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Education department needs assistance in school safety: Organization
4 June 2019, 4:36 PM

An organization called Hope Restoration Ministries has reacted to the fatal stabbing, which occurred on Monday, of a Grade 10 learner by saying responsibility for school safety cannot be left solely  to the Basic Education Department.

The learner was stabbed outside Forest High School in Turffontein, Johannesburg.

It says churches, communities and parents must lend a helping hand in curbing school violence. Two other learners sustained injuries. The 20-year-old suspect has been arrested and is expected to appear in court on Wednesday.

The Hope Restoration Ministries has called on all members of society to join hands in seeking solutions for what they describe as a social crisis. The church says it has learnt with shock the news of yet another fatal incident involving school children.

They’ve been similar incidents in schools around the country in recent months. The church says the department’s Integrated Safety Framework requires multiple stakeholders to take a lead in transforming schools from being places of crime scenes to safe havens that are conducive for learning.

It says it would like to partner with the Department of Basic Education in the regeneration of moral standards in schools.

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Ace Magashule
ANC aims to reduce unemployment to 14% within 5 years
4 June 2019, 4:12 PM

The African National Congress (ANC) wants to reduce the stubbornly high unemployment rate from 27% to 14% within the next five years.

This came out at the end of the governing party’s Lekgotla outside Pretoria.

The ANC top brass, its alliance partners and those deployed in government met at the weekend to seek to translate the party’s election manifesto into action.

ANC Secretary General Ace Magashule was briefing the media about the outcomes of the Lekgotla.

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Pressure mounts on newly elected govt as economy shrinks drastically
4 June 2019, 3:14 PM

South Africa’s economy shrank 3.2% in the first quarter of 2019, the country’s statistics authority said Tuesday, piling pressure on President Cyril Ramaphosa’s newly elected administration.

According to Stats SA, Gross Domestic Product (GDP) for Africa’s most developed economy contracted 3.2% in the first three months of the year compared to the previous quarter, the largest quarterly drop in about 10 years.

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Handre Pollard
Pollard heads back to New Zealand to boost Bulls line-up
4 June 2019, 2:52 PM

Springbok flyhalf, Handre Pollard re-joined the Bulls in New Zealand on Tuesday ahead of their Super Rugby meeting with the Otago Highlanders in Dunedin on Friday.

The game is the last of a four-match tour through Australia and New Zealand. Pollard went home following the first much needed win over the Melbourne Reds, after suffering a calf injury in training.

He missed the subsequent defeat by the ACT Brumbies in Canberra and last Friday’s draw with the Auckland Blues, which revived the Bulls’ hope of a playoff place.

Coach Pote Human called Pollard the best stand-off in world rugby and will be counting on his return to give the side a lift amid injury woes.

The Bulls have already lost Duane Vermuelen, after he returned home after the first two matches of the trip in terms of an agreement with SA Rugby to rest him, with the World Cup in Japan approaching.

Both Rosko Specman and Paul Schoeman have been ruled out, while there is also concern about Warrick Gelant’s availability for the match.

Specman sustained a hamstring strain and Schoeman suffered a knee injury in the 22-22 draw last weekend in Auckland.

Both players have returned to South Africa. Fullback Gelant has a hamstring strain, and his availability will be confirmed this week.

The Bulls are third in Super Rugby’s South African Conference, seven points off leaders Jaguares, with two matches left in their regular season programme.

Their New Zealand hosts are also still in the running for a wildcard place in the playoffs.

Dale Steyn
Steyn’s injury rules him out of World Cup
4 June 2019, 1:27 PM

South Africa fast bowler Dale Steyn has been ruled out of the World Cup with a shoulder injury, tournament organisers announced on Tuesday.

The International Cricket Council said in a statement that it had approved bowler Beuran Hendricks as a replacement player for Steyn for the remainder of the tournament.

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