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100% matric pass rate for Vuwani school
5 January 2018, 4:26 PM

The Deputy Principal of John Mutheiwana Secondary School in Vuwani, Limpopo, says working under difficult conditions over the past three years has encouraged them to work harder to achieve good matric results.

The school has produced 100% matric pass, despite the disruption of lessons due to unrests over municipal demarcation disputes.

Most of the learners in the Vhuronga circuit in Vuwani have performed well in the matric results, despite spending nine weeks without learning due to unrests over municipal boundary demarcations.

Lessons at 26 high schools and 52 primary schools were affected by a shut-down of services that has been flaring up sporadically since 2015.

Sixty learners at John Mutheiwan in Tshimbupfe performed well against all odds, producing bachelor and diploma passes.

Deputy Principal Matodzi Mulaudzi says learners and teachers have learnt to use their time wisely. “Working under unbearable circumstances sometimes makes a man to work hard. We started our lessons early as 06h30 and we knock off after five o’clock, sometimes even during the evening we used to work.”

Matriculants have applauded their teachers for working hard with them to produce the 100% pass rate in spite of school disruptions.

“Our principal, teachers and we put in hard work so that we could pass. This is what everyone was expecting, I’m very happy, so excited. We used to come to school even on Sundays in order to catch up  what we have missed when we were not coming to school, that’s why we managed to get 100 percent, ” says one of the learners Nyandano Mathoma.

Vhuronga Circuit where John Mutheiwana School is situated is part of the Vhembe District that has retained its position as the top district in Limpopo. The district has also produced the best three schools in the province.

Mbilwi Secondary has once again scooped the first position, followed by Tshivhase and Thengwe Secondary Schools. The province’s top learner, Anza Tshipetane also comes from the district.  She is also the best learner countrywide in quintile four. Click below for more on the story: 

Train carriages removed from Free State accident scene
5 January 2018, 4:14 PM

Train carriages are currently being removed from the scene where a train and a truck collided near Hennenman in the northern Free State on Thursday.

Eighteen people lost their lives in the crash. Authorities say DNA tests will have to be conducted before identifying bodies of the deceased.

Earlier Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (Prasa) said it would assist the victims and the families of those who died to take action against the company that owns the truck, which it blames for the collision.

“Yes we will, we have taken to give them moral support, we would also support them with funeral arrangements using our road accident fund which is one our sister companies. So we are liaising with them to also make sure of these arrangements. We will give them all the support including those that are in hospital, we have to do this, it is our customers. We have to do everything that we can to make sure that we assist them,” said Acting Chief Executive Officer of Prasa Rail, Mthura Swartz.

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TUT, UP reiterate will not accept walk-in registrations
5 January 2018, 2:50 PM

As most matriculants who passed matric continue to be in a celebratory mood, the University of Pretoria and the Tshwane University of Technology have reiterated that they will not be accepting any walk-in registrations. The two universities say they have plans in place to ensure no chaos erupts on Monday.

This comes as the Economic Freedom Fighters continues to encourage prospective students who have not applied to report to colleges and universities of their choice for registration and take advantage of the free education declaration made by President Jacob Zuma last month.

Thousands of matriculants who did not apply last year are now faced with a difficult task of gaining entry at universities. Most universities will not be taking any new applications.

The University of Pretoria says its application process closed in September last year, and no new applications or walk-ins will be allowed.

All registrations will also be conducted online. University spokesperson, Rikus Delport says all their courses are full. “Our applications have already closed. We have received about 38 000 applications and can accommodate only 9500. We will work closely with everybody, our campus security and the police where necessary to ensure the safety of our students.”

The Tshwane University of Technology also says it will not entertain any walk-ins.  Security has already been beefed up. At the Soshanguve campus, police have been deployed for any eventualities. Security is also tight at the main campus in Pretoria West. Only staff and previous students are allowed entry into campus. There is however some space in some fields of study.

“We are aware of the EFF’s statements and we would like to once again encourage students not to come to campus to apply. They will be only be able to apply via the online system. So it would be much more beneficial for them to go to the nearest internet cafe or centre where they can access the internet to check the online system. The university has a plan in place to ensure the safety of the TUT community and people in campus. But it is important for prospective students to remember that no walk in will be allowed in campus,” says University spokesperson Willa de Reytur.

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Condolences pour in for Motsweding FM DJ Lara Kruger
4 January 2018, 9:19 PM

People in the broadcasting and media fraternity continue to send messages of condolences to the family of the SABC’s Motsweding FM DJ Thapelo Lehulere popularly known as Lara Kruger.

Lara died on Wednesday at Moses Kotane Hospital in Rustenburg at the age of 30 after a short illness.

Kruger joined Motsweding FM in 2016.  Her death is still a shock to many in the broadcasting and entertainment industry.

Messages of condolences continue to pour in through various social media platforms, where many including Somizi Mhlongo, shared their devastation.

“Mosadi wa leburu”, as she called herself, Kruger gained popularity on social media platforms by reviewing television shows where she was recognised by the SABC’s Motsweding FM in 2016.

The former Motsweding FM Station Manager, S’bongile Mtyali says Kruger was the future in the fraternity and also a treasure in the industry.

“I saw her beyond radio, like I said she had a personality that would take her anywhere. I did not see her confined to radio as such, I saw her playing in the digital space, in terms of social media, in terms of news media platform that exist because she was very trendy. I would say she was going to be one of those trendy blazers in the digital media platforms. So on television there was space for her. Or should I say there is space for creativity like she had.”

Lara worked with the former Motsweding FM DJ, Tazzman Matasatasa by the time she joined the station back in 2016. “When Lara Kruger joined Motsweding FM, I was the first person to work with her. When she came on radio, it was her first time behind the microphone, then really I had to teach her some of the radio ethics and she was ready to listen and very ready to learn. I’ve never seen such a warm hearted person like her really.”

SABC management says Kruger will continue to inspire those who knew her on a personal and professional level. SABC spokesperson Kaizer Kganyago says they have lost talent in Lara.

“The SABC is still shocked to hear of the passing of Thapelo Lehulere, known as Lara Kruger. This is a great loss for the organisation because since she joined the organisation in 2016 she has contributed a lot in her programme on Saturday and for us it is a great loss especially after one of the other presenter at same station passed on.”

Kruger was born as a boy from Mogwase and transformed his sexuality to a female. To the LGBTI society she was regarded as a liberator. Lara will be laid to rest at her home town of Mogwase outside Sun City next week.

DNA tests to be done to identify train accident victims
4 January 2018, 8:47 PM

DNA tests will have to be done to identify the bodies of passengers who were burnt to death when a train ploughed into a truck at a level crossing between Kroonstad and Hennenman in the Free State.

The crash has claimed the lives of at least 18 passengers.

At least 260 people were injured. Four are in a critical condition in hospital.

The Shosholoza Meyl train was travelling from Port Elizabeth to Johannesburg. More than 700 passengers were on board the train.

Transport Minister Joe Maswanganyi visited the scene and sent a message of condolence to the families of the deceased.

The crash scene was one of carnage with wreckage scattered all over the place. It is believed that the truck driver thought that he could beat the train at the level crossing.

Survivors share their experiences.

“The accident was caused by the truck. The train driver was hooting at the truck on the railway line. But unfortunately, the back of the truck was still in the railway.”

Maswanganyi says the truck driver must account.

“The truck driver has been taken to hospital where we are also going to do blood tests to verify whether he was sober and when he is at a good stage, he will have to be questioned as to why he did what he did.”

Free State Police MEC Sam Mashinini says search operations will continue.

“It’s not a conclusive number. We still have to do thorough investigation, lift the carriages and see as to whether there are any other people trapped there or not. So, we can’t confirm. We don’t know what it’s underneath there.”

The minister commended community members and local business from Hennenman who provided survivors with food and water.

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