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Maths app launched in the Eastern Cape
21 January 2018, 4:30 PM

An Eastern Cape graduate has developed a maths app that aims to simplify the subject.

Athi Rwexu took the app on a road show in the Eastern Cape with the hope of enabling pupils to improving their mathematics marks.

With the Eastern Cape always performing poorly in matric, especially in mathematics results, the new app will play a huge role in helping them to understand the subject.

Rwexu, the mastermind behind SigmaX App, says their team has been visiting schools across the province and making presentations on how the app works.

At Mthatha’s BT Ngebs shopping mall, parents, learners and teachers surrounded Rwexu and her team, while she explained to them how it works.

Rwexu adds that no pupils should under perform in the subject.

“I’ve always found that mathematics is quite easy for me – especially high school maths, or school maths, as a person who’s always gotten like distinctions in maths. So I realised that we can actually do something to help learners understand maths better… because from tutoring I saw that they struggle, sometimes with very simple things like fractions or exponents… or understanding what quadrulaterals are, or solving simple equations or understanding why they need to solve those equations, or understanding why they need to solve those equations in the first place. That’s when we decided “OK,” let’s try this so that we lay some of the foundations.”

Learners have shown a keen interest in the app, hoping it will play a role in helping them improve their marks in mathematics.

Parents also agree they hope the app is a solution to the problems their children are currently experiencing.

The road show will later move to other provinces.

S.A goes to quarter finals in the ICC Under-19 World Cup
20 January 2018, 9:27 PM

South Africa have lost their final round-robin match against New Zealand by 71 runs at the 2017 ICC Under-19 World Cup.

Despite the loss, South Africa have progressed to the quarter-finals, finishing second in Group A behind New Zealand on four points with two wins and a loss.

Ahead of the contest both teams had already secured a place in the last eight, thanks to their impressive wins over West Indies and Kenya.

New Zealand won the toss and elected to bat first, that decision was vindicated by a 108-run opening stand between Jakob Bhula and Rachin Ravindra.

Despite the solid start New Zealand experienced a slight stumble in the middle overs of their innings, losing five wickets in a space of eight overs.

That left them in a compromised position on 174 for the loss of six wickets with sixteen overs still remaining.

The younger brother of Black Cap Glenn Phillips, Dale and Max Chu combined very well for a 77-run partnership that took New Zealand to 279 for eight at the end of their fifty overs.

In response, the South Africans never really got going and struggled throughout their innings.

They lost their first four wickets for just 76 runs, before Hermann Rolfes and Jean du Plessis steadied the ship by scoring 108 and 54 respectively.

The pair also shared a 106-run fifth-wicket partnership, however that was not enough as their team fell short of New Zealand’s total by 71 runs.

Raynard Van Tonder, South African Under-19 captain: “The key for us was to keep getting wickets, but I thought the two batters came in and put together a partnership put them back in the game and they really batted very well. We really looking forward, the boys are excited even though we didn’t get the results today that we wanted, I think there is a lot of positives we can take out of it.”

New Zealand will now go on to play Afghanistan in their quarter-final on Thursday, while South Africa will play Pakistan on Wednesday.

 

3 months for new Eskom board to appoint key executives
20 January 2018, 9:19 PM

Eskom’s former acting CEO Matshela Koko, now in another senior post, and suspended Chief Financial Officer Anoj Singh face dismissal, after government instructed the utility’s new board to immediately remove all executives facing allegations of corruption.

The Presidency specifically names Koko and Singh as being among these executives.

Government has announced a new board for Eskom, to be chaired by Jabu Mabuza, the current Telkom chairperson.

It’s also instructed the new board to appoint a permanent CEO and CFO within three months.

The African National Congress (ANC) has welcomed government’s move on Eskom.

The ANC Lekgotla is meeting in Irene Pretoria, and the party says the appointment of a qualified and credible board and the removal of executives implicated in corruption are in line with priorities of the party’s 54th Conference.

Among others, Government has called on all Eskom employees and other stakeholders who may have evidence of wrongdoing to bring this to the attention of law enforcement agencies so that culprits can be brought to book.

 

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Free State ANC welcomes decision to disband PEC
20 January 2018, 8:30 PM

Disgruntled Free State African National Congress  (ANC) members have welcomed the National Executive Committee’s (NEC) decision to disband the Free State Provincial Executive Committee (PEC).

The NEC made the decision after the Bloemfontein High Court in 2017 declared the provincial conference of the ANC in Parys, null and void.

Disgruntled ANC members have expressed relief over the NEC decision.

Mahlomola Ralebese, an ANC member says they are extremely pleased with the outcome and welcome it.

“Now finally the NEC of the ANC has affirmed the decision of the Bloemfontein high court, declared as null and void the illegal Provincial conference of ANC in Parys, and to have an interim structure in the Free State established; and we will embrace it, and will do everything that we can to ensure that we build and renew the ANC in Free State.”

Political analyst Dr Sethulego Matebesi believes that the ANC must follow democratic practices in order to reclaim the support it has lost.

“I think this is a wonderful opportunity for the ANC, not only in the Free State and not only in KZN, but also nationally, to rid itself of the monster. It’s a monster where the ANC itself seems to have taken anti-democratic decisions, anti-democratic practices within the ANC… It’s a wonderful opportunity, it’s the rightful decisions that have been taken by the NEC of the ANC.”

The ANC in the Free State has also welcomed the NEC’s decision.

Thabo Meeko, ANC provincial spokesperson says there have been engagements between the national leadership of the ANC through officials and province. “Very important understandings were developed out of those engagements –  and one of them is that the national officials, national leadership of the ANC will again come back to the province and explain this decision, and how it is going to be implemented.”

 

Drought conditions hit Mpumalanga
20 January 2018, 7:04 PM

Drought conditions are continuing to plague South Africa, and farmers are the hardest hit.

Mpumalanga is one of the provinces where dry conditions are prevelant. Water levels have dropped at major dams and rivers. Rivers are running dry, and dam levels are dropping drastically.

This is a situation that is worrying farmers in the Mpumalanga province.

Ntando Sibisi, a tobacco farmer isn’t expecting a good harvest this year as there’s not enough water to hydrate his crops.

“We are suffering here because of the lack of water, we are hoping that government will help us at this moment.”

Just a few kilometers away from Sibisi’s farm, young vegetable farmers are facing the same problem.

A nearby dam they relied on for water supply has dried up. The only other source of water left is a borehole.

Collen Mchobokazi says: “The issue of water shortage is affecting us a lot, but at least we are able to do something because we have a borehole, we are hoping that we will get another borehole.”

Cyril Repinga, Nkomazi Municipality spokesperson says the situation is bad: “Rivers are drying up, dams are also drying up, we are facing a difficult situation.”

The Department of Water Affairs says the situation will worsen if it does not rain in the next three weeks.

People are being urged to use water sparingly.

 

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