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Congo has given over 200 000 people Merck Ebola vaccine: government
25 August 2019, 4:55 PM

Congolese authorities and health workers vaccinated more than 200 000 people against Ebola in August, the government said on Sunday, using a Merck vaccine they hope will help rein in the world’s second worst epidemic.

Figures released by the government’s Ebola committee showed that 204 044 people had been inoculated since 8 August. A total of 1 980 people have so far died in this epidemic, of 2 950 people suspected to have been infected — clinically confirmed cases are a little lower, at 2 845.

It remains the second biggest death toll in the disease’s history, after a 2014-16 outbreak in West Africa that killed 11 300 people.

The US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) said on Wednesday it will fund the manufacturing of Merck & Co Inc’s investigational Ebola vaccine called V920. Another vaccine by Johnson and Johnson is available but authorities have yet to deploy it for fear of creating confusion among an already skeptical and sometimes hostile population.

“The only vaccine that has been used in this epidemic is (the one) … manufactured by Merck,” the committee statement said.

Ebola appears to be under control in the city of Goma in Congo but it has flared in other parts of the country, where aid workers are combating insecurity and misinformation on social media.

Limpopo MEC sends condolences after Zebediela accident
25 August 2019, 3:40 PM

Limpopo Transport and Community Safety MEC Dickson Masemola has conveyed condolences to relatives of the nine people who died in a multi-vehicle collision at Zebediela in Limpopo. The crash occurred on Saturday night on the R579 near Rafiri village when a bakkie collided with a minibus.

Spokesperson for the MEC Joel Seabi says Masemola has also wished the 27 injured people a speedy recovery.

“MEC Masemola sends his condolences to families of the nine people who perished. He further takes this opportunity to wish those 27 people who are in hospital a speedy recovery. Again motorists in the province are cautioned to really exercise patience and tolerance on the road. Indeed the province cannot really afford to continuously lose lives in such a streak that we have seen in the recent past.”

Police are investigating a culpable homicide case after the multi-vehicle collision.

Provincial police spokesperson, Moatshe Ngoepe says it is alleged that the accident was a head-on collision.

“The police in Zebediela outside Mokopane are investigating a case of culpable homicide which occurred last night on the 24th at about 20h30 along the R579 road near Rafiri village.  It is alleged that a Nissan bakkie was overtaking another motor vehicle when it collided head-on with a Toyota Quantum. Subsequently, another Toyota Quantum and a Mercedes Benz sedan were also involved. During this collision nine people died and 27 sustained serious injuries.”

Tributes pour in for businesswoman Thandi Ndlovu
24 August 2019, 9:20 PM

Top businesswoman Dr. Thandi Ndlovu has died in a car crash near Rustenburg in North West. Details around the crash are still sketchy but it is believed that she and other occupants, died in a head-on collision.

The African National Congress (ANC) says Ndlovu, who was a former president of the Black Business Council for the Built Environment, was a freedom fighter and feminist.

The party says Ndlovu spent her free time caring for veteran stalwarts like Adelaide Tambo and Ruth Mompati. During the liberation struggle she was part of uMkhonto Wesizwe.

The ANC has sent its heartfelt condolences to her family.

Others have also taken to social media to send tributes to the late businesswoman.

 

Moloto re-elected PAC president
24 August 2019, 8:32 PM

The Pan Africanist Congress of Azania (PAC) national elective congress has re-elected Narius Moloto as the party president. Moloto has been elected unopposed.

The candidates for the other positions were also elected unanimously. Moloto is deputised by Benneth Joko.

Phumzile Phasha is the first woman to be elected into the position of the Chairperson.

The new Secretary-General is Phillip Dlhamini, his deputy is Kodisang Bokaba, Treasurer is Medupi Maile and National Organiser is Junior Ntabeni.

Dlhamini says they are elated that the conference went smoothly. “The objective has been achieved, the rule by decree ended so there’s a new elected leadership of the PAC: Mr Moloto is the president, his deputy is Benneth Joko and I was elected Secretary General. I do not know of a branch that is not invited here.”

Dlhamini says they will not seek court intervention to stop the other faction from holding its congress. The faction led by Apa Pooe is planning to hold its congress in Bloemfontein next week.

It had earlier wanted to interdict the Moloto faction from holding its congress, but failed.

Dhlamini says the Appeals Court will be the final arbiter on the legitimate leadership of the party. “That challenge is a challenge that leadership should deal with, the issue is before court, we cannot interfere with the law. Let the rule of law prevail, so we cannot go to court and try to stop them because the matter is before court.”

Theatre production aims to bring healing to rape survivors
24 August 2019, 7:17 PM

A theatre production called “Voices” is using art to bring collective healing to rape survivors. A group of young women relate their traumatic past through a series of monologues.

The production is currently showing at the Bloemfontein Civic Centre.

Co-author of the play, Nomaxabiso Mondi, says she could not defend herself against her rapist. “You know sometimes when someone is doing something to you, it is easy for you to defend yourself but when it comes to me, I could not because the person was very old, he was 49 years and I was 8 years.”

Watch the video below for more on the play: 

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