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Gigaba on immigration, flu season up ahead, Stellenbosch Earth Day WR attempt

Gigaba: we've been better organised than 2008

File pic of Home Affairs Minister, Malusi Gigaba - EWN

Speaking on 702's John Robbie Show, Home Affairs Minister Malusi Gigaba has noted improvements in government's reaction to xenophobic violence compared to 2008:

The violence that took place now was not like the one that took place in 2008. There was a great deal of organisation with some of the people involved in it being mobile. We had anticipated this would happen, and so we were better prepared; hence you saw that the loss of life was minimised compared to 2008. Even if there were no foreign nationals in South Africa, the fact of the matter is the most vulnerable people would be affected by the violence. (On illegal entry) in just one calendar year, 39 million people entered the country, using passports, compared to 20 000 arrested by the army at our borders for attempting illegal entry. So the fact that our borders are porous (as a perception that's often held) is something we repeat without even checking.

Flu Season approaching

Flu season is expected in about a months' time; make sure you get vaccinated in good time. Deputy Director at the National Institute for Communicable Diseases, Professor Lucille Blumberg unpacked what's to be expected with regards to the flu during Cape Talk's Breakfast with Kieno Kammies:

The flu season hasn't yet started. We predict that it normally starts at the end of May-beginning of June, so what's currently going around is the common cold. We may have an indication of the strength of the strain that's expected from what was experienced in the Northern Hemisphere. But those who are most at risk to contract complications when they encounter the flu should go and get vaccinated. This year, the vaccine did arrive in the country a little late, but it is available and there's currently no shortage.

Earth Day aftermath: tree hugging WR attempt

Earth Day marked it's 45th year anniversary on Wednesday and the Western Cape town of Stellenbosch wished to mark this in grand style - by organising a 3000-person simulatenous tree hugging. Stellenbosch Executive Mayor, Conrad Sidego chatted to Cape Talk's Kieno Kammies about the challenges their attempt met:

The record held by Korea is 1200 and we thought that since we've got 25 000 students at the Stellenbosch University and all of these wonderful schools that we'd easily get to 3000, nevermind the 1200 that we'd aimed for. The auditors are still busy with the figures, but I think we only got to somewhere between 700 - 800. It was not about the record, but it's about the awareness that we're trying to create and the quality of life we're trying to create for people on the Earth.

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