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Scotland’s win over Russia the ideal prep for Japan clash
10 October 2019, 6:36 AM

Part one of Scotland’s four-day World Cup survival plan has been achieved and the comparative ease with which they saw off Russia should fill coach Gregor Townsend with confidence ahead of Sunday’s showdown with Japan in Yokohama.

Scotland ran in nine tries to secure a bonus point in their 61-0 Pool A victory at Shizuoka Stadium on Wednesday, a result achieved with a mostly second-string starting 15.

 

While there are a myriad of permutations around bonus points, head-to-head records and points differential, the simple fact is that Townsend’s team need to beat the hosts on Sunday if they are to have any chance of reaching the quarter-finals.

Russia had proved tough to break down in their three previous group matches at the World Cup but Scotland went through them with ease. They were patient, well drilled, tactically astute and seized on their scoring opportunities.

By halftime, Scotland already had three of the four tries they needed to secure the crucial bonus point and captain John Barclay said he knew the fourth would come if they kept building pressure.

Scotland ran in six tries in the second half.

 

“There was a little bit of nerves because we knew the responsibility that we had, so to go in 21-0 at half time was brilliant,” he said.

“When we had the game in the bag we threw the ball around.

“I think Russia played some good stuff, but the way we played with width and speed and energy was probably too much for them.

“I thought the boys were really professional throughout the week. We prepared really well and they stepped up.”

Townsend said allowing his core group to rest for a few extra days would stand them in good stead for the Japan test.

“To deliver a performance like that against a Russia side who we knew would cause problems does give you confidence that the players are ready to play their best game on Sunday,” he said.

“All aspects of our game have to be spot on. Japan are a very good side and… it is really important we recover well and be in the best position possible to play our best rugby on Sunday.”

 

Basic Education must conduct research over Grade 9 certificate: Sadtu
28 September 2019, 1:38 PM

The South African Democratic Teachers’ Union (Sadtu) has appealed to the Department of Basic Education (DBE) to conduct more research on the proposed Grade 9 General Education Certificate.

 

It says the department should not be seen to be encouraging learners to leave school without proper support and resources.

 

This comes after Minister Angie Motshekga announced at the Sadtu elective conference in Nasrec, on Thursday, that grade 9 learners would receive a school leaving certificate to assist them to acquire technical skills.

 

Sadtu general secretary Mugwena Maluleke says, “There is a certificate that is proposed by the department of education at grade 9 which people misunderstood it as an exit certificate. It is an endorsement certificate for you to be able to branch into different levels of education like occupational, vocational technical or academic.”

“However, go and make sure that we understand the modality, the policies and how we can address these particular issues because it can end up being a deliberate drop out campaign,” adds Maluleke.

 

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SAA appoints executives in key critical positions
28 September 2019, 6:55 AM

The South African Airways (SAA) says it has appointed executives in key critical positions to assist the embattled airline.

SAA was responding to the South African Airways Pilots Association’s (SAAPA) threats of a strike.

The association has handed over a list of demands including the appointment of a CEO in 90 days’ time.

SAA has expressed disappointment at the pilots’ move.

The airline’s spokesperson, Tlali Tlali says, “The position SAAPA adopted, including threats to embark on industrial action is contrary to meaningful engagement and progress we are making. Threats to embark on industrial action have a potential to hurt the airline’s commercial interests.”

“The Board and management have taken visible and practical steps to enable recovery and sustainability for the business as soon as possible. Measures implemented include the appointment of executives in key critical positions. We have appointed CEOs for two of our subsidiary entities being Mango Airlines and SAA Technical,” explains Tlali.

 

Sasbo urges bank staff to report for duty on Friday
26 September 2019, 12:44 PM

The South African Society of Bank Officials (Sasbo) secretary-general, Joe Kokela, has encouraged workers in the banking sector to report for duty on Friday.

This follows a Labour Court judgment which has interdicted Sasbo’s planned nationwide protest.

The court found that the union did not comply with Section 77 of the Labour Relations Act which gives workers the right to embark on a protected strike.

Kokela says Sasbo will seek leave to appeal the court judgment and resubmit a new notice to National Economic Development and Labour Council (Nedlac).

“So we have to encourage our members as a responsible Federation … we’ll be back in the street with the same anticipation we wanted to take tomorrow.”

ANC alliance partners to draft economic growth strategy
26 September 2019, 7:12 AM

African National Congress (ANC) President Cyril Ramaphosa says the party’s National Executive Committee will meet with the South African Communist Party (SACP), Congress of South African Trade Unions (Cosatu) and South African National Civic Organisation (Sanco) this weekend to draft a strategy that will assist in growing the economy.

He says the high unemployment rate in South Africa is worrying and drastic changes need to be urgently implemented soon, to tackle the problem.

Addressing thousands of members of teachers’ union, South African Democratic Teachers’ Union (Sadtu) in Nasrec, Johannesburg, Ramaphosa said initiatives in which trade unions are consulted would see the country change for the better.

“This unemployment rate is just not acceptable, it has to be brought down and it now requires all of us to apply our minds on how we are going to unlock the real energy of our economy, so that we have an inclusive economy that is going to answer the issue of reducing poverty among all our people,” explains the President.

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