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Listeriosis: what you should know

Katherine Atkinson

As of 2 March 2018, there have been almost 1000 cases of and 180 deaths caused by listeriosis in South Africa. The outbreak is believed to be the largest outbreak of listeriosis that the world has ever seen, and has created a considerable amount of concern in South Africa. On 4 March 2018, Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi announced that the source of the outbreak is identified to be “polony and products from an Enterprise Foods factory in Polokwane,” says TimesLIVE. Deli meats and foods which do not require heating or cooking are known to have previously caused outbreaks of listeriosis.

The discovery of the source of the listeriosis outbreak is a considerable breakthrough in terms of controlling the disease. On 1 March, prior to the discovery of the source, Perdeby spoke to Prof Lise Korsten, who is a full-time professor at the department of Microbiology and Plant Pathology at the University of Pretoria. Prof Korsten says that for “an effective national food control system,” South Africa must not only identify “the original source” of the listeriosis outbreak but also “implement effective product recall” and “put the required resources in place.” News24 say that Listeria has been traced to an “Enterprise facility in Germiston” and “a Rainbow chicken facility in the Free State.” According to News24, these manufacturers and facilities have been “issued safety recall notices” by the National Consumer Commission. The companies must now come up with a recall plan which is “sufficient to cover their entire distribution chain, and the facilities will also have to resource and pay for the implementation,” News24 reported. Prof Korsten believes that food safety is a “national priority for all” and unless “all role players are included” and contribute to solutions, South Africa will “not be able to effectively address the problem.”

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Perdebate 12 March 2018: land expropriation without compensation

Perdeby asked students around campus about their opinioins on the land expropriation issue:

 

Akira Modise (BA International Relations)
I am fifty-fifty. I am for it and against it, against it because government owns most of the land, and people are making it a race thing when it isn’t. People genuinely do need back their land, and we need less malls. We need people who need land, and they’re not going to compensate people, that’s not fair. If you look at the farms, some people are generational farmers, with the land handed down from their grandfathers, there’s this whole history behind it and now you’re not going to compensate them? That is very selfish, and what are we going to do with that land? We need to be careful, or we will go the same way as Zimbabwe. Farming provides most of our food, so what’s going to happen then?

 

Atlegang Nyakale (BEng Chemical Engineering)
It’s a complicated issue, you can’t just take something from people without compensating, especially if they are using it for the greater benefit. If it’s contributing to the economy, you can’t just take it. From my point of view, it would be given to people that would not know how to use it effectively. You don’t want to give something to someone if they won’t use it for any benefit. So, if they are using for agriculture, then they can be given that land, but if they aren’t going to use it, they should not get it.

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Perdebate 5 March 2018

Noluthando Mbangula, B.Ed 3rd year

I feel like the Wi-Fi is bad. It affected my schoolwork when I was writing my test… and it submitted. It goes off and then I got a whole zero for a test [and] it was [only] one attempt. They said they can’t fix that but I feel like they didn’t know that the Wi-Fi was bad so now that there’s actually more complaints about the Wi-Fi they changed the test.

I feel like for res students, we pay so much money and it’s been going up. The res fees have been going up, [yet] the services are actually worse.

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Immerse yourself: isolation is a choice

 

MOSA MGABHI 

Healthy relationships can help make for a healthier life overall. As humans, the relationships we form with other people are vital to our mental and emotional wellbeing. Debra Umberson and Karas Montez, through their work “Social Relationships and Health: a flashpoint for health policy”, published in PubMed Central, define social integration as “the overall level of involvement with infor­mal social relationships, such as [friendships], and with formal social relationships, such as those with religious institutions and volunteer organisations”. The publication also expresses that social relationships have great impact on an individual’s health and there are three broad ways that social relationships work to influence health, namely physiological, psychosocial, and behavioural.

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The price of publishing: Why are textbooks so expensive?

 

LORINDA MARRIAN

The recent closure of Coco’s, the print­ing business well known for printing copied textbooks, has reinvigorated the conversation around the cost of textbooks among students. The Law of Delict textbook, a prescribed book for third years studying LLB, would cost around R1100 at thebook stores around campus. At Coco’s a copied version of this book would cost students no more than R400 as the book would have been priced solely on printing and binding fees. The disparity in prices has led many students to question if textbooks are too expensive and where the rest of the money goes to.

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