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Kanthan Pillay
Sanef to request meeting with eNCA over censorship allegations
6 January 2020, 3:06 PM

The South African National Editors’ Forum (Sanef) will request a meeting with eNCA management to discuss allegations of censorship at the television news broadcaster.

Former eNCA political reporter Samkelo Maseko made the allegations. In a drawn-out war on social media, Maseko alleged head of news Kanthan Pillay,  who has since been fired, had censored stories.

Sanef’s Hopewell Radebe says censorship in the industry should always be strongly condemned.

“To make sure that we knew what had happened on the side of the management, we also sent a letter asking for clarity on our part so that we get to know the side of the story from the side of the management; what has happened. That letter was delivered. It is our belief that because it was already December and people were closing, maybe even management of eNCA were not available. So, we are expecting the response sometime in the week or this year at least now in January,” says Radebe.

ANC starwart Sample laid to rest
5 January 2020, 9:37 PM

African National Congress (ANC) stalwart Peter Sample has been laid to rest in Port Elizabeth. Sample was hailed as a hero in the community of Nelson Mandela Bay for his political activism and youth development.

Sample was gunned down at his home in Zwide on Christmas Eve and police have arrested two suspects thus far. His farewell was fitting for that of a fallen hero.

A touching farewell for a fallen hero, a man who stood strong against the apartheid regime and in his community. Peter Sample loved his family and his community at large.

His death has left the family reeling. Sample’s son, Sibusiso Zokufa, still can’t believe his father is gone.

“My father did everything for me. It is very sad that I cannot witness my father to grow old as his life was taken away from him and I hope people who looked up to my father will draw his wisdom. He was everything to us,” says Zokufa.

Sample’s contribution to the liberation struggle is acknowledged far and wide. The historic student uprising of 1976 stirred his activism.

He was incarcerated on Robben Island for five years for his political activism. Nelson Mandela Bay’s ANC Regional Leader, Gege Mbikanye, says Sample set an example not only to his community but to the metro as a whole.

“He was a political activist in each proper context. He believed in the community work, he believed that the people come first. He was a servant of the people, who has sacrificed his own life for the betterment of the people. He does things with integrity, he was very disciplined and an exemplary human being that the society of Port Elizabeth has lost,” says Mbikanye.

A close friend and comrade of Sample, Luke Matoto, says he was front and centre in the fight against crime.

“Peter was a happy person. He had laughter, he had that giggle that you knew he was gonna say something naughty. He would giggle and say “you know as a boy”. He was homely, that man is a family man and these people don’t know what they did. They just robbed that community. A father of the community,” says Matoto.

Peter Sample is survived by his four children and three grandchildren.


Fikile Mbalula
Drinking and driving still a major concern: Mbalula
5 January 2020, 8:17 PM

Transport minister, Fikile Mbalula says the festive season traffic statistics will be released towards the end of this month.

He says the stats will give his department an indication of what more needs to be done to curb road fatalities.

Minister Mbalula was speaking at the De Hoek plaza toll gate, near Heidelberg in Gauteng.  He says drinking and driving is still a major concern.

“All the provinces we will sit down, evaluate the statistics; announce them. But equally what the statistics are telling us is what we will consolidate into law to ensure that we exert pressure to those who break the rule of law. Drink and driving, reckless driving, unroadworthy vehicles that lead to road fatalities, how do we deal with that.”

‘Harsher punishment for reckless drivers’

The Department of Transport has called on the National Prosecutor Authority (NPA) to impose harsher punishment for reckless and negligent drivers.

Mbalula says many motorists also do not obey other rules of the road and even try to bribe traffic officials.

“The behaviour of the drivers, drinking and driving obviously top – reckless driving, unroadworthy driving. And it is a crime to be found driving above the speed that you need to be driving in a defined zone,” says Mbalula.

The holiday season is over and motorists are heading home after their holiday.

Moderate to high traffic volumes are expected throughout the week with more people driving into the city. About 1000 vehicles per hour are passing through de Hoek Toll Plaza.

Halve of these vehicles were stopped during a law enforcement blitz.



Joe Root and Sibley
England remain in control against South Africa after day 3
5 January 2020, 8:16 PM

England remain in control of the second cricket test against South Africa at Newlands in Cape Town. The tourists enjoy an overall lead of 264 runs over the Proteas after the third day’s play.

They will resume their second innings on 218 for four on Monday morning. England dismissed the South Africans for 223 in their first innings early on Sunday, to secure a 46-run lead.

South Africa resumed their first innings on 215 for 8 on Sunday but England’s James Anderson sent Kagiso Rabada packing with the first ball of the day.

Minutes later, Anderson brought the Proteas innings to a disappointing end with the dismissal of Anrich Nortje for four South Africa, 223 all out.

England started their second innings with a 46-run lead but Rabada also struck early Zack Crawley was out for 25. Dom Sibley and Joe Denly, however, got stuck in.

Anrich Nortje finally brought an end to their 73-run, second-wicket partnership. Nortje and Dwaine Pretorius joined forces to dismiss Denley for 31 before tea.

When play resumed, England continued to dominate with the bat and Sibley went on to score his first test-50. Sibley and his captain, Joe Root, then made life very difficult for the Proteas’ bowlers

A patient Root finally hit his second test-50 at Newlands much to the delight of England’s Barmy Army but minutes before stumps Pretorius finally broke the 116-run, third-wicket partnership. Root was caught by Faf du Plessis for 61 runs.

Dominic Bess was sent in as night watchman but he didn’t last long. He was out for a duck and the umpires called it a day. Sibley will resume with his score on he is not out on 85 and England will resume their second innings on 218 for four.

All eyes on 2019 matric results announcement on Tuesday
5 January 2020, 7:57 PM

The national results for the matric class of 2019 will be announced on Tuesday, while individual results will be available at schools the following day.

This after the Council for Quality Assurance in Education, UMALUSI, approved the 2019 Matric examination results for release.

Speaking during a media briefing in Pretoria, this week, Umalusi CEO Mafu Rakometsi said they are satisfied that there were no systemic irregularities and no paper leaks.

“When you look at the whole process, from when the time when the papers are printed to the time when they are packaged and distributed to different centres, it is a massive operation and we have to appreciate the efforts of everybody involved in the process.”

Over 600 000 full-time learners and more than 100 000 part-time candidates sat for the examinations.

The result for IEB candidates will be available from Monday at midnight. Pupils who wrote the National Senior Certificate will receive their results at midnight on Tuesday.

All SABC African Languages radio stations, Lotus and SAFM, as well as SABC 1 & SABC News Channel will broadcast live the 2019 Matric Results announcement from 6 pm on 7 January.

Concerns about mathematics and sciences

Meanwhile, Education expert, Professor Mary Metcalfe, says more effort needs to be made to improve the results of learners in poorer provinces.

Concerns remain about mathematics and the sciences. Metcalfe says the performance of matrics in poorer areas needs to be assessed and appropriate interventions made so that all South Africans can enjoy a brighter future based on quality education.

There were 40 000 fewer matriculants in 2019 compared to the previous year and as the learning got underway it seemed like smooth sailing for the class of 2019.

While hundreds of thousands filled the corridors of public education for those privileged few, private schooling was the preferred choice.

Metcalfe has warned that matriculants at public schools are unlikely to perform well compared to their counterparts at private schools. She says socio-economic conditions play a role in determining a learner’s performance.


SABC says all Grade 12 learners are eligible to use the SABC’s 2019 matric results service from 05 December 2019 until 31 January 2020.

“Learners are advised to register on one of SABC Education matric results mobile services to access their results and should use their 13 digits ID number and exam number to register on the platform of their choice to access their results.

In 2018, more than +/-400 000 students received results via the SABC Education SMS and USSD services.”

Learners are encouraged to register on the following mobile services to receive their 2019 matric results:

MatricsMate App

  • Download the MatricsMate App for free from Google Play and Apple App Stores
  • You will need your 13 digits ID number and exam number to register
  • You will be able to view your results on the app as soon as they are available


  • SMS your exam number to 45856
  • The system verifies the exam number; your exam number must be correct in order to be accepted.
  • Learners will be charged R1-50 per SMS, free SMSes do not apply


  • Dial *120*45856# enter exam number to register
  • You will be charged R1-50 per minute
  • Results will be sent to your phone as soon as they are available

Learners are also encouraged to contact the matric results centre on 011 507 4630 should they have any queries relating to registration. The centre is opened Monday to Friday from 8am to 5pm, however, on the day of the release of the results; the call centre will operate from 6am to 5pm.




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