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Twincare reaches out to disaster victims 19 June 2017                                                                                                                                                                             Image sourced from Shutterstock In conjunction with Twincare Professional Outlet (TPO) George, Twincare International is donating products to the victims of the devastating fires in Knysna and Plettenberg Bay, and is involved in raising funds for disaster relief. Says Neal Ellis, who owns TPO George together with hairdresser Marius De Hart: “The Twincare relief programme happened organically, without even thinking about it. In this area of the Southern Cape, we help each other as much as possible. The devastation in Knysna and Plettenberg is horrific – it’s like a war zone. Some of our clients have lost everything. “We were in Sardinia at the Paul Mitchell Conference when we heard about the disaster. The following morning we asked our office to start dropping off shampoos, conditioners and styling aids to disaster victims and have sent some of our clients hairdressing products, soaps, toilet paper, etc. “The relief programme just rollercoasted. Throughout the process we have been working with Twincare International CEO, Stav Dimitriadis, and have let him know what victims in the area need.” TPO George is donating a portion of all Paul Mitchell and Biosense sales in June to the disaster relief fund. The Twincare International Facebook page features a video of Dimitriadis calling for support for disaster relief (https://www.facebook.com/twincare/videos/1349835865085023/
In conjunction with concerned beauty industry stakeholders, Professional Beauty is to launch an online petition to raise awareness around the threat posed by the Allied Health Professionals Council of South Africa (AHPCSA), which wants to make ‘non-therapeutic’ massage, aromatherapy and reflexology part of its register. The AHPCSA has already made representation to the Minister of Health on this issue. Should the AHPCSA succeed in its goal, then no beauty therapist will be able to perform massage, aromatherapy and reflexology services unless they are registered with the AHPCSA, and they would only be able to perform these services in registered practices, as opposed to salons or spas. Speaking at the Professional Beauty Network Breakfast held on 25 April at Moyo Zoo Lake in Johannesburg, Professional Beauty’s commercial director, Phil Woods, urged the beauty industry as a whole to make a stand and present a united front to the Minister of Health to counter the AHPCSA threat. “This is an extremely serious issue,” continued Woods. “If the AHPCSA is successful in its mission, it will have a hugely detrimental effect on the industry. “We need to get the word out to the wider industry. “In addition, spas and salons need to make their clients aware of the issue and get them to sign the petition. It’s vital that we show the Minister that we need to regulate our own industry.” Professional Beauty will inform the industry of the launch of the online petition and awareness campaign in the near future.
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In the video, Dimitriadis says: “As you know there has been a major disaster in the Cape. We have both consumers and clients who stock our products in this area. I think it’s our responsibility – all of us – to try and help the area recover. “As such, Twincare and our professional outlet in George have been contributing both with financial support and products. We are inviting anyone in the area to contribute and drop off financial contributions or products at TPO George, who will take it to the official disaster relief drop off points.” TPO George contact details are: 88 Meade Street, George; Tel: 044 873 4120; Fax: 044 884 1601; Email: info@tpogeorge.co.za  (Report by Joanna Sterkowicz)
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