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

Pansare murder: court grants conditional bail to Dr. Tawde

first_imgIn yet another setback to the Govind Pansare murder case, the Kolhapur sessions court on Tuesday granted conditional bail to Hindutva activist Virendra Tawde, suspected to have played a key role in the killing of the veteran Communist leader.As per the bail conditions, Mr. Tawde’s passport will be impounded and he cannot leave the State.Mr. Tawde, an ENT specialist who worked actively for the radical Hindu Janajagruti Samiti (a splinter group of the Goa-based Sanatan Sanstha) is prime accused in the 2013 murder of rationalist Dr. Narendra Dabholkar in Pune.He is now lodged in the high-security Yerwada Jail after the Additional Sessions Court in Pune quashed his bail plea in October last year.Expressing disappointment at Mr. Tawde being given bail, Megha Pansare, daughter-in-law of the deceased Communist leader, pointed to the slow pace of investigation, as Sarang Akolkar and Vinay Pawar, the two activists of the Sanatan Sanstha suspected to have carried out the actual shooting of Pansare are still to be arrested.“The SIT’s delay in nabbing Akolkar and Pawar is stalling the trial of the accused such as Sameer Gaikwad and Tawde. We urge the State government to have a dedicated team within the SIT to pursue the case, affected by frequent transfers,” Ms. Pansare told The Hindu.In June last year, the court, after three rejections, gave conditional bail to Sanatan Sanstha activist Sameer Gaikwad, prime accused in the Pansare murder case. Gaikwad was picked up from Sangli in September 2015, the first arrest in the Pansare case.The veteran Communist leader, along with his wife Uma, was shot outside their home in Kolhapur’s Sagar Mal locality on February 16, 2015. Mr. Pansare succumbed to his wounds four days later.last_img read more

Taking it slow, Pacquiao leaves for Australia underweight

first_imgView comments Heart Evangelista admits she’s pregnant… with chicken 1 dead in Cavite blast, fire LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. The unexpected break may yet turn out to be a blessing in disguise as Pacquiao is already primed up for his World Boxing Organization welterweight title bout against Jeff Horn on July 2.On Friday night, Pacquiao told sportswriters that he has learned to listen to his body.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“Before, I can do 32 rounds and recover overnight. Now, [recovering] takes me a longer time, so I have to slow down sometimes,” Pacquiao said.Chief trainer Freddie Roach knows that, of course. Though the eight-division world champion still trains as hard as before, it now requires little persuasion for Pacquiao to stick to the training routine. MOST READ Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ WATCH: Firefighters rescue baby seal found in parking garage Cayetano to unmask people behind ‘smear campaign’ vs him, SEA Gamescenter_img Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ What ‘missteps’? Fortune agreed, wishing that Pacquiao would climb to 146.5 lb during the official weigh-in on July 1.Notes: Team Pacquiao’s use of the Air Asia chartered plane was facilitated by Eric Arejola, ground operations head of Air Asia Phil. Though the plane has a 377 seating capacity there were only 187 passengers on board for the direct flight to Brisbane.Visit Inquirer Sports’ The Pacquiao Files  for news, features, and other multimedia content about Manny Pacquiao and his upcoming fights.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netGEN. SANTOS City—Intermittent rains led to the cancellation of Manny Pacquiao’s scheduled hilly morning run Saturday, hours before his chartered plane took off for Australia.To make up for that, strength and conditioning coach Justin Fortune made him do several laps around his covered basketball court within the confines of his mansion here.ADVERTISEMENT SMB, TNT out to break tie World’s 50 Best Restaurants launches new drinking and dining guide Unlike years before, when the Fighting Senator would usually request for additional rounds of gym work.Although he’s hoping for a knockout, Roach knows that Pacquiao can very well go the full 12 rounds if necessary at the 52,500-seat Suncorp Stadium in Brisbane.The only thing that poses some concern for Roach is Pacquiao’s “lightness.”Despite eating voraciously at least four times a day, Pacquiao weighed only 142 pounds Thursday, five lb below the division’s limit.Roach wants Pacquiao to be between 145 to 146 pounds at this point as Horn will definitely be at least 10 lb heavier on fight night.ADVERTISEMENT Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Gameslast_img read more

San Beda, Lyceum early favorites ahead of NCAA Season 93

first_imgSports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next And the other mentors agreed, noting that the Pirates are no doubt the dark horses this season, thanks largely to their success in the summer leagues.“Lyceum is number one. They’re all team to beat, but I guess Lyceum will always be there,” noted San Sebastian coach Egay Macaraya.“Lyceum is going to be tough,” said Perpetual coach Jimwell Gican.“Lyceum has had a good development from last year and they’ve had a great run in the preseason,” JRU assistant coach Vic Lazaro said. ADVERTISEMENT Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ View comments A lot going on for Murray as Wimbledon defense begins MOST READ For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games San Beda, Lyceum early favorites ahead of NCAA Season 931K viewsSportsVentuno Web Player 4.51 LOOK: Jane De Leon meets fellow ‘Darna’ Marian Rivera Another vape smoker nabbed in Lucena China furious as Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kongcenter_img Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Defending champion San Beda remains as the team to beat in the coming NCAA Season 93 men’s basketball tournament.ADVERTISEMENT Pagasa: Kammuri now a typhoon, may enter PAR by weekend Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. But for returning coach Boyet Fernandez, he knows that the Red Lions are facing a tall order in retaining their championship given that the rest of the league has gotten stronger.“We’re in for a tough season because our opponents have gotten better. It will be tough for me,” Fernandez said, as the Lions gun for their 21st overall title.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsIn assessing the rest of the field, Fernandez believes that Lyceum is going to be the one that would give San Beda fits.“Basing on the Filoil tournament last week, I think Lyceum did a good job in the preseason,” he said. Lyceum on being NCAA ‘dark horse’: We always want to better ourselves107 viewsSportsVentuno Web Player 4.51 What ‘missteps’? Cayetano to unmask people behind ‘smear campaign’ vs him, SEA Games LATEST STORIES However, Pirates coach Topex Robinson said he’s taking it all in stride as he seeks to meet the early expectations handed upon his squad.“It’s an equal opportunity. All of us prepared well on putting the pressure on us, and we have every reason to feel so. But the way I see it, it’s still an even playing field for me,” he said.Arellano coach Jerry Codiñera, meanwhile, thinks it will be an open race for the last three slots in the Final Four, with favorite San Beda a lock to make it to the semifinals.“It’s open. San Beda will be there, so the second to fourth places will be open,” he said.Letran coach Jeff Napa hopes to pull off a few surprises.“You know the ones that are favored. For us, we just want to surprise them in the end.”The latest season tips off on Saturday at Mall of Asia Arena, with host San Sebastian taking on San Beda in the curtain raiser before Mapua and Arellano clash in the second game.RELATED VIDEOlast_img read more