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CUT Africa Day Dialogue on Healthy Living



CUT Africa Day Dialogue on Healthy Living

CUT Africa Day Dialogue on Healthy Living. Panel members engaged in a heated discussion about living a healthy life to prevent diseases and prolong life during the Africa Day celebrations at the Central University of Technology (CUT). The dialogue, hosted in collaboration with various partners, focused on the theme of “A healthy lifestyle prolongs life,” aiming to empower and inform Africans about the health risks associated with an unhealthy lifestyle.

Ms. Mamajara Moloi from the Free State Department of Health highlighted non-communicable diseases caused by obesity, leading to diabetes, hypertension, heart failure, stroke, and ultimately, death.

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Key Points Discussed

  1. Nutrition: Emphasis was placed on the importance of a balanced diet to maintain good health and prevent diseases.
  2. Physical Activity: The panel emphasized the need for regular physical activity to promote overall well-being and reduce the risk of chronic illnesses.
  3. Alcohol and Substance Abuse: Speakers addressed the harmful effects of alcohol and substance abuse on health and encouraged responsible consumption.
  4. Smoking: The dangers of smoking were discussed, highlighting the importance of quitting smoking to improve health and reduce the risk of cancer and other diseases.
  5. Sexual Behavior: Safe sexual practices were emphasized as a crucial aspect of maintaining good health and preventing the spread of sexually transmitted infections.

Speakers and Contributions

  • Prof. Hesta Friedrich-Nel: Associate Professor of Radiography, discussed strategies for leading a healthy lifestyle and self-care practices.
  • Ms. Nozizwe Manyana and Ms. Mamajara Moloi: Free State Department of Health representatives, addressed the audience on healthful living practices.
  • Ms. Mita Soaratlhe and Ms. Mampotseng Monnanyana: Cancer Association of South Africa (CANSA) representatives, shared their passion for caring for cancer patients and educating society about the disease.
  • Mr. Sabelo Ngwenya and Mr. David Makhoali: Representing the future leaders of Africa, they discussed the role of youth in promoting a healthy lifestyle.
  • Mr. Thabo Shingange and Mr. Phiwe Mathe: Advocates for African development and governance, spoke about the Africanization of higher education and its alignment with the objectives of the 2063 Agenda.
  • Dr. Edmund Amoakoh: Lecturer in Business Management, raised concerns about the consumption of soda drinks in South Africa and its impact on youth health, advocating for the consumption of water instead.


The Africa Day dialogue at CUT was a platform for meaningful discussions about health and wellness, highlighting the importance of lifestyle choices in preventing diseases and promoting longevity.

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