Nearly 35,000 kids exempted from school over Covid-19 fears

A total of 34,565 pupils in seven provinces have been exempted from attending school because of the fear of contracting Covid-19 – including a whopping 28,861 from the Western Cape. A further 10,903 pupils had declared comorbidities. Director-general of basic education Mathanzima Mweli released the figures to parliament on Tuesday.[…]

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Cliff to hear if he can return to Idols

The High Court in Johannesburg will decide on Friday whether controversial media personality Gareth Cliff can return to his job as a judge on Idols. M-Net removed Cliff from the show following a backlash on Twitter after he commented on a Facebook post by KwaZulu-Natal realtor Penny Sparrow in which[…]

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Mexicans demand safe return of 43 students

Tens of thousands of protesters have flooded the streets of the Mexican capital demanding the safe return of 43 students who went missing over a month ago, with hopes that the arrest of key suspects would bring answers. Demonstrators chanted: “They took them alive, we want them alive,” holding a[…]

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Most hajjis back home

Hundreds of South African hujjaaj have been pouring back into the country over the past week, having participated in what Saudi authorities have described as the most successful haj in recent memory. 2000 South Africans have undertaken the holy pilgrimage this year. By Monday evening, it is expected that roughly[…]

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First SA hajjis back on Wed

The first few groups of South African hujjaj are expected to return to the country on Wednesday afternoon, the South African Haj and Umrah Council (Sahuc) said on Monday. With the annual Haj pilgrimage drawing to a close, Sahuc’s head of mission in the Saudi Kingdom has reported that the[…]

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