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02
DEC

KZN applauded for reaching HIV/AIDS UN targets this AIDS Day

Communities have been applauded for the success of the HIV/AIDS response in KwaZulu Natal. Four districts have reached and gone beyond the 2020 UN targets called the 90 90 90. These targets are aimed at ensuring that 90 percent of the population has been tested for HIV, 90 percent of HIV positive people are on treatment and 90 percent of those on treatment are virally suppressed. This comes as the world commemorates World AIDS Day on Sunday. Thabile Mbhele reports...
14
NOV

Sangomas speak out on abuse

Traditional Healers Organisation, THO, says it's inundated with complaints of sexual and emotional abuse between AmaThwasa and OGobela. AmaThwasa are trainee sangomas and Ogobela - practicing sangomas. THO says it is battling to find common ground with those who identify as gay and lesbian when they go for training. One trainee sangoma has opened up about sexual abuse at the hands of her gobela (trainer). Thabile Mbhele reports...
08
NOV

"Women must set Africa's agenda" - Hajer Sharief

Africa needs to define itself by its potential and not by the challenges it faces. This is according to Nobel Peace Prize nominee, Hajer Sharief. Speaking at the closing of the 2nd annual African Women in Dialogue conference in Boksburg on the East Rand - the Libyan activist says Africans are too comfortable with the narrative that the continent is poor and dangerous. More than one-thousand women from countries across the continent attended the week-long conference. Noma Bolani and Noko Malatjie compiled this report...
08
NOV

Husband in court for murder of wife and children

The Protea Magistrate's Court in Soweto has postponed the case against Sydney Nhlapo, who allegedly killed his wife and two children, to the 15th of November. The 48-year-old man was arrested after the discovery of the bodies of his 47-year-old wife and her two children in shallow graves at two separate locations in Soweto on Wednesday. They had been missing since the 1st of November. Pearl Magubane reports...
05
NOV

Over 30 000 Gau learners not yet placed in schools

About 34-thousand learners are yet to be placed in schools by the Gauteng Department of Education for the 2020 Academic Year. Briefing the media in Johannesburg, MEC Panyaza Lesufi said his department had already placed 85-percent of learners that applied on time and is confident that the remaining applicants will be placed by the end of the month. On Sunday, the department erroneously sent parents an SMS telling them to visit their nearest districts for placement processes. That resulted in chaotic scenes and frustrations at various district offices across the province. Lesufi has since apologised for the mishap. Zoleka Qodashe reports...
05
NOV

A look at Xolani Gwala's journey with cancer

In August last year former SABC radio and TV host, Xolani Gwala, spoke to the SABC about his battle with cancer. He said the stage four colon cancer diagnosis was the lowest point of his life and that of his family. When he was diagnosed the cancer had already spread in his body, including to his liver. This caused more stress and heartache, including leading to his father suffering a stroke. However, on a positive note, it brought his family much closer together. Senior Journalist Thabile Mbhele reports...
04
NOV

NHI expected to be rolled out through technology

The National Health Insurance, NHI, will seemingly not only change the quality of healthcare provided, but it will also change the way the health sector operates. The new health financing system aims to do away with paper and use technology instead. This emerged during a discussion on the NHI and health research and development in Johannesburg. The NHI Bill has been released for public comment and once approved in Parliament, it will be rolled out throughout the country. All South Africans are expected to be covered under the NHI by 2026. Thabile Mbhele reports...
04
NOV

New hospital CEOs bring hope

Lack of proper infrastructure, reducing maternal and child deaths as well as improving staff morale are some of the main challenges facing the incoming Chief Executive Officers in Gauteng hospitals. Health MEC, Doctor Bandile Masuku, has announced the appointment of 11 new hospital CEOs in the province. Three hospitals are however still without CEOs. Last month, Masuku said he hopes to fill all vacant positions - including those for nurses, doctors and other healthcare professionals - before the end of the year. Thabile Mbhele reports...
03
NOV

Climate change killing elephants in Zimbabwe

At least 80 elephants have been confirmed to have died in Zimbabwe over the past two months. Hundreds more are have died in neighbouring Botswana and Zambia. Scientists believe that climate change is reason why the elephants are perishing. The mammals are struggling to adapt as the effects of climate change begin taking its on Southern Africa. The majority of the elephants are dying from dehydration and starvation - others are being killed for wandering too close to villages...
03
NOV

SA remembers Xolani Gwala

Tributes continue to pour in for the veteran broadcaster and seasoned journalist, Xolani Gwala. He died on Friday morning after a long battle with stage 4 cancer. Gwala's employer Talk Radio 702 read the statement written by his wife Peggy-Sue Khumalo on Friday morning. With a career spanning over two decades - Gwala left an indelible mark on the media industry and in South Africa. Noma Bolani compiled this report...
03
OCT

Trade and Investment focus of Sussexes SA tour

Duke of Sussex, Prince Harry says the UK will donate 8 million pounds towards skills development projects in South Africa. Harry was speaking in Tembisa at the YES youth empowerment center. He was there with his wife, Meghan Markle, as part of the Joburg leg of their visit to South Africa. Pearl Magubane and Zoleka Qodashe filed this report...
24
SEP

Young SAn impresses at UN Youth Climate Change

A young South African meteorology student has impressed world leaders with a mobile app geared at fighting climate change issues in rural areas. Brighton Mabasa presented his MiWeather* (pronounced Me-Weather) app -- aimed at assisting small-scale farmers adjust to changing weather patterns -- before the United Nations Youth Climate Change Summit. Noma Bolani reports from New York...

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