SA Medical System is similar to a Ponzi Scheme!

Discovery, Sanlam just to name a few offers schemes for a medical cover (whatever that means). For then there is an unregulated batch of “opportunists” named “doctors” who could charge willy-nilly so if the illness doesn’t finish you off – your medical bill will.

Some of today’s medical practitioners show no discretion to their greed for money above the consideration for the patient. Looking at each patient not with the diagnosis for remedy but with the sense of investment for the long-haul bleed until their death. 

Discovery, Sanlam just to name a few offers schemes for a medical cover (whatever that means).  For then there is an unregulated batch of “opportunists” named “doctors” who could charge willy-nilly so if the illness doesn’t finish you off – your medical bill will.

These schemes are just what they are, “schemes” for self-gain rather than the fulfilling the functions of their professions. They scheme methods to abstracting the most from every illness.

It’s not uncommon to hear of the numerous accounts of over-medicating, wrong medication and wrong diagnosis. It is also not uncommon to hear that repatriations for malpractice to the victims.

South Africa my friend, has lost its heart and capitalism is destroying it. I consider myself a capitalist with social responsibility but every day as I witness the abuse of our people – I’m beginning to see that this is not Capitalism in South Africa – it is abuse and exploitation. If this is what Capitalism looks like, then I want to be a Socialist. 

We visited a General Practitioner on Louis Botha Avenue today and to our surprise they attempted to fleece us with a wrong interpretation of our medical aid policy. We are graduates with Postgraduates degrees, so we can read and understand English. When their staff member mentioned that our “policy does not cover” we showed her the clear English interpretation.

Now, how many others would they have tried this manoeuvrings to the uneducated? It’s the type of poor behaviour which frustrates the locals to Xenophobic behaviour, for it’s the non-blacks who generally abuse the uneducated black population by contracts, regulations and wordiness of document knowing that they would not be challenged, ENOUGH is ENOUGH! Everyone has the right to a proper healthcare system which works and does not have motivations and incentives that abuse its people.

The Hippocratic Oath is one of the oldest binding documents in history, the Oath written by Hippocrates is still held sacred by physicians – to treat the ill to the best of one’s ability, to preserve a patient’s privacy, and to teach the secrets of medicine to the next generation.

It reads,

I swear to fulfil, to the best of my ability and judgment, this covenant:

I will respect the hard-won scientific gains of those physicians in whose steps I walk, and gladly share such knowledge as is mine with those who are to follow.

I will apply, for the benefit of the sick, all measures which are required, avoiding those twin traps of overtreatment and therapeutic nihilism.

I will remember that there is art to medicine as well as science, and that warmth, sympathy, and understanding may outweigh the surgeon’s knife or the chemist’s drug.

I will not be ashamed to say “I know not,” nor will I fail to call in my colleagues when the skills of another are needed for a patient’s recovery.

I will respect the privacy of my patients, for their problems are not disclosed to me that the world may know. Most especially must I tread with care in matters of life and death. If it is given me to save a life, all thanks. But it may also be within my power to take a life; this awesome responsibility must be faced with great humbleness and awareness of my own frailty. Above all, I must not play at God.

I will remember that I do not treat a fever chart, a cancerous growth, but a sick human being, whose illness may affect the person’s family and economic stability. My responsibility includes these related problems, if I am to care adequately for the sick.

I will prevent disease whenever I can, for prevention is preferable to cure.

I will remember that I remain a member of society, with special obligations to all my fellow human beings, those sound of mind and body as well as the infirm.

If I do not violate this oath, may I enjoy life and art, respected while I live and remembered with affection thereafter. May I always act so as to preserve the finest traditions of my calling and may I long experience the joy of healing those who seek my help.

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The Taxis Would Be Transporting More Than Just Passengers…

Now despite the Transport Minister’s precautionary measures would it not be ridiculous to assume that he is placing the great many at risk being sat in a taxi? Would the government be accountable to the lives of those they are placing now in harm’s way? How do you practise a 2-metre physical distancing in a taxi?

Lockdown means lockdown, and the dilution of the President’s speech to the actions of the Transport Minister merely adds confusion to the efforts to contain the virus. Whether it is a full, large or small load, it is a health hazard.

Is the Government adding to the confusion of the 21-day lockdown? President Cyril Ramaphosa announces that the SANDF army would be enforcing the lockdown. Citizens have witnessed the beatings and humiliating tactics of the authorities to little effect. 

The greatest of all dithering came regarding the policy on taxi loading capacity.  Initially the regulations on COVID-19 lockdown prescribed a 50% loading capacity, however when taxi operators threatened to go on a national strike Transport Minister Fikle Mbalula backtracked, announcing that, “during the lockdown period, all minibus and midi-bus taxi vehicles are permitted to load their maximum 100% passenger loading capacity as provided for in their operating licenses, provided that all passengers are wearing surgical masks or N95 respiratory masks.

 “The consultation process also included relevant structures within government and individual ministers. In consulting with the taxi industry, I have engaged the leadership of the South African National Taxi Council (Santaco) and the National Taxi Alliance (NTA).”

However, just hours after announcing that taxis were allowed to carry the full load with masks conditions, this decision was rescinded yet to another, this time, the latest 70% capacity.

These changes to the lockdown came because the Transport Minister said the measures were all about saving lives and stopping the spread of the COVID-19 in the country.

Now honestly, we all know that this is not a lockdown if mass number of people are able to move around long distances. The idea of a lockdown is to curb the traffic from interacting at close proximities to each other. We are already familiar to the cramped living conditions within townships.

Now despite the Transport Minister’s precautionary measures would it not be ridiculous to assume that he is placing the great many at risk being sat in a taxi? Would the government be accountable to the lives of those they are placing now in harm’s way? How do you practise a 2-metre physical distancing in a taxi?

Lockdown means lockdown, and the dilution of the President’s speech to the actions of the Transport Minister merely adds confusion to the efforts to contain the virus. Whether it is a full, large or small load, it is a health hazard. 

Or is this to do with the pressure being placed on the government to strong-arm them to relent? Would it be interesting to enquire with the WHO on their take of current actions?

Coronavirus brings Service Delivery to South Africa!

We have Coronavirus to thank – had it not jeopardized the comfort of power seats in the country the people would forever be forgotten. We thank God that Coronavirus has brought running water, sanitation and no load-shedding. At last! … Freedom arrives again but always at the expense of the martyrs’ blood; for a many will die because of the very basic services of “physical distancing” are impossible to now make right.

South Africans love good things, we love to spend more than what we earn. Many of our homes and lifestyles are filled with possessions owned by the banks. Alas, the banks have none of the securities/regulating bodies that Western economies have to protect the poor. This pattern of economics in spending more than one has or can “afford” is not limited to the microeconomics of households, for the disease permeates to the very heart of our country’s macroeconomics.

Our leaders of South Africa have set a precedent of lavishness and indulgence of the people’s wealth. They portray the subliminal message that achieving good things is an entitled right to life if you get to public office. We, the people see their selfishness, self-centred and ego-centric ambitions to hoard positions of power for the manipulation of their aspirations rather than the peoples’ basic needs.

Only if the people of the townships and rural households would open their eyes to the reality. Similarly, to the Apartheid government who wanted its people, the majority, uneducated and caught-up in serving their masters, as there would be no room to get the masses out of poverty. So instead of the peoples’ promotion to at least the working class – they are sold a dream unable to ever achieve. A dream of prosperity that can be achieved only by stealing and coveting.

The people are not stupid – they are loyal for their allegiance have now been trained from the common cause of freedom from tyranny, to the ideology of “prostitution” where we now sell that “vote” to the highest bidder… and it is not that expensive. The people are so desperate that a food hamper with a T-shirt usually does the trick. Would it work again? Or have the eyes of our people finally opened?

Now we have Coronavirus to thank – had it not jeopardized the comfort of power seats in the country the people would forever be forgotten. We thank God that Coronavirus has brought running water, sanitation and no load-shedding.  At last! … Freedom arrives again but always at the expense of the martyrs’ blood; for a many will die because of the very basic services of “physical distancing” are impossible to now make right. 

I feel for my brothers and sisters in Alex and Khayekitsha, both townships are very close to our major economic power houses yet though that may be true – our leaders forsake to see the Power in the People! Amandla Awethu.

Who is really in-charge?

Corona-virus has shown us a side of our government not often seen, with decisive leadership, strategy and responsiveness. The WHO (World Health Organisation) has definitely set the guidelines to efficiency, and such executions of directives were also followed nationally and internationally. So, when it comes to giving credit we must thank the WHO for the mobilisation of our leaders which otherwise would have been an impossible task.

Corona-virus has shown us a side of our government not often seen, with decisive leadership, strategy and responsiveness. The WHO (World Health Organisation) has definitely set the guidelines to efficiency, and such executions of directives were also followed nationally and internationally. So, when it comes to giving credit we must thank the WHO for the mobilisation of our leaders which otherwise would have been an impossible task.

The advice cascaded shows of foreign intervention, for in relaying the directives our leaders had not filtered the message, for they well know that much of our population live in areas which poses serious difficulties in social i.e. physical distancing and many don’t have clean water. 

Much of our population are without decent health care. Most people are afraid of government hospitals – under-staffed, lack of equipment and in one instance literally monkeys entered into a ward. The number of anecdotal events, where wrong medication and extreme delayed response in seeing a physician, have always been the norm. Last year video footage of an old grandma tied to the reception room chairs made headlines. Any healthcare system would be welcomed here in SA, however ours is not actually a system, for what system do chaos reign and bureaucracy shield the privileged incompetent?

Given that much of the population are uneducated the system works against them in this fast-flowing speed of fibre yet dial-up is the mode for the many, now faced with austerity. We need to look after our masses or else one day the barrier of class-status and the divides of rich and poor will burst-forth bring the entire system with it.

People are Panicking 🤷🏾‍♂️🙆🏾‍♂️

Should we be panicking, stockpiling and confessing our sins so to prepare for the “Corona”? Whatever one’s perspective of the afterlife – one can’t hide the high-emotions of dying. Twenty-one days of being at home would prove much, for these are times when we are demanded to behave for the greater good. So whether you are naughty or nice – one now has to conform as subordinates.

Despite the reassurance from the South African government, citizens are panicking in the frantic mode of stockpiling and preparing for what looks like a doomsday movie. The shopping centres are packed and it appears business as usual – but for retailers it’s Christmas comes early.

Should we be panicking, stockpiling and confessing our sins so to prepare for the “Corona”? Whatever one’s perspective of the afterlife – one can’t hide the high-emotions of dying. Twenty-one days of being at home would prove too much, for these are times when we are demanded to behave, behave for the greater good. So whether you are naughty or nice – we all have to adhere to the notices. We can’t jump the queue or request special privileges.

For those “born-free” without the need for anyone guiding as they chart their own course are now demanded to do as they are told. How is this all going to play-out? How would the many who are on temporary jobs survive this pandemic? Which has not just affected their livelihoods, where in fact now the effects may cause higher crime as people become desperate.

Apartheid to blame for COVID-19???

Apartheid has been the scapegoat for much of what is wrong with our country today however regrettably Corona sees no colour nor past… and it is coming for our people

Have you walked down the streets of Alexandra or similar townships that the luxury of having your neighbour at bay of 2m is only for the rich? Twenty plus years ago should have prepared our greatest commodity – that being our labour force with better homes and services. South Africans living in townships will be worst affected with cramped taxis and taxi ranks with no choice for the commuters to be placed like pawns for a battle.

Many have a poor nutrimental diet with high starch meals, very little fresh fruit and vegetables. We should be heartbroken as a majority of our people are put to be sacrificed by this pandemic. Much of what has been advised by the government is the washing of hands and social distancing.  However, it must have been twenty years or so since our celebrity politicians visited the townships to realise that some don’t have clean running water nor physically able to distance themselves due to the cramp living conditions.

During the SONA and private functions we see our millionaire politicians who made their wealth after coming to office. It is only a handful of whom actually built their wealth from their ingenuity, yet they have forgotten the plight of our people. Apartheid has been the scapegoat for much of what is wrong with our country today however regrettably Corona sees no colour nor past… and it is coming for our people!

SONA 2020

“Stop calling for SOCIAL distancing”

We should never show prejudice to anyone’s illness, in doing so would be disrespecting, degrading for something that is beyond their ability to control. This COVID-19 virus is nasty for it’s turning us to selfish and self-centered people. Everyone wants to be prepared and that we are doing so without the consideration of another.

Everyone is saying that we should have social distancing – this goes against our community dynamics and further divides our already divided country. Instead of calling it “social distancing”, rather refer to it as “physical distancing” for this would be more appropriate as all that is going on in the country and the issues we face – we need each other and not to have social interactions is an absurdity.

Serving our community

We should never show prejudice to anyone’s illness, in doing so would be disrespecting, degrading for something that is beyond their ability to control. This COVID-19 virus is nasty for it’s turning us to selfish and self-centered people. Everyone wants to be prepared and that we are doing so without the consideration of another.

There is a growing taboo on anyone sneezing, coughing or showing any common signs of illness. We know that this is impossible in cases of hay-fever or the common cold, and now we are frowning upon such natural seasons of life; believing anyone showing any signs of Corona is a threat to your “sterile” life.

We must be courteous and kind in showing love to our neighbour – therefore as a gesture of love, IVOTESA, has gone into the community of Orange Grove to provide liquid soap to the unemployed. As the country stockpiles, there are the marginalised who are isolated, cut-off, and unable to purchase or stockpile. Many a times, they would go to the shops with little in their pockets only to find the shelves empty. In their desperation, there are the opportunists using the coronavirus crisis to hike up their profits without any consideration for the poor or needy.

Soap is only a small gesture, of now a very basic necessity. We are only as clean as our weakest neighbour. Let’s strengthen everyone around us at this time.
IVOTESA is looking for any donation of soap and cleaning products for us to distribute. We are also looking for volunteers willing to serve our community.

Is It Immoral to Increase the Price of Goods During a Crisis?

As the coronavirus outbreak spread, some people saw an opportunity in the rising demand for products like hand sanitizer and masks. But when should you think twice about making a profit?

As the coronavirus outbreak spread, some people saw an opportunity in the rising demand for products like hand sanitizer and masks. But when should you think twice about making a profit?

Make your own

South Africa already a national disaster before COVID-19

So definitely the stats on victims affected by the government far outweigh the COVID-19. You have placed many of our people in dire straits and without consideration for their welfare, do you believe that the majority could actually afford the testing of COVID 19?

Yesterday the President declared the country as a national disaster. Mr Ramaphosa eloquently articulated the consequences of the COVID-19 virus. Despite the logical and common-sense approach we see a failure to understand the plight of our people in townships.

It is recommended that interaction is at 6ft apart, handshakes to be replaced by an elbow touch. Most essentially that the washing of hands for 20 seconds on a regular basis is encouraged to stopping the spread of the virus.

Alas, Mr President through issues of poverty, some live in homes surrounded by neighbours in less than 2ft. The Ugu Region on the South Coast have watched their town destroyed by alleged negligence of the local municipality, many are left without clean water.

The state of the Nation was already a disaster. Now with COVID-19 the issues are acutely life-threatening, and we don’t believe you actually are able to truthfully know the numbers infected for to undergo a test would cost approximately R1200 per person and if you hadn’t noticed it is an average of two-weeks’ income despite your delusional minimum wage.

So definitely the stats on victims affected by the government far outweigh the COVID-19. You have placed many of our people in dire straits and without consideration for their welfare.

The State of our Neighbourhood – Ward73

Whether you agree with me or not, I blame the Ward’s leadership. When there is a ‘free for all’ what do you expect? When no-one respects the leaders of a Ward, this is what you get? If you are of the blind-faith camp in protecting incompetency because it’s your party- so it would be expected of you to think this is utopia. We see clearly that you are destroying this affluent neighbourhood.

Ward73, comprises of many influential people of whom are well educated, successful and have contributed a great deal to what distinguishes our ward as affluent. However, as you walk around our neighbourhood – it is slowly beginning to look like a neglected unrepresented constituency of uncivilised residents with rubbish along the pavements, potholes, and manhole covers missing on the roads and on pavements – making it a precarious obstacle course.

The pavements are dug up to create enormous craters hit not by meteors but by reckless workers who have no considerations for pedestrians nor residents. There are no screens to cordon-off the debris, let alone any health and safety warning signs. Do we still have safety inspectors in the new South Africa?

Whether you agree with me or not, I blame the Ward’s leadership. When there is a ‘free for all’ what do you expect? When no-one respects the leaders of a Ward, this is what you get? If you are of the “blind-faith camp” in protecting incompetency because it’s your party – so it would be expected of you to think this is utopia. We see clearly that you are destroying this affluent neighbourhood.