Natural intimate care for daily freshness and confidence – with Betadine

To feel fresh and clean from top to toe is high on most women’s daily ‘what I want’ lists, but sometimes – when the weather is hot and humid and the day is busy and demanding – it’s not that easy. This can make women feel self-conscious and anxious about less-than-fresh odours.

Understanding feminine hygiene needs is what Betadine™ Intimate Care range does, says Shannon te Roller, GM of Mundipharma SA, distributors of Betadine® products. In addition to their Daily Intimate Care range, the company launched a range of three Intimate Care Odour Control1,2 products designed to maintain the health in women’s intimate area and provide protection from unwanted odour, itch, or irritation.

The range consists of Betadine™ Odour Control Daily Intimate Wash, Betadine™ Odour Control Daily Intimate Foam, and Betadine™ Odour Control Daily Intimate Wipes.1,2

“Everyday realities such as perspiration, periods, and even some foods can lead to undesirable feminine odour, often making women uncomfortable,” says Te Roller. “Our Odour Control1,2 range has a unique TRI-CARE+™ formulation (Immortelle, Sensiva™ SC 50 and Citrofol™ Al), now with Witch Hazel that provides advanced deodorizing effects to keep unwanted odours at bay and added prebiotics to help maintain the pH balance of a woman’s intimate flora.” All intimate care products are also soap, paraben, and colourant free; hypoallergenic, and gynaecologically tested.

“Mundipharma is continuously developing our Women’s Health range and is committed to women’s wellness and empowerment throughout South Africa,” adds Te Roller.

The Betadine™ Intimate Care Odour Control products1,2 are available from leading retailers and pharmacies around the country.

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Two academics from MANCOSA will join more than 60 women leaders from South Africa and other African countries in discussions to shape the conversation for women in business at the annual Standard Bank Top Women Awards and Conference.

While the awards will recognise leaders who have played an active role in changing the role of women in both the public and private sectors, panel discussions will highlight and address issues around gender inequality.

Dr Claudine Hingston and Dr Aradhana Ramnund-Mansingh, academics at MANCOSA private higher education institution, and who are passionate about embodying and driving gender empowerment, will present papers during the session titled “The sting of the Queen Bee is rooted in toxic masculinity”.

They will unpack the theoretical framework of toxic masculinity and the Queen Bee phenomenon, which can undermine female leadership and empowerment, together with practical advice on how to mitigate this.

The conference will be held virtually on 1 and 2 October and will cover topics such as the digital gender divide; economic emancipation of women; the importance of

recognition for trailblazing women in business; and creating change through social entrepreneurship.

Dr Hingston, a lecturer in Management and Leadership and head of the Centre for Women Leadership at MANCOSA, is actively engaged in research work and has written and published a number of articles on women, leadership and gender issues. 

She will speak about “Toxic Masculinity”. In a culture that equates masculinity with physical power, some men and boys feel they are failing at “being a man”. Dr Hingston will submit that toxic masculinity has created a void in their lives that they believe can be filled through violence, through domination and through aggression towards women.

Dr Ramnund-Mansingh, an academic whose research for her PHD explored the link between institutional culture and the career advancement of female academics in higher education, will talk about her research into the “African Queen Bee” syndrome, a topic that garnered widespread interest when she first went public with her findings. She says the African Queen Bee is exceptionally confident, fearless and determined to change the course of business within the country. Depending on her age category, she remembers vaguely experiences of apartheid discrimination or she has heard her parents and elders speak of it. She is plagued by the loss of power suffered by her people and is determined to right those wrongs singularly.

The keynote address titled “Women of Africa unite against a common threat: complacency” will be delivered by The Honourable First Lady of South Africa, Dr Tshepo Motsepe.


What better way to shrug off months of lockdown blues than to stretch the muscles and relax the mind during a cultural tourism experience in rural KwaZulu-Natal.

With September being Tourism Month, Tourism KZN is promoting everything from cosy huts to rustic hotels and farm to fork while encouraging the discovery of rural roots in keeping with the theme “Rural Tourism and Development”.

KZN MEC for Economic Development, Tourism and Environmental Affairs, Nomusa Dube-Ncube engaged with members of the media on a tour at Emazizini in an effort to draw tourism to the area and thereby transform the local economy through job creation and community upliftment.

The tour led by Ms Dube-Ncube coincided with the reopening of the country’s international borders on 1 October 2020 for business, leisure and other travel, under alert level 1 of lockdown. The tourism sector is looking forward to a bumper summer season and many accommodation venues have seen a rush in bookings.

Visitors are urged to experience the culture and language of the Zulu people throughout several destinations by interacting with villagers and learning more about their way of life and their practices, rituals and ceremonies.

“KwaZulu-Natal is all aligned with the strict health and hygiene protocols of Covid-19. We welcome visitors to the great escarpments of the Northern Drakensberg,” said Ms Dube-Ncube.

“We view job creation as critical for economic growth in the province and have put in place plans to have a speedy recovery of the tourism and hospitality industry.

“We should take advantage of visiting scenic destinations that are offering discounted packages amidst an abundance of diverse heritage and culture.”

“We are intensifying the roll out of the Local Government Tourism Capacity Building Programme for Tourism Practitioners and Communities. Our aim is to ensure that KZN is amongst the top tourist destinations. To achieve this vision, we have focused on enhancing our destination by improving infrastructure at various tourism magnets across local municipalities,” she said.

Media were treated to various thrilling tourism experiences with a visit to WOWZULU, a responsible tourism initiative that offers authentic community experiences in Emazizini. These ranged from a tractor-trailer ride up the mountain, to a guided inspiring village walk and craft lessons on basket weaving with master craftswomen.

There are magnificent sunrise and sunset scenic views at the Drakensberg world heritage site and fascinating views of the uThukela River with plunging waterfalls.

Go back home with captivating experiences of becoming part of the eMazizini village life for a day by taking part in different activities such as preparing fields; planting or harvesting; milking cows or herding cattle; or taking part in traditional ceremonies.

“Workshops are currently being conducted at all WOWZULU destinations to capacitate community businesses on Covid-19 hygiene measures. Each tourist attraction site ensures the health and safety measures are in place – masks are mandatory, and guests are screened on arrival,” said Bongiwe Mlangeni, Operations Manager at Africa Ignite.

Exploring Cathedral Peak Wine Estate in Winterton was one of the highlights of the media tour. A total of 29 hectares of vineyard leads into a game farm.

Tantalise your palette with the following varieties that are growing – Cabernet Sauvignon, Pinotage, Merlot, Petit Verdot and Sauvignon Blanc.

Royal Natal National Park has some of the best mountain scenery in Africa and the visitors were blown away by the world-famous Amphitheatre, a rock wall approximately 5km in length and 500m high.

Hiking is the most popular activity in the park. Trout fishing can be done at the dam and in the Mahai and Thukela rivers. Swimming in the fresh mountain streams is a popular summertime activity.

Bongiwe Zuma, a journalist from Isolezwe, said she woke up with a smile on her face after long months of pandemic depression.

“Waking up to the scenery of  beautiful mountains this morning reminded me of how magnificent our province is and brought back childhood memories. I love long walks in nature and this media tour was most enjoyable. I thank Tourism KZN for the incredible opportunity.”

Lucky Cain, a journalist at Ilanga, said: “Waking up to the sounds of birds and ducks and a stunning view of the Drakensberg mountains took my breath away. Nothing beats this refreshing nature experience and I am grateful to Tourism KZN for a wonderful opportunity to enjoy parts of KZN.”

For further information on tour and cultural experiences please visit the website

The travelling public is urged to frequently visit the TKZN digital platforms for great specials on offer.

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Fitch & Leedes celebrates SA heritage with Ltd Edition Indian Tonic

Fitch & Leedes, the premium range of South African mixers, is flying the flag on Heritage Day with a special Limited Edition Indian Tonic. 

Proudly adorned with the bright colours of the national flag in celebration of the country’s rich cultural heritage, the Limited Edition Fitch & Leedes Indian Tonic cans are available in leading stores during the entire month of September, while stocks last.

Taking the celebrations even further, Fitch & Leedes has teamed up with National Braai Day to unite all cultures around the fire on Heritage Day, 24 September. To get the party started, look out for the Braaiday Celebration Box full of #Braaiday memorabilia and Fitch & Leedes Heritage cans at selected stores. 

“Jan Braai has become synonymous with South African braai culture and as a locally produced brand, Fitch & Leedes is the perfect partner to celebrate our proud heritage. We will also take the opportunity to link up with local spirit brands by encouraging followers of our digital platforms to #SupportLocal by showcasing South African craft distilleries as a run-up to Heritage Day,” says James Shaw, Fitch & Leedes brand manager.

Creating a niche for itself in the competitive drinks market as the range of preferred mixers by most master distillers, mixologists and discerning consumers, Fitch & Leedes continues to push the boundaries in terms of product innovation, quality and taste.

Look out for the Limited Edition Indian Tonic heritage can at leading stores or purchase online at at around R54 per 6-pack of 200ml cans.  Get in the mix with @FitchLeedes on Instagram and Facebook.

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