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Parents set to receive placement offers MEC Pan yaza Lesu ﬁ commends pa rents for h eeding the call to apply on line and on time. The Gaute ng Departmen t of Educ ation has started w ith the pla cement of learne rs in scho o ls. The process w ill contin ue until October 3 0.
The Gauteng Department of Education has on July 24, commenced with the placement of learners in schools. The process will continue until October 30. The department said parents will receive offers of placement by SMS and they have seven days to accept or reject the offer.Parents are urged to respond to the placement offer by either accepting or rejecting it. According to the acting head of communications for the department, Oupa Bodibe, not all
parents will receive an SMS before the end of August.“Districts are working with schools to sign off and verify ﬁnal list of admission per school. This process was delayed by the winter school holidays,” said Bodibe. “Parents are urged not to panic if they have not received an SMS in the next three weeks. However, they should contact the district if no SMS notiﬁcation has been received after three weeks from July 24,” Bodibe said. Those parents who have been informed that their application has been declined
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can lodge an objection with the district The objection form is available on the department’s website, www.education. gpg.gov.za, or at the school.The initial placement statistics will not be available until later next week. Meanwhile, a total of 12 684 applications were made by non-South African citizens. “When incomplete documents are submitted and the parent submits proof of application from the Department of Home Affairs, schools will accept learners provisionally.“The above provision is applicable to
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both South African and non-South African citizens. Schools will keep a database of undocumented learners and parents,” Bodibe said. MEC Panyaza Lesuﬁ commended parents for heeding the call to apply online and on time. “Once more, we thank the people of Gauteng for the overwhelming response to the online admissions. “The early processing of admissions means that learning and teaching can commence on the ﬁrst day of the 2018 academic calendar,” said Lesuﬁ.
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01 August 2017
NOTE FROM Ekurhuleni clarifies account THE EDITOR payment mix up Following a confusion over the closure of the City of Ekurhuleni’s bank accounts, the city would like to emphasise that the change of bank has not affected customer’s ability to pay their municipal accounts as all payments made are redirected to the City’s mask account.
The road of an African child has always been one of hunger and pain. As a community journalist taking my sabbatical from journalism, I return to ﬁnd my community in dire concern. Our children are hungry. The daunting task of re-establishing sources to monitoring local media and eagerly listening to allegations of law enforcement being at so-called “war” with civil rights organisations both patrolling our streets at night, keeping our children safe from the same atrocities that lurk under the same sun we refuse to see shine upon our neighbour. I see young people abducted from our streets and murdered, their bodies found two days later and their names fade six months later as media reports move on to the next child and they become yet another statistic in a sea of misfortune. Eager I set out – the voice to the voiceless, armed with my camera in hand on the streets of the town I so once adored. Only to ﬁnd my community yearning for the truth. “Why are the drugs ﬂowing in our schools?’ a chilling response from a reader when asked – “what answers do you seek to ﬁnd in local media?” I once served the community of Ekurhuleni when councillors demanded attention when we had potholes. The status quo was, one way or another the problem had to be resolved. I once served a community that joined forces in the protection of its citizens. I once served a community that would stand together –yes- that very same thing we accuse each other we are incapable of doing. This being said, it warms my heart to see the growth in our community, the camaraderie of women and children as the helping hands of charities, schools and churches reach out in the gripping clutches of this winter. Children crossed my path this week and I heard phrases like “young ambassador” beanies are collected and blankets found new homes warming the frail and indigent of our society. Our children are our legacy, protect the young minds of the future for they are our link to correcting the mistakes of the past. These are the stories my community demand and so I shall oblige. Delivery on Tuesdays to households and businesses in Boksburg, Benoni, Alberton, Germiston South, JHB South and Bedfordview. Published by Tame Communications. Corner Michelle Avenue and Sangiro Close, Randhart. PO Box 17699, Randhart,1457 Tel: 011 862 8500, Fax: 011 869 7335
In a statement issued to tame TIMES, Ekurhuleni spokesperson Themba Gadebe said, the City of Ekurhuleni is in contract with Nedbank, which has been effective since September 2015 following a tender process that was awarded in the 2015/16 ﬁnancial year.
To minimise the inconvenience to over three million Ekurhuleni customers, payments made into ABSA, Standard Bank and First National Bank accounts are received and recorded as these accounts have not been closed. Gadebe explained that, “To ensure that the City’s payment level is sustained and prevent customers from being in unduly arrears no accounts have been cancelled. “For security reasons customers are encouraged to visit or contact their rates ofﬁces at their nearest customer care cen-
ter to receive Nedbank’s account details where payments can be made.” Customers who prefer to pay through electronic funds transfer can do so through most banks - Nedbank, ABSA, Standard Bank and FNB branches across Ekurhuleni. Alternatively, payments can be made through the e- siyakhokha online payment system at www.e-siyakhokha.co.za as well as third party vendors such as Checkers and Pick ‘n Pay.
Celebrating women Park turning into Members of the Household Consumers’ League, Bedfordview recently celebrated Women’s Day. Five ladies walked off with gift hampers courtesy of Checkers, Eastgate Shopping Centre.
The League meets every second Wednesday morning at the James Sadie Auditorium in Hawley Road, Bedfordview. For more information, contact 083 352 0282.
A resident has raised concerns about the park on the corner of Charl Cilliers and Third streets which seems to have become a rubbish dumpThe complainant, who wishes to remain anonymous, has reported this problem to the Ekurhuleni Metro since March.
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“The park’s garbage is not being collected. There are times when all the refuse is put into bags by Ekurhuleni workers and placed next to the rubbish bins,” said the complainant. “Most days people scavenging in bins empty the rubbish bags to use for their own plastics and then leave the garbage all over the park again.” The resident is also concerned about the public who are dumping their refuse bags in the park. “There have been rubbish bags there for months,” she said. What worries her is the hygienic impact the garbage poses for people wanting to enjoy the park.
A resident of Dawn Park, Jacob Lambani, is furious at Ekurhuleni municipal employees who have, for months, failed to repair an underground water leak which has caused enormous water wastage.
“The community is very active in this park. They play soccer and other sport here regularly and families like visiting the park as an outing.” The Advertiser recently visited the park and saw a lot of black bags, building material and garden refuse dumped there.
Lambani said he reported the leak after he ﬁrst noticed it approximately three months ago. “A few days after I contacted the metro, a van was sent out, but instead of repairing the pipe, they abandoned the hole, leaving the leak unrepaired. “They dug a big hole and left the area without ﬁxing the leak. They promised to send someone to ﬁx the problem but nothing has happened and the hole remains open. In the meantime, the hole became ﬁlled with water and the pipe has been gushing kilolitres of clean drinking water, ﬂooding the road and making it diﬃcult for residents to walk and drive through the area,” said Lambani, who blamed the problem on the performance of municipal workers.He has contacted the metro on several occasions but the problem persists. The honour is not only to return to journalism and be awarded the platform for the voiceless but to see my community rise once more to its former glory and a standard it deserves. To see my community stand alongside, neighbour to neighbour,
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01 August 2017
Elderly couple rescued from burning house Hijacked car recovered in Benoni Two brave brothers, Jared (22) and Kyle (20) Livingstone, saved an elderly couple from their burning house in Parkdene, on July 26. Neighbour Aiden Lemmetjies also assisted in the rescue. The brothers live across from the couple and Aiden is a next-door neighbour. The Livingstone brothers, Jared (22) and Kyle (20), and Aiden Lemmetjies, who matriculated last year, helped Erik (89) and Marge (90) Heubner from their burning house in Parkdene. According to Jared and Kyle’s mother, Pam Livingstone, when her sons noticed the flames coming from the house they did not hesitate to assist. “They forced open the security gate to the house and found the elderly couple in the kitchen, trying to extinguish the fire with a hosepipe,” said Pam. “The boys helped them out of the house and also managed to move their vehicles before they caught
fire.” Apparently the couple had been living in the house which has now “burned to the ground” for about 56 years. Unfortunately, Marge lost all her clothing in the fire. Anyone willing to donate number five shoes or size eight clothing (women’s) and toiletries to the couple may contact Yolandi van Tonder on 082 854 9448.
On Wednesday afternoon, July 25, at approximately 1pm, the EMPD Equestrian Unit members picked up a signal of a hijacked Toyota Corolla along Pretoria Road in Benoni area. After spotting the vehicle a short chase ensued between EMPD and the suspect. The driver of the hijacked silver Toyota Corolla attempted to speed away when the metro police beckoned to him to stop. The driver was apprehended and arrested shortly after. He
could not out-pace the metro police vehicles and after a short distance he was cornered and arrested. It emerged that the vehicle was hijacked in Soshanguve on Tuesday night, July 25. The 28-year-old male suspect from Etwatwa was detained at Crystal Park police station where he was charged with possession of a hijacked vehicle. He is expected to appear in the Benoni Magistrate’s Court on Monday July 31.
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Crime Safety Oversight Committee takes spotlight
Madam Speaker Cllr Patricia Kumalo and Chris van Biljon of Ekurhuleni Initiative engaging the media. Germiston Town Hall recently welcomed a delegation of over 600 people who came to partake in the Crime Prevention Dialogue. The audience included ward committees, councillors, traditional and business leaders and various stakeholders within the community safety cluster. Following an outcry from various members of the public, Ekurhuleni Legislature put together a programme that would speak to engaging stakeholders about crime prevention methods. In his opening address, Alderman Izak Berg, Chairperson of the Community Safety Oversight Committee, expressed his will to fight crime on all fronts and rallied the community to exercise its muscle in uniting to achieve the same purpose. Dr Reza Patel, CPF Provincial Director attested to advancing crime prevention using technology, as he presented a crime reporting application he added that this initiative was not about replacing state security organs but about augmenting the state’s efforts in combating crime. Deputy Chief of Police, Goodman Mzolo outlined current measures of crime prevention employed by the Ekurhuleni Metropolitan Police Department (EMPD) and touched on human capital issues faced by the EMPD which negatively impact the department’s ability to
work efficiency. The Q and A sessions (Question and Answer) following each presentation revealed a readiness to engage as community members voiced their concerns with the current system. Delegates cited gender violence, fraud and hijacking as just a few of the most notorious crimes they are vulnerable to. Stated unequivocally during the session was wide-spread frustration with unethical police officials as they had become associated with culprits they were meant to protect communities from. This was deemed unacceptable and delegates requested the Metro to deal harshly with such individuals. Deliberating on the way forward with members of the media, Alderman Patricia Kumalo, Speaker of Council, conveyed a sense of urgency in ensuring crime was dealt with in the City of Ekurhuleni, mentioning that this dialogue was not a talk shop but a seminar that would bring about change through its outcomes. Through the Community Safety Oversight Committee, the outcomes will be compiled into a report that will be brought to council. Thereafter the Oversight Committee will continue with roadshows engaging different regions, all in a bid to create a safer city.
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Members of CPF Patrollers and Police were on Friday 2017-07-28 at about 22H20 were doing the routine patrol at the ReigerPark flats and they came along a alleged suspect who started to run and they gave a chase. And managed to apprehend the 26-years-suspect and found him in possession of unlicensed firearm and dagga. In another separate scene: our station members of crime intelligence were busy following up informations on illegal firearm and managed to recover one unlicensed firearm, eleven live rounds of ammunition and arrested three suspects aged 24, 26 and 36. The VISPOL Commander, Capt ZG Dladla applauded the members for the job well done, "By removing two firearms and so many ammunitions you saved so many lives and it shows that there's a lots of illegal firearms in the community and we ask the community to continue giving us informations and a lot of crime were prevented. Thanks to all more especially our volunteers" he said. All arrested suspects will appear in Boksburg Magistrates Court on Monday 2017-07-31 [08:09, 7/31/2017] +27 79 713 4906: ReigerPark SAPS crime intelligence arrested a 18-years-old for kidnapping,rape and murder a 10-years-old girl in April 2017 in Ramaphosa Informal Settlements. The suspect was initially arrested during the commission of the crime but was released because of the lack of evidence. On Thursday 2017-07-27 the DNA results came back and positively linked him to the crime and was arrested and will appear in Boksburg Magistrates Court on Monday 2017-07-31.
01 August 2017
Drummies make history
SA student wins international prize An inspirational young South African who has mentored numerous young leaders, has found herself on the podium winning a global award while competing against participants from 25 other countries.
Primary team leaders Khutso Mlambo (left) and Bridgete Zhekov.
Anastasia Lungu (left) and high school team leader Kelly Loring. The St Dominic’s drum majorette teams made history at the South African Majorette and Cheerleading Association (SAMCA) National Championships in KwaZulu-Natal, from July 8 to 15. St Dominic’s became the first school to win the coveted Champion of Champions title in both the primary (Saintees) and high school (Saints) elite division in the same year.
Both teams won the Champion of Champions trophy with a clean sweep in first places in all five categories held throughout Nationals week, competing against the best South Africa had to offer. They are in the elite (top) league, where the top 14 schools from all over South Africa compete. The team coaches are Allan Donaldson, Alisha Venter and Jenna-Lee van Niekerk.
A team, led by Monash South Africa (MSA) employee and student Bronwyn Dugtig, has won $25,000 in funding and mentorship in the McGuire Business Plan Competition - Laureate International Universities’ signature entrepreneurship competition that identifies and supports innovative entrepreneurial ventures. The award is open to students across the global Laureate network, and attracted entries from over 34 tertiary institutions across the globe. Dugtig who is Head of Community Engagement at MSA, mentors approximately 50 students per annum, reaching approximately 500 students each year. Dugtig’s unique winning business idea, named My Voice, aims to give South African learners the skills required to engage, speak and lead within a democratic society. My Voice’s extensively researched curriculum focuses on human rights, democratic institutions and their functions, policy development, and voter rights and responsibilities. Its content is defined and guided by the South African Constitution. Dugtig says, “Globally, there is a trend towards people participating less in the democratic process. They become disillusioned when they don’t get the outcomes they want, but can’t make progress because they don’t know the channels to go through. We aim to teach people how to actively participate in a democracy, taking collective charge of all our futures.” The win, while another feather in MSA’s cap, is testament to the strong outcome based education at MSA, President and Academic President of MSA, Prof Alwyn Louw stressed. “Our goal is to be aligned with the national agenda and nurture talent that can lead South Africa and other neighboring countries to new levels of growth. MSA has over the years produced nine Mandela Rhodes Scholars, while the Laureate Here for Good Award was won by another MSA student Lebo Sekhotla two years ago. The entire education journey at MSA is intended to be life-changing, for our students and their families, employers and local communities.” Ten years since inception, the competition has grown in size and magnitude, attracting the highest
number of entries this year. Laureate International Universities is the largest global network of degree-granting higher education institutions, with over a million students, as a result, more than 150 business plans were received from 34 network institutions. The business’ goals will be fast-tracked, thanks to winning the McGuire Business Plan Competition. Dugtig notes how this support will drive the success of her team’s fledgling business, “Winning the award has given us so much more confidence in our product and really legitimised our ideas. The entire pitch process is invaluable, as it allowed us to form a strong business plan and recalibrate our approach. Being supported by Monash South Africa and Laureate gives our team the credibility required as we share our concept with schools across the country.” The prize money and one year mentorship that is part of the prize presents opportunities that are not usually available to a start-up. For example, My Voice can build a professional brand and a worldclass curriculum. As an apartisan organisation, My Voice will also need to conduct pilots in selected schools. My Voice will follow a hybrid model, offering its services to both underprivileged and wealthy schools. This decision follows the insight that South African learners of all backgrounds require a greater understanding of the importance and role of participating in a democratic society. Ultimately, the team aims to produce a blended curriculum of both online and in-person tuition that can be replicated and scaled. “The research phase yielded great response. Teachers identified a widespread need for critical thinking, while learners asked for leadership development and voter education. This presents a powerful opportunity for the team to gather data and study the political discourse taking place among the youth of South Africa. This will result in knowledge that all South Africans and policy makers will benefit from,” Dugtig added. “Through my work at Monash South Africa and my research for this business plan, I have come to the conclusion that young people are hungry for change and engagement. Sometimes young people are not taken as seriously as they should be, but we need to help prepare them to engage in civil society and step up into the economy. Through finding their voices, young people can create a future they want to see.”
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01 August 2017
Communist Party DJ Fresh hits the decks at leaders re-elected Carnival City this August
The SA Communist Party leaders were re-elected unopposed at the party’s congress in Boksburg, Ekurhuleni. Johannesburg - The SA Communist Party leaders were re-elected unopposed at the party’s congress in Boksburg, Ekurhuleni on Wednesday. Blade Nzimande, Thulas Nxesi, Senzeni Zokwana and Joyce Moloi-Moropa were re-elected as secretary general, deputy national chairperson, national chairperson, and national treasurer
respectively. Solly Mapaila replaced Jeremy Cronin as first deputy general secretary while Chris Matlhako was elected as second deputy general secretary. Matlhako is a member of the central executive committee, and served as secretary for international relations. Cronin stepped down from party leadership and did not stand for reelection. All leaders were elected unopposed.
DJ Fresh, real name Thato Sikwane, is one of South Africa’s most-sought after mix masters. He is credited with pioneering the house music scourge which is engulfing Southern Africa. His first four house albums – the Fresh House Flava series – are touted to have altered the house music landscape in South Africa for good, bringing the genre into the mainstream music scene. House music fans can look forward to a superlative treat at Carnival City in August 2017. Uber-popular Metro FM jock, DJ Fresh will be hitting the decks at Bru’s for two super-charged parties on 8 and 26 August. He will perform a dynamic mix of house, kwaito, progressive house and commercial music as only DJ Fresh knows how. During his career, he has shared the DJ booth with some of the world’s most
famous DJs including Frankie Knuckles, Paul van Dyk, Oskido, Fat Boy Slim, Ready D, Chris Lake and Armand van Helden amongst others. People on dance floors in countries such as Miami, London, Moscow, Ibiza, Brisbane, Melbourne, Birmingham, Dubai and Montreal have danced to Fresh’s beats. DJ Fresh boasts a diversity of talents that have seen him making major waves in the South African entertainment industry for over 30years. He is a sought-after television personality, popular social media sensation, and prolific radio and international club DJ. DJ Fresh & Levis will hit the decks at Bru’s from 20h00 on both nights till late. The cost to join the party is free entrance. Like Carnival City on Facebook www.facebook.com/CarnivalCitySA and follow on Twitter @CarnivalCitySA
Action packed at The Movies
The year 2017 continues to offer plenty of action coupled with reverting drama at the movies, there is plenty of reason to brave the winter chill and make a way to the movies. With summer approaching, things are about to heat up even more, while there will be some comedic relief to lighten up the action.
Nothing gets an adrenalin pumping like a good racing film, petrol heads should enjoy the suspense, thrills and spills in this film, with a catch phrase ‘All you need is one killer track’; you know the action is set to excite your movie experience. Baby, a talented young getaway driver, relies on the beat of his personal soundtrack to be the best in the game. When he meets the girl of his dreams, he sees a chance to ditch his criminal life and make a clean getaway. But, after being coerced into working for a crime boss, he must face the music when a doomed heist threatens his life, love and freedom.
A perfect ‘girls’ night out’ should feature a really good girls’ film, and Girls Trip promises to be the highlight of that outing; and guys, you’ll be glad you came. When four lifelong friends travel to New Orleans for the annual Essence Festival, sisterhoods are rekindled, wild sides are rediscovered, and there’s enough dancing, drinking, brawling and romancing to make the Big Easy blush.
The Lost City of Z
The incredible true story of British explorer Percy Fawcett, who journeys into the Amazon at the dawn of the 20th century and discovers evidence of a previously unknown, advanced civilisation that may have once inhabited the region. Despite being ridiculed by the scientific establishment, who regard indigenous populations as ‘savages’, the determined Fawcett—supported by his devoted wife, son, and aide-de-camp—returns time and again to his beloved jungle in an attempt to prove his case, culminating in his mysterious disappearance in 1925.
Another Charlize Theron’s film and this time she stars in ‘Atomic Blonde’, the title itself should have captured your imagination. The crown jewel of Her Majesty's Secret Intelligence Service, Agent Lorraine Broughton is equal parts spycraft, sensuality, and savagery, willing to deploy any of her skills to stay alive on her mission. Sent alone into Berlin to deliver a priceless dossier out of the destabilised city, she partners with embedded station Chief David Percival to navigate her way through the deadliest game of spies.
01 August 2017
Childhood asthma must be properly managed Asthma can severely impact the development of your child
Winter sees chest problems being more commonly reported to medical practitioners around the country. One of the most common chronic chest problems occurring among both adults and children at this time of the year is asthma, which is often triggered by infections such as the common cold. Dr Steve Ponde, a paediatric pulmonologist who practises at Netcare Waterfall City Hospital in Midrand, says that it has been estimated that between six and 10 percent of South Africans have asthma. “That relates to a considerable number of people. Fortunately, the great majority of asthma cases are mild and easily managed by a family doctor or paediatrician,” observes Dr Ponde. “The evidence suggests, however, that South Africa does have a relatively high child mortality rate related to asthma when compared with other countries. This highlights some of the potential dangers of severe and complex forms of the condition, as well as the importance of careful medical management of these cases,” he adds. The importance of managing asthma “It is critical that children with more severe asthma receive regular treatment to control the disease and reduce the number of flare-ups. Regular treatment with preventive medication results in better asthma control, reduces the burden of disease and enables the child to live a more normal lifestyle over the longer term. “Parent and patient education about asthma and allergies is vital in the treatment and management of asthma in the child. Parents and patients who are well informed tend to follow treatment plans, make regular visits to their doctors and are also better at managing the early signs of asthma flare-ups. “Children whose asthma is well managed
tend to require fewer emergency visits, are able to concentrate better at school and are better able to lead a normal active lifestyle,” explains Dr Ponde. “Although asthma is not curable, some children’s symptoms do disappear later in life and it can be well controlled so that the patient is able to live a completely normal lifestyle. Asthma treatment is safe and your doctor will look to use the lowest medicine doses necessary to achieve control,” he explains. How is it diagnosed? Asthma is a chronic inflammatory condition characterised by a recurrent or chronic cough, and/or shortness of breath with exercise. In severe cases it can prevent the child from participating in activities, prevent them from thriving and have a severely negative impact on their lifestyle. “Asthma is almost always due to underlying allergy and is therefore strongly associated with eczema, food allergy or allergic rhinitis,” observes Dr Ponde. “The child’s doctor will take a detailed history, do a thorough physical examination and may require tests such as x-rays, allergy tests and lung function tests. Using the test results the doctor will in most cases, be able to make a firm and accurate diagnosis of asthma, although in some complex cases this can be more tricky.” The allergy connection “It should be remembered that asthma almost always occurs in the context of allergy and therefore your little one may already be showing signs of allergy. The propensity for allergy is inherited; so parents who suffer allergy problems should be sure to look out for signs of it in their children. “The younger the child is, the more careful your doctor needs to be in differentiating asthma from other conditions. This is especially true in children younger than four years old where there is failure to thrive, no clinical allergy detected and the child does not respond to asthma treatment.” According to Dr Ponde, the conditions that can mimic asthma in young children are recurrent viral infections, chronic infectious tuberculosis (TB), a weakened immune system and reflux. Sometimes, the problem could even be related to the child having aspirated (breathed in) a
foreign body. “In some cases, the youngster may need a lung function test to determine the presence and severity of lung disease and assess the response to exercise and medication. We are now able to get reliable lung function tests in cooperative children from as early as four years old.” “Blood tests for allergy, immunity, TB, nutrition and cystic fibrosis may also be undertaken. These tests are important in establishing a firm diagnosis of asthma and assisting in avoiding the triggers of asthma and allergy.” Common triggers “Most asthma exacerbations occur after exposure to an allergic ‘trigger’. Your doctor will undertake allergy tests to determine whether there is an allergy to common airborne and food allergens. The most common trigger of asthma is a respiratory virus, especially the common cold. Some triggers are less obvious and therefore harder to pinpoint,” he suggests. “Asthmatics may react to strong scents and aromas such as cigarette smoke, perfume or detergents, as well as colourants and preservatives in treats and cool drinks, and even silent acid reflux could trigger episodes of cough. Environmental pollution is a well-known trigger of asthma. Identifying and then avoiding such triggers is imperative for good control of asthma.” According to Dr Ponde, children should never be exposed to parental tobacco smoke. This is even more important for asthmatics. Studies confirm that children of parents who smoke have three times the burden of disease from asthma, recurrent chest infections, ear infections and poor sleep. “Sometimes allergy in children is associated with defects of the protective immune system. Some children suffer recurrent infections of the ear, nose and throat, and respiratory tract. They often need many courses of antibiotics, heal poorly and may require surgery for sinus and ear infections. “This is sometimes associated with a family history of a weak immune system. Your doctor will recognise these features of immune deficiency and may therefore refer you to a specialist for further investigation and management.” Dr Ponde says that it is, in addition, vital
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that all children receive the full set of available vaccines. These have been shown to reduce vaccine-preventable disease and serious complications. It is also recommended that asthmatic children receive the yearly influenza shot. Asthma-related sleep disturbances “People with asthma may suffer breathlessness, night-time waking and other sleep disturbances. This is much easier to pinpoint in very young children who will wake up and cry but is often overlooked in adolescents and adults.” In a study recently published in The Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology, nearly 300 adolescents with and without asthma were surveyed. More adolescents with severe asthma reported deficient sleep (less than seven hours per night) compared to adolescents without asthma. Notably, almost 40% of adolescents with severe asthma reported clinically significant insomnia. Adolescents with severe asthma reported more daytime sleepiness than adolescents without asthma. “It is well known that children who have persistent nasal allergy, asthma and obstructive breathing can develop behavioural and concentration problems. This in turn affects school performance, and leads to hyperactivity and attention problems. Severe untreated asthma can therefore have a severe impact on the development of a young child,” relates Dr Ponde. “The treatment of disrupted sleep and control of nocturnal symptoms often results in a marked improvement in learning and daytime function. Overnight sleep studies are a useful tool in diagnosing sleep disorders and can help determine whether further medical intervention is needed in this regard.” Stay involved Dr Ponde says that parents, caregivers and older children need to be actively involved in the management of the disease and should keep themselves well informed by speaking to their doctors and undertaking their own research. Locally, the Allergy Society of South Africa (ALLSA) is an excellent source of support and information. “Properly managed asthma will greatly improve the whole family’s quality of life and enable our children to just be children,” he concludes.
01 August 2017
Groot musiekfees wag op Boksburg
Meat World by die Springs Mark, K90 Sentrum in Boksburg en by die Meadowdale Value Centre in Edenvale hou Saterdag, 5 Augustus heerlike musiekfeeste by al die Meat Worlds. Meat World gee ook 14 Suzuki Shifts weg by alle takke van Meat World op 5 Augustus. Om vir hierdie lekker kompetisie in aanmerking te kom, moet jy vir meer as R100 by enige tak van Meat World koop en dan jou inskrywingsvorm met kasregisterstrokie in die kompetisie box gooi. Daar word ook baie lekker vlooimarkte by die Meat Worlds by die Springs Mark, K90 Sentrum en Meadowdale Value Centre gehou. Wonderlike kunstenaars gaan heeltemal gratis by die verskeie Meat World-takke optree. By die Springs Meat World (Springs Mark) is die skreeusnaakse aktrise, Lizz Meiring die seremoniemeester. Platinum-ster,
Refentse gaan optree en daar kan ook uitgesien word na optredes van die meisie-band, SAARKIE, Lance James en DJ Ossewa. RSG doen ook ‘n regstreekse uitsending en besoekers gaan ook die geleentheid hê om Derrich Gardner te ontmoet. Boksburgers het die geleentheid om by die K90 die volgende kunstenaars te geniet. Hennie Smit is seremoniemeester. Sangers Francois van Rensburg, DJ Ossewa, SAARKIE en Dozi gaan die verhoog op horings neem. By die Meat World Edenvale kan Edenvalers die Meadowdale Value Centre besoek. Derrich Gardner sal seremoniemeester wees en gaste kan uitsien na optredes van Dirk van der Westhuizen, Francois van Rensburg en Lance James. Die Besturende Direkteur van die Meat World Groep van Maatskappye, Angelino Pereira, sê dat die Meat World Musiekfeeste al vir die afgelope 25 jaar aangebied word. “Hierdie is vir ons ‘n lekker manier om vir ons kliënte dankie te sê vir die wonderlike ondersteuning. Ons gee ook 14 motors weg op 5 Augustus 2017 en dit is vir Meat World baie lekker om 14 van ons kliënte op hierdie manier te bederf.” Pereira sê ook dat hy baie trots is op watter maniere Meat World die gemeenskappe bedien. “Dit is vir ons so belangrik dat elke Meat World sal teruggee aan die gemeenskap wat ons bedien. Juis daarom nooi ons almal om hierdie wonderlike musiekfeeste saam met ons te geniet. Heeltemal gratis en verniet!” As jy belangstel om ‘n stalletjie te bespreek, skakel vir Lefra by (011) 815 3000 of 083 254 7293
DJs and artists collaborate for Soul Train
Carnival City’s Sun Park provides the stage for an eclectic mix of authentically South African artists and bands collaborating for an outdoor music festival, Soul Train, on 5 August. The outdoor chilled session takes place from 11h00 to 23h00 and will feature DJs and artists performing diverse music genres, including Afro pop, R&B, soul, Afro jazz and old classic house. Revelers are encouraged to dress to the theme of white and yellow. The event, organised by the makers (M & S Events) of themed music picnics such as The All White, Hawaii and
Easter picnics in Ekuhuleni and Heidelberg, promises stellar entertainment under African skies. On the bill for the festival is Sands, known for hit songs such as “Tigi” and “Vuma”; Nigerian artist, Eternal Wa Afrika, and well known DJs from Kaya FM and Metro FM. They include DJ Wilson B Nkosi, T-Bose, Sentle, Bob Mabena and Geogie Munetsi. Tickets are priced from R100 per person at Computicket. Like Carnival City on Facebook www.facebook.com/ CarnivalCitySA and follow on Twitter @CarnivalCitySA
Winter is chest infection season How to reduce your risk and deal with bronchitis
During the winter months, many South Africans experience colds, flu or respiratory tract infections such as bronchitis. Most of us will have had bronchitis at some stage of our lives, or at least know of people who have had it, but what exactly is this medical condition and can it pose a serious threat to our health? Dr Steve Ponde, a paediatric pulmonologist who practises at Netcare Waterfall City Hospital in Midrand, says that acute bronchitis, which is also sometimes known as a ‘chest cold’, is a relatively common medical condition, particularly over the winter months. “Bronchitis is best described as the inflammation of the large and mediumsized airways, or bronchi as we call them, and is usually characterised by a cough,” explains Dr Ponde. “The condition usually resolves after a few days, or at most three weeks, and is usually not serious. That said, people should seek treatment for any cough that is persistent or severe and which lasts for longer than three days. “A persistent cough could be a sign of a more serious chronic problem of the airways, and there is a risk that unmanaged bronchitis could develop into bronchopneumonia, which can be life threatening particularly in young children under two years of age, the elderly and people with other illnesses that may weaken their immune system. “Approximately 1 in 20 cases of bronchitis lead to pneumonia, so this condition can pose a very serious risk to one’s health and must be managed appropriately
with the assistance of your doctor.” According to Dr Ponde, bronchitis is itself often associated with untreated infections such as a head cold and sinusitis. These infections may be highly contagious and are particularly prevalent during the winter months. Other symptoms of bronchitis may include chest tightness, coughing up phlegm or sputum, shortness of breath, fever, and sometimes chest pain. Many of these bronchial infections are caused by viruses, which do not respond to antibiotic treatment. Acute or chronic bronchitis? He points out that there is a second type of bronchitis aside from the acute form, and this is chronic bronchitis, which is a condition that usually only affects smokers. “Today chronic bronchitis is referred to as chronic obstructive pulmonary disease [COPD], which is a blanket term used to describe progressive lung diseases such as this particular form of bronchitis and emphysema. “In the case of chronic bronchitis, patients cough and bring up phlegm almost every day for at least two or more consecutive years. They must give up smoking if they hope to improve.” “All forms of COPD are potentially serious medical conditions, and the World Health Organization predicts that it will become the third leading cause of death worldwide by 2030,” warns Dr Ponde. “A child with a recurring cough may have asthma or may have inhaled a foreign body and should be taken to the doctor. “Coughing up blood [haemoptysis] should never be ignored,” he advises. “Violent
coughing may result in the rupturing of small blood vessels resulting in bleeding, and may be an indication of an underlying disease such as tuberculosis.” Caring for the patient As bronchitis is generally caused by viruses, it is not usually treated with antibiotics, as these are only effective against bacterial infections. However, antibiotics may be used in the very young, elderly or those with other chronic conditions to assist in reducing the risk of secondary pneumonia infections. Cough mixtures and bronchodilators, together with plenty of bed rest, are most commonly used to treat bronchitis. “A child who has developed bronchitis should stay indoors, consume large amounts of liquids and be provided with small, frequent meals. Steam inhalations or a humidifier may be helpful in relieving the cough in children over the age of two.” Preventing bronchitis Dr Ponde says that South Africans can reduce their risk of developing bronchitis by avoiding exposure to others who have respiratory or other infections. Should you develop a cold, treat it with care and make sure you get sufficient bed rest. He recommends the following to help keep infections such as bronchitis and possible secondary infections at bay: • Practise good hygiene by washing your hands and your children’s hands often to avoid the spreading of germs. • Parents who have children with cancer or HIV should discuss additional protective measures to prevent the development
of complications such as pneumonia with their doctor. Make sure your home is smokefree. Passive smoking makes children and adults more susceptible to upper respiratory infections. Avoid smoking as it damages the lungs and damaged lungs are more susceptible to bronchitis. Cough and sneeze into your sleeve or tissue to prevent germs spreading through the air. Encourage others to do the same. Exercise, follow a well-balanced and healthy diet with plenty of fruits and vegetables, and drink plenty of fluids. A healthy body is better able to resist infection. Exclusively breastfeed your baby as it helps to build a stronger immune system and provides additional protection.
“Ensure that your children’s immunisations are up to date. It is important to have babies and young children immunised against as many common infectious diseases as possible. Recommendations for immunisations change from time to time and should be discussed with your doctor or clinic. Vaccines are available to help protect against pneumococcal pneumonia and flu.” “Provided that illnesses such as bronchitis are treated and managed correctly and with due care, complications such as pneumonia could be prevented and the patient is likely to make a full recovery in good time,” concludes Dr Ponde.
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Sport stars on their way to Boksburg
YOUNG sport stars recently received a special send-off ahead of them taking part in provincial and national sports tournaments during July. “We are very proud of you. Every town or region needs its own icons, people who do great things and who inspire others to do well. You are already doing it at your age,” said Van Lingen.
AFTER participating in the U16 national netball championships in Durban from July 10 to 14, Reﬁloe Nketsa from Kokstad has been selected to participate in the winter games in Lesotho on August 20. Nketsa is a striker and defender. Harry Gwala District netball coach Simphiwe Cele said Nketsa and 12 others will represent South Africa at the games. He said six players were selected from Gauteng, one from KwaZulu-Natal, two from Western Cape, one from Limpopo and one from North West. Countries under Southern African Development Community
will participate in the winter games. “Harry Gwala District is excited about Nketsa’s achievement and is a good example to netball players,” said Cele. On July 29, Shayamoya High netball team will participate in the U19 games at Bongweni Youth Centre. From August 2 to 5, Harry Gwala netball team will be training for the national schools challenge in Boksburg. “I feel great and excited to be selected to represent my country in Lesotho. I thank my teammates and coaches for giving support to me,” said Nketsa.
Shongololo runners give back to the children
Back: Stephan Msimango, Hendrik Kotze, John Mitchell (team manager), Nichodemus Molemane, Zacharia Mogotsi and Dawie. Some of the runners of Benoni Northerns, Benoni Harriers and Boksburg athletic clubs who ran for Team Old Mutual Shongololo on their way to a Backto-Back ﬁnish at the Comrades Marathon in June
gave back to the community on July 22. The team donated food and other necessities to the Greater Benoni Child Welfare Colin House following their Comrades success.
Present at the send-off function were Gregan Glover, Jayren Draghoender and Armand Kemp (all 17 years old), who were selected for the Eastern Province team to take part in the Craven Week tournament at St Stithians College in Johannesburg. Adnethia Scheepers (14), Yondre Jansen (16) and Jami-Leigh Goeda (16), who represented the province at the South African Schools Netball Championships in Boksburg, were also present. Set to put Kouga’s soccer skills on show at the Provincial Soccer Championships to be held at Addo, were Sarah Baartman District team members Zixolise Mahodi (16), Siphosethu Booysen (19), Luvolwethu Ndaku (19), Dennis Peterson (19), Mihlali Msizi (19) and Zandre Williams (20). Van Lingen says she is conﬁdent the athletes will do well as Kouga is abundantly blessed with talent.