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13 November 2912018

Durban - The eThekwini Municipality has fired Gideon Phungula as the head of the legal department after he was found guilty of making racist remarks and of trying to influence the outcome of a disciplinary hearing against a senior official.
These charges stem from a telephone conversation that Phungula had with one of the staff members at the city’s legal department.
A probe was initiated after a leaked audio recording of the call started doing the rounds.
12 November 2018

The SANDF is preparing to deploy technical teams to restore infrastructure at the polluted Vaal River system

The South African National Defence Force (SANDF) is preparing to deploy technical teams to restore infrastructure at the polluted Vaal River system‚ and has warned criminals that troops will protect its equipment.
11 November 2018

JOHANNESBURG - Johannesburg's Rahima Moosa Hospital is in urgent need of an upgrade to cope with 13 000 births a year, the Democratic Alliance said on Sunday.
"I commend the visit last week by the SA Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) to investigate the deaths of nine babies from necrotising enterocolitis (NEC) at the Rahima Moosa Hospital in west Johannesburg," DA MPL Jack Bloom said in a statement.
10 November 2018

The hospital violated the right to access healthcare and section 28 of the constitution‚ which says the best interests of children are of paramount importance‚ the HRC says.

Management of the Rahima Moosa Mother and Child Hospital in Coronationville‚ Johannesburg‚ has conceded that it violated patients’ rights to high-quality healthcare after nine babies died there earlier in 2018.
10 November 2018

JOHANNESBURG - The Human Rights Commission has called on the parents of nine infants who died at a Johannesburg hospital to come forward.
9 November 2018

Health MEC Gwen Ramokgopa will be subpoenaed by the SAHRC as part of its investigation into the deaths of nine babies at the Rahima Moosa Mother and Baby Hospital in Gauteng.
The infants died as a result of a deadly bacteria outbreak at the hospital earlier this year.
Now the commission is demanding answers.
8 November 2018

Cape Town – Bullying at schools has come under the spotlight again as a Woodstock mother approached the SA Human Right Commission (SAHRC) for help. This as another took to social media in a desperate bid for intervention for her child.

Jamielah Kagee said her son, a Grade 5 pupil at Rahmaniyeh Primary School in Zonnebloem, had suffered physical abuse from fellow pupils since he started at the school this year, and although she had taken it up with the school’s management, the situation had stayed the same.
Kagee said the alleged incidents had landed her and the school in court on two occasions and another court case was pending. “I’ve been to the school so many times... it’s affecting him, he cries in his sleep and he’s lost a lot of weight,” Kagee said.
08 November 2018

The South African Human Rights Commission inspected the Rahima Moosa Mother & Child Hospital on 8 November.

The investigation at the Rahima Moosa Hospital followed after a necrotising enterocolitis outbreak at the hospital took the lives of nine infants from March to July 2018.
06 November 2018

Durban - International fashion retailer H&M has learnt its lesson the hard way as negative sentiment towards the company escalated to more than 70% following its “racist hoodie advert” this year.
The retailer shared insights about the interventions it employed, in a two-day conference hosted by the Anti-Racism Network South Africa (ARNSA) last week.
7 November 2018

The commission visited the area on Tuesday and found that the water treatment plant was not operating effectively due to a lack of maintenance.
06 November 2018

Durban - Political parties have welcomed the guilty finding against Gideon Phungula, the head of eThekwini Municipality’s legal and compliance unit, on charges of hate speech, racism and gross dishonesty.
Phungula was embroiled in a controversy in September after a phone recording of him referring to city treasurer Krish Kumar using the C-word was leaked. The matter was investigated by the city’s Investigations and Integrity Unit after a complaint was made.
06 November 2018

The Randfontein waste water treatment works is not fully operational‚ resulting in untreated sewage leaving the plant and polluting the community's water source.
This admission was made by the Rand West City Municipality as it met the Gauteng provincial officials of the South African Human Rights Commission on Tuesday.
01 November 2018

Global fashion retailer H&M has conducted workshops to address the “disaster” following a racially-sensitive advertisement by the company.
An image of a black boy modelling one of H&M’s hoodies with the slogan “Coolest monkey in the jungle” was posted on their online platform in January.
31 October 2018

The “crisis” in the Vaal River system highlighted by Finance Minister Tito Mboweni in his mini-budget has, according to the South African National Defence Force (SANDF), been subjected to a reconnaissance visit by a task team from the SA Army Engineer Formation.
31 October 2018

Cape Town - Striking MyCiTi bus drivers have approached the Human Rights Commission to act as a go-between for them and the City of Cape Town regarding their grievances.
SAHRC Commissioner Chris Nissen said some of the drivers’ problems remained a “massive and ongoing challenge” and that he would ask Public Protector Busisiwe Mkhwebane to intervene.
30 October 2018

The new Occupational Therapy and sports facilities at Sterkfontein Psychiatric Hospital have been officially opened by the Industrial
Development Corporation (IDC) in partnership with the S.A Medical and Education Foundation (SAME) and the Gauteng Department of Health.
27 October 2018

Jeppe Girls' High School in Johannesburg, Gauteng is reportedly set to review its hijab policy.
The school made headlines for preventing when it prevented a group of pupils from wearing hijabs with their school uniforms.
26 October 2018

What is a superbug exactly? How do they spread? What makes them so deadly, and what can be done to protect health employees and their patients? Gareth Greathead reports.
In 2012, a superbug by the name of carbapenem-resistant enterobacteriaceae (CRE), also known as the “nightmare bacteria”, found its way from the United States of America to South Africa.
25 October 2018

The South African Defence Force (SANDF) has been roped in to assist in the fight to end the Vaal River water crisis.

Minister of Finance, Tito Mboweni, announced during his inaugural Medium Term Budget Policy Statement that President Cyril Ramaphosa and the Minister of Defence, Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula, have agreed to have the military assist with engineering and other expertise to help fix the problem. Mboweni says Treasury is dealing decisively and urgently with the water crisis. He explained that they will be doing this by mobilising short-term financing by reprioritising funds and increasing capacity. The newly appointed Finance Minister stresses that “water is critical and that current water delivery models are not working in many cases”.
24 October 2018

Larochelle Smit has endured attacks for dating outside her race but when she got a racist Facebook message from the mother of a man she used to date, she decided enough was enough.
On Tuesday, 28-year-old Smit said she was shocked when nurse Elaine Jacobs sent her the “absolutely disgusting” private message last month.
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