Gauteng Health reveals plan to tackle crisis
EWN's Masego Rahlaga on this story: the Gauteng Health Department says it’s allocated funds that will be injected into a project to make sure that patients receive medical treatment. Earlier this week, Eyewitness News revealed a patient had been asked to return to the Chris Hani Baragwanath Hospital in seven years for a hip replacement procedure. MEC Qedani Mahlangu says her department has approached the private health sector for help and has ordered hospital staff to contact patients as soon as possible. She’s admitted that her department is facing a crisis as there were not enough human resources and machinery to deal with the backlog at care facilities across the province.
Cape hotspots monitored, with fire contained
Two firefighters at Clovelly in the Cape. Pic: Thomas Holder
EWN's Masa Kekana and Xolani Koyana on this story: firefighters will continue to monitor a number of hot spots on the South Peninsula following a runaway fire that engulfed much of the region this week. A blaze flared up near Hout Bay on Thursday but was swiftly contained. The wild fire, which broke out in Muizenberg on Sunday and quickly spread to surrounding suburbs, has reduced thousands of hectares of land to ashes and has damaged at least 14 homes. The City of Cape Town’s Fire and Rescue Services’ Theo Layne says, “With the Muizenberg fire, we have now down scaled to nine vehicles on scene to monitor the area and douse flare ups if and when they occur. There are no runaway flare ups.”
Delta plane skids off La Guardia runway, NY
Reuters with this story: a Delta Air Lines Inc jet landing during a snowstorm at New York's LaGuardia Airport on Thursday slid off the runway and struck a fence before coming to rest on a snow-covered embankment just feet from the frigid waters of Flushing Bay. None of the 127 passengers and five crew members were seriously injured as Delta flight 1086 from Atlanta skidded on the tarmac at about 11am Eastern Standard Time (EST). Images on local media showed the plane's nose had pushed through a chain-link fence and was jutting out over an embankment. LaGuardia, the smallest of the New York area's three major airports, was immediately closed after the mishap. By the time its runways started to reopen at about 2:30pm EST, air traffic was snarled throughout the US East Coast and beyond.