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Deputy-Education Minister Enver Surty
Sadtu highlights matters of concern for learners and teachers
19 February 2019, 10:06 AM

Teachers’ union, South African Democratic Teachers Union (Sadtu) has met with the Deputy Education Minister, Enver Surty in Cape Town, to highlight matters of abuse and violence affecting both teachers and learners.

The meeting looked at issues facing teachers in the Western Cape – particularly safety and protection.

Classrooms and schools have become violent and dangerous for both teachers and learners.

Sadtu Provincial Secretary Jonavon Rustin says teachers are suffering in such an environment.

“We just heard a testimony of a teacher who got shot at school in Khayelitsha after teaching extra classes and locking the class. We got an incident of a learner who assaulted an educator, the parents mobilized the community as the teacher was chased out of that community and can’t go back. We are saying this is not supposed to happen.”

Although Surty is concerned about the spate of violent attacks he has also condemned any corporal punishment at schools.

He has sympathised with teachers whom are left vulnerable to the violence.

He has called for a societal hands-on approach, calling on parents to also be hands-on in addressing this scourge of violence in schools.

“The law allows search and seizures, because children cannot come to school with weapons and drugs. Therefore they can be tested at school and the fourth element is the collaboration between the police and the schools. We do have protocol with SAPS and basic education, where police adopt a school and are available immediately. We must work on a closer synergy between SAPS and schools.”

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Wolfgat Restaurant in Paternoster
Wolfgat wins the Restaurant of the Year Award
19 February 2019, 9:50 AM

Cape West Coast based restaurant, Wolfgat, has scooped top honours at the World Restaurant Awards, in Paris. Wolfgat won the Restaurant of the Year Award.

Owner and Chef, Kobus van der Merwe accepted the award.

Van der Merwe’s restaurant “Wolfgat” is located in the popular tourist town of Paternoster on the West Coast.

The restaurant is situated in a 130-year-old fisherman’s cottage that was built on a historic cave called “Wolfgat”. Van der Merwe explains the uniqueness of his menu.

“There’s an element of wild food on the menu. We go picking succulents and wild herbs and seaweeds every morning and they all end up somewhere on the menu. Very seasonal ,we also try to represent the dramatic transformation in the landscape between summer and winter with what we collect and pick every morning.”

Stormwater drain
Mother of the baby rescued from a storm water drain to appear in court
19 February 2019, 6:11 AM

The mother of the baby who was rescued from a storm water drain in Newlands East north of Durban last week will appear in court soon and will be charged with attempted murder.

The baby girl who is still in hospital survived after being trapped inside the storm water pipes for several hours.

A person passing by the area heard the baby crying and alerted the authorities.

The rescue of the infant has been dubbed a miracle mission.

Provincial police spokesperson Thembeka Mbhele says the mother of the infant is currently under police guard in a Durban hospital.

“A 27-year-old mother was arrested in the local hospital in Durban. She was arrested during the day as we are talking. She is under police guard. She will be charged and appear in court very soon facing charges of attempted murder this is after the new born baby found in Newlands East last week.”


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ANC embarrassed by what’s happening in the North West
19 February 2019, 5:37 AM

The African National Congress (ANC) has conceded that what is happening in the party in the North West is embarrassing.

The ANC National Executive Committee (NEC) has confirmed that it has approached the High Court in Johannesburg to seek leave to appeal its ruling that the party’s North West Provincial Executive Committee be reinstated.

The court made the ruling last week after the ANC NEC disbanded the PEC which was led by former ANC provincial chairperson Supra Mahumapelo last year.

Acting ANC national spokesperson, Dakota Legoete, says it would be better to settle such matters out of court.

“When we deal with matters through a political solution, it’s far better than dealing with them through the courts because sometimes the courts make their decisions which have an over-reach. It creates unnecessary problems. But as the ANC we remain committed to the rule of law. We would respect the authority of the court.”

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DA unveils new billboard: “The ANC Has Killed The Lights”
17 February 2019, 3:00 PM

The DA has unveiled a new billboard in the Johannesburg CBD that reads: “The ANC Has Killed The Lights”.

The party accuses the ANC of being responsible for the current spate of load shedding in the country.

DA Chief Whip John Steenhuisen says, “It’s the ANC that has brought Eskom to its knees and they are the reason we have load shedding in SA. What we see is a government that’s incapable of transforming Eskom and turning it into an entity that can supply electricity in SA. So while the ANC are killing the lights – they are also killing jobs in SA, none of the job/economy targets mentioned at SONA are achievable while we have load shedding.”

Last month, a DA billboard with the names of the Life Esidimeni victims, miners who were killed in the Marikana Massacre and children who’ve died after falling into pit toilets, was damaged after families of some of the deceased said they didn’t give permission to the political party to use the names.

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