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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.

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.

NSFAS receives 400 000 new funding applications

4 December 2018

The National Student Financial Aid Scheme (NSFAS) has received more than 400 000 new funding applications for its 2019 cycle, Higher Education Minister Naledi Pandor said on Tuesday.

“The final decision will of course be made once we know that you have passed your National Senior Certificate, that you are admitted to an approved programme, and that you are registered,” Pandor said at a briefing in Cape Town.

NSFAS will finalise the approved students by the end of January, who will get a split of its R32-billion budget.

What is affordable internet access anyway?

Governments around the world often include language in their national broadband plans or ICT policies that call for “affordable internet access for all.”

This same language in used in the Sustainable Development Goals  — SDG 9c calls for universal, affordable internet access by 2020.

Clearly, the importance of enabling everyone, everywhere to access and participate in the digital revolution is increasingly being recognised the world over.

Ramaphosa: Country to launch plan to tackle gender-based violence

01 November 2018 

"20 000 people were killed in the past year. The majority of killers and victims are men," Ramaphosa says at summit.

President Cyril Ramaphosa has announced that South Africa will launch a national strategic plan to tackle gender-based violence (GBV) after years of lobbying by activists.

Ramaphosa was speaking at the Presidential GBV Summit Thursday, the latest in a string of meetings convened by Ramaphosa on significant issues facing the country such as health and unemployment.

NRCS Takes Safe Paraffin Appliance Awareness Campaign to KZN

The National Regulator for Compulsory Specifications (NRCS) in partnership with the Department of Trade Industry (the dti) and the National Consumer Commission (NCC) will hand over more than 500 stoves to the residents of the informal settlement of Shaka’s Head near KwaDukuza in KwaZulu-Natal on Monday, 26 November 2018. 

This is part of the ongoing campaign to remove unsafe paraffin stoves across the country.

Equal access to top quality pre-schools in townships can help to bridge equality divide

Access to quality Early Childhood Development for children in low income communities is a serious challenge facing South Africa. It has been proven that children who do not receive quality early education are more likely to drop out of school, with the negative effects of that carrying on throughout their lives.

The most effective way to prevent this, and work towards bridging the inequality divide South Africa is experiencing, is to ensure that all children have access to good quality early childhood development education, regardless of where they live.

Engen’s R500k donation helps “lend dignity” to fire victims who lost everything

Engen has boosted fire relief efforts in greater Cape Town to the tune of R500 000, a donation that disaster aid organisation Gift of the Givers says will help them “lend dignity to people who have lost everything.”

“While nothing can replace what they have lost, this helps us to ensure we can offer the victims of the devastating fires in Khayelitsha, Kosovo and Vrygrond quality assistance of the highest possible standard,” says Badr Kazi, the organisation’s government and corporate relations manager.

How data bundle prices changed over five years

A new report from the Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (ICASA) compares bundle price fluctuations from SA's four major operators over the past five years.

ICASA has published its latest "Bi-annual Report on the Analysis of Tariff Notifications", with the latest data to 30 June 2018. The regulator provides analysis of the price trends between 2013 and 2018 for prepaid data bundles, valid for 30 days, for operators MTN, Vodacom, Cell C and Telkom Mobile.

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