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South Africa’s New HIV/Aids plan unveiled

President Jacob Zuma has unveiled the brand new National Strategic Plan (NSP) for HIV and Aids 2012 – 2016, which experts claim promises to do a great deal more to tackle TB and concerns of violence against women.

The NSP proposes to take care of HIV, sexually transmitted infections along with tuberculosis by implementing a holistic approach consisting of preventative and therapeutic steps.

It is able to combine five succinct goals and four aims, whose consolidated objective is to quash new HIV infections.


President Jacob Zuma



The five goals are:


  • Decrease new HIV infections by a minimum of 50% simply by using a mixture of prevention strategies;
  • Initiate at the very least 80% of suitable patients on antiretroviral treatment with 70% living and on treatment five years after initiation;
  • Decrease the volume of new TB infections in addition to deaths from TB by 50%;
  • Make sure that there is an empowering and accessible legal framework which will safeguard and boost human rights in an effort to support the implementation of the NSP, and
  • Decrease self-reported stigma related to HIV and TB by at least 50%.


The NSP is further strengthened by its four goals, which are:


  • Deal with social and structural barriers to HIV, STI and TB prevention, care and impact;
  • Prevent new HIV, STI and TB infections;
  • Sustain health and wellness, and
  • Increase the protection of human rights and improve access to justice.


Launching the master plan at the Wolfson Stadium in KwaZakhele, Zuma pointed out the fact that the country had also adopted the ‘three zeros’ endorsed at the United Nations high level meeting in New York this June as a vision for the next 20 years.

“In addition, we incorporated as a country, a fourth zero, which intends to eliminate HIV transmission from mother to child.

“The four zeros are ‘zero new HIV and TB infection; zero new infections as a result of mother to child transmission; zero preventable deaths associated with HIV and TB, and zero discrimination associated with HIV and TB,” Zuma spelled out.

The President was satisfied of the fact that the issue of violence against women was reflected in the new NSP.

Recently available research in South Africa indicated that the country could quite possibly avoid HIV infections in young women as long as they were not afflicted by violence or intimidation by their partners.

“Government is prioritising the fight against the abuse of women and children by way of law enforcement along with education and awareness.

“All of us also need to greatly enhance our socio-economic interventions to cope with poverty, unemployment, food insecurity and inequality… these either give rise to the spread of HIV or worsen the impact of the epidemic,” said Zuma.




The new plan is going to be executed in the coming year in April.

Eastern Cape Premier Noxolo Kiviet pointed out for the process to work, absolutely everyone needed to get on board.

“Let’s make certain that these endeavours within the NSP don’t go to waste but take us forward… We hope that the information shared today will make a difference to the youth and allow us to achieve the triple zeros accordingly,” said Kiviet.

Welcoming the unveiling of the new plan, Prudence Mabela, who has been living with HIV for 22 years, stated that everyone had to walk the talk when it came to implementing the plan.

She encouraged other infected people to take treatment and individuals who have not tested to go find out their status.

“You can trust the public hospitals, I am making use of them and they are helping… Together with the treatment you can live longer. I’ve taken TB treatment for six months and it’s effective, including the ARVs,” said Mabela.

Source: BuaNews


What is Colour Therapy?



What is Colour Therapy?

by Suzy Chiazzari – principal of Iris School of Colour Therapy U.K.

Colour is pure light energy that sustains us in good health and each rainbow colour has its own special healing power. Colour Therapy is a gentle but powerful therapy that uses these therapeutic and mood-enhancing qualities to bring about deep healing and harmony to the mind, body and spirit so colour is really the medicine of the future.

A colour therapist can help you understand how your favourite colours can mirror your life, your personality and your state of health on all levels. Colour reflection readings using Colour Reading Cards is an excellent form of diagnosis that helps you discover which areas of our life are out of balance and causing you stress and pain.



You will also understand why you are attracted to certain colours and a Colour therapist will show you how to use these colours for healing, health, relaxation and creative inspiration.

By introducing the right colours back into your life in your dress, diet, decor and by learning colour-healing techniques, like colour breathing, art therapy and colour silk scarf treatments. These colour healing drives negative energy from your energy system allowing good health and happiness to flow back into your life.



Learning about Colour Therapy can help you to:

  • Obtain health, vitality and rebuild health after an operation or illness
  • Alleviate symptoms of chronic illness that dont seem to respond to other treatment
  • Help you to deal with stress, depression, loneliness, frustration and other emotional problems such as loss or grief.
  • Promote prosperity, success so you can fulfil your true potential
  • Help you to discover your true life’s work
  • Develop peace of mind and spirit
  • Create harmony an balance in your life


The wonderful thing about Colour Therapy is that it touches every aspect of your life, from the mood you get up in the morning, your energy levels, appetite and digestion, nervous and immune system. So Colour Therapy is not just a quick complementary health treatment, but something that can support and nourish you every day of the week. So a Colour Therapist will be able to help you choose the right colours for you.

The Iris International School of Colour  was established by renowned colour healer, teacher and author, Suzy Chiazzari in 1992 to provide training in all aspects of Colour Therapy. You can now share in Suzy’s passion and knowledge of colour by taking one of her personally tutored, home study courses for your own self-development or to start a new and exciting career in this fast-growing area of complementary health.



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Cape Town training December 2011 open to everyone


Theta Healing are delighted to be offering the opportunity to take part in amazing courses in beautiful Cape Town in December 2011 and January 2012. The combination of the course material and a setting away from everyday life is a wonderful formula for transformation

You are invited to join them on the internationally certified Professional ThetaHealing Practitioner by attending training in Cape Town. Register for the 3-day Basic Practitioner’s Course from 12-14 December, the 3 day Advanced class (if you’ve already done the basic course) from 16-18 December, or attend both courses (i.e.the Combined Basic and Advanced Practitioner’s Course).

You can also attend the fun Soul Mates one-day workshop happening in Somerset West on 10 December.

The Intuitive Anatomy course (level 3) is going to be taught in Cape Town in January 2012 from 9-27 January 2012 excluding weekends. This course is open to all Advanced ThetaHealers from anywhere in the world and is an awe-inspiring course.

All of our courses are certified by the ThetaHealing Institute of Knowledge in the USA, the only body in the world permitted to qualify people as ThetaHealers.

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President Zuma appeals for real job creation partnerships

President Jacob Zuma

President Jacob Zuma has recently admitted the fact that the government by themselves probably will not be capable to create the job opportunities South Africa urgently requires, and has now called on the country’s private sector to come on board when it comes to the job creation drive.

Zuma shared with the SABC, during an interview, the fact that the government would need to partner along with other social partners in order to accomplish its employment goals and objectives.

“It truly is nothing like the type of predicament which might be encountered by one, it’s actually a difficult task that will require every one of us to participate in, to some extent it really is a national challenge that will require all of us … it requires the government, it requires business, it requires the unions,” Zuma explained.

R9-billion jobs fund

As part of his State of the Nation address, Zuma revealed that the government will set up a job opportunities fund of R9-billion over the up coming three years in an effort to finance completely new job-creation projects, at the same time private sector would receive billions in tax breaks in order to stimulate job growth in manufacturing.

The government has recently recognized job creation amongst five key priorities that will be dealt with during the upcoming medium-term time frame.

During his address in Parliament, Zuma stated that the Industrial Development Corporation (IDC) had appropriated R10-billion over the upcoming five years for the purpose of financial commitment in economic activities that have high job creation possibilities.

Departments are additionally instructed to table their particular plans and strategies concerning employment creation, at the same time a strategy is going to be devised to make certain that all vacant posts within the public sector are filled.

Carrying out things in a different way

The President declared that even though the state will undoubtedly be performing its part, it is going to demand all the help and support it could possibly get to tackle the “unacceptably” high unemployment rate in the country.

“The truth is the fact that we will need to alter the approach in which we are generally doing things … You will definitely appreciate that I mentioned we are planning to combine all of the small financial institutions which have been doing business for instance with the economic activities assisting businesses.”

The government would need to furthermore make certain that South Africa’s state-owned enterprises be roped in the job creation drive by means of internship training programmes and learnerships.

“Public enterprises will be looked into rigorously … as they quite simply must make sure that they come on board. One important thing we are going to be considering here is to make sure that we employ individuals who meet the criteria for the jobs.”

Education, health, social welfare

Looking at education, health and social welfare, Zuma reiterated the fact that education would certainly continue to be the main focus of his current administration, cautioning that squandering of teaching time would not be accepted or tolerated.

“We have made the correct choice by making education the apex of our priorities; we proceeded to go even further to split the department which was basically extremely big as well as the inclination at the time was the fact that the concentration was on higher level as opposed to the basic.

“Now we have developed a 10-point plan within the level of basic education, and I believe we are undertaking the right strategy.”

To take control of poverty and give a boost to social security, Zuma explained that the government would utilize the Comprehensive Rural Development Programme unveiled throughout provinces such as Limpopo along with the Eastern Cape during the past year to guarantee economic activity when it comes to rural areas.

The government bodies in addition intended to provide a third of the 1.2-million South African homeowners residing in informal settlements security of tenure within the next three years.

Men and women in rural areas possessed the relevant skills and abilities required to take care of livestock, and additionally methods will be investigated to permit individuals to utilize these skills and abilities for economic benefits, Zuma stated.

“Why don’t we facilitate dairy farming and say we are going to provide cattle for them so that they have the ability to take care of cattle within their herd, they could produce milk and make it avaliable on the market to allow them to be in a position to generate some income, and I also are of the opinion that there are various other pursuits you can easily perform.”

Regarding health, Zuma said the long-awaited National Health Insurance policy could well be made public in the near future and, in preparation for the scheme, the government planned to enhance health care this year by way of appointing suitable not to mention qualified personnel to the right positions.

“All of us require qualified and competent heads of department, chief financial officers, hospital chief executive officers, district health officers and clinic managers,” Zuma explained.

Source: BuaNews, barbraschroeder.com, noisydove.com,


Zimbabwe is the worst places to live according to Human Development Index

United Nations Development Programme

The United Nations Development Program has released its annual Human Development Index – a report that highlights education, health and income of nations – and Norway has been rated the best place to live. Zimbabwe was last place.

The UN’s Human Development Index released its 20th anniversary edition of the human development report that puts Norway, Australia and New Zealand as the best nations to live in. Meanwhile, Zimbabwe, Congo and Niger have been ranked the worst places to live in.

The report, which was first released in 1990, put the United States, Ireland, Liechtenstein, Canada, Sweden and Germany as the next seven best places to live in. Mali, Burkina Faso, Liberia, Chad, Guinea-Bissau, Mozambique and Burundi were seven nations ranked in the bottom.

The purpose of the annual report is to highlight education and health achievements around the world. The HDI also uses advanced data and methodologies that were not available in 1990, including education, health and income information. For example, when measuring education, the UN used expected years of schooling for children rather than overall enrollment. Plus, the average years of adult school replaced adult literacy rates. However, life expectancy still remains the primary factor for health.

“The Human Development Reports have changed the way we see the world,” Ban Ki-moon said. “We have learned that while economic growth is very important, what ultimately matters is using national income to give all people a chance at a longer, healthier and more productive life.”

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon

“This year’s HDI should not be compared to the HDI that appeared in previous editions of the Human Development Report due to the use of different indicators and Calculations,” states the report. “The 2010 HDI charts national ranking changes over five-year intervals, rather than on a year-to-year basis.”

Helen Clark said, “the Report shows that people today are healthier, wealthier and better educated than before. While not all trends are positive, there is much that countries can do to improve people’s lives, even in adverse conditions. This requires courageous local leadership as well as the continuing commitment of the international community.”

Emerging nations such as Brazil, China and India were stagnant in the ranks. Brazil stayed at the number 73 spot, China moved up one to 89 and India went to 119 from 120 in 2009.

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View Human Development Index (HDI) – 2010 Rankings