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Limpopo textbook saga continues





Anxiety is on the rise as many parents are gripped with the fear that Limpopo will face another shortage in school textbook for their children, after an AG report on Thursday showed that the provincial education department had failed to acquire half the books needed for the 2015 academic year. Parents in Limpopo are not well impressed with the reports and believe the government should intervene to avoid the re-occurrence of the April 2014 textbook issue.

According to the AG reports titled  “Synopsis on AG’s Limpopo Department of Education Management Report”.

It said the department, which was under administration, had also failed to follow an internal management plan for the procurement and delivery of “learner teacher study material”.

 The department failed to deliver textbooks on time this year, despite being run by administrators for the past three years.

The report states that the SA Post Office (Sapo) provided incorrect information on the quantity of textbooks delivered to the schools.

In one case, it recorded that 5 700 books were delivered to Izikhali School while only 25 were signed for.

The report detailed how the department had over paid the Sapo by R3.3m during the 2013/14 financial year, had incurred R332m irregular expenditure, and a combined R130m fruitless and wasteful expenditure.


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An awesome trip to Wambaths in BelaBela

David Aladegbaiye Patricks



This was one of those trips I read of in the magazines and I look the other way considering i would have to drive thousands of miles just to take a swim in a warm pool. Call me un-adventurous and I will pull out my memoirs but for the sake of this article, I will let you in on some memorable tips I got about making braai away from your home braai place.

Bela-Bela is a very far place for most people in Gauteng and as most living in Gauteng, if we would travel far for some tranquility and fun, we always count the monies worth. On arrival, there were lots of people at the pool, so I spread out my arm chair and assumed the spectator role with some of the Lads I was there with for the day.

It was an arranged family get together, so in a few minutes or more I got a bit excited by the playlist from the entertainment centre. I was not expecting such a beautiful playlist of house and hip-hop genre at a pool place but it was just the right beat to keep people up beat and as I looked around I saw happy faces and families having a blast.

There was even time for some cultural tracks that got most of the people at the pool side excited and jubilating.

It was time to braai, so we checked the braai area and there were some braai stands available, so myself and the other mates went over to get the fire started and get some steak on sticks. As a novice that I was, I learnt a few tips that might be useful for anyone braaing in a public space.

Firstly, note that your Charcoal paper bag is one of your most precious possession at a public braai place.
1. pre-Marinate the meat the night before
2. Tear the paper bag and use it as a brush to clean the braai net
2. Use your paper bag to fire up the coal
3. Use your Braai paper bag to blow the fire
5. Make sure the coal is fully burnt before you start the braai
6. Braai as much meat at the same time, this helps the heat pressure get the braai done quicker.

After the braai, I had a lekker pap meal with some scrumptious steak and boerwors, and then headed to the pool for some swimming time. I met a lot of lovely people at the pools, all so good I had a water resistant Nikon camera to capture some memorable moments.

Warmbaths is really a great place to meet people, take a warm swim and not really only that but a wonderful place for families to re-kindle love and singles to mingle. I remembered the detailed security check, ample parking space, and a variety of water fun.

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Minister Collins Chabane killed in Limpopo car accident




As confirmed by the Presidency : President Jacob Zuma has extended his heartfelt condolences to Mrs Mavis Chabane, wife of the Minister of Public Service and Administration Mr Collins Chabane and also the families of the two protectors of the Minister who passed away earlier this morning.

Mr Chabane and his two protectors Sgt Lesiba Sekele and Sgt Lawrence Lentsoane died on the N1 in Polokwane. Their car reportedly collided with a truck. The details of the crash are still being gathered.

“We are still in deep shock. We extend our condolences to the Chabane family and the families of Sgt Sekele and Sgt Lentsoane. This is a huge loss to the country and a sad day indeed for all of us,” the President said.

Mr. Chabane died in a car accident on the N1 in Polokwane in the early hours of this morning. It’s believed his car collided with a truck that was making a U-turn on the highway. The impact also killed two of his security staff who were also in the car with him.

The Police says the driver of the truck will be charged with culpable homicide. “It’s alleged that the driver of the truck was making a U-turn on the highway when the vehicle carrying the minister crashed into the truck. Both he and his two protectors died on the scene. The driver of the truck was not injured and he was arrested on the scene on a charge of culpable homicide” says Ronel Otto.

A brief about Minister Collins Chabane

Minister Collins Chabane served as Minister in the Presidency responsible for Performance Monitoring and Evaluation during the fourth administration. He was able to develop and build the new Department of Performance Monitoring and Evaluation within a short space of time, and was able to make the monitoring and evaluation function a crucial part of government work and a distinct feature of President Zuma’s fourth administration.

As Minister in the Presidency whose responsibility was also to chair government’s funeral planning Inter-Ministerial Committee, Mr Chabane led the planning of the international funeral of former President Nelson Mandela, with great dignity and efficiency.

A veteran of the liberation struggle, Mr Chabane was also a long serving member of the ANC National Executive Committee.


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