South Africa

Investec might be planning to sell Kensington

Investec, a leading lender and asset manager from South Africa, has said that it is planning to sell its UK-based mortgage business Kensington.

The company is aiming to sell its underperforming assets and boost share values.Investec had earlier said that it is planning to sell some of its operations in Australia. The company said that it has already received expression of interest for the UK unit but did not announce the name of the company.

Experts say web domain expansion plan may cause widespread disruption to Internet operations

With Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN)'s plans for dramatically expanding the numbers of possible Web addresses set to take effect by the end of this summer, some security experts have expressed apprehensions about the move which will add over 1,000 domains such as ".buy," ".casino" and ".gay," among hordes of others.

Fake Cancer Treatment Leads to Rhino Slaughter

The study, which that claimed the rhino’s body parts offered some major cancer cures, were found to be bogus because the investigation found the body parts were smuggled as result of which 265 endangered animals were put to death.

Meanwhile, giving his views about these bogus claims, John Hume, owner of the Mauricedale game reserve in north-east South Africa said that the rhino death graph claimed that after these fake claims the Chinese smuggling market was prosperously expanding, as a result of which the demand for horn was growing terribly.

Kinsella Receives €10Million from a Sympathetic Jury

In a shocking decision, members of the Jury regarding a case involving Donal Kinsella have announced a compensation amount of _10million for libel. It was three-years ago, when Mr. Kinsella had walked naked into the room of a Company secretary, while on an official trip in South Africa.

The incident had occurred late at night and the secretary, Deirdre Corcoran had filed for inappropriate sexual advances against him. The compensation awarded to Mr. Kinsella is through compensatory damages worth _9million and aggravated damages amounting to _1million.

A Review of South Africa’s Fight Against AIDS

A recent report on the AIDS situation in South Africa indicates that the country still sees 500,000 new HIV infections every year. The country has almost 5.7 million people living with HIV. The report concluded that reversing the epidemic would be "extremely difficult-if not impossible-in the coming years".

South Africa’s Baragwanath Hospital Welcomes Conjoined Twins

A set of conjoined twins was recently delivered at South Africa's Chris Hani-Baragwanath Hospital-the largest hospital in the world. The babies, who are joined at the chest and abdomen, are currently residing in the hospital's intensive-care neonatal ward.

Sewage May Reduce SA Water Quality and Affect Bathers’ Health

The Blue Flag certification, which is awarded by the Foundation for Environmental Education nonprofit NGO, indicates that compliance with standards for water quality, safety, environmental education and information. Blue Flag in South Africa, which is charged with ensuring that the country's Blue Flag beaches operate in line with Blue Flag international standards, reports that poor waste water management systems may have contributed to the deterioration in water quality over the last 10 years.

From Cape Town to Christchurch, Movember Raises Funds and Awareness

The last few years have seen the penultimate month of the year take on a new significance. What is now being called `Movember' is a month-long awareness- and fundraising event, targeting men's health in general, and prostate cancer and depression in specific.

The campaign is intended to bring these topics out into the open, to get men to talk about health issues, and by extension, to encourage screening and early detection.

South Africa Reeling Under High HIV Prevalence

In a piece of information which would come as a shock to people, it has been estimated that almost 30% pregnant women in South Africa were HIV-positive. The shocking statistics were announced by the Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi yesterday, during the National Consultative Health Forum being held in Johannesburg.

The figure has continued to be the same, since the past four years and is one of the biggest threats to the development and national health of the Country.

South African Nurses Organisation Condemns Recent Theft and Fraud

The Democratic Nursing Organisation of South Africa (Denosa) has announced theft of medicine worth R200,000 by 12 nurses. This is compounded by the substantial health challenges already faced by the Eastern Cape.

The 12 nurses were allegedly selling off schedule 5 drugs to private practitioners or relatives. A larger probe into fraud and corruption will see another 23 department officials arrested. This is a blow to the department, which spends a large amount of its budget on medicines but receives regular complaints that hospitals or clinics are out of stock of particular drugs.

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