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Paarl Boys' High probe sparks wave of support for corporal punishment

 

7 March 2019 

A wave of support for corporal punishment in schools followed the Western Cape education department’s confirmation on Thursday that it is investigating Paarl Boys’ High School.

Facebook comments were summed up by Adam Vuropolis, who said: “I prefer reading about this than teachers who are getting sworn at and beaten up. Keep up the good work if this is true.”

Big polluter Eskom regularly exceeds air pollution limits – damning new report

A new international expert report commissioned by the Life After Coal campaign shows that pollution from nearly all of Eskom’s coal-fired power plants persistently and significantly violates the air pollution limits in its licences.

This is not only illegal, but also means that Eskom is continuously endangering the health and violating the human rights of millions of people affected by this pollution.

The international expert report was based on Eskom’s own monthly reports of the emissions from its coal power plants, which Eskom submitted to authorities.

Testing makes you stronger

Men continue to face multiple barriers when attempting to access HIV testing and prevention services in South Africa; this is according to Dr Jean Bassett, Director of non-profit organisation Witkoppen Health and Welfare Centre. 

“We don’t think that enough is done to encourage men to access healthcare – it’s our mission to change this,” says Bassett. “We want to engage men in health issues that concern them, encouraging them to take preventative measures against HIV and Aids.”

The Council for Medical Schemes’ Fraud, Waste and Abuse (FWA) Summit is set to focus on South Africa’s multi-billion-rand healthcare challenge

21 February 2019: South Africa: “With increased fraud, waste and abuse in healthcare costing the industry more than R22 billion per year, the need for a partnership-driven approach to tackling this cancerous challenge has now become urgent,” says Dr Sipho Kabane, Acting Chief Executive and Registrar of the Council for Medical Schemes (CMS).
 
From 28 February to 1 March 2019, the CMS will host its inaugural Fraud, Waste and Abuse (FWA) Summit at the Sandton Convention Centre in Johannesburg.

Johannesburg's M2 highway closure delayed

 
28 February 2019 
 

It was too early to tell whether the closure of a section of the M2 highway would drastically affect traffic from Germiston to Johannesburg early on Thursday - as the planned closure did not go according to plan.

By 7.30am motorists were still driving from the east to the CBD on the section of road that was supposed to have been closed at 6am.

Johannesburg mayor Herman Mashaba announced recently that a portion of the M2 would be closed in both directions from 6am on Thursday.

Ebola medical centre attacked in DRC for 2nd time in week

28 February 2019 
 

The mayor of a city in the Democratic Republic of Congo and medical aid group Doctors Without Borders say intruders wreaked havoc at an Ebola treatment centre in the eastern city of Butembo, the second Ebola clinic in the region attacked in a week.

Butembo Mayor Sylvain Kanyamanda said unidentified raiders burned tents and other equipment at the centre on Wednesday.
 

Anti-gay laws widespread in Africa, despite gains

21 February 2019

More than half of the countries in sub-Saharan Africa have anti-homosexuality laws, although others have moved toward legal tolerance, watchdogs say.

Twenty-eight out of 49 countries have laws penalising same-sex relationships, according to Neela Ghoshal, a Human Rights Watch (HRW) specialist in lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender rights.
 

Hands-on Experience Learning : Embrace

Connecting South Africans around motherhood: Three strategic insights that have shaped the mission of Embrace
 
Embrace is a national movement to help create connected, supported and celebrated motherhood journeys for all women in South Africa. In this learning brief, we explore key lessons that helped Embrace evolve from a programmatic, city-wide initiative into a national movement for motherhood.
 

Miracle baby's mom, granny have not been arrested

14 February 2019
 

Police have slammed as false news allegations circulating on social media about the arrest of two women in connection with an infant who was on Monday dumped in a stormwater drain in Newlands East, north of Durban.

Following a four-hour miraculous rescue of the trapped baby, a picture of two women, labelled as the baby's mother and grandmother, started doing the rounds on social media on Wednesday.

 

Malawi removes 260 minors from adult prisons

14 February 2019 

Malawi has removed nearly 270 minors from two adult prisons, a legal action group said on Wednesday, following a court ruling and warnings about food shortages, disease risk and overcrowding.

The move came after a High Court ruling in June 2018 which ordered Bvumbwe and Kachere prisons to release all children being held there in a case brought by civil society organisations.
 

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