Each day information replace: Steve Biko Hospital battling large Covid-19 inflow, and Presidency initiates disciplinary motion towards Khusela Diko


The Steve Biko Educational Hospital in Pretoria has been battling an inflow of Covid-19 sufferers over the previous few weeks, prompting them to place up tents and use different measure, to be able to keep away from having to show sufferers away.

The Gauteng Division of Well being has confirmed that the hospital is underneath pressure, and that photos and movies of sufferers being handled in makeshift emergency models on the facility are genuine.

Kekana mentioned the division transformed the Tshwane District Hospital right into a Covid-19 therapy facility final yr, which operates in partnership with Steve Biko as a Covid-19 therapy advanced, to be able to enhance designated mattress area for Covid-19 sufferers.

“The advanced is at the moment underneath strain particularly as regards to the sufferers that require specialist speedy consideration and subsequently could be handled in solely sure hospitals, which are additionally overwhelmed. The SBAH Emergency Unit entrance has an space that has a roof, designed to deal with disasters of particularly sufferers within the emergency class Precedence 3 (P3s), of which sufferers whose photographs are within the social media fall into,” she defined referring to the sufferers which seem like handled exterior within the makeshift facility.

Presidency initiates disciplinary course of towards Khusela Diko

The Presidency has determined to provoke an inner disciplinary course of towards President Cyril Ramaphosa’s spokesperson, Khusela Diko.

Diko took particular depart from the Presidency in July 2020 within the gentle of an investigation by the Particular Investigating Unit (SIU) into issues referring to procurement by the Gauteng Division of Well being.

The Presidency mentioned the SIU has reported that whereas the corruption element of the investigation is ongoing, it has not obtained any proof pointing to Diko’s involvement within the awarding of two contracts by the Gauteng Division of Well being to Royal Bhaca, an organization owned by Diko’s husband, Amabhaca, King Madzikazi II Thandisizwe, or in respect of the irregularities recognized in respect of such awards.

Authorities urged to expedite Liquor Modification Invoice

The Southern African Alcohol Coverage Alliance in South Africa (SAAPA SA) has urged the federal government to expedite the Liquor Modification Invoice of 2017, with the intention of decreasing the “harms” of alcohol slightly than “counting on emergency measures in occasions of disaster”.

The alliance mentioned it welcomes the acknowledgement within the ANC’s January 8 assertion of the influence alcohol abuse has on communities.

“The president [Cyril Ramaphosa] appropriately identified the necessity for a nationwide technique that features legislative opinions and group mobilization,” the alliance mentioned in an announcement.

A buyer’s car is filled with alcohol on the Makro Liquor Retailer in Roodepoort, 18 August 2020, as South Africa permits the sale of alcohol and cigarettes once more because the nation strikes into degree two of lockdown throughout efforts to curb the unfold of the Covid-19 coronavirus. Image: Michel Bega

SAAPA SA mentioned it seems to be ahead to participating with the federal government, which it urged to take steps “to completely cut back alcohol-related hurt” within the nation.

“Cupboard adopted a brand new Liquor Coverage in 2016, a coverage aligned with the World Well being Organisation (WHO) World technique to cut back the dangerous use of alcohol (2010). It should be carried out urgently.”

Authorities staff to take battle for will increase to Concourt

Can an employer merely again out of a collective bargaining settlement by crying poverty?

Fourteen South African union federations need the Constitutional Court docket to say this isn’t so; and are taking their battle with the largest employer within the land – the state – to the best courtroom within the land, The Congress of SA Commerce Unions (Cosatu) and the Federation of Unions of SA (Fedusa) and the Public Servants Affiliation (PSA) are interesting a Labour Court docket ruling which favoured authorities after it backed out of a 2018 settlement to hike up wages for public servants.

Talking on behalf of the unions, secretary-general of the SA Democratic Academics Union (Sadtu) Mugwena Maluleke mentioned the attraction can be based mostly on three primary arguments:

  • That authorities’s argument that the will increase have been unenforceable couldn’t stand as a result of it waited two years earlier than appearing to right this;
  • That the courtroom didn’t take into account the entire related correspondence between the employer and unions following the settlement;
  • And that authorities didn’t even attempt to discover a center floor upon realising there wasn’t sufficient cash to implement the wage will increase.

Indonesia says they’ve situated black field recorders from crashed airplane

Authorities have pinpointed the situation of two black containers from a crashed Indonesian jet, they mentioned Sunday, referring to cockpit voice and flight information recorders that could possibly be essential to understanding what occurred to the plane, which had 62 folks aboard.

“We’ve got situated the place of the black containers, each of them,” mentioned Soerjanto Tjahjanto, head of Indonesia’s transport security company.

“Divers will begin on the lookout for them now and hopefully it received’t be lengthy earlier than we get them.”

Divers pulled physique elements, wreckage and clothes from waters off Indonesia’s capital Jakarta on Sunday, because the navy situated a sign it hoped would result in the wreckage of a jet that crashed with 62 folks on board.

The Sriwijaya Air Boeing 737-500 plunged right into a steep dive about 4 minutes after it left Soekarno-Hatta worldwide airport in Jakarta on Saturday afternoon.

Church elders arrested after attacking cops

Police in Gauteng’s Sedibeng District arrested three folks in Sebokeng on Sunday, for contravening the COVID-19 Catastrophe Administration Act laws, in addition to public violence.

In line with an announcement, two male church elders, aged 47 and 69, and a 62-year outdated girl have been arrested, after police responded to a report of an unlawful gathering at a church in Sebokeng Zone 7.

On arrival, the roughly 250 gathered congregants have been ordered to disperse, however as a substitute they allegedly began throwing chairs at law enforcement officials. Police responded by firing rubber bullets and stun grenades on the congregants.

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