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Paddy Kearney
Late anti-apartheid activist Paddy Kearney hailed
1 December 2018, 8:39 PM

The late anti-apartheid activist Paddy Kearney has been hailed for playing a critical role in dealing with the 2015 xenophobic attack.

His funeral mass took place at the Emmanuel Cathedral in Durban. Kearney was one of Durban’s most well-known religious and human rights leaders.

Kearney (67) died in a Durban hospital on Friday following a heart attack. He was born in 1942 in Pietermaritzburg. He dedicated his life to fighting the injustices of apartheid and was a champion for the poor.

Kearney headed the work of Diakonia ministries, an organisation that soon trained people to set up social action groups in during the struggle against apartheid the 1980’s. His fight for social justice continued post-apartheid fighting for the voiceless.

The director of Dennis Hurley Centre, Raymond Perrier worked closely with Kearney. He says Kearney’s death has left a void in society.

“Paddy was very involved with Archbishop Hurley in the very beginning s of work to help people affected by HIV and AIDS. So it’s fitting that his funeral is on World AIDS Day. Dennis Hurley through Diakonia and through the Catholic Church helped to address the stigma of HIV, help people with AIDS to get all the support they needed. We wonder who is going to fill the gap he leaves behind, who is going to fill his shoes and a real sense of deep sadness and deep loss,” says Perrier.

Chief executive officer of the KwaZulu-Natal Christian Council Dr Douglas Dziba has commended Kearney for his mediation in talks to end xenophobic attacks in the province.

“My work with him was on migration, xenophobia and refugee issues. I was quite surprised when the refugees didn’t have anything to eat so we were requesting churches to make contributions but from his own pocket for the whole month I would go with to Hope Farm in Cato Ridge where he took his own money bought food, blankets, to contribute and to donate to refugees,” says Dziba.

Kearney will be cremated on Monday in a private family ceremony.

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Donald Trump
Trump offers praise for late George Bush, cancels press conference
1 December 2018, 6:27 PM

US President Donald Trump has offered praise for his late predecessor George H.W. Bush who passed away yesterday at the age of 94.

The 45th President of the United States said he and first lady Melania join a grieving nation to mourn the loss of the 41st president. Trump says Bush inspired a generation of Americans to public service while always finding a way to set the bar higher.

Trump who has had a difficult relationship with the entire Bush family, offered only praise for the late president and is expected to later offer his condolences in a call with former President George W. Bush, the son of the late President. The Bush family also buried their matriarch Barbara Bush who passed away just 8 months before her husband.

Trump is expected to attend the state funeral of the late President in Washington with next Wednesday expected to be designated a National Day of Mourning.

Former President Barack Obama called the late Bush a patriot and humble servant while former President Bill Clinton gave thanks for his long life of service and friendship.

Trump has meanwhile canceled a press conference planned for Saturday at the G20 summit, saying he wanted to show respect to the family of late president George H.W. Bush.

“Out of respect for the Bush Family and former President George H.W. Bush we will wait until after the funeral to have a press conference,” Trump tweeted.

Bush, the 41st president, died Friday at 94. – Additional Reporting Reuters

traffic
Load shedding causing havoc on Durban roads
1 December 2018, 5:11 PM

Durban is experiencing high traffic volumes with non-functioning traffic lights during load shedding. The eThekwini Metro Police says traffic officials will have officers only at major intersections around the city.

Eskom has announced that load shedding will be conducted rotationally to help protect the power utility from a total collapse or blackout. Stage 2 load shedding has been initiated for today.

“The Durban metro police service has traffic management plans in place to conduct traffic management in all the major intersections around Durban. Motorists are urged to please contact the control room on 36110000 to report robots switch out or sections which ore not managed. This will only be major intersections,” explains eThekwini Metro Police spokesperson, Parboo Sewpersadh.

Eskom implements Stage 2 load shedding

Power utility Eskom has announced it will implement stage 2 load shedding from 4 o’clock this afternoon to 10  o’clock tonight. Stage one had been in place since 9am this morning.

Eskom says it has shifted to stage 2 due to a shortage of capacity as a number of units have not returned to service. This is worsened by the loss of an additional unit.

Eskom has urged consumers to continue checking all social media platforms for load-shedding updates.

Initiates
Death toll among initiates rises in E Cape
1 December 2018, 3:22 PM

The death toll among initiates in Eastern Cape has risen to six. This follows the passing of a 20 year old initiate in Mcambele in the O. R. Tambo District on Saturday morning. This is the first initiate to die in the region in this initiation season.

The details surrounding his death are still sketchy but the cause of death is suspected to be pneumonia.

Eastern Cape Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs (COGTA) spokesperson Mamkeli Ngam says they are working to avoid such deaths.

“The MEC for COGTA in the provinces wishes to send out his heart-felt condolences to the bereaved families and their relatives for the loss of their loved one. In the same context, the MEC wishes to appeal to Traditional Leaders, parents and members of the community at large to work hands in gloves with District Initiation Monitoring Team to ensure the safe passage of our boys to manhood. One death is one death, too many,”

World aids day
Mabuza’s World Aids Day event snubbed
1 December 2018, 2:39 PM

People living with disabilities in Gauteng have refused to be part of the World AIDS Day commemoration in Dobsonville, Soweto. They say they have not been catered for and cannot access the venue and toilets on wheelchairs.

The event at which Acting President David Mabuza officiated has been poorly attended and most logistics not factored in.

Gauteng Health Member of the Executive Council MEC Gwen Ramakgopa has apologised for the poor organisation of the commemorative function which was initially scheduled to take place in Limpopo.

“The organising team, there’s a lot of things that didn’t go right and for that I want to apologise on their behalf. We are however are very happy that this event was held in Gauteng,” says Ramakgopa.

During the event, Mabuza has urged the youth to take charge of their lives and stand up against the spread of HIV/AIDS.

New campaign to educate the youth

Speaking at the ‘Colour My HIV’, the main commemorative event on World AIDS Day, Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi says a new campaign has been launched to educate the youth on the correct use of condoms in order to stem the spread of HIV/AIDS.

Young people in Gauteng have been meeting for the past two days to seek ways of ending AIDS by 2030. The theme for this year is ‘ Know Your Status ‘.

In the keynote address Acting President David Mabuza urged the youth to know their status and combat the spread of the disease. Motsloaedi says a new female condom will be launched next year.

Mabuza’s impassioned plea

In his role as  Chairperson of the South African National AIDS Council, Mabuza made an impassioned plea to young women to refrain from accepting advances from ‘sugar daddies’ and ‘blessers’.  He says young women are at risk of contracting HIV/AIDS from abusive older men.

“Let us not accept monies from people that want to abuse us. They call them sugar daddies and blessers. Our young girls, please, don’t do that. You might be in need or poor, but you are not going to stay poor. Work hard to change your situation. You must respect your body. You are an asset, respect yourself. Now, old men, this is a bad phenomenon. You don’t want your daughter to be abused. No means no.”

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