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2011 News & Articles

Cupping Presentation held for the Gauteng Traditional and Faith Medical Practitioners

The Tibb Institute presented a cupping workshop to the 33 members of the Gauteng Traditional and Faith Medical Practitioners (GTFMP) on the 24th November 2011, in support of the partnership drawn up between the two medical bodies. The GTFMP use U Ku-Gcaba, an eliminative therapy, which has a similar premise to that of cupping. The workshop was aimed at empowering traditional healers on the rationale and clinical benefits of cupping. Tibb practitioners Dr. Joy Saville and Professor Rashid Bhikha presented the workshop. This is the first of the workshops in the partnership between the institute and the GTFMP

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Temperaments and relations in the workplace

Dr Mujeeb Hoosen was invited by Mr Eugene Daniels, the Director of the Department of Eduction, Metro South District, to facilitate a talk on “Temperaments and relations in the workplace” on 10 June 2011 at their staff teambuilding, which included all staff i.e. Management as well as Support Staff.

Mr Daniels attended a previous talk of Dr Hoosen and was very impressed and invited him to speak to the staff, as they had lots of conflict in the Department. The talk brought about many “lightbulb” moments for the staff, lots of laughs and understanding of their colleagues once they identified their different temperaments, hopefully which will resolve some of this tension and conflict within their workplace.


GF JOOSTE Emergency Unit Receives 2 Million Upgrade

GF Jooste Hospital, has received over R2 million to upgrade its Emergency unit. This donation was made by the Ibn Institute of Tibb, a family trust managed by the Oasis Crescent Fund. These investors donate non-permissible incomein terms of Shari’ah investment principles to charity via the Oasis Crescent Fund Trust.


“The Oasis Crescent Fund Trust feels fortunate to bring this meaningful relief through this generous donation from Tibb, to the communities of Manenberg, Gugulethu, Nyanga and Klipfontein,” says Shaheen Ebrahim, Chairman of the Oasis Group and the Oasis Crescent Fund Trust.


“We saw the pressures placed on the existing Emergency Unit was and took the opportunity to assist the Western Cape Department of Health in upgrading and refurbishing the Unit. Through this donation our organization supports the WC Department of Health’s mission to provide equitable access to quality health services in partnership; says Professor Rashid Bhikha, Chairperson of the Tibb Foundation.


Minister Theuns Botha, Health Minister for the Western Cape welcomed the generous donation from the Tibb Institute. “The unit is an adult Acute medicine and Emergency Unit, with a team of three doctors and 10 nurses. It has a four-bed resuscitation area with ventilator support. The new improvement will also create a dedicated gynecology area for the improvement of women’s health. Thank you to the Tibb Foundation in making this much needed upgrade possible, says Minister Theuns Botha.


GF Jooste has one of the highest volume of emergency cases in the Western Cape. The hospital last received infra structural improvement in 1996.


Botha added that the provincial government’s investment into capital projects and upgrades are the biggest the Province has ever undertaken at one given time. “The Khayelitsha and Mitchell’s Plain Hospitals that are under construction are milestones in the history of this province. In addition the Department has 30 capital projects under construction, 18 capital projects in planning stage and 13 projects in retention. At present there are 88 in feasibility stage.”


The total estimated cost of all capital projects for the next five years exceeds R8 billion. These projects vary in size and extent, the smallest being an ambulance station of R10 million and the largest being the estimated R1 billion restorations and re-development of Valkenberg Hospital.


For more information, please contact:
● Mr Sithembiso Magubane,
Snr. Communications Officer,
Western Cape Provincial Department of Health on
(021) 483 9981 or 0713153581.
● Ms Caroline Davids,
Provincial Manager,
Western Cape,
Ibn Sina Institute of Tibb on
021-6384487 or 083 748 1021.



Tibb joins hand with Muslim Aids Programme (MAP) Home in Johannesburg

Tibb has agreed to fund the renovation of the Muslim Aids Programme Children’s Care Home in Fordsburg. This renovation work is greatly needed and will significantly improve the quality of life of the young children living there. Building work is scheduled to start in June. The Children’s Care Home houses between 15 and 20 children aged between birth to late adolesence.


The Muslim Aids Programme (MAP) is a joint project of the Jamiatul Ulama, Islamic Careline and Islamic Medical Association.


MAP runs workshops, trains Aids educators and caregivers, holds seminars and uses the media to promote Aids Awareness and training.




Osizweni Water Day


Tibb has offered the services of a community Health worker at The Osizweni Community Centre in Ennerdale, Johannesburg. Tibb was invited to a ‘Water Education Day’ on the 24th March 2011


Review of the event by Islamic Relief:


A Water and Sanitation workshop was held at the Osizweni centre on the 24 March in efforts of Water week. The workshop was hosted by Islamic Relief and members of the Department of Health, Safety and Agriculture.


The workshop was attended by approximately 100 members of the Ennerdale Community, including the caregivers of Islamic Relief who work with sponsored orphans and their families. The workshop opened with songs and poems sung by the orphans at the Day Care Centre. The programme included a talk by Gabisele Mbhele, an Environmental Health Practitioner from the Health Department at Ennerdale in which she explained the importance of water and sanitation to the beneficiaries.


Guest speakers from the Agricultural Department and Fire and Safety Department taught the beneficiaries important lessons about gardening and flood relief .The community was very excited when they received water bottles from Tibb . Islamic-Relief and Osizweni are grateful that we have formed a partnership with TIBB and it is a great achievement. The focus area between Osizweni and Tibb is a comprehensive health care program for our beneficiaries and children. The Tibb information was very well received and people learnt how to take care of their water needs, how to identify signs of dehydration, and how we need to maintain the 70% water in the body.


The workshop concluded with feedback to the community regarding the way forward and their responsibilities towards keeping their environment and homes hygienic. The beneficiaries were also served lunch which was prepared by the caregivers at Osizweni.



Tibb Total Wellness increases presence at Wellness Days

Tibb Total Wellness has been active at Wellness Days in Gauteng, Kwa-Zulu Natal and the Western Cape since January 2011. The Western Cape division has also hosted several Stress Management Workshops to businesses and corporations Wellness day at College of Cape Town Gugulethu Campus earlier this year


A Stress Management workshop to the Department of Education professionals (their inspectors, psychologists, social workers etc.) was held at Blaauwklippen in the Western Cape in March 2011



The passing of a dear friend

“It is with great sadness that we mourn the passing of dear friend, leader, family man, doctor and example to humanity…Dr. Flangeni Manxiwa.

I first meet Flangeni when both of us were appointed by the Minister of Health as Community Representatives of the Allied Health Professions Council of South Africa in 2001. At that stage Flangeni was practising as a Primary Healthcare nurse. Our common concern for healthcare in the country, and more particularly in underprivileged areas where Flangeni was actively involved, was the foundation of a warm loving friendship. Flangeni was part of the first batch of Postgraduate students in the PG programme at UWC in 2003. I remember well how, together with Dr Florence Jara, he attended every monthly lecture travelling from Eastern Cape either to Durban or Joburg, purely out of passion for Tibb and his love for knowledge. This epitomise his passion for the profession.

After qualifying as a Tibb Doctor, Flangeni commenced the training of the PG programme in East London which he continued until the first batch of Undergraduate students entered their final 2 years of their Bachelor of Unani-Tibb degree. Again, because of his commitment to see Tibb grow, Flangeni moved away from his home and family and set up base in Cape Town whilst undertaking responsibility of the Undergraduate training. Not only was Dr Flangeni involved in education, but he also actively promoted and recruited many of the PG students – who today remain part of the Tibb family.

Above all, Dr. Flangen Manxiwai was a person with compassion, integrity and a zest for life. I have no doubt that he will always be remembered for his kind nature, infectious sense of humour and willingness to share his knowledge and experiences. Understandably, as the training of Unani-Tibb in South Africa is still in its infancy, there have been challenges, but Flangeni’s commitment and enthusiasm never wavered – even through the difficult times when Unani-Tibb was to be phased out at UWC in 2009, he continued to hold resolve and determination.

For me, my friend, Flangeni, was an absolute pillar of strength. Together with Ms. Caroline Davids, his indeterminable faith in seeking for the truth, is something I will always be most grateful for. Tibb in South Africa will always be indebted to Dr Flangeni Manxiwa, together with Hakim Abdul Haq, for their contribution in the establishment of the profession and their dedication to providing- ‘Tibb Ye Afrika’ (Medicine for Africa)

With a heavy heart I pray that the Almighty reward him abundantly for a life of integrity and his commitment to Tibb. May his soul rest in peace and May God grant his family strength through this difficult period.

Your very dear friend Uncle Rashid.”

Schools Programme –success in Western Cape

The Tibb School’s Programme has been effective in the Western Cape since 2008. This year, we have introduced the course to Life Orientation Teachers as part of the curriculum to Grade 10 and 11 learners. It has been most positive to note that all four of the districts in the Western Cape Region have accepted the course with great enthusiasm.


Tibb Trainers, together with Professor Bhikha have already embarked on several ‘Train the Teacher’ workshops. Teachers are taught about the Philosophy of Tibb, Temperament, Diet and Lifestyle, which has been adapted to suit young adults. All course material is supplied by Tibb and subsidized to schools unable to afford the costs.



Research into the benefits of Tibb through Community based Projects- March 2011


Baseline assessments in the communities of Osizweni and at the IMA clinic in Marianhill are currently underway. These assessments will be conducted at regular intervals throughout the year through the efforts of designated Tibb Lifestyle advisors based at the respective centres. Assessments comparisons with regard to specific indicators to gauge improvements relating to Lifestyle will be made in order to assess the benefits of Tibb in indigent communities.