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Three arrested in Eastern Cape over theft of R10m in Sassa funds

Three people have been arrested for allegedly stealing R10m from the SA Social Security Agency and will appear in the Mthatha Specialised Commercial Crimes Court on Wednesday.
Three people have been arrested and charged with fraud, money laundering and theft after they allegedly stole more than R10-million from the South African Social Security Agency (Sassa).
On Tuesday, the Directorate for Priority Crime Investigation (the Hawks) arrested a 35-year-old former post office teller and her 50-year-old husband at their home in Lesseyton, Eastern Cape.
The Hawks then went to Cofimvaba where they arrested a 40-year-old former police officer, who is married to a former post office manager.
Both the former manager and former teller were working at the post office from where the money was stolen, but the former manager was not arrested.
The three arrested suspects will appear at the Mthatha Specialised Commercial Crimes Court on Wednesday.
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Eastern Cape Hawks spokesperson Captain Yolisa Mgolodela said the former teller and her husband were alleged to have been involved in siphoning the funds from the post office from 2020 to 2021.
“The incident was reported to the Hawks in June 2021 and it took the Hawks more than a year to investigate and arrest the suspects. These are funds that were meant to be paid to the beneficiaries of Sassa.”
Mgolodela said a whistle-blower reported that Sassa money was being siphoned by the post office officials.
“Upon investigation, it dawned that there were omissions of claims that were made deliberately, there was inflation of claims, there were creations of ghost beneficiaries.”
She said the Hawks found that more than R10-million was involved.
“In July last year, there was a search and seizure that was executed at the suspects’ homes. The suspects were found to be in possession of more than R139,000 which, when added to the money that was traced during the investigation, amounted to more than R10-million,” said Mgolodela. DM
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4pm

Human Rights Commission sets out to redress violence and polarisation in SA

The South African Human Rights Commission on Tuesday launched an initiative called the Social Harmony National Effort at the Freedom Park Heritage Museum in Tshwane.
‘Dignity, harmony, healing and social inclusion have become the pillars on which people globally are rallying to rebuild. We have seen how — despite poverty, inequality and violence — many communities have been able to live the philosophy of Ubuntu,” said SA Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) CEO, Chantal Kissoon, at the launch of the Social Harmony National Effort (SHiNE).
The chair of the SAHRC, advocate Bongani Majola, spoke of the shock that swept through some KwaZulu-Natal communities in the July unrest last year. He said there were incidents that revealed “stark racial polarisation”.
“Affected communities, like the Phoenix community, demonstrated that South Africa remains divided,” he said, adding that the SAHRC had become aware of this when it conducted its imbizo intervention in the community, and realised the need to foster social unity.
Majola said the commission was “reminded that there have been few initiatives since the dawn of democracy that have been targeted at achieving healing in this country following the atrocities of apartheid, as well as pushing back the culture of violence”.
“SHiNE constitutes a reorientation of the commission’s approach to addressing inequality, prejudice and unfair discrimination.
“Equality complaints have stubbornly remained the highest category of complaints that are received by the commission each year, with racism constituting the bulk.”
Majola stressed that SHiNE aimed to encourage not only communities, but also individuals to be empathetic and compassionate and to seek harmony and solidarity with one another.
Deputy chairperson of the SAHRC, Fatima Chohan, quoted Somali poet Mohamed Ebrahim Warsame: “Each morning brings its own misfortunes, so don’t waste the day bewailing it. To be plain, it is your duty to solve them. Then plan for tomorrow. Life requires your clarity.”.
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Chohan said individuals were agents of positive change, not only in their personal lives, but also the lives of those in their community.
“It is time that we treat each other as human beings. that we can dialogue through our differences. My political opponent is not my enemy; he or she is my fellow countryman.”
Chohan said that as deeply invested as people might be in their ideologies and belief systems, one needed to understand and acknowledge that the same applied to others who might differ with you, and that the commonality lay ...
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4pm

Plett shark attack victim Kimon Bisogno leaves a legacy of love in Observatory

There has been an outpouring of tributes for 39-year-old community activist and Cape Town restaurateur Kimon Bisogno who died in a shark attack at the weekend.
Kimon Bisogno, co-owner of Ferdinando’s Pizza in Observatory, was lauded for her community activism. Her death has sent shockwaves through the Observatory community, which remembers her for her energy and compassion for others.
Bisogno was killed in a shark attack at Plettenberg Bay on Sunday morning, less than three months after a fatal attack occurred in the area in June.
Read more in Daily Maverick: “Cape Town woman killed in Sunday morning Plettenberg Bay shark attack”
Bitou Municipality and the National Sea Rescue Institute appealed to people to be cautious along the Plettenberg Bay and Southern Cape coastline. The municipality said beaches in Plettenberg Bay had been closed after the incident.
News of Bisogno’s death sparked an outpouring of tributes on social media. When Daily Maverick visited Ferdinando’s Pizza, which Bisogno co-owned with her partner Diego Milesi, in Observatory on Tuesday, bouquets of flowers had been placed outside the restaurant.
Organisations including Ndifuna Ukwazi, Ladles of Love and Souper Troopers also paid tribute to the local activist.
Ladles of Love founder Danny Diliberto told Daily Maverick that Bisogno lived her life with passion and energy, and would be sorely missed in the community.
“When I started Ladles of Love in 2014, Kimon would regularly volunteer at our soup kitchens and would also sometimes bring freshly baked bread which her husband, Diego, baked in his pizza oven, and which we served to the homeless at our soup kitchens,” Diliberto told Daily Maverick.
“She was passionate about living life to the fullest. The time that I did spend with her, she was always laughing, always smiling, always positive,” he said.
A few years after Ladles of Love began, Bisogno decided to start her own “soup” kitchen with a twist. With her close friend and co-founder Dani Saporetti, Bisogno started Obs Pasta Kitchen in 2017. The organisation serves homemade pasta to homeless people on Wednesdays.
“It’s still every Wednesday. I just have to gather the strength tomorrow and every other Wednesday,” Saporetti said, fighting back tears.
Saporetti and Bisogno met about five years ago while on a meditation course. Speaking to Daily Maverick on Tuesday about Bisogno and the beginnings of Obs Pasta Kitchen, Saporetti said her co-founder was very aware of the needs of the homeless community in Observatory and, with Ferdinandos restaurant at her disposal, the pair ...
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3pm

Lessons learnt from Covid collaboration across Africa are critical for future healthcare partnerships

The past two-and-a-half years of the Covid-19 pandemic have marked a watershed moment for Africa, sparking a level of health collaboration unlike any seen in recent history.
As the world raced to find a way to end the pandemic, African nations came together to formulate regionally led solutions to protect their populations from a disease that threatened to end life as we knew it, driving progress towards the kind of unity envisioned by the African Union upon its establishment in 2002; a concept that largely remained an idea that was spoken of, but never truly actualised – perhaps until now.
While African countries have previously combined efforts to address disease outbreaks such as Ebola, yellow fever and cholera, few examples of regional collaboration stand out as clearly as the Covid-19 example.
Through the leadership of the newly autonomous Africa Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (Africa CDC), in partnership with other agencies like the World Health Organization Africa Regional Office (WHO AFRO), the continent is slowly strengthening its capacity to identify health emergencies and respond collaboratively.
We have come a long way from attempting to singly tackle health challenges. Now, African countries are sharing knowledge across borders and leveraging the power of regional partnerships to prevent future disease outbreaks and enhance access to much-needed public health services.
Read more in Daily Maverick: “Africa CDC head: Covid-19 still a threat given low vaccination rates”
Call it political maturity, or recognition of the urgency of the situation we find ourselves in, the success of Africa’s collaborative response to the pandemic has saved – and will continue to save – millions of lives.
But challenges persist. Complex supply and demand barriers, including limited access to vaccination, waning concerns about Covid-19 infection, and dwindling vaccine confidence and trust in institutions, present new concerns for African countries still slowly emerging from the darkest days of the pandemic.
Amid this, however, we see a great opportunity for countries in the region to work as a unit with multilaterals, philanthropic institutions, civil society, development agencies, community-based organisations and other stakeholders in the public and private sectors to address both existing and emerging challenges – this time not as recipients of aid, but as equal players in global health affairs and partners in the journey towards achieving health for all.
Building resilience in Africa’s health systems will be a critical first step towards realising this, and one tool that has demonstrated its value to these efforts is ...
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3pm

Early childhood development centres in SA continue to struggle with registration and access to subsidies

The registration process for early childhood development centres is complex and costly, particularly when it comes to achieving compliance with municipal by-laws. For many centres, it acts as a barrier to accessing the state subsidy for early learning programmes.
Otters’ Creek Pre-Primary School has everything a young child needs – a spacious outdoor playground, colourful teaching aids and stimulating classroom activities. However, like many early childhood development centres (ECD) in South Africa, it is not registered with the Department of Basic Education (DBE).
This is not for lack of trying, according to Yumna Allie, principal and owner. Since the centre moved to its premises in the Cape Town suburb of Ottery 10 years ago, she has been attempting to tick all the boxes required for the centre to achieve compliance with the local by-laws.
“The Department of Social Development, they haven’t been the hold-up. The hold-up is at the City of Cape Town,” explained Allie. “They manage the infrastructure. This house was zoned for residential purposes, so we’ve had to apply for consent to use it as a pre-school.”
In previous years, the ECD function fell under the Department of Social Development (DSD), with all centres needing to register with the department. From 1 April 2022, however, this was taken over by the DBE.
Read more in Daily Maverick: “Campaign outlines five reforms for Basic Education Department after migration of ECD function”
“The Department of Basic Education has inherited all the personnel associated with [ECD] registration and application,” said Kayin Scholtz, ECD resource hub manager at the DG Murray Trust.
ECD centres need to meet several requirements at a municipal level before they can be registered. In the City of Cape Town, centres are required to:
Obtain land use and zoning certificates;
Obtain a fire clearance certificate;
Undergo an environmental health inspection;
Obtain a health clearance certificate; and
Complete the application form for childcare facilities.
The process is often time-consuming, financially exhausting and frustrating, according to Allie.
Access to subsidies
Unregistered centres have no access to the state subsidy for ECD programmes, according to Scholtz. For many, this makes it difficult to operate sustainably.
“There are obviously risks associated with operating in an unregistered way,” said Scholtz. “We recently saw with Covid that [unregistered centres] get almost no support from the state. They are sometimes under threat, in certain provinces, of being shut down.”
In Khayelitsha, Cape Town, the inability to access subsidies due to being unregistered has a huge impact on ECD centres, according to Mildred ...
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9am

Returning Zimbabweans face increased hardship, uncertainty in Harare

Some have good memories of their years in South Africa.
Zimbabweans who have returned to their old country after working and studying for years in South Africa are battling to rebuild their lives.
Most were forced to make the move because of the South African government’s announcement that after 12 years it is now scrapping the Zimbabwe Exemption Permit (ZEP). Returnees we spoke to have good memories of life in South Africa, the friends and places they have left behind, and the plans they had for their children’s futures.
“It is painful to leave a place you have heavily invested in, and to be forced back into a country you fled because of corruption, dictatorship and an economy that is regressing,” says Tapiwa Munda.
Munda sought asylum in South Africa. He worked in Yeoville selling fresh flowers. He learned flower cutting, arranging and marketing his blooms. But now he sells second-hand bags, joining the informal traders who line the dusty road that leads to the Bindura terminus in Harare.
It is taking him time to adjust to the harsh realities of Zimbabwe, he says.
Business picks up during the tobacco and cotton trading season, when the farmers come to town, flush with money to do some shopping.
Munodei Machingura worked for a decade as a domestic worker in East London. She has reinvented herself as an informal foreign currency dealer at the Roadport bus terminus in Harare. She said police often arrest money dealers and confiscate their holdings. She wishes the government would regularise the trade for informal dealers like herself and stop the police from harassing them.
She said she misses South Africa’s free primary health care most.
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Returnees have found that Harare is also struggling with tap water supply, but unlike in South Africa, when the taps run dry there are no municipal water tankers.
Darkness Muchemwa, who works for a printing shop in Johannesburg, moved his wife and two children to Chitungwiza in June because of xenophobic tensions in South Africa. He is paying $110 per month for the two rooms he is renting.
The family spends $60 a month to get potable water and $40 for preschool fees for their child. He is now saving up to sink a 40-metre deep borehole for water, but he needs $1,200 to do it. He says it will take him more than two years to raise that money.
Another parent who ...
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8am

Better data is first step in improving services for persons with disabilities

South Africa ratified the UN Convention on the Rights of People with Disabilities in 2007 — but the data needed to track the implementation of the convention in South Africa is often incomparable across sectors, of low quality, or completely lacking. This limits civil society’s ability to hold the government accountable and makes it impossible to ensure equity for marginalised groups in how government plans, budgets, and implements services, argues Rural Rehab South Africa’s outgoing chair, Maryke Bezuidenhout.
South Africa remains one of the most unequal societies in the world, with inequalities, including in health access and outcomes, drawn along racial, geographical, and socioeconomic lines.
People with disabilities remain some of the most vulnerable and marginalised in society. Recent household and census data indicate that they remain poorer, with less access to government services, including health, social services, and education, than their non-disabled counterparts. A review of disability and rehabilitation data in the 2020 South African Health Review showed gross discrepancies in access to assistive devices across provinces, with unacceptably low coverage rates overall.
South Africa ratified the UN Convention on the Rights of People with Disabilities in 2007, requiring routine reporting on progress made — an exercise made extremely challenging by the lack of comparable disability data across sectors and the low quality of data within each sector, including the health sector.
A relatively new initiative by the Department of Social Development (DSD), StatsSA, and the World Bank attempted to engage government departments around the need for the harmonisation of disability determination and data collection to improve monitoring and build accountability around service delivery for this vulnerable group. This initiative is now driven by the Department for Women, Youth, and Persons with Disabilities.
This disability data harmonisation effort should be supported by disability researchers familiar with disability data collection, by other government departments and further capacity-building and funding is needed by StatsSA for both collection and analysis of disability data. Efforts at improving accountability as well as the use of data — including the ability to disaggregate and stratify disability via type, degree of disability, geography etcetera to inform local level policy, planning, and monitoring is also urgently needed.
However, the response from other government departments has been lacklustre so far.
This lack of data limits civil society’s ability to hold the government accountable and makes it impossible to apply vertical equity for marginalised groups when planning, budgeting for, implementing, or monitoring government services. Vertical equity ...
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Against the ‘new normal’ — reflections on universities after Covid-19

There is a notion that educational technologies are a solution to the issue of access to higher education. Education can help counter inequality but it does not do away with it.
The onset of the global pandemic of Covid-19 caused radical and dramatic unplanned shifts in higher education in South Africa and the world.
So urgent and desperate was the need to implement changes in the face of Covid-19 that there was indeed little space or time for ideological and political contestation, weighing up operational options, debating the pros and cons of systems before implementation.
The realisation soon dawned on institutions that the pandemic was not a temporary glitch in ongoing activities. It was clear early on that it was a phenomenon of unpredictable duration with wide and deep consequences.
Covid-19 had the potential to drastically collapse the educational trajectories of many of the over a million higher education students in SA. It was dramatically evident that ready or not, institutions had no alternative but to embark on a drastic intervention. So emergency remote teaching (ERT) was implemented.
The will to avoid an educational disintegration on a massive scale shocked university leadership, IT companies, the edutech industry, global consultancy firms and almost every other player in the higher education field into immediate action.
Teaching and learning moved online in an instant. The physical campus drained of students and teachers and the university became a virtual school, made up of individual students and teachers working in isolation behind a screen at home. The university timetable, an instrument that organised lectures, physical spaces and the daily movement of thousands of people on campus, fell by the wayside.
New governance teams and structures sprung into being. New technological platforms were created. Particularly at undergraduate level, a variety of discussion and planning fora, training and monitoring systems were put in place. Universities and the state mobilised resources in an attempt to support students. Almost overnight universities across South Africa moved into a new mode of delivering teaching and learning. It was an unimaginable, comprehensive shift into a new way of being.
As the pandemic rooted itself firmly into being, a “new normal” was left in its wake.
Somehow, a sense developed that largely thanks to technology, we would wake from the Covid nightmare in a better, kinder, more equal world where education can reach everyone in new and better ways and that we would never return to the pre-Covid, old ways of doing ...
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Maverick Citizens – why we write

‘What I have most wanted to do is to make political writing into an art. my starting point is always a feeling of partisanship, a sense of injustice.’ George Orwell, ‘Why I write’, 1946.
In early September Maverick Citizen turned three years old. My colleague Zukiswa Pikoli marked the day with a retrospective of some of the stories we have covered and photo editor Joyrene Kramer captured the anniversary in a compelling photo essay.
Today, I’d like to complement their contributions with a few lines to you, the readers, about why we write, and to give you a bit of a bird’s eye view of what we write, assuming that sometimes the amount we publish means you can’t see the wood for the trees.
Maverick Citizen aims to produce independent, ethical, objective journalism, but as George Orwell wrote in his 1946 essay Why I Write, we always start from “a sense of injustice”, the need to expose it, explain it and – as importantly – to tell the tales of those who are working day and night to overcome it.
By doing so we hope to aid and affirm those struggles.
As Orwell says: “It seems to me nonsense, in a period like our own, to think that one can avoid writing of such subjects. Everyone writes of them in one guise or another. It is simply a question of which side one takes and what approach one follows. And the more one is conscious of one’s political bias, the more chance one has of acting politically without sacrificing one’s aesthetic and intellectual integrity.”
Joining the dots: ‘Think globally, act locally’
Today all news is interconnected – and connected to social injustice.
For example, pause for a moment and look for a link between the war in Ukraine and the death of 21 children in last week’s horror road crash in Pongola in Northern KwaZulu-Natal.
Believe it or not, there is one.
As the Northern winter approaches, the war in Ukraine, and Russia’s shutting off of gas exports to Europe, has led to a growing international demand for coal. To meet that demand, according to the Sunday Times, local truck drivers are being offered extra pay to deliver more coal, faster, to ports like Richards Bay for export.
Because the drivers are underpaid, without secure employment and not unionised, they seize the opportunity, driving recklessly, for longer hours and risking harm to themselves and, as we saw, the innocent bystanders of ...
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5pm

Health Minister Phaahla takes up the cause of exempting hospitals from rolling blackouts

Health facilities have been placed under increasing strain as rolling blackouts affect equipment and delay patient care. On Monday, Health Minister Dr Joe Phaahla confirmed he was engaging with relevant stakeholders about exempting hospitals from rolling blackouts.
As Stage 5 and 6 rolling blackouts have placed increased strain on South Africa’s already overburdened health system, health professionals across the country have been calling for public hospitals to be exempted from scheduled outages.
On Monday, Health Minister Dr Joe Phaahla confirmed that he was engaging with relevant entities and authorities — including Eskom, municipalities and the minister of public enterprises — on the processes to be followed to ensure the exemption of health facilities from rolling blackouts.
“[The minister] has been concerned for some time with this matter of load shedding, with the hope that [power supply] improves, but it has got worse to higher levels of [stages] 5 and 6 as it impacts on the provision of healthcare services across the country,” stated Monday’s press release from the Department of Health.
The department’s statement comes just under one week after Professor Adam Mohamed, the head of internal medicine at Charlotte Maxeke Johannesburg Academic Hospital, launched a petition calling for all hospitals in Gauteng to be exempted from rolling blackouts. The petition has garnered more than 40,000 signatures.
Read more in Daily Maverick: “Exempt public hospitals from rolling blackouts, health professionals plead”
That health professionals have been connecting across hospitals and regions, and speaking out about the impact of rolling blackouts on health facilities, had made an impact, said Mohamed.
“It wasn’t just one person making a noise; it wasn’t just one province making a noise. It was numerous factions talking about the same thing, and I think that is what made the difference,” said Mohamed.
Phaahla has ordered the director-general in the Department of Health to work with the heads of provincial health departments to finalise an assessment of the impact that rolling blackouts have had on health facilities in the past week.
“We do welcome the [minister’s] intervention — late as it is,” said Dr Aslam Dasoo, convener of the Progressive Health Forum. “It is very necessary, and we urge the minister to go full speed ahead with this, so that at the very least we can remove this additional burden on already burdened health facilities.”
Visit Daily Maverick’s home page for more news, analysis and investigations
Next steps
While the minister’s intervention is a step in the right direction, there ...
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2pm

To prevent dam tailings disasters, heed the call from frontline workers and communities

In 2022, 162 frontline communities, indigenous peoples, labour unions, environmental and human rights organisations, academics and scientists from 32 countries endorsed ‘Safety First: Guidelines for Responsible Mine Tailings Management’. It lays out 17 guidelines to eliminate the riskiest tailings management practices and hold mining companies accountable. Most importantly, it prioritises community consent and oversight for all phases of tailings operations.
In the wake of the disastrous Jagersfontein tailings dam failure that killed at least one person, destroyed at least 164 homes and displaced almost 400 residents, all eyes have turned to South Africa to understand what happened, how this failure could have occurred and what lessons can be learnt to prevent future tragedies.
The essential takeaways from this disaster must be, first, that we cannot continue to allow mining companies to regulate themselves. The mining industry has a tragic history of unsafe tailings facilities around the globe.
Second, that independent experts and frontline workers and communities living adjacent to the mines must have the legal authority to speak and be heard on issues related to tailings safety, and the failure to heed their warnings must have serious consequences for power-holders.
Warnings ignored
In the case of Jagersfontein, various companies that owned the mine, including Jagersfontein Development (Pty) Ltd, ignored warnings from communities, workers and even regulators about the potential instability of their tailings dam.
The Mayor of Kopanong municipality, Xolani Tseletsel, said he had been raising concerns about the stability of the dam for the past 11 to 12 years.
Community leaders claim their complaints around safety concerns over the years were met with bribes by mining company officials.
The municipality of Kopanong and residents are reportedly pursuing a class action lawsuit against the company in response to the failure.
Recently, night-shift workers at the mine claimed they had alerted management to a crack in the dam wall and management had ignored their warnings.
Local regulators had previously suspended operations at the site over concerns around water management, but allowed operations to resume a year later. The inconsistent and seemingly uncoordinated role of the regulators is a cause for concern and pain for the workers, mining communities and society at large.
The National Union of Mineworkers was quoted as saying that “the Jagersfontein tragedy evokes memories of the February 1994 Merriespruit tailings dam disaster, also in the Free State, in which 17 people were killed and 80 houses destroyed. On that occasion, excessive rainfall was blamed for the tailings dam failure”.
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A TB scientist’s remarkable journey from a Cameroon village to a Stellenbosch University research lab

A top Stellenbosch scholar worked part-time as a street vendor while studying towards his honours degree – now his groundbreaking research on diagnostic tests has won the Royal Society Africa Prize.
In 2004, Novel Chegou left his home country, Cameroon, in search of a better life in South Africa. With high hopes and not much money, he sold African crafts – beads, masks and carved stones – next to the village green in Stellenbosch to save for his studies at the town’s university.
Today, Chegou (44) is a full professor in molecular biology and human genetics at Stellenbosch University’s Department of Biomedical Sciences. He heads a tuberculosis biomarker research laboratory and has contributed to several patents for TB diagnostic tests, which are already being used around the world.
Last month, the Royal Society – the independent scientific academy of the UK with illustrious fellows such as Albert Einstein – announced Chegou as this year’s winner of the Royal Society Africa Prize, an annual award recognising innovation by a research ­scientist in Africa.
Deadly childhood TB
Lately, one of Chegou’s main interests is TB meningitis (TBM), or TB of the brain, in children. Better TBM tests are urgently needed since children are frequently diagnosed too late to stop irreparable brain damage or death. It is for his work in this area that Chegou has been honoured.
“TB meningitis, it’s a very terrible disease,” he says. “I started working on TBM a few years ago, learning about the challenges in diagnosing the disease. Children are coming to day hospitals up to six times before they get diagnosed with TBM. But by then often the brain is gone.
Yesterday we were very happy to announce the winners of this year’s Royal Society medals and awards. 28 individuals and teams were honoured for their incredible contributions to science and research. Meet the winners and find out more about their work:
The Royal Society (@royalsociety) August 25, 2022
“It’s one of the most difficult types of TB to diagnose. You really need advanced tools and expensive equipment. Most of the time children will never be normal again by the time it is diagnosed. There are so many neurological consequences – even if they are treated successfully. The problem is the poor accuracy of current diagnostic tools.”
Of children diagnosed with TBM, he adds, an estimated 20% will die.
Read more in Daily Maverick: “Government outlines nation’s TB recovery plan as testing volumes show improvement”
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