Herewith a statement read by Dr Basil Brown on behalf of the heads of units of the PE Hospital Complex. Delivered in Port Elizabeth at 16:00 on Monday, 25 June 2012. THE EASTERN CAPE DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH PORT ELIZABETH HOSPITAL COMPLEX (Incorporating Provincial, Livingstone and Dora Nginza Hospitals) 25 June 2012 JOINT STATEMENT BY THE HEADS OF UNITS OF THE PE HOSPITAL COMPLEX We, the Clinical Heads of Units (CHUs) of specialist departments at Dora Nginza, Livingstone and Provincial hospitals - which together comprise the PE Hospital Complex (PEHC)- have, after due deliberation, decided to issue a public statement on the crisis affecting service delivery at all PEHC hospitals. We are doing so because we feel that the Eastern Cape Department of Health (ECDOH) has proven itself to be incapable of dealing with the crisis The crisis we face is essentially due to the fact that the ECDOH has placed a moratorium on the appointment of new junior and specialist doctors, while at the same time not renewing the contracts of doctors who have worked in our department s previously. Doctors who have left by attrition or resignation have not been replaced, despite there being willing qualified applicants. To compound matters further, the salaries of a number of doctors who have worked on a sessional basis have not been paid since January. An equally serious situation affects the appointment of other vitally important health care workers, such as nurses and pharmacists. The outcome of this is to exacerbate the impact of the understaffing situation already existing in certain departments, while creating a similar crisis in others. If matters do not improve, levels of service will continue to drop, and there is a strong possibility of widespread resignations by disillusioned doctors in the service. This situation is already evident in the Casualty departments at Dora Nginza and Livingstone, where there are not enough doctors to run the units. All our . . .
Former South African hockey player and University of Johannesburg sports manager Anton van Rooyen finally realised his Olympic dream when he was selected to manage the national men’s team for the London Games in August. Van Rooyen’s appointment sets the seal on a long and distinguished management career that most recently included seeing his team to overall victory in the Olympic qualifying tournament in Japan in May. “They had to win that specific tournament, no less than that, and they did.” He has previously accompanied the side to the Commonwealth Games, Champions Challenge, World Cup as well as the Four Nations and Five Nations tournaments. “This is my reward for all my years of playing hard and the time and effort I gave to development,” he said. “It’s the cherry on the cake in my passion for hockey.” The 51-year-old former centre half, who boasts provincial colours for Free State and Griqualand West, has been involved with the sport for over three decades. In 1988, he was a member of the national hockey squad. As team manager, Van Rooyen is expected to deal with all administrative issues prior to and during the Olympics and act as liaison for players and management. He said patience, self-discipline and being a good listener were essential qualities, as well as “loving what you do”. “On tour, I’m in charge of general discipline and looking after the players. A happy player will always perform to his maximum ability.” Van Rooyen said “The Lads”, as he calls them, had matured together as a unit since 2008. “We started to build on this group after the last Olympics. Only three members are veterans of the last Games.” According to him, the team was in good shape following a fitness camp in Bloemfontein earlier this month, but he was circumspect about their medal prospects. “We must first get through our group stage. If we make the top two in the group, anything can happen.” The team leaves for an eight-test tour of Ireland . . .
The Tracks of Giants team passed the 1700 kilometre milestone on June 01, 2012 at Guma Lagoon in Botswana, which marked one third of the journey successfully completed. The team of ‘Trackers’ includes conservationists, media, a backup team, and various sponsors and supporters who join the core team along the way. One of the aims of Tracks of Giants is to rekindle the rapidly declining indigenous knowledge base of the human-animal interface, and indigenous solutions to conservation challenges and issues. Specialist wilderness guide, photojournalist and naturalist Ian Michler, and medical doctor, psychiatrist, writer and conservationist, Ian McCallum, are two of the core members of the Tracks team. They are undertaking the entire journey without the use of mechanical transportation. In order to track the journey via GPS, the backup team is carrying an elephant collar which is linked to a tracking device. The collar acts as a symbol for the Tracks of Giants journey as well as a valuable part of the backup team’s equipment. It will be donated to Elephants Without Borders at the end of the expedition. The 5000 kilometre, 20 week journey through six countries kicked off in Namibia on May 01, with the core team and Wilderness Leadership School guides travelling on foot through the Skeleton Coast National Park facing temperatures of up to 45 degrees Celsius in the shade. Switching to bicycles at the end of the first leg, the team cycled from Puros to the Botswana border post which was reached on Tuesday, May 29. From the dunes and spectacular desert landscapes of Namibia to the more wooded flora-filled region of western Botswana, the team has encountered wildlife and nature at its most wild. Sightings of desert elephant, oryx and springbok were not uncommon in Namibia, while the Botswana leg has included encounters with hippo and crocodile. Along the way, the team is investigating various examples of corridor and transfrontier park conservation, and are . . .
Having lost to the EP Kings on Tuesday, a green South African Students side will be hoping for a better defensive effort when they take on Namibia in a one-off international rugby test in Windhoek on Saturday. Led by the University of Johannesburg’s Justin Wheeler, the newly assembled SA squad went down 36-19 in their warm-up match in Port Elizabeth. “We put up a solid attacking performance and just need to work a bit more on our defence,” said Wheeler. “They led 14-12 at half-time and it was quite close with 10 minutes to go. Then they got that last-minute try, which made the score-line seem more convincing. “We only had three practice sessions as a unit, but tried to implement some of the basics. I wouldn’t say we were happy with the outcome of the match, but we’ve taken something positive from it.” Wheeler said he felt they had fared particularly well up front against very physical opposition. The 24-year-old loose forward said he expected the second-ranked African side to play a more similar style of rugby to theirs. “I believe they’ll also be looking to play the ball wide. I think it will be a good match and spectators can expect to see running, attractive rugby.” Wheeler, who has turned out for the Lions in the Currie Cup and Super Rugby, said they were confident of getting the win if they could capitalise on every opportunity that came their way. “The guys will be playing their hearts out. Even though we’re a student side, we still have the Springbok on our chest, so we’ll be representing our country and doing our best.” The Transport Economics student said he was looking forward to coming up against fellow UJ players Worsie Kotze and Chrysander Engelbrecht. “They both played for Namibia in the last World Cup, so I’m looking forward to playing against them, knowing what tricks they have up their sleeves.” Team manager Michael “Moby” Dick, who is also from UJ, said South Africa’s northern neighbours were not to be taken . . .
As ek ’n rand gekry het vir elke keer wat iemand ’n stukkie “eenvoudige” beleggingsadvies kom vra het, sou ek seker nie nodig gehad het om nog self beleggings te doen nie. Eintlik is dit ’n eenvoudige versoek, maar mense verwag gewoonlik dat die antwoord ingewikkeld moet wees. Vooraanstaande kenners het immers al dik boeke oor dié onderwerp geskryf. My eenvoudige antwoord kom gewoonlik daarop neer dat ’n mens vroeg moet begin, tydgebonde mikpunte moet stel en moet diversifiseer. Iemand het eendag ’n wyse man gevra wanneer die beste tyd is om ’n boom te plant. Die antwoord was: “Twintig jaar gelede . . . en die naasbeste tyd is nou.” Dieselfde beginsel geld wanneer ’n mens beleggings doen. Maar voordat jy jou portefeulje begin saamstel, moet jy ’n duidelike onderskeid tussen beleggings en spekulasie tref. Ek hoor dikwels mense sê hulle belê in eiendom, maar eintlik is hulle aan ’t spekuleer – ’n neiging wat die afgelope dekade of wat toegeneem het. Party mense koop en verkoop eiendom in die hoop dat hulle gou-gou ’n stewige wins sal maak, maar na regte hoort eiendom in ’n bepaalde bateklas wat, geskiedkundig beskou, ’n bestendige opbrengs oor ’n lang tydperk verskaf. ’n Ander manier waarop ’n mens in eiendom kan belê, is deur genoteerde eiendomsaandele te koop. Dit is ook langtermynbeleggings, met die voordeel dat jou geld in krisistye geredelik beskikbaar is. ’n Bateklas kan beskryf word as ’n stel verwante beleggings met soortgelyke risiko- en opbrengskenmerke. Kontant (geldmark, bankdeposito’s ens) is een bateklas. Daarteenoor kry jy effekte, aandele en, natuurlik, eiendom. Alle bateklasse het soortgelyke risikovlakke en reageer op dieselfde manier op wisselende marktoestande. Wanneer ons van diversifisering praat, verwys ons na verskillende bateklasse, soos hierbo uitgelê. ’n Ander aspek wat in aanmerking geneem moet word, is likiditeit. Met ander woorde: hoe maklik bekombaar is jou geld? Ek het al gehoor mense sê hulle sal ’n . . .
CAPE TOWN JUNE 2012 – Restaurant and food lovers are now able to turn to their phones for assistance in choosing a restaurant, when Eat Out, South Africa’s most definitive and credible restaurant guide, goes live with a smart phone app. Telmap, pioneers in mobile location-based services, will partner with New Media for the integration of its Eat Out brand into the Telmap Mobile Location Companion. Eat Out is accessible via a variety of media channels. At the centre of the brand is the website, supported by a weekly e-newsletter, Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest, an annual glossy magazine and the much-anticipated Eat Out Restaurant Awards held in November of each year. The website lists over 3,500 restaurants in cities and towns in all nine provinces. Users of the Telmap powered Cell C Xplorer can now access Eat Out’s useful and reliable content on Blackberry devices at no cost, with availability on Android devices just around the corner. Eat Out information can either be accessed through a dedicated widget on the home screen of the Cell C Xplorer, on the unique widgets carousel or in the search results, when there are relevant search results coming from the Eat Out database. Restaurants can be searched for by name or food type such as Italian, Indian, Seafood, etc. Once a restaurant is selected, the information provided includes details about the restaurant, including address and professional and/or reader reviews from Eat Out. Users can then initiate a navigation session (drive/walk) to the destination. The Eat Out brand launched in 1998 and is the gold standard of the South African culinary industry. With a heritage in celebrating excellence, Eat Out carries the highest credibility amongst chefs, restaurateurs and the South African food loving public. Eat Out users are keen foodies who are social and enjoy eating out with friends, family or business associates. Partnering Eat Out with Telmap increases the number of platforms on which Eat Out is . . .
The South African Post Office has announced the sponsorship of the Student Theatre Festival at Grahamstown’s National Arts Festival running from 28 June to 8 July 2012. Over the years the Student Theatre Festival has developed into an indispensable part of the National Arts Festival programme and has become renowned for showcasing South Africa’s next generation of performing artists. As part of the sponsorship the SA Post Office, in partnership with the Student Theatre Festival, will provide 16 tertiary institutions from across the country with the opportunity to take part in the Festival. The sponsorship investment covers travel, meals, accommodation, miscellaneous items, and production expenses for the total of 160 students. The institutions have been invited to present a production in Grahamstown in any South African language and use a multiplicity of artistic expressions or genres in the creation of their work. On 6 July 2012 an awards ceremony will take place to recognise the most outstanding and exceptional of these productions. The institution that presents the most acclaimed production in the opinion of the Student Theatre Advisors will be awarded a budget to create a theatre-in-education production based on the theme of philately. The content for the production will be designed in conjunction with subject matter experts from the South African Post Office. The winning production will be invited to present their production on the Fringe programme at the 2013 National Arts Festival. “We jumped at the opportunity to be part of the South Africa’s largest and most diverse annual arts celebration,” said van Johan van Wyk, senior manager of philatelic services for the SA Post Office. The arts industry faces continued challenges when it comes to assisting emerging professionals to become productive in the arts economy. Through the sponsorship the SA Post Office aims to achieve a greater national prominence for the performing arts industry as a . . .
HEINEKEN® and MACSTANLEY frontman, Andy Mac, have once again teamed up to bring the iconic music sensation, HEINEKEN® Symphonic Rocks to the South African music scene massive. Following the runaway success of the 2010 and 2011 event, this year’s eagerly anticipated show promises to deliver even more excitement, entertainment and, of course, pure unbridled talent. Ticket sales open this week, offering the first peak at a show-stopping line-up. HEINEKEN® Symphonic Rocks is a world class, cross-genre live music show ranging from rock to pop, adult contemporary, R&B, hip hop, electro and soul, all set against the breath-taking onstage backing of a 65-piece symphonic orchestra. The impressive list of artists this year includes award-winning MiCasa and Zahara, fresh from their successes at the 2012 SAMA’s; Tumi & the Volume, Freshly Ground’s Zolani and Just Jinjer’s Ard Matthews, all of whom wowed audiences at the show last year; as well as the soulful ChianoSky and pop-rock band MACSTANLEY, back on tour after recording their third, soon-to-be-released album. In addition, the 2012 show will also offer unique performances from the multi-award winning Van Coke Cartel and Afrikaans Rock superstars F*ofpolisiekar; electro-pop singing sensation, Toya Delazy; and finally, popular rock hit-makers, aKing. The audience can expect to hear a range of almost 30 hit songs, each painstakingly rearranged by John Walton from the Cape Town Pops Orchestra. Each band or singer will be backed by 22 violins, 8 violas, 6 cellos, 4 double bases and a harp, and that’s just the string section! Also on stage will be full woodwind, brass and percussion sections. Mac had spent six years working on the concept for the show which became a reality in 2010 when HEINEKEN® came on board. “HEINEKEN® Symphonic Rocks is a marriage between current cutting-edge music and the incredible pitch perfect depth and richness of a traditional orchestra. The collaboration produces an intensity of . . .
They are all-round nice guys who love to surf. They have also sold millions of records; are known for their incredible energetic live performances during their sold-out shows and are one of the biggest rock bands around. Now, for the first time, South Africans can see the Grammy-Award winning band SWITCHFOOT live on their VICE VERSES SA TOUR. The rock band from San Diego will be taking to the stage on August 8 at The Big Top Arena, Carnival City in Johannesburg and on August 11 at the Grand Arena, GrandWest in Cape Town. Switchfoot formed in 1994 when Jon Foreman (lead vocals, guitar) and his brother Tim (bass guitar, backing vocals) put their high school friends together - including Chad Butler (drums, percussion), Jerome Fontamillas (guitar, keyboards, backing vocals), and Drew Shirley (guitar, backing vocals). Nine albums over a decade later, they have achieved multi-platinum status, having sold over 4.4million albums and 3 million concert tickets worldwide and a Grammy Award and have a massive worldwide fan base (they currently have over 1.8million Facebook fans and over 229,000 followers on Twitter). The band has had 3 consecutive Top 10 hits on Modern Rock Radio. Their song “Vice Verses” debuted at #8 on Top 200 Billboard Charts and #5 on iTunes Top 200 Charts. Music from VICE VERSES has already been included in movie trailers and soundtracks - In Time (Ft. Justin Timberlake) and Hawaii 5-0 Soundtrack “Out of Control”. Their album ‘The Beautiful Letdown” was RIAA certified 3 X Platinum. The band has previously toured with the likes of “Dave Matthews Band”, “3 Doors Down”, “Goo Goo Dolls” and many more. SWITCHFOOT’S music has also appeared in “The Chronicles of Narnia - Prince Caspian”, “American Idol”, “A Walk to Remember”, “Life of Ryan”, “CSI Miami”, “Grey’s Anatomy”, “The Vampire Diaries”, “Dawson’s Creek”, “One Tree Hill” and the smash-hit “Spiderman 2”. With its play on words, Vice Verses, the title of Switchfoot’s new album, coherently . . .
This week our Property Poser experts consider questions from two readers about the rights of tenants in relation to their landlords. The first question comes from a tenant whose landlord has recently passed away. The property has been placed on the market and he wishes to know what his rights are as far as the agent putting up a “for sale” sign and bringing in potential buyers goes. The second issue relates to a long-term tenant of a rental property, who would like to know whether it would be possible to purchase it from the owner. According to the first tenant, there have been times that he has legitimately been unavailable to grant access to the property. The agent, however, portrayed the situation to the relatives of the deceased that he is simply never available and refuses access. The relatives responded with an e-mail demanding that the reader make himself available or leave the keys for the agent. The tenant is concerned about his right to privacy and would like to know how much notice he must be given before the buyers are brought around for a viewing. He also wishes to know whether he has to display a “for sale” notice on the property. This eventuality is often provided for in the lease agreement, but the reader has not mentioned what provisions exist between himself and his landlord, says Charlotte Vermaak from Chas Everitt in Port Elizabeth. “As much as a tenant’s rights to privacy are protected, the landlord, or a representative agent, has the right to gain reasonable access to the property in order to show potential buyers around.” Vermaak says the tenant therefore has to be fair in this regard and grant such access. “Similarly, the agent’s demands for access must also be reasonable.” For example, it would not be reasonable to arrange for five different viewings at five different times on one day and merely expect the tenant to be there, says Vermaak. “Likewise, it is arguably reasonable for the tenant to permit a ‘for . . .