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Angie Motshekga
History could become a compulsory subject from 2023
19 December 2018, 6:11 AM

The History Ministerial Task Team has recommended that History be made compulsory from 2023 as a subject from grade 10 to 12.

Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga has re-appointed the Task Team to overhaul the History Curriculum. The task team has until 2020 to complete its work.

The minister appointed the team three years ago to investigate the feasibility of re-working on the content and checking the possibility of making History a compulsory subject from Grade 4 to Grade 12.

Department of Basic Education’s spokesperson Elijah Mahlangu says, “The true South African story has not been told up until now. It’s always been the view of the coloniser, those that were in power, and those that implemented apartheid. They insisted on telling the story from their own point of view,  some of our African heroes and some of the events that took place that have led up to where we are today, are not told in the text books.”

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Edcon possible liquidation a “national disaster”: Saftu
16 December 2018, 1:21 PM

The South African Federation of Trade Unions (Saftu) has called the possibility of retail giant, Edcon, being liquidated a “national disaster”.

About 40 000 permanent jobs and 100 000 indirect ones will be on the line if a proposed rescue deal doesn’t work out.

Edcon – which owns Edgars, CNA and Jet – has approached shopping mall owners and government for aid in the form of rental discounts and investments.

The company has been operating in the country for almost 90 years.

Saftu’s acting national spokesperson, Patrick Craven says the job losses will have an impact on the country.

“It would make all the other pending job losses fade into insignificance and will have a huge effect on not just the individual, obviously, but on the economy as a whole. We believe that urgent action must be taken by the government. We cannot rely on the owners of the shopping malls or other business organisations to step in.”

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DA celebrates Reconciliation Day in Eldorado Park
16 December 2018, 12:42 PM

The DA is spending the day in Eldorado Park, Johannesburg, as part of the celebrations of Reconciliation Day. Leader Mmusi Maimane is expected to address the locals, highlighting the importance of his party’s idea of a South Africa for all.

Maimane will give a special focus on the current debate on land reform, following parliament’s decision to amend section 25 of the constitution.

DA spokesperson on Basic Services and Member of the Gauteng Provincial Legislature, Makashule Gana says the party leader will also speak of the past of the country as well as the future.

“Today the DA is in Eldorado Park to mark Reconciliation day. An important day for South Africa considering where we come from as a country and where we need to go. It’s important for us to live side by side as South Africans we realise that we all have value and we all have dignity and we want to build a one South Africa for all. Our leader Mmusi Maimane will focus on title and land in his address to the community of Eldorado Park today.”

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Gugulethu 2019 Race aims to bring diverse groups together
16 December 2018, 11:47 AM

One of the oldest townships in Cape Town has kicked off its 60th year celebrations with a race that’s aimed at celebrating unity.

The Gugulethu Reconciliation Race took place Sunday morning with some 2 000 runners attending – with young and old taking to the streets of the township.

Now in its 19th year, the race aims to bring diverse running groups and runners together on the day the country celebrates Reconciliation Day.

They ran a 10 kilometre or an easier 4,2k race.

Chairman of Gugulethu Athletics Themba Shoko says the race attracts runners from far and wide.

“We organise the race so that people from diverse backgrounds around the Western Cape maybe all over South Africa they can come and run in the streets of Gugulethu. We always welcome and people always love to come to Gugulethu to the run the race.”

Runners from all over Cape Town made their way to the township which is celebrating its 60th year of existence.

Some says it’s one of the most anticipated races on the calendar and regard it as one of the best organised.

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Mother gives birth in a taxi during roadblock
16 December 2018, 10:40 AM

Western Cape Traffic officials and Emergency Services had their hands full overnight when a little girl made her unexpected arrival as her mother went into labour while in a taxi.

Provincial Traffic Chief Kenny Africa says shortly after midnight a taxi driver stopped at the Fatique Management roadblock between Beaufort West and Laingsburg, asking for help as a passenger was in labour.

Emergency Medical Services assisted and a baby girl was born in the ambulance.

Africa says they had a busy evening as many motorists made use of the fatigue management roadblocks to pull off and rest.



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