World Science Day for Peace and Development

Established by United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) in 2001, the World Science Day for Peace and Development (WSDPD) is celebrated on 10 November each year.

The purpose of the World Science Day for Peace and Development is to renew the national, as well as the international commitment to science for peace and development and to stress the responsible use of science for the benefit of society. The World Science Day for Peace and Development also aims at raising public awareness of the importance of science and to bridge the gap between science and societies.

The WSDPD’s objectives are :

  • To strengthen public awareness on the role of science for peaceful and sustainable societies
  • To promote national and international solidarity for a shared science between countries
  • To renew national and international commitment for the use of science for the benefit of societies
  • To draw attention to the challenges faced by science and raise support for the scientific endeavour

15 June – Elder abuse

Elder abuse is any act which causes harm or distress to an older person. Such an act can include physical, psychological or emotional, sexual and financial abuse as well as intentional or unintentional neglect.

Until recently, this serious social problem was hidden from the public. Today elder abuse is an important public health and societal problem.

The 15th of June represents the one day in the year when the whole world voices its opposition to the abuse and suffering inflicted to some of our older generations.

Let us stand together and protect those who gave us life, helped us and loved us for who we are.

June 2018

World Blood Donor Month

June is dedicated to blood donors. Without them and their dedication to blood donation, lives would be lost.

World Blood Donor Day is commemorated on 14 June 2018 in a global celebration of the millions of people throughout the world who give their blood on a voluntary basis to save the lives of those in need.

Donating a unit of blood can save up to three patients in dire need of blood. By becoming a regular blood donor, this ensures that the safety of blood is maintained and makes it possible for the South African National Blood Service (SANBS) to collect sufficient safe blood to meet the demand.

Find out more about donating blood on the the SANBS website.

World environment day 2018

South Africa provides the right to every person for a non-harmful environment.

This year Miss Earth South Africa, Tsogo Sun and other parties are recommitting their focus and work on the importance of the campaign #WasteStopsWithME.

Plastic are a problem which are attracking the most concerns today. In light of the staggering statistics, people are relooking at plastic use. Around the world, one million plastic drinking bottles are purchased every minute, while up to 5 trillion single-use plastic bags are used worldwide every year. In total, half of all plastic produced is designed to be used only once — and then thrown away.

The Miss Earth South Africa Leadership programme are focusing on the individual responsibility and role that is played by citizens, their plastic consumption, and creating awareness of the long term effects that these have on the environment, our oceans, water bodies and marine life.

Miss Earth South Africa and Tsogo Sun are taking a strong stance against #BeatPlasticPollution.

For more information, you can read the fill article here.

May is Energy Month in SA

It is true that South Africa is a land where our energy resouces are running low and the economy is pinching.

Did you know that there are things you can do to aid in saving our resources and in the same time save you a couple of rands? Below we list a few things you can try or do in and around the house and at work:

Electricity saving tips

  • Take a shower instead of a bath.
  • Don’t fill the kettle – only boil the water that you need.
  • Keep the fridge door closed, and make sure it is properly sealed.
  • Don’t cook with a small pot on a large stove plate.
  • Dress for the season – warm in winter and light clothing in summer.
  • Switch off all appliances when they are not in use.
  • Reduce your heater or geyser temperature from hot to warm.
  • Close all windows and doors when the air conditioner or heater is on.
  • Use CFL energy saving bulbs at all times.
  • Fit one light bulb with the correct level of brightness in a room.
  • Turn the lights off when you leave a room.
  • Do all ironing at the same time.

Fuel saving tips

  • Lighten the load in your vehicle.
  • Plan your trips and minimise short trips or walk.
  • Keep a safe following distance.
  • Use air conditioner only when necessary.
  • Reduce idling time.
  • Travel early/later to avoid known traffic peaks.
  • Resolve minor and major car service issues.
  • Keep your tyres inflated to the proper pressure.
  • Join a lift club.
  • If available use public transport.
  • Use the recommended grade of motor oil for your car.
  • Change gears according to your speed.

Africa Month 2018

The month of May is recognized as Africa month – a time when the continent of Africa commemorates the founding of the Organisation of African Unity (OAU). Celebrated on the 25th May since its establishment in 1963 – Africa Day as it is now known, marks the beginning of a quest for the unity of the continent and for the political and economic emancipation of its people as well as co-operation among them.

As part of the celebrations, Brand South Africa in collaboration with its stakeholders will host dialogues on Africa Day, Constitutional Awareness and the role of the creative arts in fostering democratic values throughout the country.

Follow the conversations on social media #SANationBrand for more information on the dialogues.

Some interesting facts about Africa Day:

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Happy Mother’s Day 2018

Celebrated each year on the second Sunday of May, Mother’s Day is dedicated to the supermoms around the world. No one can argue with the fact that moms are real-life superheroes. They spend their lives looking after their children, taking care of their smallest needs and shielding them from troubles. And they do that without ever asking for anything in return. Although one can never repay mothers for all that they do, you can make her feel special on Mother’s day. There are several ways to pamper your mom on Mother’s Day. You could get her jewelry, a nice bouquet of flowers, a beautiful gift or just spend the day with her without the interruptions of phone calls or messages.

National slipper day 2018

Slipper day goes hand-in-hand with Reach For A Dream Foundation. This day, 11 May, is national slipper day, so wear them slippers the whole day long!

The Reach For A Dream Foundation has discovered an interesting fact about life-threatening illnesses: a larger percentage of children survive than adults. They feel this is down to how children haven’t learnt what life-threatening means; they live each day as it is given to them. More so, fulfilling these children’s dreams in some way inspires hope and courage in the dreamer and helps them believe that tomorrow is worth fighting for.