Foster grants system is about to collapse – Bathabile Dlamini’s next national embarrassment?

The department of social development may find itself in a similar situation with foster care grants as it did earlier in 2017 when it missed the Constitutional Court’s deadline to take over the payment of social grants. According to GroundUp, thousands of foster care placement orders will expire on December 31, which means that the […]
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Shocking!! A Grade 2 learner from Brakpan brings gun to school – with live ammo

A case of a Grade 2 pupil bringing a gun to school in Brakpan is under investigation by education authorities and police. Gauteng education MEC Panyaza Lesufi‏ expressed his shock‚ commenting on Twitter: “Pray for us‚ Aowa‚ this can’t be. A Grade 2 with a gun!” He shared a report that indicated the weapon had […]
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Mother of Mitchells Plain accused of killing newborn, hiding body under mattress

A Mitchells Plain mother has been arrested after she allegedly choked her newborn son to death and hid him under a mattress. According to a source close to the case, the woman was pregnant by a married man. The incident happened at the mother’s Beacon Valley home on Saturday afternoon. A suspicious visitor told her […]
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Pupils from Esokheni Secondary School torch ‘ugly’ school and demand breakfast be served! Say no more!

Pupils from Esokheni Secondary School near Greytown are reportedly unhappy with the aesthetic appearance of the school in relation to others in the district. More than changing the school’s infrastructure‚ protesting scholars want breakfast served as part of the existing school nutrition programme. Education Department spokesperson‚ Kwazi Mthethwa‚ said that a delegation of officials had […]
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Father brutally beats five-year-old to death in Johannesburg

“I called his name; he looked up at me and sighed his last breath.” Rashieda Landis recalled the last moments of a five-year-old boy’s life after he was allegedly severely beaten by his father on Thursday night. Landis‚ a ward councillor of Chrisville‚ south of Johannesburg‚ said that the boy’s father reacted casually to the […]
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Lessons to be learnt from the rest of the African continent

While South Africa had “a head start in the level of its development compared to other African economies” there was much to learn from the rest of the continent, many of who were “making greater progress, despite starting from a low base.” South Africa also had a role to play in contributing to the continent’s […]
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Alleged prophet arrested for raping four minor children

The Saps Family violence, child protection and Sexual Offences Unit in Tzaneen have arrested a 32 year old self proclaimed prophet for raping four minor children in the Maake Policing area outside Tzaneen. It is alleged that the four victims aged 12, 14, 14, and 16 who were ushers in the suspect’s Church at Burgersdorp […]
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Black experts in the health sector: Where are they?

Whether it is a story looking at the latest HIV policies or the best way to deliver a baby, I rely on the expertise of health professionals to help me to get my facts right. But in my year as a health reporter, I have been alarmed by one particular aspect of these interactions: the […]
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Klipspruit West parents- Black teachers call our kids ‘coloured bastards’

Disgruntled community members in Klipspruit West, Eldorado Park, south of Johannesburg, say coloured pupils are being degraded by black teachers at the Klipspruit West Secondary School. The issue of race seems to be at the centre of the unhappiness among locals in the area. “Many of the children drop out of the school and are […]
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ANC plays it safe: free higher education soon – Bribery at its best!

The ANC wants the government to provide free higher education for poor would-be students as early as next year. At a lekgotla of the governing party’s national executive committee at the weekend in Tshwane, it was proposed that the 2018 budget include provision for full first-year subsidies for students from households with a gross income […]
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