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ANC shaken and stirred, RIP Phillip Hughes, New Oncology High Care Ward

ANC shaken and stirred:

Before Zuma arrived at the ANC Youth League consultative conference in Soweto, Johannesburg yesterday, delegates sang songs in isiZulu, praising the president, “lead us Zuma”. When he entered the hall the ANC Youth League delegates cheered and started to sing “Umshini wam” (bring me my machine gun).

This mood, however, was dimmed when he told delegates, "We admit that the organisation is in trouble", and that that the governing party has been shaken. But Zuma was stopped in his tracks from explaining further, when ANC secretary general Gwede Mantashe and deputy Jessie Duarte, intervened and called him to order.

Zuma was referring to discussions held by the ANC's combined national working committee and national executive committee meeting.

During his address Zuma explained to the conference that the ANC had taken a decision to convert the youth league conference from an elective one to a consultative one. “We did not want to have the same results of the last conference,” he said referring to the chaotic 2011 conference where former ANCYL leader Julius Malema was elected for a second term.

Zuma said if the ANC had allowed the elective conference to continue this week as scheduled it could have led to the ANCYL being disbanded again. He urged delegates to use the consultative conference to rebuild itself.

RIP Phillip Hughes:

Australian Test cricketer Phillip Hughes died in hospital today after he was in coma for three days following a head injury sustained while playing in a Sheffield Shield game in Sydney. Hughes was batting on 63 when he was struck on the head by a bouncer from Sean Abbott. Hughes tried to regain his composure but fell face first to the ground and was taken to the hospital. He was 25.

Hughes made his Test debut in 2009 at the age of 20. It was baptism of fire as Hughes opened the innings alongside Katich at Cape Town. A duck, 75 and a pair of hundreds in the next Test at Durban confirmed he was a man for the future. At Kingsmead, Hughes became the youngest cricketer ever to score back-to-back centuries in a Test match. But his form ran hot and cold and his weakness against short-pitched ball did not help. Double hundreds in a Test match against a quality South African attack was no mean achievement.

Talk Show host John Robbie, on 702, spoke to Dr John Patricios, Director of Sports Concussion SA about concussions and where people can go for treatment, as well as Cricket Commentator, Aslam Khota, who was devastated over Hughes' passing.

Opening of Oncology Ward:

To deal with the heavy burden of the Charlotte Maxeke Oncology Unit, the Thobeka Madiba Zuma Foundation has developed the Oncology High Care Ward, which will be unveiled and handed over to the hospital today.

702 talk show host, John Robbie spoke to Tobeka Madiba Zuma, South Africa's First Lady and Founder of the Tobeka Madiba Zuma Foundation about the benefits of having this ward and what it could offer Cancer patients undergoing treatment.

The Ward will ensure our Cancer patients don't die from things like flu, while undergoing chemotherapy...

Tobeka Madiba Zuma, South Africa's First Lady and Founder of the Tobeka Madiba Zuma Foundation

The First Lady stated that patients' immune system is quite low while undergoing treatment and so this ward ensure that they have a safe place to recover and rest.


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