When looking back on the history of women in South Africa, one thing is very clear: their fierce determination and grit is almost palpable. Whether fighting to cast a vote alongside male counterparts, standing strong and unwavering when others don’t believe or marching against social injustice; the women of South Africa deserve to be celebrated.

For the longest time, buying power and purchasing decisions have been left to the male figures in most households. Until now, that is.

Like most countries in the world, a pay gap exists in South Africa, however, thoughts by Prudential show that this gap is slowly shrinking; giving women a considerable amount of power when it comes to earning potential. What’s their prediction? In the USA, women already claim “52% of managerial and professional roles”, compared to 1980 where they only held 26%, and the expectation is that the average American women will earn more than the average American man by the year 2028.

“We must use time wisely and forever realise that the time is always ripe to do right.” – Nelson Mandela.

On the 18th July 2018 we celebrate 100 years since the birth of Nelson Mandela – former South African president and global icon. Every year on his birthday, people around the world give 67 minutes of their time doing charitable acts in his name.

This year, to mark a centenary since his birth, South Africans are encouraged to “Be the Legacy”, and work together to create a non-racial, non-sexist and united society. Take part in the #ActionAgainstPoverty movement by doing your bit to celebrate Madiba’s legacy.

The rolling blackouts of 2015 may seem like a distant memory for many South Africans, but the recent bouts of load-shedding have brought the disruptions starkly back into the spotlight. Aside from the inconvenience and cost implications, power outages have a darker side.

“When health is absent… wealth becomes useless.” This quote from ancient Greek physician Herophilus is just as relevant today, as when it was said more than 2 000 years ago. Over the years researchers have broadly connected financial wellness and physical health, but as we live in increasingly stressful financial times, this link has grown even stronger.

It is often reported that South Africans are bad savers, so what better time to teach your teenage children about saving, than in Youth Month. Few teenagers would be thinking about retirement, but retirement planning is a lifelong commitment and something that parents should speak to their children about – especially before they start their first job.

June is also known as Environment Month, we celebrated World Environment Day on the 5th, World Ocean Day on the 8th and World Day to Combat Desertification and Drought on the 17th. It’s a month dedicated to spreading awareness about the dire state of our natural habitats. And who is the major culprit, other than humans, you ask? Plastic.

Sadly, you only need to look out the window when driving to the shops to see that this is true.

Do you get flu every year? Think you know how to spot an old wives’ tale? There are some common flu myths that are perpetuated annually and, while many contain a grain of truth, most contain more fiction than fact. To prepare you for the next flu season, bsmart decided to look to the experts for their views on some of the most popular flu myths.

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