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‘Academically deserving students must not be denied access to education’
6 January 2018, 7:26 AM

Student body, South African Students Congress says no academically deserving student should be denied access to education on the basis of a late application.

Speaking to the media in East London, newly elected national president, Avela Mjajubana says SASCO members will be visible at all institutions of higher learning to assist students who are still hoping to secure a place at universities.

Majajuba says they also welcome President Jacob Zuma’s announcement on free higher education.

“Walk ins are not new phenomenon all institutions must allow for an extension in terms of considering late application and we are  saying that we  will  be on guard because we have seen inconsistency from the  department and NSFAS  and  therefore we calling for applications to  be reopened particularly from NSFAS and also  walk ins  must  go to  institutions. They will find SASCO comrades that are going to assist them. They have done it before it’s not news in 2018.”

Mashaba declares local state of disaster after storm
6 January 2018, 6:50 AM

Johannesburg Mayor Herman Mashaba has declared a local state of disaster after a storm hit Protea Glen and other parts of Soweto last weekend.

The cost of the damage caused by the storm is estimated at close to R186 million.

The cost is expected to rise as City of Johannesburg personnel continue to assess the damage.

Over 3000 households are said to be affected. Mashaba says his risk assessment team continues to investigate the damage and they will give out a full report within 60 days.

Mop up operations underway after fire destroyed informal structures in Cape Town
27 December 2017, 12:58 PM

The City of Cape Town’s Water Sanitation and Informal Settlements Department is currently cleaning up the Sewende Laan informal settlement in Valhalla Park, where a fire  gutted more than 100 informal structures on Tuesday.

Around 600 people were left homeless after the blaze ripped through the area. 20 trucks and two digger loaders are being used to remove the rubble and  charred debris from the site.

On Thursday the City will be issuing starter kits to the hundreds of people affected by the fire to rebuild their homes.

Corrugated iron sheets, wood and plastic are some of the materials that are being removed.

Ward Councillor, Jonathan Cupido says the residents are being accommodated in a community centre and a school in the area while they rebuild.

They are  also receiving hot plates of food.

He says they plan on relocating the residents of Sewende Laan to a new housing project in Valhalla Park, once it is completed.

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Zimbabwean players bemoan poor lighting in Boxing Day match
27 December 2017, 12:21 PM

Zimbabwean fast bowler, Christopher Mpofu, admitted that it was always going to be difficult for batsmen against the pink ball under lights.

“I would say the lights played a big part. I think for us its a big opposition against South Africa. I think we gave our best shot. We might have started maybe not the way we wanted, we should have got a few. But I think our first session we bowled well maybe second session we gave them a few runs. But I still believe that as a unit we bowled well.”

South Africa dominated the opening day of the historic day/night four day one-off test against Zimbabwe in Port Elizabeth on Tuesday. The Proteas who won the toss and decided to bat, closed their innings on 309 for nine, and in reply the visitors finished the day on 30 for four.

Fast bowler Morne Morkel took three of the Zimbabwean wickets.

Earlier opening batsman, Adian Makram, hit 125, his second century in three test matches.

Markram says he is still adjusting to the pink ball used for the first time in South Africa this match.

“We just came from a domestic T20 competition. It’s always not an easy to jump from format to format like that. I’m still inexperienced it’s always a challenge for me. There were a few factors that contributed today. The pink ball is much different to the red ball. Today was a toughest experience for me as well.”

Two women arrested for concealment of birth
27 December 2017, 8:56 AM

Two female suspects aged 23 and 32 are expected to appear at the Tonga Magistrate’s Court in Mpumalanga facing charges of concealment of birth and attempted murder.

Police were called after a sound of a small baby was heard coming from a public toilet not far away from the suspects’ parents home.

Police arrived and found a newly born baby had been left in the pit toilet.

The 23-year-old suspect is believed to be the mother of the newly born baby.

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