Daily Archives: January 27, 2014

Health council warns students against bogus colleges

Pretoria: The Health Professions Council of South Africa (HPCSA) has reminded prospective students and their families to make sure that the training institutions they are enrolling in are accredited colleges.

The warning comes after an inspection of Oxbridge Academy in Stellenbosch, Western Cape, which is not accredited by the Professional Board to offer Dental Practice Assistant training.

During an impromptu inspection conducted recently by the Professional Board for Dental Therapy and Oral Hygiene of the HPCSA, it was discovered that the Diploma in Dental Practice Assisting fell under the scope of the Professions of Dental Assistants.

The Board immediately conducted an analysis of the curriculum offered to ease any possible risk resulting from unregistered practitioners treating members of the public.

The chairperson of the Professional Board for Dental Therapy and Oral Hygiene, Vidyah Amrit, said that one of board’s main priorities is to ensure that all practitioners are registered with the Council and their qualifications obtained are from accredited institutions.

“By acting on our mandate, we ensure that the public receives quality healthcare from registered healthcare professionals, who obtained the necessary knowledge, training and skills by studying at an accredited institution,” said Amrit.

The HPCSA warned that it will not register any students holding a qualification from unaccredited institutions. The Board further urged the public to only go to registered healthcare practitioners to ensure they receive quality healthcare.

Prospective students can contact the HPCSA to find out whether an institution is accredited to provide education and training on 012 338 9301 or info@hpcsa.co.za.

Ghana to face Nigeria in CHAN semi-final

Pretoria: The Black Stars of Ghana edged the DRC with a 1-0 victory, which qualifies them for the semi-final of the 2014 CHAN against Stephen Keshi’s boys, the Super Eagles of Nigeria.

The Nigerians, who have so far conceded more than five goals in the tournament, completed a great comeback from 3-0 down to beat Morocco 4-3 in the quarter-final match played at Cape Town Stadium on Saturday.

A successful penalty kick from Kwabena Adusei was all the Black Stars needed to knock out a formidable DRC side.

On Saturday, the Warriors of Zimbabwe stunned tournament favourites Mali 2-1 in a captivating quarter-final match played at Cape Town Stadium on Saturday evening.

The West Africans, who took to the pitch having won two and drawn their third group stage matches, were outdone by a resolute Warriors team that worked their socks off and were full value for their win.

The Warriors semi-final opponents Libya beat Gabon 4-2 on penalties to reach the semi-finals after the lacklustre encounter had finished 1-1 after extra time at Peter Mokaba Stadium on Sunday.

Zimbabwe will face Libya at Free State Stadium in Mangaung on Wednesday at 5pm, while the two West African football giants, Ghana and Nigeria, will battle it out at the same venue at 8:30 pm.

Illicit birth control pills may be harmful

Pretoria: Authorities have warned the public against using illicit birth control pills, as they might be harmful. Department of Health spokesperson Joe Maila said on Monday that people should not buy medication “off the street” as no one could guarantee that it was safe to take them.

“People must be very careful all of the time because you don’t know what kind of processes that medication has gone through if it is sold on the street,” said Maila, speaking to GCIS radio news.

This comes as media reports suggest that women are buying the illicit birth control pills because they are cheaper and it saves them waiting in queues at clinics.

“If you need medication, consult your doctor or alternatively … go to a pharmacy to buy your medication not on the street because its safety features cannot be guaranteed and therefore it can be very harmful,” said Maila.

Modise wants probe into alleged death threat against journalist

Pretoria: North West Premier Thandi Modise has called on the Independent Police Investigative Directorate (IPID) to investigate alleged death threats made against a journalist, who took pictures of police taking a bribe in Rustenburg recently.

Journalist Ricky Dire had allegedly taken pictures of police receiving bribes. He was spotted by the police, who bundled him into their police van, confiscated his cell phone and deleted the pictures. This, however, happened after he had sent one picture to his friend.

Dire allegedly received two SMSs threatening to kill his family, unless he withdrew his disclosure. Modise said these allegations were serious enough to warrant an investigation.

“If indeed they are found to be true, then those involved should be immediately suspended and stripped of their uniform. We cannot afford to have police threatening citizens behind the dignified blue uniform,” said Modise.

Police spokesperson Sergeant Kealeboga Molale had earlier confirmed that charges of intimidation, crimen injuria and resisting arrest were laid by the arresting police against Dire, who has since been released from police custody.

Peters condemns threats against Sanral

Pretoria: Transport Minister Dipuo Peters has condemned attempts to destabilise operations at the South African National Roads Agency (Sanral), following threats directed at staff at the Central Operations Centre (COC) in Samrand.

This after reports of a bomb scare aimed at workers at the COC emerged on Sunday. This latest incident follows threats directed at personnel employed by the electronic tolling company two weeks ago.

“There are elements in society hell-bent on undermining the peace and security of their fellow citizens. These backward and uncivilised individuals have elected to ignore all platforms made available to them by our Constitution to raise whatever concerns they may have.

“This is an attack not only on Sanral but on our Constitution, which guarantees peace and security for all citizens of our Republic. All peace-loving citizens must condemn these regressive tendencies. We call on law enforcement authorities to do all within their power to bring the perpetrators of these acts to book,” said Peters.

The minister said government, consistent with its commitment to uphold democratic practices, has never threatened or intimidated any individual or organised formations, who have previously demonstrated to share their views on the system of tolling.

Peters said the perpetrators of such crimes did not realise that their “illicit acts are diverting the attention of law enforcement authorities and emergency medical personnel from their core mandate of ensuring peace and stability, and the health of citizens in the country”.

“Someone’s life could be in real danger at the time such hoaxes are made. Instead of attending to those whose lives are genuinely in danger, officers are preoccupied with attending to these false alarms,” she said.

Peters said she has been assured by Sanral that affected personnel are receiving the necessary attention and help in dealing with the traumatic experiences of the past week and today.