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Sandisiwe Chikunga addressed the 37th Southern African Transport Conference in Pretoria.
Transport Ministry defends RAF
10 July 2018, 6:49 AM

Deputy Minister of Transport  Sandisiwe Chikunga has defended the Road Accident Fund (RAF) at the 37th Southern African Transport Conference in Pretoria.

Recently the fund came under heavy criticism over the R2 levy on the fuel price which goes to the RAF.

Chikunga says if the RAF is removed, the liability will fall squarely on individual motorists after road crashes and for hospital costs of the injured parties.

She says, “If we remove RAF it means somebody will have to pay. The person that caused the accident will have to pay and not government and not RAF. People are saying these things without looking at the downside of that, sometimes it’s about politics. In South Africa 250 people are dying per week, about 40 people dying per day.”

Duduzane Zuma will appear again in court in January next year.
Duduzane Zuma faces strict bail conditions
10 July 2018, 5:48 AM

The son of former president Jacob Zuma faces strict bail conditions including surrendering both his passports and reporting to the Rosebank police station twice a week.

Duduzane Zuma also needs to stay within the Gauteng region and discuss all travel plans with the police and Hawks.

On Monday, Zuma appeared in the Specialised Commercial Crimes Court in Johannesburg on corruption charges and was released on bail of R 100 000.

He will appear again in court in January next year.

Hawks Spokesperson, Hangwani Mulaudzi says they are continuing to gather information.

Mulaudzi says, “Our investigations are still on-going. We are at pains not to give too much information, as and when things start to shape up we will be able to give information but for now we just requesting that we be given space to do our work and then once everything is in place we will be able to give you more information.”

Decolonisation of education starts in the mind: Expert
6 July 2018, 2:52 PM

Executive Director of Change Management in the Vice-Chancellor’s Office at the University of South Africa, Prof. Sabelo J. Ndlovu-Gatsheni says decolonisation of education needs to start in the mind.

There have been global calls for the decolonisation of education in countries such as South Africa, England, United States and in the Caribbean.

Last month, Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga launched a ministerial report stating that History would be a compulsory subject in the final three years of high school from 2023 in a bid to decolonise the African mind.

In universities movements such as #Rhodes must fall, Decolonial winter school and Open Stellenbosch are attempting to decolonise education.

Ndlovu-Gatsheni says decolonisation is not an act of charity but it is an act of struggle.

“So it is not that people will wake up and everybody agrees that there is a need to decolonise. Some of them are colonised mentally and the success of colonialism is actually an invasion of the mental universe of the people. If you are invaded at the mental universe and sometimes you cannot see the collegiality. You will need to undergo a re-education out of miseducation and in that way you will begin to think anew about so many other things.”

He says decolonisation of education is a necessary movement to change from Euro centrism which claims that there is one knowledge and that knowledge comes from Europe and North America.

Ndlovu-Gatsheni says, “What decolonisation  tries to do is to argue that Europe is a province of the world. It is not the world and therefore its knowledge cannot be the only knowledge for the world. So there are other knowledge’s which comes from other provinces of the world. But what Europe has done is that it has expanded from being a provincial part of the world and it becomes the centre of the world.

“What it has done is that it has deprofessionalised Africa, deprofessionalised Asia, deprofessionalised Latin America, deprofessionalised Carribean, deprofessionalised other important provinces of the world. What decolonisation is talking about is the multiplicity of knowledges which come from different civilisations so as to enrich the human experience.”

He says the entire system of basic education needs to be changed because it smells of modernist and Eurocentric tradition, and therefore it distances children at a tender age from their culture, knowledge and history.

“So what we need to do at basic education level, we need to change the education system itself to change the philosophy of education, we need to change the curriculum, we need to change the sources of knowledge we are using.”

Ndlovu-Gatsheni says the whole idea of university needs to decolonised.

He says, ”Modern disciplines emerged at a particular moment in history, they emerge at a particular moment in history to solve particular problems, which were faced by human beings, there is no natural discipline which came from a god, each discipline needs to be rethought throughout time whether the discipline is still relevant, whether people gain value for money.”

Geologist, Tebogo Makhubela worked on finding the origins of Homo Naledi.
Don’t go into science for money but passion, warned young scientists
23 June 2018, 2:31 PM

Young scientists have encouraged their peers not to go into science for money, but for the passion.

As South Africans celebrate youth month, SABC News spoke to three emerging young scientists about their challenges and successes in the field.

This year, Youth Month 2018 is celebrated under the theme “Live the Legacy: Towards A Socioeconomically Empowered Youth”.

Under apartheid, black youth had a challenge as the Bantu Education Act prescribed Science would be taught in English;  Mathematics and Arithmetic in Afrikaans.

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King Cetshwayo Musical is making its way to South Africa after it premiered in Wales last year.
King Cetshwayo Musical portrays the struggle for freedom: Director
23 June 2018, 8:38 AM

King Cetshwayo Musical Director, Jerry Pooe says the play highlights that the struggle for freedom started a long time ago.

The internationally acclaimed production is making its way to South Africa after it premiered in Wales last year.

The production restates the story of the victory of the Zulu nation against the British troops in 1879 at the seminal Battle of Isandlwana.

The story of King Cetshwayo is told through dance, music, pictures and video.

King Cetshwayo was born in 1826 to Mpande who was King Shaka’s half-brother. His father declared him his successor very early on in life, which was unusual for a King to do.

Speaking on Morning Live, Pooe says Africans must take pride that they conquered the English using spears.

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