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Dr Maryam Dawjee becomes the first female Digital Smile Design master in SA

Dr Maryam Mohammed Dawjee has become the first woman and only the second person in South Africa with a masters degree in Digital Smile Design. This refers to the study of the relationships between the teeth, gums, and lips in order to virtually plan the treatment of patients with dental or facial conditions. With this latest technology that only very few in the world are trained in, patients become part of designing their own smiles. Prabashini Moodley sat down with the Johannesburg-based specialist, to find out how her expertise will advance treatment in the country...

Calls for the country's school infrastructure to be declared a national crisis

The Independent Institute of Education or IIE, is calling for South Africa's current school infrastructure to be declared a national crisis. The Institute says, the disruptions as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, will be detrimental to a child's long term educational career. Experts in the field say pupils worst affected by school closures and rotational learning, are those in overcrowded classrooms with no access to basic services and educational resources. Prabashini Moodley reports.....

Government launches vaccine registration for those over 60

The National Health Department has assured South Africans that every citizen, who registers on the Electronic Vaccination Data System, will be offered a vaccine. Health Minister, Dr Zweli Mkhize and his team, launched the EVD system for people over the age of 60, this morning. Phase two of the vaccination programme will include the elderly, essential workers, and those with comorbidities. Prabashini Moodley reports...

South Africa temporarily suspends J&J vaccine roll out

The South African government has temporarily suspended the roll out of the Johnson&Johnson Covid-19 vaccine. Health Minister, Dr Zweli Mkhize, made the announcement. It comes hard on the heels of the Food and Drug Administration in the United States calling for an immediate pause in the use of the vaccine after six women who received it developed a rare and severe form of blood clotting. Prabashini Moodley reports...

Jostina Sangweni murder reveals the harsh reality of mental health sufferers

The South African Depression and Anxiety Group or SADAG says, the murder of fifty-nine-year-old Jostina Sangweni is a horrific reminder of the absolute necessity of educating communities about mental illness and the seriousness of psychiatric conditions. Sangweni was killed in a mob justice incident in Soweto, last month. She was diagnosed with the mental disorder of schizophrenia however community members believed she was involved in witchcraft. Prabashini Moodley reports...

South Africa secures 51 million doses of COVID-19 vaccines

South Africa has secured more than fifty-million doses of COVID-19 vaccines and delivery is expected to start later this month. Health Minister Zweli Mkhize made the announcement at the Soweto Home for the Aged in Gauteng. Mkhize conducted a visit of the facility as well as the Charlotte Maxeke Academic Hospital in Parktown, Johannesburg, to access the readiness for the roll out of phase two of the vaccination programme. The vaccines have been secured from pharmaceutical giants Pfizer and Johnson and Johnson, as well as the COVAX facility. Prabashini Moodley reports...

A week filled with sorrow and sadness at the public broadcaster

The last few months have been an emotional roller coaster for SABC employees across the country. This week, 621 people left the employ of the public broadcaster. Of these, 346 opted for voluntary severance packages due to lower salary packages being offered to them. Those that remain bid an untimely farewell to many they considered family at the Corporation. This week, the SABC entered into its new structure after issuing a notice to all staff indicating that the retrenchment process has been concluded. Prabashini Moodley recaps on some of the most touching moments of the week...

621 jobs shed as SABC concludes it's retrenchment process

The SABC says that it has concluded the section 189 retrenchment process and will move to a new structure on the 1st of April. The public broadcaster says that 621 permanent employees will leave the organisation this week. Labour unions say that the job cuts will compromise the quality of SABC content and that the staff that remain will have an increased workload. Prabashini Moodley reports...

Flight doctor completes 100 life saving missions

One of SA's flight doctors, this month completed her 100th life-saving mission. Doctor Nadia Swart has been involved with medical emergency evacuations across the African continent for more than two years. In that time, she and her team, have been responsible for saving the lives of many people that required advanced medical care. However, life-saving on board an aircraft adds many additional challenges for the flight doctors as Prabashini Moodley finds out....

How the country's children survived one year of lockdown

Exactly a year ago on this day - South Africa went into a national lockdown in response to the Covid-19 pandemic. For many South African children the lockdown has left them feeling sad, lonely and eager to return to a life before the virus. The COVID-19 pandemic has caused death, hunger, homelessness, isolation and a complete overhaul of life as we know it. In the past year, the country recorded more than one-point-five-million-cases of the Corona Virus and more than fifty-two-thousand deaths. However, while adults still battle with the adjustment of a new norm, what has been a child's perception of living under lockdown for one year? Prabashini Moodley reports...

Fears that Easter celebrations may trigger COVID-19 third wave

The National Institute of Communicable Disease has warned that mass gatherings and social events over the Easter Holidays are likely to cause a surge in COVID-19 cases, which may trigger a third wave. Many South Africans have abandoned non-pharmaceutical interventions to prevent contracting COVID-19. Some have chosen to stop wearing masks at large family gatherings. This comes as South Africa is falling behind on it's vaccination targets. Prabashini Moodley compiled this report...

Gauteng clamping down on vaccine fraud

Gauteng has depleted its stock of the Johnson and Johnson vaccines. The province has already vaccinated more than 31-thousand healthcare workers. Gauteng Premier, David Makhura and Health MEC, Dr Nomathemba Mokgethi, today observed the jabs being administered at the Milpark Hospital in Johannesburg. The hospital, one of six dedicated vaccination sites, has thus far inoculated over four-thousand healthcare workers. Prabashini Moodley reports...

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