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Panyaza Lesufi
Gauteng schools placement period extended as tempers flare
3 November 2019, 9:02 PM

The Gauteng Education Department says it has extended its placement period for learners going into Grades 1 and 8 to the end of this month. The initial deadline was last Thursday. However, thousands of learners have still not been placed.

Earlier on Sunday, the department erroneously sent out an SMS to parents informing them to go to its district offices for the placement of their children. That resulted in scores of parents flocking to different district offices.

Education MEC Panyaza Lesufi has since apologised for the error. The department is, however, confident that it will place over 60-thousand learners in schools by the end of November and has urged parents not to be anxious.

“We have actually extended the placement period to the 30th of November so all parents they must know that children will be placed. They don’t need to be anxious because people were looking at the deadline so the plan was to conduct this process that was conducted this weekend the following week hence the MEC said this was erroneously sent,” explains Steve Mabona who is the department’s spokesperson.

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Harrismith Crash
Crash on R74 in Free State claims nine lives
3 November 2019, 7:26 PM

Nine people including foreign nationals have been killed on the R74 road between Harrismith and Qwaqwa in the Free State following a head on collision between two vehicles. The deceased are seven adults and two children.

They were all burnt beyond recognition. Preliminary investigations reveal that one vehicle attempted to overtake. It then collided with another on-coming vehicle.

Free State emergency services spokesperson Sipho Towa explains.

“It’s a Navara double cab that collided with a Subaru vehicle and after they collided they also caught fire. In the Navara it had two occupants and they were declared dead, five occupants in Subaru were declared dead on the scene. All in all we lost nine lives in the accident,” explains Towa.

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Dr Sibongiseni Dhlomo
‘General public support for implementation of NHI’
3 November 2019, 6:04 PM

Parliament’s Portfolio Committee on Health says there’s general support for the National Health Insurance (NHI) Bill during its public hearings. The committee is on its way to Springbok where it will start its second round of public hearings on the Bill in the Northern Cape.

The objective of the Bill is to achieve universal access to quality health care services in South Africa. The committee called for written submissions from the public on the Bill at the beginning of September 2019.

The closing date is the 29th of November, and the committee’s chairperson, Dr Sibongiseni Dhlomo says they are receiving mixed reactions.

“We are getting mixed reactions but predominantly people are in support and want to see this Bill becoming law. Others are saying but this has been talked about for many months, what is happening now? We wish to see this bill becoming law sooner than later. We would have wanted this as of yesterday. Yes there are people who are raising concerns, they are sort of intertwined with what they see visibly on the ground,” says Dhlomo.

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Rassie Erasmus
Springboks crowned Team of the Year
3 November 2019, 4:40 PM

The Springboks have been crowned Team of the Year at the 2019 World Rugby Awards Ceremony in Tokyo, Japan. This a day after they beat England in the final of the tournament in Yokohama to clinch the World Cup title for the third time.

Bok coach, Rassie Erasmus, beat other top coaches such as New Zealand’s Steve Hansen and England’s Eddie Jones to get the Coach of the Year award.

Lock, Pieter Steph Du Toit, won World Rugby’s Player of the Year award, an award for which he was nominated alongside teammate, Cheslin Kolbe.

Cyril Ramaphosa
Springboks’ victory a ‘historic moment’: President Ramaphosa
2 November 2019, 9:02 PM

President Cyril Ramaphosa has described the Springboks’ winning of the 2019 Rugby World Cup as a historic moment for South Africa. He has congratulated the team, its captain Siya Kolisi and coach Rassie Erasmus for defeating England 32-12.

Ramaphosa was in Japan to watch the Springboks play in the final of the tournament.

“They have really made each one of us proud and I as President am enormously proud because one, they have played an enormous game. The tournament has been phenomenal and many people never expected them to get where they are, for the country as well, they have put South Africa on the map and every front page in the world and we are on the lips of billions of people around the world,” says Ramaphosa.

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