December 12, 2018


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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Killer dad a suicide risk, court rules


A Spanish dentist accused of killing his three-year-old twins in a rented Cape Town holiday home is in a fragile mental and physical state, the Wynberg Magistrate’s Court heard on Wednesday. Lawyer William Booth said he and psychiatrist Tuviah Zabow visited Mario-César Deus Yela, 48, at the hospital section of Pollsmoor prison at the weekend. “He has potential suicide tendencies. I am worried about his emotional state and his physical well-being,” said Booth. He said they would not go ahead at this stage with an application to have him assessed by a panel of psychiatrists. Zabow would first write a…

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