SABC Retirement Fund scoops International Business Award

18 August 2016

The 2016 Silver Stevie Award has been awarded to the SABC Pension Fund in the category Communications or PR Campaign of the Year – Reputation/Brand Management; as well as being the Bronze Stevie Award Winner for Best Public Relations Event.

An elated CEO of the SABC Pension Fund Anthony Williams who could not contain himself with excitement said, “The International Business Awards are the world’s premier business awards program and we competed against more than 60 nations and territories – for the SABC Pension Fund to receive the Silver and Bronze awards in two categories is groundbreaking – it could even be compared to an Olympic medal in business”.

The SABC Pension fund was lauded for: The Silver Stevie Awards Winner
Nomination: Rigorous measurement guides structured intervention in charged South African retirement landscape
Category: Communications or PR Campaign of the Year – Reputation/Brand Management (In consultation with Stephanie Griffiths, Principal, Cohesion Communication, Research and Development)

As well as the Bronze Stevie Awards-Status: Bronze Stevie Winner
Nomination: CEO champions pensioner engagement by starring in live cabaret
Category: Best Public Relations Event

Williams added, “The SABC Pension Fund as a member of the Institute of Retirement Funds Africa (IRFA) remains one of the top performing funds in the multi-billion dollar South African industry, consistently yielding above average member benefits and pensioner payments which increase annually well in excess of the inflation rate”.

What the SABC Pension Fund has done was to actively engage their stakeholders through a number of interventions which include enhancement of the call centre capacity, development of a message and education strategy for each stakeholder group using survey findings as terms of reference and various communication initiatives.
“These initiatives include producing a Fund newsletter, a Fund Calendar as well as hosting luncheons accompanied by a cabaret-type show where the CEO of the SABC Pension Fund performs in a cameo role in drag, as part of us entertaining and informing our members of their pension fund benefits and what we do to sustain Fund reputation, stakeholder engagement and improve service levels”.
A record total of more than 3,800nominations from organizations of all sizes and in virtually every industry were submitted this year for consideration in a wide range of categories, including Company of the Year, Marketing Campaign of the Year, Best New Product or Service of the Year, Startup of the Year, Corporate Social Responsibility Program of the Year, and Executive of the Year, among others.
Nicknamed the Stevies for the Greek word for “crowned,” the awards will be presented to winners at a gala awards banquet at the Rome Cavalieri Waldorf Astoria Hotel in Rome, Italy on 21 October.

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Praatjouaftreefonds met jou?

17 Augustus 2016
Vironmiddelikevrystelling

“Kommunikasie is sleutel tot AftreefondsbestuurenBelanghebberbetrekkinge”

‘n Navorsingsstudie wat vroeërvanjaar in opdrag van die InstituutvirAftreefondseAfrikageloods is, het belangrikebevindingsgeleweroor hoe die bedryfhulselfgradeerwanneerditgaanoorPensioen- enVoorsorgfondsbestuurenbelanghebberbetrokkenheid. Dit het ookhehelp om waargenomebestepraktykebinne die bedryfaangaandebeleggingspraktyke, finansiëleverslaggewingen trustee bevestiging/induskieenontwikkeling, tedefinieër.

Die navorsingsmodel is,naomvattendeliterêrenavorsing om die plaaslikeeninternasionalebestepraktyketebepaal,deur die plaaslikeorganisatoriesenavorser Stephanie Griffiths, ‘n voormaligeUitvoerendeVoorsitter van die InternasionaleVereninging van Bedryfskommunikeerdersontwikkelenbestuur.

Die kritiesemaatsafdimensies van die navorsingsmodel, met die SABC Pensioenfonds as medeborgenondersteuning van die Raad op FinansiëleDienstewat die navorsingsmodelenopnameadministrasiebetref, voldoen ten volleaan RFD Sirkulêr PF130 (wat handeloorkonflik van belange)en die onlangsvrygestelde King IV verslagoorkorporatiewebestuur, veral wat betrefetieseenverantwoordelikeleierskap, prestasieevaluering, risikobestuurenredelikebelanghebberbehoeftes, verwagtingeenregte.

IAFA President Wayne Hiller-Van Rensburgsê die studie toon duidelik die belangrikheid van betrokkenheidbuiteregulatoriesevereistes in die bestuursmodelaan. “Onsnavorsing het gewysbetrokkenheid by allebelanghebbers in die bedryf is ‘n sleutelkomponent in die model virbeidebestepraktykeorganisasiesenbalanghebbers.”

Hiller-VanRensburgbenadruk: “Aktieweenvolhoubarebetrokkenheid met lede, pensioenarisse, diensverskaffers, georganiseerdearbeidenandergeïntresseerdepartye het verpligtendgeword. Die studiewyssamewerkingtussen die fondsendiensverskaffers om met ledeenpensioenarissetekommunikeerenlewering van die dienspaket,genietvoorrang. Die praktyk van belanghebberbetrokkenheid het volgehoueenstrengevalueringen meting van belanghebberopvattings, houdingsendiensbehoeftesnodig. Ditverg
openlikeeneerlikekommunikasie, finansiëleverslaggewingenledeopleidingspraktyke wat belanghebberbewustheidverhoog, vertroueensekerheid in die bedryfverstek, belanghebberbegripverbeterenbelanghebbergedragooraftreebefondsingbeïnvloed.”

Maar hoe gradeer die bedryfhulself wat die bestepraktykeprosessebetref? Volgens Hiller-Van Rensburg is daarwerk wat wag veral wat meting enledeopleidingbetref. Algehelenakomingenbestepraktykeoorfondskommunikasieprosesse is deur die plaaslikebedryf op 62,81% gradeer. Hoëgraderings in die afdeling word gegeeaan: kosteeffektiewekommunikasie, maaksekerbelanghebberkommunikasiesluitinligtingoor die werksaamhede, administrasieenbeleggings van die fonds in enkommunikeergereelden op ‘n deursigtigemanier met allebelanghebbers.

Hiller Van-Rensburgsluitaf: “Laegraderings is gegeeaan die kommunikasie van alleomgewings, sosialeenstaatsinvloede op fondsweksaamhede, die meting van belanghebberkommunikasiegegrond op die begripengedrag van belanghebbersen die gebruik van alletoepaslikekanale om belanghebberbetrokkenheidteverseker. In elk geval, die tekortkomingesaluiteengesitenbespreek word by die IAFA konferensie.”

Al die bevindings van die studie al aangebiedenwerkwinkelstylbespreek word by IAFA se konferensie in Durban gedurende 28-30 Augustus 2016.

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PENSION FUND STUDY ALIGNED WITH KING IV

15 August 2016

“Corporate governance extends beyond the traditional definition.”

A critical research perceptions study commissioned earlier this year by the Institute of Retirement Funds Africa aligns itself well with the recently released King IV Guidelines on Corporate Governance.

IRFA President Wayne Hiller-Van Rensburg said, “In terms of overall ranking of the 6 critical dimensions of the research model, current Investment Practices rate the highest by the local retirement industry, followed by Governance Practices, Financial Reporting, Stakeholder Communication Practices, Stakeholder Communication Processes and finally Trustee Development Practices.”

The results from the study indicate that while good governance is the primary goal of any responsible Fund or responsible corporate citizen, the definition of governance itself extends beyond the traditional definition.

In terms of the study, global and local best practice and measurable dimensions of governance should include:
o Stakeholder communication (including surfacing and addressing reasonable expectations and needs)
o Financial reporting and full disclosure (to include policy and strategy for accountable and understandable reporting on Fund performance to all stakeholders.)
o Investment Practice (to include policy and benchmarks against which investment performance will be measured and the management and alleviation of risk.)
o Executive and Trustee Development (to include appraisal of both behavioural as well as professional/technical competencies, structured and regular induction and training processes and on-going learning opportunities.)
o Social responsibility and contribution

Hiller-Van Rensburg added “The study is right on track with King IV, which states that the governing body should lead the value creation process by appreciating that strategy, risk and opportunity, performance and sustainable development which are inseparable elements. The research model has been developed in conjunction with Cohesion Communication, Research and Development led by Research partner Stephanie Griffith and followed an extensive literature search to determine best practices both locally and internationally. The critical measurement dimensions of the research model are fully compliant with the FSB Circular PF130 (that looks at governance of funds) as well as the recently released King IV report on corporate governance, notably in the areas of ethical and responsible leadership, performance appraisal and risk management as well as addressing reasonable stakeholder needs, expectations and rights.”

Further findings from the IRFA study indicate that the practice of sound governance is recognised as being both facilitated and bound by the catalyst of effective stakeholder engagement.This engagement should include all stakeholders and include full disclosure, on-going assessment of stakeholder needs and expectations and ways to communicate and meet these needs. This refers to Principle 5.1 of King in this instance.

For a full report of how the local retirement industry rates itself against these critical assessments as well as deviation across the demographic filters, the industry shall have to wait until the study is released at the IRFA annual conference on the 28 – 30stAugust at the Durban ICC.

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Is your pension fund talking to you?

8 August 2016
For immediate release

“Communication is key in Pension Fund governance and Stakeholder engagements”

A research study commissioned earlier this year by the Institute of Retirement Funds Africa (IRFA), has yielded important findings in terms of the retirement industry’s rating of itself in terms of Pension and Provident Fund governance and stakeholder engagement. The study has also assisted in defining perceived best practices in the industry in terms of investment practices, financial reporting and trustee induction and development.

The research model developed and managed by local organisational researcher Stephanie Griffiths, a past Executive Chairperson of the International Association of Business Communicators, followed an extensive literature search to determine best practices both locally and on an international scale.

The critical measurement dimensions of the research model which is co-sponsored by the SABC Pension Fund and supported in terms survey administration by the Financial Services Board,are fully compliant with the FSB Circular PF130 (which relate to conflict of interest), as well as the recently released King IV report on corporate governance, notably in the areas of ethical and responsible leadership, performance appraisal and risk management as well as addressing reasonable stakeholder needs, expectations and rights.

IRFA President Wayne Hiller-Van Rensburg notes that the study clearly indicates the importance of engagement beyond regulatory requirements in the governance mix. “Our research has shown us that engagement with all industry stakeholders is regarded as a key component in this mix by best practice organisations and stakeholders alike.”

Stakeholders of best practices funds are defined asany person, group or organisation that has an interest or concern in the specific Fund or industry, according to the findings. What this means is that the playing field has widened considerably and the best practices model of the study indicates that the term stakeholder has a broadened scope.

Hiller-Van Rensburg emphasised, “Active and sustainable engagement with members, pensioners, service providers, organised labour and other interested parties has become mandatory. The study shows that collaboration between funds and service providers in communicating with members and pensioners and in delivering the service package is seen as a priority. The practice of stakeholder engagement requires consistent and rigorous assessment and measurement of stakeholder perceptions, attitudes, and service needs. It requires open and honest communication as well as financial reporting and member education practices which raise stakeholder awareness, strengthen trust and confidence in the industry, improve stakeholder understanding and influence stakeholder behaviour in terms retirement funding.”

So how does local industry rate itself against these best practice engagement processes?There is work to be done according to Hiller-Van Rensburg, particularly in the field of measurement as well as in terms of member education.Overall compliance and best practices with regard to fund communication processes has been rated by local industry at 62,81%. High ratings to the variables in this battery are communicating in a cost effective manner, ensuring that stakeholder communication includes information on the operations, administration and investments of the fund and communicating consistently and transparently with all stakeholders.

Hiller-Van Rensburg concludes, “Low ratings are being exhibited by companies with regards to communicating all environmental, social and governmental impacts of fund operation,as well as measuring the effectiveness of stakeholder communication based on stakeholder understanding and behaviour as well as fully utilising all relevant channels for stakeholder engagement. Thus said these shortcomings will be unpacked and discussed at the IRFA conference.”

Full results of the study will be presented and workshopped at the IRFA conference to be held in Durban on the 28th-30th August.

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Gospel sing and dance to eradicate youth delinquencies in townships

Divine intervention needed to free youth of defiant behavior…

A fresh, new, gospel sing and dance competition aimed at providing a platform to disenfranchised communities to end delinquent behavior in township youths, made its debut and was launched on 6th May 2016 on Gauteng’s West Rand.

The Gospel Sing-OUT & Dance competition will give church and school choirs, gospel solo artist, praise and worship groups and dance groups, a chance to compete against each other for the ultimate prize of R100 000.00, Churches and schools in Gauteng have been urged to participate and enter their solo singers, groups, choirs, praise and worship teams and dancers for the Gospel Sing-OUT& Dance contest.

The Gospel Sing-OUT competition presented by Fundi Communications &Advertising will provide gospel music lovers and dance enthusiast, an opportunity to battle it out for the competing title of “2016 Gospel Sing-OUT winner.

Bishop Ashley Julies, spokesperson and member of Gospel Sing-OUT says, “Gospel music has always been a unifying factor in all communities whether religious or even non-religious backgrounds. It unifies and brings them together in celebration or grief. It is, therefore, imperative to employ this effective  tool to not only stimulate and create an environment where the youth could be steered into an artistic field that can awaken creativity and talent, but that can also assist in breaking the bondage of delinquent behavior of our youth and release them from drugs and gangsterism in our townships”.

Applications are now open for all entrants to send in their entries. Applications are available on http://www.gospelsingout.co.za/. Entries close on 06 July 2016. Churches and school choirs are encouraged to register for Gospel Sing-OUT 2016. Auditions will take place at the Newclare Dome, Gauteng with a date of the first auditions planned by the end of July 2016. Participants are requested to register with consent from their church or schools. Entry to the competition to participate in the four categories is R1000 per church or school. Entries must be forwarded to Fundi Communications & Advertising on the email address – info@fundipro.co.za.

A reality television series is envisaged for the competition with guest judges such as South African reggae and rhythm ‘n’ blues music icon, Dr Victor who will grace the screens of South Africans as one of the Gospel Sing-OUT judges. These but details will be revealed later.

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On behalf of:                   Gospel Sing-OUT

Contact Number:               011 888 1234 – Rachel Mekgwe /Verona 083 28 00544

Date:                               18 May 2016

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Shalom and local government gives hope to substance abusers

Gauteng Social Development together with Shalom House of Refuge will embark on restoring the lives of more than twelve substance and drug abuse residents from Shalom House of refuge into a rehabilitation center.

The Mayor of Gauteng Parks Tau, the MEC of Gauteng Social Development Nandi Khoza together with the CEO of Shalom House of Refuge Margaret Sikhulu will gather on Friday 06 May 2016,at the building that was identified as a hotspot for substance abusers, on corner Commissioner & Goud Street in the Joburg CBD to see how local government can assist and support the rest of the remaining residents that need shelter and rehabilitation assistance.

Shalom has already referred 22 former residents of Goud and Commissioner who were housed by Shalom House of Refuge, to Hospital Hill in Hillbrow for rehabilitation.

“Dealing with homeless people becomes more difficult when drugs are part of the reason they end up sleeping in the streets. If you want to assist and contribute in any way contact us today on 073 656 4088,” said Margaret Sikhulu the CEO of Shalom House of Refuge.

Since many of these lost souls have left their homes due to abuse, Shalom House of Refuge will continue servicing the hotspot in the Central Business District in terms of support, encouragement, hospitalisation, counseling, rehabilitation, family reunifications, skills development and employment.

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Issued by: Fundi Communications & Advertising
On behalf of: Shalom House of Refuge
Contact Number: 011 888 1234 (Rachel Mekgwe) For more information contact Margaret Sikhulu: 073 656 4088
Date: 06 May 2016

Editor Notes:
On 2nd April 2016, Shalom House of Refuge in conjunction with various religious groups lodged a call for Divine intervention and embarked on a prayer session for the lost souls in the building at corner Commissioner & Goud Street that was identified as a hotspot for substance abusers. The purpose of the visit was to attempt to change the indifferent, help resistant attitude of the residents of this hotspot and find shelter for the residents of the building. The same building was burnt down in late March of 2016.
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Shalom House of Refuge started in 2011. The purpose is to provide safe and secure accommodation to abused women and their children with the focus of providing a foundation that will allow the broken to be healed and stimulate the growth of self-respect in such individuals. The House seeks to take in as many of these vulnerable women and their children to a place where they can rebuild their self-respect, dignity, hope, trust and self-confidence to realise their potential and roles that they can play in society. In the process of doing this, Shalom House of Refuge would like to provide:

• Skills training, job opportunities for abused woman and their children so they will be able to add value to society as well as themselves.
• Counseling services for abused woman and their children
• Facilities to help those people in need including but not limited to: accommodation, clothing, food, education, development skills, care, and motivational programmes.
• To support and develop other public benefit organisations such as orphanage homes, retirement homes, clinics and medical facilities and other care facilities.
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Visit to the Drug Hell

Shalom House of Refuge sniffing out drug hotspots in the Joburg CBD
Drugs are a serious problem in South Africa. One of the homemade drugs on the street, Nyaope, has claimed lives and devastated countless families. Nyaope which is easily accessible due to its relative low cost, mostly affects people who have no food and shelter and rely on petty crime to feed their habit.

Johannesburg CBD, at corner Commissioner & Goud Street, has been identified as a hotspot for substance abusers and there are new ones that crop up around town.

Shalom House of Refuge in conjunction with various religious groups will lodge a call for Divine intervention and embarked on a prayer session for the lost souls in this building on 2nd April 2016 at 14.30. The purpose of the first visit is to attempt to change the indifferent, help resistant attitude of the residents of this hotspot.
Margaret Sikhulu the CEO of Shalom House of Refuge, a shelter for women and children in Johannesburg said “We chose this particular hotspot because of the large number of substance abusers residing at this place. We chose it because of the number of women and children residing at this unhealthy place, are victims of abuse.
The building is notorious for keeping people from their families for years almost as if the residents imprison themselves. A young man who left his home 20 years ago in Soweto is currently staying at this hotspot and a pregnant woman who escaped from an abusive relationship was traced to this hotspot not only smoking Nyaope, but injecting herself with it”.
This building is a drug hell for substance abusers from various places in the country and across the borders. The place is inhabited mostly by sick people since they inject themselves and pass on the syringe from one person to another without sterilizing it which increases the risk of HIV and other related diseases. The number of residents living here is plus minus 300 with women and children included.
“Their mental state is not very stable since they say something else and do something different from what they say. They also display an attitude of hopelessness”, says Sikhulu.

During the first visit there were churches and organisations present such as the Genesis Christian Church from Naturena, Pastor Jeff Kunene from Soweto, famous for his prison ministry since he himself is an ex-convict. There were individuals from Social Department (region), people from the Police VIP Section and many individuals who saw the need to pray. There were also people who came looking for their missing children who were traced to this hot spot. An example of this was a family from Sebokeng in Vereeniging who came looking for their son who was traced to this hotspot.

Shalom House of Refuge will continue servicing this hotspot in terms of support, encouragement, hospitalisation, counseling, re-habilitation, family re-unifications, skills development and employment, since many left their homes due to abuse.

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Issued by: Fundi Communications & Advertising
On behalf of: Shalom House of Refuge
Contact Number: 011 888 1234 (Rachel Mekgwe)
Date: 29 March 2016

Editor Notes:
Shalom House of Refuge started in 2011. The purpose is to provide safe and secure accommodation to abused women and their children with the focus on providing a foundation that will allow the broken to be healed and stimulate the growth of self-respect in such individuals. The House seeks to take in as many of these vulnerable women and their children to a place where they can rebuild their self-respect, dignity, hope, trust and self-confidence to realise their potential and roles that they can play in society. In the process of doing this, Shalom House of Refuge would like to provide:

• Skills training.
• Job opportunities for abused woman and their children so they will be able to add value to society as well as themselves.
• Counseling services for abused woman and their children
• Facilities to help those people in need including but not limited to: accommodation, clothing, food, education, development skills, care, and motivational programmes.
• To support and develop other public benefit organisations such as orphanage homes, retirement homes, clinics and medical facilities and other care facilities.

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Thokoza show postponed

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Jazz legend Thandi Klaasen to be celebrated

Lorraine Klaasen performing in Mother and daughter United in Song at Sophiatown
Juno award winner, singer, song Writer and director of the documentary film “The legends of Madiba”, Lorraine Klaasen today announced she will be postponing the second Mother and Daughter United in Song celebration, which was scheduled to take place this Saturday, 02 April 2016 at Thokoza Auditorium.
“I am sorry that I have to disappoint myself and my mother’s fans, who were looking forward to the Saturday event”, says Lorraine Klaasen.
Instead there, will be only one glorious event scheduled for this coming Friday, 01 April 2016 and will kick off at 19:00 at Sophiatown. The new scheduled date will be in August. The exact date and venue will be announced during women’s month.

“What better way to celebrate my mom and the legend Thandie Klaasen. The decision to postpone the event, was based on the need for a bigger venue where more artists can come and perform and make it a celebration to be remembered” says Klaasen.
But all is not lost, Friday, 01 April 2016 at Sophiatown Huddleston Centre, Thandi Klaasen will once again hog the limelight, but, this time, and it will be on stage as well as on the silver screen with a preview of the documentary film “The legends of Madiba”. The film directed by Lorraine Klaasen will be screened at Sophiatown Huddleston Centre, and will kick off at 19:00. The screening will be followed by a special performance by songstress Lorraine Klaasen featuring Thandie Klaasen and special guests Zwake Mbuli. The evening event will celebrate the life and legacy of Thandi Klaasen “the Ella Fitzgerald” of South Africa.
Come and experience a wonderful film and show support to local jazz musicians as they pay tribute to the legendary Thandie Klaasen in the place of her birth Sophiatown. Tickets are available at the door or reserve in advance. Tickets are R120 for Sophiatown. There will be DVD’s and CD’s available.

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On behalf of: Lorraine Klaasen
Contact Number: 011 888 1234 (Rachel Mekgwe)
For more Info: 011 385 2769 (Lorraine Klaasen)
Date: 30 March 2016

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Jazz legend Thandi Klaasen to be celebrated

Lorraine Klaasen performing in Mother and daughter United in Song at Sophiatown and Thokoza

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She was the songbird of Sophiatown, she enthralled music lovers with her soulful jazz melodies and now Thandi Klaasen will once again hog the limelight, but, this time, and it will be on stage as well as on the silver screen with a preview of the documentary film “The legends of Madiba”.

Juno award winner, singer, song Writer Lorraine Klaasen is paying tribute to the living jazz legend, her mother Thandie Klaasen and friends, Dolly Rathebe, Sophie Mncina, Abigail Kubheka, Dorothy Masuke in a documentary film “Legends of Madiba” that shines the spotlight on the trials, tribulations, fame and fortunes of these iconic South African songbirds of the 50’s and 60’s.

The film directed by Lorraine Klaasen will be screened at Sophiatown Huddleston Centre, on 1st April 2016 and will kick off at 19:00. The screening will be followed by a special performance by songstress Lorraine Klaasen featuring Thandie Klaasen and special guests Zwake Mbuli. The evening events will celebrate the life and legacy of Thandi Klaasen “the Ella Fitzgerald” of South Africa.

The event in Sophiatown will be followed by another premiere in Thokoza at the Thokoza Auditorium on 2nd April 2016. It will start from 17:00. The film will be showcased followed by a special performance by Lorraine, her mother, and special guest. Some of the guests will be Mara Louw, Zwakhe Mbuli among other special guests.

“I just want to make my mom happy. Mom suffered a mild stroke that affected her speech but has not dampened her spirit. The film is mostly about how music played an important role in the lives of black female jazz musicians. They tell their stories from their own experience living in Sophiatown in the 50s” said Lorraine Klaasen.

But who is Thandie Klaasen? Thandie Klaasen ranks as a defining symbol of South Africa’s musical golden age and she was presented with a Lifetime Achievement Award at the 12th MTN South African Music Awards in May 2006. Loraine Klaasen and her mother are also reputed as two of Nelson Mandela’s favorite musicians. The documentary film “The legends of Madiba”, takes a look at the lives of female jazz musicians growing up in Sophiatown in the 50’s with the hardship and trauma that they had to face during apartheid while at the same developing themselves in the music industry. The film features the late great Dolly Rathebe, Sophie Mncina, Abigail Kubheka, Dorothy Masuke, Thandie Klaasen and Lorraine Klaasen. South Africans will see the film for the first time since its release in 2002 in Canada.

Lorraine added, “I am paying tribute to my mother now to show and that we don’t always have to wait for someone to die before we can celebrate them”. Lorraine Klaasen moved to Canada in 1979 and has performed with great musicians like her mother Thandie Klaasen, Miriam Makeba, Abigail Khubeka, Patti LaBelle, Ray Charles to name a few. With her mother having an impact on her musical career, Lorraine has created her own brand and made a name for herself in African jazz music.

Come and experience a wonderful film and show support to local jazz musicians as they pay tribute to the legendary Thandie Klaasen. Tickets are available at the door or reserve in advance. Tickets are R120 for Sophiatown and R100 for Thokoza. There will be DVD’s and CD’s available at both events.

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On behalf of:            Lorraine Klaasen
Contact Number:     011 888 1234 (Rachel Mekgwe)
For more Info:          011 385 2769 (Lorraine Klaasen)
Date:                         16 March 2016

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The other side of 40

Fat levels increase because of unhealthy and irregular eating habits and our hurried lifestyle leaves no time for exercise.

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THE PRO: Martin de Wee (pictured above) gives tips on how to live a healthier lifestyle.

THE LIFE of our bodies is like a roller coaster ride, rolling along smoothly in our twenties, speeding up through life’s twists and turns in our thirties and then showing signs of wear and tear after 40.

Fat levels increase because of unhealthy and irregular eating habits and our hurried lifestyle leaves no time for exercise. Drinking and smoking don’t help the process and progressive use of over the counter medication expands the problem. Your middle begins to spread and joint pain becomes part of your wake up routine, a reminder that father time is making inroads. Financial pressures cause stress, sleep deprivation and the onset of middle-age ailments, diabetes, high blood pressure and the silent killers – strokes and heart disease.

Truth is most can be avoided and in most cases even reversed by simply exercising 30 minutes a day three to four times a week. If your excuse is “I don’t have the time to exercise”, then consider the time you may be spending at the doctor’s or simply labouring under the burden of “I just don’t have the energy for this”. A wise alternative is to make the time and earn the rewards. Regular exercise rids your body of excess fat and corrects unhealthy practices, bringing your body back into shape and reducing the onset of middle-age ailments. During my 10 years in the boxing gym and 30 years of weight training, I speak from experience when I say that the best place to get back into shape is in the gym. Road running exerts strain on the leg joints and burns away not only fat but muscle as well. In both running and cycling, the amino acid stored in your body from protein digested earlier is quickly used up early in the workout and then the body uses fuel from the muscle itself instead of burning fat in your system. The fact is brisk walking is more beneficial for weight loss and provides excellent cardio stimulus.

The gym provides a secure environment and a variety of different exercise platforms such as weight training, circuit training as well as classes such as spinning, aerobics, boot camp, cross fit as well as yoga and Zumba. These are all beneficial and assist with weight loss but the most beneficial method is weight training. Controlled weight training replaces lost muscle mass whilst at the same time toning your body and burning fat. It is especially effective for the over 40 age group in both men and women. The benefits are improved health, increased strength, weight loss, improved sleeping patterns, stronger bones and most importantly a boost to your confidence. From my experience as champion body builder, drug-free activist, motivational speaker and personal trainer, I urge you to join a reputable gym.
*This is the first of a series of articles on personal health matters. You can contact me at martin@drugfreetraining.co.za or Martin de Wee on YouTube.
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On behalf of:                   Martin de Wee
Contact Number:           (011) 888 1234 (Rachel Mekgwe)
Date:                                 08 March 2016

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