Workers Day 1 May 2017

 

Workers Day 2017

Following the first democratic elections in South Africa in 1994, 1 May was inaugurated as an official national public holiday. Known as International Workers’ Day (also as May Day), the holiday is widely celebrated, with as many as 80 countries honouring the date and what it stands for.

The history of Workers’ Day goes back to the 1886 Haymarket Affair in Chicago, where police tried to disperse a large crowd of striking workers (they were protesting for a shorter work day of eight hours). A bomb was thrown at the policemen by an unidentified assailant, and law officers then proceeded to fire live ammunition at a defenceless crowd of unarmed strikers (sound familiar?).

Though, it wasn’t until 1891, after successful annual demonstrations on 1 May around the globe, that Workers’ Day was formally inducted into the official calendars of many countries.  Since then, Workers’ Day has been used by the working class across the world, South Africa included, to emphasise the need to establish fair labour practices and employment standards. In our nation, the Communist Party, trade and labour unions were heavily entrenched in the fight against Apartheid. Thus, it was of little surprise that our democratic government chose to commemorate this day and its ideology after the fall of the oppressive regime.

While this public holiday doesn’t quite receive all the fuss it rightly deserves, it serves as a stark reminder to governments of the power of the working class. (To commemorate the day, some of the museums in Cape Town are closed on Workers’ Day).

Family Day 2017

Different Families

 

Family Day is a public holiday celebrated in South Africa. Many countries worldwide such as Australia and Canada celebrates Family Day. It is also called the Family and Community Day and is celebrated every year in November on the first Tuesday. On this day, people take a break from the hard work and gather around with their families and enjoy quality time. Workers take the day off of work to get some rest and to be appreciated by their employers. Government agencies are closed on this day. Some private owned businesses stay open although it varies from place to place. Family Day is presently celebrated in South Africa, Alberta, Ontario, Australian Capital Territory, and Saskatchewan provinces in Canada.

It was typical in South Africa to take a day off of work after Easter. This day, which is also known as Easter Monday, was renamed as Family Day in 1995. This extra day off for the holiday was meant to give families more quality family time together and to allow them to go on vacations with friends and family.

Family Day is celebrated differently in each country and province. It is not a legal holiday in Ontario and they did not officially recognize this day until 1970. Family Day was then at that time declared a public holiday by the Saskatchewan Province. It has been reported that Alberta Territory was the first territory to recognize Family Day as a legal holiday. To minimize the cost of business, Canadian Herritage day has been made a civic holiday so that this does not allow all workers to take off work.

The government of South Africa emphasizes spending quality time with family on this day so that people can get together and have a celebration. Friends, relatives and family members will gather together, have meals, drink wine, and enjoy their time with those people that are most important to them. Many people go on vacation with their families and friends or may even invite their friends and neighbors to join in the family feast. Therefore, the day has great significance to all South African citizens as this is a public holiday. The importance of Family Day is uniting families together in the spirit of the holiday.

 

World Health Day 2017

World health Day

World Health Day, celebrated on 7 April every year to mark the anniversary of the founding of the World Health Organization, provides us with a unique opportunity to mobilize action around a specific health topic of concern to people all over the world.

The theme of our 2017 World Health Day campaign is depression.

Depression affects people of all ages, from all walks of life, in all countries. It causes mental anguish and impacts on people’s ability to carry out even the simplest everyday tasks, with sometimes devastating consequences for relationships with family and friends and the ability to earn a living. At worst, depression can lead to suicide, now the second leading cause of death among 15-29-year olds.

Yet, depression can be prevented and treated. A better understanding of what depression is, and how it can be prevented and treated, will help reduce the stigma associated with the condition, and lead to more people seeking help.

Source: World Health Organisation – World Health Day

http://www.gov.za/speeches/world-health-day-2017-16-nov-2016-1003

Diversity and Inclusion at Barloworld

PROCARE had the privilege to be part of a “Zero discrimination Coming Out Day” at Barloworld Equipment (BWE) in Sandton on 31 March 2017. PROCARE is the official Employee Wellness Service Provider for the BWE Group nationally. Various talks and exhibitions were held by organisations promoting Disability awareness as well as the rights of marginalized groups such as the LGBTI community. PROCARE CEO, Elsabe Engelbrecht spoke about the value of Counselling and Life skill programmes to create awareness and support to employees in the workplace.

 

World TB Day 2017

TB Poster 2017

 

About TB (Tuberculosis)

Tuberculosis — or TB, as it’s commonly called — is a contagious infection that usually attacks the lungs. It can also spread to other parts of the body, like the brain and spine. A type of bacteria called Mycobacterium tuberculosis causes it.

In the 20th century, TB was a leading cause of death in the United States. Today, most cases are cured with antibiotics. But it takes a long time. You have to take meds for at least 6 to 9 months.

How Is It Spread?

Through the air, just like a cold or the flu. When someone who’s sick coughs, sneezes, talks, or laughs, tiny droplets that contain the germs are released. If you breathe in these nasty germs, you get infected.

TB is contagious, but it’s not easy to catch. The germs grow slowly. You usually have to spend a lot of time around a person who has it. That’s why it’s often spread among co-workers, friends, and family members.

Tuberculosis germs don’t thrive on surfaces. You can’t get the disease from shaking hands with someone who has it, or by sharing their food or drink.

How Does Tuberculosis Affect Your Body?

A TB infection doesn’t mean you’ll get sick. There are two forms of the disease:

Latent TB: You have the germs in your body, but your immune system stops them from spreading. They become inactive. That means you don’t have any symptoms and you’re not contagious. But the infection is still alive in your body and can one day become active. To prevent this, doctors will often prescribe antibiotics. Without treatment, 5% to 10% of cases develop into active TB.

Active TB disease: This means the germs multiply and can make you sick. You can spread the disease to others.

What Are the Symptoms of TB?

There aren’t any for latent TB. You’ll need to get a skin or blood test to find out if you’re infected.

But there are usually signs if you have active TB disease. They include:

If you experience any of these symptoms, see your doctor to get tested. Get medical help right away if you have chest pain.

Who’s at Risk?

You’re more likely to get TB if you come into contact with others who have it. Here are some situations that could increase your risk:

  • A friend, co-worker, or family member has active TB disease.
  • You live or have traveled to an area where TB is common, like Russia, Africa, Eastern Europe, Asia, Latin America, and the Caribbean.
  • You’re part of a group where TB is more likely to spread, or you work or live with someone who is. This includes homeless people, people with HIV, and IV drug users.
  • You work or live in a hospital or nursing home.

A healthy immune system fights the TB bacteria. But if you have any of the following, you might not be able to fend off active TB disease:

Babies and young children also are at greater risk, because their immune systems aren’t fully formed.

WebMD Medical Reference Reviewed by Melinda Ratini

 

Human Rights Awareness

Human Rights EWP 2017

Human Rights Awareness 2017

Human rights are the basic rights everyone has, simply because they are human. In South Africa, this list of human rights is contained in the Bill of Rights, Chapter 2 of the South African Constitution, the highest law in the country. This Human Rights Day, which is celebrated annually on 21 March, make sure that you know and understand your human rights. This will help you defend yourself if your rights are violated.

What is a Human Rights Violation?

If you think any of your rights, as defined in the Bill of Rights, have been violated you can report the matter. For instance, if someone treats you differently because of your race, gender, age or ethnic group, your right to equality is being abused or violated.

The Bill Of Rights

To build a culture of human rights, it is important for every citizen to know their rights and understand their responsibilities. The Constitution protects and promotes human rights for all people in South Africa. The following is a summary of the Bill of Rights.

Equality You cannot be discriminated against. But affirmative action and fair discrimination are allowed.
Human Dignity Your dignity must be respected and protected.
Life You have the right to life.
Freedom and Security of the Person You cannot be detained without trial, tortured or punished cruelly. Domestic violence is not allowed.
Slavery, Servitude and Forced Labor Slavery, servitude and forced labour are not allowed.
Privacy You cannot be searched or have your home or possessions searched without the proper procedures being followed by the police.
Freedom of Religion, Belief and Opinion You can believe and think whatever you want and can follow the religion of your choice.
Freedom of Expression All people (including the press) can say whatever they want.
Assembly, Demonstration, Picket and Petition You can hold a demonstration, picket and present a petition. But you must do this peacefully.
Freedom of Association You can associate with whomever you want to.
Political Rights You can support the political party of your choice. If you are a citizen and at least 18 years old, you can vote.
Citizenship Your citizenship cannot be taken away from you.
Freedom of Movement and Residence You can go and live anywhere in South Africa.
Freedom of Trade, Occupation and Profession You can do whatever work you choose.
Labour Relations You may join trade unions and go on strike.
Environment You have the right to a healthy environment.
Property Your property can only be taken away from you if the proper rules are followed.
Housing The government must make sure people get access to proper housing.
Healthcare, Food, Water and Social Security The government must make sure you have access to food and water, healthcare and social security.
Children Children under the age of 18 have special rights.
Education You have the right to basic education, including adult basic education, in your own language (if this is possible).
Language and Culture You can use the language you want to and follow the culture that you choose.
Cultural, Religious and Linguistic Communities Communities can enjoy their own culture, practice their own religion and use their own language.

 

 

Access to Information You have the right to any information the government has.
Just Administrative Action Actions by the government must be fair.
Access to Courts You can have a legal problem decided by a court or a similar structure.
Arrested, Detained and Accused Persons These rights protect people arrested, imprisoned or accused of a crime.

The Constitution states that the fundamental rights of all South Africans will be protected and respected.

Let’s work together to ensure that our Human Rights are respected by all!

Healthy relationships lead to better lives

 

relationships-2017

 

Teddi Dineley Johnson

Unless you’re shipwrecked on a deserted island, you probably enjoy a handful of close relationships. From spouses to children to friends, parents, siblings and significant others, healthy relationships build self-esteem, improve mental and emotional health and help you live a fuller life.

“Relationships are — not surprisingly — enormously important for health, and there are lots of studies on the biological processes that account for the link between relationships and health,” says psychology professor Arthur Aron, PhD, director of the Interpersonal Relationships Laboratory at New York’s Stony Brook University.

The quality of our personal relationships also has an enormous impact on our physical health, as evidenced by a hefty number of research studies.

“We support each other in getting enough exercise, eating right, flossing — all the things that make for better health can be supported or undermined by close relationships,” Aron says.

In the movie “Cast Away,” Tom Hanks’ character — stranded on an uninhabited island — creates a face on a volleyball and talks to the ball, which he names “Wilson,” as if it were a person. Though fictional and funny, the gesture illustrates something very basic about us: Relationships are important — so important, in fact, that our brains are hardwired to form them.

“Evolution has set us up to be very good in relationships and to make them happen,” says Aron, who also teaches an undergraduate course on close relationships. “We have evolved to form relationships and to keep them together to raise children.”

That said, have you ever wondered why some of your relationships are more effective than others? Researchers have learned a lot in the last 30 years about what makes good relationships tick, and it boils down to just a few things. Unfortunately, most folks are only minimally aware of those elements, Aron says, and therefore aren’t doing everything they could be doing to improve their relationships.

 

Mind your mental health

Without question, the mental health of all parties is the most important element of a good relationship. If you suffer from depression, anxiety, insecurity or low self-esteem, seek help from a health professional right away, because it’s not just you, but also your relationship, that will suffer.

You can’t always control the stressors in your life, but for your relationships to be effective, try to keep stress to a minimum.

Also, be understanding when others are going through a tough time. Someone who loses her or his job, for example, might behave negatively for a little while. But things should get better eventually.

Keep the lines open

“We just don’t communicate!” is a common refrain in relationships — too common in fact, because after mental health, effective communication is the second most important ingredient in a healthy relationship.

Communication is important because conflicts are inevitable in relationships, and “most people are poorly prepared to deal with them well,” Aron says.

But there’s plenty of help out there. If you’re planning to wed, take advantage of the preparation courses offered through places of worship or community programs.

If you are already in a relationship, think about registering for a weekend seminar or marital enrichment course, often offered through churches, synagogues and community recreation departments.

And if you think the communication between you and your partner needs some extra help, consider couples counseling or marital therapy.

 

Build a bridge of support

Support from family and friends is an ingredient that repeatedly surfaces in good relationships. You might need someone to take the kids for the night, or help with carpooling. If you have a support system in place, or live near friends and family, don’t be afraid to ask them for a helping hand, a sympathetic ear or advice.

 “All relationships require effort and attention,” Aron says. “Sometimes that effort and attention is automatic, such as with an infant. Beyond what is automatic, for most relationships, we usually need to put attention and effort into them, and it pays off.”

 

Love Quiz: Do You Really Know Your Partner?

Worldwide leaders in research and couples therapy, Drs. John and Julie Gottman have found that one of the most important characteristics of successful relationships is the quality of the friendship between partners.

Do you really know your partner? Take our quiz below to find out. 

https://www.gottman.com/how-well-do-you-know-your-partner/

Dimensions of Wellness: Financial Wellness

Financial wellness is an intricate balance of the mental, spiritual and physical aspects of money. This unique combination is an ideal to strive towards in our dealings with money.

Financial wellness is having an understanding of your financial situation and taking care of it in such a way that you are prepared for financial changes. Maintaining that balance consists of being comfortable with where your money comes from and where it is going.

Take the quiz below to see how close you are to achieving financial health.

Financial Wellness Check-up

  1. Do you have cash in your pocket?               Yes      Kind of      No      You must be kidding
  2. Do you balance your checkbook regularly? Yes      Kind of    No    You must be kidding
  3. Do you know the total amount of debt you have?   Yes   Kind of   No  You must be kidding
  4. Do you feel there is plenty of time in the day? Yes   Kind of   No  You must be kidding
  5. Do you have a retirement account? Yes      Kind of      No      You must be kidding
  6. Do you know how much is in your retirement acct? Yes      Kind of      No      You must be kidding
  7. Do you know where your retirement is invested?     Yes      Kind of      No      You must be kidding
  8. Are you happy with your job?     Yes      Kind of      No      You must be kidding
  9. Do you know what your net worth is?      Yes      Kind of      No      You must be kidding
  10. Do you know what net worth means?      Yes      Kind of      No      You must be kidding

Scoring: For every answer score the following points:

Yes: 1 Kind of: 2 No: 3 You must be kidding: 4 Total Score:__________

Financial Wellness Check-in Results

How did you score?

10-15 – Looking Good – You have a handle on your financial picture. You are on the scales with a fairly steady balance. Sure you sometimes go off and lose your balance but it is not a long road back to normal. Stay the course. And congratulate yourself!

16-22 In Need of Education –  Okay, you have an overview of what is going on in your life. Your financial wellness picture is a bit hazy. But with some education and a bit of persistence you can change the picture and steady the balance. Certainly you still have some things to learn about money, so start learning the additional finer details and then apply them to your financial life.

23-28 Mismanaged – Your time and effort are misguided when it comes to finances, that is if you are putting anytime and effort in at all. You are heading for a disaster of the most explosive kind. Start now putting in the extra time and effort to improve things. An ounce of prevention is worth half the cure.

29-34 Messed Up – Get help immediately! You can not do it on your own. Just think of all that fear and dread that provokes stress around money, that someday could be gone, if you act now! Find your financial balance by establishing a wellness plan by making a concentrated and dedicated effort. It is the way to stability (and sanity!)

35-40 Denial is Bliss – Have a nice day. (If you ever are ready to look at your finances – go slowly, it may be overwhelming to deal with reality.)

Financial Wellness Check-in Action Steps

What do you do with the score?

Read below and find the action steps that match your score. Take action on the financial steps that are not currently doing. Give yourself some time to learn along the way. Then, move up the scale of action steps until you have reached Looking Good. Your finances will be good shape and so will you!

10-16 Looking Good – Yes, you are in good shape. Still, there is always more to learn. It is time to get some objective advice. So investigate the financial professionals in your area. Look for an advisor who is a Certified Financial Planner. This means they are licensed and educated to review your whole financial picture and help you meet your goals. An annual check-in will help you reach peak performance and keep you operating that way.

16-23 In Need of Education – How to get a financial education without going back to school? Look to financial magazines to begin your education. Pick up a book or two to guide you in your understanding of financial matters. There are many out there on the shelves. Pick up one that appeals to you. Then, attend a financial workshop or two. Local business groups or continuing education centers offer them at convenient times and at little or no expense. Be sure to attend and learn, not buy anything. As you are in the learning phase, you need to gather information before taking action.

23-29 Mismanaged – How do you start now putting in the extra time and effort in to your finances? First, set aside time to review what income you have, and how you spend it. This may involve pulling together financial records or starting from scratch tracking the information. Next, pull out your bank statements, credit card statements and retirement and investment accounts. On one sheet of paper, summarize how much you have and where it is. Finally, do this all on an semi-annual basis.

29-34 Messed Up – Where to get the help you need? First, you may ask friends how they do it – if you are comfortable talking to them about money. Second, consider talking to a therapist or other professional about why it is you have resistance to facing up to money and its place in your life. Then, continue moving up the scale above until you have a better understanding of your money.

35-40 Denial is Bliss – If you are willing to put in some work, there is hope for you. First, Pray. I am not kidding. This is a big task and to make it happen, you need the Big Guns. Second, think about your money and how it got that way. Just in an objective sense, no beating yourself up or creating a crisis of past wrongs. I want you to write it down and acknowledge it. Next, spend twenty minutes a day with your finances. Start with simple tasks – cleaning your wallet and counting the money there. Collecting the loose change scattered in your house, car, and pockets and putting it in one place. When you are comfortable with these tasks, move slowly up the scale.