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South Africans, along with the rest of the world, commemorated Mandela Day on 18 July 2014. The day was observed for the first time since the passing of Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela, South Africa's first democratically-elected president since the fall of Apartheid following the country's successful democratic elections in 1994. This year, President Jacob Zuma, urged all citizens to take part in an 'Operation Clean Up for Madiba' campaign to honour Madiba and make the country a cleaner and therefore safer place to live in.
A few weeks ago, Sun City employees downed tools after discovering that the resort’s management had allegedly installed hidden cameras, without informing workers. This subsequently led to dismissal of hundreds of workers, accused by Sun City of ‘stealing food and beverages’. During the strike, workers were shot at leading to the admission of three people into hospital, with one of them in a critical state after being shot with live ammunition.
Minister of Health, Dr Aaron Motsoaledi addressed the concerns raised during the tuberculosis (TB) Conference in his presentation. He emphasised the government’s plans and strategies to stop the spread of TB, to increase the identification and treatment of TB patients.
The National Department of Health introduced latest developments of the new South Africa TB management guidelines. Dr Lindiwe Mvusi, Director in the TB Control and Management Cluster within the National Department of Health discussed the new developments of the South Africa TB management guidelines. The purpose of these guidelines is to serve as a guide for health practitioners in making appropriate decisions when managing TB patients. The new developments amongst others include:
Tuberculosis (TB) is a serious condition that can be fatal if left untreated, it has claimed many lives in the past. There is an urgent need for vaccination to prevent the disease. Opening the second plenary of the conference was Dr Willem Hanekom, Director of the South African Tuberculosis Vaccines Initiative (SATVI) talking about the need for vaccination to prevent TB. During his opening statement he emphasised the necessity to replace or to improve the Bacillus Calmette-Guerin (BCG) vaccine.
This was the headline goal at the opening of the conference.
By His Excellency Jacob G Zuma, President of the Republic of South Africa on the occasion of the Joint Sitting Of Parliament Cape Town 17 Jun 2014
By Jethro Kwenani My Father lost his father at the tender age of 12-years old and my late grandmother raised him and his siblings. Being the eldest was a lot of pressure, but he rose to the challenge. After school, he worked part-time to contribute to the household and help get his siblings through school. When I think back to when I was 12, I cannot even imagine having managed such a feat. That is just one of the reasons I call him Superman.