Women from different walks of life on Saturday (20 August 2016) converged at the CSIR in Pretoria to raise funds for the Bongi Ngema-Zuma (BNZ) Foundation to raise awareness about diabetes
According to statistics released by the International Diabetes Federation in November 2015, 415 million people are living with diabetes worldwide. Type 2 diabetes among children and youth, as well as gestational diabetes, is on the rise.The chairperson of the BNZ Foundation, Bongumusa Makhathini, called on South Africans to invest in the future of the country by making healthy choices
“When people are sick, it costs the country a lot of money. It is imperative to have a healthy society,” he said.
More than four million South Africans live with diabetes. The first lady encouraged early screening to ensure early detection to avoid unnecessary deaths.
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Government has congratulated Caster Semenya on her outstanding achievement in the 800 metre final at the 2016 Rio Olympic Games
Semenya had an impressive time of 1:55: 28 and bagged a gold medal for all her sterling efforts.
She brought her A-game as she sailed through the last stretch of the track to confidently claim her position as number one.
“Caster was a popular choice from the beginning and we were in full support of our South African sensation. Her commendable win is a result of her hard work and dedication. Caster has made South Africa very proud and we wish her well in her future endeavours.
“Government is also proud of all the participants for giving their best at the Rio Games. South African citizens also excelled in their support of our South African heroes.
“Let us welcome all participants with the same enthusiasm and vigor when they return home,” said Minister in the Presidency responsible for Women, Susan Shabangu.
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Pick ‘n Pay had a massive one-day sale on August 19 on their Maxi Sanitary Pads
The pads, which normally go for R59,99, were only R10 and people took to social media to take advantage of the sale and encouraged shoppers to contribute towards a bigger cause and buy pads for underprivileged girls.In South Africa, many girls and women cannot afford sanitary products
Many impoverished young girls miss school due to this problem and although the numbers are known to be high, Africa Check reported there is no accurate data on how many girls are affected.
The project, in association with the Imbumbu Foundation’s Caring4Girls project, initially aimed to amass over one million sanitary towels between September 14 and mid-October 2015.The campaign collected over 1 million pads last year, and this year they went for it again selling 8 pads for R9.95
Although the sale is over, Dis-Chem and the students from Citizens ZA are still running pad drives and are calling for more people to get involved.
The flu season can see you coughing up about R4000 in costs and the South African economy loses more than R2-billion because of colds and flu every year
This is according to 2015 research by the Global Hygiene Council (GHC).
The study of more than 9 000 people across 17 countries, including South Africa, also found that the average person misses 4.5 days of school or work due to an infection and 91% of people reported taking at least some time off work or school due to an infection in 2014.
“The socio-economic implications of cold and flu, such as health complications, lost productivity, school absenteeism, and cost of healthcare can be limited by avoiding the spread of flu and cold,” said GHC member Dr Kgosi Letlape.Letlape said colds and flu are respiratory infections transmitted by a virus
Although infections happen throughout the year, more people tend to be infected with cold and flu throughout the autumn and winter. According to Letlape, contrary to popular belief, colds and flu are not caused by the weather.
The biggest reason the illnesses are more prevalent in winter is because people tend to stick very close to each other because it’s so cold, which means the chance of passing on illness-causing germs is a lot higher.
The influenza season is usually between the last week of April and the first week of July, but according to the National Institute for Communicable Diseases (NICD) this can change year to year.
Nhlanhla Shongwe, a mother of two from Vosloorus, told Health-e News that during winter she spends more than R300 on flu medicine for her children.Steve Mabona, spokesperson for the Gauteng Department of Health, said for the 2015/16 year the department procured 1150 units of flu vaccine to the value of R64331
“The burden of flu is usually high during winter, however, public health facilities have enough stock and never run out of vaccines,” said Mabona.
He added that the department procured flu vaccines annually at the beginning of each flu season, which are then given to specific target groups namely – pregnant women, people with chronic medical conditions, including people living with HIV and Aids, and pensioners.
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The youth of Khunwana village, in the North West, are set to be trained in housing construction skills that will change their lives, says North West Premier Supra Mahumapelo
Speaking at the launch of Youth Build 2016 at the weekend, by the Department of Local Government and Human Settlements, Premier Mahumapelo said 40 young people in the village located in the Tswaing Local Municipality, will benefit youth in the area.
The province will build 200 Breaking New Ground houses in Khunwana as part of 1976 Youth Build Programme which has been allocated R200 million.
“The 200 houses allocated to Khunwana village will be constructed by young housing developers in the province. Forty young people from this village will be trained in different fields which include brick laying, plastering and plumbing. The skills acquired should go a long way in changing their lives,” said Premier Mahumapelo.
One of the youth, Pulane Mogapi, said: “Staying in Khunwana village with less opportunities, chances like these comes only once. We are very much grateful to be offered the opportunity and we will grab and make full use of it”.