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FEB
6am

NSFAS defunds old qualifications

The National Student Financial Aid Scheme (NSFAS) through a circular notice sent to university registrars on 12 February, announced that financial aid for certain university qualifications in teaching and nursing will no longer be available for first-year students. A final list of funded qualifications is still being devised in consultation with the Department of Higher Education and Training. We spoke to Ishmael Mnisi, spokesperson for the Department of Higher Education.
19
FEB
5am

CRL commission turns focus on alleged abuse at Universal Church

The CRL Rights Commission is currently holding investigative hearings into alleged abuse at the Universal Church. Some of the alleged violations include, forced male sterilization, denial of rights to attend family funerals, young people forced to leave school and women pressured to commit abortions. A number of the victims are presenting their testimonies at the investigative hearings.We spoke to our reporter Maageketla Mohlabe.
18
FEB
6am

Mabuyane sacks Health MEC Gomba while Mbengashe will face disciplinary action

Eastern Cape Premier, Oscar Mabuyane, has announced that the former superintendent general of the provincial Health Department, Dr Thobile Mbengashe, will face disciplinary action - following the SIU's findings relating to last year's procurement of ambulance scooters intended to assist Covid19 patients. Speaking during a media briefing in Bisho, Mabuyane also announced that Health MEC Sindiswa Gomba has been relieved of her duties - after she was charged with corruption and fraud linked to the Nelson Mandela Funeral scandal. The alleged fraud amounts to 10-million rand that was siphoned from the Buffalo City Municipality, by flouting tender processes during the Mandela funeral in 2013. Mabuyane says Gomba will remain a member of the provincial legislature.
12
FEB
6am

Breipaal Residents Fight Evictions

Residents in Breipaal, Douglas in the Northern Cape are living in fear and are under victimization following forced removals in the area. Some have been staying in Breipaal for over 20 years and say they are being kicked out like dogs from their places by those in power who are involved in dodgy dealings.We spoke to one of the Residents there and got reaction from Mr Martin Fillis, the Municipal Manager of Siyancuma Local Municipality in the Northen Cape.
11
FEB
5am

Eskom wastes R840 million on an unfinished housing project at Kusile Power Station

The Portfolio Committee on Public Enterprises, is outraged and dismayed by the fruitless and wasteful expenditure by Eskom, which was incurred in the building of accommodation for Eskom employees at Kusile power station. Power Utility Eskom has allegedly spent R840 million on a housing project for its Kusile Power Station staff, But the project of 336 units has been abandoned and still remains unfinished. The state-owned entity has allegedly spent more than R1-billion to date on renting accommodation for the same employees it had planned to house in the 336 units in the Wilge Residential Development project. In July 2012, Eskom entered into a contract with the Liviero Group to construct the Wilge flats. The group has since gone under voluntary business rescue, and one of its companies has been liquidated. The indebted Eskom has been struggling to keep the lights on over the past few years. We spoke to Eskom's Spokesperson Sikonathi Mantshantsha...
04
FEB
5am

M5 Medicine- could this be a remedy for Covid-19?

M5 Medigroup, a traditional healer's company, alleges it has found a remedy that treats the deadly Covid-19 virus. The results from the concoction, a mixture of various herbs, produced by M5 Medigroup, have shown a remarkable recovery time of a day or two, the maximum being three. We spoke to Director of M5 Medigroup, Mr Mohale Mohale.
02
FEB
6am

Mixed reactions to ANC IPC decision in the North West

North West Premier, Job Mokgoro, insists that he has not yet receive a letter of suspension from the ANC's Interim Provincial Committee ( IPC). The IPC says Mokgoro and four other members of the provincial legislature, colluded with opposition parties during the election of a new Chair of Chairs in the legislature. We spoke to political analyst, Prof. Andre Duvenhage.
28
JAN
6am

Gauteng Health MEC responds to Tembisa hospital findings

Shonisani Lethole's mother Patricia Lethole says she is happy that Justice for her son is near. She has thanked the Health Ombudsman for his work into this matter. This after Health Ombudsman, Professor Malegapuru Makgoba's investigations revealed medical negligence at the Tembisa Tertiary Hospital following the death of Lethole. He was admitted to hospital in July last year with breathing difficulties. Here is Patricia Lethole speaking at the virtual briefing. We also received a very sad and worrying voice note. We also spoke to Gauteng Health MEC Nomathemba Mokgethi..
27
JAN
5am

Health Ombud: Substandard care and medical negligence at Tembisa hospital resulted in the death of Lethole

Health Ombud, Professor Malegapuru Makgoba, has found evidence of medical negligence at the Tembisa Tertiary Hospital following the death of businessman Shonisani Lethole. Lethole was admitted to hospital in July last year with breathing difficulties and died before he received his results, which showed he had tested positive for Covid-19. He took to social media to reach out to Health Minister, Zweli Mkhize about the deplorable conditions at the hospital saying he was being starved and mistreated by staff.Professor Makgoba has just released a report on the investigations which reveal substandard care, medical negligence including Lethole not being fed for 100 hours and 54 minutes in total. Lets take a listen to what the Health Ombud, Professor Malegapuru Makgoba revealed earlier.....

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