South Africa: Govt Condemns Discrimination Based on Nationality In Healthcare – South African News Briefs – August 31, 2022

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Update as at 16h30 SAST

Govt Condemns Nationality Discrimination for Treatment at Hospitals

Government has condemned the actions of citizens who have been preventing people from other countries from accessing healthcare services at Kalafong Hospital in Atteridgeville, Pretoria. "These actions by a few are infringing on basic human rights. They go against the tenets of hard fought democracy," a government statement said. In South Africa, the right to access basic health services is a basic human right guaranteed by the Constitution. This follows a recent rant by Limpopo MEC Phophi Ramathuba at a Zimbabwean patient receiving treatment at a hospital in the province.

Kota Festival Kicks off This Heritage Month – Ready, Steady, Eat!

The annual Kota festival – a collaboration with Blue Ribbon bread is hitting the streets of Soweto on September 3, for the fifth year in a row. With over 40 different Kota outlets from all over Gauteng participating, there is bound to be one just for you! There will also be entertainment areas and top DJ's in attendance. For those who don't know – a Kota is similar to a bunny chow – It is made from a hollowed out quarter loaf of bread and filled with a variety of ingredients – often potato chips, sausage, egg, beef patty, cheese, polony and atchar. The name kota, used in areas such as Soweto and Johannesburg, is derived from the English word quarter, referring to the size of the bread loaf. Tickets for the event is through Computicket. Organisers are promising a bigger and better township experience.

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New Regulations for Raw Meat Products – May The Wors Be With You!

A new set of regulations has been gazetted by the Agriculture, Land Reform and Rural Development Minister Thoko Didiza for all raw meat products, writes BusinessTech. Boerewors, a firm braai staple, has come under the microscope and if it doesn't have a minimum total meat content of 90% and a fat content of no more than 30% as well as cereal or starch, vinegar, spices, herbs or salt, food additives, and water, then it isn't really a boerewors. Burger patties too are undergoing the same grilling!

Did President Ramaphosa Answer the Phala Phala Question in National Assembly?

Political parties must not have been listening because, according to the presidency, President Cyril Ramaphosa answered their question in parliament yesterday concerning the robbery at his Phala Phala game farm. According to a press statement, the question that was posed asked "whether …he considered it prudent to take the nation into his confidence on the serious allegations surrounding his Phala Phala farm…, by accounting to the people of South Africa and speaking on the specified issue in the National Assembly". The President responded that he stands ready to take the nation into his confidence and that he would do so through the due legal and Parliamentary processes.

Five Die In SAPS Plane Crash

Five have been killed after a South African Police Service fixed wing aircraft crashed shortly after take-off at Rand Airport in Germiston yesterday afternoon. All five passengers were killed while the pilot was rushed to hospital in a critical condition. Authorities are yet to establish the cause of the accident. The details of the deceased and injured pilot will be released once their next of kin have been informed.

Spud Actress Charlbi Dean Dead at 32

Charlbi Dean Kriek made her acting debut in the movie Spud in 2010, at the age of 20. Raised in Cape Town, she became a model at the age of 12. She reportedly died in New York from a sudden illness, yesterday. Dean was engaged to South African model Luke Volker.

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