First Coloured matron at Groote Schuur dies

First Coloured matron at Groote Schuur dies



Dorothy Elaine Lewis – the first Coloured woman to be a matron at Groote Schuur Hospital – died this weekend, according to Heroes of Groote Schuur.

She was 88.

Lewis served at the hospital for 25 years, after responding to a newspaper job advert for a nursing sister.

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In a May 2020 interview, Lewis said the hospital hired her before meeting her because they assumed she was white.

“The hospital assumed that because I lived in Observatory, I was white, and hired me without meeting me. They were rudely surprised that I was ‘non-white’ when I asked them for an interview and they met me face-to-face. But by then they had already hired me – although they changed the ward I would serve in. I wasn’t the first coloured nurse at the hospital,” she said.


Three years after being employed at the hospital, she was promoted and became the first Coloured matron. She retired in 1995.

Other than being the first Coloured matron, she also helped build the hospital’s Oakstreet School. “Originally there was a creche for the children of white employees, but I recommended that we create a creche for all children.

8 dead, five missing in devastating Mpumalanga floods

8 dead, five missing in devastating Mpumalanga floods




The missing residents included a 13-year-old boy, who was riding a horse before he disappeared in Donkerhoek a few days ago.

Eight people have died and five others are missing after torrential rains continue to wreak havoc in parts of Mpumalanga.

Kanyamazane in Mbombela was the worst affected by flooding, with roads and bridges collapsing and houses washed away. Motorists were redirected to use other routes in the area.

Other affected areas include areas in Thaba Chweu, Bushbuckridge and Mkhondo municipalities.

A search operation for the missing that disappeared over the past few days was underway, said provincial Department of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs spokesperson George Mthethwa.


The missing residents included a 13-year-old boy, who was riding a horse before he disappeared in Donkerhoek a few days ago.

“It is possible that the boy might have drowned. The horse was found just yesterday, the search operation by police divers continues. The eight deceased have been handed over to families for burials,” said Mthethwa.

South Africa has experienced heavy rainfall since tropical storm Eloise hit Mozambique over two weeks ago. The South African Weather Service has warned of more possible flooding in Limpopo, Free State and North West in the coming days.

King Goodwill Zwelithini in ICU for diabetes treatment

King Goodwill Zwelithini in ICU for diabetes treatment



Zulu King Goodwill Zwelithini has been admitted in hospital for diabetes treatment, the monarch’s Prince Mangosuthu Buthelezi has said.

Zwelithini’s blood sugar levels had raised concerns in the past few weeks, Buthelezi said in a statement on Sunday.

“Over the past few weeks, several unstable glucose readings have raised concern, and His Majesty was required to visit a hospital in Zululand to attend to this. Unfortunately, the problem did not fully resolve, and His Majesty has had to return to hospital to stabilise his glucose levels once again.

“His doctors have felt it necessary to place him in ICU to deal with this thoroughly,” Buthelezi said.


The ailment was being treated with “caution” because of Covid-19 risks, he added.

“This incident of unstable glucose has been treated with particular caution due to the risk that diabetes poses under the present conditions of a pandemic. As is known, scientists warn that diabetes is considered a serious comorbidity.”

Early last year, Zwelithini did not attend the KwaZulu-Natal State of the Province Address due to ill health. Premier Sihle Zikalala said at the time that the king was not well due to an undisclosed illness.

Buthelezi said the 73-year-old royal head was receiving the necessary treatment, and that Health Minister Zweli Mkhize had been informed.

Loving husband says he has combed his wife’s afro for 23 years

Loving husband says he has combed his wife’s afro for 23 years



Dr Jones Lukose and his wife Beatrice have garnered attention online for their fairytale-like relationship

– The couple’s daughter posted a video on social media that showed her parents as “marriage goals”

– Jones makes every effort to ensure his wife’s happiness, which includes brushing her afro, serenading her and preparing cups of tea for her

An IT-specialist from the United Kingdom named Dr Jones Lukose is the type of doting husband usually found between the pages of romance novels.

The man and his wife Dr Beatrice Lukose have garnered attention online after their daughter posted a video labelling them as “marriage goals”.


The couple have been married for 23 years and their daughter, Queen, posted footage of them together with some of the cute ways her father shows love for her mother.

The video was titled Things My Dad Does to Make My Mum Smile and showed various actions of affection Jones does for Beatrice.

Snippets show him combing her afro, singing to her and making her cups of tea, all of which had social media commenters gushing over their love.

The clip was watched by millions of people across the globe and even reached celebrity Kelly Rowland.

In the video, Queen detailed the routines her dad has formed over the years because he knows how happy they make his beloved wife.

Jones prepares Beatrice a cup of tea every day, plays her favourite song on the guitar, checks if her outfits are on point and gives her foot massages.

Jones refers to Beatrice as his flower and even teaches young men how to value their partners.

Kamala Harris fondly remembers late mum who died of colon cancer

Kamala Harris fondly remembers late mum who died of colon cancer


– Vice president Kamala Harris remembered her mother who died of cancer despite being a doctor who immersed herself in finding the cure

– She also mentioned that as the world marks Cancer Day, the new US administration will keep supporting scientists and researchers

– Her followers showered her with love and encouragement with some thanking her mother for the milestone in cancer research

As the world marks Cancer Day, US vice president Kamala Harris chose to remember her mother who died of colon cancer a year after her diagnosis.

She shared how her doctor mother relocated to the United States to help in finding cancer cure only for her to be diagnosed with the same illness.


Part of the details on her Vice President Instagram account read:

”My mother, Shyamala Gopalan Harris, came to this country with a dream: to cure cancer. She became a breast cancer scientist and worked for decades in the lab to advance the fight against the deadly disease.

It was a shock when she told us in 2008 that she herself was diagnosed with colon cancer, and a great sadness when she passed away a year later. I miss her every day. I know the President, First Lady, and so many Americans understand that loss.”

Her post was flocked by her followers who showered her with love and some wishing that a cure can be found soon.



Special provincial funeral for MaKotane

Special provincial funeral for MaKotane


Rustenburg – Former president Kgalema Motlanthe will deliver the eulogy at a special funeral service for Struggle stalwart Rebecca Kotane, the North West provincial government said on Friday.

In a statement, the provincial government said Kotane had been accorded a special provincial official funeral category 2.

Such funerals are accorded to distinguished people specifically and are designated by the president of South Africa on request by the premier of a province.

As a sign of respect, President Cyril Ramaphosa has instructed that all national flags be flown at half-mast in North West on the day of her funeral.

The funeral will take place in Pella, outside Zeerust, in North West on Saturday.

North West Premier Job Mokgoro and national government ministers Blade Nzimande and Lindiwe Sisulu were expected to deliver speeches and messages of condolences as part of the funeral proceedings.

Kotane, 108, who was the wife of late Struggle icon and former general secretary of the SA Communist Party Moses Kotane, died on January 31 in Diepkloof a few dys before her 109th birthday on February 12.

She participated in the Defiance Campaigns in the 1950s and the mobilisation towards the adoption of the Freedom Charter in 1955.

She was part of a group of women who played a leading role during the August 9, 1956 Women’s March to the Union Buildings and was among the women who were detained by the apartheid regime.

Moses Kotane was also the former treasurer-general of the African National Congress. He was one of the first activists to be banned under the Suppression of Communism Act.

He suffered a stroke in 1968 and went for treatment in the former Soviet Union, where he died in 1978.

He was buried in the Novodevichy Cemetery in Moscow, Russia, and was reburied at his home village, Pella, in 2015.

Salamina And Howza Celebrate Their 12th Year Anniversary Of Marriage

Salamina And Howza Celebrate Their 12th Year Anniversary Of Marriage


Salamina And Howza Celebrate Their 12th Year Anniversary Of Marriage. Salamina and Howza are on the top of the list when it comes to Mzansi’s favorite married couples that we love, and the lovebirds are celebrating their twelve year union.

The couple will be the first couple to celebrate their special love on the new second season of the SABC3 show called “Celebrated Love”.


The love and relationship show will feature various Mzansi couples such as actor Clint and Steffi Brink, famous chef Siba and her husband Brian Mtongana and many more.

The couple will be sharing how their love story all began 12 years ago in their “Backstage” acting day’s, and even till this day, they are still going strong with three beautiful children.


“Wow!! Can’t believe it has been 12 years already. And with our anniversary coming up in a couple of days, we are inviting you to take a walk down memory lane with us,” wrote Salamina.

Four people killed in Newcastle horror accident

Four people killed in Newcastle horror accident


Four people have been tragically killed in a head on collision along the R34 Memel Road, Newcastle, on Thursday, February 4.

Reports from the scene indicate that a truck and a taxi were involved.

The scene is still active, and police are asking that motorists use alternative routes as the road is closed. Those who died have not yet been officially identified.

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