Linda van Wyk: Finalist 2014 Pharmacist Assistant of the Year

Recently married 24-year-old Linda first started working at a pharmacy 4 years ago. When Linda wasn’t able to study as a doctor instead of getting despondent “she trusted that God had a better plan for [her]. I don’t have any regrets and love helping people in the pharmacy every day. I am particularly passionate about […]

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Roana Pillay: Finalist 2014 Pharmacist Assistant of the Year

A single widowed mother of two, Roana has worked hard to get where she is today. “Growing up as a foster child there was no encouragement or motivation to further ones education or quality of life.” This is why she jumped when the opportunity to work in a pharmacy and study towards becoming a pharmacist […]

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Kayla Vermaak – 2014 Pharmacist Assistant of the Year winner

2014 Pharmacist Assistant of the Year Kayla Vermaak. A passionate pharmacist assistant, Kayla is based in Springs and works at Hillcrest Pharmacy. Kayla has always wanted to help people and originally considered becoming a social worker. However when her mother was diagnosed with a number of chronic illnesses it sparked an interest in the human […]

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2014 Front Shop and Pharmacist Assistant of the Year announced

The search for the 2014 winners of the annual Front Shop Assistant of the Year and Pharmacist of the Year Competition is over and Frontshop is excited to congratulate both winners: Krishnie Maharaj from Dis-Chem Pavilion – Front Shop Assistant of the Year After 22 years in the pharmacy industry Krishnie is even more passionate […]

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Moderate sun cuts cancer risk

A new study shows the health benefits of moderate sun exposure may outweigh the associated skin cancer risks for people who are deficient in Vitamin D. The health benefits of moderate sun exposure may outweigh the associated skin cancer risks for people who are deficient in Vitamin D, especially those who live in colder northern […]

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Superficial and intermediate burns

What causes burns? Burns are the greatest cause of unnatural death among South African children under age five. Burns commonly result from the sun, scalding by hot liquids, fire, electricity or chemicals. Very young children have especially sensitive skin and even a burn from a cup of coffee can prove fatal. What are the symptoms […]

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Athlete’s foot – treatment and prevention

Anyone’s who has suffered the burning and itching of athlete’s foot, will be hesitant to repeat the experience. Here’s how to treat and prevent it. Step 1: Keep your skin clean and dry at all times. Wash thoroughly with soap and water and dry the area carefully and completely. Drying your feet with a hairdryer […]

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Ovulation calendar helps women determine fertility status

South Africans struggling to conceive can now consult an online ovulation calendar and conduct a simple cervical fluid examination to help determine a women’s fertility status at any given time of the month. The manufacturers of Conceive Plus, a new sperm friendly lubricant proven to help the process of fertilization, have made an ovulation calendar […]

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Celebrating 2014 Frontshop Competiton

This year’s awards ceremony took place at Olive and Plates over a delicious breakfast. Attended by finalists, sponsors, judges and industry leaders a wonderful time was had by all. As a token of our gratitude, and in honour of her tireless commitment to and involvement in Frontshop, Nellie Knappe (3M) was awarded a special Lifetime […]

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Frontshop training: Stress management

A special thank you to the Cipla team whose hard work and dedication ensured October’s training was a resounding success. The Durban Cipla Team: BACK – Colette Elliott, Ellen Getkate, Ashleigh Griffiths, Keri-Lynn Brukman, Marelize Le Grange, Carin Gray, Matt Mey, Cherise Botha, Kerry Sissing, FRONT – Linda Gelling, Malcolm Rens, Lize Naude Understanding the […]

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Eczema and moisturisers

Virtually all attraction that occurs at a distance beyond that of touch and smell is mediated by vision and thus the skin assumes an overwhelming importance as a visual target for humans. A dry skin, looking like “Biltong” is not visually pleasing. The incidence of dryness related skin problems has been showing increasing trends, due […]

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Seeing red over menstrual cramps

Dysmenorrhea (menstrual cramps) is the most common reason for women to seek out assistance from their pharmacist or doctor. Largely over-the-counter (OTC) pain medicine and home treatment are all that is needed to ease these cramps. Some studies estimate as many as 90% of younger women suffer from severe period pain, and that it is […]

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Vanquishing varicose veins

“When directing customers to the relevant products it is beneficial to recommend that, should they suffer from diabetes or be on any other medication, it is advisable to consult the pharmacist in order to select the most suitable product.” – Front shop assistant Nomalang Khumalo (Clicks Northgate). Varicose veins can simply be an unsightly nuisance […]

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Profile – Catching up with the 2013 Front Shop Assistant of the year winner

In the 12 months since we last spoke to last year’s Front Shop Assistant of the Year winner, Ancois Ferreira; she has been very busy furthering her career. The George resident who has been in the industry for 13 years, nine of which have been at her current employer E. Coetzee Pharmacy, is now a […]

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Profile – Catching up with the 2013 Pharmacist of the year winner

We sit down with Dalene Jacobs – the winner of the 2013 Pharmacist of the year award – to find out how her life has changed and what she’s been getting up to over the last year. Where are you currently living? I am still living in Cape Town as it is the most beautiful […]

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Studies back spirulina’s powerful health impact

Spirulina has been used for centuries to boost immunity and energy, support skin, eye and bone health and for overall wellbeing and vitality. Spirulina is well known as one of the richest sources of vitamins and minerals that nature has to offer. Now, its potential therapeutic effects are backed by scores of studies and volumes […]

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Erectile Dysfunction can be reversed

A new study shows that men suffering from Erectile Dysfunction (ED) could successfully reverse the problem by improving nutrition and lifestyle habits, rather than relying on medication alone. ED is the inability to develop or maintain an erection during sexual performance. Causes include obesity, cardiovascular disease, diabetes, neurological problems, hormonal insufficiencies, drug side effects, a […]

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Hope for infertility as sperm friendly lubricant introduced to SA

About one in six South African couples of reproductive age experience difficulty in falling pregnant, with fertility problems affecting both men and women equally. The causes of infertility include retrograde ejaculation, impotence, hormone deficiency, environmental pollutants, scarring from STDs or decreased sperm count (in males). In women, blocked fallopian tubes, endometriosis, ovulation dysfunction or fibroids […]

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November profile – All the world’s a stage

Name & surname: Siphiwe Khuzwayo Pharmacy: Clicks Gateway Job title: Front Shop Assistant Age: 25 1.       Where did you grow up? Ndwedwe in Durban. 2.       Who inspires you and why? My father. He has always worked so hard and is exemplary in all he does. He has an enviable work ethic. Everyone in the community […]

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Stephen van Wyk, Nadia Naude, Henda Stoltz and Sune Louw.

PHOTOS: October Frontshop Training with Cipla

Johannesburg Training Stephen van Wyk, Nadia Naude, Henda Stoltz and Sune Louw. Shaista Ramdas, Monique Wijma and Merryl Jooste. Pholo Phakoe, Jabulani Mthombeni, Billy Nyaku and Andries Nkoana. Migael van der Westhuizen, Angie Strydom, Quentin Loggenberg, Meghna Desai and Lyle Naidoo. Liza Naude (Cipla) and Nellie Knappe (3M). Leslie Boikie Ncala Leila Trollip and Samantha […]

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