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A Tory MP has launched a Bill in parliament that would ban letting agents and landlords from rejecting tenants who want to live with their pets.Due for a second reading in January and if it achieves Royal Assent later next year, it would drop a bombshell on the private rented sector, complicating both tenancy contracts and landlord insurance.MP Andrew Rosindell’s Dogs and Domestic Animals (Accommodation and Protection) Bill aims to give tenants the right to live with their pets, but only if they can prove they are ‘responsible and caring’.Rosindell (pictured, below) says the Government’s earlier efforts to tackle the issues by removing ‘no-pet clauses’ from its model tenancy agreement earlier this year did not go far enough.His Bill – known as Jasmine’s law after a dog owned by the Adams family in Surrey was famously prevented from living in a privately rented house – is supported by 11 other cross-party MPs including Andrea Leadsom and Tim Farron.“For most people, being separated from their dog is no different from being separated from their brother or sister,” he says.“Sadly, pet owners who move into rented accommodation face the reality that their family could be torn apart, because most landlords in Britain have unnecessary bans or restrictions on pets ownership.”The Bill will make pet owners pass a test of responsible ownership including certificate from a vet before moving in confirming that they have a healthy, well-behaved animal and are considered to be a responsible owner.andrew rosindell Dogs and Domestic Animals (Accommodation and Protection) Bill landlords and pets October 16, 2020Nigel Lewis6 commentsMick Roberts, Advance Properties Advance Properties 27th October 2020 at 2:25 pmAs Friendly says, How hard was it when they allowed Landlords to charge extra £200 deposit for pet. No damage, full deposit back. Tenant a winner.As we know, Govt din’t like that simple thing where everyone won. We told Govt this would happen & here we are. Landlords till ain’t gonna take if they don’t want, they got a queue of people to choose from.Govt & Councils interference is wrecking the rental market for tenants.I’m biggest HB Landlord in Nottm & my tenants can’t leave me any more. No one will take them.Log in to ReplyJason Davies, Davies Lettings Ltd Davies Lettings Ltd 16th October 2020 at 4:17 pmI can’t believe what I’m reading, or maybe I can. I’m sure this would be the final straw for a large number of landlords who don’t want pets in their property. Usually it’s because they’ve had a bad experience with a previous tenant who had a pet – I’ve seen it hundreds of times before. How does the vet know that the cat or dog isn’t going to scratch the wallpaper, tear at the carpets, urinate on the carpets, causing costly damage for the poor landlord to sort out when they abscond without paying the final month’s rent? I could go on, but what’s the point?! Why do we (as Agents) let The Government dictate to us all the time?!Log in to ReplyPhillip Ilic, Property Link Estates Property Link Estates 16th October 2020 at 1:09 pm…and what about a tenant who’s out at work all day – separated from his dog like a brother or sister! more like isolated locked up in a flat all day unable to tend to its basic needs.Log in to ReplyDavid Breslaw, David Breslaw David Breslaw 16th October 2020 at 12:45 pmDo they want us to fill HMOs with cats and dogs, bedlam. Landlords own their properties. they pay for them, repair and maintain them. It’s up to them to decide who and what can live in them.Log in to ReplyJulian Blackmore, BNE BNE 16th October 2020 at 10:25 amThey can live with their pet, that’s fine; but good luck finding a house thanks to the deposit ban.Log in to ReplyFriendly local agent, Friendly local agency Friendly local agency 16th October 2020 at 9:40 amFarcical! Is he not aware that landlords stopped taking pets when his own party’s legislation made it impossibe to take additional bonds for pets, thereby making them too high a risk?!Log in to ReplyWhat’s your opinion? Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.Please note: This is a site for professional discussion. Comments will carry your full name and company.This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.Related articles BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021 City dwellers most satisfied with where they live30th April 2021 Hong Kong remains most expensive city to rent with London in 4th place30th April 2021 Home » News » Bill launched to give tenants right to live with their pets in rented homes previous nextRegulation & LawBill launched to give tenants right to live with their pets in rented homesConservative MP Andrew Rosindale has cross-party backing for his proposed legislation, which would severely curtail agents’ ability to refuse tenant applicants with pets.Nigel Lewis16th October 20206 Comments7,206 Views
Rookie 8 yrs & under Drew Mackinnon Tour 15 to 17 yrs Lily James Scott Parker Rookie 9 to 11 yrs Tour 12 to 14 yrs Daniel Voysey James Drury Rookie 8 yrs & under The Kendleshire Golf Club, in Gloucestershire, hosted 23 boys and girls for the England Golf South West Regional Skills Final, supported by FootJoy. The youngsters (pictured) qualified for the event after competing in two National Skills Challenge events at their home clubs earlier in the year. The boy and girl winners from each age group will now attend the Skills Challenge National Final on Saturday 6th September, at the National Golf Centre in Woodhall Spa, Lincolnshire. They are: Rookie 8 years & under Jack Dart – Churston Golf Club, Devon Grace Bowen – Gaudet Luce Golf Club, Worcestershire Rookie 9 to 11 years Sam Trott – Weymouth Golf Club, Dorset Rebecca Whitehouse – Gaudet Luce Golf Club, Worcestershire Tour 12 to 14 years Mark Rankin – Weymouth Golf Club, Dorset Lexi Dart – Churston Golf Club Ltd, Devon Tour 15 to 17 years James Drury – Gaudet Luce Golf Club, Worcestershire Jessica Francis – Churston Golf Club, Devon Russell Lawes, FootJoy Marketing Manager, commented: “Everyone at FootJoy would like to congratulate those players who have managed to progress through to the National Skills final and wish them every success. “We have once again been delighted to support all players who have entered the skills challenge at the varying regional events and wish all players every success with the development of their golf game. “There is a perfect synergy between the National Skills Challenge and FJ’s The Mark of a Player mantra, by teaching the next generation of golfers the key fundamentals which will enhance their enjoyment and understanding of the game of golf.” The England Golf National Skills Challenge, supported by FootJoy, has over 850 golf clubs and 6,500 juniors registered to take part. The Skills Challenge aims to make practice fun for young golfers and consists of 10 activities, which clubs run for their junior players. These support skill development and also provide encouragement to practice. Golf clubs which run Skills Challenge events within two specific dates input their players’ scores onto an online leaderboard, which identifies the juniors who qualify for the regional finals. The Regional Final at The Kendleshire Golf Club turned out to be a real challenge, using the superb practice area, putting green and driving range facilities. For further details on The Kendleshire Golf Club and their facilities visit www.thekendleshire.com. FootJoy, the #1 Shoe and Glove in Golf, supports England Golf’s National Skills Challenge and kindly supplies products and prizes to all players who qualify for the Regional and National Finals. For more information on the National Skills Challenge click here. Please find below a list of all participating players from the South West Regional Skills Final. Rookie 9 to 11 yrs Rookie 8 yrs & under Grace Bowen Lottie Tooley Tour 12 to 14 yrs Rookie 9 to 11 yrs Rookie 9 to 11 yrs Churston Golf Club Yelverton Golf Club Rookie 8 yrs & under Tour 15 to 17 yrs Jack Dart Sam Keyte Tour 15 to 17 yrs Brickhampton Court Golf Complex Bea Stone Tour 12 to 14 yrs Royal North Devon Golf Club Mark Rankin Weymouth Golf Club Rookie 8 yrs & under Rookie 8 yrs & under Churston Golf Club Constance Brooks Age Category Katy Matthews Shannon Parfitt Rebecca Whitehouse Gaudet Luce Golf Club Wharton Park Golf Club Karrie Spencer Golf Club Gaudet Luce Golf Club Rookie 9 to 11 yrs Tour 12 to 14 yrs East Devon Golf Club Southampton Golf Club Tour 12 to 14 yrs Weymouth Golf Club Jessica Francis Churston Golf Club George Furneaux Tour 15 to 17 yrs 20 Aug 2014 Talented youngsters win South West Skills final Churston Golf Club Sam Trott Tour 12 to 14 yrs Weymouth Golf Club Sean Dimmick Rookie 9 to 11 yrs Name Gaudet Luce Golf Club Royal North Devon Golf Club Lexi Dart Churston Golf Club Brandon Skidmore Wharton Park Golf Club Weymouth Golf Club Emily Morey East Devon Golf Club Tour 15 to 17 yrs Gaudet Luce Golf Club Churston Golf Club
The public will decide on the expansion of the aquatic centre fitness facilities that will cost $1.5 million at referendum this year, but local business owners want the community to have more information about the true impact of this cost before the vote. The vision to expand the fitness centre that operates under the Grand Forks Recreation Commission has been in the works for 11 years. The first proposal went before council in 2000 with a price tag of only $240,000 but was rejected. In 2010 the commission put it back on the table with new drawings and cost estimates. In April they recommended to the board of the Regional District of the Kootenay Boundary that the project proceed to referendum. Brian Johnson, owner of Flexus Body Systems, questioned the decision to proceed with the expansion at the aquatic centre. Johnson noted that financial reports on the aquatic centre show losses every year. The aquatic centre announced in March that it will be closed for six weeks this fall in order to manage their budgets. “Usually if one wants to expand a business it’s because they’re busting at the seams,” said Johnson. “Is it really worth the cost of going to referendum for this decision? If the centre is already running at a deficit, to expand into another 3000 square foot facility, it’s going to be an ongoing cost. You take a losing situation – it might not be the best investment for the future.” Johnson said there needs to be more information provided to the public about the actual costs of the facility and the construction and consideration given to how $1.5 million could be better used in other recreation options around the community. “With a non-profit organization like the aquatic centre, conflict (can happen) with businesses in Grand Forks who form the tax base. We were never approached to see if we had concerns. We’ve been in competition before,” Johnson added noting the lack of community input on the project. The existing facility is 600 square feet full of equipment, accessible only by crossing the pool deck which limits access to staff availability. “We have a maximum capacity of maybe eight to 10 people on a good day,” explained Mackey. “We’ve been running classes of close to 20 – 25 people in that space for a number of years. A lot of the initiative for this project has come from our user groups who have expressed concern.” Mackey said that people have had to be turned away from classes because of the restrictions on the space. The new design can hold up to 50 people in the fitness centre and another 50 in the studio a total of just under 3000 square feet. Mackey said cost estimates as of November 2010 totalled upwards of $1.5 million. The new facility would see 32 additional hours a week of operation for the fitness facility using 46 staff hours per week. One of the spin offs would be freeing over 2000 sq ft of activity rooms in the arena that potentially could be used as a youth centre for the community, explained Mackey. The building will include environmentally friendly designs using no fossil fuels and will see a net zero increase to carbon footprint of facility. “There’s always the question about how it’s going to impact the private sector. The private sector is demand driven, whereas the public sector is need driven. GF Rec does not compete with Flexus, Curves or Jazzercise. We offer services to all socio-economic and demographic sectors. We do not duplicate services with them,” Mackey commented. Grand Forks council accepted the presentation made by Mackey at their Jun. 27 meeting, and made a motion at their Jul. 18 meeting to support the referendum on the expansion question at the upcoming elections in November.
However, Coyle made an immediate impact for his club, dancing around a handful of Fort St. John defenders and showing some great patience to out wait Troy Hunt, scoring for the Regals to cut the score to 7-2.Despite Powell River scoring a power-play marker while on a five-on-three, Fort St. John was too much for the Regals to handle Thursday evening, as the Senior Flyers emerged victorious 7-3.The victory was something the Flyers were unable to achieve the entire 2012 Savage Cup, as Fort St. John was swept by the Regals last year in Powell River.Following the game, Flyers head coach Darrel Leahy talked about the line of Middleton, Shipton and Fast, who combined for six points during game one.Advertisement “Middleton’s line with Fast and Shipton were our best line of the night, especially offensively. We tried to reward them with a little more ice time, and it will be hard to break them up. We had plans for a different line tomorrow, but I don’t know.”Credit must also be given to Senior Flyers goaltender Troy Hunt, who made countless key saves in the game, while remaining calm and composed throughout his 35 save win.Coach Leahy also talked about the physicality of game one, something he was pleased to see, but says there’s always room for more.“We wanted to go to the body and wear them down, and we did for the most part. I thought we let off at times, but I’d have like to seen us pound them all night long.”The 100th Savage Cup resumes tomorrow for game two between the Regals and Flyers, with the puck scheduled to drop at 8 p.m. as the Flyers look to double their best-of-five series lead to two games, while the Regals look to even the series.Advertisement Even before the opening puck drop, the Senior Flyers had the advantage, as a full Flyers roster was staring down a very limited Regals bench, which proved costly, as Fort St. John came flying out of the gate.Following a number of hard hits and tenacious forechecks, Fort St. John struck first as assistant captain Todd Alexander scored high-blocker side on goaltender David Brumbey just 6:16 into the game, with captain Dave Alexander and affiliate player Rod Stevens registering the opening assists.Stevens helped doubled that lead roughly four minutes later, jumping all over a rebound off a long slap shot from Arlo Hadland, providing a 2-0 lead to conclude the first period.- Advertisement -In the second, the offense was plentiful for Fort St. John, as Ryan Carter and Jeff Fast each scored once, while Jeff Shipton scored twice, compared to the lone goal scored by the Regals’ Jason Deleurme, to conclude the middle frame with the Senior Flyers in control, 6-1.The final frame began with a few new faces on the ice, as David Brumbey was replaced in net with Justin Mulholland, while a new forward for the Regals, John Coyle, took to the ice for the first time in the game.New faces didn’t stop the Flyers from extending their lead, as Ryan Carter scored the Flyers seventh goal just 1:38 into the third, providing the home team a 7-1 lead.Advertisement
Test your knowledge of Chelsea defenders past and present by seeing how many of these five questions you can answer correctly.[wp-simple-survey-24] 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 Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebook
Atletico Paranaense forward Mosquito, linked with a move to Chelsea, has been on the radar of several European clubs since scoring five goals for Brazil’s Under-16 side in a 6-1 demolition of Bolivia in 2011. Manchester United are rivalling the Blues for the signing of the 17-year-old, the Daily Mirror say.More recently, he netted a hat-trick against Slovakia in an Under-17 international.See also:Man Utd rivalling Chelsea for the signing of Brazilian prospect – 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 Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebook
A view down the middle of a boronnitride nanotube.(Image: ©Vin Crespi, Penn State Physics.Distributed under theCreative Commons license) The scanning probe microscope is one.of the instruments used in nanotechnology.This one is a Dimension 3100 model. .(Image: Veeco Digital Instruments)Janine ErasmusSouth Africa’s first two nanotechnology centres are up and running at the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) in Pretoria and the national mineral research organisation Mintek in Johannesburg – both are parastatal organisations.These centres provide a dedicated environment to explore innovation in the field of nanotechnology, which falls under the branch of science that deals with the properties and behaviours of materials at the nano level. A nanometre (nm) is one millionth of a millimetre – an average piece of paper is about 100 000 nanometres thick.The national Department of Science and Technology (DST) is one of the major stakeholders in this initiative through its National Nanotechnology Strategy, which was launched in 2006 at Mintek. The DST believes that nanotechnology has the potential to make energy use more efficient, help protect the environment by reducing waste and harmful emissions, and solve major health problems, among other advantages.“South Africa as a developing nation has a lot to benefit from the development of nanotechnology,” said Minister of Science and Technology Mosibudi Mangena at the opening of the two centres. “We must, therefore, create an environment that is conducive to harnessing the potential benefits of this promising field of science.”Some of the areas of research that are currently being addressed at the centres include low-cost filters for clean drinking water; the development of accurate and sensitive medical devices for early disease detection; effective diagnosis and treatment of diseases through new drugs; and clean, secure and affordable energy.Innovation in a fast-growing fieldThe National Centre for Nano-structured Materials is located at the CSIR. Research here focuses on the design, modelling and synthesis of nanomaterials for use in various applications such as solar cells, printed electronic devices, medical sensors and optical devices. These materials include carbon nanotubes and silicon nanoparticles. The CSIR research group collaborates with units and centres elsewhere in the CSIR, universities, science councils, the private and public sector and international research institutions.The DST/Mintek Nanotechnology Innovation Centre has three initial focus areas: sensor (for early disease and toxin detection); biolabel (the addition of a marker or label, which can subsequently be detected, to a biological sample); and water nanotechnology. The latter will use nanostructured materials with highly active surfaces to trap or destroy pollutants, or to detect minute quantities of pollutants in water.As early as 2006 Mintek installed a scanning probe microscope for nanoscience and nanotechnology research in South Africa. The instrument cost R4.5-million and was funded by the DST.The three focus areas fall under the supervision of three different academic institutions that form part of the Mintek consortium: Rhodes University, which will perform tests on a device for the early detection of disease and toxins; the University of the Western Cape, which will focus on the destruction of pathogens and diseased cells; and the University of Johannesburg, which will look for solutions to remove water-borne pathogens.The other members of the Mintek consortium are the Medical Research Council, the Water Research Commission, and the DST.Both centres also place great importance on the training and development of young scientists who will escalate South Africa’s participation in the field of nanoscience.Already overseas parties are showing interest in South Africa’s nanotechnology programme. In March 2008 the CSIR’s nanotechnology centre hosted a delegation led by member of the British House of Parliament, Claire Curtis-Thomas. The visit took place at the request of the British High Commission in South Africa. Science and innovation attaché Thabisa Mbungwana was among the visitors.South Africa a potential global leader in the fieldSouth Africa has the potential to become a global pioneer in this field, says the DST, because it has already recorded a number of significant achievements to date. These include inexpensive solar cells for renewable energy; the development of nanomembrane technology for water purification, which will reduce exposure to water-borne diseases such as cholera and typhoid; as well as fuel cell development as an alternative to the problem of fossil fuel consumption.In order to stay abreast of developments in nanotechnology and remain competitive, the DST’s strategy aims to develop an environment that encourages effective research and provides for the transformation of good ideas into products that offer value both socially and economically. At the same time South Africa’s intellectual property in this field must be protected.The DST has set aside R450-million for this initiative, to be allocated over a three-year period.Development is also taking place on an international level. India and Brazil are collaborating with South Africa in nanotechnology research, under the trilateral IBSA agreement. The IBSA nanotechnology initiative has been established to formulate collaborative programmes of mutual interest in the areas of energy, health, water treatment, agriculture and environment.What is nanotechnology?In general the nanoscale includes anything measuring between 1 and 100 nm – this scale lies between the microscale above it, and the atomic scale below it. At this level materials can’t be seen with even a light microscope – special equipment must be used to observe them.Nanotechnology involves the manipulation in useful ways of materials on the nanoscale, since materials can have different properties at this level than they do on a normal scale. They may be stronger, conduct electricity more efficiently, have different magnetic properties, or reflect light better. As such nanotechnology potentially holds the key to new materials with undiscovered properties.It is the task of Mintek and the CSIR to establish these properties in the materials they study and develop applications for them that will improve the lives of South Africans.Nanotechnology is a fairly new branch of science. In 1986, MIT engineer K Eric Drexler, regarded by many as the father of nanotechnology, published his first book, Engines of Creation, which introduced the term nanotechnology to the world at large. Even before then, however, the eminent physicist Richard Feynman said in 1959 that “we can arrange atoms the way we want: the very atoms, all the way down!”There are numerous real-life applications for nanotechnology, many of which are in use. Modern computer hard drives use giant magnetoresistive (GMR) read heads that, through nano-thin layers of magnetic materials, allow for enhanced performance and greater storage capacity. Other electronic applications include automotive sensors and landmine detectors.Already the nanostructure of the leaf of the aquatic lotus flower has been replicated, resulting in the creation of water-repellent surfaces for stain-proof clothing. Scientists are now trying to replicate the silk of the spider, which is immensely strong and flexible and naturally reinforced by nano-crystals.More nanotechnology-based applications currently available include burn and wound dressings, catalytic converters for cars, sunscreens, more durable tennis balls, glare-reduction coatings for glasses and windows, and dental bonding agents.The future holds the promise of improved solar cells, car tyres with longer wear and better skid resistance, and implantable drug delivery devices. In medicine, drugs that don’t dissolve in water could be administered through nanoparticles that travel in the blood. Gold on the macro level is inert to light, but on the nano level it absorbs light and can turn that light into heat – enough to kill unwanted cells in the body, such as cancer cells.Related storiesScience and technology in South Africa Useful linksDepartment of Science and TechnologyCouncil for Scientific and Industrial ResearchMintekDST/Mintek Nanotechnogy Innovation CentreIBSAWorld Nano-Economic Congress, South Africa 2007National Nanotechnology InitiativeNanotechnology NowHow Stuff Works – NanotechnologyScience in AfricaSciDev
The stylish and extremely well-connected Bridgette Radebe is the Global Foundation for Democracy’s Businesspersonof the Year. (Image: Mining Weekly)Janine ErasmusThe Global Foundation for Democracy honoured South African mining entrepreneur Bridgette Radebe, the country’s first woman to excel in this sector, as their 2008 Businessperson of the Year at a function in Johannesburg in May 2008.Radebe, who is the sister of billionaire Patrice Motsepe, himself a renowned gold mining magnate and one of the world’s wealthiest men, is married to Jeff Radebe, South Africa’s minister of transport. She is recognised as one of South Africa’s most powerful businesspeople and to date is the only woman at the helm of a deep mining company.The well-connected Radebe received her award from Kazakh billionaire Alexander Mashkevich, whose company Alferon Management has mining operations in several countries, a number of them in Africa.The citation for Radebe’s award describes her as a “heroic women and a born entrepreneur who defied legislation to build her own successful mining group. She is an economic activist, an agent of transformation and a pioneer of change who has played a key role in changing exclusionary mining legislation in South Africa and who pioneered the implementation of empowerment mining models in Africa and internationally.”The mission of the Global Foundation for Democracy is to educate the public about the benefits of using democracy as a means of achieving global peace and cooperation. The award is presented to individuals who have made a difference in an ever-changing political and environmental landscape. Among its past winners is former South African president FW de Klerk, who jointly won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1993 with another former president, Nelson Mandela.Determined to forge ahead in the mining sectorRadebe heads the Mmakau Mining company, which besides its core business has shares in numerous other enterprises. Mmakau focuses on gold, platinum and coal mining. It is named after the village in North West Province where Radebe grew up, and it was the exploitation of her people’s mineral rights that determined her choice of career. Mmakau was established as a company in 1995 after Radebe had gained considerable experience as a mining contractor.It wasn’t long before the company took on ownership of its own mines and entered into a partnership with Shaft Sinkers, broadening its scope to include shaft sinking, and mining design and construction. Today Mmakau has a 7% share in Marula Platinum, a 30% share in Madibeng Platinum, a 25% share in Shaft Sinkers, and a 25% share in Dorstfontein coal mine, among several others. It has also diversified into ferrochrome with a 6,5% stake in the Hernic ferrochrome plant near Brits.A pioneer of women in businessRadebe is a political science graduate who obtained her BA degree from the University of Botswana. In 2003 she founded the New Africa Mining Fund, a private equity fund that focuses on investing in junior mining opportunities in South Africa and the broader Africa continent. To date the fund has invested in a range of mining-related resources including gold, kaolin, coal, diamonds, anthracite, silica and platinum.With her considerable experience in the mining sector, Radebe played an important role in the South African Mineral & Petroleum Resources Development Act (MPRDA) of 2002, which provides for equitable access to and sustainable development of the nation’s vast mineral and petroleum resources. She also had a hand in the creation of the Mining Charter and is credited with ensuring that the charter not only contains empowerment quotas but also a target for gender empowerment.In addition to her many mining interests, Radebe sits on the board of Sappi, South Africa’s major paper producer. Previously she served on the board of the National Research Foundation.Radebe was the first president of the local branch of the International Women’s Forum, a global network of women leaders whose members include US Senator Hillary Clinton, South Africa’s First Lady Zanele Mbeki and former British prime minister Margaret Thatcher. The South African chapter was established in 2000.Radebe also chairs the South African Mining Development Association and in 2007 was appointed as vice chair of the Minerals and Mining Development Board that advises the Minister of Minerals and Energy on matters that relate to the MPRDA, as well as dispute resolution and human resource development in the sector. She will serve a three-year term in this position.“We continue to forge links between South Africa and mining investors on the African continent,” said Radebe, speaking recently in her capacity as the chair of the Mining Development Association. “Our business commitment is to pursue a code of conduct in Africa that will demonstrate global mining transformation policies in these countries. The next ten years in the history of the South African mining economy will give rise to defining moments in the long walk to economic freedom.”Useful linksDepartment of Minerals and EnergyGlobal Foundation for DemocracyNew Africa Mining FundSouth African Women in Mining AssociationSA Mining Development AssociationInspirational Women at Work
Mandy Winter, single mother of two and breast cancer survivor. To date, PinkDrive has educated 39 226 women, provided 30 467 clinical breast examinations and done 4 203 free mammograms.(Images: Mandy Winter)MEDIA CONTACTS • Mandy Winter +27 11 699 1881Cadine PillayThe PinkDrive is an ongoing initiative dedicated to breast cancer, which powers mobile mammography and education units for women across South Africa, while promoting awareness. Through its mobile services, single mother of two, Mandy Winter, discovered she had breast cancer three years ago in October – the designated month for breast cancer awareness.Winter (43) was diagnosed with breast cancer after an assessment in the PinkDrive mammography truck at the end of October 2009. After several consultation visits, she was then given a choice by her surgeon to have either a lumpectomy and chemotherapy or a mastectomy.Breast cancer is the most common cancer in women. According to the South African National Cancer Registry, one in 29 South African women will be diagnosed with breast cancer in their lifetime. The statistics on breast cancer in South Africa are a growing concern, but this can be addressed through more education and access to facilities.Taking immediate actionWinter said she had a very good diagnosis of stage one breast cancer and was told that she was lucky the cancer was detected early, as the lump was small.“Working with the disease and with a bit of inside information, I chose to have a double mastectomy as I did not want to take the chance of it coming back in my other breast,” Winter says.Winter decided to have immediate reconstruction, which involved having tissue expanders implanted at the same time as the mastectomy. “I was told by my oncologist that I did not really need the chemo but they were doing it as a precautionary measure.”Winter finished her chemotherapy in March 2010 and her results were clear. Thereafter she was put on the oestrogen blocker Tamoxifen, as the cancer was oestrogen receptive.Reliving the nightmareSadly, because of incorrect chemotherapy, says Winter, the cancer was back in less than a year. “My diagnosis was two to three years to live if I redid the chemo.”This was in April 2011. The thought of going through chemotherapy for a second time was devastating to Winter and the oncologist she was assigned to was callous and unsympathetic, she says.Winter went for a second opinion and the prognosis was much the same, but delivered with compassion and a positive outlook. “The second oncologist never gave me a death sentence, as was the case with the first oncologist, and was willing to try everything,” she says.Winter did not limit her resources to modern medication and treatments, but she also tried a different approach, that of a lifestyle change.“I decided to try everything that was available to me which included living a life of fun and laughter, and faith in God, which is the only thing that can get you through such devastating circumstances,” she firmly states.Realising your strength“You never know how strong you are, until being strong is the only choice you have,” says Winter, describing her journey with breast cancer.“Cancer has taught me to appreciate all the things in life that we so often take for granted. Being positive and smiling and laughing through one’s circumstances is the only way – the mind is the most powerful tool we have.“Dealing with cancer for me was 95% mental and 5% physical,” she says.Winter went on to have six sessions of chemotherapy, finishing them at the end of October 2011 – just in time for that year’s Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and exactly two years after first being diagnosed through PinkDrive.“I have just had my PET [positron emission tomography] scan and I am cancer free,” she says proudly.Like many cancer survivors, Winter has now dedicated her life to the cause that saved her life, and works with PinkDrive as the manager for its Shop 4 Cancer cause. Many of the items in the shop are handmade by Winter herself, who previously ran her own successful jewellery and craft shop.The Shop 4 Cancer raises funds for the PinkDrive mobile breast check units through sales of its items.A moving causeThere is a colossal need for early detection, which is why PinkDrive keeps its trucks on the road constantly. To date, PinkDrive has educated 39 226 women, provided 30 467 clinical breast examinations and done 4 203 free mammograms.The PinkDrive mobile unit offers affordable mammography services to women in the corporate sector, and also provides free scanning and breast cancer education to women in disadvantaged communities via the local clinics or hospitals without oncology facilities.The PinkDrive trucks currently have two mobile breast units, an education unit working in some 80 community health centres in Gauteng, and a mammography unit, which operates at three community health centres in the Cape Town area, under the Tygerberg Hospital jurisdiction. PinkDrive also collaborates with other cancer NGOs to increase the overall reach for cancer education and awareness.The PinkDrive corporate wellness days provide employers with the resources to address risks proactively by developing a healthcare and corporate wellness strategy for their staff, that includes educational and personalised breast health screenings.