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Taryn Harris is a professional life and executive coach and creator of the In-Body workshops and programmes. The Society of Cosmetic Chemists hosted Harris for an energising evening lecture on 13 April.

keyboard_arrow_upHow compliant is your product labelling?
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In an effort to keep its members up to date on regulations in the labelling of cosmetic and personal care products, the Cosmetic, Toiletry & Fragrance Association of South Africa (CTFA) recently hosted a series of one day seminars in Johannesburg, Cape Town and Durban.

keyboard_arrow_upHealth shops unite
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The constitution has been finalised, code of practice adopted, executive committee elected and inaugural meetings completed. The Health Shops Association of South Africa (HSASA) is now an official body prepared to address all issues relating to health shops countrywide.

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Bruce Dennison was voted in as Chairman of the Health Products Association of Southern Africa at the association’s AGM held on Thursday July 5th 2012. Dennison has now retired from Vital Health Foods where he was joint Managing Director. He has also been Vice President of the International Alliance of Dietary Supplement Associations (IADSA) based in Brussels and is currently starting his own consultancy business, offering his outstanding knowledge both locally and internationally to companies that wish to be advised in this area. Dennison was one of the founder members of the HPA and is well experienced in all matters pertaining to the Complementary and Alternative Medicines (CAMS) industry. The HPA also voted in its Executive Council for the 2012/2013 period.

keyboard_arrow_upEmotional Intelligence lecture
keyboard_arrow_downEmotional Intelligence lecture

Coschem held a lecture evening on 23 May 2012, entitled What is Emotional Intelligence and how can I use it every day? 

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The Health Products Association of Southern Africa (HPA) held a breakfast and presentation on 7 June. The HPA chairman Bruce Dennison, welcomed members and the media to the event where the guest speaker was Professor Patrick Bouic. He is a full professor at the Department of Medical Microbiology University at Stellenbosch Faculty of Health Sciences and the Chief Scientific Director at Synexa Life Sciences. Prof Bouic is an immunologist with a special interest in the gut and the way that the normal flora controls systemic immune responses and he explained how imbalances in these gut flora can lead to many chronic conditions and inflammatory diseases.

keyboard_arrow_upCoschem Hair Care Workshop
keyboard_arrow_downCoschem Hair Care Workshop

Coschem hosted a Hair Care Workshop on 28 May, with the aim of offering technical support to members as well as smaller cosmetic companies. It was a morning filled with informative presentations by the panel: Akulu Marchon’s Gillian Kuhn spoke on Formulating Tips; Wayne van Wyk from Lipo Chemicals’ talk was entitled Stable- Relax-Transfer; Scott Cardinali of Croda US did a presentation on Ethnic Hair Care; Lonza’s Shani Vermeulen updated attendees on Hair Care Trends; and Dr Mbulelo Maneli from UCT explained Reduction and Physical Characterisation of Human Hair.

keyboard_arrow_upSAAFFI invites industry input into training programme
keyboard_arrow_downSAAFFI invites industry input into training programme

Training is naturally an imperative for every business, at every level, throughout its lifespan. But possibly the best opportunity for heightened focus on a training programme is during an economic slowdown, says Michael Gristwood, Executive Director of SAAFFI (SA Association  of the Flavour and Fragrance Industry). ‘It’s during a quiet financial period that businesses are most likely to be in a position to make the time available for training and upskilling their staff to develop the expertise and capacity that will ensure success when the economic turnaround comes – which it always does,’ he adds.