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08
JUL
7am

Parents de-register children to avoid paying school fees

SAfm — INTRO: Parents are de-registering their children from school to avoid paying school fees. While on the other hand, some schools are reporting that parents are defaulting on paying fees because they have lost their jobs. Others are refusing to pay because their children have not been going to school. The Covid-19 pandemic has resulted in most learners losing half of the school year and parents questioning why they should continue paying fees. Angela Bolowana compiled this report...
08
JUL
7am

Parents still not registering children for home schooling

SAfm — Minister of Basic Education Angie Motshekga says she is surprised that parents are not rushing to register for home schooling. The minister says she expected that parents would take up this option following the outrage against the decision to open schools. Thousands of learners have gone back to school and more are expected to do so at the end of the month. But parents say home schooling is not viable and provincial departments have also not been helpful. Angela Bolowana reports...
08
JUL
7am

SA Media Industry greatly affected by Covid 19

SAfm — The South African media fraternity is the latest industry to suffer the results of the COVID-19 pandemic with the looming threats of widespread job losses and the closure of a number of publications. Yesterday publisher Media24 announced plans to lay off more than 500 staff members and shut down some of its newspapers and magazines. This comes in the wake of the SABCs planned retrenchment of 600 permanent staff and 1-thousand-200 freelancers as advertising sales plunge and the economic crisis worsens. More than 80 small commercial media houses have already closed shop citing reduced revenue. Sashin Naidoo has the details...
07
JUL
7am

Truck drivers protest over employment of foreign nationals

SAfm — Code 14 qualified truck drivers are calling for the total shutdown of the country, saying government must intervene in the employment of foreign nationals in most sectors for a lower wage. In Eastern Cape alone, there are over 500 qualified truck drivers who are currently unemployed while the industry employs over 90% of foreign truck drivers. Over 1000 truck drivers nationally have downed tools from today in solidarity with the unemployed. We spoke to Eastern Cape Spokesperson from All Trucker Drivers Forum, Michael Masimini and President of Emerging Truckers Association of South Africa (Tasa), Mary Phadi
03
JUL
7am

Disgruntled JMPD trainees and new graduates speak out against ill-treatment by Public Safety MMC Mally Mokoena

SAfm — Hundreds JMPD trainees are disgruntled with the ANC-led government in Joburg and are speaking out against the alleged continued ill-treatment by Public Safety MMC Mally Mokoena. This is after they were allegedly recalled by the MMC stating that they are poorly trained and have been back to the police academy to be retrained. Some see this as the consequence of the ANCs on-going strategy to purge the JMPD of all appointments made during the DA government, replacing them with politically-aligned comrades. These new recruits had been enlisted during the DA's tenure in government and were due to conclude training at the end of 2019. We spoke one of the disgruntled JMPD trainees and one of the new graduates, who asked to remain anonymous. We also spoke to Superintendent Wayne Minnaar, Spokesperson for the Johannesburg Metro Police.
01
JUL
7am

Equal Education takes Department of Basic Education to court over the National School Nutrition Programme

SAfm — The urgent case brought by Equal Education (EE) and two Limpopo schools to ensure that meals are provided to all nine million learners who would ordinarily benefit from the National School Nutrition Programme (NSNP), will be heard in the North Gauteng High Court tomorrow. Equal Education and the schools are asking the court for a declaratory order that there is a duty on government to ensure that all learners who qualify to benefit from the National School Nutrition Programme continue to receive these meals, regardless of whether their grades returned to schools….We spoke to Noncedo Madubedube- General Secretary @ Equal Education & Elijah Mhlanga, Spokesperson for the Department of Basic Education.
30
JUN
7am

Westbury Residents call for deployment of military after 3 people were shot and killed in gang related violence

SAfm — Westbury residents in Johannesburg have called for the deployment of the military after three people were shot and killed in the area in renewed gang violence this past week. They fear for the safety of their children. In the latest incident, Kirsten May, a popular barber in the area, was shot and killed while on his way home with a friend. Maagaketla Mohlabe and Thabile Mbhele compiled this report…
23
JUN
7am

About 180 high school learners an Eastern Cape School test + for Covid 19

SAfm — More than 180 learners at the Makaula Senior Secondary School in Mount Frere in the Eastern Cape have tested positive for the corona virus. Teacher Union Sadtu in the Eastern Cape has called on the Provincial Basic Education Department to close all schools in the province saying they're not prepared to deal with corona virus pandemic. We spoke to Eastern Cape's Health Department's spokesperson Sizwe Kupelo...
22
JUN
7am

Thousands of taxi commuters stranded

SAfm — Thousands of taxi commuters are without transport this morning, following a total shutdown by the SA National Taxi Council - SANTACO. This is in protest against the Covid-19 relief package as announced by Transport Minister, Fikile Mbalula on Friday. Mbalula says government has allocated more than one-billion rand to the taxi industry to mitigate the devastating economic effects of the coronavirus pandemic. The taxi industry says the funding is not enough.Meanwhile, SANTACO Western Cape says it will leave that decision to individual taxi associations and will not be advocating for fare increases as a Provincial Structure. We spoke to Gershwin Geyer, Provincial Spokesperson for SANTACO (South African National Taxi Council) in the Western Cape
22
JUN
7am

Department opposes to have SAA placed under provisional liquidation

SAfm — The department of public enterprises says it will oppose a court application to have SA Airways placed under provisional liquidation. The department said it was notified of a court application by SA Airlink aimed at interdicting the business rescue practitioners of SAA from convening a creditors' meeting to vote on a business rescue plan for SAA. The application by SA Airlink also seeks to have SAA placed under provisional liquidation….we are now joined by Acting DG @ the Department of Public Enterprises, Kgathatso Thlakudi:

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