President Ramaphosa’s maiden State of the Nation

State of the Nation Address by the President of the Republic of South Africa, Mr Cyril Ramaphosa, 16 February 2018, Parliament

Speaker of the National Assembly, Ms Baleka Mbete,

Chairperson of the National Council of Provinces, Ms Thandi Modise,
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SAPO ready to pay SASSA grant

THE South African Post Office (Sapo) has assured Parliament it is ready to pay social grants for the South African Social Security Agency (Sassa) from April 1. The portfolio committee on telecommunications and postal services welcomed the news. Briefing the portfolio committee on Sapo’s readiness to take over the payment of social grants, chief operating officer Lindiwe Kwele said the state-owned enterprise was on course to produce a total of 10.6 million Sassa branded bank cards by June 2018.
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Afrikaans-speaking parents in Eastern Cape threaten to close school

On Monday, about 80 disgruntled parents, learners and community members attempted to close Sandisulwazi Secondary School in Paterson, Eastern Cape. The protesters are demanding a teacher to teach Afrikaans as a subject.

Sandisulwazi has nine teachers, eight of whom are Xhosa-speaking and one English-speaking. There are 303 learners at the school, 65 of whom are Afrikaans-speaking.
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Traditional healer sentenced to life behind bars for raping children

A 62-year-old man and a 27-year-old man have both been sentenced in the Madadeni Regional Court in Newcastle to life imprisonment in two separate rape cases, KwaZulu-Natal police said.

“In March 2016, a 14-year-old boy was very ill; his elders took him to the local traditional healer as they thought he will able to cure him,” Lt-Col Thulani Zwane said.
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The African way – 50 pupils in taxi with room for 15

A driver who transported 50 pupils in a 15-seat taxi was arrested in the Eastern Cape.

The 33-year-old taxi driver was caught in KwaDwesi, Port Elizabeth at about 07:00 on Wednesday, with more than three times the legal number of occupants in his taxi.
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Police Open Murder Case After Mom Throws Newborns In Pit Toilet

Police are investigating a case of murder and attempted murder after a 34-year-old woman allegedly threw her newborn twin babies into a pit toilet in Mankweng, outside Polokwane. The babies were retrieved by emergency services but one of the them had died. The woman, already the mother of six, was found bleeding at her home […]
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Pictures and videos emerges of Principal having sex with pupils in his office

The Gauteng Department of Education has confirmed that the principal of Reiger Park high school in Boksburg has handed in his resignation after videos and pictures of him having sex with pupils in his office emerged on social media. The Gauteng Basic Education Department has strongly condemned any acts of sexual misconduct in schools and […]
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‘One bullet, one Boerekind’ – hate complaint lodged

The South African Teachers Union (SAOU) filed a complaint of hate speech and racism at the Human Rights Commission (MRC) after a Facebook entry saying: “Please Zuma give us the guns to defend our democracy ‘one bullet, one Boerekind. “ According to the SAOU’s statement, the statement was made by one of the people who […]
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Why Zuma’s free higher education plan will cripple SA’s finances

The country’s fee-free higher education initiative, controversially introduced by President Jacob Zuma in the dying weeks of 2017, will plunge the country into a deeper financial crisis if it isn’t adjusted one way or another. Days after Zuma made his surprise announcement, Ramaphosa was elected president of South Africa’s ruling party, the African National Congress. […]
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Threats aimed at Hoërskool Overvaal after legal victory in keeping out 55 Grade 8 English learners from the Afrikaans school

Hoërskool Overvaal’s legal victory in keeping out 55 Grade 8 English learners from the Afrikaans school in Vereeniging whipped up racial tensions in court on Monday‚ with black parents shouting “away with racism” after the ruling. The angry black parents‚ in matching white tops‚ shouted in the direction of the white school governing body that […]
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Robbers threaten to push five-year-old girl in oven during house robbery

Four robbers to push a five-year-old toddler in the oven if the family did not obey their request to hand over valuable items to them during a house robbery. The incident took place on Tuesday morning at 08:45 in Old Inandaweg in Verulam, KwaZulu-Natal. According to a statement from Reaction Unit South Africa (Rusa) on […]
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Over 30,000 Grade 1 And 8 Gauteng Pupils Yet To Be Placed for new school year

The Gauteng education department says at least 31,000 grade 1 and 8 pupils are yet to be placed in the province’s schools. MEC Panyaza Lesufi has given an update on registration and other education matters in Johannesburg ahead of the start of the 2018 academic year. He says despite some challenges his department is ready […]
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Kwa-Zulu Natal Family Murdered And The House Then Set Alight – Mtwalume

The home in Mtwalume where four people died when a house caught alight. The family was tied up, strangled and then left in the blazing house. The four people, including a nine-year-old boy and a 16-year-old girl, who was tied up, strangled and then left in a blazing house in Mtwalume, near Hibberdene on Tuesday […]
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Port Elizabeth Dad Beaten For Smacking His Son After He Threw A “Vloermoer” [Tantrum]

A screaming young child watched in horror as his father was repeatedly whacked on the head and back with a metal bar allegedly by a “gartjie” who had taken offense to the man disciplining his son. Jaco from Uitenhage was attacked by a taxi driver and his “gartjie” after Jaco gave his son a hiding […]
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Woman ‘Helped In Rape Of Her 2 Month Old Baby’

  The 29-year-old woman found guilty of defeating the ends of justice over the rape of her child hides her face as she leaves the courtroom in the South Gauteng High Court in Johannesburg yesterday.  A woman who aided in the rape of her two-month-old baby in her Meadowlands, Soweto, home has been found guilty. […]
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