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Sona blow for showbiz

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THE Cape Town party scene was dealt a hard blow after the postponement of the state of the nation address (Sona). A number of celebrities along with some of country’s top fashion designers lamented the decision as they were forced to count their losses after forking out hefty prices on hotel fees and high-end designer
Source: The New Age

Zuma briefs family on exit

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President Jacob Zuma is set to convene a family gathering at his Mahlamba Ndlopfu residence in Pretoria this weekend to inform them of his decision to step down as head of state. “He (Zuma) is meeting with his family in Pretoria this weekend to discuss his exit plan. Depending on the outcome of this meeting,
Source: The New Age

UP bans private accommodation

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THE University of Pretoria (UP) banned a private owned student accommodation from its list of residences due to lack of transformation and won’t be participating in its upcoming events. The Sonop residence apparently doesn’t meet the university’s transformation quota, accommodating black students in only six out of 160 residences of Sonop remains predominantly Afrikaans and
Source: The New Age

Bathabile Dlamini sticks to her guns at Sassa inquiry

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On day two of the South African Social Security Agency (Sassa) inquiry, Social Development Minister Bathabile Dlamini stuck to her guns that work streams team was initiated to work hand-in-hand with Sassa officials. The minister on Tuesday continued to give testimony at the inquiry as to why she should not be liable for cost of litigation
Source: The New Age

59 suspects in court for Krugersdorp violence

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Fifty nine protesters are expected to appear in the Krugersdorp Magistrate’s Court on Wednesday on charges of public violence. The suspects were arrested in Mogale City, Krugersdorp on Monday, following a protest action. The protest got out of hand as residents took to the street to express their anger against drug dealers and child traffickers in
Source: The New Age

Another Gauteng Health official implicated in Life Esidimeni tragedy resigns

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The suspended Gauteng director of mental health Dr Makgabo Manamela has resigned on Monday. Manamela has quits following the deaths of 143 psychiatric patients who were transferred from Life Esidimeni facilities to unregistered non-governmental organisations [NGOs]. Manamela also appeared before the Life Esidimeni arbitration process to explain her role in the whole Esidimeni tragedy. Also
Source: The New Age

‘SABC has not hired COO’

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The heated issue regarding the SABC’s alleged appointment of a new chief operating officer (COO) still drew various comments yesterday, with the Department of Communications emphasising it was yet to be consulted. This was in accordance with an order issued last month by the North Gauteng High Court. Following media reports on Sunday claiming the
Source: The New Age

Dark cloud of impeachment

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AS PARLIAMENT prepares for Jacob Zuma delivering what is looming to be his last state of the nation address (Sona), a subcommittee is finishing a set of rules that will govern procedures to be followed for the removal of a president. This process is hanging like a dark cloud over Thursday, February 8, when Zuma
Source: The New Age

Health head notice hailed

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The resignation of suspended Gauteng health head of department Dr Barney Selebano has been widely welcomed by among others the chairperson of the select committee on social services. Selebano’s resignation comes as the Life Esidimeni arbitration hearing chaired by retired justice Dikgang Moseneke is set to resume tomorrow. Selebano is one of the three senior
Source: The New Age

Schools face reading and comprehension skills challenges

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South African schools enter the 2018 academic year faced with the challenge of addressing the dismal reading and comprehension skills highlighted by the Progress in International Reading Literacy Study (PIRLS) 2016 report which found that nearly eight out of 10 Grade four children in the country cannot read for meaning. South Africa scored last in
Source: The New Age

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