According to the SANBS, traditionally, the month of September is a difficult time owing to preliminary exams and preparation towards the final quarter of the year, as a result blood drives at schools and universities are generally not possible at this time of year.
This together with poor turnouts at company‘s and organisational blood drives has placed immense pressure on the blood stock levels.
“SANBS needs to maintain a blood stock level of 5 days at all times by collecting 3000 units of blood per day to meet the demand of the thousands of patients who are reliant on blood transfusions for their survival. However at the moment we have only 2 days of blood stock available, and we are concerned that should this continue we are looking at a major crisis as we head towards the festive season,” says Vanessa Raju, Communications Manager of SANBS.
“We have implemented a cut-back approach, where we are not able to meet the request by doctors, what this means is; should a doctor request four units of blood, SANBS may only be able to offer two units, and this approach will continue until the blood stocks recover.”
SANBS is encouraging all regular donors and those who have made a conscious decision to join this cause of ‘saving lives’ not miss out on their next donation date. This is also a reminder to all donors who selflessly donated blood on Mandela Day, and to remember that they are due to donate gain and continue making everyday a Mandela Day.
Minimum blood donor requirements:
• Ages between 16 and 65 years
• Weigh 50kg or more
• Good health
• Lead a sexually safe lifestyle
To find out where your nearest donor centre is visit www.sanbs.org.za, call toll free 0800 11 9031 or sms your NAME and POST CODE of the area you live in to 31454 and we will sms you details of your nearest blood donor centre.
Tribe One Festivals regrets to announce that Dinokeng Tribe One Festival, set to take place in Cullinan form 26 to 28 September 2014, has been cancelled. The event was to be hosted by the City of Tshwane (“CoT”).
Site preparation and related infrastructure development required to host the Festival, being the responsibility of the CoT, fell behind schedule so much that it was no longer realistically possible to stage and host the Festival. Under the circumstances, and despite efforts to seek alternative arrangements, the organizers have had no option but to cancel the event.
Tribe One Festivals apologizes to all of those who were looking forward to the Festival – both the ticket holders, and the international and local performing artists who were booked by Tribe One Festivals for the event.
All ticket holders will be reimbursed, details of this process will be announced shortly.”
The Africa Aerospace and Defence 2014 show will be taking place at Air Force Base Waterkloof from 17 – 21 September. The Trade & Exhibition show can be visited on the 17th, 18th and 19th. The Air Show will take place on 20 and 21 September. Our photographer, Gordon Arons, had a sneak peek of what is to be expected. The Parabot stands at 10m high!
Jacaranda FM se Maljan het verlede Vrydag by Kolonnade Retailpark in Montana aangedoen op sy 122 km- lange tog om Pretoria. “Maljan was sowat twee ure in totaal by KRP.Die huurders het hom so bederf,” se Ina Kotze, bemarkingsbestuurder by die winkelsentrum. Op die foto is Maljan saam met (van links)Rian van Heerden, Willem van Biljon, Raadslid Dana Wannenburg en Dianne Broodryk. Rian, Willem en Dianne is Maljan se kollegas by Jacaranda
94,2 en het kom kyk of alles nog wel is met Maljan.
Training for domestic workers took place at Bethel Church in Garsfontein from 8 -12 September.
The training was presented by the Brooklyn SAPS Crime Prevention Unit’s captain Colette Weilbach along with her team. Basic self-defence techniques and security lessons were taught to each attendee and then each participant had to demonstrate the skills they had learnt with a partner.
Sophie Masemula, one of the domestics that attended was very excited and said she would be able to take these newly acquired skills back home and teach others.
Altogether 73 domestics and gardeners attended the session; domestic workers from Faerie Glen also attended. The session will be held again in February 2015.
Upgrades to the Menlo Park stormwater canal will result in road closures in the suburb from September until December.
Siobhan Muller, ward councillor for ward 82, says the project started four years ago. However, due to problems with contractors, court cases and lack of funding, the project has taken far longer than originally anticipated.
“Though it will once again cause disruptions, the project at least received funding for completion,” says Muller. The next phase commenced in September and will be completed in December.
According to councillor Muller, the upgrade will result in the closure of Brooks Street in Menlo Park to upgrade and install new culverts. “There will be earthworks and this could create a dust problem. Brooks Street will be closed between 3rd and 4th Streets as the road will be impassable during this period.”
The site camp is already under construction at the corner of Anderson and Brooklyn Roads where equipment will be stored. Muller says security will be in place at night and no workmen will be allowed to sleep on site.
“Work in the canal itself can only be done during the dry seasons and the final phase north of Lynnwood Road into the Franks Struben Bird Sanctuary will hopefully be done in the winter of 2015.”
The City of Tshwane (CoT) has a huge problem with homeless people and vagrants who sleep under bridges and in open spaces, often next to rivers and spruite running through the suburbs.
This causes nearby residents and business owners to complain about the unsightliness, pollution and the security risk coupled with this phenomenon, as was reported by Eastern Times in various editions in the past.
With more than 5 000 homeless people in Tshwane, this is not a unique phenomenon, says Blessing Manale, spokesperson for the CoT. It is a concern in other cities as well.
He contributes this huge number of homeless people to “an increase in migration and the growth of infrastructure development projects”, i.e. people migrating from rural areas to the city in the hope to find jobs, and those who are attracted by the news of development projects, again flaring up hope for jobs.
“It has been discovered that most of the people who live in the streets and open spaces are not necessarily without homes. They have homes in their respective areas of origin, including areas within the metro pole such as Atteridgeville, Hammanskraal, Soshanguve and Ekangala. They come to the city looking for jobs,” says Manale.
“In identifying this challenge”, Manale said “the Tshwane municipality established a transit centre at no 2 Struben Street with the aim of accommodating homeless people on a temporary basis.”
“But the shelters are full”, exclaims Snr Superintendent Angelique van der Walt of the Tshwane Metro Police. “The Department of Social Development can no longer assist us with accommodation for these people. Tshwane must escalate this problem to provide more shelters for these people.”
To add fuel to fire, DA councillor Siobhan Muller told the newspaper previously that this shelter was closed for renovation work. By the time of going to print, Eastern Times had not yet received a reply from the department pertaining to this matter. Manale said there were other homeless shelters across the city, though, which were run and managed by NGO’s.
In the interim the Metro Police are seemingly doing their best to remove vagrants and homeless people from areas where residents and businesses are complaining about their presence, e.g. along the little spruit south of Atterbury Road towards Frikkie de Beer Street, only a few hundred meters away from the Menlyn shopping centre.
“We are aware of the problem and do weekly clean ups in the spruit”, says Supt Van der Walt. “We search all vagrants sitting there and arrest those without valid identification. We completely clear the veld of all unwanted rubble with the assistance of the parks department”, she said.
Supt Van Der Walt added: “You should bear in mind that homeless people are seen as displaced persons. We cannot just arrest them for sitting in the veld.”
Tshwane’s homelessness programme is driven by the social development division and social workers are engaged in the programme, explained Manale. But there is a need for extra staff in order to introduce the concept of shelters per region for the programme to be fully functional.
Councillor Muller told Eastern Times previously that Council had adopted an excellent and comprehensive resolution last year, which determines that shelters for the homeless will be put up in each of the 105 wards across the city.
When Eastern Times visited the site late one morning a week ago, there were no homeless people to be seen, but the evidence of people sleeping and living there was obvious. Empty bottles in a neat row, signs of fresh fires, still smouldering, as well as bundles of folded sheets of plastic on the banks of the spruit, were visible.
Photo’s: Lita Kotze
One ambulance for every 50 000 residents
Tshwane is not a good place to need an ambulance at the moment, according to Vickey Bosch, DA spokesperson for health in the Tshwane caucus.
Bosch says she received a call on 3 September from a volunteer for the Lyttleton 4 Community Policing Sub-Forum (CPF), saying an elderly Elardus Park resident needed a municipal ambulance to take her to hospital, but had been told by a Tshwane call centre operator only one ambulance was available for the whole of Tshwane and it was busy.
Melanie Bezuidenhout, first aider for Lyttleton 4 CPF, says when she responded to the incident, she found a 68 year old lady on the kitchen floor with a broken hip, in shock, going through extreme pain for more than 20 minutes. She says the volunteer at the CPF, contacted the 10177 contact centre for a municipal ambulance, but was told by the operator the resident would have to wait an hour and a half for an ambulance, and if the patient was not prepared to wait they should call a private ambulance.
“The resident did not have medical aid and was not in a financial position to use a private ambulance. Her husband eventually found a way to get money together to pay for a private ambulance to take her to hospital.
“Many residents are under a misconception every hospital in the east of Pretoria has an ambulance available but that is not the case. There are also not many private ambulance services available in this area and many are overstretched”, says Bezuidenhout.
Johan Pieterse, spokesperson for Tshwane Emergency Services, says Tshwane Emergency Services operates with 58 ambulances serving 2.9 million residents. He says the department responds to at least 80 000 calls per annum and statistics show there is an increase of incidents measured during peak hours.
According to Pieterse, the call was reported during afternoon peak hours so there was a delay in immediate response. He says all Tshwane ambulances were busy due to a large number of emergency incidents.
“Tshwane Emergency Services serves the community with pride and would not intentionally delay emergencies. We are busy with a thorough investigation on the matter,” says Pieterse.
Werner Vermaak, spokesperson for a private ambulance service, says when it comes to ambulance response times, they aim for international standards of less than seven minutes for priority one calls, but it depends on traffic, distance and road blocks. He says they don’t have standard response times, but in South Africa an average response time of between 15 and 25 minutes is the accepted norm.
“We take our own initiative and despatch more vehicles to be on standby in certain areas based on previous incident statistics to reduce response times. If a call is reported to the contact centre and we don’t have a vehicle available at the time, the operator escalates the matter to the branch manager within a minute or two of receiving the call and they don’t leave calls hanging,” says Vermaak.
Response standards for municipal ambulance services set by the Gauteng Department of Health in the Tshwane Integrated Development Plan state priority one calls require a response time of 15 minutes in urban areas for 90% of all calls; priority two and three calls require 40 minutes in urban areas for 90% of all calls and rescue calls require seven minutes.
Die Global Softech Sixes Africa-toernooi wat van 4 – 7 September in Centurion plaasgevind het, het vir heerlike krieketaksie gesorg – vir dié wat kon bybly met hierdie “vinnige” formaat waar net ses balbeurte gespeel word. Suid-Afrika, Namibië, Tanzanië, Kenia, Uganda en Zimbabwe het sake teen mekaar uitgespook. In die finaal het Suid-Afrika en Kenia teen mekaar te staan gekom en groot was Pretorianers se vreugde toe die groen en goud hulle opponente met ses paaltjies geklop het.
Foto’s by Gordon Arons
St Paulus Pre-Primary and Primary School in Brummeria had their annual fundraising project, a spring walk, organised by the school’s Parent, Teachers Association (PTA) on 5 September which took place at the school.
“The Spring walk 2014 was quite different from previous years, as the route changed, said Lizette Baker, head of the Intersen department at the school.
During the race Children were allowed to complete as many rounds as they were able to between 08:30 and 12:30 to try to set a new record for their house. The children were sponsored per kilometer they complete and they could score points for their houses, Maria, Dominicus and Paulus. There were prizes for the winners in each grade and phase.
“The money raised is used by the PTA for projects to make the school an even greater place for our children,” said Lizette Baker. “It was a day filled with loads of excitement and energetic children. The competition was rife!”