2018-03-16 06:00

WARM greetings to Kokstad residents and the community at large celebrating human rights through education.

Next week, from March 13 to 14, the Human Rights Commission will be celebrating Human Rights Day in Kokstad through educational tours and capacity building workshops.

The walkabouts will commence on March 13 at 8 am. The first schools to be visited will be Mount Currie High School and Franklin Senior School. Walkabouts will also be conducted at 8 am starting at Swartberg and New Amalfi.

On March 14, there will be the workshop and roadshow at Shayamoya, and then there will be a human rights commemoration event at the Ward 8 community hall.


This is a reminder to the readers of our viewpoint about the charity golf day tournament which is a partnership between Link Pharmacy, Vukani Golf Club and the Greater Kokstad Municipality.

The main purpose of this tournament is to raise funds for the charity organisations in need of funds. The municipality is supporting the call to assist the charity organisations in Kokstad, so you are also encouraged to lend a hand by joining the tournament and paying a registration fee of R250, which will give you a golf T-shirt and halfway lunch.

Only 120 players are going to be accommodated, and it is first come, first served. Non golfers are partnering with golfers.

Entry fee is R250

Closing date for entries: March 8

Draw will be done: March 9

Format: 2 Ball American Scramble

For more information, please see and “like” the GKM Facebook page.

Thank you so much for your support to those who were able to register and participate. To those who missed the opportunity, see you next time.


Communities are reminded to visit their voting station this weekend to:

• check your voter registration details;

• update your voter registration details; and

• apply to register as a voter in South Africa.

All voting stations in your area will be:

opening: 8 am

closing: 5 pm

Find contact details of your local IEC office at www.elections.org.za


Stay away from processed cold meat — Enterprise and Rainbow

An urgent warning to all residents: according to the minister of Health, cold meat, polony and Viennas produced by Enterprise and Rainbow Chicken, are contaminated with listeriosis.

Let me share information with you about this listeriosis outbreak. Listeriosis is food poisoning caused by eating foods contaminated with the Listeria monocytogenes (L. monocytogenes) bacterium. In pregnant women, the infection can result in miscarriage, premature delivery, serious infection of the newborn child and even stillbirth.

Listeriosis affects mainly pregnant women, newborns, the elderly and adults with impaired immune systems. Healthy adults and children are sometimes infected with L. monocytogenes, but rarely become seriously ill. Babies can be born with listeriosis if their mothers eat contaminated food during pregnancy. This bacterium called L. monocytogenes is found in soil and water.

• Vegetables can become contaminated from the soil or from manure used as fertiliser.

• Animals can carry the bacteria and can contaminate meats and dairy products.

• Processed foods, such as soft cheeses and cold cuts, can be contaminated after processing.

• Unpasteurised (raw) milk or foods made from unpasteurised milk can be contaminated

The symptoms of listeriosis include fever, muscle aches and sometimes nausea or diarrhoea. If infection spreads to the nervous system, symptoms such as headache, stiff neck, confusion, loss of balance or convulsions can occur. But infected pregnant women may experience only a mild, flu-like illness.

Listeriosis is diagnosed based on a medical history and physical exam. Your doctor will ask you questions about your symptoms, foods you have eaten recently, and your work and home environments.

A blood test or spinal fluid test may be done to confirm the diagnosis.

Thank you for lending me your eyes and ears. We will meet again, same time, same place!


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