South Africa: Prevalence of Chronic Kidney Disease on Rise - South African News Briefs, September 7, 2022

7 September 2022

Cape Town —  

Update as at 16h45 SAST

Worldwide Prevalence of Chronic Kidney Disease on Rise

National Kidney Awareness Week is being commemorated currently until Friday September 9, 2022 and is shedding light on kidney health and how we can keep these vital organs healthy. The kidneys filter about half a cup of blood every minute, that’s around 180 litres per day. Globally, the incidents of renal disease is increasing. One out of 7 adults is impacted and the biggest reasons are underlying diseases such as hypertension and diabetes and the increased incidents of obesity seen in the population, Dr Christel du Buisson, a paediatric nephrologist at the Department of Paediatrics and Child Health at Stellenbosch University and Tygerberg Hospital told Eye Witness News.

Brian Molefe Pays Back R30 Million Eskom Pension Money

Eskom said that it had fully recovered the funds which were unlawfully paid to its former CEO, Brian Molefe. The R30 million was paid into the pension and provident fund in 2016. The Pretoria High Court ruled in July this year that the High Court judgement of 2018 compelling Molefe to pay back the money be upheld. Question is: What of the interest?

Tiger Brands Recalls Elizabeth Anne's, Purity Baby Powder

Tiger Brands has announced the recall of Elizabeth Anne's/Purity Essentials Baby Powder products as a precautionary measure, after trace levels of asbestos were detected in test samples from a batch of pharmaceutical-grade talc powder, used as raw material in the production of finished powder products. The Purity Essentials Baby Powder pack sizes are the 100g barcode 6009523601859, 200g barcode 6009523601866, and the 400g barcode 6009523601828, as well as the Purity & Elizabeth Anne's Fresh Baby Powder 400g barcode  6009523604515.

Spar, Pick n Pay Objects to Shoprite's Proposed Takeover of Massmart Stores

The Competition Tribunal has heard objections from Spar, Pick n Pay and the South African Commercial Catering and Allied Workers' Union (Saccawu) objecting to the move by Shoprite to acquire certain stores from Massmart Holdings. Shoprite plans to acquire 56 retail supermarket stores and 43 retail liquor stores operated under the brand names Rhino Cash & Carry, Rhino Liquors, Cambridge Food, and Cambridge Food Liquor, 10 wholesale (Cash & Carry) stores, two wholesale liquor stores; and Massfresh, with two entities – a meat-processing plant facility and Fruitspot, comprising three processing facilities in Cape Town, Durban and Johannesburg,  IOL reports.

Load Shedding Is Here For Rest of Week Up to Weekend

Eskom announced the implementation of  Stage 2 power cuts.  From today September 7 until Saturday, September 10, load shedding will be implemented from 5am until 10pm every day. This past weekend Unit 2 of the  Koeberg nuclear power station tripped during routine testing of the control rod system. The process to return the unit to service is under way.

Zimbabwe Permit Extension Not Due to Lawsuits - Home Affairs Minister

The extension by six months of the Zimbabwean Exemption Permits (ZEP) is not due to lawsuits being lodged by various non-governmental organisations, Home Affairs Minister Aaron Motsoaledi said. This follows Motsoaledi's decision not to extend the exemption granted to Zimbabwean nationals, which resulted in court action by civil organisations. About 182,000 Zimbabweans who hold the permit were given a year's grace to migrate to other permits to allow them to stay in South Africa.

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