Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Shania Twain - When You Kiss Me

ANC Gutter Health Care System Algoa Bay Port Elizabeth

Bloggers Note: This may not disgust you if you were never been born before 1994 or lived in South Africa before the ANC ran the country into the ground. Livingstone Hospital was one of the most prestigeous health care facilities in the Eastern Cape, at least before the ANC got its hands on the hospital. Since then it has degenerated into a gutter health care system imposed on us by the indigenisation process. So much for NHI.!..

Livingstone Hospital ‘ticking time bomb’
Posted on June 7, 2011

By Yolandé Stander
PORT Elizabeth’s busiest state hospital is a ticking time bomb with health and fire hazards threatening the hundreds of patients and visitors passing through its halls each day.

And in spite of a warning to management from the Eastern Cape Health Department to clean up its act, Livingstone’s corridors continue to be littered with dirty linen, cigarette butts, rubble and even bird droppings.

The results of a Weekend Post investigation into conditions in the hospital have been slammed by the department, which is cracking down on hospitals across the province that have exhibited similar appalling conditions.

Department spokesperson Sizwe Kupelo said he was in Port Elizabeth last week and had already reported his concerns to hospital management. “We can’t have the safety and health of our patients at risk. I have warned management to clean up their act,” Kupelo said.

He added that the unhygienic conditions at Livingstone were not limited to Port Elizabeth. “We’ve seen similar cases across the province, including Mthatha.”
Nelson Mandela Bay Municipal senior fire safety officer Johan Potgieter hasvowed to launch an investigation after being shown photographs of conditions at the hospital.
When Weekend Post visited the hospital last week, the P-block – which includes a children’s ward – was strewn with rubbish from dirty hospital linen, old equipment, bird droppings and cigarette butts.

On arrival a sick toddler was being transported along the filthy corridors to the ward. The filth became progressively worse with each floor. It also appeared as if the corridors had not been swept for some time.

Some of the linen included surgical clothing, dirty sheets, blankets and hair nets. The rubble ranged from old incubators to plastic containers, boxes, old office furniture, broken tiles and electrical wire.

In some rooms pigeons had begun nesting as a result of broken windows, leaving a trail of bird droppings on the walls and floors.

One of the filthy rooms appeared to be used as a “tea room” where staff eat and drink. A fridge had been turned on its side to be used as a table. There were empty cooldrink cans all over the room and hundreds of cigarette butts and boxes on the floor.

Signs had been ripped off and replaced with handwritten notes with permanent markers on the walls. Emergency exits were either padlocked or obstructed by boxes and other storage containers. Most of the light switches had no covers and had exposed electrical wires. Numerous lifts were also out of order.

The P-block is connected to the main building by hallways and is just a few metres away from the hospital’s isolation unit and a large liquid oxygen tank.

Safety experts who spoke on condition of anonymity said if a fire had to break out – which they believed was a distinct possibility with all the cigarette butts, indicating smoking in the building – it could swiftly spread through the whole hospital. The experts said in most cases it was not the flames that were lethal, but the inhalation of smoke. They added this was especially risky in a hospital with sick patients who could find it difficult to evacuate the building in an emergency.
The blocked fire exits could also lead to death or serious injury.

A further concern was the lack of security at the hospital. Not once during Weekend Post’s visit did any security officer inquire about the purpose of the visit or prevent entry.

In his response to the investigation, Port Elizabeth Hospital Complex chief executive Mzoli Njalo claimed there were sections of the hospital that were “targeted for future renovations”.

“These are the wards that are not utilised for patient care and as such, the area is prevented from being accessed by hospital staff, patients and the public in general. Hence it is not frequently cleaned,” said Njalo. However, he could not explain why there was a children’s ward, patients and staff in the wing.

Municipal spokesperson Kupido Baron said the municipality’s fire safety sub-directorate would “embark on a visit to Livingstone Hospital next week to ascertain compliance with bylaws and legislation”.

Kupelo said he would be following up on the latest complaints immediately. He also encouraged members of the public to raise their concerns with the department. “We will act on these reports.”
(This article was originally published in the print edition of Weekend Post on June 4, 2011.)

Hero Wolraad Woltemade - Our History

Our Cape Heroes - Wolraad Woltemade


Cape of Storms

Quote: "In South Africa Wolraad Woltemade is a name synonymous with self-sacrificing courage. It was a stormy night in June 1773. All night the storm raged. The five ships in Table Bay were buffeted all night and pounded by the turbulent waves. Bright streaks of lightening lit up the imposing Table Mountain and the little settlement of Cape Town. Few of the sailors got much sleep that stormy night as the wooden ships creaked and groaned and strained at their anchors. Captain Barend Lameren was concerned as his ship, De Jonge Thomas, began to drag its anchor. There were 270 men, women and children on board the ship, along with a valuable cargo from the East.

As the storm intensified, the Captain ordered the ship’s cannon fired to warn the people on shore that they may need help. Shortly after 5 AM De Jonge Thomas broke loose from its anchor and began to be forced onto the jagged rocks of Salt River. With a loud crash the ship broke in half and passengers and sailors began falling into the raging sea. Many drowned attempting to swim to shore.

Soon a platoon of 30 soldiers came marching up. The officer in charge warned people who had gathered on shore not to go near the turbulent waters.

Just then an old man on a large black horse rode up. He was Wolraad Woltemade, the zookeeper. Throwing off his coat and shirt, Woltemade took a rope and galloped into the turbulent sea. As he and his horse reached the ship he threw out the rope and made for shore towing two men behind. As they reached the shore, bystanders hurried to help them.

Immediately, Woltemade turned his horse around and plunged back into the icy sea. Seven times, he rode and swam out to the ship rescuing 14 people."

Quote: "The bystanders and soldiers on the shore insisted that he could not carry on. His horse was too tired and the storm was too intense. But the cries from the ship spurred Wolraad Woltemade on. Though exhausted he plunged back into the sea an eighth time, swimming through the wild waves to the stricken De Jonge Thomas. This time 6 men leapt from the ship, and grabbed hold of the horse’s mane, bridle and tail. It was too much, Wolraad Woltemade and his horse plunged beneath the waves under the weight of so many panicking people. They all sank beneath the waves and were drowned.

In honour of Wolraad Woltemade’s unselfish sacrifice and bravery, the Dutch East India Company named a ship after him: De Held Woltemade. Later, the Republic of South Africa made the Wolraad Woltemade the highest award for bravery in the country."

The home of Wolraad Woltemade

Quote: “It’s not just any cottage, mind. Carl is copying the home of Wolraad Woltemade, that iconic 18th century South African hero. He is following every detail down to the manure floors and chicken house. The project is already some years in the making and difficulty in obtaining authentic materials frustrates progress. The original home still stands as a national monument as Little Zoar in Milnerton, and is the subject of a book written by its current owner. I’m not surprised that someone like Carl could take the Woltemade legend to some excess. It is probably the most inspiring tale of selfless courage that this country has. But it would also not be surprising if it has been expunged from South African school history as part of our exaggerated need for historic cleansing. Yet it lives on in the minds of many and reminders exist everywhere: in school, suburb and street names, and legendary tug boats. Until 2002, South Africa’s highest award for civilian bravery still bore his name.”

Newspaper article:

Quote: "To Christians Wolraad Woltemade stands out as an example of dedication to saving the lost.

“Rescue the perishing, care for the dying, snatch them in pity from sin and the grave;
Weep over the erring one, lift up the fallen, tell them of Jesus, the Mighty to save.
Rescue the perishing, care for the dying; Jesus is merciful, Jesus will save…
Rescue the perishing, duty demands it; strength for thy labour the Lord will provide;
Back to the narrow way, patiently win them; tell the poor wanderer a Saviour has died.”

Peter Hammond
Frontline Fellowship
PO Box 74
Cape Town
South Africa

Note:Pictures added to Frontline Fellowship article and quotation and pictures of home and newspaper article added from Jos Baker and the website.. You can purchase the book on the life and home of Wolraad Woltemade from Jos Baker.

The writers of these articles may not necessarily agree with the views of this blog.

Monday, March 26, 2012

Shania Twain - You've Got A Way

The City Hall Main Street Algoa Bay Port Elizabeth

Prince Alfred's Gaurd Algoa Bay Port Elizabeth

Defenders of the Christian FAITH - Our Hero's - Proud of Our British Heritage

Saturday, March 24, 2012

Port Elizabeth Library Main Street Algoa Bay Port Elizabeth

Our British Isles Heritage Algoa Bay Port Elizabeth

Our British Isles Heritage Algoa Bay Port Elizabeth

Quote: “Handfasting, when the bride and groom's wrists are tied together with a ceremonial ribbon, is a tradition that goes back hundreds of years. Up until 1940, couples who handfasted were considered legally married. These days some Irish couples still choose to incorporate handfasting into their wedding ceremony. “

1820 Settlers Picnic Algoa Bay Port Elizabeth

Jetty Looking West Algoa Bay Port Elizabeth

Friday, March 23, 2012

Shipping Intelligence Algoa Bay Port Elizabeth

Our British Horse Memorial Russel Road Algoa Bay Port Elizabeth

Blacks Murder Dutch Missionary South Africa

Dutch Missionary Mz Riet Vuyk Murdered

Accused Leonard Gina (45), Sandile Ngwenya (23) and Thokozani Mabika (30) appeared on charges of murder, housebreaking and robbery with aggravating circumstances and kidnapping.The case was remanded to Monday, 19 March and the suspects are being held at the uBombo SAP. The Organised Crime Unit in Richards Bay investigates the case.

Colligiate School Algoa Bay Port Elizabeth

Sunday, March 4, 2012

Queen Elizabeth II - Diamond Jubilee Tribute