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RK Khan
RK Khan committee calling for dissolution of hospital board
8 July 2019, 3:54 PM

The RK Khan Action Committee is calling for the dissolution of the hospital’s current board. There has been public outrage after a video went viral on social media last week, showing a patient’s mouth filled with live maggots.

52-year-old Saadick Ebrahim died just days later at the hospital in Chatsworth, the south of Durban.

Residents are expected to embark on a demonstration outside the hospital on Monday afternoon.

Committee member, Visvin Reddy, says the hospital has become a death trap.

“The board of RK Khan was appointed last year. It was not advertised. Nobody even knew about it. We call on the MEC to immediately dissolve this board and put in place a board that is representative of the community. 40% of staff vacancies are unfilled. If you look at the patient nurse ratio it is very high,” says Reddy.

Meanwhile, these RK Khan patients and visitors have expressed their frustration at the current state of affairs.

“See how long we are waiting. From 6 o’ clock we are waiting. I’m so sick too and we have to wait. Sometimes they are not fair. My brother was here. He got injured at work, but they took long time to help him. After I saw what I saw it’s not too good. I’m not too happy about this hospital. They got no way (sic) of treating the people around here,” say some of the patients.

Police
Police investigating incident of burnt toddlers
8 July 2019, 3:11 PM

Police are investigating an incident in which four toddlers from the same family were burnt to death in Pelepele village in Mbizana, Eastern Cape. The incident happened on Saturday.

According to police reports, the toddlers were sleeping in the bedroom of a three-roomed flat when it suddenly caught fire.

It is alleged that the children were last seen playing outside the main house before they disappeared. It looks like they got tired and went to sleep in the outside three-bedroom flat.

Their family was alerted by a neighbour about the flat that was on fire. It was discovered that the electricity cords, which supply power from the main house to the flat, caused the fire inside the room, leading to the death of all four of them.

Police have opened an inquest into the death of the toddlers.

Cannabis
Morocco police seize record amount of cannabis resin
8 July 2019, 2:45 PM

Moroccan police seized a “record” 27.3 tonnes of cannabis resin hidden in trucks bound for Europe, the country’s security service said Monday.

The drugs were discovered Sunday evening at the vast Tanger Med port in three vehicles “believed to be transporting industrial equipment”, the General Directorate for National Security said in a statement.

The “record” quantity of resin was found “divided among 16 containers in the trailers of the three trucks”, the statement added.

The drivers and their three assistants, all Moroccan, were arrested and taken into police custody.

Tanger Med in northern Morocco is one of Africa’s largest ports and is within sight of the Spanish coast.

Morocco is one of the main global producers and exporters of cannabis resin, according to the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC).

Production is concentrated in the north of the country, where some 47,000 hectares of agricultural land were used for cannabis cultivation, according to UNODC statistics from 2016.

Moroccan police seized 52 tonnes of cannabis resin last year, according to official figures.

Mbalula ensures progress regarding e-tolls decision
8 July 2019, 1:45 PM

Transport Minister Fikile Mbalula says progress has been made in the process of engagement regarding the controversial e-tolls in Gauteng. He was addressing the 38th annual Southern African Transport Conference in Pretoria.

Mbalula’s statement follows the spat on social media between Gauteng Infrastructure Development and Property Management MEC Tasneem Motara, Premier David Makhura and Finance Minister Tito Mboweni on e-tolls.

Mbalula says the country will know government’s decision on the matter early next month.

“It’s a hard debate. It’s robust. Treasury is hard on the discussion because of what they are confronted with. Even our entities SANRAL and so on because they’ve got to have the capacity to borrow. They can’t borrow anymore. It affects our rating capacity and the rating agencies and how they look into South Africa. So these are issues that we are interrogating in terms of looking at the solution and the demand on the table. So in August you will get a comprehensive response to that,” explains Mbalula.

Irvin Khoza
ABSA Premiership increases prize money by 50%
26 June 2019, 8:49 PM

The Absa Premiership prize money for the league champions has been increased by 50 percent from the previous season.

Chairman of the League, Irvin Khoza made an announcement at the Premier Soccer League (PSL) offices on Wednesday afternoon.

There has been an outcry for many years for the prize money to go up, as many opinions suggested that the R10 million was not a sufficient reward for the amount of matches played in a season.

Absa Premiership clubs will be eager to go all out to claim the new prize money on offer. The financial package that is exclusive to the Premiership division receives an increment for the first time in almost a decade.

The 50% increase on the previous prize money will see those crowned champions take home R15 million. The runners up will receive R7,5 million.

“I think the prize money is very important because of the structure of the league and we are hoping to be more than this going forward because I think 240 games – 30 games per team is a very testing period of any competition. So you want that when you win, you feel that it was worth your while,” says Khoza.

The title sponsor felt that it deserved to review their long standing relationship with the PSL and increase the prize money.

“I think the fans are the beneficiaries. The quality of football will improve. The quality of the players will improve and ultimately the quality of our communities will improve,” says Oscar Siziba who is from ABSA.

The banking institution will also provide financial management package offered to the players, clubs and it’s technical teams.

“What we do to encourage the players is also to start thinking about life after football so that we can see them starting their own businesses. We can see them go back to school we can see them starting something for their communities ploughing back. We have seen the few that have taken that initiative but there are so many young players that are starting up at an early age and they lack the financial literacy and we want to bring it back as part of our relationship with the PSL to allow these players to see possibilities in football to see their dreams coming true in football,” says Siziba.

This development comes at a time when financial education is a huge concern amongst local footballers.

Fixtures for the 2018/19 season were also unveiled with the League scheduled to kick-off in August.

The Pretoria derby will headline the start of the new campaign when title holders Mamelodi Sundowns take on rivals SuperSport United.

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