Postponing academic year causes more damage – Solidarity

School year postponed in SA

Solidarity  strongly condemned the announcement by the Department of Basic Education (DBE) that schools would now only re-open on  February 15. The minister of DBE in South Africa (SA), Angie Motshekga still said last week that learners would return to public schools on January 27. The latest announcement came after the Department met with the National Coronavirus Command Council (NCCC) where it was decided to postpone the opening of schools by another two weeks. “It is extremely short-sighted of government to keep children out of schools for this period,” says…

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Home affairs suspend applications of smart ID

Home Affairs Minister Dr Aaron Motsoaledi has announced the suspension of several services rendered by the Department of Home Affairs under level 3 of the lockdown. This as the number of death certificates issued by the department has been on the increase. Motsoaledi revealed that since December the department, has been issuing a high number of death certificates. The figures, he cautioned, are set to spiral further by the end of January. To remedy the situation, Home Affairs offices have extended their operating hours until 7pm. “We will be extending…

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Spend and borrow wisely this 2021

The National Credit Regulator (NCR) has urged the public to start 2021 on a good note by spending and borrowing wisely. The NCR said some consumers are currently finding it difficult to meet their financial obligations such as school fees, school uniform, transport and rent, among others. “It is that time of the year where some consumers will feel like ‘Januworry’ is three months long because of their financial situation. Consumers who might need to borrow money or take out credit should read and understand their credit agreements before signing,”…

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COVID-19 vaccine “not only weapon to end pandemi

Leading experts in South Africa’s vaccine procurement strategy say while securing a COVID-19 vaccine is top of the country’s agenda, it is not a magic bullet that will end the pandemic. “There is a general misunderstanding and we need to clarify that once the vaccines arrive on our doorstep, that is not the end of the epidemic. “The first branches will go to protect healthcare workers and will have no effect on the population as such. “Then there will be immunisation of the population and that is going to take…

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MPUMALANGA’S NATURE RESERVES AND TOURISM ATTRACTIONS TO ENFORCE COVID-19 HEALTH AND SAFETY REGULATIONS DURING THE FESTIVE SEASON

MTPA CEO Johannes Nobunga said they  will also ensure that other nature reserves and tourist attractions also implement these protocols during the busy festive season. This follows the announcement by President Cyril Ramaphosa for tourism attractions to ensure that all health and safety protocols are enforced during the busy festive season in order to avoid the resurgence of the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic. “All MTPA’s nature reserves will ensure that all tourism attractions are ready to welcome the large number of visitors during the festive season. All nature reserves…

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Command council details move to lockdown level 3

The National Coronavirus Command Council (NCCC) provided detail on South Africa’s move to level 3 of the COVID-19 lockdown. Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs Minister, Dr Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, said the country finds itself in a grave situation, as COVID-19 infections continue to rise. The Minister’s comments following an address by President Cyril Ramaphosa on Monday night, wherein he announced that South Africa has reverted to level 3 of lockdown, up from level 1. The briefing was on developments in relation to the country’s response to the Coronavirus pandemic. “Last night,…

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Do not pay for a place in front of queues

The South African Post Office (Sapo) has advised its customers not to pay self-appointed queue marshals a fee for a place in front of the queue when visiting their branches. Customers are advised not to pay the fee demanded by these queue marshals, and to report such incidents to the South African Police and to the Post Office branch in question These remarks come after Sapo become aware of instances where self-appointed queue marshals ask customers who visit their branches a fee for a place in the front of the…

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CORONAVIRUS CASE AT PIENAAR POLICE STATION

All communities serviced by Pienaar police station are advised that the police station has been temporarily closed due to an employee who tested positive for the Covid-19 virus. The Community Service Centre will now be operated at Mpakeni Tribal / Traditional Office, Daantjie which is behind the police station. To access the station, the community can call 076 412 3540, for all emergencies and complaints which will be attended accordingly. The telephone lines at Pienaar Community Service Centre will not be accessible for the duration of the closure. However service…

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Travel at your own risk

Department of International Relations and Cooperation (DIRCO) Minister, Dr Naledi Pandor, is pleading with South Africans travelling to the Northern hemisphere countries to exercise caution as most nations are deep in the second wave of COVID-19. Pandor said she was worried about travellers becoming distressed or even destitute pending the reintroduction of stricter lockdown restrictions with the likelihood of cancelling international flights at short notice. “Please note that you will be travelling at your own risk to these countries knowing the current circumstances and the uncertainty going forward,” the Minister…

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National rewrite of leaked Maths and Physical Sciences papers

For the first time in the country’s history, matriculants will sit for a national rewrite of two examination papers after they were leaked. Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga made the announcement during a media briefing on Friday where she provided an update on the progress of the 2020 matric examinations. “Having considered all of these factors, CEM [Council of Education Ministers] decided that a national rewrite of both Mathematics Paper 2 and Physical Sciences Paper 2 is necessary. “It was not an easy decision to take but one which is…

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