Rob Ferreira hospital will now treat cancer patients

Close to a billion rand was pumped in to upgrade the existing the provincial hospital.

One of Mpumalanga’s largest hospitals, Rob Ferreira, is set to be first hospital in the province to treat cancer. 

Upgraded before the 2010 World Cup, the tertiary hospital situated in Mbombela currently specialises in eye care, medical care for the old, childbirth, rehabilitation and surgery. 

Both Premier Refilwe Mtsweni-Tsipane and health MEC Sasekani Manzini will next week (27 Aug) launch the cancer treatment service at the hospital. 

Spokesman Dumisani Malamule said the health department “identified a need for an oncology treatment centre that will offer chemotherapy services” at the hospital.

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He said the need for the cancer treatment comes as a result of Mpumalanga patients finding themselves forced to travel long distance to Gauteng in order to be treated at the Steve Biko academic hospital in Tshwane.

“The launch will mark the beginning of the end of suffering to the majority of cancer patients who used to travel long distance to Steve Biko academic hospital in Gauteng, which is more than 300km away to get oncology services,” said Malamulele in a statement.

Mtshweni-Tsipane and Manzini are expected to arrive at the hospital at 9 in the morning to officially open the cancer center. 

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Bonakele Majuba’s R935m plan to build new Mpumalanga schools 

The money will also be used to add extra classes where schools experience overcrowding. The public works department will be the implementing agent.

An amount of R935m has been set aside by Mpumalanga education MEC Bonakele Majuba to focus on building new schools and classrooms, News24 has reported.

Some of this money will go to complete other infrastructure projects currently underway, like the boarding schools that are currently being constructed in Mkhondo and Lydenburg. 

Majuba said extra classrooms would be built at Laerskool Nelspruit, Laerskool Laeveld and Laerskool Bergland. 

The MEC announced –

– Three primary schools will get extra classrooms.

– One primary and a high school will be completed.

– Mbombela will have a school for the deaf and blind.

– Mokgalithwa Primary School in eMalahleni will be completed before this year ends. 

– A site for the construction of a primary school in Siyanqoba has been finalised.

– The construction of Aerorand Primary School in Middelburg will be completed before this year ends.

– A primary school is currently being built in New Doornkop outside Middelburg.

Departmental spokesman Jasper Zwane said the planning and design of five more schools, which includes 3 secondary and 2 primary schools in Shapeve and Osizweni, were at advanced stages.

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Thembi Siweya wants more Grade 11 pupils to own cellphones

She says the cellphones can assist the kids to communicate with others of their age across the world.

Deputy minister in the Presidency Thembi Siweya is not one of those who believe pupils should begin owning cellphones once they are in matric or have finished their Grade 12.

She wants ownership of cellphones to begin at secondary school levels to encourage the kids to have access to the broader communication system and “be patriotic South Africans”.

She addressed Grade11 and 12 learners at the Bongisimbi Comprehensive School in the eMalahleni township of Ackerville on Saturday midday. 

Her department said the deputy minister had been at the school to have a little chat with the pupils to “emphasize the importance of active citizenship with a focus on how young people can support their communities”.

Thembi Siweya wants more Grade 11 pupils to own cellphones

“The conversation on seeks to identify innovative solutions and opportunities, big or small, for the community,” the department said. 

Siwela on Saturday urged the kids to not use their cellphones for wrong reasons, like sharing nudes or porn, in contravention of the laws governing video broadcasts. 

“You must use your phone to google things that will get you to pass, like googling information and getting knowledge and communicating with others across the world,” said Siwela while on stage at the Ackerville high school. 

“You will find that one-day you are having a boyfriend or girlfriend and when you break up he or she distributes wrong pictures or videos and that’s not what you should use your phone for,” said the deputy minister. 

She asked the school principal to arrange officials from the Film Board to come teach the kids about how “circulating nudes is a punishable crime”.

She said cellphones will assist the kids because “when the world advances you are able to talk with a young person from Kenya, Ghana and so on,” she said. 

Also eMalahleni mayor Linah Malatjie attended the event as did the Youth Economic Alliance. The event is part of Brand South Africa’s Play Your Part outreach programme, and was themed “Turn Your Ideas into Currencies”.

The Youth Economic Alliance is a non-profit company that was established to drive the development and advancement of youth entrepreneurship.

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Premier Tsipane speaks rural development

The Premier wants sustainable rural livelihoods.

Premier Refilwe Mtshweni-Tsipane has announced the department of traditional affairs is currently working on what is called a ‘Rural Development Chapter’ that will focus much attention on people living in rural areas for serious empowerment. 

The Premier said the Chapter will be inserted into the Intergrated Development Plan (IPD) of municipalities and will work to allocate funds to communities in areas of traditional leadership. 

She addressed the official opening of the 5th Mpumalanga house of traditional leaders at the legislature Wednesday 31 July 2019, speaking rural development.

“These communities also deserve to be uplifted equally in line with the Bill of Rights enshrined in Chapter 2 of the Constitution of the Republic,” she said. 

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She said government should avoid a situation where “the loudest voices in municipal councils determine what type of development must be prioritised for the communities in the rural areas”. 

She said such programmes should be given thorough consultations and proper planning with the involvement of Amakhosi. 

The Mpumalanga house of traditional leaders is led by Inkhosi Sandile Ngomane as chairman, elected in 2017 and succeeding Kgoshi Lameck Mokoena.

“We must ensure that the development of our communities is premised upon proper

consultation and dedicated planning,” the Premier said, adding the department of co-operative governance and traditional affairs is putting the Rural Development Chapter in the IDPs during the current term of office so that it starts working in next term beginning in 2021.

“Chairperson, the question of land ownership lies at the centre of our liberation struggle. Our struggle for freedom was informed by, among others, the need to expedite the restitution of land,” she said.

She urged traditional leaders to work closely with their municipalities in order to 

determine and agree on the land use spatial programme that was approved by government and now needs implementation. 

“Such cooperation,” Mtshweni-Tsipane said, “will reduce tensions and avoid unplanned human settlements that becomes a burden to municipalities when it comes to planning for basic service delivery.

“We further appeal to our traditional leaders not to use arable land for human settlements because this has a potential of discouraging new agricultural investments in their areas and bears the risk of adversely impacting our food security,” she said. 

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DD Mabuza to assist Ramaphosa fast track land reform

His job makes him a link between government and Parliament.

President Cyril Ramaphosa has appointed his deputy DD Mabuza to assist him fast track the country’s land reform process. 

This is announced by speaker Thandi Modise in a parliamentary publication this week. 

Mabuza will help position government to not only fast-track land reforms but also to co-ordinate government’s programmes to agricultural support.

He will also help get government to support the rural and economy.

He is also required to assist the President in the implementation of the Rapid Response Interventions on Service Delivery and Trouble-shooting in service delivery hotspots, the SABC reports.

Anti-poverty initiatives will have to be implemented by Mabuza, Modise announced. 

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Refilwe Mtshweni-Tsipane promises 100 000 houses in next 5 years

She said special attentions will be paid to areas like eMalahleni, Secunda, Middelburg and Bushbuckridge.

Mpumalanga Premier Refilwe Mtshweni-Tsipane has promised her government will construct 100 000 houses in the next 5 years of her term. 

She said areas like eMalahleni, Secunda, Delmas, Middelburg, Mbombela, Lydenburg, Nkomazi and Bushbuckridge will soon be gazetted as Priority Housing Development Areas.

She delivered the State of the Province Address on Friday 5 Jul 2019.

Mtshweni-Tsipane said it was government’s plans to “break the legacy of the apartheid spatial  patterns” before 2030. 

She said her government in the province will therefore ensure that settlements are built closer to work – unlike in the Apartheid times when these black people’s homes were far away from economic opportunities or business central districts.

She said this though depends on “the success” or the effectiveness of “Inter-Governmental and Inter-Departmental Relations which is central in ensuring properly coordinated planning, improved spatial, social and economic integration in new developments”.

“New human settlements initiatives will focus on up-scaling the upgrade of all informal settlements that are within the targeted towns,” she said.

She added the government was committed to dealing with challenges of social infrastructure, amongst them issues of water shortages, sewer spillages, unsafe pit-toilets and poor road infrastructure. 

“We have listened to the concerns our people raised and we are taking them very seriously,” said Mtshweni-Tsipane.

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