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  • Locking horns with challenges: how wildlife vets play a vital role in advancing conservation.

    South Africa has to ramp up its conservation efforts, including in the protection of threatened and endangered species, in order to meet its international commitments by 2030 as a signatory to the Convention on Biological Diversity. Dr Johan Marais and the wildlife veterinary team work with a rhino. Acknowledging the urgency of taking action in this regard, the South African government recently rolled out a groundbreaking tax incentive for the conservation of threatened species. It is also in the process of amending the Threatened or Protected Species (TOPS) regulations – which will make it much easier for veterinarians to treat wild animals and assist in the conservation of vulnerable species. “By reducing the red tape that currently hinders wildlife veterinarians, we will go far in actually increasing our efforts towards wildlife conservation,” says wildlife veterinary surgeon and South African Veterinary Council (SAVC) member Dr Johan Marais. These moves are both steps in the right direction, he acknowledges, but there is a lot more work that needs to be done. The decline in African elephant populations, for example, paints a grim picture, Dr Marais says. “A hundred years ago, there were so many elephants roaming around. Now, there are only about 400 000 left and just 0.01% are big tusker bull elephants, with only about 30 to 40 remaining,” says Marais, who has researched and written two books about these massive bull elephants.“Finding such a bull has become quite rare. This decline is partly due to bull elephants being late breeders, peaking between 40 and 50 years. Most don't live past 52, so their reproductive period is short. Compounding the issue, at around 38 to 40 years of age is when their tusks grow large, making them prime targets for ivory poaching, further preventing the transfer of their genes,” Wildlife veterinarians such as Dr Marais, as well as the teams of para-veterinary professionals they work with, play a pivotal role in helping protect the world’s biodiversity. Besides treating animals that live in the wild for diseases and injuries, wildlife veterinarians also assist in introducing animals to new sanctuaries and doing genetic swaps to enhance genetic diversity in provincial and national parks. Additionally, they focus on the reproduction of endangered species, like rhinos, through techniques like artificial insemination – a crucial countermeasure against the devastating effects of rhino poaching. Regulations and incentives A critical – yet often overlooked – issue in conservation is rhino range contraction – as a result of fewer people wanting to keep rhinos due to the risks attached. According to Dr Marais, game farm owners are becoming increasingly reluctant to keep rhinos, citing a lack of support for their conservation efforts as the main reason. “The challenges in rhino conservation and maintenance, and the heightened security threats from poachers targeting their properties, have made the responsibility of looking after rhinos a rather huge risk,” he says. However, the new tax incentive for the conservation of threatened wildlife could help address this challenge. This initiative is a collaborative effort between the Department of Forestry, Fisheries and the Environment (DFFE), the Sustainable Finance Coalition and Wilderness Foundation Africa. It aims to alleviate the financial and security burdens faced by landowners in conserving these species by allowing for tax deductions for expenses related to conservation activities, including security measures against poaching. According to Dr Marais, this incentive will partly assist towards assisting game farm owners in mitigating the risks and costs associated with maintaining rhinos and other threatened species on their land. “I think the incentive is a good thing. If they can assist private rhino owners in any way possible, it would be helpful. Those people are playing a huge part in protecting our species, as the future of conservation lies within private hands,” he says. One of the biggest challenges faced by wildlife veterinarians, he contends, is navigating the regulatory landscape. The TOPS regulations, for instance, have been a source of frustration, hindering timely and effective treatment of injured animals. The SAVC has been advocating for years for the removal of this red tape, which restricts the movement and treatment of wildlife across different regions. The new amended TOPS regulations (accompanied by an updated list of vulnerable species) are expected to be published in the Government Gazette by the DFFE in 2024 – having closed for public comment on 21 November 2023. Dr Marais believes that if the government and stakeholders can further streamline the TOPS regulations, “we can make significant strides in our conservation endeavours.” Wildlife veterinary surgeon Dr Johan Marais treats a rhino. Breaking new ground in the field of veterinary care In his work as a wildlife and equine vet, Dr Marais has pioneered treatments for severe animal injuries and performed complex surgeries, such as arthroscopic joint and abdominal colic surgery in rhino. He has also treated rhinos with severe limb fractures; dealing with such large animals requires innovation and resilience, which may lead the professional to sourcing materials from unconventional places. He relates that having cast the limbs of several horses, he felt confident enough to perform similar procedures on rhino with fractured lower limbs – only to be caught off guard. “The cast broke each time the rhino stood up,” he says. This led his team to take the drastic and unusual step of sourcing building material to enhance the cast’s strength – “devising new approaches to treatment until we finally succeeded”. Dr Marais’s contributions to conservation in South Africa go beyond his veterinary practice to running a non-profit organisation, Saving the Survivors, and using literature to raise awareness about conservation. In addition to his two books, his 20 peer-reviewed articles have not only presented groundbreaking techniques on equine surgery and the first-ever published article on White rhino sino-nasal anatomy, but have also shed light on crucial conservation issues. This, he hopes, has resulted in a shift in public interest and understanding.

  • WAXIT Celebrates the Grand Opening of their Melrose Arch Wax Bar.

    The anticipation is over as WAXIT proudly announces the opening of its newest branch at the prestigious Melrose Arch Precinct. Renowned for its commitment to offering the finest waxing experience, WAXIT continues to set the standards in the hair removal industry with its three-step approach: Prepare. Process. Pamper. The Melrose Arch location marks the 17th addition to WAXIT's flourishing family of stores, serving clients across Gauteng, Western Cape, and Kwa-Zulu Natal. At WAXIT, smooth and silky skin is not just a result; it's an art form. The team at WAXIT understands that true beauty lies in the details, and that's why every step is meticulously crafted to create a haven of hairlessness. The WAXITologists® are skilled professionals, ensuring that each client receives the utmost care and attention in a discreet and comfortable setting. The Melrose Arch store is uniquely owned and operated by Franchisee, Natasha Theledi, a true embodiment of the WAXIT spirit. This is Natasha's second venture with WAXIT, having already established WAXIT Polofields as a beacon of excellence, which won WAXIT's Best New Store of 2022. Natasha's journey as a successful entrepreneur has been marked by dedication and passion. “The journey has been exciting and has proven to be a great opportunity to learn more about owning a business. It has its challenges that come with operating a business but the rewards of running a WAXIT franchise far outweighs the difficulties. This is because I am passionate about our service, and it has also afforded me the lifestyle flexibility necessary to raise my family while maintaining a successful career.” Natasha's commitment to the WAXIT brand is not just professional; it's personal. A long-term and loyal client herself, she resonates with the ethos of the brand and its dedication to providing top-notch services that transcend the norm. Her favourite WAXIT treatment, the Hollywood Wax, is a testament to her unwavering commitment to flawless beauty. As a visionary, Natasha has chosen to align her dreams with WAXIT, bringing its vibrancy and sophistication to the heart of Melrose Arch. Asked about her motivation, Natasha shared, "I am a unique and driven individual who is willing to confidently take risks when I see great potential in the risk. The WAXIT brand is vibrant, sophisticated, and designed to appeal to affluent consumers, setting it apart as an immediate best choice." Her dedication to success, combined with WAXIT's unique offering, positions her as a formidable force in the beauty and waxing industry. As the brand grows, Natasha's role becomes even more pivotal. She expressed her delight, saying, "Being a part of the WAXIT franchise's growth and success is a great feeling of accomplishment because I believe in the brand’s increasing potential, longevity, and success." The WAXIT Melrose Arch store boasts an ideal location, catering to a diverse range of shoppers. With a strong emphasis on hygiene, quality, and affordability, WAXIT promises a unique and memorable experience that transcends the typical beauty salon visit. WAXIT Melrose Arch can be found at Shop 033EF, Middle Galleria, Melrose Arch, Melrose North, 2196. For more information about WAXIT and its services, visit their website at or contact them at or call 010 100 3603. Follow the WAXIT journey online Instagram: @waxitsa Facebook: @waxitsa Twitter: @waxitsa

  • Nicole Bessick, na vir baiekeer verwys word as "Action Barbie" is veel meer as 'n TV-aanbieder.

    Actress Nicole Bessick featured on the Sarie Magazine Online Platform where they discuss how the actress is so much more than just your standard TV Personality and Boxing champion. See the link to the online feature below: For those who do not have a subscription, check out the story below. Follow the Actress on her social media channels to stay up to date with everything she achieves. When it comes to Nicole, The Sky is the limit, Instagram: @nicole_bessick Facebook: @officialnicolebessick

  • WAXIT THE CLUB HAZELWOOD: A new sanctuary of smooth opens it's doors.

    WAXIT, the popular wax bar known for its commitment to providing the silkiest and smoothest waxing experiences, proudly announces the grand opening of its 16th store – WAXIT The Club Hazelwood. As the sole franchisee of Smooth, Masego Mokoene brings her passion for the brand and experience in running a franchise business to provide expert and discreet waxing services to the residents of Pretoria East. The highly anticipated opening of WAXIT The Club Hazelwood took place on August 1, 2023, at The Club Retail, situated in the prestigious area of Hazelwood, Pretoria. The store boasts a serene and aesthetically pleasing environment, resonating with the values of compassion, professionalism, and privacy that the WAXIT brand represents. With over 15 successful stores across Gauteng, Cape Town, and Kwa-Zulu Natal already in practice, WAXIT is known for offering quick, quality, and affordable waxing services; but also ensuring every customer's skin is cleansed, nourished, and soothed before and after their treatment. At WAXIT The Club Hazelwood, men and women alike can experience waxing expertise free from the intrusions typically associated with full-service salons. To celebrate the grand opening, WAXIT The Club Hazelwood is offering all its newcomers an exclusive opening special of 15% off on all waxing services from August 1 to August 7th, allowing clients to experience the brand-new wax bar at an irresistible value. Masego Mokoene, the dynamic and young Franchisee of Smooth, expressed her excitement about bringing WAXIT to Pretoria East. ‘I am incredibly excited for this new venture which I get to pour my heart and soul into,” she said. With a background in hospitality and managing three fast-food franchises, Masego understands the essentials of running a successful business. Coming from a family of entrepreneurs whose endeavours include agriculture, HR and hospitality, Masego’s passions for the brand and its values align with WAXIT's commitment to providing top-quality services to the community, catering to all individuals seeking the perfect wax. The launch event at WAXIT The Club Hazelwood was a resounding success, with a ribbon-cutting ceremony and a joyful launch party to celebrate the brand's growth and showcase its new look. The event brought together like-minded individuals who share a common love for waxing, highlighting the strong support and loyalty the WAXIT brand receives from its customers and fans. As WAXIT continues to expand, Marketing Manager, Michelle Bittkau expressed her hopes for the Pretoria East wax bar. ’We wanted to bring quick, quality, and affordable waxing to Pretoria East, and we know that Masego will fly our flag high! In addition, as we grow, we gain incredible support from our loyal clients and WAXIT fans. We are so appreciative of the support and love that we get," she added. As the WAXIT brand expands its reach, Michelle goes on to share that the next focus area is WAXIT Melrose Arch, which is set to open on September 1st, with more exciting locations planned for later in the year. “Whether you’re an athlete who wants to look sharp when competing, or a man or woman who is just discovering waxing and values privacy and professionalism, I encourage you to try WAXIT. I sincerely cannot wait to be a part of the growth of the brand and increase WAXIT’s footprint in Pretoria East,” Masego ends off. For more information about WAXIT and its services, visit their website at or contact them at or call 010 100 3603.

  • Bok-Nuus - Van 'n NUWE PIENKVOET tot TROUKLOKKE wat lui. Die Rugby Spelers het GROOT NUUS gedeel.

    Springbok prop, Vincent Koch and his wife Juandre shared the happy news of welcoming in their second child, and first daughter. Luca has settled into the role of big brother and the happy family of four shared their special news. Springbok Fly-half, Manie Libbok made the move and got down on one knee to ask long-time girlfriend, Verna-Lee Arries to spend the rest of her life with him. The Boks, are making it a BIG Year, with the 2023 Rugby World Cup around the corner, it's sure to be a year to remember. #RugbyNews #ClientNews #baby #proposal

  • Towenaar Vir Die 10-Trui.

    Huisgenoot magazine as they sat down with the newly engaged couple, Springbok Fly-half, Manie Libbok and long time girlfriend, Verna Arries, in an exclusive one-on-one interview, at their home in Cape Town. Follow Manie and his Journey through the 2023 Rugby year, which is filled with Rugby Championships, Rugby World Cups, Life Changes and all round level-ing up. The sky is the limit for what this young man is going to achieve. Instagram: @manielibbok

  • Lumeo Smart Pro Pump: Your Versatile and Portable Inflation Solution.

    In a fast-paced world where convenience is key, having a reliable and portable air pump can be a game-changer. Enter the Lumeo Smart Pro Pump, a powerful and compact device designed to meet all your inflation needs. Whether you're an outdoor enthusiast, a sports enthusiast, or someone who loves to be prepared for any situation, this innovative pump is a must-have. In this lifestyle feature, we explore the remarkable features of the Lumeo Smart Pro Pump, the wide range of objects it can inflate, and the countless advantages of having this portable companion by your side. Unleashing the Power of the Lumeo Smart Pro Pump: Versatile Inflation Capabilities: The Lumeo Smart Pro Pump is a true multi-purpose tool that can handle various inflation tasks with ease. From inflating car tires, bicycle tires, and sports balls to air mattresses, pool floats, and inflatable toys, this pump has got you covered. Its wide compatibility ensures that you can inflate virtually any object that requires air pressure. Multiple Connection Options: The Lumeo Smart Pro Pump offers different connection options to accommodate various inflation needs. It comes with a car cigarette lighter plug, allowing you to conveniently power the pump using your vehicle's power outlet. Additionally, it features a USB port, enabling you to connect it to a power bank, laptop, or other USB-compatible devices, providing you with ultimate flexibility and convenience. Smart Pressure Control: With the Lumeo Smart Pro Pump, precision and efficiency are guaranteed. Equipped with intelligent pressure control technology, this pump allows you to set your desired pressure level effortlessly. Once the pump reaches the target pressure, it automatically stops, preventing over-inflation and ensuring optimal inflation every time. Compact and Portable Design: Weighing just a few hundred grams and compact enough to fit in the palm of your hand, the Lumeo Smart Pro Pump is designed for portability. Its small size makes it easy to carry in your backpack, glove compartment, or travel bag, allowing you to have a reliable inflation solution wherever you go. Advantages of Having a Portable Pump at All Times: On-the-Go Convenience: Having a portable pump like the Lumeo Smart Pro Pump means never having to worry about finding an air pump station or relying on manual inflation methods. Whether you're on a road trip, camping, or participating in outdoor activities, this pump ensures you can inflate or deflate items at your convenience. Time Efficiency: With the Lumeo Smart Pro Pump, inflating objects becomes a quick and hassle-free task. Say goodbye to manually pumping or waiting in long lines at gas stations. The pump's powerful motor can inflate objects rapidly, saving you valuable time and energy. Emergency Preparedness: Flat tires or deflated sports equipment can put a damper on your plans. By having a portable pump like the Lumeo Smart Pro Pump at hand, you'll be prepared to tackle unexpected situations, ensuring your adventures go smoothly. Where to Find Lumeo Smart Pro Pump: To explore more about the Lumeo Smart Pro Pump and make it a part of your travel essentials, visit their official website at The Lumeo Smart Pro Pump combines versatility, portability, and intelligent technology to provide you with the ultimate inflation solution. With its ability to inflate a wide range of objects and its compact design, this pump offers convenience and peace Stay connected and updated on the latest news and promotions by following them on their social media handles: Instagram: Facebook:

  • Where Sleekness meets expertise in the heart of Southdowns. Meet Nicole Maré & Lindy Babour of WAXIT

    Meet the Entrepreneurs Redefining Smoothness at WAXIT Southdowns. The Pretoria Post Digital Magazine sat down with Nicola and Lindy, and got to the core root of their entrepreneurial journey, their vision for WAXIT Southdowns, and the unwavering commitment they bring to the art of waxing.é-lindy-babour-of-waxit Follow the WAXIT journey online Instagram: @waxitsa Facebook: @waxitsa Twitter: @waxitsa

  • Try this tough-ish workout to really build your strength - Women's Health.

    Let’s admit it: most workouts are tough going. There’s always the element of challenging yourself every time you step up and throw down. But this workout, by Willow Way Fitness trainer and gym owner Alida Hendrikz, is tough as nails (ish) and will really test your mettle. At Willow Way, workouts work in six-week cycles. “Through our signature workouts, Strength, Effort, Grind and Speed, we focus on different strength movements, cardio, engine-building and gymnastics,” says Alida. Keen to give it a try? This tough-ish workout incorporates strength moves along with functional full-body movements that combined, make for an all-over torch that’ll burn calories like it’s nobody’s business. Head over to the link to find out more, plus follow the instructional video. ➡️ Follow the Willow way brand online. Instagram: @willow_way_somerset Instagram: @willow_way_fitness

  • All Eyes on Kevin Lerena as fight night approaches - Get It Magazine JHB South/East.

    It’s time for the WBC World Title Eliminator this weekend and we know in who’s corner we’re going to be… With an admirable work ethic, Kevin Lerena has been utilising every opportunity to maximize his training efforts, with Under Armour firmly in his corner as he steps into the spotlight for what promises to be his most challenging campaign yet. @underarmour #kevinlerena #fightnight

  • HyperIce Venom 2 Back Review: Tackling lower back pain & delivering muscle recovery. - Menstuff

    Hyperice Venom 2 Back Review by Menstuff: Tackling Lower Back Pain & Delivering Muscle Recovery On the Go. The easy-to-use device targets lower back pain and discomfort with heat and vibration. In the ever-changing world of health and fitness trends, recovery is currently the buzzword on everyone’s lips. With plenty of devices and methods out there targeting post-workout relief, these days recovery has become a “Choose Your Own Adventure” experience. But while we’re all loving the new trends of massage guns and cold plunges, there’s still something to be said about tried and tested, staple treatments, like heat and vibration. Their powers combined, this soothing, effective method is a great way to relax away those pesky aches and pains, without any painful myofascial release or dripping ice water. The easy-to-use device targets lower back pain and discomfort with heat and vibration. Check out the link to the Menstuff Review feature. #hyperice #venomback #techreview

  • Quickfire Exclusive Q&A with Pro Cricketer, Corbin Bosch - The Vibe ZA.

    Professional Cricketer, Corbin Bosch, is the type of sportsman who is incredibly talented on-field, but even more of a dynamic character off-field. Not only does he exude confidence and certainty when it comes to the tricks of his trade, but, when he’s not playing cricket, you’ll most likely find the passionate dog-lover on the golf course, or spending quality time with his family down at the beach in Kenton. The Vibe ZA caught up with the proud Marvel fanatic, in an exclusive one-on-one interview, chatting all things cricket, fitness, fashion and more… Check out their feature in the below link, #cricketlife #corbinbosch #pr #exclusiveinterview #cricketer #sasports #kdtcommspr

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