Motsoaledi: We can’t wait to improve healthcare before implementing NHI

Government does not believe it can wait until the healthcare system is improved before implementing national health insurance, Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi has said.

The minister was speaking at a briefing at Tuynhuys, Parliament, where the report of the outcomes of the presidential health summit, held late last year, was released.

During his address on Tuesday, Motsoaledi said government would be taking significant steps towards implementing universal healthcare.

Last week, president Cyril Ramaphosa said that the National Health Insurance Bill would be tabled before Parliament this year.

NHI will ensure that South Africans can receive free health services at the point of care at both public and private quality-accredited healthcare service providers, Motsoaledi said.

NHI is a proposed state-run health financing system that aims to pool funds to provide access to quality health services for all South Africans regardless of thei
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R200 mill of drought relief monies intended for KwaZulu Natal gone missing – South Africa’s farmers find themselves in a crisis and as a result, our country’s food security and economy are also in crisis

The FF Plus is shocked and disgusted by the news that nearly R220 million, which was earmarked for drought relief in KwaZulu Natal, went missing. It is unclear how the money went missing and the FF Plus demands an urgent investigation into the matter so that the guilty parties can be called to account.

The drought has already taken its toll on the agricultural sector with livestock deaths and poor harvests being at the order of the day. There have been enormous livestock losses in the Free State, Northern Cape and Eastern Cape in particular and some of these parts have not had any rain since November 2017.

The government must urgently prioritise drought relief for commercial as well as emerging farmers. The government must also ensure that the process is managed properly so that the money allocated to drought relief is not stolen, as is the case in KwaZulu Natal.

There are cases where service providers were appointed by means of a tender process
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National Health Insurance legislation will hit private hospital sector’s future investment and capital expenditure, NHI laws threaten 132,000 jobs

National Health Insurance (NHI), which the government is pushing as the solution to SA’s health crisis, could lead to the loss of up to 132,000 jobs, according to the country’s private hospital groups.

NHI, spearheaded by health minister Aaron Motsoaledi, is the government’s policy for introducing universal health coverage and aims to ensure everyone has access to healthcare that is free at the point of service.

The Hospital Association of SA (Hasa), which represents the private hospital sector, was among the industry groups that presented their views on the risks to the economy at last week’s Business Unity SA (Busa) meeting.

The gathering brought together business and government leaders, who have been trying to forge a closer relationship under the auspices of the Public Private Growth Initiative spearheaded by former politician Roelf Meyer and Toyota Europe and Africa CEO Johan van Zyl.

Hasa commissioned economics consultancy E
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Soweto owes Eskom R17 billion, half of the total national debt – Still the lights or on! But if citizens residing in towns do not pay their municipality bill the electricity gets disconnected without hesitation

How is Eskom going to increase its financial yield while still struggling to retrieve the R34 billion it is currently owed by defaulting municipalities?

Eskom is desperately trying to recoup money owed by municipalities – Soweto, in particular, is making that task all the more difficult.

Eskom, South Africa’s national electricity provider, had an exceptionally shocking year in 2018. Financial losses reached dismal new depths. Irregularities, both fiscally and operationally, left the state owned enterprise floundering in the doldrums of gross incompetence. Dubious coal shortages, failed maintenance plans, industrial action and the lingering stench of corruption only added to Eskom’s woes.

Eskom looks to recoup its losses
Inevitably, Eskom’s problems become the problems of South African citizens. The much-loathed load shedding schedule made an ominous return. This year, the knock-on effects of ineptitude will be felt the hardest, as
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A change in birth options: What’s behind SA’s skyrocketing C-section rates?

Almost one in four babies born at public hospitals come into the world via c-section but is it costing some women their lives?

For decades, Caesarean sections were a last resort for mothers and babies in distress. If you had access to this kind of procedure, you could count yourself among the world’s lucky.

At the dawn of the 21st century, rates of the procedure in almost all African regions save for the continent’s north dragged along at less than 5%, recently published research in The Lancetshows. Meanwhile, the continent was home to more than half of the 13 countries responsible for the majority of the world’s maternal deaths, World Health Organisation (WHO) data from the year 2000 shows.

At the same time, C-section rates in much of Asia and Eastern Europe hovered around 7%.

Almost 30-million babies will come into the world this year by Caesarean if 2015 figures are anything to go by — nearly double the number of infants delive
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Let this be a lesson for South Africa, that racism isn’t colour blind – Head of basic police development, Major General Sandra Malebe-Thema found guilty of racism

The trade union Solidarity today announced that the South African Police Service (SAPS), found the Head of Basic Police Development, Major-General Sandra Malebe-Thema guilty of racism.

According to Anton van der Bijl, Head of Legal Service at Solidarity, Malebe-Thema made herself guilty of racist and humiliating remarks towards various training personnel during an event at the SAPS Training Academy in Oudtshoorn, in 2016. Van der Bijl also said that the General stated that there were too many white faces occupying positions in training and that the so-called discrimination against black students will be stopped. “During the same event she also made inappropriate comments about a selected group of personnel’s clothing and weight,” Van der Bijl confirmed.

The trade union acted immediately by submitting a formal complaint to the Human Rights Commission (HRC) in Cape Town, in November 2016. Solidarity maintained the pressure by turning to the Labour
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ANC regime se ondersoek na privaat gesondheidsorg kos die belastingbetalers reeds miljoene Rand

Die verkwisting van geld duur net voort en wek die indruk dat sulke ondersoeke ’n nuwe vorm van korrupsie is waar sekere mense hulleself verryk.

Die Kompetisie Kommissie se ondersoek rondom Gesondheidsorg se ondersoek het die staat R196 miljoen gekos.

Die vyf paneel lede is as volg vergoed: dr Cees Van Gent van Nederland het R11,7 miljoen ontvang, dr Ntuthuko Bhengu R9,7 miljoen, dr. Lungiswa Nkonki R6 miljoen en prof Sharon Fonn R3,3 miljoen.

Die voorsittende regter Ngcobo het R5, 9 miljoen in die sak gesteek.

Die res van die reuse bedrag is opgeslurp deur operasionele- , regs-, data-, sekuriteit- en media koste.

Die verslag sal glo in Maart 2019 gepubliseer word.

Deur: Die Vryburger
Hierdie berig weerspieël nie noodwendig die mening van SAUK-nuus nie.


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Khoisan king to ‘declare’ that SA belongs to them alone

Chief Khoisan SA has given government a list of demands, but it appears his patience may now have reached its New Year limit.

Despite the Presidency updating the Khoisan who have been camping on the lawns of the Union Buildings on progress made to meet their demands, Chief Khoisan SA will allegedly declare independence and self-governance in the new year.

The group, led by Chief Khoisan SA, returned to the Union Buildings earlier this month to insist that President Cyril Ramaphosa address their demands.

They first camped outside the Union Buildings in December last year.

Minister in the presidency Jeff Radebe is seen meeting with the group of Khoisan who have been living on the lawns of the Union Buildings, 13 December 2017, they demanded to be addressed by then president Jacob Zuma or the then deputy president, Cyril Ramaphosa after they undertook a three-week journey, walking from Port Elizabeth to Pretoria, in order to have their
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Major new road rules proposed for South Africa in a bid to cut down high death rate on roads

In a bid to cut down on the high death rate on South African roads, traffic authorities are planning a number of radical new regulations.

According to a report by the Sunday Times, the Road Traffic Management Corporation (RTMC) has a proposed a complete overhaul of South Africa’s current testing and driving rules.

Some of these new changes include:

  • Motorists will need to undertake a retest every five years when they renew their driver’s licences;
  • Newly qualified drivers may not make long road trips in their first year (more than 150km or more);
  • Newly qualified drivers must still be accompanied by an experienced driver for their first six months;
  • Additional testing for truck, bus and taxi drivers;
  • Motorists will not be allowed to obtain a heavy-truck licence if they do not already have a car licence.
  • RTMC spokesperson Simon Zwane said the organisation also wanted a complete overhaul of the K5
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Tekort aan menslike bronne kelder ANC-regime se Gesondheidsplan

In ‘n verslag van die SA Health Review blyk dit dat die tekort aan menslike hulpbronne die ANC se droom van universele gesondheid dekking kelder. Die verslag toon dat veral die landelike areas ernstige tekorte het aan mediese beamptes.

Syfers toon dat soveel as 106,000 poste reeds in 2010 vakant was vir 14 kliniese gesondheidsprofessies.

Waar en hoe die staat die poste gaan vul is ‘n raaisel en die vermoede bestaan dat gekwalifiseerdes vanuit die buiteland ingevoer sal word om te verseker dat die blankes van Suid-Afrika nie aangestel word nie.

Deur: Die Vryburger

Hierdie berig weerspieël nie noodwendig die mening van SAUK-nuus nie.


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