Tributes pour in for Professor Botman – South African Broadcasting Corporation

Professor Russel Botman was born in Bloemfontein on October, 18, 1953.(Stellenbosch University ) Tributes are pouring in for the late Stellenbosch University Rector Professor Russel Botman. Botman died in his sleep at the age of 60 at his Stellenbosch home Friday night. Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu has described his passing as a loss to education while Western Cape Premier Helen Zille says Botman will be remembered for enriching South Africa’s academics. Stellenbosch Mayor, Conrad Sidego, says he will remember Botman as a great educator. “He was more than a rector of a university, he was a community leader and I have the highest regard for him. He’s also internationally respected as a theologian. He was…

HIV/AIDS report worrying: YCL – South African Broadcasting Corporation

The survey reveals that South Africans are not using protection when engaging in sexual activities(SABC) The Human Sciences Research Council’s survey which reveals that South Africans are not using condoms is worrying, the Young Communist League of South Africa said on Wednesday. The HSRC released its findings of the SA National HIV Prevalence, Incidence and Behaviour Survey 2012, in Pretoria on Tuesday. “The survey reveals that South Africans are not using protection when engaging in sexual activities; they are not faithful to their partners and their knowledge of sexual health is minimal,” YCLSA spokesperson Khaya Xaba said. The survey revealed that HIV-prevalence in the 15-49 year age group was 18.8%, but was significantly higher in…

HRC gives Mpumalanga until March to fix health crisis – South African Broadcasting Corporation

The Commission conducted an investigation after receiving a complaint from the DA (SABC) The South African Human Rights Commission (HRC) has given the Mpumalanga Department of Health until the end of March next year to improve the standards of Health care services rendered. The Commission conducted an investigation after receiving a complaint from the Democratic Alliance in 2012 that hospitals did not have adequate infrastructure, doctors and facilities. HRC spokesperson, Isaac Mangena, says Rob Ferreira Hospital in Nelspruit, Matibidi Hospital in Bushbuckridge and Bernice Samuel Hospital in Delmas have been sampled and been found to be in a dire state. Mangena says the situation in Mpumalanga’s hospitals is a reflection of what South Africa’s hospitals…

Business tourism to boost SA’s economy – South African Broadcasting Corporation

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Tourism minister, Marthinus van Schalkwyk. (SABC) Business tourism will boost the South African economy over the next five years by R2.6 billion. This emerged at the conference of the South African Association for the Conference Industry (SAACI) in Port Elizabeth on Monday. Tourism minister, Marthinus van Schalkwyk, says South Africa is ranked 37th on the list of the world’s top business events. “Tourists coming for business events spend more per capita because they come for the event itself. They bring their family along, stay a few days after and shop. These are highly-valued tourists,” says Van Schalkwyk. He says that the unique feature of an overnight flight from Europe is a key market. “We want…

Vavi ‘pleased’ by withdrawal of rape charge – South African Broadcasting Corporation

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Rape charges against Cosatu Secretary-General Zwelinzima Vavi have been withdrawn.(SABC) The Congress of South African Trade Union (Cosatu) General Secretary, Zwelinzima Vavi, says he is ‘pleased’ that rape charges against him have been withdrawn. The 26-year-old woman, who over the weekend accused Vavi of rape, has withdrawn the charge 2 hours into the labour federation’s internal grievance process. The SABC understands from sources that the woman who is Vavi’s colleague was unable to answer many of the questions related to her charge of sexual harassment against Vavi. The Secretary- General has insisted that he had not raped her but was rather in an extra-marital affair with the woman. In a statement, Vavi says: “I am…

Druglords must be jailed for life: Ramaphosa – South African Broadcasting Corporation

ANC deputy president, Cyril Ramaphosa visited Mitchell’s Plain in the Western Cape to discuss drugs, gangsterism and crime with community members. (REUTERS) ANC deputy president, Cyril Ramaphosa, has called for druglords to be jailed for life. Ramaphosa visited Mitchell’s Plain in the Western Cape to discuss drugs, gangsterism and crime with community members. During door to door visits, he heard harrowing stories of parents being burdened by their children’s drug addiction and toddlers being shot and killed in the crossfire involving druglords. Ramaphosa says the courts should impose the harshest sentences on drug lords. “We must join hands and deal with the drugs problem and make sure that we identiy the drug lords, identiy the…