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Easter Cape Education Department plan to vaccinate at least 72 000 educators
19 June 2021, 8:45 AM

The Eastern Cape Education Department plans to vaccinate at least 72 000 educators as part of its vaccine rollout as the infection rate continues to rise in the province.

By Thursday, 123 schools in the province recorded coronavirus infections. 272 cases were reported in the Nelson Mandela Bay Metro which is considered a hotspot.

Education MEC Fundile Gade and his HOD, Naledi Mbude, were vaccinated on Friday morning in the lead-up to the rollout of vaccinations for teachers.

Gade says they have pulled out all the stops to ensure a smooth process.

“As per the plan, we are going to target the year above workforce for starters so that we can cover the 40 years and above.”

The video below is reporting on the Eastern Cape Education Department’s plans to vaccinate at least 72 000 educators: 

Meanwhile, the Health Department says a total of 479 768 people, mainly healthcare workers, have now been fully vaccinated with the Johnson and Johnson vaccine under the Sisonke Programme.

Gauteng accounts for the most fully vaccinated people at just short of 127 000. Almost 90 000 people received a vaccination – either the two dose Pfizer or the single dose J&J vaccine – in the last reporting period.

Earlier, the National Institute for Communicable Diseases (NICD) said another 10 510 people had tested positive for the coronavirus in the latest testing period – with the case positivity rate still sitting at around 20%.

This is four times the 5% positivity rate – where the spread of the virus is considered to be under control.

Gauteng continues to be the worst affected.

Another 118 people have died from COVID-19 nationwide bringing the total number of deaths to over 58 000.

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More Limpopo schools temporary closed due to COVID-19 infections
19 June 2021, 7:45 AM

More schools have been temporarily closed in Limpopo following positive coronavirus cases. The Selelo Primary School at De Vrede in Blouberg has been closed after six teachers tested positive for COVID-19.

Piet Hugo Primary School and Noordeland Secondary School in Polokwane have also temporarily been closed for disinfection.

Some learners are calling for the closure of all schools until the infection rate goes down, while others feel they have already missed out on a lot of learning time.

Here are what some learners had to say:

“I live in fear but I think they should not close schools, they must just put the country in a tighter lockdown.”

“The lockdown has affected our school work negatively because we don’t come to school enough.”

“I worry that I might get infected.”

“I am scared but I think they must close schools until the infection rate goes down.”

South Africa has reported 10 510 new COVID-19 cases, taking the total number of infections to 1 796 589.

There have been 118 new COVID-19-related deaths, pushing the national death toll to 58 441.

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SA youth speaks out on what June 16 means to them
16 June 2021, 3:00 PM

 

South African youth speaks out on what June 16th means to them and how they are giving back in their respective fields. It’s been 45 years since the Soweto youth revolted against the poor quality of education in South Africa.

South Africa pays homage to these young people every year on this day, which is a public holiday commemorated as Youth Day.

Self-taught nail technician and small business owner, Robyn, deems the holiday significant in the country’s history.

“It is the day the forerunners of our generation fought for our rights to fair and equal treatment. It is one of the reasons, I was a born free, can enjoy the benefits of a good education and the freedom to choose my own future and career path,” she says.

She gives back by using her business, Painted Pebble, as a way to reduce the spread of COVID-19 by providing custom-made press on nails.

“I believe the product I offer positively aids in countering the spread of the virus. Painted Pebble offers fully customised press on nails with minimal human contact. My product reduces face-to-face contact with each set delivered to your doorstep.”

Author and publisher, Amanda, says Youth Day represents the ongoing inequalities in the country’s education system.

“Youth Day signifies the history of our country’s unequal education system and reminds us still of those inequalities. It reminds me of the high unemployment crisis that our youth face.”

Amanda gives back by giving youth a voice.

“I’m an author and publisher helping to give voices to more youth. I have published a book in which young artists tell their stories and how they have managed to bring positivity to their struggles. I hope to involve more young people and expose them to skills so that they can improve their lives.”

Sihle says she is inspired by the youth of 1976 to make an impact in the lives of others.

“This day makes me appreciate and reflect on the journey of our history. It also encourages me to honour the youth of 1976 by making a significant impact as a young woman.”

Although she hasn’t found enough resources, Sihle says she gives back to her community by encouraging youth to live a quality life.

“I encourage other young people to live their best lives and be true to themselves. I believe I embody that kind of personality. I would like to do more in my community but it can be challenging when you also come from a place that can be distrustful, especially when you’re trying to focus on your goals.”

Meanwhile, small business owner, Sikhona, says not much has changed since the Soweto uprising in 1976.

“Although I do respect the youth of 1976, this day does not bring up much emotion for me. It’s just a public holiday because as a young person in 2021, I don’t feel there’s much improvement from all those years ago.”

She says although unemployed, she helps her community wherever she can.

“I am one of those affected by the high unemployment in this country. My community can be discouraging but I would like to do better for myself. I have a few small businesses and help wherever I can.” – Compiled by Sesona Mahlahla and Celestine Hendricks

What June 16 means to SA youth: 

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Former Zambian President Kenneth Kaunda’s health has improved: Spokesperson
16 June 2021, 1:47 PM

Former Zambian President, Kenneth Kaunda’s health has improved remarkedly since he was admitted to a hospital in Lusaka earlier this week.

Kuanda who is 97-years-old is being treated for pneumonia.

His spokesperson, Roderick Ngolo, says doctors will continue to observe him.

“At least today he’s been doing fine. He has improved. They are treating him for pneumonia. I would like to encourage people to pray for him so that he gets better and goes back to his normal duties. The medical team is doing everything possible to ensure that he gets better.”

Kaunda was the first democratic President of Zambia post-independence in 1964.

The 97-year-old stepped down in 1991 after 27 years in the Presidency.

Last year, former President Thabo Mbeki paid tribute to Kaunda on his birthday saying that Africa’s current leadership should look to the legacy of Zambia’s founding father, Kenneth Kaunda when dealing with challenges.

Former President Thabo Mbeki on Kaunda:

Mantashe to visit site where the bodies of 20 suspected illegal miners were found 
16 June 2021, 1:10 PM

Minister of Mineral Resources Gwede Mantashe has confirmed that he will be visiting the site near Orkney in North West where the bodies of 20 suspected illegal mineworkers were found on Tuesday.

The bodies, wrapped in white bags, were found in two different areas a few kilometers from each other.

They were allegedly brought from underground by other illegal miners.

According to the police the bodies had severe burn wounds and were already badly decomposed.

The incident follows unconfirmed reports of an underground explosion.

Police spokesperson, Sabata Mokgwabone, says they are not ruling out the possibility that more bodies might be found.

“They are all male bodies and I can confirm that at this stage they are not yet identified and that they were badly decomposed and they had severe burn wounds. Our investigation is still under way and we hope that as we progress with investigations. We will be able to know who these people are and maybe as to what could have led to this particular incident.”

20 bodies believed to be that of illegal mineworkers in Orkney brought to surface: 

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