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Freedom Park residents.
Freedom Park residents threaten shutdown
5 January 2019, 7:24 AM

Residents of Freedom Park in Soweto, Johannesburg, have threatened a total shutdown if more is not done to deal with the on-going crime in the area.

Since November last year, 13 murder cases related to robberies have been opened at the Eldorado Park police station.

There has been a surge of violence in the area and residents say they are living in fear.

Police recently arrested five suspects allegedly involved in the robberies and murders of tuck shop and local tavern owners.

Police spokesperson Kay Makhubele says the suspects will appear again in court on the January 11th.

“The case was remanded for further investigation as they are still other cases which we believe they might be involved in and already we had linked them with other incidents which took place in and around Freedom Park.”

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Free State education MEC, Tate Makgoe
Free State to give more support to progressed learners
5 January 2019, 6:39 AM

Free State Education MEC Tate Makgoe believes that not giving adequate support to progressed learners is the reason the province did not to achieve the number one spot in the 2018 matric results.

Progressed learners are those who’ve failed Grade 11 twice and then are progressed through to Grade 12.

The Free State has been topping other provinces for the past two years.

Makgoe says the province will now go to the drawing board and give support to progressed learners.

“We know where we think the mistake was and I think it was in terms of supporting our progressed learners. We thought the system has matured and that schools can actually take the responsibility of progressed learners whereas in the past we had a special programme that was run by the MEC and the head office to support progressed learners but we are happy with our performance. If you look at the results without the progress learners, we are still a top province.”

Fezile Dabi, in the North Eastern Free State, is the district with the best results in South Africa for a second year in succession.

Fezile Dabi, which includes the towns of Parys, Sasolburg, Villiers and Kroonstad, has a pass rate of 92.3%.

District director, Dr Vusi Chuta, says good results come from planning and dedication.

“It’s a five year plan. Most important, you build a team that will rally around the idea. Build systems as far back as 2012. Every year, every learner and teacher is motivated to win.”

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India to deport second Rohingya group to Myanmar on Thursday
3 January 2019, 11:48 AM

Indian police on Thursday took a Rohingya Muslim family of five to the border by bus, readying to deport them to neighbouring Myanmar, as the second such group expelled in four months during a crackdown on illegal immigrants.

India’s Hindu nationalist government regards the Rohingya as illegal aliens and a security risk. It has ordered that tens of thousands of the community, who live in small settlements and slums, be identified and repatriated.

The husband, wife and three children comprising the family set to be expelled on Thursday had been arrested and jailed in north eastern Assam state in 2014 for entering India without valid documents, police said.

“These five people are now at the border gate in the adjoining Manipur state and we are waiting for Myanmar officials to hand them over formally,” said Bhaskar Jyoti Mahanta, Assam’s additional director general of police.

Jails in Assam held 20 more Myanmar nationals, all arrested for illegal entry, he added. But it was not immediately clear if all were Rohingya, a largely stateless Muslim minority in Buddhist-majority Myanmar.

“We shall send them back to Myanmar once we get their travel permits from that country,” Mahanta said. “Most of them sneaked into India in search of a livelihood.”

India’s first deportation of seven Rohingya men to Myanmarin in October sparked fears of further repatriations among those sheltering in its refugee camps, and concern that those returned faced the risk of abuse at the hands of Myanmar authorities.

There has been no word on the fate of the deported men. The government estimates that 40,000 Rohingya live in Indian camps across the country, including the capital, New Delhi, having arrived over the years after fleeing violence and persecution in Myanmar, which denies them citizenship.

In August, a United Nations report accused the Myanmar military of committing mass killings and rapes on the Rohingya with “genocidal intent” in 2017 in an operation that drove more than 700,000 of them to flee to neighbouring Bangladesh.

Myanmar has denied the charges, saying its military launched counter-insurgency operation after attacks on security posts by Muslim militants in August last year.

top achievers.
Matriculants reap the rewards of their labour
3 January 2019, 11:09 AM

Crawford College La Lucia in Durban North says the commitment by learners and parents helped the school to achieve a 98% pass rate in the 2018 matric exam.

Principal – Carolyn Warwick – says the year had no glitches as learners wasted no time and sailed through their subjects.

Warwick says the school’s top achiever received 9 distinctions. Across the country 11-thousand learners sat for the Independent Examinations Board exam, achieving a 98.7% pass rate.

Crawford College La Lucia’s matrics are expected to arrive later on Thursday with their parents to collect their results.

Meanwhile, Kimberley based independent school St Patrick’s Christian Brothers College has achieved a 100% matric pass rate for the eighth year in a row with 90% of the class achieving bachelor degree passes.

The school’s top student, Ogechikama Ogu, obtained seven distinctions including a high of 91% for Mathematics and 89% for Accounting.

Ogu says her hardwork began long before the start of the exams.

“I’m very happy, I’m very proud of myself. I definitely achieved what I wanted to achieve. Before tests I would plan about a week or two weeks ahead to start preparing for the tests and I cut it up into small bits so you study section by section and then the day before you do revision.”

Parents and learners gathered at the school to celebrate the 100% pass rate.

“I want to thank the leadership of the school. They’ve really put in a lot of effort and thank you to the students as well for putting in their effort.”

”I’m extremely proud. We’ve worked extremely hard for this and it’s something we all bought into at the beginning of the year and I think we pulled it off quite well.”

The 2018 Matric Results will be available through the SABC Education Matric Results service from midnight. To register SMS your ID number and exam number to 35658 or Dial *120*35658#

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Someone casting their vote.
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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