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Vereeniging resident accuses the media of being sensationalist following school protests
20 January 2018, 4:01 PM

Following the violent protests at the Afrikaans only Hoërskool Overvaal in Vereeniging this week, a resident has posted a video ranting about the media.

He’s accused the media of being sensational and ignoring the real problems.

The protest was sparked by a Pretoria high court ruling that the Afrikaans medium school did not have space to take in 55 English speaking learners.

The latest video shows community members cleaning up after the protest.

The resident was critical of the media and referred to racial divisions saying: “Where is the media now when the white Afrikaaner is busy cleaning the mess that these people make. Media is not here, media is just here for sensation that’s all. This is got to do with race, nothing to do with Afrikaans and English. Here it is the evidence of what they have done, destroying. The only thing they can do is destroy.”

 

KZN top achiever schools awarded with bursaries and registration grants
20 January 2018, 3:30 PM

Hundreds of prospective students from the rural municipalities of Nkandla and uMthonjaneni in northern KwaZulu-Natal have been rewarded with assistance such as bursaries, registration grants and laptops.

The municipalities each held separate events to honour learners who excelled in last year’s matric examinations.

The top four high schools in Nkandla, eMabhuqwini, Bizimali, Velangaye and Lushaba produced over 500 distinctions.

Bizimali came out tops with three learners achieving eight distinctions, and five others getting seven.

Hot on their heels was Velangaye with two learners getting eight distinctions and one achieving seven.

These are no- fee schools with some lacking basic infrastructure and services such as electricity and running water.

Top 10 learners were awarded with bursaries and laptops.

One of them is 19-year-old Nhlakanipho Majozi from Mphathesithe High School, who has registered for a degree in Medicine at the University of KwaZulu-Natal.

“The bursary will help me study Medicine at UKZN. I needed registration money badly so that I would be accepted. I am coming from a poor family. Once I complete my studies I will be able to provide for my family and be a breadwinner.”

eMabhuqwini, Velangaye, Bizimali and Lushaba schools were also recognised for consistently maintaining pass rates between 80 and 97 percent in recent years.

Just over 100 prospective university students from these schools walked off with registration grants.

Thamsanqa Moloi from Ithala High School says this will be of great help, as she is being raised by a single parent. “After completing my studies I will be able to make her happy. My mother was paying 300 rand a month for my accommodation at the school.”

Aubey Mtshali says: “The registration grant will help me a lot, because I am coming from a family that is not well-off. I am going to study dental therapy at the University of KwaZulu-Natal.”

This assistance has been running for four years.

Nkandla Municipal Mayor Thamisanqa Ntuli says they are hoping to see returns on their investment in education in the area.

“When you invest in education definitely you change the livelihood of the area. When you go to the most remote you find the most beautiful house,s which you cannot find even in townships, because of the investments that have been made through education. So I also believe that this is not a loss. In fact to us as the municipality we are going to yield the results very soon. Already some are working, and we know that they are going to change the face of Nkandla.”

The four top schools in Nkandla will also soon have Wi-Fi access, thanks to the good performance of the schools’ 2017 matriculants.

 

ANC plans to lay criminal charges against suspended Melissa Whitehead
19 January 2018, 9:43 PM

The African National Congress in the Cape Town City Council says it plans to lay criminal charges against City Transport Commissioner, Melissa Whitehead.

She was placed on suspension on Friday following a special closed council sitting. Whitehead is accused of a range of offences, including misconduct and tender manipulation.

Whitehead, Mayor Patricia de Lille and former City Manager Achmat Ebrahim have been accused of allegations of corruption and mismanagement.

Ebrahim resigned earlier this week.

ANC leader Xolani Sotashe says while they welcome Whitehead’s suspension, political principals should also take responsibility.

“The report itself speaks about prima facie evidence. So, if you have that, it gives us the grounds to lay charges against Melissa Whitehead, because we are not talking here about thousands of rands; we are talking about millions. We ordered buses not chassis. Melissa Whitehead instead of bringing buses to Cape Town she brought chassis and then she lied to the auditor general to review all the audit outcomes of the City of Cape Town for the last three or four years.”

Mayor Patricia De Lille says Whitehead is likely to remain under suspension for the next three months.

“In terms of the legislation, it says that the investigation into any section 57 executive must be completed within 90 days and then the investigations must bring a report to council and then council will then decide what to do.”

It’s understood that an investigation into de Lille was ordered following allegations that she prevented Ebrahim from reporting allegations against Whitehead to the council.

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Kimberley residents march against femicide, women abuse
19 January 2018, 9:33 PM

A small group of Kimberley residents took to the streets against femicide and women abuse on Friday. This comes after a 28-year-old woman was killed last week.

Refilwe Letebele was stabbed multiple times allegedly by her ex-boyfriend a Universal rugby club player.

The marchers wore red t-shirts, to symbolize the blood shed by women at the hands of men.

One of the marchers, Refilwe Dungu says, “We need to take a stand as women against these killings that are happening against us. It’s not right and we are sick and tired.”

Another marcher, Nonini Mpuang says, “We are here today because of the violent attacks that have been happening, not just to Refilwe Letebele, but to all women in South Africa. We are here to say we are tired and it’s enough.”

Organisers say her death should not be in vain.

Femicide march organiser, Mpho Assegai elaborates, “This is an anti-femicide march to commemorate the memory of Refilwe Letebele, our friend who was brutally murdered. We just want women to rise up and speak out.”

The Letebele family is still struggling to come to terms with the untimely death of their daughter.

The father of Refilwe, Norman Letebele says, “It is time that we wake up and become real men. God created us as heads and God said we must protect our women and not kill them. Let’s not behave like boys who are kicking balls around.”

Refilwe’s ex-boyfriend is expected to appear at the Kimberley Magistrate’s Court on the 23rd of January.

She’ll be buried on Saturday.

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Banyana Banyana face Sweden in maiden game in Cape Town
19 January 2018, 8:47 PM

The South African national women’s football team is excited about the friendly international match against Sweden at the Cape Town Stadium on Sunday.

It’s a big year for Banyana Banyana who won the 2017 Cosafa Cup and who are the No.: 1 ranked team in Africa and the match against Sweden will be good preparation in their attempts to qualify for the 2018 African Women’s Cup of Nations and the 2019 Soccer World Cup.

The team is hard at work after the December holidays.

2017 was a great year for South African women’s football under interim coach, Desiree Ellis, but even bigger challenges and competitions lie ahead.

Banyana Banyana Captain, Janine Van Wyk says: “Preparation for the game against Sweden on Sunday is going really well. We’ve been well together after a long break that we had in December holidays and working towards our goal is obviously, qualifying for the world cup.”

Sweden, who are ranked 10th in the world and 5th in Europe, will be a tough nut to crack, but with players like Thembi Kgatlana, who was voted Cosafa player of the tournament in their ranks, anything is possible.

Kgatlana says, “It’s a good preparation for us because we ended the year on a good note, winning Cosafa Player of the Tournament and the team won the Cosafa Cup.”

It will be Banyana Banyana’s first-ever match in the Mother City and the players are hoping fans will take the opportunity to come and support the team.

Banyana Banyana midfielder Leandra Smeda says, “We very excited to play Sweden in Cape Town, my home city. It’s the first time we are playing in the Mother City. So, hopefully, a lot of supporters will come out to support us.”

Entrance to the Cape Town Stadium will be free on Sunday, but fans will have to acquire a ticket from Computicket, Shoprite, Checkers, Checkers Hyper, OK Furniture or U Save stores.

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