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Kopanong Hospital
Deterioration of services at Kopanong Hospital reach crisis proportions
20 June 2019, 2:05 PM

The Democratic Nursing Organisation of South Africa (Denosa) says the deterioration of services at the Kopanong Hospital in Vereeniging on the Vaal has reached crisis proportion. All X-Ray staff members at the hospital have been put on two months’ special leave as a result of a possible radiation leak.

Denosa says the X-Ray Department at the hospital has not been operating since June.

Denosa’s Sedibeng Chairperson Sabatha Thekiso says the casualty section of the hospital is constantly overcrowded and there’s a shortage of beds.

“We have only six beds for consultation of patients in casualty, but at times you find there are stretchers put to accommodate more. There are also psychotic patients among those that are put in then the situation becomes chaotic. There are incidents like patients falling onto other patients and patients fighting others because they are agitated,” says Thekiso.

Banyana end World Cup with 4-0 loss
17 June 2019, 9:06 PM

Germany thumped South Africa 4-0 in a Group B match played at the La Masson, Nantes in France.

The Germans collected all nine points after three matches to sit at the top of the group. Spain finished second after being held to a 0-0 draw by China in a match played at Le Havre. Spain and China are level on four points but the Spaniards goal difference is one better. China who finished third are also through to the last sixteen. They qualify as one of the four best third placed teams.

From the first whistle Banyana Banyana were under fire against Germany. Germany, who are ranked second in the FIFA World rankings camped in Banyana’s half in the opening minutes. It was a matter of time until they secured the first goal in the 14th minute. The Germans continued to bombard Banyana Banyana.

South Africa’s defence failed to handle the pressure and committed too many mistakes.

It was 2-0 in the 29th minute. Banyana Banyana coach Desiree Ellis made a tough decision to start with Amanda Mthandi in place of favourite Thembi Kgatlana. That backfired as Germany increased their tally to 3-0 before half time.

In the second half, coach Ellis made changes and brought in Kgatlana but the Germans were undeterred. They scored the fourth goal in the 58th minute to make it 4-0. Banyana Banyana are expected back in South Africa this week.


Investigation under way after SANDF and Moz police shootout
17 June 2019, 6:52 PM

An internal investigation by the National Defence Force is under way after a shooting incident involving SANDF troops and Mozambican border police at Ndumo in the far north of KwaZulu-Natal. Wire service Reuters is quoting Mozambican television as saying that two Mozambican border police were killed.

The border area is a known as a smuggling route.

Spokesperson, Mafi Mgobozi says there were no South African Defence Force injuries.

“On the side of the South African soldiers, I can say that there was no injuries but for the Mozambican boarder police,  it is difficult for me to confirm for them, but on our side no one was injured. The incident which occurred between South African soldiers and Mozambican boarder police at the present moment, we can’t share much information as the reason for the shooting. We have sent a team there to go and investigate so that we can be able to say concretely what really happened,” says Mgobozi.

Zindzi Mandela
Dirco to assess Zindzi Mandela’s tweets
17 June 2019, 6:44 PM

International Relations says it will enforce its social media policy and take further action should it conclude that Ambassador Zindzi Mandela was behind some of the tweets under the hashtag ‘Our Land’.

The string of tweets, allegedly posted by the Denmark Ambassador, caused uproar on social media with some users labeling them as divisive and against the Mandela legacy.

However, speaking out for the first time, Dirco says it cannot verify the authenticity of the tweets.

Dirco Spokesperson Clayson Monyela says,  “That account that has been tweeting is not a verified account. It becomes difficult, if not impossible to know who it belongs to. Secondly, we would need to get hold of Ambassador Mandela to check whether this is her account; whether she is the one who has been tweeting. We will then bring in our social media policy and take the process forward.”

Junior Boks
Junior Boks to tackle France in semi-final
17 June 2019, 6:00 PM

The Junior Springboks are set to face France in the 2019 U20 Championship semi-final on Monday night.

The junior Boks have been performing exceptionally well throughout the group stages with victories over Scotland, Georgia and New Zealand.

The technical team has announced an unchanged team for the clash and will aim to proceed into the finals where they will face the winner in the other semi-final between host nation Argentina and Australia.



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