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Proteas
Proteas up for heavy run chase against Bangladesh
2 June 2019, 3:59 PM

South Africa are in all sorts of trouble against Bangladesh in their second World Cup match at the Oval in London.

Bangladesh were sent in to bat and scored a mammoth 330 for 6, their highest ever score in One Day cricket.

Mushfiqur Rahim top scored with 78 off 80 bowls. There were three key partnerships that kept Bangladesh on top.

South Africa needs to chase down 331 for the win. They will be without Hashim Amla, who hasn’t recovered from a knock to the head against England.

Fast bowler, Lungi Ngidi retired hurt after four overs of bowling with an injured hamstring.

Neymar
Neymar denies accusation of rape
2 June 2019, 3:28 PM

Brazil soccer star Neymar has denied accusations of rape contained in a Sao Paulo police report seen by Reuters, saying he had been the victim of an extortion attempt by a lawyer claiming to represent the woman he is alleged to have assaulted.

The woman alleged that Neymar had drunkenly assaulted her this month at an upmarket hotel in the French capital, where he plays for the Paris St Germain club.

A statement issued by Neymar’s management on his website (www.neymaroficial.com) said the 27-year-old forward completely repudiated the allegations.

According to the police report, the unnamed woman told investigators in Sao Paulo that she met Neymar on Instagram and he suggested they meet in Paris.

Neymar’s assistant sent her plane tickets and on May 15 she checked in to the Hotel Sofitel Paris Arc Du Triomphe, according to her account.

The Sofitel hotel did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Patricia Kopane
DA blames poor border security for Councillor, husband death
2 June 2019, 3:12 PM

The Democratic Alliance (DA) in the Free State has blamed failing security at the country’s borders for the murder of one of its councillors and her husband.

68 year old Monica and 74 year old Basil Deniacos were found dead in their home in Dealesville, Free State, last week.

Police found a blunt object in the house which apparently was used in the murder. Two Malawian nationals have been arrested in connection with the murder and are expected to appear in court on Monday.

DA Free State leader Patricia Kopane has appealed to the government to introduce stricter border laws.

“The DA says everybody must be documented. We need to know who are these people. Those who are illegal into our country must be taken back to their countries. Those who are legally here it is our responsibility to ensure how best we can help them,” says Kopane.

Vuyani Jarana
SAA Board to issue statement on Jarana’s resignation
2 June 2019, 2:56 PM

The South African Airways (SAA) Board is expected to issue a statement shortly on the resignation of the state-owned airline’s CEO, Vuyani Jarana.

He has reportedly resigned due to what he said was the lack of progress on a strategy to turn around the loss-making airline.

The SAA has not made a profit since 2011.

Jarana, who was appointed in the position in 2017, tendered his resignation letter to SAA board chairperson J.B Magwaza.

He cited uncertainty about funding and slow decision-making processes that were delaying the airline’s turnaround strategy. He is to work a three-month notice period until the end of August.

Jarana’s resignation comes just more than a week after state-owned power utility, Eskom’s CEO Phakamani Hadebe announced his resignation, citing health reasons for the decision

The Free Market Foundation (FMF) says it is concerning that the Chief Operating Officers of two state-owned entities have resigned in a short period of time. Executive Director at FMF, Leon Louw says there seems to be dissatisfaction among CEOs.

“We’ve had two major CEO’s resigning in South Africa in a month and there seems to be dissatisfaction amongst them with direct interference in their management of these enterprises and a failure to produce funding. I think the other factor the more fundamental one is very simple someone as astute as Mr Jarana would know that this can’t be done he’s wasting his time he’s been handed a poisoned chalice.,” says Louw.

 

Meanwhile the African National Congress (ANC) says it expects Public Enterprises Minister Pravin Gordhan to ensure the continued stability and operation of state-owned enterprises.

ANC spokesperson Pule Mabe says the governing party has deployed capable cadres to the executive, tasked with ensuring the effective functioning of a capable state.

“The capability would also be expressed through the kind of men and women that we have deployed. We have got the Ministry of Public Enterprises led by Minister Pravin Gordhan. It is our expectation that he is going to rise to attend to matters that might have an effect on the stability and continued operations of SAA. We cant really formulate an opinion at this stage.”

 

Public-private partnerships in Africa’s health sector on the increase
30 May 2019, 9:45 PM

As public-private partnerships continue to grow in Africa’s health sector, public healthcare on the continent continues to bleed as healthcare workers leave for private practice.

Health authorities from Uganda, Lesotho, Ghana and Namibia gathered in Johannesburg to discuss the triumphs and challenges of public-private partnerships in the healthcare sector.

Government continues to be the largest provider of healthcare in most African countries. In countries like Namibia, 85% of patients receive treatment from state facilities.

These services burden the government purse and in an attempt to ease the burden, authorities want to introduce a way they can share the burden. This will see private healthcare providers sharing spaces with their public counter parts.

“What the co-sharing concept means is that the healthcare will be at our facility because we have a lot of facilities that are very old and not good in terms of providing quality healthcare. But when someone wants to put up a hospital of say 500 beds and we have a facility with 1 000 beds, maybe we can navigate through those process and try and see if they can occupy our buildings, bringing all the technology, provide care that our people need. Then we don’t have people that go to a private facility looking for those things like an MRI but use our facility,” says Juliet Kavetuna, who is the Deputy Health Minister of Namibia.

While Namibia is making inroads in growing private sector participation in its health sector, Ghana has 60% of their citizens relying on public healthcare.

The country has systems in place to ensure citizens are able to benefit from private healthcare infrastructure.

“What the government has done is do a collaboration between public hospitals and those belonging to faith-based organisation is that the government acknowledges the ownership rights of these hospitals. But in terms of personnel who worked at these hospitals, they all trained in public institutions and they are paid by the government so that these faith-based organisation will get a return on the investment. This partnership ensures that the service there and those at government hospitals is the same,” says Alexander Abban, Deputy Health Minister of Ghana.

While most countries present have different experiences, most agree that the financial attraction towards the private is causing a huge brain drain. This as most health workers choose to follow the money.

According to countries represented at the summit, this is a challenge that is yet to be completely addressed.

 

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