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Risk and opportunity as early childhood development moves to DBE

This year’s State of the Nation Address may have radically changed South Africa’s prospects for education and economic growth. For the first time, there is a clear commitment to early childhood development (ECD), which is globally recognized as the most powerful investment in human capital that a country can make.[1],[2] At last there is real opportunity to get things right for young children, whose cognitive and emotional development has been sorely neglected by the democratic State.
 

After the load-shedding come water shortages, Joburgers warned

14 February 2019 

It's not just load-shedding you have to worry about, the city of Johannesburg has warned. You could also be in for water cuts.

The metro warned that water shortages could follow load-shedding.

"As we continue to experience load-shedding across the country, Johannesburg Water is working alongside City Power to ensure that residents do not have to face water cuts as well," said MMC for environment and infrastructure services Nico de Jager.
 

INTERNET OF THINGS HELPS FEED THE MASSES

The new digital agricultural solution is using the Internet of things (IOT) to try combat malnutrition and boost food security in Africa.

The South African operation of Swedish enterprise applications company IFS and local company Matsei Technologies and Consulting collaborated to create the digital aquaponics farming solution.

The project aims to leverage technology to help build sustainable protein production for African communities, drive job creation and support the rise of innovative small businesses.

SA connect reaches Limpopo

The Department of Communications (DOC) and state entity Broadband Infraco are working together to rollout broadband services in Limpopo's Vhembe district.

According to the DOC, the broadband project forms part of SA Connect and its vision to build capable skills for the impending fourth industrial revolution.

Led by Pinky Kekana, DOC deputy minister, the broadband project in Limpopo will connect four public facilities, provide ICT equipment to three schools, as well as introduce a cyber-security outreach programme in that area, according to the department.

Parliament to probe Clifton beach 'racism'

31 January 2019 

Parliament will hold an all-day inquiry into what transpired at Clifton Fourth Beach in Cape Town, where beachgoers were allegedly escorted off the beach by a private security company.

The incident was deemed racist by a number of organisations and compared to apartheid-era beach bans. In the wake of the incident, a number of protests took place, including the slaughtering of a sheep at the beach “to exorcise the demon of racism”.

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