Putin smiles at rumours of his ‘disappearance’

President Vladimir Putin commented on reports on the state of his health as various media had speculated during more than a week on the reasons why the Russian leader “had disappeared.”

“It’d be boring if there weren’t rumors,” Putin said.… Read the rest

‘This ebola is a very different bug’

Peter Jahrling of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Disease is on the front lines fighting this disease in Liberia. He is one of the top authorities in the world on Ebola.

Jahrling believes the current Ebola outbreak may … Read the rest

Witchdoctors perform ritual for Mandela

Xhosa sangomas in Mgwali village, Eastern Cape of South Africa performing a cultural dance.
Xhosa sangomas in Mgwali village, Eastern Cape of South Africa performing a cultural dance.

A group of Gauteng traditional healers performed a ritual for former president Nelson Mandela on Wednesday, outside the Pretoria hospital where he has been treated for … Read the rest

KZN health department reluctant to pay for cancer machine

A Varian Rapid Arc Accelerator
A Varian Rapid Arc Accelerator

The KwaZulu-Natal health department had paid the maintenance contract to keep two state-of-the-art cancer radiotherapy machines operational at Addington Hospital, in Durban.

Werner Bergere, the CEO of Tecmed, the company which installed the two Varian … Read the rest

Thousands sing ‘Happy Birthday’ for Mandela

Soccer at Loftus Versfeld
Soccer at Loftus Versfeld

Thousands of football-lovers descended on the Loftus Versfeld Stadium in Pretoria for the first of two Nelson Mandela Football Invitational matches on Sunday.

Before kickoff, the crowd sang “happy birthday Tata” in celebration of Madiba’s oncoming … Read the rest