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Pelonomi hospital
Doctors demand more security at Pelonomi hospital
6 June 2019, 1:25 PM

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Doctors at the Pelonomi hospital in Bloemfontein are demanding that the Department of Health expedite the process of beefing up security at the hospital. The doctors in solidarity with  interns handed over a memorandum of demands to the Department.

This follows an attempted rape of an on duty intern doctor on Tuesday night. The doctor escaped the rape ordeal, when she bit off the perpetrator’s tongue. The culprit has since been arrested.

Proteas World Cup woes continue
5 June 2019, 8:30 PM

South Africa’s national cricket team has suffered their third successive defeat at 2019 Cricket World Cup, losing to 2011 champions India at Hampshire Bowl in Southampton. The Proteas limped to a well below par 227 for the loss of nine wickets in their 50 overs after winning the toss. The Indians coasted to the target in the 48th over, for six wicket win.

Seamer Jasprit Bumrah ensured that the Proteas made a dismal start to their innings after they won the toss. Maintaining a beautiful line and length, he dismissed Hashim Amla for six and a few overs later Quinton de Kock for 10 and South Africa were in some early trouble on 24 for two in the sixth over. Captain Faf du Plessis and Rassie van der Dussen set about rebuilding their innings.

They put on 54-runs for the third wicket and it seemed as if the Proteas were recovering somewhat. The introduction of the leg-spin of Yuzvendra Chahal however, undid the pair. Van der Dussen, who struggles to read wrist spinners, was unceremoniously bowled out for 22.

Du Plessis also looked out of his depth against Chahal and he was scalped a few deliveries later leaving the Proteas on 80 for four after 20 overs. The disappointment just worsened for the Proteas fans as veteran JP Duminy was soon on his way for three compliments of the spin of Kuldeep Yadav.

Just as it seemed South Africa were again regaining some momentum with David Miller and Andile Phelukwayo at the crease in a 46-run sixth wicket stand, Chahal struck again

He caught Miller for 31 off his own bowling and had Phehlukwayo stumped soon after for his fourth scalp of the match and South Africa were staring down the barrel on 159 for seven with 10 overs to go. Chris Morris and Kagiso Rabada provided some much needed runs. They shared in the highest partnership of the innings, 66 runs, with Morris scoring 42 from just 34 deliveries and Rabada finishing unbeaten on 31 to help lift the Proteas’ total at least part the 200 mark.

South Africa eventually hobbled to 227 for nine in their 50 overs, a woefully inadequate total to trouble a formidable Indian batting line-up. India’s openers made a circumspect start to their chase and Rabada would have dared South African supporters to hope when he removed Shikhar Dhawan for eight in the sixth over.

Indian captain Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma steadied their innings with a 41-run second wicket partnership before Phelukwayo and a sharp catch from De Kock saw India’s skipper depart for 18.

Rabada also claimed the wicket of KL Rahul some time later for 26 but an Indian victory, in spite of their low scoring rate, was never in any doubt.

Sharma was the lynchpin of their innings, absorbing little pressure early on, he remained composed notching up his 23rd century in one day cricket. He shared in a 74 run stand alongside former captain Mahendra-Singh Dhoni who eventually became the consolation wicket of Morris.

It was Harduk Pandya, now partnering Sharma, who added the finishing touches leisurely guiding the 2011 champions to their first victory of the tournament comfortably by 6 wickets with 15 deliveries to spare.

Muslims celebrate Eid-al-Fitr
5 June 2019, 7:46 PM

Muslims across the world are celebrating Eid-al- Fitr on Wednesday. The day marks the end of the month of Ramadan, a sacred period of fasting in the Muslim calendar. Eid- al-Fitr is the first day of the Islamic month of Shawwal. In Islam, Shawwal kicks off a month-long pilgrimage.

It also marks the end of Ramadan, a time of introspection, prayer and sacrifice for Muslims. At the Muir Street Mosque in District Six, the faithful have come together in supplication and thanksgiving. The sermon brings a message of peaceful co-existence and respect.

“It is important that we recognise those differences and that we live in harmony with one another in a peaceful manner that we do not condemn one another because they are different to us and I think that is the important message you learn throughout the month of fasting. The month of Ramadan, no matter of your colour, your creed, wherever you come from there is no geography boundaries where we are concerned,” says Sheigh Moegamad Moerat who is the Imam of Zeenatul Islam Mosque.

Eid is usually marked with early morning prayers, before families spend time together.

“For us as Muslims today it is both a day of joy but also a day of sadness because when we look across the world from being a child to where I am today and my brother can bear that out. We as Muslims have never suffered as much as we are suffering today, all over the world Muslims are dying. Ramadan is a period of time where the Almighty gives us the opportunity to conquer those aspects of the human condition that are in control of human beings. Our lust for our food, or our desire for physical intimacy, two of the most powerful precipitants to human behaviour. During Ramadan we get the opportunity to take control of that rather than be controlled by those lusts,” says worshipper Nazeem Ebrahim.

Traditionally, Muslim families also visit the graves of loved ones on this day. Offering prayers for mercy for those that have passed on but also encouraging the living to conduct themselves in a manner that will be worthy of heaven. Some families have, however, experienced a difficult end to the month of Ramadan. In Manenberg on the Cape Flats, heavy rainfall overnight caused flash floods, affecting a number of homes.

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Comrades marathon runners
Comrades Marathon upon us
5 June 2019, 7:33 PM

The anxious wait is almost over for about 20 000 runners who are set to tackle the 94th edition of the Comrades Marathon on Sunday. The race, a so-called ‘up run’ from Durban to Pietermaritzburg this year, will test the fitness and endurance of the participants over a gruelling 86. 83 kilometres route.

Thousands of runners will line up near the Durban City Hall for a 5:30am start on Sunday morning.  The gruelling challenge, with its several infamous hills to conquer, ends 12 hours later at the Scottsville race course in the province’s capital city.

Preparations are well under way for the event which has seen a record number of entries.

“It’s the most number of entries that we had in the history of the Comrades. We have just over 25 000 entries of that 21 631 have qualified to start the race on Sunday morning. We expect about 20 000 to start,” says Race Director Rowyn James.

More than 2000 international runners have entered while a third of the field will be novices.  The most popular occupation listed by runners is manager, more than 2400 of them will take on the challenge as well as 50 plumbers, seven judges and one mayor. The Comrades expo, where runners register, opens on Thursday in Durban.

Runners were cautioned about the warm weather forecast for race day.

“It’s going to be warm day on Sunday. We’ve made more than adequate provision in terms of refreshment stations, 43 well stocked refreshments stations on the route encouraging athletes to make sure that they hydrate regularly. The rule of thumb that we use is drink to thirst, keep well hydrated and that way ensure that you stay out of the medical tent,” explains James.

The refreshments include 30 000 litres of coke, 2 million water sachets and one and a half tonne of cooked potatoes and runners can also count on the enthusiastic support all along the route to keep them going.


Blitzboks Brown calls it a day
5 June 2019, 5:44 PM

Springbok Sevens stalwart, Kyle Brown, has retired from international sevens rugby after three World Rugby Sevens Series titles with the Blitzboks and 69 tournaments in the Green and Gold. The 32-year-old Brown made his debut for the Blitzboks in the 2008/09 season in Dubai and also captained the side for two seasons, with his last stint as skipper coming in Singapore in 2018.

Brown captained the team to an historic first gold medal in Rugby Sevens at the Commonwealth Games in 2014 and also won bronze with Team South Africa at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio. As a Blitzbok, Brown was part of all three Springbok Sevens squads that won the World Rugby Sevens Series in the 2008/09, 2016/17 and 2017/18 seasons.



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