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01 July 2020
 
DURBAN - The National Teachers Union (Natu) on Tuesday said it had partnered with the South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) to conduct a survey of teachers’ concerns ahead of the return of more learners to schools next week.
Grades 1, 2, 3, 6, 10 and 11 will be able to return to classes from Monday.
30 June 2020

By: African News Agency

The South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) has said that the decision not to reinstate fully the national school nutrition programme (NSNP), which has been suspended since the hard lockdown began in March, is catastrophic for learners from poor backgrounds.
The commission said it "notes with concern that the National School Nutrition Programme (NSNP) was suspended at the start of lockdown, and has yet to be comprehensively reinstated".
22 June 2020
 
Two shacks were demolished, a crèche set alight and the site of a proposed electricity depot attacked in Hangberg, Hout Bay during a weekend of ongoing protests about land, housing and electricity.
13 June 2020

Cape Town – The South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) has called for current and former pupils to speak out about their experiences of racism at school.
12 June 2020

Independent candidates are allowed to contest for national and provincial elections without being a member of a political party.
The South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) has welcomed the judgment handed down by the Constitutional Court that declares parts of the Electoral Act unconstitutional. 
11 Jun 2020

Cape Town – The Parklands College history teacher behind the controversial “racist task” requiring Grade 7 pupils to design a poster to advertise a slave auction has resigned from the independent school.
The resignation comes as the SA Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) said it would probe, with the Independent Schools’ Association of SA saying that it would weigh in on the matter tomorrow, while the EFF called for a broader investigation into racism at schools across the Western Cape.
9 June 2020

Grades 7 and 12 pupils on Monday returned to their classrooms after nearly two months.
 
JOHANNESBURG - The South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) on Monday said that it would continue to monitor schools across the country with the resumption of the 2020 academic year.
Grades 7 and 12 pupils returned to their classrooms after nearly two months.
8 June 2020

Amogelang Secondary School, Soshanguve. Credit Twitter/Gauteng education department.
The commission wants to ensure that there is access to adequate food, nutrition and learning materials for learners.
6 June 2020

The South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) is concerned with the rising cases of law enforcement officers overstepping the mark on the general population.

5 June 2020
 
Business Engage is pleased to announce the winners of two special categories in its annual 8th Gender Mainstreaming Awards – Positive Role Model and Inclusive Leader.
4 June 2020

Johannesburg - Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga is on Thursday meeting MECs following an intervention by the South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) for schools to be ready to open on Monday.
The Chapter Nine institution intervened after being approached by teachers' unions. According to the unions, their call for provinces to provide enough protective equipment to all schools had fallen on deaf ears.
3 June 2020

The South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) has confirmed that the Minister of Basic Education has come back to the Chapter 9 institution with revised back-to-school directions, which are expected to be gazetted on Friday.
This after the SAHRC said it would consider going to court to ensure the ministry gazetted new regulations this week to address the ability of some poorer schools to comply with Covid-19 regulations.
2 June 2020

The commission argues that as it stood, current regulations discriminate between schools that can and cannot comply with regulations on screening, sanitisation and physical distancing.

Date: 31 May 2020

The Human Rights Commission and several other groups have expressed strong opposition to the reopening plan, which appears now to be on ice again as the country awaits a briefing from the minister at 6pm.
According to a report in the Sunday Times, Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga is expected to announce that the reopening of schools nationally for Grade 7 and 12 learners will be delayed for at least a week, backtracking on all previous announcements.
31 May 2020

The South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) says it will investigate a racism complaint after a picture of a baboon was superimposed on the face of the Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs (CoGTA) Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma. The photo was posted on social media.
31 May 2020

Basic education minister Angie Motshekga's plan for grades 7 and 12 to return to school tomorrow was stopped in its tracks yesterday, and a return to class is unlikely.
30 May 2020

Teachers returned to school this week and already there've been several COVID-19 infections confirmed at a number of schools.
 
CAPE TOWN - The South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) has urged Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga to reconsider reopening school from next week.
29 May 2020

An SANDF report said that that the Khosa's altercation with the soldiers didn’t cause his death as they merely pushed him to force him to comply with officers.
29 May 2020

The South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) has written to minister of Basic Education Angie Motshekga recommending that she reconsider the return of students to schools from 1 June.
The SAHRC said it has performed independent monitoring of schools for readiness in all nine provinces and has held consultations with various stakeholders, including teachers’ unions and school governing bodies.
29 May 2020

Durban - The South African Human Rights Commission said it had written to basic education Angie Motshekga, suggesting that she reconsider the decision for schools to reopen on June 1 after shutting down in March due to the Covid-19 outbreak.
South African learning institutions have been closed since mid-March in a bid to avoid transmissions of the coronavirus, but the department of education has said classes will resume next week for grade 7 pupils who are set to progress to high school in 2021 and grade 12 learners due to write their final school exams later this year.
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