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KZN School Gets Zero Percent Pass Rate

The KwaZulu-Natal school which received a zero percent matric pass rate has had no principal since 2000 and has only six teachers -- three of whom were temporary, an education union said on Wednesday.

Zuzanawe High School in northern KwaZulu-Natal was one of the province’s four schools to receive a zero percent matric pass rate during the 2009 examinations.

Xenophobic Violence on the Horizon

The fears come after Atteridgeville residents attacked two Somali spaza shops on Monday night.

The attacks occurred after security workers, contracted by the Tshwane Metro Council, tore down 550 shacks at Itireleng settlement, next to Laudium, on Monday.

The shacks were demolished after the landowners, Pretoria Portland Cement, obtained a court order in December to have the land invaders evicted.

SABC Board Behind New Boss

SABC board members have scorned weekend reports suggesting there is a rift between the new board and the ­public broadcaster’s new chief executive, Solly Mokoetle.

According to a Sunday Times report the new board is set to challenge Mokoetle’s appointment by the SABC’s interim board.

The Sunday Times quoted anonymous board members saying they would act on the Gobodo findings, allegedly that Mokoetle had failed in his corporate governance duties.

Call to Participate in the Electricity Hearings

The Minister of Energy, Dipuo Peters, has urged all South Africans to participate in the public hearings on electricity utility Eskom's proposed tariff increase.

Peters says the hearings, held by the National Energy Regulator of South Africa (NERSA), provide a platform for the public to register their concerns about the proposed increase.

In a press statement, Peters asked all South Africans, even those who could not attend NERSA hearings, to make their voices heard.

Call to Decriminalise Prostitution

Sex workers' advocates have called for the decriminalisation of prostitution in South Africa as a preventive measure to contain the spread of HIV during this year's World Cup.

Sex Worker Education and Advocacy Taskforce, director, Eric Harper, says that a rise in demand for prostitution during the World Cup could be a ‘recipe for disaster’, as researchers have estimated that almost half of female sex workers in Johannesburg alone have HIV.

International Conference on ICT for Africa 2010

With support from the National Science Foundation (NSF), the National Aeronautic and Space Administration (NASA), and the Ellis Trust, the International Centre for Information Technology and Development is convening this international conference on the theme ‘ICT for Development - Contributions of the South’. The conference will bring together a mix of practitioners and academics working in the area of information and communication technologies (ICTs) for sustainable development to explore Africa's contribution to the global ICT for development discourse and efforts.

(But) It Seemed Too Heavy

(But) it seemed too heavy
says he of the incongruous
application of words on
SAFMs The Editors programme
(all women on his show today)

(But) it seemed too heavy
talking about HIV/AIDS as
we all so routinely do when
the time comes around

(But) it seemed too heavy
for a Sunday morning when
folk are resting after another
week of unemployment

(But) it seemed too heavy
as we go along in the usual
our 16 days ritual of anti-abuse

I Smile, Half

I smile, half
at the HIV-Positive
t-shirted fellow
leaning at a pole
on my morning-way
to Lansdowne station

I smile, half
at the 3 motorists
ignoring the stop-street
on their morning-way
quite casual-like

I smile, half
at the smokers-male
on their morning-way
to ruining their health
quite casual-like

I smile, half
grimacing actually
at the fact of December 1
World AIDS Day (again)
quite casual-like

HIV/AIDS

SA’s Teacher Evaluation Failed, Motshekga

Basic Education Minister, Angie Motshekga, says the current system for the evaluation of teachers in South Africa’s schools has failed and a new model, possibly including the idea, despised by trade unions, of returning to an inspectorate, has to be developed.

Motshekga says the existing integrated quality management system and its associated development appraisal system will be retained for now because they are the only tools available to assess teachers.

Ethical Issues in Using Participatory Video in Addressing Gender Violence in and Around Schools

This paper discusses ethical and theoretical issues of conducting participatory research with young people. The report reflects the authors' work with boys and girls in rural schools in KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa, using participatory methodologies, particularly visual (photo-voice and video-documentaries), to examine the nature and impact of gender-based violence on the lives of young people, and explore possible strategies for intervention.

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