Remember, Remember the month of Movember!

It’s hard to believe that Movember (which is celebrated in the month of November) is almost 20 years old!

 

Painter’s brush, toothbrush, chevron, walrus, pyramid, pencil, lampshade, imperial, and that’s just the start of it, but what do these seemingly random things have in common? They’re all moustache types, and pretty soon you’re going to see a whole more of them because it’s Movember time! In honour of the yearly event, we’re looking at its origins and why it’s such a worthy cause to get behind – even if you can’t grow a mighty mo!

 

It all started in 2003 when “two mates from Melbourne, Australia (Travis Garone and Luke Slattery) were having a quiet beer at the Gypsy Bar in Fitzroy when their conversation turned to recurring fashion trends. The moustache, a fixture in past decades, was nowhere to be seen in recent trends. They joked about bringing it back.” Since then it has grown with each passing year and is now a worldwide phenomenon with over 5 million active Mo Bros and Mo Sistas (yip, ladies, you can get involved too!).

 

 

 

As fun (and funny) as it can be, the concept has always been rooted in raising awareness about men’s health issues.

 

“The two friends decided to talk their mates into growing a Mo. Inspired by a friend’s mother who was fundraising for breast cancer, they decided to make the campaign about men’s health and prostate cancer.”

 

And what started as a playful challenge has become a formidable force of change in the lives of many men. For example, their research found that on average men across the world die six years younger than women, and for reasons that are largely preventable. Why does this happen? There’s no simple answer, but a lot of it has to do with the simplest thing: communication.

 

“70% of men say their friends can rely on them for support, but only 48% say that they rely on their friends. In other words: we’re here for our friends but worried about asking for help for ourselves. Reaching out is crucial.”

 

 

It’s also about awareness and knowing when to start asking the right questions.

 

“At 50, talk to your doctor about prostate cancer and whether it’s right for you to have a PSA test. If you are of African or Caribbean descent or have a father or brother with prostate cancer, you should be having this conversation at 45. Know your numbers, know your risk, talk to your doctor.”

 

Similarly, men have to embrace their bodies and get to “know thy nuts” as the Movember team puts it.

 

“Get to know what’s normal for your testicles. Give them a check regularly and go to the doctor if something doesn’t feel right.”

 

 

There’s also something you can do every day to improve your health and decrease your chances of falling ill – move. And then move some more. Try to add more activity to your day. Here are a few things you can try to get you up on your feet without having to change too much.

  1. Take a walking meeting
  2. Park further away from the office
  3. Get off the bus a stop or two earlier
  4. Instead of the lift, take the stairs
  5. Cycle to work instead of driving

 

Men’s health and wellness often gets dismissed or simply ignored, which is exactly why Movember is so effective – it’s pretty hard to ignore 5 million moustaches passing you every day!

 

If you haven’t already signed up to join the challenge you can do so at movember. But more importantly, even if you don’t sign up, make some time to talk to a friend, you never know how much he, or you, might need it.

 

Till next month,

The Point Team x

Image credit: https://za.movember.com/

Kirstenbosch Summer Sunset Concerts

Cape Town summers are defined by a few key components: overcrowded beaches and granadilla lollies, bumper-to-bumper traffic and zero city parking, a flood of tourists and overpriced cocktails, and of course the Kirstenbosch Summer Sunset Concerts! The annual string of live music performances by local and international acts always creates enormous excitement and this year is no different.

 

 

Before we even get into the music, let’s appreciate the setting, Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden. Over 5 square kilometres of impeccably maintained lush gardens set at the foot of Table Mountain, there could hardly be a better outdoor concert venue! The sloped lawn that looks down on the concert stage is the perfect place to indulge in a picnic or simply sprawl out in the sun, and when the sun sets it only gets more magical. Watching a concert at the Gardens is not something you’ll soon forget!

 

With over 20 international and local acts, the 2018/19 line-up is as strong as ever. It includes UK rock band, James, Euro-Caribbean sensation Boney M, and a plethora of local legends like Mango Groove, Jeremy Loops, Fokofpolisiekar, The Parlotones, Goldfish, and plenty more. As always, the Kirstenbosch Carols are performed over several days and are an absolute treat for the whole family.

 

The series kicks-off on 18 November with Tresor and Majozi, and concludes on 31 March 2019 with Goodluck and Easy Freak. During that time there’s a concert every Sunday and a few performances on alternate days, notably James on Saturday 24 November, Jeremy Loops and Crimson House on Monday 31 December for the NYE show, and recently announced Bonobo on Tuesday 8 February 2019.

 

Tickets for all shows are available on Webtickets and range from R150 – R190 for the majority of performances, however, expect to pay up to R565 for international acts like James, Boney M, and Bonobo. The full list is below:

DATE ARTIST COST
18 November 2018 Tresor/Majozi R150pp–R190pp
25 November 2018 Mango Groove R150pp–R190pp
2 December 2018 Lady Zamar / Black Motion R150pp–R190pp
9 December 2018 Mi Casa R150pp–R190pp
13, 14, 15, 16 December 2018 Kirstenbosch Carols Prices to be confirmed
23 December 2018 Boney M. featuring Liz Mitchell R290pp–R350pp
30 December 2018 Lira R150pp–R190pp
31 December 2018 NYE: Jeremy Loops / Crimson House R415pp
6 January 2019 Goldfish R170pp–R220pp
13 January 2019 The Parlotones R170pp–R220pp
20 January 2019 Freshlyground R150pp–R190pp
27 January 2019 Mafikizolo R150pp–R190pp
3 February 2019 The Soil R150pp–R190pp
8 February 2019 Bonobo R565pp
10 February 2019 Fokofpolisiekar R150pp–R190pp
17 February 2019 Cape Town Folk ‘n Acoustic Music Festival R150pp–R190pp
24 February 2019 The Cape Town Philharmonic Orchestra R150pp–R190pp
3 March 2019 Amanda Black / Sun El Musician R150pp–R190pp
10 March 2019 Matthew Mole R150pp–R190pp
17 March 2019 Spoegwolf / Jan Blohm R150pp–R190pp
24 March 2019 Shortstraw / Bam Bam Brown R150pp–R190pp
31 March 2019 Goodluck / Easy Freak R150pp–R190pp

 

Till next time,

The Point Team x

 

No Gym, No Problem – Hit Your Summer Body Goals Without Hitting the Gym

It happens the same way every year. Seemingly out of nowhere, it starts getting light earlier and dark later, the days start getting hotter, the evenings aren’t quite as cool, and then suddenly it’s summer. You haven’t even signed up at the gym yet, never mind a workout, and now you have to go to the beach. Sound familiar?

Before you rush off to get a new membership, consider the alternative – using the city as your gym! You’ll save money, and chances are you’ll discover a whole new side of the city.

 

 

The easiest way to exercise in the Mother City – and almost any city for that matter – is running. But, it’s not what you’d call the most alluring option until you frame it differently. Don’t think of running as exercise, think of it as discovery. Cape Town is covered in roads and routes that hug the coast, weave around mountains, cross colourful neighbourhoods, and so much more. The Promenade is a great place to start, and you can begin with a distance you’re comfortable with and extend it from there. The best part is that once you’re getting fit and into it, you can run all the to Camps Bay, and even further if you’re up for it, without ever having to cross a single road!

 

 

If running’s not quite your thing, but you still want to work up a decent sweat, look no further than the city’s most famous attraction – Table Mountain. Hiking is an excellent workout, and at the end, you’re rewarded not only with a sense of accomplishment but breath-taking views! Lion’s Head is the perfect place to ease into it; you don’t even have to complete it in the beginning if you don’t want to. It’s got an amazing perimeter route which is relatively flat but will still get your blood pumping. As you get more comfortable with climbing a whole new world will unfold in front of you that extends all along the peninsula!

 

 

So far it’s only really been about cardio, so what if you need to tone those newly uncovered muscles? Sea Point’s open-air gym! Located on the prime real estate on The Promenade, the open-air gym offers a variety of workout equipment that only uses body weight to get you in top shape. But, if you’re not quite ready to flex with the best as passers-by sneak a peek, head to the Green Point Urban Park. It has similar facilities and not nearly as much foot traffic, although you might have to contend with some plucky 6-year olds.

 

 

Whether it’s running, hiking, or good old-fashioned callisthenics, the city’s got you covered, and your only expense is sweat and time – seems like a pretty good deal to us!

 

Till next time,

The Point Team x

 

People of the Point: Lizel Lambert

This September we feature Lizel Lambert, the feisty Front-End Controller at Checkers who puts a spring in our step with her exceptional service.  Lizel talks work, baking, and her favourite book in this months segment.

 

Please introduce yourself

I’m Lizel Lambert I’m a fun loving person that enjoys spending time with friends and family.

 

 

 

Tell us one thing we don’t know about you

The one thing that you don’t know about me is that I love chocolate, I’m a total chocoholic.

 

What are your hobbies?

My hobbies are reading and watching tv series.

 

What is your favourite food?

I don’t have only one, but my top two would be pizza and ice cream.

 

Do you enjoy cooking? If so, what is your favourite meal to cook?

Yes, I love cooking and baking, my favourite meal to cook is Breyani as it’s my moms favourite too. When it comes to baking, it would have to be cake, cookies, and muffins.

 

What work do you do?

I work at the Checkers on the ground floor as a Front-End Controller. We help the cashiers better assist customers by making sure they have everything they need to give our customers a great experience.

 

 

 

What is the best part of your job?

I would have to say that the best part of my job is that I get to interact with different people every day and help them have a better experience at Checkers.

 

What book are you currently reading?

I’m currently reading an online book called Sweet Addiction by J. Daniels, it’s a romance novel, and my favourite character is Dylan, a girl who falls in love with a guy at her ex-boyfriend’s wedding.

 

What is the TV series you’re currently enjoying the most?

At the moment it has to be The Big Bang Theory. Sheldon is my best; I love how he doesn’t realise when people are being sarcastic or not. I also think it’s so funny how he wants to be right and explain everything in detail all the time!

 

Now that you know her a little better, be sure to say hi to Lizel the next time you are in Checkers.

If you want to see someone specific as our next People Of The Point let us know by nominating them here.

 

Until next time,

The Point Team x