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May 22, 2017

Quick thinking mom saves baby

A Richards Bay mother’s attempts to resuscitate her baby boy after he stopped breathing at the weekend, could have saved his life.

Netcare 911 spokesperson Nick Dollman said the woman called for help after she found the 2-week-old had was not breathing on Friday.

She and her sister met up with paramedics, en route to hospital. When paramedics arrived, they found the woman performing CPR on the infant who was already turning blue.

They took over and continued resuscitation efforts in an ambulance, en route to hospital.

“After a few cycles of CPR and ventilations the child’s circulation returned just before the ambulance arrived at the hospital,” Dollman [...]

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May 19, 2017

South African opera songbird soars around the globe

South African soprano Pumeza Matshikiza has sung in some of the world’s greatest opera houses, and gave a rare homecoming performance in Johannesburg in March 2017.

Pumeza Matshikiza fortuitously stumbled upon opera as a child living in Khayelitsha, Cape Town. Hearing a recording of Mozart’s Marriage of Figaro while scanning for stations on a portable radio, it was love at first listen.

“I was just transfixed,” Matshikiza told The Australian newspaper in 2016, “I thought, ‘what language are they singing in, how people can sing like this, are they angels?’”

Following her dream to imitate those voices, a teenage Matshikiza began to find her voice while singing in [...]

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May 15, 2017

More training colleges needed: ANC

Johannesburg – A focus on the need for training colleges for budding farmers, nurses and teachers was highlighted by the ANC NEC subcommittee on Education and Health on Sunday.  “The [higher education and training] sector further recommends that the ANC ensure that the sector accelerates and completes the opening of professional colleges to increase training in agriculture, nursing, and teaching,” said Naledi Pandor, chairperson of the national executive committee’s subcommittee, in a statement about the party’s ANC policy discussion document.

The policy discussions come ahead of the ruling party’s national policy conference in June. Between 1994 and 2000 the [...]

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May 15, 2017

Vodacom profits grow as operator gains three million more SA customers

Johannesburg – Mobile network provider Vodacom grew its data revenue by almost 20% year-on-year to R20.696bn, while its local customer base rose to to 3 million, results for the year ending March 31 2017 showed on Monday. Headline earnings per share were up 4.5% to 923 cents per share with a final dividend per share of 435 cents, taking the total dividend to 830c/share for the year.

Group service revenue was up 2.3% and group revenue lifted 1.5%, with the South Africa service revenue increasing by 5.6%, aided by strong customer net additions of 3 million, the company said in a statement. Vodacom CEO Shameel Joosub said the change in pricing to offer customers more value [...]

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