For two years 26-year-old Maria Masetla watched her mother suffer while the health system repeatedly failed them. The cancer in Regina Masetla’s breasts eventually killed her before she could celebrate her 50th birthday with her family in Limpopo. Activists say that Regina’s case is not an isolated one, especially for cancer patients in provinces with no cancer treatment options available. But Minister of Health Aaron Motsoaledi told HEALTH-E NEWS’ Amy Green that the health department has a plan. Meanwhile, industry representatives, including the SA Sugar Association and Business Unity SA spoke against the tax, focusing on the economic impact of the tax on the beverage, retail and sugar industries.
The Eastern Cape Department of Health is in the process of training more than 350 nurses at the Lilitha College of Nursing. The college has campuses in Mtata, East London, Port Elizabeth and Lisikisiki at Ngquza local municipality where hundreds of Lilitha Nursing College students graduated last year. Provincial spokesman Sizwe Kupelo said the department was hoping to improve the quality of healthcare in the province. “We are trying to ensure that we produce nurses of high quality. We are faced with severe shortages and are pleased that Lilitha produces more qualified nurses every year than any other training facility.” Kupelo said training was done all over so that province could produce well trained, disciplined nurses passionate about helping their patients. He said the Lilitha College of Nursing has been allocated R307
Government does not stop trying to reduce road accidents because tow truck drivers will lose their jobs, so why are job losses the main focus of the sugary drinks tax? Parliament’s Finance Portfolio Committee chairperson MP Yunus Carrim, Health Committee chairperson Lindelwa Dunjwa receive a petition in support of the sugary drinks tax from the Healthy Living Alliance’s Fathima Simjee and Tracey Malawana This was the question posed by ANC MP and former Tourism Minister, Derek Hanekom, at yesterday’s parliamentary hearing on the tax, which is now being referred to as a “health promotion levy”.