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March 2020

Minimising your COVID-19 risk. BUT FIRST, wash your hands!

Written by Lemay Rogers

On the 11th of March 2020, Dr Zwelini Mkhize, South Africa’s Minister of Health, confirmed that South Africa has 13 confirmed cases of the COVID-19 virus and that 645 tests have been conducted.

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Cleanliness and Hygiene
March 2020

[QUIZ] Test your bathroom etiquette

Written by Bakang Kganyago

What do you do in that moment when someone leaves the bathroom without washing their hands, or flushing the toilet? Does it make you cringe, or are you more relaxed about your hygiene habits? 

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Cleanliness and Hygiene
February 2020

Is your fingerprint scanner making you sick?

Written by Nathalie Leblond

My husband recently started a new job at a company based in Cape Town’s CBD. The offices are beautifully appointed, with state of the art technology and security including a fingerprint scanner to...

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Cleanliness and Hygiene
November 2019

Are you taking your toilet for granted?

Written by Lemay Rogers

Have you heard of World Toilet Day? You might think I’m joking but World Toilet Day is an actual observance day celebrated on the 11th of November annually and it has a very important message.

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Cleanliness and Hygiene
October 2019

Lost in translation: understanding personal hygiene preferences

Written by Lemay Rogers

There’s an interesting article on Opodo Travel Moments titled “Say Hello: 11 Ways People Greet Each Other Around the World”.  In the article, Carla describes the various ways in which people from...

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Cleanliness and Hygiene
September 2019

Hidden germs at the mall

Written by Bakang Kganyago

Do you find that this year is just flying by?  You may struggle to believe it but there are only 15 weeks left before Christmas!

Within the next two months, you will start seeing a noticeable...

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Cleanliness and Hygiene
August 2019

[QUIZ] What is your clean scent?

Written by Lemay Rogers

In a recent blog entitled the power of smell we explored how smells in public spaces and bathrooms affect people’s impressions.  I was surprised to learn that in the research conducted, people...

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Cleanliness and Hygiene
July 2019

What do tax-free sanitary pads have to do with education?

Written by Nathalie Leblond

Last year - after VAT increased from 14% to 15% - I wrote a blog adding my voice to those of many other activists who have been tirelessly campaigning for sanitary products to be zero rated for...

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Cleanliness and Hygiene
June 2019

Top 3 things to do to avoid attracting pests

Written by Bakang Kganyago

Many of us have - at some point in our lives - encountered a pest problem. Be it the Christopher Columbus-eque ants trooping through your kitchen like brave voyagers seeking new lands, or the ...

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Cleanliness and Hygiene
June 2019

How do you dispose of old medicine? [infographic]

Written by Nathalie Leblond

Careless disposal of unused, unwanted or expired medicines (pharmaceutical waste)  can cause harm to both the environment and to humans and animals. Groundwater can become contaminated, or...

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Cleanliness and Hygiene

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