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Cape minstrels carnival postponed

The annual minstrels carnival parade in Cape Town has been postponed due to logistic reasons, carnival president Richard Stemmet said on Monday. “The parade is postponed to Saturday, January 10.” He said they could not host the parade on Monday because it was the first working day of the year[…]

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What’s going on with electricity?: DA

The Democratic Alliance on Sunday said it was concerned with a lack of clarity about the current state of South Africa’s power supply system as the new year took off. “The power utility and Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa must… let us know exactly what the current state of affairs is,[…]

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Boy, 7, killed in WCape shack fire

A seven year old boy was killed on Sunday when a fire tore through four shacks in Wallacedene, the Cape Town disaster management said. Ten other people were left homeless as a result, spokesman Wilfred Solomons-Johannes said in a statement. In a separate incident, 270 people were displaced when a[…]

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‘Nkandla 11’ won’t plead guilty: Report

The union representing 11 public works department employees facing a disciplinary hearing over the upgrades to President Jacob Zuma’s Nkandla homestead says the group will not plead guilty, The Sunday Independent reported. “Our members are determined to let the internal disciplinary hearings go ahead. They do not fear anything at[…]

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Report into cheating expected soon: Umalusi

The first report detailing alleged cheating during the matriculation exams at 69 examination centres across the country is expected at the end of January, Umalusi said on Sunday. “At the end of this month, we should be receiving the first formal report,” said Umalusi spokesman Lucky Ditaunyane. He said that[…]

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SACP supports non-publishing of names

The SA Communist Party (SACP) said on Sunday it supported the decision by the basic education department to not publish the names of matriculants in newspapers. “The SACP hopes that the decision by the basic education department represents the starting point towards individual learners’ results not being published in newspapers[…]

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No sinister reason behind WCape gov reshuffle: Botha

A recent reshuffle in the DA-led Western Cape government had nothing to do with quotas of Afrikaner representatives, former Health MEC Theuns Botha said on Saturday. “The media speculation of any sinister reason for Minister [NomaFrench] Mbombo and I swopping portfolios is unfounded and untrue,” said Botha in a statement.[…]

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Snatched WCape baby found

A baby boy who was 12 days old when he was abducted from Cape Town’s Groote Schuur hospital on New Year’s Day, has been found, Western Cape police said on Saturday. Spokesman Captain FC van Wyk said a 24-year-old woman has been arrested in connection with the crime. “Investigations led[…]

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Body found at CTown beach

A man’s body was found in the water at Fish Hoek beach on Friday, Western Cape police said. Shark spotters discovered the body at 10.20am during routine checks, Captain Frederick van Wyk said. The police diving unit removed the body. He is white, bald, aged between 55 and 60, and[…]

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IEB students praised for 98.38% pass rate

The class of 2014 who wrote the Independent Examinations Board (IEB) matric exams are receiving widespread praise after a successful end of year pass rate of 98.38%. Of those, 85.5% scored bachelor passes making them eligible for entry into university. The exams were written by 9978 full time and 475[…]

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