shanaaz Trethewey, CEO of RentMaster, knows that the idea of a passive income always requires an active role, and she has seen from experience how quickly the rental process can turn from a charming idea to a real ordeal.

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Ticketpro makes it easy and convenient to buy your long-distance bus tickets

Ticketpro, a leading ticketing company and a member of the Blue Label Telecoms group of companies, has announced that it has added long-distance bus tickets to its portfolio of products and services.

“We are very excited to launch and add long-distance bus ticketing to our portfolio – it’s part of our evolution and strategy in bringing ticketing to the people of South Africa, to make it easier, saving time, saving money and more convenient for South Africans to buy tickets for their bus trips to other provinces and even neighbouring countries,” says Brandon Duffield, managing director of Ticketpro.

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Be prudent this Christmas and have a good New Year

Sager suggests that a first step towards not overspending during the festive season is to determine how much money your household will have until the next payday at end of January.

Then consider all the usual expenses such as bond repayments or rent, vehicle payment, insurance, food, petrol, rates, airtime and data and other regular costs. These should be fairly easy to work out by looking at bank statements going back a few months.

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Letter to the Editor

It’s holiday time again and for those of us who choose to have a home holiday and to endure the constant daily triggering of alarms of deserted homes of people gone on holiday.

It is also not fair to the surrounding neighbourhood.

Leaving it to family members, friends and neighbours to attend to the constant triggering of the alarm is just not fair to them.

This is most irritating and inconsiderate.

It is also a sure way of alerting criminals that there is nobody occupying the property.

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Tips to make sure your insurer has you covered this festive season

The festive season is upon us and despite the second wave of COVID-19 that has hit South Africa, some people may still opt to travel to different destinations to spend time with family and friends they haven’t seen since lockdown.

Government this week outlined updated rules for travelling requirements both locally and when entering or leaving the country, the tests required, as well as the quarantine periods. So, whether you have planned a long-distance road trip, travelling to a nearby location or neighbouring country, it is important to consider the health risks and not only prepare for the trip but also ensure that you are covered in case of any unfortunate event.

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MTN Pulse launches new bundles exclusively available to under 25’s

The new MTN Pulse bundles are exclusively available to the youth under the age of 25-years. These new bundles, which are available by dialing USSD *411# are designed to provide our customers with a variety of offers for calling, internet surfing, and social media. Customers will now have an option of choosing whether they want a data and voice bundle, data only or social media bundle at one price point. 

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Experience Festive Gifting Magic at Rosebank Mall

if you’re looking for a variety of gifting options for either yourself or a loved one, Rosebank Mall has all the options curated for you. All you have to do is come for a visit. Whether you’re looking for something a lot more artistic, artisan, crafted or finessed in fashion and beauty, Rosebank Mall’s gifting lane is the place to find it. And when you’re done shopping, take a stroll to the Greg Rollinson Pianos Extravaganza to take in some modern music. All COVID-19 protocols will be in place.

For more information on Rosebank Mall, visit https://www.rosebankmall.co.za/.

Follow Rosebank Mall socials on Twitter:@RosebankMall, Instagram:@rosebankmall and Facebook:@MallOfRosebank… Remember to share your festive magic at Rosebank Mall stories on social with the hashtag #RosebankMall #RosebankMallFestiveMagic.

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Eskom boosts women-owned plastic bricks maker

“I would encourage other SMEs to be brave and put their businesses out there and enter. I know when you think about competitions, you think about winning, but the process itself provides great value,” concludes Kedibone. SMEs in manufacturing, engineering/construction, trade/services and agriculture sectors can enter the competition on www.eskombic2020.co.za. For support and assistance, small business owners should email Grounded Media on bic@groundedmedia.co.za.

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MTN SA Foundation’s strategic support initiatives bring hope, drive digital change during a tough 2020

Making a tangible difference to positively change lives remained key throughout the year and during the final quarter of 2020, when the learners had returned to school, the MTN SA Foundation ramped up its campaign to increase access to e-Learning by handing over multimedia centres at five no-fee-paying schools, and two in higher learning and training institutions. This built on the initiatives earlier in the year to zero-rate over 1 000 educational and public benefit websites to ensure those most in need had access to digitised curriculum during lockdown. The contribution of ICT technical equipment and support continues to build on existing partnerships with government countrywide.

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FOSTERING TANGIBLE CHANGE- ONE PROJECT AT A TIME

Introducing Siyakunakekela

 

Siyakunakekela’s mission is to effect tangible change in South Africa in the areas of Health, Education and Humanitarian Outreach. Founded by a collective of regular South African citizens who care, the organisation has committed to providing health and safety solutions for sanitation at schools and communities most in need. Built on the cornerstone of dignity, the organisation addresses societal crisis with 3 major pillars of solutions:

Gender based violence

Feminine hygiene

Sanitation

 

1: Gender Based Violence

While gender-based violence is not something unique to South Africa, the problems the country faces with increased rates of reported cases and deaths as a result are something no one can ignore. Adding to this, is the well-known fact that most crimes against women are done by people they trust, people they know or people that are within their close circle. Siyakunakekela seeks to address this at a grassroots level with the intention of making a real and tangible change.

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IT CAREERS OF THE FUTURE – WHAT TO STUDY NOW

3D PRINTING FARMS – ROBOTICS – AUGMENTED REALITY – AI – ML
All the fields above are at the cutting edge of current technology, and are set to grow exponentially in future, says Payne.

“These are very exciting emerging opportunities, and prospective students interested in these fields should ensure they speak to a student advisor at their higher education institution of choice to enquire about how their offering matches these career paths. It is also important to ensure that the institution can show strong industry-connection and evidence of work-integrated learning that seeks to solve real-life scenarios in these fields, as theoretical foundation only will not be sufficient,” says Payne.

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WOMEN MUST UNITE TO COMBAT GBV, SAYS MANCOSA ACADEMIC

“The spaces we operate in have made it impossible for women to lead without question or motive. The expectation that men can do better has been indoctrinated in our being and has caused us to think that women are not good enough.

“The world offers equal opportunities for all humankind but the people in power reserve all leadership positions for men. When women are given the opportunity, there are conditions. We all have equal opportunities, and that should always be applied.”

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Happy Reconciliation – Day 16 December 2020

It is noteworthy that most South Africans report they would like to interact more often with people from other race groups but cite language and confidence as the two greatest barriers.

This is ahead of other perceived factors such as lack of common ground, anxiety, or negative prior experiences.

It is obvious that true reconciliation is impossible unless we overcome the social and economic inequalities that persist in our society. It is only when the playing fields of opportunity are levelled and the lives of all South Africans improve that social cohesion will be strengthened.

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Managing the Holidays without Drinking

If you are worried about how you are going to cope over the festive season, or often turn to alcohol as a way to cope, or perhaps you are worried about a loved one or friend who needs help – please call SADAG and Department of Social Development 24 hour Substance Abuse Helpline 0800 12 13 14. You can also sms 32312 and a counsellor will call back to help. The helpline provides free telephone counselling, information and referrals to resources around the country. SADAG is open 24 hours a day, 365 days of the year – there is always help and there is always hope.

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FCA Enables Kyalami 9 Hour Support

The Fiat Fullback – the most-driven 2019 bakkie in South Africa according to AutoTrader – will take the opportunity to prove its reliability, robustness, and practicality when doing track-side duty to keep the race going. In addition, Jeep will provide invaluable support to other critical behind-the-scenes functions that allow the show to go on. Wrangler, Renegade and Compass vehicles will be used by officials throughout the international motorsport weekend.

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Ford Performance Car Wash Trolleys for Local Entrepreneurs!

“Ford is for many things: creating jobs, boosting the economy, supporting worthy causes, investing in the youth, protecting our country’s wildlife, and the list goes on,” says Berry. “As part of our 97-year manufacturing history, we want to show our commitment to South Africa at all levels. Helping with these trolleys shows that even small but insightful gestures can make a big difference.”

“Twenty-twenty was a really tough year for someone like me in the car wash profession,” says Sizwe Khumalo, one of the recipients of the car wash trolleys.

“Now, thanks to Ford, we look forward to a new year that will allow us to work faster, look like race car drivers with the Ford Performance trolleys, and complete more speedy washes in a day. We are grateful to everyone at Ford for treating us like family and helping us to be even better at the work that we do here at the Silverton Assembly Plant.”

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Three global stages for Miss South Africa 2020’s Top Three

This year’s Miss South Africa top three contestants are set to represent the country on three different global stages in 2021.

Reigning Miss South Africa 2020 Shudufhadzo Musida will be participating in the Miss World pageant and will be hoping to follow in the footsteps of Rolene Strauss who took the title in 2014.

Thato Mosehle will be taking part in the Miss Supranational contest, the first person under the official Miss South Africa Organisation banner to do so as Miss Supranational South Africa 2020. Natasha Joubert will be the official South African entrant at the Miss Universe pageant as Miss Universe South Africa 2020.

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SADAGs Facebook Friday 11 December Online Chat discusses – Helping with the Holiday Blues

SADAG will be hosting a Free #FacebookFriday Online expert Q&A on Friday the 11th of December between 1pm and 2pm with Clinical Psychologist Judith Ancer, and again at 7pm to 8pm with Psychiatrist Dr Claire Lownie as they discuss the grief, stress, anger, sadness, and loneliness associated with the Holiday Blues.

The FREE online chat will help unpack dealing with the holiday blues, how to manage the additional stress, managing family conflict at all those extra family gatherings, how to recharge over the festive season and how to support a loved one with their own anxiety and depression. It is also an important opportunity to get more tips and tools on managing your mental health issues with regards to maintaining treatment and managing triggers. Join the live Facebook Friday online Q&A via the SADAG Facebook page.

To join the chat, please go to the SADAG Facebook Page – The South African Depression and Anxiety or click here or you can also join via the SADAG website www.sadag.org . If you or your loved one needs help call SADAG on 0800 21 22 23 or SMS 31393 and a counsellor will call you.

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We need to create a safe society for children far beyond 16 day

The programme focuses on Grade 9 girl learners that we follow until Grade 12 from rural and township public schools in Gauteng, KwaZulu-Natal, Western Cape, and Free State provinces. It has reached more than 1 300 girl learners from 137 public high schools.

“This has had a positive effect on the young girls in school, in their communities and their understanding of their role in the wider society,” says Podetti-Ngono.  

“However, it is time our young people feel safe and secure stepping outside of the basic-education premises to pursue their life-long role as Valued Citizens, so it is essential to work with government, law firms, corporate, higher education institutions and NGO’s committed to render sustainable programmes instead of events.

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ITHALA TAXI FINANCE HELPS SMME’S TO SUCCEED

“As Ithala we can make the financing process easy. Ithala SOC Limited offers affordable interest rates because we believe that every South African deserves access to affordable banking services.

“The Taxi Finance service offering provides incredible benefits for an ordinary South African to own a commercial vehicle in a period of up to 60 months, get competitive interest rates and the opportunity to create wealth.”

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Mmmmm mangoes are on the menu this summer!

There are two good things about this time of year – it’s summer and mangoes are back in season! Because the only thing better than holidays, are holidays filled with the fragrance and flavour of summer, which is exactly what you get every time you indulge in sweet, succulent mangoes.

Whether you’re heading for the ‘Berg, beach or bush these holidays, or taking it easy at home with afternoon and suppertime braais, put summer on your plate with tantalising mango mains, sides or desserts.

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2 Bedroom Apartment to rent in Lenasia

2 Bedroom apartment with cupboards Open plan lounge dining Full bathroom Ideal for a single person or a small family on Gemsbok Street in the CBD area
No parking. It is currently available at R3800.00 pm Including water Per paid lights. 2 months deposit plus current months rent is required from a qualified applicant. Conditions apply E&OE 0720571952

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UNITING FOR SAFER ROADS

The Festive season is on our doorstep, and along with all the holiday excitement comes the anticipated high traffic volumes on various routes in and out of Gauteng.

In light of increased calls to escalate road safety and in a bid to curb fatalities on South Africa’s roads, Bakwena N1N4 has again partnered with Motus Corporation (Motus) and welcomes new vehicle sponsor, KIA Motors South Africa. The partnership with Motus starting in 2012, ensures visible policing during the peak holiday seasons.

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Think differently about paying back your debt this December

“As well as retailers encouraging spending, most people are on holiday and are spending more than usual. The result is that we often we see consumers picking and choosing which debts to pay over the festive period” says NDCA chairperson Benay Sager.

“The problem with this behaviour is that it usually drives up the cost of borrowing significantly because it negatively affects people’s credit ratings. Lenders consider consumers with poor credit scores higher risk and either won’t lend to them or charge higher interest rates to offset the risk.”

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HOW TO STAY SAFE (AND SANE) THIS FESTIVE SEASON

Control your own environment (Mask, sanitiser and distancing)
Focus on the now – one thing at a time
Try to be patient with yourself and others
Find ways to show yourself love, kindness and compassion
Let your anxieties out – talking to friends and family about how you’re feeling so you’re all on the same page. Tell them:
You feel uncomfortable in crowded spaces
You might choose a spot furthest away from the crowd
“A simple conversation with each other to establish what can make everyone feel most comfortable is often all it takes. We need to balance our short term goals to feel connected and see those we love, with the long term goals of making sure we keep our loved ones alive to share many more years of celebrations,” concludes Scher.

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5 Insights to help you ask for what you want

One of the best-kept secrets in business and life today is having the gusto to go out into the world and ask for what you want. More people fail to try in life than those that actually fail at something. According to Jacqueline Raw, Owner and Founder of Ycagel this is because we’ve become so conditioned to shy away from pain or being uncomfortable. “Most of us play it safe, only taking risks if we are certain it will work out and therefor never really achieve our full potential.”

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TLU SA warns about labour unrest

TLU SA suggests all farm owners take the following precautionary measures to protect themselves:
– Keep gates locked and ensure you have an explicit notice indicating private property and that trespassers will be prosecuted – the message should be in more than one language;
– Join a local safety structure;
– Get a response plan in place;
– Get experienced negotiators to speak to the trespassers;
– Plan with the local police on when and how to react;
– Get expert advice about laws relating to public gatherings, and trespassing;
– No personnel records may be shown to anyone without a warrant or the necessary identification.

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How a bakkie business can change your life

Winning a brand spanking new Nissan NP200 utility bakkie is certain to be life changing. This is the kind of prize that can enhance entrepreneurial dreams, create business opportunities and be a chance for winners to start something new. 

Entrepreneurship in South Africa is critical to solving the unemployment crisis. But for many it can be an upward struggle, even when given the right tools like a bakkie. Chief Executive of Sidar Group, Carl Bates, has assisted many SMEs and startups over the years. He advises potential bakkie winners to first test their ideas before doing anything else. 

Bates says, “Ask people if they’d commit to using your services. If they say yes, then you are onto something. In terms of finances, far too many people view cash flow as a problem. Rather see money as something which flows to a good idea. Avoid debt and perhaps pre-sell your services to get things going. And always think of how to scale your business right from the start. Make sure the problem you are solving with your business has a market big enough to keep growing.”

To enter Visit Cell C’s site more information on the Summer Campaign. 

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Business Investment Competition ready to boost another SMME

A report compiled by GEN 22 on Sloane, which offers startups funding opportunities and access to markets, notes that over 55 000 SMMEs in South Africa will not survive the COVID-19 global pandemic. A total of 92% of SMMEs’ business operations have been impacted and at least 42 350 of those working for these SMMEs will lose their jobs.

“This annual competition is that much more relevant this year, simply because our main purpose with the BIC is to boost enterprise development in a year that has seen small businesses challenged, stretched and some decimated,” Ramonotsi continued.

Entries for the competition are open from 4 December 2020 until 31 January 2021, at midnight.

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FESTIVE SEASON FRAUD – DON’T BECOME A VICTIM

“Be aware that fraudsters are often well dressed, well-spoken and respectable looking individuals. If you are disturbed while transacting at the ATM, your card may possibly be skimmed by being removed and placed back into the ATM without your knowledge. Cancel the transaction immediately and report the incident using your bank’s Stop Card Toll free number, which is displayed on all ATMs, as well as on the back of your bank card,” says SABRIC CEO, Nischal Mewalall

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Developing Nestlé’s first Net Zero Dairy Farm in South Africa

“The Skimmelkrans project is a positive step in our sustainability journey.  In the context of yesterday’s global announcement by our CEO, Mark Schneider around redoubling efforts to combat climate change, we have committed to reaching a waste free and zero net emission future within Nestlé by 2050, building on decades of work already done to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.  The project will scale the quality production of our dairy products therefore enhancing our consumer experience,” stated Saint-Francis Tohlang, Corporate Communications and Public Affairs Director at Nestlé East and Southern Africa Region (ESAR).

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The Essentials which will be broadcast at 19H30 on Sunday, 6th December 2020 on SABC 3

The Essentials which will be broadcast at 19H30 on Sunday, 6th December 2020 on SABC 3.

This brand new documentary follows the lockdown experiences of ordinary South Africans. The Coronavirus pandemic has had devastating effects on humanity across the globe but it didn’t stop people to stand up and unite against an invisible enemy.
Follow filmmaker Dirk Smit’s journey as he discovers glimmers of hope, creativity and resilience in South African people.

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Neglecting women in sport is a missed opportunity for corporate SA

In South Africa there are many sporting codes that enjoy massive support, with big sponsors.

However, Motshidisi says there needs to be more support trickling down to women in sport.

She says this is a missed investment opportunity for corporate SA.

“Pay women well enough so that they do not have to worry about side hustles. Women in sport are not getting the financial support they deserve,” says Motshidisi, who is most famous for her role as a Rugby presenter/anchor.

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Sunlight steps in to save seamstress’s small business after major setback

Leslia started sewing at school and has slowly built a small business, Leslia’s Sewing, where she makes picnic blankets, dog accessories, blankets, clothes and other items to support her family. She says that including masks in her offering was a successful addition and allowed her to put food on the table during this challenging time.

Sunlight purchased all 4500 masks from Leslia and decided with her input to distribute them to organisations that do good in her community. The masks will be donated to One Small Act of Kindness and the African Reclaimers Association, together with a small sachet of Sunlight’s new laundry power.

Leslia says she is overwhelmed with the support that Sunlight has given her.

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DURBAN COUNTRY CLUB HONOURS SOUTH AFRICAN CAPTAINS

According to Gerard Metzer, General Manager of Durban Country Club, the idea to honour these sporting legends was birthed from the vision to keep the legacy that each of the captains created during their service alive. “So many of our sporting heroes have been forgotten, only to be remembered and commemorated on their death. We want to pay tribute to these legends whilst they are alive so that we #neverforget!”

He adds that it is with great pride and admiration that Durban Country Club is awarding South Africa’s greatest sporting leaders with an honorary membership, “We are incredibly privileged to now have them as esteemed members of our Club.”

This is just the first of many honorary captain events, as, according to Metzer, Durban Country Club aims to honour 100 Captains by 2022, their centenary year.

If you are a past Captain of a South African team, email stuart@saywatt.co.za

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