In 1953 there was a polio scare in South Africa. Schools, swimming pools and movie houses throughout the country were closed for an extended period. There was no cure. There was no vaccine. And no one was sure how the disease was spread.
Teto High School in Thabong near Welkom in the Free State was one of nine schools recognised by the national department of education for "demonstrating sustained improvement in learner achievement in grade 12" for three consecutive years.
Teachers are resigning from their jobs because they are victims of psychological and physical violence perpetrated by learners, in particular, the South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) revealed in a new report on school-based violence.
Mike, as he is affectionately called, inscribed his name in canoeing records when he and Martin Dreyer won the famous and gruelling Stihl Non-Stop Dusi Canoeing Marathon. The marathon, covering a stretch of 120km in one day, is considered the world's toughest.
Fannie Sebolela, head of Khensani Primary School in Soshanguve, Pretoria, is "always on the move". When he is not in the classroom, he is out and about calling on company executives to raise funds for his school.
The viewers of SABC1 and Learning Channel's Top Class programme may have observed the same reactions as I did when watching the CEOs in the schools that they are helping to turn around: curiosity, compassion, followed by frustration and culminating in a determination to make something happen.
Most working people dream about a carefree retirement, but the reality is quite different for the majority of retirees. Long-term research indicates that, out of every 100 working South Africans, the situation at age 65 would be as follows: