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The spirit of unity and compassion resonates throughout the Vaal community this Mandela Day with the ‘Share More Meals Made With Love’ campaign. Driven by the desire to alleviate food insecurity, the initiative has successfully collected enough food items to make 18 711 meals, which will be distributed to eleven local organisations in the Vaal area in the coming weeks.

The Share More Meals Made With Love campaign aims to lighten the burden of the tough economic times for consumers in two ways: by providing staple combo deals at discounted prices and through a drive to collect food for those in the community who are struggling to afford it.

“We believe in the power of collective action and the ability of our community to create meaningful change,” says Sibongile Mooko, Marketing Executive at Premier. “At Premier, we are dedicated to earning the right to operate in our communities. The ‘Share More Meals Made With Love’ campaign has allowed us to foster a sense of unity and empower individuals and organisations to make a positive impact in the lives of others. Through this initiative, we are addressing food insecurity head-on,” she adds.

The ‘Share More Meals Food Drive’, a collaborative effort between Premier, Goldkeys International, FoodForward SA, and renowned shopping destination Vaal Mall, was at the heart of this initiative. Leading up to Mandela Day, the campaign successfully collected non-perishable food items, which were then packed at the centre court on 18 July to be distributed to communities surrounding the mall, reaching those who need it the most.

“The overwhelming response and support from Premier, the community, and Vaal Mall partners have been heart-warming,” says Andy Du Plessis, managing director of FoodForward SA. “We are proud to have been part of this initiative, supporting the community and creating opportunities for those in need to enjoy nourishing meals,” he adds.

Premier and Goldkeys donated 4 475 kg of essential food items to benefit residents facing difficult times. This donation is part of a national campaign for brands Iwisa No.1, Snowflake and Golden Delight.

“The power of partnerships shines through as we witness the incredible generosity and support from all our partners and the Vaal community,” says Carla de Villiers-Malan, Marketing Manager at Vaal Mall. “Through collaborative initiatives like these, we have the ability to join forces and create a positive impact in the lives of our fellow Vaal residents,” she adds.
“The true impact of the Share More Meals Food Drive can be measured by the number of items collected and the difference they are going to make to those in need. By providing quality food items, the initiative ensured that individuals and their families have access to nourishing meals during these challenging times,” concludes Mooko.

The eyes are the windows to the soul. This is an expression I am sure most of you are familiar with. Just like windows, your eyes work two ways. When we look into someone’s eyes, we can see their emotions, but our eyes also allow us to visually process the world around us. Our sense of sight helps us connect with our surroundings and keep us safe.

The human eye is a wondrous design and sight isn’t something we should ever take for granted. Just think about how much your eyes work from the moment you wake up until you go to sleep. That’s why taking care of our eyes is so important.

Annual eye examinations are essential in order to ensure that your eyes stay healthy. Aside from providing you with visual correction like glasses or contact lenses, an eye exam offers visibility into other healthcare concerns. Not only will it help your optometrist identify eye health issues such as glaucoma, cataracts and macular degeneration pre-emptively, but it can also help with the diagnosis of other concerns such as high cholesterol, high blood pressure, diabetes, and even brain tumours.

If your last eye examination was more than a year ago, you should get your eyes tested by a professional optometrist, sooner than later. The eyes you have will be yours forever, so take good care of them.

Vaal Mall is celebrating Heritage Month in style by bringing together a variety of local talents, artists, entrepreneurs and musicians at its vibrant weekend markets this September.

In the spirit of celebrating the uniqueness and diversity of South Africa and the Vaal Mall shopping community, Vaal Mall kicked off the first of its three markets on Saturday 11 September.

Featuring the region’s innovative artists and creators is the latest part of Vaal Malls ongoing We Love Local campaign which has seen the inclusion of striking, distinctively local visuals placed throughout Vaal Mall as well as the introduction of Rethabile – the centre’s very own Rhino mascot who lives up to it’s name ‘we are happy’ by interacting with shoppers and tenants.

Carla de Villiers-Malan, Regional Marketing Manager for Vaal Mall says the We Love Local campaign, and now the weekend markets are a joyful celebration of everything that makes the Vaal region, its people, culture and heritage so wonderfully vivid and interesting. “After so much time spent apart, our weekend markets provide a great reason to safely come together again to support and celebrate our community.”

Shoppers can look forward to Vaal Mall’s upcoming weekend markets taking place at the centre on 18 and 19 September and on 25 and 26 September. “The market promises something for everyone. Now that spring is finally here, there’s no better time to get out of the house for some fun, entertainment and exciting shopping,” says de Villiers-Malan.