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Tue, 17 Oct 2017
Ramaphosa to meet Indian business in Durban

The SA Muslim Network will on Sunday host a discussion with Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa in Durban to iron out issues affecting South Africa and the Indian community.

The organisation said it extended an invitation to all presidential candidates and Ramaphosa was the first to accept. Chairperson Faisal Suliman said issues affecting the country including crime, health and unemployment would be discussed.

“Beyond this, we hope to look at issues affecting the broader Indian community such as the recent talk that BEE policies might be changed. We want to know how these changes will impact on us.”

Zooming into the Muslim community, Suliman said the organisation needed clarity from ANC leadership about its policies on Palestine, Rohingya and other humanitarian issues. He said they also needed clarity on terrorism issues linked to Islamic State.

“We believe that for a long time a false front had been portrayed by people who were trying to create instability within the Muslim community. It is important that we engage with our leaders and to raise issues that we have.”

The discussion is at 4pm at Durban University of Technology’s Mansfield Hall, Gate 8, Steve Biko Campus.


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Fri, 13 Oct 2017
Cape Town takes the prize as South Africa’s healthiest city

Statistics show that South Africans now spend more money on beer than on vegetables and fruit combined.

Durbanites eat the least sugar and salt while Cape Town and Johannesburg residents are better at stocking up on fruit and vegetables.

This is among the findings of the Discovery Vitality ObeCity Index 2017‚ released on Wednesday‚ which presents the latest insights on weight status as measured by Body Mass Index and waist circumference and food purchasing behaviour of nearly half a million Vitality members in Johannesburg‚ Pretoria‚ Cape Town‚ Durban‚ Bloemfontein and Port Elizabeth.

Cape Town scores best with 53.5% of Capetonians having a normal weight status.

Johannesburg and Durban came in at second and third with 52% and 51.8%‚ respectively.

Port Elizabeth and Bloemfontein have the worst weight status‚ with 48.8% of residents having a healthy weight status in both cities.

“While there are some positive trends‚ we still have a lot to do to combat obesity‚” the index’s authors said in a statement‚ noting the increased risk of heart disease‚ type 2 diabetes‚ certain cancers and premature death.

“Our data shows that being obese increases healthcare costs by as much as R4‚400 per person per year.

“It’s no surprise that we find ourselves in this situation as our eating habits have changed for the worse in recent decades. In fact‚ statistics show that South Africans now spend more money on beer than on vegetables and fruit combined. We are increasingly foregoing whole‚ fresh foods in favour of energy-dense processed foods and sugary soft drinks. This is compounded by the fact that we’re exercising less with more sedentary lifestyles.”

In South Africa‚ sales of ready-made meals‚ snack bars and instant noodles increased by 40% between 2005 and 2010‚ Vitality said‚ adding fast food consumption continues to grow‚ negatively impacting our weight.

“We have a long way to go to reach a healthy weight status as a nation. South Africans in general consume insufficient portions of vegetables and fruit and too much sugar and salt.”

Cape Town purchased the most portions of fruit and vegetables compared to other cities‚ followed by Johannesburg and Bloemfontein. Port Elizabeth and Durban purchased the least portions of fruit and vegetables.

Durban purchased 34% less fruit and vegetables compared to Cape Town‚ the winning city.

“We see a positive relationship between weight status and fruit and vegetable purchasing‚” said Discovery.

South Africans overall are eating only three servings of fruit and veg (230g) a day instead of the recommended five servings (400g)‚ the index stated.

Durbanites purchased the least amount of salt compared to other cities‚ with second and third place being held by residents in Port Elizabeth and Pretoria‚ respectively. Johannesburg and Cape Town purchased the most amount of salt. The data shows Durban residents purchased just over a quarter less salt‚ than Johannesburg‚ the city with the highest amount of salt purchased.

Durban also had the lowest average number of teaspoons of sugar purchased compared to other cities‚ followed by Port Elizabeth and Pretoria‚ with Cape Town and Bloemfontein purchasing the most amount of sugar. Bloemfontein purchased 40% more sugar than [...]

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Thu, 12 Oct 2017
Western Cape tourists urged to save water

The City of Cape Town has kicked off its water saving campaign, ‘Save like a local’ — this time targeting tourists expected this summer.

The campaign will be used to drive awareness about the serious drought crisis, especially among visitors this coming festive season.

According to the MasterCard Destination Cities Index 2017, Cape Town, popularly known as the Mother City, raked in 1.52 million visitors in 2016.

“If this year’s tourist season is similar to last year’s, we can expect a bumper season and we will need all visitors to ‘save like a local’ and follow the example of many of our water ambassadors,” said the City’s Mayoral Committee Member for Informal Settlements, Water and Waste Services and Energy, Councillor Xanthea Limberg.

In partnership with the tourism sector, the campaign will include airport billboards in various foreign languages and branded flags in the CBD and Waterfront area. Mobile billboards on beaches and at tourist centres will also be used to amplify the message that Cape Town is a water-scarce region, which is experiencing its worst drought in recorded history.

All tourism and related businesses have been urged to add digital adverts to their website homepages, which highlight water scarcity in the province.

The campaign is part of the implementation of phase one of the City of Cape Town’s water shortages disaster plan.

Water restrictions

Water rationing and restrictions are already underway for Western Cape residents.

Water guzzling residents have been reminded to stick to the 87 litres per day usage.

Dam storage levels are at 37.8%, with useable water at 27.8%. Consumption remains too high at 607 million litres of collective usage per day. This is 107 million litres above the consumption target of 500 million litres per day.

“It must also be borne in mind that this is a dynamic situation and the city will put further restrictions in place and lower water usage targets at short notice if required,” said Limberg.


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