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I want people to ask why I wasn’t there at the end
Why I didn’t read a beautiful letter
Didn’t speak through tears on my cheek
I want them to ask why your children didn’t visit like before
Why you weren’t welcome anymore

I want people to know that you weren’t the person they thought they knew
I want them to see you the way I see you without her

I won’t see you again
I won’t be at your funeral
I won’t write a letter
or shed a another tear

Just like you didn’t love me from my first breath
You didn’t love her at her last
You forgot to care that our world got ripped apart
Your mask had slipped
That is how I will remember you

So I guess that’s it then dear dad

I grew up thinking I was a disappointment, an unwanted girl
I grew up seeing you choose your family and friends’ sons over me
I grew up seeing you leave my court to watch them toss a ball
I grew old and still can count the times you visited on a single hand

I stood by you when I thought you needed it most
I didn’t yet know you betrayed us in her final hours
I didn’t know how far you would fall

You didn’t know that I still look at her in the mirror
and you didn’t know that I could walk away

I just wanted you to know that dear dad

I didn’t realize it at the time, but that would be the last time I would see him. That thought only hit home as I stood in my closet a few months later with a tiny folded white piece of paper from my mom. 

She possessively snaked around him as we pulled up to the house on the mountain. He stood there with his hand on a little boy’s head, not stepping forward.

It was an awkward moment that reminded me that I would never be a son that he always wanted and that I would always matter less than other people’s children. 

As we sat in the living room of the home my mom once occupied, I was determined to keep the tears from escaping – while that woman smugly sat there with her hand possessively on his arm with a defiant look of victory.

He was oblivious to my hurt. He was oblivious to what sat next to him. 

I remember standing there shoving things into our car, tears streaming down my face. He didn’t want anything that was hers. He didn’t want to be reminded of the family that he had. He wanted to move on with that woman and her children and grandchildren. His new family.

As my dad and I hugged for the last time the dam of emotions escaped through my mouth. I desperately wanted him to hear me this time, I yelled at him but he just stood there. I could see he was hurt that I didn’t accept his relationship – just like the ones he had since before she passed. I could see that my words didn’t find a place to land.

As we drove down the mountain in a car full of my mom’s things, I cried. I could barely see the scenic road back to my older sister’s house. 

I spilled it all in front of my sister’s teenagers. The women, the cheating, the lies – and now this woman that would be the last straw for a family that lost the one that mended clothes and broken hearts.

Communication between us died down to a trickle after that day. The daily calls I made since her passing stopped. I would sometimes send photos of my kids in the hope that it would spark a longing for family. It never did. He decided to marry that woman and be with that family instead.

Last week I stood in the closet of our new house with a shoe box full of bits and bobs when I spotted a tiny folded piece of paper. My heart jumped because I recognized her handwriting. All the note said was ‘vir San’. It must’ve come from something she gave me years ago.

As I sat on the cold tiles in the middle of the walk-in, I was overcome with sadness. I had lost both my parents in that hospital in 2019. The one  bravely fought until the end to stay whilst the other had already planned on moving on with a new life.

It doesn’t matter how old you are, rejection still hurts.

I’m most excited for The Woman in the House Across the Street From the Girl in the Window – I love Kristen Bell! You can look forward to a story about Anna watching the world go by while heartbroken. Then she sets her sights on a handsome new neighbor in The Woman in the House Across the Street From the Girl in the Window. 

Find some of our favorite licensed titles coming to the service below:

War of the Worlds – 1/1/2022

Star Trek Beyond – 1/31/2022

Licensed titles are films and series created by production companies and licensed to Netflix for streaming. 

Below is a list of Netflix titles coming to the service this January. Netflix titles are films and series produced and / or owned by Netflix.

1 January  2021

The Hook Up Plan: Season 3 – Netflix Series  

With their friendship rocked by a secret romance, Elsa, Charlotte and Milou each face up to dizzying challenges and big life decisions.

Chief Daddy 2 – Going for Broke – Netflix Film 

The Beecroft family are ready to spend all of Chief Daddy’s inheritance, but not if the CEO of his company has anything to do with it.

4 January  2021

Action Pack – Netflix Film

With hearts, smarts and superpowers, the heroic kids of the Action Academy work together to battle the baddies — and even bring out the good in them!

5 January  2021

Rebelde – Netflix Series  

As the EWS prepares for a new generation of students, love and friendship bloom while a mysterious society threatens to crash their musical hopes.

Four to Dinner – Netflix Film 

In this rom-com challenging the concept of soulmates, parallel storylines portray four single friends as they pair up in different couple combinations.

6 January  2021

The Club: Part 2 – Netflix Series  

The source of Matilda’s guilt comes to light as a figure from the past returns. Raşel and İsmet arrive at an impasse as violence looms over Istanbul.

The Wasteland – Netflix Film 

The tranquil lives of a family isolated from the rest of society are disturbed by a terrifying creature, testing the ties that bind them together.

7 January  2021

Hype House – Netflix Series  

A revealing look at the lives of top social media stars.

Mother/Android – Netflix Film 

In a post-apocalyptic world rocked by a violent android uprising, a young pregnant woman and her boyfriend desperately search for safety.

Johnny Test: Season 2- Netflix Series 

From VR-wizarding to real-world monster-slaying, Johnny and Dukey dive headfirst into a slew of outrageous adventures that rarely go as planned.

10 January  2021

Undercover: Season 3 – Netflix Series  

Hoping to turn his life around, Bob takes on a dangerous undercover mission to root out a police mole, but his path once again crosses with Ferry Bouman.

12 January  2021

How I Fell in Love with a Gangster – Netflix Film 

From a shady money changer to one of the biggest gangsters in Poland, a mysterious woman recounts the real-life rise and fall of Nikodem “Nikoś” Skotarczak.

13 January  2021

The Journalist – Netflix Series  

A journalist known as the maverick of news media defiantly chases the truth in this series adaptation of the hit movie of the same name.

Photocopier – Netflix Film 

After losing her scholarship when photos of her at a party surface online, a student pairs with a photocopy worker to piece together what happened.

14 January  2021

After Life: Season 3 – Netflix Series  

While Tony is no longer quite so aggressively grouchy about life, he continues to struggle to fill the void left behind by his late wife.

The House – Netflix Series  

This eccentric dark comedy anthology is directed by top talents in independent stop-motion animation.

Archive 81 – Netflix Series  

An archivist hired to restore a collection of tapes finds himself reconstructing the work of a filmmaker and her investigation into a dangerous cult.

This Is Not a Comedy – Netflix Film 

At a crossroads in life, a comedian receives a curious offer from his best friend.

Riverdance: The Animated Adventure – Netflix Film

After a heartfelt loss, Irish-born Keegan and his Spanish-born friend Moya learn to dance through danger and despair with a magical herd of spirit deer.

18 January  2021

The Puppet Master: Hunting the Ultimate Conman – Netflix Documentary 

In this harrowing docuseries, a cruel conman masquerades as a British spy while manipulating and stealing from his victims and their families.

DOTA: Dragon’s Blood: Book 2 – Netflix Series

Upheaval reigns, order crumbles, and all heroes must now answer the call to fight the daunting forces threatening to plunge the world into darkness.

Mighty Express: Train Trouble – Netflix Film 

A sneaky duo has tricked the trains and taken over Mission Station! Can Flicker flex his skills on the tracks to rescue his friends and save the day?

19 January  2021

Too Hot to Handle: Season 3 – Netflix Series  

On the shores of paradise, gorgeous singles meet and mingle. But there’s a twist. To win a $100,000 grand prize, they’ll have to give up sex.

El marginal: Season 4 – Netflix Series  

The gritty action-drama returns for a fourth season.

Heavenly Bites: Mexico – Netflix Documentary 

Welcome to a food extravaganza, a visual poem to Mexican’s culinary ingenuity and the quirky and delicious flavors that are worth the stomach aches.

20 January  2021

Midnight Asia: Eat · Dance · Dream – Netflix Documentary 

A night-time journey through six iconic Asian cities and the food, art, clubs and subcultures that set them apart.

The Royal Treatment – Netflix Film 

New York hairdresser Izzy seizes the chance to work at the wedding of a charming prince, but when sparks between them fly, will love — or duty — prevail?

21 January  2021

Summer Heat – Netflix Series  

In search of a fresh start, a group of young adults live an unforgettable summer as they work at an island resort filled with sun, surf — and secrets.

Ozark: Season 4 Part 1 – Netflix Series  

Freedom from the cartel is seemingly within reach, but fraying familial bonds may prove to be the Byrdes’ ultimate undoing.

My Father’s Violin – Netflix Film 

After a heartbreaking loss, a girl tries to connect with a distant uncle who shares her passion for music.

Munich – The Edge of War – Netflix Film 

In Autumn 1938, a British civil servant and a German diplomat cross paths in Munich and conspire to prevent war in Europe. Based on Robert Harris’ book.

Amandla – Netflix Film 

Years after a devastating loss, two inseparable brothers face a new threat to their bond.

That Girl Lay Lay – Netflix Film

Quirky student Sadie tries to juggle high school and keep a huge secret after her hype-girl avatar comes to life in the form of fierce friend Lay Lay.

24 January  2021

Three Songs for Benazir – Netflix Documentary 

25 January  2021

Neymar: The Perfect Chaos – Netflix Documentary 

Beloved worldwide but also a lightning rod for critics, Neymar shares the highs and lows of his personal life and brilliant football career.

Ada Twist, Scientist: Season 2 – Netflix Series

Ada and her science-loving friends are searching high and low for answers this season, from the sky above to the earth below and everywhere in between!

27 January  2021

Chosen – Netflix Series  

A teenager finds her world turned upside down when she discovers the disturbing truth lurking in her sleepy Danish town. From the creators of “The Rain.”

Framed! A Sicilian Murder Mystery: – Netflix Series  

After two hapless TV technicians stumble upon a murder scene, every step they take to avoid becoming suspects lands them in deeper trouble.

28 January  2021

Feria: The Darkest Light – Netflix Series  

In mid-’90s Andalusia, two sisters face rejection and search for the truth when their missing parents are accused of killing 23 people in a cult ritual.

In From the Cold – Netflix Series  

A mom’s life turns upside down when she must choose between putting her family at risk and returning to her past as a bioengineered Russian agent.

The Woman in the House Across the Street From the Girl in the Window – Netflix Series  

A heartbroken artist’s life is turned upside down when she witnesses a crime… or did she?

Getting Curious with Jonathan Van Ness – Netflix Series  

Getting Curious with Jonathan Van Ness is an unabashedly smart and quirky exploration into topics and questions that make Jonathan curious. From skyscrapers to bugs, or from gender identity to snacks, each episode follows Jonathan as he meets with experts in various fields to uncover complexities in a wide range of subjects.

Home Team – Netflix Film

Suspended NFL coach Sean Payton finds redemption — and reconnection — coaching his son’s youth football team in small-town Texas. Based on a true story.

Angry Birds: Summer Madness – Netflix Film

Sparks and feathers fly when a teenage Red, Chuck, Bomb and Stella spend a wild summer together with other Angry Birds at Camp Splinterwood!

The Orbital Children – Netflix Anime

In 2045, two children born on the moon and three kids from Earth try to survive after an accident on their space station leaves them stranded.

Weekly Series

25 January  2021

Snowpiercer: Season 3 – Netflix Series  

Six months later, Layton continues to search the globe for livable conditions while Wilford — fueled by fury and revenge — remains in hot pursuit.

COMING SOON

Yeh Kaali Kaali Ankhein – Netflix Series  

Relentlessly pursued by a powerful politician’s daughter who will do anything to make him hers, a man slips down a dark, risky path to reclaim his life.

I Am Georgina – Netflix Series  

A revealing look at the life of Georgina Rodríguez: model, mother, influencer, businesswoman, dancer and Cristiano Ronaldo’s partner.

Kapil Sharma: I’m Not Done Yet – Netflix Comedy Special

NETFLIX GAMES

Krispee Street – Netflix Games

Based on the popular webcomic, this emotional (in a good way!) hidden object game features hundreds of quirky characters and items to seek and find.

Hextech Mayhem: A League of Legends Story – Netflix Games

Bomb to the beat and groove to the mayhem in this fast-paced rhythm runner, featuring League of Legends stars, Ziggs and Heimerdinger.

Arcanium: Rise of Akhan – Netflix Games

Choose your heroes and embark upon an epic quest to save the world of Arzu in this open-world, roguelike strategy card game.

All of Us Are Dead – Netflix Series  

A zombie virus breaks out fast inside a school. Endangered students fight to survive and escape.

Eagle eyed fans were treated to a post-credits easter egg upon completion of The Witcher Season 2, as Netflix surprise dropped first look footage from prequel series The Witcher: Blood Origin – the highly anticipated next installment in The Witcher franchise – in the final episode’s end credits.

The teaser reveals the cast of the series in action for the first time, including Sophia Brown as Éile, Laurence O’Fuarain as Fjall, and Michelle Yeoh as Scían.

Series cast:

Sophia Brown (Éile) Laurence O’Fuarain (Fjall)Michelle Yeoh (Scían)Mirren Mack (Merwyn)Lenny Henry (Balor)Jacob Collins Levy (Eredin)Lizzie Annis (Zacaré)Huw Novelli (Callan “Brother Death”)Francesca Mills (Meldof)Amy Murray (Fenrik)Nathaniel Curtis (Brían)Zach Wyatt (Syndril)Dylan Moran (Uthrok One-Nut)
Sarah O’Gorman (Cursed, The Last Kingdom) will direct episodes 101,104 and 106, and Vicky Jewson (Close, Born of War) will direct episodes 102, 103 and 105.Series Logline: Set in an elven world 1200 years before the world of The Witcher: Blood Origin will tell a story lost to time – the creation of the first prototype Witcher, and the events that lead to the pivotal in “conjunction of the spheres,” when the worlds of monsters, men, and elves merged to become one.

  • Blood Origin will be a six part, live-action limited series, and a prequel to the hit Netflix series The Witcher.

Declan de Barra will act as Executive Producer and Showrunner, Lauren Schmidt Hissrich and Matt O’Toole act as Executive Producers.
Andrzej Sapkowski will serve as creative consultant on the series. Jason Brown and Sean Daniel from Hivemind, and Tomek Baginski and Jarek Sawko from Platige Films will all serve as executive producers.

Who had a BIG sigh of relief after the family meeting last night? I don’t think anyone would have appreciated anyone standing between us and a holiday that we have needed since all of this started – right?

We are staying home this Christmas. We still have too much to do and well, the house is a black hole for money (I’m not complaining, I’m just broke). Please cheer me up and tell me about your amazing holiday plans!

Bush Villas on Kruger Special

Book a a Luxury Villa for R2550 (was R3200) per night for up to 6 guests for stays during 16-20 December 2021. R450 for extra adults and R200 for extra children in the larger villas.

Plus they have some space for stays from 29 December.

Contact reservations@bushvillasonkruger.com, join them on Facebook or Instagram.

Johannesburg Markets to visit

I’ve rounded up details for some of Joburg’s newest and oldest markets so you can have a fun festive shopping experience before Christmas. READ MORE

A taste of Joburg’s only winery

If you still don’t know about Gerakaris Family Wine 🍷🍷🍷 in Joburg… here is your reminder that we have a winery in our fair city. After the grapes arrive they are put through the process right here where you can also book a wine tasting. READ MORE

Spier Tasting Room at Indaba

I went home with #2 and a slab of chocolate because I want to relive this experience many more times. The experience is comparable to what you would get in Cape Town 🍷🍷🍷 READ MORE

Sunrise Society

Sunrise Society, a social club, had its first meet for a delicious chocolate and wine pairing at the Tasting Room @ Indaba Hotel. We were a small group, but seeing friendly faces over a beautiful glass of wine was a welcome sight after 2 years of no socials.

Join the FB group or WhatsApp group now to join us on our next adventure in Jozi.

Voortrekker Monument

Please, someone stop me, because I want to go see the “lewende laer” because… READ MORE

Visit the Eiffel Tower

More good times locked in with the kids in Harties. READ MORE

Upside Down House

Don’t even get me started about walking upstairs – or is it downstairs up??? READ MORE

Hello Barbie Fashionista

Guess who was so excited when a Barbie Fashionista house was delivered? Me! Then the kids saw it and now I can just look at them play with it.

Even more Barbie news! Barbie Mega Constux has hit the shelves and I spent all last week building the sets I was sent. Look out for my Instagram Stories and highlights plus the post later this week.

Give me some JAN yum

I recently discovered Jan’s free recipes – and now I am obsessed. I want to try the 12 pap recipes (because pap). VISIT JAN

Tasting Room at Indaba Hotel

I invited my social club members, Sunrise Society, to join me for a 10am wine and chocolate tasting experience for R70 per person (4 wines, 3 chocolates). It’s quite an experience as it is actually backed by Spier – and it is almost the same as being in the Cape (except that it’s a lot closer to home).

Tip*: You can buy the chocolate and wine you loved most during a wine and chocolate wine pairing experience

I went home with #2 and a slab of chocolate because I want to relive this experience many more times. The experience is comparable to what you would get in Cape Town.

Gerakaris Family Wines

Tip*: Order a platter to go with your wine tasting experience

This little winery in the heart of Joburg is one of my favourite places to take clients to. It is set between a nursery and artisanal shops in a quiet street.

More places to have wine tasting experiences at in Johannesburg

It’s that time of year where some of you (not me) will have a little more time on your hands to do fun things. This post is all about the markets in Johannesburg that you can visit – I may have left a few markets off, feel free to comment their names below. If you know of any market that has started up again after (temporarily) closing… I want to know about it too!

The Playground

73 Juta St, Braamfontein

Open

  • Opening 4 Dec 9am – 6pm

Star Food Market

Corner Main &, Lachlan Rd, Glenferness AH, Johannesburg

Open:

  • Wednesday to Sunday 9am to 3pm

Prison Break Market

Address: 10 MacMillan Road, Glenferness, Midrand

Open:

  • Wednesday to Friday: 9am to 3pm
  • Saturday: 7am to 3pm
  • Sunday: 9am to 3pm

Entrance Fee:

  • R30

Sandton Farmers Market

Address: 127 B Wroxham Rd, Paulshof, Johannesburg, 2056

Open:

  • Saturday: 10am to 7pm
  • Sunday: 10am to 7pm

Entrance Fee:

  • Unknown
  • Dear Dad: Goodbye

    Accepting that you were not loved means you can say goodbye.


Fourways Farmers Market

Address: Arden Rd, Modderfontein Reserve, Modderfontein

Open:

  • Sun & Sat: 9am to 4pm

Entrance Fee:

  • Modderfontein nature Reserve entrance fee of R30 per adult and R15 per child
  • R10 per person at the market

Bryanston Organic & Natural Market

Address: 40 Culross Rd, Bryanston

Open:

  • Thursday & Saturday: 9am to 3pm

Entrance Fee:

  • Free

Rosebank Sunday Market

Address: Entrances on Baker St, Bath Ave and Craddock Ave, Rosebank

Open:

  • Every Sunday 9am to 4pm

Entrance Fee:

  • Free entrance, but paid parking in Rosebank

Riversands Farm Village

Address: Riversands Commercial Park, Rose Road, Knopjeslaagte, Midrand, 2189

Open:

  • Fri- 1pm to sunset
  • Sat- 8:30am- sunset
  • Sun- 8:30am to sunset
  • Public holiday- 10am to sunset

 Entrance Fee: Free


Victoria Yards

Address: 16 Viljoen St, Lorentzville, Johannesburg, 2193

Open:

  • 09h00-17h00 on Weekdays
  • 10h00-17h00 on Saturdays
  • Open 1st Sunday of Every Month

Entrance Fee:

  • Unknown

Sylvia’s Market

Address: Fairmount Bowls Club, 27 George Ave, Fairmount

Open:

  • Every first and last Sunday between 10am to 4pm

 Entrance Fee:

  • Unknown

Did you know that diabetes is a leading cause of death in South Africa? The International Diabetes Federation (IDF) recently reported that worldwide there are 463 million people with diabetes and more than 19 million of those are on the African continent.

It is estimated that by 2045 there will be around 47 million diabetic patients in Africa: the highest increase in diabetes globally. Closer to home, 1.8 million South Africans have diabetes, and the IDF estimates an additional population of 69% of the total number of diabetics are still undiagnosed.

A big stumbling block, especially in South Africa, is the lack of awareness of the disease and access to diabetic-appropriate healthcare.

The basics of Diabetes

Diabetes is a category of metabolic disease associated with the development of high blood sugar or glucose. The two primary types of diabetes are Type 1 and Type 2.

Type 1 diabetes is an autoimmune disease that causes the immune system to create antibodies that target the insulin-producing cells of the pancreas. Insulin is a hormone that allows your body to use glucose for energy. Over time, the body is unable to produce insulin, and the patient must find other means to take in insulin each day.

Unlike Type 1 diabetes, Type 2 diabetes occurs when the pancreas continues to produce insulin, but the body doesn’t use it properly, causing a person to become insulin resistant. The result is that the pancreas will start to go into overdrive to correct the deficit, becoming worse over time. Eventually, the pancreas will stop making insulin altogether and the patient will require insulin injections.

Type 2 occurs much more frequently in adults than in children, but Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes both share similar symptoms. These symptoms include excessive thirst, frequent and increased urination, and weight loss. Additional symptoms include blurred vision, fatigue, and longer than usual healing times for even the most minor cuts and bruises.

Children with diabetes

As a mom with a Type1 diabetic child, Delia Greeff wants other parents and diabetic patients to know that a correct diagnosis is crucial. “Diabetes is serious, but with the correct treatment, it is manageable. Treatments are constantly being improved, so once you have a diabetes diagnosis and know how severe it is, you can then take the correct steps to manage it”, she says.

According to Delia, one of the biggest challenges of having a diabetic child is wound care. “My little boy is happy and busy”, says Delia, “so it is my job to make sure I am always checking him for any scrapes or bruises, no matter how small. And as any parent knows, these are almost a daily occurrence.”

She says to address diabetic wounds as quickly as possible. Thoroughly clean the wound with clean water and mild soap. It is recommended that diabetic wounds are treated with a product such as medical-grade honey and dressed with a plaster or bandage. Even the most superficial grazes need to be monitored for infection and must be cleaned and redressed frequently to support the healing process.

“Honey-based wound care like the Melcura HoneyGel and HoneyBalm are winners in our home as it’s so easy to apply, it accelerates the healing process and fights off infection. We take it wherever we go”, says Delia.

Some of Delia’s top advice for other moms with diabetic children is to carefully manage their feet. She says “Toenails need to be cut correctly and monitored for ingrown toenails and infections, as the diabetic can often not feel/sense a problem and this can easily escalate into a serious wound that will require medical attention. In severe cases, diabetics are recommended not to walk barefoot to avoid cuts, puncture wounds, or thorns. We can’t, however, keep our children from playing and we just need to be extra vigilant with diabetic children. Educating yourself on the topic and connecting with parents of other diabetic children is a big help.”

“My son makes use of an insulin pump and continuous glucose monitoring device to assist in managing his blood glucose levels. Both these devices require entry points into the body.

These too can become infected and inflamed. Again, Melcura HoneyGel and HoneyBalm are my go-to for post-device removal treatment to the open area. The honey-based formulation has saved us from diabetic ulcers and the like, over and over”, says Delia.

Why diabetic wounds need extra care

  • Neuropathy

According to the World Health Organization (WHO), a leading symptom of diabetes is neuropathy (nerve damage). The lack of sensation due to the nerve damage, particularly over pressure points, on the foot means that any small cuts and wounds or extended microtrauma are undetected. This can lead to an extensive breakdown of overlying and surrounding tissue, and eventual ulceration. Diabetic foot ulcers pose a complex clinical challenge because of their potential to develop persistent and recurrent infections that may result in delayed healing.

Poor circulation

Diabetics are more likely to develop peripheral vascular disease, a condition of poor circulation. Peripheral vascular disease causes your blood vessels to narrow, which renders them unable to deliver enough blood to neighbouring cells and limbs. The condition affects red blood cells’ ability to pass through the vessels easily which prevents nutrients and oxygen from reaching the cells.

Dysfunctional immune response

Many people who have diabetes may have problems with immune system activation. With less blood flow, the body is less able to mobilize normal immune defences and nutrients that promote the body’s ability to fight infection and promote healing.

Infection

Neuropathy in the feet increases the chance of foot ulcers which may struggle to heal. Wounds come into contact with bacteria and being open for longer makes them more susceptible to becoming infected. Reduced blood flow and a dysfunctional immune system can impact on the body defence mechanism to fight off the bacteria that can cause an infection. Additionally, bacteria thrive on the extra sugar that’s available in the bloodstream. If the infection is untreated and left to spread, it can lead to complications such as sepsis or worst scenario bone infection or gangrene requiring amputation.

  • Diabetic wounds are unlike typical wounds in that they take longer to heal. Molecular investigations of the microbial flora within chronic Diabetic foot ulcers highlighted the presence of biofilms. Biofilms are clusters of microorganisms that stick to each other and surfaces and encapsulate themselves in a protective matrix. The microbial species within a biofilm are protected and markedly less susceptible to antibiotics. This makes them more difficult to eradicate.

Expert Advice
Janine Bérichon, a registered nurse and advanced wound care representative for Melcura, has been active in the medical field for over 20 years. Below are her key points for treating diabetic wounds:

  • Educate yourself and obtain knowledge from professionally trained medical staff on proper skin and foot care if you suffer from diabetes
  • Regular medical checks up as diabetics need a multidisciplinary team to help them with all their needs (Endocrinologist, physician, GP, podiatrist, dietician, psychologist, vascular surgeon wound care specialist)
  • Check blood sugar levels daily and keep levels within the normal range to ensure a healthy body. Seek medical help immediately if you feel unwell.
  • Follow a healthy diet specifically formulated by a trained dietician to maintain good habits.
  • Exercise daily and choose a form of exercise or sport that has a low impact on the body and is less likely to cause injury. Walking or swimming are good options.
  • Quit smoking or never start smoking as it is highly addictive, and if you are newly diagnosed diabetic you want to maintain a healthy body.
  • Keep well hydrated and drink water and fluids that are sugar-free.
  • Test the water temperature (with your elbow if you are a diabetic) before washing. Wash feet daily in warm water with a mild soap.
  • Dry feet well especially in between the toes. Moisturise feet daily, except between the toes to ensure you do not get dry feet or cracked heels that can lead to fungi and foot infections.
  • Cut toenails straight to avoid ingrown toenails.
  • Protect your feet by making good shoe choices. Refer to a podiatrist or orthotist for advice on a prescribed shoe if needed.
  • Wear proper-fitting shoes and socks that do not cause redness and pressure.
  • Clean new wounds with mild soap and water, cover with a dressing, and seek prompt medical attention as a minor injury can become infected.
  • Consider medical grade-honey. Melcura Honey is an effective product for diabetic foot ulcer wound healing.

Do not..

  • Listen to lay people’s advice on how to care for your feet as they are not medically trained.
  • Neglect to keep regular medical appointments.
  • Neglect warning signs that indicate blood sugar levels are too high or too low as this can damage blood and nerve supply to the feet.
  • Overeat, under-eat, starve, or continuously eat the wrong foods or drinks. This could lead to poor or no feeling in your feet.
  • Exercise if you have a blister or open wound on your foot. Wait until it heals and get advice on when to commence exercise.
  • Smoke. This impairs the circulation and damages the blood vessels that supply oxygen and nutrients to keep you healthy.
  • Drink alcohol as most alcoholic beverages contain sugar which raises the blood sugar level and is harmful to a diabetic.
  • Test water with feet or soak feet in a bucket of water as you may not be able to feel the temperature of the water and can burn your feet.
  • Apply moisturiser between toes as moisture can lead to foot fungal infections.
  • Treat ingrown toenails yourself as infection can lead to wound complications.
  • Walk barefoot as you may injure your feet, and this can lead to an infection that is difficult to heal. Walk on your feet if you have a wound under your foot. Offload the area by using a crutch, wheelchair, or cast prescribed by a medically trained professional treating the wound. Pop blisters yourself on your feet. This is a break in the skin and may lead to further wound complications.
  • Wear poorly fitted, tight shoes that can cause redness and pressure and lead to blister formation that becomes a wound that is difficult to treat.
  • Leave the wound open as this dries out the wound, delays wound healing, and may lead to spreading infection that may result in an amputation.
  • Purchase or make home remedies to treat corns, calluses, and warts. Intervention from a trained podiatrist or medical professional is required.

Use tried and tested products

Melcura honey has some unique natural features that make it effective on diabetic wounds even more so than some normal wounds and it has been advocated for healing diabetic ulcers that contain biofilms. Due to its osmotic effect, Melcura honey draws moisture from within the wound bed into the product, softening slough and dead tissue, allowing this and any microbes to be rapidly cleaned away. This prepares the wound bed for new granulation tissue and promotes quicker healing.

Melcura honey has an acidic pH which creates an unfavourable environment for bacterial growth. Melcura honey creates a moisture-laden layer on the wound bed, which is an advantage in the removal and change of wound dressings by reducing or eliminating the pain associated with this process (may not concern diabetic patients with neuropathy) and avoiding damage to the newly grown tissue.

Absorption, and therefore reduction, of oedema from around the ulcer margins, reducing the associated pain and improving microcirculation with more oxygen and nutrients, promotes rapid tissue repair. The moist wound healing with Melcura honey products improves the healing time. In addition, safety has been established with the use of Melcura honey in the treatment of wounds in neonatal and paediatric patients. Melcura honey is not cytotoxic and won’t harm healthy cells. Sweet, sugary honey for diabetic wounds?! It does sound contradictory, but comparisons between pre- and post-honey dressing treatment of Diabetic foot ulcers showed no statistically significant differences in blood glucose levels in people with diabetes. Melcura products have been chemically analysed and are manufactured under defined conditions that are subject to quality assurance procedures.

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Treating these types of wounds is usually a time-consuming and expensive process, in which the prevention of further degradation of the wound, is a primary concern.

Melcura honey products are easy and quick to apply. They are also locally manufactured making them affordable in our tough local socioeconomic environment, thus ensuring even the most rural of areas have access to easy-to-use advanced wound care.

Disney has today released a magical new festive advert to mark the start of the Holiday season. “The Stepdad” is a three-minute animated tale about family togetherness and the power of storytelling.

A sequel to last year’s ‘Lola’, which celebrated festive traditions passed down through generations, the short film premieres on Wednesday 3rd November 2021, across TV and Digital plus Disney’s own channels in 45 countries across Europe, Africa, North America, South America and Asia.  It forms part of Disney’s festive retail campaign, ‘From Our Family To Yours’ that hits retailers nationwide this month.

Following Disney’s 2020 debut consumer products Christmas advert, which secured more than 106 million views, this year’s instalment features a grown-up Nicole, the granddaughter from ‘Lola’, and her two children Max and Ella, as new stepdad Mike moves into their family home. 

At the heart of the story is a very special storybook – a precious item belonging to son Max from his birth father. The book celebrates how the power of storytelling can deepen family bonds, and the magic that reading together creates as stories from Disney and Pixar lift off from the pages igniting the family’s shared imagination and wonder.

Viewers will see the family navigate an emotive journey as they enjoy combining existing festive traditions with new ones in the run up to Christmas.


Exclusively for the South African version, local singer/songwriting sensation Lloyiso performs an emotive rendition of original track ‘Love Runs Deeper’ – penned for the advert, which provides a musical narrative to the film through the eyes of Mike in lieu of any dialogue.

Tasia Filippatos, SVP Disney EMEA said: “Reading together can be a truly magical experience and our advert celebrates this age-old tradition and the wonder and imagination it inspires. We hope the story will resonate with anyone who has seen the magic ‘lift off the pages’ of a book through the eyes of a child.”

Lloyiso, who performs ‘Love Runs Deeper’ for the South African version of the advert said:“I was thrilled to get involved with Disney’s Christmas campaign. I was immediately taken by the lyrics of ‘Love Runs Deeper’ and it’s powerful, emotive message within a story that celebrates family, traditions and love. I can’t wait to share this wonderful story with South African families this festive season.”

‘From Our Family To Yours’ is Disney’s largest festive retail campaign to date and will offer the perfect opportunity to stock up on those gifts for every member of the family – from stocking fillers, toys, apparel, books and so much more – featuring the very latest and greatest from Disney, Pixar, Marvel and Star Wars. In addition, ten malls across the country will be getting into the spirit of the season, showcasing Disney-inspired Christmas Trees in support of The Smile Foundation.

Luke Roberts, General Manager of Consumer Products Commercialisation, Disney Africa said: “We are excited to be bringing ‘From Our Family to Yours’ back to South African consumers for a second year this Festive Season. A perfect way to kick off the campaign, this ad encapsulates the magic of this time, combining the themes of strengthening family bonds and creating new family traditions, with the magic of Disney storytelling.”

To celebrate the theme of festive family traditions, Disney is encouraging fans to head to social media to share their own past and present festive memories using #DisneyChristmasAd and #FromOurFamilyToYours

The advert was developed and produced by Disney EMEA’s in-house creative team, led by Angela Affinita, Director of Brand Marketing and Creative, in partnership with Flux Animation Studios in New Zealand.

The 2020 Disney Christmas Advert