Mpox death toll rises to two
June 13, 2024

Mpox death toll rises to two

The MPox death toll in South Africa has reached two, as confirmed by the Health Department, which has reported another laboratory-confirmed case. The recent patient, a 38-year-old man from Mgungudlovu, KwaZulu-Natal, tested positive after displaying symptoms including lesions, headache, fatigue, oral ulcers, muscle pain, and a sore throat. Sadly, the patient passed away on the same day his test results were received. Urging individuals with similar symptoms to undergo testing promptly, the department emphasizes the importance of early detection.

Y Yashmika Dukaran
IFP to participate in a national unity government alongside the ANC.
June 13, 2024

IFP to participate in a national unity government alongside the ANC.

On Wednesday, the IFP announced its decision to join forces with the ANC and DA in a national unity government. Additionally, it will collaborate with the ANC, DA, and the National Freedom Party to establish a coalition government in KwaZulu-Natal.

Y Yashmika Dukaran
The ANC dismisses Kaunda from the position of eThekwini mayor.
June 13, 2024

The ANC dismisses Kaunda from the position of eThekwini mayor.

Mxolisi Kaunda is set to step down from his role as the mayor of eThekwini. The African National Congress in KZN has announced his recall as a councillor, intending to redeploy him to the National Council of Provinces.

Y Yashmika Dukaran
MK's request for a parliamentary session "urges the court to violate the constitution."
June 12, 2024

MK's request for a parliamentary session "urges the court to violate the constitution."

A constitutional law scholar opines that the uMkhonto weSizwe party's bid to halt the first parliamentary session is unlikely to impact the election of a new president. "While legal challenges are underway, the electoral process clearly delineates that other proceedings, including the initial session, are not suspended."

Y Yashmika Dukaran
The Health Minister provides an update on strategies to control the spread of MPOX.
June 12, 2024

The Health Minister provides an update on strategies to control the spread of MPOX.

Two additional instances of Mpox have been identified within the nation. Health Minister Joe Phaahla will provide information regarding strategies to mitigate further transmission. The most recent case involves a 39-year-old man admitted to Addington Hospital in Durban. Another case was uncovered at St. Augustine Hospital, also situated in Durban. In the previous month, two cases were documented in KwaZulu-Natal and Gauteng. The NICD urges individuals exhibiting symptoms to undergo testing. Such symptoms encompass rashes persisting for two to four weeks, fever, muscle aches, back pain, fatigue, and swollen glands.

Y Yashmika Dukaran
Proposed GNU to determine future course of SA business: SACCI
June 12, 2024

Proposed GNU to determine future course of SA business: SACCI

The South African Chamber of Commerce and Industry's Business Confidence (SACCI) emphasizes that the proposed Government of National Unity (GNU) by the African National Congress (ANC) will significantly impact the future trajectory of business.

Y Yashmika Dukaran
The body of a newborn baby from Sundumbili was found in a pit latrine.
June 11, 2024

The body of a newborn baby from Sundumbili was found in a pit latrine.

On Tuesday, Search and Rescue officials were present in Sundumbili, northern KZN, where the body of a newborn baby was discovered in a pit latrine toilet. IPSS Medical Rescue's Samantha Meyrick confirmed that the baby boy's body was recovered recently. "Unfortunately, the newborn baby boy, who had been disposed of in a pit latrine, was pronounced deceased on the scene. Metro fire services retrieved the body of the infant, which has been transferred to SAPS for further investigation."

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Pinetown businessman recounts gun attack
June 11, 2024

Pinetown businessman recounts gun attack

A Durban businessman who survived a gun attack near Pinetown has described the moment he came under fire while driving to work on the M13.

Y Yashmika Dukaran
Musk warns Apple against integrating OpenAI's system.
June 11, 2024

Musk warns Apple against integrating OpenAI's system.

Elon Musk, billionaire CEO of Tesla, SpaceX, and X, stated on Monday that he would prohibit Apple devices at his companies if Apple incorporates OpenAI at the operating system level, deeming it an unacceptable security breach. He added that visitors would have to leave their Apple devices at the door, stored in a Faraday cage. Apple and OpenAI did not immediately respond to Reuters' requests for comment. Earlier, Apple had announced AI features and a partnership with OpenAI to bring ChatGPT technology to its devices, emphasizing privacy in their AI development. Musk criticized Apple's reliance on OpenAI, questioning their ability to ensure security and privacy. However, Ben Bajarin, CEO of Creative Strategies, suggested that Musk's stance was unlikely to be followed, noting Apple's efforts to educate users on the security of private cloud storage. Musk had previously sued OpenAI and its CEO, Sam Altman, alleging a deviation from the startup's original mission for altruistic AI…

Y Yashmika Dukaran
An investigation is currently ongoing into the fatal Wayside fire.
June 11, 2024

An investigation is currently ongoing into the fatal Wayside fire.

Investigators have been gathering evidence from the site of a fatal fire at the Wayside informal settlement in Maritzburg. The extensive blaze erupted in one of the shacks and quickly engulfed three homes on Regina Road three days ago.

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Sahpra assures public Benylin is safe
June 10, 2024

Sahpra assures public Benylin is safe

The South African Health Products Regulatory Authority (Sahpra) has reassured the public that no diethylene glycol traces were found in the recalled batches of Benylin. This conclusion came after Sahpra conducted independent tests following a report from the Nigerian National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control, which had detected high levels of the toxin in Benylin. Sahpra’s Senior Manager of Inspectorate and Regulatory Compliance, Deon Poovan, stated that the manufacturer conducted a full investigation into the production of the batches. Sahpra also tested samples of the recalled Benylin Paediatric batches independently and found no traces of diethylene glycol, subsequently reporting these findings to the public.

Y Yashmika Dukaran
Eastern Cape Safety MEC to meet with family of murdered Tsolo victims.
June 10, 2024

Eastern Cape Safety MEC to meet with family of murdered Tsolo victims.

Eastern Cape Safety MEC Xolile Nqatha plans to visit the family of six individuals who were tragically shot and killed last week in Tsolo. Nqatha, accompanied by the police, will provide the family with updates on the progress of the investigation and the pursuit of suspects.

Y Yashmika Dukaran