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Cape Town businesswoman Helen Johns the Powerhouse Behind Women’s Lifestyle Expo

After a few years on the catwalks of South Africa and Europe, Helen Johns (Atlantic Seaboard/ City Bowl) found herself in the Mother City to complete a university degree. In between lectures and socialising in the city, she and a friend started a small clothing company on Greenmarket Square. Once her entrepreneurial spirit got a taste of the opportunities out there, there was no looking back - she co-founded The Source, a wholesale homeware imports’ company, and created an events’ company within an advertising agency. This eventually became Mint Productions & Destinations, an expert events’ company operating across Africa. Finally, Helen decided that merely leading by example was not enough to uplift and empower women in the real world, which is how the Women’s Lifestyle Expo was born. What better way to celebrate empowered women than bringing to South Africa its first Women’s Lifestyle Expo. “The Women’s Lifestyle Expo is about female empowerment and promotion of the extraordinary skill and talent found in every industry across the country,” explained Helen. “Women are masters at the art of multitasking, which is why the Women’s Lifestyle Expo has put together a diverse array of presenters and inspiring feminine experiences to be relished over one weekend.” Join her at the Women’s Lifestyle Expo (#WLE2018), which will take place at Joburg’s Montecasino Piazza from Saturday, 29 to Sunday, 30 September. It promises to be a weekend to remember. Tickets are available at www.itickets.co.za. For more information about the #WLE2018, visit www.womenslifestyleexpo.co.za

OPEN Food Group, official food partner of Women’s Lifestyle Expo, talks top food trends

World-class culinary specialists, OPEN Food Group, has been announced as the official food partner to this year’s Women’s Lifestyle Expo – brought to you by FMI. This taste-enhancing #foodforwoman addition to the multisensory Women’s Lifestyle Expo (#WLE2018) will be an experiential food sensation that invites you to simply indulge yourself! All this flavour will be taking over Joburg’s Montecasino Piazza from Saturday, 29 September to Sunday, 30 September.   Tamar Klonarides, CEO of OPEN Food Group, said the organisation was founded on the belief that ‘good food is what brings people together’: “It is the foundation of good memories. A home-cooked family meal, an alfresco lunch with friends - we can all recall memories based on the food we ate and shared. As such, we believe that food should always be of an exceptional standard. This belief in bringing people together and creating memories is what OPEN Food Group will bring to the Woman’s Lifestyle Expo.”   To whet the appetite for #WLE2018, OPEN Food Group has shared its Top Food Trends for 2018:   1. Poke Bowls Poke bowls - originally native to Hawaii - have been a trending in the US and we are slowly seeing them more in South Africa. These bowls offer easily accessible traditional dishes that can be endlessly customised.   2. Plant-based Protein With the social focus on saving our environment and being vegan, a lot of chefs have embraced plant-based ingredients -Tofu, tempeh and quinoa - to replace the usual ‘meaty’ proteins.   3. The Fourth Meal With the fast-paced lifestyle we all seem to live, everything we do has less structure, this includes our eating habits. The magic number has always been three meals – we suggest

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Ché Gourmet to share insight into ‘Gut Health’ at the Women’s Lifestyle Expo 2018

Dietary guidance and healthy eating are on the menu at this year’s Women’s Lifestyle Expo (#WLE2018) – brought to you by FMI – as ‘Ché Gourmet’ joins the exclusive workshop panel. This health-seeking, taste-creating, organically-driven guru will provide an in-depth discussion on ‘Gut Health and the Impact Fermented Foods Have on Assisting Our Micribiome to Heal Our Bodies’. As a fermentation expert, Ché will also be demonstrating how to create your own fermented foods like kimchi and sauerkraut, as well as how to add them into your daily diet. Catch the Taste Creator at #WLE2018 at Joburg’s Montecasino Piazza on Saturday, 29 September from 2pm to 2.45pm. This deliciously seasoned talk forms part of a multisensory #WLE2018 programme, running from 29 to 30 September, featuring the best in fashion, beauty, lifestyle products and food all in one revitalising space. Book your ticket at www.itickets.co.za now! Women’s Lifestyle Expo details: When: Saturday 29 and Sunday 30 September. Times: Saturday, 29 September 9.30am to 8pm. Sunday, 30 September 9.30am to 6pm. Venue: Montecasino Piazza Tickets: R180 per person per day for a general entry ticket. Don’t miss your chance to experience the ultimate Women’s Lifestyle Expo. Tickets are available at www.itickets.co.za. For more information about the #WLE2018, visit: Website: www.womenslifestyleexpo.co.za Facebook: Womens Lifestyle Expo SA Twitter: @Womens_Expo_SA Instagram: @womens_lifestyle_expo For more information about FMI, visit: Website: www.fmi.co.za Facebook: @FMIDBN Twitter: @FMI_insurance

Women’s Lifestyle Expo brings you the top 5 self-preservation rules every woman should know

A young girl has a far greater chance of being raped in South Africa, than learning to read. This horrific statistic brings home the reality of the country’s violent crime, specifically against females, and it’s time for every woman to act. This is why Mark Grobbelaar, founder of Women INpowerment (WIP) will be on hand to get you ‘boxing smart’ at this year’s Women’s Lifestyle Expo – brought to you by FMI - taking place at Montecasino Piazza on 29 and 30 September.   After the rape and attempted murder of Alison Botha in 1994, her close friend, Mark Grobbelaar, was driven to make a difference…and so he developed WIP: “South Africa is the rape capital of the world with one woman raped every 20 seconds. Women need to get INpowered so that they don’t become yet another victim,” said Mark Grobbelaar. “WIP is an extremely simple yet remarkably effective self-INpowerment system that has been designed specifically for women.”   Mark has outlined his top 5 rules for self-INpowerment:   1.       Be prepared Every woman I’ve ever spoken to, when asked the question, ‘What would you do if you thought you were going to get raped or murdered?’ has either said: ‘I don’t know’, or ‘I think…’. As a woman, you need to learn to immobilise a man even twice your size before finding yourself in that situation. Be prepared.   2.       Never underestimate anyone Just because a man – or woman – might seem physically less dominant than yourself, it’s important not to assume you will have the upper hand. We also often feel a social responsibility to take a more lenient approach with strangers, rather than risk a socially awkward situation. If you

Women’s Lifestyle Expo announces exciting media collaboration for 2018 event

Leading South African publications; rooi rose, Women & Home, and Essentials, have just announced they will be media partners for the dynamic Women’s Lifestyle Expo – brought to you by FMI – taking place at Montecasino on 29 and 30 September.   The expo’s mission to empower and educate women to live healthier, better lives directly aligns with our sponsor FMI – the leading income protection specialists – as well as Caxton and their three publications, which are renowned for their promotion and upliftment of South African women.   “The Women’s Lifestyle Expo is about female empowerment and promotion of the extraordinary skill and talent found in every industry across the country. For years, rooi rose, Women & Home and Essentials have been dedicated to highlighting the incredible female visionaries South Africa has to offer, giving them a platform for well-deserved recognition, as well as a space to inspire others. We are founded on the same ethos of female connectivity and advancement, which is what makes this media partnership such a perfect fit,” explained Helen Johns, co-founder of the Women’s Lifestyle Expo.   Martie Pansegrouw, editor of rooi rose, said: “It is a wonderful privilege for rooi rose, and our sister publications, to be associated with the Women’s Lifestyle Expo. It is the first time that this prestigious event is being held in Johannesburg and it offers our readers an opportunity to be involved in talks related to many of our magazine’s pillars including beauty, wellness, finance, fashion and food. The expo promises a unique and carefully curated range of experiences for all visitors, and we will also have a special subscription offer at our rooi rose stand.”   Visitors to the Women’s Lifestyle Expo

Life-changing speaker line-up confirmed for the 2018 Women’s Lifestyle Expo

In today’s fast-paced world, with women trying to do it all, it’s important to take time out and embrace the gorgeous, dynamic woman within. That’s why the Women’s Lifestyle Expo (#WLE2018) – brought to you by FMI - has organised an all-fun, all-functional, all-fantastic weekend of pampering, dangerously sinful dining, and inspiring talks. Visitors will get access to the empowering insights of the best financial, lifestyle, business and medical and consultants during a series of must-attend workshops. This dynamic networking and trend-sourcing event will be taking place at Joburg’s Montecasino Piazza, from 29 to 30 September 2018.   “Women have perfected the art of multitasking, which is why the Women’s Lifestyle Expo has put together a diverse array of presenters and inspiring feminine experiences to be relished over one weekend,” said Helen Johns, co-founder of the Women’s Lifestyle Expo. “This event is about drawing together some of South Africa’s extraordinary decision-makers and visionaries whose actions and ideas are changing the world. These include entrepreneurs, innovators and leaders who will be talking on a various interesting, edgy and motivational topics. In between the 45-minute workshops, visitors will get to indulge in some retail therapy and well-deserved pampering!”   The general entry ticket price of R250 entitles each visitor to two workshops. These can be booked online in advance, as space is filling up quickly. Just some of the workshop themes on the programme are:   Women as Entrepreneurs Wanting to start your own business? If you consider professions in the mining sector, or overseeing operations across the African continent, as solely roles for men, then Jean Chawapiwa’s talk will make you reconsider everything you thought you knew. Founder and MD of Win Win Solutions 4 Africa;

Diarise dates for the 2018 Women’s Lifestyle Expo now!

As a celebration of the power, individuality and spirit of South African women, the innovative Women’s Lifestyle Expo – brought to you by FMI - will be returning, bringing financial advice alongside the best health, wellness, beauty and décor to Joburg’s Montecasino Piazza, from 29 to 30 September 2018. “We are really excited to be hosting the Women’s Lifestyle Expo to give South African women, of all ages and stages of their lives, the opportunity to have a day that is all about them,” explained Helen Johns, co-founder of the Women’s Lifestyle Expo. “In today’s busy world, we tend to leave ourselves as last priority. The Women’s Lifestyle Expo is about indulging ourselves, whilst having fun with friends, moms or daughters. It’s all about us. Building on the success of the inaugural Women’s Lifestyle Expo, held in Cape Town, this has become a platform to celebrate our diversity, shared experiences, passion and varied interests. We want every woman who attends to experience the very latest trends, and learn about relevant topics, vital to their health, wealth and social wellbeing.” The Women’s Lifestyle Expo is brought to you by FMI, a division of Bidvest Life Ltd – South Africa’s up-and-coming life insurer and leader in income protection. The expo’s mission to empower and educate women to live healthier, better lives directly aligns with FMI’s values and philosophy. "We are passionate about helping individuals make the right decisions when it comes to securing their financial future by emphasizing the importance of income protection and critical illness cover – something that every single woman should ensure they have,” explained Grace Winter, Head of Brand Communications at FMI. In addition to business and financial advice, the event promises a