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DRC vote counting in progress, amid internet shutdown
3 January 2019, 10:40 AM

The Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) awaits results of the crucial vote after government allegedly shut down the internet to avoid post-election disorder.

The Editor of the Kinshasa Times Aime Zonveni explains that the government has probably shut down the internet to avoid turmoil and dissension from rising and that despite some voting problems like health and security risks it was a peaceful election.

Beni and Butembo were unable to vote due to an Ebola outbreak however these cities will still be voting in March according to Zonveni.

“In Beni, people were quite very unhappy because this is part of the country that has been suffering many violence for many years now. To them the elections were the opportunity for them to very openly express their discontent and have their voice heard but unfortunately they say that they were robbed of that opportunity because when they vote in March they will not be voting for a president because the president will be inaugurated in January, while they will be casting their ballots in March.”

The provisional results will be announced on Sunday by the electron commission. However, all three opposition parties are claiming the win.

Losing parties can file their dispute with the courts within 10 days. The president will be inaugurated on January 18th.

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Jazz music presenter and radio legend Mesh Mapetla
Bra Mesh memorial service to be held on Friday
3 January 2019, 10:00 AM

The memorial service for Jazz music presenter and radio legend Mesh Mapetla will be held in Soweto on Friday.

The service will take place at the Diepkloof hall from One o’clock in the afternoon. He will be buried on Saturday at the Wespark cemetery in Johannesburg.

Bra Mesh, as he was fondly known, died at the Chris Hani Baragwanath hospital on New Year’s day aged 71.

He worked for several radio stations among them Radio Metro and Lesedi FM where he presented Jazz music programmes.

His former colleague and radio presenter Ike Phaahla remembers reading his first news bulletin in the 90’s on Bra Mesh’s show at the then Radio Metro.

“I hadn’t been in a live studio before and he was very helpful. He welcomed me and made sure that I was comfortable, I had my first bulletin on his show. He’s one of my mentors when it comes to great music, because he had an ear for great music, Mesh Mapetla was very humble. He guided me through Jazz, my appreciation for Jazz. We attended quiet a number of Jazz Festivals together.”

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SADAG urges parents and guardians to support matriculants
3 January 2019, 9:45 AM

The South African Depression and Anxiety Group (SADAG) have made an impassioned plea to parents and guardians to converse with young people who are anxiously expecting their matric results.

The Independent Examination Board (IEB) has already announced that the class of 2018 has scored a 98.9% pass rate a 0.2% increase from 2017.

Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga will officially announce the matric exam results on Thursday.

SADAG’s Cassey Chambers says young people need to know they are supported by loved ones during this period.

She says learners who want to contact SADAG for advice can do so on 0800 456 789.

“All too often we receive calls from students who feel so alone, like they can’t speak to their parents or they have no one to talk to, or no one understands what they are going through. As parents, you  can have that conversation today – let them know that whatever happens you still love them, it is going to be ok, you are going to figure it out. Be prepared. Have that discussion. What are they most worried about? What is option B? Have that discussion so they know you are on their side, look online to find out what options are available for remarking, supps, bridging courses. There is a toll-free number open seven days a week, 24 hours a day, 0800 456 789.”

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SABC not having fully functioning board could affect elections: Scopa
3 January 2019, 9:43 AM

Parliament’s Standing Committee on Public Accounts (Scopa) has warned of the risk of the SABC not having a fully functional board – saying it will impact negatively on election coverage.

The Portfolio Committee on Communications says it will prioritise focusing on the selection of eight new non-executive SABC board members. Nominations closed in December.

Scopa chairperson, Themba Godi, says operations will resume early this year to try to ensure there is a fully functional board in the run up to this year’s general elections.

“The risk is huge for the elections because there is no other media institution that covers the country’s elections equally to the SABC. It’s going to be problematic and the ability to give a full spectrum coverage might impact on parties in terms of the SABC having properly planned and having the requisite capacity to cover everybody in all corners of the country,” adds

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Motshekga to officially announce 2018 matric results
3 January 2019, 8:00 AM

Basic Education Minster Angie Motshekga will officially announce the 2018 matric exams results in Johannesburg this evening.

This announcement will be broadcast on the SABC News Channel 404 and it will also be streamed live on the SABC News YouTube channel and website, as well as the Department of Basic Education’s website.

The exams were concluded in November last year. Close to 800 000 full-time and part-time students sat for the exams.

Learners from across the country cannot contain their excitement as they patiently wait for the matric results to be announced.

Some of the top achievers in Gauteng have gathered in Midrand north of Johannesburg where they are waiting in anticipation.

“I’m Rowan Crawford and I’m a matriculant from Princehof School for the visually impaired in Pretoria. My intentions are to do BA languages with English as a major, German, Latin and History. I expect that I will do well enough. I just said to myself you should do as well as you should,” says one of the matriculants.

The learners have been accompanied by their parents and next of kin.

One of the parents had this to say, “I’m a very proud mother standing here now. To be invited to this event I knew that we could expect good results. And I trust that everything went well.”

More students say they cannot wait to start new lives and to further their studies at institutions of higher learning.

“My name is Nosa Sibisi, I’m from Titeloi Socondary School in Soweto, I hope that I have been accepted at Wits because I have applied for Architectural Design. Most of the time, I would force myself to study at 3am. I would also use motivational videos to motivate myself,” adds another excited student.

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