This edition tells you more about the Cancer Awareness Day hosted by Rooibos Ltd and CANSA (screening more than 300 people), Rooibos Ltd's Marshal Workshop (to increase the employability of local residents), recent Rooibos Ltd sponsored events (such as the visually spectacular Lantern Festival) and exciting new products with Rooibos (such as KWV's awardwinning "Rooibos wine"). With more women dying of heart disease than men, the role of Rooibos in helping to prevent heart disease once again came to the fore. Enjoy the read with a healthy pot of Rooibos.

Rooibos Ltd and CANSA host a community day to create awareness of cancer

Over 300 people from Clanwilliam benefitted from free health services offered at the Cancer Awareness Day hosted by Rooibos Ltd and CANSA. Says Gerda de Wet, Communication Manager at Rooibos Ltd: "Working with Rooibos, which is known for its anti-cancer properties, Rooibos Ltd is acutely aware of the need to fight cancer with a healthy lifestyle."

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Rooibos Ltd offers second free Marshal Workshop

Marshall training increases the employability of local residents of Clanwilliam while helping to ensure the smooth running of events such as the annual Freshpak Fitness Festival. So says Gerda de Wet, Communication Manager at Rooibos Ltd, after the second successful Marshall Workshop hosted by Rooibos Ltd and Tri & Du Sport.

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Rooibos Ltd sponsorships: Clanwilliam Wild Flower Bowls Tournament

Believing in the health benefits of sports, Rooibos Ltd sponsored the Clanwilliam Wild Flower Bowls Tournament in August this year. A total of 56 players from as far afield as Prieska, Great Brak River, George, Bredasdorp, Durbanville and Cape Town participated in the annual event.

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Rooibos Ltd sponsorships: Clanwilliam Lantern Festival

Mantis and the Cat Skins - this was the theme of the 16th annual Clanwilliam Lantern Festival in which some 700 learners took part. The visually spectacular event re-enacted a story told by the San people who once occupied the Cedarberg area.

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Rooibos Ltd sponsorships: Clothing for local cross country team

Rooibos Ltd sponsored clothing for 22 athletes from Sederberg Primary School, Clanwilliam Secondary School and Augsburg Agricultural Gymnasium in Clanwilliam. The athletes represented the Boland Cross Country Team and Western Province Cross Country Team at various championships. Three children were selected to participate in the SA Cross Country Championships in White River, Mpumalanga.

CAPTION: Gerda de Wet, Communication Manager at Rooibos Ltd (back row, right), with the children who received clothing to participate in cross country running.

Coco Safar's Rooibos capsules enhanced with spice-infused maple syrup

Coco Safar, the new breakfast, high tea and dessert destination in Cavendish Square, Cape Town, sells red and green Rooibos capsules made with spice-infused maple syrup to elevate the flavour of the Rooibos "in ways never thought possible".

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Joekels Tea Packers celebrates over two decades of success

The award-winning Joekels Tea Packers, the third largest tea manufacturer in South Africa, produces well-known tea brands such as Laager Rooibos and Tetley. When co-founders Joe Swart and Jonathan Kelsey started out in 1994, they used a cement mixer, purchased from a friend, to blend the tea. Says Swart: "It is a testament to our quality that we are still selling our first product."

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How Rooibos can help to protect women against heart disease

National Heart Awareness Month in September also focused on raising women's awareness of cardio-vascular disease as more women are dying of heart disease than men. In addition to regular exercise and healthy eating, research indicates that drinking Rooibos could significantly reduce a woman's risk of contracting heart disease, according to Prof Jeanine Marnewick.

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Why skin loves Rooibos

Research findings at Stellenbosch University have shown that green Rooibos extract plays a role in preventing the development of skin cancer. Dr Tandeka Magcwebeba has found that Rooibos extracts help stop the multiplication of cancerous cells and cause them to become inactive.

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KWV's "Rooibos wine" receives an accolade

KWV's Earth's Essence wine brand, has won an IUFoST Global Food Award in the category: Product and/or process innovation including industrialisation of traditional foods. KWV Global Brand Manager for Earth's Essence Tania Joubert says: "By using Rooibos and Honeybush wood during various stages in the winemaking process their powerful anti-oxidants protect the wine naturally."

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Dermalogica Daily Resurfacer formulated with Rooibos

This leave-on exfoliating treatment has been formulated with ingredients such as antioxidant-rich Rooibos to smoothen the surface of the skin and to hydrate it. This innovative product offers consumers "professional-level skin care at home".

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Veld's CLEAN Makeup Remover Oil includes Rooibos

Veld's nourishing cleansing oil cleanses skin of make-up without drying skin. It is formulated with Marula oil and Rooibos – "an extremely powerful anti free-radical agent thus protecting the cells from the primary cause of skin-aging, a process known as oxidative stress".

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Teaonic uses Rooibos in its I Love My Brain herbal tea supplement

California-based Teaonic's I Love My Brain herbal tea drink is a tonic that helps to clear mental clutter, increase concentration and mental alertness, improve memory, and protect your cells and tissues. It is made with ingredients such as Ginkgo Biloba, Yerba Mate and Rooibos.

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Teaonic uses Rooibos in its I Love My Liver herbal tea supplement

Teaonic's I Love My Liver herbal tea drink is a caffeine-free tonic that helps to rid the body of toxins and support overall liver health. It is made from a handcrafted blend of herbs and Rooibos selected for their cleansing and detoxifying properties.

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T2 creates a vegetable tea with beetroot and Rooibos

The Australian tea brand T2 has created a range of vegetable teas "with vivid vegetable colours". The range of new flavours consists of Rooibos, beetroot and broccoli; carrot, ginger and turmeric; green tea and spinach; and apple, kale and ginger. All of the teas are 100% organic.

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