Lifestyle factors may also determine if you are going to get sick or remain healthy. One of those factors is physical activity.
Inactivity is threatening risk factor similar to high blood pressure, smoking, or high cholesterol.

These are some benefits of exercising:

Stress and anxiety relief: Stress and anxiety are rising with the current pandemic, and it can lower your immune response. Exercising releases chemicals in your brain, such as serotonin and endorphins which can help improve your mood, reduce the risk of depression and cognitive decline, and delay onset of dementia.


 Immune support: Regular PA helps your immune system function.
 Weight management: It should not come as a surprise that regular PA paired with a balanced nutritious diet helps with weight management. Excess weight is associated with higher health risks.
 Reduces health risks and prevents diseases: Regular PA reduces blood pressure as well as risks of serious health issues such as type 2 diabetes, heart disease, and stroke when it is paired a balanced nutritious diet.
 Bone, muscles, balance, and flexibility: PA also improves bone and muscle strength and increases balance and flexibility. This is important for everyone, especially older adults because it can prevent falls and injuries. As for children, it aids with growth and development and sets healthy habits for the future.
 For children, PA can lessen behavioral issues such as attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and help with concentration during schoolwork which is important now that they are at home all the time.

How to stay fit and healthy during coronavirus (COVID-19) Pandemic

Percy Motsepe


 Selecting a career as a fire fighter requires a person to comply to certain skills and attitude. A fire fighter serves the people when they are in need in situations that may be out of the ordinary. These situations may require a fire fighter to face extreme and harsh conditions, this means the aspiring fire fighter need to be able to function in extra ordinary circumstance , to stay calm and react to changes, keeping in mind that they must ensure their safety and the safety of their fellow fire fighters and victims .

This career requires a fire fighter to be in a fit condition and a heathy mind set.


For a fire fighter the basic requirements needed are as follows:

 Must be 18 years and older
 Have grade 12 Based on the requirements of the employer
 NFPA 472 or NFPA 1072 Standards for hazardous materials / weapons of mass destruction Emergency response personnel professional qualifications Hazardous Materials Awareness/ operations and Technician
 First aid level 3 Based on the requirements of the employer
 NFPA 1001 Standard for fire Fighter Professional Qualifications Fire fighter 1 and 2
The south African Qualifications Authority has registered local fire related qualifications under the following entities:

LGSeta: Qualification ID 57803 Further education and training certificate: Fire and Rescue operations
LGSeta: Qualification iD 64390 National certificate: Emergency Services supervision Fire and rescue operations
Quality council for trades and occupations: Occupational Qualification ID 98991 Fire fighter   

Gert De Noon


July 2020 has passed and who would have thought?

No-one could have anticipated how this year has turned out so far. I find myself constantly re-evaluating various things in my life. When we measure the importance of something, I am sure that we have all have made some changes in the way we value things between January and July 2020.

It brings to mind major events in history that have brought us back to realising what is really important compared to just being “Nice to have”.


The World Trade Centre events of 9/11/2001 (a whole city / country) directly affected one nation and yet world-wide border security was intensified immediately. The world was stunned by the tragedy that unfolded. 19 Years later, the site has been cleared and there is a generation that will only learn about the events academically. Sleek shiny glass, steel, marble, and concrete now adorn the museum space where once the majestic towers dominated the skyline. The many firefighters that attended that tragic scene are forever etched in the hearts and minds of the whole world. Their attitude, passion and compassion set them apart and for that we applaud them.

The World War II holocaust (six million Jews) is a permanent reminder of the many who lost their lives. There were survivors whose testimonies stand as a monument to their hope and endurance. Dr Viktor E Frankl said, “The one thing you can’t take away from me is the way I choose to respond to what you do to me. The last of one’s freedoms is to choose one’s attitude in any given circumstance.”

Covid-19 touches every person in every country in the world. Its subsequent impact on every level of life as we knew it, will one day probably have a monument of its own. In this instance, the whole world is affected. New concepts like Social distancing, Lockdown, Travel permits, Essential services, Teaching and Training interruptions, Online communication and so many more have become the new “normal” in our everyday lives. We have all had to adapt.

Many people have come up with innovative ideas on how to survive. Compassion has seen new light with so many people taking care of their neighbours and those struggling within their communities.

May we come out of this pandemic with new strength and courage, having made a difference where we are, doing what we can, with what we have and with enough hope for the next step, for the next day, one day at a time until this too has passed.

Marlene Vermeulen


 It was with great excitement to announce that ETS has been recommended for ISO 45001:2018 Certification effectively from the 30th June 2020!!!

Benefits of ISO 45001:2018 in an organisation

ISO 45001 puts your organisation on a level of excellence shared by organisations worldwide.
Satisfies demands of current or prospective customers for registration
Increased acceptance by regulators, the public, and interested parties
Improves business performance.
Creates consistency throughout the organisation built around “best practices
Provides a platform for attracting lower insurance premiums and proves due diligence to the marketplace.
Allows better identification of hazards and risk.
Ensures compliance with all current legislation worldwide.
Improves the efficiency of internal operations, reduces accidents, dangers, and downtime.
Improves the safety of all persons affected by the company’s activities.
Improves management oversight. Incorporates the monitoring and measurement of key performance indicators in health/safety. This gives management objective data upon which to base decisions.
Facilitates continual improvement. Employee morale, insurance costs, liability, etc. not to mention simple human concern for the welfare of others nothing in a business is more important than improving health/safety performance.
Transforms your operation from detection mode to prevention mode.
The benefits of Implementing ISO are endless and when implemented correctly it provides the company with an effective tool that will show a return on investment.

Pinkie Matjeke

NFPA 1001 requires firefighters to be able to tie each of these seven knots operating on a simulated fireground:
• Bowline knot
• Clove hitch
• Figure of 8 on a bight
• Half hitch
• Becket/sheet bend
• Overhand safety knot
• Water knot

tshegofatso poonyane               22 August 




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