May 29, 2017

Mpumalanga initiation school deaths worrying: police


Four initiates, aged between 14 and 21, died after complications at initiation schools in KwaMhlanga, Kwaggafontein, Vosman and Belfast, Mpumalanga police said on Thursday. “All the four initiates aged between 14 and 21, had complications that led to their deaths and a probe is underway,” spokesman Brigadier Leonard Hlathi said. “A preliminary investigation, discovered that one of the victims was 14-years-old, of which according to the Mpumalanga Ingoma Act 3 of 2011, no person under the age of 16 may attend an Ingoma as an initiate (umkhethwa).” He said that the circumstances under which the teenager was admitted or accepted…

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Siblings reunite after 33 years


An elderly brother and sister, who had last seen one another 33 years ago, have been reunited thanks to the dogged determination of a relative, Netwerk24 reports. Merle Pieterse from Heidelberg in the Western Cape wanted to make her mother Mienie Buys’ 83rd birthday extra special, so she decided to track down Buys’ brother. Her search finally yielded results when she found her uncle, George Meyer, 75, in Mossel Bay and reunited him with her mother. The reunion between Buys and Meyer, her youngest brother, was an emotional, though happy day. Meyer’s three sons – Jerome, Colin and Calvin – met…

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NLC to consider more funding for education


The National Lotteries Commission (NLC) says it will review its funding model to prioritise education and channel more money into it as it has emerged as one of the key sectors to champion the country’s economic growth but remains hugely underfunded. In separate interviews at Sediti Secondary School in Thaba-Nchu last week, NLC chairperson Professor Alfred Nevhutanda and NLC Commissioner Thabang Mampane said while government has traditionally funded education in the country, there was need to rethink the model and find ways of improving it in line with the economic and social changes the country is facing. The two spoke…

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