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Competition Commission seeks compliance in school uniform prices
8 January 2020, 3:28 PM

The Competition Commission has warned that schools that do not comply with the new school uniform guidelines might be prosecuted.

The Commission has been in talks with School Governing Bodies to push down school uniform prices.

One of the recommendations is to make the uniforms as generic as possible.

Commission spokesperson Sipho Ngwema says they will be assessing schools this year to determine if there has been compliance.

“People who do not comply with the Competition Act, we take them to the Competition Tribunal for prosecution and if they are found guilty, the Competition Tribunal imposes remedies that include large fines so the Act is specific in terms of the signs that must be imposed. And if we take you to the Competition Tribunal and you are found guilty, we are going to ask for a fine in terms of the Competition Act.”

Eastern Cape Education Department encouraged by matric results
8 January 2020, 2:39 PM

The Eastern Cape Education Department says it will step up its responses to overcome challenges like the infrastructure backlog, sanitation and scholar transport.

The province recorded the biggest increase in its matric pass rate with an improvement of more than six percentage points.

No school in the province registered a zero pass rate.

The MEC for Education, Fundile Gade, says the province is heading in the right direction.

“To go beyond five percent improvement tells the whole story that the department is turning the corner now and also the systems that have been put in place by our predecessors are beginning to yield outcomes that are desirable for the populace of the province. The school performance took a new turn as well as quintile one schools improving from 69.4 to 75.3 percentage.”

Class of 2019 urged to use SABC Education Matric Results Services
20 December 2019, 1:41 PM

The public broadcaster in partnership with the Department of Basic Education calls on matriculants to register on the SABC’s 2019 matric results service in order to get their final examination results.

At least 790 405 matric learners sat for the 2019 examinations.

Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga is expected to announce the results on the 07 January 2020 and SABC Education will release the matric results to all learners across all nine provinces who registered on its database on the morning of 08 January 2020.

Acting SABC Spokesperson Mmoni Seapolelo says all Grade 12 learners are eligible to use the SABC’s 2019 matric results service from 05 December 2019 until 31 January 2020.

“Learners are advised to register on one of SABC Education matric results mobile services to access their results and should use their 13 digits ID number and exam number to register on the platform of their choice to access their results.

In 2018, more than +/-400 000 students received results via the SABC Education SMS and USSD services.”

Learners are encouraged to register on the following mobile services to receive their 2019 matric results:

MatricsMate App

  • Download the MatricsMate App for free from Google Play and Apple App Stores
  • You will need your 13 digits ID number and exam number to register
  • You will be able to view your results on the app as soon as they are available

SMS

  • SMS your exam number to 45856
  • The system verifies the exam number; your exam number must be correct in order to be accepted.
  • Learners will be charged R1-50 per SMS, free SMSes do not apply

USSD

  • Dial *120*45856# enter exam number to register
  • You will be charged R1-50 per minute
  • Results will be sent to your phone as soon as they are available

Learners are also encouraged to contact the matric results centre on 011 507 4630 should they have any queries relating to registration. The centre is opened Monday to Friday from 8am to 5pm, however, on the day of the release of the results; the call centre will operate from 6am to 5pm.

AfriForum puts pressure on NPA in Meyiwa murder case
11 December 2019, 3:04 PM

Lobby group AfriForum on behalf of the family of slain soccer star Senzo Meyiwa, has called on the NPA to open an inquest into his murder.

The Meyiwa family approached AfriForum to assist with investigating Meyiwa’s murder which remains unresolved, five years later.

Meyiwa was gunned down, allegedly by a robber at his girlfriend Kelly Khumalo’s home, in Vosloorus.

AfriForum CEO Kallie Kriel says they want to test the evidence through an inquest which might eventually lead to a prosecution.

“The best positive part of an inquest is that you’ll have people under oath, the eight people that were in the house will have to give evidence under oath, so Advocate Gerrie Nel will be able to cross-examine and we know of course cross-examination is one of the best tools to make sure we unearth the truth.”

SACP seeks reform in Tripartite relations
10 December 2019, 7:09 PM

South African Communist Party (SACP) General Secretary Blade Nzimande has reiterated the party’s call for a change in the manner in which the tri-partite alliance operates.

He has told the SACP’s Special National Congress that the party must not hand the ANC a blank cheque ahead of the 2021 local government elections.

Nzimande has also cautioned against the fight against state capture and corruption becoming a pretext for government pushing forward with privatisation.

The party is meeting for a mid-term review of its policies following its July 2017 14th Congress.

In presenting his Political Report, Nzimande told the nearly 800 delegates attending the party’s Special National Congress, that while the SACP in principle should continue to provide electoral support for the ANC, they must hold the ruling party accountable for its conduct with regards to how a re-configured alliance should work.

Nzimande outlined the key challenges facing the country’s working class and the party’s efforts to advance a socialist agenda. Amongst these, he said was the push for privatisation of the country’s state-owned assets.

Nzimande cautioned that the effort by President Cyril Ramaphosa’s government to cleanse the country of corruption may be used by some to re-establish a neo-liberal agenda for the country as was witnessed in the 1996 Growth, Employment and Redistribution strategy.

He says this policy framework is at the heart of many of the problems plaguing the country today.

“Even in the early 2000s, we were told that Eskom power stations must be maintained, must be renewed and that we must also build extra generation capacity. We did not do that because we wanted to privatise. So, today we are sitting now in the middle of load shedding. It does not come from the top there. It is our own failure that has led to this load shedding. You know, Comrade Jessie, today, you deployed me to be Minister of Higher Education. You know, why there was fees must fall, because we did not invest in infrastructure including student accommodation because of neo-liberal policies.”

Efforts to transform the country’s financial sector, a long-time programme of the SACP, should be intensified according to Nzimande.

He said workers must ensure that they have a say in how their resources are invested.

“This is why the PIC has been funding some of the shenanigans, because the working class has just allowed its own resources to be invested without itself making a say on how it must be invested. What is it that is driving the Johannesburg Stock Exchange? It’s your own insurance policies and your pension and provident funds. Look at Old Mutual. Now, there are these little fights, skirmishes. The working class is folding its arms watching and yet, it is your funds that make 12% of Old Mutual.”

Nzimande also said that the Congress should also discuss whether state-owned enterprises should not go back to their policy departments instead of being located within the Department of Public Enterprises.

To advance working-class power, he said that the SACP will engage with Cosatu to convene a meeting of all trade union federations in the country, regardless of political affiliation.

The Special Congress enters its third day on Wednesday.

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