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DA heeds Kathrada’s call to visit Robben Island
30 October 2017, 7:59 PM

The Democratic Alliance (DA) hosted by the Ahmed Kathrada Foundation has visited Robben Island. The trip was in line with Kathrada’s vision to invite leaders of opposition parties to the island to learn more about South Africa’s history.

DA’s leader, Mmusi Maimane and his delegation were given a guided tour by former islanders who shared their tales. Robben Island has been described as the most extreme form of incarceration in South Africa.

Ahmed Kathrada believed it was necessary to keep the story of the island and its inmates alive. Maimane and his team had the privilege of being guided by Laloo Chiba, a close friend of Kathrada and a former islander himself as well as Luyanda Mpahlwa, also a former islander and a member of the Robben Island council.

In the lime quarry, Chiba explained how many inmates, including Nelson Mandela, suffered long term damage to their eyes from the glare of the sun on the rock.

Despite the hardships they endured, former islanders shared stories of what they looked forward to. Like  the odd visit from a loved one, a letter, and, their very own island olympics, which included sports like chess and table tennis.

Gibson shaking things up in Proteas
30 October 2017, 5:00 PM

The South African Cricket team has displayed outstanding performances against the Bangladesh tourists over the past 5 weeks under new head coach Gibson’s next assignment is a four-day test match against Zimbabwe at home before India and Australia tour South Africa. He also announced that he will be altering his support staff in the coming weeks and has already appointed himself as the fast bowling coach.

 

Whitewashing the tourists across all formats of the game, saw the Proteas dominate tests, all three one-day internationals and both T20s. Gibson shook things up by bringing in some fresh youngsters, and they yielded excellent results thus emphasising the depth in South African cricket. It was Gibson’s first stint at the reins with the team and he says that he is pleased with the team’s performance.

“I think it’s gone really well when you come in as a new coach it couldn’t have gone much better played a lot of good cricket .I think we’ve been able to play a dominating brand of cricket; front-foot cricket ,” said Gibson.

He is however concerned that some of his key players are still out of action with injuries. “I think there are sort of four or five keys players that are missing is still a concern so perhaps fitness is something well have to look at going forward and trying keep people fit it’s not easy when you have that many injured players quality players as well players that most likely will be in the team, therefor that’s something that we have to look at and see how we can make that side of things better.”

Gibson kept the support staff that served under Russel Domingo for his first haul in charge but has made it clear that changes are coming. Gibson did not confirm who is on his list for support-staff positions but he did confirm that he will take over the bowling coach role from Charl Langeveldt  He will appoint four other support personnel ; an assistant coach, a batting coach, a fielding coach and a spin-bowling coach.

“There is quite likely to be new faces I’m going to do the fast bowling myself .I can say that already because I’ve spoken to Charl, I’ve spoken to CSA they’re aware of that and there quite likely to be a few other new faces I’ve given CSA my sort of wish list if you like people that I think will come in and add value and over the past five weeks I’ve been I’ve been talking to various different people around the country to get opinions on other coaches.”

Gibson wants lots of time with his team before India and Australia tour South Africa at the beginning of 2018. He believes that having his best team available for these games could yield promising results.

“Yeah for sure the test ranking is probably more important that the ODI ranking especially given the fact that over the next 3 or 4 months were playing both of the top two teams here in our back yard there’s a real feeling that if we can get our best team on the field then we have a real opportunity to beat those two teams.”

EC doctors protest over practice burglaries
30 October 2017, 4:27 PM

Doctors took to the streets of Motherwell on Monday in protest of the ongoing robberies of practices in the townships of Port Elizabeth. A total of 10 practices have been robbed in September alone. Subsequently, three practices have closed because of these crimes. Doctors are saying enough is enough.

It was a peaceful, dignified protest. Doctors from various townships of Port Elizabeth as well as patients and community members, marched in solidarity toward Motherwell Police Station. They held hands showing everyone that they are in the fight together.

Doctor Gavin April, an active member of this protest pleads with the community to help the police. “Patients, police doctors, we all have one thing in common. We belong to a greater community we cannot just depend on the police to look after us. As the community we have to be actively involved to assist the police to help us to make our society our environment safer. I call upon our community, you know who these criminals are. You know whose been robbing stores, whose been robbing surgeries, whose been harming and raping women. Stand up.”

A memorandum of the doctor’s concerns was given to the police. Within the memorandum was a plight for better police visibility, a comprehensive plan on how the police are going to deal with this problem and many more. Brigadier Ernie Neethling, the Station Commander at Motherwell Police Station says that the concerns of the protest have been heard and they are working hard to bring about justice.

The services the doctors render, lifts a burden for state hospitals and clinics. Without it, many people, especially those on chronic medications, will suffer.

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