Tuesday, September 28, 2021

Mdzanada Animal Clinic raise awareness about the dangers of rabies

 

Mdzanada Animal Clinic raise awareness about the dangers of rabies

“Rabies known to be a deadly virus that spreads to people from the saliva of infected animals, usually through an animal bite but can also transmit through saliva coming in to contact with your lips, eyes, or any exposed cuts on your body” – Mdzananda Animal Clinic

Two rabies cases were identified at Mdzananda Animal Clinic. Marcelle a veterinarian at Mdzananda Animal Clinic explains that a community member initially called to report a change in the dog’s behavior, but after a thoroughly check up on the dog and running of tests, it was confirmed that what was suspected to be a bone stuck in the dog’s throat turned out to be a rabies case. The last report of rabies in the Western Cape was in 1994 and for veterinarians at the clinic they say, “this is quite concerning because there are really any rabies cases reported in the Western Cape, hence the need to raise awareness about the dangers of rabies is of utmost importance”.

What are some of the noticeable symptoms you might ask, and how can it be transmitted?

Ummm, normally when a dog is infected with rabies, there will be a behavioural change in the dog, “initial stages are difficult to spot but normally the animal will be quite nostalgic, which means the dog does not really want to eat and as it progresses you will start to notice the dog changing in personality”, says Marcelle. And humans can be infected with the virus through a dog bite, and they carry similar symptoms of those as the animals.

Why is it important for people to be weary of this virus?

It is important for pet owners to be alerted about the current rabies cases developing in communities, because of how quick this virus could spread. Rabies is almost always fatal if it is left untreated. In fact, once someone with rabies starts experiencing symptoms, they usually do not survive. Therefore, it is very important to seek medical attention right away following an animal bite, especially if the bite is from a wild animal.

On September 28 we celebrate World Rabies Day to encourage rabies prevention efforts and unite against rabies. Whether you’re a veterinarian, a medical professional, a teacher, a dog-lover this is the time to take part in an event that raises awareness about rabies and its prevention. Prevention is better than cure as there is no current cure for rabies, but pet owners are encouraged to make sure they get their animals vaccinated. The clinic has also started a mass vaccinating campaign for rabies, and on the 28th of September the clinic will be dedicating the full day to vaccinations.

Mdzananda Animal Clinic is a veterinary council registered, NPO animal clinic in Khayelitsha, Cape Town. Mdzananda has a strong focus on community empowerment and education to ensure responsible pet ownership into the future. It is home to 400 000 people (2011 census) and their pets. The clinic serves an average of 1000 animals per month through consultations, hospitalization, general and orthopaedic surgeries, continuous sterilizations, mobile clinics, an animal ambulance, and pet adoptions. The clinic currently operates for 5 and a half days: Monday- Friday (closes at 4pm) and Saturday opens from 8:00-12pm.

Location: Mandela Park, Govern Mbeki Road

Contact details: email: info@mdzananda

              By: Mamesi Lamoen

 

Monday, September 27, 2021

DON CALYA SIGNS WITH UNIVERSAL MUSIC

 

ARTIST DON CALYA SIGNS WITH UNIVERSAL MUSIC PUBLISHING RELEASED NEW SINGLE, COUNT ON YOU

“Count on you was written from a personal experience, so emotionally I was going through a love/hate kind of thing”- Don Calya

Singer Don Calya SA based artists who is known for her outrageous and dramatic performances. She most featured on a song titled OUR LOVE. Also featuring on a track with Breeze Zulu Bass King. Don continues to ride the wave of her success with a recent sign with Universal Music Publishing and released a new single COUNT ON YOU. Most recently, Don Calya appeared on the Joox South Africa Live platform, performing in two virtual shows. She also performed on So Far Sounds Cape Town’s Instagram Live, featuring in Sportscene’s WEEKEND TURN-UP Segment.


Born in the small town of George, South Africa but bred in Sydney, Australia, the young artist had always been a ‘music head’. Her primary and high school days were spent owning the stages as she took part in musicals, small group performances and end of year concerts All that work prepared her for representing Sydney at the international I-pop agency competition in Los Angeles in 2015 when she was 18, where she went on to record her first three singles and a music video while in LA with an American producer who had previously worked with the likes of Chris brown, Tony Braxton and Destiny’s Child.


Since her releases, she has received a huge amount of positive feedback, leaving the singer overwhelmed with the support and love she has felt. From performing at The Coca-Cola Dome for the Creator’s Live Event, to performing at the Youth Achievers Awards 2019 to recently being nominated in two categories at the 011 Awards 2020 as well as being asked to perform, the past two years have been jam-packed.  

You can stream Don Calya’s new track, Count On You on all music platforms and follow her on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter @Don Calya

 

                        By: Mamesi Lamoen

Monday, March 23, 2020

Protect the elderly cause they are the most venerable for the COVID 19 disease


Ishrene Davids (general manager at Ikamva Labantu)
The interview starts with Ishrene speaking about when Ikamva Labantu was establish and what their purpose is in helping underprivileged communities around Cape Town and also who their main target is they help which is children and elderly people.
She spoke about how they operate 21 senior clubs which they help and support to give them basic needs like food and hygiene tools to look after themselves and family’s and to keep them healthy and in good condition.

 She told us that they had to close down due to the epidemic that has taken place and have been close since the 17th March due to the virus, which is a huge problem for them and the senior clubs they deal with on a daily.
She adds on and tells us how difficult it would be for them to supply the senior clubs with the needs they get at Ikamva, during the time they are close they organise food parcels to help them to go on for at least 2 weeks.

More difficulty’s is also with staff that is put off due to the virus so that makes it more difficult for them to help these seniors, the staff only comes in at least two days a week but works from home so that makes it more difficult for them to interact with the senior’s, the staff assist them with safety measures how they can prevent the virus like practicing clean hygiene.   
She urges the communities to help and protect the elderly cause they are the most venerable for the COVID 19 disease and also adds that there is a huge need for non-perishable foods for them.   

Her details
Office 0214618338
www.Ikamva.org

                                         By: Brett Bailey

Kim Williams a business women and interior decorator


Kim Williams a business women and interior decorator.
Kim started loving interior designing when she was a little girl moving her furniture around her room as a child and took from her mother’s old left over fabric and making clothes for some of her dolls and that is where her passion and love for interior designing grew and began.

She adds on to say that in that time interior designing wasn’t a real career option for her and study business, market communication and change management consultancy as a profession until she was 30 years of age but over time stresses of running a business like that got to her and then decide to change to something she always wanted to do, that was interior designing and to become one evens.



There after the skills she gain in the field she use to work in benefited her in a huge way and combing it with her passion and love for interior design, She says that people miss understood what interior designing is, she says it is more of a feeling when doing something for a client, that they should feel themselves and see them self-entering a room she did and adds on that you really should have a real passion for it but what’s more important in this field is learning new skills and too understand the client more and to remain authentic and original to make your work different than other interior designers.

She says that Cape Town has a big market for this what she does but it’s very important to have the skill sets for what you doing because clients want to see if you have the qualification, but Cape town has a huge market and lots of opportunity’s.
What her business is facing now due to the COVID-19 epidemic is that it affected her supply market cause most of their products and material gets import from China.
In closing she adds on that she is very grateful for the people she worked with and working with currently because they played a huge role in influencing her to do interior designing and feel blessed.

In ending she leaves by giving her details
Instagram: Kim_Williams_Design      
Facebook: Kim Williams



                                               By: Brett Bailey

Wednesday, March 18, 2020

You cannot run away from sex works because it’s always in and around our communities


Megan Lessing was interviewed and she spoke about the ongoing violence against Sex Workers within and round South Africa, she works for SWEAT. They have been around for 25 years and they were always fighting against the decriminalisation again Violence.

Regarding past records, the focus of violence was always against women and transwomen, and that’s what they mostly focused on. She also mentioned that you cannot run away from sex works because it’s always in and around our communities, and they do their work in criminalised environment.
She also states that if there is a crime recorded of a Sex Worker that dies, the media doesn’t regard them as a Sex Worker or transwomen, but rather focus on the crime rather than the person, or even if a diseased body is found of a sex worker they would regard the person as a sex worker.


Megan always said that within the community sex workers are not treated fairly and something bad is always said and people laugh about it. With regards to the late Adnaan Davids there were very disturbing remarks made about the victim. Therefore, SWEAT always try and humanise everybody with whom they work with and not see them as any different.

The way things are being done at SWEAT is to protect Sex Workers. She says people should be more acceptance towards the LGBTIQ+ and not harbour hatred feelings. She says the SayHerName program is still on going, and SWEAT never stops working.

Her final words were that the government will have to do something for the Legal Model for Sex Workers in South Africa.

To get a hold of SWEAT or be a part of them they are situated in Observatory in Cape Town or you can find them on Social Media.
Twitter: SWEAT Tweets
Or just Google SWEAT and you’ll find information, because SWEAT is very well known

Ever since the Coronavirus outbreak WCBS is more in need of O Negative blood and B Positive blood.


Michelle Vermeulen Promotions, PR and Planning Manager is from Western Cape Blood Service and she spoke about that people should be more open to donating blood, and she thanks people that does donate blood regularly.

She also stated that if you are very healthy, that you should please come and donate, because they desperately need people to come out and donate blood. They are sort of O Negative blood and B Positive blood.
Ever since the Coronavirus outbreak she says people should still come out because you cannot get the virus through blood donation, so its 100% safe. She mentions that if you not feeling well or any signs of symptoms, that you should not donate.

She stated that the requirements to become a donor is that you need to be older than 16 years of age and younger than 75 years old, need to weigh 50kgs and more and need to be healthy on the day of
donation.


Her final words were stating that she urges people to come out and donate blood, to make sure they have adequate blood supply. Your one donation can save lives of 12 peoples.

“We’re appealing to the community at large to continue being as remarkable as ever, by donating blood. It is at times like these where we can show true Ubuntu, be heroes in our own stories and save lives. It only takes 20- 30 minutes of your time; to create a lifetime of memories for the recipients.”

You can contact them on 021-507-6300 or you can visit their website at www.wcbs.org.za
 
                                                        By: Clayton Daniels

Freelance photographer and fashion stylist and content creator

Surendran Reddy is 24 years of age and from Cape Town. He has studied 2 years professional photography at City Varsity Cape Town and he got his qualifications in Professional Photography which is a Diploma in Professional Photography. At the current moment he is a freelance photographer and fashion stylist and content creator. He is very big into fashion therefore most of his work is fashion related. He has worked with a few clothing brands as well as working with a Big Artists styling them for TV Ads and styled a few models for agency's annals for models for photo shoots. He was on set with his brother at the time he was a stylist and saw the relationship between the stylist, photographer, the make up artist and the model and the way they were working. That is where he told himself he should give photography a go, so he bought himself a little photographer and got some friends to take photo shoots. That is where he started picking up the niche to become a photographer and when he found out that he could study photography and that is what he did.

His lecturer told him he has some sort of style and that he should in corporate it in his work. He took that advice and that is where he got more followers, his load work got more as a photographer and that is where he pursue a career in photography. His lectures told him that when you started studying now with YouTube tutorial but when you get asked by a client if you have any experience, which makes it easier when you studied photography.

The knowledge, knowing the background of photography, knowing your equipment, lenses and lighting that would be in your advantage. But when you have the experience and in the industry it is easier. Basically when a client approaches him for a shoot the location plays a big thing, the surroundings inspires him to get the right angle. He does not use Photoshop or any photo editing tool. He will come to the clients if they do not have an idea what and where to take a picture, but the client needs to be happy and proud of the subject, location and be 50/50.

For further information WhatsApp him on 072 641 6793 and boybehindthelense on instagram or surendran_reddy