21 Apr 2011

Truck rolls on Empire Avenue…

This truck rolled on Empire Avenue, highlighting the need for better speed controls on the busy road.

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23 Feb 2011

Public Health Warning – Diarrhoea Season in Hout Bay

Public Health Warning – Diarrhoea Season in Hout Bay

By SIPOKAZI FOKAZI/iol.co.za

Cape Town – At least four children have died and hundreds more have been admitted to hospitals across the province as the notorious diarrhoea season gains momentum, which mostly affects children.

In Khayelitsha more than 800 children were treated for diarrhoea at City of Cape Town clinics during the week from February 7, while 150 children were admitted to provincial tertiary hospitals.

At the weekend, Red Cross Children’s Hospital admitted 28 children with gastroenteritis. The previous weekend they admitted 22 children.

Dr Ivan Bromfield, head of health in the city, said Khayelitsha remained the worst affected area with a number of moderate to severe diarrhoea cases being reported.

Of the 865 cases of diarrhoea recorded in Khayelitsha during the week from February 7, 14 percent were moderate and 3 percent involved severe dehydration.

While the regular diarrhoea season has not yet peaked – it is expected to do so next month – a substantial number of children have been admitted to hospitals for gastric-related conditions, according to Mark van der Heever, spokesman for the provincial Health Department.

At least 300 children have been admitted to Red Cross since January, with Tygerberg Hospital recording about 120 diarrhoea-related admissions during the same period.

Aside from those 420 hospital admissions, provincial clinics and hospitals in the metro region have also seen about 400 cases so far this year.

But Van der Heever said these numbers did not constitute an outbreak. The season was in fact quieter than the same period last year.

“About 30 percent fewer cases were admitted in January this year than in January 2010 and 2009. February is also down compared to last year so far,” he said.

To the medical fraternity, warm summer months are known as the diarrhoea season. Heat encourages bacteria to breed, leading to serious gastric illnesses.

In informal settlements, where there is poor sanitation, residents are particularly at risk of being affected by diarrhoea. The cases, which start around November, usually peak during February and March.

Van der Heever said other areas affected by gastric infections included Dunoon, Wallacedene, Langa, Nyanga, Imizamo Yethu in Hout Bay, Delft and Browns Farm.

As part of creating awareness about the risks of falling ill, both the department and the city were conducting educational talks at clinics.

Bromfield said that as part of their diarrhoea intervention plan, and for investigation purposes, city authorities were visiting families where there were severe diarrhoea cases, including diarrhoea deaths.

Authorities were hopeful that the rotavirus vaccine, as part of the national immunisation programme, would help reduce the number of cases of diarrhoea and related deaths, as these were often caused by the rotavirus.

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23 Feb 2011

A photo worth a thousand words

A photo worth a thousand words

This photo captured by Robyn Hobson, sums up Hout Bay very well.

Firstly you can see that Hout Bay is @ the coast with the beuatiful mist that is rolling in.

The fact that there is a horse crossing on the main road, shows how the “mink and manure” set has some sway in town.

The horse meat for sale sign shows the discontent that some have for the horse owners (790Tv called the number and got a bizarre answer asking to leave a message).

If you also look very carefully you will see a graffiti tag from “elf”, showing that the youth want to and need to be heard.

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18 Feb 2011

Tha Residents Association Annual General Meeting

Tha Residents Association Annual General Meeting

AGM will be held on Wednesday 23 March 2011 at 19:00 in the Hout Bay Library hall.

Click here to download the RAHB AGM schedule

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16 Feb 2011

Hout Bay included in Blades “Darkies” comments

Hout Bay included in Blades “Darkies” comments

By Gaye Davis/iol.co.za:

Higher Education Minister Blade Nzimande. Picture: Sam Clark

Sparks flew when Higher Education Minister Blade Nzimande lashed the media and opposition parties for assuming “this government of darkies is incapable” when it came to improving education.

Nzimande’s use of the word “darkies” was challenged by the DA as unparliamentary.

Later, Nzimande infuriated main opposition benches when he accused them of sending “security to shoot people in Hout Bay”.

The clashes came during the debate on Tuesday on President Jacob Zuma’s State of the Nation speech.

Earlier, DA spokesman on basic education Wilmot James had urged Zuma to “face down” teachers’ union Sadtu, which he said was crippling schooling in many parts of the country.

“The fact is that your provincial education ministers in the Eastern Cape, Limpopo, North West and Mpumalanga are undermining your education agenda by doing a deal with Sadtu which results in teachers being absent from school, teachers who are late for school, teachers who take endless amounts of leave, who, in short, neglect their duty and cannot teach,” James said.

“You have to stand up to Sadtu, Mr President. You cannot remain silent on Sadtu.You have to face down Sadtu, Mr President.”

Zuma should “stand up” for pupils who wanted to learn and grasp opportunities, and teachers committed to education, rather than Sadtu “bosses”.

“There is a gap that lies between what you say and what your education officials do.”

James slammed 2010 matric results as “suspect”. He said qualifications authority Umalusi “practised grade inflation by pushing up marks to make many pass who would otherwise have failed”.

This meant universities had to cope with “more underprepared students” while lecturers were “turned into remedial teachers, trying to fix a problem created by the schools”.

Nzimande fired back, saying that the biggest education priority was improving maths, science and literacy through assessments, teacher development, providing textbooks and workbooks, and building and refurbishing schools.

“So don’t come here and tell us about problems that we already know,” Nzimande thundered. “Don’t have sleepless nights over Sadtu. We don’t stare down Sadtu, we engage Sadtu, we will move along with Sadtu to improve the quality of schooling.

“The 2010 improved matric results are a testimony to the fact that we are beginning to put our schooling system on a much better footing. But unfortunately from the media and the opposition benches we have the same ritual every year.

“If the matric results are bad, this is taken as proof that this government of darkies is incapable. If the matric pass rate goes up, it means the results have been manipulated by these darkies. In either case, the arrogant, sneering tone of this discourse, which is often racist, frankly, is aimed at undermining the confidence of our people in both our education system and government – and they’ll not succeed in that.”

DA national spokeswoman Lindiwe Mazibuko asked Deputy Speaker Nomaindia Mfeketo to rule on whether the use of the word “darkies” was parliamentary. “It may be appropriate in casual settings, but in this house where you are required to act with a modicum of decorum it would be unparliamentary,” she said.

ANC MP Mike Masutha said Nzimande was merely quoting negative sentiments, but Mazibuko insisted on a ruling.

Cope president Mosiuoa Lekota jumped in, asking that a ruling be made.

“If a member of the opposition criticises government, is that justification for calling them racist?” Lekota said.

“Because I am an African … I have behind me members of my party who are white. If they criticise the government, is it because they are racist or because they are critical?”

Mfeketo said she would rule later on the matter.

Nzimande accused DA parliamentary leader Athol Trollip of being selective in criticism of Zuma, saying the DA in the Western Cape affronted people’s dignity with “open toilets” and sent “security to shoot people in Hout Bay” because they “live too close”.

DA deputy chief whip Mike Ellis asked for a ruling on this.

“The honourable minister is standing there and deliberately inciting us by referring to us as shooting people in the townships,” he said. “It is absolutely unacceptable that someone can stand up and make that kind of statement in Parliament.”

Nzimande responded: “I hit where it hurts, and that is why you are crying.” – Political Bureau

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