The National Teachers Union says some parents will this year have to fork out much more compared to fees at universities as a result of the fee hikes at some of the province's public and private schools.
Gift of the Givers' Imtiaaz Sooliman says they have created a task team to deal strategically with Mohamed's kidnapping.
Sooliman says Yemeni Anas al Hamati is their negotiator. He has previous experience in similiar situations, is an Arab and understands the culture and language.
"We have received excellent co-operation through 'connected' people who, through their own individual research and 'networks' have confirmed that Shiraaz is alive (just their word on this but no proof of life), they confirm the group that is holding him (though there is discrepancy between the different members of this group), they know the location where Shiraaz is held," says Sooliman.
Sooliman says from all their interactions with the different people - including a high profile Syrian journalist - it appears that their information is credible.
"We can't independently verify it as yet but we are not ignoring it. In the next 48 hours we are expecting more information so we wait patiently. We have a very decisive plan and will use it as leverage if the need arises," says Sooliman. Sooliman says no one understands why Mohamed was taken, but they want resolve the issue diplomatically and amicably.
"It may be a case of mistaken identity so we are allowing a little more time for the processes to unfold in the best interests of Shiraaz," says Sooliman.
Sooliman says they also have Mohamed's belongings, his laptop and camera.
Conjoined twins successfully separated in Gauteng hospital
Recently born conjoined twins were successfully separated in a six-hour operation at Netcare Unitas Hospital in Centurion on Saturday.
The twin girls from Swaziland, Uwenzile and Uyihlelile Shilongonyane, who together weighed 4.21kg at birth, were born joined at the abdomen on January 2 to 19-year-old Bongekile Simelane and her husband Mbongeni Sihlongonyane.
Speaking ahead of the procedure, paediatric surgeons Dr Mariza de Villiers and Dr Paul Stevens agreed that the twins had a good prognosis.
“This type of conjoined twins are known as omphalopagus twins, which means they were joined at the lower abdomen and do not share a heart,” they said. “Pre-operative assessments indicated that the babies also did not share any other vital organs. This considerably improved their chances of surviving the surgical separation and will also contribute greatly to them leading healthy lives going forward,” said De Villiers.
The Shilongonyane girls are the second set of conjoined twins that De Villiers and Stevens have separated and are the first to have their separation surgery done at Netcare Unitas Hospital. De Villiers said the twins were joined only by a bridge of skin which made the operation simpler than if they shared vital organs.
“There are always considerable risks when separating conjoined twins, but we have been cautiously optimistic all along that the operation would have a good outcome for both twins. The fact that there was a skin bridge between them meant that there was sufficient skin to close the resultant surgical wound on each baby without the need for plastic surgery,” she said. The team of anaesthetists - Dr Henrika Rossouw, Dr Sandra Spijkerman, Dr Marleen Odendaal, and Dr Jeanri Smith, who were tasked with one of the greatest problems faced by the surgical team who separated conjoined twins Uwenzile and Uyihlelile Shilongonyane. The twins were conjoined in such as way that they were facing each other, making the delicate task of intubating the little babies a great deal more complicated than usual. CREDIT: Supplied via African News Agency
“The operation involved a team of eight doctors and a theatre team of 11 nursing professionals. Most of the team members were women.This is a proud moment for Netcare Unitas Hospital and especially for our team of expert doctors and nurses who participated in this operation. What happened here today [Saturday] represents a milestone in the medical history of our facility,” he said