Programme to reduce chronic diseases in HIV patients kicks off in KZN

Kwa-Zulu Natal - Monday, 9 October 2017 –  The number of people living with HIV who develop chronic conditions like cardiovascular and respiratory disease, cancer or diabetes is increasing. Kwa-Zulu Natal, which has the highest HIV prevalence rate in South Africa, is the worst affected province.   Right to Care, together with the Bhekhuzulu Self-Sustaining Project and the Mpilonhle Sanctuary Organization, has launched a new integrated chronic care initiative in Kwa-Zulu Natal’s UThukela District to reduce the incidence of chronic diseases in HIV positive patients. This began on Friday with a common cancer screening drive at AE Haviland Clinic in Weenen.   Sibongile Ramotshela, cervical cancer coordinator at Right to Care), says, “People living with HIV are at higher risk of developing common cancers, TB and other non-communicable diseases (NCDs). This is due to the HIV infection itself and antiretroviral therapy (ART) side-effects as well as lifestyle factors. UNAIDS reports that one third of persons screened at HIV testing sites are obese and have hypertension. Despite the clear links between HIV and chronic diseases or NCDs, the healthcare...
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Manila von Teez and Latheem Gabriel to headline Pretoria Pride

  Pretoria Pride and GaySA Radio are proud to announce the headline acts for this year’s Pretoria Pride on 7 October.   Manila von Teez is probably the most well-known drag artist in South Africa, especially after her appearance recently on SA’s Got Talent, where her act came second overall. Inhabited by the very talented Veon Wentzel and supported by dancers, Manila is set to perform at Pretoria LGBTI Pride this coming Saturday. Latheem Gabriel is an up and coming LGBTQ+ artist who composed and sings the song that has been chosen as the first ever Pride song in Africa. The track is called Human Being and it has been steadily climbing up the GaySA Radio Top 30, which can be heard on Saturdays between 12 – 3 pm. Latheem will perform several of his other songs as well. These two main acts are supported by a host of community artists, who are also volunteering their performances in the interest of the community. These artists...
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Casting for world premiere season of Snow White – The Ballet Programme for Night of Stars Fundraising Gala

As dance lovers around the globe prepare to celebrate World Ballet Day on Thursday, 5 October, Joburg Ballet artistic director Iain MacDonald has announced an impressive line-up of dancers who will alternate in leading roles in the company’s world premiere season of Snow White – The Ballet at Joburg Theatre from 13 to 22 October, as well as details of a special Night of Stars fundraising gala on 18 October, featuring singers Angela Kilian, Sibongile Mngoma, Timothy Moloi and Samantha Peo with the full Joburg Ballet company. The 10-performance run of Snow White opens on Friday 13 October at 19:30 with Nicole Ferreira-Dill and Leusson Muniz as Snow White and the Royal Huntsman. Alternating casts feature Shannon Glover and Ruan Galdino, Monike Cristina and Revil Yon, and Shana Dewey and Bruno Miranda and the season marks debut performances in leading roles for Leusson, Cristina, Yon, Dewey and Miranda.   Sharing the role of the evil Queen are Kitty Phetla, Monike Cristina, Claudia Monja, Sanmarie Kreuzhuber and Shannon Glover. Joburg Ballet offers...
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Day hike: Eagle Cove Hiking Trail

The Eagle Cove Hiking Trails are adjacent to the Kumbagana Game Park located near the Sparkling Waters Hotel and the Magaliesberg Canopy Tours at Kranskloof. The farm has three easy to combine circular hiking trails in terrain with interesting quartz mushroom rock formations and outstanding views. Although the nearby game park is well-stocked, the hiking trails are in a separate section on the farm. You can see game beyond the fences in the beginning of the trail to the left of the service road before entering the hikers’ base camp. The hiking trails do not lead through the game park itself. The hikes are well-designed, ensuring you can explore the mountain range. Particularly spectacular is the descent in the Hamerkopkloof on Route 2 which we will be hiking, as you climb down on an aluminum ladder into the gorge with its swimming holes. We will meet at the parking lot at the entrance and walk to the base camp. For more information, please contact...
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Gayweesfees first Gay Festival for Freestate

“The community of the Freestate need to understand that each individual is unique, and we need to recognize our individual differences! These can be along. the dimensions of race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, socio-economic status, age, physical abilities, religious beliefs, political beliefs, or other ideologies.” The Free State's very first Gay Festival #GayWeesFees will take place on 3 to 5 November 2017, at Kroonpark in Kroonstad. This festival is open to anyone who accepts and supports the LGBT community. (Gay, Lesbian and Straight). No violence will be tolerated and the necessary precautions have already been taken in collaboration with the town's police and security officers, to ensure the safety of each visitor. Festival Background: The festival originated in the minds of a group of dedicated LGBT community members from Welkom in the Free State. The idea was initially that the Free State should host its own "Pride" event where the LGBT community in our area also gets the opportunity to stand proud and...
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HIV prevention possible for those at high risk: men who have sex with men and transgender people

 Right to Care, with the support of the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, TB and Malaria is rolling out Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP) at three sites in Gauteng and one in the Western Cape, targeting those at high risk for HIV exposure particularly men who have sex with men and transgender people. It is also expanding PrEP into another five provinces. PrEP is the use of antiretroviral drugs by HIV-negative people before potential exposure to prevent the acquisition of HIV.   Edward Sibanda, programme coordinator for the Global Fund Programme at Right to Care says, “PrEP is a significant development in the fight against HIV and AIDS and has been effectively used in several countries.”   “PrEP does not prevent other sexually transmitted infections and it is vital that PrEP is used in conjunction with other prevention methods such as condoms and lubricants. Using condoms is still the best way to prevent HIV infection as they also help protect against STIs and pregnancy when correctly used.”   Sibanda explains that...
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Mr Gay World Southern Africa Crowned at Glittering Event

  Juan Pinnick has been crowned as Mr Gay World Southern Africa 2017. It was an night to remember. The Atterbury Theatre in Pretoria was bristling with excitement as the audience took their seats for this annual event. Backstage, the tension was tangible among the 12 delegates. After months of preparation and an intense week of activities, the final twelve, ranging in ages from 21 to 43 years old, were getting ready to strut their stuff. At stake were prizes to the value of R 30,000 and the chance to represent the country at the Mr Gay World Competition to be held in 2018 at an as yet undisclosed location.   Hosted by Phillip Moolman, André Lötter and Eloise Cupido, the show started with a stunning performance by the first Arab artist to win The Voice Israel, a small package of dynamite named Lina. Performing with the delegates as her backup dancers, she wowed the audience with her amazing voice. Her message to the...
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Getting intimate with the Delegates of Mr Gay World Southern Africa

I  have been very honoured to spend the last few days in the company of the twelve delegates of Mr Gay World Southern Africa. Like everyone else, I saw their pictures first, and apart from Juan Pinnick whom I met in Knysna when he won Mr Mardi Gras, the rest were unknown to me. We got to know them a little when they were interviewed for GaySA Radio, and one could put a voice to the face. It was interesting to hear what they spoke about and how they interacted with our presenter, Marinette Coertzen, who presents Rainbow Talk every weekday between 12 and 3 pm.   Getting to know them in person from Saturday till now has been a revelation. I have seen them in various situations while doing different tasks. I saw who helped carry luggage and assist the organisers, who were courteous and polite, and who was self-involved. I saw them taking a million selfies and promote themselves on social media,...
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Mr Gay World Southern Africa Delegate News

The organisers of Mr Gay World Southern Africa regret to announce that one of the delegates will no longer be taking part.   Devon Llywellyn, #MRGWSA1, will no longer be able to participate in the upcoming competition. Due to work commitments, he is unable to join the delegates for the week-long event that culminates in a fundraiser on Friday 22 September and the Grand Finale on 23 September at the Atterbury Theatre in Pretoria.   There are many beauty contests for the LGBTQ+ community, and the majority of them are easy enough to participate in. If you have above average looks and can wear clothes while walking on a stage, you can enter and stand a chance to win. Not so with Mr Gay World Southern Africa. This local chapter of the Mr Gay World franchise is in a league of its own, and not everyone who enters will be able to make it.   Apart from competing in various challenges, each delegate must run a...
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