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25 January 2019

JOBURG –Gauteng province commits R300 million for housing developments within the City.

Yesterday, Executive Mayor of the City of Joburg, Herman Mashaba held a meeting with the MEC for Gauteng CoGTA and Human Settlements, Dikgang Uhuru Moiloa, regarding the reduction of the Human Settlements Development Grant (HSDG) for the City of Johannesburg.
24 January 2019

A teacher from a primary school in Schweizer Reneke will be back at work on Friday after the Labour Court lifter her suspension.
Elana Barkhuizen was at the centre of a racial twitter storm over a photograph taken on the first day of school showing a group of black Grade R children sitting at a separate table from a group of white learners.
21 January 2019

The South African National Defence Force (SANDF) says it is making headway with the Vaal River rehabilitation project.
Members of the SANDF were deployed last year to help clean up the river which is currently polluted by sewage. Communities affected by the pollution include Vereeniging, Sebokeng, Boipatong and Sharpeville.
17 January 2019

Heaps of trash block the entrance to the rubbish dump in Standerton while the smell of rotting matter permeates the air in the Mpumalanga town.
The Lekwa municipality has been accused of not maintaining the site and dumping rubbish next to the R546, which is the main route to Secunda.
Following a visit to the site, the DA in Mpumalanga laid criminal charges against Mayor Lindokuhle Dhlamini and municipal manager Gugulethu Mhlongo-Ntshangase.
15 January 2019

The North West Education Department says a decision on the future of a teacher at the centre of racism allegations at a primary school will be announced soon.
Officials have visited Laerskool Schweizer Reneke after a picture of a grade R class went viral sparking widespread outrage.
It’s now emerged that the teacher who took the photograph was suspended and not the teacher in charge of the class.
14 January 2019

The South African Human Rights Commission has stepped in to investigate allegations of racism at a North West primary school in Schweizer-Reneke the school drew the attention of the country. Commissioner Andre Gaum explains. Click here to listen to the podcast.

Source: Voice of the Cape
14 January 2019

SGB chairperson Jozeph du Plessis told the publication on Sunday that the school would be open on Monday.
"We have put appropriate measures in place, but we won't divulge any details at this stage," Du Plessis reportedly said.
This follows a racial row that rocked the sleepy North West town on Wednesday after a photo apparently depicting segregation in one of the school's Grade R classes went viral.
14 January 2019

A member of the South African National Defence Force (SANDF) has landed in hot water after allegedly referring to a civilian as a “straat hotnot”.
This followed a heated argument between the member and Kraaifontein resident Tim van Heerden, who recorded the exchange.
The argument was over Van Heerden’s son and the member's step-daughter and their child.
14 January 2019

The South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) says it will be back at the school today. SAHRC Commissioner responsible for education, Advocate Andre Gaum, elaborates. Click here to listen to the podcast

Source: SABCNews
14 January 2019

Another school in the North West has been rocked by allegations of racism.

Learning at Hoërskool Stilfontein has been suspended amid a call by pupils for the removal of the principle amid accusations of racism.
The provincial Department of Education’s Freddy Sepeng says officials were on the way to the school on Monday.
Sepeng says details are still sketchy and the department is calling on parents and learners not to disrupt classes.
14 January 2019

The return of seven permanently employed teachers, following alleged racial discrimination, has sparked tensions at one of the prestige schools in the south of Johannesburg.
12 January 2019

The South African Human Rights Commission has voiced its unhappiness with an alleged racism incident at Laerskool Schweizer-Reneke. The commission says it wants to investigate the school after a picture showing four black children sitting separately from the white children in a class at the school went viral. Commissioner, Andre Guam says it is every South African's duty to root out racism. Click here for the podcast.

Source: SABC News
12 January 2019

South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) has launched an investigation in to alleged racial incident at Laerskool Schweizer-Reneke. Marara Moabelo speaks to SA Human Rights Commission’s Commissioner Advocate, Andre Gaum on POWER Drive. Click here for the podcast

Source: Power FM
11 January 2019

The South African Human Rights Commission has now stepped in to investigate allegations of racism at a North West primary school, saying that if children have been discriminated against there will be serious repercussions.
11 January 2019

A teacher in South Africa has been suspended and allegations of racism are being investigated in a small town in the country's North West province after a photograph showing black and white children sitting at separate desks went viral.
Twenty-five years after the dawn of democracy in South Africa, the country is still grappling with the specter of apartheid -- a policy that separated citizens based on the color of their skin and prevented the black majority from accessing the same quality of services, including education, as the white minority.
30 December 2018

The labour federation plans to report Junior Jack Transport to the Human Rights Commission.
Cosatu is up in arms against a Potchefstroom-based road freight transport company whose employer allegedly used racist language and swearing against an employee who demanded a holiday bonus he believed he was entitled to.
21 December 2019

'South Africans must just respect each other'- rights commissioner's wish for 2019

"We are like a see-saw. Today we are high. Tomorrow we are very low," he said in a rare break from crossing the province to investigate complaints. 
"South Africans must just respect each other," he implores.
This advice applies to everybody - from those who make derogatory remarks at a braai, to the government official who makes people wait three months and demands endless emails just to fix a water problem.
21 December 2018

DWS takes Tshwane Metropolitan Municipality to court to stop pollution of rivers
The Department of Water and Sanitation (DWS) has approached the courts to ensure the Tshwane Metropolitan Municipality responds positively to the requisite remedial actions to stop pollution emanating from some of the water treatment plants within the Metros jurisdiction. This inaction has a direct impact on the DWS being able to drive its obligation to provide safe and drinkable water to affected communities.
13 December 2019

Black First Land First (BLF) has been warned – refrain from hate speech or risk being deregistered from the upcoming elections.
The Citizen has reported that, in a letter sent to the BLF, dated December 12, 2018, the Electoral Commission of South Africa (IEC) warned the party against making statements that “constitute hate speech”.
The IEC told News24 that it had noted the serious allegations against the BLF leader.
13 December 2019

BLF leader Andile Mngxitama has come under fire after he reportedly urged supporters to kill five white people for every black person who dies due to taxi violence.
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