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Newcastle community embarks on peaceful protest against farm murders
5 September 2020, 6:25 PM

Hundreds of vehicles lined up in the streets of Newcastle, in the northern KwaZulu-Natal, during a peaceful march against farm murders.

The participants, many of them being farmers, called on President Cyril Ramaphosa to urgently address the attack on farmers.

The killing of the Normandien farm couple, Glenn and Vida Rafferty, has re-ignited fears on the farming community.

The Raffertys were ambushed and shot dead as they entered their home on their farm last week.

Today’s march was in remembrance of the Raffertys and calling for an end to the senseless killing of farmers in the country.

“Each and every one of these crosses represents almost ten commercial farmers murdered over the years, these are 500 crosses. We are also here today mourning the death of the Rafferty from Normandien they were brutally murdered last week when they returned home. We want to see action, more visible policing,” says one of the organizers of the march, Darrell Brown.

Call for drastic measures to protect farmers and their workers:

Another farmer Theunis Nel says if the killing of farmers continues, the country will struggle to produce enough food.

“If you look at what happened in Zimbabwe, farmers were chased off in 2001. Now Zimbabwe is completely poverty-stricken and their currency devaluates. If this continues we are going to have the same and there’s going to be a massive food shortage and lack of investment and we are not going to be self-sustainable.”

Ordinary citizens hold a slow drive around Pretoria against farm attacks:

‘Farmers’ lives matter’

Chairperson of Amajuba Farmers’ Union Jan Smith says they are not satisfied with government efforts in addressing farm killings in the country. Smith says farmers’ lives matter too.

“The message is we as the country must stand together against the killing of our people and corruption including bad things happening in our country, this is in solidarity move. We as farmers Black and White are saying government is not showing serious progress against corruption. The killing of the Rafferty at their home shows level of intolerance these murders, there was no reason to kill them, at the end of the day if there is no farmer there is no food.”

The Rafferty couple were laid to rest on Saturday in a private ceremony.

Murdered Normandien couple laid to rest in KwaZulu-Natal: 

Pitso Mosimane
Sundowns snatch Absa Premiership title
5 September 2020, 6:04 PM

Mamelodi Sundowns have snatched the title right under the nose of Kaizer Chiefs in the final ABSA Premiership matches of the season. They beat promotion-relegation bound Black Leopards three-nil at the Dobsonville Stadium.

Their win meant that they leapfrogged Amakhosi who drew one-all against Baroka who escaped relegation by a whisker.

The 2019/2020 season has been described as one of the most extraordinary encounters during the coronavirus outbreak.

Once they entered the bio bubble, the players were not allowed to see their families until the end of the season.

There is no doubt that the bio bubble camps that the teams were subjected to, affected them.

Most of the teams dropped valuable points while a few picked up crucial points.

Chiefs striker, Khama Billiat, scored the most important goal that stretched their goal difference.

In the second half, Chiefs had their backs on the wall.

They were on the receiving end of the side that was fighting relegation and then there was drama, Bakgaka scored. The goal had two important meanings.

First, it helped Sundowns to go on top of the log; secondly, it lifted Baroka off the relegation zone. But for Amakhosi it ended in tears.

Specialist penalty taker Nascimento missed a golden opportunity to put his side ahead at the Dobsonville stadium.

The goal would have reduced a three-goal deficit they had against log leaders Chiefs.

But Sundowns never lost hope, players like Motjeka Madisha hit the far post.

They camped at Leopards’ half, until they found the most important goal on the stroke of half time.

Had Nascimento, Madisha and Themba Zwane scored their attempts in the first half, Sundowns could have topped the log.

In the second half, Sundowns scored their second goal to make their work easy and restored their hopes of defending their title.

Sundowns have now won the title 12 times in three successive seasons.

Polokwane City was relegated and Black Leopards went to promotion-relegation.

Trial exams for quintile 1, 2 and 3 school learners set for September 14 in E Cape
5 September 2020, 6:01 PM

This week marks an outstanding moment for quintile one, two and three matric learners in the Eastern Cape. They will now be allowed to answer exam questions in their home language when they sit for their trial exams. The first exam will be on the 14th of this month.

Provincial Education MEC, Fundile Gade, made this announcement on the final weekend of the matric camps held in Bhisho.

Matric camps were held in all 12 districts in the province. One of the main reasons was to make up for lost time using various means of learning and teaching.

MEC Gade expressed his confidence in the class of 2020.

“Today we are coming to ensure that we check and balance the systems. That we have put in place, remember that we have a plan that has been consistently producing results for the past three consecutive years and of course we are looking forward to see that plan responding even during this period. Precisely I can be able to say that we can achieve the target that we have set for the province and also that we can achieve the quality that the province has been consistently producing despite the fact that there has been COVID-19 this year.”

Matric learners had to put in extra hours including weekend classes. Those who converged for the Jenn school support training programme say this has been the ultimate learning experience for them.

Amohelanga Mbude, who is one of them, says she remembers thinking to herself that Jenn is for people who do not understand or get the content properly.

“I remember thinking to myself that no Jenn is for people who do not understand or people who do not get the content properly. But now that I have experienced Jenn for myself, I really understood how important it is for you to get different perspectives and different types of explanations. And I want a lot more children, especially, children from model C schools to know how important Jenn is; to see how the government is trying to ensure that matric students are moving. I know that I have understood a lot of work that I did not understand before.”

Almost 80 000 learners in the Eastern Cape will sit for their matric exams this year. The province is targeting an 80% matric pass rate. Last year, it recorded just over a 6% improvement to push the pass rate to 76.5%.

King Goodwill Zwelithini
Maidens walk to Enyokeni Palace with placards calling for an end to GBV
5 September 2020, 3:38 PM

Thirty maidens have made a three kilometres walk to the Enyokeni Palace, in Nongoma, north of KwaZulu-Natal, to present the king with placards calling for an end to gender-based violence.

This year’s annual reed dance was held virtually in light of the coronavirus pandemic, with most of the usual 20 000 maidens observing this day at their respective homes.

Instead of carrying reeds, the selected few carried placards, calling for an end to GBV, in line with the campaign against the scourge and other social ills.

The AmaZulu King Goodwill Zwelithini has welcomed the call, condemning the killing of women and children in the country.

Zweilithini says criminals are making a mockery of the law.

“The law prevents us from using our old methods of disciplining a man who has committed a crime here in KwaZulu. Criminals are making a mockery of the law the way they are being protected by the government. They go to jail but that doesn’t help the victims who have been abused and have lost their dignity because of these criminals.”

2020 Reed Dance ceremony held virtually:

Palesa Zwane from Dundee in the midlands of KwaZulu-Natal is one of the young women selected to make the three-kilometre trek to Enyokeni Palace to present the king with the placards.

“In these 8 years, it has been quite an experience. There’s never a year where I say this year is just boring. Every year I feel as if I’ve learnt something. We get treated like VIPs people from all over the world come and embrace our culture. I’ve learnt a lot from the wise words of the king. He always motivates us,” Zwane explains.

“This year, some of us are going to the reed dance for the last time for different reasons in our lives. I’m one of those as I’m getting married soon. But what is important is for the maidens who could not attend to keep focus and continue with their studies. I’m asking them to remain virgins. Just because they could not attend the reed dance this year, it’s no excuse to misbehave; because they’re not doing this for anyone else but themselves,” urges another maiden Happy Manqela from Ngwelezane north. -Reporting by Nonhlakanipho Magwaza

Local football gearing up for an exciting finish
5 September 2020, 3:30 PM

Local football fans are watching one of the most exciting finishes to the Premier Soccer League in recent times. Both the top and the bottom of the log will be decided in the last round of matches on Saturday afternoon.

Kaizer Chiefs and Mamelodi Sundowns are chasing the league title, while Baroka FC and Polokwane City fight to stay in the Premiership.

The Premier Soccer League is set for a thrilling finish on Saturday afternoon. Title contenders and log leaders since last November, Kaizer Chiefs, travel to Baroka FC at the Bidvest Stadium.

Amakhosi, with a superior goal difference, need only a win to, in all likelihood, claim their first league title since 2015.

But it won’t come easy for the Glamour Boys because relegation-threated Baroka will be fighting for their survival in the Premiership. Coach Dylan Kerr says they have it all to play for to avoid the relegation play-offs.

“It’s a biggie, I don’t know about the other results but I know Chiefs was leading, Sundowns were leading, Black Leopards were leading, I didn’t expect that well actually I did well its all to play for now.”

Mamelodi Sundowns have had one of their best seasons, overcoming a 13-point deficit to now be level on points with Chiefs. The three time defending champions will take on Black Leopards who moved themselves out of the relegation spot with a mid-week win over Bidvest Wits.

Sundowns coach Pitso Mosimane says that winning the league will be an added bonus, considering that they have again qualified for the African Champions League.

“If we get it we get, if we don’t we have done our best for us, what’s more important is a champions league spot for the seventh year in a row, if we win the league we win if not god will tell us what happened.”

The permutations for Sundowns to win the league are simple. If Chiefs lose to Baroka, they just need to beat Black Leopards. But if Chiefs win one-nil, Sundowns then need to win by five goals or more.

At the bottom of the table, with 18 defeats this season, Polokwane City is the team almost certainly going down.  They play the Clever Boys. All matches will be played in Gauteng and began at 15:30pm.

Excitement ahead of Saturday’s crucial PSL fixtures which will determine who lifts the League title as well as who will be relegated:




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