Financial Wellness across the Tracker Group

A rollout of the Financial Wellness Lifeskills programme recently started at Tracker offices around the country.  Cape Town, Centurion and Darrenwood staff were able to attend scheduled sessions at the branches on basic Financial Planning; Financial Challenges and Tips for improving their situations.

Attendees responses included:

“Very informative – valuable lessons learnt. My time was well spent, it was worth-it. and I would definitely recommend it to anyone. 10 over 10 – well done!”

I have learnt a lot and thanks for everything. I will be implementing all that information given for bettering my future, debt-free”

“Insightful and eye-opening session.  I want to put al the knowledge into practice.”

“Awesome topic. It is simple and easy to understand, practice and take home.”

“Learnt a lot from these financial wellness.  Planning to use these in my daily life and implement it to the whole family.”

#financial wellness #employee wellness #tracker



Procter and Gamble’s Pampers factory recently onboarded some new interns and the excitement from the young recruits was palpable in the room.

At their onboarding ceremony, each of the participants who completed their 8 month learnerships were given an opportunity to express their thoughts and feelings about the experience thus far.DSC05602DSC05623.JPG

Congratulations to each and every one of these remarkable young people.  May the world be your oyster and the road ahead be the start of many with Procter and Gamble.

Cultural Diversity Life Skills Programme at Fairview Farms

Marika Uys, maatskaplike werker van PROCARE in die Wes Kaap, het onlangs werkswinkels oor “Cultural Diversity” met groot sukses aangebied by Fairview Farms net buite Paarl.  Die werkers het die aanbieding as waardevol ge-evalueer en nog verdere werkwinkels word beplan.

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How to Deal With Change

Wait a minute! Never mind how!

“WHY should I deal with change?” might be the better question to start with!

And the answer is …. because change is coming.

Change is always coming.

And whether you look forward to a change or dread it, change triggers powerful effects in your body and your emotions (sometimes called “stress!”). You can increase your sense of control and steer your life into positive territory when you know how to deal with change.

So, nix the go-with-the-flow attitude. That just sets you up for a lifetime of stress, anxiety, pain, and fear.

Coping? Not enough. As long as you are just coping, your have limited choices. You feel trapped and victimized. Cocooned and isolated, you miss out on many opportunities.

Maybe you’d rather fight the change. Fueled by anger and frustration, you sap your strength and find yourself lonely and, once again, victimized.

Before learning these 7 tips for how to deal with change ….

Adjust your thinking

I’m going to give you seven tips on how to deal with change, but first, I’m asking you to change your thinking. The 7 tips work best when you make these adjustments.

    • Approach dealing with change as a process. Dealing with change is not like an electric switch that is either on or off. It is like baking bread. There are many steps and ingredients. Both baking bread and dealing with change take time.
    • Reframe the way you think about change. Choose to give positive meaning to life changes. Even if you’ve never moved your furniture, you still have the hair style you wore in High School, and you always the same lunch, you CAN thrive on change.
  • Breathe and be flexible. Prepare to move with the changes because they are going to happen. No one’s life is free of change. And you wouldn’t like it if it WAS!

Easier said than done? Maybe.

But when you consciously choose to think this way, you experience a positive difference in how you deal with change.

7 Tips for How to Deal with Change

Ready for more joy and a greater sense of well-being and fulfillment? Follow the tips below.

  • Learn to relax (more). Deep breathing works for many people. Exercise helps most of us to relax. Choose the way that works best for you. Relaxation allows you to deal well with change.
  • Choose your thoughts and attitudes about each change.Negative thoughts block your creativity and problem-solving abilities. Positive thoughts build bridges to possibilities and opportunities. Keep a record of the choices you make in your thoughts and attitudes.
  • Adopt an attitude of anticipation, and be grateful. Welcome change as an opportunity. Find the benefit somewhere in the change. There is always a benefit and an opportunity. Start by keeping a written record for 3 days. Every day, note 3 things, large or small, that you are grateful for. You will notice a more powerful attitude of anticipation growing (hey! that might be a nice change!).
  • Figure out when to accept and when to reject the change.Have you heard the serenity prayer? (Go ahead and click the link if you need to refresh your memory. The link will open in a new page so this page will still be here when you are done.) Reflect on what you are accepting, what you are rejecting, and what you are doing something about. You will be amazed at how effective your choices are.
  • Face your feelings about the change, especially when the change is imposed and beyond your control. Get past “Why me?” “But I don’t want to!” and “It isn’t fair!” Figure out what your fears or worries are. That takes work. You don’t have to be a victim, even when you are not in control of the change. Write about your feelings.
  • Simply notice that you are in the midst of change and that change is a part of you. This might seem like a no-brainer, but it takes some practice to become aware of change instead of subconsciously denying it. Don’t try to run and hide. If you have a journal, write about changes you notice.
  • Set smart goals so you can consciously guide the change. Smart goal setting helps you decide how to make the change happen and to recognize your successes. Write out your goals and your plans to meet them. See this additional page for more on smart goal setting. The link opens in a new page so you can get right back here easily because there’s more about dealing with change.

There’s one more really important tip….

Communicate with supportive people who can help you deal with stress.

In the workplace, change is inevitable. Many people will look toward a workplace leader for help in coping with these changes. For a more in depth look at these tips, as well as a number of other leadership skills, consider an organizational leadership masters degree and become a more effective leader today.

Family and friends also provide important help to figure out how to deal with change. Talk to them, and listen.  But you may need more focused help. Writing things down in a journal focuses your attention and clarifies your thoughts, leading to healthy decision making and greater life balance.

Writing about your internal processes in a regular and focused way is called journaling (not talking about keeping a log of your daily activities!)

An interesting thing about writing in a journal . . . You begin to respect yourself as one of the key supportive people in your own life.



DSC05076 In August, PROCADSC05090RE Wellness Manager, Ayesha Malagas, spent a week at the P&G plant in Spartan providing the staff with info sessions on Financial Wellness.  The talk covered important Life skills around Financial Challenges, Financial Planning and Managing Debt.

The interactive sessions were engaging and much laughs were had along the lines of establishing whether something was a need or a want.

The question is “Do I need it or do I want it?” and NOT “Do I want to need it?”.

The feedback received was very positive although some would have liked the 2 hour sessions to be extended.

Individual sessions will be rolled out in the coming month to assist those staff members who are currently facing financial challenges or just wish to assess their personal status.DSC05078

P&G management value their staff members and want to make sure that they are all financially savvy to be able to approach the future as debt-free as possible.

Should your company or school be interested in inviting PROCARE to run a similar programme, please contact us at 0861 776 2273 or email us at


WP_20150729_003 PROCARE’s recent visit to Barloworld Kathu’s office was a great success.  General Manager, Martie Kruger and Wellness Manager, Ayesha Malagas enjoyed a safe road trip to the site.  They were able to meet the HR team and strategise with them about the EWP planning for the rest of 2015.

Our on-site counsellor, Douglas Tafireyi is very excited about the future plans and will facilitate workshops and power talks as well as conduct face-to-face sessions with staff at the Kathu site.

WP_20150729_002He will deliver services to the mines when requested and will allow him to reach a large proportion of the Kathu employees of Barloworld.  A wellness day event is planned for later in the year and there is much excitement on the sharing of ideas.


Orica IsandoAnnalize Bester and Kgaabi Boshomane are the on-site counsellors servicing Orica Isando’s plant and Head office staff.  They are supported by Wellness Manager, Ayesha Malagas.

The company acknowledges the value of employees and emphasizes joint responsibility to ensure employee wellness.  The Employee Wellness Programme offers professional services to employees who want to enhance their emotional and general psychological wellbeing in the workplace.  The Employee Wellness services offers confidential professional counselling by PROCARE‘s team, free of charge to all employees.  the services are easily accessible and available on the premises during office hours.

Should your company require Employee Wellness services, please contact us at 0861 776 2273 or email us on  For more information on all PROCARE‘s services, please visit our website at

Wellness Day at Abbott Laboratories

100_0951Wellness Manager, Ayesha Malagas, exhibited at the Annual Wellness Day of Abbott Laboratories recently.  Employees were able to engage with her about the services the company has made available to them on an ad-hoc basis.

Other exhibitors included health and beauty stalls; massages and medical aid representatives conducted health screenings to it’s members.  The employees enjoyed a fun-filled morning.

Should your company wish to engage with PROCARE to be present at your next Wellness Day, please contact us on 0861 776 2273 or email to book your date.


Our Wellness Manager, Ayesha Malagas, presented a talk on Family violence at Federal-Mogul’s wellness day on 2 June.  The Warehouse section attended the session with much interest expressed by the attendees.100_0949

The talk focussed on:

  • The Characteristics of Healthy and Unhealthy Relationships;
  • Definitions of Family Violence;
  • Type of Abuse
  • Practical pointers on Protection Orders and
  • The importance of getting support in order to move on.100_0948

Should your company wish to learn more about our informative life skills programmes, contact PROCARE on 0861 776 2273 or email us at