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Teens Admit to Having Unsafe Sex

The Gauteng Department of Social Development says that most teenagers in the province admit to preferring unsafe sex.

Social development MEC, Nandi Mayathula-Khoza, who briefed the media on the department study, ‘Factors Associated with Teenage Pregnancy in Gauteng Province’, pointed out that teen pregnancies are a problem that could not be ignored.

Mayathula-Khoza, who is of the view that teenage pregnancy contributes the level of unemployment, also added that, “…girls who fall pregnant have a right to continue with school.”

Development Bypasses World's Poorest

The United Nations (UN) says the UN Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) have been improving the lives of millions around the world, but people in very poor regions have not been sharing in the progress.

According to the annual report charting progress on the MDGs until the 2015 deadline, Aid money to the least developed countries fell 13 percent to US$26 billion in 2012.

UN goals to fight poverty and hunger, promote gender equality, and education, and widen access to water and health services were first outlined in 2000 and agreed to by UN members.

Motshekga in Court Over Teachers Shortage

The Centre for Child Law (CCL) has taken Basic Education Minister, Angie Motshekga, to court over the shortage of teachers in the Eastern Cape.

CCL director, Ann Skelton, says their urgent application arises out of the failure of the minister and the Department of Basic Education to implement a court order of 3 August 2013, which directed the appointment of educators to vacant posts and to pay educators occupying those posts."

Learners Lobby for Free Wikipedia

South African learners are lobbying local mobile operators - Vodacom, MTN and Cell C - to make Wikipedia free to facilitate easier access to information.

In Uganda and Kenya, mobile operators allow free access to the online encyclopaedia Wikipedia and learners from Sinenjongo High School in Joe Slovo Park outside Cape Town are lobbying to make the service available in South Africa.

Zuma Urged to Investigate Education Problems

Advocacy group, Equal Education, has called on President Jacob Zuma to appoint a judicial commission of inquiry into the debacle as more complaints surfaced this week that several schools in other provinces besides Limpopo have not received their textbooks.

Head researcher at Equal Education, Yoliswa Dwane, says that though the group had faith in the inter-ministerial investigative team Zuma appointed earlier this month, a judicial inquiry was needed to "unearth all the rot" and bring all the culprits to book.

Ndileka Takes Over Mandela’s Legacy

Former President, Nelson Mandela, has endorsed that his granddaughter, Ndileka Mandela, take over his legacy of uplifting impoverished rural communities.

Ndileka says the Nelson Mandela Foundation - which is responsible for building clinics and schools in rural areas before Madiba retired - has since stopped doing the work.

She says the foundation, which has a new strategy - refocusing its energy towards the centre of memory (digital archives), has collaborated with Google.

Unfair to Blame Masemola for Textbook Saga

Limpopo's education MEC Dickson Masemola, says it is ‘unfair’ that he is being blamed for the Limpopo textbook saga.

Masemola states that it's ‘very unfair’ because people cannot take the whole responsibility of the education challenge and place it on him. He says he is confused by calls for his resignation as he was stripped of his powers when the province was placed under administration.

NGO Slams Department Over Textbooks

SECTION27 says the Limpopo education department is ‘rotten’ and ‘incapable of meeting its Constitutional obligation to learners’.

SECTION27 director, Mark Heywood’s comment follows the release of the findings of University of the Witwatersrand Professor Mary Metcalfe’s probe into Limpopo textbook debacle.

Metcalfe recommends the revamp of the order delivery system while noting that communication channels are weak and sometimes non-existent.

Learners Sing for Mandela

On 18 July 2012, school pupils around the country will be singing happy birthday to Madiba as part of International Mandela Day.

The call has also been extended to people throughout the world to sing a song at 8h00 to honour Madiba, who will be turning 94.

The day has been marked since 2009 to celebrate Mandela’s impact on the world, and since then, individuals are inspired to take 67 minutes out of their day to help change the world for the better, and in doing so build a global movement for good.

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