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Friday 21 January ‘11

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Period: January 10 to January 17 Number of arrests: 21 Cases: Ranging from rape to road traffic offences

Rape – A 23-year-old man was arrested for raping a 17year-old victim on January 13 in Sedawa Village. The accused appeared in court on January 17 and the case was postponed to January 27. No bail was granted. Mango theft – Two men aged 28 and 33 respectively were arrested for theft of mangos which occurred on January 8 in Jonkmanspruit. They appeared in court on January 14 and the case was postponed to February 10. They were granted bail at R800 each. Money stolen – A 54-yearold woman was arrested for theft of cash which occurred on January 5 in Phelwane Game Reserve. She appeared in court on January 13 and the case was postponed to February 3. She was granted bail at R3000. Possession of game meat Ambulance Hoedspruit Fire Brigade AFB Hospital AFB Hoedspruit Safety Action Police Hoedspruit Plaaswag Nood Nommer

– A 26-year-old man was arrested for the possession of dead game meat on January 13 on Olifants River Estate. He appeared in court on January 14 and the case was postponed to February 2. He was granted bail at R800. Recoveries: Police recovered a cell phone in connection with a case of malicious damage to property. A panga used in an assault was also recovered. Trousers and boots in connection with a case of theft were recovered. A duiker carcass was recovered from the 26-yearold man mentioned above. A 7.65mm pistol with eight rounds were recovered on the Hoedspruit/Acornhoek Road. Accidents: No serious accidents were reported during this time period. 015 793 1581 015 799 2172 015 799 2065 082 671 4026 015 799 4000 072 310 0032

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LOCAL NEWS & Letters Open letter to Col. Matanda

Medical & emergency care in Hoedspruit Desiré Wright

HOEDSPRUIT – The right information can very often save you a lot of time and effort, or even a life when it comes to it. This definitely applies to medical and emergency care when living in Hoedspruit. As a result of many and varying reasons, Hoedspruit currently finds itself with only one doctor available for emergency call outs after hours every second week, Dr. Mark Blair. Dr. Mathebula is available only from Monday to Friday during office hours and does not attend to emergency call outs. What other options are there in Hoedspruit? Hoedspruit Clinic offers a 24hour medical service. The Hoedspruit emergency ambulance service is located on the same premises in Impala Street and offers 24hour emergency support. Tintswalo State Hospital in Acornhoek is also open to the public 24 hours a day. Private MediClinic hospitals are located in Tzaneen and Nelspruit. Hlokomela will also help as far as they can in any emergency. They can also help in the case of rape as they do have ARV medication. You can also become a member of Africa Safe-T and receive emergency medical care and evacuation as well as access to a medical call centre for a monthly fee. Health Centre Hoedspruit’s (located in Drakensig), main and most important function is to serve the military community in Hoedspruit. In emergency situations they do however have a responsibility towards the civilian community to provide emergency care. According to Lt Col Pieter Prinsloo, Officer Commanding of the Medical Centre, emergencies include the following: severe bleeding, high fever, shortage of breath, diarrhoea and vomiting (not due to excessive alcohol intake) and severe burn wounds. ‘Every situation is however unique and emergencies come in many forms. We evaluate each case individually and make critical decisions based on what we observe with the patient’s clinical picture’ says Col Prinsloo. ‘We will not deny care in

the case of a heart attack for example’ says Capt. Botha. Health Centre Hoedspruit’s (located in Drakensig), main and most important function is to serve the military community in Hoedspruit. In emergency situations they do however have a responsibility towards the civilian community to provide emergency care. According to Lt Col Pieter Prinsloo, Officer Commanding of the Health Centre, emergencies include the following: severe bleeding, high fever, shortage of breath, diarrhoea and vomiting (not due to excessive alcohol intake) and severe burn wounds. ‘Every situation is however unique and emergencies come in many forms. We evaluate each case individually and make critical decisions based on what we observe with the patient’s clinical picture’ says Col Prinsloo. Health Centre Hoedspruit is neither a state hospital nor a private hospital ‘we are somewhere in between’ says Col Prinsloo. ‘We bill civilian patients according to the Uniform Patient Fee Schedule (UPFS), but only after they have been treated and we do not require a deposit before treatment, as is the case at private hospitals for patients without medical aid’. Health Centre Hoedspruit does not have a 24hour xray service, as the hospital is understaffed with a budget that is not supplemented by fees from civilian patients ‘all the funds go directly into the state’s coffers’. Health Centre Hoedspruit does not have an ICU, only an emergency room where patients are stabilised and then transferred to other facilities where they can receive high care treatment, as was the case with Barbara Fluxman. Barbara was treated and stabilised and then referred to high care. The bottom line is that you need to take responsibility for your own health and be aware of the options available in case of an emergency. You cannot afford to end up in an emergency situation and not have a ready plan of action in Hoedspruit. _

Medical Emergency Numbers Ambulance Hoedspruit Africa Safe-T Clinic Hoedspruit Clinic Hlokomela Drakensig Medical Centre MediClinic Tzaneen Tintswalo State Hospital Dr. Blair Dr. Mathebula

015 079 015 083 015 015 015 013 015 015

793 496 793 300 799 799 306 795 793 793

1581 8031 2342 2933 2065 2053 8500 5000 0606 1592

Dear Col. Matanda. The Headmaster of Southern Cross Schools, Mr Ant de Boer, accepts full responsibility, on behalf of the Southern Cross Schools community, for an incident that took place at the Drakensig sport complex in October 2010. The incident involved a Southern Cross Schools staff member and five learners and the OC of the Air Force Base, Col. M.M Matanda. It is fully acknowledged that the manner in which Col. Matanda was addressed during the abovementioned incident was unacceptable. Mr de Boer therefore offers his unconditional apology to Col. Matanda for any reputational damage and embarrassment that may have been caused

and for the unacceptable conduct of the Southern Cross Schools personnel. Mr de Boer also wishes to assure Col. Matanda that he will do everything in his power to ensure that Southern Cross Schools employees treat him and all members of the Air Force with the respect that they are due. It is the sincere wish of Mr de Boer and the Southern Cross Schools Board of Governors that this apology will be accepted by Col. Matanda so that the good relationship that existed before this incident, between Southern Cross Schools and the Hoedspruit Air Force Base, can be restored. Yours sincerely Ant de Boer, Headmaster, Southern Cross Schools

Hoedspruit helps again You will have noticed at some time or another a young man cleaning cars in and around town. His name is Donald Mashile and he has been desperately trying to put himself through college, studying Heavy Current Electrical Engineering. A few weeks ago I approached some friends so that we could assist Donald to get enough money to pay his outstanding

college fees for last year in order to obtain his results and continue his studies. To those who contributed, my sincere thanks. Donald is so grateful and has gone to collect his results. Also to Eljon Electrical who has agreed to provide Donald with his practical training thank you so much John. Joan Arnestad

Kruger2Canyon Weereens is ek geskok om te lees oor nog ‘n berig wat in die koerant van 14 Januarie 2011 geplaas is. Hoeveel diere moet nou nog dood gemaak word op die aller afgryslikste maniere en dit net oor mense wat agter geld aan is? Nou word die renosters dood gemaak om die horings te kry om groot hope geld daarvoor te bekom. Kan die mense dan nie besef watse skade hulle ons natuur aandoen nie? Nou word hierdie mense na vele gesoek gevind of gladnie. Eerstens kry hulle tronkstraf en dan kom hulle op borgtog uit. My vraag is: Bring dit ons diere terug? Nee nee nee - gladnie. Genoeg is genoeg. Kom ons probeer ‘n einde maak aan hierdie gebeure. Kom ons

as Hoedspruit staan saam en leer hierdie mense ‘n les, of laat ek sê dat daar van hulle ‘n voorbeeld gemaak word. Kom ons maak soos in die ou dae. Laat daar ‘n strafpunt in die dorp opgerig word waar hierdie mense dan vasgemaak sal word en ‘n kleur geverf word wat sigbaar is vir almal om te sien. Met plakate wat ons gevoelens teenoor die saak uitspreek dat hulle sal besef hoe ons daaroor voel. Dis amper soos die doodstraf, maar mense moet begin besef. Thessa Liewe Thessa, Jyisheeltemalreg.Hoedspruiters moet saamstaan, dis die enigste manier. Die strafpunt klink ook na ‘n goeie idee…

The Invites you to our Wildsfees Committee Fundraiser Valentines Dance 12.02.2011 @ 6:30pm L.Erasmus Depot

R75 Adults, R25 H/School Kids & children Free Lekker Food – Lekker music – Bring your own cooler Box and drinks. Tickets available at Wendy’s Florist or JM Boshoff Sheena: 082 9621735 Linda:082 5628481 for more info

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