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August 7, 2017

TB testing has a new friend

Government has lauded the successful testing of a tool which uses urine to find out if an HIV-positive patient also carries tuberculosis (TB) bacteria. It yields results much faster than the traditional method of sending sputum to a laboratory. Hence, treatment can be initiated without delay.

The testing method is being rolled out nationally following pilot programmes conducted at various hospitals, namely Umlamli and Cofimvaba hospitals in the Eastern Cape; and Murchison and Church of Scotland hospitals in KwaZulu-Natal.

Dr Vuyo Yokwe, a general practitioner and clinical manager at Umlamli Hospital in Sterkspruit, said the national and provincial health departments [...]

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August 7, 2017

Table Mountain Cableway re-opens after new upgrades

Boasting a fresh re-branding of its cable cars, Table Mountain Cableway re-opens on Monday 7 August (weather permitting), after a two-week annual shut down for maintenance and upgrades.

Exciting new changes to Cape Town’s popular tourist spot – and one of the official new 7 Wonders of Nature – includes an exit and entrance switch at the top station, and resurfaced pathways. The Café and Visitor Centre also have new looks after a few changes.

“Work done during the annual maintenance period ensures we meet the highest global cableway safety standards set by the Swiss Governing Body for Cableways,” says Cableway’s Managing Director Wahida [...]

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August 7, 2017

South Africa is open for business – Zuma

South Africa is open for business and awaits partnerships from the Zambian and regional private sector, says President Jacob Zuma.

“As the South African government, we have urged our private sector to participate in the economic growth of the region including Zambia,” President Zuma said. Addressing the 91st Agricultural and Commercial Show in Zambia on Saturday, he said he was pleased that the South African private sector has taken up the opportunity availed by the show.

He said a number of South African companies continue to operate in Zambia principally in the mining, tourism, agriculture, and retail sectors.

“Considering the annual variations in food [...]

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August 7, 2017

South Africa to win windfall of R27bn if RWC bid is successful

This comes after the government gave SA Rugby Union (Saru) the green light to proceed with bidding for the rights to host the month-long event. The country last hosted the showpiece in 1995.

The announcement by cabinet last week that it had approved the request for guarantees to the value of R2.7bn, which was required from World Rugby as a prerequisite in hosting the event, was welcomed by the sports and tourism fraternities.

Jurie Roux, the chief executive of Saru, said on Friday that it would be a marvellous, inspirational nation-building moment to recapture some of the excitement of 1995, but it would also have enormous practical benefits for our [...]

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