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Construction workers in fully fledged action, mixing cement a new RDP house. KGADI JOHANNALAMOLA

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he construction of 151 Reconstruction and Development Programme (RDP) houses is under way at Mayibuye area in Region A.“The programme which specifically set its sights on

alleviating poverty and addressing the massive shortfalls in social services across the country will also benefit most of the disadvantaged families and the unemployed in the Mayibuye area including those who didn't qualify for

RDP houses in 1998,” said Wa r d 11 0 C o u n c i l l o r, Stephen Lamola. Lamola said the process is targeted to be completed in June after which allocation will take place. “There is also another project to kick start on 01 May for the

construction of 37 RDP houses at Ivory Park. My ward is composed mostly of RDP houses, and I am in a mission of negotiating with the city for the installation of solar geysers in all RDP houses in my Ward before my term of office is over in

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2016,” explained the Councillor. He said he is actively interacting with the community through public meetings in terms of service delivery issues within the ward, including housing backlog and in making the place habitable for its

residents. “I will have a clean up campaign in Mayibuye and Ivory Park Extension on 11 May while on 22 June I will have a feedback meeting at 09h30 with Rabie Ridge residents,” concluded Lamola.


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HEALTH MEC WARNS SENIOR MANAGERS AGAINST KICK BACKS G

auteng Health MEC Hope Papo has warned senior managers in the department about “taking kickbacks leading to price hikes and delays in payments for suppliers”. “It is still puzzling that invoices disappear for periods of over two years and resurface when a supplier has taken legal action,” said Papo, speaking on Wednesday at a two-day performance review meeting in Auckland Park, attended by managers of his department. He was making reference to a case where a supplier was owed R34 000 for a period of over two years because one official had kept the invoice for no apparent reason. “This must come to an immediate stop,” he said. While he expressed appreciation that the department was “moving away from the period of negativity to a period where there is progress towards better performance”, he said the turnaround strategy should also be seen and felt by patients when visiting health facilities. He criticised the exorbitant prices that the department was paying for medical equipment and other services. “Gauteng Health leads in the procurement of medical equipment but we are still price takers. This can’t be allowed to persist,” he told managers. “People taking kickbacks are the main cause and also hamper our efforts to clear accruals.” Papo explained that the reason the department

Gauteng Health MEC Hope Papo found itself under financial pressure in 2011 was mainly as a result of “wrong and reckless decisions and practices”. He emphasized the need for the spirit and com-

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mitment to turn the department around to permeate all levels and sections of the department. “Turning this department around will not be a ‘big bang’ event but a process that must be championed all staff members. While we performed well in the hospital audit, we must not lose sight of the fact that we performed badly on staff attitudes and cleanliness.”He

congratulated managers for improvements in a number of areas such as in the Anti-Retroviral Therapy Programme and other services. However; the MEC said there was a need to improve in the early booking - before 20 weeks - of pregnant mothers, efficiency and proper functionality of clinic and district hospitals, Emer-

gency Medical Services, the detainment of nursing personnel especially those with special skills such as advanced midwives, primary healthcare, etc. “Improving efficiencies will result in better health outcomes and improved staff morales. While there is emphasis on fiscal turnaround, we cannot ignore improving the experiences of our people in health facilities. I therefore expect concrete plans to improve in the areas I have highlighted,” concluded MEC Papo. – SAnews. gov.za


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TAKE CHARGE CAMPAIGN I

n 2007 the Gauteng Provincial Government launched the Take Charge Campaign at the Walter Sisulu Square of Remembrance in Kliptown. Its aim was to educate communities on how they can help in the reduction of crime. In its bid to keep track of the campaign's progress, the Department of Community Safety re-launched the campaign at the Thabo Mbeki Sports Grounds (Tshwane) on February 2013. “It was important that the department take stock especially that it (Take Charge Campaign) was launched in 2007, years have gone by and we also needed to check what strides are recorded particularly from the organisations that we mobilised,” said the Department's media liaison, Thapelo Moiloa. The recent crime statistics released by the Provincial C o m m i s s i o n e r, N t a t e Mzwandile Petros, is an indication that the campaign has contributed to the decline of crime in the province. “He [Commissioner Petros] applauded good working relations of the community and the police arising from the realisation that crime cannot be put to a minimal for as long as there is friction between the two parties,” explained Moiloa. The Department attributes the success of the Take Charge Campaign to the programme's inclusive nature: where various summits with over 150 representatives of organisations were conducted. These organisations included a number of sectors such as Youth, Labour, Community Police Forums, Hostel Dwellers, Celebrities and Faith Based Organisations. Each sector was required to develop a

sector specific campaign using 'Take Charge' as a catalyst for a broad-based social movement against crime. “Let me once again congratulate Provincial Community Police Board for scooping the mobiliser award,” said MEC Mazibuko, as she highlighted the campaign's achievements during the relaunch. “The crime line award in collaboration with Talk radio 702, 567 Independent Newspapers and others, goes a long way in recognising the leadership of Mr Andy Mashaile, the Provincial Chairperson in aligning the work of Community Policing Forum with the policing needs and priorities.” Some of the strides reached by the campaign have taken the Department by surprise. Particularly the 9000 MEC Mazibuko (second from the right) who deliverd the Key Note Speech at the Take Charge Campaign registered patrollers. Pictures: Supplied T h e s e p a t r o l l e r s a r e Re-launch deployed in schools, hot spots and commuter routes. “Initially, we did not aim this high, but people see the benefits of protecting their neighbourhood, hence joining the patroller movement,” Moiloa said. The Department faces the challenge of having the campaign penetrate other racial groups as the uptake is still mainly from the f o r m a l l y b l a c k communities. This will be achieved by awareness campaigns that will be conducted regularly from one community to the next. But interested parties could visit the website www.gautsafety.gpg.gov.za, or visit us at no 78 Fox Street, Marshalltown, or call me directly on 084 805 2247 / (011) 689 3743. v i s i t A l s o www.pioneernews.co.za for M E C M a z ib u k o ' s f u l l speech, the extended version of this article and pictures.


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EKURHULENI HOSTED AFRICA'S FIRST AIRPORT CITIES WORLD CONFERENCE

Ekurhuleni Executive Mayor Mondli Gungubele

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kurhuleni Executive Mayor Mondli Gungubele has expressed confidence in the city's ability to host Africa's first A i r p o r t C i t i e s Wo r l d Conference and Exhibition (ACE). The City of Ekurhuleni hosted the ACE from 24 – 26 April. This is what was said and done before the event: “We are ready and the Gauteng province is ready to deliver a successful ACE that will leave all delegates with a remarkable memory of

Ekurhuleni and South Africa in general,” the mayor said. Alex Kirby, the Executive Vice President of Airport Cities, told the media via the telephone from the United Kingdom that he had all the confidence in Ekurhuleni's capabilities to host a successful conference. Gungubele said the City was ready from the day in 2010 when it won the bid to host ACE. “When we decided to bid to host the event, we knew what was expected of us and what we are capable of

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doing. The time has come for us to show the world what we are made of and why Ekurhuleni is a better place to invest a n d s t a y in,” he said. Gungu b e l e attribut ed the readine ss to deliver the 11th installment of ACE to the 'solid umbilical cord' between the City, and the

Gauteng and national governments. He praised the cordial relations between the City, Airports Compan y o f South Africa (ACSA) a n d other stakehol ders. Gungubele, who is steadily becoming known as 'Mr Aerotropolis' by his peers in government

and political circles, said ACE serves to position the City of Ekurhuleni on the global map to attract international attention, with the view to lure investors. This, he said, would translate into local economic growth and more jobs for ordinary people. “ACE also is a great platform to proclaim our status as an aerotropolis, a new growth path which will also benefit more ordinary people. “The fears that the aerotropolis is for the elite is not true, in the light of statistics that about 70

percent of ordinary people would benefit from an aerotropolis than the middle-class,” he said. An aerotropolis is a type of urban form comprising aviation intense business and related enterprises. It is similar in form and function to a traditional metropolis, where there is a central city core and its commuterlinked suburbs. An aerotropolis has an airport city as its core and is surrounded by clusters of aviation related enterprise. – SAnews.gov.za


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HOSPITALS AND CLINICS IN GAUTENG

Nick Goldberg, ENS

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abulani Mahlangu lives in Lombardy East by Alexandra. He has been suffering from a bad cough, a sore chest and a fever for the last few days. He has however not gone to see a doctor as he does not want to miss work. He decides one day that he needs to go see a doctor as he is not getting better. He thinks that the best place for him to go is to the Charlotte Max-

eke Academic Hospital as it is close to his place of work and he believes that he will receive better treatment there than at another clinic in the area. After waiting in a line to be seen for a number of hours, Jabulani gets to the front of the line only to be told by the Sister on duty that he cannot be seen at that hospital as he does not live in the district which the hospital is responsible for overseeing. Jabulani is very cross as

he feels that he has wasted his time sitting at the hospital, only not to see a doctor. He wants to know whether the Sister was correct in turning him away from the hospital. In Gauteng, hospitals and clinics are designated specific districts for which they are responsible. People living within those districts must go to the hospital responsible for that district. It is not enough that a per-

son goes to a hospital or clinic close to their place of work, they must live in the area. The hospitals and clinics are set up like this in order to avoid a large number of people only going to one hospital to be seen by doctors when they are ill.There are only two instances when a person may go to a hospital or clinic which is not within the district in which they live. The first instance is when that particular pa-

tient has received a referral letter from a doctor at another hospital or clinic referring that specific patient to a particular hospital. The second instance is in the case of an emergency. If a person needs to be admitted to a hospital in an emergency situation a hospital that is responsible for a different district will take care of that patient, however they may be transferred at a later stage when the patient has received medical attention and is recovering well. For people living in Alexandra, the Edenvale General Hospital is the hospital that is responsible for the district of Alexandra and therefore residents of Alexandra should go to that hospital in order to receive medical attention. Are there any other documents that a person should take with them when going to a hospital or clinic?If possible one should take with them their ID book or pass-

port together with proof of residence. If a person is not able to produce a proof of residence they will be asked where they live so the hospital can make sure that they are responsible for looking after that person. It is also important to take some money with you as the hospital may charge a fee for opening a file to keep the patient’s records. As a general rule, people who are employed are required to pay of a fee of between R10 and R100 (depending on the hospital or clinic). Unemployed people are generally not required to pay this fee, however this may vary among hospitals. It is therefore important that, in order to avoid any frustrating delays, you find out which hospital or clinic is closest to the area in which you live so that you can go to that hospital or clinic when you need to see a doctor. *Contribution by Dr. N Odell

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KLIPFONTEIN JAZZ SESSION

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lash Da Man Jazz session at Klipfontein Vi e w m u l t i p u r p o s e community hall is now running into its second year. Only a handful of people came to spend their Easter Sunday afternoon and enjoyed various sounds of jazz from way back. Flash Thobejane and his team of Flash Da Man Promotions (who organised the event) believe with time people will get used to this event. “It was an eventful weekend and people were spoiled for choice but I'm very happy with how it went and I believe this idea of having a jazz session in Klipfontein is worth pursuing. This idea came after realising there are

not lot of things happening around adult entertainment in Klipfontein, older people felt somewhat bored and overlooked with entertainment,� said Flash Thobejane. He says the long term plan is to have it every month and use to promote local artists as well and also Klipfontein Vi e w i s a g r o w i n g community and like any township it desires to have recreational amenities closer to them and this Jazz session serves exactly that purpose. Past artists who graced the event in its inaugural last year include Emza Molatedi of the famous Marabi band. To read about the previous Klipfontein Jazz session visit www.pioneernews.co.za

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