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New R250m hospital for rural Limpopo

first_img8 July 2011 President Jacob Zuma has announced plans to build a new R250-million hospital in Limpopo to address critical health challenges in one of South Africa’s most rural provinces. Zuma made the announcement during a visit to Siloam village, about 40 kilometres from Beit Bridge, on Thursday. Addressing the villagers, Zuma said the hospital would be built in phases over a period of three years and would replace the old hospital in the area. “We are here to check how government is performing and, as part of that, we want to ensure that you are happy with the services that are being rendered to you,” Zuma told locals. Accompanied by Minister in the Presidency Collins Chabane, Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi and Limpopo Premier Cassel Mathale, Zuma said the government’s new monitoring and evaluation approach would ensure that issues of health and education remained top of the state’s service delivery agenda. “The monitoring we are doing is not through papers. It is concrete, and we want to see and hear what people are saying, so when something is not working it can be changed,” Zuma said after listening to complaints from the residents about the current Siloam Hospital.Hospital walkabout Earlier, Zuma went on an impromptu walkabout at the hospital. People from the dusty streets of the village, who had gathered outside the hospital to welcome Zuma, greeted him with cheers. As he passed one of them, Muhatuli Mphepu shouted out, demanding that Zuma fire all the managers at the hospital “because they are useless.” “We want you to fire all of them, Msholozi, because they are useless and people are dying because we do not have a proper hospital system here,” she said in Tshivenda. Speaking at the community gathering afterwards, Zuma said an investigation would look into the challenges experienced at the hospital.‘Don’t be afraid of the government’ A sad picture of poverty emerged during Zuma’s visit, with people living in shacks pleading with the President to address unemployment and lack of amenities in the area. Zuma stressed that his visit remained focused on health matters, particularly the issue of the hospital. He asked residents who had raised other issues to write them down and pass the list to his officials. He encouraged those who attended to speak their minds “and don’t be afraid of the government.” “No baba come here to the front, come and speak from here next to me so people can see you. Don’t listen to that one …” Zuma jokingly said after his spokesperson, Zizi Kodwa, tried to interfere with one of the community speakers. Nurses also came in for harsh criticism from residents, who complained that they often had to wait for several hours at the hospital before receiving attention. After the meeting, Zuma was whisked away by helicopter to Lebowakgomo, where he visited another hospital before a meeting with officials at the provincial legislature. Source: BuaNewslast_img read more

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Pod may be a housing game changer

first_imgRay Maota The pod’s many green features include a 1000 litre tank that fills up from harvested rain water. A youngster relaxes on one of the bunk beds inside. Anton Bauer, an AFAC director, said if this was made for a family it would feature maybe single beds instead of bunk beds. (Images: Architecture for a Change) MEDIA CONTACTS • Anton Bauer  AFAC: Director  +27 72 447 4309 RELATED ARTICLES • Drive to help clear housing backlog • New lease on life for Joburg buildings • New way to build green homes • Hi-tech shacks for better livingA Johannesburg architecture firm would like to dispel the connotations surrounding corrugated iron, and instead would like people to seen it as more than just a material used to build cold, damp shacks in informal settlements.Architecture for a Change (AFAC), in collaboration with Youth Zones, has built a club house for a soccer club in Mamelodi in Tshwane using corrugated iron, as well as incorporating green technologies. Youth Zones, a spin off from the 2010 World Cup, works in informal settlements to improve the sporting capabilities of young people. Green featuresMembers of the club can now rest in their clubhouse, which has been designed to fit two bunk beds. The structure, the Pod, is insulated, and the roof is angled for rain run-off. It is assembled off site and then flat-packed and shipped to wherever it will be erected. Apart from a concrete base, the structure, which can function as a clubhouse or home, can be assembled by three people in less than a day.Green features such as insulated walls, solar electricity and rain water harvesting are used. The Pod is a prototype for a low-cost, off-the-grid housing solution for informal settlements. This makes it an effective solution even in areas that do not have sufficient infrastructure.Anton Bauer, an AFAC director, said: “This is not a final solution on the housing debacle in South Africa. It just goes to show how corrugated iron can be used in an effective way that will make households comfortable.”Corrugated iron politicsPolitics was always involved when it came to corrugated iron being used to build houses, he explained. “People believe only brick housing is the best, especially because of the negative connotations attached to [corrugated iron] because of it being used mainly in informal settlements.”The unit’s 220mm-thick masonry walls gave it excellent thermal performance. It used solar energy for lighting, and it harvested rainwater in a 1 000-litre tank – a luxury in informal settlements. The unit was also suspended above the ground to prevent flooding. The Pod’s materials and aesthetic were chosen to suit its informal context. The wall panels were prefabricated to speed up construction, and the home featured a solar cooker.“This unit is not built to be a household unit but a sport club with bunk beds for players to sleep in but it only needs minor adjustments to become a household unit.”Fellow AFAC director Dirk Coetser added: “We aspired to design and build a small building that blends into its informal context but that has a hint of contemporary design and has optimal environmental performance.” The costsThe Pod prototype costs about R45 565 (US$4 500) to complete, putting the structure out of the reach of many people who live in informal settlements, but as the AFAC refines the design, it hopes that mass production will lead to more affordable prices. “The thing is it costs more because we only build one at a time. If we had to build them in large amounts the price would drop from there to about R15 000 ($1 480) a unit,” said Bauer.The group would have to build more and show people these could be lived in, and maybe that would change the perception of corrugated iron in South Africa, which was seen as a product only used in informal settlements. SlumsAccording to the UN Habitat State of the World’s Cities 2012/2013 report, 62% of the urban population in sub-Saharan Africa lives in slums. Urban populations in South Africa have almost trebled in the past 50 years, and according to the Census 2011 results, the population of Johannesburg, the monetary hub of Gauteng, increased by 1.2 million people between 2001 and 2011.Living conditions in these settlements are typically poor, and a range of basic livelihood issues challenge residents, including poor access to sanitation and water supply, solid waste accumulation, recurrent shack fires, safety and security risks, and a range of health hazards.last_img read more

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Gerrard warns Rangers players to learn from dismissals

first_imgSteven Gerrard has warned his Rangers players to avoid more red cards in the future in order not to derail their campaign goals.Jon Flanagan was sent off in Ufa, while Daniel Candeias has been sent off twice and Ross McCrorie and Scott Arfield were dismissed against St Mirren and Hearts respectively.Rangers have coped well in difficult situations throughout the season but boss Gerrard knows luck could run out on them at a later date.“Yes, this morning,” he told the Evening Times when asked if he had spoken to his squad about the dismissals.“Look some red cards we have deserved, some we feel a little bit hard done by, but it is what it is. We’ve had seven red cards which is too many and we’ve told the players that.Steven Gerrard, Michael OwenOwen reveals why Liverpool didn’t offer Gerrard a new contract Manuel R. Medina – September 6, 2019 According to Owen, the Reds wanted to sell Gerrard two years before he left the club and that’s why they didn’t offer him a contract renewal.“Now that’s not my main concern because I am confident we can help the players and channel it in the right direction.“We want them to be tough and compete and be fair and be as hard to play against as we can. But we have to make the players aware of the knock-on effect.“We have played over 280 minutes with either ten men or nine. Now we have coped very well in those circumstances but it’s the knock-on effect it has.“Players have to work hard in those minutes, they do more sprints, more accelerations, and decelerations so it has more strain on the body so that makes it more of a high risk of injuries.“We also lose key players for important fixtures in the future, so it’s not just the isolated incidents that concern us, it’s the knock-on effect it has on the squad.”last_img read more

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NPPA warns drug cos on nonregistration with online database

first_imgWith just 41 out of top 100 pharma firms responding to its direction to register for online database, drug price regulator NPPA has warned to take action if the rest of the companies did not comply with its order immediately.National Pharmaceutical Pricing Authority (NPPA) had asked all pharma firms to register themselves with Integrated Pharmaceutical Database Management System (IPDMS) in September last year. “Many pharma companies have yet not registered with IPDMS despite extension of time limit by NPPA. It has been observed that out of top 100 pharma companies, 59 companies have not registered with the system,” NPPA said in a notice to pharma industry bodies on its website. Also Read – I-T issues 17-point checklist to trace unaccounted DeMO cashThe list of 59 companies which have not registered include Zydus Cadila, Dr Reddys Labs, IPCA labs and Biocon, among others. Stating that it would be launching the system shortly, NPPA said: “You are therefore requested to impress among your member companies to register themselves with IPDMS immediately, failing which NPPA shall be constrained to take appropriate action…” In September last year, national drug pricing regulator NPPA had asked all pharmaceutical firms to register themselves under the IPDMS for online filing of returns for monitoring, fixing and revision of drug prices.It had said that availability of reliable database is a necessary pre-requisite for carrying out the functions of price fixation and price revision in respect of scheduled drugs and price fixation in respect of new drugs.last_img read more

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Song of the Cosmos

first_imgAd Reinhardt said it right: “It is more difficult to write or talk about the abstract painting than about any other painting because the content is not in a subject matter or story but in the actual painting activity”. Falling on the same lines, Sangeeta Gupta’s art delves in the translation that takes place from objects to its meanings. She does not perceive the objects as they are but how they act upon her and her responses to them. Her artwork is a grandiose fluidity of abstractions refusing to fall into a set of objective understanding of things. Like Monet, she tries to capture the world but not as it appears in the ordinary sensual manner but as it is understood by her. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfAfter numerous solo shows held all over India, Sangeeta’s collection of paintings will be showcased at Art Konsult, Hauz Khas Village till December 20 from 11 am to 7 pm every day. “The works of Sangeeta Gupta goes beyond the temporal physical space; it’s the retinal sensation of surfaces which comes after intellectual sieving. She doesn’t directly paint what she sees around herself, the forms are not describable”, says Dr Aparna Roy Baliga. It is the genius of her work that tricks the spectators’ mind into a plethora of images and imagination unperturbed by any external objectivity being imposed on the abstract flow of things as they are to its direct sense perceptions. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveMeticulously she works with the textures derived from various forms of nature. She erases and renders, forms are done and undone on the surface. She connects the objective material world to the non-objective eternity. To her inner self and elsewhere, nature is a phenomenon that creates and destroys time and space without halt. Writing poetry is also her means of knowing nothingness. She recounts how her perceptions sometimes bring about amazing personal revelations. As a painter too she has been composing shades of colours that dissolve nature into forms and formlessness and subsequently enter the region of nothingness. Her first solo exhibition was at the Birla Academy of Art & Culture, Kolkata in 1995. Her 26 solo shows have been held all over India i.e. Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata, Bangalore, Hyderabad, Lucknow, Chandigarh and abroad at London, Berlin, Munich and Lahore. She has participated in more than 150 group shows in India and abroad; in national exhibitions of Lalit Kala Academy, All India Fine Arts and Craft Society and Sahitya Kala Parishad and in several art camps. Her painting has been selected by Bharat Bhavan Museum, Bhopal for their permanent collection. She is also the recipient of 69th annual award for drawing in 1998 and 77th annual award for painting in 2005 by AIFACS, New Delhi and was also conferred Hindprabha award for Indian Women Achievers by Uttar Pradesh Mahila Manch in 1999, Udbhav Shikhar Samman 2012 by Udbhav for her achievements in the field of art and literature and was awarded “Vishwa Hindi Pracheta Alankaran” in 2013 by Uttar Pradesh Hindi Saahitya Sammelan and Utkarsh Academy.last_img read more

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Posadas eyes Jamaica Aruba as it pursues aggressive expansion

first_img Share MEXICO CITY — The parent company of Live Aqua, Grand Fiesta Americana and Fiesta Americana says it’s moving forward with plans for 300 properties by 2020 while looking at new markets beyond Mexico, Cuba and the D.R, and laying the groundwork for two new resort brands.In addition to opening new properties in Playa Mujeres and Tulkal in the Riviera Maya area, Posadas says it also plans on entering new markets after making a splash in Cuba and the D.R. last year.Posadas will also soon launch two new hotel brands that the company says will diversify its portfolio.Enrique Calderon, COO of Posadas, says Posadas currently has 180 hotels in operation, with another 53 under construction set to open over the next 30 months. “Our goal is to have 300 properties in our portfolio by 2020, which equals to about one hotel every two weeks this year.”Grand Fiesta Americana Puerto VallartaThe new developments are in multiple destinations, he added. Among them is the new Tulkal destination that will feature multiple resorts including a 515-room Fiesta Americana All-Inclusive and a 340-room Live Aqua Beach Resort, as well as a 33,000+ square foot convention centre to attract the MICE market. Tulkal will have 1,300 oceanfront rooms spread across all properties.More news:  Consolidation in the cruise industry as PONANT set to acquire Paul Gauguin CruisesAdditional newly signed projects include a property in Playa Mujeres and another 700-room resort on the Pacific coast in Puerto Vallarta.“While we are proud of our growth after decades of leading Mexico’s hotel industry, where are even more proud of being pioneers in perfecting and spreading the traditional Mexican hospitality our company is best known for,” said Calderon. “We can assure our loyal guests that despite the ambitious plan, we will guarantee that the essence of our offering will not be impacted – especially as we enter new markets.”Grand Fiesta Americana Los CabosIn 2018 Posadas came into the D.R. with the groundbreaking of Grand Fiesta Americana Punta Cana Los Corales All-inclusive in Punta Cana set to open in 2021, and Cuba with two resorts, the 633-room Fiesta Americana Punta Varadero All-Inclusive and Fiesta Americana Holguín Costa Verde All-Inclusive with 749 guestrooms.The company plans on opening next in Santo Domingo, and is eyeing new markets such as Jamaica, Aruba and others in the Caribbean.More news:  Transat calls Groupe Mach’s latest offer “highly abusive, coercive and misleading”Another growth strategy for Posadas is the introduction of new brands, which will focus on celebration and romance, says Calderon.The company’s roster currently has seven brands in more than 60 destinations. In addition to Live Aqua, Grand Fiesta Americana and Fiesta Americana, Posadas also heads up The Explorean, Fiesta Inn, Gama and one.Explorean CozumelThe latest major milestone for Posadas was opening Live Aqua San Miguel De Allende in November 2018. The property has 153 luxurious and beautifully designed guestrooms, specialty restaurants, a fully-equipped spa, fitness centre, beauty salon, five meeting rooms and indoor and outdoor event spaces. Tags: Grupo Posadas, Mexico << Previous PostNext Post >> Travelweek Group last_img read more

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