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Restoring Dignity

Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi blames weak human resource management and unwieldy and irrational procurement policies

07 September 2017

The Department of Health is stepping in to buy medical equipment for the KwaZulu-Natal health department, after its investigation into the state of the province’s cancer services uncovered deep-seated problems with its procurement processes.
07 September 2017

On Wednesday, Minister of Health Aaron Motsoaledi appeared before the Parliamentary Portfolio Committee on Health to respond to the South African Human Rights Commission's damning investigation into the treatment of cancer patients in KwaZulu-Natal (KZN).
06 September 2017

 The results of this forensic audit will reveal what led to the collapse of equipment in terms of maintenance in Addington Hospital.
Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi on Wednesday informed MPs that his department would receive the results of a forensic audit into the reasons two radiotherapy machines at Addington Hospital in KwaZulu-Natal broke down and were never fixed, leading to hundreds, if not thousands, of deaths of cancer patients.
06 September 2017

Durban - A parliamentary committee says the high vacancy rate at the troubled Addington Hospital in KwaZulu-Natal has negatively impacted healthcare in the province.

06 September 2017

Cape Town - The South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) said on Wednesday that it was deeply concerned by reports that schools were shut down in Vuwani, Limpopo, after a resurgence of violent protests.
The classrooms in question were built by the education department more than five years ago as a result of classroom shortages at the school

05 September 2017

THE DA has welcomed the investigation into asbestos classrooms at Chloorkop Primary School.
4 September 2017

Residents in the Mangaung Metro Municipality continue to suffer as a result of the backlog of municipal services.

This, as the South African Human Rights Commission’s investigations into the appalling state of water and sanitation in the province continue. Residents in Pellissier, Bloemfontein, have in the past week had to live with the stench of sewage flooding their yards. One of the residents, Armand Erwee, says they are experiencing a health hazard as sewage spillages, a lack of water and electricity supply is increasingly becoming the norm.
The Ekurhuleni Municipality is dodging accountability for the polluted Kaalspruit River, while the health and safety of children are at risk

4 September 2017

 In 2015 a concrete pedestrian bridge was built over the Kaalspruit.

WATER in the Kaalspruit could be dangerous to Tembisans as it contains unacceptable high levels of E.Coli.

According to Michael Waters MP, DA deputy chief whip in the National Assembly and Lethabong Constituency Head, the E.Coli levels are 345 times higher than the accepted levels due to sewage leaks.
03 September 2017

The ANC has declined to lead a complaint of racism against Rajesh Gupta for allegedly referring to his employees as monkeys and causing them much distress.
03 September 2017

Cape Town - The owner of Brian’s Pub in Sea Point, where the display of an old South African flag led to an altercation, has taken the flag down and wants to meet the group of friends who took offence and were later jailed.
01 September 2017

Johannesburg Mayor, Herman Mashaba, has been criticised for his plan to use “shock and awe” to remove undocumented immigrants from the Johannesburg city centre. Throughout Mashaba’s term in office, he has been accused of fuelling xenophobia by making unconstitutional statements about foreign nationals living in the city.
August 31, 2017  

The Witzenberg Municipality has apologised to a group of backyarders whose shacks and some belongings were destroyed during an eviction in Wolseley last week. This is according to South African Human Rights Commissioner in the Western Cape, Chris Nissen.
It follows a meeting with the Witzenberg Municipality Mayor and municipal manager, called on behalf of the residents by Nissen and the Witzenberg Rural Development Centre.
31 August 2017

The DA has written to KwaZulu-Natal legislature speaker Lydia Johnson calling on her to take "the strongest possible steps within her legislative mandate" and suspend health MEC Sibongiseni Dhlomo from the provincial legislature. This follows the recent disclosure that the MEC blocked the South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) from performing oversight at KwaZulu-Natal hospitals following its recommendations in a damning June report into the province’s oncology crisis.
29 August 2017

The African National Congress (ANC) has been asked to take up racism complaint against Rajesh Gupta for calling his guards “monkeys and causing them much distress”. The call to lead a case of racism against Rajesh Tony Gupta was put forth by Lawyers for Human Rights and the Ahmed Kathrada Foundation, which asked the ruling party to either lodge the complaint at the Human Rights Commission on its own or with them.

G4S is a Pretoria-based provider of security solutions. The Gupta allegedly made the libelous statement after the guards did not answer when he called them. The incident reportedly took place in 2012. BuzzSouthAfrica gathered that the letter of complaint was part of hundreds of emails leaked from the Gupta family. In a letter sent to the ruling party, the executive director of Ahmed Kathrada Foundation, Neeshan Balton‚ and Sharon Ekambaram from Lawyers for Human Rights said Rajesh’s racist remarks are similar to Penny Sparrow case which ANC took up.

Source: Buzz South Africa
29 August 2017

Lawyers for Human Rights and the Ahmed Kathrada Foundation have approached the ANC to lead a case of racism against Rajesh "Tony" Gupta at the South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC)‚ either as the sole complainant or with them.
26 August 2017

Bloemfontein - The South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) says the fact that municipalities in the Free State are placed under administration will not help relieve poor communities.
25 August 2017

On Friday 18 August 2017, the High Court ruled on one of South Africa's most publicised hate speech matters in a victory for the human rights of members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex and gender non-conforming (LGBTI GNC) community.
25 August 2017

Health workers brace for an increased need for palliative care as waiting lists grow.

KwaZulu-Natal has just two public-sector oncologists left. As the province scrambles to recruit new specialists, treatment waiting lists grow and so too does the demand for specialised care for the sick and dying.
24 August 2017

KwaZulu-Natal Premier Willies Mchunu has appointed seasoned health practitioner and academic Ronald Green-Thompson to help overhaul the provincial health department.
24 August 2017

Durban – KwaZulu-Natal premier Willies Mchunu announced on Thursday that provincial planning commissioner, Professor Ronald Green-Thompson, had been assigned to “turn around the situation in the Department of Health”.
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