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The APC's Themba Godi.
Chaos erupts between APC and mining communities
6 January 2018, 2:22 PM

Chaos has erupted at a meeting between African People’s Convention President Themba Godi and residents of some mining areas at Sekhukhune in Limpopo.

Godi is meeting with communities around Steelpoort on the challenges they are encountering with mining companies.

The gathering has been disrupted by some residents who are refusing to recognise Godi’s authority and his intentions.

They allege that they were not consulted about his visit. This further showed divisions among the communities, as they began to argue among each other.

Local traditional leaders are trying to control the situation.

Service delivery protests to blame for poor matric results: SADTU
6 January 2018, 12:48 PM

Teachers Union South African Democratic Teachers’ Union in the North West says the provincial department did not do much to provide rural and township schools with resources hence the decline of the 2017 matric results.

However, they also acknowledge that the decline is as a result of school disruptions due to service delivery protests.

The province has retained its fourth position nationally, achieving a 79.4% pass rate.

This is a decline of 3.1 percentage points compared to the 2016 pass rate.

“We have also observed that 2017 there has seen some disruptions in other communities which might have been a particular factor relating to the pass percentage. We think we must then intensify the programme. We are aware that there is a lot of effort the department is taking, but we think there is a lot that needs to be done in terms of making sure that there are resources especially in our rural and township schools which will then assist those particular schools,” says Provincial Secretary for SADTU, Els Themba.

Administration error leaves pupil without matric results
6 January 2018, 12:43 PM

The Department of Basic Education says it is unaware of the matric results dilemma at a high school in Port Elizabeth in the Eastern Cape.

Nearly half of the matric pupils from the Grey High School have not received their full matric results, due to an alleged administration error.

Their results are said to be missing, is for Life Orientation, which was not captured by the system.

Department spokesperson, Elijah Mhlanga, says Minister Angie Motshekga can only intervene once a report has been finalised by the provincial department.

 

Cape taxi driver arrested for speeding
6 January 2018, 10:01 AM

A 32-year-old taxi driver has been arrested for speeding, after he was caught driving at an average speed of 149 km/h in a 100-zone, between Beaufort-West and Cape Town.

Western Cape Traffic Chief, Kenny Africa, says there were no passengers inside the taxi.

He says the driver is being held at Beaufort-West police station.

“The taxi driver was arrested. Charges against him are reckless and negligent driving as well as doing excessively high speeds, 149 km/h in a 100 zone.”

North Korea ‘likely’ to join Winter Games: IOC official
6 January 2018, 7:50 AM

North Korea’s representative to the International Olympic Committee (IOC) said on Saturday that the reclusive nation was “likely to participate” in next month’s Winter Olympics in South Korea, Kyodo news agency reported.

The Japanese news agency said Pyongyang’s IOC representative Chang Ung made the brief comment to reporters during a stopover at Beijing’s international airport.

Kyodo said Chang was believed to be travelling to Switzerland, where the IOC is based.

It quoted unnamed sources saying the trip may be aimed at meeting with the IOC to discuss the North’s potential participation in the Games at Pyeongchang.

North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un said in a New Year speech that his country wished success for the Olympics, to be held from February 9-25, and would consider sending a delegation.

Seoul and organisers are keen for the North to take part to help ease worsening tensions on the Korean peninsula stemming from Kim’s confrontation with the world over his country’s nuclear and missile programmes.

The two Koreas have been separated by the world’s most heavily militarised border since the Korean War ended in a stalemate in 1953.

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