Thursday, 22 October 2015 - 14:20

CAPE TOWN, 22nd OCTOBER 2015: Yesterday saw another low point in our democracy with the police invoking draconian laws to punish legitimate student dissent. In the aftermath of the chaos at Parliament, which saw students forcing their way into the parliamentary precinct and a harsh and disproportionate police backlash, the police are reportedly seeking to charge several protesters with high treason, in addition to trespassing and illegal gathering. We understand that the National Prosecuting Authority is currently considering whether or not to persue the high treason charges....

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Wednesday, 21 October 2015 - 09:28

The number of doctors working in the public healthcare system in the Free State has dropped from 716 in 2014 to 539 this year. This amounts to a loss of 177 doctors - a 24% reduction in the number of doctors. The province also has 28 fewer medical specialists than a year ago.
The figures were published in the 2015 SA Health Review which was launched yesterday evening. The SA Health Review sourced the information from the Personal and Salary Administration System (Persil), Treasury’s central system that pays public sector salaries.
According to the SA Health...

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Monday, 19 October 2015 - 11:43
  • We call on mining houses to stop denials and obfuscation and to acknowledge wrong-doing and pay compensation

From last Monday (October 12) the South Gauteng High Court has been hearing a historic case seeking justice for former mine workers who developed silicosis and/or tuberculosis because of the neglect of mining companies. The applicants are seeking to have two classes certified so that the case can continue as a class action. The mining houses are opposing the class action.
Both in court and in the media the mining houses have refused to take...

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Thursday, 1 October 2015 - 16:41

BLOEMFONTEIN, 1st OCTOBER 2015: The 94 community healthcare workers (Bophelo House 94) arrested during a peaceful night vigil in July 2014 were today found guilty of attending a gathering for which no notice was given, in the Bloemfontein Magistrate’s Court. As part of her judgment Magistrate Thafeni ruled that the gathering for which no notification was given to police was – in her view – a “prohibited” gathering.
The far-reaching implication of Magistrate Thafeni’s ruling is that any gathering of more than 15 people in South Africa without notification to the...

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Thursday, 1 October 2015 - 09:07

By Lotti Rutter and Thuthukile Mbatha
After nine years as a community healthcare worker in the Free State, 60 year-old Ouma Chabangu was dismissed without warning or cause in April 2014. “I used to see 8 patients per day,” Ouma says. “Now I try my best to help where I can, but often I can only watch them suffer.”
As a bridge between clinics and the people they are meant to serve, community healthcare workers like Ouma form the foundation of our public healthcare system. Their role is especially important in a province like the Free State, where...

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