NEWS FLASH


A school principal in the Cofimvaba area withheld a learner’s National Senior Certificate (NSC) for more than 2 years as the parents could not afford to pay an outstanding R200 donation fee to the school. It is illegal for any government school to demand a voluntary donation from any learner or parent. Adam Maqobolo wrote his NSC examination in December 2015. His father, a pensioner, was forced by the principal …


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SPEAK OUT


The DA is deeply disturbed to read (Daily Dispatch: 14 06 18) that Paramedics and EMS staff are suffering and unprotected. Our Paramedics and EMS staff suffer firstly because they not safe at work and secondly because they are not accompanied by Security Guards despite the dangerous nature of their work. Thirdly complaints from EMS staff include delays in the payment of overtime work and dangerous working conditions in which, for example, …


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IN THE NEWS


542 vulnerable pupils feel brunt of overtime pay war HUNDREDS of special needs children at three schools in Buffalo City Metro are spending as little as three hours at school because of a go-slow over the provincial education department’s failure to pay overtime. Since the Dispatch team started reporting on the impact of the work-to-rule labour action on special needs schools last week, we have learnt the number of children …


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LATEST PRESS RELEASES


There were 1 745 service delivery protests in communities across the Eastern Cape in the last three financial years according to the provincial Department of Safety and Liaison. For the same period, the South African Police Service (SAPS) logged “crowd management incidents” which included a total of 2 991 scenes classified as a “peaceful crowd”, 1 216 cases of “crowd unrest” and a further 754 incidents of “other unrest”.  This year, the trend …


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Learners at three special needs schools in East London are receiving less than three hours of actual learning a day because the drivers who are supposed to get them to school have not been paid their overtime by the Department of Education since 2017. I made this tragic discovery on Wednesday (13 June 2018) during oversight inspection to special needs schools in the Buffalo City, following media reports of the …


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  Public frustration is mounting in Uitenhage over government inability to process thousands of social grants recipient information in order for them to be issued with new grant cards and direct bank transfers. Any glitch in the system means disaster for the 17 million South African families who rely on social grants for their only income.  A DA-led government would ensure that there is a seamless transition plan in place …


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