The Budget presented by Finance Minister Tito Mboweni last week presents a sobering assessment of the state of our economy.
I am a concerned parent of a learner at a school in my village, Makhubung in Mahikeng. I cannot disclose my name and the name of my child because of I don’t want my child to be victimized.
The deliberations by Parliament on the National Health Insurance Bill are soon to enter a new phase as the Portfolio Committee on Health’s country-wide public hearings wrap up. These hearings, held in a number of places around the country, have shown that there is broad support for fundamental change in our health care system. Participants have made a number of proposals and have spoken about their views on National Health Insurance (NHI), personal experiences of illness, trauma, disability and suffering – and the difficulties they have had in accessing health care when they need it. It is these experiences that inform South Africa’s support for the global goal of universal health coverage. This goal has become a major aim for health reform in many countries and a priority objective of World Health Organization (WHO). It is instructive that WHO defines universal health coverage as a system that should ensure that all people have access to needed health services (including prevention, promotion, treatment, rehabilitation and palliation) of sufficient quality while ensuring that the use of these services does not expose the user to financial hardship. It is one of the greatest travesties of our time that access to decent and quality health care services is determined by one’s ability to pay.
People place value on different things. Homes are places to express ourselves surround ourselves with the things we love. When you sign a mandate over to an estate agent to sell your property be clear from the very beginning what you are leaving behind and what you are taking with you.