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Fake Medical Certificates for Sale

A list of 10 illegally practising or unregistered medical practitioners issuing bogus medical certificates for people to get off work in the Western Cape has been released by the Health Professions Council of South Africa (HPCSA).

The aim is to create awareness among employers, employees and the public.

Spokesperson Priscilla Sekhonyana says the HPCSA has in its possession 28 fake medical certificates reported to the Cape Town office, GroundUp reported.

Pupil Attacks Teacher

A matric pupil has been removed from a school in Randfontein after he allegedly used a brick to assault a teacher, Education MEC Panyaza Lesufi has confirmed.

The incident allegedly took place on October 21 and the pupil has been suspended, Education Department spokesperson Steve Mabona told News24.

The pupil will be given an opportunity to write his final exams elsewhere.

President Zuma Reshuffle

The intense bonds of loyalty in the governing ANC meant that former presidents Nelson Mandela and Thabo Mbeki took a long time to reshuffle their Cabinets when ministers did not perform.

Not so with President Reshuffle, aka Jacob Zuma, who is presiding over his 12th Cabinet at today's meeting of the national executive. Researcher Gareth van Onselen found in a report released earlier this year by the Institute for Race Relations that Zuma makes so many serial and regular reshuffles that his average Cabinet has lasted only 8.6 months.

Esidimeni - Emotional day for Families

Families of the patients who died after they were moved from Life Esidimeni to a number of unlicensed NGOs had to sit through an emotional day as the head of the project continued his testimony and failed to answer why they were moved.

There were regular murmurs from the families on the third day of the arbitration hearing as Levy Mosenogi, the director of planning, policy and research at the Gauteng health department, was unable to answer questions about why the department pushed ahead with its plans to transfer the patients.

The Cost of Being Too Frugal

In Nonprofits: We Must Break Out of the Scrappiness Cycle, Vu Le talks about the extremely frugal nature of most nonprofits. “We are always scrimping, trying to find the best deals, trying to get stuff discounted or preferably free. …  It has become a mind-set that is ingrained in all of us. It is our donors’ money! We must save! We must be responsible!”

And while this is true, there are times when frugality actually costs the organisation.

Thinking Beyond Numbers in the Quest for Total Women Empowerment

We should use the women month to affirm women of the country and reflect on the success that the country has made in ensuring that women play the rightful role in the society. Women can draw strength from the courageous 1957 generation.  We should appreciate various transformation policies and legislation that our country has promulgated in the quest to redress the gender disparities.  I guess it’s time to start thinking beyond numbers and the redressing phase.

SA Needs a Concrete Plan To Stop Gender Violence

Recently, newspapers carried an article about a 44-year old gender activist who was raped behind some bushes at night. Most readers likely skipped over it and turned to the sports pages. Perhaps partly because of the familiarity of the scenario, or partly to protect the reader from yet another story about “bad and violent things” happening in South Africa.

New HIV Policy for Schools Does Not Go Far Enough

The DBE’s new National Policy on HIV, STIs and TB in the basic education sector allows learners access to condoms and contraceptives, a development that has been lauded widely since its launch at the 8th SA AIDS Conference which took place in Durban from 13 to 15 June.

However, somewhat confusingly, the policy describes access to condoms as “dependent only on age of consent, inquiry and need”, while information on condom use will be facilitated for learners over the age of 12.

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