Archive for April, 2013

Mopani’s diabetic workshop examines proper foot care

Mopani Pharmacy in conjunction with Pharma Dynamics hosted a diabetic workshop on foot care on Friday, 5 April at their Crossing store.

Nelspruit based podiatrist, Dr Hannes Fuhri, addressed the thirty six attendees, sharing valuable information and tips on how to look after your feet. According to his presentation diabetics can prevent serious foot problems by following some simple steps:

  • Daily feet checks for cuts, scratches, corns, calluses, blisters, swelling, etc. Dress all wounds antiseptically to prevent infections.
  • Buy shoes in the afternoon when the feet are swollen to ensure a better, more comfortable fit.
  • Put on clean cotton socks daily.
  • Wash your feet with soap and luke warm water and dry them properly, especially between the toes. Use a hand lotion to keep the skin soft.
  • Prevent fungal and viral infections by avoiding going barefoot in communal areas like showers and bathrooms – always wear sandals/flip flops to form a barrier between the feet and the floor.
  • Have your feet checked annually for the condition of the feet’s circulation and sensation, even if all seems well – some problems may be painless.

After the presentation diabetic friendly snacks were served whilst the attendees mingled. Mopani’s monthly diabetic workshops are hosted free of charge and the pharmacy invites all diabetics to attend. The next workshop will be on DATE from 11am till 12pm at Mopani Crossing. Phone Vincent Morse on (013) 755 5548 for more information.

 Proper foot care is critical for people with diabetes. (Front) Angus Shabangu, Sephora Mashile, (Back) Gerhart Scheet and Msuthu Khoza attended Mopani’s recent diabetic workshop on the subject.

Proper foot care is critical for people with diabetes. (Front) Angus Shabangu, Sephora Mashile, (Back) Gerhart Scheet and Msuthu Khoza attended Mopani’s recent diabetic workshop on the subject.

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Kriek achieves Top 50 at Absa Cape Epic

Hennie Kriek says his performance at this year’s Absa Cape Epic has been his best ever. He and his teammate came 46th out of 600 teams.

Hennie Kriek says his performance at this year’s Absa Cape Epic has been his best ever. He and his teammate came 46th out of 600 teams.

Dedication, focus and determination – these are the qualities that make for Cape Epic success says local mountain biker, Hennie Kriek.

Kriek recently completed his fourth consecutive Absa Cape Epic delivering a performance which he deems his best ever. Together with teammate, Hannes Botha, they managed to place top 30 overall for seven out of the race’s eight days, ultimately finishing 38th in the men’s category and 46th overall.

Adding to the glory of their result was Botha falling ill on the seventh day causing them to drop down nineteen places overall but despite the setback they still managed to finish strongly within the final top 50 ranks. Their total time was 36 hours and 51 minutes.

This year’s anniversary tenth edition of the world class Absa Cape Epic took place from 17 to 24 March. Some 600 teams – comprising cyclists from 49 countries – took on the race’s 781 kilometre route (which also included a mountainous 16 300 vertical metres climb) meandering through the Western Cape’s natural scenic splendour.

In preparation for the event Kriek, who trains without a coach’s aid, began upping the hours spent on his bike towards the end of November last year (putting in 14 to 16 hours per week). He was however cut short when he contracted Malaria in January which forced him to take a whole month off but he says: “In hindsight the forced rest actually benefitted me since it’s important to enter the Epic fresh and not over trained.”

According to him the Absa Cape Epic is one of South Africa’s toughest races, challenging a rider both physically and mentally – hence the reason why he has already signed up for next year’s challenge. He also wishes to thank his sponsors for their continuous support: Mopani Pharmacy, Mankele Mountain Bike Park and Endecon Ubuntu Engineers.

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