SABC News Northern Cape

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The latest news, updates and current affairs from the Northern Cape.
12
JAN
New and old learners at Boitumelo Special School, in Galeshewe near Kimberley are ready for this academic year. Boitumelo is a public intellectual disability school and provides foundation and intermediate phases. The school, which celebrated its 25th anniversary last year, is one of two schools in the township of Galeshewe solely focused on children with disabilities. Neo Bodumela compiled this report...
12
JAN
Matriculants who have been rejected by their preferred universities have been urged to consider other options. Hundreds of prospective students have been flooding universities for late applications. In Kimberley, hundreds of prospective students are queuing up at the Northern Cape Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) College. Lerato Segalo reports…
12
JAN
INTRO: The Northern Cape will mark few milestones in the year 2017. The highlights will include new world speed record attempt, that will take place at Haksteenpan in the Kalahari later in the year. The political landscape is expected to change - with the ANC holding their elective conference in February. Kgotaco Selao reports….
12
JAN
A quarantine notice on horses and donkeys has been issued by the Northern Cape Department of Agriculture after a suspected case of African Horse Sickness was reported in Kuruman in the province. The quarantine restricts movement of the animals within a 30km radius of the town. The disease is fatal and can cause horses to have difficulty breathing and a swelling of the head. Department of agriculture official, Thebe Thebe, says unvaccinated horses and animals must be protected to avoid a wide spread break out...
12
JAN
Parents and communities members have closed down the Buffelsrivier Primary School near Springbok in the Northern Cape due to what they call unsafe conditions. This comes after a sandstorm blew off the roof of the school in November last year. They say the provincial department of education has failed to fix the roof and clear out the debris in time for the new school year. Neo Bodumela compiled this report.
07
JAN
The Northern Cape has achieved an overall pass rate of 78.7 percent, an improvement from 69.4 percent in 2015. The province says the result declined in 2015 due to violent protests, where learners were barred from attending school in 2014 in the John Taolo Gaetsewe district. Kgotaco Selao reports
07
JAN
An orphan who survived a gruesome attacked on her family, after her uncle hacked to death her mother and brother has passed her matric and is gearing herself up, for a bright future. John Langeveldt hacked his sister and nephew to death in a brutal attack. Hendrietta Langeveldt who was left as an orphan now lives with her class teacher who has legally adopted her and is supported financially and emotionally by Education MEC, Martha Bartlett. Financial support for Hendrietta will continue until she completes her juniour degree. Refilwe Gaeswe reports...
07
JAN
In the past five years Dithakong learners near Kuruman in the Northern Cape have been severely affected by disruptive service delivery protests. Demands for a tarred road in 2015 saw over fifty schools closed for more than six months in the area.Some learners dropped out while others repeated their grades. The provincial matric results were affected and dropped by seven percent to 69. 4 percent. Lerato Segalo reports….
07
JAN
Drought persists in the southern parts of the Northern Cape. Dam levels at the Karee Dam near Strydenburg have dropped to 10 percent. Water restrictions continue in the town of Loeriesfontein in the Hantam municipality. Department of Water and Sanitation spokesperson, Sputnik Ratau, says some of the other parts of the country are still bone-dry despite the current rains. Ratau....
30
DEC
2016
Recent rains in the Northern Cape have been welcomed by livestock farmers, who say their animals have been perishing due to drought. The province has been battling with the worst drought since the early 1980's. Currently the levels at Gariep, and Vaal dams are standing at 44 and 43 percent respectively, levels which the Water and Sanitation department say are at an all time low. Lerato Segalo reports…
28
DEC
2016
Inmates at the Kimberely prison (Bougroep) are accusing Correctional Services department of ill treatment. The inmates sent video clips taken via cellphone to the SABC News Northern Cape Facebook page which shows rotten bread they are fed, overcrowding and victim of assault allegedly by prison wardens.
27
DEC
2016
As we look back at 2016, child deaths topped the news headlines in the Northern Cape during the past year. Ten children died - either at the hands of an adult or because of suffocation. The province also saw a DA councillor being killed. Former Northern Cape ANC chair, John Block, was served a 15-year jail term after being found guilty on charges of fraud and money laundering. The premier, Sylvia Lucas, also lost her appeal, after referring to the Khoi and San as, quote 'Hotnots', unquote. The province was also the first to launch the Digital Terrestrial Television or DTT. Reginald Witbooi looks at these top stories that made headlines…