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Youth urged to preserve local music

Legendary group Mahotella Queens strut their stuff on stage.

Legendary group Mahotella Queens strut their stuff on stage.

The legendary Mahotella Queens has vowed to return to Sedibeng region to facilitate musical workshops following a stint visit in a bid to preserve Mbhaqanga legacy.

Taking intervals in between their performances, Hilda Tloubatla took time to have a word or two with the young revellers who had gathered in their large numbers post commemoration of the Sharpeville Massacre formal proceedings.

“It can’t be right that every day we jet off to overseas to conduct workshops about our locally produced music yet our children are neglected,” laments Tloubatla.

The 74-year old lead singer says the mentality that something is only good because it is endorsed or comes from abroad is wrong as a result that has to change.

“We cannot have people coming and claiming what is rightfully ours, our children need to take pride in their music,” Tloubatla added.

Recently jazz maestro Don Laka took to social media and vented his anger over lack of airplay for local music by the national broadcaster in favour of international acts.

Laka also came under fire for naming club DJs who are now doubling as radio disc-jockeys by deeming the move as a conflict of interest.

A swimming pool in which two learners drowned in

A swimming pool in which two learners drowned. Picture Credit: DA 

Two school children lost their lives in a government swimming pool.

The 17 and 14 year-old boys from Thabo Vuyo Special School drowned on the morning of February 16.

The two pupils were amongst a group of other learners who visited the Emfuleni Swimming Pool. It is alleged they were guided by their female teacher.

According to Emfuleni Local Municipality, the group entered the facilities unauthorised, “unfortunately” the event ended up in tragic death of two learners.

“Whilst there is an arrangement runs only between Tuesdays and Fridays,” said municipal spokesperson Stanley Gaba in a statement.

“During this time, swimming instructors and lifeguards are available to supervise safety and rescue swimmers when the need arise.”

Every Monday of the week, the facilities are closed for maintenance.

According to him, the reasons for yesterday’s unauthorised entry are unknown.

The matter is currently under investigation with the SAPS.

Vaal LGBTI's making their way to a cop shop to handover a memorandum

Vaal LGBTI’s members making their way to a cop shop to handover a memorandum. Picture by Reginald Nhlapo

by SMANGA KUMALO and REGINALD NHLAPO

Enough is enough, End heterosexual privilege equal rights for all and Love women who love women; these and more were messages displayed on placards as members of the Vaal LGBTI (Lesbians, Gays, Bisexual, Trans-gender & Intersex) made their way to Mafatsane police station in Evaton to tone their cry and seek justice on hate crime and racism on Tuesday morning.

The well attended march was supported by the ANCYL, Young Communist League (YCL), COSATU and members of the community.

LGBTI Project Manager, Lindiwe Nhlapo said they want police and residents to know that bisexuals do exist.

This comes after a member of the LGBTI was raped and found killed.

The mutilated body of Matshidiso Melamu was found dumped in an open ground next to Mopholosi Secondary school.

During the terror, Melamu’s breasts were cut off and body burnt with acid while her friend who was also raped managed to escape.

“We want justice to take its cause. Residents must know that we do exist and they must stop killing us. We are human beings too; we are also tired of having our sexuality questioned whenever we try to open cases with police. People must accept and respect our rights,” Nhlapo said.

It is alleged that three cases of rape have been reported but none of those were attended to or taken seriously by the cops.

“When we do follow up’s we are often told the investigating officer is on leave or the dockets are missing. Some of the cases go unreported because queers are afraid to be discriminated against,” fumes Nhlapo.

Sello Maetso, Vaal SACP General Secretary said christians must acknowledge that gays and lesbians exist in the country.

“We must not wait for someone to be killed so we can march. We must work in unity,” Maetso concluded.

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DA's Khume Ramulifho calls for quality improved matric pass

DA’s Khume Ramulifho calls for quality improved matric pass. Photo: Sourced

The Democratic Alliance in Gauteng has moved swiftly in calling for improved quality pass amid top matric results which were announced on Tuesday.

In a statement issued Khume Ramulifho, MPL DA Gauteng Shadow MEC of Education said, “We will be asking Gauteng Education MEC, Panyaza Lesufi, to provide a breakdown of passes for each school in the province to ensure that targeted interventions are made to improve the quality of passes in 2016.”

“The quality of passes opens doors for more opportunities. The success of this province is dependent on young people who work hard, prepared to create and utilise opportunities,” Ramulifho added.

Ramulifho congratulated learners who passed grade 12 in 2015 with strong emphasis to the Sedibeng district for being the best district in the country.

Gauteng took second position following the Western Cape (84.7%) with 84.2%. the DA believes that more emphasis is required to fix the education system especially at schools that fall within the quintile 1-3 (Schools in quintile1,2 and 3 have been declared no-fee schools, while schools in quintiles 4 and 5 are fee-paying schools).

“Many of these schools operate under difficult circumstances including overcrowding, lack of resources and socio-economic challenges. This will assist in redressing inequalities in our country,” Ramulifho concluded.

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Matric students writing their final examinations test

CUL-DE-SAC: Matric students writing their final examination. Photo: Sourced

Sedibeng East District under the leadership of Doris Moloi achieved the best results in 2015 matric examinations, beating the country’s other 80 districts, Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga announced on Tuesday.

Sedibeng was followed by Gauteng West, the Overberg district in the Western Cape and Cape Metropolitan area.

“We congratulate Sedibeng for the best district performance. I should state that in the Free State, Thabo Mofutsanyana district led that province, Cradock led in the Eastern Cape and Vhembe district has the best result in Limpopo,”said Motshekga.

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ON ALERT: Metro Police Officers monitoring Langalibalele Dube Primary School patrollers in Lakeside, Orange Farm.

ON ALERT: Metro Police Officers monitoring Langalibalele Dube Primary School patrollers in Lakeside, Orange Farm.

Langalibalele Dube Primary school has been provided with patrollers to safeguard pu¬pils.

Now the educators will not lose sleep about the safety of children when they cross one of the main roads in Lakeside exten¬sion 2.

The patrollers are none other than pupils from Lan¬galibalele Dube School.

The initiative is one of Imperial and Ukhamba Community Development.

It was curved when they came to the school to do¬nate a state of the art li¬brary and Resources center that has an estimated price tag of one million rand.

Tebogo Makofane, coor¬dinator for school patroller said they are giving chil¬dren to run programme.

“In this initiative we are working with department of education and JMPD. We will be monitoring pa¬trollers and their educators. We are also going to provide them with a proper training” he explained.

The patrollers were also monitored by Johannes¬burg Metro Police offi¬cers.

Makofane said they are they have identified dis¬advantage school that need patrollers.

He added: “We are not providing this kind of inventiveness in Orange Farm only, but in other provinces as well. We saw a need for this because many children are hit by cars on their way to school. We want them to be safe.”

Mark Lambert, Imperial Holding CEO said their aim is also to educate children about the safety of the roads.

“But our supplemen¬tary aspire; we want to reduce roads accidents in the streets. By putting children on the streets to be pa¬trollers, is that we want to condense accidents. Motorists are going to be cautious as children will be controlling traf¬fic,” he explained.

He said motorists do not want to take orders from the elders.

“We are certain that they would be taking orders from the chil¬dren.

We also want pupils to learn roads regula¬tions at a tender age,” he concluded.