Meds on wheels for positive change

first_imgSizwe Nzima runs an innovative business that is helping to solve overcrowding at public health facilities, while also improving the lives of people who rely on chronic medication. (Image: http://www.facebook.com/RaymondAckermanAcademyCapeTown) MEDIA CONTACTS • Sizwe Nzima   +27 74 453 3633 RELATED ARTICLES • Meet a top social entrepreneur • SA’s second health train rolls out • SA, Cuba to train more doctors • New eye care unit for KZN children Wilma den HartighSizwe Nzima, a young entrepreneur from Khayelitsha in the Western Cape, has started an innovative business that is helping to solve overcrowding at public health facilities, while also improving the lives of people who rely on chronic medication.Instead of standing in long queues for hours, Nzima’s Iyeza Express collects chronic medication from local clinics and delivers them by bicycle to Khayelitsha residents, at their homes.Recognising a needHis idea to create the business came about after reading a newspaper article about clinics struggling to cope with patients queuing for hours to pick up chronic medication.“I used to collect medication for my grandma for three years and experienced first-hand what happens,” he says, adding that it isn’t only elderly people who are affected.The majority of people who queue for their medicine are able-bodied and waste time that could have been spent at work. “These were people who would happily pay for affordable delivery of their medicine, allowing them to save their sick leave – if they get any – for days when they are really ill,” he says.He was aware of non-profit charity organisations that collect medicine for bed-ridden and elderly people, but there wasn’t a similar service for working people.“I thought to myself that I must do something and that surely there must be a need for a service that would streamline the process,” he explains. “I realised it will also take the load off public health facility workers.”Solutions for South Africa’s challengesNzima and his two business partners are social entrepreneurs at heart, and his goal is to find solutions to the problems in his community, and in doing so make a contribution to improving the economy.“We are all about social change and we are coming up with business ideas that can change society, help our community and uplift the economy,” he says.“Business isn’t just about making money, but also about bringing about positive change.”Less overcrowding, better health, more jobsNzima decided to establish the Iyeza Express service, launching the pilot earlier this year in May. The business has only been up and running for a few months, but the response from residents has been positive.“The service encourages people to go to work and stay healthy as they aren’t tempted to stop taking their life- saving medication because they have run out,” he says. “What I’m doing is helping to improve people’s quality of life and life expectancy.”The business is saving time and money for his clients, but it is also creating much needed jobs for young people who know their way around Khayelitsha’s network of streets.The service operates within Khayelitsha, using bicycles to transport medicines. “This is the most cost effective way and keeps the service affordable, and it is environment-friendly,” Nzima says.Clients pay a small fee of R10 (US$1.1) per collection, and medicines are currently collected from Michael Mapongwane Hospital and the Site B District Hospital.Nzima has about 40 clients at the moment, but he anticipates that this number will increase as the community still needs build trust in his service. Next year he hopes to take the service to other parts of Cape Town, but his long term vision is to expand the business nationally.“For me, this is a national problem and it needs a national solution. The sky is the limit,” he says.Formalising the serviceNzima is working to get official approval from the authorities at Khayelitsha clinics to collect medicines for patients. The Department of Health in the province allowed him to conduct surveys at health facilities to find out what people think about his service, what they need and how he can improve it.“Hopefully, if I get permission, I can collect in bigger volumes,” he says. “People at the health facilities are starting to get to know me. Sometimes I’ve been chased away, but I am overcoming these barriers.”A call to South Africa’s youthNzima’s novel approach to finding solutions for South Africa’s problems is getting him noticed. He recently took part in a panel discussion on business training at the Youth Entrepreneurship Conference and Expo, held earlier this month at the Bellville Campus of the Cape Peninsula University of Technology.The young entrepreneur, who also completed a six-month intensive business training course at the Raymond Ackerman Academy, was nominated as one of the seed funding winners in the South African Breweries Innovation Awards. Nzima was one of 24 finalists selected from over 200 applications, and one of six chosen to receive seed funding.“I couldn’t believe it. My business was only starting out; while others were going for at least two years already,” he says.He believes that young people have what it takes to be change makers in South Africa and the world, by developing economically viable business solutions that can also bring about positive change in society.“Young people should be the innovators. Every young person needs to decide how they are going to use their power for good,” he says.Nzima and his business partners are also involved in setting up other projects, such as a recycling business and an initiative to educate people about gangsterism.  “Making money is good, but you have to give something back. This is also what they taught us at the Academy,” he says.“I believe young people have the power to change the world, if the youth can understand this, they will stop focusing on things like drugs and crime. We can change the world, make it safer and improve our economy in this way.”last_img read more

Patnaik flays Centre for stopping welfare schemes

first_imgAs rich tributes were paid to Biju Patnaik on his 101st birth anniversary of Sunday, Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik criticised the Narendra Modi government at the Centre for stopping many welfare programmes ignoring the interests of the people living in tribal and backward regions of the State.The State government, however, continues to implement those schemes using its own resources to safeguard the interest of the people, and would continue to do so, said Mr. Patnaik said while addressing a gathering at the Biju Janata Dal headquarters here.Progress in many sectorsWhether one admits or not due to political reasons, but the State has achieved significant progress in various sectors since the BJD started ruling the State in 2000, said Mr. Patnaik. “There is a huge difference between Odisha of 2000 and today’s Odisha,” he said.Besides faring better than the national average in infant mortality rate, Odisha has also seen infrastructure development, investment flow, growth in employment opportunities and increase in food production and people’s income, said Mr. Patnaik. Stating that the BJD has remained No. 1 in the recently held panchayat elections and will remain in the same position in future, Mr. Patnaik urged the gathering of party leaders and workers to stay in touch with the people. Observing that BJD doesn’t believe in slogans, but in service, the Chief Minister called upon his party workers to continue on the path shown by Biju Patnaik to serve Odisha.Birth centenaryMr. Patnaik also attended a function organised at port town of Paradip to mark the closing of the year-long Biju Patnaik birth centenary celebrations. He also flagged off a mini-marathon in Bhubaneswar to mark the occasion.The Chief Minister also highlighted his government’s achievements at a function organised to mark the celebration of the Panchayati Raj Day which is observed on the occasion Biju Patnaik’s birth anniversary every year.last_img read more

FIFA 18: How to get an early start

first_imgeSports FIFA 18 web & companion app: How to get an early start on your Ultimate Team Oli Platt Last updated 2 years ago 02:44 22/9/2017 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) FIFA 18 web app ultimateteam.co.uk eSports Gaming WTF Free packs and gifts will be available to players who begin collecting coins and constructing squads before this year’s game is officially released FIFA fans can begin building their Ultimate Team squads for FIFA 18 now thanks to EA Sports’ web app.Ultimate Team is FIFA’s most popular game mode – and, indeed, the most popular mode of any football game on the market – and has become hugely competitive in recent years, with rival players vying for valuable items and coins and facing off in matches.For those unfamiliar with Ultimate Team, the feature allows you to collect players from around the world and build squads that can be used in online FIFA games and tournaments. 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Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Players can be obtained by spending FIFA coins to open packs or by trading in a huge market of buyers and sellers of individual items.For any serious Ultimate Team players, logging on to the web app has become an essential part of getting a head start on the competition and setting yourself up for instant success on release day.Here is our full guide to using the web app and making the most of the opportunity.WHAT IS THE FIFA WEB APP?FIFA 18 UTThe FIFA web app is an online application which allows FIFA players to manage their Ultimate Team away from their console.Users can access their squads, consumables and club items as well as the FUT store, transfer market and leaderboards. Essentially, you can buy and sell players, open packs and manage your squad without having to switch on your PS4 or Xbox.You’ll have to pick up a controller to actually play games with your teams, of course.The web app has become particularly popular because it is launched shortly before each year’s FIFA is released, allowing players to get a head start in the Ultimate Team market. EA Sports often roll out daily gifts for those who sign up, including returning player packs and starter packs.HOW CAN I ACCESS THE WEB APP?The web app can be accessed on EA Sports’ website at this link.You’ll need to have signed up for an EA account that is linked to your FIFA profile, which you can then use to log in and access your Ultimate Team squads.WHEN IS IT AVAILABLE FOR FIFA 18?FIFA 18The web app is now live, 36 hours before the game becomes available for EA Access and Origin members.FIFA 18’s full release will come 10 days later, on Friday, September 29. You can get your hands on the game earlier by pre-ordering the special Ronaldo or Icon editions, however, which will be available to play on Tuesday, September 26.CAN I USE IT ON MY PHONE?The web app is designed for desktop and laptop use, but EA Sports has also release a companion app for smartphones to ensure you can access Ultimate Team on the go.You can download that for iPhone and Android now by following those links on your device.You can do pretty much everything on the companion app, from managing your squad and completing squad-building challenges to making bids in the transfer market and accessing the FUT store to open packs and other items.Simply log in with the same credentials you use on the web app and you’ll be good to go.HOW CAN I MAKE THE MOST OF THE WEB APP?fifa 18Ultimate Team has some great tips in terms of making the most of the window in which the FIFA 18 web app is available before the full game is released.One of their most important bits of advice is to resist the urge to open expensive packs and instead collect as many coins as you can to focus on trading. Shop for bargain items you can flip for a quick profit and to make longer-term investments in players and consumables that will rise in value when the game comes out.Building up a good bank balance and collection of assets for release day can give you a huge head start on the competition.As fun as opening packs is, coins are hard to come by during this initial window and should be treasured and used wisely. The only exception is the strategy of buying 400-coin bronze packs and selling the contents for an overall profit, which some players have had success with.Beyond that, make sure you are online to open all of the daily gifts and sell off anything in returning user and starter packs that are not likely to rise in value on release day onwards.Ultimate Team also say that rare silver players – look for skill moves, weak-foot rating and speed – can often be picked up more cheaply than usual during the webstart period, so watch out for potential purchases there.WHEN IS FIFA 18 RELEASED?FIFA 18 RonaldoFIFA 18 will be released worldwide on Friday, September 29. There are two ways, however, to get your hands on the game early.The first is to pre-order the ‘Ronaldo Edition’ or ‘Icon Edition’, priced at £79.99 ($79.99) and £89.99 ($99.99) respectively and packed with bonus Ultimate Team content. They will be available to play on Tuesday, September 26, which is in line with EA’s knack for going live on a late Tuesday in September.If that’s not soon enough you’ll need to sign up to EA Access (Xbox One) or Origin Access (PC), both of which cost either £3.99 ($4.99) a month or £19.99 ($29.99) a year. That will get you 10 hours of trial play time from Thursday, September 21.If you’re a PlayStation 4 player, the September 26 date is the earliest you will be able to play.FIFA web app images courtesy of Ultimate Team.last_img read more