Press Releases

  • Fight back against financial abuse

    Financial abuse occurs in 98% of abusive relationships. If someone forcibly controls another person’s money or other assets, it is financial abuse. During this 16 Day of Activism, African Bank is urging women and men who suspect they may be in a financially abusive relationship to get help. “It is your right to manage your money and be financially independent,”

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  • 88 apprentices get a chance to upskill in motor industry

    A year ago, the Motor Industry Workshop Association (MIWA) entered into discussions with Bidvest McCarthy regarding training needs and possible solutions for the independent aftermarket. To date 31 companies and 88 apprentices have applied for funding through this initiative with the aim to address the artisan skills shortage in our country. “This is a brilliant step forward for us as

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  • A hot summer is here. What to do when your car overheats

    With high temperatures expected this summer, it’s inevitable that many of us will have to deal with a car overheating. “While it is rare for modern vehicles to overheat in hot weather, the two most common reasons for overheating are low water and coolant levels in the radiator or a leak in the cooling system,” says Pieter Niemand, Director of

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  • Is your vehicle roadworthy?

    Responsible drivers ensure that they’re not distracted while driving, they pay attention to the rules of the road and, importantly, they make sure their vehicle is roadworthy at all times. However, many drivers knowingly put their lives at risk by getting behind the wheel of a vehicle even when they know there is a problem with the car. “School holidays

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  • Checked your windscreen wipers? Summer rains are on their way

    Summer is just on the horizon and now is the perfect time to get your car summer-ready, says Pieter Niemand, Director of the Motor Industry Workshop Association (MIWA). “Why wait until you are caught in the first spring rains to realise that your windscreen wipers are old and need to be changed. Get pro-active and check your vehicle now so

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  • Beware incorrect jumpstarting can damage your car’s computer

    When an Electronic Control Unit (ECU) – also known as the ‘computer’ – of a vehicle needs to be repaired or replaced, motorists are often confronted with a hefty repair bill. This makes sense as an ECU is a very powerful control system capable of gathering hundreds of channels of information to control every aspect of your car’s engine management

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  • Demand for skills in motor industry grows

    Economic uncertainty has curtailed consumer spending and this conservative trend is now being felt in the motor industry with South African motorists tending to hold onto their private vehicles for longer periods. This has in turn seen increased demand for independent workshops, especially for motorists whose existing dealer maintenance and repair plans have expired. While stronger demand bodes well for

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  • Are further downgrades reason to panic?

    November’s further downgrade of local and foreign currency by S&P Global and the looming threat of a similar downgrade by Moody’s has raised concerns about whether further downgrades to non-investment grade will follow early next year. Jaco Pretorius, CEO of Ensimini Financial Services, says at the moment there is no immediate reason for investors to panic but it is worth

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  • Does diabetes affect women differently from men?

    Diabetes currently affects an estimated 4.6 million people in South Africa and around half of these people are women. While diabetes affects women and men in almost equal numbers, diabetes affects women differently from men. “The burden of diabetes on women is unique, because the condition can affect women both as adults and as potential mothers of their unborn children,”

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  • The truth about diabetes and sport

    Managing diabetes when doing sport is not easy. That’s a reality. But, the immediate and long-term benefits of exercise for people living with diabetes are immense ranging from improved circulation, better cardiovascular health, to experiencing less complications related to the disease with significantly less stress and anxiety. Andrew Heilbrunn, Head Biokineticist and Director at the Centre for Diabetes and Endocrinologist’s

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  • Check your source

    Media reports this week highlighting the danger of non-medical personnel dispensing medical advice under the guise of a “doctor” have highlighted the importance of checking one’s source and questioning online sites that purport to have a medical doctor on standby. Not only are these sites unethical and potentially illegal, according to the Health Professions Council of SA, they could have

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  • Can diabetes be cured?

    Being diagnosed with diabetes is often overwhelming for a person. Living with it can be just as hard. Hamish van Wyk, Registered Dietitian and Diabetes Educator from the Centre for Diabetes and Endocrinology (CDE), says there is so much misinformation regarding how best to live with, or even ‘cure’, diabetes. Van Wyk says before addressing that point it is important

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