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Relief Fund for people with disabilities

Relief Fund for people with disabilities
QASA launched a COVID-19 Relief Fund People with disabilities are among the worst affected during this global pandemic. They are some of the most vulnerable groups to falling severely ill with COVID-19 because of their compromised immune systems. In addition, the national lockdown has devasting financial impacts. “The QuadPara Association of South Africa (QASA) is cognisant of the efforts in place to combat COVID-19 with more and more people suffering due to a lack of income, access to healthcare and food,” says Raven Benny, COO of QASA. “QASA is cautious of the effect it will have on its members. Many…

Covid-19 Awakening consciousness shall save lives

WHY IMMUNE BOOSTING SUPPLEMENTS ESSENTIAL FOR COVID-19 Coronavirus now known as SARS-CoV-2 or Novel Coronavirus or more by the disease it causes in humans “COVID-19” emerged in December 2019 in Wuhan, China. While rapid onset and spread of the virus caught most of the world offguard the scale of spread can be largely attributed to a deeper flaw in societies cognitive dissonance toward “threats” that affect “other people”. Many mainstream reports including that of the World Health Organisation recognise that there is no present pharmaceutical or immunization solution for COVID-19 and that “lock down” self-quarantine, restricted human to human contact,…

Big Companies Should Be Using Their ESD Targets To Save SME's

The SME sector is experiencing a crisis bigger than it has encountered before thanks to the Covid-19 lockdown. Sim Tshabalala, a member of the CEO Initiative, and chief executive officer of Standard Bank, said: “These are extraordinary times that require extraordinary commitment from CEOs and large corporates. The Government has asked South Africans to stay home under a 35-day lockdown. This is tough for every individual, and every business, but most especially difficult for small and medium enterprises.”It is vital that the SMME sector is strongly supported through this crisis in order to prevent large-scale liquidations, and the loss of…

Planning for a resurgent hospitality market after COVID-19

Planning for a resurgent hospitality market after COVID-19
There is promise after the storm, but good planning is needed by business owners in the restaurant, bar and events industry. Liquor Law expert, Christo van Niekerk, explains. A recent impact assessment report by Fitch Solutions has painted a bleak picture in their prognosis of the alcoholic drinks and tobacco products sector. “During the lockdown, the sale of alcohol and tobacco products have been banned. This will be compounded by consumers not being able to purchase alcohol at bars, pubs and restaurants. While there was stockpiling before the lockdown, we do not believe it will be enough to offset the lack of…

South African writer, Jarred Thompson, wins 2020 Afritondo Short Story Prize

Jarred Thompson
Afritondo is pleased to announce the winner of the 2020 Afritondo Short Story prize. South African writer, Jarred Thompson, has been named this year’s winner for his story ‘Good Help Is Hard to Find’.Thompson beat off stiff competition from four other shortlisted authors: Philani Nyoni (Zimbabwe), Kojo Obeng-Andoh (Ghana), Davina Kuwuma (Uganda), and Hannah Onoguwe (Nigeria).The Prize, which is open to African and black minority writers, received 421 entries from across 19 countries. The theme of the competition was love and an anthology of the longlisted stories is expected by Summer of 2020. Thompson will take home the winning prize…

No Parole for Bob Hewitt. Serve your Time

South Africa: Optimystic Bikers against Abuse has started an online petition (http://chng.it/SmbhVh44) to be submitted to the Parole Board on 24 March 2020 to show that public opinion is against Bob Hewitt obtaining parole.    Should Ninow, the convicted ‘Dros’ Rapist, be granted parole when he becomes eligible in the future? Would Tazne still have been alive today if her alleged killer had not been granted parole? Should Bob Hewitt (convicted of raping two 12 year olds) after having served only 3 1/2 years of his 6 year sentence, be granted parole?  As an organisation we are raising our voices in opposition to Mr Hewitt obtaining…

Unique auction celebrates the history and legacy of The Caversham Press

Deborah Bell, Robert Hodgins and William Kentridge, Little Morals Frontis, 1990.
Aspire Art Auctions presents a special curated auction of 90 original prints from the archives of the iconic Caversham Press which was established in a small old church in the KwaZulu-Natal Midlands by master printer Malcolm Christian in 1985. This is a unique opportunity for art collectors to acquire rare and sought after limited editioned prints by leading South African artists. The distinct range of prints by 46 artists are all in mint condition bearing The Caversham Press chopmark. Technically superb, the works are of varied themes and subject matter - from the politically relevant to the symbolic to the…

Theft out of motor vehicles flaring up in Gauteng

Charnel Hattingh, National Marketing & Communications Manager for Fidelity ADT
Theft out of motor vehicles has once again been flagged as a growing concern in many suburbs around Johannesburg and Pretoria by the SAPS and Fidelity ADT. “While pro-active patrolling by the community policing forums and security companies is keeping pressure on criminals, vehicle crime is on the increase,” says Charnel Hattingh, National Marketing & Communications Manager for Fidelity ADT. “We have seen incidents from as early as 08:00 and these continue throughout the day until 21:00. ”Residents are urged to also be vigilant. The most popular cars to steal from include Toyota Corollas; Yaris and VW Polos,” says Hattingh.…

Basset hound double trouble day in Brackendowns

Linda Goodenough from Fidelity ADT with Fox Security and one of the adventuring Bassets from Brackendowns.
Talk about a dogs’ life!  What are the odds that in two days Fidelity ADT and Fox Security would be called upon to rescue not one but three basset hounds in Brackendowns. The first incident occurred when Fin the Basset got himself stuck in his owner’s gate. Linda Goodenough, Community Development Manager for Fidelity ADT says she received a call from Fox Security saying one of her client’s basset hounds was stuck in the gate. It appears the inquisitive basset tried to climb through the bars of the gate, only to find he was a little bit fatter than he…

Citizenship to be granted to people born in South Africa of foreign parents, under certain conditions

Citizenship through naturalization: Miriam Ali and others vs Minister of Home Affairs. This matter revolved around the right to citizenship of a person born in SA, of foreign parents, lives all of their life in SA and reaches the age of majority (18 yrs) and wishes to take up citizenship. The matter was decided in the Appeal Court after first being heard in the Western Cape High Court.The Appeal Court confirmed the Western Cape High court judgement as follows: Neutral Citation: Minister of Home Affairs v Ali (1289/17) [2018] ZASCA Summary: Citizenship Amendment Act 17 of 2010 (the Act) –Interpretation…