Questions raised over NHI

Questions were raised on Saturday about who would control the funds in a proposed billion rand national health insurance fund.

A one day seminar was held at the University of Cape Town on Saturday to discuss the NHI.

Some health activists and academics say it is worrying that government would not release the details about a proposed health insurance fund.

The scheme would pool taxpayers money into a universal fund for the public health service.

�We dont know who would administer the funds that are raised in this pool which will fund the NHI,� said the head of the school of public health at UCT Professor David Sanders.

Government is yet to confirm any details about the NHI. Some health activists have been angered after being excluded from policy decisions.


High profile guests attend Nelson Mandela lecture

Hundreds of high profile guests gathered in Johannesburg on Saturday for the 8th Nelson Mandela annual lecture.

The flagship event on the Nelson Mandela Foundation calendar features influential voices aiming to develop and sustain dialogue around Madibas legacy.

Chilean-American author Ariel Dorfman delivered a lecture at the Wits Education Campus.

It was the annual first lecture Nelson Mandela did not attend, rather opting to watch it from the comfort of his living room.

Among the delegates present were Mandelas wife Graca Machal, deputy President Galema Mothlante.

Man buried alive in Inanda

A man digging in an informal pit in Inanda KwaZulu-Natal has been buried alive after a wall of sand fell on top of him.

The pit is thought to be a place were residents get soil for plastering their houses.

The man and a friend were apparently digging near the pits wall on Saturday when it collapsed on them.

One man escaped but paramedics, police and rescue dogs had to dig the other man out of the sand.

He was declared dead on the scene.

Edited by Deshnee Subramany

De Beers members might strike NUM

The National Union of Mineworkers NUM said on Saturday employees at De Beers operations are considering going on strike.

The union claims management at De Beers Finsch mine want to retrench workers without following the correct procedures.

NUM is also accusing the company of reneging on a previous agreement around how to lay off employees.

The unions Lesiba Seshoka said, �We have failed dismally to reach an agreement in terms of retrenchments as stipulated in section 189 of the Labour Relations Act that speaks of consultation.

Edited by Deshnee Subramany

Mondi factory fire leaves emergency services with their hands full

Fire fighters are still damping down tons of paper that caught alight at the Mondi factory in Springs on the East Rand.

Two thousand tons of recycled paper covering 5000 square meters and measuring 15 metres in height burnt to ash on Friday night.

No one was injured in the incident.

Investigators are on scene to find out what sparked the flames.

It is believed the load – packed outside the building – is worth around R1.5 million.

Ekurhuleni Emergency Services Rogers Maimela said, �We started with the process of extinguishing it which is a very tedious process where we have to unpack each and every bundle, soak it in water and load it on a truck.�

Edited by Deshnee Subramany

Public Service minister intervenes in Communication ministry tiff

The Department of Public Service and Administration has confirmed that Minister Richard Baloyi will intervene in the dispute between Communications Minister Siphiwe Nyanda and his ex-director general.

It emerged in the Labour Court in Johannesburg on Friday that President Jacob Zuma had asked Baloyi to get involved.

Outsted DG Mamodupi Mohlala went to court to challenge her dismissal.

Mohlala was fired last week, apparently because the relationship between her and Nyanda had completely broken down.

The Communications Ministry has denied that it had anything to do with media reports that she would not sign off on tenders linked to people close to Nyanda.

Baloyis spokesperson Dumisani Nkwamba said, �Minister Baloyi is indeed handling the matter. But we cant go into details of how the matter is being handled.�

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Two arrested in Macassar for drugs possession

Two suspects have been arrested following a police crackdown on suspected drug dens in Macassar and Somerset West.

The pair was found in possession of over 1000 mandrax tablets, and a stolen gun and ammunition at a house in Ring Avenue on Friday.

The Metro Polices Yolanda Faro said, �The two suspects, one male and one female, were arrested for possession of narcotics with a monetary street value of approximately R40 000. Additional charges of possession of a stolen firearm and ammunition were added to the charge sheet.�

Edited by Deshnee Subramany

Crash victims families start a campaigns for road safety

A memorial walk is being organised for victims of road accidents by the families of the teenagers killed in Jub Jubs car crash in Soweto.

Hip hop artist Molemo Jub Jub Maarohanye and Themba Tshabalala are facing murder charges in the Protea Magistrates Court.

The two crashed into a crowd of people in Soweto in March, killing four and seriously injuring two others.

They are also accused of being reckless and driving under the influence of alcohol.

Their trial will start in October.

Spokesperson for the victims families Thabo Mpesi said on Saturday a trust has been set up which will run road safety initiatives.

�The aim of the Parents in Action Trust is to basically run several campaigns on the issue of road safety to stress to communities that we need a change in attitude,� he said.

Edited by Deshnee Subramany

Police still searching for missing mother

Police said on Saturday they are searching for the mother of two children who were found murdered in Theresa Park near Tshwane.

A friend visited the house on Friday and found the garage door open and the mother missing.

When a security guard and the friend entered the house they found a four-year-old child drowned, whilst the eight-month-old appeared to have been suffocated.

The house had been ransacked.

The polices William Mohlaole said relatives had last spoken to the mother on Thursday night.

�We are not suspecting the mother [of the murders]. At this moment we are suspecting that something might have happened to her as well, but we cannot confirm it at this point in time,� said Mohlaole.

Edited by Deshnee Subramany

SA opposes bail for British fugitive

The state has opposed British fugitive Darren Finchs release on bail saying he is a major flight risk.

Finch, who is wanted in the United Kingdom on charges of money laundering, appeared in the Cape Town District Court yesterday.

Last week, an application for his release on bail in the deportation proceedings was denied.

South African authorities fear if Finch is granted bail he will flee the country.

He fled to South Africa under a false identity 18 months ago after he was released on bail by the Leeds Magistrates Court in the England.

At the time of his arrest he was found in possession of a second false passport.

He had been living the high life with his wife in a rented home in the plush suburb of Llandudno.

Finch now faces extradition back to the UK on the criminal charges in the Leeds Magistrates Court, as well as deportation as an illegal foreigner.

He will be back in the dock on Monday.

Edited by Deshnee Subramany

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