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Why, the one time that my tar-pit of anger could’ve been an asset, was I stuck in self-quarantine? I could’ve been out there being a barrier, instead I have had to read about the plundering. Maybe me being stuck at home was so I didn’t end up in jail.

That said, did you read about the SPCA in Germiston/Bedfordview? I donated to that. Maybe also check in on the Durban/Coastal SPCAs if you have the means to donate.

Did you join the RebuildSA volunteer group? I did and added my name to the list of volunteers. When what I can do is needed, I will be there.

Instead of completely dividing South Africans, these dark days may have pushed us together even more because I have seen the unlikeliest of heroes… Never in my life will I swear at a taxi driver for cutting in front of me again (and I will keep my finger in check too).

The kids are home for the Winter break, spending time indoors, getting creative and keeping warm is great, yet things get messy, quickly. Chux cleaning products will help with the mess so you can keep up with the fun!

Arts and crafts, movies and popcorn, baking and roasting marshmallows around the fire! Keeping the kids entertained is busy work and there is no reason why cleaning up afterwards can’t be quick and easy.

@livingoursunshine

Annoying when people leave car door marks on my car #chux #momlife #lifehacks #fixit

♬ original sound – Susann Deysel

Here are some quick tips to keep it clean!

  • Get the kids to help, it can be fun. Make a game of it!
  • A steady stream of snacks and keeping food warm in winter means stubborn baked on food splatter in your microwave. Simply use a moistened Chux Magic Eraser block to remove the grease and grime without having to use any chemicals.
  • Kids white sports shoes looking worn out? A Chux Magic Eraser will bring them back to life and they will look like new.

The memories of a great holiday will remain, while CHUX® will help you clean #likeitneverhappened.

Now available in Dis-Chem too.

Chux® helps make the big chores smaller. Chux® offers an extensive range of quality cleaning accessories to help you tackle any cleaning challenge around your home.

Regardless of your preferred cleaning routine, no matter the mess … there’s a Chux® for whatever life Chux® at you.

ChuxSouthAfrica #LikeItNeverHappened #forwhateverlifechuxatyou

For more information on Chux® visit www.chux.co.za or www.facebook.com/ChuxSA/. Chux® can be found at selected Spar, Pick n Pay Family and OK Foods stores nationwide and now Dis-Chem too.

Who else is in Gauteng? Who else feels claustrophobic again?

Covid-19 in SA: 1 941 119 cases and 60 038 deaths recorded

Source

Anger

I am angry that a virus is in the world just beyond my front door. I am angry that my world has become, once again, just this little space shared with 3 other humans and 2 cats. I am angry because I know that out there, these 2 weeks may be the final straw for other small businesses. I am angry that they still haven’t taken responsibility for sending death into this world when we all know they were experimenting with things best left alone. I am angry that 60,000 South Africans paid with their lives already.

Vaccine

My mind debates on not wanting a vaccine and wishing I already had it. The 1 in 1000s that have a negative reaction scares me – but I am also jealous of those that have that little bit of extra comfort knowing they have a vaccine coursing through their veins. I know I have to have it to in future be able to travel and have a normal life, but what if I’m that 1 that has a severe negative reaction? What if…

Wensdenkery

As ons net vroeër grenste toegemaak het of mense laat isoleer het wat teruggevlieg het uit Italië of meer mense dit ernstig opgeneem het reg aan die begin… dit kon soveel anders gewees het.

As jy erens sit en alleen voel, reik uit na iemand – al is dit oor die foon.

‘𝓷 𝓲𝓮𝓽𝓼𝓲𝓮 𝓿𝓲𝓻 𝓳𝓸𝓾
Net vandag, net vir jou
‘n drukkie in jou oor
‘n soentjie op jou hart
net jy sal weet, want dis net vir jou

As a manufacturer of wound treatment products, Melcura™ is acutely aware of the importance of burn  awareness and education when it comes to prevention and correct treatment of burn injuries.

Many burn injuries occur in disadvantaged or rural areas and Melcura’s goal is to provide an alternative to  the expensive imported wound care products. In addition, the company focuses on year-round burn  awareness and treatment education.

Danielle de Villiers, Head of Research and Development (at) Melcura™, after completing her Master  of Science (MSc) focused on Medical Immunology, entered the incredible industry of medical  devices. Danielle says “One of my first experiences was research and development of an innovative  synthetic resorbable skin substitute. I was, in essence, developing artificial skin that had the  properties of natural human skin. Seeing it applied to living, breathing burns patients and the incredible results achieved after the lengthy process of product design, development, and finally  clinical testing – I was hooked! It was so rewarding to watch children covered in this skin substitute,  racing against each other down the corridors of Leratong Paediatric Burns Unit on push bikes with no  pain! I’ve now worked on the full design, development, and post-market spectrum of wound care  devices from high-tech electrospun wound dressings to the sweet workings of honey in wound  care.”

Danielle further states that while it is rewarding to work on the development and recovery side, she  quickly became aware of how much still needs to be done to prevent burns in the first place. “Our  reality in SA is that many people are either living without electricity, or only have sporadic access to  electricity. This means that gas or open fires are used by millions daily. These same people do not have easy access to medical care, so the most important first step is to educate people on  prevention, and also treatment in the event of burn wounds.”

General wound treatment

Most of us think of wounds happening because of a burn, or a nasty fall. But even a small wound,  like a dog bite that does not look serious at first, can end up disastrous if not treated correctly. What  you can see on the skin, is usually not the actual case under the skin. 

The skin is the largest organ in our body and protects us from germs (bacteria, fungi and viruses)  that live on its surface. So, when the skin is broken, there is a risk of germs getting into the body and  causing an infection. The deeper or larger or dirtier a wound is, the more care it needs. 

In South Africa during winter, we see our largest volume of patients due to burn injuries. There are  many reasons for this such as:

  • Diabetic persons with loss of feeling in feet who burn with hot water bottles and heaters or  hot bath water which often results in burn wounds on the feet.
  • Small children pulling kettle chords or hot cups from the countertop.
  • Informal settlement fires due to lack of electricity.
  • Other causes of burns are from chemicals in factories as well as hot oil or steam from  restaurants.

What you must NEVER do:

There are so many myths about how to treat burns, but the truth is that many of these can cause  further damage.

Never apply ice, butter, toothpaste, ice water or egg white. These can introduce even more bacteria,  or even increase the damage already done.

What you SHOULD do:

• Rinse the wound with running cool tap water (or cool clean water from a container) for at  least 20 minutes. This will cool down the wound and assist with the pain. 

• Thereafter, apply a honey-based wound care product to protect the wound from bacteria  and create the ideal healing environment.

• The important rule is to keep it clean and minimize pain, remember that any burn patient  needs medical help, and it is advised to seek professional medical assistance as soon as  possible.

Additional treatment tips:

  • Medical-grade Honey is the best treatment for most wounds. Honey is well known for its  healing properties, especially on burn wounds. Always keep a tube of honey-based wound  products in your first aid kit.
  • A Blister – gently clean the blister without breaking the skin and cover with a thin layer of  honey-based wound care – place a gentle dressing over it as a cover. Dress it every second  day.
  • A red angry and warm wound – this might indicate that the wound is inflamed, or infected – the quick and easy solution is to clean the wound with a wound cleanser such as saline and  place a thin layer of honey-based wound ointment on the wound and cover it with gauze  and a light bandage.
  • A bite wound – immediately clean the wound with saline and gauze and then cover the  wound with a concentrated honey-based ointment and gauze. Ensure that the patient gets  to a doctor or clinic as soon as possible for a Tetanus treatment. 

In summary, there are many types of wounds, and there are lots of misconceptions out there.  Always ensure that you are prepared to treat an emergency that might happen in and around your  house. 

Burn awareness in SA

As mentioned, there is a critical need for increased education around burn prevention and  treatment in SA. Those who work with patients will tell you that many burn wounds could either  have been prevented or cured much sooner with proper treatment. It is up to us to educate and  assist wherever we can.

For this reason, we support organisations such as Heroburn, who not only educate, but also support  burn victims and their families in any way possible.

Dr Nel, a widely-respected plastic surgeon at Netcare Milpark Hospital, specializing in burn trauma  agrees that “a major burns injury is one of the most devastating insults a human being can experience.  Its impact can not only cause multi-organ failure, but may also cause personality change and major  emotional and psychosocial problems. Education and prevention cannot be underestimated in the  fight against burns. The best way to combat a prolonged healing process, bad scarring and poor  functional outcome, is to correctly manage the burn in the early stages of management. This is also  greatly dependant on education.” 

It goes without saying that all those involved in treating burn victims fully support Burn Awareness  Month, but it is even more important to ensure that this momentum of awareness is carried

throughout the year so that we can all start to make a difference and reduce the number and  severity of burns that occur every day.

Multi-disciplinary support and treatment in Gauteng

We are proud to be part of the amazing initiative that is the Firefighters Burn Support Gauteng  group. Joining an advanced Wound Care Clinic and Trauma Counsellor, we will be volunteering our  wound care experience and honey-based wound care products to any firefighters fallen victim to  burn wounds within Gauteng.

𝐃𝐨𝐧’𝐭 𝐬𝐡𝐨𝐰 𝐦𝐞 𝐲𝐨𝐮 𝐡𝐚𝐮𝐥 𝐟𝐫𝐨𝐦 𝐒𝐡𝐞𝐢𝐧 – 𝐬𝐡𝐨𝐰 𝐦𝐞 𝐲𝐨𝐮𝐫 𝐡𝐚𝐮𝐥 𝐭𝐡𝐚𝐭 𝐬𝐚𝐲𝐬 𝐌𝐀𝐃𝐄 𝐈𝐍 𝐒𝐎𝐔𝐓𝐇 𝐀𝐅𝐑𝐈𝐂𝐀.

Shein is fast fashion.
Fast fashion is a big contributor to landfill problems.
Add to that the carbon emissions that goes with shipping from China.
The country of origin… China (don’t get me started). Do they give a #### about the environment or pay fair wages to the workers? I still doubt that.

For me it also doesn’t stop at Shein. It extends to Alibaba, Wish…

It’s too expensive to buy MADE IN SOUTH AFRICA!

Yes, it’s a little more expensive to buy locally made. There are reasons for that: price of materials, fair wages, time spent… On the other hand, you will get Africa quality (and that beats China quality every single time).

I don’t buy as much or as often and sometimes you may even find a little something imported in my basket (wink, wink about that Cherry Cola or Burt’s Bees that I so like). However, my basket now has more made in SA than ever before – from the cereal I eat to my handbag and jeans.

Not even online shops are safe from my bias. If you don’t stock SA made, I won’t buy from you. If I don’t know a brand I will Google it’s country of origin. I will hunt down the South African equivalent… I am that person.

In my mind, Africa should always look after Africa first.

If you look hard enough, you will find it here!

If you look around in South Africa, you will find what you are looking for. I love shopping at Pick n Pay clothing, Foschini and even Mr Price (and a lot of other stores) because the clothing labels have started to be dominated by that wonderful MADE IN SOUTH AFRICA label. This goes for beauty products too – because have you tried the stuff made here? I will literally always choose products from Placecol and Optiphi above anything you can buy from overseas.

I know that sometimes what you want doesn’t have that SA made label – and it’s OK to buy it. It’s even better if you buy it at a store in South Africa – for 2 reasons: bulk imports vs 10,000 individually shipped packages; that whole local economy thing where it matters that people walk through shop doors (especially now) so people can earn a living.

It’s a conscious decision

I have weighed the pros and cons of having everything cheaper or buying local quality. The pros of buying local far outweigh the pros of buying cheap imports. I consciously choose to contribute to this economy, supporting local entrepreneurs, makers and employees.

It’s a good feeling to have – because I truly believe in Africa for Africa.

Jupiter’s Legacy (Series)

After nearly a century of keeping mankind safe, the world’s first generation of superheroes must look to their children to continue the legacy. But tensions rise as the young superheroes, hungry to prove their worth, struggle to live up to their parents’ legendary public reputations —and exacting personal standards. Based on the graphic novels by Mark Millar and Frank Quitely, Jupiter’s Legacy is an epic superhero drama that spans decades and navigates the complex dynamics of family, power, and loyalty. From executive producers Mark Millar, Frank Quitely, Lorenzo Di Bonaventura, Dan McDermott, Steven S. DeKnight, James Middleton, Sang Kyu Kim. Jupiter’s Legacy stars Josh Duhamel, Leslie Bibb, Ben Daniels, Elena Kampouris, Andrew Horton, Mike Wade, and Matt Lanter

Series Stars: Josh Duhamel as Sheldon Sampson aka The Utopian, Ben Daniels as Walter Sampson aka Brainwave, Leslie Bibb as Grace Sampson aka Lady Liberty, Andrew Horton as Brandon Sampson aka Paragon, Elena Kampouris as Chloe Sampson, Mike Wade as Fitz Small aka The Flare, and Matt Lanter as George Hutchence aka Skyfox

Also Starring: Ian Quinlan as Hutch, Tenika Davis as Petra Small aka The Flare II, David Julian Hirsh as Dr. Richard Conrad aka Blue Bolt, Tyler Mane as Blackstar, Gracie Dzienny as Ruby Red

The series takes a while to really draw you in – as it wants to tell the story first of how they got their powers. Once you’ve realised that, that’s when things start to click in place.

Shadow and Bone (Series)

Out of nowhere this hits and its actually good…

The Shadow Fold. To destroy it, we need a miracle.

The Woman in the window (Movie)

They’re all hiding something. It’s just not what you think of it. Probably one of the best movies watched this year!

Stranger Things Season 4 (Series)

When a young boy vanishes, a small town uncovers a mystery involving secret experiments, terrifying supernatural forces and one strange little girl.

Keep your eyes on www.netflix.com/strangerthings for when it gets released.

Since its release in 2016, the global phenomenon Stranger Things has garnered over 65 award wins and 175 award nominations, including those from the Emmys, Golden Globes, Grammys, SAG, DGA, PGA, WGA, BAFTA, a Peabody Award, AFI Program of the Year, the People’s Choice Awards, MTV Movie & TV Awards, Teen Choice Awards, and many others. The three-time Emmy Award Nominee for Best Drama is one of Netflix’s most-watched titles, with Season 3 alone amassing 40.7 million household accounts in its first four days — more than any other Netflix film or series in that timeframe — and 64 million member households in the first four weeks. 

Stranger Things, which was created by The Duffer Brothers and is produced by Monkey Massacre Productions & 21 Laps Entertainment, is currently underway on its fourth season. The Duffer Brothers serve as executive producers on the series, alongside Shawn Levy and Dan Cohen of 21 Laps Entertainment, and Iain Paterson.

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Isn’t it funny that suddenly it’s normal to have a curfew as an adult? I never thought I would have that until maybe the day I move into a retirement home – way, way, way down the line.

Life imposes things on you that you can’t control, but you still have the choice of how you’re going to live through this.

Celine Dion

I also never thought that my vocabulary would include words such as social distancing, global pandemic, COVID-19, contact tracing, community spread, herd immunity, epidemic curve, flattening the curve or lockdown. I could never have imagined a life without seeing people smile.

I could never have imagined that my world would shrink to my apartment with my husband by my side 24/7. I could never have imagined being cut off from family that lived across provincial borders and waiting for a hastily-made vaccination to give me access to the rest of the world again – as after all, we just got both their passports sorted when this all started.

One day at a time.

I could never have imagined that my kids would have had to go to school with masks or that I would be sitting and making mask at a sewing machine my mom bought in the early 90s.

When this is all over I am scrubbing my vocabulary from the words that have kept us apart for more than a year – because these words should never have been part of my vocabulary.

One day this will be over and we will be grateful for life in ways we never felt possible before.

Matt Haig

𝐈 𝐥𝐨𝐯𝐞 𝐛𝐫𝐞𝐚𝐤𝐟𝐚𝐬𝐭𝐬 𝐢𝐧 (𝐋𝐢𝐭𝐭𝐥𝐞) 𝐏𝐚𝐫𝐢𝐬! If I could, I would make it an ‘every Saturday kinda thing’.

While we try to teach our children all about life, Our children teach us what life is all about.

Angela Schwindt

I still can’t get over these 2. Sometimes they are perfect little angels and other days they are bats out of hell. When I see them doing something as simple as pulling a flower closer, I realise that this experience might be a first – and then I snap a photo so I can remember it forever.

What moment was most precious for you this weekend?

Children make your life important

Erma Bombeck

Until I had kids, the most important person I had to worry about was me. When they arrived I had to check my baggage and needs at the door but as they got older I could claim back time for myself again.

Now here we are, 4 years in with Lexa and 2 years in with Kitten… 👨‍👩‍👧‍👧 one little family caught up in the middle of a pandemic in a year where hubby and I celebrated our 10 year anniversary.

💬 Share your best advice or favourite quote on raising kids.

𝔸𝕕𝕦𝕝𝕥𝕤 𝕒𝕣𝕖 𝕛𝕦𝕤𝕥 𝕠𝕦𝕥𝕕𝕒𝕥𝕖𝕕 𝕔𝕙𝕚𝕝𝕕𝕣𝕖𝕟.

Dr. Seuss
  • I have become the mom that can juggle the baby in the arm while moderating a Zoom meeting and doing work – on 2 computers nogal
  • I get up every day and dress the kids to make sure they get to school on time
  • I get to work on time every single day – just kidding, my office has been in my house for 4 years already
  • We don’t do as many takeaways as we used to… thank goodness
  • We go out on little trips for the kids almost every weekend

I may be an adult now, but I still need a parent – sometimes. My remaining parent unfortunately lost sight of the importance of family and I couldn’t stand by while my family fell apart.