Private ambulance services deny Motsoaledi's accusations of select pick-ups

Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi says he will be introducing a single number for emergency services to avoid private ambulances being selective in who they pick up.

Oliver Wright, CEO of South African Private Ambulance and Emergency Services Association, says he is shocked by the Minister's comments that private ambulances refuse to pick those who can't afford their services.

Wright says they do pick up patients and bill them later, saying there is no free ambulance service facility in South Africa at the moment.

If a patient cannot afford to pay for what they've been billed, they can negotiate with the service provider to explore other payment options.

He says it is very concerning that the Minister is still recommending the single emergency number after objections on the matter were submitted.

The minister must be aware of this objections.

Oliver Wright, CEO South African Private Ambulance and Emergency Services Association

To hear further comments by Oliver Wright on a single emergency number, listen below:

Read More
Cape residents billed over R31 million in December for water overusage

Cape residents billed over R31 million in December for water overusage

Cape Town City billed ratepayers over R33 million for failing to adhere to imposed level 3 water restrictions.

Davos WEF is about the economy of the super rich 1% - Oxfam Inequality Report

Davos WEF is about the economy of the super rich 1% - Oxfam Inequality Report

Oxfam says the World Economic Forum is the most elitist gatherings and the most expensive economic event on the calendar.

Rating agencies do make mistakes, but still carry weight - expert

Rating agencies do make mistakes, but still carry weight - expert

Moody's Corp has agreed to pay $864 million to settle with the United States government over pre-crisis ratings.

D-Day for Vuwani demarcation submissions

D-Day for Vuwani demarcation submissions

Vuwani residents have until Monday afternoon to make submissions to Demarcation Board on how they want boundaries determined.

South Africa awaits decision to recall Ford Kuga (or not)

South Africa awaits decision to recall Ford Kuga (or not)

Ford SA and National Consumer Commission are expected to hold a joint media briefing regarding the future of Ford Kuga vehicles.

Limpopo DBE given 72 hours to release matric results of alleged cheating pupils

Limpopo DBE given 72 hours to release matric results of alleged cheating pupils

Court orders Basic Education Department to release pupils' matric results implicated in cheating despite an ongoing investigation.

Popular articles
Hooters introduces 'angel shots' to rescue women from dangerous dates

Hooters introduces 'angel shots' to rescue women from dangerous dates

Hooters SA has introduced the ‘Order an Angel Shot’ initiative for female customers who are feeling unsafe during a date.

Zuma taking over from Zuma is a good thing - Jacob Zuma

Zuma taking over from Zuma is a good thing - Jacob Zuma

Political Analyst Dr Sethulego Matebesi says it is concerning that the President is publicly and boldly endorsing his ex-wife.

South Africans get a kick out of Pornhub, Dr. Eve uncovers

South Africans get a kick out of Pornhub, Dr. Eve uncovers

South Africans enjoy watching pornography, so much so that they've made it onto the top 20 countries with highest hits on Pornhub.

Naked Scientist explains why mosquitoes 'discriminate' who they bite

Naked Scientist explains why mosquitoes 'discriminate' who they bite

Dr Chris Smith explains why some people are more desirable than others to mosquitoes.

Absa may have to pay R2.25 billion for unlawful apartheid era bank bailout

Absa may have to pay R2.25 billion for unlawful apartheid era bank bailout

M&G's Pauli Van Wyk speaks about Public Protector's preliminary report implicating Absa, Reserve Bank, Treasury and Presidency.

Consumer Commission to make a decision on Ford Kuga

Consumer Commission to make a decision on Ford Kuga

Spokesperson for the National Consumer Commission says they believe consumers are exposed to potential risks in these vehicles.

Reserve Bank Governor on outsourced printing of bank notes and 2017 predictions

Reserve Bank Governor on outsourced printing of bank notes and 2017 predictions

Governor Lesetja Kganyago says South Africa asked international companies to print banknotes as part of risk management.

House prices slump in some parts of the country

House prices slump in some parts of the country

Property economist at FNB, John Loos, says the drop in house prices is due to slow pace in economic growth.

Vaal Dam levels increase by 5.2%

Vaal Dam levels increase by 5.2%

Department of Water and Sanitation says recent rains have increased the Vaal Dam levels but more is still needed.

It's not the end of the road... Top tips to improve your matric

It's not the end of the road... Top tips to improve your matric

"Recognise that it’s not the end, it’s the beginning." Expert advise for school-leavers who want to improve their results.