Kenya Forests – plans to restore over 5 million hectares

Deforestation in Kenya all but destroyed the country’s forests, but now Kenyans plan to plant a forest the size of Costa Rica to redress the damage, according to Quartz Africa. In the early 1960s Kenya forests covered around 10% of Kenya. By 2006 that figure was just 1.7%. In 2009 Kenya pledged to restore the deforested areas over the subsequent 20 years, and on September 8th 2016, the country renewed its vow, stating it would replenish 5.1 million hectares of destroyed Kenya forests. Environment Minister Continue reading →

‘My daughter was a yellow bone – now she’s a black bone’ cries mother of psychiatric patient

The mother of one of the psychiatric patients who were moved to an unprepared facility by the Gauteng department of health has explained how she has observed her daughter’s condition deteriorate. Nomzamo Mokoena (not her real name) has her daughter at the Takalani centre in Soweto and she told TMG Digital how things have changed since her daughter arrived at the facility. She visited the facility towards the end of July to see how her daughter was doing. She was shocked to learn that at Continue reading →

Gauteng Health Releases Staff Shortage Stats

Gauteng state hospitals are short of 574 doctors and 1,209 nurses, the majority of them ‘due to a process of natural attrition’. The Citizen reports that a written reply by Gauteng Health MEC Qedani Mahlangu has revealed. Responding to a query from DA Gauteng shadow health MEC Jack Bloom, Mahlangu noted, however, that “there was no effect on patient care, as the vacant posts are replaced immediately through walk-in applications and the annual block advertisement”. She added that the majority of posts were vacant due Continue reading →

Health MEC Dodges Questions on Psychiatric Patients’ Release

Gauteng Health ‘should not arrogantly dismiss the concerns raised by relatives’ about the transfer of hundreds of psychiatric patients to non-governmental organisations (NGOs), said Democratic Alliance MP Dr Jack Bloom. Business Day reports that Bloom said family members‚ Section 27 lawyers and the South African Depression and Anxiety Group were barred from a media briefing called by Gauteng Health MEC Qedani Mahlangu a day earlier, to allay those concerns. By doing so‚ said Bloom‚ “Mahlangu dodged the toughest questions” about the “591 long-term psychiatric patients Continue reading →

2014 Mental Health Care Amendment Act repeals 1973 Mental Health Act

On 1 July 2016, the Mental Health Care Amendment Act of 2014, came into effect. This act amends the Mental Health Care Act of 2002. It repeals the 1973 Mental Health Act, as well as providing for delegation of powers by the head of the national Department of Health. The full text of the 2014 Mental Health Care Amendment Act can be found here (1, 2). References Republic of South Africa. Act No. 12 of 2014: Mental Health Care Amendment Act, 2014. (Proclamation No. 427, Continue reading →

Business Architecture

 Overview Business Architecture defines the structure of the enterprise in terms of its governance structure, business processes, and business information. In defining the structure of the enterprise, business architecture considers customers, finances, and the ever-changing market to align strategic goals and objectives with decisions regarding products and services; partners and suppliers; organization; capabilities; and key initiatives. Business Architecture primarily focuses on the business motivations, business operations and business analysis frameworks and related networks that link these aspects of the enterprise together. In order to develop Continue reading →

7th Managed HealthCare Symposium Taking Place

7th Managed HealthCare Symposium is taking place today. Overview This year’s Managed Healthcare Symposium carries the theme “Transforming the Role of Managed Care”. It is our belief that real transformation of the systems, approaches and management perspectives of healthcare can only happen in an environment where providers, payers and funders together with many other stakeholders constantly engage with the aim of improving health outcomes. With National Health Insurance coming, discussions should interrogate NHI ethos support, planning and its fruition versus the alternate reimbursement that is Continue reading →

Business Architecture Essentials

‘Defining your Architecture Scope: The Role of Value Chains’ In the first Article of this series, I discussed the current interest in Business Architecture that has been brewing in the last little while and also discussed some of the frameworks that professionals have been looking at for guidance and inspiration. The first article was intended to provide an overview of the field and it introduced an overarching set of concepts that we in Process Renewal Group have been successfully using to classify and categorize issues Continue reading →