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Government has committed itself to making a difference in the lives of people by addressing five key priority areas. They are education, safety and security, health, job creation and rural development.
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From the Editor's desk...
In his recent Budget Speech to Parliament, Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi said this was a time when “the healthcare system is at a crossroads”.
He said according to a Performance Agreement signed with the President, “the health sector must provide four identifiable and measurable outputs with the ultimate objective of ensuring a long and healthy life for South Africans.”
A lot has already been done in the recent past years to improve healthcare for all. Since 1994, for example, over 700 clinics have been built or extended, 2 298 clinics upgraded and given new equipment, and 125 new mobile clinics introduced. However, a great deal still has to be achieved to get our health- care system up to the standard where it can meet all its goals.
In this issue of Vuk’uzenzele we look at some health issues that are receiving attention as part of government’s ongoing efforts to create a better life.
In New hospital for a healthier Limpopo, we reported on President Jacob Zuma’s visit to Limpopo as part of his Performance Monitoring and Evaluation Campaign to assess the state of health. He announced a new multimillion rand hospital to be built in Siloam village and inspected a hospital in Lebowakgomo.
HIV and AIDS remains a major concern in South Africa, but progress has also been made to curb its spread and to make treatment more accessible.
The fight against crime and corruption remains high on government’s priority list. Minister of Police Nathi Mthethwa has given the assurance that his department is committed to achieving better policing, a better-trained and efficient criminal justice system and involvement of all in our society to fight crime and corruption.
In Committed to root out corruption, we look at actions taken to root out corruption and report on police top management’s visits to police stations throughout the country in an effort to improve services. As a reminder that stopping corruption starts with each one of us, we give guidelines on how to report corruption.
Climate change has become a critical issue throughout the world. Later this year, South Africa will host the COP 17 conference in Durban. It will be the largest international event ever hosted by a South African city.
National Arbor Week is celebrated from 1 to 7 September each year. In Plant a tree this Arbor Week, we highlight the importance of trees. You can also try your hand at our tree-related crossword puzzle.
With August being Women’s Month, we would like to take this opportunity to wish all our female readers a happy Women’s Month.
– The Editor