May 23, 2017

Troy Martens

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The department of basic education announced at the beginning of this month that that it would be implementing a special condonation for learners in grades 7-9 to allow them to proceed to the next level after obtaining at least 20 percent in mathematics. This followed indications from school principals and provincial officials across the country that the requirement for the senior phase learners to pass maths by at least 40 percent had resulted in extremely poor performance for the class of 2016. The Weekly’s Martin Makoni asked the spokesperson for the minister of the basic education Troy Martens how the…

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Professor Andre Duvenhage

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On December 16, South Africa will be celebrating the Day of Reconciliation, a public holiday held annually. It came into effect in 1994 following the end of the repressive apartheid system with the intention of fostering reconciliation and national unity in the country. The Weekly’s Martin Makoni spoke to research director for social transformation at the North-West University Professor Andre Duvenhage on his views about the significance of the day, which this year will be observed amidst a rise in cases of racially motivated attacks and hate speech. Excerpts: The Day of Reconciliation was set aside to, among other things,…

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Monyatso oa Mahlatsi

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The South African government has for the first time, come up with a proposed national minimum wage. The move has been met with mixed reactions with some sections supporting the idea while others have remained sceptical, questioning the practicality of the idea. The Weekly’s Martin Makoni spoke to Cosatu Free State secretary Monyatso oa Mahlatsi on how the organisation viewed the proposal of a minimum pay threshold of R3 500. Makoni asked Mahlatsi how this proposal was expected to be implemented and as well as its likely impact on both the workers and the employers. Excerpts: What is the position…

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