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Health and Education

PRETORIA, December 16 – Government will increase subsidies to universities from 0.68 percent to one percent of GDP over the next five years as recommended by the Heher Commission of Inquiry into higher education and training, and in line with comparable economies to address the overall gross underfunding of the sector, the presidency said on Saturday. This would be done...
JOHANNESBURG, December 8 – Families were reduced to tears at the Life Esidimeni arbitration hearings after the suspended head of Gauteng health department head, Dr Tiego Selebano, gave a heartfelt apology for the deaths of 143 psychiatric patients. Selebano took the stand on his last day on Friday when he was asked by retired deputy chief justice Moseneke, who is chairing the hearings, to...
JOHANNESBURG, December 8 – The Life Esidimeni arbitration committee was left unimpressed on Thursday, with suspended Gauteng health head of the department, Dr Barney Tiego Selebano’s numerous attempts to avoid testifying at the hearings. Selebano’s urgent application to set aside a subpoena ordering him to appear before the arbitration hearing was dismissed by the South Gauteng High Court on Monday. Immediately after...
JOHANNESBURG, December 06 – Barney Tiego Selebano, the suspended head of the Gauteng health department, on Wednesday admitted that he was responsible for the deaths of 143 psychiatric patients linked to the botched and tragic transfers from Life Esidimeni. “I take accountability, It happened under my watch,” Selebano told retired deputy chief justice, Dikgang Moseneke, during the second day of testifying...
Karabo Ngoepe JOHANNESBURG- As the festive season fully kicks in, traffic officials throughout the country are battling to deal with drunk driving, speeding and un-roadworthy vehicles. The Road Traffic Management Corporation (RTMC) said scores of motorists have been arrested on South African roads for drunken driving and speeding since the start of the festive season. Spokesperson Simon Zwane said their operations...
Zodidi Mhlana As the country’s summer initiation season begins in several regions, communities and parents have been urged to be involved in the process in order to root out mushrooming illegal initiation schools. Even though there has been a reduction in the death toll in provinces such as the Eastern Cape and Limpopo, the Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs department (Cogta)...
JOHANNESBURG, December 5 – Suspended Gauteng Health head of the department Tiego Selebano effectively threw his underling Dr Makgabo Manamela under the bus, saying she was the leader of the team that implemented the botched Life Esidimeni project and also put pressure on implementers to move patients to non-governmental organisations. Selebano was testifying on Tuesday after his urgent application to set aside...
Karabo Ngoepe JOHANNESBURG - A group of graduates has taken to the streets to raise money to assist children from poor backgrounds to access tertiary learning in the country. Armed with a graduation gown and an empty container, community activist John Molepo is can be seen at intersections begging for donations. The man from Soshanguve and his friends have become a...
JOHANNESBURG, December 4 – South Africa’s minister of health on Monday said it had learned with shock and sadness about the death of two final-year Cuba-based South African medical students. Health ministry spokesperson Popo Maja said: “We are informed that students had hired a house for a birthday party. Two of the students drowned and died in the swimming pool. They...
Zodidi Mhlana JOHANNESBURG - Gauteng education department authorities are scheduled to meet with a group of disgruntled parents who are opposed to the appointment of a new black principal at Noordgesig primary school. The meeting which is set for Tuesday comes after parents at the school protested last week Friday, claiming that they were not consulted about the new appointment. Provincial education...

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