Regional News roundup

Mandela fears allayed


JOHANNESBURG – The South African government this week allayed fears over the health status of former president, Nelson Mandela, who was admitted to a local hospital with an abdominal complaint on Saturday and released early this week.

“The doctors have assured us that there is nothing to worry about and that Madiba is in good health,” said President Jacob Zuma.

Implats uneasy

JOHANNESBURG – Platinum producer, Implats, this week expressed concern over a recent statement by Youth Development Minister Saviour Kasukuwere that unless progress was made within 14 days, and Zimplats transferred shares to the National Indigenisation and Economic Empowerment Fund, unspecified “enforcement mechanisms” would be implemented.

Kasukuwere indicated that suitable compensation for the released ground would also be considered.

“Negotiations with the minister would be undertaken in an attempt to reach a mutually acceptable solution,” said the company.

Zimplats is 87 per cent owned by Implats.

Khupe doing well

JOHANNESBURG – Deputy Prime Minister Thokozani Khupe is doing well at a local hospital, where she was admitted for “an important stage” in her battle with cancer this week, a party official said Tuesday.

Soon after she was awarded the Women Empowerment and Democracy award for championing the causes of poor Zimbabwean women and children in the UK last week, Khupe checked into the hospital for radiation therapy treatment.

Peace Action desk

JOHANNESBURG – A human rights organisation, Peace Action, has opened a help desk to assist refugees at the Central Methodist Church here.

The help desk is on the ground floor Chapel of the church and people who have experienced any sort of violations can report there for assistance.

The organisation has established working relationships with lawyers and the media, who follow-up reports of violations and offer advocacy on pertinent issues.

Violations dealt with so far include the inhuman treatment of asylum seekers at Marabastad Home Affairs Centre in Pretoria, forced evictions from buildings, harassment of Zimbabweans by members of the police and assistance with regularising immigration papers.

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