Klipspruit West needs a lasting solution

The crisis at Klipspruit West Secondary School cannot go on for any longer as it undermines the learners’ right to education. Learning time and exams should not become collateral damage in the ongoing fracas. The ANC’s reported disturbance at the school, which the SAPS was called in to quell, must…

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Air ambulance patients decline in Gauteng

The number of emergency patients airlifted to state hospitals in Gauteng has declined from 112 in 2013 to 45 last year. This is according to a written reply by Gauteng Health MEC, Gwen Ramokgopa, to my questions in the Gauteng Legislature. The Gauteng Health Department uses helicopters from three private…

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AWOL Municipal Manager leaves Merafong in a mess

The Merafong City Local Municipality, which is on the verge of collapse, has been dealt another blow in the form of the Acting Municipal Manager, Mr Langa Thibini, abandoning his post while services go undelivered and the procurement of much needed goods and services comes to a halt. The municipality,…

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Crowded Edenvale Hospital needs to be expanded

The Edenvale Hospital in north east Johannesburg is severely overcrowded, with some patients on stretchers in the corridors. I observed this when I did an oversight visit to the hospital yesterday. There are 230 beds but more than 250 admitted patients at any one time. The Casualty Department is the…

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