Asylum seekers say the system is failing them in South Africa

20 June 2021, 2:00 PM
Asylum seekers say the system is failing them in South Africa. They were commenting as the globe marks World Refugee Day - previously known as Africa Refugee day.
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Mixed reactions from parents to announcement that schools will remain open 20 June 2021, 12:01 PM

Parents have reacted with mixed feelings to the announcement from Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga that schools will remain open, amidst rising COVID-19 infections.

Salvation Army concerned about the spike in human trafficking 20 June 2021, 11:13 AM

The Salvation Army has expressed its deep concern at a spike in instances of human trafficking in the country. The NGO says it receives up to a dozen calls every week and 8% of which are related to human trafficking.

Kliprand community vaccinations rescheduled after increase in COVID-19 infections 20 June 2021, 9:23 AM

The Matzikama municipality in rural Western Cape says it has rescheduled the vaccination of the Kliprand community after many were found to be infected with COVID-19.

Mozambican refugees in Mpumalanga concerned over the blocking of their identity documents 20 June 2021, 7:47 AM

Mozambican nationals who fled the civil war in the '80s, now living in Lilydale east of Bushuckridge in Mpumalanga have raised concern about the blocking of their identity documents.

Corporal Khuselo laid to rest in Free State after being killed in a friendly fire incident in DRC 19 June 2021, 9:30 PM

Corporal Arthur Simanga Khuselo has been laid to rest in Zastron in the Free State after he was killed in a friendly fire incident in the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).

SA records 13 575 new COVID-19 cases, 149 deaths 19 June 2021, 7:36 PM

South Africa has recorded 13 575 new coronavirus (COVID-19) cases, representing a positivity rate of 23.2% and bringing the country’s total cases to 1 810 164.

Teachers’ unions welcome DBE’s plan to vaccinate teachers from Wednesday 19 June 2021, 6:15 PM

Teachers Union, Sadtu , has welcomed Basic Education's announcement that teachers and support staff will be vaccinated starting from this Wednesday.

52-year-old man sentenced to 15 years for raping a teen in Northern Cape 19 June 2021, 5:03 PM

A 52-year-old man at Onseepkans in the Northern Cape has been sentenced to 15 years imprisonment for the rape of a 16-year-old girl.

No need to close schools due to increase in COVID-19 infections: Motshekga 19 June 2021, 4:00 PM

Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga says there is no need for a closure of schools because of the increase in the coronavirus infections as the department prepares to vaccinate teachers and support staff from Wednesday this week.

COVID-19 vaccination of educators, support staff to start on Wednesday 19 June 2021, 2:43 PM

Basic Education Minister, Angie Motshekga, has announced that the COVID 19 vaccination of educators and support staff will start this Wednesday in a bid to ensure that teaching can continue despite the pandemic.

VIDEO: Minister Motshekga briefs the media on impact of COVID-19 on schooling 19 June 2021, 2:00 PM

Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga is briefing the media on the basic education sector's response to the impact of COVID-19 on schooling.

Court finds Umsunduzi municipality in violation of the Constitution 19 June 2021, 1:05 PM

The Pietermaritzburg High Court has found the Umsunduzi municipality in violation of the Constitution for the poor management of the New England Road Landfill Site.

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School Governing Bodies hope Motshekga will strengthen COVID-19 protocols, speed up vaccine process 19 June 2021, 12:53 PM

The National Association of School Governing Bodies says it hopes that vaccines for teachers will be administered speedily so that when schools re-open in July, a large number of teachers would have been vaccinated.

Government to build houses for 12 evicted families in the North West 19 June 2021, 12:10 PM

The North West Department of Local Government and Human Settlements has committed to building houses for the 12 families who were evicted from a farm near Ventersdorp in the North West.

SAN-Parks shocked at the killing of suspected rhino poaching kingpin 19 June 2021, 10:01 AM

South African National Parks (SAN-Parks) says it's in shock following the killing of suspected rhino poaching kingpin, Sydney Mabuza. He was gunned down execution-style in Hazyview, Mpumalanga, on Thursday.

More Limpopo schools temporary closed due to COVID-19 infections 19 June 2021, 7:45 AM

More schools have been temporarily closed in Limpopo following positive coronavirus cases. The Selelo Primary School at De Vrede in Blouberg has been closed after six teachers tested positive.

LGBTQI activists welcomes the arrest of a suspect in connection with Anele Bhengu’s murder 19 June 2021, 7:17 AM

Lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer and intersex (LGBTQI) activists in KwaZulu-Natal have welcomed the arrest of a suspect in connection with the murder of Durban woman, Anele Bhengu.

Western Cape community goes under quarantine 19 June 2021, 5:00 AM

The entire town of Kliprand is under quarantine after around 10% of the population tested positive. The only shop and school in the area are closed, three people have died and will be buried this weekend. 

Military medics to be deployed in Gauteng to ease the burden on healthcare workers 19 June 2021, 4:54 AM

South Africa will deploy military medics to Gauteng to ease the burden on healthcare workers as new COVID-19 infections continue to rise.

‘Rising number of COVID-19 cases in Gauteng can no longer be ignored’ – Lesufi 19 June 2021, 3:11 AM

Gauteng Education MEC Panyaza Lesufi says the rising number of COVID-19 cases in the province can no longer be ignored.

SABC News exposé on land eviction yields positive results 18 June 2021, 9:59 PM

The Department of Land Reform has successfully managed to acquire permanent accommodation for 12 families who were evicted by the owner of a farm near Ventersdorp in the North West. 

SA records 10 510 new COVID-19 cases, 118 deaths 18 June 2021, 9:07 PM

South Africa's COVID-19 positivity rate now stands at 20.5% as the country's total cases climb to 1 796 589. The death toll has risen to 58 441.

Health department reiterates that it has no record of decuplets 18 June 2021, 8:10 PM

The health department says that it is disappointed by comments by Independent Media that decuplets were born at the Steve Biko Academic Hospital in Pretoria.

Youth encouraged to apply for ID cards 18 June 2021, 6:49 PM

The Home Affairs department is faced with a challenge of young girls who give birth before getting identity documents.

Fishing enthusiasts spot ‘massive’ shoals of fish on KZN South Coast 18 June 2021, 4:26 PM

Fishing enthusiasts, who have been tracking the annual sardine run, say the massive shoals of fish have made an appearance on the KwaZulu-Natal South Coast.

Killing of Buyani Primary School principal was a hit: Lesufi 18 June 2021, 2:54 PM

Gauteng Education MEC, Panyaza Lesufi, says all information about the shooting of a school principal at Buyani Primary School in Finetown, Johannesburg, will be forwarded to the police for investigation.

Rhino poacher sentenced to 23 years in prison 18 June 2021, 2:10 PM

A man has been sentenced to 23 years in prison at the Skukuza Regional Court for rhino poaching.

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Western Cape Human Settlements Committee chair says unfortunate Dept was not part of webinar on District Six 18 June 2021, 12:48 PM

Chairperson of the Western Cape Standing Committee on Human Settlements, Matlhodi Maseko, says it is unfortunate that the Department of Agriculture, Land Reform and Rural Development did not participate in a webinar today to update them on matters pertaining to the District Six Restitution Projects.  

Vaccines to inoculate teachers and other frontline workers have arrived: Kubayi-Ngubane 18 June 2021, 12:30 PM

Acting Health Minister Mmamoloko Kubayi-Ngubane says a consignment of vaccines, intended to inoculate teachers and other frontline workers, arrived in South Africa on Thursday.

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[Graphic Content] Police officer arrested in KZN for alleged rape of 8-year-old girl 18 June 2021, 12:01 PM

The Independent Police Investigative Directorate (IPID) has arrested a police officer in KwaZulu-Natal for allegedly raping an 8-year old girl.