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How do we solve the dog attack problem?

We need to acknowledge that certain dog breeds — pit bulls, rottweilers, boerboels — are a power breed and when they inflict injury, it is serious because the bite from a little Chihuahua or Min Pin can’t inflict as much damage as a pit bull or boerboel.

So says Animal Welfare Society (AWS) general manager Cynthea van Rhijn in Behind The Herald Headlines with Daron Mann this week.

This is just days after an animal handler with cerebral palsy was attacked by a pit bull at the AWS shelter.

Quick thinking by the AWS vet and staff saved Matthew Murray’s life after the adult male cross pit bull grabbed hold of the 26-year-old, severely damaging his left arm and severing one of his main arteries in the process.

We also speak to the Pit Bull Federation of SA's Lehanda Rheeder.

Daine Klate awaits word on Chippa United coaching job

Former Bafana Bafana midfielder Daine Klate is being patient as he awaits clarification regarding his role with Nelson Mandela Bay soccer team Chippa United.

Klate, one of SA’s most decorated players at SuperSport United, Orlando Pirates and Bidvest Wits, was appointed Chippa head coach in July after some time spent coaching Chippa’s reserves.

Then in September, after seven matches, reports surfaced that he had been sacked.

Chippa United officially denied this, but Morgan Mammila proclaimed himself coach after the team’s 1-0 win against Marumao Gallants in the DStv Premiership.

In That Weekend Feeling with Daron Mann this week, we catch up with Klate.

Keeping the Nama language alive

Often considered a dying language in SA, Nama has received a welcome boost with the introduction in eight Eastern Cape schools of language lessons in Nama. 

Historically spoken by the Khoi, the language is being taught at four schools in Gqeberha and Kariega and four more in the Graaff-Reinet area. 

The schools form part of a pilot project, with the assistance of teachers in Namibia, to revive the language and as a start, Nama will be taught to smaller classes.

In Behind The Herald Headlines with Daron Mann this week, we speak to Goakxoab Kora Vernon Hennings and Goakxoab George Maleiba about the introduction of the language at schools.

Brendon Billings, who will be teaching Nama, also gives us a quick lesson in the basics — hello, goodbye, please and thank you. 

New mayor speaks on plans for the Bay 

In That Weekend Feeling with Daron Mann last week we spoke to DA councillor Retief Odendaal on his plans for the Bay should he become mayor. During a council meeting early on Thursday morning Odendaal was elected as mayor of Nelson Mandela Bay. 

What’s to be done about Nelson Mandela Bay’s no-go areas?

Criminals are making it hard for public servants to operate in certain parts of Nelson Mandela Bay, with several suburbs flagged as no-go areas.

Paramedics, social workers and municipal officials find themselves constantly under attack by criminals and some are forced to dodge bullets while on duty. 

One electricity department official was robbed 14 times over a period of a year while trying to restore power.

The man was lucky to survive after being shot at in three of the incidents.

In Behind The Herald Headlines with Daron Mann this week, we speak to electricity and energy political head Luxolo Namette and social development MEC Bukiwe Fanta’s spokesperson, Busi Jemsana-Mantashe.

Businessman, expert express concern about toxic dust

“There will be nothing left of Markman if this continues.”

So says  Precast concrete manufacturer Algoa Cement co-owner Chris Collett, who is one of several Nelson Mandela Bay businessmen expressing concern about the transport of manganese through Markman and the potential health and environmental hazard it poses.

Some businessmen in the area are already describing widespread respiratory problems among staff, resulting in calls for urgent testing to check for manganism, a debilitating nervous system disease caused by inhaling the toxic dust.

Much of the area has been reduced to a mangled ore-dust-laden mess since the manganese freight industry exploded in Markman during the first Covid-19 lockdown, which started in March 2020.

And, businesses in Markman say, the manganese operators seem to act with impunity and the Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality seems to have forgotten it is there to represent the residents and businesses of the Bay.

In Behind The Herald Headlines with Daron Mann this week, we speak to Collett and environmental chemist Ronelle Friend. 

How does metro plan to clean up filthy Korsten? 

Frustrated by empty promises from the Nelson Mandela Bay municipality, Korsten business owners have taken matters into their own hands and employed residents to clean up the filthy business precinct.

In August, the Korsten Traders Forum wrote a scathing  letter to the metro expressing concern about the deteriorating state of the business hub and requesting officials to enforce the city’s bylaws.

The forum has called for the regulation of informal traders in Korsten through the establishment of an informal traders’ association.

In Behind The Herald Headlines with Daron Mann this week, we speak to the metro’s economic development portfolio head, Mkhuseli Jack, about how they intend to tackle the issue. 

We also speak to forum member Ashraf Limbada, an attorney with offices in the area, who said they were fed up with empty promises.

Activists’ reaction to Shell ruling

The Makhanda high court has set aside Shell’s oil and gas exploration right which gave the multinational company licence to seismically blast the ecologically sensitive Wild Coast.

Environmental groups and Wild Coast communities which took on the oil and gas multinational are already celebrating their victory.

In That Weekend Feeling with Daron Mann this week, we speak to Gary Koekemoer of the Wildlife and Environment Society of South Africa and Dean Knox of Save The Wild Coast for their reaction to the high court ruling. 

Where next for bus used as a classroom?

A rickety old bus where snakes and monkeys find shelter serves as a classroom for about 15 pupils at Sindawonye Primary School on a farm near Kariega.
The pupils are also cramped together on one side, as damaged desks and chairs fill up half the converted vehicle.

In Behind The Herald Headlines with Daron Mann this week, we speak to education department spokesperson Malibongwe Mtima on what the department is going to do about the school. 

We also speak to Khula Community Development Project chair Petros Majola who did an inspection of the school on Monday after it was contacted by parents and the Uitenhage District Taxi Association.

Gift of the Givers  celebrate 30 years of humanitarian work 

For 30 years Gift of the Givers has served humanity unconditionally, contributing in a positive way to communities.

In That Weekend Feeling with Daron Mann this week, we catch up with Dr Imtiaz Sooliman, founder of Gift of the Givers to share with us how the past 30 years have been like for the organisation. 

Security at  Nelson Mandela Bay hospitals in spotlight

All services at the Uitenhage Provincial Hospital in Kariega have been restored after a nurse was attacked and death threats were made against staff at the weekend.

The nurse was assaulted when three men brought a man with multiple gunshot wounds to the hospital shortly after 6am on Sunday.

According to the Eastern Cape health department, the men arrived in a black Ford Fiesta and demanded that the nurses on duty take the wounded man from their car for treatment.

When the nurses told them there were only women on duty and asked them to help carry the wounded man into the trauma unit, one of the men punched the nurse in the face and then kicked her.

Security guards at the trauma unit had to call security staff at the main gate for assistance.

Before speeding off, the men allegedly threatened the lives of the hospital staff should the patient die.

He was, however, declared dead on arrival.

In Behind The Herald Headlines with Daron Mann this week, we speak to Eastern Cape health department spokesperson Mkhululi Ndamase about measures to improve security at all health facilities in Nelson Mandela Bay.

We also speak to police spokesperson Col Priscilla Naidu, who said a gang-related shooting before the hospital incident was being investigated.

She said police had interviewed the nurse who, at that stage, declined to open a case as she was still recovering and undergoing counselling. 

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