The Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs (COGTA) Ministry says government will be deploying 74 mobile classrooms to all affected schools in Vuwani and surrounding areas in Limpopo
The Ministry on Monday said government again calls upon communities and leaders who may have issues of concern to raise them through the channels and platforms which have been established to enable dialogue for urgent matters.
“These would include direct discussions and meetings, public participation programmes and others,” said the Ministry.
This after teaching and learning in the Vuwani area have been on hold due to public unrest that saw about 20 schools torched, forcing learners to stay at home for about two weeks.The Ministry has cautioned that communities should not compromise the interest of children and use it to bargain for community issues
“We should safeguard the rights of our children who are the leaders of tomorrow and not allow hooligans and detractors to reverse and undermine spotless achievements,” said the Ministry.The Ministry said the burning of schools, damage to infrastructure, intimidation of learners and educators are actions which in the end prevent them from attending classes and are therefore unacceptable
“It constitutes a gross violation of human rights and the law and cannot be used to draw attention to complaints about service delivery.
“Police will continue with patrols and visibility in the affected areas and perpetrators who seek to intimidate communities, or try to vandalise or destroy infrastructure, will be brought to book and the law shall take its cause,” said the Ministry.
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About 100 youth from the Msawawa informal settlement in Kya Sands are to benefit from computer, catering, sewing, beading and art skills development classes
The classes will equip the teens and young adults with skills to make them employable or able to start their own businesses, thereby contributing towards reducing poverty and dependency.
The skills development initiative is made possible through a collaboration between Hope for Women, Dick Koza Ministries and 24/7 Church under the Tears to Tiaras campaign.
Tears to Tiaras, a community development initiative which seeks to empower, motivate and protect young women against various social ills such as human trafficking, domestic violence and substance abuse.Deputy Minister of Communications, Stella Ndabeni-Abrahams, said government supported the initiative as it speaks to government’s call to work together
Government recognises that it cannot improve society alone.
“We need such initiatives so that they can meet us halfway,” said the Deputy Minister on Saturday,
The Tears to Tiaras campaign will also provide young women with Mina Cups, which are small and soft reusable silicone cups that can last up to five years.Dineo Ramonnye, from Sirithi which distributes the cups, told SAnews that the Mina Cup is designed specifically for young girls
“Although it is intimidating, it is actually very easy and safe to use. It can be cleaned with toilet paper until the end of each period when a small amount of boiling water is needed for sterilization,” she explained.Ramonnye said they had received overwhelmingly positive reaction to Mina Cup
Twenty-year-old Bathabile Zwane said she was willing to give the cup a try.
“It will save my mother the money of buying sanitary towels every month,” she said, adding that the cost of sanitary wear was too high for her mother who is a domestic worker and a single parent of four children.
Many schoolgirls miss about a week of school every month because they do not have access to sanitary pads.Deputy Minister Ndabeni-Abrahams told SAnews it was important for government to be involved in such initiatives because girls were a crucial part of building the future
The Deputy Minister said she was supported the call for the removal of Value Added Tax (VAT) on unavoidable sanitary products.
“We applaud the call. Women also have a right to play their part in the society. They have the right to be respected and given the dignity that they require, hence they need access to sanitary towels like free condoms.”
A woman arrested earlier this week for drug possession in Milnerton, Cape Town, gave birth unexpectedly in one of the holding cells
The 37-year old was arrested on Wednesday.
The child is healthy, and was transported to Somerset Hospital shortly after the birth.
SAPS said in a statement, “On Thursday, 12 May2016 at 10:00, cries for help came out of one of the female cell at Milnerton SAPS.
“The cell guard investigated and found that one of the suspects was in the process of giving birth”.Captain Helena Acker, Admin Clerk Chrissie Geswindt and Clerk Maggie Kakora rushed to the cells
“In the cells they found the 37-year-old female prisoners who already gave birth to a baby boy who was lying on a blanket.
“Captain Helene Acker removed the cord around the babies neck, clamped both ends and cut the cord. The mother was in severe pain and the ambulance services were contacted”.
Warrant Officer Daphne O’Reilly gave the baby a bath and covered him in warm clothing and a blanket.According to the suspect, she was unaware that she was pregnant
“The suspect was arrested for possession of drugs in Joe Slovo, Milnerton the previous day and was supposed to appear in theCape Town Court on Friday (13 May 2016).
Mother and baby was taken to Somerset Hospital and was found in good health.
Members named the baby Phumelelo which means “Survivor”.The Community Intervention Centre which support the Victim Support Program at the station handed over a bag with clothing and nappies
The mother was later released on a warning to appear in Cape Town Court on 13 June 2016.
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Five men, suspected of being behind a spate of business robberies in Dagbreek, Welkom were arrested on Saturday
Free State police said on Sunday, that they acted on a tip off that a tavern in the area was being robbed.
The tip off led authorities to a house in Welkom, where the suspects were found counting money.
A white BMW X3 and a maroon Toyota Hilux were confiscated.Spokesperson Molebogeng Lechesa said:
“The police searched the house and found two broken safes, an alarm system and a computer which, investigation revealed… were stolen during a business burglary at a cosmetics shop…”.
They are expected to appear in the Welkom Magistrate’s Court.
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News24 reports a building at the University of Johannesburg’s Kingsway campus was completely gutted in the early hours of Monday morning
The exact cause of the blaze at the Sanlam Auditorium has not yet been confirmed but university management is on scene.
Students were due to write exams in the building and it is unclear if they will be moved to another venue or if their exams will be delayed.
The auditorium contained three computer labs, a printing station and the student finance centre.Images of the damaged caused have been shared on Twitter:
#UJ #APKAuditorium burnt down last night #Students protesting suspension of others#UJFire https://t.co/MNH4QySVjo pic.twitter.com/jpiKzDNGxl
— CICA – Crime Intel (@CICArsa) May 16, 2016
Just in case you missed it! #UJFire @mediauj @UJfm pic.twitter.com/vgkvM7Avnt
— Xiletelo Mabasa (@SHEleteloMabasa) May 16, 2016
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