Wednesday, July 03, 2019

WRAP-UP BULLETIN 3 JULY


The City of Cape Town’s new neighbourhood safety team also known as (NST) had officially deployed in Bonteheuwel on Tuesday. Ewn reports that, The team, that consists of 100 law enforcement officers, which had started working in the gang-infested suburb. This is At least 43 people that had been murdered in Bonteheuwel since the start of this year. The officers and residents then made their way through the community, cutting over parks and side alleys as they went on their first patrol.  Councillor Angus Mckenzie said there had been 44 murders in Bonteheuwel this year.

The United National Transport Union (Untu) will be calling its members to help support protest action which is to ensure that President Cyril Ramaphosa will help to assist with providing a safe and reliable passenger rail service for all. Cape Argus reports that, Untu spokesperson Sonja Carstens said their nationwide protest is set to resume on July 26.

Relief has spread across those who are cash-strapped consumers with the price of fuel going down noticeably by midnight. Ewn reports that, the price of Petrol dropped by 96 cents a litre while diesel now costs up to 75 cents less. Illuminating paraffin has also come down by 57 cents a litre.

The N2 in Plettenberg Bay remained closed on Wednesday morning following overnight protests. News24 reports that, In a Bitou Municipality notice, motorists were warned that the highway was closed between the Shell Ultra City and Kwano-kuthu-lu due to the ongoing community protests that started in Qolweni on Tuesday night. And in another protest taking place in hanover park About 70 people gathered on the streets of one of Cape Town's most notorious gang suburbs before dawn on Wednesday to call for an end to bloodshed. Richard coleman from City of cape town explains further about hanover park avenue being closed at athwood road direction govan Mbeki road.

The Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga stated that her department have closely monitored why South African teachers spent less time teaching when it comes to comparing a percentage of other countries. EWN REPORTS THAT, a new survey that has been done on the issue stated that the country's teachers only spend 66% of classroom time teaching as opposed to an international average of 78%. This was revealed in the TALIS report, which was made public on Tuesday. The survey investigated the conditions of learning and teaching in schools across 48 countries.

Winter in the province is now regarded as the burn season, at least as far as the province’s informal settlements are concerned. Cape Argus reports that, During the month of June, data which is from various hospitals across the province that indicates 43 patients had been treated for various burn wounds. Mark van der Heever, the deputy director of communications at the Western Cape Health Department, stated that, it must be noted though that not all sustained burns injuries from fires. Across the province last year, more than 120 people died in fires, 26 as a result of candle fires, heating devices and "playing with matches".

The Human Rights Commission has taken the City of Cape Town to task over its policy on the homeless. City officials have reportedly issued 199 fines to homeless people for various by-law infractions. The clampdown came as winter reached its peak and cold and rainy conditions looked set to continue. The city has defended its policy, saying it was not being heartless.

The Gauteng Health Department said an investigation was underway to determine who turned away a pregnant woman when she sought help at a Mamelodi clinic. Ewn reports that Staff at the Stanza Bopape Clinic allegedly told 45-year-old Elina Maseko, who was already in labour, to go to a hospital claiming her pregnancy was high risk because of her age.Maseko didn't make it to the hospital and gave birth a short while later outside the clinic with the help of a family member. The Health department’s Mothomone Pitsi said: “According to the woman after I spoke with her, the staff on duty just perused over her record and said she must go to the hospital without examining her and that’s a very disappointing incident because that’s not how we manage patient

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