Gugu Majozi – Phelophepa Train of Hope
Gugulethu Majozi is Senior Manager Health Portfolio responsible for overseeing the operations of the Phelophepa Health trains. She is a professional Social Worker, with experience in public relations, reputation management, fundraising, marketing communications, small business development, franchising branding promotions, advertising, events management, sales and media relations.
The Phelophepa Health Train provides comprehensive Primary Health Care services to the rural and semi-rural communities of South Africa where there is often only a single doctor for every 5 000 people. By providing direct healthcare services as well as education on primary healthcare, the trains have been providing essential care to millions of people for two decades.
The success of Phelophepa is attributed to the tireless staff, students, community members and partners such as the Department of Health, Department of Education, Social Development and local municipalities, that work in collaboration to ensure that an ethos of quality care and dignity to patients is upheld within the project.
Every year approximately 1 100 final year students gain practical experience in their field of study on the train. They empower the communities by sharing their skills and knowledge and also gain hands-on experience and mentoring from the permanent staff.
What’s the Buzz about the Bees?
Sharon Lage is a Hobbyist Beekeeper who is addicted to Bees. She and her partner, Rob are registered Beekeepers with the Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (DAFF). They are members of SABIO, Southerns Beekeepers Association
(SBA), Eastern Highveld Beekeepers Association and Northerns Beekeepers Association. They have provided bees to the Department of Zoology of the University of Pretoria to assist with their research into honeybee pests and diseases. Sharon is on the committee of SBA, responsible for education and youth development.
Bees around the world are dying in their millions. Are our South African bees under threat? Are they in crisis? What is killing them? What can we do about it? And on a lighter note … Find out more about their complex social structures and why they are deemed the highest order in the insect kingdom.