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Health minister breaks down as he apologises to families of Life Esidimeni patients

JOHANNESBURG – South Africa’s Health Minister, Aaron Motsoaledi shed tears on Wednesday, as he apologised to family members of the mentally ill patients who died after being transferred from Life Esidimeni to unlicensed non-governmental organisations. “When I read the [health] ombudsman report about how people were bundled in vans and tied with sheets and how […]

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ANC announces new NEC as, 54th National Conference wraps up

JOHANNESBURG, December 21 – Former treasurer-general of the African National Congress (ANC), Zweli Mkhize, tops the list of South Africa’s ruling party’s 80-member National Executive Committee (NEC) – the highest decision-making body. Mkhize, who shockingly withdrew from the party leadership race on Sunday for the sake of “unity”, made a strong comeback. Announcing the results in the early hours […]

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Suspended health head Selebano places blame on underlings for Life Esidimeni fiasco

JOHANNESBURG, December 5 – Suspended Gauteng Health head of the department Tiego Selebano effectively threw his underling Dr Makgabo Manamela under the bus, saying she was the leader of the team that implemented the botched Life Esidimeni project and also put pressure on implementers to move patients to non-governmental organisations. Selebano was testifying on Tuesday after his […]

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Health Minister Motsoaledi says spokesman Maila was no spin-doctor

PRETORIA, October 26 – Senior government officials, friends and colleagues of Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi’s late spokesperson Joe Maila on Thursday narrated touching eulogies at a memorial service hosted by the Government Communication and Information Services (GCIS) in Pretoria. “I’m sure colleagues in the media can attest to this … I never regarded Joe as a spin-doctor, […]

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“Gross lack of management skills” responsible for KZN health crisis – Motsoaledi

DURBAN, 19 August – KwaZulu-Natal’s dysfunctional public health department can be blamed on a systematic breakdown of core functions, Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi said on Friday. “There is a gross lack of management skills in the department of health because managing human resources, managing supply chain, managing procurement systems — need skills. Those skills are just found […]

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TAC distances itself from disruption of health minister’s speech

JOHANNESBURG, July 20 – The Treatment Action Campaign (TAC) has distanced itself from the people who disrupted Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi’s speech on Wednesday during the funeral of HIV and gender activist, Prudence Mabele. A group of about 20 HIV activists twice disrupted Motsoaledi during his speech by breaking into song. They later walked out when deputy […]