Mzansi's first skin banking program launches

The Center for Tissue Engineering (CTE) at Tshwane University of Technology (TUT), have partnered with the Burn Care Trust to open a skin banking program to help treat burn victims.

This six-moth-old program was officially launched yesterday. It aims to register people to donate their skin so that when they die, it can be used to help those who have survived burns to heal better.

This is the first program of its kind in South Africa. All people will be able access the skin bank, not only those with access to private health care.

On #NightTalk, Gugs Mhlungu and Wasanga Mehana spoke to Cleo Ndhlovu, Manager of the CTE, to find out more about the programme and the challenge it faces of people being resistant to donate their skin.

Listen to the whole conversation below...

South Africans haven't really been told or educated properly about the importance of donating your organs or your tissues. And I don't think people realise how much they need it.

Cleo Ndhlovu, Center for Tissue Engineering manager

South African burn surgeons now have a place they can call or go to. Before doctors would have to import or ask a family member to donate.

Cleo Ndhlovu, Center for Tissue Engineering manager

The skin demand is downplayed because people don't know, or the crisis of burn in South Africa is not out there in the public.

Cleo Ndhlovu, Center for Tissue Engineering manager

CapeTalk welcomes all comments that are constructive, contribute to discussions in a meaningful manner and take stories forward.

However, we will NOT condone the following:

  • Racism (including offensive comments based on ethnicity and nationality)
  • Sexism
  • Homophobia
  • Religious intolerance
  • Cyber bullying
  • Hate speech
  • Derogatory language
  • Comments inciting violence.

We ask that your comments remain relevant to the articles they appear on and do not include general banter or conversation as this dilutes the effectiveness of the comments section.

We strive to make the CapeTalk community a safe and welcoming space for all.

CapeTalk reserves the right to: 1) remove any comments that do not follow the above guidelines; and, 2) ban users who repeatedly infringe the rules.

Should you find any comments upsetting or offensive you can also flag them and we will assess it against our guidelines.

CapeTalk is constantly reviewing its comments policy in order to create an environment conducive to constructive conversations.

Read More
South Africans Doing Great Things: Raymond Ledwaba

South Africans Doing Great Things: Raymond Ledwaba

Raymond Ledwaba is a Chartered Accountant by profession and the CEO of ITTHYNK Smart Solutions.

South Africans Doing Great Things: Zandile Mzazi

South Africans Doing Great Things: Zandile Mzazi

Zandile Mzazi, opera singer, says she first got her inspiration for opera music by listening to Sibongile Khumalo.

South Africans Doing Great Things: Edward Ndopu

South Africans Doing Great Things: Edward Ndopu

Edward Ndopu has recently been named one of the World’s Top 30 Thinkers Under 30 for 2016.

Acid attack victim touches hearts of listeners

Acid attack victim touches hearts of listeners

Acid attack victim, Ines Antonio speaks to John this morning about her unbearable pain. She is looking for funds for a skin graft.

SA burn unit doctor performs own-skin transplant procedure: a first of its kind

SA burn unit doctor performs own-skin transplant procedure: a first of its kind

A look at how Tygerberg Hospital performed two breakthrough own-skin transplants set to change state health severe burn treatment.

Australian cycling group here to raise money for local burns unit

Australian cycling group here to raise money for local burns unit

A group of cyclists from Perth are cycling the backroads of the Southern Cape to raise money for Red Cross Hospital burns unit

Popular articles
Hassen Adams (he brought Burger King and Dunkin’ Donuts to SA) talks money

Hassen Adams (he brought Burger King and Dunkin’ Donuts to SA) talks money

The Money Show’s Bruce Whitfield interviews Adams about his attitude to money (hopes and fears, successes and failures, etc.).

Eusebius Opinion: "Let go Kevin Pietersen, you do not own the school"

Eusebius Opinion: "Let go Kevin Pietersen, you do not own the school"

McKaiser responds to former SA, now England cricketer Pietersen's comments over Maritzburg College pupils holding EFF t-shirts.

Twitter is gobsmacked as Nigeria honours Jacob Zuma with bronze statue and road

Twitter is gobsmacked as Nigeria honours Jacob Zuma with bronze statue and road

During Zuma's visit to Nigeria, the Governor of the Imo State in Nigeria, Mr Owelle Okorocha, conferred an Imo Merit Award on him.

Minister Lynne Brown's partner scored R1.2 million contracts with Eskom

Minister Lynne Brown's partner scored R1.2 million contracts with Eskom

Sikonathi Mantshantsha says this revelation explains why Brown was reluctant to take any action against Eskom executives.

KZN school ordered to stop action against students with EFF shirts

KZN school ordered to stop action against students with EFF shirts

A letter has been addressed to the Maritzburg College principal after an image of the boys went viral last week.

Kloof Street residents living in fear as crime multiplies

Kloof Street residents living in fear as crime multiplies

A Cape Town man was stabbed to death on Saturday while trying to assist two women who were being mugged on Kloof street.

‘I started my thriving business with R5000 (and made a profit in the 1st month)’

‘I started my thriving business with R5000 (and made a profit in the 1st month)’

After 3 years there are 3 Nic Harry stores (incl online) that sell 100 000 pairs of socks in over 20 countries around the world.