A little girl is lucky to be alive after a cobra slithered into her bedroom and bit her on the face as she slept.
Six-year-old Mikayla-Sue Grove woke up with toothache at home on a farm near the town of Ballito in eastern South Africa’s KwaZulu-Natal province.
But when her mum Inge and dad Ludwig came into her room, he realized a snake in there was the real cause of the problem.
He ushered out Mikayla-Sue and her sister Izabella.
But the cobra then spat its venom into Inge’s eyes, temporarily blinding her.
The reptile was later identified as a Mozambique spitting cobra, which gobs venom through the tips of its fangs into enemies’ eyes.
Mr Grove told South African media how he then rushed the family to the Alberlito Hospital around 10 or 15 minutes’ drive away.
His blinded wife took a bottle of water with her and continually rinsed her eyes on the journey, which he says probably saved her sight.
Snake expert Arno Naude recounted on a social media page dedicated to snake attacks that doctors had to put a tube into Mikayla-Sue’s rapidly swelling throat to allow her to breathe.
Her dad told how medics used 17 doses of an anti-venom treatment over the next 12 hours.
Pictures show her severely swollen, with a bite mark on her chin.
Inge’s sight is now restored and her daughter’s life is out of danger though she remains in the hospital’s intensive care unit.
Mr Grove said: “Mikayla is doing much better, the tubes have been removed, she is very responsive and looks around, eyes wide open.
“Still in ICU, but I think I can safely say she is out of danger. We will know for certain over the next two to three days what the extent of the tissue damage will be.”
A snake-catching expert was called to the house shortly after the attack, and successfully evicted the snake. It was not clear whether he put it back in its natural habitat.
The species, considered among Africa’s most dangerous snakes, is fairly common in the south-east of the continent.
It is known to be easily provoked into its defensive behaviour of rearing up, spreading its hood and spitting its venom up to six feet into a perceived attacker’s eyes.
Mozambique: Government set to impose license fees for local journalists.
Mozambican government has announced plans to introduce license fees for local and foreign journalists.
Local correspondents will pay $2,500 per trip for media accreditation while foreign correspondents living in Mozambique will be charged $8,300 per year.
Mozambican journalists reporting for foreign news outlets will be required to pay $3,500 for an annual accreditation.
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This is 50 times more than the country’s statutory minimum wage, estimated at around $70 per month.
The plan fees have attracted serious criticism as the move has been viewed as an apparent attempt to discourage reporting from the country.
Mozambique’s National Human Rights Commission (CNDH) has warned that the imposition of licensing fees on the country’s mass media must not compromise the fundamental right of the public to information.
In a statement, the CNDH, added its voice to the chorus of criticism of the proposed fees.
It conceded that the government has the right to update licensing and accreditation fees, but said such a measure should not undermine the right to information.
The CNDH points out that the current legal framework on access to information “takes as its guidelines the greatest divulging of information and free access to information… In other words, access to information is a matter of public interest and this access should be promoted and facilitated”.
It added: “The legal framework meant that the relevant state bodies must take measures to promote the broadest possible access to information”.
CNDS also warns that the enormous fees imposed by the July decree are not in line with the guidelines contained in the legal instruments on the right to information that are in force in the country.
The justification given for the fees is that they are necessary to ensure the sustainability of the sector – but none of the money raised by the fees will go to the media.
The decree states that 60 percent of the money from the fees will go to the state budget, and the remaining 40 per cent will go to the government’s press office (Gabinfo).
Meanwhile, the government is showing signs of backing down.
On Tuesday, its spokesperson, the Deputy Minister of Culture and Tourism, Ana Comoana, said the decree will be discussed with interested parties before its implementation.
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BREAKING: Former UN Secretary General, Kofi Annan dies
Former UN Secretary-General and Nobel Peace Prize winner Kofi Annan died in the early hours of Saturday in Switzerland after a short illness, according to a statement issued by his family.
The Nobel Peace Laureate was the seventh Secretary-General of the UN from January 1997 to December 2006, and became the first black African man to take on the top job as the world’s top diplomat.
He had been a member of The Elders, a group of global leaders working for human rights, since it was founded in 2007. In 2013, he became its chairman.
He was founder and Chairman of the Kofi Annan Foundation, which issued a statement on social media, saying: “It is with immense sadness that the Annan family and the Kofi Annan Foundation announce that Kofi Annan, former Secretary General of the United Nations and Nobel Peace Laureate, passed away peacefully on Saturday 18th August after a short illness…”