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Ramaphosa was misled on issues of load shedding: DD Mabuza
9 January 2020, 3:31 PM

Deputy President David Mabuza claims President Cyril Ramaphosa was misled by the Eskom board and Minister of Public Enterprise Pravin Gordhan on issues of load shedding.

President Ramaphosa assured South Africans that there would be no load shedding before 13 January, after the December load shedding.

Stage 2 outages returned to South Africans on Saturday.

Mabuza, who was doing a walkabout at Diamond Pavilion Mall in Kimberley ahead of the ANC birthday celebrations on Saturday, says he will meet with the new Eskom GCEO, André de Ruyter, in the coming week.

“Well, they’ve misled the President. But right from the day when we went there with the President, I insisted on the problem of Eskom maintenance of these power stations.  it’s very important. You can’t say there won’t be any load shedding if there’s no effective maintenance of these power generation plants. So the problem that is facing Eskom is the maintenance.”

 

 

 

Oudtshoorn Municipality assessing infrastructure damage after flash floods
9 January 2020, 3:18 PM

The Oudtshoorn Local Municipality in the Little Karoo says it is busy with assessments to damage caused to infrastructure and properties following Wednesday’s flash floods.

Heavy wind and rain led to power outages and damage to several homes. It was mostly homes in informal settlements that were affected and some residents were temporarily relocated to a community hall.

“Our emergency officers are out doing assessments. We had house roofs being blown down. Electricity cables being torn off. We are still doing assessments. We are busy with mop-up operations for the day. We grateful for the rain, but we have had some extensive damage since yesterday (Wednesday),” says Oudtshoorn Mayor Colan Sylvester.

Oudtshoorn Municipality attending to flash floods complaints
8 January 2020, 9:32 PM

The Oudtshoorn Municipality in the Little Karoo says its municipal emergency officials are attending to a number of complaints relating to flash floods.

Rain is falling in large parts of the Little and Central Karoo.

Municipal Spokesperson, Ntobeko Mangqwengqwe, says they have had reports that some roofs of houses have been blown away and some homes have been flooded.

Mangqwengqwe says officials are attending to the complaints.

“Our municipal emergency officials are attending to a number of complaints relating to today’s (Wednesday)  flash floods in the Greater Oudtshoorn area. Some houses’ roofs have been blown away by the strong winds and some flooded. The affected areas include GG Camp, Rosevalley, Toekomsrus and Dysselsdorp. There are also power outages in the Cango Caves and Schoemanshoek area. Electricians are out to attend to those complaints. We also want to urge the public to be patient with the fact they cannot go through to our control room. We are flooded with a lot of calls and therefore you might think your call is not being responded to. Our emergency number is (044)2037800.”

Ramaphosa calls on faith-based organisations to continue to pray for ANC
8 January 2020, 9:28 PM

African National Congress (ANC) President Cyril Ramaphosa has called on all faith-based organisations to continue to pray for the party.

He told church leaders who were gathered at the Galeshewe community Centre, outside Kimberley in the Northern Cape that there will never be a moment where the ANC will be de-linked from the church.

Ramaphosa, who is in the province for the ANC’s 108th anniversary celebrations, says if it was not for the religious organisations, the ANC would not have existed.

“We will never be able to de-link the connection that exists between the ANC and the faith-based organisations. Even if you were to like doing it, it will never happen. The church was not only the midwife, but it was what I characterise as a shareholder of the African National Congress. ”

Ramaphosa says the ANC will always be open criticism from the church.

“Continue keeping the African National Congress on the path that you determined right at the beginning. We’ve got experience of 108 years, as an organisation, we do grow, some will falter and some disappear.”

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Gauteng Education to table performance report on public primary schools
8 January 2020, 9:21 PM

The Department of Education in Gauteng will table a comprehensive performance report on all public primary schools in the province.

Premier David Makhura says the report will help improve learning and teaching in the foundation phases.

Makhura attended the release of the 2019 Gauteng matric results hosted by Education MEC Panyaza Lesufi in Randburg, north of Johannesburg.

Gauteng came second nationally with a pass rate of 87.2%, just behind the Free State with an 88.4% pass rate.

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Makhura says they need to know what is happening in the lower grades.

“Grade 1, 3 and 6; so when we release matric results every year, we want the people of our province to know, how are schools doing in the lower grades and how are we turning around, supporting the learning and teaching in those grades. A lot of learners, who often get lost on the system, are in those earlier phases as well, but we also want to introduce technology in there.”

Lesufi says he is going to shut down independent schools that are under performing. He says some of them obtained below 20% pass rate in the 2019 matric pass rate, and government cannot continue to support them financially.

Lesufi says there will also be serious interventions in regards to under-performing public schools.

“We’ve already taken a decision; we’re going to close them down. Remember, independent schools are supposed to supplement public schools. So, if they’re not doing well, we have to cut the subsidy because we can’t subsidise a school that is not doing well. So, the less than 41 that the premier referred to, the public schools, we’re going to do an overhaul, from the SGB, the teachers that were responsible for performance, and the screening of learners. It simply means that it’s compulsory to have Saturday schools, winter schools and they must attend the camps.”

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