Coega closes the year on a high by winning the 2019 Employer of the Year Award at the Oscars of South African Business in Gauteng
The Coega Development Corporation (CDC) danced to victory, following a close call between the fierce rival of finalists during the 17th Annual National Business Awards 2019, considered as the Oscars of South African business, taking home the prestigious 2019 Employer of the Year Award.
Hospital plan or full cover medical aid – which is better?
Popular misperception is that a “hospital plan” is not a “medical aid”, or that an expensive, comprehensive medical aid plan, provides better cover than a hospital plan.
As consumers cut costs, what is the trend that members of medical schemes may consider as far as their private healthcare cover is concerned?
What will the top 7 hospital plans in SA cost in 2020?
Medical aid schemes in South Africa recently announced their contribution increases and benefit changes for 2020. Average increases of between 8 and 12 percent will once again take a bigger chunk of your salary, as average salary increases are most likely to be lower than your ...
Why Millennials are losing their hair
Losing your hair is something you might expect to happen in old age. But research shows a different reality: some Millennials are dealing with hair loss in their 20s and 30s.
In 2018, a number of Chinese news services reported that Chinese students were losing their hair earlier than ever before. A survey conducted at
Thyroid disease and hair loss
Losing your hair could be a sign that your thyroid isn’t working as it should. Fortunately, getting the correct treatment and care could restore your hair.
The thyroid gland is a b...
National Health Insurance – how could that affect you as medical scheme member?
What is the NHI Bill?
On 8 August 2019, Health Minister Zweli Mkhize introduced the National Health Insurance Bill (“NHI Bill”) in the National Assembly.
Best hair loss remedies
Losing your hair? Don’t panic. There’s a lot you can do to restore your crowning glory.
Hair loss can be caused by a number of factors, including
Technostress – how do you handle it in the workplace?
Guard against techno-creep in the workplace, or else it can take over your life.
“Technology can be our best friend, and technology can also be the biggest party pooper of our lives. It interrupts our o...
Stress in the 21st century
Stress is a fact of life. Never more so as we barrel headlong toward the ’20s of the 21st Century. Never in the history of humankind have people been more stressed out and anxious than in this age of technology, information overload, professional and social complexity, and political pandemonium. And make no mistake, stress takes its toll, physically and emotionally.
Niggly stress or major stress - which one can be fatal?
Highly stressed people are at greater risk of long-term health problems and premature death than those who are more chilled out. Those with high levels of stress combined with depression are 48 times more likely to have a heart attack or die. People with heart problems on top of their stress and depression live in a “psychosocial perfect storm”. These were the findings of a study at Columbia University in New York.
Whether it is the shock...
Ten best ways to manage stress
That’s right-stress is going nowhere and you cannot hide from it. You will always have to cope with financial obligations, techno-creep, rush-hour traffic and, worst of all, toxic people.
Sudden Death Syndrome, exercise, and the flu
Sudden cardiac arrest is responsible for 75% of sudden deaths on the sports field.
Every now and then a heartbreaking story hits the news of a seemingly healthy and young sportsman, or sportswoman, who drops dead in the middle of a sporting match or some bou...
Why you should take probiotics with antibiotics
In recent years, doctors have started to prescribe probiotics together with all antibiotics. Why is this, and what do probiotics do?
Meaning of ‘probiotic’
Does my child have a cold, or is it flu?
Your child has come home from school with a runny nose and red cheeks. This is nothing out of the ordinary: children pick up viruses easily from other children, especially in day-care settings or at school.
Viruses spread by means of droplets in the air, or from being transferred by hand onto surfaces or objects, such as toys or table tops. When these are touched, and the child then tou...
Antibiotics: why you should finish the course
Early in the twentieth century, antibiotics changed the world of medicine. But we could be losing our best weapon against bacterial infections – and you could be contributing to it.
In the days before antibiotics, many bacterial infections, such as pneumonia and tuberculosis, proved to be fatal to millions around the world. Also...
Fever in children – what you should know
When children suddenly develop a high fever, it is alarming for parents.
What does this mean, and what action should you take?
What are the penalties for drunk driving in South Africa?
Alcohol abuse plays a role in more than 60% of road deaths in South Africa. Strict new proposals to try and curb drunk driving are being put forward to the Department of Justice. But what are the penalties now in force?
Legal alcohol limit
As the law currently stands (Section 65 of the National Road Traffic Act 93 of 1998), the legal limit for driving must be less than 0.05g of alcohol per 100ml of blood. In a br...
How much can you drink and still drive?
The legal blood alcohol limit in South Africa is 0.05g of alcohol per 100ml of blood. Put differently, it is the equivalent of 0.24mg alcohol per 1000ml of breath. What exactly does this mean to you?
In an ideal world, nobody who has had anything to drink will get behind the steering wheel of a car. But we don't live in an ideal world.
Alcohol the main cause of road fatalities
How long do you have to wait after drinking before driving?
You are at a party, and you have had a few drinks. How long does it take for you to be sober enough to drive?
There are several things to consider here:
Can you go to jail for driving drunk?
YES - you can definitely go to jail for drunk driving. And it could be for a lot longer than one night.
If you are arrested for drunk driving, you will spend at least one night in a police cell. In certain cases, such as in the case of repeat offenders, you could be looking at six years behind bars. Or 25 years, if your charge is changed to murder.
Schedule 2 offence
Currently, the Road Traffic Management ...
Declutter your home for peace of mind
Ever looked around yourself and felt a wave of stress and anxiety about all the ‘stuff’ around you? And then – mentally exhausted, or defeated?
Well, truth is that there is an undeniable link between ‘clutter’ and your state of mind. Specifically, the obvious connection between feeling ‘stressed’ when your environment appears to have spun out of control.
Definition of clutter
‘Emotional clutter’ - rubble that hinders an intentional life
How to tenderise meat with lemon juice
Lighting a braai? Make your meal as healthy as possible by using lemon juice to tenderise your meat.
Humans have been cooking meat over open fires since ancient times and, today, braaiing is still as popular as ever.
In recent years, however, research has shown that exposing meat to high temperatures and cooking foods for prolonged periods over the coals may generate cancer-causing substances called heterocyclic amines (HCAs) and polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs).
How healthy is it to eat smoked and processed meat?
Preserving meat with smoke adds flavour and rich colour. But eating smoked or processed meat too regularly can come at a price.
If you love tucking into bacon, kassler chops and smoked chorizo sausages, you’re probably well acquainted with the wonderful flavours that smoking can impart to meat.
But, as with all high-fat, high-salt and cured meats, smoke-cured meat should be eaten in moderation.
“Smoke is composed of many wonderful compounds,...
Healthy grilling tips
Braaiing or switching on the grill to cook your food quickly at a high temperature? Follow these simple steps to keep your meal as healthy as possible.
Cooking makes food more appealing, easier to digest and, quite often, healthier.
How healthy is your braai?
Most South Africans don’t need much of an excuse to light a fire. But when last did you consider what your Saturday-night braai could be doing to your health?
The hidden dangers of diarrhoea
Getting diarrhoea is nothing unusual, but if left untreated, it could be life-threatening.
Everyone gets diarrhoea or loose stools from time to time. It's just human. Mostly it clears up by itself within two to three days with the help of some over-the-counter medication.But when does it become dangerous?
Save your gut – save your life
It's not just an army that marches on its stomach – you do as well. And gut health affects so many more aspects of your life than most people think.
Millions and millions of fungi and bacteria and other organisms live inside your gut – in your intestines and your colon. Yes, it's a bit creepy to think about it, but without them you wouldn't survive very long as these good bacteria truly are responsible for making your body work. ...
Foods that feed a healthy gut
Whether you have a digestive disorder or not, keeping your digestive tract healthy is one of the most important things you can do for your body.
If your gut works efficiently, your body will get its energy from the food you eat. And not just energy – it also helps the immune system fight off disease and keeps other important processes going, such as blood clotting, the fighting off of inflammation, cell division and heart contractions....
The connection between your gut and your brain
South African Immigration Cases: Nandutu and Others v Minister of Home Affairs and Others (2019)
In Nandutu and Others v Minister of Home Affairs and Others (2019), the Constitutional Court decided that the requirement that foreign spouses or children of citizens or permanent residents must leave the country to apply for a change of visa status, is inconsistent with Constitution and unjustifiably limits the right to dignity and rights of children . It is therefore constitutionally invalid. Interim relief was granted as well as an order of declaration of invalidity, which was suspended for 24 months. The implication is that the persons listed above may apply for a change of visa status within the country. For…
Get ready for the Films and Publications Amendment Act
by Peter Grealy, Nozipho Mngomezulu, Karl Blom, Wendy Tembedza, Ziyanda Ngcobo, Carla Collett of Webber Wentzel On 2 October 2019, the President ratified the controversial Films and Publications Amendment Act, which has been described in the media as the "internet censorship bill" (the Act). Although the Act is signed by the President, it will only come into operation on a future date to be declared by the President. Anyone who distributes content online should use this opportunity to ensure that their online activities adhere to the requirements of the Act. Basics of the Act The Act introduces significant changes to our law, including the regulation of harmful content…
St Benedicts Boys Stand Against Gender Violence | Launching Male Manifesto
The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing."Edmund Burke As a country, South Africa is scarred by a history of violence particularly against women. The country’s 2016 Demographic and Health Survey reports that one in five women older than 18 has experienced physical violence. This increases to one in three in poorer communities. In response to this scourge – a stain on the fabric of society – the boys and male staff at St Benedict’s School have developed a unique Manifesto on Masculinity. Ratified at a special assembly today [Thursday, 24 October 2019],…
Sinister group impersonates well-known Aida Persian Clairvoyant
It has recently come to light that a syndicate operating out of Cape Town are impersonating well-know and trusted psychic, Aida Persian Clairvoyant who has been regularly appearing as an esoteric expert, psychic, medium in South African media over the past 15 years. Aida Coertse known as Aida Persian Clairvoyant, who is originally from Iran, has been contacted by various clients and potential clients over the past weeks who have had the unfortunate luck of dealing with this syndicate. “When I was first alerted to the other websites and phone numbers, I simply thought it was someone trying to make…
Emigration opportunity for South Africans: Golden Visa for Portugal
The Golden Visa Program launched by the Portuguese Authorities in October 2012 is a fast track for foreign investors from non-EU countries to obtain a fully valid residency permit in Portugal ("Golden Visa"). Under the Golden Visa program, non-EU citizens simply need to carry out one of the investments set out in the law to qualify to obtain a residency permit in Portugal. This residency permit will allow the investor to enter and/or live in Portugal and to travel freely within the vast majority of European countries (Schengen area).Aimed at attracting foreign investment to Portugal, the Golden Visa is a…
Archie makes his debut on Meghan and Harry's South Africa tour
Cape Town, South Africa (CNN) Britain's Duke and Duchess of Sussex brought their son Archie to his first official engagement Wednesday -- a meeting with Nobel laureate and retired Archbishop Desmond Tutu. Marking his South African debut, four-month-old Archie met the beloved 87-year-old statesman when the family visited his legacy foundation in Cape Town. The Sussexes are midway through a 10-day trip to southern Africa on behalf of the UK government.Footage posted to the official Sussex Royal Instagram account revealed the much-anticipated moment -- to the delight of royal fans around the world.Baby Archie could be seen being cradled by his mother Meghan as the family…
Unfair labour practices and bullying are not the same
Bullying as a tactic for most people is either confined to playgrounds where children hang out, or the internet where trolls sling all types of derogatory comments. But bullying is equally prevalent in the workplace with dire consequences for both victims and organisations. But discerning the difference between bullying antics and unfair labour practices is often difficult to do, says Advocate Tertius Wessels, Legal Director at Strata-g Labour Solutions. “Looking at the labour dispute of Peter Moyo, Old Mutual’s embattled CEO. One can understand why some people have lashed out at Old Mutual, accusing it of employing bullying tactics, after…
Hanging of Dr. Neil Aggett comes under fresh scrutiny, 38 years on
The inquest into the death apparently by hanging of human rights activist Dr. Neil Aggett in 1982 will re-convene in January, aiming to bring answers and justice for his family. The inquest into the death of well-known anti-apartheid activist Dr. Neil Aggett, found hanging in his prison cell on 5 February 1982, will be re-opened in the South Gauteng High Court in Johannesburg on 20 January 2020. Judge President Mlambo has appointed Judge Motsamai Makume to preside over the re-opened inquest. Five weeks have been set aside for hearings. The details were confirmed at a meeting on Friday, 13 September, between…
The Truth About Xenophobia in South Africa
By Devan Moonsamy CEO of The ICHAF Training Institute The view that someone is a threat because of their being a foreigner, and should therefore be pushed out of an organisation, and out of the country, is based on fear. Such fear may be understandable because unemployment is very high in South Africa, and it is also fair that South Africans expect the government and companies to prioritise them. Unemployment is a source of frustration, conflict, poverty, a loss of self-worth and self-confidence, and socioeconomic exclusion. However, this is as true for South Africans as it is for anyone else.…
Stop the Senseless Gender-Based Violence - Motor Industry Staff Association
The Motor Industry Staff Association (MISA) condemns in the strongest possible terms the scourge of gender-based harm so prevalent in our society and is calling on Government to act on the senseless and violent crimes committed against women in particular. “We can no longer stand back and allow our country’s women to be discriminated against, harmed, harassed, abused, assaulted, raped and murdered as just another statistic in a country where self-enrichment seems to take preference over social justice and the basic human rights enshrined in our Constitution,” says Martlé Keyter, MISA’s CEO: Operations. “We abhor all forms of violence, abuse…