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Southern Suburbs Psychologist’s Innovative Approach

Are you feeling tired all the time, low on energy and struggling to cope with ordinary day to day activities ? Its quite possible that you may be suffering from depression. There are many tell tale signs of depression that present themselves, here a just a few :

  • Increased Alcohol intake and behaving recklessly
  • Persistent negative or defeatist thinking
  • Feeling exhausted all the time for no apparent reason
  • A general feeling of overwhelm and helplessness
  • You may feel abnormally irritable and short tempered
  • You find yourself isolating from friends and family
  • Your appetite and sleeping patterns have changed noticably
  • You struggle to stay focused and complete ordinary tasks

It’s quite possible for many people to not realize that they are actually depressed until the depression reaches an overwhelming level, according to southern suburbs psychologist, Anita Prag. Anita is based in Bergvliet in the southern suburbs of Cape Town but has patients from Meadowridge, Constantia, Tokai, Diep River as well as many other suburbs in Cape Town.

The symptoms of depression vary from one person to another but the aforementioned ones are the most common. Recent statistics have shown that more than three hundred and forty million people worldwide have suffered from depression at some or other time in their lives. Untreated, people that suffer from depression can be at risk of committing suicide or harming themselves and others. Anita is an experienced and well qualified psychologist that has treated many patients struggling with depression during her time as a qualified clinical psychologist.

anita prag psychologist bergvliet

After completing her Masters Degree in Psychology at the Stellenbosch University, Anita served as a psychologist in DRC where she treated many soldiers struggling with depression and trauma related to conflict and stress experienced while fighting in the war torn country.

Anita went on to open her own private practice at 117 Main Rd, Bergvliet, in the southern suburbs of Cape Town. Anita treats patients of all ages from all walks of life, including children, adolescents and the elderly. She believes in a holistic approach to dealing with her patients. Not all patients are the same and therefore there is no hard and fast rule of how to deal with each person and their particular difficulties they may be experiencing in their lives. The most important thing is that the patient feels safe and trusting in the therapeutic environment. Without trust between the psychologist and the patient, there is not much hope of making progress. Anita first completes a thorough intake with each patient, making sure to record all relevant information concerning the patients history. Anita has experience in treating patients that are suffering from depression, anxiety, life difficulties relating to divorce or loss or the breakdown of interpersonal relationships. It is recommended that if you are a resident of the southern suburbs that you visit her website, where there is some in depth information about her practice and the areas that she focuses on. Anita Prag is registered with the Health Professions Council of South Africa and is contracted to all Medical Aid schemes. Anita strives to provide a safe and contained environment where patients can learn about themselves, grow through their difficulties and learn new coping skills.

Ashanti Lodge on Innovation and Entrepreneurship

So we that the purpose of infoDev’s Global Forum on Innovation and Entrepreneurship,  is in convening the global innovation and entrepreneurship community to exchange know-how, establish partnerships and develop innovative approaches. infoDev is a global partnership program in the World Bank Group. Its mission is to enable innovative entrepreneurship for sustainable, inclusive growth and employment in developing countries.  Hosted by the South African government in East London in 2013,  over 550 business incubator managers, policy-makers, SME entrepreneurs, financiers and development agencies from all continents for a unique south-south and north-south networking and knowledge-sharing experience. The Global Forum provides a platform like no other for these parties to get to know each other.  Participants came to the event to be exposed to new business models, ideas and methodologies, as well as to meet people with similar interests in other countries and other industries and to explore partnerships and capacity-building opportunities. One such business enterprise that stood out from among the rest was Cape Town based outfit, Ashanti Lodge.

Ashanti Lodge bacpackers Cape Town

The Cape Town based holiday accommodation business, headed by Craig Jonstone and Lisa Krone, who co founded the business over twenty years ago, have proven themselves over and over again in their ability to keep innovating within the sector of tourism that has fallen upon them. Using their entrepreneurial skills, and innovative thinking , the couple from Ashanti Lodge has cemented themselves in as the authoritative brand when it comes to backpacking and looking for top quality board and lodgings within this framework. Ashanti Lodge  Backpackers in Gardens has an incredible Table Mountain view, Ashanti Gardens is one of the original Cape Town backpacker hostels that offer budget accommodation options in dormitories and private rooms.

In the adjacent side streets the Ashanti Gardens Backpackers, are Victorian guesthouses with beautiful en-suite rooms each with satellite tv, free wi-fi and self-catering kitchen. Secure and quiet and just a few minutes walking into Cape Town city centre.

Not more than a few kilometers away, is the Ashanti Lodge Backpackers Greenpoint. Within walking distance to Cape Town Stadium and the V&A Waterfront this is a newer, stylish, quieter private backpackers hostel which is also close to the city’s nightlife activities.

The Ashanti Lodge owners, Craig and Lisa, have used their unique entrepreneurial vision and innovative skills in creating such a successful business model that performs so well. It would not be successful, were it not for the endorsements received by all their clients and customers, many of whom regularly come back every year at the same time.  The Travel Centre located adjacent to the reception, allows a guest to book almost any kind of African adventure available, Skydiving, Surfing, Shark Cage Diving, Mountain biking, hiking etc etc. Most weekdays, the Overland trucks can be seen offloading tourists and collecting new ones to head off into Africa for another adventure with waterfalls lions ans Elephants.

If you’ve just arrived in Cape Town and you’re looking for the best backpackers Cape Town, then you have to go to Ashanti Lodge and see whats available you. If you don’t, you may be sorry later.


Innovative South African Company

The Sugar Crystal Company is a South African company that has been growing from strength to strength over the past fifteen years, developing and gradually refining their process for the mass production of rock candy sticks.

sugar swizzle sticks

The company was started over fifteen years ago by Cape Town entrepreneur, Richard Morris. Richard had previously run several successful businesses in the past including FrozFrut, one of the first frozen yoghurt frozen suckers to be marketed in South Africa. The business traded very successfully , at one point securing the sole rights to sell on the prestigious Clifton Beach in Cape Town. Following on that success, Richard went on to start another great venture,  Take-the Prith, a cheese wholesale business, which he later went on to sell. In 2002, Richard, with the help of a few founding partners, started the Sugar Crystal Company. The early days were not easy and many of the founding partners fell by the wayside. Despite the difficulties in the beginning, Richard would not be swayed from his vision and pushed on, financially committing himself completely. The company gradually pulled forward, making some ground breaking innovations in the technology they were utilizing to produce the sugar crystal swizzle sticks for tea and coffee. As time passed, despite the global economic downturn, the business began exporting on a larger and larger scale, delaying with some large international clients. The Sugar Crystal Store website was launched where South African businesses and customers could order the product online for local delivery. A simple website offering all the company’s products, including their tremendously popular range of Rock Candy swizzle sticks. The Rock Candy range consists of twelve colors and zesty fruity tongue twisting flavors.


The was a huge surge in demand for the rock candy range, particularly in the blue color after the the release of the popular animated movie, Frozen. It was the latest craze for little girls to have the blue sugar crystal swizzle sticks as treats at their birthday parties. The Sugar Crystal company capitalized on this craze and production increased 3 fold to point where it was time to completely update the the factory. The business moved premises and trebled in size and capacity. The Sugar Crystal company provides employment for many African women, thanks to the innovative technology developed by them.