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Speaker approves motion on process to remove Public Protector
24 January 2020, 3:24 PM

The National Assembly Speaker Thandi Modise has approved a request to initiate procedures for the removal of the Public Protector, Busisiwe Mkhwebane. The Democratic Alliance made the request. The party believes that following several adverse court judgments against Mkhwebane, she is not fit to hold office.

The approval comes after Members of Parliament’s Sub Rules Committee in September agreed that a panel must be appointed by the Speaker to investigate whether prima facie evidence exists, for a head of a Chapter Nine Institution to be removed.

This, as the Speaker of the National Assembly, Thandi Modise, instructed the Rules Committee to start a process of drawing up draft rules for the removal of the head of a Chapter Nine Institution.

The Sub Rules Committee has resolved that the process to remove the Head of a Chapter Nine institution,  must go through four stages.

The first is an initiation process, followed by a preliminary assessment for prima facie evidence. Then an inquiry by a committee and a final decision must be taken by the National Assembly.

CPI rises to 4% in December
22 January 2020, 11:28 AM

After a record low in November 2019, the Consumer Price Inflation (CPI) has risen to 4% in December 2019. Statistics South Africa on Wednesday released the Consumer Price Index which highlighted that the price inflation was 4,0% in December 2019, up from 3,6% in November 2019.

The inflation rate rise was largely due to an increase in food and non-alcoholic beverages. The increase of 3,9% year-on-year on these beverages contributed 0,7% point to the total CPI annual rate.

 

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Although this is a slight increase from November, the data shows a 0.5% decrease when compared to the same period in 2018. The 4,0% index for December 2019 shows a slight increase when compared to the same period at the beginning of the decade when CPI was sitting at 3,5%.

 

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The release of the CPI comes on the back of the Reserve Bank’s Monetary Policy Committee decision to cut the repo rate by 25 basis points last week.  The decision was largely seen by many sectors as a way of providing a stimulus to the struggling economy, this as Reserve Bank Governor Lesetja Kganyago announced that the committee has lowered its inflation forecasts significantly.

The South African Reserve Bank (SARB) cited weak economic growth as the reason why inflation remained under control.

SARB painted a grim picture on the outlook for economic growth, lowering its predictions for this year and next to 1.2% and 1.6% respectively. The forecast for inflation was now seen at 4.7% in 2020 and 4.6% in 2021, compared to the previous forecast of 5.1% and 4.7% respectively.

Inflation, as measured by the annual change in CPI, is the key measure used by the Reserve Bank’s monetary policy committee to set interest rates.

Dr Maponya laid to rest
15 January 2020, 11:32 AM
Meet the young females leading SA’s matriculants
7 January 2020, 8:40 PM

As the country celebrates a historic increase in the 2019 DBE matric pass rate to 81.3%, the celebrations have extended to recognising the young woman who performed in leaps and bounds above expectations.  Females have dominated the 2019 top achievers in the various quintiles.

Quintiles is a systematic approach used for categorising schools according to a poverty index. A quintile of 1 would indicate “poverty”, and a quintile of 5 would indicate “affluence”. It must be noted that the quintiles are not equal in size. In particular, quintiles 4 and 5 contain considerably fewer schools than quintiles 1, 2 and 3 which are roughly similar in size. Quintile 1, 2 and 3 schools are not allowed to charge fees and are often referred to as no-fee schools.

Provinces such as Limpopo, Mpumalanga, Northern Cape, and Western Cape have seen females take up the top spots in the various quintiles.

Top matric learner overall for the DBE class of 2019 is Madelein Dippenaar from Paarl Gymnasium High School. She plans to study a BSC in Molecular Biology at Stellenbosch University.

Matric results | Top matric learner overall (DBE) is Madelein Dippenaar from Paarl Gymnasium High School. She says she hasn't figured out what she wants to do with her life yet, but plans to study a BSC in Molecular Biology at Stellenbosch University. #sabcnews #MatricResults2019

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Mpumalanga’s achiever from quintile 4, Greta Kurpershoek from Hoerskool Middelburg admits the journey to leading the pack has not been easy. Speaking to SABC News the 18-year old cites that her achievement would not have been possible if it wasn’t for her hard work and determination.

As she puts behind a successful 2019 and looks to strive ahead, Kurpershoek says she plans to further her studies by doing Actuarial Science at the University of Pretoria

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Not only was the domination by females in the various quintiles but it extends to other categories such as South African Sign Language (SASL). All three top spots in the category are held by females from KwaZulu-Natal as well as Gauteng. Another top spot in the special award was presented to Sibabalwe Mkunqwana from Vukuhambe Special School in eMdantsane, Eastern Cape.

Mkunqwana’s mother, Mirriam says she worked hard and showed enthusiasm for her school work.

Tlotlo Lekgoba of Baitiredi Technical and Commercial High School in the Northern Cape leads the learners in quintile 3. Coming from the Mothibistad in Kuruman, Lekgoba attends a no-fee school.  She says her plan for the upcoming year is to study Actuarial Science.

She says her journey to the top spot is as a result of her making a lot of sacrifices on her part. Lekgoba wants to help people from poor communities with affordable financial services.

Most of the top achievers attribute their successes to hard work from day one of their matric year. Lomso Dumezweni of Nyanga Senior Secondary School in eNgcobo is the top matric learner from the Eastern Cape. He comes from eDutywa.

Dumezweni says he took his classwork seriously and it has helped him achieve academic excellence.

“Being a top achiever takes hard work,  but working hard is very broad because there are lots of ways of working hard. There are people that work hard but the results are not showing. So when you are working hard you have to work hard effectively. You have to take everything seriously from classwork to homework. ”

Additional Reporting Dinilohlanga Mekuto

Graphic: Newly elected EFF Top 6
15 December 2019, 11:39 AM

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Four new members have made it to the top six. They include Marshal Dlamini as secretary-general with Poppy Moilola as his deputy. Veronica Mente is the new chairperson while Omphile Maotwe is the party’s treasurer-general.

Julius Malema and Floyd Shivambu may have been retained as EFF president and deputy president, respectively.

All positions were not contested and therefore nominees were all duly elected and confirmed to their positions.

EFF delegates made the nominations on Saturday night.

 

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