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Hello Readers & Business Partners Thank you Dave Guselli and family for embracing us on our July Cover, we wish you all, growth and success on your ventures. August is National Women’s Month and in this edition we are celebrating Women’s contribution to our communities, exploring the lives of everyday Women of influence and impact whose legacy is yet to be written. Our cover story is about a forward-thinking Radio personality, the effervescent Abi Ray who talks about her contribution to her community as well as being the brand ambassador for Peugeot. The local pharmacy in Kloof, National Road Pharmacy that has gained national attention by winning two momentous awards in the Pharmacy industry for Best Community Pharmacy and Best Pharmacy Facility in South Africa. What an accolade, but only due to dedication and out of the box solutions by Lynda Bryant-Mutsaerts and her great team. Deviya, a life coach specialist and contributor to Financial Mail shares insights on the importance of listening to our inner wisdom and becoming an “Empowered Woman.”

We interview a dynamic young entrepreneur Jacqui Emmanuel, an emerging young fashion designer that has received international acclaim and respect for her designs and showcased her designs in Paris recently. In celebration of Women, holding the most important title, being a Mum we encourage new Mums to visit the Mama Magic baby Expo taking place in August, where you will be inspired to be the best you can be. To our readers, thank you for your support and sharing your time with us through our stories and life changing editorials. Enjoy the issue and continue to send us your thoughts. You, our readers, are our inspiration. To our advertisers, who are our partners, thank you for your loyal support! Thank you to the Women in my Life, that are responsible for who I am. Be Safe and Believe in YOU!

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Abi Ray In 2007 Abi was offered the weekend overnight show on East Coast Radio and her dream to reach an FM audience was realised! She has since moved from the weekend to weekday radio and hosts The Pulse Monday to Friday 6 - 9pm. In the meantime, Abi was nominated to represent MTN as a Y'ello Rose Ambassador for 2011/2012 - she, along with another 9 women in the radio industry, were given R100 000 to "pay forward" to a charity of their choice. Abi decided that The Open Door Crisis Care Centre in Pinetown was a worthy charity and gave them the entire amount. They have since upgraded some of their facilities and were absolutely grateful to have been chosen.

Abi was also nominated by the Durban Youth Council as a Phenomenal Woman of 2012 recognised as being an empowered and caring woman. In 2012 and 2013 Abi was responsible for putting together a swimming team to represent East Coast Radio at the aQuelle Midmar Mile; and in 2013 decided that she would raise funds for The Pink Drive in her Midmar Mile campaign. She raised R12 000 and did two miles as a consequence. Abi Ray is a breath of fresh air to her listeners as well as to her friends and family. She loves staying fit, scuba diving, her two sausage dogs, and seeing others happy.

I feel completely proud to be the ambassador for PEUGEOT PINETOWN. To top that all off, the staff have been wonderful, they are friendly and warm and have

welcomed me into their PEUGEOT PINETOWN family. I love getting to know people and surrounding myself with people who are real and who I can relate to, so I am blessed to be associated with PEUGEOT PINETOWN, and to be driving such a sassy and sporty, feature filled car.

1. What do women want from the Peugeot 208 GTi Women want a small, sassy car with attitude. A car that's easy and extremely comfortable to drive. 2. Can the 208 GTi restore Peugeot's hot-hatch machismo? Yes, the 208 GTi has been designed to reignite the suave characteristics of the iconic 205 GTi. 3. From the outside, the 208 GTi is a feast of curves now tell us about "the ooh-la-la interior " that the ladies are going to love? The stitching runs over the enveloping seats, the full grain leather steering wheel & handbrake lever. The dials are surrounded with satin chrome beads backlit by LED’s, whereas the needles move on a brushed aluminium background.

4. What does the GTi have that is unique over its competitors? The 5 Year Premium Plan (5 Year/60000km Maintenance & Service Plan with 3 Year/100000km Warranty and Roadside Assitance) Self Park Assist. 5. The latest Peugeot hot hatch is a fast and feature-packed all-rounder. Which features appeals most to women? The feature that appeals mostly to women is definitely the park assist! Why park yourself when the car can do it for you, perfectly, first time? Just Brilliant! 6. At first sight, the eyes focus on a presence, a car that asserts its identity: sporty and sophisticated. The bodywork is undeniably sporty! What’s it like to drive?

It's an absolute DREAM to drive. You are seated snugly, with the adjustable steering wheel situated exactly where you want it; with the gear lever a comfortable drop of the arm away. The car responds as soon as you put your foot down, in every gear. At night the lights follow your every move in the road. Having someone else's bright lights on behind you have no effect on your diving whatsoever due to the electromagnetic rearview mirror it's one of my favourite features. 7.This is a safer GTi. What are the great safety features? ABS with EBD (Electronic Brake Force Distribution), ESP (Electronic Stability Program), 6 Airbags and Euro NCap5 Safety Rating.

Being empowered is the process of developing and utilizing the power that is already within you. You become the creator of your own life experiences. This begins with knowing who you are, what you want in life and knowing how to get it. It defines our uniqueness and provides an exceptional empowered feeling. Every woman has the ability to take charge of her life with grace, strength and confidence – including you. The power to be happy and fulfilled lies in your hands. To get you started on the path to empowerment, we share some essential tips.

your world and the belief you have deep within that you can achieve anything you set your heart on. . You are as powerful as you believe yourself to be.

Self reflection - How do I define happiness?

What areas in my life do I want to succeed in? How do I get to the stage I want to be at? What are my goals in life? Where do I want to be in 5 years? What kind of balance do I need in my life? These selfreflection questions open the door to discovering your true power. As an empowered woman, evaluate them regularly and put your dreams, wants and needs into perspective.

"Nothing is impossible. The word itself says I'm possible." - Audrey Hepburn

Live with purpose - Every single one of us was born with a purpose in being here. An empowered woman discovers her purpose in life and uses it to manifest her greatness. No day is meaningless or wasted when she lives her purpose. She remains inspired and motivated with greater meaning and a sense of belonging in all that she does. Discovering your life purpose allows you to be the woman you are truly meant to be. Make your own choices - A woman who

makes her own decisions that she believes in and that are in her best interest, regardless of social norms or family pressure, is truly empowered. It means that she is true to herself and her needs. She acknowledges that embracing this power comes with consequences, which she braves with dignity and integrity.

Believe in yourself - Empowerment

stems from an inner strength all women possess, and aspire to continually cultivate. Your power as a woman is derived from opportunities you see in

Support other women - The sisterhood that is inherent in women's bonds is incredible. The way women connect, share joy and pain and relate to each other is highly influential. Your appreciation of other women's hopes, aspirations and struggles is part of what makes you a woman. All women share these difficulties in life on different levels. So take pride in supporting other woman and know that you are never alone. When you help others, you help yourself. Open your heart to other women and they will open their hearts to you. What an empowering act. Respect yourself - When you have self respect, you unconditionally love yourself. You love yourself for who you are and, more importantly, for who you are not. You take pride in yourself and value yourself enough to set boundaries based on your values and principles. By honouring yourself and treating yourself with respect, you set the stage for others to treat you with respect. "It doesn't matter who you are, or where you came from. The ability to triumph begins with you. Always." - Oprah Winfrey

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The Good Food & Wine Show Durban featuring James Martin, Ms Cupcake, Indian Food Maestro’s Anjali Pathak and Vivek Singh as well as Benny Masekwameng and Jenny Morris It’s the tastiest date on the South African foodie calendar and an event where trends are born. The new look Good Food & Wine Show comes to Durban from August 8 to 11 and is bang on with what’s hot and fabulous in food and cooking fashions. Celebrity chefs appearing at the Durban show this year are TV personality James Martin who is a regular face on South African television; Vivek Singh of London’s Cinnamon Club who has transformed the face of Indian cooking; Anjali Pathak, an exciting talent in the Indian food and spice arena and part of the famous Patak spice family and the award-winning vegan baker Mellissa Morgan who is known to her legions of fans around the world as Ms Cupcake. Two of South Africa’s most popular chefs Jenny Morris and Benny Masekwameng – who both have a great affinity with Durban – will also be appearing at the show. James Martin is now arguably the premier foodie on British television. However, the Yorkshireman is down-to-earth, particularly when it comes to getting people into the kitchen and cooking: "People sometimes get so wrapped up about the detail of cooking. To me, it should really be the whole package. Cooking should be about great food with good people. I’m delighted to be coming to Durban and can’t wait to meet visitors to the show.” Vivek Singh’s award-winning food has established The Cinnamon Club as probably the most famous Indian restaurant in the world. Vivek is also one of the most articulate Indian chefs of his generation. He explains his concept of Indian food: “In my experience of cooking Indian cuisine, I have come across numerous examples of authenticity as a reason for not doing things rather than trying something different. I wanted to free Indian food from the strait-jacket of tradition and, in order to do so, it was important to push the perceived boundaries beyond what was considered to be authentic.” Says Anjali Pathak: “I have learnt most of what I know about Indian cooking from my family

and professional Indian chefs across the world. I have travelled around most of India trying to absorb the nuances of regional cuisines. For me this does not just relate to Indian cuisine, but to cooking in general, and so I decided to study at Leiths School of Food and Wine in London. Some may say what does an Indian chef need to learn British and French cooking for?! But I love bridging the gap between traditional Indian and contemporary international cuisine.” Larger-than-life Ms Cupcake is out to show visitors to the show that everybody can eat cake, regardless of allergies: "Everybody deserves great cake. It is my job to create indulgent and decadent cakes for them regardless of what they can, and cannot eat. I want to bring ‘free from’ cake to the masses. My team and I do this through baking incredible cakes, raising the profile of a vegan diet and educating people on how they can create ‘free from’ cakes for themselves." MasterChef South Africa judge Masekwameng has a great relationship with Kwa-Zulu Natal and Durban in particular. The popular chef, who has captured the hearts of South African television views with his wide and warm smile and who has become something of a national treasure, studied catering management at the then Natal Technikon. He also met his wife in the city. Morris – known to her legions of fans countrywide as The Giggling Gourmet - was born in the city.

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All the visiting chefs will be staying at Durban’s brightest star on the Golden Mile, the Southern Sun Elangeni & Maharani. Locally sourced food and children’s nutrition are the leading trends in 2013. The Good Food & Wine Show is bang up-to-date with these global predictions. It will present two new theatres in Durban this year – the Little Chefs Kitchen and The Real Food Theatre, a fully interactive experience covering sustainability and home grown produce.

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exclusive with Fashionista Jacqueline Emmanuel

JSE Couture caters for the individual with style, zest and a love for high fashion. They specialise in Bridal, Couture Bridal, Evening Gowns, Cocktail wear, Prom dresses, Tailoring, Ethnic Wear, Couture Eastern wear, Avant Garde, Men’s Tailoring and an array of ready to wear casual wear. They cater Her collection included couture inspired for the niche market that is looking for elegance and opulence with a touch of draping, intricate beading, handwork funk and modernism. JSE Couture has techniques and a touch of Africa with rich colours of blues, turquoises, bronze recently relocated from Johannesburg to Durban but they have clientele and reds. “I enjoy researching trends and being part and of the KZN Fashion throughout SA. “I am a couturier and I do custom made once of pieces as Council, which has contributed to my well as full seasonal collections, adds success, said Emmanuel. Jacqui. All her designs are authentic Emmanuel sent her previous collection and quality is guaranteed. Being an emerging young designer who is in the look books and portfolios to World Fashion Week, although they had received a staggering amount of entries, she says “through the grace of God, hard work and determination I won the bid to be the only designer to represent South Africa at the African Fashion Reception for World Fashion Week.” Jacqui was also fortunate to meet buyers and small boutiques that showed interest in buying her collections. Emmanuel’s new found love for Europe will be taking her to London in August for the African Fashion Week but her major show will be at the Durban Fashion Fair later in August where she will be launching her new label, “Jacqui Emmanuel” Local Fashion Designer Jacqui Emmanuel showed off her range of designs at the World fashion week in Paris recently. Emmanuel showcased her JSE collection of African inspired ladies evening wear to representatives around the world.

fashion industry for the last few years, she has learnt that perfection is the key to her client’s satisfaction. “The workmanship and dedication put in all my garments are of high importance to us as we create each piece as a masterpiece and are made with special attention to detailing and fine fabrications, trims with excellent quality with the ranges still being affordable, adds Jacqui. Their studio is based in a house converted into a studio in Chatsworth. The exclusive couture range we showcase is a collection that combines sheer elegance with exclusivity, glamour, sparkle, sophistication, panache with a very sleek palette of colour.

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22 Positive Habits 2. Treat everyone with kindness Kindness is not only contagious, it’s also proven to make you happier. When you’re kind to others, your brain produces feel-good hormones and neurotransmitters like serotonin and you’re able to build strong relationships with others, fostering positive feelings all around. By Dr. Mercola

Many people spend their lives waiting to be happy. You may think, “if only I had more money,” or “could lose weight,” or you fill in the blank, then I would be happy. Well here’s a secret: you can be happy right now. It’s not always easy, but you can choose to be happy, and in the vast majority of circumstances there’s no one who can stop you except for yourself. The truth is, happiness doesn’t come from wealth, perfect looks or even a perfect relationship. Happiness comes from within. This is why, if you truly want to be happy, you need to work on yourself, first. What’s the secret to being happy? You can learn how to do it, just as you can learn any other skill. Those who are happy tend to follow a certain set of habits that create peace in their lives; if you learn to apply these habits in your own life, there’s a good chance you’ll be happy too.

1. Let go of grudges Forgiving and forgetting is necessary for your own happiness, as holding a grudge means you’re also holding onto resentment, anger, hurt and other negative emotions that are standing in the way of your own happiness. Letting go of a grudge frees you from negativity and allows more space for positive emotions to fill in.

3. Regard your problems as challenges Change your internal dialogue so that anytime you have a “problem” you view it as a challenge or a new opportunity to change your life for the better. Eliminate the word “problem” from your mind entirely.

4. Express gratitude for what you have People who are thankful for what they have are better able to cope with stress, have more positive emotions, and are better able to reach their goals. The best way to harness the positive power of gratitude is to keep a gratitude journal or list, where you actively write down exactly what you’re grateful for each day. Doing so has been linked to happier moods, greater optimism and even better physical health.

5. Dream big Go ahead and dream big, as you’ll be more likely to accomplish your goals. Rather than limiting yourself, when you dream big you’re opening your mind to a more optimistic, positive state where you have the power to achieve virtually anything you desire.

6. Don’t sweat the small stuff If the issue you’re mad about will be irrelevant a year, a month, a week or even a day from now, why sweat it? Happy people know how to let life’s daily irritations roll off their back.

7. Speak well of others

It may be tempting to gather around the office water cooler to get and give the daily gossip, but talking negatively about others is like taking a bath in negative emotions; your body soaks them up. Instead, make it a point to only say positive, nice words about other people, and you’ll help foster more positive thinking in your own life as well.

8. Avoid making excuses It’s easy to blame others for your life’s failures, but doing so means you’re unlikely to rise past them. Happy people take responsibility for their mistakes and missteps, then use the failure as an opportunity to change for the better.

9. Live in the present Allow yourself to be immersed in whatever it is you’re doing right now, and take time to really be in the present moment. Avoid replaying past negative events in your head or worrying about the future; just savor what’s going on in your life now.

10. Wake up at the same time every morning Getting up at the same time every day (preferably an early time) is deceptively simple. Doing so will help regulate your circadian rhythm so you’ll have an easier time waking and likely feel more energized. Plus, the habit of rising early every day is one shared by many successful people, as it enhances your productivity and focus.

11. Don’t compare yourself to others Your life is unique, so don’t measure your own worth by comparing yourself to those around you. Even regarding yourself as better than your peers is detrimental to your happiness, as you’re fostering judgmental feelings and an unhealthy sense of superiority. Measure your own success based on your progress

of Happy People alone, not that of others.

12. Surround yourself with positive people The saying “misery loves company” is entirely true. That’s why you need to choose friends who are optimistic and happy themselves, as you will be surrounded with positive energy.

13. Realize that you don’t need others’ approval It’s important to follow your own dreams and desires without letting naysayers stand in your way. It’s fine to seek others’ opinions, but happy people stay true to their own hearts and don’t get bogged down with the need for outside approval.

14. Take time to listen Listening helps you soak in the wisdom of others and allows you to quiet your own mind at the same time. Intense listening can help you feel content while helping you gain different perspectives.

15. Nurture social relationships Positive social relationships are a key to happiness, so be sure you make time to visit with friends, family and your significant other. 16. Meditate Meditation helps you keep your mind focused, calms your nerves and supports inner peace. Research shows it can even lead to physical changes in your brain that make you happier.

17. Eat well What you eat directly impacts your mood and energy levels in both the short and long term. Whereas eating right can prime your body and brain to be in a focused, happy state, eating processed junk foods will leave you sluggish and prone to chronic disease. My free nutrition plan is an excellent tool to help you choose the best foods for both physical and emotional wellness.

18. Exercise Exercise boosts levels of healthpromoting brain chemicals like serotonin, dopamine, and

norepinephrine, which may help buffer some of the effects of stress and also relieve some symptoms of depression. Rather than viewing exercise as a medical tool to lose weight, prevent disease, and live longer – all benefits that occur in the future – try viewing exercise as a daily tool to immediately enhance your frame of mind, reduce stress and feel happier.

19. Live minimally Clutter has a way of sucking the energy right out of you and replacing it with feelings of chaos. Clutter is an often-unrecognized source of stress that prompts feelings of anxiety, frustration, distraction and even guilt, so give your home and office a clutter makeover, purging it of the excess papers, files, knick knacks and other “stuff” that not only takes up space in your physical environment, but also in your mind.



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20. Be honest Every time you lie, your stress levels are likely to increase and your self-esteem will crumble just a little bit more. Plus, if others find out you’re a liar it will damage your personal and professional relationships. Telling the truth, on the other hand, boosts your mental health and allows others to build trust in you.

21. Establish personal control Avoid letting other people dictate the way you live. Instead, establish personal control in your life that allows you to fulfill your own goals and dreams, as well as a great sense of personal self-worth.

22. Accept what cannot be changed Everything in your life is not going to be perfect, and that’s perfectly all right. Happy people learn to accept injustices and setbacks in their life that they cannot change, and instead put their energy on changing what they can control for the better.

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BE HANDS-ON Most people tend to associate charity with giving money. We write a cheque to our favourite cause, drop a few rands in the basket at church, participate in school fund-raisers, and feel good about our efforts. But pre-adolescent children may have trouble understanding such an abstract concept as donating money to a worthy cause. “It’s hard for kids to grasp that the money is going to, say, buy bread, which in turn will help feed ten homeless people,” says Harris. “Many children can’t take the process that many steps forward in their minds.” Spaide encourages parents to let their children experience charitable giving first hand. Even a pre-schooler can help a parent bag lunches for a soup kitchen, distribute socks to the people in a homeless shelter, or clean an elderly neighbour’s yard. And as children grow, so do their opportunities for making a difference. In choosing a project, try following your child’s lead and interests. The more you let her direct the process, the greater the involvement she’ll feel and the more she’ll learn from the experience. Suppose your 6-year-old has expressed concern that poor children don’t get enough toys. You might ask her if she can think of ways to collect and distribute toys to needy kids. Perhaps she’d like to do extra chores around the house to earn some money to buy the toys herself. Or she might suggest posting a sign in school to solicit toy donations from her classmates. Of course, if your child is stuck for inspiration, there’s nothing wrong with gently leading her to a worthy path. Also consider helping your child band together with friends to do good works by helping her launch a Kids Care Club PUT THEIR MONEY WHERE YOUR MOUTH IS

An allowance can be as handy a tool for fostering charity as it is for teaching other aspects of money management. Peggy Houser, a Denver financial planner and author of How to Teach Children About Money, advocates starting an allowance system as soon as your child starts school (or even earlier if you think he can handle it) and dividing the weekly dole into three parts, each clearly earmarked for a specific purpose: spending, saving, and sharing. Explain that the sharing portion is to be used for gifts to charity, and couple your explanation with a simple statement of your philosophy on the subject, such as “Our family believes it’s important to share our good luck with people who are less fortunate.” The exact percentage of the allowance you apportion to charity doesn’t matter; what is important is simply to incorporate giving into the child’s budget. “The goal is to make giving money to those in need a routine,” says Harris. What you encourage your child to do with the money is key too. Instead of simply giving cash to a worthy organization once he has accumulated a reasonable amount, suggest that he use the money to buy a toy for a poor child or socks for a homeless person or some other item needed by someone in serious straits. Then take him to deliver it. SEIZE THE MOMENT You don’t need to set aside a special time to talk about the importance and joy of giving. Opportunities pop up all the time. Passing a homeless person on the street, for example, might be a good occasion to talk about the fact that some families don’t have enough money to pay for a place to live. Visiting an elderly or ailing relative might be the right moment to discuss how important it is to reach out to people in need, says Harris, “The idea isn’t just to sensitize your child to some of the

pain and suffering in the world, but to give her the great gift of thinking that she has the power to help make it better.” PRACTICE WHAT YOU PREACH As with everything else in life, kids learn best by example. You don’t have to regale your child with tales of your charitable works or keep him glued to your side while you serve meals in a soup kitchen to prove that you care too. But neither should you hide everyday acts of kindness. If you’re taking a meal to a friend who has just gotten out of the hospital, say so. If you help raise funds for worthy causes through your church, temple, mosque or local community group, talk about it. If you give money to an organization you believe in, explain why doing so is important to you. By talking about to whom and how you give, you not only show your kids the importance of giving itself, but you’re sharing your values about the issues that matter most to your family-whether you’re passionate about supporting the arts, cleaning up the environment, assisting the elderly, or helping to alleviate poverty and homelessness. Although some parents may worry about exposing young children to painful experiences that might haunt them later. The joy inherent in giving far outweighs any sadness they may encounter. She notes, “Kids can handle so much more than we give them credit for.” So can moms and dads. Busy parents who have found it hard to devote time to worthy causes outside their own homes may well discover that teaching their children to give back to the community is an ideal way to get back in touch with their own charitable impulses. “We call it trickle-up charity,” says Harris. “The effort starts with the kids, but the parents often get the biggest payoff of all.”



Seafood Paella Ingredients:

• 2 tbsp olive oil • 1 onion, finely chopped • 1 green pepper, seeded and finely chopped • 1 red or orange pepper, seeded and cut into strips • 2 carrots, peeled and cut into julienne strips • 2 cloves of crushed garlic • 2 tomatoes, skinned and finely chopped • 1 tsp saffron • 350g long-grain rice • 1kg mixed seafood (fish, prawns, calamari and mussels) • 2-3 tbsp fresh coriander or parsley, chopped • 200g sugar snap peas, trimmed fresh limes or lemons, cut into wedges

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1.) Heat olive oil in a large frying pan. 2.) Add onion, green and red peppers and carrots, and fry over a low heat for two minutes. 3.) Add garlic, tomatoes and saffron and fry for three minutes. 4.) Add the rice and stir well to make sure the rice is well coated. 5.) Add about 800ml water or seafood stock and bring to the boil. 6.) Simmer for 10 minutes. 7.) Add seafood, coriander and sugar snap peas and stir well. Cover and simmer for a further 10 -15 minutes. 8.) Add a little water if it gets too dry. The dish is ready once the mussels open and the rice is tender.Season with salt and freshly ground black pepper, coriander and lemon wedges.

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community of Kloof for over 50 years. It is a well-known entity in the area and has been an asset to the community over the years. It is a family pharmacy where generations from the same family, are patients and are known to all the staff. In 2005, it was revived when Lynda Mutsaerts (nee Bryant) took over the running of the pharmacy. She won the Nedbank Professional Businesswoman of the year both regionally and nationally in 2008 and 2009 and the SAPC Pharmacist of the year in 2009 which recognized her contribution to both business and pharmacy. The combination of a happy, professional, business-orientated team together with the caring family environment has made National Road Pharmacy a household name in the Kloof area. The longer opening hours, full time primary health care clinic, community contribution towards security and the charities in the area, on-going staff training and development, innovative initiatives such as the breast milk bank and personal professional service has ensured that National Road Pharmacy is continuing to grow from strength to strength.

Service Delivery

National Road Pharmacy aims to provide exceptional service delivery by combining the promotion of wellness and patient education together with dispensing of medicines. We provide our own patient information leaflets and monthly newsletters to our patients which increases their information about chronic disease. We are available via email, a dedicated cellphone sms line and by telephone to pre-order medicines and improve flow in the pharmacy.

"In this area we excel and taking care of our patients is our priority," says Lynda. “We have been part of the community for over 50 years and therefore know entire families of patients - the grandparents, parents and children. We aim to know our patients by name and are able to greet them as they walk through the door". They offer wellness days and patient care days where the public is invited to come in for free HIV testing or sugar tests etc. They also offer patient education evenings where specialists are invited to talk to patients on topics that are of interest to their patients. For 2013, they are having a domestic workers health workshop in the area where they will train on HIV awareness and the importance of diet and test for diabetes as well as HIV on a voluntary basis.

HR Development

National Pharmacy have increased their number of fulltime pharmacists in the last year in order to ensure that they can provide personal professional service to the patients visiting their pharmacy. Staff are trained internally. Two employees were previous gardeners and have been developed into pharmacist assistants.

Innovation in Pharmaceutical Services

As a pharmacy, National Road is continuously striving to work together to ensure they are able to deliver pharmaceuticals and advice to the best of their ability. They are currently working with the frail care homes in the area to develop a solution best suited to the nurses and patients. The pharmacists and clinic sisters work very closely monitoring patients' chronic diseases by checking glucose levels for diabetics on a monthly basis or blood pressure for hypertensives monthly.

Sector Leadership

They are actively involved in the Kloof community and support the Kloof Conservancy as well as the Kloof Community Policing Forum. "We piloted and initiated under the leadership of our clinic sister, Cindy Bradley, a breastmilk bank within our pharmacy. This breastmilk bank provides milk to the HIV orphans at Ithemba Lethu. We firmly believe that we can make a difference in our small way by helping some babies", say Mutsaerts.



Act Like a Leader before You are One by Amy Gallo


f you want to become a leader, don't wait for the fancy title or the corner office. You can begin to act, think, and communicate like a leader long before that promotion. Even if you're still several levels down and someone else is calling all the shots, there are numerous ways to demonstrate your potential and carve your path to the role you want.

What the Experts Say

"It's never foolish to begin preparing for a transition no matter how many years away it is or where you are in your career," says Muriel Maignan Wilkins, co-author of Own the Room: Discover Your Signature Voice to Master Your Leadership Presence. Not only does the planning help you develop the necessary skills and leadership presence, it also increases your chances of getting the promotion because people will already recognize you as a leader. The key is to take on opportunities now, regardless of your tenure or role. "You can demonstrate leadership at any time no matter what your title is".

Knock your responsibilities out of the park

No matter how big your ambitions are, don't let them distract you from excelling in your current role. Focus on the present as much as or more than the future. "You still have to deliver results in your day job," says Jen Su. Adds Maignan Wilkins: "You always need to take care of today's business so that nobody-peers, managers, or those above you - questions your performance." That's the first step to getting ahead.

Help your boss succeed

"You have to execute on your boss's priorities too," says Watkins. "Show her that you're willing to pick up the baton on important projects." Maignan Wilkins also suggests you "lean more towards yes than no" whenever your boss asks you to help with something new. Find out what keeps your manager up at night and propose solutions to those problems.

Seize leadership opportunities, no matter how small Make sure your "let me take that on" attitude extends beyond your relationship with your boss. Raise your hand for new initiatives, especially ones that might be visible to those outside

your unit. "This will give others a taste of what you'll be like in a more senior role," says Maignan Wilkins. It doesn't have to be an intense, months-long project. It might be something as simple as facilitating a meeting, offering to help with recruiting events, or stepping in to negotiate a conflict between peers. You might find opportunities outside of work, too. You can sit on the board of a local nonprofit or organize your community's volunteer day. "These activities send the signal that you aspire to leadership potential," Watkins says.

Look for the white space

Another way to prove your potential is to take on projects in the "white space." These are problems that others aren't willing to tackle or don't even know exist. "Every organization has needs that nobody is paying attention to, or people are actively ignoring," Maignan Wilkins says. For example, you might be able to identify a customer need that isn't being met by your company's current product line, and propose a new one. Or you could do a quick analysis of how much a specific change would save the company. When you take on a task that no one else is willing to do, you make yourself stand out.

Don't be a jerk

There's a fine line between being ambitious and acting like you're too big for your britches. "Don't try to exert authority when you don't have it," says Watkins. Practice what he calls "steward leadership": focus on what your team wants to accomplish instead of putting yourself first. Jen Su recommends "humble confidence," showing appropriate modesty in your role, while having the self-assurance to know that you will rise to the next level.

Be cautious when sharing your ambitions

It's appropriate to raise your ambitions with your manager if you have a trusting, solid relationship, but frame them in a way that focuses on what's best for the company. Jen Su suggests you lay out your accomplishments for the past year and then ask something like, "As we look further out, where do you see me continuing to make a contribution?" Watkins warns that these conversations shouldn't come off as being all about you. Instead, engage in a two-way conversation with your

boss. If you have the kind of boss who may feel threatened by your aspirations, it's better to keep your ambitions quiet and prove your potential.

Find role models

Look for people who have the roles you want and study what they do -how they act, communicate, and dress. "Pick someone at the next level, someone similar to you, and find a way to work with them," says Watkins. Volunteer for a committee they're spearheading or offer to help with one of their pet projects. Identify behaviors that you can emulate while being true to yourself. "You don't want to fake it," says Maignan Wilkins. It might also help to study people who are stuck in their careers as examples of what not to do, Watkins says. Are they clumsy politically? Do they disrespect the lines of authority? Do they fail to make connections between departments?

Build relationships

There's an old adage, "It's not who you know, it's who knows you." When you're evaluated for a promotion, it's unlikely your boss will sit in a room alone and contemplate your potential. She'll rely on others to assess your ability, which means you need supporters across the organization -people who are aware of the work you're doing. "If you find yourself walking down the hall with the most senior person at your company, be prepared to answer the question, 'So what are you up to?'" Maignan Wilkins says, "Don't take lightly any interactions that may seem informal. Treat every situation as an opportunity to demonstrate the value you bring to the organization and your knowledge of the business."

Principles to Remember

Look for every opportunity to demonstrate your leadership potential, at work and outside the office Support your boss in reaching her goals Find people in positions you aspire to and study what makes them successful


Let your ambitions distract you from doing your current job well Exert authority where you don't have any-use influence to prove your leadership chops Openly discuss your ambitions-it's safer to take a "show, don't tell" approach

Common Causes of Dry Skin By R. Morgan Griffin

"Dry skin is extremely common," says dermatologist, Dr Barney Kenet, and if the itching wasn’t bad enough, a dry skin problem can be more than just a superficial issue, experts say. "Your intact, healthy skin is your body's primary defence against infection," says Professor of dermatology, Dr Claude Burton. If you let your skin get dried out and cracked, you could be giving all sorts of nasty bacteria a way in. That can lead to more serious problems. There are lots of good reasons to do something about your dry, itchy skin - your looks, your health, and your sanity. So it's time to put down the back scratcher and figure out what's really causing your dry skin problem.

Let it soak in for a few minutes, and then towel off the excess, Kenet says. You've also got to get the right type of moisturiser. Experts recommend that people with dry skin get mild moisturisers that contain no perfumes or alcohols. Often a simple budget moisturiser can do a good job. The moisturiser must also be thick and greasy in order to seal in the moisture needed for good dry skin care.


Understanding Dry Skin

Let's start with some skin basics. Normal, healthy skin is coated in a thin layer of natural lipids, or fatty substances. They keep in moisture, leaving the skin soft and supple. What causes dry skin - or xerosis, as it's known medically? Usually, something in the environment - or something you're doing to your skin - is stripping away these fatty oils, leaving your skin unprotected. Less often, the cause is internal; a health condition or genetic predisposition is making your skin dry out. While patches of dry, itchy skin can appear anywhere, it's most common on the arms, hands, lower legs and abdomen. Dry skin is often felt more than it's seen, but on some people it can be noticeable and embarrassing. For many Black people, dry skin is a special concern, since the flakes of skin can look grey, or "ashy," says assistant professor of medicine, Dr Vesna Petronic-Rosic. If untreated, dry skin can sometimes lead to dermatitis - inflammation of the skin - swelling, and infection. The good news is that just as most causes of dry skin are external, most cures for dry skin are external. With careful dry skin care, you can usually solve the problem.

Misusing Moisturizer

If you've been contending with dry skin, you've probably already tried a moisturiser - if not dozens. But while moisturisers are a crucial part of dry skin care, experts say that we don't always use them very well. The biggest mistake we make is applying moisturiser on dry skin, when it's least likely to help. "You have to put on moisturiser when your skin is still damp," says Kenet, author of How to Wash Your Face. "That way, the moisturiser is trapping the moisture still on your skin." Your skin shouldn't be sopping wet -- just pat yourself dry with a towel and put it on.

'fragrance-free' soaps. That's not the same as 'unscented,' which may still have perfumes," Kenet says. For many people with dry skin, the best choice is a mild skin cleanser rather than soap, experts say. Whatever you do, don't use any harsh implements to wash yourself. "People will get these incredibly abrasive sponges and brushes," says Burton. "Sanding your skin is not a good idea." It can strip away that thin layer of natural oils that keep our skin moist and healthy. Using aqueous cream as soap is often recommended too.

Dry Air

"Dry air is probably the most common cause of dry skin, especially during the winter," says Kenet, "It draws the moisture right out of the skin." Dry skin during winter even gets its own name: winter itch. While cold, harsh weather does dry your skin, another big problem in the winter lies indoors - the dry heat from your heaters. (During the summer, air conditioning can have a similar effect.) To counteract the dry heat, start with a moisturiser. "Turning down the heating a bit in the winter can also help", Kenet says.

Long, Hot Showers And Baths

Prolonged exposure to water - especially hot water - can wash away the natural oils that protect your skin. If you get out of the bath or shower and your skin feels tight, it's dried out. So what should you do? First, choose showers over baths. But that's not all. If you're accustomed to waking up in the morning with a long, languid shower, dermatologists have some brutal advice: limit showers to a few minutes and skip the hot water. "One of the biggest problems people have with dry skin stems from their soap," says Burton. Soap can quickly strip away your skin's protective oils, and we tend to use way too much of it. "The average person who goes to school or work just doesn't get very dirty during the day," says Petronic-Rosic. "But [in the shower] many people scrub at their skin like it's the bottom of their shoes." Unless you're a child or a ditch digger, the only parts of the body that need any soap or cleanser at all are the face, hands, feet, groin and underarms. The rest of the body can usually just be rinsed off with water. For dry skin care, look for milder,

A number of medicines have the side effect of drying out the skin. They include drugs for: • High blood pressure, like diuretics • Acne and other skin conditions, like retinoids If you notice the onset of a dry skin problem after starting a medication, talk to your doctor. They may be able to help by changing the dose or switching the medication. Dry skin problem: Medical conditions Usually, dry skin is caused by external factors. But sometimes, it can be a sign of a something going on internally, whether it's a natural physiological change or an illness. For instance, dry skin often develops when people get older, especially in women. "Changes in hormone levels can cause dry skin as we age," says PetronicRosic. As many as 75% of people over 64 have dry skin. Other people, regardless of age, are simply genetically prone to dry skin.



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Oily fish, such as salmon, is rich in omega-3 fatty acids. While the extent of the link is uncertain, omega-3 fatty acids offer a wide range of other benefits, including helping to maintain good heart health. Besides fish, sources of omega-3 include nuts and leafy, dark green vegetables.

Brazil Nuts Add Brazil nuts to the mix for a helpful dose of selenium, which plays a key role in metabolism and may be a natural mood booster. Several studies have reported a link between low selenium and poorer moods. This mineral also occurs in smaller amounts in meats, seafood, beans and whole grains.

Smart Carbohydrates They are the body’s preferred source of fuel and they raise serotonin levels. The key is to avoid sweet foods, which cause blood sugar to spike and plummet, leading to fatigue and moodiness. Instead, turn to whole grains like whole wheat bread, brown rice and cereal. The body absorbs whole grains more slowly, keeping blood sugar and energy levels stable.


Leafy Greens Another nutrient that studies suggest may reduce the risk of depression is folate. Like omega-3 fatty acids, folate is found in leafy green vegetables, including spinach and cos (romaine) lettuce. Broccoli, brussels sprouts, nuts and citrus fruits are also good sources of folate.

Lean Meats Lean pork, lean beef, skinless chicken and turkey are healthy sources of protein, including the amino acid tyrosine. Tyrosine boosts levels of dopamine and noradrenaline (also known as norepinephrine) - brain chemicals that can help you feel more alert and focused. Meats also contain vitamin B12, which some studies suggest may help depression and insomnia.

Fibre Fibre is an energy stabiliser. It slows digestion, providing a more steady supply of energy throughout the day. Boost your fibre intake by eating beans, whole fruits, vegetables, whole grain breads and whole grain cereals.





Frequent Meals

Dehydration and fatigue go handin-hand. Some studies suggest even mild dehydration can slow the metabolism and sap your energy. The solution is simple drink plenty of water or other unsweetened drinks at regular intervals.

An alternative source of caffeine is, of course, tea. Research suggests that tea’s combination of caffeine and the amino acid L-theanine can improve alertness, reaction time and memory. Black tea has also been shown to combat the effects of stress.

Another way to stabilise blood sugar, energy and mood: eat small meals and snacks every three to four hours.Energy-sustaining snacks include peanut butter on whole grain crackers, half a turkey sandwich with salad, or whole grain cereal with milk.

Fresh Produce

Dark Chocolate

Exercise for Energy

Another way to stay hydrated and energised is to eat fluid-filled foods, such as fresh fruit and vegetables. Avoid dry packaged snacks like crisps in favour of apple wedges or celery. Other hydrating foods include porridge and pasta, which swell up with water when cooked.

A few squares of dark chocolate can boost both alertness and mood. Caffeine is at work again, along with another stimulant called theobromine. Beware: a study has found that people who eat the most chocolate have a greater likelihood of depression.

As well as altering your diet, exercise is a tried-and-tested way to boost energy and mood. Even a single 15-minute walk can be energising, and the benefits increase with more frequent physical activity. Studies indicate that regular exercise can relieve depression and trigger physiological changes that make more energy available throughout the day.



Caffeine steps up the body’s metabolism, temporarily improving mental focus and alertness. Frequent small cups will keep you alert and focused longer than a single large dose. Beware of drinking so much coffee that you can’t sleep at night. Lack of sleep is an obvious drain on your energy.

To boost energy and mood, breakfast is a must. Studies show that people who eat breakfast every morning enjoy more energy and a better mood throughout the day. The best breakfasts deliver plenty of fibre and nutrients through whole grain carbohydrates, good fats and some type of lean protein.

30 Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Sea of Monsters For those who have fell in love with Rick Riordan’s characters and have a love for Greek Mythology beware of the Cyclops that lurks. Percy Jackson is back and juggling being a normal kid and the fact that his father is the Greek God of the Sea. Percy played by Logan Lerman and his friend Annabeth played by Alexandra Daddario are on a journey to find their best friend Grover and to save Camp Half-Blood that’s become endangered. In this action packed movie watch these demigods uncover secrets, get into some trouble and kill some monsters. So for those willing to escape into a world of thrilling magic, adventure and comedy go check out this teen flick August 30th.

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Who’s that Beat Dropper?

The Latest App: Wechat

Singer, songwriter, dancer and actor, Asher Monroe could be definitely stealing a couple a hearts. Born in Virginia, United States and aged 24. This up and coming star has created a fan frenzy over “YouTube” with his first solo video of “like I do.” In his 2013 album he’ll be collaborating with some of the biggest names in the music industry; Ryan Tedder, Sean Kingston and Chris Brown. With his charming good looks and a talented voice, this guy has a lot coming for him. If you’re a fan of pop and just want something to dance you have to check out “here with you.” I love it and if you’re not a pop fan it could just change you.

Where some may not be fans of this app others may find it pretty cool. The new instant messaging app, Wechat just may start to take the youth by storm. Its not like every other app where we just text and sent emoticons and pictures but Wechat offers a live chat, video call, the shake feature where you can shake your phone and make new friends, (though kids listen to your parents, don’t talk to strangers.) other features include the “look around” where you can find people in your area to talk too, (just because they live down the road doesn’t mean you should talk to them…still considered a stranger.) Be part of the change but be careful as well.

Winter Love An accessory used on the stage has no been brought to the streets, leg warmers are a winter hit. They van be paired with just about everything except that evening dress in your closet. Paired with a mini skirt or even a good skinny jeans

That Crazy Trend that’s Changing everything. After seeing Rihanna in one and making a statement, it seems the fashion world just bowed to her. The biggest trend now would be the “onesie.” With its aztech patterns and leopard prints, these jumpsuits once only worn by infants are rocking the runway. These comfortable items are great for a quick run to town or spending the day at home. They come in adorable different textiles, to join the craze check out “topshop” for some fun, interesting styles.

South African Women’s Arts Festival Presented by the Playhouse Company

The Galileo Open Air Cinema

brings a Brand New Film Experience to Durban Launching in Durban this August, The Galileo Open Air Cinema takes entertainment to a new level with a diversity of all-time classic films enjoyed under the stars in a unique garden setting.

Open Air Cinema at Makaranga Botanical Garden

Founded by Huenu Solsona and Thomas Brauer, the concept for The Galileo was born from a love of film, along with the need for a different type of experience for film fans. Co-founder Thomas Brauer says “We were both surprised by the huge popularity of the movies. Some shows sold out in just a few days! It was pretty much a box-smashing hit from the first show to the last.” The duo’s success in Cape Town prompted them to expand to other areas of South Africa, and Durban, with its mild, drier winters, was next on the list.

“Where the Stars Shine”

The cinema is set to launch in Durban on 7 August at Makaranga in Kloof. Movies will start at 18h30 and entry to the movie area will open at 16h00, giving movie-goers ample time to get a bite to eat from a variety of delicious food on location. Shows will run every Wednesday for the months of August and September and movies include such classics as Pretty Woman, Top Gun and Love Actually. Tickets are available online through The Galileo’s website or directly through Web tickets and cost R70.

Always a highpoint on The Playhouse Company’s arts and entertainment calendar, the annual South African Women’s Arts Festival (SAWAF) runs from 25 July to 17 August 2013. The high-profile festival line-up presented by The Playhouse Company includes three drama productions, a double bill of dance and the ever popular Open Mic and Dialogue sessions that have become SAWAF fixtures over the past few years. Set to provide a wealth of stimulating discussion generating much food for thought, this year’s SAWAF Dialogue Session will be held on 10 August in Playhouse’s Grand Foyer, with the participation of leading role players in both the business and political sectors. The topic for this year’s dialogue is “Having it all” – Work and family life in the 21st century. Entrance to this session is free. SAWAF Open Mic session is once again free to the public and will be held on 3 August starting at 1pm in the Playhouse Drama theatre. The two-hour poetry session, in celebration of Women’s Month, will feature prominent artists such as Lebo Mashile, Naima McLean, Malika Ndlovu, Sbo Da Poet and many more. The poetry session will be directed by Dr Gcina Mhlophe. Members of the poetry community are also given an opportunity to participate in this session. Written and directed by Ronnie Govender, Botoo, a longawaited stage piece based on Dr Devi Rajab’s book, Women South Africans of India Origin, premieres in The Loft theatre on 8 August and runs until 17 August. Govender has chosen to focus on an interview the writer had with Dr Gonum, a visionary and a feminist who took part in the Passive Resistance Movement. She dressed in the traditional way yet smoked and drank. She was a woman of contradictions and has sparked many debates over the years. Tickets are R100 per person, students just R35 each.

A Brand New Experience

What sets The Galileo aside from conventional cinemas (other than the chance to enjoy movies under a ceiling of stars) is that it is more than just a film – it is an experience. Ideal for a romantic date, a fun evening out with friends and family or the perfect way to relax during a busy week, every show promises a rewarding and social experience. Visit or call 071 471 8728.

Back from L-R: Sivani Chinappan, Rajesh Gopie, Lihle Dhlomo Front from 8L-R: Jayshree Parasuramen, Kumseela Naidoo Visit or through Computicket on 0861 915 8000, online at or call the Playhouse box office on 031-369 9540 /96

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