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MEYERTON. – Al lyk Shantique van de Reede (3) op die oog af nie siek nie, is hierdie dogtertjie in ’n stryd tussen lewe en dood. Haar lewer funksioneer glad nie en sy moet dringend ’n leweroorplanting ondergaan wat die gesin derduisende rand uit die sak gaan jaag.

Shantique was volgens haar ma Jackie, ’n gesonde dogtertjie wat so nou en dan die gewone siektes soos verkoue gekry het. Sy het op 13 Mei siek geraak by die kleuterskool en groot hoeveelhede bloed opgebring. Haar ma het met haar dokter toe geneem, waar sy gehoor het dat Shantique se keel net geskeur het en dat dit normaal is onder jong kinders.

Die volgende dag was dit egter nog erger en dokters het verskeie toetse, asook ’n sonar gedoen. Hulle het met skok agtergekom dat sy lewer probleme het. Haar lewer het sedert geboorte nooit reg gewerk nie en funksioneer nou glad nie.

Sy is in die Sebokeng Hospitaal opgeneem en twee dae later na die Chris Hani Baragwanath-hospitaal oorgeplaas. Teen die tyd wat sy in die hospitaal opgeneem is, het haar lyfie reeds baie bloed verloor.

Shantique is gebore met ’n genetiese lewer disfunksie. Omdat haar lewer nie in ’n werkende toestand is nie, kan dit nie die bloedtoevoer hanteer nie, wat tot gevolg gehad het dat daar aartjies, soos spatare, in haar magie en longe begin ontwikkel het.

Dit het begin bars en dit is waarom sy soveel bloed begin opbring het. “Sy was ’n doodnormale kind. Een oomblik was sy nog piekfyn en die volgende oomblik sê dokters vir jou jou kind kan dalk doodgaan. Dit is werklik baie erg,” sê Jackie. Shantique het elke dag drie punte bloed ontvang en stadig maar seker beter begin lyk en kon op 25 Mei ontslaan word. Sy kort egter binne die volgende drie maande ’n leweroorplanting en is op ’n waglys geplaas. “Ek het nooit gedink sy sal so siek wees of dat so iets met ons kan gebeur nie,” sê Jackie.

Shantique is ’n regte klein vegtertjie. “Dit gaan goed tannie. Ek het bruin hare en groen ogies,” het Shantique skamerig oor die telefoon aan Vaalweekbad gesê.

Sy is tans onder haar ma se valkoë om te verseker dat sy nie te woelig is nie. Sy is nie op ’n mediese fonds nie en die staat betaal nie vir leweroorplantings nie.

Dit is finansiëel ’n moeilike tyd vir die gesin en daarom is familielede besig om ’n trust te stig om Shantique se lewe te probeer red.

“Ek wil net so graag hê my kleinkind moet gesond word,” sê ouma Marietjie.

Die totale koste van die operasie sal binnekort in Vaalweekblad bekend gemaak word vir diegene wat ‘n bydrae wil maak tot die groot operasie.

Die Van De Reede-gesin bedank elkeen wat hulle in die moeilike tyd bystaan.


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Deliver Us

SEBOKENG.- Mass prayers were recently held around the Sedibeng area by the Emfuleni Local Municipality together with the members of the community. The impact and negative Influence of lack of employment, substance abuse, environmental issues and peer pressure were the main reasons behind the gathering. These challenges prompted the community of Sedibeng, particularly women, to organize themselves to conduct a mass prayer-meeting for the youth. After their interaction on a number of occasions, the group then extended an invitation to Emfuleni Local Municipality (ELM) as the closest government institution to the community. Following several meetings, the two parties (ELM and Sedibeng community) agreed on a formation of a partnership to advance the initiative. Other stakeholders, including, churches, Social Development, Correctional Services, SA Police Services, NGOs, Youth, GDE and labour movements, were invited to be part of the prayer-meeting. Joint mass prayer-meetings were hosted at different venues around Emfuleni. ELM spokesperson Klass Mofomme says that the prayersΓÇÖ main objective was to decrease teenage substance abuse, reduce crime and create awareness on parental care obligation. The main event was held at Mphatlalatsane Hall in Sebokeng.
Source:  Vaal Weekly

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From “I do” to “We do”

VEREENIGING- Florence Mathe, the writer of ΓÇ£The Unloved WifeΓÇ¥ hosted a marriage seminar themed ΓÇ£Family BondsΓÇ¥ on Saturday at the Vereeniging City Hall. This event was attended by a numerous married and unmarried couples. According to Mathe, the main purpose of this seminar was to create an awareness about individuality, and understanding that you and your spouse or partner are two different people, with different personalities. Mathe says that what she finds most troubling, is that there are more couples that are getting divorced than married. She concludes that in most cases, couples get divorced because they use inconsolable differences as an excuse. Bishop Isaac Mthimkulu from Koinonia Bible Church also hosted an insightful sermon about marriages and differences between a man and a woman. He emphasizes the importance of making sure that you and your partner share the same values and standards and that there should be a common goal or vision, before you start thinking about courtship or marriage. This will ensure that you do not wake up one morning and realize that the person next to you is a total stranger. Mthimkulu says that once a couple has a shared vision for their family, the dream could be accomplished only if they make a conscious decision to work together. ΓÇ£No marriage is perfect and there will always be disagreements, but that does not mean that you have to end up loathing each other. It is normal. You perceive things differently because you are two different people. Arguments in marriages have to happen sometimes, so see it as an opportunity to straighten out the crinkles in your relationships. Do not see an argument as an open door to attack or antagonize the other person. Let us try and find a common goal for the family and be united in the family dream,ΓÇ¥ says Mthimkulu who adds that divorce has never been a solution unless you are in an abusive relationship. He emphasizes that a married couple has to understand the importance of having a family. Mthimkulu also says that it saddens him to hear how people disrespect the concept of marriage. Just because they are ignorant and selfish, they refer to marriage as ΓÇ£being hell,ΓÇ¥ but it does not have to be like that. Mathe adds on MthimkuluΓÇÖs idea that marriage will be as strong as the foundation that you have built it on. The seminar surely has created an impact on all the attendees, as they walked away with homeworks to do, eager to make transformations in their lives. In conclusion Mathe says that family bonds and affairs are there to put us on the right track.
Source: Vaal Weekly

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A career in tree-hugging

SASOLBURG. ΓÇô The Rand Water Foundation and Fezile Dabi District Municipality have signed a memorandum of agreement to focus on a project for promoting agricultural development as one of the vehicles for economic development and poverty alleviation within the boundaries of the district, said the MMC for Local Economic Development. The Service Level Agreement documents were signed on the dotted line by two parties, the Executive Mayor Moeketsi Moshodi and Mahletleho Sekoaila, General Manager of Rand Water Foundation. This was witnessed by the mayor of Ngwathe Local Municipality, Jonas Ramokhoase and Monti Mongake, District Municipal Manager. The document was signed in a yellow and white tent at Weltevrede farm in Koppies on August 2. ΓÇ£Our mandate is to implement the manifesto the government has given to the public and highlighted by President Jacob Zuma on job creation. To fight poverty and create sustainable jobs, we have to make sure that all vacancies are filled by the end of September. Moshodi adds that ΓÇ£We cannot celebrate while the youth are unemployed and the people are going to bed with empty stomachs.ΓÇ¥ He appealed to the youth to try access skills and knowledge to improve life for themselves. He said the youth must consider themselves fortunate. A five year agreement was signed between the two parties to make sure that the land becomes available in October next year, says Sekoaila.
Source:  Vaal Weekly

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Happy Women’s month

I am hereby dedicating this warm message to all women of the world. Woman, you give birth and you care and love. You are a mother to your children, a comforter to your family and you serve your community with pride. Woman, you are the light that shines through wherever you may be in life, you are an educator at home, you are a teacher in the community, even when you cannot read or write, you are the cornerstone of life. You are a freedom fighter who fights with prayer; you are also a leader in church and in community development projects. You bring peace. Happy WomenΓÇÖs Month!
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Oh boy – No, oh Girl!

VANDERBIJLPARK.- With August known as womenΓÇÖs month ΓÇô it came as no surprise when one of the up and coming female coaches, Botle Mahele beat her male counterpart soccer team during the mini soccer tournament held at the Isak Steyl Stadium on Saturday. This mini soccer tournament was hosted by the VUT Dev FC as part of the teamΓÇÖs pre-season preparations. MaheleΓÇÖs side, Vanderbijlpark Young Stars beat Nale Football Academy and VUT Dev u/13 team. Mahele demonstrated her knowledge in the male dominated sport ΓÇô football. The defeat was a bitter pill to swallow for both VUT Dev and Nale Academy, taking into consideration the high standard these sides set in local football. After the game, Mahele was smiling all the way home with her youngsters boasting how they beat the big fishes. ΓÇ£IΓÇÖm very excited because my boys showed lot of character. It was a sweet revenge for us because both teams beat my team previously. I was overwhelmed by the ΓÇÿnever die spiritΓÇÖ displayed by these boys. Beating Nale Academy and VUT Dev is a fantastic achievement and IΓÇÖm proud of this,ΓÇ¥ says the still excited Mahele. As part of development ΓÇô Nale Academy decided to loan its u/13 goalkeeper, Thabo Motloung to Vanderbijlpark Young Star when theyplayed against VUT. To date, Mahele was one of the few female coaches who attended the recent PSV and Emfuleni Local Municipality soccer coaching clinic held at the Cecil Oldridge Park Stadium. This mini tournament was for the u/13s, u/14s and u/15s. The teams that were involved include Liverpool, RESA, Nale Academy and VUT Dev. Meanwhile, the embarrassment of the day was when Nale Academy u/17 beat the Super League side Liverpool FC 2-1 with a thriller-minute encounter. Nale AcademyΓÇÖs youngsters gave this Boipatong based side a free soccer lesson. This was before they played to a 1-all against RESA in another game.
Source:  Vaal Weekly

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Om jou brein gesond te hou is belangrik

Net soos wat jy jou liggaam gesond moet hou, is dit ook belangrik om te sorg dat jou brein gesond bly sodat jy na die beste van jou vermoë kan funksioneer. Gelukkig kan jy jou brein gesond hou met ‘n leefstyl wat ook jou liggaam gesond sal hou. Profmed Medical Scheme gee die volgende raad:
* ‘n Goeie dieet wat vry is van kosse wat hoë cholesterolvlakke bevat, is belangrik om te verhoed dat jy later in jou lewe seniel raak.
ΓÇ£GoeieΓÇ¥ cholesterol soos Omega 3 en 6 kan egter help om jou breinselle te beskerm, en ook jou kanse kleiner maak om ΓÇÿn hartaanval of beroerte te kry. Kosse wat goed is vir jou brein sluit in kersies, bessies, appels, kerrie, eiers, sadientjies, oesters en kakao.
* Jou brein het, net soos jou spiere, oefening nodig. Wiskundige- of woordspeletjies is ‘n goeie manier om daardie breinselle aan die gang te hou. Jy kan ook ‘n goeie boek of die nuus lees. Ure voor die TV stimuleer ongelukkig nie regtig jou grysstof nie. Besonder goeie breinoefening sluit in die aanleer van ‘n nuwe taal of mu­siekinstrument.
* Jou brein het positiewe sosiale interaksie nodig. Dit is belangrik dat jy in verskillende situasies met verskillende mense kommunikeer. As jy vind dat daar nie genoeg mense in jou lewe is nie, sluit gerus aan by ΓÇÿn klas in iets waarin jy belangstel, of raak betrokke by vrywilligheidswerk.
* Stres is een van die grootste moordenaars van ons tyd. Maak seker dat jy genoeg tyd kry om te ontspan.
* Volgens navorsers moet jy sewe ure of meer slaap per nag kry. As jy sukkel om te slaap is dit belangrik om hulp te kry.
* As jy vermoed dat jou geestesgesondheid nie na wense is nie is dit belangrik om jou dokter te gaan sien, dit is lankal nie meer iets om oor skaam te wees nie. Baie probleme kan met ΓÇÿn leefstylverandering of medikasie reggestel word.
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Biking Beatrice’s Journey of Hope

VANDERBIJLPARK. – Biking Beatrice Brits from Vanderbijlpark canΓÇÖt wait to get on her Honda motorcycle to spread the word and create awareness of the importance of early detection of breast cancer.

Beatrice, a breast cancer survivor, is one of 15 riders who will be taking to the road on motorbikes in this yearΓÇÖs Journey of Hope Breast Cancer Awareness Ride to take place from October 9 – 15.

Beatrice was diagnosed with breast cancer on January 5 of 2007. Her left breast was mastectomised followed by four months of chemotherapy.

“The road to recovery has not been easy with many thorns along the way, but with the grace of God, IΓÇÖve been able to get through it,” says Beatrice.

“Self-examination and early detection is what saved my life,” she says, and adds: “Through the Journey of Hope 2011 ride, I hope to touch at least one personΓÇÖs life, giving the message to never give up and to realise that being diagnosed with breast cancer is not a death sentence.”

Beatrice lives by the motto: “Live life to the fullest every day and donΓÇÖt take anything for granted; I am so thankful for the second chance that God has given me.”

The Journey of Hope is a non-profit organisation that has been established to educate people about the importance of early detection and to dispel some of the myths around breast cancer.

Over the course of the seven days during October the group, including a gentleman who is currently recovering from breast cancer, will raise awareness and educate communities about breast cancer while they continue along a personal path of growth and healing by building a supportive community with other people throughout the country.

The team will be travelling through Gauteng, Mpumalanga, Limpopo and the North West Provinces. But there are also several other outreach programmes taking place throughout the year across the country where the survivors will be interacting with the community about the importance of detecting breast cancer early. On September 3 Beatrice will host a “Denims and Diamonds with a dash of Pink” fundraising event in Vanderbijlpark.

Funds raised will be used towards creating awareness, and educating people about the importance of the early detection of breast cancer.

* For more information visit or call
082 8403633.
 Source:  Vaalweekblad

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‘n Mens glimlag omtrent ‘n halfmiljoen keer in jou lewe. Die gemiddelde mens glimlag omtrent 26 keer per dag, 9 490 keer in ‘n jaar en sowat 446 030 keer in jou volwasse lewe tussen 18 en 65 jaar. Diegene wat so gelukkig is om 100 jaar oud te word, sal ongeveer 778 000 keer in hul lewe glimlag. Maar nou vir die slegte nuus: ‘n oorsese tandepastevervaardiger, Biorepair, het onlangs navorsing laat doen en die resultaat wys dat ons glimlaggies helfte van die tyd vals is! Ons glimlag 47% van die kere uit pligsbesef, selfs wanneer ons gemoedstemming in werklikheid “af” is. Ons sit ook soms ‘n skynglimlag op wanneer ons ‘n ander persoon op sy gemak wil laat voel of wil beïndruk, selfs al voel ons glad nie daarna om te glimlag nie. Die navorsing het verder ook bevind dat sommige mense dit vermy om te glimlag omdat hulle selfbewus is oor hul skewe of lelike tande. Hoe ookal, ons kan gerus die kenners se raad in ag neem waar dit by lag kom: as ‘n mens lag of glimlag, selfs wanneer jy allermins daarvoor lus het, kierang jy jou brein, wat dan endorfiene (‘n opkikkerhormoon) laat vrystel sodat jy uiteindelik régtig vroliker voel.
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