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Most Gauteng, Western Cape schools in hotspots

Out of more than 25 000 schools in the country, 8 047 were in hotspots and 6 995 of these were public schools. And most of Gauteng’s and the Western Cape’s schools are in hotspots

DBE: 95% of schools to open on June 8

After a week’s delay, the basic education minister said the majority of schools are ready to open, but added that ‘the golden rule is, there will be no school that will resume, if not ready to do so’

Schools: Confusion rather than clarity and confidence reign

The way in which Angie Motshekga has handled the reopening of schools has caused many people to lose confidence in her

‘Tenderpreneurs’ block the delivery of protective equipment to schools

Protests by local suppliers have delayed PPE delivery, which according to the DBE, is one of the reasons the reopening of schools has been pushed back until June 8

Going back to school in the pandemic: ‘We are going to live on prayer’

With schools set to reopen as the lockdown eases, teachers say too few classrooms, dodgy toilets and inadequate water make it difficult to teach safely

Plan in place to recover ‘lost’ school days

Autumn matric camps cancelled as the actions of some provinces accused of being ‘tantamount to treason’ for wanting to keep them open

South Africa to pioneer school steroid tests

From next year, high school athletes may start being policed and punished for using banned steroids.

New DG for basic education department

The department announced on Thursday that Mathanzima Mweli had been appointed as DG after a "rigorous interview and vetting process".

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Scores die in Western Cape’s deadly taxi tit-for-tat

Forty-three people were shot dead in the first six months of this year in the Western Cape’s intractable taxi violence, while close to 100 have been arrested and 40 are on court rolls in connection with the conflict

Ingonyama Trust Board moves to retrench staff

More than 50 workers at the Ingonyama Trust Board have been issued section 189 notices

Solar stuck where sun don’t shine: State spends R289m to store solar water heaters

The national solar water heater programme is set to take off once again this year, but meanwhile the government is spending millions on storing heaters that have yet to be installed

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NSTF-South32 Awards

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The benefits of being a GEMS member

The scheme offers comprehensive and affordable healthcare options to all public service employees and greater access to better healthcare

The evolution of South Africa’s savings culture

A common misconception is that you need a lot of money to start saving, but this is simply not true – you can start with R50

Tobacco producers welcome new research confirming that cigarette ban has failed

Every day that goes by shows the importance of getting rid of this ban and going back to producing and selling cigarettes as we were before

Cost increases sharing of cigarettes

Many people are questioning whether the ban on tobacco in South Africa is not in fact having the opposite effect of that intended

How to tell if you have a hidden contact centre in your business

The important thing to remember is that a contact centre is defined less by the physical space it occupies and more by the customer experience it delivers

Accessing health and justice in a time of Covid-19

The similarities between the HIV epidemic and the Covid-19 pandemic are hard to ignore – the most obvious is the level of premature deaths caused by both

Position of the African Blood Regulators Forum on the use of Convalescent Plasma in Africa as a potential therapy for Covid-19

A potential treatment for Covid-19 is the transfusion of convalescent plasma collected from those who have recovered from into those who are still affected

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