First lady Bongi Ngema-Zuma is joining forces with the SABC’s Radio 2000 in the fight against diabetes. The Bongi Ngema-Zuma Foundation will partner with the stations’ Breakfast Show, Planet Haaibo hosted by Just-Ice Ramohlola, to highlight issues related to testing, a healthy diet and other matters related to the killer disease.
“We inhabit a world where more than 382 million people live with diabetes,” says Ngema-Zuma. “Diabetes is a major killer that we should all be worried about. It indiscriminately kills both the haves and the haves-nots, hence it is important for everyone to test and know their numbers.”
The station will interview the first lady on the importance of testing, host an expert who will educate people about keeping to a healthy diet and how diabetes can affect you in the bedroom – diabetes-related sexual complications. It will also host fitness extraordinaire Khabonina Qubeka who will lead the Haaibo Workout with her Khabodacious moves and help create a healthy lifestyle routine to take back home.
In its mission to empower all races and cultures, Radio 2000 will take a stand against diabetes on Friday, 20 June 2014 between 6am – 10am at SABC Radio Park, Auckland Park.
“In line with the SABC mandate of Total Citizen Empowerment, Radio 2000’s mission is to empower and improve the lives of South African citizens, which is the reason why we will dedicate an entire four hours to educate the citizens of South Africa about this chronic condition,” said Siyanda Fikelepi, Radio 2000 programme manager.
Diabetes is the most common chronic condition in the world and many South Africans have diabetes but a large number remains undiagnosed. “Radio 2000 wishes to urge all South Africans to make a stand against this disease by conducting regular diabetes screenings and to recognise the symptoms early in order to receive proper medical care and live a healthy lifestyle,” the station said in a statement.
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