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Post 2021-07-07

Post provides a comprehensive package of news, views and entertainment for the family, championing the interests of the Indian community and keeping readers fully informed and in touch with their roots, religions and culture.

South Africa
Independent Media Pty Ltd
52 Issues

in this issue

4 min
‘alpha, beta, gamma, delta … sounds like greek to me’

Sheri Fanaroff Translation from Greek: Alpha – First identified in the UK (B.1.1.7) Beta – First identified in South Africa (B1.351) Gamma – First identified in Brazil (P.1) Delta – First identified in India (B.1.617.2) RECENTLY, breaking news confirmed what doctors and paramedics in Gauteng had suspected for a few weeks. The massive spike in Covid cases and exponential growth are being driven by the Delta variant that originated in India. Tulio De Oliviero, from KRISP, where genome typing takes place, announced that the Delta variant had become the dominant strain in several provinces in South Africa and had displaced the Beta variant (which originated in South Africa). At the time, randomly selected samples over a large area showed 48 out of the past 68 genomes typed, over…

3 min
help your body heal itself

Latoya Newman latoya.newman@inl.co.za IF EVER there was a time for us to protect and boost our immunity, it is now. As we traverse living in the Covid-19 pandemic and are in the thick of the third wave, Dr Ela Manga, an integrative medical practitioner in Gauteng, said supporting our immunity was a proactive approach to supporting the body’s ability to heal itself. “The immune system is an intelligent system that is designed to protect us. It is dependent on our nutritional status and the health of all our organs. Chronic stress has a big impact on the health of our immune system which is often disregarded.” Manga said we could start with the basics, which were also cost-effective. “First, we need to ensure that we stay away from foods that…

2 min
your stars

Duff is a psychic medium, Sharron Duff ARIES (March 21 – April 19) This week is about alchemy for you and making things happen. The universe is paving the way forward for change, so try to embrace what comes your way. A new business opportunity may present itself but be aware of the small details. Lucky colour: lilac. TAURUS (April 20 – May 20) Change is in the air for you this week, as is the beginning of a new cycle. There is nothing to worry about but just be aware that change is good. Don’t be afraid to step out of your comfort zone. A new relationship is in your space, so be open to this. Lucky colour: lime green. GEMINI (May 21 – June…

2 min
protecting your children online

IF YOUR family is stuck at home during the coronavirus (Covid-19) outbreak, it’s likely your children are spending a lot more time online. School, chats with friends and grandparents, and even music lessons have shifted online. Being connected helps children and teenagers reduce the negative impact of this new normal and encourages them to continue with their lives. But it also presents new challenges for every parent. How can you maximise all that the internet has to offer, while minimising the potential harm? It’s not an easy balance to strike on a normal day, let alone when facing a health crisis such as Covid-19. Tips to help: 1. Open communication: Have an honest dialogue with your children about who they communicate with and how. Make sure they understand the…

1 min
durban’s public facilities

FOLLOWING the level 4 announcement by President Cyril Ramaphosa, eThekwini Municipality released a statement on the closure of its public facilities until further notice. Libraries and heritage sites: All libraries, museums, art galleries, theatres and heritage sites are closed. The due date for loaned books has been extended until the end of this month. Botanic Gardens and fenced parks: A maximum of 100 people will be allowed in at a time. No picnics, braais, photo shoots, group exercises, alcohol consumption or social gatherings are permitted. The walking of pets, individual exercise, jogging, walking or trail biking are allowed. Umgeni Bird Park and Mitchell Park Zoo: A maximum of 100 people at a time are allowed. There are no bird shows. No groups or tours are permitted. Beaches: Are open…

3 min
use screen time positively

Latoya Newman latoya.newman@inl.co.za IT IS no secret that screen time is an effective tool to engage children. Under lockdown level 4 and with increasing Covid-19 infections, many families are opting to stay at home. This also means that in many homes the TV, smartphones, tablets and other devices have become easy tools to keep children occupied. Some guidelines on how to use screen time positively: l How much is too much? According to www.kidshealth.org, children younger than 18 months should have no screen time at all, except video chatting with grandparents or other family/friends. It suggests that toddlers (18 to 24 months old) start to enjoy screen time with a parent or caregiver. By ages 2 and 3, children should watch no more than an hour a day. l Content…