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Protesting communities urged not to burn schools
9 January 2019, 9:44 AM

The Department of Basic Education has appealed for people to refrain from burning schools this year. Last year, dozens of schools were gutted in service delivery protests across the country, as disgruntled community members attempted to make their pleas known to government officials.

The Education Department’s Spokesperson, Elijah Mhlanga, says schools are well prepared this year to receive learners who have been allocated spaces in schools…

“We are hoping that members of the community around the country will not be burning our schools in 2019 because that comes at a huge cost and it will affect their own children. The preparation for the learners and effective learning and teaching has already been put in place. So today is just a matter of receiving those learners who were already enrolled and to deal with late admissions.”

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Wupperthal
Opening of W Cape school in Clanwilliam delayed due to fire
9 January 2019, 9:37 AM

Learners of the only school at the Wupperthal Moravian Mission Station near Clanwilliam in the Western Cape will not start their school year on Wednesday morning.

A fire gutted the school hostel and 53 homes in the town ten days ago. Wupperthal Morawies Primêre caters for learners from grade R to grade 9. It is the only school for most children of the Mission Station and surrounding rural areas.

The majority of them make use of the hostel, which was one of more than 50 buildings gutted in the fire.

The classrooms miraculously escaped the blaze and are being used as a storage facility by local disaster relief teams.

Classrooms have been turned into makeshift kitchens and storage facilities for donations of food and clothes.

The Western Cape Education Department has granted permission for the start of the school year to be delayed by a week.

Many of the destroyed buildings will be demolished this week.

Meanwhile, the provincial Human Settlement Department will help with emergency shelter and resettlement of people in the devastated historical town. Affected families are also receiving trauma counselling.

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Grade one pupils.
First day for almost a million grade one learners
9 January 2019, 8:26 AM

As teachers and parents prepare themselves for smiles or tears from thousands of grade one children who start a journey of a lifetime on Wednesday morning, the Department of Basic Education is encouraging people to be optimistic about the 2019 academic year.

The Department says schools are well prepared to receive those who have been placed in learning facilities.

It says they’re working to ensure that learners, who have not been allocated classes yet, are placed in schools as soon as possible.

The Department’s Spokesperson, Elijah Mhlanga says around a million grade one learners are entering school for the first time Wednesday.

“We are expecting about 1-million children starting in school today in grade one. When we look at the stats from ten years ago, it remained at exactly the same number. But we will have the final figure after two months, once all schools have given us their records. Those who have not been placed will be assisted from today in district offices. Parents have a huge role to play. They do not work with the department in some instances so they can get the help that they need. If you look at the system, you will see that there are parents who have not submitted documents to the department for them to be able to proceed with the allocations.”

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Elijah Mhlanga
Dept of Education warns matriculants against bogus institutions
9 January 2019, 8:18 AM

The Basic Education Department has advised 2018 matriculants to check with the department, if the institutions of higher learning at which they would like to study are legitimate.

The department’s spokesperson Elijah Mhlanga has warned them against being duped by bogus institutions.

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“We’ve seen a lot of young people who go to these institutions for three years or the next day they do not find it there anymore. Or when the qualifications authority is going through the documents to verify only to find out they were not registered. And it’s always been difficult for people to recover their money. We know there’s desperation for young people to go into institutions of higher learning but you shouldn’t do that at all costs.”

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Margot Robbie.
Margot Robbie to play Barbie in doll’s first live-action film
9 January 2019, 7:54 AM

Australian actress Margot Robbie is to play Barbie in the first live-action feature movie about the iconic and controversial doll, which has enjoyed multiple careers in her 60-year lifetime.

Barbie doll

Barbie is the best-known doll in the world and a cultural icon.

Toymaker Mattel and movie studio Warner Bros on Tuesday announced they were partnering to make the film, which will star the Oscar-nominated actress.

Robbie, 28, will also co-produce the film, the companies said in a statement TV’s outgoing ‘Americans,’ newcomer ‘Kominsky’ take top Golden Globes.

No plot, title or release date was announced for the film, which comes 60-years after the adult-figured Barbie fashion doll was launched in March 1959.

Robbie, who was Oscar-nominated for her starring role in the 2017 ice-skating movie “I, Tonya” and who appeared in the 2016 superhero movie “Suicide Squad,” said she hoped the film would” have a tremendously positive impact on children and audiences worldwide.”

“Barbie has empowered kids to imagine themselves in inspirational roles from a princess to president,” the actress said in a statement.

Barbie has adopted more than 200 careers in her lifetime, including robotics engineer, astronaut and a teacher.

She is the best-known doll in the world and a cultural icon celebrated by the likes of Andy Warhol, the Paris Louvre museum, and the 1997 satirical song “Barbie Girl” by Scandinavian pop group Aqua.

But critics said her curvy body promoted an unrealistic image for young girls, and sales began dropping in 2014, leading California-based Mattel to add a wider variety of skin tones, body shapes, hijab-wearing dolls and science kits to make the products more educational.

The live-action Barbie film is the first venture from the recently established Mattel Films unit set up in September to develop the franchise of Barbie and other toys, such as HotWheels and American Girl.

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