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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.

African leaders who held on tight to the reins of power

10 December 2018

DRC leader Joseph Kabila is still interested in running for president in 2023, after leading the country for 17 years.

Kabila is expected to leave office after the elections on December 23, which will be the first democratic transition of power since Kabila took office in 2001. 

Many leaders on the African continent have been known for clinging on to power beyond the democratic time frame. Here's a list of leaders who have not let go of power.

Unleashing Community Networks: Innovative Licensing Approaches

The Internet Society (ISOC) aims to make the Internet available for everyone, everywhere.  ISOC works with industry, government, academia, and other organizations worldwide to support innovation and growth of the open Internet. For over 25 years, ISOC has helped to connect individuals in virtually every country to the Internet. Part of our mission includes highlighting key policy issues related to connectivity.

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.

Africa sees strong Internet growth

11 December 2018 

Only a quarter of Africans have access to the Internet, but the region is seeing the strongest growth, according to the International Telecommunication Union's (ITU's) latest statistics.

For the first time, more than half of the world's population will be using the Internet by the end of 2018. The ITU estimates 51.2% of the global population, or 3.9 billion people, will be using the Internet this year.

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.


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