Monday, August 3, 2020

Provinces ‘need more time’ on the reopening of schools, verdict due after Monday

Basic education minister Angie Motshekga is expected to convene a meeting to consider the progress made towards reopening schools across the country. Department spokesperson Elijah...

NEASA CEO writes to the President

The chief executive officer of the National Employers’ Association of South Africa (NEASA), Gerhard Papenfus, issued the following letter to President Cyril Ramaphosa. Read...

Wearing face masks

The government restrictions at Level 4 of the national lockdown demand that anyone leaving their home must wear a face mask or some form...

Don’t report to school on Monday, education departments tell principals

Five provincial education departments have asked principals and other members of school management teams (SMTs) not to report for duty on Monday, while the...

Has your employer received UIF funding? Here’s how to find out

With thousands of businesses being forced to close for the duration of the Covid-19 national lockdown, South Africans are struggling with huge financial burdens,...

Vodacom launches 5G in Joburg, Pretoria and Cape Town

New spectrum given to mobile operators in April is starting to bear fruit as SA’s largest network operator launched 5G services in three cities...

IN FULL | Angie Motshekga’s statement on plans for schools to reopen

Basic education minister Angie Motshekga on Thursday outlined the plans for schools to reopen. She announced that schools will reopen on June 1 for...

No contact teaching at universities — but department launches ambitious online plan

The president’s national command council on Covid-19 has opted not to resume contact learning for the 2020 higher education academic year during level 4...

Schools could open by June 1 – education minister Angie Motshekga

Schools will reopen on June 1 for grade 12 and grade 7 pupils. This is according to basic education minister Angie Motshekga on Thursday. She...

Cabinet to meet on Thursday to decide when kids go back to school

When South African kids will return to school will only be determined after a cabinet meeting on Thursday morning — and the safety of...

AfriForum slams ‘unprofessional’ announcement on opening schools

AfriForum has cautiously welcomed an announcement that schools could start opening as soon as next week. Basic education director-general Mathanzima Mweli told parliament that grade...

Confusion over back to school dates – education DG says one thing‚ deputy minister...

The department of basic education appeared to backtrack on Wednesday from the announcement that schools would partially reopen for certain pupils next week. “We can't...

Durban likely to remain at level 5 come May 1, says KZN premier

While many other cities across SA will downgrade to level four on Friday, there is a good chance that eThekwini will not. KwaZulu-Natal's economic hub...

‘Recipe for disaster’: Parents and teachers ask Motshekga not to reopen schools

An invitation by the basic education department to the public to send through the most important questions they would like to ask minister Angie...

Make sure it’s safe or we won’t go back to school: teachers’ union

The government must provide cloth masks, hand sanitisers and thermal scanners before schools are allowed to reopen. These are among a list of demands that...

It’s no surprise Covid-19 infections are rising during lockdown, say experts

KGAUGELO MASWENENG and NALEDI SHANGE Experts in the field of viruses and diseases on Monday moved to clarify that it was not surprising that coronavirus...

COMMENTARY | Coronavirus casts dark shadow over South Africa’s freedom celebrations

RICHARD CALLAND AND THE CONVERSATION South Africa has the highest number of confirmed Covid-19 cases and deaths in the Southern African Development Community (SADC) region. Health minister...

Quick guide to understanding level 4 lockdown rules

Now that the Covid-19 national command council has outlined what lockdown level 4 means, South Africans are expected to adhere to the new regulations. Here...

Social distancing and paydays

Taking the opportunity to walk around town on Saturday, it was clear that, while shops proving essential items were maintaining social distancing rules as...

Managing matric in a time of turmoil

For the majority of pupils, matric is the most challenging year of their school careers - even under normal circumstances. The current circumstances facing the...

Many parents fear sending their kids back to school after lockdown

Many parents may not be sending their children back to school once schooling resumes for fear they may contract the coronavirus in the classroom. Reacting...

Department’s plan for ‘staggered’ return to school gets the nod

A teachers' union and two governing body associations have thrown their weight behind the basic education department's proposal to reopen schools on a "staggered...

Matrics and Grade 7s could be back in school by May 6, other grades...

Pupils in grades 12 and seven will be the first to return to school on May 6 if President Cyril Ramaphosa lifts the lockdown...

Nelson Mandela Bay school break-ins spike during lockdown

Laptops, tablets, electric cables, and printers are some of the things looters have stolen from more than 10 schools in Nelson Mandela Bay over...

‘Celebrities are not teachers’: Education department slammed for hiring celebs to teach during lockdown

UNATHI NKANJENI The basic education department has been slammed by some for hiring celebrities and social media influencers as “digital teachers” during the lockdown, instead...

Stupid lockdown laws are turning us all into criminals. Change them, Cyril

WENDY KNOWLER So, this strange, terrifying new life is to continue until the end of the month. Few people believed lockdown would be over on April...

Contain alcohol use to keep emergency rooms open for Covid-19, expert says

If the amount of alcohol people drink can be contained, emergency rooms can be mainly used to fight the Covid-19 pandemic, an expert says. In...
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WATCH: New year – ‘Newme’: Avatar robots allow students to attend graduation during Covid-19...

Business Breakthrough (BBT) University in Tokyo held a graduation ceremony for students using avatar robots. This was done remotely, controlled by graduating students from...

Astronomers stumble upon unexpected features in a distant galaxy

An international team of astronomers, including astronomers from Rhodes University, has uncovered unusual features present in the radio galaxy ESO 137-006, using MeerKAT. Launched in...

Parents will still have to pay private school fees

Pupils at most of the country’s private schools are receiving lessons online during the lockdown, but their tuition fees will not be reduced. Lebogang Montjane,...