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Limpopo's top performing schools under pressure as parents seek places for children

9 January 2019

Top performing schools in the rural areas of Limpopo are facing increasing demand from parents who want to secure places for their children.

Marumo Mashifane, the principal of Moroke Secondary School in Phokwane, Nebo, had to turn down scores of applications from parents – some from outside the area – who wanted to enrol their children at the school.

The school’s matriculants have consistently achieved high marks and in 2018 the Moroke got a 98.7% pass rate with three candidates obtaining 300/300 marks in physical science.

Gauteng scrambles to place 17 000 learners

8 January 2018

Gauteng is scrambling to place about 17 000 learners in the province, with schools set to open tomorrow.

Although the online applications system is now in its third year, it appears the timeous placement of learners is still a challenge for the Gauteng Department of Education (GDE)

Elijah Mhlanga, spokesperson at the Department of Basic Education, told 702 approximately 17 000 children across Gauteng still need placement, as school gates prepare to reopen.

Final POPI regulations published

9 January 2018

The Information Regulator in SA published the final Protection of Personal Information (POPI) regulations on 14 December 2018.

Law firm Michalsons notes the regulations say: "These regulations shall be called the regulations relating to the protection of personal information, 2018."

The POPI Act was signed by the then president Jacob Zuma on 19 November 2013 and published in the Government Gazette on 26 November 2013.

Education analysis misses the mark

A recent comment piece published in the Mail & Guardian (“Basic education is failing the economy”) expresses alarm at the performance of the schooling system and the implications for the economy. We share the fundamental concern that the school system still needs much improvement in order to contribute to economic growth and transformation, but unfortunately the analysis is weak.

CapaCiTi calls on ICT firms to hire interns

12 December 2019 
 

CapaCiTi, the Cape Innovation and Technology Initiative's (CiTi) Tech Career Accelerator, is calling on local organisations to contribute to the eradication of youth unemployment by offering its graduates' internship opportunities.

Since its inception in 2010, CapaCiTi has trained 1889 young South Africans for the tech sector, with a large percentage of these interns already placed in a wide range of local ICT corporates such as financial services firm, digital marketing agencies and software start-ups.

Gender-based violence increases over 16 days: report

12 December 2018 

Pretoria - A non-government organisation says it's concerned over the sharp increase in domestic violence since the start of the festive season.

Councillors at the Sinoville Crisis Centre in Pretoria reported the alarming rise in incidents.​

This was during the 16 days of activism against gender-based violence, which ended on Monday.

The Sinoville Crisis Centre's CEO Colleen Strauss said economic stress, alcohol, and drug abuse could be contributing factors to the increase of incidents.
 

How many of these iconic protest posters can you recognise?

12 December 2018 

Here's the story of the Treatment Action Campaign or how a handful of people created a global movement that changed the world.

Ten people, three banners, one folding table and just a handful of petitions — the fight to save the lives of millions of HIV-positive people began with the trappings of no more than your average mall fundraising stand on a December day at the foot of Cape Town's St George’s Cathedral.

'Bad financial management' behind govt's delayed IT system

6 December 2018 

A forensic report into a delayed national IT system has recommended that Treasury director general Dondo Mogajane take action against officials allegedly responsible for financial mismanagement.

Treasury on Wednesday night briefed the standing committee on public accounts (Scopa) on the findings and recommendations of a probe into the Integrated Financial Management System, or IFMS.

The manufacturing sector helps lift SA out of a recession

5 December 2018

Sick and tired of living in a recession? Well, Statistics SA has good news for you. The economy grew by 2.2% in the third quarter this year, meaning that the economy is growing and the country is no longer in a recession.

The 2.2% growth in the gross domestic product (GDP) in the third quarter — July to September — equates to an annualised 1.1% improvement from a year ago. The GDP measures the total output of the economy.

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