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The Gauteng education department has instituted an inquiry following claims that black employees at an Ekurhuleni school were forced to eat in a converted toilet.
Department spokesperson Steve Mabona told News24 that the inquiry could lead to disciplinary action against implicated officials.
The Star reported that about nine employees at Brackenhurst Primary school in Alberton shared a prefabricated toilet and used it as an eating room and change room.
The publication spoke to an official at the school who said five women shared the room with four men.
The official told the publication that the “inhumane” treatment was because they were “black”, while their white colleague had access to the administrative block.
It is alleged that the employees have been using the quarters for several years and that it was against the Occupational Health and Safety (OHS) Act 85 of 1993.
Section 8 of the act states that the employer is obliged to provide and maintain a workplace that is safe and without risk to the health of their employees.
“We have since identified and allocated a suitable room to be utilised by the employees,” Mabona said.
Mabona said the department implored schools to familiarise themselves with OHS policies and to adhere to fair labour practices at all times.
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Minibus taxis again blocked roads in the Cape Town CBD early on Friday early afternoon, slowing down traffic and causing “heavy delays” out of the city along all major routes, the City of Cape Town’s traffic services said.
Spokesperson Maxine Bezuidenhout said traffic authorities and police were engaging with the drivers to get them to move.
Christiaan Barnard Street had been closed in both directions, between Hertzog Boulevard and Tennant Street, as taxis blocked the road.
Traffic along the N2 outbound, at the M5, was also slowed down.
Nelson Mandela Boulevard in and outbound was blocked at Searle Street. The road has since been reopened, Bezuidenhout said.
On the N2 outbound at Raapenberg Road, tow trucks removed taxis, she said. At 14:45, the road was reopened.
Tyres were also set alight in the left lane of the N2 outbound at Bhunga Avenue.
She was unable to say if the unrest was related to Tuesday’s action in which taxi drivers protested over warrants during afternoon traffic, blocking roads.
Commuters had been threatened and violently forced out of minibuses, News24 reported.
The action was condemned by mayoral committee member for safety and security, JP Smith, who slammed the “violent reaction to the rule of law”, in which a police officer was assaulted and robbed of his firearm.
The unrest was believed to have been related to the issuing of warrants and impounding of illegal taxis during an operation on Tuesday, the fact that they were fined in the first place, and the fine amount, Smith said at the time.
Fine amounts, he pointed out, were set by the provincial government.
Police all over near the Cape Town taxi rank. They’ve blocked traffic in certain sections. pic.twitter.com/67BV8DdF4j
— Ethan Van Diemen ???? (@Ethan_VD) October 18, 2019
The SAPS is still on the scene maintaining order. Traffic is blocked in certain sections in the Cape Town CBD and parts of Woodstock. pic.twitter.com/tsGc1ocucN
— Ethan Van Diemen ???? (@Ethan_VD) October 18, 2019
Cape Town – N2 Outbound (Update): #TaxiStrike Blockades / Go-Slow between the CBD and the Airport: – NOW Burning tyres at Langa ???? – HEAVY TRAFFIC DELAYS
— Rob Beezy (@TrafficSA) October 18, 2019
Humans may lack the salamander skill of regrowing a limb, but a new study suggests they do have some capacity to restore cartilage in their joints.
The findings run counter to a widely held belief: Because the cartilage cushioning your joints lacks its own blood supply, your body can’t repair damage from an injury or the wear-and-tear of ageing.
‘Inner salamander capacity’
And that, in part, is why so many people eventually develop osteoarthritis, where broken-down cartilage causes pain and stiffness in the joints.
But that lack of blood supply does not mean there’s no regenerative capacity in the cartilage, according to Dr Virginia Byers Kraus, the senior researcher on the new study.
In fact, her team found evidence that human cartilage can, to some degree, renew itself, using a molecular process similar to the one that allows a salamander to grow a new limb.
The researchers are calling it the “inner salamander capacity”.
“For the first time, we have evidence that the joint has the capacity to repair itself,” said Kraus, a professor at Duke University School of Medicine, in Durham, North Carolina.
Specifically, she explained, that capability exists in a “gradient”. It’s greatest in the ankle, less apparent in the knee, and lowest in the hip.
Some interesting questions
And that makes sense if this repair capability is an artifact of evolution, according to Kraus. Animals that regenerate tissue have the greatest capacity for it in the distal portions of the body – the parts “most likely to get chewed off”.
Dr Scott Rodeo, an orthopaedic surgeon not involved in the study, said the findings raise some interesting questions.
For one, he said, could this be a partial explanation for why osteoarthritis is common in the knees and hips, but not the ankles?
“It’s been assumed that it’s related to the biomechanics of the joints,” said Rodeo, an attending surgeon at the Hospital for Special Surgery, in New York City.
But this study, he said, suggests there might be intrinsic differences in the joints’ ability to repair cartilage.
The other major question, Rodeo said, is whether this newfound human capacity can translate into new treatments for arthritis. “Can we better understand the basic biology, and harness it?” he asked.
More abundant in ankle cartilage
For the study, Kraus and her colleagues analysed proteins in samples of joint cartilage that had been removed from patients having surgery. The researchers developed a method for gauging the “age” of those proteins, based on the premise that young proteins have little to no evidence of “conversions” of amino acids (the building blocks of proteins), while older proteins have many conversions.
Overall, the investigators found, ankle cartilage showed the greatest number of young proteins. Knee cartilage looked more middle-aged, and hip cartilage had relatively few young proteins and plenty of old.
In addition, the study found, molecules called microRNAs seem to regulate the process. They were more abundant in ankle cartilage than tissue from knees and hips, and in the top layers of cartilage, versus the deeper layers.
As it happens, microRNAs also help salamanders regrow lost limbs.
The findings were published online in the journal Science Advances.
It all raises the possibility that the innate repair capacity in cartilage can be augmented, according to Kraus. Could, for example, injectable microRNA drugs be used to boost cartilage self-repair?
Need for innovation
No one is saying science is close to helping humans grow new limbs. But, Kraus said, understanding the fundamental mechanisms behind tissue regeneration – figuring out what salamanders have that people are missing – could eventually lead to ways to repair various tissues in the human body.
Rodeo agreed. “Can we learn lessons from animals that do regenerate tissue, and apply that to humans?”
Both he and Kraus said there is a “huge” need for innovative ways to treat osteoarthritis, which affects roughly 27 million Americans, according to the Arthritis Foundation. There is no cure, and current treatments are aimed at managing symptoms.
When people are disabled by arthritis, Kraus noted, that can also raise their risk of other major health problems, including type 2 diabetes and heart disease.
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Cape Town – Former Proteas batsman Gulam Bodi has been sentenced to five years imprisonment for his role in 2015’s domestic spot-fixing scandal.
The news came out of the Commercial Crimes Court in Pretoria on Friday.
According to a report on Cricbuzz, Bodi is appealing the sentence.
After a lengthy investigation into the 2015 spot-fixing scandal, Bodi eventually pleaded guilty to eight counts of corruption before his sentencing was delayed due to a reported lack of legal funds from his side.
Now 40, the left-hander was known for his aggressive hitting and went on to play two ODIs and one T20I for South Africa in 2007.
His last domestic match for the Lions came in early 2015, and it is believed that he began to offer domestic players money for certain actions or results soon after he had retired from the game and while he was working as a commentator.
Alviro Petersen, one of the players who Bodi is believed to have approached, was present at the sentencing hearing on Friday.
Gulam Bodi sentencing today at the Commercial Crimes Court in Pretoria.I see some media arrived. pic.twitter.com/O5WyKeBUYW
— Alviro Petersen (@AlviroPetersen) October 18, 2019
Good day for cricket!!!Gulam Bodi just been sentenced to 5 years in prison.He will apply for leave to Appeal and to extend bail his bail, pending the outcome of the appeal.
— Alviro Petersen (@AlviroPetersen) October 18, 2019
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