Ask government for help: Motlanthe

first_img27 February 2012Members of households with no income, students seeking bursaries, job-seekers looking to be re-skilled … Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe has called on South Africans who need help from the government to come forward so they can be assisted.“We are keen to help those who need help,” Motlanthe said during a visit to government War on Poverty projects in Krugersdorp, Gauteng province on Friday.Motlanthe encouraged those who needed assistance to seek help at their local municipal offices.“When people are assisted, they must make a meaningful contribution to the economy,” he added, emphasising that the government was willing to help by re-skilling individuals who had the potential to steer their households out of poverty – calling such individuals “change agents”.The government’s War on Poverty campaign, launched in August 2008, targets the most deprived communities in the country, seeking to reach people with limited or no access to any of the services or programmes offered by the government.Motlanthe was visiting one of these projects, in the form of a food bank set up by the Gauteng provincial government to provide relief to households in distress. The food bank currently supplies food and other essentials to around 60 000 individuals.Motlanthe also visited a small-scale farm in Dunkod which produces herbs and a range of vegetables and supplies to various retailers. The Gauteng government handed over a pack house to the farm as part of government’s programme to assist emerging and small-scale farmers.Motlanthe noted that one of the best ways to win the war on poverty was for people to start growing their own vegetables.Motlanthe was accompanied on his Krugersdorp visit by Gauteng Premier Nomvula Mokonyane, Minister in the Presidency for Performance Monitoring and Evaluation, Collins Chabane, MECs and senior provincial government officials.Other dignitaries included Energy Minister Dipuo Peters, Water and Environmental Affairs Minister Edna Molewa, Rural Development and Land Reform Minister Gugile Nkwinti, and Deputy Human Settlements Minister Zou Kota-Frederics.Source: BuaNewslast_img read more

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New electric car to hit South African market

first_imgSouth African-born entrepreneur, Elon Musk, tweeted that the Tesla Model 3 would be sold in South Africa, India, Brazil and New Zealand, among other countries.The Model 3 can travel up to 346 kilometres after a single charge. Its lithium-ion battery pack is located under the floor. (Image: Inverse)Tesla’s latest electric car would be available in South Africa, chief executive Elon Musk said on 31 March. The South African-born entrepreneur tweeted that the Model 3 would be sold in South Africa, India, Brazil and New Zealand, among other countries.Adding several more countries to Model 3 order page tonight. Check for details, but will include India, Brazil, SA, SK, NZ, Sing & Ireland.— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) March 31, 2016Watch the launch, and listen to Musk explaining how climate change inspired his creation:Tesla Unveils Model 3 from Tesla Motors on Vimeo.According to news website ENCA, two full-electric cars are already available in the country: the Nissan LEAF and BMW i3. But this will be the first time a full-electric car company will set up shop in South Africa.The Model 3 can travel up to 346 kilometres after a single charge. Its lithium-ion battery pack is located under the floor.The starting price is $35 000, about R520 000 at the current exchange rate. The Tesla website states deliveries will start in late 2017.Lines are moving! #Model3https://t.co/0wbXJtiiK7— Tesla Motors (@TeslaMotors) March 31, 2016Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa material.last_img read more

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Citizens Group Presents Needy St. James Resident with New Home

first_img The house is valued at approximately $450,000 JP and member of the Watson Town Community Benevolent Society, Hume Innis said that the house will be painted shortly Story Highlights Indigent resident of the community of Dumfries in Eastern St. James, Dudley Jackson, can now live in comfort having received a new one-bedroom unit from the Watson Town Community Benevolent Society on Tuesday, September 10.The house, which has been furnished, is valued at approximately $450,000.Mr. Jackson’s plight came to the attention of the society, which then organised fund raising initiatives and established partnerships with its members and local businesses in and around the community and parish.The Society was also assisted by a member of Mr. Jackson’s family, who made it possible for the house to be completed, allaying fears that he could be seriously hurt or killed, if a hurricane should strike.Justice of the Peace and member of the Watson Town Community Benevolent Society, Hume Innis said that the house will be painted shortly.“Through fund raising initiatives, the project was undertaken and completed and we are today, proudly handing over this completed unit to him…despite the difficulties experienced in securing funding for the project, the Society remains committed to assisting our citizens whenever and wherever possible,” Mr. Innis pointed out.Commending members of the group for the tremendous demonstration of love and concern for the less fortunate, returning resident, Roy Russell said the gesture represents what can be accomplished when communities work together.“This is love and if the community within this district, behave the same way as this (Benevolent Society) group behave, then we should be on our way overcoming a lot of our obstacles and challenges as a community and as a country.  We need to wake up and unite and link ourselves together in love and assist those among us that are in need,” Mr. Russell urged.President of the Watson Town Community Benevolent Society, Rita Spence, told JIS News that the completion and handing over of the unit to Mr. Jackson was the first project of the Society and that plans were underway for other projects in the community. The completion and handing over of the unit was the first project of the Society last_img read more

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Government to Spend $1 Billion to Cut Waiting Time in Public Health System

first_img The Government is to spend $1 billion on an initiative to address excessive waiting in the public health system.Focus will be placed on reducing the long waits for certain day and inpatient surgeries, diagnostic tests, and bed space shortages.This was announced by Minister of Health and Wellness, Dr. the Hon. Christopher Tufton, during his contribution to the 2019/20 Sectoral Debate in the House of Representatives, on May 7.He informed that Professor Archibald McDonald, a trained surgeon and respected academic, will be appointed to oversee this effort.Dr. Tufton pointed out that currently there are patients waiting over a year for general surgeries, such as hernia.“It’s not going to kill them, but it places citizens of this country in so much pain. There is downtime from work,” he said.For other procedures, such as hysterectomies or myomectomies, there are patients waiting for over 10 months, and for surgeries, including radical prostatectomy, patients are waiting for over six months.“We would be an uncaring government if we did not find a way to respond to this very difficult situation for so many Jamaicans. Those who are poorest are the ones that suffer the most,” Dr. Tufton said.Under the programme, Jamaicans who are examined in the public health system and approved for diagnostic tests will be given the tests free of charge, even if they have to get them done by an approved private provider.In the case of surgeries, the Government will look at the priority placement of each surgery and determine a maximum wait time. Similarly, where possible, the Government will outsource those procedures to achieve minimal wait.Some of these surgeries include hernias; prostate – benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH) and Cancer; uterine fibroids; haemorrhoids; gallbladder diseases – gallstones and cholecystitis; and orthopaedic procedures.Diagnostic Services include CT scans; magnetic resonance imaging (MRI); ultrasound; angiography; endoscopy (colonoscopy and urogenital endoscopy); and histopathology.The billion-dollar intervention will also seek to free up bed space by removing social cases from hospitals and placing them in nursing homes, based on certain criteria.Dr. Tufton said the large number of social cases in the system is as a result of persons who are fit clinically for discharge from the hospital, but who remain because their relatives have failed to claim them.“We are going to assess each social case once they are eligible for release. If they are an infirm and have nowhere else to go, we will collaborate with the Ministry of Local Government and Community Development, and where there is space available, to transfer these social cases [to infirmaries],” he pointed out.Additionally, the Minister said the Government is looking at how it can take action against the relatives of some of the persons who have been abandoned at hospitals.In many instances, he said relatives show up after their family member has died to collect a death certificate in order to claim their assets.“I have looked at the law and under the National Health Services Act, Section 13, the Minister can intervene and make regulations to force persons who have the responsibility and the means to take their loved ones from these hospitals and take control or charge of these persons,” Dr. Tufton said.He added that this can also be facilitated through provisions in the Poor Relief Act and Maintenance Act.Currently, there are 197 social cases in hospitals across the island. This was announced by Minister of Health and Wellness, Dr. the Hon. Christopher Tufton, during his contribution to the 2019/20 Sectoral Debate in the House of Representatives, on May 7. Focus will be placed on reducing the long waits for certain day and inpatient surgeries, diagnostic tests, and bed space shortages. Story Highlights The Government is to spend $1 billion on an initiative to address excessive waiting in the public health system.last_img read more

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