Weekly News Brief

Weekly News Brief
Cape Peninsula is at the southern most tip of the African continent, in the city of Cape Town in the Republic of South Africa.

Ethics In The Professional World, Anyone Blocking National Roads This Easter Will Be Arrested, Malema Blames Violence On Past Pain

Something to Ponder

Happy Passover South Africa

This week, we had two different stories from the medical world that caught my interest. The first one was from the City of Cape Town where seven health clinics were reported to have recently scooped platinum status for service delivery. What an amazing accomplishment for the staff, medical and others who tirelessly work to deliver on services in these clinics!

The second story was the sad one of the doctor, who was sentenced to 5 years in prison after being convicted of 259 counts of medical aid fraud! Now, this was a very disappointing story and to think the person involved is one trusted to faithfully serve the nation. When I read the second story, I asked myself whether those who break in their places of work were ever committed to their cause in the first place. The doctor, an audiologist and speech therapist, for example, is not only bound by the South African laws, but also by the Hypocratic Oath they take upon graduating and before they venture into the world to deliver their services.

According to Wikipedia, “The Hippocratic Oath is an oath historically taken by physicians. It is one of the most widely known of Greek medical texts. In its original form, it requires a new physician to swear, by a number of healing gods, to uphold specific ethical standards.” Did the disgraced doctor not think in defrauding the medical aid scheme, which brought the cases against him, he was breaking both his oath and the law?

When people go against all that is lawful and ethical, do they think of the future and what it may bring upon themselves and the community they serve as well? A good or bad decision does not only affect the person carrying it out, but it also has a ripple effect on others too. Sometimes, the effects are felt for a long time.

Going back to the seven clinics in Cape Town, they actually join other sixty-three facilities that had been previously awarded the same award. The clinics had been assessed under the National Ideal Clinic Framework. What is interesting to me is the fact that there is personnel in those facilities who are taking their work and commitment seriously. They work within the laid down laws and most likely go beyond the call of duty often.  This has to be the case for the services they offer to be of better standards than of others in the same field of work around them.

This success story of the Cape Town health clinics has brought to light the fact that it is not beyond us to do what is right. It is not beyond us to deliver on what we are entrusted with and it behooves us to be faithful in little as well as in much. With or without an oath administered to us, it is the expected and proper thing to always do our best to serve in our area of responsibility so that we leave a legacy for those who follow behind. There is hope still.

Lucy Thairu


Anyone Blocking National Roads This Easter Will Be Arrested __ Transport Minister Blade Nzimande says he has been assured by the security cluster that any planned shutdown or disruptions on national roads this Easter weekend will be dealt with decisively. Nzimande said that he has been advised about a shutdown by truck driver’s associations which is believed to be about the employment of foreign truck drivers in South Africa.

Malema Blames Violence On Past Pain __ Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) leader Julius Malema says despite recent displays of violent behaviour by some party members, there will be no place for violence in an EFF government should it win the elections. Malema was speaking to Eusebius McKaiser on 702. Malema said his party would also prioritise more economic zones in areas where people live.

Tiger Brands To Fight Listeria Class Action __ South Africa’s leading food producer Tiger Brands said on Wednesday it will fight a class action lawsuit over its role in the world’s largest ever listeria outbreak. The listeriosis outbreak, the infection killed more than 200 people in South Africa last year and was traced back to a factory run by Tiger Brands-owned Enterprise Foods.

AA Warns For Another Fuel Price Hike In May __ The Automobile Association (AA) has warned of another impending fuel hike.  Consumers to expect yet another fuel price hike, due to higher international prices. The AA said on Monday a litre of petrol was likely to set you back 56 cents more next month, while it is predicting that diesel will decrease by 5 cents.

Sibanye-Stillwater Strike Comes To An End, Wage Deal Agreement Signed __ Sibanye-Stillwater says workers affiliated to the Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (Amcu) who have been on a five-month-long strike will return to work on Tuesday. After five months on no work, no pay, some 14,000 Amcu members are set to return work on Tuesday at Sibanye-Stillwater’s gold mining operations.

Electricity Blackouts Could Cut GDP Growth With 1.1% __ South Africa’s economic growth will shrink by at least 1.1 percentage points in 2019 and there will be up to 125,000 job losses if nationwide electricity blackouts persist throughout the year, the central reserve bank said on Wednesday. The debt-laden state firm began by cutting supply by 1,000 megawatts before ramping up to 4,000 MW, leaving households in the dark and businesses across mining, manufacturing, and retail unable to operate.

SA Headline Consumer Inflation Rises To 4.5% __ South Africa’s headline consumer inflation accelerated to 4.5% year-on-year in March – from 4.1% in February. Statistics SA said on a month-on-month basis, prices rose 0.8%, the same rate as in the previous month. Core inflation – which excludes the prices of food, non-alcoholic beverages, petrol, and energy – was 0.7% month-on-month – slowing from 1.1%.

Alex Total Shutdown Movement: Mashaba Made A Mistake Claiming Residents Were Drunk __ The Alexandra Total Shutdown Movement says that Joburg Mayor Herman Mashaba made a blunder by criticising residents on social media and claiming that they were drunk. He received a hostile reception and was booed by the residents, who also tore up copies of a plan he was meant to present. Mashaba went to the township on Monday night, two weeks after protests began over a lack of service delivery.

Doctor Guilty Of 259 Counts Of Medical Aid Fraud __ Disgraced audiologist and speech therapist Wandile Theophilus Mashego has been sentenced to five years in prison after being convicted of 259 counts of medical aid fraud. The medical aid scheme brought the case against him in Pretoria following the discovery and investigation of the crimes. The sentence was wholly suspended for five years, on condition he pays back the R506 000 he defrauded from Bonitas.

167 Rhino Horns Confiscated, Two Suspects Arrested In One Of SA’s Biggest Hauls __ South African police said on Sunday that they had found 167 rhino horns believed to be destined for Asia and nabbed two suspects in a sting operation in the North West province. It is one of the biggest hauls of rhino horns in the country, according to an elite police unit that investigates specialised types of crime known as the Hawks. The suspects aged 57 and 61 years are expected to appear in the Brits town magistrate court on Monday.


Diagnostic Testing For Six Rare Diseases Can Now Be Performed In South Africa __ Sanofi Genzyme, in collaboration with the Centre for Human Metabolomics (CHM), which is affiliated to North-West University, has launched a ground-breaking initiative that will allow for enzyme assay analysis for lysosomal storage disorders (LSDs), to be performed in South Africa for the first time with a quick 2-week turnaround time.

Sustainability: Dispelling The Myths Around Responsible Travel __ Sustainability is simpler than you think. Even small changes in the way you live and travel today can have a lasting impact on creating a better tomorrow. To help travellers realize just how easy it is to make their holidays matter, Trafalgar dispels three common myths surrounding responsible travel.

Experts Discuss The Investment Do’s And Don’ts For Young Entrepreneurs __ The inaugural Very Young Entrepreneur Education and Acceleration Summit was hosted at the Hilton Hotel in Johannesburg on the 15th of April. In this broadcast of the investor’s panel, experts discuss the realities of investing very young.

7 Cape Town Clinics Recognised For Service Delivery __ Seven more City of Cape Town health clinics have recently scooped platinum status for service delivery. Kasselsvlei, Kuyasa and Eerste River Clinics are among the seven healthcare facilities across the metro which scored best when assessed under the National Ideal Clinic Framework. Sixty-three other facilities have already received this recognition.

Semenya Among ‘Time’ Magazine’s 100 Influential People __ South African Olympic gold medalist Caster Semenya has been named one of Time magazine’s 100 most influential people of 2019. Semenya features in the icons category alongside Taylor Swift, Michelle Obama, Lady Gaga and Spike Lee.


John Vlismas in “The End ” @ The Pieter Toerien Theatre in Montecasino __ Tickets range from R130 – R180. Tickets are available from the Box Office at Montecasino and Computicket: Show runs from 24th April – 02nd June 2019, Wednesday – Saturday at 20h00, Saturday Matinee at 16:00 and Sunday Matinee at 15:00.