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Ramokgopa to establish Gauteng mutual bank
5 July 2019, 12:03 PM

Gauteng Economic Development MEC Kgosientso Ramokgopa says he will establish a mutual bank in the province within a year.

Ramokgopa was briefing the media in Johannesburg on Friday morning.

The bank will be modelled along the now defunct VBS Mutual Bank and it will provide funding for small to medium businesses.

Ramokgopa says he is in the process of inviting players and experts in the banking sector to provide capital for small businesses.

Probe under way at Durban hospital after patient found with maggots in his mouth
5 July 2019, 11:15 AM

This story contains graphic information that may upset sensitive people.

The KwaZulu-Natal Health Department says they are addressing staff shortages at hospitals in the province after a graphic video emerged, showing live maggots in a patient’s mouth at RK Khan Hospital in Chatsworth, south of Durban.

The family of 52-year old Saadick Ebrahim are demanding answers – claiming nurses did not help to remove the maggots, but instead asked that family members clean him.

In the video, Ebrahim’s son can be heard demanding answers from the nurses over his father’s condition.

RK Khan board member Cyril Pillay says the hospital is understaffed and over loaded.

KwaZulu-Natal Health MEC Nomagugu Simelane-Zulu says they are investigating the incident.

“We’ve unleashed the Acting Head of Department to go and find out what led to the situation. The issue of staff shortages is affecting us adversely as a province. It is a matter that myself and the Premier are talking about and we are trying to get to the bottom of it to see how we can assist our institutions,” says Simelane-Zulu .

“My understanding – and it is what I have been talking to the nurses and doctors about – is that once you have a patient in front of you, that patient must be given your full attention at that particular point. It does not make sense that this is a patient that would get to this level. It is an indication that it had been there for a while and had been ignored,” she says.

 

Vicki Momberg
Journalists have put my life in danger: Vicki Momberg
11 June 2019, 12:41 PM

Former real estate agent and convicted racist Vicki Momberg has told the High Court in Johannesburg that journalists have no respect for her and have endangered her life.

The court had to be adjourned earlier on Tuesday morning following Momberg’s outburst as she stormed out of court, calling for journalists to be kicked out.

She alleges that some have published her address and cell phone number, saying this will put her entire family in danger.

Momberg is appealing her conviction and three-year sentence.

She was sentenced to three years in prison, with one year suspended, in March last year after she was captured on video shouting racial slurs at police officers while they were assisting her after she was involved in a smash-and-grab incident in February 2016.

She has told the judge that she would like to represent herself.

Lawyers involved in the case have said that they will no longer represent her as she is unhappy with their services.

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Teacher shot dead at Durban school
11 June 2019, 11:34 AM

A teacher has been shot dead at a school in Folweni township south of Durban in KwaZulu-Natal.

It is alleged that an unknown man entered the school premises on Tuesday morning and fired multiple shots at a 48-year-old male teacher who was walking down a passage at the time.

He was hit in the head and abdomen.

Police are investigating the incident and no arrests have been made.

 

Oscar Mabuyane
Eastern Cape Premier refutes home renovations allegations
11 June 2019, 10:11 AM

Eastern Cape Premier Oscar Mabuyane still seems to be grappling with answering for the renovation of his house with government funds.

He maintains that the allegations are propelled by his detractors.

It’s alleged that the Mbizana Local Municipality paid R450 000 towards the renovations of his house.

Mabuyane says the renovations were an arrangement between him and African National Congress (ANC) provincial Treasurer Babalo Madikize, before he assumed the Public Works Department MEC position.

In outlining plans for the province, Mabuyane says his top priority is ensuring that services are delivered to the people of the Eastern Cape.

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