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Hospitals must put patients first

June 8th, 2017

THE DA Women’s Network (Dawn) stands for the rights enshrined in our constitution, and for freedom, fairness and equal opportunities for all women regardless of their circumstances of birth, status, age, education or address. It is therefore with a deep sense of loss and utter sadness that we condemn the shameful failure of Livingstone Hospital to ensure that a doctor was available to switch off the life-support system keeping Tershia …

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State health system on a downward trajectory: The Herald

May 10th, 2017

MEDICO-legal claims of up to R11.4-billion, outstanding bills with interest accumulated over periods ranging from 30 to 90 days overdue and a whopping COE (cost of employees) bill that swallows 60% of our annual budget, together with a junk status economy, adds to the heavy burden placed on staff, patients and our provincial health facilities (“No money for medicines shock”, The Herald, May 8). While the department continues to generate …

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Let’s build streets of no fear

February 21st, 2017

THE allegations made in the rape case reported in the Daily Dispatch of February 14 refer. Women live under a constant threat of violence and rape and to our sorrow South Africa continues to have the highest rape statistics in the world. We appeal to all readers to embrace our constitution. The time has come to speak up. Let’s unite to build a safe, caring society for the sake of …

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Tell us your plans, MEC

December 1st, 2016

THE closure of the Algoa Frail Care Centre and Lorraine Frail Care Centre is shrouded in a veil of secrecy by Nancy Sihlwayi, MEC for Social Development in the province. As a caring DA provincial government-in-waiting, we would most definitely have dealt with this issue in a much more caring, inclusive, open and transparent manner, unlike what is currently unfolding haphazardly. Let’s be clear here. The affected parties cannot be …

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More support for DA: The Herald

November 15th, 2016

THE article, “Low voter turnout as ANC retains two wards in by-elections” (November 11), does not reveal the full story. What is extremely significant is that the DA vote grew substantially, as compared with the August 3 local government election result, despite the low voter turnout. In Ward 4 in Walmer Township, the DA increased its support from 7% to 14% of the vote, and in real terms grew by …

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